Portfolio 2014. Alexander Beckman
1516 Greenleaf St. Evanston, IL 60202 Mobile: 847.323.9794 Email: ABeckman543@Gmail.com
Master of Architecture Illinois Institute of Technology Projected Graduation in spring 2016 B.A. In Architectural Studies Minor in Japanese The University of Kansas, Lawrence KS Graduated Spring 2012 GPA: 3.8
Studied Urban design at the graduate level in Sydney Australia, March-November 2011
-2012-2013: Professional ski instructor Worked for Vail Resorts Management Company at Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado. Responsible for teaching ski lessons to beginner, intermediate and advanced level skiers of all ages. Focus on providing the “experience of a lifetime” to the customer and creating a lifelong love of the sport. Managed groups of 4-15 of varying ages - 2008-2012: Adventure Trip Coordinator Responsible for groups of 10-15, organized transit, meals and medical care in backcountry and remote locations. Helped develop leadership skills in teens - 2010: Office Coordinator to the Dean; KU School of Engineering Supervised front office activities, fielded questions regarding scholarships and school of engineering course programming. Dealt with students and parents to develop coordinate scholarship plans
-Graduate academic merit scholarship recipient, 2013 -Dean’s scholarship recipient, 2013 General Skills: Presentation + Communication Microsoft Office Suite Proficiency Architectural Skills Physical Modeling Laser Cutting CNC Welding Woodworking Digital Applications Rhino + Grasshopper Revit Architect Google Sketchup AutoCAD Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.
1. house 2. elements 3. foundations
Sedgwick Brown Line CTA
N. Mohawk st.
N. Larrabee st.
W. Blackhawk st.
Architecture lives in a world determined by a memory of the past, a preoccupation with the present, and a dream for the future. The Mohawk house seeks to discover a temporal typology of architecture that is informed equally by it’s precedent, context, and intention. In form the house creates a rhythmic alternation between opaque and translucent surfaces and masses that creates a hierarchy of space within. In materiality the skin aims to mirror the contextual typology of brick and wood while advancing the perceptions of brick as a modern tool, primarily through the use of a steel reinforced “masonry moment frame”. And in program all the functions of the house are united by open rooms in the center of each floor which serve to delineate the three primary functions of the home; work, live, play. By creating a hierarchy of space, adressing vernacular materials in a unique way and dividing program by broader, unspecific, categories the the home is capable of responding to the memory of it’s past, adressing the present preoccupations and still dream of a future for the family and for the house.
house + model Alexander Beckman
house + plan Alexander Beckman
house + elevation_a Alexander Beckman
house + Alexander elevation_b Beckman
Understanding architecture is dependant on understanding material. The bricks and steel and wood that compose a building each tell a story of their own and are integral to an understanding of the architecture. These two graduate level studies represent some of my explorations into materiality. The first is an experiment with a modular, dry-joining membrane. By removing material from a stiff piece of plywood it gains flexibility. This flexibility allows it to morph into a system that is structurally rigid, but allows a flexibility beyond that of normal plywood. The components were developed using extensive physical models which were also translated into Rhino where potential membrane composition experiments could be conducted via Grasshopper.
elements Alexander Beckman
The second material exploration is a study of metal and the mig welding process of joining it. I looked at aspects of proportion, solid/void, and the metal joint to produce a series of metal cubes ranging from 8â€? to 24â€? in scale
elements + the cubes Alexander Beckman
My architectural passions are rooted in the pursuit of craft. Iâ€™ve found that in order to truly understand something I need to build it myself. So it was that, seeking to understand my favorite instrument, I developed and built by hand an electric guitar. The form of the guitar was inspired by the oak leaves that were falling on the farm where I bought the mahogany body. The shape was cut from one piece of wood using a band saw and routed to allow for the electronics. The project gave me a better understanding of the instrument, the design process, and my own craft.