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Undergraduate Design Portfolio University of Colorado at Boulder Fall 2016 - Spring 2020

alexa lehrer

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From the age of 8, I was shown the world. My parents believed it was important to grow up understanding the nuances of different cultures, so I was shuttled to countries in the hopes that I would appreciate and accept the world through a larger lens. Every nation I went to and every person I encountered revealed to me how design can completely alter people’s lives and how it can either parallel or revise the culture surrounding it. Because of these experiences, I now strive to be a designer who will create in a way that enhances my surroundings without taking away from the antiquity of the society and without using resources that hinder others from doing the same.

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Undergraduate Design Portfolio University of Colorado at Boulder Fall 2016 - Spring 2020


alexa lehrer design

student

hi there, M y n a m e i s A l exa , a n d I a m c ur rent ly a seni o r i n t h e E nv i ro nment a l D esi g n progra m at t h e Un i v e r s i t y o f Co lo ra d o. I a m a d e t ai l - o r i e n t e d a nd h ard wo r k i n g s t u de n t w h o l ov e s a l l t h i ng s d esi g n. I c o uld sp end h o ur s c o mb i ng t h o ug h Pi n t e re s t a n d In s t a gra m f i nd i ng new a nd i n n o v at i v e wa y s t o d esi g n t h e wo r ld i n orde r t o m a ke i t m ore f u n c t i o n al a nd ae s t h e t i c al l y p l eas i n g . D e s i g n i s a ll a roun d us, i t a ffe c t s ev er y t h i ng we d o, ev er y sec o nd o f t h e d a y, a nd I a m l ooki n g for w a rd t o m a ki n g my ma r k i n t h i s f i eld .

best,

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(720) 320-6677

alexa.lehrer@colorado.edu

https://alle9669.wixsite.com/ alexalehrer

boulder, co // black hawk, co


education

University of Colorado B.A. in Environmental Design (ENVD) Majoring in Architecture Boulder, CO (2016-Present) Cumulative GPA: 3.987

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Study Abroad Barcelona, Spain (Spring 2019)

honors & awards • • • • • •

CU Esteemed Scholarship – Sewall (2016-2020) Sorority Panhellenic Senior of the Year (2019) Leadership Certificate - Certified IMTPC Peer Mentor (2018) ENVD Undergraduate Student Research Award (2017) Dean’s List (Fall 2016-Spring 2019) ENVD Design Faculty Recruitment Scholarship (2016)

experience

Pop Fever Assistant Designer Los Angeles, CA (Summer 2018-Summer 2019) • Work with international pop culture influencers to help develop their brand and personalized merchandise to match. • Assist with website, social media, and graphic design. Guest House Interior Design & Marketing Intern Denver, CO (Fall 2019-Present) • Assist lead interior designers with sourcing products from makers for luxury houses in Denver and Boulder. • Help install houses and design spaces. • Reach out to new makers across Colorado to expand the Guest House network. RSPNSBL Design Company Design Intern Boulder, CO (Spring 2018) • Member of the design team. • Worked closely with the founder to design packaging, user experience, marketing material, and pop-up shop layouts.

leadership

Alpha Phi Sorority Chapter President & Member Boulder, CO (Fall 2016-Present) • Responsible for a budget of over $400,000 per semester. • In charge of 8 Executive Board members, 20 members with appointed positions, and 300 members total, and responsible for communicating with 5 chapter advisors and the Alpha Phi International Executive Board. • Helped raise over $67,000 for women’s cardiac care in the fall of 2017. ENVD Student Faculty Teaching Assistant Boulder, CO (Spring 2018-Present) • Teaching assistant for introductory ENVD course • Responsible for 20 college students which included teaching a weekly recitation class and grading field assignments, essays, and class notes. Peer Mentor Boulder, CO (Fall 2017-Spring 2018) • Volunteer position used to welcome and assist first year ENVD students and help them adjust to the program and college in general.

skills • • •

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel

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Traveled to 37 countries across 6 continents Model at Donna Baldwin Agency, Denver, CO (Spring 2017-Present) HGTV addict and yoga enthusiast

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nts 01

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architecture

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precedent study

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04

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planning

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design

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01 reunion villa senior

architecture

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The theme for this senior architecture studio was celebrations and reunions. We were given a 120 acre site in a small town named Slidell which is just north of New Orleans, Louisiana. Our goal for the site was to create an overall theme which encompassed all buildings designed on the site including tiny houses for people visiting and an event center to host weddings and other major celebrations. The theme I decided on was family reunions, and I created spaces around the site which would facilitate family interaction as well as entertain people from different generations. After creating my site design, I began to rethink how a tiny home on the site would function for a family who is visiting.


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architecture

Reunion Villa is a modern bungalow nestled in the dense Louisiana forest. While this house contains many modern elements, there are also features of the design which are an ode to classic Louisiana architecture. This tiny villa is the perfect size. It is cozy enough to make you feel warm and comforted, but it also contains a number of small nooks that make it roomy enough to support a standard family. In addition, this villa is supported off the ground by a berm which makes it practical to stay in year round and during oods. This is the perfect place to stay for any family attending a wedding on the property or a guest looking to explore the many natural elements Louisiana has to offer.

Villa context map within site

Site context map

Goal 1: Family The primary goal of this cabin is to be comfortable and functional for a small family. The 3 levels create various spaces and nooks that can be easily tailored to match any family’s specific needs.

Goal 2: Local Relevance Although modern in shape, this cabin boasts local charm with its many shuddered windows and hints of intricate Louisiana architecture in the etchings on the railings and spire.

Goal 3: Modernity The shape and finishes on both the interior and exterior of the cabin give visitors a hint of modernity while in the heart of the lush Louisiana swamp.

Goal 4: Connection with Nature

Villa site map including typography

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While they are surrounded by endless natural beauties, visitors will float above the wetlands on specialized berms and will enjoy the sweeping views on personal wrap-around porches.


reunion

Exploded axon program diagram

villa

3-D concept diagram

Connection points Outdoor living Common living Multi-use space Designated bedroom

(1) Linear design to promote programming

(3) Extra level added to facilitate separation

(4) Level elongated to create traditional Louisiana spire

(2) Stacked in order to conserve space

(5) Three primary spaces within overall design

Conceptual building and site form

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architecture

Plan drawings 10’

Etched Glass The two main walls of the spire and the exterior railings are all made from etched glass. Glass was used in order to modernize the building; the railings are etched with classic wrought iron railing designs while the spire contains shutter windows and a wrought iron frieze.

Open Space 10’

Bedroom

17’ Open Space

Living Room

Kitchen

WC

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Conceptual interior rendering

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32’

Section drawings

31’

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reunion

Horizontal Cedar The thin planks of cedar are used as details throughout the exterior of the house in order to offset the severity of the burnt wood. The cedar wood is used on walls lacking windows to block others from looking into the house from the south.

villa

Shou Sugi Ban Shou sugi ban is a Japanese wood burning technique which naturally helps the wood become more water resistant. This practice will help the interior of the house stay dry since the climate in Louisiana is so humid.

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architecture

Wrought Iron Frieze The glass spire has been etched with a wrought iron frieze at the top. This is a staple in traditional Louisiana architecture, and it gives a hint of classical design to the building while being shown in modern way.

Curved Window with Shutters Shutters are also staples in Louisiana architecture, so I have used them as an accent on the spire’s glass walls. Unlike the shuttered windows on the side of the house, these shutters are rounded to give the spire even more personality.

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reunion

villa

Modernized Spire The modern spire on the northeastern corner of the building is a nod to the ornate, conical spires on old Louisiana buildings. Like more traditional spires, this modernized version houses the staircase as well as little nooks.

Wrought Iron Railing The wrought iron railing is a staple in Louisiana, and it has been represented in my design as etchings in the glass railings. These etching are a shadow of what used to be while still being modern and clean.

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architecture

Traditional Louisiana frieze and windows etched into modern spire

Traditional Louisiana wrought iron fence etched into modern glass railing

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Project title, name, and scale etched into base of model


reunion

villa

All primary materials shown in detail as well as the berm and staircase

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02 tense

junior

architecture

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My group designed this project in Barcelona, Spain in order to create a new way of representing architecture in a public space. More speciďŹ cally, we sought to use architecture to reinvent a site to create an immersive space that was informed by speciďŹ c site characteristics. We challenged ourselves by using string in tension as our primary material behavior and created shape and shading by connecting midpoints of triangles in various stages. This project shaped me into a more forward thinking designer because I had never thought of using a material behavior as the key element which the rest of the project was designed around.

Group Members Alexa Lehrer: concept development, experiments, graphic design, model making Devin Costello: concept development, experiments, diagraming, model making Dominic Large: concept development, experiments, Rhino modeling


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architecture

Site

Site locator

Design goals

Durable

Adaptive

Flexible

Compactable

Multiple Connections

Aesthetic

Design alphabet

Type A: Triangle

Type B: Pyramid

Functions:

Functions:

-Minimal number of connection points

-Minimal number of connection points

-Easy to repeat with varied form

-Easy to repeat with varied form

throughout the overall shape of the

throughout the overall shape of the

structure

structure

-Connection between the midpoints of

-Begins creating an easily manipulated

triangle exterior create more triangles

3 dimensional form

Type C: Tensed Pyramid

Type D: Tensed Pyramid with

Functions:

Triangular Prism

-Minimal number of connection points

Functions:

-Provides lots of opportunity for shade

-Furthers opportunity for shade by

while minimizing structure footprint

creating roof-like structure -Prism can easily be spread without adding more connections or bigger

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footprint


tense

Untensed diagram

Tensed diagram

Shading

Tertiary

Secondary

Primary

Design within site

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architecture

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Design model with shadows


tense

Site: El Borne Market Plan view of design model

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architecture

NUTS, BOLTS, & WASHERS

After our final pavilion design was completed, we were tasked with creating a 1:1 scale joinery that would make it possible to construct the pavilion in real life. We concluded that our joinery would have to be durable, flexible, adaptive, compactable, aesthetic, and have multiple connection points in order for it to work for our proposal. Using both the laser cutting and CNC milling machines, we created a joint that met all these criteria.

METAL HOOKS

MATERIALS • 4 horseshoe clamps • 4 mm rubber polymer • 45 mm wooden dowel • Metal hooks • Nuts • Bolts • Washers

RUBBER POLYMER

FABRICATION METHODS

WOOD JOINTS & BASE

• Laser cutter • CNC milling machine

ASSEMBLY Informed

Lightweight

Flexible

Compactable

Systematic

Aesthetic

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tense

Production and assembly process

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Laser Cut Rubber

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CNC Wood Pieces

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Attach Rubber & Base

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Attach Rubber & Connections

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Connect Screw Hooks

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String Up Joinery

Final product in tension

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03 villa foscari

sophomore

precedent study

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These construction drawings accurately represent the Villa Foscari, a patrician villa in northern Italy designed by Andrea Palladio. I chose this building because it represents a style of architecture I ďŹ nd timeless, and it highlights my passion for handdrafting. I also included an abstract drawing of how I see the Villa Foscari which represents both the cross-structure of the building as well as the frescos adorning the walls. Each part of the artwork symbolizes a different Roman god which is present in the paintings throughout the house. I included this assignment because it is my favorite project I have done throughout my studies, and it represents my love of hand-drawing and historic buildings.


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precedent

study

Front elevation

Rear elevation

Plan

Section

Spatial diagram

Light diagram

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villa

foscari

Rear elevation Plan

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precedent

how I see the villa foscari... SUN The sun represents the god Apollo who is one of the most prominent Roman gods. He not only symbolizes the sun, but also light, truth, healing, and music. Frescos of Apollo adorn the rear walls of the villa.

WINGS The sun represents the Roman god of commerce, Mercurius, who has wings on his feet to increase his speed. His wings are also used to represent circulation, and paintings of him are seen on both the east and west parts of the villa.

FLOWERS The flowers represent the Roman god of plants, Flora, who symbolizes the beauty of nature. The flowers are present all around the cross because Flora is shown in every room of the villa.

SNAKE The snake symbolizes the Roman god of jealousy and vengefulness, Hera. Her frescos are illustrated in the middle section of the villa, so I represented the snake wrapping around the cross.

FLAMES The Roman god of fire, Vulcan, is represented in the flames at the bottom of the artwork. Vulcan is present in the rooms at the entrance of the villa, so I showed the flames engulfing the cross.

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study


villa

foscari

Abstract stippled drawing

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04 green alleyway junior

planning

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This urban planning project has focused on green alleyway design in the East Colfax Neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. I have transformed these publicly owned, under utilized pieces of land into pedestrian connection routes with an emphasis in green infrastructure, increased greenery, and nodes of emphasis such as reection, culture, and play. Merging my passion for both architecture and design, I have created a space that promotes community engagement, physical activity, and relaxation in an underprivileged area. This project made me understand not only the importance of design in neighborhoods, but also how to design in a more budget conscious way.


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planning

Parti diagram, alley layout diagram, & program diagram 4’6” for bikes 4’6” for program

4’6” for pedestrians

9’ for vehicle access

4’6” for program

18’ average alley width

Private property Green infrastructure Main path Black highlight Clear connection

Site & alley locator

Long section through culture block

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Before design proposal

After design proposal


green

Kit of parts for each block

alleyway

Short sections through each block with labels

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05 rspnsbl design sophomore

branding

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While working with this design company, I helped to create a clear and cohesive brand for RSPNSBL that would take the company’s marketing techniques to the next level. I assisted the company’s founder in choosing a color palette and text options and personally created the company’s social logo and alternate logos which later became marketing tools such as stickers. I also worked together with the company’s founder to design postcards which will be placed inside of each package sent to a customer as well as new packaging for products shipped to customers. Through this process I learned the importance of working cohesively with other designers to create a polished and striking final product.


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branding

MAIN LOGO

COLOR PALETTE

SOCIAL LOGO

ALTERNATE LOGOS

TOPOGRAPHY

Aa

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Aa

Aa

Arctic

Raleway

Raleway

ABCDEFGHIJK lmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890

ABCDEFGHIJK lmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890

ABCDEFGHIJK lmnopqrstuvwxyz 1234567890

Headings/Text

Text

Headings


rspnsbl

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Postcards which will be placed inside of each package sent to a customer: The back has a simple layout with lots of room for the founder to hand write a note to the customer thanking them for their service.

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branding

Hand drawn and digitally edited mission statement for the inside graphic of boxes sent to customers

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rspnsbl

design

Complete package design including exterior branding, box type, wrapping paper, and sticker detail

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06 guest house

senior

interior design

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Although every week varies based on the needs of the company, I am always tasked with ďŹ nding new makers for project installs. This includes ďŹ nding new makers through Instagram, Etsy, Pinterest, or Google that I think would be a good ďŹ t for Guest House and reaching out to them through e-mail. My other major task is to help with house installs and select pieces for the different spaces. I work hand-in-hand with one of the lead designers, Victoria, to insure that the install goes smoothly and all the furniture is delivered and in its appropriate spot in the house. My favorite part about installs is that I get to meet a lot of the makers in person when they come to drop of their goods. I have learned a lot about design by hearing them talk about their work and the meaning behind each piece as well as how it was made and the materials used.


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interior

These pictures show the interior design of a renovated Queen Anne style house in the center of Boulder. I assisted the lead designer, Victoria Uhrich, in sourcing pieces for the space as well installing them in the house. Because the house looks so traditional on the outside, we decided to go with a fun and modern interior with pops of blue, pink, and orange. We used wood throughout the house as well to tie all the rooms together.

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design


guest

house

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interior

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design


guest

house

After learning how to make a space welcoming and aesthetic using interior design, I decided to make over my own room in Boulder. Because I felt like I needed a space to relax in after a long day of schoolwork, I went for a Moroccan, zen vibe with pops of bold colors mixed with neutrals and natural textures. After redecorating my room, I fully understand the important effects interior design has on the people who inhabit the space.

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07 frustration & serenity

senior

graphic design

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The goal of this project was to create 3 visuals that represent 2 opposing emotions and 1 intersection of the emotions using color, lines, and planes. The emotions I was assigned were frustration and serenity, and my goal for this project was to create a clear storyline behind my emotions that would read distinctly to the viewer from left to right. Gradients became prominent in this collection of pieces because they help show to everchanging way we feel emotions. Each piece also follows the Rule of Thirds in order to give them more visual interest. I think the most successful part of this piece is the color choice because it reads clearly even without the graphic elements in the background.


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frustration

The first piece represents frustration. At first the frustration is building, but it is veiled under a solid line which keeps it in place. At the moment the frustration cannot be contained anymore, it explodes into a mess of jagged lines that slowly lose their intense color by the end of the page.

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serenity

The second piece represents the frustration getting organized back into consistent lines, and the hot pink slowly fades into a cool teal. This graphic illustrates the calmness that takes over after an explosion of frustration.

The third piece represents moving from order to complete calmness. The straight lines from the second piece are carried over, but they slowly move into uniform waves. While these lines are still consistent, they represent the gentle flow of calmness.

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08 hanger lmt junior

shirt design

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I worked as the lead designer for a shirt company based in Boulder, Colorado, and created custom designs for local businesses using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Not only did I become advanced in these programs, but I also learned how to work closely with a customer while having a strict deadline. Many of our primary customers were local sororities and fraternities, so making designs that would appeal to large numbers of people became a primary focus for me. I have included some of my favorite designs in the following pages.


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shirt

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design


hanger

lmt

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shirt

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hanger

lmt

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