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ANNA E. WIERSMA PORTFOLIO V.2. RPI ARCHITECTURE SPRING 2019


EDUCATION Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York College Junior, Graduating May 2021 Major: Bachelor of Architecture Honors: Rensselaer Leadership Merit Award, Rensselaer Recognition Award, studio projects published in INFLUX (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019), honors in studio (Spring 2017 and Spring 2018), Materials and Enclosures project archived for INFLUX (Fall 2018), selected for India Study Abroad Program, Dean’s Honor List. Current GPA: 3.43 I 4.0 Faith Christian Academy, Kansas City, Missouri Honors: Salutatorian, Academic Letter Winner GPA: 4.0 I 4.0

ANNA ELIZABETH WIERSMA 97 14th Street, Unit 2, Troy, NY 12180

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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Price Chopper, Kansas City, Missouri Cashier, May 2016 - August 2016

14100 Northwest 73rd Street Kansas City, Missouri 64152

TreanorHL, Kansas City, Missouri Architectural Intern, May 2018 – August 2018

(816) 560-8966 wiersa@rpi.edu annaelizabeth98@gmail.com

At TreanorHL, I worked with the healthcare studio on projects at North Kansas City Hospital, St. Luke’s Health System, and St. Louis RMA, through Revit modeling, rendering, and communicating with clients.

BIOGRAPHY After spending four years being classically educated at Faith Christian Academy, learning to think critically and communicate these thoughts effectively, I travelled over 1000 miles to go to school in Troy, NY. Despite having no formal art training, I decided to major in architecture because I saw it as the synthesis of all my interests -- art, science, math and psychology. Architecture is the physical representation of history, but also has the means to change the future and revive the past. Extensive case studies, studio projects, and environmental studies at RPI have acted as a catalyst in developing my interests and preparing me for real-world applications.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS Rhinoceros 5 Adobe Creative Suites Microsoft Suites Rendering Model Building Revit Grasshopper Maya Unity

HOBBIES & INTERESTS Women’s Mentor Program (Mentor) NOMAS (Mentor) She’s the First Running, swimming, and boxing Cooking, reading, and drawing Northland Reformed Church (KC) Terra Nova Church (Troy) Tribe (Bible Study)

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DIFFERENCED ABSTRACTION Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Adam Dayem (12-15)

KOBAI HOUSE Fall 2018 Gabby Group: Sarah Schaffer, Sofia Sosa, & Shelley Warner (16-17)

TREANORHL Summer 2018 Healthcare (18-19)

RPI STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM Spring 2019 Elena Guembe (20-23)

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The form for this senior housing project was determined first by initial access and movement through the site. Then by dividing the massing according to these set paths and utilizing solar orientation studies, we opened up the massings through large courtyards forming the basis for the circulation of the structure. The program then reads as a gradient along the circulation, moving from the private units, opening out to more public spaces then to transparent green houses, ultimately culminating in exterior terraces. This progression is physically represented through exposure to light. Awards: Selected for Honors and Archiving in INFLUX (Spring 2018)

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Greenhouse to Terrace View From the moment the inhabitant leaves their apartment, they are led along a visual gradient of light. The private units are reflected on the exterior through solid walls and screened windows. The common spaces are largely transparent and screened. The greenhouses act as the final transition between indoor and outdoor and are entirely transparent, blurring the line between synthetic and natural.

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Based off of Wall Drawing #146A (Field Operations) “All two-part combinations of arcs from corners and sides, and straight, not straight, and broken lines within a 36-inch (90cm) grid.� 1) I followed the initial instructions and made 66 permutations of the straight, curve, and dashed line together. 2) However, I only used the diagonal curved lines. 3) I took out the boxes that the same two lines on top of each other, therefore you would never have a square that just had one line in it. 4) I made two such linework lattices and overlaid one over the other, so they were no longer merely two-part combinations, though generated by two-part line permutations.

PERMUTATION

For this project I first looked at the artwork of Sol Lewitt, reinterpreting Wall Drawing #164A drawing as the basis for my studio project. By selecting series of permuations, I implemented grasshopper to create an abstract 3D model. From this geometry, I designed a house for an artist and a scientist. The artist I chose, Tom Sachs, was known for considering the process more important than the end result, sometimes making his life intentionally more difficult. The scientist, Sebastian Thrun, was known for trying to make people’s lives easier through technology. Later on, he realized that sometimes easier is not better. I wanted to examine this question through circulation and inhabitation. I set up two mirrored pieces of my original geometry -- one was easy to walk around and inhabit; the other had uncomfortable ceiling heights and strange geometry. Thrun followed the well-defined/easier path, while Sachs followed the more difficult/winding path. Access becomes a living language for the two inhabitants. It is more than possible that as Sachs makes his own path, he could make an easy access point for Thrun too, opening up more rooms he could enter, creating interesting dialogue for discovery. Awards: Selected for Honors and Archiving in INFLUX (Spring 2017)


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DESCENT INTO DISINTEGRATION For my first studio project I created a house on Mars for an astronaut and an AI. Using an abstract grid I drew, I created my final geometry by combining different shards. My primary geometry was hexagons and triangles, which laid the blueprint for my circulation and narrative. I was interested in how the house would reflect the potentially disintegrating relationship between the two inhabitants, represented by geometry. Awards: Selected for Archiving in INFLUX (Spring 2017)

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This project is titled Kobai House. Kobai is Japanese for gradient which is an ode to the shou sugi ban fins and cladding utilized in the project that fade towards the middle of the cantilevered volume to give the illusion of a degrading building stretching towards infinity. Utilizing a concrete base and steel suspension system, the juxtaposition of the shou sugi ban cladding and fins aids in directionality and functionality. It was a careful negotiation of all existing elements to create a composite whole. Awards: Selected for Archiving in INFLUX (Fall 2018)


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At TreanorHL, I worked with the healthcare studio on projects at North Kansas City Hospital, St. Luke’s Health System, and St. Louis RMA, through Revit modeling, rendering, and communicating with clients. The majority of projects involved large scale renovations to the facade or smaller scale interior design. In the North Kansas City Hospital, I mapped out potential expansion plans for the waiting room in Revit and rendered facade treatments for the ICU expansion. The goal was not to overpower the original structure, but bring light and life to an underused facility. In the Saint Luke’s Health System building, the entire facade was being redone and the client wanted to test color palettes for which I provided multiple renders. In the OSI renovation, I used Rhino and Vray to explore a new entry point and interior design.


OSI Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Renovation


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STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM I was one of six students selected for RPI’s Study Abroad Program in India. Beginning in January, we spent a few weeks in Ahmedabad, visiting historic places like Gandhi’s Ashram and Le Corbusier’s Millowner’s Building. Then we began a 2 week trip around Southern India, starting in Chennai and working our way through Thanjavur, Madurai, Pondicherry, Alleppy, Goa, ending the tour in Aurangabad. Afterwards, we did a 10 day workshop in New Delhi with the Poliarte School of Design where we created a textile exhibit informed by Indian textiles and manipulated through grasshopper definitions. Then we began our tour of the north, visiting Amristar, Chandigrah, and through Rajasthan. The rest of the semester was spent in Ahmedabad, where we studied the modern architecture of B.V. Doshi as well as classics like Le Corbusier.

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Monsieur Corbusier created this non-architectural architecture through a self-imposed challenge—to speak of silences, rhythms, volumes,— and movement as if they were all parts of a symphony. Every time I visit the house, I marvel at its simplicity and complexity, and their perfect harmony, which I experience while walking through it.” — Balkrishna Doshi

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Awards: Selected for Archiving in INFLUX (Spring 2019)


Doshi’s Amdavad Ni Gufa (1994)

Alleppy House Boats

Dada Harir Ni Vav (Ahmedabad, 1500)

Queen’s Tomb (Ahmedabad, 1414)

Bhadra Fort (Ahmedabad, 1400)


Sidi Saiyyed (Ahmedabad, 1572)

Agra Fort (Agra, 1565)


Red Fort (New Delhi, 1648)


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