Alexandra Gustafson Bachelorâ€™s of Science in Architecture - June 2016 Masterâ€™s of Architecture 2017 - December 2017 Roger Williams University Bristol, Rhode Island
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A Fluent Procession ...................................................
Matters of the Spirit ....................................................
Mount Hope Farm Master Plan & Conference Center Design .............................. Spring 2017
An Auditory Connection .........................................
Luxury Condominium High- Rise ........................
The River ........................................................................
Supplementary Studies ..........................................
Fall 2015-Summer 2017 2
A Fluent Procession A Thesis Investigation
Downtown & South Side Pittsburgh, PA Spring 2017 & Fall 2018
Creating a Circuit A ma jor spatial goal for this thesis is to address the issue of accessibility along Pittsburghâ€™s waterfront edges and connectivity across the confluence as the city develops and expands geographically. At both ends of this proposed pedestrian bridge, public spaces will extend the commercial side of Southside Pittsburgh while providing a connection over the dense highway infrastructure on the North shores. Community inspired program, such as farmerâ€™s markets and food trucks along the bridge itself will promote the space as a destination as well as a source of pedestrian use and recreation. A proposed elevated dock along Monongahela Wharf protects the ecology of the flood- prone shores while a bike path running parallel to Station Square encourages bicycle commuting and pedestrian use along an otherwise dangerous rail line. Alltogether, this continuous circuit connects existing amenities along the water while encouraging growth to a currently underutilized waterfront site within Pittsburgh.
pedestrian & bike lanes
proposed market space
highway bridge to performance amphitheater
proposed use of highway ramps
public boardwalk & market
connection of pedestrian bridge to water edge & performance amphitheater
public boardwalk & market
performance amphitheater: market street elevation
performance amphitheater : first avenue elevation
Matters of the Spirit
Exploring the Role of a Religious & Cultural Center Teglholmen, Copenhagen, DK Completed Fall 2016
A Comprehensive Investigation This Design Studio focused on the technical aspects of design as well as the conceptual explorations that are more standard to a design studio course. Part of a revitalization master plan, this area of Copenhagen is redeveloping to become a residential neighborhood with community focused buildings for an all inclusive, walkable neighborhood. The design for this building began with a rigid precinct, divided by use into religious space and cultural space. In the middle of the building, an open courtyard provided both separation between the functions as well as the possibility for collaboration of these two functions. The intent behind the design was to allow opportunities for multiple functions by the neighborhood, with the potential to adapt as the needs of the inhabitants of the area change over time. This design problem aimed to find the identity of an old architectural typology, the church, and re-assess its role in a modern community. In addition to being a design driven studio, large emphasis was put on the development of structural, envelope, and the mechanical aspects of the project. 13
site investigations: proximity to ma jor roadways, parks, and waterways
main floor plan
mechanical plan: basement
structural axon: primary & secondary members
framing plan: typ
Mount Hope Farm Masterplan & Conference Center Design Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI Completed Spring 2017
Mount Hope Farm has a piece of everything to offer to the community of Bristol, from its diverse landscapes over 80 acres of land to its historic relevance as a ma jor player in the economic growth of the communityâ€™s settlement back in the 1700â€™s. With it quickly growing in public popularity through hosting local farmerâ€™s markets, Mount Hope Farm faces pressures to develop to enhance the visitor experience. This design problem challenged the programmatic needs of a functioning yet highly visited agricultural landscape within a growing community. In addition to the restructuring of the organization of the farm as a masterplan, a new program of dorm housing for students and campers as well as a conference building and restaurant called for an individual building design on a smaller parcel of waterfront site on the edge of Mount Hope Farm. The resulting design was response to the natural sloping topography, with the concept of a stepping procession to follow the site and capture views over the bay. The separation of the two building programs down the edges of the site also created a natural central courtyard, encouraging use by students and staff using the conference center and cafe. 19
masterplan concept: streetfront activity stemming off a central circuit
conference center & cafe plans
breakout spaces between dorms
site plan: conference & dorms
dorms section 1
dorms section 2
dorms section 3
dorms section 4
An Auditory Connection Spring 2016
4 sound channel axis
This design studio investigated the relationship of an individual with a space through all five senses. This concept guided the design of a single family home, with the design intention to utilize sound as a tool to aid a family with a child with Downâ€™s syndrome. The architectural solution explored in this design created spaces connected through sound channels, which allow audial communication from floor to floor. Main living spaces such as living areas, the kitchen and playroom are connected using sound channels, while private spaces such as bedrooms and office have the option to be closed off from the audial channel. Using an open organizational strategy in plan and connecting specific areas of the home in section, this design seeks to achieve a safe and comfortable environment for all members of the family to grow together.
Luxury Condo High Rise 533 Washington Street, South Boston Fall 2015 This design utilizes its ebbing and flowing form by staggering 22 floors of residential units to capture unique views over South Bostonâ€™s Theatre District and the Boston Common. A dynamic, ribboning facade dips and envelopes each level to distinguish public and private interior spaces, and varying floor layouts create several types of units: lofts, single bedroom and two bedrooms. By breaking up the form into two segments, opportunity arose to give views to more units, and allowed the form to compliment and interact with itself as two individual pieces. A largely formal exploration, this design was guided through the section and addressed the challenges posed by a high- rise design, such as cores, egress challenges, and structural design.
organic form development
typical large floor plan
Fall River Public Library Fall 2014
Fall River is a post- Industrial waterfront city located along the border of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Similar to other Industrial cities all across the U.S, Fall River at its height of Industry brought in multitudes of people looking for work, giving the area a rich cultural history that is imperative to the current identity of the city today. The need for a library would benefit the citizens of Fall River, as well as symbolize the rich and celebrated history of the city through public resources. This library design aimed to commemorate the historical nature of the city of Fall River, as well as serve the modern day community as an inviting public learning and gathering space. In addition to text sections for children, young adults, and adults, this library program includes an auditorium, several free- form classrooms, computer labs, and a cafe. An open entrance atrium with breakout reading and work spaces is the guiding element in this project, acting as a connective artery to bring people together.
ground floor plan
second floor plan atrium level
third floor plan atrium level
second floor atrium level
third floor cafe
free reading space
Supplementary Studies Structural Studies + Media Studies + Internship Portfolio
Exhibition Center: a Structural Exploration Design of Structures II - Fall 2016 29
Media Studies 2012-2016
oil paint portrait study 24 x 36
still life study 24 x 36
chalk pastel studies 30 x 24
charcoal study 30 x 42
colored pencil study 12 x 14
Kirby Perkins Construction - Summer 2016 David Sisson Architecture PC - Summer 2017 Two summers of full time internship brought very different experiences that individually contributed to strong beginnings of a professional design career. Kirby Perkins Construction, based out of Newport, RI, is a design - build firm that brought opportunities for a student intern to see the relationship between designers and project managers and contractors. Designers maintained a close relationship with those on site, and gave me the opportunity to visit project sites. Additionally, working at Kirby Perkins greatly developed my skillset in programs such as Autocad and Sketchup.
David Sisson Architecture has not only led to a full time position post graduation, but has given provided insight on the business aspects of being a practicing architectural designer, a skill that tends to be overlooked in a classroom setting. Projects ranged from small residential additions to large scale civic and educational projects, giving exposure to a range of project typologies. Utilizing the capabilities of Revit in this firm produced accurate and detailed construction documents, and taught me as a young professional how complete architectural sets are produced from schematic design all the way through project completion.
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