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PAM PAN PORTFOLIO | 2013-2016 +1 412 515 7585 +86 13989487833

Hey, I am Pam Yue Pan, from Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, currently a third-year architectural student in the fiveyear undergraduate program in Carnegie Mellon University, I am enthusiastic about exploring the relationship between architecture, nature and human through the projects inside and outside school. Also I am interested in digital modeling, hand drawing, digital photography, creative writing and film studies.

2015 FALL



Enviroment, Form & Feedback

Cinema & Arts Center

Saco Lake Bathhouse


2014 FALL


Urban Argriculture Center



2014 FALL

2015 FALL


Maya form making



living machine diagram



housing & public park | living machine | third-year fall studio | 15 weeks studio professor:Dana Kupcova instructor: Mat Huber, Mat Plecity design team: Nadia Islam, Pam Pan, Annabelle Swain

experiential rendering: inside the indoor wetland park

This is a semester-long project of incorporating eco-machines and housing design to create a riverfront housing plus park in Strip District, Pittsburgh, the US. The project started with a closely study of the ecological systems of the site, including wind, sun, water, traffic, history and etc. Also, we did a close reading and analysis of precedent housing project. For this project, we focused on living machine as a core element that structured the whole design. The living machine would transform waste water into clean water through eight steps including anaerobic reactor, closed aerobic reactor, open aerobic reactor, clarifier, constructed wetland, water re-use holding tank, ultraviolet disinfection and storage tank. The aim of the design is to use open aerobic reactor (vegetation tanks) and constructed wetland as architectural elements in housing units to create interesting interaction between nature and people. The design process is about finding the form that would achieve this goal by using various parametric design tools.

We firstly quantified the relationship between the total volume of apartments, open aerobic reactors and the constructed wetland. Based on this, we mapped the apartment buildings, wetland, open aerobic reactors and trees on the site to test the shadow condition and human experience of the design. (images below) Then we continued our form finding by focusing on one module. We proposed a green roof system to place open aerobic reactors on strips that forms the roof of the module. The position of reactors are determined by solar analysis and parametric tools. In this way, the aerobic reactors as vegetation tanks are introduced inside the building. We also studied the different human interaction on the rooftop strips based on the different slopes of strips. (images on the right side)

shadow analysis

experiential & conceptial rendering





living machine diagram

surface planting diagram

social diagram

We tried stacking the modules to create 12-story apartment buildings, using space in-between the modules as public green space. Therefore, residents in the building would approach and interact with nature easily.

conceptual model photo

conceptual experiential render

Then, when we looked back at our site and reconsidered the social aspect of our design goal, we decided to have lower buildings that are more related to the landscape. We create buildings “growing from the ground“, and having landscape weaving with the buildings. (See model image above)

housing module analysis diagram

apartment building: section

experiential rendering: public green space

apartment building: elevation

site plan

serial vision

When we came to the urban design phase, we determined that our proposal for this eco-housing project is to create a housing plus park place for residents of the apartments and for people in Strip District by making living machine as the attraction and the focus of this project. According to the site study, there are two major entrance for residents and people in the neighborhood to enter the site separately. In the middle is the indoor wetland park. Two main streets going through the site with open aerobic tanks placed on them. site design process diagrams

experiential rendering: housing

site study: shadow & wind

As the wetland and the reactors need to be kept indoor, there are a dome and a canopy above them. The structure and shading system of the dome and the canopy is designed by parametric tools and based on the solar analysis of the surface area.

Eco-machines are used in this project as visual attractions on site, including green roofs on the housing, living machine (including constructed wetland & open aerobic reactors) in the public space, in order to help visitors and residents to be engaged in the eco-system around them.

sectional perspective drawing:eco-machines diagram

physical model photos



mixed-use | urban agriculture | second-year fall studio | 7 weeks studio professor:Jeremy Ficca instructor: Mick McNutt individual project

exterior rendering


photo of physical model

This project is to design a cinema in East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. The design idea is to make circulation in the building become an event. To make the moving experience become an event, grand stairs are used in the gallery and multi-media space to mimic the sharing experience people could have in the theater.

plan: roof level one level two

Lines used to define space are generated from lines perpendicular or parallel to the outline of the site and the theater space, therefore creating a triangular lobby space in the middle as the most active place in the building.

storyboard: serial vision

The programs included are a theater, a gallery, a multimedia space and a restaurant. In gallery space, art installations will be on the steps. In multi-media space, people would be able to sit on the steps to watch films on a movable screen.

interior rendering

sectional diagrams

Wall Assembly Details

Material used for gallery space and theater space is concrete. Materials used in the lobby space is steel, glass, wood panels (as the ceiling) and steel metal mesh (as the facade) to allow the gentle interior lighting in the lobby space.

concept drawing


SACO LAKE BATHHOUSE mixed-use | cultural | second-year spring studio | 7 weeks studio professor:Jeremy Ficca instructor: Mick McNutt individual project

The project is to design a bathhouse and a hostel for hikers and visitors to Saco Lake, New Hampshire, US. The design idea is to create the cold pool as the focal point of the design, and to make all circulations around it, horizontally and vertically. Circulations connects to other programs including a hot pool, a warm pool, a dining room, a shared bedroom, two changing rooms and a courtyard.

exterior rendering

site plan

experiential rendering

upper level shaded plan

lower level shaded plan

The experiences in the three pools are designed to be different. In the cold pool, the tiny space and the high ceiling create a sense of privacy and sacredness. The warm pool, open to the air and near the courtyard, is the major social area. For the hot pool, as it is hidden under the building, it has a sense of privacy and mystery with the steam fog from the pool.

progam diagram

shaded section


URBAN AGRICULTURE CENTER mixed-use | urban agriculture | second-year fall studio | 7 weeks studio professor: Joshua Bard instructor: Jennifer Lucchino individual project This project is to design an urban agricultural center in Larimer neighborhood, Pittsburgh, PA, US. Facing the reality of Larimer community, with high crime rate and high vacant lot ratio, Larimer is one of the least developed neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. In Larimer, 40% of the residents live alone. To reduce the sense of loneliness and to strengthen the sense of community, with the belief that nature would bring people closer, the design is to create an urban agricultural center, with buildings grow from the ground, making the roof area become walkable and inhabitable.

exterior rendering & diagrams

planting diagrams: indoor & outdoor

plan drawing

Rooftop Planting Diagram

interior rendering


design built | urban agriculture | second-year fall studio | 7 weeks studio professor: Joshua Bard instructor: Jennifer Lucchino design team: Kara Gadecki, James Monroe, Jessica Sved, Pam Pan, XIaoyu Jiang

site plan

axometric drawing

elevation drawing

section drawing

plan drawing

The hoop house project is a seven-week project to build a greenhouse for the planting bed in Larimer Community Garden in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. The design idea is to redefine the phrase “hoop house�. We started with modules made of two hoops and overlapped them to create a new image of traditional hoop house. As the planting bed assigned to us is close to the intersection of the two major roads, we also considered this hoop house to be the visual attraction of the community garden to all community members.

Joint details

During the design process, we carefully studied the environmental condition of the site, including plants, wind, sun and rain. We designed the structural frame as a detailed digital model in Rhino and constructed it with conduits, nuts and bolts. To create the accurate curvature of the conduit, we made wooden form-works for each piece. The membrane is made of greenhouse plastic. We used heat-shrinking tools to attach it to the structural frame.

onsite assembly

process model

process sketch

construction diagram


Architect Association visiting school-Shanghai summer 2015 maya modeling | organic form | second-year summer workshop| 10 days unit instructor: Steven Ma teaching assistant: Christos Koukis

inspiration images

This is a ten-day intensive workshop, for learning and using Maya as the 3D modelling tool to create organic forms inspired from nature. My inspiration is deer horns. I started with simple geometry and modified it into more sophisticated forms.

form development: realistic rendering


r little things | light | second-year spring semsester| 4 months instructor: Aaron Blum individual projects

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