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ailsa t thai

portfolio 2019


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ailsa thai bachelor of science in architecture minor in studio art class of 2020

contact

att9bp@virginia.edu (626) 863-8848

education 2016-present university of virginia

gpa:3.87/4.00 intermediate honors 2018 dean’s list 2017

2018 uva architecture in italy: vicenza

on-site course on investigative drawing techniques

2012-2016 bassett senior high school gpa: 4.52/ 5.00

skills

photoshop indesign illustrator autocad rhino revit hand drawing physical modelling

experience 2019 architecture extern, rosney co.

charlottesville, va create drawings for bathroom renovation project, assist on collecting site measurements, shadow client and construction meetings during week-long externship

2017 - 2018 teaching assistant, arch 1020: lessons in making

charlottesville, va conduct weekly lessons and discussion sections, guide first year architecture students through an introductory drawing and design course

2017 free arts volunteer

monterey park, ca foster support and positivity by facilitating arts and crafts activities with children and teens at edmund d. edelman children’s court

2018 cashier

charlottesville, va greet and manage guests at runk dining hall, complete monetary transactions and oversaw convenience store activity until closing

2015 - present private drawing commissions

produce commissioned original artwork in traditional media

involvement 2017-2018 sustained dialogue member

engage in weekly discussions about issues affecting student body at uva

2017 wxtj art show contributor

produced original artwork for radio-hosted art show fundraiser

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creative collaborative spaces fan house mushroom dwelling links trickling stairs steep drawing the veneto

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collaborative creative spaces arch 2010 building charlottesville’s market square ines martin robles fall 2017

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collaborative creative spaces Charlottesville’s active creative community and social dialogue come together in this combined studio and public performance space, where visual artists, designers, and performers can work privately and collaboratively within the studio building and showcase their work, or interact with the public in an open pavilion. The east side of the pavilion also accommodates the weekly Saturday market while creative community events can happen simultaneously on the west end, where the altered topography provides theater-like open shared spaces.

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site map with circulation

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site sections

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collaborative creative spaces


The two main parts of the project are the studio building and the outdoor pavilion, organized by layers. From the bottom are the pyramidal voids and volumes forming stepped conditions at different scales, acting as seating or theater-like spaces. Next is the structure of the pavilion, experienced as a forest of columns, through which the Saturday market may organize itself. It supports a canopy functioning as a sort of brise-soleil, providing shade for the users below. At the top is the studio building that runs along the southern edge of the site, with large windows facing north for ideal light and looking out towards the pavilion and Downtown Charlottesville.

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collaborative creative spaces


fan house arch 2020 minimal spaces exercise maria gonzalez aranguren spring 2018

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fan house Limited to a 1200 square footage, this house is an exploration in a radial arrangement of space. Rooms combine in a fan shape, allowing various transitional conditions, a range of visibility, privacy and community, and efficient occupation of space. The house as a mass radiates from a central garden, in which multiple rooms look and functions as the most public space in the home.

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fan house section perspective

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mushroom dwelling arch 2020 minimal spaces exercise maria gonzalez aranguren spring 2018

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mushroom dwelling Limited to a 1200 square footage, this house is an exploration in a simultaneously vertical and radial arrangement of spaces, building off of a previous project, the fan house. Rooms radiate from a central atrium, spiralling upwards as spaces become more private. Upon entering the house, one may descend into the kitchen and dining area, the primary communal space.

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links arch 2020 collective housing in columbia heights maria gonzalez aranguren spring 2018

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links Situated in Washington. DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, this housing complex fosters community and human interaction through the use of octagonal forms aggregated into “chains” linked by peripheral cores. Within each link, central spaces unify separate housing units, which are able to look into and away from each other, giving the occupant choice between privacy and collectivity. The cores of the complex act as connections between the interlocking towers and are shared recreational spaces. Due to the tetris-like aggregation, the double-story units are connected to outdoor patios. The ground is a field of separate playgrounds, but are accessible to all, with plaza-like public steps at the edges of the complex.

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To permit a simultaneously radial and vertical aggregation of housing units, there are 3 types of units, each consisting of 2 subtypes, resulting in a total of 6 different homes within the complex. The first type is the single story home, which consists of a family unit and a singles shared unit. The second type, shown below, is a duplex in which residents enter from the first story. The third type, shown on the right, is a duplex in which residents enter from the second story and descend to private spaces. Both types each consist of two subtypes determined by the placement of a personal outdoor terrace.

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links duplex typologies and plans

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interior visualization

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exterior visualization

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links site isometric

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trickling stairs arch 2020 minimal spaces exercise maria gonzalez aranguren spring 2018

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trickling stairs An occupiable stair that serves not only circulation but other programming, this trickling stairs scheme acts as a vertical garden with a built in watering system dependant on structural pipes. Nestled in the steps themselves is the vertical garden, which is watered by suspended pipes that direct rainwater into the soil. Steps extend to form benches, shaping a tranquil, intimate green space.

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ground plan

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trickling stairs third level

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transverse sections

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elevation

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steep arch 3010 intersections: connecting sites, systems, and sections across manhattan maria gonzalez aranguren fall 2018

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steep Situated at the edge of the Lower East Side’s Chinatown, the tea brewer’s guild hall pays homage to the centuries-old art, culture, and philosophy of drinking tea, while also functioning as a subway entrance. It aims to tie and reinforce connections between generations, between the contrasting Chrystie and Bowery Streets at either end, and between the meticulous craft and spirituality behind brewing and drinking tea, through a ramp-based circulation system. Emerging from an instinctive response to bridge Bowery and Chrystie and to bring light and subway riders to the subterranean, ramps facilitate a constant recognition of the site’s and subject matter’s polarity. Circulation becomes a contemplative experience. Juxtaposed to this continuity are moments of pause in the basement, isolated tea rooms for private tea ceremonies facing the central atrium, evocative of Chinese gardens and reinforcing the relationship between drinking tea and nature.

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steep atrium visualization

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drawing the veneto uva architecture summer abroad: italy charles menefee summer 2018

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drawing the veneto The following pages show selected works from a five-week drawing course in northern Italy, focusing on observational drawing techniques as a means to develop a deeper understanding of the region’s architecture in a historical and contemporary context. Perspective, axonmetric, plan, section, elevation, and diagrammatic drawings were recorded on site.

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Top: Villa Rotunda studies and two-point perspective drawing Bottom: Villa Pojana two-point perspective sketch Architect: Andrea Palladio

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Brion Cemetery section and perspective Architect: Carlo Scarpa

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drawing the veneto Roof addition on Castelvecchio Architect: Carlo Scarpa

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Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale perspective Architect: Sverre Fehn

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drawing the veneto Vicenza riverbend perspective

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