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ARCHITECTURE DESIGN + BUILD

BENJAMIN KRAFT KRAFTARCH@GMAIL.COM (360) 333-8619


CONTENTS

RESUME DESIGN / BUILD Remote Studio Freedom by Design

ARCHITECTURE

Nez Perce Capacity Fit and Measure Catalyst Food in 5 Acts Long Span

CREATIVE

Rendering Making


EDUCATION

SKILLS

DIGITAL

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Fall 2012 - Present Masters of Architecture Masters of Sustainable Design Dean’s list 3.5 GPA

MODELING Good modeling skills from conceptual to development to refined presentations models.

PROGRAMS Microsoft Office Photoshop InDesign Illustrator

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO Fall 2008 - Spring 2012 Bachelors of Science in Architecture 2012 Dean’s list 3.7 GPA

DRAWING Capable hand rendering with experience using graphite, pen, colored pencil, and marker. Efficient in pen and ink drafting. Effective in the design process from conceptual sketching and diagramming to presentation rendering. GRAPHIC DESIGN Good design sensibilities with contemporary layout, presentation and gaphics. PROGRAMS Good design sensibilities with contemporary layout, presentation and gaphics.

3D MODELING AutoCad Revit Rhino Grasshopper 3DS Max Sketch up RENDERING VRay IRay Mental Ray


ORGANIZATIONS

EXPERIENCE

FREEDOM BY DESIGN 2010 - Present University of Idaho Chapter University of Minnesota Chapter

UNITED STATES NAVY Active Duty 2004 - 2008 Active Reserves 2008 - 2010

AIAS 2012 - Present University of Minnesota Chapter

Through the Navy, I was able to experience places and cultures I would of never been able to otherwise. It was an experience I am very proud of and it has allowed me to approach architecture from a perspective different than my peers. It taught me the importance of spaces to those who need to inhabit them and the significance of those spaces upon the happiness of the whole. It also taught me about spacial organization and the usefulness of multi-functioning spaces. Above all else, it taught me that good things happen to those work hard. CDES WORKSHOP 2012 - Present

Other work experiences vary from construction, farm and ranch hired hand, personal safety, commercial and charter fishing, among others. Information regarding other work experiences and references are available upon request. CONTACT INFORMATION Ben Kraft Kraftarch@gmail.com (360) 333 - 8619


Remote Studio ORGANIZATION Artemis Institute CLIENT Children’s Learning Center LOCATION Jackson, Wyoming. Summer 2011 PROJECT COLLABORATORS Lori Ryker and 12 students PREMISE Remote Studio is developed to help students come to a better understanding of their responsibility to the world in the creative field in which they will work. The studio combines environmental philosophy and back country adventure with design and construction projects for local clients.

- Artemis Institute

DESCRIPTION In teams of four, we each designed a natural playground element fit for children, 1 to 5 years of age. The elements included a climbing structure, a water feature, and a willow tunnel. While we designed separately, physical construction was a group effort. My primary task was working on the climbing structure which featured a ‘lookout’ deck, log climbing steps, a pronounced grassy mound, chalkboards, and hanging planters.


Freedom by Design ORGANIZATION Freedom by Design CLIENT Mr. & Mrs. Mayburry LOCATION Moscow, Idaho. Spring 2011 PROJECT COLLABORATORS White’s Construction and 15 students PREMISE Freedom by Design is a student run organization associated with AIAS. I was secretary of the University of Idaho chapter from 2010 to 2012. Our club provided a local, disabled client and household with ease of access and a safe environment to enter/exit the dwelling. Working with a local contractor, we designed and built the project while receiving on-the-job practical advice and training regarding construction techniques and tools.


Nez Perce ADVISOR Wendy McClure CLIENT Nez Perce Tribal Council LOCATION Lapwai, Idaho. Fall 2011 PROJECT COLLABORATOR Jordan Lowe PREMISE The goal of this project was to provide the town of Lapwai and the Nez Percé Tribe a sense of identity through architecture as means to facilitate economic growth. The buildings attempted to maximize the potential of the odd shaped site’s amenities to create a complete campus that is appealing to both resident and tourist. DESCRIPTION Drawing inspiration from the butterfly and the structural forms of the Nez Percé Tipi and Longhouse, the entrepreneurial center creates a landmark to anchor the campus and draw attention off the highway. Half of the building serves as a small business incubator and the other half is consignment based retail gallery for local artists and craftsmen to sell their handmade wares.


Capacity Fit and Measure ADVISOR Billy Weber CLIENT The Center for Sustainable Building Research LOCATION Minneapolis MN

PREMISE Beginning with parallel explorations of the Living Building Challenge as a freamework for determining capacity, and the city as it exists today - people. places. history. aspirations. reality. The intention of this half-semester studio is to bring meaning and context to the notion of sustainability and resilience; and applying these lessons to a large-scale residential project. DESCRIPTION Drawing inspiration from the Biophilia petal of the Living Building Challenge I began by creating an image matrix of the six primary biophilic elements to gain understanding of the relationship of natural processes, systems, forms, and living organisms to themselves and to humans. From the matrix, I was able to create my own pattern language which highlighted the relationships found across changing scales of interaction. The scales and relationships included: hand - becomes stimulus, person - physical, tree - emotional, site - wellbeing. This language was then applied to the site.


THE LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE: BIOPHILIA

COMPONENT (HAND)

GREEN TEXTURE

Taking energy from existing.

WIND LEAF SHADOW Inhaling fresh air helps Plants are fundamental Light is a “drug” that clear your lungs and to human existence as stimulates the producenables you to take sources of food, fiber, tion of serotonin, dodeeper, longer breaths fodder, and other aspamine and gammaof air which increases pects of substinance aminobutyric acids in and security. The mere the amount of oxygen the human body enthat's transported to insertion of plants in hancing impulse conyour body's cells. Inthe built enironment trol, motivation, creased oxygen in your can enhance comfort, muscle coordination, body translates to satisfaction, well-being calmness and focus. greater energy and and performance. clarity of mind.

PROSPECT AND REFUGE Refuge reflects a structure or netural environments ability to provide a secure and protected setting. Prospect, on the other hand, emphasizes discerning distant objects, habitats and horizons, evolutionarily instrumental in locating resources and facilitating movement.

COMPONENT UNIT(HAND) (PERSON)

REFUGE

tions.

Adding landscape layers which crfeate smaller conTaking energy from existnection spaces to allow ing. program for diverse users.

AIR QUALITY WIND

HARD BOUNDARIES LEAF

LIGHT CONTROL SHADOW

REFUGE SCALE PROSPECT AND REFUGE TOUCH

UNIT BUILDING (PERSON) (TREE)

LIGHT

resources and facilitating movement. PROSPECT AND

Merge Landscape and Adding Human landscape layers which crfeate smaller connection spaces to allow program for diverse users.

LUNGS AIR QUALITY

SOFT BOUNDARIES HARD BOUNDARIES

FILTER LIGHT CONTROL

PROSPECT REFUGE

VISUAL TEXTURE SCALE

NODE DEVELOPMENT BUILDING (TREE) (SITE)

EMOTIONAL WELL BEING

EMOTIONAL PHYSICAL

PHYSICAL BECOMES STIMULI

BECOMES STIMULI

greater energyPATTERN and and performance. LANGUAGE clarity ofAIR mind. TREE

TOUCH Human fitness and survival has always required coping with a highly sensuous and variable natural environment, particularly responding to light, sound, touch, smell and other sensory environmental conditions.

Merge Landscape and ArMerge Landscape and chitecture Human

FLOW LUNGS

AMBIGUITY SOFT BOUNDARIES

LIGHT ENERGY FILTER

CONNECTIONS PROSPECT

GREEN FACADE VISUAL TEXTURE


NG CHALLENGE: BIOPHILIA

IMAGE MATRIX NATURAL SHAPES AND FORMS

ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES

EVOLVED HUMAN NATURE RELATIONSHIPS

PLACE-BASED RELATIONSHIPS

THE LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE: BIOPHILIA

IMAGE MATRIX

TREE - PLACES TREE - AIR QUALITY NCE

TREE

NATURAL PATTERNS AND PROCESSES

TREE

LIGHT AND SPACE

TITY

NS

LIGHT AND SPACE

NATURAL SHAPES AND FORMS

ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES

EVOLVED HUMAN NATURE RELATIONSHIPS

PLACE-BASED RELATIONSHIPS


Catalyst ADVISOR Adam Marcus and Nathan Miller CLIENT University of Minnesota School of Architecture Centenial Committee LOCATION Minneapolis, Minnesota. PROJECT COLLABORATORS PREMISE The basis for the studio was the School of Architecture’s upcoming Centennial which will feature a built installation inspired by the history of the School and its alumni. This Catalyst will serve as a testing lab for (1) innovative and creative methods of material assembly, and (2) ways in which information can be used generatively in the design of a built structure. DESCRIPTION My group had a specific focus on using computational design tools as a way to harness large amounts of quantitative data and channel it strategically within a larger design process using metal and plastic. Emphasis will be placed on different data sets to determine width (school data), height (class size), and pattern (leadership). We allowed this data to bring form to the installation through the transformative power of grasshopper - moving forward both digitally and analog; both quantitatively and qualitatively.


FREDERICK MANN

ROY CHILD

RALPH RAPSON

H. FRAKER

THOMAS FISHER

G. ROCKCASTLE

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

1913 - 1923

1923 - 1933

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

1933 - 1943

1943 - 1953

ART NOUVEAU

FUTURISM PRARIE STYLE ART DECO

INTERNATIONAL STYLE

MODERNISM

1913 - 1923

1923 - 1933

1933 - 1943

1923 - 1933

1923 - 1933

BRUTALISM

NEO-CLASSICISM

1943 - 1953

1953 - 1963

1973 - 1983

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

1933 - 1943

FREDERICK MANN

1913 - 1923

1973 - 1983

STRUCTURALISM

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

1913 - 1923

1953 - 1963

SALA

1943 - 1953

ROY CHILD

1933 - 1943

1943 - 1953

1953 - 1963

1973 - 1983

1973 - 1983

1993 - 2003

DECONSTRUCTIVISM

POST MODERNISM

RENEE CHENG CDES

2003 - 2013

BLOBITECTURE SUSTAINABILITY

CRITICAL REGIONALISM

1983 - 1993 SALA

RALPH RAPSON

1953 - 1963

1983 - 1993

MULTIPLE CALA

1983 - 1993

H. FRAKER

1983 - 1993

1993 - 2003 CALA

1993 - 2003

2003 - 2013 CDES

2003 - 2013

THOMAS FISHER

1993 - 2003

2003 - 2013


Food in 5 Acts ADVISOR Adam Marcus LOCATION Minneapolis, Minnesota. PROJECT COLLABORATORS Alex Robinson, Tiffany Chen, Annie Bearss, Ben Kraft PREMISE This event reunited our team (and our individual food ingredients) in a food event. While our previous exercises proposed a spatial relationship between the food and a container, this exercise proposed a spatial engagement of each teammember’s food with a series of revelations or provacations orchestrated and choreographed as a complete performance. DESCRIPTION Our event was choreographed into 5 acts and grew out of our previous explorations of our individual food ingredients: grapefruit, garlic clove, a pea pod, and a green pepper. As each layer of the orb was peeled away, a different ingredient was exposed for interaction. A video of the event can be see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9qKHw0lE84


Long Span ADVISOR Frank Jacobus CLIENT Julius Deane LOCATION Minneapolis, Minnesota.

PREMISE Embracing both literature and physical making as a means of architectural inquiry, the project evolved from passages in William Gibson’s scifi novel: Neuromancer. DESCRIPTION Sexless and inhumanly patient, Julius Deane’s primary gratification seemed to lie in his devotion to esoteric forms of tailor-worship. Designing almost entirely through physical models, the warehouse is filled with undulating, long spanning trusses which implicitly reinforce the folds and stitching of the meticulously reconstructed garments Deane desired so much. The variation of the contour of the walls and roof line acted to separate served / service spaces and provided the juxtaposition of private vs. public on different levels of the buildings fabric.


Creative

Rendering Pg 30 Exterior render of Olson-Kundig Rolling Cabin Revit Model - Vray in 3ds Max Pg. 31 Upper Left Exterior render of Olson-Kundig Rolling Cabin Revit Model - Vray in 3ds Max Pg. 31 Upper Right Interior Render of the Albertson Building on University of Idaho Campus Revit Model - Vray in 3ds Max Pg. 31 Lower Left Interior render of Olson-Kundig Rolling Cabin Revit Model - Vray in 3ds Max Pg. 31 Lower Right Exterior render of Olson-Kundig Rolling Cabin Revit Model - Vray in 3ds Max


Making Pg 32 4CourseVegan Resteraunt Physical Model Interior View Pg. 33 Upper Left Gothic inspired drafting table Handcarved recycled oak Pg. 33 Upper Right Gothic inspired drafting table Completed construction - pre stain Pg. 33 Lower Left Gothic inspired drafting table Handcarved rosette. Pg. 33 Lower Right Ralph Rapson Hall Addition Physical Model Interior View


Thank You

Benjamin Kraft

kraftarch@gmail.com (360) 333- 8619

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