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audrey lin architectureportfolio university of illinois at urbana-champaign

architectural experience Architecture for me is a means of understanding a situation or circumstance. It is how one expresses a statement, emotion, or idea. To experience something is to encounter an event through the five senses. It can be defined by the duration of time, speed at which it takes place, and the mode that it occurs in or through. Experiencing architecture affects not only physical encounters, but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual realms. This portfolio is an interpretation of experiential qualities associated with various types of architecture through visual representations.

contents Event Space 01 "Fast Fruit" 02 Urban Infill 03 Midrise Residential 04 Argonne National Laboratory 05 Drawings & Photos 06

01 Event Space

architecture with[in] ecology 3rd year [Fall 2011] Instructor - Julie Larsen

architecture with[in] ecology The mass urbanized society of today has caused humans to view their existence more important than that of the surrounding environment. This issue was scrutinized through the creation of a multi-purpose event space to expose, diffuse, conceal, or enhance the existing spatial conditions while attempting to encourage the reintroduction of a natural "wild beast" into its territory.

foam model

human circulation

wild territory

02 "Fast Fruit"

architecture in motion 3rd year [Fall 2011] Instructor - Julie Larsen Collaborator - Rachel Foster

architecture in motion Speed distorts or allows a certain amount of detail to be observed. Higher speeds permit experiences to be interpreted generally and holistically whereas slower speeds allot more time for precise observation of details. This project elaborates on the idea of a roadside rest stop and how it can denote the activities that take place for a short, medium, or extended period of time. Not only does this serve as a typical rest stop; it attempts to become an altogether new local attraction and hostel that is also ecologically responsible. It takes four parameters of movement, exchange, resting, and destination for architectural investigation.

roof membrane

basket weave

time elapsed vs. activity

paper weave

harrisburg, pennsylvania

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lounge restrooms hotel rooms





03 Urban Infill

architecture as narrative 3rd year [Spring 2012] Instructor - Camden Greenlee

architecture as narrative The translation of architecture through narrative was explored in this project. How can one's personality or social behavior be reflected by certain design moves? And how does the amount of light become the driving force for activity in a given space? This particular narrative addresses the uncertainty of new frontiers between different cultures. Physical structures of a space can cause different responses and can invoke emotions through sudden or gradual separations of spaces. Various threshold elements control the amount of light emitted in certain spaces creating either a welcoming or hostile environment. The experience of architecture then becomes more than just going from point A to Z. It encompasses every physical step and emotion in between.







04 Midrise Residential

architecture through scale 3rd year [Spring 2012] Instructor - Camden Greenlee

architecture through scale Much of human comfort is controlled by the size and interpretation of individual or collective elements. This is to say that a singular idea, such as texture, can explore what is experienced from the small intimate scale to the large and impersonal as well as serve as an informative piece in an urban environment. Taking inspiration from the experience of a birch tree forest to the microscopic interworkings of them, this project delves into the translation of aesthetics and functionality as it relates to scale change. The large scale visual perception of the building facade is made up of undulating balconies experienced at the medium scale, which is further fabricated by smaller individual space elements experienced from inside. At each level of habitation, the building allows for a more personal relationship with the architecture.

large scale: facade texture

medium scale: spatial layout

human respiratory system

typical residential plan

small scale: functional element simple extrusion as...



desk space


reading nook

corten steel

concrete structure

05 Argonne National Laboratory architecture as meron

4th year [Summer 2012] Instructor - Dr. Michael K. Kim Collaborators - Jenna Joo, Michael Nguyen, & Lauren Sutherland

architecture as meron The term, "meronic value", coined by Dr. Michael K. Kim is centralized around the idea that anything created has immediate and widespread effects on systems at large. These implications include but are not limited to the functional, aesthetic, socio-cultural, and economical facets of design. Creating the gateway of Argonne National Laboratory posed countless obstacles to overcome and things to consider. How does the experiential quality change from different approaches to the building and how can the intentions be consistent with Argonne's ultimate mission? To fabricate a building without considering its extensive implications would be to destroy meronic value rather than create it.

aesthetic rhythm

first floor


third floor

second floor

southwest approach

second floor air duct layout

second floor

northwest approach

typical laboratory roof detail

typical laboratory


curtain wall detail

typical laboratory

06 Drawings & Photos

digital photography


charcoal & colored chalk

oil pastel

darkroom photography

undergraduate portfolio