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adam caruthers p 404.316.4546 @ adam.caruthers @ a 4506 Meadowridge Dr.

Charlotte, NC 28226


experience BB+M Architecture | Charlotte, North Carolina . Summer 2013 Worked with a small group through the design development of multi-family, residential projects. Actively engaged with clients, engineers, and contractors to collaborate on the schematic design process of three projects.

Research Assistant | University of North Carolina at Charlotte . 2013 - 2014 Worked alongside professors and graduates in the design and production of an historical, digital concepts gallery exhibition, ‘Primitive Parametric.’ Developed reference models and study materials to establish future coursework within the UNCC school of architecture. Lab Supervisor | University of North Carolina at Charlotte . 2012 - 2014 Ensured the safety and well-being of the students and faculty within the lab. Provided instruction in safety, use, and maintenance of tools and equipment within the wood and metals labs. Supervised students and assisted in projects and research related to material and construction methodologies.

Alex Roush Architects | Atlanta, Georgia . 2005 - 2013 Job Captain overseeing the design development, construction, permitting, and administration of over 15 out-patient, medical construction projects. Developed an active relationship with contractors, engineers, clients, and owners to maintain the highest level of commitment and collaboration throughout each project. Compiled an architectural medical standard serving to streamline and standardize nation-wide, architectural consistency across all clinics. Collaborated on site with contractors and inspectors to ensure construction quality and permitting requirements. education Master of Architecture University of North Carolina at Charlotte | 2014

Bachelor of Science in Architecture with High Honors Georgia Institute of Technology | 2008

Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, Germany | 2008

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona, Spain | Summer 2005


Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems Revit AutoCAD Rhinoceros + Grasshopper Artlantis Render Studio

SketchUP Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign Microsoft Ofce Woodworking and Fabrication Digital Fabrication: laser, 3-axis CNC, 3D printer

awards GASP Scholarship Recipient | 2013 - 2014 Merit-based tuition scholarship coupled with part-time research employment at the university

ZGF Scholarship - UNCC Nominee | 2013 Faculty-nominated representative for national design-based scholarship

Klaus Halle Foundation Scholar | 2008 Grant awarded for research in an intercollegiate, German immersion program

Hope Scholarship Recipient | 2004 - 2008 Four-year, merit based tuition scholarship for undergraduate study

service + activities Student Advisory Liaison Panel Representative | 2013 - 2014 Peer-elected committee focusing on improving the relationship between the student body and university leadership

Master of Architecture Student Society [MASS] | 2012 - 2014 Student-based service organization that works to help the community and organize architectural based events

Journey of Hope Pi Alpha Award | 2009 Coast-to-coast bicycle tour raising awareness and funds for adults and children living with mental and physical disabilities

Muscular Dystrophy Association Veteran Counselor | 2002 - 2014 10 year honor recipient for continued service as a camp counselor for children affected by Muscular Dystrophy


Serenbe Community Center | Atlanta, Georgia - 2008

Center City Building | Charlotte, North Carolina - 2013

Fiber Arts Museum + Studio | Roswell, Georgia - 2006

Mecklenburg County Courthouse | Charlotte, North Carolina - 2012

2024 Olympic Games | Charlotte, North Carolina - 2013


Post War Racial Architecture | Harlem, New York - 2013

Spreewald Farmhouse Documentation | Spreewald, Germany - 2008

Building Social Class for the Homeless | Charlotte, North Carolina - 2014





Serenbe Community Center | Serenbe, Georgia The Serenbe Community Center is designed to be an open-use building uniting and containing several facets of the growing neighborhood culture within a single building. An adaptive combination of nature and inhabited spaces allow for the organic design that follows the natural layout of the site. The building is the result of a push and pull dynamic which creates a multi-functional area and gathering space for both intimate groups and neighborhood meetings. There is a subtlety to the site that allows for a simple development of inside versus outisde space. The main circulation corridor pushes its way around the enclosed space creating public areas as well as separating private intimate corners. Using several sustainable design features, we were able to reduce the carbon footprint of the building and create a public garden that further adds to the intended logic of the community and its organic development. This community center will bring Serenbe together, and become a beacon for the newly formed neighborhood which prides itself on developing modern design for better living.



Serenbe gure ground


site plan

site entrance

envelope entrance




longitudinal section


main level

basement level

section b-b


Center City Building | Charlotte, North Carolina This Hub offers a mix of program and form. The structure is meant to rise above the site, leaving an open space at the street level. The program has been lifted above the site in order to respect the classic campus typology of open space in which ideas can move freely. The project aims to respect the exiting historical building on the site by not over shadowing it, but embracing it. The land-form rst oor brings the park above and through the structure, creating a covered space. This pace acts as both a public gathering space and an area for intervening retail into the site. The retail space and the building entrances are tucked under the new park area, separating the retail entirely form the program of the hub Space. Above the open oor, the bulk of the program sits strictly divided by function. The smaller programs [classrooms, ofces, services spaces] lie on the south side of the site, and create a strong base which supports the served open spaces. The cantilevered bar contain the served spaces gestures towards the city to create a drastic open view form the interior of the building while rotating the opposite way toward the soft northern light. The programs are arranged in order to maximize the use of these elements. The interior connection between the bars serves as the main vertical circulation for the building. The open and tall space serves a slight well for the two bars, connecting them visually and physically. As the building stretches up, the circulation space rises to the studio, which sits on the top oor. The high ceilings of the studio space allow for an open mezzanine in which the faculty ofces sit above the studio below. The mezzanine oor operates in an open engagement between students and their professors. This project focuses on creating a division of space and program and was generated through a programmatic reaction to the existing site conditions. The idea was to create a sectional quality of connectivity both visually and physically.






Land-form Park Access

5 min mi

1 min 10

15 min

30 min

45 min

Program Variation


City Views North Light

site connectivity

formal development


level 3

site plan

level 4

level 5

building Contextual form Alignment

Entrance siteSite forces

site section



large hall

north wall section

interior formal study


Fiber Arts Museum + Studio | Roswell, Georgia Situated along the steep bank of the Chattahoochee River National Park, the Roswell Fiber Arts Museum + Studio is a hub of education, study, and production that sits at a major crossroad of the largest federal trail system in Georgia. The existing site is bisected by a trail which weaves through the building creating new routes into, through, and around itself. The structure becomes a part of the landscape while the interior circulation resembles the movement of a path through the forest The studios are separated from the museum display by the existing trail system which allows the building to create two completely separate experiences linked by the natural circulation of the site. The circulation of the building winds through the spaces allowing patrons to experience both the interior and exterior areas of the building. It is the history of the site that shaped the building, allowing it to sit organically along the path. The Fiber Arts Museum + Studio becomes a stopping point along the trail and creates its own views and details within the natural beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest.




building model

conceptual site plan


building circulation

river elevation

transverse elevation

entrance section


Mecklenburg County Courthouse | Charlotte, North Carolina The primary design intent for this project was to focus on its connection to the people which the courthouse serves. The dichotomy of security and openness proved to be a major factor in the design development of this courthouse. From the street, the programmatic bars read as a solid structure, giving the effect of strength and security. However, upon entering the building the view opens up and allows full sight through the building, connecting the people together. The shape of the building was inuenced directly by the city which shadows over it. The projecting bars rise up from the public center of the building, toward a more private exterior program of ofces and jail cells. This rising pays respect, formally, to the city beyond and allows for light to penetrate through the program bars. The bars are a result of program separation and the sharing of mutual spaces between the courtrooms. The bars are meant to be read from the exterior as the program which they serve. The larger bars are court spaces, which the lighter glazed bars are circulation and support spaces. This project seeks to reestablish the courthouse as a hub and place of order and structure within a community.


formal development


study models

sectional model


site entrance


main level


longitudinal section


Olympic Games 2024 | Charlotte, North Carolina Of all of the design drivers for the Olympics and Legacy Plan, walk-ability, connectivity, and access to green space were always the main focus. The concept of “the linked city,” diagrammed below, shows how the 2024 Olympics acts as a catalyst for development in Uptown, resulting in a denser, better connected, and more walkable city center. Growth is concentrated in each of Charlotte’s existing four wards, as well as in an additional proposed “Olympic Ward” that will include the new Olympic Park and the existing residential area north of Third Ward. Various types of support infrastructure for the Olympics will be distributed throughout all ve wards, bringing opportunities for growth to each of Uptown’s neighborhoods. In the diagram to the right below, Charlotte’s wards, including the new Olympic Ward, are outlined with a distorted version of the Olympic rings. The image of the Olympic rings suggests that the wards are already linked by their adjacency, but additional connective infrastructure is proposed to connect the wards even better along their periphery (diagrammed as dashed purple lines). The Loop, an elevated local rapid transit line will encircle all ve wards, linking all of the existing wards to the new Olympic Ward and to each other. Likewise, the Olympic Concourse, a proposed system of parks and pedestrian/bike paths, will link Third Ward, Uptown’s entertainment district and cultural center, to the new Olympic Ward.



host city date Atlanta 1996 project budget cost $1.5 Billion actual cost $1.8 Billion

London 2012

Barcelona 1992

$10.4 Billion

$3 Billion

$13.9 Billion

$11.4 Billion

Sydney 2000

$3.8 Billion $6.6 Billion

Athens 2004

Beijing 2008

$7 Billion

$23 Billion

$15 Billion

$43 Billion


concentrated fully addressed

partially addressed

don’t addressed

Charlotte 20244

Rio de Janeiro 2012

$14 Billion

$14.4 Billion



organization diagram


extended roads residentia resid entiall retaill retai office elevated eleva ted train train proposed d transit it

1 =5 1�=50 500’ 0

main olympic park

olympic park

2,000 future seats

85,000 permanent seats

olympic stadium


4,500 15,500 existing seats

temporary seats

Irwin Belk eld renovation

SOLAR smart PV canopy

4,000 new seats

Memorial stadium renovation

Lake Norman Stumpy Creek - Existing

Belmont Horse Park - New

UNC Charlotte Campus - Existing

J.C. Smith University Irwin Belk Complex - Existing

Catawba River US National Whitewater Center - Existing

Elizabeteh Memorial Stadium - Existing

Uptown Charlotte Olympic Stadium- New Panther’s Stadium- Existing

Midwood Bojangles Coliseum - Existing

Uptown Charlotte Aquatic Center - New 3 mi.

Uptown Charlotte Convention Center - Existing Time Warner Cable Arena - Existing 9 mi.

Rock Hill, South Carolina Riverwalk - Existing

Olympic event distribution

18 mi.

Charlotte 2030




Research Methods Academic and Professional research are critical to the expansion of the profession of architecture. It is this exploration and intense development that leads to improvements within the eld both methodically and technologically. The post-war period in the United States was a thriving time for the economy and the culture of the American People. However, African Americans were still facing stark opposition and discrimination within society. Leading up to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, African Americans held little notoriety within white culture, and African American architecture was physically non-existent in built form. Rather, we must turn to the literature of the post-war African American writers to better understand the implications and advancements that were produced in this shunned community. The Spreewald city is known for its unique, all wood, architecture that dates back to the 1600s. This unique city was founded over the wetlands and grew around an integrated canal system. This Farmhouse was a structural research and documentation project that encompassed a full scale drawing and inventory of one of the last remaining Spree farmhouses in the world. Through this diligent documentation, the practices and methods of this historic culture can be protected through the historical society of the German government. Through my Scholastic Research, I have focused on the integration of communities below the poverty line. An integration of the homeless and assisted programs needs to exist among the neighborhoods of established classes through an architectural intervention. The development of assisted housing programs cannot reach its full potential until it is accepted into thriving communities. It is this integration of support and social context that provides, not only incentives, but a pathway to class rehabilitation.





north elevation

longitudinal section

0.1 Storage | 0.2 Barn | 0.3,4 Bedroom | 0.5 Kitchen | 0.6 Below Ground Storage | 0.7 Living








west elevation

detail model


Edward Goetz De-concentrating the poor and spreading them into existing social neighborhoods has drastic effects on their lives and mentalities

melting pot


Charles Hoch Social dependence is not enough to change lives, without the increase in infrastructure, there can be no permanent change in alleviating homelessness.


Mark L. Joseph Mixed-income development is a viable solution and strategy to confront urban poverty.

solutions to homelessness

Running Works Carol Catan Changing societies perception of the homeless through support organizations and an understanding of the existing systems will ignite a change in society.


Urban Ministries A large amount of the homeless population depends on church organizations for shelter, food, and support. These necessities are privately funded as a charitable donation.

not for profit groups

Jan Hoffman Don Mitchell

Integration is difficult by nature. Groups form based on similarities and existing economic groups, when integrated, naturally segregate. The solution is architecture. Architecture can generate space that is needed and used by varied social classes. Communities are shaped around the space they inhabit. The natural segregation of classes can be curbed through architectural involvement.

Through the creation of non-profits and a growing understanding of the homeless situation society can fix a growing problem.

People Assisting the Homeless

The design of these spaces are what is most important. How does one gauge the need of a changing population? How have these organizations sustained their support through building?

The Relatives, Inc. | Urban Ministry Center | Men’s Shelter of Charlotte Uptown Men’s shelter of Charlotte | Charlotte Emergency Housing | Harvest Center | Hoskins Park Ministries My Sister’s House | Discovery Home Care, Inc. | Union County Community Shelter | New Life Housing Shelter


faith based organizations

YMCA / YWCA The integration of social classes must occur within physical as well as cultural space. The occupants must work together to form that bond of geographic community in order to move forward in society. Success becomes greater than the individual.

Salvation Army




Hiding the Homeless Encampments public spaces

solutions to homelessness

economics + policy

The infrastructure of the urban environment needs to appeal to that of the population. Site becomes crucial in temporary housing. It must be integrative, accessible, and livable. These typologies must come together to form a new type of urban environment

Public Housing Blocks Slums



Public Policy has the largest effect on the standards intended for the development and reintegration of the homeless population. Developing a connection to the existing systems is crucial for the promotion of the homeless community. Social integration must be coordinated between the needed social services of the homeless population and the cultural redevelopment that occurs through the proximity of integrated community.

202 Island Inn Rob Wellington Quigley

single room occupancy

The Prince George Hotel Beyer, Blinder, Belle

public funding

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Transitional Housing for the Homeless

Community Development Block Grants

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Callahan v. Carey


solutions to homelessness

the welfare state

St. Vincent de Paul Village Krommenhock McKeown Isabel Baptista Eoin O’Sullivan

Kim Hopper Jennifer Wolch the effects of public policy on the homeless population and the individual changes faced through the rise and fall of changing welfare standards

Arno Brandlhuber architecture for social change

the strategic approach to homelessness policy is the multiple forms of ‘partnership’ exhibited at a local and national levels.

architecture is not defined by its appearance, whether it looks good, but the way in which it orders social relationships

Teddy Cruz Hudson River Valley Project | Casa Familiar


Emergency Shelter

Sam Davis

the role of the individual

Contra Costa County Adult Shelter | Larkin Street Youth Services Berkley Food and Housing Project | Resource Center for Emancipated Youth

Paul Pholeros Healthabitat | Brooklyn | Australia | Nepal

Transitional Shelter Supportive Housing Public Housing Assisted Housing Single Family Housing

existing literature


Assisted Living

access to the Middle School, Public Library, and the downtown infrastructure of support that is needed for development. The project will be coupled with several local non-profits in order to provide adequate support for the residents. The Salvation Army Center of Hope is within the realm of public transportation from the site and will have satellite offices in the building, along with the YWCA’s Families Together Program and A Child’s Place. Temporary Housing Private Space

Market Rate Housing

Dining Room

Leas-able Space Offices/Admin

Daycare Center



Public Space

TRANSFORMATIVE ARCHITECTURE: building social class for the homeless

Public Park


site selection Walkable




Design Woodworking is not only a hobby, but an inuence on my work. Changing scales between the scope of an architectural project, and the scope of the human body brings about a new approach to critical thinking. It is this understanding of how the body interacts between scales that has inuenced much of my work, and that is a direct result of constructing in this full scale context. Designing furniture is a way to escape the rules and foundations of codes and municipalities and allows you to focus on details and exact connections. It is a lesson in patience, understanding, and iteration that allows you to control every aspect of a project. The materiality of wood holds most of the beauty of the object. Through wood choice, one can begin to understand pattern, and structural relationships. The strength and static nature of wood relies fully on the control of the craftsman. Furniture, in essences, is a re fabrication of nature.


cafe table


Kuma inspired shadow box

coffee table



self portrait | County Antrim, Northern Ireland


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