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The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built. Frank Lloyd Wright


Statement of

P u r p o s e

This portfolio showcases my design work from my undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning + Preservation. I believe that one’s design process is most telling of his or her ideas as a project develops. I design best sectionally, and strive to create a strong sense of place and polemic in my designs. My projects display sustainable intentions and a careful consideration of the urban condition. I believe in design at every scale, and having ideas that read in plan, section, and experientially. I strive to always consider the x, y, and z axes, and know that the ceiling is a plane to be sculpted just as much as the floor. I am passionate about pursuing a graduate education in Architecture so that I can learn to take my concepts and make them more structural, realistic, and comprehensive. It will help provide me with the knowledge and experience necessary to pursue a professional career.


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EXBOX THEATER Baltimore,MD Fall 2012

URBAN DWELLING Baltimore,MD Fall 2012

STUDY ABROAD Italy,Europe Summer 2011

CO-LAB

Washington,DC Spring 2012

DESIGN COMPETITION Washington,DC Fall 2012


Project Description:

As inspiration for the Exbox project, this exercise asked the student to explore how light and shadow interacts with the spaces we create. There were no material requirements, but student’s models had to stay within the dimensions of 12 x 12 x 24 inches.

Personal Polemic:

I investigated how light interacts with two materials: white foam + aluminum foil. White had high reflective qualities while the foil caught the light in triangulations of highlights + lowlights. My final model had a language of object + screen, which displayed hard/ crisp and soft/distorted shadows, respectively. These models also show an understanding of tectonic relationships between materials, with white foam armatures communicating the transition between object + screen.

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[ L I G H T B O X ]

AN EXERCISE IN LIGHT + SHADOW


Course: Duration: Faculty:

ARCH402 1 week Ronit Eisenbach, Jason Winters

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[ PROCESS ]

_REGULATING LINES PULLED FROM STREET GRID, PUBLIC TRANSIT, PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION TO REVEAL BUILDING’S FORM

Project Description:

The project asked the student to design a black box theater in an industrial zone between the Highlandtown + Greektown neighborhoods in Baltimore, MD. These two areas are currently connected by the four lane heavy traffic Eastern Avenue. The student was also asked to consider the future metro “red line” that will be running through the site and the opportunities for the community connectivity that the site possesses.

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[ E X B O X ]

AN EXPERIMENTAL BLACK BOX


[ CONCEPT ]

Course: Duration: Faculty:

_FORM READ SAME IN PLAN, SECTION, EXPERIENTIALLY _KIT OF PARTS: GLASS SKIN, GREEN ROOF, ORTHOGONAL SOLIDS

ARCH402 3 weeks Ronit Eisenbach, Jason Winters [ PROCESSION | PERCEPTION | PERSPECTIVE ]

T H E A T E R I N B A L T I M O R E , M A R Y L A N D

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[ PROCESS ]

_LONGITUDINAL SECTION WITH GREEN ROOF SPANNING EASTERN AVE. EXPLORING WAYS TO BREAK UP THE ROOF PLANE WITH BUILDING ENTRY VIA ROOF

Personal Polemic:

In this project, I explored how I could use the form that my process revealed at every scale: in plan, section, elevation, and experientially. Throughout my design is the idea of a “grand ascent” as well as moments of compression and tension happening both in section and plan to address how the form is felt experientially. This is realized through visible staircases cascading through the length of the building. Furthermore, I celebrated the shape and slope of the form I created by extending that plane over the existing Eastern Avenue, making way for a public park across the street as well as access onto the roof. This move allows for roof to become ground and ground to become roof, a play of planes that reoccurs throughout.

_Longitudinal Section

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Re-Review Polemic:

After the initial review of the project, we had a one week “re-review,” in which we were asked to address aspects of our designs that our critics thought needed more attention.For this task, I focused not only on making my building + Eastern Avenue spanning roof more structurally sound, but giving this structure a form + experiential meaning that aligned with my initial design intentions. The result was a procession of “screen bearing walls” that maintained the trapezoidal shape of the building’s form. As seen below, there is a gradation of thickness, porosity, and spacing leading up to the black box form. The northern-most walls are thick with small punch-outs, while the southern-most are very porous + thin walls. These improvements also enhanced the experiential intention of my design. Theater-goers can now physically walk through that form + experience its mass changing throughout their ascent up to the theater.

Structure Process

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Course: Duration: Faculty:

ARCH402 4 weeks Ronit Eisenbach, Jason Winters

Project Description:

This project asked the student to design a mixed-use “urban dwelling,” consisting of 200 residential units, retail, immigrant housing/programming, and other amenities. It was assigned on the same site as the previous black back theater project between Highlandtown + Greektown In Baltimore, MD. The student also had to consider the implications of the existing theater design.

HIGHLANDTOWN: _BALTIMORE ROW HOME TYPOLOGY _VIBRANT RETAIL/RESIDENTIAL AREA

HIGHLANDTOWN: _BALTIMORE ROW HOME TYPOLOGY _VIBRANT RETAIL/RESIDENTIAL AREA

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INDUSTRIAL ZONE: _ABANDONED WAREHOUSE TURNED HOME / WORKPLACE FOR ARTISTS

EASTERN AVENUE: _HIGH VOLUME VEHICULAR TRAFFIC _FUTURE RED LINE TRANSIT OVERPASS

EASTERN AVE + S. HAVEN ST: _HIGH VOLUME OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC _FUTURE RED LINE TRANSIT OVERPASS

[ U R B A N D W E L L I N G ]

GREEKTOWN: _ACTIVE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY _THRIVING AREA OF FOOD + ACTIVITY

LOOKING WEST UP EASTERN AVE: _PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY/AREA LINKAGE _CULTURAL VIBRANT FABRIC BETWEEN

A MIXED-USE HOUSING


SITE CONTEXT:

CITY BLOCK PROPORTION & EXBOX THEATER

CONNECTIVITY:

TRANSIT / VEHICULAR

PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT

PROGRAM:

OUTER UNITS / INNER RETAIL

GREEN PATH

Personal Polemic:

The process above demonstrates the development of the siting, footprint, and programming of my buildings. With the existing theater design and its green roof spanning over Eastern Avenue, I wanted to continue to strengthen that linkage by addressing the site north to south. I strived to create a fabric and a destination in between and for these two neighborhoods.

_Process Sketch

The connectivity idea is completed through the “green path.” Using the idea of roof becoming ground + vice versa, the green path wraps around in the x, y + z axes of both buildings + causes one to question if the building shaped the path or the path shaped the building. It offers a literal connection between all three buildings as well as spaces to create a sense of “back yard” for special units.

_Green Path Process

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_U N I T C O N F I G U R A T I O N

_G R E E N P A T H

_Site Section Looking East After the urban dwelling footprint and siting took shape, I developped several components to address program and polemic that ultimately combined to create a total design. First, I stacked the program in a “wedding cake� fashion to ensure that it would fit my footprint. As seen in the process on the previous page, I determined that the immigrant programming and retail could be in seperate buildings. Though seperate, these program elements would be linked by a language of an inner ring of commercial programming, and an outer ring of residential units surrounding both buildings. The axonometric of the green path alone shows how the path wraps, bends, and slopes to incase the buildings and make for a fluid and connected urban dwelling complex. The green path can be accessed from the ground, theater roof, health club,

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[ U R B A N D W E L L I N G ]

A MIXED-USE HOUSING


_S T R U C T U R E

_M A S S I N G

cafe, and creates a space for a community garden on a terrace of the North Building. It also acts as an overpass to cross under midway between the two buildings. Another component shown above is the structure, which is a progression of frames that have the same trapezoidal form from the black box, and functionally act to support the underground parking garage and provide privacy for unit balconies on each floor. The fourth and final component is the building’s massing, featuring terraces to allow for light, air, and activity at the North + South Building’s central bays. The recurrent form is also seen in pitched roofs on the upper most units, a freedom which can be afforded because the green path provides green areas and therefore the roof doesn’t need to be habitable space.

P R O J E C T I N B A L T I M O R E , M A R Y L A N D

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APPROACH FROM EASTERN AVE & SOUTH HAVEN ST

APPROACH FROM EASTERN AVE & SOUTH HAVEN ST

APPROACH FROM EASTERN AVE. + SOUTH HAVEN ST.

LOOKING AT NORTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

LOOKING AT NORTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

North Building Section

LOOKING AT NORTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

LOOKING SOUTH FROM COMMUNITY GARDEN

LOOKING SOUTH FROM COMMUNITY GARDEN

LOOKING AT SOUTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

LOOKING AT SOUTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

LOOKING NORTH FROM POOL TERRACE

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LOOKING AT NORTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

LOOKING SOUTH FROM COMMUNITY GARDEN

LOOKING SOUTH FROM COMMUNITY GARDEN

The perspective vignettes above are meant to convey the grand ascent and numerous views provided by the green path. A pedestrian can look down Eastern Avenue LOOKING AT SOUTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH and see the green roof spanning over it, or look out on the urban dwelling complex while exploring the community garden of the North Building. The green path is mean to provide a strong and lively sense of place to LOOKING NORTH FROM POOL an TERRACE otherwise desolate stretch of land between these two neighborhoods. It is a destination and a distrinctive fabric that provides connectivity North to South as well as East to West.

GREEN PATH ALONG SIDE OF SOUTH BUILDING

SECTIONAL AXON:

A M INORTH XED -USE HOUSING BUILDING [ SCALE: 1/8” = 1’-0” ]


LOOKING SOUTH FROM COMMUNITY GARDEN

LOOKING NORTH FROM POOL TERRACE

LOOKING AT SOUTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

LOOKING AT SOUTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

GREEN PATH ALONG SIDE OF SOUTH BUILDING

LOOKING NORTH FROM POOL TERRACE

LOOKING AT SOUTH BUILDING FROM GREEN PATH

GREEN PATH ALONG SIDE OF SOUTH BUILDING

LOOKING NORTH FROM POOL TERRACE

South Building Section

The sections of the North + South Buildings to the left and right, respectively, help in showing the quality of spaces within. Process for these sections can LOOKING NORTH FROM POOL TERRACE be seen below each drawing. The trapezoidal frame carrying down into the parking garages can be seen in both, as well as the central green courtyards.

GREEN PATH MEETS GROUND AT SOUTH BUILDING [ PROCESSION ]

GREEN PATH ALONG SIDE OF SOUTH BUILDING

The North Building Section demonstrates how the green path wraps in every direction, creating a trellis zone of “entry threshold,” before folding up to become a community garden.

GREEN PATH MEETS GROUND AT SOUTH BUILDING

GREEN PATH ALONG SIDE OF SOUTH BUILDING

[ PROCESSION ]

GREEN PATH MEETS GROUND AT SOUTH BUILDING [ PROCESSION ]

SECTIONAL AXON:

SECTIONAL AXON:

[ SCALE: 1/8” = 1’-0” ]

[ SCALE: 1/8” = 1’-0” ]

P NORTH R O JBUILDING E C T I N B A L T I M O R E , M A R Y L A N D 12 SOUTH BUILDING


In this project, the 200 residential units were broken down into 6 unit types: studios, studio lofts, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms, 3-bedrooms, and live/work lofts. All units were to to have a uniform depth of 33 feet. I designed units that had open and flexible living/ dining spaces as well as intimate and well-lit bedrooms. I also explored how material could be used to dictate zones, as show in the interior perspective to the right. The exposed brick wall running the length of the open plan kitchen, dining, and outdoor space. The painted wall indicates the “poche� zone of bedroom, bathroom, and lounging.

STUDIO LOFT

2 BEDROOM

1 BEDROOM

3 BEDROOM

LIVE / WORK LOFT

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ROMAN FORUM

Course: Duration: Faculty: VERONA

LARC489A 3 weeks

Dennis Nola Colleen Bathon

Description:

Sketches from a three-week study abroad course, “Landscape Architecture, Architecture + Music,” throughout Italy in Summer 2011.

PIAZZA DEL POPOLO

APRICALE

AMALFI CATHEDRAL

AMALFI CATHEDRAL

FIRENZE

Drawings were done on site in pen and took between ten twenty minutes each.

ROMA

SORRENTO

S K E T C H E S F R O M I T A L Y

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Course: Duration: Faculty:

ARCH401 4 weeks Michael Ambrose, Kristen Fry

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_Sectional Axon

A COLLABORATIVE FAB-LAB


Project Description:

This project addresses the corner condition as well as the development of program in the context of a CO-LAB: a collaborative fabrication lab. The given site was in Washington D.C. at the intersection of 18th Street + California Street NW.

Personal Polemic:

I developed the program to be a farmer’s market, urban farm, and culinary institute; offering private realms for professionals and more public educational opportunities for beginners. In this design, I established a parti around the idea of an overlap between the public and private spheres, resulting in a highly visible circulation core meant to blur the separation between the two. This idea materialized in the form of two armatures and two spaces of “void” acting to compliment one another. This idea of overlap and blurring the lines between public and private programming is translated in plan, section, and a visitor’s experience moving throughout the space.

F O R U R B A N F A R M I N G + C U I S I N E

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WATER / TERMINAL

LAND / BIKE + FOOD

REGULATING LINES

PARTI

Interschool Design Charette: Competition Duration: Faculty Chaperone:

AXES

PEDESTRIAN CIRC.

WATER TAXI CIRC.

PROGRAM OVERLAP

1st Place 8 hours Michael Ambrose

Competition Description:

This one-day charette challenged the 12 competing teams to consider the idea of edge and threshold, and how we can design for the space between here and there. Rightfully so, the given site was both land and water: the Anacostia River at First Street NE in Washington, D.C. The program called for a water taxi terminal, along with other basic amenities. Each team member was asked to arrive with a conceptual model inspired by words that deal with the “in between” the day of the charette, and each team had to select one model to inspire their project.

MASSING MODEL

Team Polemic:

Our team chose the model seen in the middle left and the word “margin” to inspire our polemic. Our parti developed by pulling lines from the rigid grid of Washington D.C. and the diagonal orientation of the water’s edge. The terminal’s footprint is a ying-yang of two forms that are connected by an overlapping “margin” of circulation. We also intended to weave the circulation of the water taxi with that of the pedestrian.

CONCEPT MODEL

PARTI MODEL

Group Members: Dylan King, Ashley Graham, Hebatallah Elgawish, Allison Palmadesso All images were collaborative efforts among group members.

PROCESS SKETCH

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Allison R. Palmadesso 2601 Darnley Place  Yorktown Heights, NY 10598  Phone: 914-384-8127  E-Mail: allisonpalms@gmail.com

OBJECTIVE Pursue a graduate education in Architecture to develop my passion for sustainable place making.

EXPERIENCE Michael Piccirillo Architecture, Shrub Oak, New York Intern – December 2011-Present Worked on schematic design, construction documents, communication with clients, and site analysis for residential and commercial projects in Westchester County, NY.

VKS Architects, Katonah, New York Intern – June 2011-August 2011 Worked creating AutoCAD drawings of existing and proposed plans and elevations for current residential projects, made site visits, 3-D drawings using Google SketchUp.

EDUCATION University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland B.S. Architecture – August 2009-May 2013 (expected) Sustainable Studies Minor Academic Honors: Overall GPA: 3.7/4.0 Dean’s List: Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011 Order of Omega (Greek honors and leadership society) – Inducted: Fall 2011 National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) – Inducted: Spring 2010 Fall Four Counsel Emerging Leaders Retreat – selected as 1 of 2 representatives

Yorktown High School High School Diploma, 2005-2009 Related Activities/Awards: Yearbook Editor, Senior Art Award, Katonah Art Museum Selection

ACTIVITIES / AWARDS AIAS, University of Maryland Secretary – December 2012-present Serve on executive board of the University of Maryland’s AIAS chapter, take meeting minutes, and coordinate speakers and other programming.

Interschool Design Competition Charrette – 1st Place UMD Representative – September 2012 Worked with teammates from other schools to develop the winning concept and design for a water taxi terminal in Washington D.C.

Architecture Ambassador Program Ambassador – December 2011-present Conduct recruitment events for prospective students including tours, student panels, and online chats for UMD’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority President – April 2011-December 2011 VP Pan-Hellenic Representative – January 2011-April 2011

Oversaw an organization of over 100 women and helped organize events raising $3,000 and $18,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network, respectively. SKILLS / CERTIFICATIONS LEED GA • Revit • AutoCAD • SketchUp • Revit • Photoshop • InDesign • Microsoft Office • Italian

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allison palmadesso 2601 Darnley Place Yorktown Hts, NY 10598 (914) 384-8127


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