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rebirth:

cairo, egypt

regenerating cairo’s manuscript institute and enhancing a cultural district

The urban design for downtown Cairo was inspired by the proximity of important buildings and the public importance of Tahrir Square. The main concept is connection; both of places to each other and of the public to places. Because of its current popularity and poor conditions, the East bank of the Nile will be augmented by natural riverfront and floating walkways. This intervention connects people to the river and connects the river to the city. Palm trees are applied along a new network that connects the area around Tahrir Square with Gezira Island and its cultural buildings.

CONNECTING EXISTING NODES

REPAIRING A DAMAGED RESOURCE

FORMALIZING INFORMAL USES

REUSING FORGOTTEN SPACE


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The architectural intervention seeks to restore the Institut d’Egypte and connect Egyptians and visitors alike to history and to information. This is done with the addition of a cafe, museum, and document restoration lab. Because of the size of the museum, a perforated metal screen inspired by traditional mashrabiya covers the two buildings and puts the existing building on display.


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Old Town Cultural History Museum - Portland, oRegon Collaboration with visiting Japanese students on the urban design lead to the development of a new program for the neighborhood: a mixed use residential and office building above a cultural history center. This building contains an archive, document restoration lab, exhibit space, group rooms, and a small theatre for community events. An existing historical building was incorporated into the design of the building and informs the proportions of the new building’s elevations.

ofďŹ ces roof deck curtain wall system perforated metal skin

detailed section perspective


apartments

exhibit and archive in building addition

upper level of Blanchet House

exhibits

cafe and residential entrance original Blanchet House


Collaboration with meiji university

tokyo and kyoto

After collaborating with visiting Japanese students and completing Fall Term, our studio took a trip to Japan. We presented our projects together with the Japanese students for a grand final review and a student from each country and site were chosen to present to the AIA Tokyo chapter. My project was chosen for our site and I got to present at Meiji University. We also went on day trips to towns around Tokyo and had a weekend in Kyoto. During our travels, we had several sketching exercises and took countless pictures.

presentation with meiji students

some american and japanese students together in tokyo

presentation to aia tokyo


pagoda, kyoto

statue sketches

senso-ji temple, tokyo

mount fuji sketch


s.l.a.m.d. center - sri lankan artisan made drums balapitiya, sri lanka Situated in Balapitiya, Sri Lanka, the SLAMD Center strives to promote traditional drum making and playing locally and internationally. Included is a workshop, living quarters, storage, a shop, pavilions, and a stage. All of this is nestled within the mangroves, preserving existing trees on the site and connecting to the Maduganga River. Vernacular materials such as wood, stone, and tile were used in the design of the building. Wood in different stages of the drum making process forms the walls of the workspace.

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Maryland Elementary school

Phoenix, arizona

This was a team project and sought to connect the school and the neighborhood to nature. Team work was focused towards site and landscape design. The school was connected to nature through natural daylight and ventilation, a view towards the Piestewa Peak Mountain Preserve, a large courtyard space, and the park throughout the site. The neighborhood was provided a shaded and planted parkway that surrounds and enters the site.

entry

main entrance

multi-use space

court view to mountains


north elevation (landscape added by group mate Travis Jones)

classroom interior


honors college study abroad

athens, heraklion, rome

After freshman year at ASU, I went on a 6 week study abroad with Barett, the Honors College. We lived in Athens, Greece; Heraklion, Crete, and Rome, Italy for one week, one week, and four weeks respectively. While there, we explored our cities, experienced day to day life, studied local ancient history, admired ruins and artifacts, and forayed into the countryside to visit surrounding places. This trip fit into my passion for world travel, thirst for new experiences, and interest in ancient history and architecture.


macdonald center courtyard - arch. for humanity - pdx This project is the redevelopment of a courtyard for the Macdonald Center in Old Town Portland. “The Macdonald Center is a leader in providing outreach and support services to the ‘forgotten poor’ in the heart of Portland, Oregon.” (from website) Work on this project included design charrettes, work in Revit and Sketchup, client meetings, and hands-on experience laying brick pavers and restoring donated benches. This experience has allowed me to work on a project in every phase of design, including use.

Sketch plan from most recent charrette, done with group and traced by group leader Nicole Holt


graphics -band logos and studio projects Studio Projects - logos and branding

WATER EDUCATION & SCIENCE CENTER OF TEMPE

WMP - logo, album art, tshirt

The Pedestrians- logo, album art, flyers, show posters

Tatem - tshirt design, flyers, show posters

Thoth - logo, album art, flyers

Jellied Brainz - Album Cover


graphic explorations

This work was done in a class called “Professional Installations” which was mainly focused on creating professional quality work for our architectural studio thesis projects. The interesting thing about the class was being able to do weekly graphic-design exercises that not only helped us work with InDesign or Illustrator, but also expand our abilities and the ways we looked at transparency, modularity, pattern, color, and figure ground. (images as such left to right, top to bottom)

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personal musical project and dirigible doumbek graphics This project stemmed from my own musical project, a recording of three original instrumental compositions in the summer of 2012.

Inspired by ancient Egyptian and Indian gods and goddesses, I decided to create a part-animal part-human creation for each song and another for the entire musical project. The work on these images led to a bellydance and musical troupe to ask for a similar treatment of each of their dancers. The dancers chose their animals and took their own group pictures. I also used a few photographs of the dancers to create some fully human images.


experimental stringed instrument and two cajons musical instruments Prompted by several courses on fabrication and inspired by my own interest in musical instruments, I decided to make a stringed

instrument and two different cajons. The stringed instrument was made first and the arabesque pattern was also applied to one of the cajons. The other cajon has my hand CNC routed into each side and the lasercut as the sound hole. The purpose of the CNC hands was to personalize the instrument and make picking it up easier. All of the instruments are functional and successfully make music. The cajons are made from MDF and Birch Plywood. The stringed instrument is made from only scrap MDF and Birch Plywood.

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tusken raider mask from star Wars/“left hand of doom” from hellboy Film Repilicas The Tusken Raider mask was made using some re-purposed materials: a milk jug, an old drum head, several highlighters, empty juice bottles, old pens, cardboard, scrap leather, and an old baseball cap. The only relatively new materials were the tan fabric, black mesh, adhesives, and spray paint. The Hellboy Arm was made using children’s interlocking foam tiles and a milk jug with string and metal eyelets for the internal mechanics. After construction, the foam was cut, carved, and spray painted. Both film replicas can be worn and used.

Tusken Raider Mask - has vented mouth opening and sunglass-lense eye openings

Hellboy Arm - has functional moving fingers


lasercut acrylic, leather, and wood earrings jewelry Inspired by a jewelry class at UO that other studnets took, I decided to start designing and making my own earrings. I used various

colors of acrylic, a few kinds of leather, and several types of wood to create around 20 designs. Earrings include arabesque, geometrical, floral, and animal designs. Creating the earrings required testing the materials with the laser cutters and finding the most ideal intricacy and scale of the pieces. Weight, hue, transparency, and texture were taken into account when deciding on the proper materials for the proper designs.


the study or practice of fermentation in brewing, winemaking, or distilling zymurgy For my home-brewing projects I designed a logo, created vinyl stickers and a stamp, and brewed beer, mead, and cider using hand-picked local fruit. The analysis of malts, hops, yeasts, and additions help make recipes. Baking using spent grain and spent grain flour minimizes waste. Varieties So Far - IPA, Coffee Doughnut Stout, Edelweiss, Blackberry Honey Ale, Raspberry Wheat, Peach Cobbler Ale, Blueberry Cider, Apple Cider, Blueberry Mead, Ale Mead


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