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wonder as an

INTERRUPTION AIA OHIO HONOR AWARD DAAPworks PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD CITATION FOR DISTINGUISHED DESIGN

THESIS

was spent exploring the topic: wonder as an interruption. It began by defining both wonder and interruption, creating various iterations, and designating wonder methods in architecture: the frame, the spectacle, and the interruption. The frame highlights wonder such as a breathtaking view. The spectacle is consumed by wonder, like a circus, in which wonder becomes the norm. The third method, the interruption, is unexpected: the strange in the familiar, the saying in the said, the impossible in the possible. Together, wonder as interruption, transpires in acts. Act I, the approach, is diagrammed out on the right to illustrate possible ways to stumble upon an instance. Act II consists of the actual instance, which began research into what I find wondrous, to expose my bias. A series of precedent diagrams were created to showcase these. Lastly, to harness the strange in the familiar, I began to diagram out elements of architecture, which allowed me to unknow my assumptions of said elements.


CONCEPT

diagrammed above, showcases the parameters, precedents, text, ideas, elements, and definitions involved within this thesis exploration. All examples, relate to the center, which demonstrates wonder as a balancing act between awe and terror. The minimal model was produced to illustrate the power of perception and the ephemeral nature of wonder.


GROUND provided a rich opportunity for the project.

Semper’s four elements illustrate the double: a theme of wonder in terms of the built. The idea of creation/ destruction, construction /deconstruction, directly relate to the elements. Regardless of the element it always returns to the mound. For example Chicago’s Great Fire of 1871, that is exactly what transpired. Which is why the city is filled with innovative buildings rather than a center of antiquity. Below ground, another story can be seen. Under the Loop there are various tunnels that even locals are oblivious to. Below there lies the CTA (red and blue), the pedway, abandoned freight train, abandoned cable car, and the TARP. Of which the CTA is the most known, the freight, cable car and TARP are unknown, and the pedway lives in the middle. Mostly used by locals and disorienting in nature. As the famous saying goes you can spot a tourist if they look up, then how can you spot a local? This question led to choosing the pedway as a point of interest; the site was chosen by a proposed future extension.


SITE context


STRANGE

in the familiar: since the site was a construction zone, the expected was to introduce a void, the addition of rammed earth detailing could intrigue one to approach the intervention. The moment of surprise could happened in many ways as illustrated in the renders adjacent. Details drive the subtle opportunity to meander, if chosen to take a different path, the intervention becomes a form of positive reinforcement to encourage one to question their everyday.


ORIENTATION

brings elements into question. The facade, is exposed within this inverted gutted skyscraper, as is Chicago’s forgotten infrastructure.


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APARTMENT UNIT PLACEMENT

TRANSIT HUB

1 BR

GROW 12 W. McMillan, Cincinnati, OH

TIERED ATRIUM

2 BR

WINTER GARDENS

3 BR

CHOICE IMPACTING CHANGE OVERTIME

CONNECTING

Uptown and Downtown Cincinnati was the goal for proposed transit hub / residential. Led by local architecture firm, BHDP, our work became part of the pre-design phase for the commissioned project. We created a concrete podium housing the transit hub to take advantage of pathways formed by pedestrians, and alternate forms of transit. The residential was designed to be manipulatable. For the first time, involving not only the architect, but developer and community into the outcome of the building facade. Truly becoming in Kevin Lynch’s words an Image of the City.


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YEAR 10


PREFAB

construction economically allows for growth over time. Factorymade components for 3 fixed modules: 1 BR, 2 BR, and 3BR could be transported by semi truck for quick transport and implemented by crane onsite.


CONNECTION to the super

structure was achieved by the detail shown to the right. Secured only after the built unit is rolled into position.


SUPER STRUCTURE GASKET EXT SHEATHING BOX TRUSS INT SHEATHING

C CHANNEL FRAMING HEAD PLATE

EXT SHEATHING/ WEATHER BARRIER VAPOR BARRIER SIP GYPSUM BOARD

TIE BACK BOLT ACCESS PANEL HINGE C CHANEL FRAMING RAISED FLOORING

COUPLING TIE BACK RIGID DIAPHRAGM

FLOOR FINISH

MODULE COUPLING OSB

STEEL ANGLE BASE PLATE


LYCEUM 2015 Lyceum Fellowship competition

REPURPOSING

the Empire State Building for the elderly was the prompt as written by Charles Renfro. I began by asking what really makes the Empire State great and came to the conclusion: all the stories we associate with it. Great romances, construction, views, memories. Unfortunately as we age the more are memories are prone to fade. In an effort to give the building new purpose, giving back to what made it famous: it was reprogrammed to help elderly with Alzheimer’s. To fund the proposal, a secondary wind-powered facade generator would attach to the original building, lowering costs for residents as well as preserve the building in the skyline, while subtlety highlighting it (when ignited, the building is blurred). The following pages peek into the submission, which explores the art of living with Alzheimer’s.


Macy’s sponsored fashion show


FASHION + ARCHITECTURE

SPRING 2015

fashion and architecture collaborative studio for which my piece became the closing piece for our line in the 64th annual DAAP fashion show.


FALL 2015

fashion and architecture collaborative studio, also began my involvement with the Fashion and Architecture initiative. This semester’s garments showcased to the left. My garment, skirt below, was paired with Zachary Hoh’s top to complete the look.


SPRING 2016

fashion and architecture collaborative studio, began with a new theme: technological innovation. While others ideated with the aid of the lasercutter, dyes, and 3D printing, I chose to explore my concept with metal working. I began with a sketch then altered the idea so it would work with the body. Then I sculpted the piece out of wax adding textural components giving the piece movement as hinted in my sketch. From there I secured the piece through a wax truss system to create a caste which was filled with molten aluminum. The piece was then cleaned up through cutting, grinding, and polishing. Once the extraneous pieces were dealt with, a black patina was applied. It was then removed, so that it only remained in the areas where it got caught in the texture. The piece was then waxed and ready for the runway. The piece walked along 21 others in the 65th annual DAAP fashion show.


projection game in which your pacman would make an eating motion when it interacted with AR fruit. We began with the basics by associating pacman to a tracker, then connected an Arduino to Unity so that when the photoresistor was covered it would activate an eating motion. To showcase the idea, they built a stand which held the computer, projector, webcam, and projected on the surface below. During the demonstration, since their was a live feed, multiple trackers were projected on top of each other due to our set up, creating an AR infinity mirror. For more information visit: cambridge.nuvustudio.com

FELLOWSHIP

awarded in conjunction with NuVu Studio, MIT-affiliated innovation school, for the year. I was brought on to lead in the ideation and execution of various multidisciplinary prototypes in collaboration with experimental physicist and engineer, Ryan Nixon. NuVu, located in Cambridge, is an innovation school who’s pedagogy is based on the architectural studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects including topics within architecture, robotics, industrial design, interactive design, VR, AR, art, fashion, film, animation, and everything in between. This yearlong fellowship has truly been a collaboration between design, technology, and how it can reshape education. Each semester we lead 16 studios, aiding 200 students, and around 100 projects. The following are a few examples of the 100 projects created Fall 2016. For more information visit: cambridge.nuvustudio.com


HARMONY VILLAGE

partnership’s, a development in Lakeland, Florida, mission for the new development was to create something that would increase harmonious living between pets and humans. These students wanted to increase independence, since when owners leave their dogs at home, these dogs are constrained to the boundaries of the home. With Beam Me Home they are now free to explore the community. Drawing from a dog’s innate tendency to treat a laser pointer as his/her prey, the laser-led dog collar uses GPS to lead the dog safely home when activated by their owner via a smart phone application. The following diagrams outline overall design and electronics. Students: James Eschrich, Nellda Clark For more information visit: allsaints.nuvustudio.com


PUBLIX

partnership sought to reimagine the shopping cart. This group of students wanted to make shopping fun. Their idea was to create an AR projection game in which your pacman would make an eating motion when it interacted with AR fruit. We began with the basics by associating pacman to a tracker, then connected an Arduino to Unity so that when the photoresistor was covered it would activate an eating motion. To showcase the idea, they built a stand which held the computer, projector, webcam, and projected on the surface below. During the demonstration, since their was a live feed, multiple trackers were projected on top of each other due to our set up, creating an AR infinity mirror. Students: Zongxi Huang, Alyssa Merriweather, Anuj Patel, Britney Sloan For more information visit: allsaints.nuvustudio.com


ADAPTIVE WEARABLES

studio sought to create wearables for extreme climates. These students wanted to create a fashion statement which would also combat extreme heat known to Florida. The piece is worn like a backpack cooling ones back. The electronics include fan motors held by a laser cut structure hooked up to an esc, lipo alarms, and lipos. A hexagonal netting was applied to the structure to protect hair from getting caught in the mechanism. The diagram above demonstrates how the wearable would interact with a person when worn. The following was modelled during the annual All Saints Academy exhibition. Students: Adrian Joyeux, Bailey Lariscy For more information visit: allsaints.nuvustudio.com


Rendering courtesy of KPF


HUDSON YARDS

in NYC was the project I contributed to at my time at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates under Marianne Kwok. Currently in the design development phase of the project, I worked in a fast-paced work environment, creating drawings for client presentations including : REL ATED, Neiman Marcus, Deutsch Bank, and others. The following images were created for presentations and packages for existing and potential clients.


Day and night West elevations were produced to demonstrate how the space would come to life. North and East elevations where also created. These drawings are still updated and used today.


Graphics were created for the Podium’s 1/2”:1’ detail model for NEIMAN MARCUS in order to illustrate how the ads would engage in regards to human scale.


PROCESS was key at Studio Gang Architects,

the importance of each phase and the constant need to restate what the design intent was. During my internship, I was exposed to a variety of projects and phases: National Aquarium BLUEprint (pre-design), City Hyde Park (construction documents), Writer’s Theatre (construction administration), University of Melbourne exhibit (curation), and Tower in Chicago (schematic design). My responsibilities included: renderings, diagrams, red lines, iterations, design packages, vent/spandrel calculations, light/shadow studies, etc. Images to the right are courtesy of Studio Gang Architects. Images on the following pages were created for presentations and design discussions.


Renderings courtesy of SGA


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BLUEprint is a large research initiative at Studio Gang to redefine an aquarium into a conservation organization. Research, concept, sections, diagrams, renderings, plans, and iterations, were created for several client meetings.


UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE asked to exhibit our past installation Building Inside: Studio Gang Architects previously shown at Art Institute of Chicago as to coincide with Jeanne Gang’s visit.


The introductions were all redesigned graphically. The datum and skyline print were reorganized and resized. Within a 2-week duration, CAD dwg was prepared for installation.


WANDA VISTA

is a new tower project in Chicago, subject to become the third tallest tower in Chicago upon completion. In schematic design, these are a few studies, I catapulted. Spandrel iterations were created, as an environmental study, I created the grasshopper script below to increase work flow which altered the spandrel size based on percentage input.

Render courtesy of SGA


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UBER HQ

was the project I contributed to at my time at SHoP Architects. I worked on various tasks within the Schematic Design and Design Development phases of the project. I was involved in numerous design packages, iterations, animations, presentations, MEP iterations, 3D translation from Rhino to Revit, interior facade redesign, landscape coordination/redesign, submittal red lines, and submittal organization. The following showcases a detailed section model which was 3D modeled and built by the Uber team including myself in under a week.


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EDUCATION 2016

Master of Architecture 2-Year Graduate Assistantship, Scholarship 2011

anjali patel

University of Cincinnati DAAP

University of California, Irvine

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Social Behavior Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies Dean’s Honors List, Sustainability Certificate

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EXPERIENCE Jun - Jun 2016 - 17

NuVu Studio

Jan - Apr 2015 - 16

University of Cincinnati DAAP

May - Aug 2015

SHoP Architects

Aug - Dec 2014

Studio Gang Architects

Jan - May 2014

Design Fellow Aiding with execution of innovative prototypes alongside MIT-affiliated school, NuVu, including robotics, film, architecture, public interest, and industrial design.

Graduate Teaching Fellow Instructed a section of students on various forms of graphic communication as part of the scholarship for the remaining two years of graduate school. Intern Architect Contributed to design packages, architectural drawings, cross-platform iterations, and fabrication in schematic design and design development phases for Uber HQ. Intern Architect Assisted with pre-design on National Aquarium BLUEprint, schematic design on Wanda Vista, and construction documents on City Hyde Park (now complete).

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Intern Architect Developed presentation graphics, design packages, and iterations products for Hudson Yards during design development.

Aug - Dec 2013

University of Cincinnati DAAP SAID Teaching Assistant Instructed a section of students on various forms of graphic communication including hand drawing, composition, and digital representation.

SKILLS 3D 2D

Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, Fusion360, SketchUp, Fabrication (physical/digital) Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD, InDesign, ArcGIS, VRay (Rhino3D, 3DsMax)

HONORS 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2015 2015 2015 2014 2011

AIA Ohio Honor Award | First Prize NuVu Design Fellowship | Award Citation for Distinguished Design | Master’s Thesis DAAPworks People’s Choice Award | Master’s Thesis Co-Director of Fashion + Architecture Collaboration | Initiative Featured in 64th/65th Annual DAAP fashion show + WCPO News | Exhibition Featured in Future Now gallery | Exhibition Featured in upcoming SAID book, ECHOS | Publication Featured in Shape of Sound by Victoria Meyers | Publication UROP Researcher + Speaker | Symposium


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