REBECCA LECEY Portfolio
Office & Lecture UWM Alumni
TEXTILE GALLERY ARCH 320 - Professor James Dicker Given a real site on Downer Avenue in Milwaukee, the intent of this project was to design an infill textile gallery. The most important space of the building is the main gallery, while two smaller galleries are opened to it. The grand stairway expands openly, and appears to be floating in the main gallery. Natural sunlight was studied in the design of two skylights. While one illuminates the circulation space around the galleries, the other naturally lights the main gallery. Façades of neighboring buildings were also carefully studied, influencing the design of the textile gallery’s façade. Room requirements and square footage restrictions were also taken into consideration in the overall design objective.
OFFICE & LECTURE UWM ALUMNI CENTER ARCH 310 - Professor Chad Griswold After visiting UWMâ€™s Alumni Center, designs for new buildings were needed. I focused on designing a main lecture hall and four offices. These spaces are arranged to follow a tartan grid pattern. They are individual spaces within a large photovoltaic glass structure. Circulation within the linear building is along and opens to a pond. Daylighting is controlled in both the lecture hall and offices. Entries into the building are at both the east and west end of the building, corresponding to the circulation space of the site.
COURTYARD ARCH 310 - Professor Chad Griswold This program consists of a courtyard-style public market. Designed on a fictional rectangle site, the north is occupied by a brick party wall, and a small city park is to the south. The courtyard is the most prominent feature in the market. Public access is only available through the courtyard, which can only be entered from the south. Eighteen indoor individual stalls are repeated, and circulation space surrounds the courtyard. Specific materials were available for use. The primary structure of the market is made from 20â€™ tall insulated precast concrete. Circulation space is made from 24â€™ tall precast concrete, steel tubes and glass. This is taller because it encloses the courtyard, the most prominent space in the building.
GRID ARCH 310 - Professor Chad Griswold This public market is designed as a grid building. Planned for a fictional site, the market opens to the city’s southern park. Following a tartan grid pattern, eight individual structures are repeated. Within these structures are three market stalls. The central structure is removed for natural daylighting and central gathering space. Circulation space is not defined; however access into the building is available from the city park. Specific materials were used in this market. While each individual structure is made from 24’ tall and 16’ tall steel tubes and 2” thick wood roof deck, the entire building is enclosed within a photovoltaic glass structure. This allows for controlled natural daylighting and open views to the park.
INSTALLATION ARCH 320 - Professor James Dicker The intent of this project was to design and build a temporary intervention onto an assigned public site. Working in a group of eleven members, we designed, organized and constructed the entire installation in only a few weeks. The installation is constructed 8’ tall panels that create three perfectly shaped spaces on an irregularly-shaped corner of Oregon and First Street in Walker’s Point. They have no connection with the ground, but are reinforced at the top. While the gradient in the string prohibits the public from walking in between the panels, the spaces provide clear circulation space. “It turns out that this is guerilla architecture at its finest” (Willow, Third Coast Digest). Team members: Paige Alfuth, Julianne Bare, Emily Bequaeith, Derek Blumer, Filippa Damato, Jared Gozdowiak, Joe Haider, Brandon Lyons, Jon Schedler, Jerrod Van Oudenhoven
CUBE ARCH 320 - Professor James Dicker A 12” x 12” x 12” cube is constructed of real materials at full scale. Basswood and mesh screen create the details of the cube, while a wooden frame supports an illusionary floating screen structure inside. Each sheet of mesh is supported by slots in the wood. These heavy wooden elements make up the structural support of the entire design, following a tartan grid pattern. Smaller wooden columns also provide support for the mesh screen within the primary frames. Different design concepts were explored as well as different materials. Connections, density, weight and pattern are important concepts in the design of this cube.
“A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.” - Frank Lloyd Wright