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ABIGAIL NELSON ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO 2014-2016


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resume urban nature superimposition pore space [r]evolve connect to collect projection hobbyist retreat park[ing] day shelter lounge reed design


A B O UT

M E

My name is Abby Nelson and I am from Omaha, Nebraska. As a kid, I designed dozens of houses on The Sims. After finding out I could d e s i g n b u i l d i n g s a s a c a r e e r, I s t a r t e d m y path towards becoming an architect. My goal is to design architecture with a focus on sustainable and humanitarian design. I hope to extend the effectiveness of architecture in an e n v i r o n m e n t a l l y c o n s i d e r a t e m a n n e r. I b e l i e v e everyone should have access to the power of innovative architecture.

“A r c h i t e c t s h a v e t o d r e a m . W e h a v e to search for our Atlantises, to be explorers, adventurers, and yet to build responsibly and well.� Renzo Piano

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AB I G A I L

NE L S ON ( 4 0 2 ) 9 6 0 - 2 4 1 5 a b b y n e l s o 1 4 @ g m a i l . c o m

2016 N 32nd St Lincoln, NE 68503

E D UC AT IO N Class of 2018

University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Lincoln, NE Major: Architecture Minor: Environmental Studies C u m u l a t i v e G PA : 3 . 8 6 6 C u m u l a t i v e S t u d i o G PA : 4 . 0

EXPERIENCE May 2016 - Aug 2016

Reed Design Architects | Lincoln, NE

Architectural Intern Produced drawings for large and small scale projects Surveyed construction sites to prepare for designs Created renderings to aid client visualization May 2014 - Aug 2015

Nelson Builders, Inc. | Omaha, NE Updated website content Photographed homes for sale Prepped houses for finishes

S O F T WA R E Illustrator ••••• Rhino ••••• Indesign • • • • R e v i t • • • Photoshop ••••• Autocad •••• S k e t c h U p • • 3DS Max ••

HO NO R S Spring 2015 - Fall 2016 Spring 2016 Apr 2016 Apr 2016

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dean’s List University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Scholar Mary E. Roelfs Scholarship Fund Architectural Foundation of Nebraska Architectural Education Scholarship

IN VO LV E ME NT Aug 2014 - present

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014

Sep 21, 2015

Alpha Rho Chi Tr e a s u r e r Managed the money for Alpha Rho Chi, a national professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts Pledge Class President Led future initiates in the pledging process prior to joining Alpha Rho Chi Park[ing] Day

Annual worldwide event where designers transform parking spots into temporary public spaces. UNL Architecture students displayed their installations along P Street in Lincoln. All designs used reusable and recyclable materials.

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PA T I O

KITCHEN

R E S TAU R A N T

GALLERY SHARED TERRACE

RESIDENT LO B BY

MARKET N GARDEN

second floor

MARKET

GALLERY

T H E AT E R T H E AT E R

GALLERY

LO B BY

ENTRANCE

GALLERY A S S E M B LY N

GALLERY MARKET

LO A D I N G

main floor

This project challenged me to design an 80,000 square foot hybrid building. Located adjacent to Chicago’s Grant Park Skatepark, the building was to include 3 art galleries, 2 markets, 8 one-bedroom residences, a restaurant, and a theater amongst necessary circulation and lobby space. My design unifies these diverse programs through the use of natural light and ramp c i r c u l a t i o n a l o n g w i t h c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f l o u d v e r s u s q u i e t s p a c e . To s o l v e t h e p r o j e c t ’ s g o a l o f b r i n g i n g n a t u r e i n t o u r b a n i t y, I s t u d i e d a n d e m p l o y e d the connective potential of natural light.

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U R B A N

N AT U R E


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U R B A N

N AT U R E


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london, uk

tourist hotpsots

sponge drawing

hotspot/sponge relationship

erasure due to hotspots

superimposed drawing

To b e g i n t h i s p r o j e c t , I s e l e c t e d a r a n d o m o b j e c t . D u e t o i t s c o m p l e x i t y a n d u n i q u e n e s s , I c h o s e a s p o n g e . N e x t w a s w a s t o c h o o s e a c i t y, m i n e b e i n g London. The challenge for this project was to superimpose the two, paying close attention to the city’s layout and the properties of the chosen object. My superimposition began with a hand drawing of a sponge which was later brought into Photoshop and placed atop a map of London. Though this project was not architectural, it led me to examine the larger scope a r c h i t e c t u r e r e s i d e s w i t h i n a l o n g w i t h t h e s p a t i a l q u a l i t i e s c i t i e s o f f e r.

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SU PE R IM P O SIT IO N


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have all pieces from each laser cut birch ply layer at hand remove the piece where plaster needs to be place

acquire a sheet of plastic wrap large enough to cover the void

pour the plaster on top of the plastic wrap; enough to fill the void

wait 20 minutes for the plaster to dry

remove the plastic wrap and adhere the piece to its birch ply counterparts and adjacent layers

As a continuation of Superimposition, this project prompted me to more closely observe the characteristics of my chosen object, a sponge. I was t o d e s i g n a n 8 � x 8 � c u b e u s i n g l a s e r c u t b i r c h p l y a n d p l a s t e r. I l o o k e d into the process in which sponges are formed to arrive at my design. This project was also non-architectural, giving students the freedom to design without code restrictions and spatial regulations. It was refreshing to design an object, not a building as it eliminated my preconceptions of how architecture should be.

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PO R E

S PAC E


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[ R ] E V O LV E w a s a p r o j e c t i n w h i c h I d e s i g n e d a n a r e a o c c u p y i n g 2 , 0 0 0 s q . ft. on the western side of UNL’s Architecture Hall. The space was to act as an area for studnets to take breaks. My design focuses on flexibility and customization to create either private or public spaces. The design consists of rotating modules to create such spaces. Various rotation mechanisms were studied in order to make this design possible. By making the design changeable, students can relax they way they want, not letting architecture limit their spatial wants.

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[ R ] E V OLV E


Social setting

Plans

Private setting

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STRUCTURAL BEAM

Sections

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[ R ] E V OLV E


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DEBRIS

PE

DE

ST

RIA

NS

This project’s task was to design a wall for Rickman’s Run Dog Park i n L i n c o l n , N e b r a s k a . To a r r i v e a t a d e s i g n , m e a n d t w o o t h e r s t u d e n t s interviewed the park’s frequent visitors, finding that visitors wanted less litter in the park and an easier way to get around. My partners and I went to work solving the problems of park accessibility and debris collection. We argued that a wall could double as a bridge and used a triangulated mesh pattern to aid the function of our design. The bridge acted as a connection device over the park’s central creek and a means of collecting trash in the r i v e r. 0’-0”

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C ON N E C T

T O

2’-0”

5’-0”

10’-0”

C O L L ECT


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1246

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70th Street

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0’-0” 50’-0” 75’-0” 100’-0” 100’-0” 19 C O N N E C T T O C O L L E C T


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Roof and window placement determined by sunlight projection

Varying sizes of wooden trusses support the roof.

The patterned steel fabricated shelters would leave shadows on the sidewalk underneath, sparking pedestrian interest.

Digital rug projection

Vertical rug storage wall pockets

This project challenged me to design a rug store for Cyrus Irani, the main character of Philip Lopate’s The Rug Merchant. Cyrus’ old rug store had gone out of business, so his new store, relocated to Lincoln, NE in an alley between two existing buildings, would need to offer innovative ways to sell r u g s a n d g e t b u y e r s i n t h e d o o r. I u s e d l i g h t a n d t h e i d e a o f p r o j e c t i o n t o do this. Light was also used to improve Cyrus’ mood, as he was depressed from having to relocate. Projection was used to display rugs digitally on the store’s ground. This allows for simpler rug viewing.

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PR OJE C T IO N


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For this project, each student picked a hobby from a list and designed a 4 0 0 s q u a r e f o o t r e t r e a t f o r t h e m t o p a r t a k e i n t h e i r h o b b y. M y h o b b y w a s basketweaving. This led me to divide my space into four areas, one for s t o r a g e , c r a f t i n g , d i s p l a y, a n d i n f o r m a t i o n . T h e s i t e f o r t h i s p r o j e c t w a s t h e rear garage area of my professor’s home in Omaha. After several iterations, b y d e s i g n r e s u l t e d w i t h i n t e r w o v e n p r o g r a m , m a t e r i a l i t y, a n d d e t a i l i n g . I used hybrid drawings, blending hand drawn elements with computer renderings, for my axonometric and perspective drawings.

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H O B BY IST

R E T R E AT


Ideation

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D I S P L AY

INFORMATION

W O R K S PA C E

STORAGE

Plan

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H O B BY IST

R E T R E AT


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S e p t e m b e r 2 1 , 2 0 1 5 w a s P a r k [ i n g ] D a y. T h i s i s a g l o b a l l y r e c o g n i z e d e v e n t in which parking areas are transformed into temporary public spaces. Sited along P Street in Downtown Lincoln, students designed and assembled their installations. Designs for this project were to be made from recycled materials and were also required to be partially reusable after the event. Along with a group of 4 classmates, we designed a seating enclosure for pedestrians to gather in. The design was made from 5,000 plastic bags, each one collectd from recycle centers around Lincoln. Then the bags were hand cut, tied, braided, and wogen. The bench comfortably sat 8 people and cast unique shadows on the inhabitants. By the end of the project, the wood and bags were reycled.

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PAR K [ IN G ]

DAY


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eet

Q Street 8th Street

1”=12’

Q Street

P Street

treet 1”=16’

1”=12’

9th Street

PERSPECTIVE

SITE: THE COURTYARD

1”=16’

PERSPECTIVE

PLAN

SECTION

ELEVATION

PLAN

1”=1’ 1”=1’

ABB

SECTION

Located in the courtyard of Lincoln’s Historical Haymarket, I designed a s t r u c t u r e t h a t c o u l d d o u b l e a s a b e n c h a n d a s h e l t e r . A f t e r c r e a t i n g mABBY u lNELSON t i p l|eDSGN 111 i t e r a t i o n s w i t h e p a p e r, I d i s c o v e r e d a n o c t a g o n a l r e p e a t i n g p a t t e r n t h a t could make this design possible.

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SH E LT E R

LO U N G E

| BOB TREMPE


Omaha Pain Physicians

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Apple Roofing

Jake’s Cigar Bar The summer of 2016 I interned at Reed Design Architects. While working there, I completed CAD drawings, renders, material graphics, and proposal boards. The firm designs residential and commercial projects. These are renders from various projects I worked on.

Reed Design A R C H I T E C T S

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R E E D

D E S IG N

Abigail Nelson Architecture Portfolio  

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Undergraduate Portfolio

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