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Christopher Galindo



Contents The Cluster


Let’s Cantilever


Nudist Taboo


Wasted Material


Recipe House


Cardboard Galore





The Cluster Housing Northwest Arkansas Objective: High Density Living For Starter Families Synopsis: Northwest Arkansas Urban Fabric Has Been Shifting Dramatically With New Waves of Populations Moving In And Out. The Demand For Attainable Housing Has Been Brought Up Multiple Times To Accommodate For The Demands of Rising Living Costs Due To Walmart Home Office and Chrystal Bridges Museum. The Cluster’s Focus Is What Living Should Be and How It Can Be Stitched On Site Without The Disruption Of The Local Culture The City Of Bentonville Has Made For Itself.


Greenway Trail Perspective


From Site Visit To Concept... 3rd St Warehouse Site Sits Between A Developmental Arts District And Market District. An Influential Area That Is Bound To New Types Of Living And Proximity To The Bentonville Baking Company, Blu Fish House, Academy Of Music, And The New Momentary Museum. The Cluster Is To Function As A Filter Between These To Districts And Nodes As It Is Not To Not Disrupt The Dramatic Shift Between Single Family Living And The Wide Range Of Accommodations Within A Few City Blocks Away. Giving The City A Chance To Adapt While Still Keeping Its Quiet Suburban Feel And Home Like Feel To The Area Where Cars Tend to Pass Once Every Few Minutes In An Area That Is Still Underdeveloped And Plagued With Abandoned Warehouses.


Motif Diagrams

Site Plan Studies

Landscape Study #1

Landscape Study #2

Matieral Pallete Studies

Landscape Study #3


Courtyard Perspective

North Elevation


Private Garden Perspective

Interior Perspective


Final Model View #1

Final Model View #2

Study Model View #1

Final Model View #3

Final Model View #4

Study Model View #2


Details Are A Must Knowing How The Cluster Came Together Either By Model Fragments Or Actual Detailing Was Important In the Case That It Gave The Designers A Better Understanding Of What To Expect On How Living Was Going To Work And Come Together With No Trouble.

Detail Drawings and Section Perspective


Let’s Cantilever! AUSTINnovation-Environmental Resource and Learning Center Objective: Use Environmental Factors To Design A Resource Center Synopsis: Set A Few Yards Away From The Colorado River, A.E.R.I.C, Dealt With How Form Could Be Used In Order To Deal With Some Environmental Aspects. Letting The General Public Learn About Sustainability Was A Major Contribution To How The Form Of This Building Came To Be By Having Two Major Nodes On Each Side Of The Streets. By Tackling Wind and Shading, A.E.R.I.C Was Added To A District Known For Its Eco-Friendly Construction Thus Keeping A Tradition Going Within The Heart Of The Ever So Growing Seaholm Eco District Of Austin, Texas.


Circulation Diagram

Program Diagram

Solar Shading Diagram

Hybrid Drawing


Study #1

Study #2

Study #3

Study #4

Study #5

Site Plan Study #1

Site Plan Study #2

Site Plan Study #3

Program Study #1

Program Study #2

Plan Study #1

Plan Study #2

Section Studies

Section Program Study #1

Section Program Study #2

Wind and Solar Cube Studies


Form Model #1

Form Model #1

Form Model #1

From Paper to Physical Model... Situated On A Corner Site Between A Creek, A Major Road And A Brand New Pedestrian Bridge, The A.E.R.I.C Had A Great Possibility To Take The Ever So Changing Urban Fabric Of Downtown Austin And Bring More Life Into The City Center With A New Shade Of Color!

Form Model #2

Form Model #2

Form Model #2

Form Model #3

Form Model #3

Form Model #3

Trying To Use The Creek For The Beginning Of The Design Process Was Crucial In Understanding How Environmental Factors Could Be Used In The Design, But Trying To Live Up To The Outdoors Living Style That Austin Is Known For Was An Even Bigger Driver For The Design. The Concept Was To Use Section To Essentially Make All 4 Sides Of The Building And Leaving Out The Middle To Make A Connection With W Cesar Chavez St. And The W 2nd St Pedestrian Bridge. This Made The Wind Aspect Possible And Brought In Natural Breeze To Cool Down The Populous Within The Austin Heat. The Section Also Provided A Huge Underpass And Acted As A Natural Umbrella And Protected Those From The Sun’s Rays And Gave Out Shading Throughout The Day.



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Making A Grand Entrance... The Over All Form Made It Possible For A.E.R.I.C To Have This Dramatic Presence No Matter Where One Would Come. Having It Only Be 4 Stories High With 10 Foot Ceilings Made The Monolithic Building Seem Much More Bigger To The Eye And Mess With The Perspective. Whether People Were Coming In From The Cesar Chavez Or From The Pedestrian Bridge, The A.E.R.I.C Comes Into View And Is Easily Visible. The Cladding Also Helps With The Monolithic Feel To It As The Metal Copper Cladding Twists Up To Reveal Where The Openings Of The Windows Are At Within The Building Letting In Light Through The Main Corridors Of The Building. The Bulk Of The Building’s Programming Is Situated Within The Two “Legs” And That Is Where All The Functions That Keep The Building Running Are Found. Northern Exterior Perspective

Eastern Exterior Perspective


North Section Perspective

East Section Perspective


Details Again?... Having A Cohesive Understanding Of How The Building Come Together Helped With Bringing Out The Environmental Aspects Come To Life. From The Cladding, To The Internal Functions Of The Building Gave A Better Understanding Of The Workings Of The A.E.R.I.C. Section Fragment Detailing

Wall Detailing


Nudist Taboo 21c Hotel-Museum Objective: Using Nudism To Rethink The Purpose Of A Hotel and Museum Synopsis: How Can One Stir Controversy On A Hotel/Museum In The Middle Of A Well Known College Town’s Street Filled With Bars And Clubs? 21c’s Mission Was To Use The Human Body To Design How Two Completely Different Functioning Programs Could Harmoniously Be Used As One. Taking Into Consideration Of How The Public Would Feel Was Also Used To Bring Out This Idea Of Closeness And Intimacy Within The Building And Trickle Into The Hotel As To Not Feel Isolated But Yet Had Its Own Privacy To And From The Museum.


Philbert Photography #1

Philbert Photography #2

Philbert Photography #3

Study Model #1

Study Model #2

Study Model #3

Study Model #4

Philbert Photography #4



2nd Floor Plan


The Idea Of The Interior Was Not To Have A Straight Path And Go To Point A to B And Be Done In A Matter Of Hours. The Premise Was To Disorient The Public And Force Them Where They Were At. Using Human Bodies As A Starting Point To Compress The Walls Together Forces People To Become Comfortable With One Another And Tackle This Taboo That Society Has Imprinted On People. The Elevation Gives Off A False Perspective To What The Interior Really Is And Slightly Follows The Compression Of The Ceilings And Floor Plates. Being Made Out Of CLT Made For The Thickening Of The Walls Possible.

4th Floor Plan


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North Elevation

West Elevation



Interior Perspective

21c Final Model


Wasted Material Softcore Objective: Bringing Awareness To Discarded Construction Materials Synopsis: A Phone Charging Station In The Middle Of A Busy Thoroughfare In The Loop District Of Chicago. Up To 9000 People Come and Go Throughout The Day And Bringing Awareness About The Waste Produced By Construction Sites Was Easy To Spread When People Came To The Booth To Charge Their Phones. The Booth Is Made Entirely From OSB Boards, Cardboard, Carpet Padding, Carpet Tiles, And A Few 2 By 4’s. A Simple Design With Dramatic Moves Made The Booth Standout But Also Become Part Of The Existing Building.


Softcore Perspective


Plan and Section Sketches


Construction Photography

Assembly Diagram

Softcore Photography


Recipe House Maison Recette Objective: Underground + Split + Bend = House Synopsis: In The Middle Of An Open Field With A Wide Slope Makes A Perfect Site For A Not So Traditional House For Some Not So Ordinary People. Essentially Based On A 4-Step Dinner Recipe, The Recipe House Allows Form To Take Command Of How The Finished Project Looks Like. Using Some Simple Operative Designs, This House Took Some Of Those Choices To Allow for A Complete One Of A Kind Views To All End Points of The House And Connecting Straight Back To The Entrance.


Transverse Section

Longitudinal Section

Recipe Diagrams


Cardboard Galore Reconaedicule Objective: Use Cardboard To Design A Seating Area Synopsis: The Idea Of Using Precut Slots Within Cardboard To Make A Talking Booth With A Hidden Surprise When One Sits Down Was Pretty Ambitious. Something Simple In Sketch Was Not So Simple In Real Life As Each Piece Was Custom And Did Not Repeat. Boring On Outside But Pretty On the Inside Made For A Sweet Surprise. Being Able To Completely Hold Itself Was A Plus As There Was No Need For Any Connections Other Than The Slots. Simple Yet Exciting.


Neutral Exterior

Slot Connection System

Colorful Interior

Movement and Sitting

Perforated Roof







Christopher Galindo 479 284 0932 Permanent Address: 420 S17 St. Fort Smith, Arkansas, 72901 Currant Address:


University: University Of Arkansas College: Fay Jones School Of Architecture + Design Degree: Bachelor Of Architecture Study Abroad: Rome Fall 2018


University of Arkansas Library: Special Collections Student Worker Taco Bell: Employed Silo AR+D: Intern During Summer For NeoCon Arche Works: NeoCon 2016


International Student Helper: Helping An International Student To Better Their English Speaking Skills And Get Through The U.S. Culture Shock.

V.S.A (Vietnamese Student Association): Helper To Bring Out Special Events Dealing With The Vietnamese Student Body.

NeoCon 2016: Softcore Project N.O.M.A.S: Student Ambassador Skills 33

Microsoft programs: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, And InDesign Cad Programs: Autocad, Revit, 123D Make, 123D Design, Maya, 3dsmax 3D Design Programs: Rhinoceros 5 Programing: E.A.D Encoding

Architecture Portfolio  

Sample works by Christopher Galindo from the school of Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design.

Architecture Portfolio  

Sample works by Christopher Galindo from the school of Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design.