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ALEXANDRA ADAMSKI Portfolio 2017


ALEXANDRA ADAMSKI CONTACT

EDUCATION

4841 Cedar Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19143 aadamski@upenn.edu 484.264.2546

University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA

2019

Master of Architecture

GPA: 3.93 Lehigh University | Bethlehem, PA

2016

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Minor in Earth & Environmental Sciences GPA: 3.81 | Graduated with Highest Honors, Dean’s List for 6 semesters Danish Institute for Study Abroad | Copenhagen, Denmark

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014

Architecture

EXPERIENCE

Planning Intern Campus Planning + Projects | Lehigh University

2012 - 2016

+ Assisted with drafting, digitization, and organization of site maps and drawings in AutoCAD and Revit + Assisted in transition to a GIS-based facilities space management system by proofreading nearly 30,000 database records in Access and AutoCAD + Collected and organized as-built measurements + space audit data via field surveys in Access + Worked one-on-one with the University Architect and staff members on assigned projects + Progressively gained experience with yearly promotions Architecture Intern Nørløv + Nørløv | Frederiksberg, Denmark

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014

+ Assisted with the design and development process of residential projects + Created drawings and physical models of residential projects in AutoCAD and Revit + Collaborated on a small-scale competition entry project with the principal architect Sustainability Intern Office of Sustainability | Lehigh University

+ Completed mapping and inventory projects of bicycle racks, water fountains, and recycling bins with ArcGIS to help implement sustainable initiatives on campus + Collected and organized field data in ArcGIS to create web accessible databases for students

May 2014 - Aug 2014


ACHIEVEMENTS + AWARDS

HOK Futures Design Challenge Finalist Philadelphia, PA

2017

+ One of 3 teams selected as finalists from 180 entries in the architecture category of a 10day competition held by HOK’s Philadelphia office + Awarded cash prize of $2500 ‘Holoscope’ | Project Installation PennDesign, Penn Book Center | Philadelphia, PA

2016

+ First semester pavilion project invited to be displayed as an installation in the storefront of an independent bookstore for 6 weeks ‘Polar Entanglement’ | Featured Project PennDesign Instagram

2016

+ Appended euclidean drawings featured as part of the preview for the Final 501 Review Teaching Assistant

Jan 2016 - May 2016

Architectural Design III | Lehigh University

+ Advised students on design of projects, graphics, and model making + Taught tutorial sessions in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop

LEADERSHIP + ACTIVITIES

PWIA Mentee PennDesign Women in Architecture

Jan 2017 - present

Digital Fabrication Assistant PennDesign FabLab

Aug 2016 - present

Standards Chair Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity | Lehigh University

2013 - 2016

+ Edited and collaborated on governing policies and bylaws of the fraternity PreLUsion Orientation Student Leader SustainabLEHIGH | Lehigh University

+ Led new students on a three day excursion focusing on environmental sustainability intiatives

SKILLS

Digital agility in many software environments including:

Revit | Rhinoceros 3D | Maya | Grasshopper | AutoCAD Photoshop | InDesign | Illustrator | Microsoft Office Maxwell Render | VRay | SketchUp | Meshmixer | ArcGIS Fabrication:

Drawings | Model Making | Sketching Laser Cutting | Rendering | 3D Printing Woodworking

2013


CONTENTS

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HOK Futures Competition Entry Philadelphia Design Challenge

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Manitoga Gallery ARCH 501 STUDIO

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Withdrawn Object ARCH 501 STUDIO

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Manitoga Pavilion ARCH 501 STUDIO

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Undergraduate Works LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

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Synthetic Domains [in progress] ARCH 502 STUDIO


01 The creation of a community first requires the creation of a conversation: giving those living and working in close proximity a convincing reason to knock over that first domino that starts the chain reaction to become a community. In order to do so, the living space begins to meld with the workspace, allowing the tenant to expand or shrink the space to fit their exact needs. To enable flexibility, all transactions are handled through a blockchain system, allowing people from all around the world to receive up-to-the-minute information on the rental status of each individual pod.


ETHERFLEX HOK Futures Design Challenge Entry 3rd Place Finalist Spring 2017

team members \\ Alexandra Adamski, Kurt Nelson


The flow of programmatic spaces at the Etherflex promote activities which follow a typical day-to-night schedule. Residents begin their days at the top flow through of programmatic of the Etherflex, and The walk spaces at the Etherflex community spaces promote to reinforce activities which follow a typical day-tointeraction between users.

night schedule. Residents begin their day at the top of the Etherflex, and walk Work spaces, community spaces, through community spaces and nightlife are centralized on the to reinforce interaction ground and first floors of the building. between users.

Urban pattern extracted from the site, used to dictate materiality on the building facade.

At the end of the day, users complete Work spaces, community the cycle by returning spaces, to their living and nightlife activites are centralized on spaces. the ground and first floors of the building. At the end of the day, users complete the cycle by returning to their living spaces.

During Year 1 of his stay at EtherFlex, the user rents out two housing pods, from days to months at a time.

Blockchain

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Purchasing the Pod

Three years later, the user has started his own family and expanded his living and working space. The flexible geometry and economy of the tetrahedron pods make this transition as accomodating as possible.

Transaction is Sent to the P2P Network

Transaction is Validated

New Block is Added to the Blockchain


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2\\ Brewery + Restaurant 3\\ Work 4\\ Circulation

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The Blockchain \\ The blockchain network allows for digital transactions between owners and renters of Etherflex pods, cutting out the normally required middlemen like bankers and government organizations. This creates a de-centralized local economy within the Etherflex community where transactions are logged and recorded across multiple computer databases on the Ethereum network.


Interior ground floor render

Purchasing the Pod

Transaction is sent to the P2P network

Transaction is validated

New block is added to the blockchain

Transaction is complete


02 ENTANGLEMENT \\ a system whose individual elements are considered to be an inseparable whole, revealing an obscured and intangible interconnectedness that manifests in a physical experience. Polar entanglement aims to reveal undermined elements of geometries found within Russel Wright’s American Modern collection and physical elements of Manitoga itself, resolving opposing forces of connectivity, detachment, intensity and calm within an infinite spiral spectrum of polarities.


POLAR ENTANGLEMENT Russel Wright Manitoga Gallery Fall 2016 | 501 Studio Instructor: Andrew Saunders

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Polar entanglement reveals a spectrum of polarity existing in Russel Wright’s work, critical to the scope of experience at Manitoga. Polar forces in the Euclidean geometric system act on physical thresholds found specifically between Mary’s Meadow and the quarry, two topographically similar areas of Manitoga. The siting of the gallery between the quarry and meadow draw attention to these similarities which are normally obscured, creating a new experience of the site.


Appended Euclidean Formations

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Celery Tray

Guiding Euclidean Principals

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3d Appended Geometry

Appended Euclidean Geometry


Certain vessels entangle visitors into the gallery spaces and expel them back into the site, creating sequential experiences as they circulate throughout the gallery. At these moments, the geometry breaks the site threshold and extends into the landscape and underneath the gallery to form temporary and exterior gallery spaces. In this sequence, the vessels act in a part-to-whole system which curates the experience of the visitor as they are swept into intense polarities and released from the entanglement back into the site.

Axonometric \\ Transition from lines to form

By furthermore revealing and framing specific moments of Manitoga which are normally obscured from each other, bipolar entanglement creates a new state of connectivity and intensity.


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Polar vortexes drift across the landscape of the gallery in a gyroscopic movement; curating views, revealing light. These vessels bring light into the space and engage with views of the threshold-forming elements of Manitoga: Russel Wright’s house, Mary’s Meadow, and the quarry. They seep into the interior space to erode galleries in a thickening of space and program.


Site Section

Transverse Section \\ Within the gallery, polar forces form topological variances of bipolar curves in a three-dimensional network which challenges the threshold between the inside and outside of the spaces. The curves are pulled from the threshold boundary into the polar vortexes, forming vessels at their most intense moments, and work their way back into

the normative boundary as they are released from the polarities. These vessels bring light into the space and engage with views of the threshold-forming elements of Manitoga: Russel Wright’s house, Mary’s Meadow, and the quarry.


Exterior Detail + Entrance

Seam Detail

Interior Vessel gallery space


D \\ Seam following the normative edge in elevation B \\ Axon view

C \\ Detail of lower entrance

A \\ Polarity pulling the seam edge towards the interior

Vessel overlooking quarry


03 This analysis provides an introductory exploration into graphical representation and underlying Euclidean geometries of a given object: the Russel Wright Celery Tray. The hidden geometry and topological signatures are re-formed in a container which reveals and hides some aspects of the withdrawn object, revealing hidden geometric orders and obscuring form. Topological curves extend from the object, intersecting and retreating away from the normative threshold, established by a bounding cairo grid.


WITHDRAWN OBJECT Russel Wright Artifact Analysis + Curatorial Container Fall 2016 | 501 Studio Instructor: Andrew Saunders

Container Axonometric \\ Constructive Bipolar Geometry


Orthographic Analysis

Axonometric \\ Eucildean Geometry overlay

The relationship between the object and its container is not simply one of containing and being contained. The topology of the object engages with the normative boundary, pulling and pushing its geometric signature with the following traits: \\ Its opposing polarity \\ Its horizontality \\ Its transition from thin edge to mass The resulting container emphasizes and undermines these traits.

Exploded Axonometric


Model | 3D Print + Chipboard


04 “Holoscope” highlights the geometries and architectural linings that emerge from marrying two distinct Russel Wright American Modern pieces: the celery dish and the creamer. Unpacking the geometries of these pieces, “Holoscope” represents the part-to-wholeto-figure relationship that emerges from overlapping aggregations, and acts to address the hollowness and shell fabrication in Russel Wright’s slip casting process. Thermoforming as a material process responds to a modern day interpretation of Wright’s craft, drawing parallels between the creation of this pavilion at Manitoga and the crafting of Russel Wright’s ceramics. Each fractal module becomes an integral part of the whole by the continuity of imprinted ribbing. This offers a definition that creates a new kind of ceramic molding and precision, developing interior and exterior conditions through vertical, horizontal, and diagonal connections that provide intentional resilience of figure. This piece stands as a testimony to Russel Wright’s craft and pure geometric approach; a nested and decontextualized design that imprints texture and resilience to transcend the part and whole.


HOLOSCOPE Russel Wright Pavilion Fall 2016 | 501 Studio Instructor: Andrew Saunders

team members \\ Alexandra Adamski, Caitlin Dashiell, Keven Bloomfield, Sirui Chen, Weizhen Jia

Team members \\ Caitlin Dashiell, Keven Bloomfield, Sirui Chen, Weizhen Jia


Formal Genealogy

Celery Tray

Covered Soup

Creamer

Salt + Pepper

russel wright artifacts

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monstrous children Initial Module

Initial Aggregation

Module Assembly

Smooth Module

Adjust flaps for overlap

Modify for texture

Seaming


final model \\ 5’ x 5’ x 5’


** Pavilion installation at the Penn Book Center

Process \\ CNC Milling + Thermoforming

A 3D printed modules

B PETG Thermoforming test

C Polystyrene thermoforming


D Fabrication

E Stacked modules to be sanded

F Final assembled units


Part - to - whole Construction Unit Construction

Petal Array

Packing Geometry

Petal to Petal Connection


Unit A

A\\ Initial normative boundary

Elevation

B\\ Establish truncated tetrahedron packing geometry

C\\ Space packing massing

Unit B


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UNDERGRADUATE Various Works Summer 2015 - Fall 2015 Instructors: Hyun Tae-Jung Amy Forsyth

Array Modulation VISUALIZATION + FABRICATION Chest on Stand FURNITURE DESIGN


ARRAY MODULATION Visualization + Fabrication of Architecture Summer 2015 | Lehigh University Instructor: Hyun-Tae Jung

A simple pattern can provide the footprint for a complex visual form. A three dimensional array is formed from modulations of an individual element, connected in a logical manner. The array opens and contracts on a two-dimensional plane, while undulating on a three-dimensional plane. Initial Shape

Pattern Development

Establish the Grid

Condense

Add Variation

Unit Development

Cut and Crease

Fold Tabs

Final Unit

Connect


As the array moves and folds, it adopts different characteristics and becomes a new object.

27” x 53” x 4” \\ Bristol paper


CHEST ON STAND Furniture Design I Spring 2015 | Lehigh University Instructor: Amy Forsyth

The chest-on-stand project proposed creating two pieces of furniture which could act as a single unit when combined. This piece was designed with the intention of illustrating the dichotomy between order and disorder. Harmony and chaos are represented by a solid maple box, cradled in the air by a nest of walnut sticks.

The use of double hinges allows the outer set to act as a stay, limiting the motion of the lid.

27”h x 12” x 16” \\ Maple, Walnut


Leaving the hardware and joints exposed, thereby celebrating their haphazard character, acts to emphasize the piece’s chaotic nature.


06 The question of synthetic domains begins with a question of order and hierarchy, and challenging the existing spatial and socioeconomic aspects of the city to enhance the viability of the community. Pattern systems of fracture and decay provide the distributive logic for a multi-generational programmatic agenda of workforce empowerment. The cellular pattern structure subdivides the sites, the channels and veins (striations and threads) as fractured cells become elements such as programmable hardscape, circulation, and green space. The role of each aspect is explored as a collective part of independent or dependent features of the community.


SYNTHETIC DOMAINS

[in progress]

Philadelphia Parkside Library + Community Center Spring 2017 | 502 Studio Instructor: Joshua Freese

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Fracturing

Decaying

Nesting

2D Pattern Studies

The collection of patterned and textured images found in the city give a base reference for new geometric patterns. These are expanded through basic operations of symmetric generation to create a larger field pattern, projected to amplify qualities of veining, striation, and channeling. From the 2D patterns, 3D patterns are developed by finding various angles to apply the pattern onto basic volumetric elements extruded from the pattern. After relationships of integration or autonomy are found, these elements are then distorted through motion along a vector to create an expanded deviation from both the original massing and the applied pattern into a new perceived formal order.

3D Pattern Studies


PUBLIC

EDUCATION Vocational School Classrooms Workshops Tech Rooms Exhibition

PRIVATE

LIBRARY Stacks Magazines Kids Room Reading Rooms Computer Labs Cafe

COMMUNITY Admin Co-working Offices Public Spaces Auditorium Storage

Programmable Hardscape

Circulation Walkways

Water Features

Green Space

Initial Massing

Pattern

Exploded Axon of Massing + Program


Diagrammatic Plan

Computer Labs

Cafe

Stacks

Circulation

Study Reading Rooms

Stacks

Co-Working Offices

Circulation

Diagrammatic Section


Two intersecting axes form the basis of programmatic flow, contrasting and challenging the regular street grids of the city. The program merges traditional workmanship with modern technology, calling back to the spatial and programmatic logic of the Centennial Park with organization around central plazas. The sites become a manifestation of the future vision of Leidy Avenue; satellites bind the site with concentrations of program active at different times of the day to serve the community as needed.

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User Groups + Program Distribution

Alexandra Adamski M.Arch Portfolio  

Selected works // 2016-2017 PennDesign // 2015-2016 Lehigh University