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aahana miller Master of Architecture Candidate 2018 PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania


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Skein

Light it Up

Warp and Weft

Design + Build

Design of an exhibit space

Intervention in Philadelphia

Design and Build a Pavilion

Prototype of a classroom for rural schools

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Design the World

Voronoi

Mirror Mirror

Bombay Deco

Design of an alternative world

Furniture intervention at a homeless shelter

Chapel for the RISD community

Restoration of an Art Deco facade

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5+1 Memos for the Next Millenium

Le Fl창neur

Chowk @ Nana Chowk

Vastu Home

Expansion of the RISD Museum

Entrance and exhibit design for the RISD Museum

Intervention at Nana Chowk, Mumbai

Family home in Indore

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Nomad

Traveler

Nester

Tropic of Capricorn

Apartment for a family

Housing in Sri Lanka

Movable home

Budget hotel


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Skein

Concept - This project is based on the film Mon Oncle and Louis Kahn’s idea of served and service spaces. I explored the relationship between a flexible served spaces that can be manipulated by the service spaces, based on the user’s needs.

University of Pennsylvania First Year Studio Project Duration - 2 Months Date of Completion - December 2015 Project Brief - Design an exhbition space to house Russel Wright’s objects that will be located in Manitoga, New York.

Is it possible to create a flexible space which one can manipulate based on their personality? Is it possible to push the spaces to a limit to create intentionally highly uncomfortable spaces versus highly open, flexible spaces? Are there spaces that can be served and service?

Plan Scale 1/16” = 1’


The woven membrane acts as a roof to shade as well as block certain views to maintain privacy

The minimum service space is 20 inches The bathroom is a service space housed in a served space

Generic served spaces Maximum area 1500 sq ft The service envelope acts as the structure to support the served spaces

A minimum height of 8 feet of service space allows a person to occupy it, making it a service space as well as a served space

Section Scale 1/16� = 1’


< The exploded axonometric dissects the complexity of the structure.

Woven roof membrane

The framework serves the served spaces by manipulating its skin making each generic space flexible with the help of this structural envelope.

Ciculation comprising of stairs, ramps and an elevator

Structural framework

Generic served spaces

Axonometric

Section Perspective

Exploded Axonometric


The served space can be opened up to create windows, skylights and doors. The floors and walls can be manipulated to create furniture and shelving.

Doors

Skylights LOOKING IN: Ramps and stairs move in and out of the spaces

UNCLE HULOT ENJOYS THE CIRCULATION: The circulation has strategic viewing points

WALKING IN BETWEEN: One can walk between the served spaces

WOVEN MEMBRANE: The wowen membrane not only shades but also blocks views

INTERIOR: The interior of the space can be manipulated by the user

VIEW FROM THE TOP: Spaces on top of the served spaces are occupiable

Windows Shelves

Furniture


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Light it Up University of Pennsylvania 3rd place Competition Winner Project Duration - 1 Week Date of Completion - January 2016 Project Brief - Design an intervention for the Spring Garden Station in Philadelphia. Concept - LIGHT IT UP organizes information through virtual reality in the site surrounding Spring Garden Station. The collective information generated by each userâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior takes on a physical form as a system of lights that animates the neighborhood. Using mind-reading technology and mobile devices, users can access and control LIGHT IT UP and a system of lights will then guide them through the area, providing way-finding, safety and delight. A light beacon, made entirely of light, would appear and change locations depending on the activities, emotions and needs of the constituencies that inhabit the neighborhood.


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

TYPE A - 1” THICK

Warp and Weft

TYPE 2 - 5’ LONG TYPE 3 - 4’ LONG TYPE 4 - 3’ LONG TYPE 5 - 2’ LONG TYPE 6 - 1’ LONG

Project Brief - Design and build a a pavilion for Russel Wright’s home in Manitoga Concept - We were interested in Russell Wright’s notion of a modern home that he writes extensively about in his book Guide to Easier Living. He advocates for a home being a space of personal expression, not a place where comfort, ease and spontaneity are sacrificed. On further studying Wright’s home in Manitoga, we noticed that he declassified spaces by creating loose boundaries between areas that would have otherwise been delineated, had they been built with the mainstream aesthetic of the time. We found that his extensive use of glass in his home helped him achieve this sense of openness, as well as his strategic placement of furniture to help imply space. With our pavilion design, we aim to achieve some balance of privacy, movement and openness by establishing woven boundaries through folded frames and multi-planar weaving. Weaving either closer together and further apart influences the kinds of views and movement we can endure, as well as the quality of light and shadow.

TYPE a 1/2” Spacing

TYPE b 1” Spacing

TYPE c 2” Spacing

TYPE d 1” Alternate Spacing

TYPE e 1/2” Half Rod Spacing

TYPE f 1” Half Rod Spacing

Kit of Parts

WOODEN DOWELS

OVERLAY 3-PLY ROPE

2-PLY ROPE

DOWELLED JOINT CREATING CONCEALED JOINERY

3D PRINTED JOINT JOINT EXPLORATION 1

JOINT EXPLORATION 2

TYPE C - 1/2” THICK

TYPE 1 - 6’ LONG

PennDesign - First Year Studio Group Project Project Duration - 2 Months Date of Completion - October 2015

MITERED BUTT JOINTS

TYPE B - 3/4” THICK

EYELET SIZE

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THREADED STUD USED TO LENGTHEN DOWELS

Structural Joinery


MORE LIGHT 2 DIMENSIONAL SINGLE PLANE WEAVING

3 DIMENSIONAL CROSS WEAVING

LESS LIGHT PARALLEL WEAVE

LOW DENSITY CROSS WEAVE

PARABOLIC WEAVE

HIGH DENSITY CROSS WEAVE

Weaving Patterns

Woven boundaries are able to create a variation of conditions within each individual plane created. Weaving either closer together and further apart influences the kinds of views and movement we can endure, as well as the quality of light and shadow. Overlaying these already composite woven frames can produce an even greater amount of complexity in how these properties are experienced. Additionally, these experiences are able to differ depending on where an individual interacting with our pavilion is located spatially. By creating an active boundary, we are able to reiterate and further explore the kind of versatility of design that Wright advocated for in his life and works. We arranged these woven boundaries to create a triangulated, three dimensional structures out of wooden rods that join and notch together as they cross one another. These triangulated components are able to aggregate together, being further dissolved perceptually by the type of hidden joinery that allows these crossing wooden rods to come together. Process Models


COMPONENT 1

COMPONENT 2

Components oriented to create a singular semi enclosed space

COMPONENT 3

Components oriented to create linear space

Aggregations of Components

Rare earth magnets

Magnetic Joint Components oriented to create pockets of space

The arrangement of triangulated woven frames gives rise to pockets of space on either side of the boundary that are able to foster different types of activity. The performance of the newly dissolved and woven boundary is able to trigger multiple appropriations and uses, beyond, but also included and inspired by domestic ones. By this method of aggregation, we create three discrete units that are connected with removable magnetic joints. This allows those interacting with the space to reorient and adjust the built environment to best suit the kinds of activities they would like to engage in.

Details


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Design + Build Studio - Design Build: Wintersession in Costa Rica Project Duration - 1.5 months Date of Completion - February 2014 Collaboration with RISD Students and Earth University Project Brief - To design and build a classroom prototype that will serve as an example of sustainable building practices in the dry tropics. RISD has been engaged, since 2007 in collaborative studios with EARTH University, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foremost school of sustainable agriculture. Concept - This studio was a culmination of a year of research and design study on the development of this off the grid, hi-tech/low-tech classroom for rural schools in the dry tropical region of Costa Rica. We built the learning environment at the La Flor Campus of EARTH University.

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Exchange at Kyoto Seika University, Japan Studio - Design the World Project Duration - 4 Months Date of Completion - July 2012

Individual’s Space - space for 1 person or one function

Project Brief - To design a new world which can have its own rules. Concept - In the world today, there is an imbalance between the individual and society. However, the individual is as important as society and has the right to choose their relationships. People move continuously in and out of the home. I wanted to design adaptive housing that changes with every families’ day to day living.

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The norms for this new world would be : There is no such thing as a “marriage” The world is accepting of same sex partners and open relationships People change their job every 10 years Plato referred to polyhedra as the basic building blocks of creation and credited their “structural harmony” while bringing “order out of chaos.” These forms will create order and will also allow free and flexible movement. Each unit is a polyhedron which can be attached to other polyhera as people form relationships.

Home - Individuals’ space can be combined to create a family space

Bathroom

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Dining / kitchen

Community - Families’ homes can be combined to create a community


Small spaces for individuals and larger spaces for families

Example of individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home with furniture

CONFIGURATION OF COMMUNITIES


Proteins are made up of a string of molecules that are bonded together. The design of the public space is based on the structure of a Protein. Like polyhedra, proteins are also the building blocks of life. Their structure is such that they continuously change and yet keep their function and order constant. The spiral form that I created is also made up of individual units that are interconnected; the individual units and communities can plug-in to the spiral. The helical form gets larger at the top, thus the communities are more concentrated at the bottom. The main spiral is a closed pressure system and is airtight and sealed. In the future, land will be scarce, man will have to start building in the sea thus this is where â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;my worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is located. It is completely self sufficient and gets its energy from solar panels, wind turbines, bio-fuel and wave power.


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Voronoi

RISD Studio - Housing Affects Project Duration - 3 months Date of Completion - January 2013

Objects Random points in space or points that map specific objects in space

Project Brief - To design an intervention for the Woonsocket homeless shelter, keeping in mind the importance of personal artifacts of the residents. Concept - The room in the shelter that I chose had no storage system and objects were precariously piled on top of each other. The residents required a storage system that organized their belongings. Playing around with the software program Grasshopper, I discovered Voronoi diagrams which are a way to subdivide space systematically. Along with possessing structural properties, Voronoi diagramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; resemblance to natural formations add life to the homeless shelter, making it one with nature. It is interesting to see the transition from the computer model to the final Masonite installation on site.

Effect Connecting the points

Installation Video - http://vimeo.com/user12078591/shelvingvideo

Affect Creation of a Voronoi diagramdecomposition and systematic division of space into polyhedra determined by distances to points in space The room before the intervention


Color Coded Scheme to Organize Objects FLAT SURFACES

Flat voronois for small objects like toiletries, cleaning items, bottles etc.

ANGLED VORONOIS

Voronois at an angle for items that do not need a flat surface like clothes, boxes, small books, dvds, food etc

VORONOIS ON TOP

Voronois on top for storage boxes or items that will not be used often

VOIDS

Voids for closet space


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Mirror Mirror RISD Third Year Studio Project Duration - 6 weeks Date of Completion - December 2011

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Project Brief - To design a non denominational chapel to meet the spiritual needs of RISD and Brown university students, faculty and staff with their multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious backgrounds. Only the ground floor and outside courtyard of the existing building are to be redesigned. The existing columns cannot be removed.

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Concept - Coming from India, I was exposed to so many religions. I realized that a lot of religions share the same beliefs but interpret them in different ways. Using the idea that religions are mirror images of each other, I developed the concept perception. The chapel is mirrored along a central axis and that played with illusion and perspective.

First Floor Layout

Taking advantage of the existing columns, I created nooks that are individual meditation rooms. The walls are angled and doorways become narrower to make the central passage look longer than it actually is. From the meditation space one transitions into a small waiting area before entering the chapel. A small slit/gap between the walls allows one to catch a glimpse of the chapel inside. One would have to walk around these walls and enter the chapel from the side, in order to get a richer perspective of the interiors. When entering the main chapel area, the first thing one would see a mirror reflecting the sky. Light coming in bounces off the mirror and enters the space, symbolic of â&#x20AC;&#x153;heavenâ&#x20AC;?. The walls inside the chapel converge to make the space larger. The hidden doors on the sides are used as exits. The cyclic circulation path makes the experience more dramatic. Access to the roof is by the stairs or by the elevator on the side.

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Second Floor Layout

KEY: 1. Cafe and seating near entrance 2. Security 3. Storage and bathrooms 4. Meditation rooms

5. Waiting area 6. Chapel 7. Chapel storage 8. Roof 9. Exit

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YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Bombay Deco

Project at ABM Architects Project Duration - 2.5 years Date of Completion - December 2016 Project History - The Breach Candy Hospital was planned at the end of the Bombay Art Deco movement (also known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bombay Decoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, hence the existing building has a few Art Deco elements. Over the years, the building has undergone several additions and alterations to accommodate new health care facilities. Project Brief - To propose a new facade design, with the objective of expressing an enhanced Art Deco character and to visually conceal the numerous mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements which were introduced in the 1980s. Concept - Some of the key design aspects of the Art Deco movement are depicted through the use of linear geometric patterns and shapes like polygons, trapezoids, zig zags. The design of the facade is pure, allowing these few key Art Deco elements to stand out. This new facade achieves the Art Deco look without disturbing the location of existing windows and services. We proposed frontage is a glass reinforced concrete (GRC) facade on a skeletal sub frame, which is independent and yet pinned to the existing structure. GRC will resist pollution and humidity without loading the structure.

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Structural steel framing M.S. Art Deco design grill Existing Window G.R.C. panels Steel frame to fix GRC panel Existing RCC projection

Schematic Facade Section

Window grills

Proposed Facade

Lattice work

Fluting


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

RISD Studio - Narrative Museum Project Duration - 1.5 months Date of Completion - June 2013 Project Brief - To design an exhibition space as an expansion of the existing RISD museum based on Italo Calvino’s book Six Memos for the Next Millennium. To give flexibility to the museum’s curators to allow for the special exhibits of guest curators. Our ‘collector’ is not a real person, but instead exists in our minds as a 21st century version of the flâneur. Concept - To create a montage of interconnecting spaces. Using Calvino’s book as the inspiration for my design, I thought of each of the six memos as separate spaces in the museum, which are connected by a narrative or a circulation system; between them and through the museum. The RISD museum itself is a montage of different buildings, built at different times, and its existing alleyways and bridges continue as a concept in my design. The first memo is lightness which starts right at the top and is connected to the existing bridge of the RISD museum. The last chapter on “Consistency”, which was left incomplete, is the special exhibition space. I also played with the idea of duality of each memo. For example “lightness” vs “darkness”. Quotes above the doors guide the flâneur through the space.

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vs Darkness/Weight Purity, whiteness, weightlessness, get rid of heaviness, lofty “One should be light like a bird not like a feather”

vs Slowness Cyclic, repetition, time, traveler, progression, rush of ideas “The theme that interests us here is not physical speed, but the relationship between physical speed and speed of mind.” vs Inexactitude Precision, incisive, clarity “My discomfort arises from the loss of form that I notice in life.”

vs Invisibility Voyeurism, vista “The only thing I knew was that there was a visual image at the source of all my stories.”

vs Individuality Infinity “system of systems” “multiplying the details” vs Inconsistency ? Flexibility: Since he left the last chapter incomplete it can be interpreted in any way


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YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Le Flâneur

RISD Studio - Narrative Museum Project Duration - 1 month Date of Completion - March 2013 Project Brief Part 1 : To design a temporary entrance for the RISD museum. Part 2 : To design a temporary exhibit space that complements your entrance. A curator will be assigned to you who will choose the objects for the exhibit. Concept - Part 1: The concept chosen by my curator was ‘Le Flâneur’, who wandered the streets and arcades of Paris merely as an observer. I looked at the arches in French arcades as a source of inspiration. I designed the entrance such that you walk through a series of wooden arches from the street right into the museum. Some of the arches are also replicated around the door frames leading to the main exhibit space. Many elements of the interior exhibit are replicated outside. A screen on the wall shows a film of people walking the streets of Paris.

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Concept - Part 2 : The curator chose a collection of objects that are seen in a city. The site I chose was the central gallery in the RISD museum which resembles an arcade. Proposal - I designed our exhibit to look like a city with blocks that resembled buildings to hold the objet d’art. The flâneur would be a visitor to this mini city in the museum. In addition to walking between the blocks, I also designed a platform so that the flâneur could get an aerial view of the “city” below.

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I also played with the lighting - spot lights continuously changing their focus on each object at a time, forcing the fl창neur to look at only the objects that are being highlighted, sometimes illuminating an empty pedestal, thus drawing attention to the lack of an artifact.


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Choke @ Nana Chowk Chow k

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2014, Mumbai Project Duration - 1 month Date of Completion - February 2014 Collaboration with Aashti Miller (Cornell University) Project Brief - As part of the Urban Design and Architecture section of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 2014, ‘Mumbai on the Move’ invited college students of architecture to design and readdress the growth plan of the city, and evaluate the points of contention in making the city a better place for its inhabitants. A ‘Chowk’ is the central area where crossroads meet. On our short trip to Nana Chowk, we found that the fusion of all social classes of people was evident in the so called modern high-rises and the modest old Bombay colonial structures. The ‘choke’ was obstructed by an underutilized sky bridge. The central column of the structure was connected to the pathways around that branched onto the various side streets. This posed a problem not only to the residents of the nearby buildings, but also to the traffic.

Site map showing Nana Chowk and other areas of Mumbai


Concept - A simple roundabout garden at the center of the road intersection would be more pleasing to the eye. We wished to implement green roof technologies on most small buildings in the area as they received ample sunlight. Additionally, we wanted to combine the sky bridge and sidewalks into crosswalks, which would enable pedestrians to cross the roads safely. A gradual slope would enable cars to go over them with ease, forming a gentle speed breaker. In addition to the green roofs, the crosswalks could be made into ‘green walks’. Our strategy was to redesign Nana Chowk, and by extension, the rest of Mumbai city, using the same ‘central garden’ and ‘green walks’ theme.

Exploded Axonometric of Green Walk


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Vastu Home

Project at ABM Architects Project Duration - 1 year Date of Completion - May 2015 Project Brief - To design a family home in Indore, in Central India, for the client who lives in California nine months in a year. The layout of the home should follow the basic rules of Vastu Shastra (which is the Indian Planning Science). The site abuts an internal road on the West and a public park on the South. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When inner space and outer space resonate together in harmony then peacefulness, vitality, health, prosperity, and dynamic, ecstatic creativity become the natural order and effortless experience.â&#x20AC;? Brahmarishi Mayan, circa 10,500 BC Concept - According to the rules of Vastu Shastra, the floor plan is based on a nine part grid. Each of the rooms are placed in these parts. For example the master bedrooms can only be placed in the South and the kitchen only in the Eastern section of the house. The beds and furniture are arranged so they also comply with the rules of Vastu.

First Floor Plan

Since the climate of Indore is extreme with very little rainfall, an indoor temperature controlled swimming pool is proposed. Large sliding folding doors connect the central double height space of the house overlooking the public park. Materials and textures wrap the building as they continue seamlessly from the outside to the inside. Windows are placed strategically to create vistas from one space into another; at the same time there is privacy. Pockets of green through the house integrate the interior and the exterior. North NW

NE Avoid Bedrooms

Avoid Bedrooms

Kitchen

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CenterOpen Space

Bathrooms

Master Bedroom

Living And Dining

Additional Bedroom

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Vastu Shastra Diagram

Second Floor Plan


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Nomad

RISD Third Year Studio Project Duration - 2 weeks Date of Completion - February 2011 Project Brief - To design a home for a nomad who travels with his/ her possessions. Concept - The concept for this project is a compact object that opened up like a matchbox, consisting of two compartments; one coming out of the other. The plans are simply rendered: The kitchen, dining and bathroom immovable; the seating area, bed, closet and desk part of the home that opening up; the sofa doubling up as a bed; the chairs and coffee table folding up and being stored away under the dining table. The swinging doors make the space more open and the large windows are placed to get a good view of the outside and to let enough light into the space. I wished to create a home that was spacious and comfortable so that it will feel like a home away from home.

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YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

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Traveler RISD Third Year Studio Project Duration - 3.5 weeks Date of Completion - March 2011 Project Brief - To explore the accommodation of a traveler with the intent of guiding his/her perceptions and interactions with other unknowns and to provide comfort and personal space in a communal setting. There are no set number of rooms or travelers to be accommodated. However the approach should result in efficient use of this space. Concept - The building does not get direct sunlight but has enough ambient light. I began drawing the light and shadow lines that struck the building and used the triangular shapes to create voids in each floor to filter the light through the building. The voids are placed over the corridors and the lounges where the movement of people will be the greatest in order to draw people out into the common areas. Translucent glass covers the voids to maintain privacy. The program is inverted so the public spaces are on the roof and 5th floor of the building. There is a swimming pool on the roof, so that light passing through the water creates an interesting effect in the lobby and dining areas. The glass elevator is also lit, so the traveler entering the hotel sees the light and is drawn up to the top floor immediately. To play around more with the light, I created voids in the walls around the staircases, some of which are back lit. In addition, the floating stairs allow light to pass through them to form shadows in the stairwell.

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I also considered peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sleeping habits. Since the sun moves from East to West, the North facade gets the morning sun and North side rooms could be for early risers. The West facade gets light in the evenings, and hence those rooms will be for people who like to sleep in late.

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YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Nester

RISD Second Year Studio Project Duration - 5 weeks Date of Completion - May 2011 Project Brief - To create a residential space for a young couple that will allow them to live and work in close proximity. They believe that they will live here forever. Client Profile - Ian is a set designer and painter who sometimes works at his home office/ studio. Rachel is a chef and is working on a menu with her staff in the couple’s kitchen. The couple has 3 children Noah, and twin daughters Jane and Tammy. The program- Living room, dining room, kitchen and food storage, master bedroom and master bathroom, children’s bedroom and bathroom, studio space and meeting area/office area. Concept - While doing precedent research on Pierre Chareau’s Glass House, I developed two concepts- division of space through partitions and transparency. I combined these two concepts to create translucent partitions. The two partitions in the living/dining/studio area are made of a unique flexible partition material called Softwall. These partitions can be adjusted accordingly to divide the space and create privacy. Another partition exists in the twin’s bedroom so that they can create a temporary partition between their beds. When it came to designing the bathrooms I wanted to turn something that might be static and boring into something with motion and character. I created a rounded form in order to give the bathrooms ‘movement’. The bathroom between the kids’ bedrooms acts as a partition between the rooms as storage shelves as well. Their walls are translucent Corian to create an interesting shadowy effect. There is more than enough storage in the apartment. The shelves have a double layer- one shelf moves in front of the other creating a deeper storage space. The shelves are back lit to play with light and shadow.

Parti Sketches

Floor Plans showing various combinations of partitions


YEAR : 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

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Project at ABM Architects Project Duration - 2 years Date of Completion - June 2016

Project Brief - To design tropical housing, which is relevant to the lifestyle in Sri Lanka. Concept - The architectural design recreates Sri Lankan vernacular forms, keeping the floor plans simple and open. Taking into account the climate in Sri Lanka, which is warm and humid, the plan provides natural cross ventilation, thus reducing the need for air conditioning. Additionally, the homes are designed to receive plenty of natural light. In keeping with the building practices of the region, the use of sustainable locally available materials like compressed earth walls, a timber framework and stone cladding become part of the architecture. Pitched coconut thatched roofs allow rising heat to escape with a drainage system for rain water harvesting. The habitat is surrounded by nature, bringing in the outdoors and vice versa.

Concept for layout of apartments - A central axis runs though the space, flanked with rooms on either side

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Concept for layout of villas - Each of the spaces are independent of each other. They are connected by a central circulation system, which allows for connectivity and privacy.

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CURRICULUM VITAE EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA Masters of Architecture | 2018 Certificate in Historic Preservation 3rd place winner of the Schenk-Woodman Competition | 2016 January Courses in: Revit, Construction, Environmental Systems and Structures

Interior Architect | ABM Architects Mumbai, India | 2014 March - 2015 July Designed and executed designs for commercial and residential spaces, with an emphasis on sustainable design and historical preservation. Coordinated with contractors and furniture and lighting consultants for cohesive design documentation.

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) | Providence, RI Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Architecture | 2013 Graduated as an Honors Student RISD Design Build in Costa Rica | 2013 January - February Kyoto Seika University | Study Abroad | Kyoto, Japan | 2012 Spring Courses in: Revit, Lighting, Scheme Detailing, Graphic Design and Drawing

DESIGN AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES Volunteered for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Mumbai, India | 2013 October - 2015 February Designed and built furniture for a homeless shelter Woonsocket, RI | 2012 September - 2013 March Constructed a sustainable classroom prototype for rural schools Costa Rica | 2013 January - February Assisted with a housing rehabilitation project for Tsunami victims Tohoku, Japan | 2012 July

Interior Architect | Somaya & Kalappa Consultants Mumbai, India | 2013 July - 2014 February Conceptualized and prepared presentations for a range of projects from residential to university campuses. Office Assistant | RISD Office of International Programs Providence, RI | 2010 - 2013 Assisted with data entry, organizational administration and basic graphic design. Intern | Julian Marshall LCC Pawtucket, RI | 2012 January - February Collaborated with other RISD students to design and create the entire set for the film â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Obey the Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; tasks included building movable walls, creating graffiti for walls and building furniture. Apprentice | SJK Architects Mumbai, India | 2011 July - August Assisted with furniture design for hospitality projects, specifically for bedrooms and common spaces; also worked on AutoCAD drawings, layouts and renderings.

SKILLS Computer skills | AutoCAD 3D, Revit, Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, Cinema 4D, Vray, Maya, Adobe Suite, knowledge of simple website design (css and html). Ability to learn programs quickly and adapt them to studio needs.

Art and Design skills | Experience with prototyping, model making and basic wood shop tools; trained in mixed media - acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pencil, charcoal, pen and photography. Familiar with a broad range of graphic design skills for creating layouts and logos

Organizational skills | Exceptional organizational abilities and time management skills; resourceful, detail oriented, self-disciplined, hardworking, problem solver

Languages | English, Hindi, Familar with Marathi, Gujarati


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