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Amelia Dery graduate design portfolio t: 970.390.1893 e:


Amelia Ann Dery graduate education _________________________________________________________________________________________ University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida School of Architecture - Master of Architecture, 2010

Honors + Activities • • • • • • • •

John W. Stovall Scholarship, 2009 Arthur Blenn Anderson Scholarship, 2007 Publication in Architrave, UF student design retrospective, 2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant for Design 7, 2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant for Theory 2, 2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant for Structures I, 2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant for Design 1 + 2, 2007/2008 Sukkah design and construction Project Leader, 2008

Proficient in AutoCad, 3ds Max, Rhinoceros, V-Ray, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign Project experience in Revit, Rhinoceros with Grasshopper, SketchUp, Form-Z

Graduate Studies Abroad Vicenza, Italy Fall semester 2009 • University of Florida Vicenza Institute of Architecture • Studio: Relocation of a library from city to garden • Seminar: Italian Futurism + Rationalism, History 3, Italian conversation Paris, France Summer 2007 • University of Florida Paris Research Center • Seminar: The Architecture of Paris - Experiments in Place

Internship Experience O’Bryan Partnership Frisco, CO • Principal Ken O’Bryan • t: 970.668.1133

Summer 2008

3 Amelia A Dery undergraduate education ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida School of Microbiology + Cell Science - Bachelor of Science, 2003

Honors + Activities • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Bright Futures Scholarship, full tuition 2000-2003 Army Student Athlete Medal + Scholarship, 2000 Shark Pride Student Athlete Award + Scholarship, 2000 Best Buy Scholarship, 2000 Zonta International Scholarship, 2000 Gulf Coast Girl Scout Council Scholarship, 2000 College of Agriculture Dean’s List, 2000-2003 Congressional Silver Medal, 2001 Alpha Epsilon Delta Committee Leader + member, 2001-2003 Blue Key National Honor Society, 2001-2003 C.H.A.M.P.S. middle school mentor, 2001-2003 Girl Scouts of America Gold Award, 2000 Girl Scouts of America Silver Award, 1999 Barron Collier High School Student of the Year, 1997



07 lamina

I spanish history museum

green lantern

I community center


29 residue


39 I library


I library + plaza


I tabernacle



Lamina advanced studio fall 2008

program. location. modeling. rendering.

Performance Space St Augustine, FL 3ds Max + Revit V-Ray + Photoshop


9 Old Spanish Trail St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European established city and port in the continental United States. The city was established in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. In 1821 Florida was seceded to the British by the Spanish and Florida gained its statehood in 1845. In the 1880’s Henry Flagler, a partner of Rockefeller in Standard Oil, was the driving force behind turning St. Augustine into a winter resort for the wealthy northern elite. In addition to building a number of railroads going through St. Augustine, Flagler contracted the construction of a number of hotels, churches and a hospital in the city. One of the hotels was the Ponce de Leon Hotel which later became the centerpiece of Flagler College. In recent times St. Augustine has continued to draw tourists for its Spanish Colonial buildings and its 19th century architecture, showcased in Flagler College. The Spanish Quarter, bounded by Cordova and St. George street, has become a place where the day to day activities of the Spanish colonial days are reenacted.

st augustine, florida site

10 st george The street performers and actors that occupy the Spanish Quarter of St Augstine allow visitors a unique look back to the 1740’s through a living history museum. During this time St Augustine was a small military outpost of the Spanish Empire. St George street is also lined with historic homes and landmarks from the various eras of rules the area has been under. The entry point at St George Street is the place where visitors enter the Spanish Quarter. However, once inside there is no pointed itinerary to follow. With a new cultural center adjacent to the Spanish Quarter visitors will have a place to gather, begin and end tours and view exhibits. Additionally this will give the actors storage, a place to prepare for work and take breaks. The facility will also provide an underground pedestrian tunnel between the Spanish Quarter and Castillo de San Marcos. This tunnel allows visitors a safe and simple thorough fare between the Spanish Quarter and the main Spanish bastion of the area, thus linking two attractions that have existed separately but are compliments to each other.

st george street


12 ancient city The history of St Augustine is layered with the civilizations that have occupied the area. Being the oldest city in the United States, St Augustine has been dubbed the “ancient city.� This ancient city has not been buried by the present day St Augustine, but is built to work in tandem with the historical city. The layered past is manifested in the modern day St Augustine, in the re-enactments of St George Street, the ancient coquina walls that are laced through the old and new constructions and the prominent place that Castillo de San Marco holds in the context of the past and the present. Thus the two have become seamlessly woven together, with the lines blurred between past and present.


site studies


15 military surplus Since its inception in 1565 St. Augustine has had a strong military presence, which has provided security and a civic identity that is still present today. The city has been shaped by wars, battles and military campaigns for centuries, making the Castillo de San Marcos an important thread in the city’s fabric. Thus, the Spanish history museum was oriented so that the wall of glazing provides unique views of the Castillo de San Marcos. The museum also serves as a place to collect the artifacts of the oldest city in the United States. With the re-enactments of St George Street creating the character of the Spanish Quarter, a space has been made in museum to accommodate the performers with a place to store their items, take breaks and gather for meetings. Additionally the underground pedestrian tunnel from the main museum to a small pavilion on the fort’s glacis gives visitors an intimate view of the ancient bastion. So while the soldiers at the fort and the actors of St George Street tell the story of the day to day life in 1740’s St. Augustine, the museum makes a place for the artifacts to tell their story.


musuem board model




green lantern advanced studio fall 2009

program. location. modeling. rendering.

Library Vicenza, Italy 3ds Max V-Ray + Photoshop

20 Historically the walled city was surrounded to the south by an agrarian landscape, However as the city has expanded outside its ancient boundaries, fragmenting the wall into pieces that have been absorbed into the city fabric. History and culture are very important to the city and Vicenza is named the “city of Palladio” due to the concentration of Palladian architecture within the city and the surrounding region. Some of Palladio’s most well known works are located in the Province of Vicenza, including the Basilica Palladiana, Palazzo Chiericati and Villa Capra. The surrounding landscape of mountains to the north and west, plains to the south and the marshes of venice to the east largely determines the weather of Vicneza. During the summer months Vicenza is hot (average 80 ºF) with a high relative humidity (average 78%). The winter months remain relatively humid (average 80%) and cold (average 32 ºF) with most precipitation in these fall and winter months. The University of Vicenza is located within the ancient roman city walls. Being located in a city developed since medieval time, necessary university expansions must be done by occupying the already existing buildings that make up the surrounding historical fabric. In keeping with this tradition of necessity, the university library expansion would incorporate the existing buildings along the north edge of the historic Giardini Salvi. Giardini Salvi lies just outside the historic walled city center and a short wal from the train station. The garden is bordered on the east by the ancient city wall and the Seriola stream, and Corso Palladio, the main east-west thoroughfare, to the south. Despite the busy areas surrounding Giardini Salvi, the garden does not attract many visitors except for people using as a short cut from north to south.

21 CittĂ di Vicenza Located in north-eastern Italy between Venice and Milan, Vicenza is the capital of the eponymous Veneto region. Vicenza lies at the northern base of Monte Berico and is bisected by the Bacchiglione River. Just to the north of Vicenza and the Veneto lies the Dolomiti (Dolomites), a section of the alps; the Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites) are located just north west of Vicenza. To the south, Vicenza is bordered by a landscape of fertile plains that characterized the lifestyle and architecture of this region for centuries past. Established as an ancient roman city and surrounded by a circular wall, the streets of Vicenza are laid out in a curvilinear fashion. The main east-west road, Corso Andrea Palladio, runs straight through Vicenza and historically has served as the way in and out of the city. Although carefully planned and laid out by the romans, Vicenza seems to have grown organically inward from the ancient bastion. Each architecture is designed specifically to attract notice but the historical layering has come to be the identity of Vicenza, and the surrounding Veneto region.

vicenza, italy site

22 vegetale Being an ancient city of Roman origins, Vicenza has been built of stone, from the streets all the way up to the buildings. Also typical of eponymous cities, little space was allocated for green space. Public plazas were constructed as stone piazzas and courtyards, while farm land was set to the outside of the city wall. Since these ancient times, Vicenza’s extents have pushed out past the ancient Roman city wall and public space as gardens were added to the city plan in addition the piazzas. Although, in the life of an Italian the piazza remains the main place for social events and congregation, garden space in Vicenza is a place for more personal and quiet interaction. Thus, the gardens of Vicenza have become a type of an oasis providing a soft landscape, contrasting the hardscape of the stone buildings and streets.

giardini salvi



giardini salvi historic perspectives

2nd floor plan


1704 historic perspective

1880 historic perspective

1st floor plan

26 lantern The libraries of Vicenza are something that are discovered within the walls of the ancient context. Historically they are fit into existing buildings; not built as landmarks or as public gathering spaces. In keeping with this history, this library hangs above the existing building on the North side of the Giardini Salvi, as something to be sought out by those who know of it. “Green� lanterns scattered in plan and section throughout the library bring the garden in and provide illumination to the dark, cave like interiors. Additionally these green spaces allow for garden to exist in Vicenza in the winter months. The trees of the existing garden has been preserved and the dense canopy provides a visual connection between interior green spaces of the library and the exterior. Carved out pavilions have been placed within the garden providing covered seating and gathering areas. These pavilions encourage people to sit and stay in the garden rather than only using the garden as a thoroughfare, as it is primarily used now. This allows the garden to become a vegetative place of respite in a mostly hardscapped city.


experiential perspective



Residue digital studio summer 2008

program. location. modeling. rendering.

Library Charleston, SC Revit Revit + Photoshop


31 Charles Towne The old city of Charles Towne is located on a peninsula where, as the Charlestonians say the, “Ashley and the Cooper Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean.” The city’s historic location at Oyster Point has contributed most to the climate, but also to the city’s development. The site of Charleston was chosen in 1670 by Anthony Ashley-Cooper in anticipation that it would become a “great port town.” Initially attracting much of its population due to its status as a bustling trade center, Charleston became a city of cultural and social opportunity. Charleston became the first city in America to build a theater; as well as the College of Charleston, the oldest college in South Carolina. Charleston has earned the name of The Holy City, in part to the number of steeples that dot the low rising skyline of the city. Additionally Charleston was one of the few cities in the colonies that provided religious tolerance. In Charleston church steeples act as landmarks and way finding tools.

charleston, south carolina site

32 water Charleston has a unique and intimate relationship with the water. The city’s historic economic and population growth largely depended on trade with the colonies and Europe that the port site afforded it. Although water is the foundation for Charleston’s prosperity, it can also be a threat. With the entire peninsula being low lying, the area is prone to flooding, storm surges and unusually high tides, especially with hurricanes being a threat to the region. Due to the area’s proclivity to flooding the architecture has responded. In Charleston, no essential services can be put on the ground floor of a public building. In the event that the peninsula floods this ensures that public buildings will still be able to function from an architectural standpoint.




plan level 3





Shadowlands advanced studio spring 2010

program. location. modeling. rendering.

Private Library + Public Plaza Marfa, TX 3ds Max Hand + Photoshop


prismacolor pencil on vellum

41 Judd Architecture Marfa is a small town in the west Texas panhandle, situated between the Davis Mountains and the Big Bend National Park in the Chihuahuan Desert. Marfa was the site of Fort D.A. Russell until its closing in 1945. the population of Marfa shrunk after the fort closed, being counted just under 2,000 in 2010. The population has become increasingly art conscious, with a growing artist community and gallery spaces. Despite its small size Marfa still attracts a tourist population in part due to the Chintai Foundation’s collection of modern art and the mysterious Marfa lights. The minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa in 1971. Along within several buildings within Marfa (including two hangars that acted as his residence) Judd acquired Fort D.A. Russell. Since Judd’s death in 1994, the Chinati Foundation and the Judd Foundation maintain and preserve Donald Judd’s residence and installations he worked to create in Marfa and at the fort. The Chinati Foundation now occupies more than ten buildings in Marfa in addition to the fort buildings.

marfa, texas site

42 the module The program is a private library for a couple with an extensive collection of rare and valuable books. Inspired by Donald Judd’s 100 steel boxes at the nearby Fort D.A. Russell, the library houses a series of reading rooms all developed as a variation on a module. The relationship the reading vessels have with each other and the building envelope create a variety of spaces, each with unique light conditions, degrees of intimacy and views. Just as with Judd’s milled steel boxes, the resulting relationships between modules is what creates the place. The private library occupies only a limited portion of the site, while the rest of the site is dedicated as a public plaza serving the unique cultural events and population of Marfa. The Library is situated across the street from three important landmarks in Donald Judd’s legacy, the Chamberlain Building, the Judd Architecture studio and the Bank. Thus, the site has been left relatively open to these properties, only being defined by different degrees of limited privacy, porosity and light; similar to the conditions inside the library. donald judd concrete boxes

library modules


44 judd architecture Donald Judd’s vision when coming to Marfa was to create a type of anti-museum. He wanted to house large collections of individual artists’ work on permanent display. Judd believed that the typical model for a museum, where art is shown for a punctuated period of time, does not allow the viewer a complete understanding of the artist’s work, or their intention. However, through permanent installations, designed along side the artist, the viewer would be able to experience the art with a more complete understanding and appreciation not allowed by a typical museum setting.



bass wood model



50 elemental studies The reading rooms were developed as singular elements while simultaneously developed as a collection. In developing the collected spaces of the library, the relationship between reading rooms became the defining determinant in the spatial configuration. Thus, the individual installation of the element became just as integral to the whole as the relationship of one reading room to its surrounding reading rooms. With focus shifting from the object itself to the space between objects, the experience of the shape took shape. The library contains thirty seven vessels with twelve configurations. Each reading room embodies a slightly different programatic focus: light, darkness, volume, artifact, view, introspection, reading and archive. While these programmatic elements are held within the reading rooms, they are also experienced in the space between vessels. The experiential elements housed within the library proper can also be experienced at different moments within the public space as well, along with elements not contained within the library walls. The public plaza makes a place for the Marfa Film Festival as well as the Chinati Festival, thus incorporating group interaction that the interior of the library does not make space for.

elemental studies

ening the threshold



elemental studies


prismacolor pencil on vellum



Sukkah group charette 2008

program. location. modeling. rendering.

Sukkah Gainesville, FL Sketch Up Photography


57 Tabernacle Sukkot is one of the three biblically mandated festivals on which Hebrews were commanded to make a pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. This is a seven day holiday during which daily blessings are recited, meals and are eaten and people sleep in the Sukkah. The first and the last days of the Sukkot holiday are given special observance. In order for the Sukkah to be considered kosher it must meet specific building requirements. The Sukkah must be large enough to fit a man’s head, most of his body and his table. The walls of the Sukkah can be made of any material as long as it is sturdy enough to withstand a normal wind. The roof must be made of detached products of the soil, s’chach. The vegetative roof material must not be supported by something that is not fit to be used as the roof material or tightly secured to the supports. The roof material should not let in more sunlight than shade. A Sukkah that is erected under a tree in invalid. The Sukkah must minimally contain at least two complete walls and a partial third wall. Additionally, the Sukkah is designed to be a temporary structure that must be built anew each year.

gainesville, florida site


sukkah elevations



sukkah study models

sukkah screens closed


sukkah screens open



Amelia Dery  

University of Florida Masters of Architecture Selected Projects