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CHRIS RICHARDS


CHRIS RICHARDS PAST WORK

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EDUCATION

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crichards01@drury.edu crichards01.wix.com/chrisrichards

Architectural: Designer at Tompkins Architects* (Kansas City, MO) (May 2012 - Current) Intern at LEVENBETTTS (New York City, NY) (March 2012) Intern at RDM Architecture (Kansas City, MO) (May 2011 - Aug 2011) Intern at Summit Architecture (Kansas City, MO) (May 2011 - Dec 2011) Intern at Ecological Architecture (Lawrence, MO) (May 2008 - Dec 2008) Founder and Owner of 4D Design, LLC (Springfield, MO) (May 2009 - May 2012) Commercial Real Estate: Intern at Patterson and Associates (Kansas City, MO) (May 2007 - Aug 2007) Intern at Prudential Commercial Real Estate (Kansas City, MO) (May 2007 - Aug 2007) Ceramics: Intern at Red Star Ceramic Studio & Gallery (Kansas City, MO) (May 2003 - Aug 2006) Illustration: The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) (May 2004 - Aug 2006) Volunteer Work: Young Architects Forum (Kansas City, MO) (May 2012 - Current) Eco Abet (Kansas City, MO) (May 2011 - Current) Guest Lecturer at Art Institutes of America (Jan 2013 - Current)

CAD & BIM: Sketchup, Revit, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Chief Architect, VectorWorks Energy Analysis: Climate Consultant 5, Ecotect, Windows 6, IES, Vasari Architectural Visualization: Photoshop, Premier, Illustrator, Indesign, LayOut, Style Builder, SketchBook Pro, 3ds Max, Unity, Blender Also Proficient In: Prezi, iDVD, FontLab Studio, GarageBand, Interactive Virtual Walkthroughs, Hand Drawing, Custom Furniture, Community Analysis & Urban Design, Comic Illustration, Ceramics, Silversmithing, Woodworking, Google Earth, Building Maker, Geo Modeling, Sales, Web Design, Social Media

Drury University Springfield, MO: (2012) Bachelors of Architecture Minors: Business Administration, Fine Arts, Art History, Global Studies Activities: Deans list, Eagle Scout, Student Union Board (Public Relations Chair), AIAS (Firm Visit Coordinator), Gamma Sigma Alpha (Academic Honors Society), Lambda Chi Alpha (Social Fraternity), Ozark Food Harvest, First-Year Council Adam Shuler (Tompkins Architects) Rick McDermott (RDM Architecture) Mary Deacy (Summit Architecture)


PERSONAL WORK LAKE SHORE DIGITAL EYEBEAM SGF GREEK CULTURAL CENTER FINNISH SAUNA DRURY THEATER REVOLVE KC CULTIVATE KC 7TH & MISSION TRAVEL SKETCHES KC STAR ILLUSTRATIONS

PROFESSIONAL WORK REDFORD CONSTRUCTION SEATTLE VA OR EXPANSION AND DENTAL CLINIC FORT LEONARD WOOD PROJECTS RAINTREE DUCKPOND ACTIVITY CENTER 215 PERSHING MIXED-USE OFFICE DEVELOPMENT 215 PERSHING RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ESTONIAN SCHOOL OF TARTU HABITAT FOR HUMANITY REVOLVE KC CULTIVATE KC


TYPE: Educational / Civic / Venue / Park SIZE: 350,000 SF DESCRIPTION: Technology has vastly affected how we learn and access information today. It has opened our eyes to new ways of seeing, learning, and interacting with each other. Today, our society is one characterized by networked connections. This has influenced every facet of our existence, and in particular how we educate ourselves. Education today is student-centered rather than teacher-centered. Students gain deeper knowledge through sharing with their peers. The Internet has become an essential component in education due to its openness and accessibility. Architecture today fails to successfully engage these new technological and social developments. To improve users’ appreciation of and engagement with the built environment. A functional reprogramming of conventional educational design solutions must be adapted to fit the contemporary atypical spatial requirements. This project seeks to explore a school based in digitally integration that attempts to give back to the public as much as it receives. After close examination of trends in the way people in networked societies interact, with particular attention to millennials, it has been determined that even though people collect into groups they still retain their individual

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attitudes. Using this knowledge my project responds with spaces that seek to cultivate creative and the sharing of ideas. Redefining the programmatic needs of the traditional educational facility to respond to some of the new educational technologies and teaching methods will allow for increased efficient and academic success among students. With the implementation of online lectures teachers and educators working in the facility can use more of their time educating students in smaller settings. Using the surrounding assets of the site and creating a small local community will help to draw in a diverse set of users and its proximity to widely used public paths will increase the traffic and public use of the facility. I truly believe that with the integration of lessons learned from digital technology and the trends of the new, networked society, architecture can once again become a relevant and an accurate reflection of our cultural and educational ambitions. The spaces of the building are divided into fields of study that are organized by subject relationships, noise levels, security, spatial requirements, and mechanical systems requirements. After organizing the juxtapositions, the first floor is comprised of the gym, administration, arts, shop, and music department. The second floor is made up of Business and History. The third floor holds the cafeteria, science and math departments. The fourth floor includes the English department,

foreign

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Concrete on Metal Decking Welded Wire Metal Mesth Wide Flange Girder Wide Flange Beam

Rebar Tie Cast in Place Concrete Drain Pipe WRB and Styrofoam Perferated Metal Drainage and Erosion Gaurd Soil Filter Fabric

Steel Beam Steel Bracket Hex Bolts and nuts Welding Plate Cast Concrete Ledge

Steel Beam 2”x4” Nailer 2”x4” Stud @ 16”OC Cabinate Grade Finished Plywood White Painted Shelves Stained Fly Ash Concrete (black) on Metal Decking

Steel Stiffener

Rebar Tie Cast in Place Concrete Drain Pipe WRB and Styrofoam Perferated Metal Drainage and Erosion Gaurd Soil Filter Fabric


language department, and video and performing arts department. The fifth floor acts and a student computer access and computer science department. The sixth floor acts as a student lounge, observatory and access to the roof garden. This building functions to blend the public and private spaces into a hybrid school. The school is not designed after a prison, but instead seeks to instigate a conversation with the public. By establishing this conversation the school will be able to give back as much as it learns and takes home from the community. From this examination several trends became apparent. First, the public path that crossed under Lake Shore Dr. should be maintained and celebrated. The building should have two types of orientations, one to the city, and one to the amenities. The building should be public and act as an amenity itself. The building should provide parking for the school and the public visitors who would use the park and the buildings amenities. The building should recognize the way it is seen and the way it sees. This means that it should address the traffic of Lake Shore drive, the pedestrian on foot or bike, the car on the side street, and the people in the nearby highrises. It also means that views should be oriented to the soccer field, Lake Michigan, downtown Chicago, and the city grid.

LAKE SHORE DIGITAL


Double Pane Argon Filled

Upper Metal Support Metal Flashing Cover Stained Concrete Finish (Black) Concrete on Metal Decking Wide Flange Beam

Low E Coated Glazing Exterior Metal Clip with Thermal Break Bracket attached to Structural Glass Support

Dropped Ceiling Over Classrooms

Low E Sputtered Structural Glazing

Clear Glass Upper Inwall Lighting Midwall Brace Mid Inwall Lighting Fading Fritted Pattern on Glass Wall Steel Stud Fading Fritted Pattern on Glass Wall

Lighting Lower Metal Support

Lower Inwall Lighting Welded Wire Reinfored Mesh

HVAC Wide Flang Girder


TYPE: Commercial / Art +Technology Center / Residential / Office SIZE: 100,000 SF DESCRIPTION: I began this project by reorganizing the three programmatic components, leasable offices & condos, Eyebeam SGF, and the restaurant & bar, to maximize the amount of consolidated leasable space. This design move was inspired by the loft typology. Dating back to the 1900s, the original converted lofts were located in warehouses and used in conjunction with manufacturing plants or as storage spaces in the city’s industrial areas. The average population of a household is now 2.6 people and will continue to decrease. For the organization of an apartment this means two things. Firstly, there is a reduced need for privacy; secondly, the living room becomes larger and more important. Lofts are considered multi-function spaces that serve as both living and work areas. The loft typology is known for its openness and its ability to adapt to changing societal needs. Through compartmentalizing the leasable space, the amount of future leasable space increased from 35,000 sq. ft. to 55,000 sq. ft. The implementation of a raised-floor system makes the transition between tenants quick and easy.

EYEBEAM SGF


TYPE: Educational / Commercial / Civic SIZE: 230,000 SF DESCRIPTION: The goal of this project was to design a modern day agora. The agora will act as an open, public place of education and trade. Above the agora, the new cultural center for the city of Volos will celebrate and provide access to the unique Greek history of the region. By definition an agora is a public place of assembly. The word comes from the combination of two verbs, to shop and to speak publicly. It functions as a place for exchanging goods, opinions, and culture. This space served both the commercial and civic sectors. From our historical research of the country of Greece and more specifically the city of Volos, we found that this region is culturally significant because of King Chiron. King Chiron is notable for being an educator to several important figures of antiquity, including Jason, Hercules, and Achilles. Our Solution focuses on three important points. It uses typologies native to the region; it respects the natural flow of pedestrians through the site, and acts as a center for cultural exchange. Our building’s orientation is rotated slightly off the city grid for several reasons. The first is to align it to the orientation of pedestrian traffic. The second is to create four small pockets that each serve an individual activity.

GREEK CULTURAL CENTER


TYPE: Commercial / Civic DESCRIPTION: The program we were given to address was a rural bathhouse that responded to a traditional type of bathhouse with a heavy focus on tectonics and structure. Then, after researching how they were historically used and traditionally built, we were given the task of designing our own. From the four, I chose the Finnish Sauna and sought to address the typology of this building in a uniquely foreign location. I sought to design a building that would integrate into the landscape and while still retaining the ability to be a destination landmark. The concept behind the arrangement and order of this building centers on a seemingly random arrangement of turns. At first glance, the bathhouse seems a random, unfounded organization of manipulated masses created solely by the hand of the designer. But upon closer inspection, we see that there is order. The order of the forms derives from the site. The concept is born out of the intersecting lines between the native trees. The overall flowing shape of the building is a response to the path of the river. Through being sunk into the earth, it plays and interacts with that which defines it, nature. The sauna is constructed of a traditional silver birch and acts as an intermediary between the two concrete cleansing gates. As you enter the bathhouse you drive down a ramp into a covered parking lot that feeds directly into the entrance lobby.

FINISH SAUNA


TYPE: Educational / Theater SIZE: 150,000 SF DESCRIPTION: This project included the design of a new theater department. Spatial requirements included a traditional theater, black box theater, fly, control box, parking, back of stage, classrooms, and entry hall. My approach began with examining how the new building could be more to the school by using its exterior facade to interact with the student community. This developed into an electronic video screen that would attach to the skin and allow students to watch video performances on the main campus green space. Additionally, I took lessons learned from the Wyly Theater in Dallas designed by REX and OMA, and included walls that removed and a ceiling that retracted to allow for performances of Shakespeare to actually be performed under the stars. Additional campus parking would be accommodated by installing an underground carpark beneath the existing green. This move would preserve Drury’s green campus feeling.

DRURY THEATER


TYPE: Commercial SIZE: 800 SF interior renovation + Exterior awning and improvements DESCRIPTION: Revolve KC is a project that I have been donating my skills and time to in order to develop a practical and beautiful design solution for this Kansas City nonprofit. As part of the design, the new awning will replace and integrate an existing Kansas City MAX bus stop. The new structure, which speaks back to the original use of the building as a gas station, will act as a hub where the clean, green public-transporting machines can mix and cross. Included in the structure are edge lit trail maps, water fountains, and a tire pump station. Revolve KC is an organization that leases space from UMKC and works to provide bikes to the public at little to no cost while also educating them on bike safety, maintenance and repair, and the overall joys of riding a bike.

REVOLVE KC


TYPE: Educational SIZE: 3,000 SF DESCRIPTION: This was another volunteer project that I became a part of as a result of Eco Abet’s 2012 Winter Charrette. This project was in benefit to CultivateKC, a local non-profit that helps people learn how to grow, eat, harvest cook and sell healthy food in our city and neighborhoods. The day long charrette consisted of developing a schematic design and some rendered images that the organization could use to raise funding for their project. These are two of the images that were produced as a result of this design effort. Our team’s design focused on using an affordable and durable pre-manufactured green house and the head house that would draw energy from solar panels and will be built using straw bales as the thermal insulator. The parking area for the structure will be built using drivable grass pavers and to gather water on the site, two rain barrels would be installed. We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this building as the design develops.

CULTIVATE KC


TYPE: Mixed-Use, Residential, & Hospitality SIZE: 100,000 SF DESCRIPTION: This project design was completed with the help of a Kansas City architectural firm as a speculative project. The goal was to entice a developer into funding and producing the project. The mixed use building included 27 two story, 2,500 Sq. Ft. condos, with 48 hotel rooms. The residential and hotel units would each share a common pool, deck and 125 parking spaces. The grounds include a public park and space is set aside for a restaurant, boutique shop, and bar that would overlook 75th street. The primary goal of the privately owned condos was to maximize outdoor space to encourage families with college graduates to downsize from their homes while not giving up their perceived yard. The condos would have private elevator access from the carpark below that would be separate from the hotels elevators.

75TH & MISSION


TYPE: Travel Illustration LOCATION: Greece, Turkey, Netherlands, Germany MEDIUM: Pen and Paper DESCRIPTION: While traveling for a semester abroad across Greece and visiting Istanbul, Munich, and Amsterdam, I kept a journal documenting the places I visited. These sketches include buildings like the NEMO in Amsterdam by Renzo Piano, the BMW Welt by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, and numerous Greek and Turkish buildings and ruins.

TRAVEL SKETCHES


CLIENT: Teen Star Page TYPE: Illustration DESCRIPTION: During this internship I worked with Bill Norton and 20 other high school teens from around the Kansas City area to produce a weekly page for the Kansas City Star. During the two years I had at this position I worked to develop my own style of comic illustration and was given the distinct pleasure of learning the importance of deadlines, quality control, and how many of the programs that the professionals use work. It was a great experience and it was truly rewarding to see something that I created be published in the paper.

KC STAR ILLUSTRATIONS


PERSONAL WORK LAKE SHORE DIGITAL EYEBEAM SGF GREEK CULTURAL CENTER FINNISH SAUNA DRURY THEATER REVOLVE KC CULTIVATE KC 75TH & MISSION TRAVEL SKETCHES KC STAR ILLUSTRATIONS

PROFESSIONAL WORK REDFORD CONSTRUCTION SEATTLE VA OR EXPANSION AND DENTAL CLINIC FORT LEONARD WOOD PROJECTS RAINTREE DUCKPOND ACTIVITY CENTER 215 PERSHING MIXED-USE OFFICE DEVELOPMENT 215 PERSHING RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ESTONIAN SCHOOL OF TARTU HABITAT FOR HUMANITY REVOLVE KC CULTIVATE KC


CLIENT: Redford Construction TYPE: Commercial, Offices

REDFORD CONSTRUCTION

BUDGET: Not Yet Established LOCATION: Lee’s Summit, MO SIZE: 4,500 sq. ft. TYPE: Educational DESCRIPTION: This interior remodel is for a construction company’s management offices. The scope includes 6 offices, an IT office, a managers office, conference room, a storage room for plans, lobby with reception, and ADA rest rooms. The existing building is a metal building that is being converted into the aforementioned offices and a dry storage facility.

STORAGE

STORAGE

OFFICE

CONF.

MEN’S

NEW PLANNED STORAGE FACILITY


EQUIPMENT CHECK ROOM OFFICE

OFFICE

OFFICE

OFFICE

STORAGE

BREAK ROOM PLAN ROOM

RECEPTION AND LOBBY

CONFERENCE ROOM

SERVER

STORAGE

PRESIDENTS OFFICE OFFICE

MEN’S

WOMEN’S

OFFICE


CLIENT: VA Puget Sound Health Care System TYPE: Medical BUDGET: $8,405,000 LOCATION: Seattle, WA SIZE: 35,112 sq. ft. Total DESCRIPTION: Two story addition on roof of existing D + T building to house new dental clinic and expansion of OR. Operating Room Expansion (3rd Floor): Will connect to existing OR and include 3 new operation rooms, sterile core, and auxiliary space. The new OR’s will include a robotic surgery suite, hybrid imaging surgery suite, and a general surgery suite.

SEATTLE VA OR EXPANSION


CLIENT: VA Puget Sound Health Care System TYPE: Medical BUDGET: $8,405,000 LOCATION: Seattle, WA SIZE: 35,112 sq. ft. Total DESCRIPTION: Two story addition on roof of existing D + T building to house new dental clinic and expansion of OR. Dental Clinic (4th Floor): The new dental clinic will replace the existing dental clinic and house 13 general operatories, 4 hygiene operatories, 3 oral surgery rooms, a 10 station dental lab, a panoramic x-ray station, lounge, offices, waiting room, and auxiliary spaces.

SEATTLE VA DENTAL CLINIC


PROJECT TITLE: Control Tower CLIENT: USACE TYPE: Military BUDGET: $150,000 LOCATION: Fort Leonard Wood, MO DESCRIPTION: Install new fire escape ladder and landings at existing doors (to exterior) at each level and connect to existing catwalk around top level. Install electromagnetic hold-open to existing fire rated doors at existing interior stair. PROJECT TITLE: Pippin Youth Center CLIENT: USACE TYPE: Military, Educational BUDGET: $900,000 LOCATION: Fort Leonard Wood, MO SIZE: 2,500 sq. ft. New + Interior Reno. DESCRIPTION: New 2500 S.F. (approx.) addition on the West side of the existing building (adjacent to previous addition) to house a “teen room”. Modification of existing walls/doors/finishes at previous addition to connect building circulation to new addition. New chiller and boiler to serve entire building (original + previous addition + new addition)

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PROJECT TITLE: Upgrade Shoothouses CLIENT: USACE TYPE: Military BUDGET: $200,000 (x2) LOCATION: Fort Leonard Wood, MO SIZE: N/A DESCRIPTION: Remove existing catwalks, railing, and stair. Install new catwalks, railings, and stair that meet OSHA regulations. Include new electrical service and general overhead lighting for both Subgun & Clearing houses. PROJECT TITLE: Nutter Field House CLIENT: USACE TYPE: Military, Historical, Civil BUDGET: $400,000 LOCATION: Fort Leonard Wood, MO SIZE: Exterior Faรงade DESCRIPTION: Remove (or cover) existing faรงade on front elevation of building and replace with brick below porch roof and insulated metal panels above. Project will include signage, flashing, column treatments, and replacement of doors. Building will remain in-use during construction and special coordination will be required.

FORT LEONARD WOOD


CLIENT: Raintree Lake HOA TYPE: Civic, Hospitality, Residential BUDGET: $400,000 (Phase 1) LOCATION: Lee’s Summit, MO SIZE: 2,130 sq. ft. DESCRIPTION: Phase 1: Interior renovation and site work to make the building ADA compliant. Remodel of an existing office used by the Raintree Lake Home Owners Association. This remodel included a new kitchen, two bathrooms, and an office and event space. Phases 2: Roof renovation, cupola Phase 3: Exterior finishes

RAINTREE DUCKPOND


PROJECT TITLE: Waldorf School Of Tartu CLIENT: Woldorf School Competition TYPE: Education BUDGET: N/A LOCATION: Tartu, Estonia SIZE: 350,000 sq. ft. approx. DESCRIPTION: Tartu Waldorf School’s syllabus draws on Waldorf pedagogy, which takes into account the child’s age-related differences and supports the well-rounded development of a young individual. One of the underlying principles of Waldorf pedagogy is the coherence of teaching and rearing – teaching and rearing together form the child’s values and ethics, respect for all that has been created – human beings as well as the environment. The syllabus includes equally intellectual and artistic-practical subjects. From the standpoint of human wholeness, both clear thinking as well as a balanced emotional life and a strong will require equal attention.

ESTONIAN SCHOOL


PROJECT TITLE: Habitat for Humanity (affordable housing competition) CLIENT: Habitat For Humanity CA TYPE: Residential Development BUDGET: N/A LOCATION: San Rafael, CA SIZE: 1,000 sq. ft. (per home avg.) total community of 400 homes DESCRIPTION: This home was designed to be a small 3 bed, 1 bath Habitat for humanity home that would respond to the “mass customization” movement and the New Urbanism ideals. It takes advantage of mass production technologies such as a prefabricated “plugable” wall that houses all of the utilities and acts as the main structural component to the home. This allows the most expensive and professionally time intensive portion to be built efficiently thus creating a more affordable, uniquely styled, compact home that breeds a sense of neighborhood between neighbors and communities.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY


PROJECT TITLE: 215 Pershing (Office Building) CLIENT: NAI Capitol Reality TYPE: Office Highrise BUDGET: N/A LOCATION: Kansas City, MO SIZE: 300,000 sq. ft. DESCRIPTION: This project was to develop a marketable design for the 215 Pershing office building that would renovate the existing building into a more practical office layout, maintain the historic facade, and construct a large addition to the building that would take advantage of the views of the WWI memorial, Penn Vally Park, and Union Station. Our design focuses on making the building a unique and desirable Kansas City landmark.

215 PERSHING SCHEMATICS


PROJECT TITLE: 215 Pershing (Residential Building) CLIENT: NAI Capitol Reality TYPE: Condo Highrise BUDGET: N/A LOCATION: Kansas City, MO SIZE: 180,000 sq. ft. DESCRIPTION: This project was to develop a marketable design for the 215 Pershing building that would renovate the existing building into a condo highrise. The design involves building a small addition to the rear of the building and a rooftop pool and terrace, while maintaining the historic facade. The design would take advantage of the views of the WWI memorial, Penn Vally Park, and Union Station.

215 PERSHING SCHEMATICS


PROJECT TITLE: Rebuild by Design (disaster relief competition) CLIENT: Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force TYPE: Disaster Relief BUDGET: N/A LOCATION: NY and NJ Coast SIZE: 20’ and 40’ Containers DESCRIPTION: The goal of our project was to create a cheap, strong, hurricane proof design that dispatch to multiple locations to provide people shelter, food, water, aid, and anything else they may need. After doing some research into affordable shipping container construction, We discovered that every year thousands of shipping container are lost to the water every year. What was most astonishing was that they do not instantly sink, but stay afloat for months on months depending on the payload. We thought about how unique and affordable they would be to turn these into a sea based mobile aid distributor. Combining this approach with the historic security of circling wagons for protection, we were able to create a final design solution that we believe could be very successful. Banded together containers would sit, circled and anchored, offshore in positions that can survive storms and be tugged in to administer aid

REBUILD BY DESIGN


CHRIS RICHARDS

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