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Claire Seger

Architectural Portfolio

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” -Henri Kaiser

Personal Statement

Problem-solving has always been my greatest hobby. Since I was young, I’ve loved piecing together puzzles, answering riddles, and figuring out every math question. Architectural design presents some of the most challenging problems in this world that are just waiting to be solved. Each design decision has both consequences and benefits. As designers, we accept the responsibility to serve the future users of a space to the best of our ability. It is this idea of learning to think for the good of others, and not for ourselves, that makes architecture so difficult. Yet, this is also what excites me about architecture. The more complexities to any problem, the more creative I am encouraged to be, not for myself, but for others. The responsibility and opportunity to create positive change in my envionment is incredibly exciting to me and I cannot wait to start!

Claire Seger B. Arch Graduate 2014 University of Oregon Phone: (402) 651-6493 Email: Online Portfolio:

Music School Interior Redesign

Hand & CAD

11 Personal Projects

12 Photography

07 Detail Drawings Using Recycled Bottles

08 Trombe Wall

Dorris Ranch Events Center

05 Architectural Design

06 Current Project Terminal Studio

Portland International Raceway

01 Master Planning

Affordable Design+Build Hope Loop

02 Residential

Studio Projects

Engineered Members & Joints

09 Wood Truss

10 Luminaire

Universit채t Stuttgart Paris Metro Shelter

03 Modular Systems

Centennial Mills Redevelopment

04 Historical Reuse


Coursework More...


Master Planning

Portland International Raceway Adjunct Faculty Juli Brode | Spring 2013 | Upper-Level Studio

Scope: Visioning, Master Planning (50+ years), Landscape Design, Wetland Research, Building Schematic Design, Envelope Detailing

Re-vision an old,

Size: 500 Acres (Master Plan); 8,180 sq. ft. (E.V. Testing Facility)

beloved raceway...

Final Rendering

Connection Concept

Process Model

E.V. Testing Center Section Model

Work Meet Relax Connect


design proposal brings together opportunities for interaction between a driver and an electric vehicle researcher. I believe this interaction would have a mutually benefitial result and that both old and new transportation methods have things to gain from a more


2. 3. 4. 5.

Wetland Restoration Project


2 development and longevity within a flood plane...

Promenade Level Scale 1/8”=1’-0”

Lake Heron Golf Course

2 2

Enter Work Meet Relax Connect



1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Promenade Level Scale 1/8”=1’-0” 4

4 5

Enter Store Collaborate Research Connect




3 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Wetland Research

Tools/Workspace Moto-Crossed Safe Zone /BMX 1

4 5


Caution Zone


Garage Level

Columbia Slough

Garage Safety 1. Enter 2. 3. 4. 5.

Scale 1/8”=1’-0”

Store Collaborate Research Connect

3 Longitudinal E.V. Facility

E.V. Track


Caution Intersection


Garage Level Rain Catchment

Site Master Plan

Scale 1/8”=1’-0”

Corrugated Steel

...through the movement of both visitors & racecars illustrating the changes E.V. Testing Center Transverse Section Section Detail Transverse Section of racing over time. Purlin

Inert-Filled Glazing

Rigid Insulation Gypsum Board

W 18x35 Girder W 6x6 Column

Longitudinal Section Scale 1/8”=1’-0”

Master Plan

Scale 1/2”=1’-0”

Scale 1/8”=1’-0”

Scale 1”=200’

Promenade Physical Model

Longitudinal Section Scale 1/8”=1’-0”

E.V. Testing Center Longitudinal Section


Hope Loop Residence

Residential Design + Build

384 Hope Loop, Eugene, OR | Associate Professor Rob Thallon | Fall 2013 | Upper-Level Studio

Site Design, City Codes, Scope: Visioning, Master Planning Budgeting, Construction Permit Set Drawings, (50+ years), Landscape&Design, Wetland Landscape Research, Design,Building BuildingSchematic Schematic Design, Design, Detail Design, Envelope Construction Detailing

Efficient, Affordable,

Size: 1,280 sq. ft. Construction Began: Jan. 2014 Goal to Sell: July 2014 Project Budget: $100,000

Marketable, Flexible...

Typical Section Detail

Eave Detail

Currently Under Construction

Garage Ledger Detail

Typical Foundation Detail

Guardrail Elevation

Staircase Perspective

For the final, I pursued my interest in the heart of the house, the staircase. This exploration included materials, bookshelf, handrail, and guardrails.

Staircase Concept

Guardrail Section

Full-Scale Guardrail Model


Engineered Modular Systems

Paris Metro Shelter

Study Abroad: Universität Stuttgart | Taught in German | Fall-Winter 2013 | Upper-Level Tech Studio | Design Partner: Stefan Scheffler

Global shell-like Scope: Visioning, Masterconcept, Planning local double-curved modular systems, (50+ years), Landscape Design, joinery, full-scale mock-up & Wetland Research, Buildingplanning Schematic construction Design, Envelope Detailing

Materiality, Joinery, & Form...

...both in the modules & overall structure...

Front View

MĂśbius Concept Model

Footing Angle Testing Models

Strength Testing Apparatus

Process Physical Model

Transport to Paris caused the strips to be divided, thus decreasing the bending stiffness...

...Creating a need for a cushioning material that could transfer shear forces down to the base

Full-Scale Model

Strip Shape Testing Models

Footing Detail Drawings

Deflection Testing


Historical Reuse

Scope: Master Planning, Consulting with Portland Development Commission, Reuse and Restoration, Landscape Design, City Transit Research, Building Schematic Design

Centennial Mills Redevelopment

Portland, OR | Professor Ihab Elzeyadi | Summer 2013 | Upper-Level Studio | Design Partner: Gina Auduong

New programmatic forms breaking out of the old....

Size: 2 City Blocks (Master Plan); 20,000 sq. ft. (Visitor Center)

Final Rendering

...reach out to connect to the river, the park, & the city... ...highlighting the previous structure of flour mill

Site Section

Willamette River


Glass Skylight


12. 5.


13. Existing Warehouse Roof




Expose Existing Structure

8. 14. View to River




Glass Enclosures



Exhibit Mezzanine Space

17. Existing Warehouse Openings allow Cross Ventilation

NW Naito Parkway



Amtrak Railroad

Concrete Slab

1. Main Plaza 2. Retail 3. Apartment Housing 4. Workspace 5. Visitor Center 6. Transitional Ruin Garden 7. Greenway 8. Arts & Culture Gallery 9. Restaurant/Event Space

Fields Park

Master Plan Access to Water Edge

Hierarchy of Spaces

Formal vs. Organic

Site Access


Programmatic Spacing

1. Human Interaction

Programmatic Spacing

1. Human Interaction

Central Programmatic Circulation Spacing Central Circulation Main Access Central Circulation Main Access

2. Shifting Composition


et Stre



Field s Paar

r or en Corrid Ope

Site Diagrams

Visitor Center Exploded Isometric

9th Ave.

1. Human Interaction

Activated Green Spaces

Open Corridor

Open Spaces

10. Pedestrian Tunnel 11. Pedestrian Bridge 12. Event Expansion Space 13. Organic Park Space 14. Second Story Boardwalk 15. Reflection Pool 16. Formal River Connection 17. Underground Parking Entry

Main Access

2. Shifting Composition 2. Shifting Composition 3. New Reactions (each time) 3. New Reactions (each time)

Visitors Center Diagrams & Model


Architectural Design

Dorris Ranch Events Center Assistant Professor Mark Donofrio | Fall 2011 | Second-Year Studio

Scope: Site Planning, Contextual Response, Building Schematic Design, Construction & Framing Details

The curvilinear spine reaches out to welcome visitors to the site of historic filbert

Size: 4,800 sq. ft.


...Then guides them through, becoming a wayfinding and grounding device, while highlighting aspects of the context... ...& finally releasing them back to the open space. Building Spine Physical Model [Stacked MDF creates the building spine, basswood for framing, & a penny for scale]

Section Perspective Along Spine

Structural Concept

Material Usage Concept


Guiding Spine Concept

Main Event Space Framing




East Elevation



Interior Perspective

Section B


Terminal Studio: Gabon University Planning & Building Development

Current Project

Université Omar Bongo, Libreville, Gabon | Associate Professor Dr. Mark Gillem & Adjunct Faculty Barry Gordon | Winter-Spring 2014

Scope: Site Analysis, Visioning, Public Participation & Cross-Cultural Design, Master Planning, Form-Based Codes, Landscape Design, Street & Public Space Design, Building Schematic Design & Design Development, Envelope Detailing

Project Timeline

Workshop in Libreville 1. Workshop in Libreville (Jan. 9-20) Working with students, faculty, and staff to analyze the existing conditions (using Albert Humphrey’s SWOT Analysis) of the campus

The Four Alternatives: 1. Minimum Demolition 2. Compact Infill 3. Radial Plan 4. Maxiumum Demolition

Looking through precedents of successful designs and spaces (quads, streets, & nodes) of campuses worldwide and teaching nonarchitecture students the principles of design

Reviewing and refining designs for both the master plan of the campus and the infrastructure

Designing 4 alternatives and their phasing with students and faculty

Presenting the designs and discoveries of the workshop to the Université Omar Bongo

Phasing from Workshop

2. Bringing it Home/Production (January-February)

3. Creating Regulating Plans using Form-Based Codes (February)

Producing models, drawings, diagrams to illustrate the designs of the collaboration between the studio and the Gabonese students

To make a campus design that lasts, it is critical to thinking about the future

Carefully avoiding design changes that would alter what we had decided as a cohesive team in Libreville

The Form-Based Codes specify: Parcels of land for development, what type of development, build-to lines, setbacks, parking placements, designated open spaces, critical building entry points, and minimum/maximum building heights

Photo Collage of Bioswales/Quads Minimum Demolition Alternative & Diagrams

Street Section 4. Design New Campus from Regulating Plans (March)

5. Building Typology Studies (March)

Using the Form-Based Codes, we will wipe away all existing buildings and design with a clean slate

As a precursor to developing individual campus building designs, we will do a study on university and education building typologies.

This will test our regulating plans’ accuracy and success for the future, as the existing buildings begin to reach the end of their lifespan

6. Individual Building Schematic Design & Design Development (April-June) This stage of the studio will be more similar to a traditional studio, in that we will design individual buildings on the campus design alternative of our choice. We will later present our design schemes as examples of possible sustainable solutions to the University.

7. Come to a Design Consensus (June) Nine Gabonese students and possibly a faculty member will be traveling to the University of Oregon to meet with us and consolidate the four alternatives into one campus scheme


CAD & Hand

Detail Drawings

Building Enclosures | Prof. Don Corner & Assoc. Prof. John Rowell | Fall 2013 | Fifth-Year Course

Topics Covered: -Enclosure Systems & Climate -Enclosure Barriers -Roof Membranes & Cladding -Building Materials: +Masonry & Terra Cotta +Glass & Glazing Systems +Wood +Concrete +Stone +Metals

Canopy Detail

Parapet Detail

Canopy, Structure, & Assembly Axon

Recycled Trombe Wall An Up-Cycled Exploration Environmental Control Systems I | Professor Alison Kwok & Adjunct Faculty Matt Hogan | Winter 2012 | Second-Year Course Purpose: to compare a standard cob wall’s heat capacity to that of an up-cycled wall assembly of cob and recycled bottles. Methodology:


Hypothesis: the recycled glass bottles will absorb the sun’s heat, and then transfer the heat to the thermal mass of the cob. Indirect gain from the suns rays then radiates the heat after there is no longer exposure to sunlight.

In theory, this up-cycled cob wall acts similar to a traditional mass-and-glass assembly for a trombe wall. The only difference is that the air cavity is divided into smaller portions, held within the glass bottles.

Recycled Bottles During Curing Process

Results: the empty bottle assembly performed better than the plain cob in regards to maximum temperature reached. The water-filled assembly, on the other hand, retained its heat for longer than the two other assemblies. Stomping the Cob!


Engineered Members & Joints

Wood Truss

Structures II | Assoc. Professor Stephen Duff & Asst. Professor Mark Donofrio | Winter 2012 | Third-Year Course | Design Partner: Anna Galloway

Member Testing:

Process Sketches

Final Calculations:

Preliminary Calculations

Connection Drawings

Luminaire Music School Interior Redesign Environmental Control Systems II | Professor Ihab Elzeyadi | Spring 2012 | Second-Year Course


Lighting Quality

Final Rendering

Our Design Team (Left to Right): Arnold Toriumi, Lena Traudt, Me, David Cho

Plan & Section


Personal Projects


4 3




Hand Media:

Gifts & Games:

Wall Art:

1. Pattern Exploration

4. Board Game

7. Symmography

(Stykkish贸lmer, Iceland)

2. Angel in Tree (Pen & Ink)

3. Abstract





(Hand-cut pieces, Laser-cut images, Woodburning, Cards)

5. Wedding Gift

(Box & Original wine label)

6. 3D Twister

(Yarn Art)

8-9. Mural

(Construction Paper)








5 Photo Index: 1. Church on a Hill

(Stykkish贸lmer, Iceland)

2. Colored Landscape (Ireland) 3. Framed Path

(Budapest, Hungary)

4. Shadow of Three (Stuttgart, Germany)

5. Under the Bridge (Florence, OR)

6. Lines of Moss 4


(Flatey, Iceland)

Claire Seger

Telephone: (402) 651-6493 Current Address: Eugene, OR E-mail: Online Portfolio:



Teaching Assistant

University of Oregon First Year Studio

January 2014-Today

Assisting students with design principles, Teaching drawing, Physical modeling, & representational skills, Introducing the connection between concept & actuality

Practicum Student

Robertson Sherwood Architects (Eugene, OR)

Summer 2013

Drawing with SketchUp & AutoCAD, Joining site visits, Formatting proposals & charts, Tracking & marking drawing changes, Advising interior material palettes, Designing presentation boards, Meeting with consultants

AutoCAD Drafter

Naval Architecture S.A.L.T.S. Project

Fall 2010-Fall 2012

Design assistance for new 121-foot schooner sailboat, Conducting naval architecture research & analysis under UO Professor, Producing AutoCAD construction documents, Creating Rhinoceros 3D model

Research & Design Lead

Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living

April 2013-Today

Leading research & design of rainwater catchment system, Coordinating on-site construction & organization, Preparing construction drawings


Straightline Design, Inc. (Omaha, NE)

Summer 2011

Meeting with clients, Drafting with AutoCAD, Advising design decisions, Analyzing site conditions


Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture (Omaha, NE)

Summer 2010

Visiting construction sites, Executing secretarial & communication bookkeeping, Assisting in performing individual project tasks, Tracking redline corrections

University of Oregon Eugene, OR

Bachelor of Architecture 2014 Candidate Minors: German, Art History, Business Admin. GPA: 3.5

Universit채t Stuttgart Stuttgart, Germany

Study Abroad 2012-2013 Focus of Study: Architecture (Seminar & Design), German Language & Culture All courses taught in German

RELEVANT SKILLS AutoCAD Revit Rhinoceros Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) SketchUp V-RAY Rendering Software Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) Construction Drawings Hand Drafting & Detail Drawing Woodshop/Woodworking Photography Mac & Windows OS

REFERENCES Associate Professor Dr. Mark Gillem Assistant Professor Mark Donofrio Adjunct Faculty Juli Brode

Thank You.

C. Seger Portfolio Vol. 1  

Collected works from University of Oregon Bachelors of Architecture Program

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