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Relay Drawings

Ann Arbor, MI

Benjamin D. Foster, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Adams Residence Kitchen Bench

Gantry Shop Detroit, MI

Borderlands Detroit, MI

Energy Efficiency Lab Home Pittsburgh, PA

Domino Sugar Refinery Brooklyn, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY

Essex Crossing, The Rollins The Hendrik New York, NY

Brooklyn, NY

MIT Sloan School of Management Cambridge, MA


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Metropolitan Museum of Art Long Term Feasibility Study, New York, NY (1-3) - Domino Sugar Refinery Redevelopment, Brooklyn, NY (57) - Essex Crossing, The Rollins, New York, NY (9-13) - The Hendrik, Brooklyn, NY (14-16) - Parker Medical Office Building, Parker, CO (18-20) - Otero Elementary School, Colorado Springs, CO (22-23) Energy Efficiency Lab Home, Pittsburgh, PA (24) - MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA (25) - Wilt Lake House, Fennville, MI (26) - Foster Residence Bonus Room, Madison, WI (27) - Adams Residence Kitchen Bench, Ann Arbor, MI (28) - Relay Drawings, Ann Arbor, MI (31-33) - Gantry Shop, Detroit, MI (34-35) - Borderlands, Detroit, MI (36) - Muncie Train Station, Muncie, IN (37) - Bonnie Hill Residence, Hollywood, CA (39-41) - Westmount Residence, West Hollywood, CA (43-45) - Sean O’Conner Lighting, Culver City, CA (46-47) - Milpas Mixed-Use, Santa Barbara, CA (49) - Bratt-Mission Hills, Lompoc, CA (50-51) - 2948 Serena Road, Santa Barbara, CA (53-55) - Adventures in 3D Printing, Colorado Springs, CO (56-57)


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Metropolitan Museum of Art Long Term Feasibility Study New York, NY

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP New York, NY The Metropolitan Museum of Art selected Beyer Blinder Belle to come up with a long-term vision for the future growth and reorganization of the museum.

To begin, we compiled previous museum masterplans, found as-built drawings of and conducted extensive interviews with museum staff. These archived plans, sections and details would later become the basis for our design model. Our project team worked closely with key stakeholders, specifically the museum’s

president, director, project managers and curators to develop a comprehensive masterplan for an impressive yet chaotic 21st century institution. While preserving its historic architecture and redesigning environmental components, we reconsidered visitor and staff experiences. Our vision sought to better open the

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museum to not only 5th Avenue but Central Park, connect disparate galleries, reorganize public, office and back of house spaces; as well as return historic façades and interiors to their former glory. We thought big picture and then honed in on specific spaces and corridors. Concepts had to have a realistic chance of

being funded and buildable for them to be a part of the final plan, adding an extra challenge to this big project. In addition to continual meetings and dialog throughout the project, our presentation came in the form of a series of books ranging from pre-planning background to architectural ideas. I was a part of the Met design

team from its conception to our final presentations. This is the project that brought me to New York and I’m incredibly proud of it. This also was instrumental in building my confidence as a designer, working with a team and teaching me BIM (Revit). I also worked with

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consultants, engineers and model makers during the effort. Among our small design team, I had a large role in the design and illustration of the project, especially the Modern and Contemporary Art Wing, a part of the museum masterplan that will ultimately be carried out by David Chipperfield Architects. My concepts for the

wing were to create visitor experiences with not only the art within the walls, but the adjacent park. I created clear paths that lead to neighboring galleries to the modern art galleries that ended with an experience or view to the outside. Art storage was organized inside a protective ‘bathtub’ below the galleries above, loading

docks and back of house space were needed at the ground floor and public amenities are stacked logically within clear and adaptable gallery space above. On the roof, I envisioned a gathering space where visitors could sit, hangout, be reprieved of sensory overload while enjoying views of the park and the city.

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Domino Sugar Refinery Redevelopment Brooklyn, NY

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP New York, NY Beyer Blinder Belle Founding Partner, Jack Beyer, I managed and coordinated the Landmarks Preservation proposal for the former Domino Sugar Refinery in

Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We worked directly with project developers, Two Trees Management Company, to restore the buildings historic faรงade and iconic sign as well as to create usable office space and ground floor tenant storefronts. Built in 1882, it was once the tallest building in Brooklyn. The refinery fell into disrepair in

the early 2000s and was given landmark status in 2007. In tandem with the refinery, the remaining industrial site will be redevelopment as a mixed-use development, designed by SHoP Architects. Along the East River at Domino, James Corner Field Operations is designing a riverfront artifact walk, which will preserve salvaged

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industrial relics found inside the refinery itself. Our design juxtaposes new and old. The refinery façade’s brick will be gently cleaned, new windows and storefronts keeping with the former character of the building will be installed and the large ‘Domino’ sign restored and illuminated. The office space floors above,

meant for incubator or small startup companies, had to be laid out carefully in section to avoid colliding with the random window levels of the exterior – the building’s windows were once merely decoration surrounding the vertical industrial space within. Two sets of modern office additions rise above the refinery

and are in contrast with the brick below. Clad in glass and steel, the structure of these spaces, their setbacks and exposed MEP and other roof equipment work to contextualize with the preserved refinery below. Working with only Jack, I was given a large role to

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manage the project. This included arranging client meetings, coordination with SHoP Architects and Field Operations, site visits and presentations at the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). In addition, I created all of the graphics and presentation booklets used in displaying our idea for the refinery.

Typical for LPC approval, we had to alter and tailor our design to meet the board’s objections while meeting our client’s goals.

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Essex Crossing, The Rollins New York, NY

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP New York, NY The Rollins is piece of the larger Essex Crossing development project that currently sits on the largest undeveloped series of blocks in Lower Manhattan.

Situated in the Lower East Side, between long-standing housing projects on one side and a gentrified, a hipster neighborhood on the other, our goal as a design team was to be sensitive to the existing population while being a key piece of a new mixed-use neighborhood that will include buildings designed by three other

architects. Within this neighborhood of residences, there will be new subway entrances, a grocery store, movie theater, small tenant spaces for independent shops and restaurants, a small park and an Andy Warhol Museum. The planning project that was carefully coauthored by Beyer Blinder Belle and SHoP Architects recalls

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design elements and materials contextual to the area and offer not only market rate but many affordable apartments for the city. The project is unique in that it demands these affordable units not be sequestered to one part of the building, but would be dispersed throughout. BBB was chosen to design The Rollins

along with the landscape architecture firm, West 8 and developers, Delancey Street Associates. Our 15 story building includes lower levels containing retail spaces, a gym and the apartment’s public amenity space and lobby. This podium would work with the West 8 designed Seward Park and serve as a ‘connective tissue’

in the new development and existing neighborhood. Rooftop terraces and gardens, also designed by the landscape architecture firm, would be in keeping with the street-level park. Formally, the podium relates to the height of the local four and five story row houses while the residential tower rising above connects with newer

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housing developments in the neighborhood. I was on The Rollins team from schematic design to construction documents. Working together, I helped design the façade, which contains random, yet thoughtfully, placed windows and metal panels. The

exterior design is contemporary and informal while being logically located from an apartment unit’s interior layout. The sets of brick tones articulate the various masses that makeup the building form. The complete composition is one that is respectful to the past but is embracing the neighborhood’s present and future.

I learned a lot about carrying a project from concept to reality. Developing details and schedules for the construction document set was challenging, but was as meaningful as the initial concept.

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Photograph of The Rollins from the southeast showing the varrying brick colors April 2014 - May 2015


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The Hendrik Brooklyn, NY

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP New York, NY Closely working with a market rate driven developer in the historic Prospect Heights neighborhood of downtown Brooklyn, Beyer Blinder Belle is designing

a high-end, six story residential building with ground floor retail. The structure is sensitive to the surrounding low-rise structures and would setback above, abiding to zoning and creating upper-level terraces. A dedicated lobby entrance would be differentiated from the glass storefront at the ground level. Rather than formally

making a big statement, the buildings materials, brick and steel, would be carefully chosen to be visually appealing and unique. Within a small team, I set up and organized the BIM model from the onset of the project. My goal was to

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make a Revit model that would be easy to adjust throughout the design process in order to present renderings and live ‘fly-through’ illustrations of the latest iteration to the client of the building while simultaneously working out a drawing set. I took my previous experience with the software to make a work

process that could efficiently advance the design of the project while not wasting resources required jostling between other programs and ‘throw-away’ 3D models. I rejoined the project in the design development phase to establish a vertical and horizontal brick module using an unordinary brick size from Petersen Bricks

of Denmark. The handmade, coal-fired bricks would further be articulated on the façade with a raked mortar joint detail. Having a streamlined design process gave us more opportunity to research alternative and innovative design details.

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Parker Medical Office Building Parker, CO

RTA Architects Colorado Springs, CO

would host several medical suites and an emergency department.

The Parker Medical Office Building was the first medical project I was a part of. I was a member of a small team to design a five story, structure that

This medical office building joins a larger hospital complex in a growing suburb south of Denver. A third story bridge connects the building with its neighbor.

The campus has a style guideline, or playbook, of acceptable materials and colors we had to abide by. These include stone, stucco and metal facade materials. Style guide colors comprise of natural and beige tones. Though a large parking lot was required, we carefully

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coordinated with our Landscape Architect to blend the hardscapes and softscapes together. The concrete parking lot and walkways are softened by a blend of natural plants, tolerant to the semi-arid climate. Closer to the building, a variety of colored pavers of

different sizes help guide visitors to the two-front entry. These entrances are further highlighted with vertically extenuated towers. The primary entrance tower contains storefront windows with transparent and spandrel glass. Both entrances are covered with metal canopies. Contemporary bike parking racks and benches occupy

the space between the two building entrances. Nearby, a raised, circular planter hosts a tree and provides both a landscape oasis and seating area. The bottom third of the building exterior has a stone base with stucco window trim and metal infill panels.

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As you move up the building, the facade is comprised of stucco with reveals. A varying color of stucco trims the windows at the upper levels. The very top, parapet level of the building contains stucco and metal overhangs.

In order to break of the overall mass of the building, there are many, over-framed wall pop-outs. In addition, the combination of facade materials makes for a large amount of detailing. When creating the construction drawing set, over 50 unique plan details were created. Vertical wall sections were also important to describe

the building’s exterior construction. This project was a great learning opportunity for me to grasp both medical design and construction drawings in general. I was a key team member in design and technical drawing.

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Otero Elementary School Colorado Springs, CO

RTA Architects Colorado Springs, CO We designed a five-million-dollar renovation at Otero Elementary School after they passed a recent bond measure. This project was the first K-12 school

I had the privilege to work on. I was given a large responsibility in working with a Design Advisory Group and the school district to lead the creative and production side of the project. Mostly consisting of interior spaces, namely a new

learning commons area, where the existing library was, I had the opportunity to also act as the interior designer. Choosing flooring, paint, casework surfaces and architectural features was very interesting and new for me. Revit was a great tool to extract interior renderings from and share with our clients.

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In addition to the interior, I coordinated with our mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers to round out our upgrades for the school. I also worked with a landscape architect to beautify the front entrance and recreate the playground. The BIM model was very important to organize the existing, existing to be

removed and new construction elements. As a product of a similarly sized public elementary school, there seemed to be an extra incentive to make welcoming, curious and playful spaces for the students and faculty. My most important objective for this school

project was to see the spaces I helped design be used as intended and inspire the kids to be their best possible selves.

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Energy Efficiency Lab Home Pittsburgh, PA

IBACOS Pittsburgh, PA At IBACOS, I helped design systems, assemblies and construction details to make a typical suburban house outside Pittsburgh achieve zero-energy. Specifically, I

produced a set of construction drawings that translated new and best-practice building objectives from an idea to on-site instructions for the construction crew. Our team included building scientists and architects. Later, we connected our work to the field by observing how the details were built on site and closely monitoring the

performance of the building. The project was funded by the US Department of Energy, a production home builder and various building material manufacturers. Included in an open house, I drew a series of building cutaway diagrams and sections.

Lab Home 3D building cutaway, wall section and best-practice construction details October 2009 - April 2010


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MIT Sloan School of Management Cambridge, MA

Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners Santa Monica, CA Moore Ruble Yudell is where I interned between undergraduate and graduate school. Limited in experience, my first role at the firm was working in

a model shop. There, I began working closely with the MIT Sloan School of Management design team building working and final presentation models. Later, I joined them to assist in the design development phase of the project. Working in CAD and SketchUp, I mostly drew interior spaces in elevation and perspective. I also

created diagrams that better helped us visualize sun movement on the exterior faรงade, public spaces within the building and lecture halls. We closely collaborated with the faculty to playfully connect the school with the Charles River, campus and the city of Cambridge.

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Wilt Lake House Fennville, MI

Personal Project I designed a lake house in West Michigan for my clients with a relatively conservative budget, quick timetable and a robust program for their growing family. I took advantage of the north facing site with large, wood

framed windows that face the lake. The 2000 sq. ft. secondary home includes zoned conditioning, a programmable thermostat, Ipe wood on exterior deck and a Cumaru floor in the porch. The most current local building codes were observed while working with the builder. Zoning regulations were a fun challenge

considering the strict set back requirements from the lake shore and square footage limitations of the area. This was my first personal project outside a firm and helped me understand all the components in building design and construction.

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Foster Residence Bonus Room Madison, WI

Personal Project Faced with the challenge of creating a useable space in a bonus room surrounded by vaulted ceilings, I worked back and forth with my clients to design a wall of custom built cabinets, shelves a desk and an

entertainment center. I choose to use a high-grade, domestic birch plywood that was lightly coated in a sustainable finish. The plywood edges were exposed and I choose to use cut hand openings instead of metal handles to leverage the beauty of the wood surface and its layers. The platforms and structural divisions of the

wood were designed in series of relating hierarchies that reflect a modular and objective purpose.

Bonus Room cabinets, shelves and desk details, photos and hybrid perspective March - June 2015


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Adams Residence Kitchen Bench Ann Arbor, MI

Faculty Research Assistant Project Robert Adams University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI As a Summer Assistant at Michigan, a worked with a former professor to design and build a custom bench

for his kitchen. The frame adjusts to his unevenly built interior walls and the seat’s profile ergonomically fits each family member, including a physically handicapped daughter. We used bendable plywood clad in a Mahogany veneer to achieve a dynamic aesthetic.

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Relay Drawings Ann Arbor, MI

Graduate Thesis (Advisor Tom Buresh) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI My thesis, Relay Drawings, stalks a continuous relationship between site, design (survey) and architect (surveyor) through reciprocal techniques of

representation. I explored the connection between site surveying and a linear design process. I conceived a new method where the design of an aeroponic farm within an existing greenhouse in Ann Arbor was generated by overlapping field measured drawings. The project also explored the role of media in the design

process. I used polyester film (Mylar) to layer my drawing set – relaying them back-and-forth to create a visual depth that made the viewer ponder the creative process itself. Other illustrative drawings and 3D printed models were also derived.

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Thesis Statement: “In the standard architectural design process, the site survey is too passive. Survey drawings are completed in the beginning of the project and do not influence or activate subsequent decisions.

I am proposing a new survey consisting of a set of corresponding drawings that will actively record existing site conditions and generate new formations. An organized hybrid of printed and drawn media will convey this process. Individual drawings will attend to separate conditions; the collective set will be more

abstracted and invite the observer to perceive differently the original survey’s intent.

Hybrid drawing of site survey and structural plan of aeroponic farm

The survey will relay the existing site conditions of an empty greenhouse in Dixboro, Michigan to the design of an aeroponic farm.�

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In order to advance the role of the survey drawing into the realm of design, it was imperative to dissolve the work with the actual architectural drawings from the beginning. This was accomplished by layering design over survey, drawing upon what site-specific conditions were discovered onsite. Beginning with the existing

site survey drawn on velum, subsequent survey layers were drawn on mylar. In addition to the independent existing site drawing, a set of drawings were built for both the structure and the skin of the aeroponic farm. The layers of drawings would be visible through the transparent drawing media. The viewer is encouraged

to look closely at the layers of translucent detail and overall composition. My thesis advisor, Tom Buresh, was supportive of my interests in graphic and media exploration despite an abstract program. A seminal book during my thesis was Complexity and Contradiction by Robert Venturi.

Hybrid drawing of site survey, structural plan and growing platform of aeroponic farm January - May 2009


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Gantry Shop Detroit, MI

Graduate Project (Prof. Robert Adams) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Located on a busy intersection in Detroit, the auto body shop was designed to flex to the urban fabric and a large gantry crane it houses. To begin the studio project,

I used the analogy of a dissected machine, creating a sculptural study model for inspiration. I then detailed a system of components for my building in which the sum-of-the-parts is greater than the individual. The structure is clad in a double-skin façade consisting of an exterior screen of louvers and an interior glass curtain

wall. The three story building utilizes a raised floor system and series of interconnected vertical circulation routes and programmatic spaces. The garage’s driveway penetrates the building where there are adaptive doors to open the lower level to the street. A dramatic balcony protrudes through the façade to further connect the

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building with the city. In all, the building reflects Detroit’s automotive and industrial heritage while being welcoming to the pedestrian. I thoroughly drew the building with a site and program in a 3D modeling program (Rhino) to create a variety of drawings including a perspective view of the site

along Woodward Ave. with the building placed in. In addition to Rhino, I was able to organize and control other computer programs to express my design intent creatively.

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Borderlands Detroit, MI

Graduate Project (Prof. Gretchen Wilkins) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Just southwest of Downtown Detroit is an area containing a random assortment of abandoned industrial and commercial structures. This part of town was

named the Borderlands due to its proximity to the Ambassador Bridge, the most traveled international crossing in the US and Canada. Here I conceived a landscape of mounds that gracefully bury these unused buildings. The shape of these landscapes were developed digitally from the shape of the buildings they

cover, connecting form and context. The park space gives back to the community a safe and interesting space for leisure.

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Muncie Train Station Muncie, IN

Undergraduate Project (Prof. Elena Singh) Ball State University, Muncie, IN The flat Indiana landscape provided an appropriate setting for a modern train station in Muncie consisting of a series of transparent planes, separating the working

functions inside. Glass partitions enclose spaces with varying degrees of privacy. In certain moments, from the outside you would be able to see through the building’s transparency, connecting two disparate sides of the city – North and South. The interior space would further take elements of the landscape,

with an undulating bands of benches. I am proud of this undergraduate studio project in that I logically connected concepts, a site and program to the execution of a building. I worked closely with my professor and mentor at the school, Elena Singh, to develop and refine models and sketches into a successful final presentation.

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Bonnie Hill Residence Hollywood, CA

Standard Los Angeles, CA The Bonnie Hill Residence is perched on top its site in the historic Hollywood Hills adjacent to the Cahuenga Pass. The area has a collection of iconic homes of

all styles. Notable Architects of the area include Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler and Frank Lloyd Wright – all providing inspiration for this project. The low-profile house conforms to the city’s preservation of hillside views through slope analysis and massing. It sits above a subterranean garage for two vehicles.

Above, is a large living space adjacent to the kitchen and a cantilevering concrete patio that is supported by carefully placed caissons. This deck overlooks the dramatic site, adjusting to property setbacks. In addition, the home includes a foyer, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and closets. Working closely with the

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developer, we maximized the layout in a unique, sitespecific way. Design elements of the modern house include a flat roof, skylights, sliding glass doors, wood shutters, stucco and cast-in-place exterior walls at the base. Inside, the floors consist of concrete hardwood. Reveals at the wall bases accentuate clean, straight lines

of the overall design or parti. A Title 24 Certificate of Compliance report verifies the home meets standards in green building. Coordinating with the civil engineer and landscape architect, terracing planters respond to the changing grade elevation of the site as it meets the house. The planters contain indigenous, drought-

tolerant plants. My role on the project mainly consisted of construction document production and detailing. I also assisted in reviewing and communicating structural and civil drawings to ensure it matched our architectural intent.

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The drawing set was produced in Revit, where I implemented clean, best-practices to quickly produce drawings with a high level of continuity and organization. After joining the project team, I carefully understood studied the preceding design development work and then drafted corresponding building sections,

wall sections and finally details. The drawings relate to the work done by our consultants and reading the construction document will be easily understandable.

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Westmount Residence West Hollywood, CA

Standard Los Angeles, CA The Westmount Residence was designed for a developer on a West Hollywood property that has strict site regulations, including aesthetic diversity

with its neighbors. The modern house fits in just enough, but contrasts with surrounding homes. Formally, the cantilever roofs, fences and walls work together to provide shelter, privacy and structure. The Barcelona Pavilion by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was an inspiration to the project. We leveraged a Revit

model to not only produce design development and construction drawings, but to understand structural relationships with the interior and faรงade and then communicate those with the engineer. Details include large sliding doors with hidden tracks, setback clerestory windows and a unique pocket doors.

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Photographs of Westmount Residence from the sidewalk and back patio January - February 2017


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Sean O’Conner Lighting Culver City, CA

Standard Los Angeles, CA I helped manage the Sean O’Conner Lighting design with a senior staff member and the two partners at Standard. Specifically, I was in charge of the complete

set of permit and construction drawings, working with the client to modify the office and courtyard design to fit their needs and coordinating with consultants to resolve energy codes, the building’s structure and landscape. The building consists of a former auto body shop with two buildings along a busy commercial street

in Culver City. Our intent was to infill the existing building fenestrations with low profile, wood framed doors and windows. The former garage doors of the body shop provide ample opportunity for naturally lighting the main office space. Further, acrylic skylights were carefully chosen to bring in more daylight. Other

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details include dual pocket roller shades, recessed overhangs and an exterior shared mechanical and refuse area. Between the two buildings is a courtyard complete with olive trees and communal tables. I utilized Revit to produce the complete set of drawings, renderings and lighting simulations.

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Milpas Mixed-Use Santa Barbara, CA

RRM Design Group Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara is in dire needed of housing. This project attempts to solve that by providing three stories of housing above ground level retail in an up-and-coming

part of town that is sensitive to change. While I joined the project team in the design development phase, I was able to learn the arduous process of permitting in the city – review boards, international and local building codes as well as HUD financing guidelines. Additionally, the first floor has very intricate grade

changes due to being in a flood zone. Even though it is mainly residential, the Milpas Mixed-Use project was one of the more complicated projects I have worked on. I contributed to the construction document phase by completing slab edge drawing, plans, elevations and building sections in Revit.

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Bratt-Mission Hills Lompoc, CA

RRM Design Group Santa Barbara, CA Bratt-Mission Hills is an assisted living facility located in Lompoc, California – about 2 hours north of Santa Barbara. The town is near Vandenberg Air Force Base

and has a Mediterranean climate, with chaparral and oak savannas nearby. The design includes apartment buildings for men and women, a dining hall, offices and a conference room. A central courtyard brings the campus together and contains outdoor seating and a fountain. Within the apartments, a central reception

area needs view angles of all doors, to provide safety its residents.

Bratt-Mission Hills site plan, street level and courtyard renderings

I used Revit to organize the set of schematic drawings. Within the program, a preliminary model was created and used to make the site plan and floor plans. We

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used a SketchUp model to generate the building and courtyard elevations. I assisted the Project Manager throughout and learned the power of an earned value chart. While the project was not entitled yet, the set of drawings didn’t sacrifice organization of cleanliness – ensuring success in later design phases. I learned a lot

about managing a successful project.

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2948 Serena Road Santa Barbara, CA

RRM Design Group Santa Barbara, CA A close friend and client to the office approached us to design an addition to his one story, Spanish Style house that was built in the early 1900s. The family required

a new dining room, reconfigured master bedroom and bath, an enlarged kitchen and adjacent patio with outdoor fireplace. They also wanted a new, a two-car garage and basement, both of which were subterranean and required a redesign to the driveway and from courtyard. The house is in a neighborhood of eclectic

homes, many of which also have additions. Though the house had historic significance, I was able to design contemporary elements that were in keeping with the function of the style. These included louvered sunscreens on the south and west faรงade, a corrugated

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metal patio roof and hardwood patio. The new patio fireplace has a modern, vertical chimney, which helped provide structure to the metal roof. A rhythm of wood beams and rafter tails tied the sunscreen and patio elements together. Adjacent to the newly graded, stone driveway are terracing planters that contain regional

and drought tolerant plants. The stucco wall separating the existing patio and new driveway is designed with punched-openings that allow for hanging plants to grow through. Being the Project Manager of the house addition, I

oversaw the of the design, drawing set, coordination with the site survey and landscape architect. I presented the project to the client multiple times and worked with them to achieve their vision for the home addition. SketchUp was used as a tool for visual communication and to produce a set of drawings for the entitlement

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process. Existing AutoCAD drawings were leveraged to produce floor plans. I was also tasked to keep the project on budget and on time. The office founder, Detty Peikert, helped me along the way as I increased my knowledge of local building codes and design review processes. It is very satisfying designing

someone’s place of residence, being that it is so personal and intricate.

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Adventures in 3D Printing Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, CO Model making has always intrigued me. While in school, I loved building small figures to complement my studio projects. At Ball State and Michigan, I

also dabbled with digital prototyping - laser cutting, CNC milling and 3D printing. I began my internship at Moore Ruble Yudell working in their model shop. In my opinion, models are a captivating and effective way to display creative work. Additionally, models can show big picture ideas, such as our scheme for the

Metropolitan Museum of Art - a project I worked on in New York at Beyer Blinder Belle.

3D Printed model of Rowley Residence with multiple filament colors

Recently, I found out that plastic filament 3D printers are much less expensive than they were during school. I decided to dust of my model making skills and purchase

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a printer for home. Though it took a while to grasp the nuances of the machine, I was able to master printing scaled architectural models with consistency. As a gift, I printed my brother’s house in Madison and our family

cottage in Northern Wisconsin. Pushing the limits of gravity and the art of 3D printing, I was able to creatively model the site base, thin walls, facade, doors, windows and roofs. Using different filament colors and dowels for trees, the models also display material changes and visual character.

Model of Foster Cottage with wood filament base December 2018


Foster Residence Bonus Room Madison, WI

Adventures in 3D Printing

Colorado Springs, CO

Parker Medical Office Building Parker, CO

Otero Elementary School Colorado Springs, CO

Bratt-Mission Hills Lompoc, CA

2948 Serena Road Santa Barbara, CA

I have been fortunate in having the opportunity to live across the United States - Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas, New Hampshire, Indiana, California, Pennsylvania, New York and Colorado. Each location allowed me to think of what a place really means in UHODWLRQWRDQRWKHU&RQWH[WLVPRUHWKDQMXVW¿WWLQJLQEXWWDNLQJ advantage of it’s climate and geography. Since being an architect student, and now a practicing Architect, I have put this theory WRWHVW7KHÀDWDJUDULDQODQGVFDSHRI,QGLDQDRSHQDQG RQFH  auto-dependent Los Angeles, the industrial heritage of Detroit and New York city, where demands of client, local governments and community boards overlap. - Ben Foster

Milpas Mixed-Use Santa Barbara, CA

Bonnie Hill Residence Hollywood, CA

Westmount Residence

West Hollywood, CA

Sean O’Conner Lighting Culver City, CA

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Benjamin D. Foster, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Work Samples  

Selected academic and professional work samples.

Benjamin D. Foster, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Work Samples  

Selected academic and professional work samples.

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