LETS NATURE IN
S TATEMENT When I was a little girl, I was intrigued by architecture as a result of the unique structures in my native country, Peru. I lived in the southern region of Peru, in the city of Arequipa. Arequipa is characterized by its unique architectural styles, a mixture of European and native building characteristics. A lot of the historic buildings in Arequipa were built of volcanic “sillar rock.” I remember staring at the baroque decorations of the city’s facades, arches and vaults. It was fascinating to me. When I moved to the United States, it was a drastic change for me. The architecture was different; buildings were taller and bigger. The houses were not made out of sillar. However, I fell in love with this architecture as well. The Architecture School allowed me to explore my desire to become an architect. It opened my eyes to see that architecture can help the environment. I learned that incorporating nature into designs has a unique approach to architectural design and innovative responses to issues of environmental and ecological sustainability. A good design respects the idea of biomimicry. Biomimicry studies nature’s best ideas and imitates these designs and processes to solve practical human problems. It is about taking processes out of nature and applying them to architecture in order to find a way to interject life and life-like processes throughout the design. I believe that biomimicry can empower people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. I will like to find solutions to the most difficult problems that we face in the world today, such as climate change, inequity between communities and urban decay. I realized that it is important to build a sustainable environment worldwide and that nature should be part of architecture. I look forward to making a difference in this world by finding solutions to reverse the effects of climate change. I would like to make a positive impact and apply all these ideals towards my architecture designs and represent women and unity. I can make an impact by representing the resilience I have learned from my native home and my adopted home to become a successful architect.
CENTENO PERSONAL INFORMATION
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University of Maryland | College Park, MD Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Expected graduation, May 2019 Minor: Sustainability Montgomery College | Rockville, MD Associate of Applied Science w/ Honors, May 2017 GPA: 3.53/4.00 Richard Montgomery High School | Rockville, MD High School Diploma, Jun 2012
Montgomery College - National Association Home Builders Student Chapter | Rockville, MD Architectural Designer Team Member, Aug 2016 – Jan 2017 •Won 5th place •Acted as an outside construction management contractor proposing to Tresidio Homes, a custom home builders •Developed a complete set of working drawings, a detailed materials estimate, and a complete construction schedule for the home plan •Prepared plans that met applicable building codes for the project location to be sufficient to allow a building permit to be obtained •Produced a Building Information Model according to the specifications given and completed structure model to ensure compliance with the advanced framing requirement of the project Montgomery College - Architecture Club | Rockville, MD Club Member, Aug 2016 – Dec 2016 •Explored different structure techniques with the use of paper clips and paper •Attended Water Color workshop, learned painting techniques a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in water-based solution •Attended to Rhino Software Workshop
Shapiro and Duncan Inc., Mechanical Contractors Company | Landover, MD Virtual Design Construction Support I, Aug 2016 – Sep 2017 •Extract submittals data from contract drawings, mechanical drawings and specifications for model accuracy •Develop, design and maintain integrated project coordination models including entire project mechanical equipment and mechanical rooms, utilizing Revit and AutoCAD software for use during the construction on-site •Convert 2D drawing information to 3D models for design and construction •Ensure models comply with design criteria, contract requirements and applicable codes •Supervise and train planning coordinators Shapiro and Duncan Inc., Mechanical Contractors Company | Landover, MD Planning Coordinator, Aug 2012 – Aug 2016 •Developed detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment and pipe work using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment •Coordinated with and consult other workers to design, lay out, or detail components to resolve design or other problems •Checked dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to the materials •Reviewed and analyzed specifications, sketches, drawings, ideas, and related data to assess factors affecting component designs and the procedures and instructions to be followed •Modified and revised designs to correct operating deficiencies or to reduce production problems, using Autodesk Navisworks a project review software •Positioned instructions and comments onto drawings •Supervised and train other planning coordinators Shapiro and Duncan Inc., Mechanical Contractors Company | Rockville, MD Internship, Jun 2012 – Aug 2012 •Visited each department of the company such as the Construction Department, CAD department and the Field •Worked on purchase orders, submittals, compliance letters and search for operational manuals online for each product •Worked with mechanical drawing detail plans •Collaborated on development projects: INOVA Women’s Hospital, Monument View and George Washington University
AWARDS & HONORS
•2017 AIA Potomac Alley, Montgomery College Scholarship •Dean’s List, Montgomery College, 2015-17 •Certificate of Completion, AutoCAD MEP 2015-The Complete Guide, Global eTraining •One team/One Vision of the year Award, Shapiro and Duncan, 2015 •Team Work Excellent Award, Shapiro and Duncan, 2014 •Honor Roll, John F. Kennedy High School, Freshman and Sophomore Years, 2008-2010. •Languages: Fluent in written and spoken Spanish. •Proficient in AutoCAD, Autodesk Navisworks, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Revit, Rhino, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop.
N.A.H.B. NATIONAL COMPETITION
PRE-FABRICATION HOUSE DESIGN
COFFEE SHOP DESIGN
KIT OF PARTS
URBAN BUILDING & PLAZA DESIGN
Syria is experiencing chaos due to the conflict between the Syrian government. The fabric of buildings, families and the sense of community has been damaged by this cause. Once this is over and the refugees are able to come back to their country, they will look for a â€œsolid groundâ€? to begin a new life. For this reason, I came out with a new housing concept for the future of postwar Syria. The main focus of my design is to uplifts residents, help strengthen social connections, relieve stress, enhance a sense of safety
and belonging. Architecture can have a substantial positive effect on both residents and the surrounding communities. I believe the quality of our surroundings determines our state of mind. My focus has been on a design that will serve these goals while developing community.
TYPE: International Competition
COURSE: Introduction to Architectural Design
The design of the building resembles the shape of a stair to symbolized the journey Syrian people had to go through, ascending to success and leaving the past behind. The program will be organized around a central courtyard to create a strong relationship between the housing units and landscape. Each housing unit will incorporate individual gardens on their balconies. In order to have a memoir of what Syrians have been through these last years I propose using debris of the past destruction inside of reinforced wire cages to create landscape walls and parapets. The planting would eventually cover the cages symbolizing the healing.
The arrangement of my building units will accommodate different sizes of families. The first three floors will be of four bedrooms units, the next three floors up will be for a mid-size family, a three bedroom units. The top three floors will accommodate a smaller size family with two bedroom units. The first two floors will be dedicated for commercial use offering a neighborhood serving retail spaces. This will engage pedestrians and offers the potential to create jobs for residents.
UNIT TERRACE WITH GARDEN
The circulation for residents will pass along a retail corridor and through arched portals into a semipublic courtyard to later direct them to their individual housing units. Vertical circulation is through an open-air staircases at the front and back of my building with a Mashrabiya screen to buffer the sun and introduce a measure of privacy. This new rendition of the traditional Mashrabiya screen is to recall the culture of traditional craft and create an appealing stairway that will encourage people to walk and interact with each other. The design is meant to have a substantial positive effect on both residents and the surrounding community. It will give people a place where they can feel at home and more effectively engage with the world.
LIVING AREA LIVING AREA LIVING AREA DINING AREA DINING AREA
BEDROOM FULL BATH
MASTER BEDROOM BEDROOM
BEDROOM FULL BATH
HALF BATH MASTER BEDROOM
2 N H A B NATIONAL COMPETITION .
The National Association of Home Builders (N.A.H.B) hosts a Residential Construction Management Competition creating an opportunity for students to apply skills learned at school to a real construction company by completing a management project/ proposal. The project is located in the Foxtail Estates Community in Eagle, Idaho. Tresidio Homes is one of the five custom home builders active in this property. Our team acted as an outside construction management contractor proposing to Tresidio Homes, a Custom Home Builder. We were asked to develop a complete set of working drawings, a detail materials estimate and a complete construction schedule for the Oak Park Home plan. Using the teamwork functionality of the BIM software, the work was divided among the designers to make it more efficient. The construction team was on charge of estimating and scheduling.
STATUS: 5th Place
TYPE: National Competition
DESIGNERS: Cristhy Centeno, Wendy Amaya
CONSTRUCTION: Phillip Guthrie, Travis Shroeder
LOCATION: City of Eagle-Idaho
Our team had to meet applicable building codes for the project location,Idaho, to be sufficient to allow a building permit to be obtained. We completed a structure model to ensure compliance with the advanced framing requirements of the project.
The process of designing started by laying out the roof trusses to find out the most economically layout for trusses with 24â€? on center. From roof framing, we worked our way down to the wall framing. This is essentially how we arrived at the layout for the walls. While this might sound as if we did the work backward, advanced framing requires a lot more planning and a lot more dimension accuracy. We then completed the design process by adding OSB Sheathing, roofing, Low E-Vinyl windows and other items to have the model done to start setting up sections, elevations and floor plans. All non-specified items such as doors and appliances were carefully chosen around the specification given, as well as quality and efficiency in compliance with the building and local codes. Overall in the design, the advantage of using BIM software was that it could quickly generate information and quantity take off to pass it on to the estimator since each element had an identification number. KITCHEN AREA
ADVANCED FRAMING STRUCTURE
My concept is about bringing a new language to the Blagden Alley and introducing a new material. The materiality at Blagden Alley is brick and Victorian Style. My main goal for this design is to have a connection to the alley and make it welcoming for residents. This design will provide an opportunity to create space with realistic constraints. Part of the design task is to transform the notion that buildings in alleys are oppressive and ignored from the urban fabric. The building site will create a multilevel building that will connect to the plaza design and combine two programs, a coffee shop and an Art Gallery.
TYPE: Urban Architecture
COURSE: Architectural Design Studio II
LOCATION: Blagden Alley, Washington DC
The programs l choose for my building are Coffee Shop and Art Gallery. The cafe will be place on the ground floor and the gallery will be the second floor. The HVAC room will be located on the third floor. The design of my building is to bring a new concept to the Blagden Alley. Just like a cloud that came by and embedded into the skeleton of the Blagden Alley. For this reason, I choose to do wood frame structure to show such as connection.
PROGRAM DIAGRAM The skin of the building is concrete panels with wavy patterns to emphasized the sense and feeling of a cloud followed by a unique frame style of windows. Blagden Alley is known as a small museum of street art. Local artists use the garage doors throughout the alley to express their art. Considering this, I choose to incorporate garage doors on to the building to create a new space for artists to paint on them including with the Art Gallery.
THE CLOUD DESCENDING
WOOD FRAMING STRUCTURE
INCENTIVE FOR LOCAL ARTISTS
COURSE: Introduction to Architectural Graphics
LOCATION: Great Falls, Virginia
The house will be located on an open sloping site along the Potomac River in Great Falls, Virginia. The house is envisioned as a year round getaway for the owners who reside in the Washington Metro area. The prefab-house includes a living, dining, sleeping area, kitchenette and a bathroom of one story volume. The structural frame of the house is prefabricated from 4” tube steel sections that will be delivered and assembled on site. The foundation is poured into place pier and grade beam system. The wall system will be a structural insulated panel system consisting of 6” panels for the walls and 8” panels for the floor and roof. The site has access to the City Water, Electric, and Sewer. I incorporated sustainable strategies such as water barrels for rain water capture and photovoltaics panels.
COURSE: Introduction to Architectural and Building Environment
LOCATION: Montgomery College, Rockville Campus
The concept of my design is to create an architecture that energizes the daily life of students. I was inspired by Jeanne Gang, an American Architect. For this reason I incorporated nature into the design and apply biomimicry into it. She is awed buy nature, classical and new technology. The shape of the design resembles a fall leaf falling into the campus. The curtain wall surrounding the facade will create a connection between building users and the urban environment. The exterior walls will have wood finishes as well as the curtain wall frames. By doing this it will create a sense of being in the middle of the forest. The program include a service counter, condiments space, storage area, one unisex bathroom and an air lock vestibule.
COURSE: Architectural Presentation and Graphics
The restaurant will have two levels, the ground floor and the Mezzanine Level. The curtain wall will be two levels height. The frame of the windows will be customized individually. The wood finishes will give a rustic style. The promenade will start on the dining area leading the public to the mezzanine level, a more private space where a small bar will be located. The main attraction of the restaurant will be the wood branch chandelier hanging right at the center from the ceiling.
INTERIOR AERIAL VIEW
7TWELVE, THE PAVILION
COURSE: Architecture Design Studio II
I compose a series of spaces using a prescribed kit of parts to orchestrate an experience based on two themes: RITUAL and CONTEMPLATION. Such themes will be the foundation for the design. Throughout the design process establish spatial order and spatial hierarchy. Consider the movement of sunlight, the use of the materials, and the relationship between the parts to each other and to the whole. Considering the themes, contemplation, and ritual, each element of my design is meant to draw the attention of the viewer and give the space to reflect on it. The asymmetrical design of the entire building and the rooms create a sense of desire to know more; a desire to find out more about the structure without an explanation on a plaque. As the viewer enters the pavilion, the walls start to enclose each other to give the sense there is a secret behind the wall. Such path opens to a wide open space for people to enjoy the big event. An event that will happen right at noon, twelve. The particular design of the roof will give a shadow of a cross right at noon because of the way the opening was designed. Such an event will captivate the audience to see this beautiful event happening and waiting for the right time for the seFLOOR PLAN cret to being reveal
Published on Mar 9, 2018