Tatjana Crossley

Tatjana Crossley completed her Master in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2015) and her Bachelor in Architecture at Rice University (2013).  Throughout her architectural education, Tatjana has been studying the relationship between designed environments and human experiences. Her master’s thesis focused on the object-subject relationships that form through “the gaze” and how these relationships can be manipulated through architecture. This work inspired her current doctoral research of the visual device and the immersive environment and their effects on the dissolution and recreation of the body image. In 2016, Tatjana was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Global Excellence Scholarship to continue this research.

Dissolution of the Body Image : design as a means of producing empathy

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Dr Mark Campbell

Architecture defines relationships between bodies and space. It is through these relationships that object-subject hierarchies form, effecting human behavior and habitus. It follows that, by manipulating perception, architecture re-orients or disorients object-subject relationships and breaks down social habitus by first breaking down the initial body image. The thesis studies how immersive design can be used as a supportive tool in shaping “normal experience” to create new extended notions of body image and new understandings of space and place. Furthermore, greater empathy can be created by these alternative understandings of space and one’s identity within it and other bodies. Image: Hyungkoo Lee, one of the helmets from 'The Objectuals'