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AbstractThis thesis explores endemic light and atmosphere through the shifting scales of three architectural interventions. These interventions are guided by site and theoretical research, providing justification for the notion of endemic light. This notion develops upon the concept of site specific architecture and place. It is the synthesis of site context – combining both ephemeral and phenomenological qualities to create engaging and evocative architectural experiences. Analysis of the Mackenzie Basin site established an overarching understanding of the atmospheric, physical, social and historical contexts of the area. Peter Zumthor, Steven Holl, Juhani Pallasmaa and Christian Norberg-Schulz provide key justifications for the theoretical investigation of light, atmosphere, and place; as well as ongoing precedence for the research through design process. This process explores three interventions, moving up in scale from an installation, to a domestic dwelling, and finally a public building. The installation operates at an interactive scale, exploring abstract concepts of condensing light within a space, through manipulation of light, colour and texture. The domestic scale expands on this research, developing condensed light and atmosphere at a habitable scale. Through designing for light and atmosphere the dwelling becomes a device for endemic atmospheric experiences in a domestic context. The final scale explores a public building in the form of a town centre for Twizel. This intervention adapts the notion of condensing light within interior spaces, instead exploring at an urban scale, intensifying them externally through courtyards and exterior building form. The thesis concludes, that successful and immersive architectural experiences are generated through strong ephemeral and phenomenological connections and engagement with site and endemic light.