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david allen burns | architecture & design portfolio


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CONTENT 01 Westcott House Visitor Center Design Studio | Springfield, OH 02 Chapel Design Graduate Studio | Austin, TX 03 Temporary Ground Graduate Studio | Austin, TX 04 Efficiency by Design Summer Studio | London, UK 05 West Texas Monastery Graduate Advanced Studio | Fort Davis, TX 06 Personal Scale Acrylic Works Mallet Lighting Competition Fallingwater Voulkos Sculpture Cover

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01 W E S T C O T T V I S I T O R C E N T E R Location Springfield OH Problem The Westcott House Foundation is currently working on designs for a Visitor Center. My task was to create a site and a building which would include employee offices, an education center, multi-use spaces, and a bookstore. The space also needed to functionally serve the community. Solution To apply Frank Lloyd Wright design pedagogy, such as weaving and crystallization, to the site plans and building structures. The building uses modern construction methods, which strongly relate to human scale and proportions, but also relates the building back to the site. Fall 2014

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Visitor Center The process was developed through iterative modeling. The concept was to create a line within the building that frames the Westcott House for the viewer. The Visitor Center keeps a low identity at the sidewalk, but then accentuates the presence of the Westcott House at the lower level. The move also creates an equal divide between public and private space.

1/16� Study Model

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Site Model


Site Plan The sculpture garden features community based work and the bioswale runs under the boardwalk, providing space for excess water.

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Key A. Westcott House B. Visitor Center C. Sculpture Garden Entry

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D. VFW Parking Lot E. Sculpture Platform F. Boardwalk / Bioswale

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East Elevation

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Multipurpose Room

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02 CHAPEL DESIGN Location Lakeway, TX Problem Lakeway Catholic Church is in need of a new prayer chapel. As the original structure is a church on a hill, it is a symbol of perfection pronounced by its monumental proportions. Despite its interior qualities of liberation, the exterior is intimidating to the outsider looking in. The interior’s reliance on height is completely lost on the outside, where it’s aesthetics are confused between the vertical and horizontal. Solution My goal is to bring clarity to the original church and site in the forms of absorption, understanding and empathy, which I believe are the most welcoming and ignored qualities of Christianity. Therefore with the design of this new chapel I intend to expand upon the narrative of discovery by specifically designing moments that pull people by transitioning between lightness to dark and darkness to light. Spring 2017

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The potential that interests me the most exists in the perspective of a hallway adjacent to the nave, where warmth and color exist from the light above. As a person looking in, this area is where you could wander and stumble upon view sheds inviting you to a moment beyond the church itself and into the realm of discovery.

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Cross Section

Long Section Through Chapel

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03 TEMPORARY GROUND Location Redbud Trail, Austin, TX Problem Thousands of children a year cross the border from Mexico to Texas looking for opportunity and family. They spend months at a time traveling on top of trains, in the back of cars, and on foot to get here. When they arrive, organizations like Southwest Key take them in, and have 30 days to find a family member living legally in the States. During those 30 days these children must live in a holding center while they wait to find a new home, or be deported. Solution To create a place that gives youth a transparent time of settlement and transition. I believe that their state of mind is very fragile and they deserve an architecture with view sheds to the surrounding cliffs to ensure their safety, but also open their eyes to discovery. The program includes housing, administration buildings and education rooms. Fall 2016

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A. Parking B. Check In/ Medical C. Dorms D. Case Management/ Multipurpose E. Classrooms F. Playing Field G. Food H. Contemplation Area.

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From entry, the children are able to see the entire site, which they will be living in. Then suddenly, through specific nooks and alleys, there are points of intimacy within the classrooms. The interior perspective shows a smaller space made up of bookshelves and cubbies that each child can make their own with personal belongings. I was inspired by specific moments of my childhood and I hope that this understanding brings closure and empathy to someone’s life.

Viewshed Site Diagram

Children View Perspective

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Site Section

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Dorm Section

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Study nook with books and personal storage shelves, offering children a place to be themselves.

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04 EFFICIENCY BY DESIGN Location Canary Wharf, London, UK Problem To create a mixed use building in the business district of London that resolves issues regarding energy efficiency. Primarily the structure needs to present innovative ideas about new sustainable systems and must also uphold the needs of the design firm Square Circle. Solution Form follows function. The concept is to process wind energy, and use it to power a thermal energy system. The structure of the building not only provides new answers to wind energy, but also adheres to the client’s design atmosphere. Summer 2015

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Facade Ventilation Wind Energy Turbines Wind Capturing Structure Wind to Thermal Energy Converter Thermal Energy Storage


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The west facade faces the edge of the River Thames. The concept takes in wind from the southwest affecting the overall planning of the building. The structure also uses stack effect in the main lobby as another source of sustainable energy.

The section perspective shows how the edge of the building is being cantilevered due to its specific structure. This allows for a double hanging facade to exist between the wind energy turbines and allocates different levels of space for the client. Square Circle’s office space resides on the second and third floor of the building. Both floors share the north staircase and an open to above lobby space.

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Interior office spaces.

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05 WEST TEXAS MONASTERY Location Fort Davis, TX Problem Modern Christian monasteries are often without precedent. As Christians evolve their systems of faith, they don’t need spaces that are strictly about the hierarchy of the spirit, but instead they strive to organize themselves around small group discussions and prayer. A monastery of Christian faith thrives on bible studies and small groups, and therefore needs not only a church to gather, but also smaller spaces to pray in a humble community. Solution To design a home for worship that’s embedded above and below the ground, creating spaces for contemplative living at an individual scale, organized around multiple group prayer spaces, which relate back to the chapel at the center of the program. The overall goal of this project was to take a building through four stages of design: site analysis, schematic design, design development, and construction documentation. Fall 2017

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Winter

West Texas Site Analysis For This project it was necessary to have a thorough understanding of the western climate and ecologies for a monastery to opperate self sufficiently. These Diagrams study wind & humidity averages, site geology, site ecology (plants and vegitation), and the circulation of water.

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Rainfall | May - Oct: 14.18”

Rainfall | Nov-Apr: 3.3”

Ti Intrusive Ingneous Rock

Snowfall | Dec-Mar: 1”

Tsm Star Mountain Rhyolite

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Avg. Annual Morning Humidity

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Avg. Annual Afternoon Humidity

Tpr Pruett Formation Igenous Drainage Flow

Creekbeds [Dry]

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Site Plan 1. Chapel 2. Baptistery 3. Dining Hall 4. Service 5. Library 6. Living Units 7. Prayer Cores 8. Courtyard 9. Pedestrian Entry 10. Entry Road + Parking

11. Access Road

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While looking at the relationships of surface and light, we thought about how the chapel of the monastery could be below the ground.

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Richardson Burns 1 | 12.07.2017 FLOOR PLAN 1 Plans | South Bl d LVL1/16" = 1'-0" | Sc al e: 1/16” = 1’ -0” A101Plans | South Floor Buildings Level- 1SOUTH BLDGS, LVLF loor Design

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ELEVATION - LIBRARY + DINING A202 Richardson Burns South Residential Elevation Design

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Elevation | South Bldg | 12.07.2017 | Scale: 1/16” = 1’-0”

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T.O. CORES 56' - 0" T.O. UNITS 44' - 0" DINING HALL MEZZ 151' - 6" DINING HALL 138' - 0"

LVL3 32' - 0" LVL2 18' - 6" PRAYER MEZZ. 11' - 0" LVL 1 UPPER UNITS 3' - 6" BASE 120' - 0" SHELTER -8' - 0"

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T.O. CORES 56' - 0" T.O. UNITS


DINING HALL MEZZ 151' - 6" CHURCH 140' - 0"

LIBRARY MEZZ. 133' - 6"

DINING HALL 138' - 0"

CHURCH LOWER 135' - 0"

LIBRARY 120' - 0"

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Richardson Burns Chapel & Prayer Core Sections BUILDING SECTION - CHURCH A301 Design

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06 PERSONAL SCALE Description A series of smaller scaled projects that I’ve created while studying architecture. These range from acrylic paintings, which began as process ideas for some studio projects, to full-scale sculptural pieces both designed and created. Projects Acrylic Works | 2016 Mallet | 2014 Lighting Competition | 2015 Fallingwater Voulkos Sculpture Cover | 2014

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Lane Public Library Project Collage | Oxford Ohio

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Expansion & Compression Exploration | Austin Texas

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Mallet | Extension of the Body was a part of the Fallingwater Studio, where my professor asked me to create a tool that related to me physically and mentally. I’ve always viewed myself as a rigid person, with awkward proportions. This concept helped me develop a mallet with unbalanced weight, purposefully allowing me to hit harder with the large end, and tap lightly on the other.

Robert Bruce Thompson Lighting Competition The objective was to create a hanging and wall mounted light fixture for a wine bar. The wallmounted fixture is about indirect light and relates to a closed bottle of wine. The hanging fixture then celebrates wine pouring around the cup with copper sheathing swirling around the glass bowl. Both fixtures can be taken apart easily, and use LED lights. Section

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Sculpture Cover Problem At Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House, there sits a ceramic sculpture designed by Peter Voulkos, at the guesthouse pool, which needs seasonal protection. It requires a cover to protect it from the rain, debris, and wild animals.

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Solution To create a cover that interacts with the need to protect the sculpture from the rain, and the guest pool. The form also needs to speak for the sculpture when it can’t be seen, and also act as a visual cue amongst visitors. This was a group effort with 8 other students at Miami University. I focused on constructing the copper roof.


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DAB david allen burns

education

The University of Texas at Austin | May 2019 Austin, TX Master of Architecture Miami University | 2012- 2016 Oxford, OH Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Honors in Architecture .

London Energy Efficiency Studio May - August 2015 Researched sustainable design in Canary Wharf & developed commercial building schemes

achievements Miami University Honors in Architecture May 2016 Walter C. Pfeiffer Scholarship May 2015 Richard & Leila Smith Scholarship May 2014 Academic Dept. Competition Scholarship May 2013 National Eagle Scout Award November 2012 52


740 398 4682 | davidaburns01@gmail.com | 5200 North Lamar Blvd Austin, TX

experience

involvement

UTSOA Technology Lab Teaching Assistantship January 2017 - Present Provide digital fabrication use to all students including 3D printing, plotting, laser cutting & cnc routing. Run software training & film lectures.

ULI Hines Student Competition | January 2018 Worked with a diverse student group to create a master plan for real estate development across the Don River in Toronto, Canada.

Freelance Photographer May 2016 - Present Shoot portrait photography for weddings, engagements, headshots and families using professional Nikon equipment and lenses.

UTSOA Exhibition Team | August 2016 Constructed exhibitions in the Mebane Gallery for various student and faculty projects.

Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati Design Build August - December 2015 Created lobby for the Peaslee Neighborhood Center. The project included schematic design, shop drawings, metalworking, and plastics. Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship January - May 2015 Assisted the professor in facilitating small group discussions, student projects, & overall grading. Falling Water Design Build Studio May - December 2014 Worked with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to develop housing for private residences. Built sculpture cover at Fallingwater guest house. Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center Manager | Graphics | June 2012 - May 2016 Created instructional & weekly broadcast videos for intramural sports, and monthly bulletin boards.

Alpha Rho Chi Architecture Organization Professional Committee | 2013 - 2016 Secretary | August 2014 - 2015 Managed all communication aspects of the organization. Took minutes every chapter meeting, and sent out a weekly agenda. School of Creative Arts Student Ambassador November 2013 - May 2016 Helped the Assistant Dean of Creative Arts run events for prospective design students. Organized tours and family activities.

skills SketchUp Revit AutoCAD Fusion360 V-Ray Rhino

Kerkythea Premiere Pro Hand Drawing Acrylic Painting Photography Cinematography

Digital Fabrication Photoshop Indesign Illustrator

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