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Abraham E. Arregui

Selected Works About Me / Resume

2nd year: Diamatic 4th year: CRIPE Competition

Travel: Cordoba Workshop 1st year graduate: Comprehensive Studio 2nd year graduate: Concept Tango Studio Professional Project: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Professional Project: The Livery


:MATIC DIA nd year studio 2012

2 Professor Jason de Boer & Josh Vermillion Starting with the grid and platonic solids as an organizing principle, through which iterations will produce figures that contain both memory and traces of their process as well as the final object. This recording attempts to show process and generative forces within the resulting object. Once form is established, how can this then be translated into an architectural language and be constructed on the human scale? Process drawing 1

Process drawing 2

Process Model

Section Drawing

CRIPE Competition: Thermal CA. th 4 year studio design competition 2014

Breaking New Ground Competition, Sponsored by CRIPE Professor: Jonathan Spodek First Place Winning Project Site: Desert, Thermal, Coachella Valley CA. Program: Breaking New Ground is an international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs of migrant farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley. Efforts to improve living conditions suffer from a lack of funding and coordination. The competition seeks to address this by harnessing the power of design to envision new precedents, mechanisms, and policies for affordable housing implementation, with implications for California and the nation. Approach: Constructing a housing project in the middle of the desert without access to resources is not a solution. The site provided is more than 10 miles away from the nearest market.The closest available resource to the site is the Desert Mirage School District. Utilizing this school as an anchor point, this plan proposes to develop a new town centered around education as well as worker housing. Integrating the new housing within businesses and school buildings will provide opportunities for the migrant workers and their children to further their education as well as peruse other jobs than farm labor.

Contextual Map

City Plan for Thermal CA.

An axis is imposed onto the existing street connecting the given site to the Desert Mirage School Complex. Populating this axis with legal, medical, and educational facilities provides the residents with opportunities and outlets than the proposed “low income housing”. Rather than perpetuating the given issues present with the competitions program, an outline for a city plan is provided to supplement the housing needs.





Desert Mirage Elementary, Middle, High School













Summer Sun 2. Winter Sun

HOUSING TYPES: 1. Multi-generational family housing 2. Couple/single occupant housing


- Earth Tubes powered by rooftop Photo-voltaic panels - Thermally Massive Construction

Earth-tube cooling system Avg. ground temp: 50 deg.

7. Ground Floor/Slab:

1. Roof Construction:

.5” weatherproof membrane 8” reinforced concrete 2”x4” light steel suspended .75 Gypsum board

2. Glass Railing:

Glazing: 1/2” fully tempered ASTM C 1048 Kind FT 2-1/4” x 3-1/2” aluminum base 8” reinforced concrete

.7” floor boarding, Japanese cedar, waxed 1/2” plywood sub-floor plastic sealing membrane 8” reinforced concrete .5” damp proof membrane 3” rigid insulation 4” hard-core filler

8. Exterior Glazing:

2”x2” wood slat sun shade

3. Roof Construction:

60” x 24” photo-voltaic paneling 5” PV Quickrack channel .75” plywood 1.9” trapezoidal sheet metal 4: rigid insulation .25” weatherproof membrane 8” reinforced concrete

4. CMU Wall:

water repellent coating 8”x10” hollow concrete block-work .4” reinforcing steel, concrete infill .75” interior Gypsum wall finish

5. Interior Floor/Ceiling: .7” floor boarding, Japanese cedar, waxed 1/2” plywood sub-floor plastic sealing membrane 8” reinforced concrete

6. Sliding Door:

sliding door with double glazing, .75” cavity In aluminum frame

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Charleston Museum of the Sea 1st year graduate studio, Winter | Spring 2017

Arch 727 | 737 Comprehensive Design Studio II + III Professor: Arpad Daniel Ronaszegi NCARB RA Site: Coastal, Charleston, South Carolina Program: Museum of Connectedness in Charleston SC. Proposal for a new archetypal venue that explores possibilities of a museum to create human connectedness and a collective place of reference within an urban context. Approach: Traditionally in architectural professional practice the assumption is that the client provides a program and a site. Innovative practices are expanding the role of the architect creating built environments. As such, in this studio students will explore and create concepts, and based on these concepts will research and propose a creative program and optimal location that most effectively accomplish the projects intent. Abstract: To create a museum of “connectedness” requires a driver to bring people together and connect. This is achieved in the Charleston Museum of the Sea, by generating a general sense of dread and concern for the future of the city of Charleston. The museum will showcase a potential future scenario, where in 150 years, the sea level has risen 1’ above grade in Charleston.The museum will generate this connectedness through exhibiting art, technology, and interactive displays that forecast a flooded condition in the city.

Envelope Existing Structure:

Selected Site

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Sun Exposure

Iceberg Glazing Faceted triangulated structural steel glazing system to resemble the shape of slightly melting ice. This system will consist of 6” welded steel mullions, 2” thick hurricane resistant glass, and perforated metal panels

Panel System

Tidal Turbines Positioned on the Cooper River, this site presents a unique opportunity to harness power from both the incoming and outgoing tides. Utilizing turbines will supplement the power needed to operate the “Charleston Museum of the Sea”.

Implemented Technologies Sun exposure will allow for large amounts of natural lighting to take place in museum exhibit spaces. Since this will be a museum that showcases systems and technologies, direct exposure to art work will not be a concern. Perforated panels will be applied to 50% of the triangulated glazing system to provide protection from over exposure of sunlight and to reduce internal temperatures. A 5” air gap will aid in removing heat from accumulating on surface of glass.

Evaporative Cooling

The Museum is positioned in a live pool, this pool will be used to both exhibit sea life and to provide evaporative cooling to exterior spaces and the buildings facade.

Coastal Condition With the constant threat of hurricanes, this structure must be prepared to withstand sea level surges as well as gail force winds. This will be accomplished with steel construction, concrete outer facade, and hurricane resistant glazing. Geothermal Tubes Geothermal tubes will be used to supplement electrical power needed to operate the HVAC system. Tubes will both connect to HVAC to the Cooper River, and the Sea Pool to the Cooper River.

Environmental Section

Exploded Glazing Detail Applied to 50% of exterior surface glazing, perforated panels reduce amount of southern exposure to direct sunlight. 5” gap between perforated panel and glazing allows for heat to be ventilated out with wind. Adjacency with the “Sea Pool” will allow for further cooling to take place with evaporative cooling.

Fastening Bolt Removable Perforated Panel Welded Steel Mullion Hurricane Resistant Glazing


Exploded Building Detail Triangulated Glazing System Exploded Diagram

Exploded Structural Diagram:

Detail 3

Detail 2

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Tango + Animation Studio 2nd year graduate studio, Fall 2017 Arch 747, Integrated Design Studio Professors: Hsu-Jen Huang | Jose Luis Silva Site: Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina Approach: The integrated design studio consisted of: tango dance class, animation class, and an architectural studio. Combining knowledge and experience gained from all three are then used to develop a conceptual architectural structure. Program: Create a dance hall / auditorium to exhibit the essence of tango in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. Process images | full animations:

Animation Frames:

Tango Concept Drawing

Site Plan:

Concept Model:

Through the study of tango in both dance and animation class, it became apparent that tango is at its core a rigid and structured dance, decorated with fluid embellishments. Traditionally the lead dancer guides the improvisation of the dance, while to follow responds to the leads structural decisions and adds elegance. This hard and fluid movements have been interpreted into an architectural form, through both circulation and materials. Tango in the beginning was a back alley dance, and took place in the lower class underground of Buenos Aires, to honor and remember its origins, the tango hall has been built subterraneanly.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse PHANOMEN/design Architecture: Abraham Arregui Interior Design: Abraham Arregui Summer 2015 | 2016

Program: Redesign and renovate an outdated Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Downtown Indianapolis. The new contemporary design should reflect the changing demographic of downtown Indianapolis, while avoiding alienating the aging regular clientele of the Steakhouse. As project lead, I was responsible for the entire process from space inception to completion. These responsibility consisted of, client interface and presentation, space-planning, filing with the city of Indianapolis, signage permits, construction documentation, interior finish selection and specification, furniture selection, bidding, and construction administration. This was done under the leadership and guidance of Brent Roberts: Architect, and Loree Everette: Interior designer. 3D interior views of project:

Prevous Facade

New Facade

The Livery Livery Building Building The PHANOMEN/design

PHANOMEN/design Architect: Brent Roberts Architect: Brent-Roberts Summer 2015 Present Interior Design: Yu Zhang Summer | 2016 Program:2015 Restore and reinvent a 150-year-old abandoned livery building to create a contemporary restaurant.Work closely with the staff of the Program: Restore and reinvent a 150-year-old livery buildingof Indianapolis Historic Places Commission to abandoned conserve the integrity to a contemporary restaurant. Work closely withChatham the staffArch of thecreate original structure and its impact on the protected Indianapolis Historic Places Commissions to conserve the integrity of neighborhood, immediately east of downtown Indianapolis. the original structure and its impact on the protected Chatham Arch Neighborhood, east of downtown Indianapolis. My role in theimmediately project included construction documents, material selection and specification, coordinating with Indianapolis Historic My role in the project included construction documentation for Places Commission, and filing with the city. shell package, material selection and specification, coordinating with Indianapolis Historic Places Commission, and filing with the city of Construction Documents: Indianapolis. While design is essential to the craft, a thorough understanding and responsible application Construction Documents:of building materials, systems, and construction is needed to see a projecttofrom to completion. While design is essential the initiation craft, a thorough understanding and responsible application of building materials, systems, and construction is needed to see a project from inception to completion.

SITE PLAN KEYNOTES: 1. Indianapolis Cultural Trail 2. Cultrual Trail Light Pole 3. Permeable Paved S 4. Existing Parking Area 5. New Landscape Areas 6. Existing Landscape Area To Remain 7. New Privacy Fence Te Be Installed 8. New 6� Diameter Bollard 9. Dumpster And Mechanical Enclosure 10. New Staircase to Rooftop Dining Patio 11. Existing Ally 12. Existing Trench Drain

The Livery Building PHANOMEN/design Architect: Brent Roberts Summer 2015 - Present

Program: Restore and reinvent a 150-year-old abandoned livery building to create a contemporary restaurant.Work closely with the staff of the Indianapolis Historic Places Commission to conserve the integrity of the original structure and its impact on the protected Chatham Arch neighborhood, immediately east of downtown Indianapolis. My role in the project included construction documents, material selection and specification, coordinating with Indianapolis Historic Places Commission, and filing with the city.

Construction Documents: While design is essential to the craft, a thorough understanding and responsible application of building materials, systems, and construction is needed to see a project from initiation to completion.

Study Abroad + Travel Latin America 2013

Argentina Bicentennial (Independent Study) 2014 Latin Architecture 2014 Without the strict enforcement of building codes and regulations, Latin American architecture often takes interesting shapes and forms not seen in the United States. Unorthodox staircases and almost universal rooftop access offers perspectives of cities and structures I am unable to explore elsewhere.

Latin American 2013:

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

A study of scales, from the dense urban fabric of Buenos Aires, to a desolate graveyard of monumentality in Brasilia, to the mountain top ruins of Machu Picchu.

Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Brazil. Lima, Aguas Caliente, Machu Piccu, Peru.

Argentina Bicentennial (independent study) 2014

Celebrating 200 years ofArgentina’s independence,attended bicentennial architecture conference and participated in designing exhibit for, Ana de Brea’s Latin American Architecture book preview. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Latin Influence on Architecture 2014

Quito Basilica, Ecuador

Tracing the influence of Latin Culture in architecture throughout South America and Europe. How has it varied in differing geographies. Studied along side students at the University of Cordoba, in a three day intensive design workshop.

Quito, Guayaquil, Ecuador. Buenos Aires,Cordoba, Argentina. Porto, Lisbon, Portugal. Barcelona, Bilbao, La Coruna, San Sebastian, Spain.

Forum Building, Barcelona

Lisbon Porto

Barcelona San Sebastian Bilbao La Coruna

Quito Guayaquil

Lima Cusco Aguas Caliente

Brasilia Sao Paulo

Cordoba Buenos Aires Latin America 2013 Argentina Bicentennial Latin Architecture 2014

1. Maple Collection Grain scoop, Ice cream scoop, serving

spoon, butter knife and spoons.

2. Walnut: Serving Plates Live edge serving plates and cutting


boards, two with spice/sauce bowls.

3. Osage Orange + Mahogany: Cutting Board 8.5” x 15” x 1.5” and 7” x 10” x 1.5”

end grain cutting boards.

4. Maple + Cherry: Cutting Board 14” x 24” x 2” end grain cutting board. 5. Cherry: Graduating Scoops Scoops carved from same piece of cherry 3.





floor boarding with leather tie

6. Maple Spoon and Light Maple Bowl. Rough chisel bowl with rough spoon 7. Walnut: Cheese Knife Santoku style cheese cutting knife. 8. Oak: Test Tube Flower Vases Wooden vesicle containing test tubes for

little flowers.

Woodwork Working primarily through the computer as a medium when presenting architecture, my hands are often left restless. Having a physical manifestation as an end result is much more satisfying. Creating furniture as well as utensils and vases offers an outlet to release energy into objects that can be handled. Carving away at a solids provides both relaxation and mental exercise at navigating three dimensional perceptions.

Downtown Muncie’s First Thursday Exhibition.

Contrasted and displayed works together with Eric Lawler’s, ‘Side Explorations’, together creating a comparative study between two dimensional digital compositions and three dimensional hand crafted pieces.

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Abraham E. Arregui Spring 2018

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