Alexander D'Haeseleer

Mentor: Dr. Lisa Huang
College of Design, Construction and Planning
"Within the field of architecture, especially at the University of Florida, opportunities for research are few and far between, at least those available for undergraduate students. For me, doing research is about farthing your ideas and learning from the past to better the future. I got involved with research in order to better my design, and to focus in on the materiality of architecture in order to do so."





Research Interests

  • Design
  • Materials

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016


  • Campus Diplomats
  • Architrave
  • Preview Staff 2014


  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music, Bassoon
  • Architectural Design
  • Fine Art and Museums
  • Running

Research Description

The Joint: An Analysis on Modern and Historical Material Joinery
This project is an analysis of the historical and contemporary ways architects have joined materials together. Starting from the historic intricate joints in Japan to modern day prefabricated joint work, the analysis looks into how we interlock materials at the macro and micro scale. This is then furthered by a physical analysis of joint work, utilizing techniques from the past and present in order to design joints between materials such as concrete, wood, metal, and plastic to better the design process.