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Amanda Havel Design Portfolio Masters of Architecture Iowa State University 319.330.2658

Verse Luxury Hotel South Beach, Miami

Interdisciplinary Studio-Jason Alread, Cigdem Akkurk Fall 2012, 14 Weeks Collaboration with Ben Bremner, Caleb Dvorak, Dee Fritz

In the middle of a semester-long group project, we were given two weeks to design a basic room in our luxurious, high-end hotel. We decided to split the room up between “served” and “server” spaces, pushing amenities against one wall and opening up the rest of the room for relaxation. The progression of forms through the room encourages interaction between the user and the objects while allowing for an open view to the ocean.

Boston Symphony Experience the Music

Comprehensive Studio-Jason Alread Fall 2012, 15 Weeks Collaboration with Melissa Goodwin

In this group studio, we focused the design of the building around three key principlesaddressing and being responsive to the site, reorganizing the program to separate public and private spaces, and using materials to delineate the building. Although our approach was logical we ultimately wanted to create a beautiful building where music enthusiasts could engage with new, upcoming artists. The Main Theater is a shallow bowl getting the patrons as close as possible to the acts while the Experimental Music Theater is open for the patrons and public to experience the music.

Boston Symphony Experience the Music

Cultivating Hope

Iowa’s First Urban Farm Bridge Studio-Nadia Anderson Spring 2012, 6 Weeks Interdisciplinary Group Project

In the summer of 2008, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was devastated with a 500-year flood. Our interdisciplinary class focused on the hardest hit neighborhood. Together with a local non-profit, Matthew 25, OPN Architects, and stakeholders throughout the community, we developed Iowa’s first urban farm. The farm acts as a focal point for the neighborhood and helps stitch together the broken fabric of a once vibrant community. Today, the farm is in full production; filling over 30 Community Supported Agriculture shares. The Urban Food Forest and play area are scheduled to be completed by summer’s end.

Cultivating Hope

Iowa’s First Urban Farm

Main Pavilion

Movable Greenhouse

The Ellis Greenway Blending Boundaries

Bridge Studio-Nadia Anderson Spring 2012, 10Weeks Collaboration with Melissa Goodwin

Our proposal focuses on revitalizing the neighborhood through the repurposing of vacant land. Our strategy introduces new life into the neighborhood, establishing a new way to think about the ecology of the area. A mix of wetlands and woodlands extend into the neighborhood, fostering a sense of place and community. This riverfront greenway acts as a new approach to vacant land use, connecting the neighborhood with the river and creating a recreational and educational amenity for not only Ellis Boulevard, but also the City of Cedar Rapids.

Levee Diagram

Figure Ground Study 2002 City Owned Land CBGB Buyout Commercial Lots Vacant Lots

Figure Ground Study 2010 Park Area Existing Buildings Proposed Buildings Commercial Centers

The Ellis Greenway Blending Boundaries



Experiencing the Ribbons

Phasing of the Greenway

1. DEVELOPMENT OF WETLANDS AND WOODLANDS. The initial portion of the project includes revamping the levee and allowing a natural habitat to form alongside the river. This space will breathe new life into the neighborhood. 2. REVITALIZATION OF ELLIS BOULEVARD. This consists of water management systems, tree plantings, and pocket park development. Focusing energy at this point will further strengthen the public’s attraction to the neighborhood. 3. FOCUSING ON THE MAIN ENTRANCE. By this time, the greenway will be in full swing. By denoting the main entrance, it will welcome visitors for education and recreation. 4. EXTENDING SOUTH. This is the time to start connecting to the other amenities in the area. We are proposing a ribbon extension down to the Time-Check Park and Recreation center as well as connections to the Metro Youth Football Complex. 5. CONNECTING TO ELLIS. By extending the ribbon parks, we are allowing for better integration of the greenway with the neighborhood as well as adding more life to the commercial nodes along Ellis Boulevard. 6. EXTENDING NORTH. With the greenway and Ellis Boulevard in full swing, we suggest the next step is connecting to Ellis Park as the greenway flows north. 7. POCKET PARK DEVELOPMENT. The final touches to the greenway development are to create pocket parks throughout the neighborhood. These act as breathing room along the busy streets and can serve a variety of functions from impromptu markets to dog parks.

Ceramics Untitled.

Sinclare Art Galleries Open May 1- May 8, 2009

My work in ceramics is constantly evolving. I am constantly inspired by the beauty coming from nature and the act of throwing itself. Much like a delicate flower or nest, the interior forms are soft and luscious while the exterior acts as a shield. I portray this by using fluid throwing lines accentuated by soft colors on the interior and hard, rough textures on the outside. Each vessel is pushed and pulled creating unique forms that make the users look twice, forcing them to explore the form.

Design in Detail Historic Renovation

Architecture and Medai-Tom Leslie Summer 2011, 8 Weeks

This studio focused our craft around historical context and interventions. I selected the Van Allen building, a historic, storefront designed by Louis Sullivan. The first half of the studio had us examining the historic building, and documenting the existing conditions. After the documentation, I proposed a seven story addition to the top, creating fenestration based on the existing windows and vertical columns. The project then morphed into a hand-drawn, full-scale curtain wall details and models.

Roller Quencher

Design and Fabrication Coe College Physics Department 2008-2009 Collaboration with Morgan Karns-Karns Manufacturing Built for Corning Inc. Research Group

This design collaboration came out of necessity from the Coe College Physics Department and Corning Incorporated. The roller quencher was designed to expand the range of glass production by cooling molten melts into a glass at a rate of 1.08x108 oC/s. This redesign of a previous machine increased the speed and cooling rate, precision, and accuracy of research performed at Coe College and Corning Incorporated. I worked with Morgan Karns, of Karns Manufacturing, to design and create construction documents for manufacturing. With grants from Coe College and the R.J. McElroy Research Program, I was able to present my work at the International Borate Conference in Kyoto, Japan, as well as publish my work and findings in Glass Technology-European Journal of Glass Science and Technology.




Sustainability Studio-Ulrike Passe, Claire Cardinal-Pett Fall 2011, 16 Weeks Collaboration with Melissa Goodwin, Adrienne Nelson

Wall Section, Detail


Net-Zero Campus

In this net-zero studio, we had to develop a three part program: live, work, and learn. We wanted the campus to be a branching off point for new and current home-owners to take back the car-centric neighborhood and give them the tools they need to transform their community. For the cornerstone building, we developed a new, double-skin façade and ventilation system to help combat the summer’s heat and winter’s chill. This building houses the Neighborhood Finance Corporation and a Tool Lending Library, which offers public classes, along with five mixed occupancy units. The challenge to give the apartments additional privacy from the businesses led us to pull the building apart allowing for adequate thermal radiation and ventilation. We calculated the campus would give 581.7 kW-h back each year.


Live Work Learn

Solar Radiation Study

Wind Velocty Study

Amanda Havel - Design Portfolio  

Recent work includes: -Luxury Hotel on South Beach, Miami -Boston Symphony Hall -Iowa's 1st Urban Farm - ASLA Community Stewardship Award...