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CARLIE DOUGLAS ARCHITECTURAL AND URBAN DESIGN PORTFOLIO


ABOUT ME I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up in a small town just outside of it until I moved away to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 2005. While studying Architecture at IIT, I competed on the Varsity Volleyball Team. Having a responsibility to a team, taught me invaluable time management skills as well as the value of hard work. I also had the opportunity to travel during this time, both within the North America and in Europe. This expanded my world view in a way that simply studying or seeing photos of places cannot. In the Spring and Summer of 2009, I had the pleasure of participating in a Design/Build project as part of my studies. This Field Chapel project game me real-world experience in both bringing a project into the real world and the realities of construction. I obtained the Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude in December of 2010. I am currently undertaking a MA Urban Design programme at Newcastle University in England. My interest in Urban Design comes out of my frustration with many architectural projects that do not take their surroundings into account. I have completed all coursework associated with the programme and am now working on my Thesis Project. My project is on urban design and healthy living in semi-urban residential areas. I chose to focus on Healthy Living because of its importance in today’s society amidst the worldwide obesity epidemic accompanying an escalation in a variety of physical and mental health problems that can be addressed, in part, through the built environment. Sustainability is also a minor focus, and there are many overlaps between designing for health and for sustainability; generally, what is healthy for people is also healthy for the environment.


PROJECTS FIELD CHAPEL

2009-Illinois Institute of Technology Architecture Design-Build Studio

GATESHEAD CREATIVE QUARTER

2010-Newcastle University Urban Design Project

WINDING STEEL WINERY

2009-Illinois Institute of Technology Architecture Studio

SUMMER HOUSE IN MICHIGAN

2007-Illinois Institute of Technology Architecture Studio

MONTESSORI SCHOOL

2008-Illinois Institute of Technology Architecture Studio

MID RISE HIGH-DENSITY HOUSING

2008-Illinois Institute of Technology Architecture Studio

SUSTAINABLE PLACES

2011-Newcastle University Urban Design Project-Design Coding

MUSIC BOX

2011-Newcastle University Urban Design Temporary Use Project

PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital, Slide Film, Black and White


FIELD CHAPEL (FELD KAPELLE) Bödigheim, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany This project was introduced as a design-build project in January 2009. Our client, a pastor in Bödigheim, Germany, had a vision for a small chapel placed on the top of a hill that would unite the three surrounding communities. Over the course of the next two months, our studio of 12 researched and developed individual designs for this unique chapel project. We then combined like projects and narrowed down the projects to three that were then presented to the community of Bödigheim and the municipality of its governing city, Buchen. After this presentation, we learned more about the limitations and possibilities of the project. Wood would be donated from Buchen and the local blacksmith, carpenter, sawmill owner, and the farmer to whom the land belonged, agreed to help. We further developed two projects and after assessing the material and time constraints, pushed forth on the final design. We were helped by local architect Dea Ecker. Her firm, Ecker Architekten, worked with the local officials and obtained the necessary building permits to allow the project to continue. In July 2009, I traveled along with my studio members to construct this project. We finished in time for the opening ceremony on 25 July 2009. This project was amazing in its ability to unite the communities. So many people donated just a few hours or a couple of meals without which this project would not have been possible. Not only did we form lasting bonds with many of the people, but this project also forged bonds within the communities. I hope that this project will continue to serve as a reminder of what is possible when so many people are willing to contribute just a small amount of their trades. More information about this project can be found on ArchDaily in the 15 October 2009 edition. This project won the American Institute of Architects Chicago’s Outstanding Building Award in the Fall of 2010.

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CONSTRUCTION PROCESS PHOTOS


PREPARING FOR OPENING CEREMONY

DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION CREW

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FINISHED CHAPEL

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ORIGINAL PHOTOS OF DETAILS

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Tyne Bridge Tower Site, Gateshead, UK This project, Gateshead Creative Connection, is for the regeneration of the Quayside of Gateshead into a creative quarter. This push for regeneration comes in conjunction with that of the Town Centre, funded mostly by Tesco. Gateshead Creative Connection project battles heavy vehicular traffic routes through and around the area. This project seeks to create a space open to all people and encourage creative thinking, production, and lifestyle. It will speak to and aims to support the functions and events of creative hubs such as the Sage, The Shed, Riverside Sculpture path, the Baltic, Northumbria University, Gateshead College, Newcastle University, and Newcastle College as well as Gateshead Council. It should also act as an usher between Gateshead Town Centre, its Quayside, and Newcastle.

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RENDERED MASTERPLAN

MODEL PHOTOS


The area will be open to local artistic or otherwise exhibitions and become a place for creative people to gain support and inspiration. The northern section of the masterplan proposes a wide range of uses and facilities such as an event space where goods made in the area can displayed through events such as fashion shows and the local community can learn new skills through classes such as sustainable dress making and where social events can take place. The studio spaces around the area contain facilities where artists can display their work and these are open to the public for business.

There are also proposals for night time cafĂŠ/ bars, which will accommodate food and drink uses as well as small music performances while activating the area for a greater portion of time. It is intended that the public spaces will accommodate outdoor events such as art and architectural installations, music performances and fashion shows. In order to make the northern creative section viable, the southern area will be a commercial retail area and act as a continuation of Gateshead High Street. It is envisaged that the area will attract niche, bespoke retailers; businesses which speak to nearby to quirky, artistic areas. Both areas will be integrated together and into the surrounding areas through the use of distinctive and sustainable materials and public realm. Gateshead Creative Connection aims to help Gateshead retain skills and graduates at the same time as empowering the local community through a return to local crafts.

SITE SECTION

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MODEL PHOTO (RIGHT) AND ILLUSTRATIVE PERSPECTIVE (ABOVE) OF MAIN SQUARE

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MOOD BOARD

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WINDINGTabor STEEL WINERY Hill Winery, Buchanan, Michigan This project is located on the site of the existing Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, Michigan. We considered the site as I the existing production, office, and visitor buildings had never been built. To begin the project, we researched the processes of wine-making including climate needs and factors, differences in processes of varieties and styles of wine, and machinery and man-power needed depending on the style and size of operations. The choice of materials in each step of the process can have a profound impact on the final taste and qualities of the wine. Stemming from this revelation, I began an in-depth investigation into the different materials, wood (typically oak), steel, cork, and glass. While conducting this examination, I became aware that many of these materials possessed similar cellular structures. These became my concept of how the winery could be efficiently organized and also grow over time to meet the needs of the winery. I chose to stick with this original material palate moving into the later design. Steel sheet piling is used for the main structure because it has a rustic feel that is appropriate for the Michigan landscape; it is respectful, but still has a strong presence. Sheet piling lends itself to the cellular concept and flexibility for growth over time. It also is low-impact during construction, allowing the project to integrate itself further and closer into the landscape. Sheet piling is also used as the roof structure, attempting to lessen the impact of the trucks and heavy machinery needed to travel in and out of the site. To provide the essential weatherproofing and climate control needed in the Fermentation Area, Cellar, and Bottling Areas, glass enclosures with radiant heated-floors are used. This enhances the experience for visitors to the winery; to be able to see the process taking place without interrupting before arriving at the tasting room.

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SECTION


WEST ELEVATION

DETAIL SECTION

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INTERIOR PERSPECTIVE RENDERING

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ENTRANCE RENDERING

TASTING ROOM RENDERING

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SUMMER HOUSE IN MICHIGAN Over the course of a semester, I designed a summer house for a site in Michigan. The material for this house had to be wood, engineered or otherwise and we calculated all of the structural specifications for the project. The design had to be a free plan (in the living space) with a more regular plan for the bedrooms. My design for this project developed out of a study of the spaced formed by overlapping cubes. All drawings for this project were hand-drawn on Strathmore boards. At the end of the project, we were to construct a realistic ¼”=1’ model of our designs using mostly basswood and acrylic with handmade wire trees. The photos are of the scale model.

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MONTESSORI S CHOOL Gold Coast, Chicago, Illinois For this project, we were given a site just north of downtown Chicago to design a large Montessori school. We could only use concrete and glass for this project. The site had spatial constraints on all four sides. We researched extensively the teaching methods of Montessori schools to better understand the spatial requirements as these methods differ greatly from the methods of typical schools and require different types of spaces. I also conducted intense geometric studies, stemming out of the previous research, based on the octagon, looking at overlaps as continuous

Geometric Studies

volumes. These overlaps became the vertical circulation of the building and storefront glazing to display the concrete structure.

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MID RISE HIGH-DENSITY HOUSING IN CHICAGO

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Site Plan with Landscaping

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Upper Level Parking Plan

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In this project, the site was a plot of land the size of a typical Chicago lot; 215,000 square feet. We were tasked with developing a scheme that achieved a density

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three times that of a typical neighborhood block without rising above five stories. This required at least 120 units. The design was to incorporate a mixture of one, two, and three bedroom units. We were also EARLY WIREFRAME PERSPECTIVE OF LAYOUT required to design efficient typical unit layouts. We were also required to provide a parking area to accommodate one car for each unit. My scheme provided a density of 152 units. The parking structure is located at street level under half of the units. There are green ramps and stairways connecting each of the four levels and both private and public gardens throughout. The roof of the parking structure is an extensive green roof so that despite living in a highdensity block, the residents could still enjoy green spaces of their own. The two-storey units create their own personal green spaces by their offsets. The block is oriented so that all units receive southern light and overhangs are provided for summer sun exposure control.

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SECTION SHOWING TERRACES

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Lower Level Parking Plan

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Transverse Site Section

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PERSPECTIVE SKETCH FROM SOUTHEAST CORNER

AERIAL VIEW

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3-STOREY CORNER FLATS

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SOUTHERN FACES


3 Bedroom Unit

2 Bedroom Unit

FIRST FLOOR

1 Bedroom Unit

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1 and 2 BR Units

3 BR Units

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Typical Units and Block Layout

BLOCK LAYOUT

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SUSTAINABLE P LACES Freight Depot/Chandless-Tynegate Sites, Gateshead, UK Masterplan Process

This project was about designing a sustainable, mostly residential, development envisioned to become a prime example of the One Planet Living Principals. The site was situated in a prime location directly adjacent to the Town Centre, planned business quarter development, new International Sports Complex, and is serviced by a metro stop at one corner. There are existing residential areas dating from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and very recent also bordering the site. The site was, however, cut off on three sides by major motorways and the Gateshead Highway Fly-over bypass. One half of the site was a disused Freight Depot with few structures on it, but with some land contamination concerns. The other half of the site had an existing public housing development on it, along with a Bus Depot scheduled for closure and three 16-storey vacant office towers. Our initial concept was to break down the barriers surrounding the site and to weave the site in with the surrounding areas to provide a mutual benefit. Site analysis and concept was carried out in teams of seven students.

The team and site were then divided into two groups and two halves to design the masterplans. The over arching concept helped to tie the two designs together and ensure they would not be developed in isolation. CONCEPT DRAWING I worked in a group of four students to develop the West Side strategic masterplan. Along with the development of the Strategic Masterplan, different character areas, street typologies, and open space hierarchies emerged.

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The West Side Masterplan includes a Primary School, Community Centre, and Library. The Main Street was envisioned to include a bus route connecting through the East Side, dedicated off-street cycle lane, wide pedestrian pavements on both sides, permeable paved on-street parking on both sides, and a green strip contributing to sustainable urban drainage. The Access Streets were envisioned to include an on-street cycle lane along with typical pedestrian pavements on bo0th sides and permeable paved on-street parking on one side. The Home Zoned streets were envisioned as shared-surface streets as a communal area in which children could play. There are two main public parks in the area, one for leisure including sport courts and the other for community gardens and an orchard. There is also a square in front of the school and community centre/library.

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After the Strategic Masterplan was finalized, each person took at least one character area, with its street typology, open space, and block type to work up in detail individually. These details fed back into the group work to produce the Illustrative Masterplan.


1.0 INTRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES

Open Spaces STREET HIERARCHY

CHARACTER AREAS

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Main Street Access Street Neighbourhood Ribbon

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Local Street

City Boulevard

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Chaucer Edge

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Urban Leisure Park Community Garden School Square and Schoolyard Communal Courtyard

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OPEN SPACE

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Key(West) (West) Key Buildings Buildings Pedestrian Pedestrian Courtyard Courtyard Green GreenSpaces Spaces Trees Trees Streets Streets

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ILLUSTRATIVE MASTERPLAN

Key (East) Buildings Pedestrian Courtyard Green Spaces Trees Streets Home Zone Streets Deck

Home Zone Streets

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Design Coding

ILLUSTRATIVE PERSPECTIVE OF MAIN STREET

Neighbourhood General I took on the Neighbourhood Ribbon and Chaucer Edge character areas. The Neighbourhood Ribbon character area contained within it the Main Street, a Perimeter Block, and the School Square and Schoolyard. The Chaucer Edge character area contained the Local Street typology, Edge Blocks, and the rejuvenation of a local park.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD RIBBON CHARACTER AREA

Main Street is the principal route uniting the West and East Sides. The Neighbourhood Ribbon character area follows this route and also branches off to connect to the Town Centre. The Neighbourhood Ribbon character area forms the spine of the development with a mixture of uses and by providing the key public realm corridor and public transportation route through the community. The buildings fronting onto Main Street will be 3-4 storeys in height and have flexible frontages at the ground floor level with apartments above. These will allow for conversion from leisure and amenity uses to residential to meet future needs and respond to economic opportunities. These buildings also have parameters to allow for balconies and insets both to serve the apartments above and to activate the frontages. These parameters respond to sun angles so as to provide the highest quality spaces both for the residents and pedestrians below. Buildings on Main Street are envisioned to be of a mixture of styles and plot sizes. Also fronting onto Main Street and acting as a landmark building marking the entrance to the development, the Primary School and Community Centre/Library will be an important community asset serving the new development as well as the community of the surrounding areas. The green strip running along the Eastern edge of Main Street will contribute to urban drainage and also serve as the corridor in which street furniture, signage, and lighting will be located. This can be accomplished through an interweaving of grass, grass pavers, and permeable pavers.


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4.2.1.4 STREET TYPES AND JUNCTIONS Main Street

4.2 Main Street is the principal route uniting the West as and East Sides, connecting Sunderland Road in the south through the East Side and to St. James’ Road. It PERIMETER forms the main movement spine within the BLOCK ISOMETRIC Perimeter Block Isometric development and links in with existing residential 4.2.1.3 BOUNDARY TREATMENTS areas. Main Street will cross the train tracks via an Eco-bridge, connecting the West and East sides. Main Street will form the key linear public realm cing corridor and the public transport route within the community. It will have a high quality public realm, robust and attractive paving materials and well designed street furniture. Main Street will be fronted by mixed-use and community buildings, generally Boundary 3-4 storiesRear inBoundary height. Side

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• Rear and Side boundaries only exist in this • Provide pedestrian and cycle crossings to perimeter block, and only where indicated and connect the community; should consist of low-level fences.

• Be fronted by flexible buildings designed to enable conversation at the ground floor level as required to meet future needs and respond to market opportunities;

MAIN STREET JUNCTION

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School Square The School Square acts as a focal point of the two major streets coming together as well as a social space for the school and community centre/library. The Square also functions as the main entrances for both the school and community centre/ library and provides sufficient cycle parking for both facilities. The Square provides students, parents, teachers, and members of the community with a space to gather and socialize in close proximity to the main bus stop of the West Side, but without inhibiting the flow of through pedestrian traffic up Main Street. Attractive street furniture that relates to those used throughout the scheme are provided in the green patches so as to facilitate people collecting in the square. Adequate lighting sill also be provided in the Square to provide safety at all hours and highlight attractive elements of the greenery and buildings.

SCHOOL BLOCK ISOMETRIC

Schoolyard The schoolyard aims to provide students with an innovative, active play area and garden for learning while not disturbing the residential area at its border. The active play area is kept tight to the school building and the more leisurely and educational facilities toward the edges to provide a noise and privacy buffer for both the residential area and the schoolchildren. The garden should be provided and integrated into the curriculum of the school as the lessons and habits learned while gardening can translate out to the families and greater community. A small section of the schoolyard is divided off for an outdoor community centre/library space. This space could be populated with tables for meeting, reading, or relaxing outdoors. There could also be provided innovative and interactive furniture to allow users to lounge in less formal ways. Green areas with grass, vegetation, and trees should be continually interspersed to contribute to a relaxing, stress-relieving environment. 26

SCHOOL BLOCK PLAN


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Chaucer Edge Chaucer Edge is situated between the Neighbourhood Ribbon character area and the existing Chaucer Close development. It is meant to not only integrate into the existing development and community, but also to improve the connectivity of the development through the provision of new Local Streets and pedestrian/cycle connections through the new development to the Town Centre. The area is of a lower development density to interface with the existing. The housing typologies used, detached and semi-detached, again relate to the existing while striving to be ‘updated versions’ of the typology. The along the street, the houses can be built no closerLocal than 6m to the street to allow for private Street Typology 4.2.5.4 STREET TYPES Local Street Typology 4.2.5.4 STREET TYPES driveways and gardens, though high fencing is discouraged. The existing play area in the Local neighbourhood Local Streets Streets is expanded and the equipment updated to serve both communities. •• Local Local Streets Streets connect connect into into the the existing existing Chaucer Chaucer Close development, attempting to integrate Close development, attempting to integrate into into and and improve improve connectivity connectivity of of the the development. development.

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•• Local Local Streets Streets will will be be traffic-calm traffic-calm and and facilitate facilitate pedestrian and cycle movement along pedestrian and cycle movement along with with vehicular, vehicular, providing providing greater greater connectivity connectivity for for cycle cycle and pedestrian. and pedestrian. •• A A minimal minimal amount amount of of on-street on-street parking parking will will be be provided. provided.

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EDGE BLOCK PLAN

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MUSIC BOX Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium This project came out of extensive social mapping carried out in a one-week visit to the Molenbeek area of Brussels. Molenbeek is separated from the centre of Brussels by a canal. Molenbeek typically has an immigrant population, though some of the families have been living in Brussels for a generation or two. The people of Molenbeek are typically Northern African and Middle-Eastern in heritage, residents are typically families, and much of the population is Muslim. There is a problem within this area of unemployment and many of the potential workforce is unskilled. In contrast, the population just on the other side of the canal is typically of European decent and the majority of people are single or couples and of the Christian faith. There are many artists and quirky bars on the Brussels side of the canal. We asked multiple people in the area about their views of the people across the canal and we found a lot of distrust, misunderstanding, and a general lack of knowledge of the others. There was a presence of music in both sides. On the Molenbeek side, this generally took place within homes or during the once-weekly market. On the Brussels side, the music scene was generally hosted in bars. There were two organizations, one on each side of the canal that dealt in the creative arts, and typically with children; the Bronks Youth Theatre in Brussels and the Maison des Cultures in Molenbeek. These organizations have collaborated in the past on other projects and events. Our initiative can build on and strengthen this bond to bridge the canal. The Music Box initiative is about uniting communities. Music bridges all cultures and languages and has a unique power for communication, it is the uniting element we can all understand. Music Box strives to forge understanding between these different communities that form Brussels, Molenbeek, and beyond. Music Box will begin to involve communities through school children, as children are constantly exploring the world, not yet having formed negative feelings or ideas about other cultures. The involvement of children often does, and will hopefully, lead to the involvement of parents and/or siblings, helping Music Box to spread through the communities. As the initiative grows, mobile performances and classes will begin to appear throughout both communities, further spreading awareness. Music Box initiative can also serve the community as skills training during the construction of mobile performance stages and eventually the home site structures. This will enrich the deprived, unemployed community and pass along time-tested and possibly culturally significant techniques of building. Through community involvement from the beginning stages and using donated and recycled materials, we hope that Music Box can be sustained and truly bridge the canal.

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Storyboard The development of the initiative is best explained with a storyboard starting at the summary of the social mapping and ending in an eventual culmination of the project. This project is to be largely community-directed and is to respond to the community’s needs therefore there is no definite time scale to the storyboard.

1 Why Music?

2 Organizations

3 School Involvement

4 Build Mobile Stages

5 Mobile Performances

6 Mobile Classes

7 Home Site

8 Build Structures

9 Festival Kanal Event

10 Activity in Home Site

11 Growth over Time

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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I am very interested in Photography, I enjoy capturing moments in time, whether it be a work of architecture, a piece of nature, a cityscape, or an action in sports. There is a charm to capturing an image that can never be replicated in time. I believe it also benefits my projects, both architecture and urban design. It contributes to the ability to see life through a variety and series of frames. My interest in sports photography comes partly out of my involvement in athletics throughout my life.

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Carlie Douglas

BArch, Illinois Institute of Technology (USA) MA Urban Design Candidate, Newcastle University (UK) +44 07526 660780 carlie.douglas@live.com LinkedIn


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