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alyssa r. smith

architectural portfolio GTF submission


photo by: alyssa r. smith

“Architecture provides the expression, while the interiors create the impression. To achieve balance, these aspects of design must complement each other and meet in perfect harmony.” -Alyssa R. Smith

Enclosed please find my portfolio submission to the Department of Architecture Graduate Teacher and Research Fellowships. The portfolio is a collection of my personal and academic work expressed through a variety of different media including freehand sketching, hand drafting, computer rendering and modeling, and photography. My natural aptitude for design and teaching, coupled with my bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and my past work experience, have provided me with an extraordinary set of professional interior design skills. The combination of architectural and interior design educational studies will give me an incredible knowledge base to draw upon as I move forward in my desire to become a graduate teacher in the department of architecture. I am very excited about the prospect of making a small difference in the world of architecture and look forward to joining Department of Architecture Graduate Teacher and Research Fellowships, Academic Year 2012-2013.

I hope you enjoy my portfolio.

Thank you for your consideration,

Alyssa R. Smith

Selected Content Respiro Performing Arts Center


Culinary Marketplace 3 Suzuki Music Institute 4 Urban Community Health Alliance


Health And Wellness Center 7-10

Furniture Design & Fabrication 11-12

Kaya Clinic Administration Pavilion 13

Community Learning Commons


1-Oak Restaurant 15-16 Family Life Center


Gensler Internship 19-20

Hand Renderings

Watercolor & Models 23-24

21-22 25-26

Central Lobby Rendering

1 Being an Urban Connector

West Facing Section & Pre-function Rendering

Luxury Retail Rendering

North Perspective

Respiro Performing Arts Center

Spring 2011 Luxury Retail Rendering

This project aims to culturally define Oklahoma City through the realization of two main buildings; a multifunctional building for performing arts and a joint cultural center. The form draws inspiration from the city itself. The city is not separate but rather it is joined together by a common link to the community and adjacent buildings. The Performing Arts Center consists of three theaters which are connected by a grand foyer that offers a hybrid experience for patrons. The foyer contains a multi-level arrangement that includes bars, cafe restaurants, specialty shops, and other forms of entertainment. The culture center consists of activities such as art galleries spaces, bookstores, and the theatre library. The Grand Plaza will provide a large outdoor space for pedestrians that visit this urban downtown area.



Teaching Kitchen and Restaurant

Nighttime Perspective

Culinary Marketplace West Elevation

Winter 2012 Visual Connections

Acrylic Light Model

The Culinary Marketplace is a place for exchange... An exchange of food, knowledge, and taste palettes through social encounters. This culinary center in Portland, OR aims to promote community exploration into the culinary process through an engaging series of activities that focus on maintaining an interactive atmosphere and a hands-on approach to culinary explorations. The conversational nature of the building forms allows for a sense of connection between each building as well as a connection with the in-between space that is allotted to circulation and the market. Inspired by the meandering streets of old cities, the market space allows for movement and high levels of interaction.

The Suzuki Community Music Institute, located in Eugene, OR provides a desirable connection to the surrounding community and neighborhood through a formal yet comfortable learning environment for both students and parents involved in the Suzuki Music Program. The main language of the building forms create a conversation that is directed toward a social gathering space. My design incorporates the use of materials in their natural form to blend with the surrounding context. The fractured glass elements that span the length of the building collect natural light and bounce around playful shadows while also serving as the connection between the building forms.

Suzuki Music Institute Hand Rendered Floorplan

South Perspective

Entry Perspective

Fall 2011 South Bird’s Eye View


The Urban Community Health Alliance, in honor of Wayman Tisdale, will provide specialty testing and treatment for urgent care, dialysis, and chemotherapy health concerns to a part of North Tulsa that is currently underserved by the philanthropy foundation, local hospitals, and the State of Oklahoma. Our group facilitated a first look at the relationship between community health and healthcare design. Our goal was to bring families, children, adults and elders together using integrated health care solutions. Our design solution promoted collaboration between each of the specialty uses within the healthcare center. The design team consisted of two architectural students and two interior design students (Maria Colmenares, Sam Day, Hayden Reid and Alyssa Smith).


Cafe & Market

Exam Room

North (Top) & West Sections

Glena Wildermuth (left) listens to a presentation from OU students Alyssa Smith, Sam Day and Maria Colemenares as they present plans for a community health center in north Tulsa. The students presented a design for a specialized health clinic and community center. MIKE SIMONS/TulsaWorld TulsaWorld Article

Urban Community Health Alliance North-West View

Check-in Lobby

Fall 2010 Dialysis Room


West Elevation

7 Space Adjacencies

Site Plan

Juice Bar

Rendered First Floor

East Elevation

Health And Wellness Center

Spring 2010


Rendered Second Floor

The KNOT Design Group was formed to operate as a collaborative, hands-on architecture and interior design team. We worked together as a group to communicate our thoughts and ideas. By tackling every step of the process together we were able to develop several complimentary concepts. The Health & Wellness Center of OKC: Metrotech was a health and wellness center designed specifically for the elderly population of the Oklahoma City area to inspire longevity and healthy living. The five-week project required the creation of a floor plan that was easily accessible by both the patrons and the administration. The design team consisted of two architectural students and two interior design students (Bryce McCarthy, Beth Ann Rubin, Courtney Sawyer and Alyssa Smith).


Floor Plan Option & Exterior Concept Board

Study Model

North Section

Reading Lounge

Health And Wellness Center Coffee Shop

Spring 2010 North Section



1-OAK Banded Table Designed Especially fora the Ace Hotel

Perspective View

My table is a design inspired by and created especially for the Ace Hotel in New York City. This hotel is unique and eclectic. It is a blend of traditional and contemporary furniture with a mix of bright colors, unique accents, and unexpected decor. This hotel really caught my attention because it was so different from other hotels that I've seen. I made it my goal to design a table that I could see in this hotel's lobby setting. I also incorporated into my design the style of a John Houshmand chair that I discovered online and I fell in love with. By mixing these two opposing compositions together, I was able to come up with a design that I feel speaks for both concepts; the initial chosen chair as well as the Ace Hotel Interior Designs. Later paired with a Weego Home light fixture, this compilation of furniture and fixture style is unique and one-of-a kind.

John Houshmand ITEM Nº 0150

Selected Side Chairs

Perspective View

Selected Light Fixture

Selected End Chairs

Front View

Rendering of 1-OAK Table in the Lobby Area of the Ace Hotel- Shown with selected light fixture and seating

Plan View

Elevated Front View

Furniture Design & Fabrication



Gemini means “The Twins” in astrology. My table is representative of this because it consists of two mirrored or “bookmatched” pieces of crotched walnut. I first fell in love with these two walnut pieces. I then decided to use inspiration from the Gemini smbol used in astrology to influence the design of my table. I wanted to keep the pieces as untouched as posisble and alter them as litte as possible. This table is designed to go up against a wall as a console. I wanted to mix the industrial feel of the steel legs with the soft organic nature of the wood. Steel tubing was used for the legs and I specifically chose these pieces because they had been sitting outside for sometime and had accumulated large amounts of rust. I decided to keep a substantail amount of the rust visible because I wanted it to complement the color of the walnut. The goal was to make a unique piece of art out of found pieces. Alone, these components are not very appealing. But paired with their opposite, the hard and the soft, these two elements work together to make something very unique.

Alyssa Smith Janet Biddick Furniture Desgin 10 December 2009

The Kaya Clinic Administration Pavilion project was a study to understand different types of furniture options and how they could be used to improve the work environment in an administrative area of a Healthcare Clinic. This area of the pavilion primarily contains administrative offices and understanding the needs of the employees was key in the design and orientation of the space. My design integrated several types of workstations that highlighted the benefits of personal space, shared space, and collaborative space. These spaces were completed with the use of systems furniture from Herman Miller and Steelcase. Most of the spaces were designed to be open and collaborative.


Reception Area

Kaya Clinic Administration Pavilion Space Adjacencies

Rendered Floor Plan

Fall 2010 Space Function Diagram

COMMUNITY LEARNING COMMONS The Art of Learning: Innovation, Technology and Collaboration A Learning Commons

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North Wall Elevation Scale: 1/3”-1’0”

IDEC Interior Design Educators Council 2010 Student Competition

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South Wall Elevations Scale: 1/3”-1’0”

Efforts of Sustainability 1. Material with recycled content was used in many of the partitions. 2. Eco-Tex fabrics were used to upholster seating. 3. Low VOC paint was used on the walls. 4. Big Belly Solar compacting trash cans were used to reduce the amount of waste being taken out of the learning commons. 5. Crees cork flooring was used in a majority of the space. 6. Reclaimed brick was used to cover the walls and local materials were utlized to minimize our carbon footprint. 7. Natural sunlight reduces the need for artificial lighting and we made sure to take advantage of the windows. Four different areas were specifically positioned around the windows.

Steelcase Media Scape: 003 Group Presentation/ Study

Steelcase 120° Solutions Study Desks





Elevation Study

Collaborative Learning Center


Fall 2009



Furniture Plan

IDEC Design Educators Council 0 Student Competition

The design challenge for the IDEC Student Competition 2009-2010 required the development of a learning commons for a small university The Art of Learning: Innovation, library. The commons became a destination point on campus that Technology and Collaboration engaged the surrounding communities. The goal of this project was A Learning to improve the different learning styles and create spaces that speak Commons to transformative experiences and enhance the art of learning. The submission format included programming, a mission statement, goals, development, boards, and sustainability concepts. The design team consisted of three interior design students (Alyssa Smith, Cassandra Stumpff and Kelli Szatkowski). Our primary aim of the Community: Learning Commons is to design an area that meets the needs of all learning styles and engages the surrounding


Space Planning Adjacencies

Materials Board

Private Dining Room

Dining Room

Waiting Area

1-Oak Restaurant was a Native American-inspired restaurant located in the historic Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City. The scope of this project included demolition and extensive construction modifications of the current building. Understanding the Cherokee Indian tribe was essential in order to create an authentic dining experience inspired specifically by the Cherokee tribe creation story narrative.

Furniture Plan

1-Oak Restaurant

Spring 2010 Bar & Lounge


The Family Life Center was a project that required minimal structural renovation, interior modifications, and extensive cosmetic alterations. Located in Norman, Oklahoma, this center aimed at bringing together a small local community with similar spiritual beliefs. Focused around the aspect of family values and communication, the Family Life Center for the First Baptist Church of Norman was eventually renovated and is now the center of the Norman Baptist Community. The design team was comprised of two interior design students (Rachel Mosmeyer and Alyssa Smith).

Coffee Shop

17 East Section

Administration Area

Reception Desk

Family Life Center

Spring 2009 South Section


Little Saint James Island - Materials Board


Disneyland - French Market BOH Study

Disneyland - French Market Facade And Door Renovation

Ocean Avenue Travelodge - Guestroom Floor Plan

Westin Kierland - Pre-Function Interior Elevations

Gensler Internship

Westin Kierland - Lobby Interior Elevations

Summer 2009


Westin Kierland - Pre-Function Area Rendering

At Gensler I worked on several large projects as a member of the Entertainment & Hospitality Work Group. The projects included: the Westin Kierland Hotel (AZ), Disneyland Hotel (CA), Ocean Avenue Travelodge (CA) and a Residence on Little Saint James Island. My job responsibilities included the preparation of AutoCAD faรงade drawings, 3D computer renderings, presentation renderings and finish material boards. Within my core work group I performed both architectural and interior design job duties.

Viereck Residence

21 Notre Dame

Innsbruck, Austria

City Loft

Bicycle Sprocket

Contemporary Home

Gilbert Hall

Hand Renderings Museum of Art Courtyard

Mount Angel Cathedral

Cabin Design



Watercolor & Acrylic Paintings



EVOLVE in Design is a website that was created to share my ideas and passion for art, architecture, interior design, photography and more. I use edited photographs as the basis of most canvas art designs. All images are manipulated and layered to create a unique design. Each art image is digitally printed on a cotton-polyester blend canvas and professionally stretched on a wooden frame. I enjoy producing custom art pieces that allow for personalization of ideas and size customization.

Power Within

25 Determination

Life Is But A Journey

Explore Dream Discover

Above The Clouds Every Little Thing

Denim Blues

Portland, Oregon

Urban Decay


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