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Christian Coles M.Arch Academic Architectural Portfolio

Studies of the Psychological Impact of Reconditioning Social Space

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Table of Contents

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Individual Explorations Residencia Dior

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Barcelona Student Residence

Slauson Middle School

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Ann Arbor Middle School

Camp Hooray Lodge

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Headquarters for ESP’s Camp Hooray

Ridley Circle Village

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Thesis Prospectus

Group Explorations 6465 East Jefferson

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Detroit Apartment Complex

Drawings

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Models

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Individual Explorations

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Residencia Dior

Barcelona Student Residence Barcelona, Spain Georgia Tech (Study Abroad) - Fall 2015

Spain is a location rich in cultural heritage as well as architectural design heritage. During my experience studying abroad in Barcelona, and traveling to other Spanish cities such as Madrid, Valencia, and Girona the importance of the orange as a cultural object stood out to me. Oranges were ever present in a variety of realms from the greenery lining the streets to the sculptural carvings adorning the decorative facades of the train stations. Thus, the fruit given its importance in the collective consciousness of Spanish society provides an intriguing means of study in populating the common space of a student residence. Residencia Dior is a residence for students and working professionals within Barcelona. In the effort introduce a social energy to the common spaces, the inspiration of the orange plays out constantly within the project.

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Barcelona Eixample Grid Street Intersection Study

Residencia Dior

right, below: Surrounding Intersections Barcelona produces a diversity of intersection conditions given the influence of the Eixample grid. This figure ground diagram analyzes how buildings (Grey) meet the intersection in relation to public space (Green).

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Site and Context

Residencia Dior

above: Project Site Located at the intersection of Carrer de Pallares and Carrer de Zamora in the Poblenou neighborhood of Barcelona

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below: Surrounding Street Setback Heights Measurement of surrounding buildings setback height (in meters).

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above: Street View of Site View of site along Carrer de Zamora below Carrer de Pallares

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Activating Common Space

Residencia Dior

above: Transverse Section of Lobby, Library, and Nightclub Common spaces reiterate the cultural importance of the orange through various interior installations inspired by the fruit. Page 8


Residencia Dior

above: Longitudinal Section of Lobby, Library, and Nightclub

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Unit Types

13 sq. m.

24 sq. m.

Residencia Dior

16 sq. m.

18 sq. m.

25 sq. m.

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Lobby and Unit Layouts

Residencia Dior

Ground Floor

Second Floor

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Residencia Dior

Floors 3-4

Floors 4-7

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Residencia Dior

Floors 8

Floors 9-10

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above: View into the Lobby Inclusion of orange trees and the use of orange as an accent color calls into recollection the Spanish orange.

above: View into the Library The rounded shape and orange color of the egg chair evokes the Spanish orange. Page 14


above: View into the Nightclub Pendant lights inspired by the shape and color of an orange act as a central element of the space.

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Slauson Middle School Ann Arbor Middle School

Ann Arbor, Michigan University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Fall 2016)

As many of American schools have evolved over time, acted upon by pressures of safety of children and limited budgets, they have consequently begun to resemble prisons. New Slauson Middle School was done as a part of a larger studio known as “Bye Bye Prison School”. The studio inquired into changing paradigms of education and how these forces can be used to break the prison-like mold currently plaguing America’s schools. My proposal for a school looks to break the traditional model by arranging classrooms around common spaces. It is meant to take advantage of the multi-dimensional nature of human learning through allowing opportunities of cross-pollination of knowledge between students of different backgrounds and grade levels. The underlying grid for the school is inspired by Ledoux’s prison project for Aix-enProvence, France and seeks to break the prison mold through rein-visioning it.

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Underlying Grid

Slausson Middle School

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Massing Studies

Slauson Middle School

above, left: School Grid Massing Models Programmed spaces represented by wooden blocks and floor plates modeled with acrylic in order to show the transition of light through the open spaces (common areas).

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Slauson Middle School

above: Partial Building Massing Model More detailed massing model of a portion of the school showing the relationship between the exterior mesh cladding and interior spaces.

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Slauson Middle School

School Layout

Ground Floor

Second Floor

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Slauson Middle School

Third Floor

Fourth Floor

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Slauson Middle School

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above: View from the Third Floor Down into the Second Floor Classrooms connected by common areas promote peer learning across student backgrounds and grade levels. Page 23


Camp Hooray Main Lodge ESP Camp Hooray Headquarters Watkinsville, Georgia Georgia Tech (Spring 2016) Illustration by: Gaogao Chao

Landscape Architecture Collaborators: Chloe Weigle Gaogao Chao Camp Hooray is the brainchild of ESP or Extra Special People, a non-profit organization dedicated to equal experiences for those with intellectual and physical disabilities. The vision of the organization is that the camp will be fully accessible to all campers while creating a sense of wonderment and immersement within nature. The main lodge is the primary cluster of buildings for the camp. It is designed around the activities of super circle and an efficient check in process. Super circle, is the location of flag, a ESP tradition where campers gather in a circle to pump each other up for the events of the day. The two buildings are carved at an angle to open visitor’s views to the super circle in the courtyard of the complex. The four major spaces of the hub are clustered into groups of two in order to split check-in lines. The nurse’s station is paired with the cafeteria in order to allow for ease of medication distribution and the gym is paired with the administrative offices to provide directors easy access to large group activities. Page 24


Organizational Diagram

Locations of primary main lodge programs

Circulation through primary spaces and around the super circle during camp check-in (focus on nurse station and administration building)

Camp Hooray Main Lodge

Inclusion of angled transition zones between primary spaces to encourage views to the super circle

Circulation through primary spaces and around the super circle during normal camp hours (focus on gym and cafeteria)

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Landscape Architecture Collaboration Site Plan

Camp Hooray Main Lodge

Site plan by: Gaogao Chao

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Main Lodge Layout

Camp Hooray Main Lodge

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above: View from the cafeteria Cafeteria provides transparency to other programs taking place within the main lodge along with the beautiful landscape of the camp site.

above: View into the Gym Undulating roof a combination of structural beams and wooden ribs. Page 28


above: View from Entrance to Main Lodge Complex Views permitted to the central courtyard where the super circle would be located. Page 29


Ridley Circle Village Thesis Prospectus

Newport News, Virginia University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Spring 2018)

In exploring public housing and community development, I have two design questions which guide my research. The first is whether a building or series of buildings through its or their material expression, site response, and spatial programming promote a connection amongst community members and with their cultural heritage? The second question ask the extent to which a building or series of buildings can act as a hub for the community positively impacting it. I approach these questions through the theoretical framework of Phenomenology, a term defined by Sokolowski in Introduction to Phenomenology as the study of conscious acts of direct experience and their connection with objects. The movement was championed by Edmund Husserl who founded it when he wrote a two-part text entitled Logical Investigation in 1900 and 1901 (Sokolowski, 2000). The goal of my work as a phenomenological study is to explore the structures or themes experience as they relate to Newport News public housing residents (Van Manen, 1990). My site is the Ridley Circle Apartments located in the Southeast Community of Newport News. The apartments were built in 1954 as some of the first purpose-built public housing in the area (“Newport News Choice Neighborhood”). They were named after John H. Ridley, a wellknown African-American graduate of University of Virginia, who founded the Crown Savings Bank of Newport News (“Newport News Choice Neighborhood”). The apartments suffer from a lot of the issues prevalent within other public housing developments in the region given their industrial and isolate context as well as prevalence of crime and drug culture. The development consist of 259 units and a population which is 90% African-American (“Newport News Choice Neighborhood”). Page 30


Promoting Community Development Through a Working Resident Experience Index

Phenomenology Inspired

Ridley Circle Village

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Inspired

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Studying the Newport News Context

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Ridley Circle Village

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Ridley Circle Village

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Ridley Circle Village

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Ridley Circle Village

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Ridley Circle Village

How can a culturally significant installation (Hut) promote community development?

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Group Explorations

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6465 E. Jefferson

Mixed-use Detroit Residential Development Detroit, Michigan University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Fall 2017) Group Members: Alecia Hlebechuk Feier Lan 6465 E. Jefferson is part of a group project for systems studio at University of Michigan in which students focus on the more technical aspects of building design. My group designed a building system that was deployed across an entire Beltline Development in Detroit, Michigan. The Beltline Development consists of many different buildings of different sizes and programs. Our group designed 6465 E. Jefferson, a large mixed-use apartment complex for a developer as well as a series of costeffective artist residents (Maker Mews) in which we acted as the developers. The goal of these coexisting projects was to bring excitement to the Beltline following the development of Downtown Detroit, and act as a preferred refuge for makers all over and around the city. The project took place in three phases. In the first phase, we would construct the development’s largest structure an apartment complex geared towards young working professionals. The second phase would involve a redevelopment of existing surrounding structures to incorporate retail as well as workshops for makers. During the final phase, we would construct a series of simplistic artist residences for rent using a similar structural system to the apartment complex. I worked on the construction components, construction, and project finishes diagrams as well as the section and wall section drawings. Additionally, I completed the second “Views from E. Jefferson� rendering and the full Maker Mews artist residences sub-development project.

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6465 E. Jefferson

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Site Context and Development

6465 E. Jefferson

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Elevation Drawings

6465 E. Jefferson

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6465 E. Jefferson Apartments Plan

6465 E. Jefferson

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6465 E. Jefferson

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Unit Plans

6465 E. Jefferson

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Section Drawings

6465 E. Jefferson

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Wall Section

6465 E. Jefferson

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above,below: Views from E. Jefferson St. The apartment complex contains retail spaces at street level with residential units located above.

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above: Views into Interior Courtyard Common spaces line the interior courtyard allowing for social activities to spill out.

above: Views From Unit Bay Window Bay windows attached to units allow for views out for residents as well as an alcove space. Page 50


Maker Mews Artist Residences Sub-Development

6465 E. Jefferson

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6465 E. Jefferson

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Drawings

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Drawings

2012 - Diptych of an Exploded Flashlight and Building Hallway

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Drawings

2017 - Illustration of a Collaged Chair for Architectural Representation

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Drawings

2017 - Drawings of Campus Buildings Re-imagined with Highway Infrastructure Materials for “Persistent Past� Bicentennial Exhibition at University of Michigan

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Drawings

2017 - Drawing of a Soccer Stadium for Downtown Detroit Re-imagined to Include Campus Buildings and Incorporating Existing Highway Infrastructure for “Persistent Pasts� Bicentennial Exhibition at University of Michigan

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Drawings

2017 - Abstract drawing of Milam Residence by Paul Rudolph for Architectural Representation

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Models

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Models

2014 - Topography Model for Architectural Studio Pool Project

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Models

2016 - Massing model of the Primary School for the Sciences and Biodiversity in Boulogne-Billancourt, France by Chartier Dalix Architectes

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Models

2017 - Model of a Abstract Store Front Facade for Architectural Representation

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Christian Coles

Phone 7577468101 Email cdcoles1201@hotmail.com Portfolio https://issuu.com/cdcoles/docs/christian_coles_ portfolio_feb2018__

Summary: 2018 M.Arch. Candidate and future practitioner interested in contributing to socially impactful architecture through principles of human psychology and sociology.

Education Licensure Track Ongoing

M.Arch. Candidate 2018, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI - 2016-2018 • Engaged in research into human perception and environmental experience as they relate to architectural practice

B.S. with honors in Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA - 2012-2016 • Studied Abroad in Barcelona, Spain (Fall 2015) • Earned a certificate in Social/Personality Psychology from the J.S. Coon School of Psychology

Work Experience Intern - Michigan Medicine

Facilities and Planning Department - Ann Arbor, MI July 2017 - Present Worked under architects and interior designers within the University of Michigan Health System completing schematic design proposals, drafting flloorplans, and taking part in fieldwork as well as design team meetings

Extern - University of Michigan Externship Program

As_Is Architecture - San Francisco, CA March 2018 Worked on a schematic design proposal for a vertical garden as a part of a larger hospitality development in the Tenderloin district of downtown San Francisco

Extern - University of Michigan Externship Program

ROSSETTI - Detroit, MI March 2017 Worked on site as an assistant to the site architect, prepared drawings for shipment to client, participated in project coordination, creative and technical design team meeting

Technical Skills: Autocad Revit Adobe Photoshop Adobe Indesign Adobe Illustrator Google Sketchup Rhinoceros Microsoft Office Lumion V-Ray Communication Skills: Public Relations Hand Sketching Language Skills: Basic Spanish Honors: Stanley, Love-Stanley, P.C. Minority Architecture Award Affiliations/Service: • Member, NOMAS • City Councilman, American Legion Boys State • Member, The National Beta Club • Member, Vitalis Colony - Alpha Rho Chi (Chapter Suspended) • Participant, Philanthropic efforts in Camaguey, Cuba and New York, NY • Volunteer, Relay for Life

Independent Creative Lead Tech - NOMAS Student Design Competition Experience Georgia Summer 2015

Participated in general design charrettes and led the initial design phase for the amphitheater portion of the project

Project Lead

Georgia Tech - Hello Nature by Combo Competitions Summer 2014 Acted as co-leader to an independent group of students while taking part in design charrettes and producing drawings for a pavilion to celebrate nature in the High Coast region of Sweden Page 63


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Christian Coles M.Arch. Portfolio  

Academic Portfolio

Christian Coles M.Arch. Portfolio  

Academic Portfolio

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