Reconquering Homeland


In a world plagued by refugee crisis, the urgency of addressing this persistent challenge remains a constant thread, especially as the root and stem of the crisis are yet to be fully understood and resolved. The complexities surrounding the Rohingya crisis demand deeper exploration and innovative solutions, empowering not only Rohingyas but also everyone facing the harsh challenges of displacement. This thesis delves into the intricate challenges of displacement faced by the Rohingya, seeking to unravel the layers of their struggles and proposing a visionary architectural roadmap for their future well-being and sovereignty.

Starting with a contextual overview, it explores the global backdrop, environmental impacts of displacement, and immediate issues confronted by the Rohingya tribe. The comprehensive literature review, supplemented by case studies, unlocks proposed architectural visions. The heart of the thesis lies in a thoughtful design for their makeshift camp, emphasizing food security, sovereignty, and self sufficiency, aiming to enhance mental health and foster independence. Beyond addressing physical needs, the design provides institutional support to reduce dependence on humanitarian aid, rebuild confidence, and empower the Rohingya community.

As a broader vision, the thesis explores the potential application of the first phase of the design on a larger scale in a government-designated remote island for the Rohingya. This visionary approach aspires to transform it into an active, vibrant urban community, enriching both individual Rohingya and their collective identity, while pushing the boundaries of evolving urbanism. The thesis acts as a call to immediate action, encouraging a balance between government policies and human aspirations to tangibly improve the lives of forcibly displaced individuals globally.

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor: Robert Jan van Pelt
Committee member: Val Rynnimeri
Internal-external reader: Terri Boake
External: Douglas Birkenshaw

The defence examination will take place:
Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
In person, room ARC 2026.
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.