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CINDY X NGUYEN CINDYXNGUYEN@GMAIL.COM
0044 7407 070045 CXNGUYEN.COM BORN IN FRANCE BRED IN AMERICA LIVING IN ENGLAND
C U R R I C U LU M V I TA E
R O TA N A T O W E R H O T E L
S K Y PAV I L L I O N
F. A .V. PAV I L L I O N
JEAN VILAR ESCALIER
C U R R I C U LU M V I TA E
/PRACTICE EXPERIENCE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER /
SELF-EMPLOYED : BRISTOL, ENGLAND
JUL 2016- PRESENT
Principal designer for a Cultural and hospitality project: Japanese garden with hotel and spa. Working closely with a private client and coordinating with an architectural practice and a landscape designer. Currently in preparation and brief stage and will see through and manage over entire project life-cycle. ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT /
RESET - STUDIO : PARIS, FRANCE
JUL 13- DEC 15
Conceptual design, design development and construction documents for projects ranging from spatial installations to new homes and cultural centres. Designed in a small team and created working drawings in CAD. ARCHITECT INTERN / ARCHITECTURE STUDIO : PARIS, FRANCE
JAN 11 - AUG 11
Worked in both French and English on large high profile projects during design development and construction phrase. Drew spcifications and researched materials. Checked documents and coordinated drawings between structural engineers, contractors and principal architect. PROJECT ASSISTANT / RHA CONSTRUCTION FORENSIC GROUP : SAN DIEGO, CA, U.S.
MAY 06 - MAY 07
Construction consultation for construction defect claims, observation of onsite testing for building code compliance and responsibility allocation. Reporting of findings for legal litigations.
/ E D U C AT I O N
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE Catholic University of America Washington D.C., United States 2007-2010
AutoCAD (Autodesk Cert.) Revit Rhinoceros Sketch Up Photoshop InDesign Illustrator Microsoft Office
Sketching & rendering Model making Woodshop Lazer cutter Word Press Graphic design
Guitar/ukulele Dancing Traveling Eating Drawing Letter Design
BACHELOR OF ARTS ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY University of Washington Seattle, WA, United States 2002-2006
/LANGUAGES English French Vietnamese
C U R R I C U LU M V I TA E
/A C A D E M I C E X P E R I E N C E PROGRAM DIRECTOR /
C.U.A. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE : PARIS, FRANCE
JAN 11 - PRESENT
Served as the liaison between students, faculty, university administration and French organizations. Planned expenditures and developed annual budgets for the program. Coordinated the logistics of the international program, such as contracts, transportation and housing. Developed course the pedagogy with the faculty. DESIGN STUDIO DIRECTOR / UNIVERSITĂ‰ TUNIS CARTHAGE : TUNIS, TUNISIA
JAN 16 - APR 16
Worked as part of a team of invited American professors to redevelop the architectural curriculum and courses for UTC. Evaluated current courses and teaching pedagogy. Coordinated with the president of the university, the program head and faculty. Ran an intensive design workshop for first year students. working with 3 assistant critics and 42 students. INSTRUCTOR OF SKETCHING + ASST. CRITIC / C.U.A. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE : PARIS, FRANCE
AUG 11 - DEC 15
Taught fourth and fifth year students. Established and developed course objectives, requirements, schedule, methods and daily assignments. Group and indivual lessons on the techiniques and styles of architectural free-hand sketching, rendering and visualizations. One-on-one design critiques on studio projects. ARCHITECTURAL DOCENT / CONTEXT TRAVEL : PARIS, FRANCE
MAR 12- DEC 15
Worked during teaching semesters. Lead private architectural seminars on a variety of sites in Paris. Developed a in-depth knowlege of the historical, architectural and urban history of the city. Created a variety of narratives to suit the needs of a range of clients fromfirst time visitors to academics. DIRECTOR + STUDIO CRITIC / C.U.A. EXPERIENCES IN ARCHITECTURE : WASHINGTON D.C.
JUL 08 - AUG 10
Served as the liaison between students, faculty, and parents. Planned expenditures and logistics. Taught basic ideas of design, scale, proportions and presentation with an emphasis on strong conceptual development. Taught technical skills to express design intent, such as physical models, diagraming, drafting by hand and with computers.
ROTANA TOWER HOTEL / AMMAN, JORDAN A R CHIT E CT U RE STUD IO / H OSTPITALITY / UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The Rotana Tower Hotel will be the first high rise tower to be completed by Architecture Studio so it was imperative that the implementation of the design precise and well thought out. It is composed of 427-rooms, an atrium, cafes, restaurants, a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, conference room, a ballroom and VIP panoramic lounge. It is one of the three tallest towers of the Abdali district, Ammanâ€™s new downtown. The tower structure is made up of a central concrete core and an external structural grid. This allows full use of the internal spaces that are free from load bearing elements. The design of the tower, together with the materials used for the facade curtain wall and sheltered by vertical aluminum sun shades, express that the structure is both high-tech and classic. Each of the 48 levels have its own unique structural condition which then required meticulous surveillance on all scales.
Programs used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Rhino, Photoshop and InDesign 05
ARENAS LIBRARY / HELSINKI, FINDLAND R ESE T- ST U D IO / C ULT URA L / COMPETITION
Our proposal for the Arenas library was a singular yet volumetrically segmented structure that architecturally expressed its functions and purposes. There are nine programmatic volumes, each housing a different function such as a childrenâ€™s world, cinema and the collection. It is comprised of a double skin system. The exterior skin layer will have fritting, which varies in density depending on the program contained. The transparency changes from volume to volume, creating a variety of finishes between the facades. A central circulatory axis connects all nine volumes. It is a ramp that begins on the ground level and rise up and through all the whole project. The ramp has landings which also serve as seating areas though out. The path through this central ramp serves as both a physical and psychological assentation through the library, elevating as the visitor attains knowledge and experience. Eventually the visitor will emerge from all the volumes to an enlightened space, where they can clearly view the heart of Helsinki.
Programs used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator 07
R ESE T- ST U D IO / R ES ID E NTIA L / UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Located in a town outside of Paris, the Vertical House is a residential project that required precise planning. The site itself is located in a dense residential area which imposed size, height and conservational restrictions. The challenge was to design a spacious, contemporary home for the client that would sit within these limitations. The site is only 80 square meters. To give the client a sense of space we built upwards to the limits of the regulations and created lofty gathering spaces. The double height communal space allowed large amounts of light to penetrate the compact house. Horizontal wood slats are used on the facade to break up the verticality of the house.
Programs used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop and InDesign 09
CHAMBRE ENFANT 2
CHAMBRE ENFANT 1
CHAMBRE ENFANT 3
M A I S O N P R O F O N D E / N A N TA R R E , F R A N C E R ESE T- ST U D IO
R ES ID E NTIA L
The Maison Profonde, or the â€œDeep Houseâ€? is situated on a long and narrow site. Allowing light to flow through the house was the primary concern. To take advantage of the site, we stretched the house out and separated it into two major volumes (the third is a shed at the end of the garden). The two parts of the house are linked together by a circulation arm that reaches out along one side of the site. This creates an internal courtyard, bringing natural light and greenery into all major rooms. The facade is cladded by vertical wood elements that serve both as sun shading and a means to preserve privacy. Programs used: AutoCAD, Rhino, Photoshop and InDesign 11
SK Y PAV I L ION / LONDO N , E N GL A N D R ESE T- ST U D IO
The requirement was to investigate how the sky changes the perception of architectural structures. The proposal for the London SKY pavilion is a contemporary reinterpretation of Stonehenge. The vertical elements rapidly reaching upwards would give the visitor a a connection between sky and site, physically and historically. The diameter of the site, density and height of the thin wooden poles mirror the layout of Stonehenge. This creates exciting spaces with shadows that move throughout the day and trace a path that is familiar to our ancestors. Programs used: AutoCAD, Rhino, Photoshop and InDesign
Three cicular spaces are established Albrey, Sarden and Center 13
Outer circle lowered on southern side for the sun
Middle circle lowered on northern side for the moon
Directional voids created in line with major sky events
F. A .V. P AV I L L I O N / M O N P E L L I E R , F R A N C E R ESE T- ST U D IO
Each year, the Festival des Architectures Vives competition invites architects to design and install temporary structures to bring to life the numerous historical courtyards of the French mansions that are dotted throughout the center of Montpelier. Under the theme on â€œSensualityâ€? we designed a highly interactive installation in which visitors can use all five senses to experience various culinary delights of the region. The ingredients rest on top of wooden columns that seem to grow out of the ground and which are set at various heights according to the object and the primary sense that the visitor is meant to experience it with. Objects that are unsafe to taste raw are set on high pillars so that all visitors can have a clear view, whereas pieces that are safe to smell and touch are placed on low pillars where even children can reach them.
Programs used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop and InDesign 15
JEAN VILAR ESCALIER R ESE T- ST U D IO
C ULT URA L /
The theatre Espace Jean Vilar was in need of updating and expansion. The backstage space was taken up by circulation stairs and lacked adequate egress access.
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In a bold move, a foreign external structure was designed to house the circulation and some additional back of the house space. By moving the circulation to the outside, the space available back stage was doubled. The fire escape stairs were also designed into this new structure. The volume stands out from the older structure to which it is attached to and the beveled edges of the volume minimises its spatial impact as well as giving it a contemporary feel.
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Programs used: AutoCAD, Rhino, Photoshop and InDesign 17
FIELD SKETCHING SE L E CT E D WOR KS FROM TE A CHING SKETCH BOOK
Over the past 7 years I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to teach field studies and free hand drawing to both undergraduate and masters architecture students. I am passionate about hand drawing and believe that it is an essential tool in an architectâ€™s inventory. Not only is the act of drawing a means of documentation and artistic expression, it is a way of observing and understanding our surroundings. For architects and designers, the built environment provides a personal databank of case studies and design resources. Field sketching then can become a part of the architectâ€™s education as a critical thinker. It can change the way in which we see the world, providing a unique perspective that compliments the use of digital tools today. In practice it is a fast and effective way to communicate concepts, thoughts or views throughout the design process. The following are samples of both slow drawings and quick sketches I have done on-site with the students. They also range in architectural scale: from the grandiose to the the typical details.
Casa Malaparte, Capri, Italy Pencil on paper
Roman Forum, Rome, Italy Pencil on paper
Couvent de la Tourette, Lyon, France Pencil on paper
Pavillion Turgot at the Louvre, Paris, France Pencil on paper
Gallery Vivienne, Paris, France Pencil on paper
FIELD SKETCHING SE L E CT E D WOR KS FROM TE A CHING SKETCH BOOK : VISIONS OF PARIS
Metro sign at Trocadero Pencil on paper
View from Haussmanian window Pencil on paper
Gothic window detail Pencil on paper
Place des Vosges Pencil and watercolour on paper
View from Quai Saint-Michel Ink on paper
GRAPHIC DESIGN A N E W I M A G E FOR T HE STUDY A BORAD PROGRAMS
When I became the director of the study abroad Paris Program, the department of Architecture was experiencing a decline in enrollment as well as tough budget cuts. I was immediately under pressure deal with those issues. In addition to fulfilling my administrative and teaching duties, I took it upon myself to rebrand and change the out-of-date image of my program as well as others. I created pocketsized handbooks for every city we had a program in to replace what once was a simple handout created in word. I also designed advertisement material each year and created a social media identity for the programs.
Left and right: Paris Program hand book and sample pages Far right: Paris Program advertisement poster for 2014
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