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Amber Lim Abinsay D o c to r o f A rchi te c t ure, LE E D G A address email phone

21 77 La uk ahi St re et Ho no lulu, HI 968 21 am be rabi n s +1 . 8 08.221. 48 35

Em p loy m e nt Appli c at i o n Pac ket Re s ume | Ac ade mi c D e s i gn Folio


Amber Lim Abinsay

Summer Intern / Disney Aulani Resort & Spa Kapolei, HI; June 2012 - current

D o c tor of Arc hi tec t ure, LEED GA 2 1 7 7 L auk a hi St reet H o nolulu, H I 96821 a m b erabi ns ay @gmail. co m + 1 . 8 08.221.4835

Operations team, in charge of quality assurance inspections for the ongoing construction of the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa.

Architect Student Intern / Architects Hawaii, Ltd. Honolulu, HI; August 2011 - December 2011 Practicum student through the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. Commit to fulfill requirement of the Intern Development Program, design research and assist mentor with ongoing projects.

EDUCATION Architectural Doctorate (dArch), _ Spring 2012 University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu High School Diploma, Spring 2005 Sacred Hearts Academy, Honolulu LEED Green Associate, Certified June 2010

SKILLS Art Experience Digital Photography, Graphic Design Ceramics, Jewelry Design, Wood Furniture & Sculpture, Glass Art Software Microsoft™ Office, Adobe® InDesign®, Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Adobe® Lightroom®, Autodesk® AutoCAD, Google™ Sketchup

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE New York, NY, Spring 2011 American Samoa, Fall 2010 London, UK, Spring 2009 European Architectour, Summer 2008 Singapore, Spring 2008

REFERENCES Kyle Hamada, Collaborative Studio: Brian Takahashi, Architects Hawaii: Michael Leineweber, Media5 Arch.: Richard Rivera:

808.532.2177 808.523.9636 808.222.9429 808.392.2131

Architect Student Intern / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates New York, NY; Januar y 2011 - May 2011 Practicum student through the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. Commit to fulfill requirement of the Intern Development Program, design research and assist mentor with ongoing projects.

Graduate Assistant / University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI; June 2010 - December 2010 Research and design for American Samoa Power Authority and teacher’s assistant for architecture design Studio 415.

Architect Student Intern / Bowers + Kubota Consulting Waipahu, HI; October 2009 - August 2010 Assist the design team with in-house projects, design development and CAD drawings for projects.

AWARDS + MEMBERSHIPS Recognitions + Scholarships

American Institute of Architects Scholarship 2010 Roy Kelley & Allen Johnson Scholarship 2010


Arts at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, Spring 2005

Publications of Work

School of Architecture, Spring 2010 The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Fall ‘06 - Fall ‘10 member Katipunan Club Fall ‘06 - Fall ‘10 member Hawaii Potter’s Guild (HPG) Fall ‘05 - Fall ‘07 member/volunteer Sacred Hearts Academy Alumnae Association Fall ‘04 - Spring ‘05 volunteer

July 26, 2012 To:

Whom It May Concern


Letter of Recommendation for Amber Abinsay

Amber Abinsay is a former UH School of Architecture practicum student and recent UH Manoa graduate that I mentored her internship at Architects Hawaii, Ltd. (AHL) in the Fall Semester of 2011. I have also been part of her Practicum Review Committee for her Practicum Project Study on “New Social Habitats”. Her study thoughtfully justifies that social spaces rather than apartment units should be the focal points for the community in a High Rise Building. Amber had a wide range of assignments while she interned at AHL and she was able to gain experience in many different phases of several architectural projects and was exposed to the business needs of firm management. Amber works well with others and has a positive working attitude. She is a good candidate for any entry level support position for any architectural firm. She is hard working and is focused on her assignments. Amber has good graphic design skills. She has computer skills in Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, PowerPoint and word processing. She had very good attendance and she produced her work within the deadlines we set for her practicum internship completion. Amber has my best wishes for a successful career and will someday soon be a strong candidate for architectural licensing.

Sincerely, Architects Hawaii, Ltd.

Brian Takahashi, Principal, NCARB, LEED AP


Ac a d em ic D esign Por tfolio The a c a de mic por tfolio il l ustrates the most recent individual proj ec ts conduc te d during atte nda nce at the U niversit y of Hawaii at Manoa S chool of Architec ture

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co e sc a p e / Honolulu Zoo Compl ex Ha na uma Communit y G ardens and Koko Crater Aqua Resor t K a k a a ko Na lu D oc torate Projec t a nd Thesis

e co sc ap e | Ho n ol u l u Zoo Complex

Spring 2009 ARCH 542 Professor: Janine Clifford Project Duration: One Semester

View along the Waikiki Artwalk

The Honolulu Zoo Redevelopment Program’s intent is to engage the public to experience the zoo at different levels, whether or not they are inside or outside of the zoo. To achieve this goal, existing physical boundaries are broken down, threating the ewa side of the zoo as a multi-use complex to help fund the zoo society as well as allowing the public to experience different parts of the site via the transit skybridge and inclined pathways. The Honolulu Zoo Complex is comprised of a water treatment center, learning center, aviary and mall.

Night view of a lit bird aviary and Learning Center.


Honolulu Zoo Complex

ZOO MALL The Zoo Mall consists of two pods- the larger for retail, and the smaller a group of restaurant and fast food eateries. Atriums run through all three floors to allow for natural daulighting and ventilation. The roof is utilized as a sky park for the public.

HONOLULU ZOO ENTRANCE The Honolulu Zoo entrance is a combined space consisting of the entrance complex of the zoo within the Bird Aviary. The entrance is a three-storey wedged-shape building comprised of a gallery for seasonal exhibits, the zoo restaurant, and a cantilevered third floor space over-looking the Transit node and the bird aviary. The roof park is directly connected to the rail transit, and marks the beginning of the bridge walk through the aviary.

KAPI’OLANI LEARNING CENTER The Kapi’olani Learning Center was designed to educate children about biological science with the zoo as their playing field. The programs offered are also geared to teach children about practicing sustainable habits. structured as a three-storey building topped with a concrete twilight dome, the second and third floors stand independently from its walls to allow for natural air ventilation and daylight.

THE CONNECTION/WAIKIKI ARTWALK The path which connects the Learning Center and the Waikiki Water Treatment Center is a two-storey shopping/restaurant mall and also a gallery walk on the bottom floor. This location provides great views of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo.

WAIKIKI WATER TREATMENT CENTER To create a more sustainable zoo of the future, a water treatment center was introduced to filter and clean water circulating throughout the zoo. Grey water will be reused for irrigation, toilet-flushing and habitat and animal maintenance.

Honolulu Zoo Complex


Section A

This section depicts the design intent for the Kapi’olani Learning Center. Passive design strategies were used to maximize natural Ventilation and daylighting. The second and third floors are detached from the walls to allow natural airflow throughout the building. organicshaped perforation on the solid concrete dome casts interesting shadows on the third floor flexible space. At

Section B

The Aviary acts as the focal point for the Honolulu Zoo Complex. This section depicts the path and spaces which visitors experience from the sky bridge and from the three-storey entrance building for the zoo. The interior of the aviary itself is shown as a large, singular space. Organic patterns cast on the forest floor are a re-


Honolulu Zoo Complex

K ak aako N a l u

Fall 2009 | ARCH 544 Honolulu Rail Transit Project Professor: Gensler Architects Project Duration: One Semester

Kakaako Nalu defines a new way of living parallel to the south shore of Honolulu with the support of the proposed rail transit system by the City and County of Honolulu. A mixed-use development was chosen as a possible building scheme that can be combined with the rail transit system. The site for the Kakaako station sits within the Victoria Ward Center commercial development along Ward Avenue and Auahi Street. This station was chosen for this project because of its potential in becoming a part of the expansion of an urban development containing beach front condominiums, shopping center and rail station. The goal fo the Kakaako mixed use development is to create a harmonious relationship between the station, residential high-rise and retail complex both functionally and visually within the urban context. This would enhance community activities and create a more efficient lifestyle for future dwellers with direct proximity to daily leisure and service facilities and urban landscaping. Kakaako Nalu, or “wave,� exemplifies the interaction between the rail transit and the people that continuously catalyse movement within the urban context.

FALL 2009

Views of the existing site surroundings in the Ward and Kakaako Development

K ak aako Nalu

Map of proposed rail route and location of project site. Map provided by the City and County of Honolulu.

Half-Mile Radius

Existing Land-Use and Landmarks

Existing Transportation Routes

Red: Industrial, Orange: Commercial, Yellow: Residential, Green: Park

Blue: Proposed Rail Track Purple: Major Streets

K ak aako Nalu

FALL 2009


Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3

Vil l ag e 4

Public Floor: 5.5

Residential: 3.3

Health Club

Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3

Vil l ag e 3

Public Floor: 5.5 Residential: 3.3

Vertical Urban Villages Market/Laundromat

Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3

Village 2

Public Floor: 5.5 Residential: 3.3

Village 1

Public Floor: 5.5 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential: 3.3 Residential Lobby: 5.5


Concourse: 5.5

Ground: 6.6 M

Private Park Park

Platform: 5.5





The main concept for the towers was to divide up public functions throughout the tower so both residents and visitors can access the tower. Privacy would be maintained through the use of two sets of elevators, one set that serves apartment levels and another set that serves public levels. To give a neighborhood feel rather than a high-rise feel, I subdivided the levels into “villages,� each one having an atrium where the bottom would serve as the public level. These atriums would be staggard and each public floor would be a transitional level to the next village, allowing air flow throughout the building.

Floor Plan of Street Level. Orange represents commercial space, yellow represents private space for residents. FALL 2009

K ak aako Nalu








ction B Section B

Mauka Tower Longitudinal Mauka Tower Longitudinal

Section C Section C

Mauka Tower Transverse Mauka Tower Transverse


FALL 2009



Photos of the physical massing model and structure studies


FALL 2009

Length: 290.5 M Width: 96 M Floor Area:

26,112 Sqm / 6.5 Acres

Station Urban Retail Total Floor Area:

14,310 Sq. Meters

Residential Towers (2 Total) Plate Floor Area

1500 Sq. Meters

Total Floors Mauka: Makai:

30 26

Height (Ground to Roof ) Mauka: Makai:

110 Meters 95 Meters

Total Area Mauka: Makai:

45,000 Sq. Meters 39,000 Sq. Meters

Parking Area: Total Floors: Total Area:

4700 Sq. Meters 3 14,100 Sq. Meters

K ak aako Nalu

Han au m a Com m u n i t y G a rde ns + Koko Crate r Aqua R e s or t

Spring 2010 ARCH 543 Janine Clifford Project Duration: One Semester




Epicenters are the focus of collected energy, released in a radial fashion in the form of earthquakes and tsunamis which can cause geological formations such as oceanic trenches, volcanic activity and mountainbuilding along its plate boundaries. Overtime, ocean and land life adapted to these new conditions. The dynamic physical conditions of Hanauma Bay and Koko head Crater provide a great setting for the Koko Aqua Resort and Hanauma Community Gardens to spur interaction between people and biological life, and also between each other.

Honolulu Zoo Complex

Community Center Farmer’s Market Plaza

Camping Site

Hotel Entrance

Baseball Fields

Water Villages Xeriscape Gardens

Mixed-Use Retail + Residential Promenade

Camping Center

Events Center

Pool Bar + Lagoon Ocean-View Park

AquaTel Community Gardens

Community Gardens


Marine Research Center Outdoor Water Amphitheater

500 ft

Masterplan | The Masterplan depicts major spaces that act as “epicenters,” and softer spaces that radiate away from it.

Hanauma Communit y G ardens + Koko Crater Aqua R esor t


Hanauma Community Gardens: A pedestrian-friendly promenade flows into the existing community park. Along it provides retail and residential units, community gardens and sculpture gardens, sports fields and a community center surrounding the farmer’s market node. Koko Crater Aqua Resort: A weekend getaway that provides a protected, oceanic experience for visitors and guests. The resort is blended in with a marine-geological park for the public. Entrance of the hotel

Amenities: 1. Rentable indoor and outdoor event spaces 2. Outdoor amphitheater 3. Marine geological research center 4. Water-based activities to interact with ocean life Cabana Lagoon Private water cabanas offer direct interaction with geological formations, each with a lagoon dock and view of the open-air Event Center.

View from cabana looking onto the water recreation activities

Aquatel Two hotel towers that either face the outdoor amphitheater or the lagoon share an open-air lobby consisting of aquarium exhibits and waterfront restaurants. Pool Bar and Marine Lagoon A Pool Bar and deck sits between the resort pool and lagoon with an ambiguous boundary, meshing the resort and nature experience within one lagoon. Here, visitors can snorkel and engage in water sports.


View from a pool hut.

Hanauma Communit y G ardens + Koko Crater Aqua R esor t

Inte g rated S o c i a l H a b i tats

Enhancing Social Spaces for future Urban Multi-Family Residential Dwellings

Doctor of Architecture Thesis Spring 2012 Thesis Duration: Four Semesters Doctorate Thesis Committee: Janine Clifford Michael Leineweber Brian Takahashi

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Social spaces in urban multi-family dwellings should become the focal points in housing design. The thesis studies the value of social interaction in our everyday lives and precedents that provide such social activities today. The goal is to introduce new though and design processes for future urban residential dwellings. The design guidelines encourage a more socially interactive lifestyle for residents and general public. Studies show that more people are living alone, therefore become more socially disconnected. This transition lends to the need in effective social spaces outside of the home.

PRECEDENT STUDIES Top Left: Stadstuinen KCAP Architects Top Right: Riken Yamamoto Shinonome Canal Block Housing Bottom Left: Tietgen Dormitory Lundgaard Tranberg Bottom Right: New York High Line


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Housing Prototype in Honolulu, Hawaii Figure 8 Concept

Views from gathering nodes

The major transition from living in a suburban to urban environment changes the needs of individuals. Living in a high-rise can have a devastating effect on individualswith limitations on land and public space, people have few options to socialize within the multi-family dwelling. The multi-family housing prototype in Honolulu, Hawaii, seeks to integrate a variety of social spaces to create an overall more social living environment. Due to the limitation of space in an urban site, spatial ambiguity and unclearly defined social spaces becomes key to the design. The design explores methods where households can become more exposed towards their neighbors on a daily basis while maintain privacy in their residential units. The program consiiders various public needs of the site location while including a few trends found around the island such as farmer’s markets, food truck events and organically grown produce. The spatial arrangements integrate public space, semi-public space, micro neighborhoods and private units in three dimensions.


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Atria + Egress

The Need for Social Space in Living Environments Social space is a physical or virtual place where people can gather and interact.

It is a human instinct to seek the company of another human being to become a motivated and happy individual. The proximity-attraction principle states that people tend to choose friends that live or work nearby as they are more accessible and simply because it is more efficient than attaining friends who live further away. Through the “mere exposure effect,� people feel more positive towards other people they see more frequently, therefore this can subconciously encourage iindividuals to interact socially with strangers.


Semi-Public Space

Floor Plates

Residential Units

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Three-Dimensional Longitudinal Section


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Benefits of Social Spaces and Third Places Ray Oldenburg, pioneer of the third place concept, defines third places as an informal public gathering space and suggests that they are the foundation for a functioning democracy, social equality, and offer psychological suppor to individuals and communities. Third places near the living environment may become well utilized due to its accessibility. “Third places are the heart of a community’s vitality.”

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Micro Neighborhoods There are six main atria within the building complex that serves as three micro neighborhoods to reduce the massive scale of the two buildings into human scaled neighborhoods. By orienting private balconies and public corridors toward teh atria, residents and visitors have a stronger visual connectio between one another. This proposed method increases the likeliness for social interaction, friendships, human security within the neighborhood and an overall higher quality of social living.

Semi-Public Social Spaces The Social space depicte din this simulated rendering represents one of the larger semi-public social spaces within the building complex. They provide many amenities, including furniture, appliances, natural day lighting, and abundant outdoor view of Honolulu.

Bridge as a Gathering Space for the Public The pedestrian bridge functions as a public gallery and communal space for people of all ages. The pedestrian bridge connects both buildings on the second floor, playing a key role in the figure 8 public path.


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Amber Lim Abinsay Design Folio  
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Academic Design Portfolio University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture 2005-2012