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ISAAC CURREY

isaacc91@vt.edu 703.220.6366 permanent address: 4214 Worcester Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032

education

affiliations + memberships

awards + exhibits

work experience

Bachelors of Architecture, expected May 2015, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia CHICAGO STUDIO, January 2014-present Virginia Tech Travel Program, Fall 2013 University Honors, 2010-2014 Dean’s List, 2011-2013 AIAS, 2012-2013 CHICAGO STUDIO, January 2014-present Rio de Janeiro Studio - U. of Minnesota, reviewer, February 2014 Virginia Tech/T.U. Delft Urban Workshop, participant, March 2014 AIAS, 2012-2013 Shriver & Holland Associates Scholarship recipient “Cube for Rain and Light” first year lobby exhibit “Explorations in Typography” third year lobby exhibit “Travel 2013” fourth year lobby exhibit architectural intern, von Weise Associates, Chicago, IL Spring 2014

involved in the production and development of designs for private residences as well as proposals for the future of a Chicago theatrical company’s theater/warehouse

architectural intern, Lehman Smith McLeish, Georgetown, DC Winter 2013-2014 involved in the development of fit-outs, construction drawings, punchlists, submittals and RFI’s on a dozen projects carpenter’s assistant/laborer, Horizon Building Corp, Annandale, VA, Summer 2013

participated in demolition, framing, insulation, window installation, drywall, and roofing on private residences throughout the DC area

library assistant, Art+Architecture Library, Virginia Tech, Fall 2012- Spring 2013

operated and organized the school library and assisted other students in finding resources

graphic designer, SigInt Technologies, Ellicott City, MD 2012-present took charge of design, production, and updating of business cards for a government contractor abilities

manual: architectural drafting, hand drawing, model making, watercolor software: AutoCAD, Rhino, MicroStation, Adobe Creative Suite, Google SketchUp, Revit fabrication: woodshop, LaserCAMM


My Fall semester was spent in Europe, travelling through six countries and seeing over two dozen cities, starting with Berlin and ending in Rome. This experience was like drinking from a firehose-every day was an intense learning experience incomparable to any other portion of my education. Seven days a week, we saw and studied countless examples of significant architecture, and even more importantly, the cities which contain them. That semester gave me a new outlook on architecture and urbanism, as well as a brand new sense and and experiential knowledge of the architecture we learn about in school. /// I am currently participating in CHICAGO STUDIO, an exploratory fourth year program which provides a neutral platform for discussing architecture and the urban environment. The studio focuses on urban research and radical proposals for sites in the city. Through this program I am getting to interact with leading minds in architecture and planning such partners at SOM and CANNONDESIGN, through everything from weekly pin-ups to one-on-one conversations and interviews. This studio has also given me the opportunity to work with, and develope a project for Redmoon Theater, a civically minded theatrical company who specializes in a form of site-specific, immersive theater they call “spectacle”- theater which they like perform for free in underserved communities of Chicago. At the moment, my group is developing a proposal that would transform Redmoon’s current adapted warehouse into the architectural exemplification of their contraptionized performance art.

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MIXED USE: FOR MAN + PREHISTORIC BEAST

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MIXED USE: DWELLING FOR MAN + PREHISTORIC BEAST A proposal for the close adjacency of two “residential� programs: housing and aquarium. A prehistoric creature is brought into the present and lives in a figure-eight shaped tank that rests above and beside 8 housing units, which provide their respective residents with visual links between the dwellings for man and beast. The extended closeness is an educational opportunity unlike that in any other aquarium, for human and animal residents. above: elevation/section right: longitudinal and transverse sections

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1. Concrete pile 2. Reinforced concrete grade beam and pile cap 3. Topping slab 4. 6” x 18” structural steel column with 1” thick baseplate and topplate 5. 6”x18” hollow steel rib, 6. 6”x6” hollow steel section, welded between ribs 7. Hat channels, welded to outside of rings, for fixing cladding 8. Molding acrylic tube section 9. Sylicone gasket between tube sections 10. 1” neoprene padding between acrylic and steel ring 11. 1”x1” hollow steel section, welded to structural column 12. Stainless steel screw for fixing aluminum glazing profile 13. Aluminum glazing profile 14. 1”x3” hollow steel section 15. Waterproofing layer 16. 18 gauge copper roofing 17. Stainless steel screws for fixing copper roofing 18. Stainless steel glazing channel 19. Polyethylene inlay 20. Polycarbonate cladding panels 21. Sealant tape 22. Non-shrink grout 23. Steel bolts for fixing columns 24. Hex nuts for fixing columns 25. Stainless steel screws for fixing glazing channels to 1”x1” steel sections 26. Hex nuts and bolts for connecting columns to to rings 27. Cut 6”x18” W-section welded to steel ring 28. Silicone seal between steel section and concrete slab

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1. Concrete pile 2. Reinforced concrete grade beam a 3. Topping slab 4. 6” x 18” structural steel column wit topplate 5. 6”x18” hollow steel rib, 6. 6”x6” hollow steel section, welded 7. Hat channels, welded to outside of 8. Molding acrylic tube section 9. Sylicone gasket between tube sect 10. 1” neoprene padding between ac 11. 1”x1” hollow steel section, welded 12. Stainless steel screw for fixing alu 13. Aluminum glazing profile 14. 1”x3” hollow steel section 15. Waterproofing layer 16. 18 gauge copper roofing 17. Stainless steel screws for fixing co 18. Stainless steel glazing channel 19. Polyethylene inlay 20. Polycarbonate cladding panels 21. Sealant tape 22. Non-shrink grout 23. Steel bolts for fixing columns 24. Hex nuts for fixing columns 25. Stainless steel screws for fixing gl sections 26. Hex nuts and bolts for connecting 27. Cut 6”x18” W-section welded to s 28. Silicone seal between steel sectio


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business/service/industry commercial/hotel cultural/civic/school/religious residential

CHINATOWN ISLAND An observation of existing adjacencies in Chinatown. How would people arrange themselves and their institutions if they were not bound to an imposed order? Even earth’s normal gravity? This proposal postulates about what those adjacencies might shift to, using the assumption that the cultural and commercial portions of Chinatown are its “core�, the anchor for the community. above: diagrammatic reconfigurings of Chinatown right: mapping of Chinatown as is and perspective of Chinatown as a floating isocahedron with possible alternate adjacencies

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TWO TYPOLOGIES BASIC

FOOD BIKES An urban proposal that resulted from a weekend charette with graduate students from TU Delft.

FOOD CART

Inspired by street food in Pilsen the Divvy bikes already seen throughout the city, the team proposed two types of rentable bikes, to be based (in the beginning) in Pilsen.

The bikes would increase mobility for food vendors and others from the culturally rich neighborhoods of Chicago, allowing them to start a business or promote an existing one in more parts of the city. They would also offer another chance at training and employment, as there would need to be a technician to maintain them.

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As they cross borders within Chicago, the bikes could act as part of the brand for their neighborhood of origin, becoming marketing through specific color codings and graphics. In the end, the bikes would facilitate cross city awareness, aid in the creation and promotion of small business, and even just get good food into more parts of the City.

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NATURE CONSERVANCY’S WARM SPRINGS VISITOR CTR. The visitor center restores the ridgeline of the mountain and makes it occupiable. The views into the valley are maintained with cut-throughs.

Restroom 100ft2

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Meeting 700ft2

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A landing/launching pad and orienting device for time travelers. A place for time travelers to learn about the context of their current time period. The R+E center provides showers, sleeping accommodations and period correct clothes for the time travelers, as well as sitting rooms and offices for scholarly work. The contents of the interior are periodically curated so as to remain up to date. People from the current time can also take advantage of the time traveler’s presence by listening to their first hand accounts of historical events. above: site plan right: concept board

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above: exterior perspective right: longitudinal section and second level plan

elevator 200 sf

service elevator 200 sf

Loading Dock 200 sf

A trash room 200 sf

WC 100 sf

elev. Mech 100 sf

WC 100 sf

elev. 100 sf

Lobby 1000 sf

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PETROSINO PARK INTERVENTION you know what I mean though? you know what I mean though? you know what I mean though?

yeah, I guess. but still, you can’t help freaking out a little yeah, I guess. but still, you can’t help freaking out a little yeah, I guess. but still, you can’t help freaking out a little

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PETROSINO PARK INTERVENTION A reimagination of Petrosino Park in Manhattan, NY. The park is replanted with trees and turf, and a partial grid of sound sensitive “light posts” installed, which increase the intensity of light emitted in reaction to noises nearby. This creates a safer environment at night, turn the park into a more reactive/ interactive site.

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previous page: sequential plans showing reaction of light posts to increased noise above: plan showing grids for trees and light posts right: perspective and sections of the noise-reactive light posts

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there we go! nya nya!

there we go! nya nya! there we go! nya nya!

you hungry? there’s a good spot on the corner

you hungry? there’s a good spot on the corner you hungry? there’s a good spot on the corner

yeah, that sounds great

yeah, that sounds great yeah, that sounds great

repent! the end is nigh!

repent! the end is nigh! repent! the end is nigh! didn’t they say that last year?

didn’t they say that last year? didn’t they say that last year?

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CONTRAPTIONIZED ENVIRONMENT ephemeral spatial conditions

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CONTRAPTIONIZED ENVIRONMENT

1. West Hall - used by Redmoon for storage, performance and production. Also used for outreach programs and as rentable space.

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The adaptive reuse of a warehouse in Pilsen, Chicago, focused on the underused western portion of the building. This project exemplifies the performance style and aesthetic of Redmoon theater. Supporting their spatial and programmatic needs, but also amplifying what they do, 24 platforms suspended from a spaceframe structure allow for a constantly variable spatial condition. The platforms give Redmoon a more dynamic performance environment, amplifying the immersiveness of their style, but also allowing them greater flexibility with storage or hosting community outreach programs. Above them, the spaceframe gives a new structure, independent of the existing warehouse, from which any number of contraptions and equipment can be hung.

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2. Spectacle Hall - performance space.

3. Wood Shop - used for production of sets and props, and storage/auxiliary functions for performances. 4. Metal Shop - used for production of sets and props, and storage/auxiliary functions for performances.

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6. Office - houses the day-to-day administrative functions of the theater.

7. Catwalk - used as a ‘VIP lounge’ during events.

previous page: conceptual image showing the warehouse during a performance

8. Platforms - each individually adustable to allow for dynamic performances, as well as out of the way storage or spatial elements for defining smaller rooms within the large hall. 9. Elevated Bar - Fixed platforms above W/C used as a bar or incorporated into performances.

above: partial sectionshowing a collage of Redmoon functions and programs right:plan showing platforms, new columns and spaceframe, with existing catwalk and warehouse structure

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1. West Hall - used by Redmoon for storage, performance and production. Also used for outreach programs and as rentable space. 2. Spectacle Hall - performance space. 3. Wood Shop - used for production of sets and props, and storage/auxiliary functions for performances. 4. Metal Shop - used for production of sets and props, and storage/auxiliary functions for performances. 5. Water Closet 6. Office - houses the day-to-day administrative functions of the theater. 7. Catwalk - used as a ‘VIP lounge’ during events. 8. Platforms - each individually adustable to allow for dynamic performances, as well as out of the way storage or spatial elements for defining smaller rooms within the large hall. 9. Elevated Bar - Fixed platforms above W/C used as a bar or incorporated into performances.

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“I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world ... All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules.” -Lebbeus Woods



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