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SELECTED WORKS OF ALISON R. TRUWIT Master of Architecture Candidate 2019


ALISON R. TRUWIT 413 E Huron Street, Apartment 910 Ann Arbor, MI 48104 914-907-2564 | atruwit@umich.edu

EDUCATION

EXPERIENCE

University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Master of Architecture Candidate 2019, GPA: 3.96

Practice Sessions Ann Arbor, MI Taubman College, October 2017

Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Bachelor of Arts 2014, Magna Cum Laude Major in Architecture, Minor in Urban Design Santa Reparata International School of Art Florence, Italy, Spring 2013

Worked with Ellie Abrons and Adam Fure on coordinating Practice Sessions, a Taubman College program funded by the UM “Third Century Initiative” focused on experimental pedagogies. T+E+A+M Ann Arbor, MI Intern, August–September 2017 Collaborated with Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, and Meredith Miller on their project, “Ghostbox,” exhibited at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

AWARDS / HONORS Taubman Scholar, University of Michigan Merit-based scholarship awarded to promising incoming students

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners New York, NY Design Manager, July 2014–May 2016 Intern, June–July 2017

2018 Taubman College Fellowship Committee Selected to represent student body for the fellowship search committee

Collaborated with eight partners and communications team to design architectural proposal submissions worldwide. Designed marketing brochures for international conferences, firm viewbooks, presentations, exhibition boards, and award entries.

2018, 2017 Student Award Show, Taubman College Nominated by Viola Ago and Hans Tursack for the annual student work show

Studio Teaching Assistant St. Louis, MO Washington University in St. Louis, Fall 2013

2017 Dean Search Committee, Taubman College One of 10 selected to represent the entire student population

Assisted professor in providing studio instruction to first-years in Introduction to Design Processes; provided design criticism, ran tutorials on technical skills, and served as a mentor.

2014 Recipient of Betty Lou Custer Book Award for Willing Service to the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis

Thurtene Carnival St. Louis, MO Washington University in St. Louis, 2013–2014

2014 Frederick Widmann Prize Candidate Honors undergraduate students who have shown high levels of academic achievement and design ability

Served as the exterior construction chair on a temporary carnival façade structure; worked with local architect on construction drawings and facilitated on-site construction.

2010 Senior Class Award - Class of 1958 Reinhart Scholarship for Mathematics Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, NY

Alberti Teacher St. Louis, MO Washington University in St. Louis, Summer 2012; 2013–2014

SKILLS Representation: Rhinoceros, Maya,V-Ray, ZBrush, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Pepakura Designer, Microsoft Office Suite, Manual Drawing, and Photography (film and digital) Fabrication: Zund Cutting, Kuka Robotics, Waterjet Cutting, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, and Wood Shop Tools

Taught architecture to inner-city students grades 4–10; collaborated with fellow instructors to create a problembased studio curriculum about architecture, community, and environment; updated Alberti blogspot daily. Fortuna Realty Group New York, NY Intern, Summer 2013 Worked with the Director of Construction and Development on hotel and residential projects; drew wall sections and detail drawings; and attended weekly site visits and meetings with architects, engineers, and owner.


S EA M S S A FE Inst i t ut i ons | F all 2017 | Critic: Vio la Ag o

PUBLIC POOL Form | Fal l 2016 | Critic: Han s Tu rsack

D U P L EX Form | Fal l 2016 | Critic: Han s Tu rsack

F O A M PA RT Y Si t uat i on | W i n ter 2017 | Critic: Ash ley Big h am

DISCIPL I N ED P L A N ET ES I M A L Re pre se nt at i ons | Fall 2017 | Critic: Mich ael Jefferso n

T ITAN I C 4 T H O F J U LY Si t uat i on | W i n ter 2017 | Critic: Ash ley Big h am


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M E TA S E A M S This firehouse explores the notion of metaseams, which analyzes the function of seams beyond solely construction. On the right is an unfolded surface drawing of the exterior of the firehouse. The interior sculptural composition was projected onto the exterior creating new seams, “metaseams”, that have been distorted and stretched based on a 2.5D projection logic. These new seams act as both moments of structural reveal and graphic appliqué. Coloration and metaseams characterize the building envelope. The metaseams act as joinery between colors, and these colors correspond to their underlying composition. The literal seams of the building are hidden by plastic composite and only exposed at moments of reveal adjacent to the metaseams.


Acrylic Flatbed Print 48”x48”


PLASTIC COMPOSITE SKIN STUDY MODEL

ELEVATIONS

The building is enclosed under one skin made of plastic composite, which has been broken down into a series of surfaces by the projection of an interior form onto the exterior.

The figuration on the skin visually interacts with the underlying form but also creates unexpected scale effects.


The figuration on the buildings’ facade also creates unforeseen connections between architectural objects.

The physical models above explore the materiality of the exterior surface, which are represented as transparent and glossy.


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The big interior sculptural form, which was used for the exterior projection, houses the apparatus bay and creates a void in the building at all levels. Program fills the surrounding volumes and the transparent outer skin allows the viewer to visually see the connection between interior composition and exterior figuration.


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The public pool is based on a grid of diamonds and squares, which are pushed and pulled by a point to create a pyramid. The pyramid is aggregated across the site to create a field of buildings that vary in form and size depending on their program. The pools are rigidly set within the same grid also acting as a repeating element on the site. While the buildings differ from one another in form, the pools remain rectilinear and imply directionality towards the two center pools.


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FORM + COUNTERFORM

The figurative massing of the Duplex was derived by unifying primitive geometries in both plan and section. This unification created a sculptural form with an anthropomorphic attitude as seen in many postmodernist buildings. A collection of elements was extracted from the underlying geometric lattice of the massing. These elements were taken at moments of intersection of the primitive shapes, and exist at both an object scale as seen in the furniture and at a larger scale as seen in the architectural elements such as walls, apertures, and columns. These elements at both scales were carefully designed to create a bilateral symmetry alluding to a processional logic inside the Duplex.


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The overall figurative massing began as a simple extrusion of two cylinders placed inside two cubes in plan (one circle and one square per unit) with two cylinders wedding the two units in elevation. This created a bilateral symmetry in the duplex, allowing for a communal space in the center.


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Exterior hotel massing looking North


Exterior hotel massing looking West


Interior hotel model photos (top left to bottom right: pool, lobby, dining, bedroom)

LINK TO VIDEO FOOTAGE OF INTERIORS:

https://vimeo.com/215696938 Foam Party is a hotel in the Strip District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With a volumetric exterior massing, the hotel’s interiors are reflective and create an atmosphere that contrasts its site in an industrial location of Pittsburgh. This set of images is a

series of interior scenographic models that represent spaces in the hotel such as a typical bedroom, lobby, spa pool, cafe and lounge area.


Exterior hotel photo looking into bedroom


TYPICAL FLOOR PLAN

Foam Party celebrates the intersection, overlap, and multiplication of spheres. The plan was derived from a rigid grid system of circles that expand and contract depending on program. The circles in plan and section imply completion either as functional or structural elements. For example, the curved walls of the bathrooms in plan complete as hand railings looking over the central atrium space in the center of the hotel. At ground level, there is a public pool for both guests and residents of Pittsburgh to enjoy, but as you enter the hotel, the circles begin to divide the space and create more private areas, all surrounding the central atrium. At the top floor, there are more private pool and spa spaces including a sauna, hot tub, spa treatment rooms, and gym.


THIRD FLOOR PLAN

GROUND FLOOR PLAN


DISCIPLINED PLANETESIMAL


Using normative digital operations such as ​the ​​use​​ of profile​​ and ​​extrusion,​ ​seam/joint​​ and ​​revolution,​​ and ​​appropriation​​ of ​​one ​​drawing​​ type​ ​as ​​another, the drawing/model hybrid on the right disciplines, domesticates, and redefines an unwilling object, a planetesimal. The drawing, from bottom to top, disciplines the object beginning with its original state. By taking a section of the planetesimal and recreating the profile through only circles (above), I further redefined and confused the section by breaking it into quadrants and introducing or subtracting one of the circles that was initially used to create the profile. As the object was further disciplined, these quadrants became more apparent as they began to operate independently from one another.


TITANIC 4TH OF JULY Partners: Kayser KWaili and Yaxin Zheng


This drawing explores the intersection between a specific site and activity. Given an activity, 4th of July Party, a site, the Titanic, and a painting by John Biggers, we produced a drawing of a serendipitous relational scenario. I specifically worked on the activity on and around the boat including the people, tables, BBQ, lounge areas, and more activity. I also contributed to the overall layout as well as the composition of the broken Titanic.


ALISON R. TRUWIT

413 E Huron Street, Apartment 910 Ann Arbor, MI 48104 914-907-2564 | atruwit@umich.edu

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