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Architecture Portfolio Adam Nguyen

About me I was born in Denver, Colorado. I currently attend University of Colorado Boulder to study architectural engineering. As a kid, my dream was to be a train conductor. However, I slowly found a curiosity and passion for architecture, narrowing down to lighting design in buildings. Light to me is really what defines a space. It provides the ability to

Education School Year Major Emphasis

Bachelor of Science University of Colorado Boulder 2016-2020 Architectural Engineering Lighting and Electrical Systems

Minor Track

Environmental Design Planning

Organizations and Groups

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - Boulder Student Chapter Secretary American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Figure Drawing Club


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view a space, evoke mood, and accentuate architectural features. Without it, a building would just be a cave. This portfolio contains school projects that display lighting, electrical, architectural design as well as other creative projects.

Work Experience Title Organization

Asset Management Intern City and County of Denver Denver Internation Airport Course & Research Assistant University of Colorado Boulder Landscape Intern Denver Zoo

Volunteer Work

Butterfly Pavilion


Archery | Painting | Drawing | Knitting | Crocheting | Landscape Photography | Arts & Crafts | Pottery | Snow Shoeing | Fishing | Cooking | Bird Watching


Clouds | Cryosphere | Arthropods | Carbon Sequestion | Solid State Lighting |

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Daylighting Electric Lighting


Library Petal House

Daylighting Electric Lighting


Daylighting Detroit High School

The project’s premise is to develope a daylighting centric design for a high school in Detroit.

Electric Lighting Classroom

The project’s premise is to develop a lighting layout to adequately light a classroom.

Daylighting Project: Detroit High School

Detroit has a cold climate. During the school year, solar heat gain is a good way to reduce manual heating costs. Many sides of the building will have low-E coatings on the windows to prevent heat loss in the winter. Classrooms are placed on the north side for the views, the science labs, library, art room and cafeteria are placed on the south exposure. The entrance and offices were placed on the east side to avoid wind and to get morning sparkle without evening glare. The office space utilizes highly insulative windows and manual shades for views and comfort of occupants in a small space. The cafeteria space utilizes large floor to ceiling storefronts and low u-value, translucent skylights to illuminate and create contrast in the space. The art studio utilizes large windows, tall space and translucent clerestories to achieve uniform daylighting deep into the room.


Detroit is located on the northern hemisphere, making south facing walls recipients of the most direst daylight. A sun path diagram was made for the southern facade of the school to determine the location of the sun throughout the day and year.

Exterior Shading

For the location of Detroit, a 60 degrees cutoff off angle for south facing windows was chosen. This cutoff shades solar angles during the early and late school year months, when it would be the warmest. The cutoff also allows for direct sun during the cooler months for solar gain. To achieve this on a 6’ window height, a 3’ louver overhang was used. Deciduous trees were used as another exterior shading technique. The school will have a landscape program containing deciduous trees as their canopy will provide shading in the warmer months and direct daylight during cooler months when they lose their foliage.

Tools SketchUp

Develope the space, creating objects that would effect the daylighting distribution in the space.


Apply lighting characteristics in the space, adjusting material properties such as reflectance.


Apply a false color filter based on luminance in the space.

SPOT Analysis:

Spaces in the school were analyzed in spot for daylight uniformity, daylight saturation and potential for glare. HDR images of the spaces were places throught wxFalsecolor to render a visualization of the luminous intensity of the space to find patches of light that could be visual glare.

For the art studio, the space required a relatively uniform illuminance among the work plane. Daylight is great for CRI but sparkle and glare could be an issue on artwork. A 60fc daytime illuminance was selected. The windows target characteristics were the following, 50% VT, 0.3 SHGC, 0.3 U-Value; These are to minimize heat transfer and allow for plenty of light in the space. The clerestory and monitor had similar target with a difference in VT of 60% and translucent glazing. These windows are not for viewing, making them good sources for diffused light.

Window Selections Office

The windows are facing south east for the office setting. It has a 3 ft sill height. Many of the work tables will be in proximity or next to the array of windows in the office area. Since the windows are oriented towards the south, tint is recommended to reduce the visual transmittance. If tint is selected, all must have the same tint. Since occupants are near the windows, a low U-Value is desirable to reduce radiative discomfort.


The sky lights will be located near the interior of the space where the light from the floor to ceiling storefront won’t be able to reach as far. For the sky light, views through the window isn’t important as the storefront should be enough for the views; The skylights therefor can be translucent and can have a tint. However, the goal is to achieve light in the interior spaces so tinting wouldn’t be needed. Being on the roof system, it is important to have a low u-factor to reduce the effects of thermal bridging. However, the space should be well ventilated to avoid condensation.

Art Room

The clerestory is located above the windows for deeper light reach. The windows serve as additional source of daylight for deeper interiors of the classroom, not for visual enjoyment. Because of this, transparency is not an important criterion for the window. The windows are primarily south facing so a tint can be used and low SHGC and U-Value is desirable but can be in mid-range as the windows aren’t very close to an occupant.


1” (25mm) Insulating with RoomSide Low-E - VNE13-53 VT: 50% SHGC: 0.22 U-Value:0.23 LSG: 2.27


PY: Double Glazed over Flat White U-Value: 0.36 SHGC: 0.20 VT: 0.58


1” (25mm) Insulating Translucent (V1085 #3) - VNE13-63 U-Value: 0.29 SHGC: 0.29 VT: 57% LSG: 1.97

Electric Lighting Project Classroom Lighting

The scope of the project is develope a simple layout of electric lighting to sufficiently light a classroom. It is assumed that the surfacess are diffuse with the same exitance across the clerestory and skylight. The following surfaces of the room were seperated and designated for form factor calculations. Surfaces

Surface Number


Area ft2

Floor Quadrant 1




Floor Quadrant 2




Floor Quadrant 3




Floor Quadrant 4




East Wall




West Wall




Ceiling (South)




North Wall




South Wall (Bottom)




Sky Light




Ceiling (North)




South Wall (Middle)




South Clerestory (Top)




With the form factor, the lumen method was able to be used to estimate the surface illuminance on a work plane 4 feet off the ground. The following distribution was from the direct indirect linear luminaire.

The task illuminance was found to be appoximately 40 fc with the selected luminaire and layout. The illuminance was found using the lumen method.

Level 3 PP3 Primary Unit Substation



37.5KVA 480Y/277 V208Y/120 kVA MCC 13.6kV750 250A - 480Y/277 V H G F

Level 2







#2 THW (Cu)

#3 THW (Cu)

Projects 100A







4/0 THW (Cu)

Secondary Unit Substation





2 1/2” C - 3 #500 MCM THW (Cu)




750 KVA 13.6 kV 480Y/277V

37.5 kVA 480Y/277 V-208Y/120V






26”#4 THW (Cu)

#4 THW (Cu)





3/0 THW (Cu)



125A #4 THW (Cu)


Electric Design

Level 1




Commercial Electrical Design Project

Riser Diagram

This design is for an electrical system for a 43,000 square foot, three floor office building. The electrical distribution system receives 13.8kV from the electric utility, with a 750 kVA 13.6kV - 40V/277V transformer for the primary unit substation and 37.5 kVA 480V/277V 208V/120V for the secondary unit substation. The electrical system consists of 2 lighting panels (480/277V), 3 power panels (208/120V), and a motor control center (MCC). The design is made to satisfy National Electric Code (NEC) 2017 and Xcel Energy 2015.

To follow NEC 2017, loads were balanced to be in 10% of current between the three phases. The unit substations were sized and placed in a room with sufficient clearance. All the protection devices were sized to not be overload, including fault current.

The following were load estimations for the lighting panels and power panels. and the following plans show the panelboards at the center of the building to minimize copper length. The loads account for emergency loads such as lighting and exit signs and to be backup with an emergency generator. The floors not shown have similar identical floor plans.

Lighting Plan

Receptacle Plan

Primary Unit Substation

Secondary Unit Substation

The commercial office space is located in Colorado. Xcel Energy provides guidelines on the installation for grounding the electrical system.

Architectural Design Projects

Longmont Library

This project’s objective is to develop an engaging library space for the community in longmont.

Petal House

The objective of this project is to develop and program a space for a dream home.

Library Design

This project is to develope a 8,000 square foot building in Longmont, CO. The project is to renovate an old lot in the city of Longmont, developing a new convention center and library, connected by a central atrium. The library consists of space for an adult and children section, featuring a green house located in the cantilevered part of the building.

Petal House

Creative Design Projects

Landscape Development Boulder Creek

A proposal for developing a pathway along Boulder Creek. The design is to create a path between both sides of the creek while being ADA conscious. The concept includes a path leading down to a bridge that has vine covered gates, ending at an enclosed park that can be envisioned to be a secret garden for visitors. The park is seasonally dynamic with changes between marsh and grass landscape, depending on water levels from the creek.

Loblolly House Case Study The Loblolly house located in Maryland shows a aesthetically appealing visual representation of its’ surrounding environment. These projects display a parti (done in embroidery) and elemnts (done in oil paint) to illustrate the theme of the residence.

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