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Amelia Mickelsen Portfolio 2018


Transit Station

Boutique Hotel


Artists Rooms

Analog Photography


Creating connectivity in Austin | Land and Shell Transit Station | Studio Summer 2017 This project creates architecture out of the landscape by manipulating the surface of the ground upward into infrastructure. The lifts and twists of the surface distribute modulating crowds of people. The shell is a contrasting feature to the ground. The triangulated glass captures the light creating a transparent space that contains the hub without needing walls, so the transit hub is as public as possible. Both the shell and the land come from pure geometries that were progressively deformed reacting from the train tracks that curve into the site and lines from the city. The curvature of the trains opens up a larger pedestrian plaza in front of the convention center.

Scale and Landscape Puzzles Boutique Hotel | Studio Spring 2017 The boutique hotel in West Texas rests on a sloping desert landscape near Fort Davis. Although the structure is small, its presence is significant on the horizon, distorting the scale of the building within the scene. Long horizontal lines dominate the project, punctuated with short bold vertical dashes from the shading devices, protecting the large south facing windows from heat gain and glare. The inside of the hotel is intimate, comfortable, and familiar, like the living room of a residential home.

Winged Wood Pavilion | Studio Spring 2017 The wedding pavilion appears to be in flight, with its winged flaps open to allow the low angles of the sun cast warm light on the occupants. This zoomorphic structure extends its angular pillars around the occupants in a protective embrace.

Artist Rooms Studio Spring 2017 The two rooms are designed for an artistic couple. The apertures, controls, and furniture are designed to favor each occupants preference for daylighting. The identical wood trellises provide and intermediary shared space between the interior and the exterior for the couple to enjoy together. The trellises, designed for Wisteria Vines, become a second shell and an additional layer of protection.

Analog Photography Washington D.C | 2017


Drawing | Fall 2016

Amelia Mickelsen (214)-450-5894 education


B.A. Art History University of North Texas December 2015


Adobe Suite



model building






M. Arch. University of Texas at Austin (anticipated December 2019)



experience Visual Resource Collection TA, Austin Texas, May 2017-Present

scholarships & awards Robert Leon White Memorial Fellowship


nominated by faculty members for academic achievment

Continuing Student Scholarship University of Texas at Austin


nominated for academic achievement and a proposal for academic travel received funding to study abroad in Rome, Italy from May-July 2015

Dean’s Ambassador, Austin, Texas, January 2017-Present organizes the graduate open house at the University of Texas at Austin for admitted students, provides tours, and communicates with prospective and admitted students. intern for BBK Architects, Dallas, Texas, May-August 2016 designed personal project, organized construction documents and materials lab, and assisted with administrative responsibilities

nominated to the Graduate School and evaluated based on major accomplishments since entering Graduate School, a well-defined program of research, a strong personal statement and letters of recommendation

Judith D. and Thomas A. Donahue Undergraduate Scholarship in Art History

manages UTSOA’s Flickr site, analog and digital camera equipment available for check-out, online resources, a black & white darkroom, and a professional-grade Lighting Studio where students can document work, documents UTSOA exhbitions and events, and creates and instructs camera workshops

gallery assistant at UNT on the Square, Denton, Texas March 2015-Jan 2016 spring 2015

hosted gallery events and maintained the building during gallery hours design assistant for Wallpaper Studio at Hickory Chair Showroom, Dallas, Texas, May 2013, December 2014-October 2015 designed wallpaper and fabric displays for the showroom, assisted with sales, and managed the fabric and wallpaper sample files volunteered with the Global Health Brigades, Pajarillo Honduras, May 2014 assisted with the construction of a concrete floor, a hygiene station, and a brick stove

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