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Dorian Alana Taylor PORTFOLIO 2006 - 2012 B.Arch University of Florida 2010 M.Arch University of Florida 2012

architecture exists in details in the moments that form experience

Dorian Alana Taylor PORTFOLIO 2006 - 2012

undergraduate |


Charleston, SC

Urbanism Xi’an, China

| graduate

Natatorium Orlando, FL


Gainesville, FL



Alachua County, FL

Artist Co-op

the reverberating word Theater Charleston, SC Critic | Robert Macleod Design 6 Located along a main Charleston thoroughfare, East Bay St, the theater generates it’s schematic design from the changing coastline of this region. This environmental condition shaped the positioning of programmatic volumes by rotating the horizontal mapping of the shore to a vertical position, and locating each theater on a different level. The auxilliary spaces: cafe, lobby and silent theater address the Charleston sidewalk and provide a focused view to the water’s edge. The spaces within the project juxtapose between in and out, areas for participation and observing, and between concrete and flexible spaces.

| longitudinal section through theaters, cafe, and exhibit space

| section demonstrating stacking of theaters


plan ground floor |

From ground the black box acts as support for the surrounding theaters which revolve upward. Hovering above the ground, the debate theater bridges toward the primary volume, which holds the theater for the spoken word, exhibits and the recording studio.

plan second floor |

1 lobby 2 gallery 3 cafe 4 black box theater 5 gallery 6 spoken word 7 debate theater 8 offices 9 recording studio 10 silent theater | plan third floor





theory analysis cultural making |

renewing cultural authenticity

Urbanism Xi’an, China

Critic | Robert Macleod, Nancy Sanders Team | J. Kuo, M. Monroe, P. Tran, J. Yactayo Design 7 Study Abroad China The urban design is aimed towards reinforcing the authenticity of Xi’an. Drawing a matrix of streets, alleys, and homes from traditional residential area, we create a level of housing based on the module above a poorly designed grid of commercial area. By pulling connections from above to the ground, the street level is slowly transformed, providing outdoor “lobbies” to residents and visitors where they may begin to share a culture. This nest of housing and commercial is held by a cultural area that includes a historical and art museum and an area for education.

| constructing the matrix

reviving the commercial grid with the layered history & structuring of residential

* This team project was done in association with the Xi’an Polytechnic University. The following work is group produced. The focus of my influence in this project was in the underlying concepts, the urban plan, sectional development and the construction of the site model.

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roof studies |

| perspective of linked housing and commercial district

module of housing

unit for permanent residence

unit for temporary residence

communal space

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elements of urban plaza |

| built section through museum district

The forming of the urban plan was based on reflection of authenticity and dynamic symmetry. In relocating the pagoda, a central axis was created through the urban plan giving a sense of position to each component of the plan. The historical museum of Xi’an reflects the ancient gate once creating the entrance to this portion of the city. The axis created by the pagoda runs through the modular housing and commercial district to the cultural database situated at front of the site. The cultural center of the urban plan includes both the art and history musem, as well as a constructed plaza above the underground museum.

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activating the box Natatorium Orlando, FL Critic | Lee-Su Huang Grad 1

circulation studies |

| plan ground floor

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plan second floor |

The natatorium exaggerates moments of light and dark, with entry at points of suppression within concrete pods, opening into the vast sunlit natatorium. Pockets of programs are nested in the box, highlighting the two distinct atmospheres of space and programmatic use. The transparent envelope of the natatorium contains the expansive competition space, spa pools, and a gymnasium. The pocketed programs hold entry, circulation, and an elevated restaurant, looking out into the competition space. Primary entry occurs at the spectator level on a sky bridge linking to urban plaza on eastern edge of site.

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| schematic plan ground floor

experiencing the object Library Gainesville FL Critic | Tod Williams, Nancy Clark Grad 2

massing studies |

The program of this library space is to provide a collector with a grand room to display his treasured objects, the coiled pots, gathered from many different places and people. The concept of design is to pinch out this grand room into a wrapping space, which may interact directly with the garden courtyard it surrounds. The point of detail within this project occurs at the moments of interaction with each object. There is also a climatic play between inside and out, bringing the context of place to a point of focus within this gallery of cultures.

| longitudinal section

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cross section |





holding the object Display Gainesville FL Critic | Tod Williams, Nancy Clark Grad 2

The displays of concrete, formed to hold the Peruvian carved stones, contrast one another reminiscent of how each object would be held and positioned during ritual. The carved stone objects, known as canopa or illa, translate to treasure in Peruvian. These ritual objects are used as charms: a shepherd carrying a canopa provides protection to his herd, a planter burying this illa in his fields brings fertility to the crops. The viewer’s experience of the display is dictated by each token’s placement during its traditional use. The once buried canopa is positioned at knee level, leading the viewer to lower himself to see the details of the object. The carried object is positioned at eye level for direct correspondence with the viewer. The materiality of display and space formed between the objects brings out a contrast between the buried and carried object, while providing unity in the nature of display.

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growing community Agri-Urban Alachua County FL Critic | Martin Gold Team | J. Franklin, K. Addicott Grad 3

The ideology of the Greenbridge community is promotion of an eco-sensitive lifestyle. The focus of the town lies in agricultural production, at all scales, from commercial farms to community gardens to container boxes. The cityscape embraces food production, yielding sufficient crops to serve residents of surrounding communities with fresh produce and local dining experiences. The agri-urban community will provide jobs in agricultural related fields, including hydroponics, growth practices, research and technology, education, food processing, preparation, and distribution. The urban framework of the Greenbridge community is based on the concept of an eco-filter: layering of urban and landscape conditions support a sustainable built environment with minimal negative impact on the natural Florida landscape. The eco-filter is comprised of several zones. An undeveloped “Green Belt” serves as the primary buffer between the community and the natural wildlife corridor south of the development site. The Green Belt provides protected land for plants and animals, largely free of human impact -- only including trails and a lake for non-motorized recreation. The second layer of the eco-filter is the residential zone, dominated by a high-density development adjacent to the lake. The residential band separates the overall community from the wildlife corridor to the south/southwest. The use of the highest density development as a filter to the environment inverts the agri-urban buffer typology, which would typically follow a gradual step-down pattern of densities. Greenbridge’s high-density region maintains a small structural footprint and inspires a perception of transparency by permitting views and light to the primary urban core. Despite its porosity, the main residential structure limits vehicular traffic and high levels of activity from entering the green belt and wildlife corridor, serving as protection for the natural environment. At Greenbridge’s linear core lies a predominantly undisturbed “Green Boulevard,” containing a public transit line, pedestrian/biking paths, and recreational programs. The natural condition of the Green Boulevard reinforces the ecological focus of the community’s ideology, providing access to transportation modes that link all of the community’s programs, from housing, civic, commercial, recreational, and agricultural areas. The location of the linear Green Boulevard form is ideal, within close proximity to virtually all residents of the community. Its immediacy allows it to serve as a unifying thread and reference point for the entire development.

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GREENBRIDGE community guidelines Purpose: (a) To develop a sustainable urban community focused on agricultural practices (b) To provide jobs in agricultural-related fields [growth practices, research, food processing and preparation] (c) To form a blurred edge between urban condition and landscape Components: (a) Urban Core mixed use [30 units/acre] (b) High-rise residential [50 u/acre] (c) Water-front residential [2 u/acre] (d) Mid-density residential [5 u/acre] (e) Mixed Mid-density/Agricultural [2.6 u/acre] (f) Agricultural (low density) [0.2 u/acre] (g) Green boulevard (public transit and park functions) (h) Green belt (conservation area) Farming to Density Ratio (a) Low density/ farms [5 acres/u] (b) Mid density/ community gardens [5 acres/40 units] (c) High density/ roof-container gardens [5 acres/250 units] Concepts/ Strategies/Terms: (a) Green Belt – spectrum of nature south and southwest of our community which forms a buffer between urban density and the state’s natural wildlife corridor; protected to allow animal habitats to thrive (b) Green Boulevard – strip of green (both natural and man-made landscape) which holds modes of public transit (trolley, biking/ running paths) and widens to include other public resources (parks, disc golf course, community gardens) (c) Eco-Filter – the layering of urban and landscape conditions to support a sustainable environment with low negative impact on the Florida landscape

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growing community Artist Co-op Alachua County FL Critic | Martin Gold Individual Project within Masterplan Grad 3

The artist’s cooperative explores interplay of field ground and permeability, investigating a flexibility of movement between in and out and transitions between public and private. The schematic design blurs residential studios the a concept of the artist’s courtyard or garden space. The program consists of educational studios, artist’s studios, residences, market, and shared agricultural zones. Connections to the existing master plan occur at the eco-filter, playing with an idea that green space and living space can at times switch assumed positions. The agricultural production within this segment of the master plan consists largely of container gardening and community gardens of herbs, dye plants, and edible items. The permeability between personal and public space advocates a sense of community that encourages shared agricultural practices.

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| floor 4 housing

| floor 3 academic/ housing

| floor 2 academic

| floor 1 public/ academic

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sharing appreciation Thanks to my parents for everlasting support, creative energy, and kind words of encouragement to my friends for laughter at the ends and beginnings of long days, weeks and months, for being my partners in this incredible adventure to my professors for guidance and inspiration through this journey to my students for reminding me the refreshing nature of the design mind | 35

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WORK EXPERIENCE Design Studio| Graduate Teaching Assistant


Responsibilities: I introduced basic design tools, including sketching, conceptual development, and analysis to first year architecture students. The emphasis in the first semester was on modelling a three-dimensional condition through the study of design basics: the cube, the matrix, and the merged condition. The second semester focused on design through drawing, although each project incorporated a three-dimensional making as part of the analysis. In addition to teaching, responsibilities included grading, one on one discussions with students, and developing assignments based on curriculum requirements.

Bachelors of Design| 2010 Minor in Urban & Regional Planning University of Florida

Masters of Architecture| 2012 University of Florida

QUALIFICATIONS Microsoft Office | Word Excel; Adobe CS5 | Photoshop, In Design; AutoDesk | AutoCAD, Revit Arch; Rhinoceros; EcoTect; GIS

Fall | Design 1 - Core 1 2011 with Mark McGlothlin, UFSOA Spring | Design 2 Studio 2012

with Lisa Huang, UFSOA


Winterim Study Abroad

Materials & Methods| Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ecosensitive Low-Cost Housing Kerala, India

Responsibilities: Assisted the professor in grading, provided explanatory sessions with students, and prepared images and writings for presentations.

[12/27/11 - 01/15/12]

Community Design Studio


Envision Alachua

Spring | Materials & Methods I with Bradley Walters, UFSOA, AWAKE architects

Graduate Design Studio Tod Williams, TWBTA New York, NY

Food Glorious Food| Fine Dining Server Responsibilities: I interacted with patrons and staff, while promoting and serving fine cuisine. In addition I facilitated food running and general management of the dining room and service spaces.

Barrels of Hope Haiti Initiative Design-Build workshop Gainesville, FL

Urbanism Studio in China

2008- 2011

Hong Kong, Xi’an, Shanghai, Beijing

[05/10/08 - 08/05/08]

Teaching Assistant Design 3 Martin Gunderson

Teaching Assistant Design 2 Nancy Sanders

Community Visioning Process Fernandina Beach

Peace Relations Trip Turkey [05/03/06 - 05/17/06]

Design Exploration Program University of Florida

Summer | Hostess & Server located in Tallahassee, FL

Coffeeshop/ Bookstore| Barista

Responsibilities: At Starbucks, I prepared quality coffee beverages in a fast-paced environment on the University of Florida campus, in four to six hour shifts. I coordinated with team members to improve efficiency while maintaining high quality service. At Barnes and Noble, my position overlapped to the book floor, providing customer service in literary recommendations and maintaining displays, in addition to the traditional barista responsibilities.

2008- 2009 Year Round | Starbucks 2003- 2006 Year Round | Barnes and Noble Books

Univ of Florida Graduate Portfolio  
Univ of Florida Graduate Portfolio  

culmination of design development from 2006-2012 at the University of Florida B. Arch and M. Arch