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4 Queensway Park, Ozone Park, NY

10 Shift Center, Santa Monica, CA

16 Slate Visitor Center, Estes Park, CO

24 Cooper Skinner Compound, Muncie, IN

30 Webber Original Designs IN


Entering my freshman year of architecture, I had one thing driving me: sustainable design. Sustainability was the whole reason why I decided to go to school and the reason why I dedicate myself to my studies so passionately. I have approached my we shape our undergraduate study with this goal in mind, and knowing that aspiration has allowed buildings; thereme to refine my own style. Discovering how green requirements can coalesce into my own unique style has been one of the best rewards of my studies. Along the way after they shape us. I have kept an open mind to many other ideas and have unearthed another passion -Winston in materiality and how materials can connect physically and visually. I have come to Churchill love all the knowledge behind turnbuckles and green roofs alike because I crave to understand all aspects of sustainable design. Over the years, my passion for learning and applying ideas and techniques has continually strengthened. I have the same level of excitement in design now as I did four years ago, and that is a major reason why I aspire to further my education now. My devotion to creating a greener and more responsible world continues to grow, and that purpose of enhancing our world for generations to come is why I am applying to Montana State. Architecture and design are so unique and exciting with all their possibilities that I desire to maximize my potential though graduate study. Earning a graduate degree is the next step that I am eagerly looking forward to.

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SUSTAIN people ignore designs that ignore people -Frank Chimero

***All images are simple, precendent inspirations found on google, all credit is due to their respective creator(s)


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ADAPTIVE IDENTITY QUEENSWAY

QUEENSWAY SITE

OZONE PARK, NY

Strong identities define various layers of New York’s melting pot between the sense of New York pride, the local flavors of the 5 boroughs, and all diverse cultures in each district. The Queensway and its context share a symbiotic relationship and by enhancing the Queensway to a functional state while progressing adjacent structures, they can ignite a strong cultural connection. Adaptively reusing structure and aesthetics, the Queensway and urban warehouse share characteristics and point to surrounding boroughs with fresh and vibrant colored additions. Circulation perpendicular to the Queensway is emphasized by penetrations across the Queensway, creating living alleys on either side accessed by a garage door façade. Breathable structure lets the Queensway and warehouse share a freeflowing market place for vendors and users year round. It accepts and respects existing conditions while allowing for a revitalization of Queens culture and economy. Unoccupied walls create opportunity for local artists and the 5POINTZ organization to relocate their graffiti mecca to a larger, contemporary site. Encouraging local artists to utilize the vast amount of canvas creates an artistic melting pot, painted through the local New York graffiti style.


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SYMBIOTIC RENNOVATION ADAPTIVE STRUCTURE EXISTING STRUCTURE

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QUEENSWAY SECTION


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Shifting between two views—the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Ocean—this bridge transitions between the urban and natural conditions. Reflecting the idea of BRIDGE as a verb, actively connecting two ific Pac extremes: one elevation personifying the refinement and sophistication of Los Angeles, the other resembling the rough, natural state of the beach and palisades. They confront each other through a material language over the Pacific Coast Highway. Moderating between settings, the design respects the horizon line with a low profile. The bridge facilitates a shift in diverse social forms and structures. Shifting between day and night, the design brings people into different programmatic vitalities in the same pavilion. The wellness center bridges multiple user types for physical activity and social vitalization; then at night, it shifts to a recreational atmosphere with a bar and club utilizing the same SANTA spaces. The journey along the bridge and across the roof invites users to trade their strenuous, busy work schedule for a more relaxed scene at the beach. Large vertically rotating doors alternate the degree of enclosure between interior and exterior, shifting between the built and un-built environment. - 2nd place Estopinal Competition collaboration with Spring Wu

MONICA SITE

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SANTA MONICA, CA

Pier

SHIFT CENTER


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BRIDGE PIER DIAGRAM

BRACING ANGLE

BRACING ANGLE STEEL CONNECTION FIN STEEL TRUSS

EMBEDED STEEL PLATE

STEEL TUBE BRACING

BRIDGE PLATFORM

STEEL SPINE

CORTEN CLADDING DRAINAGE GUARD

CORTEN CLADDING BRIDGE SPINE STRUCTURE BUILDING STRUCTURE


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OPERABLE DOOR DIAGRAM

OPERABLE STEEL AWNING DOORS

SWINGING DOOR DETAIL CORTEN CLADDING

STEEL SKELETON


DAYTIME ACTIVITY NIGHTTIME ACTIVITY

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CONTEXT INFO

Rocky Mountain National Park Alpine Visitor Site Estes Park, CO Elevation: 11,800 FT 1000 U.S. 36 Estes Park, CO 80517

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLATE CENTER

ESTES PARK, CO

Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park Colorado has the highest visitor’s center in North America at close to 12,000 ft. It sits on the edge of a crater looking over the valley. Our task was to redesign the center with new rangers facilities and a medical center. We had to incorporate a restaurant, souvenir shop, and an interpretive center. My concept was driven from the surrounding environment and elevation changes while incorporating as much on site energy and energy efficiency as possible since the site is off the grid.


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Photo-Voltaic Panels

Structural Insulated Panels

South Oriented Glass Facade

Thermal Mass Concrete Floors

Clear-Story Daylighting

Rain Water Collection

ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS


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COOPER-SKINNER FARM

MUNCIE, IN

Ball State University has recieved a series of farms that they have now restored to a natural prairie style grasslands. Our task was to design a student research center and 2 adjacent living quarters for up to 8 student and faculty members. Sustainable systems were heavily emphasized in order to create minimal impact on the protected prairie. I take a localism approach to challenges like this, because if a building doesn’t speak to its environment, then it fails. Use of local materials like rammed earth and fallen ash trees connect the structure to the site, and the planning of the site allow you to observe or intervene in the site while creating an interactive environment.

18” Glulam Beam 3” Green Roof Foliage

10” Soil Layer 1/4” Lag Bolt

2” Lightweight Concrete Water Vapor Barrier 3” Metal Deck

9” Square Glu lam Girders

18” Crow Windows w/ 1.5” metal trim Double Pane Insulated Glass

3’’ Square Metal Bearing Tube 18” Metal rotating vents w/ 1.5” metal trim

2” Gypcrete Floor 18” Rammed Earth Wall 18” Diameter Conctrete Pile

9” Wood Piling Cap

18”x36” Concrete footing (seperate) 3 #4 Rebar

2 #4 Rebar into piling & wood cap

3/4” OSB Subfloor 12” Floor Joists


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South Facing Glass Extensive Green Roof Summer Wind Ventilation Optimized Solar Orientation Geothermal Heating Bioswale Earth Burming Heat Sink Rammed Earth Thermal Mass

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WEBBER DESIGN ORIGINALS

FURNITURE APPROACH


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WEBBER DESIGN ORIGINALS

FURNITURE APPROACH

Many great designers have experienced the connections between architectural design and furniture in the past, and I share a similar crossover in design. The proportion, style, and materiality of these designs are just a more tangible and humble approach to my raw style where accepting materials and their characteristics create a unique language. Materials should not hide for what they are, as should I as a designer. These furniture explorations are the first steps in a long design refinement process, and the lessons learned assist me in future furniture and architectural design. As an aspiring architect, if find it critical to embrace all types of design and more importantly, try and understand all materials. I push myself to endeavor in material examination from concrete and steel to walnut and fabrics. Playing with all materials from excites me as a designer in both architecturally and in furniture design. These projects symbolize of my design approach and my continuing growth.


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WEBBER DESIGN ORIGINALS

HAUS INTERNSHIP

During the summer of 2013, I had the privilidge of working at HAUS Architecture for Modern Lifestyles with Chris and Derek. My time there was spent not just understanding and implementing construction documents and architectural design, but also the understanding of scale, proportion, and the knowledge it takes to execute a design. Chris asked me to refine and build out a design he had for his daughters future bunk bed and closet. My job was to refine, budget, plan, and build the project from scratch. The lessons learned not only taught me of material qualities of MDF, but more importantly showed me on a small scale what it takes to execute a design on the professional stage. Yeah, pink can work.


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AWD Undergraduate Portfolio and Design Works  

Alex Webber Ball State University Class of 2014 Undergraduate Portfolio and Design Originals

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