College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Architectural Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Architectural Engineering



Primary Advisor

John Lawson, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Architectural Engineering Department


Journeyman International is a non-profit organization that works with countries all over the world to support humanitarian projects by pairing clients with design professionals and volunteers to oversee the design and construction of projects. This specific project partners with Third Lens Ministries and But God Ministries, two organizations that are hoping to empower the community in Jonestown, Mississippi. Dwell Being promotes sustainability and affordable housing in a new housing community in Jonestown that is designed for healthy living and community interaction. Jonestown is a very small 0.4 square acre town that has roots in systemic racism and oppression. A once very prosperous agricultural area now lacks basic resources and has an alarming poverty rate of almost 50 percent. The home structure will be apart of a community that incorporates shared lawns, gardens, and other spaces promoting outdoor activity. The structure follows a classic southern dogtrot style house with two housing spaces connected by a breezeway. A clearstory creates a high roof and a low roof and thus disconnects the living spaces from the private spaces. The high roof includes a loft for additional living or sleeping space. The advantage of a duplex style home is the ability to have multiple households of a multi-generational household. This is important because of the low mobility out of Jonestown. The increase in housing promotes ownership and participation in a stagnant community. Additionally, this report includes a research portion for a possible solution to increase the affordability and access to Dwell Being by converting it to a manufactured home.