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claire lonsbury design portfolio

contents 1. tuamkeni orphans’ school


2. northside net zero


3. reve academy


4. design duluth


5. diagram + transformation


6. artificial thicket




tuamkeni orphans’ school primary school in arusha, tanzania

The Tuamkeni Orphans’ School project is an ongoing partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota-based non-profit, Awaken Coalition, and the Tuamkeni Orphans’ Care Center in Arusha, Tanzania. Phase one, research, began in early 2012; myself, three peers*, and a faculty advisor* traveled to Tanzania for one month as part of the research. The second phase of the project, schematic design, took place in Spring 2013 through a design module. Two teams produced final master plan schematic designs with the goal of casting a vision for Tuamkeni about the future of their site, and to provide a concept proposal for each project to Awaken Coalition for fundraising purposes. This project proposes ten new classrooms, administrative offices, an indoor-outdoor kitchen, latrines, and staff housing on site. *Team members include: Daniel Aversa, Sangyong Hahn, Jessica Horstkotte *Faculty Advisor: John Comazzi


tuamkeni orphans’ school

Considering Arusha’s rainy seasons was also critical in the design. The rendering above shows the continuous roof and overhang that create outdoor spaces where teaching and play can happen outside while staying dry. 4

primary school in arusha, tanzania

Site plan designed by team, drawn by Fiona Wholey, edited by Claire Lonsbury.

The site plan (top) includes a proposal for future expansion to the south. The offset trusses seen in the section above create a skylight running through the backbone of the buildings, bringing natural light to the interior spaces. The roof has a deep overhang to provide shading in this hot, sunny climate that lies just south of the equator. 5



The house was completed and dedicated to its new owners in December 2013. I was asked to be a student representative for the project for the WCCO News segment about the house and dedication that aired on December 19, 2013.


nor thside net-zero passive house design for habitat for humanity

Roof 28' - 2 2"





The Northside Net-Zero house was a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Habitat for Humanity. The house was designed for energy efficiency, affordability, and constructibility by a volunteer workforce. I entered into the project during the design development phase and continued through the construction document phase. Working on a team*, my areas of focus were developing the construction and assembly strategies for the super-insulated walls, winding staircase, and the Hardi-panel cladding system. This project gave me the invaluable experience of learning how to reconcile a conservative budget and aggressive energy goals while maintaining beauty and aesthetics. Team members included: Daniel Aversa, Aaron Regla-Breton, Marcus Hulmer, Jenn McGinnity, Stuart Shrimpton, and Sangyong Hahn



Alley view




The Alley


The building derives its form on influences the backside of this b alley gradually to be a more nat and conference rooms are expo bringing activity and ‘eyes on th

Section Detail D 1- 1/2” = 1’-0”

Section Detail D 1 Exterior wall assembly: 5/8” gypsum wall board interior sheathing, painted Vapor retarder 3-5/8” 20-gauge steel stud Spaced 16” on center R-15 fiberglass batt insulation Air barrier film 5/8” exterior sheathing Weather-resistive membrane Steel z-clips 2” extruded polystyrene 1” wood furring strips, spaced 12” on center, painted black 6” x 12’ Ipe plank rainscreen 2 .019” thick aluminum flashing 3 28-gauge sheet metal gravel stop 4 Pedestal rooftop deck system 5 Roof assembly: 3” structural wood decking 5/8” plywood sheathing Vapor retarder and air barrier film 2”-5” sloped R-25 rigid roof insulation Adhered single ply vinyl roof membrane, ballasted 6 Ipe customized sill plate 7 Roof assembly: See Item 5, unballasted 8 Extruded aluminum slip joint and blocking 9 8” spandrel glass 10 Double-glazed entry 11 Cast-in-place concrete stoop, sloped 2% to East 12 2” XPS insulation 13 In-floor radiant heat system 14 Terrazzo topping 15 Earth 16 Vestibule 17 Rebar 18 15” raised access floor system 19 12” cast-in-place concrete wall 20 Subgrade interior space



Alley Elevation NTS


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the east side from its site: the alley. The undul building, which is also the main entrance from tural presence in this zone. Commonly-used ga osed to the alley through large windows, increa he alley’.

Reve Academy is a non-profit after-school digital marketing academy for students in North Minneapolis. The building houses the Academy’s work spaces, profit-generating retail storefront, workshop, gallery and conference room, and office space for the Academy’s for-profit parent company, Reve Digital Marketing.

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The Reve Academy design includes interior renovation and new construction that grows out of the shell of an existing, corner-lot brick building on West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis. Structure and sectionality drove the building’s design. Code analysis, structural requirements, and material specifications for the project were included in final detail drawings for the course. 11

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d i g i t a l m a r ke t i n g a c a d e my fo r n o r t h m i n n e ap o l i s yo u t h


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d i g i t a l m a r ke t i n g a c a d e my fo r n o r t h m i n n e ap o l i s yo u t h

The North elevation (opposite) maintains the original building’s facade with the addition appearing as a backdrop to the existing West Broadway streetscape. Conversely, the addition plays a significant role in the building’s East elevation presence on Dupont Avenue (above). 15


design duluth smar t manufacturing corridor as a catalyst for growth

The Design Duluth studio is part of an ongoing partnership between the University of Minnesota and the City of Duluth, Minnesota. Working closely with city officials, the studio proposed resilient design solutions with the goal of increasing Duluth’s population. My teammates, Vanessa Abin (M. Arch) and Emily Osthus (M.L.A.), and I proposed a master plan system that introduces the Ripstop Nylon industry into an historical industrial corridor of Duluth to reinvigorate economic activity and support local craft movements in the City. Building from existing networks of small, local businesses, we introduced programs and product distribution systems that would strengthen their networks and bring commercial activity to the area. Streetscape, spatial and programmatic system design are the critical foci of this project. 17

design duluth


sales: Canal Park


sales: online



materials business

floor 2

Climbing Ropes

High Intera Inte nterac nteraction action


materials production

Frost River Duluth Grill



Flags, Banners

Bent Paddle Brewery product


AeroStitch Innovation Lab + Testing

sales: online

production sales

product business

sales: in-store


floor 1

storage employees

customers product

Loww Interaction Innteraction



production production sales

High Visi Visibility VVisibi bility

Loww Visibility Vi ibilit


sales: in-store


product sales: online

sales: products to stores



Packs & Bags

Ripstop Distribution





Ripstop Factory

Sail-maker Hot Air Balloon Parasails



production#2 floor 1 customers



Smart Manufacturing Typology diagram above by Claire Lonsbury & Emily Osthus

Dance ce Testingg

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Sewie ng school

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a smar t manufacturing corridor as a catalyst for growth

Rule sets (opposite), systems analyses, and flow diagrams (above) were crucial to the design and development of the Smart Manufacturing Ripstop Corridor.

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Knit Energy gy



Superior Street section perspective rendered by Claire Lonsbury & Emily Osthus



diagram + transformation food-inspired design through multiple mediums

Exploration was the focus of this project that started with carefully peeling a cabbage. From this process, I honed my ability to communicate design ideas through various mediums including hand drawing, physical and digital modeling using the programs Rhino and Grasshopper, and diagramming and rendering with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.


diagram + transformation


food-inspired design through multiple mediums



ar tificial thicket mississippi river installation

The Artificial Thicket was a one-week, design-build team* project done with KennedyViolich Architecture and the River First project in Minneapolis, MN. The thicket is an installation made from salvaged wood found alongside the Mississippi River that provides a habitat for mosses, insects, and birds, as well as an undulating visual landscape for the users of the River First park trails. Building the thicket incorporated the use of a CNC mill, wood-working equipment, plastic zip ties, and biodegradable glow-in-the-dark paint. *Team members: Jordan Barlow, Michael Healy, and Briana Turgeon-Schramm


ar tificial thicket

The Artificial Thicket on display at the Northern Spark festival, June 2012.


mississippi river installation

A careful numbering system determined which slots the driftwood pieces would be placed in the two supporting walls. The interstitial space between the walls (left) creates a habitat for bugs, mosses, and small birds.

This fast-paced, analog project gave me the opportunity to design through making and challenged us to design something beautiful with reclaimed, imperfect materials on a low budget. 29



Sketch of historic church in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus.

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Claire L. Lonsbury 651-247-5584

Lonsbury M.Arch Portfolio 2014  
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