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CONTACT Derek Franz 425.293.5695 derek.franz@gmail.com

EDUCATION Andrews University Master of Architecture 2014

Western Washington University Bachelor of Arts in Spanish 2008

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Hotel & Conference Center

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St. Joseph, Michigan

M-139 Corridor Improvement Plan Berrien Springs, Michigan

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Mixed Use Commercial

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Sketches & Watercolors

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Photography

& Residential St. Joseph, Michigan

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Row House St. Joseph, Michigan

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HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN

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Located on waterfront property of the St.

does this by featuring two parks: one next

Joseph river, this site was a revitalization

to the courthouse, and another next to the

project intended to repurpose the oversized

river. The hotel also provides a transition

parking lot of Berrien County’s courthouse.

from the private realm to the public using

Because of the already existing tourism

a series of terraces and fountains, while a

industry in the area, the overall goal was

more natural path occupies the remainder

to enhance the city’s parks and waterfront

of the site. Though most of the parking is

spaces while simultaneously providing a

underground, a few above-ground spaces

much-needed conference center. The site

allow short-term visitors ease of access.


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MIXED USE COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN

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An investigation of classical styles mixed

off of St. Joseph’s Main Street, the main

with modern convenience, this corner lot

entrance is given extra care to attract both

provides public shops and restaurants on

pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Entrances

the first floor, and luxury apartments on the

and parking for the residents are located on

second. The interior structure and exterior

either side and in the rear of the building,

façades both conform to a regularized grid,

which also contain services such as mail,

making each floor flexible to the current

trash, elevator access, and other back-of-

demands of the area’s real estate markets.

house functions.

Because of the site’s prominent location

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ROW HOUSE ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN

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This building creates a three-story residence

advantage of a full kitchen, living room,

split into two units, yet has a very small

dining room, bathroom, and bedroom, while

footprint. Every area is designed to be as

the upper unit has an extra half bathroom

efficient as possible while remaining

and two extra bedrooms. Above-ground

relaxed, especially in the lower unit of 600

parking for both units is located in the rear

square feet. The front faรงade is set back

off of an existing side street, which lets the

from the busy street and sidewalk, which

front of the house be devoted entirely to

allows the porch to act as a buffer while

foot traffic.

remaining engaged. Both units take

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M-139 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PLAN BERRIEN SPRINGS, MICHIGAN

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This project reimagines M-139 located in

students would safe while providing the

downtown Berrien Springs and Oronoko

opportunity for further commercial

Township, specifically how it deals with

development. The project was purely

zoning and street design. The current

hypothetical; while none of the work here

zoning and street design do not align with

is expected to be built exactly as shown, it

the goals of either municipality’s Master

was designed with the hopes that it would

Plan; thus, the objective was to create a

influence development expected to occur

walkable, pedestrian-friendly environment

in the next two to five years.

in which local citizens and university

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SKETCHES & WATERCOLORS

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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Architectural Portfolio  

A compilation of work done during my first three years of graduate study.

Architectural Portfolio  

A compilation of work done during my first three years of graduate study.

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