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Selected Works | Ashley C Thompson


Selected Works by Ashley C Thompson Bachelor of Architecture, 2012 This portfolio features a collection of works from 2006 to present to include projects completed in pursuit of a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice School of Architecture, Houston, Texas, a penultimate practicum-year with Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, France, and as an Architectural Officer in the United States Air Force stationed at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan. I believe the power of architecture is its interdisciplinary ability to improve our built environment across scales, paradigms, and cultures. Sequenced by scale, these works demonstrate an architectural approach to engagement, networks of exchange, and resource awareness as drivers of the ecological, social, political, and cultural framework that shapes and empowers our ever-evolving human landscape.


Banhof Europa Mitte

Mixed-Use Development in Vienna, Austria


Villageside Apartments

Residential in Houston, Texas


Pacific Unity Schoolhouse

Buyong Elementary School in Cebu, Philippines

Cover | Blue Lake, Hokkaido, Japan


Flow House

Alternative Residential in Houston, Texas


Tidal Works

Ferry Terminal for Governor’s Island, New York City


Gulf Coast Film Archive

Civic Institute in Houston, Texas


Menil Collection CafĂŠ Dining in Houston, Texas


Alternative Works

Selected Art and Travel

Bahnhof Europa Mitte | Mixed-Use Development

Reclaimed Central Train Station, Vienna, Austria Professional | Partner: Bernard Plattner | Team: Christina Kimmle and Amata Boucsein Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Paris, Fall 2010 The master plan project develops eight irregular-polygon high-rise buildings across a 10,000m2 triangular site situated between a major city thoroughfare and the new central train station, and adjacent to one of Vienna’s many large public parks. Envisioned as a new urban center, the 60,000m2 mixed-use program is composed of four residential towers centralized around the site’s interior plaza, a banner hotel establishing the site’s urban-oriented tip, and two bounding office buildings along the rear-edge. All eight buildings are lofted 10-20m on an irregular-field of columns above a constructed landscape that envelops the site’s street-accessible lobbies and two levels of submerged services. The key design concept is fragmentation of the mass: the irregular polygonal building forms are generated by slicing non-orthogonal axis through the triangular mass, fragmenting the solid enabling natural light to penetrate to every vertical facade. Height constraints are defined in relation to Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, a United Nations World Heritage Site, where view of the development from historic vantage points is prohibited. OFFICE



Longitudinal Section | Mixed Use through Office, Residential, and Hotel 1


Plan | Street Level -4.50m


Context | Urban & Historic Center

Plan | Garden Level 0.00m 2

Bahnhof Europa Mitte

Excess Slope

Insufficient Rain Strike Excess Shadow


Egress Route


Plan | Landscape +3.50M

Plaza Hardscape



Landscape Strategy | Growth Conditions and Solar Analysis (1 of 3, Equinox) 3

Bahnhof Europa Mitte


Type 5

Type 4

Type 3

Type 2

Type 1

Detail | Ceramic Variations

Perspective | Arrival along Arsenal Street

Facade | Office Elevation & Section 4

Bahnhof Europa Mitte

Model | Schematic Development 5

Bahnhof Europa Mitte

Tidal Works | Ferry Terminal for Governor’s Island Upper New York Bay, New York City, New York Academic | Professor: Douglas Oliver of Morris Architects Rice School of Architecture, Fall 2010

Located on Governors Island in New York City’s Upper Bay, the project develops a ferry terminal and incorporated visitor’s center in anticipation of significant increases on the demand for over-water transportation to and from the redeveloped island. Embedded in the context of the great transportation infrastructures of Manhattan, the project explores the architectural intention of boundaries and thresholds, processions and transitions, and the moment of arrival and departure. To this end the project aims to both inhabit and intensify the space and experience of the interstitial, while also enabling one to understand his/her transition through it as affected by situational forces (the tide) that define and locate that individual in time, within the project, and between program. Excavating a section of the island in generation of a harbor enables an expansion of the terminal across the water as a floating zone of transition and procession. Operating as neither boat nor land, the program is an intermediary condition that acts and responds to the larger tidal forces as the public arrive, depart, and navigate through the network of platforms. The spatial experience and atmosphere is one constantly activated by the physical manifestation – pulling and pushing, rise and fall – of the tide. The resulting relationship between the individual, the architecture, and the tidal influence (as the agent of time), always connected yet constantly in flux, generates a charged environment of performative architecture interested in the space between.

1 | 2010 Boundary

Perspective | Arrival at Low-Tide

2 | Excavation

Site Strategy | Historic Restoration and Reclamation 7

3 | 1912 Boundary

4 | Reclaimed Site

High Low

Plan | Idealized Condition

Tidal Strategy | Actual Condition, 6’ Tidal Swing 8

Tidal Works

Cross Section

Longitudinal Section

Plan | Finished Floor

Plan | Substructure

Roller Bearing Pivot

10° Constrained Rotation

Detail | Platform Pivot Connection & Program Access

Model | 3D Fragment 9

Tidal Works

Villageside Apartments | Residential

Rice Village, Houston, Texas Academic | Professor: William Cannady of Wm. T Cannady & Associates | Partner: Ana Victoria Chiari Rice School of Architecture, Spring 2010 Adjacent to Rice Village, the project develops the 36,000ft2 South Hampton Site into two mid-rise towers each featuring three, full-floor apartments of 3,450ft2 and a penthouse unit with mezzanine and roof terrace. Targeting the prosperous post-career Houston demographic, the design conceives of a simple yet consistently elegant lifestyle offering gracious living spaces and impressive art and book displays. Achieved through focus on the human scale, respect for context, materiality, and the desire for a singular living experience, the comprehensive design of the paired developments in such central location establishes a critical model in the advancement of Houston urban living.





Private Core





1 - 5 | Servant/Served in Series

Perspective | Living at Night

Organizational Strategy | Public, Private & Service 11





Context | Mixed-Use Neighborhood

Penthouse Garden View

Floors 1 - 3

Site Plan | Street Level and Landscape

Floor Plans | South Site, 4202 Dunstan Rd 12

Villageside Apartments

Skyline View

1 Pier foundation, reinforced concrete 2 Concrete grade beam, 24’ x 30’ deep reinforced concrete, rebar ties to pier 10‘ on center 3 Gravel backfill for moisture path 4 Concrete drive and pavement, top and grade course, sand and gravel base, 3’ grade shift 5 Concrete ground slab, sealed and polished finish, 6” reinforced concrete tied into grade beam, moisture barrier, sub-insulation, sand base, cardboard form-spacer (to disintegrate) 6 Garage detail, aluminum door panel, embedded insulation 7 Concrete column, 22”x12” reinforced concrete column (enclosed within and parallel to section plane), encased plaster finish 8 Infill Wall: light stud framing, moisture barrier, sheathing, insulation, exterior smooth white stucco 9 Aluminum screen, 1’4” profile, tied back to column and stud wall (parallel to section plane) 10 Concrete flat plate, 8” reinforced concrete with post tensioned sections (balcony cantilevers), moisture barrier, insulation 11 Interior floor, reclaimed dark timber, 7/8”, steel clip, triple-ply cushion base 12 Cantilevered balcony, 9’ post tensioned structural bay (20 ft on center), tile finish, moisture barrier 13 Balcony perimeter, 8” concrete block, moisture barrier, sheathing, exterior smooth white stucco

Cross Section | Two Towers

14 Treated wood cap 15 Modified under-sill lighting beneath metal sill cap 16 Horizontal steel box-shaped facade beam 17 Glazing System: Duratherm fixed and awning (operable middle as indicated) window detail, metal cased wood windows 18 Floating Ceiling: tied hanger wire, main runner, tied cross furring attached with metal lath, 3 coat plaster finish 19 Recessed lighting, 5 3/8” canned, light diffuser 20 HVAC: suspended 2’x1’ metal duct (insulated and metal cased), with horizontal register, kitchen hood and long-vent dryer exhaust 21 Suspended Sprinkler System: 2” pressurized pipe, 15’ water throw, white-coat finish 22 Concrete column haunch, 32”x12” surface area at max, to distribute load and resist sheer 23 Ceiling: white-epoxy coating (luminescent paint) 24 Roof: reinforced concrete slab, double water barrier, insulation at 2% slope, vapor barrier, roof deck 25 Parapet, 8”concrete block 2’ elevation, rebar tie to roof slab, from center out: moisture barrier, sheathing, insulation, exterior smooth white stucco 26 Treated wood sill cap, flashing and counter flashing

Perspective | Living at Day

Detail | Wall Section 13

Villageside Apartments

Gulf Coast Film Archive | Civic Institute

Midtown, Houston, Texas Academic | Professors: Carlos Jiménez of Carlos Jiménez Studio and Michael Morrow of KinneyMorrow Architecture Rice School of Architecture, Fall 2009 Extending longitudinally through the full length of the site, the narrow linear band of gallery hall above and archive below serve as the conceptual, programmatic, and experiential organizers driving the design of the Gulf Coast Film Archive. Entering from West Alabama, the visitor emerges into the triple height white gallery corridor flooded with light from above. Proceeding through the adjacent galleries, the visitor is always defined in relation to the corridor, guided by it through alternating bands of darkness and light. The grand hall is transformed, both above and below, into a promenade of elongated cinema display, exhibition space, and archival storage, and activated by the full expanse of the interior facade, a continuous wall of gradiating apertures infilled with colored glass. Accumulating at the archive’s interior courtyard, the play of openings and light draws the visitor to the archive’s center. Transition across and relationship to the interior threshold defines the visitors views and movements.

Model | Illuminated Gallery Hall 15

Model | Object and Void In Series


Main Gallery

Supporting Program

Context | Urban Infill

Base Level

Site Plan | Aerial

Street Level

Floor Plans | 3716 Alabama St 16

Gulf Coast Film Archive

Upper Level

Transition | Threshold

Frame | View

Obscure | Moment Filter | Light Experience | Color

Model | Interior Elevation

Apperature Strategy

East Elevation | Primary Exit, Winburn St

West Elevation | Primary Entry, Alabama St

Elevations | West, East, and Interior

Detail | Wall Section 17

Gulf Coast Film Archive

Pacific Unity Schoolhouse | Buyong Elementary School

Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Province Philippines Professional | United States Air Force Humanitarian Assistance Mission | Partner: Kory Carpenter 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, Yokota Air Base, 2014 Working with the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines Department of Education, and local municipal government, the project constructed a 150m2 two-room schoolhouse for Buyong Elementary School with a team of 40 United States and Philippines Air Force Engineers and local contractor support in 60 days. In addition, the team completed five basic infrastructure projects: the restoration of campus electricity and safe-guarding of stolen copper wiring responsible for the outage; the rehabilitation of the school’s only deep-water well restoring access to a reliable water source for the first time in five years; construction of a rainwater catchment system to supply two existing but unconnected toilet facilities with running water; fabrication and installation of a vehicle security gate; and installation of the community center’s long span roof that had remained uncovered due to lack of funds. A Pacific Command Humanitarian Assistance Mission, Operation Pacific Unity is a joint engineering program that aims to build partnership capacity in the Asia-Pacific Region in collaboration with host nation civil and military authorities. Efforts improved the quality of life for 1500 students, their parents and teachers, as well as the broader community with whom engagement was critical to our success. As the Officers-in-Charge, Kory Carpenter and I were responsible from concept-to-completion, to include planning, design development, project and construction management of the military and contracted effort. Initial planning began in January 2014; construction was completed on 20 June 2014.

Construction Day 60 | 20 June


Construction Day 2 | 22 April


Construction Day 16 | 6 May

Model | Structural Work By Contract, Day 0 - 30

Construction Day 31 | 21 May

Construction Day 41 | 31 May

Construction Timeline | Local Contract and Military Labor

Construction Day 57 | 16 June 20

Pacific Unity Schoolhouse




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4 9000



5 400

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Construction Day 33 | 23 May













50 100





Construction Day 41 | 31 May

1000 cm

Floor Plan | Philippines Department of Education Standard Classroom The Final Pour | Construction Day 28 - 29

Construction Day 28 | Seconds before the chute breaks.

The concrete was executed in three monolithic pours: footers, monolithic columns/beams, and the slab. The contractor projected the site would be ready for the final pour on the night of 15 May, 1 day beyond the original contract completion date. A same-day delivery of 80 cubic meters (5-trucks) of gravel fill proved insufficient to backfill the site area to the required depth. As the batch plant could not support a next-day pour, the slab pour was rescheduled to 10pm on 17 May. Forms would remain in place for 24hrs, with curing over 96hrs. The pour was now the critical path, having exceeded all anticipated construction flex-time, and would result in delaying the military construction scheduled to commence on 19 May. With additional fill material delivered, the contractor laid the rebar; however, a quality-assurance check proved that the vertical wall ties were improperly spaced to align with the masonry unit. Rebar was adjusted. At 10PM on 19 May, the concrete batch truck arrived on site having traveled 60 minutes from the batch plant. The mixture passed the slump test (4-6�) and the concrete dropped into a chute to feed the trough. Immediately, the chute broke and the operation was halted. The auger was then reconfigured to drop the concrete directly into the trough. Now 90 minutes from disbatch, the mixture proved too dense to flow; an admixture was added to the batch. At 120 minutes, the mixtures failed to meet the slump test acceptable range; now too viscous (7.5�). Evaluating the risk, a determination was made to accept the truck but spread concrete only up to the level of the rebar in order for the following batch to bond. Core cylinders for compression testing would be required from multiple trucks. Concrete was transferred from the trough by shovel into buckets, buckets passed from hand-to-hand and spread by bucket, by rake, by hand, followed by the vibrator. The 150m2 pad required 5 trucks, 5.5 cubic meters each: the pour lasted 9hrs and concluded at 730AM the following day. Despite challenges, all cores exceeded the threshold 7-day compressive strength of 4000psi. 21

Pacific Unity Schoolhouse

Construction Day 51 | 10 June

Construction Day 57 | 16 June

Pre-Painted Longspan Pre-Painted Longspan Corregated Metal Roof Corregated Metal Roof (Fastened to Purlins) (Fastened to Purlins)





Steel Truss Steel Truss

Project | Community Center Roof

250 x 400 250 x 400 Concrete Concrete Beam Beam TOP OF TOP BEAM OF BEAM Plywood Plywood CeilingCeiling On Ceiling On Ceiling Joist Joist (Paint Finish) (Paint Finish)

Angle Iron WeldedWelded Angle Iron









Plywood Plywood Soffit With SoffitVent With Vent & Fiber&Cement Fiber Cement FasciaFascia (Painted (Painted Finish)Finish)

CHB Masonry 150mm150mm CHB Masonry Wall Wall With Cement With Cement PlasterPlaster (Painted (Painted Finish)Finish)







Jalousie Jalousie Type Type Window Window




50 100

100 200

200 300

Concrete ColumnColumn Concrete (Paralle(Paralle with Section Plane) Plane) with Section

Project | Rainwater Catchment

Panel Door Panel Door

CORRIDOR CORRIDOR 100 (25100 mm(25 Threshold) mm Threshold)


Project | Deep-Water Well Repair CHB Retaining CHB Retaining Wall Wall For FillFor Fill


Vent Transom Vent Transom







Section | Approved Structural Modifications

Project | School Supply Drive 22

Pacific Unity Schoolhouse

Students’ Shoes, Dedication Benediction and Student Performance

Sketch | The Final Pad Pour Project Closeout | Final Situation Report


Dedication Ceremony | 19 June

Pacific Unity Schoolhouse

Menil Collection CafĂŠ | Dining

Montrose, Houston, Texas Academic | Co-Directors: Nonya Grenader & Danny Samuels | Team: Rice Building Workshop Rice School of Architecture, Fall 2010 - Summer 2012 Envisioned as a new center of the dispersed Menil Campus and bridge to the adjacent Montrose Community, the project proposal was developed and constructed over a 7-year period relaying across countless Rice Building Workshop Core and Elective Studios from 2007 - 2014. Selected by the Board of Trustees, the original design organized the space as object-and-void, a solid service kitchen core nestled into the pavilion’s glass-enclosed dining area, and met LEED Silver criteria. Design Development was completed December 2011; Construction Documentation was completed August 2012 by our 11-member RBW Graduate Studio. From 2012 - 2014, the proposal was redesigned to integrate with the vernacular of the bungalow; the cafe opened 1 October 2014 as Bistro Menil. Perspective | Approach from Montrose


Perspective 01 | West Alabama Approach

Perspective 02 | Pavilion Approach

Perspective 03 | Café Deck

Floor Plan | Project executed in Autodesk Revit

Perspective 04 | Interior West 26

Menil Collection Café

Perspective 05 | Interior South

Facade | Primary Entry Perspective 06 | Interior East

Perspective 07 | Departure towards the Menil

Longitudinal Section | Through Dining and Kitchen Core

Perspective 08 | Looking Back From the Menil 27

Menil Collection CafĂŠ

Flow House | Alternative Residential

Houston, Texas as Case Study Academic | Professors: Sean Lally of WEATHERS and Michael Robinson | Partner: Anna Victoria Chiari Rice School of Architecture, Fall 2008 Considering the amount of rainfall Houston receives yearly, the project aims to take advantage of such an invaluable resource and use water as an elemental driver of building function and form. This objective is met by the development of a performative surface capable of collecting precipitation and through an embedded filtration system, purify rainwater, thereby providing for all residential water demand. Captured water would be utilized for laundry, showers, toilet flushing, irrigation, etc., and in effect, limit demand from the city system to potable water for consumption. Conceptualized as a system of flow and grounded in extensive research, approximately half of all water outputted from the house would be returned to the filtration system and re-inputted: a closed system with the potential for a continuous energy cycle. Envisioning a residence both formally and socially informed by the water cycle operation, performance constraints such as processes of drainage, material saturation, water storage and retention pose opportunities for a unique spatial experience and relationship between the individual, the community, and the environment. Furthermore, the strategy could serve as a deployable model adapted across varied environments and scales.

Model | Surface Study


Texas State Population, 2000-2060 Projection

Increasing Population

Demand for Water Millions of Acre-Feet

Millions of Texans

Demand for Water Millions of Acre-Feet

Today, water is Texas’ most serious long range challenge.

Texas Water Demand, 2000-2060 Projection

Increasing Demand

Municipal Use Demand, 2000-2060 Projection

Projected Growth

The problem of water in Harris Region

- By 2060 the Harris Region is expected to grow 89% to a population of 10.9 million.

- Total demand for water is projected to increase 47 percent from 2.3 to 3.4 million acre-feet.

- 85% of the state will not have enough water in drought conditions if new water supplies are not developed Available Water from Houston Rainfall | Consider a 50,000ft2 Lot for a Family of 3 Maximum Monthly Rainfall (6.25in)

Minimum Monthly Rainfall (3in)


Max. Available = 216.5 gals/pers/day

Min. Available = 103.9 gals/pers/day

Rainfall Demand vs. Supply Available rainfall meets daily need requirements except in February; however, this deficit can be mitigated by water storage. 115.3 gals

150.9 gals

Annual Available

Daily Need

3.68in 3.00in 3.36in 3.60in 5.15in 6.25in 3.18in 3.83in 4.33in 4.50in 4.19in 3.69in

103.9 gals

Max Available (Jun)

Min Available (Feb)

Context | Harris County Region

Daily Need/Pers 115.3 gals





May Jun






Dec 30

Flow House

200 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20

Water Collected/Pers (gals)

January February March April May June July August September October November December

216.5 gals

Model | Column Study

Plan | Flow Vectors

Model | Form

Plan | Function 0% Absorptive - decking

Up to 25% Absorptive - wildflowers, gravel Up to 50% Absorptive - grass, low shrubs

Up to 75% Absorptive - flowering plants, trees, mulch Up to 100% Absorptive - flow through opening

Detail | Materiality Wood Decking Gravel

Grass / Low Shrubs Intensive Planting Flow Through

Surface | Form, Function, and Materiality 31

Flow House

Local Strategy | Single Family Residential

Detail | Columnar Integrated Filter Growing Medium

Roofing Membrane


Ultra Fine Filter

Filter Fabric Water


Membrane Protection / Root Barrier

Storage | Centralized

Fiber Filter

Distribution | Dispersed

Expanded Strategy | Communal Residential


Reserve Supply - Augments Main Reservoir


Domestic Output - Grey Household Water

Domestic Input - Clean Household Water

Silver Activated Carbon

1 - Filter

2 - Pump

3 - Output

Storage | Internal Reservoir

Interior Distribution | Water Utilities

Tripartite Strategy | Storage, Distribution & Overflow 32

Flow House

Overflow | Irrigation


Perspective | Exterior

Longitudinal Section

Perspective | Interior

Model | Surface Fragment Exterior


Model | Surface Fragment Interior 33

Flow House

Dance at the Flavin | Site Specific Work

Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, Menil Collection, Houston, Texas Academic | Professor: Clarissa Tossin, Core Fellow, Museum of Fine Arts Houston Rice School of Architecture, Fall 2011 A contact improvisational dance performance, the piece was filmed inside the Flavin Installation, Richmond Hall, with the support of the Menil Foundation and Artist’s Rights Society . Inspired by the captivating quality of the hall’s interior, lined with alternating colors of fluorescent tubes and pierced by a single day-lit lantern, the work explored how atmosphere can generate movement and expression. Where the performance was dictated by the unique nature of the hall and this impact upon the dancers, the movement was required to be capable of responding, and thus improvisational. Dancers moved with no instruction in a continuous flow as influenced by light and acoustic atmospheres, their individual nature and at-present disposition, interaction with each other and the public. The open floor and emanating lights are inherently a stage, merely waiting for an act, be it the daily influx of visitors as much as any performance. The Flavin Installation’s atmospheres of light and darkness, into which is inserted an intensity of movement prompts the key discourse – and where I believe the art to exist – a conversation between lightness, darkness, movement, and stillness, and the strength of spatial presence. The film is approximately 8 minutes long and may be viewed upon request.

Perspective | Dancers 35

Installation | Hush Little Baby 36

Portrait | Japanese Protestor

Portrait | African Girl

Portrait | Amazon Woman

Portrait | Hurricane Katrina Mother and Child

Selected Art

Cambodia | Ancient Temples of Angkor, Angkor Wat and Bayon, Siem Reap

Japan | Chapel on the Water by Day and Night, Hokkaido

Australia | Sydney Opera House Form and Envelope, Sydney

India | Taj Mahal, Agra

Japan | Mount Fuji over Shinjuku and Prada, Tokyo 37

Selected Travel

Fin | Ashley C Thompson

Selected Works by Ashley C. Thompson