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bailey whisler_por tfolio

collage studio f a l l 2 0 11

view from the road: m.arch thesis fall 2012 - spring 2013

vitruvius, updated winter 2012

wellness center f a l l 2 0 1 0 + s p r i n g 2 0 11

reweaving: an ar tist community fall 2009

urban bridge: bcn design museum spring 2009

clemson bike depot fall 2008

outdoor movie theater spring 2008

chemical picnic : installation winter 2012

professional work ar twork + drawings resume

table of contents

Along one of the main roads in Cincinnati in the Kennedy Heights neighborhood, there sits an abandoned Kroger. Surrounding it is a mish-mash of homes and businesses with no cohesive feel or look. This studio examined regional reuseable materials in order to build with what is discarded rather than building new. A terraced landscape builds up and takes over the Kroger, treating the four walls as ruins. The terraces consist of parks, paths, and community gardens that lead you through the site, exploring and uncovering what is there. You slip through a slit in the vegetation to uncover the building below. Dappled light filters into the Montessori School, Cincinnati Art Museum storage, and Community Arts Center. It is as if the underbrush of the land is being inhabited. The “building� disappears into the landscape, becoming both a park and gathering space for the community. Inside, there are moments where the building becomes crystalline below the vegetation, and others where the light is blocked out completely by the growth. Over time, the Kroger will fade away, becoming only a memory underneath the land.

discovery of site + building sequence

collage studio f a l l 2 0 11 cincinnati, ohio aaron betsky + eli meiners

site plan

east elevation + site section at community gardens

front elevation + site section

first floor plan

section through school, art storage + art center

second floor plan

section through school + art storage

section perspective through vegetation covering

outdoor playground

montessori classroom

montessori all-purpose room

Within the United States, buildings and structures constructed less than 100 years ago have deteriorated, eliminating artifacts that enable current generations to investigate and understand the culture from previous time periods. The American fascination with cars cultivated an accelerated quest for speed in getting from one place to another, ultimately causing buildings to be built that were not made to last. Relatively few structures have survived until today to explain the rise, boom, and fall of Route 66, an American cultural icon. And as we speed along highways and freeways, we become numb to our surroundings, only stopping for shocking or awe-inspiring images. As our society becomes increasingly dependent upon technology and travelling quickly from place to place, it is rare that we take the time to recognize and comprehend space and place while in motion. This thesis examines the construction of a historical narrative within the context of a mobile environment along Route 66. Using the broader context of Missouri as a site, it analyzes the role that movement has on architectural perception through a series of eleven rest stops using the techniques of rhythm, repetition, sequentiality, and montage in order to communicate a history through the juxtapositions of people in place.

view from the road masters of architecture thesis fall 2012 - spring 2013 route 66, missouri advisor: michael mcinturf

missouri route 66 map and historical infographic

3 Rest Stops Designed: 1_ St Clair:

This rest stop tells the story of the move west. Many midwesterners facing the Dust Bowl decided to move west in search of jobs and a better life.

Program: Restrooms Community meeting area Eating area Walking paths

2_ St Robert:

This rest stop communicates the Highway Beautification Act. It is the smallest of the rest stops and acts as a graveyard for all of the billboards that were taken down from the highways during the 1950s.

Program: Restrooms Eating area Walking paths


The largest rest stop communicates Route 66 today, incorporating both original billboards and LED interactive ones.

Program: Restrooms Eating area Walking + Bike paths Truck stop facilities Movie Theater Community Meeting area

1_St Clair Rest Stop

2_St Robert Rest Stop

1_St Clair Rest Stop

2_St Robert Rest Stop

3_Lebanon Rest Stop

3_View from Bridge at Lebanon Rest Stop

The fifth chapter of Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture focuses on climate and site. Upon reading this chapter, my assignment was to update it in order to represent how architecture today addresses the topic of climate and site. Book One: Traces of Man This photographic essay documents the destructive impact that humans have had on the Earth and inversely, the destructive effect of natural disasters and the architecture that has been built in response. Book Two: Mandangered Species Graphically and verbally representing the cycles of consumption within our society by following Wikipedia links, this book begins with resources and ends with ephemeralization. Book Three: Work-Living This book is a folding timeline from the 1400s until today, comparing the relationship between the home and office, also noting societal advances along the way.

vitruvius, updated winter 2012 cincinnati, oh luke bulman + vincent sansalone reading room

final book, Work-Living, an accordion book documenting the relationship between the home and office

Situated on Cranbook Academy of Art’s campus planned by Eliel Saarinen is the site of a Wellness Center that houses pools, studios, meditation alcoves, and hospitality rooms for visitors to the campus. Tucked into a large grove of trees, my design aims to blend in with the trees as a light pavilion. Contrasting in materiality from the rest of campus, the building consists of wood-slat walls running parallel to each other that demarcate the different programatic areas. These walls filter light and views through the building and also house the mechanical equipment. A grand stair divides the wet and dry areas, purposely providing views to the pools and studio, connecting the reflective with the active, and ultimately leads to an outdoor area completely secluded in the trees. This comprehensive studio merged the techniques and methodologies of structures, construction, and the environment.

wellness center f a l l 2 0 1 0 + s p r i n g 2 0 11 cranbrook, michigan bob burnham + patricia kucker studio + meditation alcoves

cranbrook master plan

site study models

wooden wall + courtyard diagram

warm pool + interior courtyard

section cut through grand stair + large courtyard

metal connector/support for wood slats 2x4/2x6 vertical wooden slats metal gutter W18 steel I-beam steel framing for wooden slats 6-1/2”x3” wooden drop ceiling 3” batt insulation 2x4 metal studs metal sill

12x12 structural steel column

double glazing operable window allowing for cross breezes

2x16x106 wooden louvers pivots according to sun angles

3” batt insulation 2x4 metal studs

air supply 1.3ft²

wood flooring + batt insulation

construction detail sketches duct work

wall section through slat wall

scale: 3/4”= 1’-0

A loom consists of two parts: a warp, which are the threads held in place, and the weft, which is the thread interwoven with the warp. The site design idea is based on the loom, both literally and figuratively. The ground consists of different activity areas, with recycling defining a hub, like the loom. The housing structure is the warp and the materials used are the weft. Inspiration came from Josef and Anni Albers, professors and artists at Black Mountain College in Asheville. Looking at the problems of connectivity and waste, the project addresses what a community can become and how to do that using found materials. It attempts to bring back to life an industrial site within an artist community.

reweaving fall 2009 asheville, north carolina martha skinner partner: elissa bostain

map highlighting the problems of the site

photo story of artist housing

timeline of events on the site moving











































future expansion of materials


organic grocery store

festival event location

material hub housing bus stop retail community library



master plan + housing structure

When designing a design museum, the building itself should be a display of creativity and invention. By lowering the building by three stories into a central circle, the museum spans the road and interacts with the pedistrian and automotive users of the space. The challenge of integrating the new program within an existing city grid allowed for our master plan to cross both the grid and non-grid styles of planning. The interplay of outside versus inside serves as a theme throughout the design of the museum and other new site implementations. The materiality of the exhibit spaces serves as a visual and sensorial experience that guides you through the museum. Mapping was used as a way to understand the site and inform the design process.


urban bridge spring 2009 barcelona, spain miguel rodรกn + kris scheerlinck partners: sarah woodard raechel schneider

Added Residential Barcelona Design Museum Flea Market School + Library Added Commercial Green Space Ampitheater Seating

master plan of glories site

section through traffic circle


itinerary + people typologies map






Prefabrication brings to mind common units like Habitat 67, as well as repetition. When creating the bike depot, the idea of a significant entry and a more private area along the rear of the site helped to create areas for customization for each resident. In the apartments, residents still have the freedom of customizing their apartment around a central core unit. The rear screen filters light into the circulation space and allows for other personalization of space by the residents. The bicycles in the ground level are removed from mechanized racks as needed and returned later.

clemson bike depot fall 2008 clemson, south carolina robert silance

facade study

floor plan + prefabricated unit

The movie theater was designed using recycled materials including a used trailer, an old barn, tires, shipping pallettes, and an existing building on the site. These elements, a kit of parts, created the major axes on the site, an information wall and bathrooms for the public and an outdoor movie theater with a living area for more private uses. Ground conditions were used to provide the function to each space on the site by changing the materials. The new movie theater serves as a gathering area for local residents to encourage a sense of community and communication.

outdoor theater spring 2008 pendleton, south carolina lauren mitchell

inspiration: rural studio, alabama

The memorial for the Holocaust contrasts the bright lights of the boardwalk and then fades into the ocean. The entry wall mimics the wooden patterns on the boardwalk. The memorial consists of ten walls, nine of concrete and one of glass containing Holocaust artifacts. Each country that suffered losses is imprinted either on the concrete walls or on the boardwalk floor on an implied map of Europe. The location of the countries provided the locations for the walls, creating spaces within the memorial meant to encourage personal thought and reflection as well as interactive discussion and remembrance.

concrete memor y spring 2010 a t l a n t i c c i t y, n e w j e r s e y partner: elissa bostain

This small installation in the cafe of the Aronoff Building at University of Cincinnati began as a social experiment to explore whether students, when given the choice of one large table, would choose to mingle or to avoid socializing. The school is a place of collaboration, yet students rarely converse together between the different design disciplines. In the middle of the table we placed plastic bags calling out the ingredients in the food that we commonly eat around the dinner table, calling attention to the poor choices that we make when it comes to eating healthy. The table was avoided while it was in the cafe, but was used by a few students to hold group discussions and work on group projects.

chemical picnic winter 2012 cincinnati, ohio partner: danielle caylor hypothesis of new circulation patterns

set-up and construction

installation use

Throughout the summer, I was able to work on various exhibit design projects, including the Shanghai Natural History Museum, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Smithsonian Postal Museum, and American Battle Monuments Commission. I was tasked with reading material over the subject matter of each exhibit and helping with schematic design, design development or construction documents for each project. I worked closely with the exhibit design team and graphic design team.

professional work shanghai natural history museum gallagher and associates silver spring, maryland

beginning sketches for panorama of chinese culture exhibit

concept models of various exhibits in the Shanghai Natural History Museum

During this summer, I worked mainly on putting together a furniture bid for the North Carolina National Guard building in Raleigh, North Carolina. This included selecting furniture and finishes for the entire building as well as making interior finish boards that showed the tile, carpet, paint color, and other finishes in the building. I also put together the specification sheets, first creating the design of the furniture layouts, and then organizing them. In addition to selecting the furniture, I created booklets for the client as a leave behind for meetings that we had with him. For these booklets and other meetings, quick models were created on the computer to show a typical office layout as well as the lobby and conference rooms.

professional work o’brien atkins durham, north carolina

university of north carolina greensboro classroom building furniture studies

north carolina national guard furniture plan

Lightroom Studio is a small multidisciplinary firm that works on architecture, website design, print design, identity design, and film. As an intern, I was in charge of helping out with office management in addition to working on design projects. I worked on a consulting architectural project that involved renovating the interior of a house by adding spiral stairs. I also designed logos for various groups and events, created magazine ads and wrote magazine articles, created a short film, and designed and built a plywood chair. I worked and met directly with clients, which was an invaluable experience.

professional work lightroom studio d e c a t u r, g e o r g i a

stills of “untitled 2� short film




1 2 2 original1 original

A Tribute to Young Hughley

above: logos for AIA national group below: z-chair for lightroom + heifer organization

logo for an event for local atlanta resident

printmaking screenprinting, in process

drawings bernard tschumi analytiques

david chipperfield analytique

orleans house by charles rose architects


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio Masters of Architecture Graduation: April 2013 Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Minor in Spanish Graduation: May 2010, Magna Cum Laude, Calhoun Honors College Study Abroad: Barcelona, Spain - Spring 2009; Egypt - Spring Break 2008


resume bailey whisler 522 riddle road, #24 cincinnati, oh 45220 b a i l e y. w h i s l e r @ g m a i l . c o m

Exhibits Intern, Gallagher and Associates, Spring + Summer 2011 Silver Spring, Maryland Worked on schematic design for Shanghai Natural History Museum Designed artifact cases for Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library Assisted with floor plans, sections, elevations of Pro Football Hall of Fame Architecture Intern, Brand + Allen Architects, Summer 2011 San Francisco, California Assisted with domestic and international retail design and construction documentation Created digital models for presentations Prepared construction drawings for San Francisco building renovation Design Intern, Lightroom Studio, Winter 2011 Decatur, Georgia Architecture, graphic design, and web design project assistant Wrote design magazine articles and assisted with office management Architecture Intern, O’BrienAtkins Associates, Summer 2010, 2009 + 2007 Durham, North Carolina Assisted with interior design furniture package for bid on a public project Worked on master planning for a city park Created presentation documents for award submittals and Credit Union projects Posted RFIs at the job site for the Raleigh/Durham Airport Terminal Built conceptual and detailed models for various projects Documented and created AIA award submittals Architecture Teaching Assistant, Duke Talent Identification Program, Summer 2008 Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina Assisted instructor in teaching middle school students about architecture and architecture history, and assisted students in completing projects dealing with space and representation


AutoCAD Sketchup Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Dreamweaver Mac OSX + Windows

Dreamweaver Rhino Revit HTML + CSS Web Coding Microsoft Office SuitePowerpoint, Excel, Word Fluent in spoken + written Spanish language

awards University of Cincinnati - University of Cincinnati Graduate Award for Distiniguished Design, awarded by the Graduate Faculty of the School Architecture and Interior Design - Spring 2013 Research Assistant - Spring 2013 Teaching Assistant - Fall 2012 Graduate Assistant - Winter 2012 Graduate School Merit Scholarship - Fall 2011, Fall+Spring 2012, Spring 2013 Clemson University Undergraduate Second Prize, St. Petersburg Prize for Excellence in Architectural Design - Spring 2010 Peter R. Lee and Kenneth J. Russo Design Award - Spring 2010 Undergraduate work displayed on Clemson School of Architecture Website

activities + organizations Architecture for Humanity, University of Cincinnati American Institute of Architecture Students, Clemson University Chapter (2006-2010) Clemson University Women’s Club Softball (2006-2010), Officer 2010 Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society (2006-2010) Sigma, Alpha, Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization (2007-2010) Golden Key Honor Society, Clemson University (2008-2010) Presbyterian Student Association, Clemson University (2006-2010)

thank you.

Portfolio_Bailey Whisler  

portfolio of work.

Portfolio_Bailey Whisler  

portfolio of work.