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ariel chesley portfolio


ariel chesley

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Enthusiastic architecture professional with a detail-oriented approach to projects. Experienced in coordinating construction details/drawings, developing graphics to communicate design solutions, and construction management.

EDUCATION

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sept 2013 May 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA // Charlottesville, Virginia B.S. in Architecture, Minor in Architectural History

Fall 2015

U.VA. SEMESTER IN VENICE, ITALY

∙∙ Graduated with High Honors, GPA 3.863 ∙∙ Dean’s List (2013-14), Intermediate Honors Fall 2015

CONTACT EMAIL ariel.chesley1@gmail.com WEBSITES arielchesley.wordpress.com linkedin.com/in/ariel-chesley

Aug 2017 Present

STAFF ARCHITECT // Shalom Baranes Associates Southeast Federal Center (Parcel F), Washington, D.C. ∙∙ Assembled graphics for the DC Zoning Administration to solve site-specific area calculation issues ∙∙ Delivered 3D-printed site/8 building iterations to prioritize design elements ∙∙ Implemented site surveys to determine feasibility/appropriate program

May Aug 2016

INTERN ARCHITECT // Richard Price Architect Eleven:30 Mixed-Use Development, Charlottesville, Virginia ∙∙ Coordinated construction documents/details in AutoCAD with IBC codes ∙∙ Documented site properties to assist schedules for specific contractors ∙∙ Rendered 10+ images in SketchUp, from interior options to the overall site ∙∙ Created a website in Squarespace in 3 weeks to market to future clients

Jan 2016

FIELD INTERN // Turner Construction Company Capitol Dome Restoration, Washington, D.C. ∙∙ Supported engineering team by updating ASIs and RFIs ∙∙ Attended subcontractor and owner meetings

May Aug 2015

FIELD INTERN // Turner Construction Company Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C. ∙∙ Coordinated architect and engineer punch list items on BIM 360 Field ∙∙ Tracked inspection results using Excel spreadsheets and BlueBeam ∙∙ Assembled close-out documents and manuals

CITIZENSHIP United States


AWARDS+LEADERSHIP AIA CENTRAL VIRGINIA // Honorable Mention Fall 2016 BLAIR PHILLIPS // Memorial Award Spring 2016 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Build Volunteer) REFERENCES RICHARD PRICE, AIA Architect/Urban Planner rprice@rpriceaia.com BILL SHERMAN Professor/Director of Venice Studio whs2b@eservices.virginia.edu LUCIA PHINNEY Thesis Professor, U.Va. lbp2r@virginia.edu

PROGRAMS+SKILLS 2D/3D Revit Intermediate Dynamo Intermediate Rhinoceros Advanced Grasshopper Basic Vray/Maxwell Advanced Autocad Advanced Microstation Basic GIS Arcmap Basic Adobe Creative Suite Advanced Lasercutting Advanced Routing Basic LANGUAGES English Advanced Spanish Intermediate Italian Basic German Basic


contents ACADEMIC fishtown food factory thesis studio // lucia phinney // spring 2017

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the host_packagedparkingplus parkingparksplus // mona el khafif // fall 2016

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heads + tails parts studio // ed ford // spring 2016

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PROFESSIONAL richard price architect charlottesville, virginia // may-august 2016

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PERSONAL freedom by design volunteering // charlottesville, virginia

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sketches travel // observations

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fishtown food factory + responding to issues of food access by inserting urban agricultural networks

SITE The Chesterman building is part of a larger network of vacant lots and buildings in Fishtown, Philadelphia, an area that has little to no access to food based on walkability and income. The neighborhood is divided socially by young professionals moving in and those that are longestablished. Nearby is a busy commercial avenue, public parks, and residential neighborhoods.

thesis studio // lucia phinney // spring 2017

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This thesis topic was a result of mapping past explorations of horticulture, water, and materiality. Inspired by a visit to Philadelphia in Spring ‘15, the discovery of a community garden network, start-up restaurants, and vibrant public spaces became a jumping-off point for design research. During the last 10 years, Philadelphia has seen an increasing interest in urban agriculture, including vegetables, orchards, bee-keeping, and artisanal food production. Inserted into Philadelphia’s existing industrial and residential vacancies, can these initiatives be encouraged by a 3D network of paths that link together existing structures in a neighborhood? Can an aquaponics fish hub in Fishtown spur entrepreneurial energy and serve as a connective social center for a community in transition?

+ woven models


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La Paz/Las Parceles/ Raices Garden

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Grand Food Services

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A Children’s Inspiration Wildlife Discovery Center

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Chesterman Building

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Frankford Avenue Garden

Greensgrow Farms

La Finquita Community Garden

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woven paths

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3 maximizing production with grow beds

2 meter of existing wall bays + cores

4 programmatic spaces + light wells

+ extend site lines

+ mfo park precedent


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+ moving from the cave-like spaces of the fish tanks, pushing inside + outside the wall, vertically into learning and dining spaces, while experiencing the process of growing plants

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+ bee roof

+ path through existing wall

+ mushrooms

gradient from ground to sky


+ community garden

+ fish tanks

+ kitchen

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Media Bed system to pump water up, grounding tanks to ground

Round Tanks to allow optimal space for fish flow and less dead zones

17,000 PLANTS

5,500 FISH

Swiss Chard 240 plants/row 12 harvests (every month) Yield: 1,800 lbs./year

Strawberry 60 plants/row harvests (every months) Yield: 150 lbs./year

Head Cabbage 96 plants/row 6 harvests (every 2 months) Yield: 480 lbs./year

Pepper 48 plants/row 6 harvests (every 2 months) Yield: 360 lbs./year

Lettuce 360 plants/row 12 harvests (every month) Yield: 3,600 lbs./year

Broccoli 60 plants/row 4 harvests (every 3 months) Yield: 150 lbs./year

Pea 480 plants/row 4 harvests (every 3 months) Yield: 600 lbs./year

Cucumber 60 plants/row 6 harvests (every 2 months) Yield: 1,500 lbs./year

Bean 480 plants/row 4 harvests (every 3 months) Yield: 600 lbs./year

Eggplant 60 plants/row 6 harvests (every 2 months) Yield: 600 lbs./year

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the host_packagedparkingplus + hybrid green spaces to combat toronto’s rapid urban growth

SITE Toronto is a key player in the urbanization of Canadian cities, which will have to absorb economic and demographic growth over the coming years. Currently, however, Toronto has less green space per person than New York City. Toronto is known for its diversity of people and culture, and much of its densification has occurred in the downtown district.

parkingparksplus// mona el khafif // fall 2016

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If Toronto were to provide public infrastructure, neighborhood development, and access to green space for a growing population, then it would need to hybridize in order to take on multiple uses for a variety of users. Space is limited, therefore by looking at where existing publicly-owned parking lots are as opportunities to intervene, can one design a space that responds to the adjacencies and context of the urban fabric? By looking at the city and its investment business areas as well as population density, opportunities arise where networks of green space can form by offering businesses and institutions the means to contribute to the streetscape through design interventions. By encouraging private as well as public ownership in a variety of scenarios and strategies, Toronto’s green spaces will become more accessible to the people who live there.

+ study of light + circulation based on a grid of a parking spot (8’x16’)


Privately Owned Public Spaces Green Roofs Public Parking Lots Public Parks

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responding to context + maintaining parking spaces while activating each facade with programmatic elements ... stairs/ramps enable a direct interaction through materiality ... peripheral growing spaces continue through each season due to responsive louvers while interior spaces are fully insulated all year round.

+ semi-transparent louvers+outdoor areas

+ circulation, materiality, program, and planting parti

+ ground floor parking, multipurpose kitchen/study areas 9

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glass elements + fully interior spaces

column grid 8’x20’

horizontal and vertical louver system

trees

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in-between parking

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+ kitchen

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+ spaces for studying, cooking, and community ; a spot for foodies, urban foragers, and locals to gather and interact

+ public stair

an urban landscape


+ public ramp

+ juice bar

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Parking

The Host Original Lot

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Landscape

Green Building

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Orange Orchard

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Strawberry Patch

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Community Plot

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Herb Garden

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Raspberry Bushes

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Lettuce Patch

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Onion and Potato

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Tomato Vines

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Tool Shed

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Pepper Plants

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Blueberry Bush

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heads + tails + a modular art school redefining the relationship to the water

SITE Shockoe Bottom is located in Richmond, Virginia along the James River. A continuously maintained concrete flood wall mediates the threshold between the city and the James River, a protective feature against major floods. However, this protective feature creates a barrier between water and city, making the area surrounding the flood wall a space for cars, while pedestrians are left to wander aimlessly.

parts studio // ed ford // spring 2016

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Shockoe Bottom Art School takes advantage of the proximity to the James River while maintaining the flood wall as a protective feature. The structure bridges the gap between street and the water, while programs beneath are activated to form a streetscape, encouraging movement through the wall’s openings. The armature, or “head”, extends into the street, while the “tail” reflects back to the water. How can a flood wall become a contributing feature of Shockoe Bottom and allow for a vibrant, habitable space? By taking advantage of the waterfront, how can a modular approach allow the city to extend and inhabit a wall? Can a structure maintain the vitality of the wall with a variety of programs, from housing to galleries to a public space for arts education? By using the dimensions of a shipping container, prefabrication increases programmatic possibilities.


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SHOCKOE BOTTOM

FLOOD WALL

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+ living spaces

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+ study

WALL

+ area calcs # Program SF 70 Living 44,800 11 Offices 7,040 3 Commercial 1,920 1 Library 10,240 2 Gallery 10,240 4 Study Room 2,560 1 Wood Shop 3,840 1 Paint 3,200 1 Print 1,920 1 Ceramics 1,920 1 Photo 1,920 1 Auditorium 1,920 Total 91,520

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train tracks

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james river

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richard price architect // charlottesville, virginia // summer 2016 21

eleven:30 east high street + a live/work community to enhance urban life Eleven:30 East High Street by Richard Price Architect is a development project along East High Street in Charlottesville, Virginia. Design decisions about landscape elements, city zoning laws, and materiality were part of the process to bring a contemporary, mixed-use community to Charlottesville. Issues that arose included working with varying topography, creating interesting spaces between buildings while maintaining fire separation, and creating flexible layouts that would appeal to potential clients. Priorities included high ceiling heights, access to natural light, outdoor ground and roof terraces, and ADA accessibility.

DEN OPTION


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freedom by design + volunteering in local charlottesville communities

freedom by design // charlottesville, virginia // fall 2014-15

Accessible Ramp Project l 10th St. l Fall 2014 Working with AHIP, the Albermarle Housing Improvement Program, to provide an ADA accessible ramp for a local resident. This project was completed in one semester and involved metalwork, site preparation, and timber construction.

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Bufort Bridge Project l Boys + Girls Club l Spring 2015 A bridge providing a connection across a creek for teachers and students at the local Charlottesville Boys and Girls Club. The project took one semester and included a concrete workshop with the students, site preparation, and master planning design workshops for future renovations and designs.

CONCRETE WORKSHOP


ADA STANDARDS

RE-USING METAL

WOOD DETAILS

CONNECTING NEIGHBORHOODS

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sketches

sketches // observations

+ observing through a geometric process to discover relationships between the built and natural environment.

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neobrutalism // seoul

top wood pavilion // fmd architect ; below giraffe childcare center // hondelatte laporte architects

left il redentore // palladio ; right church of wenceslas // atelier stepan


left oriel window house // shinsuke fuji architects ; right wood street library // downtown studio

horse study

toti semerano // atelier marco bagnoli

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