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Chris Bondesen Selected Work

M.Arch Applicant (Graduation 2019) 540-604-1238

____________________________Christopher A. Bondesen____________________________ 411 E Washington St., Ann Arbor MI 48104 540-604-1238 || ______Objective:______________________________________________________________________________ To gain entrance into an interesting architecture firm that fully combines digital and material understandings to push boundaries in effective design. My intention is working long term after graduation while filling all my requirements to become an architect.

______Work Experience:________________________________________________________________________ FabLab Assistant / CNC/Waterjet Team || Ann Arbor, MI, 2017-present Intern Level I at KCCT Architects, Washington, DC, 2016-2017 655 New York Avenue partnered with Shalom Baranes Associates || CD || Washington, DC Nairobi Embassy || Phasing, DD || Nairobi, Kenya Brasilia Embassy || Site & DD || BrasĂ­lia, Brazil Architectural Intern at Esoarc Studio || Falls Church, VA, Summer 2016 Union Station Interior Renovation, As Built || Washington, DC ADA Headquarters, CD || Arlington, VA Architectural Intern at Duda Paine Architects || Durham, NC, Summer 2015 Durham Downtown Development Competition || Durham, NC Spring @ 8th NCR Headquarters, DD || Atlanta, GA

______Education and Certifications:______________________________________________________________ Master of Architecture, University of Michigan || 3.6 GPA || Ann Arbor, MI, expected 2019 Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia || 3.4 GPA || Charlottesville, VA, 2016 Architectural History Minor, University of Virginia || Charlottesville, VA, 2016 Study abroad, University of Virginia || Venice, Italy, fall 2014

______Skills:__________________________________________________________________________________ Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Revit, Dynamo, AutoCAD, ZBrush, V-Ray Render, Flamingo Render, Maxwell Render, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Google SketchUp, Laser Cutting, Hand Modeling, CNC Routing, 3D Printing Languages: Fluent in English, basic Spanish, basic Italian

_____Relevant Memberships and Publications:_____________________________________________________

New Corinthian

Built Fabrication


A Wall Made From Holes

Built Fabrication


Fractured Space



The Field



New York: Infinite Stage



Cruising [into] Venice



Where to Start

Professional Work


And Now...

Professional Work




Burle Marx Garden East Perspective


New Corinthian

This project is developed from a simple box form to a complex faceted design through the manipulation of a Grasshopper script derived from a natural growth formula. I initiated this design, first developing the form through Grasshopper, then setting the Zund to cut the faceted geometry. The script uses a growth formula in the simulated gravity to alter the form. Surprisingly when the formulas were applied the form took on some geometries similar to a Corinthian column, albeit upside down. Small Group University Project, 2017 Site: None Professor: Dan Tish

Grasshopper Procedure

Original Form

Edge Growth

Planar Triangulation

Mesh Reduce

Cut Forms

A Wall Made from Holes

This is a group project where the parametric design of the wall was derived from the found material used to create the blocks. Crucially, the wall blocks were cut out of two pieces of scrap wood that had previously been connected with a miter joint. Cutting these pieces into blocks left a distinct and somewhat difficult miter joint. However, we saw an opportunity in this and I developed the Grasshopper script to take advantage of the inherited parameters. time-lapse video of construction: Small Group University Project, 2018 Site: Ann Arbor, Michigan Professor: Mark Meier

Fractured Space

Working from the joint to the structure and finally to the building itself, this studio project investigates a unique approach to joinery and structure that became divorced of the grid. The resulting design works something like a wooden space frame with elements in tension replaced with cables that can only act in tension. This structure is most effective when elements are arranged along sixty degree angles. However, it still transfers loads effectively in all directions, so columns can be, and are, constantly out of alignment. The result defies conventions, being neither public or private, natural or artificial.

Individual University Project, 2016 Site: MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire Professor: Edward Ford

Grasshopper structural testing proved successful [below] While the final joints and systems used would be possible to arrange on site [above]


The Field

Few images of rural America are as iconic as vast cornfields. This is for good reason as cornfields, as well as the corn itself, are images of nature largely controlled by corporate interests. The design is based off of an interpretation and appreciation of these vast landscapes of manmade nature, noting the controlled repetition, and natural variation in the design. Additionally, the design highlights the potential of the landscape to change drastically depending on both the location of experience, the speed at which it is viewed, and through time.

Individual University Project, 2014 Site: Any cornfield Professor: Margarita Jover

New York: Infinite Stage

During my weeks of experimenting with stage and audience arrangements I sought to invert the nature of a theatre as a fixed point of concentration. Rather than allowing the audience to surround the stage and contain it in a small portion of time and space through their gaze, the performance surrounds the audience. Through the use of two rings that revolve around the audience, the performance is able to go through infinite changes and be active beyond the bounds of the stage, occurring before the now passive audience. In this way the stage itself relates to the nature of New York when the city is viewed as an infinite stage for interaction far greater than its individual observers. Individual University Project, 2015 Site: New York, New York Professor: Edward Ford

Final structural model of performance space


Ground Level [above] A





e Av


Level 1 1/32”=1’



Level 5 1/32”=1’

Ashland Pl.


Lafayette Ave.


Brooklyn Academy of Music A

Level 3 [above] A

Flatbush Ave. Elevation 1/32”=1’


Level 4 1/32”=1’ B


Ashland Pl. Elevation 1/32”=1’

Perspective section of performance space (rest of building not shown)

First performance space level, rest of building not shown [above]

First performance space level while rings move [above]

Cruising [into] Venice

While in Venice I was challenged to create a new entrance for the visiting cruise ships. While a proposal to move ships away from the city made initial sense, several facts regarding Venice reversed my approach. First, Venice is economically dependent on tourists who form a significant portion of the population on a daily basis. Second, most pollution comes from nearby factories. Third, small boats along the grand canal can do more damage due to proximity and frequency. Also, I rarely noticed these massive ships due to the tightness of the streets. Finally, Venice is made up of culture and materials taken from other areas and brought together to form an endless collage of facades over mud, so why not embrace cruise ships in the same way? Individual University Project, 2014 Site: Venice, Italy Professor: Manuel Bailo

Diagrams of variable ship sizes, frequency, and proximity to the shore, drawing attention to how all of these effect the physical deterioration of Venice [top] To respond to deterioration of Venice as its nature I opted to extend Venice into a new docks [bottom]

Two Sestieri become the New Sestiere as density is spread over the docks [above] Final urban design of the renovated docks [below]

Where to Start

Models created while at Duda Paine Architects for Project Cassandra in Atlanta, Georgia [bottom] This was a long term project in which a team submitted a series of models at various scales. Our models included a massive urban site model made primarily from foam and paper, and a large building model made mostly of plexiglass.

The Brasilia NEC is an ongoing collaboration project where KCCT was contracted to identify relevant site conditions for the Burle Marx Garden East Perspective design firm’s understanding, to advise on programmatic needs within the compound, and ultimately design the more secure portions of

And Now...

the building interior. By being involved in this project from early on I was part of a small team on the KCCT end, which allowed me to become very involved while identifying site conditions, arranging a Revit template, modeling the existing conditions, and creating several parametric approaches that increased the team’s ability to collect and arrange existing data.

Professional Team Project Site: Brasilia, Brazil Project Manager: Anton Janezich

Burle Marx Garden West Perspective

Burle Marx Garden West Perspective within Brasilia Embassy [above]

Before delving into design it was important to extract as much information as possible, which led to full existing models, grasshopper, and even dynamo scripts that I worked on to organize the data for the future design [below] The project moved through a variety of designs; more to come as appropriate.

CCAC East Perspective



The team was tasked with fully modeling and investigating the existing conditions before proceeding into design resolution [above]

Z-Liberated Art

Art in Space?

Thank you for your time

I appreciate it, and hope to hear back

As always, -Chris

Architecture Portfolio_Chris Bondesen  

An architecture portfolio assembled part way through my Masters of Architecture program at the University of Michigan. This covers a portio...

Architecture Portfolio_Chris Bondesen  

An architecture portfolio assembled part way through my Masters of Architecture program at the University of Michigan. This covers a portio...