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sampled works connor earnest architecture undergraduate cal poly, san luis obispo + 602.410.3133 + cearnest@calpoly.edu + https://www.linkedin.com/in/connor-earnest/


“I’ll paint you moments of gold, I’ll spin you Valentine evenings...” - David Bowie


condemned ego fifth year, fall quarter Sedona, Arizona


Humanity is undeniably at odds with nature, and currently society stands at a crossroads where our decisions over the next decade will determine the existence of the human race in the future. In the book Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton, he states that the world as we know it ended after the invention of the steam engine, and that we’ve been living in the Anthropocene ever since. I am in agreeance with Morton, and I believe that it is foolish to believe that an architectural installation can actually save global warming single-handedly, and would posit that anyone who regards that architecture can do so to be a fool. With that being said, I believe architecture can sponsor conversations about the topic, whether by highlighting physical proof of destruction, or by influencing people by subconsciously changing their biases. My project would be of the later distinction, inspired by Slavoj Zizek and his speeches on an architecture of secondary spaces that removes the hearth from architecture and subverts both human and architectural expectations. I propose that a labyrinthine architecture that one must wander through and lose themselves in, both physically and mentally, would provoke and eventually produce a mind that would return to the ancient viewpoint that humanity and nature are as equals. By creating inconsistent, labyrinthine architecture, I hypothesize that this built form would allow for a new way of seeing/sensing that would make visitors more aware to their relationship to nature and architecture. By navigating this series of secondary spaces and places of passage, the id, or the subconscious, would be more present to these visitors, forcing them to relinquish their ego, or their conscious mind. I hypothesize that this discarding of the ego would force visitors to become more aware of their relationship to nature, as the concept of nature and its equivalence to the human has been buried in the shared subconscious mind of humanity through human and architectural archetypes throughout history. This project will be a sanatorium in Sedona, Arizona, a location that accepts and honors old ways of thinking about nature and meditation through labyrinthine structures. This sanatorium will cure those that enter of their ego, therefore returning them to nature. The building will be divided into two circulatory spaces, one of the observers, or the employees of the structure, and the observees, or the visitors. The observers will be able to interact with the observees and make sure that they aren’t led astray in the labyrinth, while the observees will navigate and undergo the changes to their perception of nature as previously discussed.


An initial site plan for the proposed “synthatorium� showing the vortexes (sic) and other ethereal forces acting on the site.

01 creation of force field

02 force field creates object

03 new object creates force field 04 a new force field, a new cycle

I started by creating experimental images that brought together my initial ideas of cybernetics, architecture, and nature. This resulted in a series of images that conveyed my stance on the philosophical nature of these three ideas. These images then resulted in the creation of force fields, which I would then extrapolate into Rhino and create an object from the force fields and their interaction through a system of lofting. These force fields and moire patterns were created to show an interference between two opposing forces. I wanted these to be images to represent the effect we have on nature and our immediate surroundings. These objects would then be fed back into the force fields, creating another layer of complexity. From there, I started creating small vignettes where I would combine the language that I had been using so far to create a final architectural force field. Some of these experiments question ideas of labyrinthine architecture. I believe that with this series of images, I began to branch into psychedelic ideas of the conscious and subconscious, which eventually led to my usage of Jungian psychology and archetypes in my project. These would then come to fruition through physical modeling, which would eventually lead to experimentation through the Vellum design challenge.


“The thought of you being removed from the rotation is not funny to me” - John Green


hidden grids fourth year, winter quarter San Francisco, California


During my time in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco Urban Program, the studio I was a part of was challenged to design 718 units of affordable and market residential in the Castro district. The site we were given was triangular, and was located at the crossroads of Market Street and Church Street, where an existing Safeway and accompanying large parking lot currently resides. We met with members of the community, developers, and affordable housing activists to help us get a better idea of what was needed on the site. The Castro district is one of the more lively districts in all of San Francisco. There are a multitude of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds in the area. The site was a five minute walk from Mission San Francisco de Asis, the oldest surviving building in the city, and is located at one of the major intersections for public transportation into the downtown area. The buildings around the site however, were a reflection of San Francisco’s rapid growth and gentrification in the modern era, with no consistent architectural features for us to use as inspiration. In this project, I wanted to create a space with retail space, residential space, a community center, and a grocery to benefit residents and neighbors. I wanted to design for the future while respecting the history of the Castro and San Francisco, and connect the visible and invisible converging grids in the city.


A site plan for the proposed 718 units on Market and Church Street.

01 extrude

02 entry

03 grid

04 connect

I proposed that a project that served as a bridge to the community both literally and through program on the site, would be a healthy solution to many of the issues that occur in the Castro region. By connecting these structures based on a gridded system, much like the Dancing House by Frank Gehry, I proposed that it would allow not only for more housing in a city that desperately needs it, but room for more connections to be made both resident to resident, and resident to community. Although the project was a large one, and shortened due to the limited time working on this concept, I enjoyed the process of getting to meet with the people in the community that were making the tough choices in regards to affordable housing that I was only proposing to resolve.


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.� - Aristotle


professional work summer 2015 - summer 2019 Phoenix, Arizona | Seattle, Washington | San Francisco, California


The project that I’ve spent the most time on while working for firms over my five years in school has been Block 21. Block 21 is the name of the newly opened (as of January 2020) Amazon tower in downtown Seattle, Washington. I worked with a team at GRAPHITE Design Group for six months looking over RFIs, creating ASIs, and doing the day-to-day communication with clients. I started working on the project in June of 2018, and watched as the project grew over my six month stay in Seattle. Initially I was responding to RFIs and cleaning up the Revit model, looking for minor errors. By the end of my time with GRAPHITE, I was in charge of every single Revit change for an ASI that changed a majority of the fifth floor, and I felt like a true member of the team. These are two renders from the project that I received permission to add to my selected works. I worked on these renders in Photoshop. The render below includes part of the project that I spent a lot of time on, the colored ceiling with a series of designed tiles that were meant to mimic murmuration.

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LEVEL 5 FLOOR PLAN

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East Santa Clara Master Plan

15th Street

Illustrative Site Plan

16th Street

3 Stories 3 Stories

Housing 4 Stories

E St John Street 550 - 800 du

Office

320,000 - 360,000 gsf

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Housing

4 Stories

Building 800

4 Stories

Parking 1 Story

Parking 2+1 Stories

Parking 1+1 Stories Paseo

Housing

6 Stories

4 Stories

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Housing

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Paseo

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Parking 1 Story (Underground)

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Valley Health 9DOOH\+HDOWK Center &HQWHU

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East Santa Clara Street

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:DOJUHHQV Merced College Master Plan

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The projects on this page are the projects I worked on with Gensler San Francisco during my time with them over the spring and summer of 2019. I spent the spring working on master planning projects for schools such as Merced College, as well as master planning for the City of Santa Clara. During the summer, my focus shifted to working on the San Francisco Airport (SFO), helping the architects at Gensler with the renovations of terminals one and three. I spent time creating a materials library for SFO, and ended up working for over 100 different consultants on the Terminal 1 renovation, gathering over 400 materials for later usage. Working on such large projects gave me a good sense of how to manage a large number of consultants and needs on a project.

17th Street

14th Street

13 - 16 Stories


A render for Kierland Overture, an assisted living community in Scottsdale, Arizona that I worked on with Todd & Associates.

The projects on this page are the projects I worked on with Todd and Associates in Phoenix, Arizona. These projects ranged from small large scale student housing to creating a detail library that is still used by the firm today, saving an estimated six months of work. These projects helped me understand the inner workings of construction and architecture, and introduced me to working with clients to reach a solution, including all of the ups and downs of architect-client relationships. These are all renders that I created for the firm utilizing Enscape for Revit and Photoshop.


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