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DEREK MARK PIROZZI The University of South Florida | School of Architecture and Community Design ADDRESS 18043 TROPICAL COVE DRIVE | TAMPA FL 33647 TEL. [ 941 ] 716-2745 EMAIL DPIROZZI2004@YAHOO.COM DPIROZZI@MAIL.USF.EDU WEBSITE DEREKPIROZZI.COM

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“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.�

- Albert Pine

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CONTENTS 10Sarasota Museum of Art: 24Pinellas Housing Authority: 36Imagining Chicago: 52Urban Identity: 66Barrio de Colon: 96To Begin Again: 110The Primordial Line: 124Digital Fabrications: 130Spring 2010 Charrette: 132United States Fallen Heroes Memorial: 140INTO USF Schematic Design: 150El Centro Espanol: 164Fall 2011 Charrette: 168Van Beveran Residence: 174Photography:

The readaptation of a 1920’s building. Residential units for returning veterans.

Speculating about the contemporary vertical condition.

Revitalizing the urban core of Tampa Bay. Envisioning a contemporary Cuban future.

Revaluating the rational design approach. A study of the underwater reef condition. Creating a responsive skin system. Tampa Bay transit hub schematic design. National competition entry.

Redesigning the USF Campus.

Independent proposal.

Redesigning the USF Eye Institute Schematic residential design in Venice, FL.

Through a caption.

* “The Bean” - Chicago Illinois

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The only thing important, in the end, is the work.�

- Olivio Ferrari

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SMOA | Sarasota Museum of Modern Art

] Spring 2010

SARASOTA MUSEUM A modern addition to a 1927 Collegiate Gothic building, which is being adapted for re-use by the Ringling College of Art.

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Sarasota Museum of Art Advanced Design A Studio | Professor Michael Halflants - 8 week design project Seeking a more ambitious program and concept than the current proposal, SMOA strives to create a scheme which allows the community to hold onto a locally iconic building constructed in the 1920’s, but allows for a new vision, one that will revitalize the local art scene. This proposal seeks to find the common ground between respect for an existing condition, and a new methodology for building which will become the signature of a new ownership and a new attraction in the Sarasota area. The current building under review is an old Gothic style building constructed in 1927 with a architectural style that represents its methodology during the time of constructon. The current Sarasota High School main campus building acts almost like a wedding cake in that it boasts a grand facade which demonstrates an elaborate Gothic like proposal, but on the interior of the brick facade one would find nothing more than a steel framework. This being the case and due to the lack of upkeep on the building and its current deteriorating condition, the new SMOA proposal seeks to keep what is important of the old, and juxtaposes this with the new. The building will in return still represent the local tradition and style facade that has been there for generations, but will now act in a way such as a lantern, lighting up the old facade from the inside and situating a large gallery space closer to the highway on the outside. This in return will give a new vision and path towards a more modern community.

* View out front in the new sculpture garden

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Initial Concept Model Keeping the historic and locally Iconic brick facade intact, the proposal seeks to construct around the old Gothic walls as well as inside of them. The gesture also calls for a sculpture garden in the front of the museum which acts as a transition space between parking and museum in addition to acting as a buffer between the highway and the museum.

The grand promenade to the museum’s main entrance would take you along side the existing building and would allow one to experience the exterior art pieces as well as the grounds itself. As a museum which houses a multitude of works, the study of natural light entering the spaces becomes a key aspect. The sketch to the right is an example of the thoughts on light entering the proposal.

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Draft Model

scale: 1/32” = 1’ - 0”

As shown from above in the draft model to the right, the proposal calls for the interior of the structure to be completely gutted and removed. The existing brick facade will be the only existing piece of the structure left untouched. The facade of the old building will then be rehabilitated and preserved. The new proposal begins to act like a lantern. In this manor, the modern design will be constructed on the interior of the old Gothic facade and will leave an 8’ gap between the old brick and the new curtain glass wall. This space will then become a path that visitors can take to experience the building and allow themselves to be caught in a transitional moment between old and new.

proposed contemporary structure proposed sculpture garden existing brick facade

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Section A1

Relationship When visiting the Sarasota Museum of Arts you will always find yourself conscious of your relationship between exhisting and new. The existing facade is now acting as a skin system or a shading device for the new interior condition. The transition from inside the old facade to the new exterior is always accompanied by a celebration of the movement across this threshold. In the section model seen to the right, as one moves through the gallery space they find themselves standing in a volume which is extruding through the old facade window bay. As you cross this threshold, the visitor can’t but help realize there relationship with the built environment. * Final Section Model - A section cut portraying the relationships in scale between the large gallery space and the transitional spaces.

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* CGI Sketch of the transitional space between the old Gothic facade and the new glass facade which gives a reflective quality to enhance the space

The Space Between


Third Floor Plan

Between the existing facade and the new constructed environment, exists a path that leads around the museum. In this space, visitors can experience the old building facade by walking adjacent to it as well as through it at certain points. At the southern west corner of the proposal, students and guests can step out on to an exterior patio which extrudes through the window bay of the old facade. This experience of crossing through the old facades threshold allows visitors to transition through space which seems to play with what is exterior and what is interior. These transitions begin to speak about the blending of interior/ exterior conditions and start to talk about the very Floridian idea of connecting with this beautiful, sub-tropical climate.

* Photograph showing the exterior facade condition. The relationship between the old and the new becomes a rich spatial experience, the visitor can but help to reflect on the past.


Second Floor Plan


Ground Floor Plan

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The Lantern As vehicles pass by at night in downtown Sarasota, the streetscape illuminates with life as the new SMOA facade claims its identity. Returning to the original concept, the building will still boast the intricate Gothic architecture of the old, but now will be celebrated as the new addition highlights the old through a benevolent marriage of what once was and now exists. The building will begin to speak about the blending of architectural styles as it proceeds to reveal the layers of time. The cities existing contextual conditions evoke the notions of a community searching for a renewed narrative, one that exposes the inherent beauty of the environment through a celebrated demeanor. Such aspirations could not come to fruition unless an emphasis is placed on a respect of the past, as well as a willingness to look towards a future that is identifiable with the present congregation. An architectural appreciation for what once was can become a daunting task. It is our obligation that we begin to effect the immediate in a manor that is respectful, so that the new architectural vocabulary is not an intrusion, but instead a benefactor which advocates the rich character that is the place. * Left: above:

Final Model - Connection between old and new Sketch model showing the new extruding through the old facade

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AIA TAMPA BAY 40 under 40 Nominated Project

Pinellas Housing Authority Creating a cohesive individual and social environment which begins to unite the residence.


Spring 2010

* section study model

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Creating a Community Advanced Design A Studio | Professor Michael Halflants - 9 week design project Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th 2001, our nation has seen an influx of men and women participating in combat around the world. It is because of this that our homeland is welcoming with open arms more and more wounded veterans who are returning from war. These people suffer from multiple different mental and physical ailments. The goal of this project is the redevelopment of the greenhouse shops located at 11411 - 11479 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL. Main Site Features Include the Pinelas Trail to the West of the lot. The Site is approx. 342,626 sf or 7.86 acres and sits alongside Ulmerton Road ( Heavy Traffic ) to the south. The projects intent is to create a design that houses mixed-use shopping and residential components. The project would also provide for new convenience retail and restaurant space as well as new residential units that could be sold or rented out. The concepts main goals are to create a more highly visible center from the major transportation corridors. To create a 100% accessible handicap environment in and around the residential units. To create a highly sustainable environment which can serve as a model Green Community for the area. To create a better connection with the Pinellas Trail and spaces adjacent. As well as to create an environment that evokes a new IDENTITY and RELATIONSHIP for the community while still HONORING the veteran majority. The project’s existing zoning on the site is commercial general, which allows for residential and commercial uses.

* CGI Sketch rendering to portray the buildings apeal at night.

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Section Perspective Sketch Study The main objective of the proposal is to create more interaction between the residence. By positioning community spaces, juxtaposed by a large atrium like space between the homes and the parking garage, this will encourage daily interaction amongst disabled veterans living here.

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Exploded Diagram Room Detail HVAC housing | Lighting Soffets

Unit Casing - Concrete Shell

ESWINDOWS Glazing | Structural Glazing

Walnut Finished Parapet Boards Pre Cast Concrete Floor Plates

Walnut Finished Doors Gypsum Board Wall Cavities

Mullion System

Residential Units Each housing unit is modular by design and can be filled to specific requirements for each inhabitant. The units are easily broken down into pre fabricated modular parts which can be assembled on site allowing for ease of construction. The units are housing in a “wine rack� like structure which gives the project more definition in its dynamic facade. The housing units are placed with in this structural rack in a way that each unit is independently separated from one another. This method of construction allows for a better fire safety rating as well as enhanced acoustical properties for each unit, none of which ever being disturbed by the other. The void in between the units roof slab and floor slab of the next about can be utilized as mechanical space or a grey water system space. This could also potentially lend itself to larger storage areas with a bulk of the space located in the floor of each unit. The residences would then have access to this storage via some type of automated return cubbies.

* Hand Sketch / Sketch up perspective study of unit exterior condition

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One Bedroom Unit Floor Plans Scale: 1/8” = 1’ - 0” -

Master Bedroom Laundry room Living room Master bathroom


Kitchen Guest Exterior Space Breakfast Nook Bedroom Exterior Space

Residential Units Sq. Ft. Including exterior private catwalk space One Bedroom

1418 sq. ft. - 1735 sq. ft.

Two Bedroom Unit

2165 sq. ft. - 2225 sq. ft.

Three Bedroom Unit

2510 sq. ft.

Two Bedroom Unit Floor Plans Scale: 1/12” = 1’ - 0” -

Master Bedroom Living room Kitchen Breakfast Nook Laundry room Master bathroom Guest Exterior Space Bedroom Exterior Space Guest Bedroom Guest Bathroom Possible Additional Exterior Space Possible Den / Office Space Possible Walk In Master Suit Closet

Three Bedroom Unit Floor Plans Scale: 1/12” = 1’ - 0” -

Master Bedroom Living Room Kitchen Breakfast Nook Laundry room Master bathroom Guest Exterior Space Bedroom Exterior Space Guest Bedroom Guest Bedroom Guest Bathroom Family Room Exterior Space Den / Office Space Walk In Master Suit Closet

* Each residence has access to their dwelling via a personal catwalk accross a dynamic sectional space. This was done to encourage interaction sectionally.

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Creating a Neighborhood Mixed Use as well as retail shopping can be found at the base of the proposal. The Pinellas County Housing Authority front office and head quarters will also situate its new home within the building, primarily towards the main highway on the south end of the site. In order to make sure that there was an ease of movement for the disabled veterans, the concept began to incorporate a parking garage. This was done so for multiple reasons. The first being it would shorten the distance one would walk from their car to the hull of the building. The other reason is this in return allowed for a dynamic way to create a interesting sectional value that incorporated multiple catwalks leading the residence from their homes to the parking garage and in return, passing the community spaces. By constantly addressing the need for interaction, the building allows for various depths of community space from level to level and between unit to unit. A multitude of exterior space, still private in gesture, but public if wanted, would allow for the interaction of veterans. This in return would help having a psychological healing effect. Creating a community will not only boost moral, but help spark a new neighborly means of interaction.

* Final Model - South East corner of building - Vegetation Facades

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[ AIA Tampa Bay 40 under 40 TOP 3 PROJECT FINALIST ]

Summer 2010

IMAGINING CHICAGO speculating and conceptualizing about the contemporary vertical condition

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Imagining Chicago Advanced Design B Studio | Professor Martin Gundersen - 7 week design project The goal of the project was to question and reconsider the focus on the contemporary urban condition of the city of Chicago. Specifically addressing the issues of designing at greater density while manipulating the various scales and programs of the contemporary city. The project sought out to address the very essence of the conditions that are found to formulate a dense vertical environment. The vertical project would become one of the tallest vertical structures in the downtown region standing at 1,100 ft. The intent for the height is to signify a new vertical landmark which in return would bring more focus to the central Chicago urban condition. The vertical composure of the built environment was also conceived through the manor of designing from the core of the building out to the skin, as opposed to the typical base to the capital design approach. Grounded by a “Meis-ian� column grid, the structure also takes advantage of its site by engaging with the water basins located on both sides. When entering the tower and working through the core, the occupants are greated by a great sectional value, a green space which runs through the core of the project.

* CGI Sketch Perspective - View at night looking towards the proposal from the ship yards

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Chicago Illinois E North Water Street Located adjacent to North Lake Shore Drive and Du Sable Park, The site is surrounded by water with the Chicago river on one side and the Ogrlen Slip on the other. Considering the sites urban conditions, the lot becomes an intrigual place to propose a new vertical landmark.

“Creating a Vertical Core� Concept Model - On Display at the 2010 AIA Tampa Bay Beaux Arts Ball Photograph - Aqua Tower Chicago, Studio Gang Architects

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VERTICAL MAPPING Allowing the process to evolve through the use and study of the multitude of urban conditions found in the greater Chicago area, this particular assignment utilizes the intricate densities of the typical mapping agenda and allows these found densities to form a type of vertical condition which in return informs the evolution of a tower like construction.

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vertical CONCEPTS Focusing on the contemporary urban condition, both sections begin to speculate about the larger density while manipulating the various scales and programs of the contemporary city.

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Turning the Corner When conceptualizing the vertical structure, the tendency to think mainly in plan and section begins to cloud the judgment and muddy the proposal. Studying the corner becomes a keynote in any vertical project. It is were plan and section join to create an architectural joint which begins to define and situate the project in space.

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Creating a Fragment The concept of the proposal begins to speak about the ideas of layering. The vertical proposal is thought about in a non linear manor meaning instead of a typical design process, top to bottom, the gesture is conceived from core to skin. In this manor, the vertical feature begin to be constructed in layers with the vertical gardens consuming the core and the structural glaze or skin condition making up the facade of the scheme. As the vertical proposal advanced, the rational grid is constantly interrupted by extruding community spaces which consists of spa’s, pools, activity courts, sports, and family gathering spaces. This interruption begins to bring a recognizable scale to the condition by allowing pedestrians and urban dwellers to easily dissect the building and under stand its nature.

* Fragment study of verticle concept - One week study

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Vertical Concept Situated in a community whose origins lay root for the birth of vertical structures, this proposal seeks to pay homage to a city who gave birth to the sky scrapper. The tower sits on the land in a very rational manor with a steel column grid that allows the base to have a floating quality. The spier begins to pierce the sky in with a landmark quality in order to situate itself and embed its gesture in the urban fabric.

* Final Model - Final Vertical Proposal - Plexi Glass and White Museum Board

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[ AIA Tampa Bay 40 under 40 Nominated Project ]

Summer 2010

URBAN IDENTITY Activating and creating a new central city core of downtown Tampa, FL.

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Urban identity Advanced Design B Studio | Professor Martin Gundersen - 8 week design project

The city of Tampa is a diverse community that has a great potential for an active central business district. Although still in it’s infancy, the city has shown an appreciation and dedication to the arts and the activation of a central city core. With an active pedestrian right of way found on North Franklin St. and a open park space located next to the Hillsborough river, the city calls for a connection between the two. The goal of the design is to create a new public pedestrian right of way connecting N. Franklin and the park while also housing multiple residential units, commercial retail, and hotel space all showing a link to the surrounding features. The design will also help continue the urban edge that is being developed along Ashley, the edge will help define the large open park space found by the rivers edge. It is this city center that Tampa is so desperately searching for. A revival of infrastructure that can spark a new movement towards downtown and urban living. With the growth of vertical density, the core can begin to define itself creating a remarkable space.

* CGI Sketch Perspective - View from open plaza space next to Tampa Art Museum

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Creating an Equation Downtown Tampa is unique in its gesture in that the urban grid is not oriented directly North/ South. It is because of this relationship that Tampa is able to take advantage of its site and use the environment to the city’s benefits. By allowing the site and its conditions to inform the design decisions, the scheme was able to develop naturally and what was just simple geometry turned the proposal into an elegant parti that created a deeper relationship and established the buildings relationships with its contemporary environment.

Axis and Grid Looking at the relationships the site proposes: The Urban Gird vs the position of the North, South, East, and West Directional Axis.

Relationship Creating a diagram that expresses the proportional qualitiesof the site and directions of geometry.

Form By manipulating the diagram, the design is able to begin to achieve maximization of views and daylight.

Core Program and circulation begin to define existing diagram and begin to create the elegant form

* Creating the Gesture - Small Sketch Model

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CGI Skecthes - View from street corner of site looking North

The Elevated City Path Addressing the street front in downtown Tampa is a crucial issue. Street life in any city center becomes the quintessential essence of a community. It is the reason visitors travel to be in a space and allows urban dwellers to roam aimlessly and enjoy the cities core. Mainly retail will inhabit the ground floor of the new proposal. It can also lend itself to a chain supermarket or department store that the cities core is lacking currently.

CGI Skecthes - Looking over downtown with proposal

Located three stories above street level is an elevated green space. The walkway becomes a destination for the urban dweller. It is the place that connects you with views down the vertical corridors as well as acts as the transitional space from employment to residence. This path becomes an amenity to those who live in the cities core as well as a special feature for those who visit. CGI Skecthes - View from Franklin Street looking at proposal

* Draft/ Context Model - Proposed tower and adjoining building

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01 Section. A

Laminated low-iron tempered glass



Zinc Extruded Vertical Strut



Zinc Suspension Joint


Zinc Extruded Unit Frame Concrete Slab Automated Internal Shade




Raised Floor Over Concrete Slab Suspended Ceiling Insulated Glass with Low E-Coating

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Cross Section AA

1/64” = 1’ - 0”

Cross Section BB

1/64” = 1’ - 0”

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* “Urban Identity” - Final Model

Elongated Shape Adapting to the Florida environment, the building takes on an elongated shape which helps with passive cooling conditions. The skin of the structure is also housed 8 ‘ from the curtain glass wall which helps cut down on sun exposure. The structure also boasts a very unique atrium space that almost spans the whole vertical distance of the structure. This in return allows for dramatic views throughout the building as well as a space for hot air to escape the structure.

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USF SACD Urban Design Studio - Advanced Design C


Spring 2011

A VILLAGE IN THE CITY Barrio de Colon | Havana, Cuba - Building a New Architectural Vocabulary

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Why is this place? Barrio de Colon Havana is a moment captured in time. The people, the culture, and the existing contextual conditions have been left for a new generation to re adapt and rehabilitate. Such unaffected nostalgia is nearly impossible to locate in a global culture consumed with commercial and economical charge. The yearning for a respect of the past and its often idealized form drives the new conditions of a revitalized Havana. A history, the character, an ambiance almost seems to be palpable when experiencing the existing countenance of Barrio de Colon. This is a place which is truly “real” and exposes that reality with a celebrated demeanor. Nothing is fake. Nothing is taken for granted. This is a province where each corner has a history which dictates and chronicles the narrative of a country who has seen a life time of turmoil. This is the truest state of “real” that something could ever wish to be. An architectural appreciation for what once was can become a daunting task. It is an obligation that we begin to effect the immediate in a manor that is as much about what is “real,” as the remaining so that the new architectural vocabulary is not an intrusion, but instead a benefactor which advocates the rich character that is the place. There is a marriage there, a union which can only survive through the benevolent juxtaposition of the old and new. The environment is then embellished by a completeness that has been enhanced from a layering of an architectural vocabularies. The result becomes a space not about an architecture of arrogance, imagery, or ornamentation, but instead about the spirit of the place. This is an architecture of virtue, an architecture of merit.

* First week intensity study of the space between done on Piazza San Stefano, Venice Italy.

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The Conceptual Form Advanced Design C - Urban Design Studio Full Semester Project - Distinguished Professor Jan Wampler (MIT) Design Team:

Joshua Deacon Leonardo Morantin Derek Pirozzi

Beginning to form an attitude towards the question “why is this place,� an initial concept and idea about space was formed with also and attitude about objects and buildings. The first iterations of thoughts on space were playful in manor and allowed for a freedom of expression to form. The first set of studies were done so in a manor that the groups proposal could find information about constructing space from multiple different avenues. Constructing and carving through multiple city blocks took a rigor in the process which could help the creation of parks, plazas, and community spaces to grow in a rational manor. Junk Model By utilizing this freedom of expression, the group was able to branch out and for a new thought on process and making. With the use of parts from machines such as a printer, a cell phone, a fax machine, a monitor, and other electrical devices, the team was able to construct the Barrio out of recycled parts. This became a very informative process and allowed for the design to progress fluidly. * Junk Model - Baririo de colon Havana, Cuba

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DESIGNING with space The urban condition should be considered in the opposite manor than one would typically think about spacial conditions. Space itself or the area in between ( plazas, courtyards, parks, green spaces, etc.) should be thought of as the solid / positive condition. The opposite is said about the buildings and constructed conditions themselves, these are thought of as the void / negative conditions. In this way, “paths, places and in-between spaces� organize the built environment. Through this concept one can begin to not build objects, but space itself. The plexi glass shown in the model above represents the intensity of a courtyard typology, not the building but instead the open space. The design process for Barrio de Colon was allowed to unfold in this manor. The thought of carving space aloud for a more loose concept.

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Barrio de Colon Proposed Housing Barrio de Colon Proposed Housing proposals are in need to create and readapt the city into something better. The current housing conditions of the cuban people are sub par and should be thought of as a relocation effort. By building on top of the old, existing conditions, we are able to achieve layers of architectural infrastructure which could in return benefit through a means of passive cooling. With the new infrastructure floating over the old, this creates a transition space which can serve as a semi private courtyard.

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Creating A New Vocabulary By adding layers of information over the existing urban condition, the barrio is able to benefit through the intense density growth that would eventually happen due to multiple housing opportunities. The urban edge that is starting to form around the main plaza space is mainly consistent of live / work situations which allow for a more comfortable living for the Cuban inhabitants.

* Draft Model - Proposed housing conditions over the existing

Barrio de Colon Housing Relationships The revitalization of Barrio de Colon begins at the urban residential “city block� condition. In the case of housing, the goal was to enable an interplay through the continuity of transitional space that begins to evolve between the old Havana and the new Havana. The transition from open public space to the city block to the residential courtyard and then eventually to the dwelling itself becomes the quintessential idea behind the revitalizing of this community.

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Cross Section Through the Water Front

Cross Section Through Neptune Street

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The Cultural Center Acting as the center of the community, the cultural center becomes the core of the city as well as the focal point of the large open plaza in the center of Barrio de Colon.

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WATERFRONT POTENTIAL The Malecon has been know to be the heart of the city. It has become a place of recreation, relaxation, and a romantic stroll for lovers at night. It is because this powerful entity is such a vital part to the cuban culture, the proposal touches the actual land surface of the Malecon very lightly. The proposal for the waterfront situates it self 200 feet off of the Malecon so that this stretch of land is untouched.

The Malecon Cuba is a tropical country located in a humid region. It is because of this water condition, community becomes an essential part of Cuban life. It is not only a means of cooling the city and the community, but it also becomes a gathering space, a place were people can come together and relax. The malecon is the heart of Barrio de Colon and it is for this reason if the city were to be successful, it would have to strive to celebrate this condition. The proposed water conditions are to leave this sacred space untouched but instead bring the essence of what it stands for into the heart of the city. The proposed scheme for the barrio uses the water as a form of electricity, a form of space making for the community, as well as a passive cooling feature which can better serve the neighborhood.

* Study Model - Conditions of the Malecon and its relationship to the city

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The Malec贸n, Havana The Malec贸n is a broad esplanade, roadway and seawall which stretches for 8 km along the coast in Havana, Cuba, from the mouth of Havana Harbor in Old Havana to Vedado. * CGI Rendering - Water front proposal

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* 3 Layers - Sketch Model / Diagram Model of the layering between water level, Vehicular Traffic, and Pedestrian Traffic

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Barrio de Colon The main proposal is the very large open plaza space as seen in the final section at the lower half of the page. This plaza in scale allows for a multitude of activities and events to take place. Located along side the edge sits retail, cafes, shops, museums, libraries, and more. Activating the Barrio’s central core is a key aspect in revitalizing the area. Proposed as focal points, the main plaza space is anchored by the cultural center which sits towards the southern edge, and the water front institutional piece, which sits at the northern edge. Located in the center and acting as the main landmark for the area, a 20 story tower holds the focus of the concept.

Land Use | Pedestrian Circulation | The Space Between Land use being mostly mixed use with some commercial, the Barrio will benefit most from new proposed residential situations

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* A VILLAGE IN THE CITY | Final Overview Render

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[ Design Studio X | Advanced Design Studio D ]

Fall 2010

TO BEGIN AGAIN Allowing the work to evolve through a rational Intuition.

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To Begin Again Advanced Design X Studio | Professor Nancy Sanders and Professor Albert Alfonso - 7 week design project

Every living element, every human being, every aspect of life gives way to the wearing of time. As we grow older our bodies begin to age in a way that we are not as strong as we once were. This is also true with almost all man made objects. We are meant to fade into the memories of time and so are all living things on earth. How can architecture begin to speak about this? It is the objective of this project to study in a non linear fashion with the means of exploring and finding out about the process of architecture and how one begins to achieve the end goal, or the constructed creation. Through this process I begin to ask questions about architecture and its ability to prepare and accept the wearing of time and how this might enhance the project as time passes. Giving way to the natural elements can create very powerful moments. As cliffs are shaped by the environment, so should our existing structures which sit for a multitude of years. But can we plan for this? What does the structure look like in 10, 20, 100 years, and how does the spacial experience mature as time goes on.

* Concrete Studies- Representing the aging of time through a concrete pour.

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* Process Sketches - Sketch analysis of the three main spaces found through the project. Sketches of details and their evolutions.

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* Sketch Studies - Concrete form work leads to the formal gesture which begins to take on the character of site.

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* The Drodels- Sketch models with drawings allow for a loose process.

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* The Drodels- Studies of light and tide; their effect on space.

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The Layering of Time “Space and time are simultaneously subjective and objective; for this reason the sequence of values is endless and each value is not permanently bound to the object, but to the existence of the object in this or that point of space and time.� - Giulio Carlo Argan The aim of the project is to create a series of spaces where loved ones can bring the ashes of their deceased. The journey engages man through principles of space, light, and measurement of time. Acting as a recorder of history, the structure provides a series of thresholds which embrace the visitor and allows for numerous moments that connect ones spiritual self with nature. The long duration of the journey permits the constant reflection that one will experience when letting go of a loved one. At the culmination of the path, you are embraced by a small chapel and beyond sits a bridge which extends out into the water as it eventually dissipates into nature; a metaphor for our eventual unification with the earth. * Final Model - The constant thresholds one experiences along the path.

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[ Design Studio X | Advanced Design Studio D ]

Fall 2010

THE PRIMORDIAL LINE A studying on the natural reef and the underwater condition

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The Primordial Line Advanced Design X Studio | Professor Nancy Sanders and Professor Albert Alfonso - 8 week design project

The line should be allowed to progress freely and aimlessly evolve if not for only the sake of evolving. From status to motion, the intent of the mobile point is the ability to study minimally through the perpetual stroke of either the artists brush, pen, pencil or other drawing utensil. The line begins to evolve in an outward, unbalanced, multi-directional dimension, developing in a way much like the force of gravity would act upon an object in space. Gravity becomes a weight, an anchor that pulls upon all life and gives regulation to an otherwise random act of nature. The free motion of an object then becomes subordinate. For a drop of water sitting on top of a rock, the forces of gravity become more imminent as the static point is built upon by the addition of more water. As the drop moves over the surface down the side of the cliff, it leaves an imprint, a path that becomes a signature of the earth and the natural forces that compose it. “Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.� (James Turrell) As a diver begins to submerge deeper into the blue abyss of the ocean, they are accepted by an overwhelming feeling of tranquility. This otherworld transforms mans perception of space through the changing qualities of light. Manipulated by the density of this aquatic atmosphere, light is experienced in a different manor than known from the world above. Just as any natural object is affected by the contact of water, so are the strong beams of natural light that strive to break through the waters surface and attempt to make contact with the ocean floor. Refracted and entwined, the natural illumination takes upon the rich character of fluid movement. As if to almost dance, the natural light begins to take on a new attribute, one that is capricious and whimsical in its manor. This liquid light begins to transcend the common perception and grant a new appreciation. The reef is the urban condition that lies below the waters surface. It is the cornucopia of life that builds and swells in an immense concentrated diverse population. The reef becomes composed of space that flows in a manor inhabited by aquatic marine life. The construct attempts to capture the liquidity of spatial flow while also creating a connection between the waters surface and the ocean floor. Creating a progression of carved space through the anchored linear, vertical, and planar elements begins to allow the divers to experience an underwater condition that also boast a lush artificial reef and coral nursery meant for the rehabilitation and re-growth of coral beds quickly depleting in a Florida aquatic environment. Anchored at both ends, the apparatus becomes a speculative concept about how man can begin to flow through and occupy fluid space without the constraints of gravity.

*Photgraph - Liquid Light Study

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THE LIQUIDITY OF LIGHT The study of light and it’s properties under water - To better understand light and its possessive qualities.

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*Line Studies - A series of 50 line studies diagraming the flow of water. The overlaying of these studies allows for the evolution of form.

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Underwater Research Facility Creating a progression of carved space through the anchored linear, vertical, and planar elements begins to allow the divers to experience an underwater condition that also boast a lush artificial reef and coral nursery meant for the rehabilitation and re-growth of coral beds quickly depleting in a Florida aquatic environment.

*Above Sketch- Initial line study *Photos - Diagramatic spatial experiences

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Vertical Concept Creating a vertical concept through the extruding of line work formed while studying the natural movements of the earth. The objective of the construct was to illustrate the ideas behind flowing through space. Since gravity is always a factor, the only true way to flow through space is beneath the waters level. In return, divers who explore the coral reefs find a type of tranquility with the type of feeling found only underwater.

* Hanging Vertical Construct - Flow of Space

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A Diving Apparatus The reef is the urban condition that lies below the waters surface. It is the cornucopia of life that builds and swells in an immense concentrated diverse population. The reef becomes composed of space that flows in a manor inhabited by aquatic marine life. The construct attempts to capture the liquidity of spatial flow while also creating a connection between the waters surface and the ocean floor. Creating a progression of carved space through the anchored linear, vertical, and planar elements begins to allow the divers to experience an underwater condition that also boast a lush artificial reef and coral nursery meant for the rehabilitation and re-growth of coral beds quickly depleting in a Florida aquatic environment. Anchored at both ends, the apparatus becomes a speculative concept about how man can begin to flow through and occupy fluid space without the constraints of gravity.

* CGI Studies - Underwater vertical conditions inhabited by diver as well as the natural environment.

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FLEX* Digital Fabrications Team Members: Alex Rios, Matt Doll & Derek Pirozzi Spring 2010 | Professor Mark Weston

Creating an anthropomorphic skin system which allows for interaction with the adjacent pedestrian. The concept of FLEX came from the idea of having a responsive system. When one approaches the wall system, the wall in return will acknowledge your presence and give off a type of response. In the case of FLEX the response would be this mean of embracing the user in some form. When approaching the skin system, The wall will acknowledge you presence by expanding towards your direction. This is done in a sense that mimics an embrace. The wall is responsive and welcomes the interaction by expanding. Once the expansion happens, The module units will then begin to separate allowing light to shine through the revealed perforations. As you come closer to the wall the more the system expands and the more light is let out onto your presence. Acting in almost a human fashion, the wall is responding and accepting your interaction.

* Formed Plexi Glass - Light Study

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Motion Activated The interior system revealed. As shown by the photographs to the left, As one interacts with the wall, the wall system responds by manipulating its light patter. This in retun informs the on looker of its reaction.

Simulating Life Creating a repedetive pattern that in return would allow the system to FLEX and BREATH.

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FLEX* Exposed An intuitive process driven through the ideals and concepts brought on by the use of digital fabrications. The process of producing a wall of this shape is rigourous and intricate. The frame of the skin system must be built in a manor that can still allow the skin to flex, but still stay in position. Through the use of an ardino board, the lighting program can be manipulated.

* Process photos taken during construction of wall system

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Envisioning Light-Rail (LRT) Station 2010 Fall All School Charrette | Honorable Mention Team Members:

Eric Colon Camille Rivera Ashley Young Eli Pano Derek Pirozzi

Located on Columbus Ave in the heart of East Tampa, this Transit station links to the future light rail infrastructure proposed for Hillsborough County. This future scheme creates an opportunity for the city of Tampa to grow in a more integrated and sustainable way. The proposed vision would be an ecological transit corridor consisting of a light rail system, bicycle trail, pedestrian walk, and park. This new network encourages social interaction and promotes healthy communities and civic life. Our transit station will be a prominent and recognizable destination, creating a more vibrant community with its structure and lush vegetation. As the activity trail we created runs through the station, it becomes a enjoyable environment for commuters and local recreational activist. The simple design and modularity of the structure enables prefabrication and quick assembly. This allows for easy transportation to the site and is economically sound. Ecological systems are integrated to form a more sustainable design. Permeable, geotextile mesh supports native vegetation, combats erosion, and is a light filtering membrane for climate control. These structures also incorporate a water collection and irrigation system fueling the abundant plant life. The driveway and parking lot incorporate permeable pavers for further irrigation.

*Perspective Rendered Sketches done by Dimitar Dimitrov

Perforated Polyacrilic Teflon Coated Mesh The Peforated material acts as a performance driven screen that not only provides a shaded inhabitable platform, but also allows for dense vegitation to grow and take over the material in a Tropical Florida climate.

The Pilkington Planar™ System - Fittings A designer is able to chose from an extensive library of cast springplates whether the connection detail be at the cruciform (4 point connection) or at the intermediate location (2 point connection). concept perspective - bike trail adjacent to light rail station

Nickel - Chromium Plated Steel Frame Both Ni and Cr increase the hardenability of steel. Chromium brings resistance to corrosion and oxidation, high temperature strength and abrasion resistance.

Low - E Coated Glass Panels Low-emittance (low-E) coatings are microscopically thin, virtually invisible, metal or metallic oxide layers deposited on a window or skylight glazing surface primarily to reduce the U-factor by suppressing radiative heat flow.

perspective - view from light rail platform - vegetation growth on canopy

Nickel - Chromium Plated Interior Frame By increasing the hardness of the steel, the interior frame allows for a stronger structural composition.

Fabricated Nickel Chromium Plated Bracing Through Digital Fabrication, the client will be able to produce custom support brackets through a low production cost.

Seating Systems for Pedestryians concrete poured custom bench system.

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INDEPENDENT SUBMISSION | Open Design Competition


Fall 2010

FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL Nationally recognized memorial that will commemorate the brave service men and women of the United States.

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Healing A Nation National Open Design Competiton Team Members: Mentor / Professor:

Dimitar Dimitrov Derek Pirozzi Brandon Hicks

“And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.�

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Distinguished, yet humble in gesture, this memorial evokes deep, innate emotions of tranquility and honor. Both personal and unified in character, the memorial reveals an integral expression of benevolence, transcended by a disposition of pride. We think of this memorial as a metaphorical seam that binds the memory of those who sacrificed; heals those who mourn; and re-connects hero and country, as it weaves a sacred unity between two generations of war. The land itself becomes reverent through the memorial, a moment in time where the unforgettable becomes pronounced. The memorial’s permanence and monumental character is balanced by a sense of intimacy that allows for a freedom of personal perception. Ceremonious in spirit and peaceful in character, the Fallen Heroes Memorial is a place, a moment, an instance in time where one nation can heal in unity.

* View looking over the Field of Fallen Heroes from the Hall of Recognition

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The Ceremonial Path The pathway will bind the memorial and creates a journey of reverent reflection. As visitors exit the Hall of Recognition, they find themselves once again among the pronounced walls of the monument. Acting as a metaphorical hinge, this space begins to link man with his surrounding context, the sky, the field, the path. It is the axis in which the visitor begins to feel a deep emotional connection with the surrounding context. The occupant is alone with the sky as the walls frame a view towards the Tower of Hope, visitors begin to find themselves near the heart of the memorial. Comprised of 57 large openings, the walls reveal each state and territory our nation’s Fallen Heroes call home. Once within these openings, the Field of Fallen Heroes is revealed. The respective flags sway gently overhead commemorating the state or territory they represent. The link between the fallen heroes and the state or territory they so bravely stood for is completed.

* View looking down The Ceremonial Path

Memorial Features and Aspects City Of Kennedale - 13.29 Acres

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Individual Plaque Holder Honoring the Fallen Hero Hero Plaque Light Reveals allow for a more intense experience

Back Light Halogen Light Holders

Pre Cast Modular Concrete Holder

A Heart of Honor The memorial plaques, as well as their intricate supports, place an emphasis on one unique life and one collective sacrifice. It is our belief that each person honored on this land is more than a soldier, they are each a beloved child of a free nation and for their ultimate sacrifice, each of thesebrave men and women are deserving of a gesture that is their own. Floating over individual Light Wells, each plaque is embraced by an intimate support of light. Each Light Well is connected to the next and together the field stands as a unified symbol, a collective sacrifice that will never be forgotten. * View looking over the reflection pond towards the memorial’s entry threshold

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Collaborative Schematic Design Proposal - SACD


Spring 2011


A design proposal for the University of South Florida INTO* Foreign Exchange Program

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Graduate Research Project USF INTO Campus Building, Design Team Collaboration Lead Designers: Graduate Team:

Dr. Levent Kara Prof. Robert Macleod Leonardo Morantin Derek Pirozzi

USF INTO CLASSROOM BUILDING A The main USF INTO Classroom building is the first building being advanced in design. This building is the first building on the master plan construction phase to be built first. The classroom building houses a set of 24 classrooms that are housed in the extruded volumes. Each classroom can hold a total of 20 students which allows for an more intimate interaction between professor and the student body. Also housed in the classroom building is a very spacious atrium space. The corridor allows for dramatic views through the building as well as sectionally dynamic interaction between the student body. The Classrooms buildings program is also composed of a library space, a computer lad, a large auditorium, as well as multiple office spaces with various uses. There are also tutorial labs as well as multiple lounge spaces which allow students to interact and gather.

* Interior perspectives of atrium space and lobby space * Adjacent Page - existing exterior condition.

Fourth Floor

Third Floor

Second Floor

Ground Floor

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* View over looking main plaza space from Fourth Floor of the Classroom Building

Connecting The Campus USF INTO is looking towards the future and is on the horizon about expansion into a new building on campus. The proposed site for the new scheme is at a knuckle between new Juniper/ Poplar Dormitories and Marshall Student Center. By allowing the traffic to move through the USF INTO proposed lobby space , this will begin to revitalize a part of campus that has been under used. The plaza allows pedestrians to lounge under the canopy of the shade trees while sitting on custom pre fabricated concrete benches that delicately “grows� out of the plaza space. The main ground work of the proposal has become the element that binds the new conditions together. The concrete finished pathway will blend itself amongst the Florida vegetation which also inhabits the center space. This marriage of the man made and the natural elements will provide an appealing backdrop for all onlookers to enjoy. The plaza begins to flow into both adjacent buildings by either becoming the floor in one, while also become a main wall element in the other.

* View looking South West Towards Classroom Building and USF Residence Hall

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Site Plan

Approx. Scale : 1/45” = 1’ - 0”

A. USF INTO* Classroom Building B. USF INTO* Lecture Hall C. USF INTO* Residential Dormitories D. Main Plaza Space

* Interior Perspective - Lounge of residence hall over looking the plaza.

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* View over looking attrium/ community space inside USF INTO* Residence Hall

Residence Hall Schematic Design Breaking on its access, the dorm allows for a connection between East and West side of campus. The dorms allow for maximum light penetration so the feeling within is always bright.

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Schematic Design Work | A Maurer Weston LLC (MWlabs) Project


Summer 2010

EL CENTRO ESPANOL A design proposal to help benefit the Spanish community in the downtown Tampa Bay area.

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Connecting a Community Reviving an urban condition and creating a connection between a rich Spanish heritage and it’s relevant contemporary culture. The goal of such an endeavour would be to create a framework by which the local Spanish population can maintain their identity and way of life. By treating the urban edge in an appropriate manor, the club will benefit front the full potentials of the site as well as gain the advantage of the local climate and the ideals of a suitable Florida vernacular.

Initial Speculative CGI Sketches - Exterior Facade Condition

The new relationships created will revitalize the past through the relationship between the cantina, theater, lobby, and ballroom spaces. Creating a Material Gesture Creating a rich facade that addresses the front edge of Columbus Ave. Treating the front condition with an urban gesture that address not only the path and entrance condition, but also the idea of the corner.

Initial Speculative CGI Sketches - Ballroom Patio Relationship

Creating a dynamic between a rich Florida vernacular and a green condition that allows for a spatial relationship between the interior and exterior space that are adjacent to the urban edge. Connecting an contemporary environment with a deep relationship rooted in the ideals and culture of the Spanish Heritage. Initial Speculative CGI Sketches - Exterior Patio Condition

Property Information

Owner: El Centro Espanol Association

“West Tampa Convention Center” 3005 West Columbus Drive

Zoning Classification:


Occupation Classification:

A -2 Type I or II

Building Use:

Convention Center

Total Floor Area:

33,173 sq. ft.

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Exterior Corner Detail

Facade/ Skin Condition

ALPOLIC® Timber Series

ESWINDOWS® Domestic Curtain Wall System

HDI Railing System® 6.0 Optik System

Finished Concrete Exterior Decking

Concrete on Corrugated Metal

MAFI® Natural Wood Floors - Eiche Vulcanino

Pile Driven Foundational Support

This system uses an ALPOLIC® Timber Series which has similar features to real wood and has a longer lasting, more durable effect. It is recommended that maximum distance between slabs axis should not exceed 3.20 m. Like in the previous system it allows installation of 5 to 14 mm thickness glass. This type of façade is frequently requested because it provides a clean and visual elegance.

South East Structure Perspective

North East Structure Perspective

South West Structure Perspective

Construction Concepts El Centro Espanol uses a structural steel framing system and a poured in place concrete slab. The metal decking used is corrugated to increase it’s stiffness and spanning capability. The structure includes steel I-beam columns encased in concrete for fire protection. The first and second floor also includes circular steel columns which are filled with reinforced concrete. The structural system also has customized steel beams which allow for a detailed connection for the complicated skin system.

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Architectural Roof Detail The roof of El Centro Espanol convention center boasts a green roof that allows for the public to access and hold events. The roof is also designed as a grey water system which allows for the collection of rain and irrigation water which in turn is processed and used for the toilet grey water system.

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Roof Section - The Garden RoofŽ Assembly combines Hydrotech’s superior waterproofing technology with a system of drainage/water retention components. All the retention water if filtered and used in the grey water system.

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Parapet Detail The Parapet detail includes Roofers Seal, Gypsum Board, Flashing with Sealant, IntraBond Comp. Aluminium Panel, Roof Membrane, HydroTech Planter Conditions, Structural Support, Interior Lighting Conditions.

Exterior Skin Copper plated metal cladding panels. Insulated and bonded metal panels are used primarily to clad industrial - type building

Section 01

Wall to Ground Connection The wall to ground detail covers Glass Detail, Exterior Grade, Interior Floor, Concrete Slab, Insulation, Gravel, Concrete Footing, Planter Slab, Planting Media

Section 02

Aluminium SL60 NanaWall * Application: Residential * Mounting: Top Mounted; Bottom Mounted * Weather Performance: Premium Weather Resistant * Max Height: 8-9 feet * Wall Design: Straight; Window/Door Combination * Sill: Raised sill; Flush/saddle sill * Performance Ratings: Florida Approved; NFRC/Energy Star Rated Thermal; Acoustical Performance; Help meet LEED Criteria * Glazing: Single; Double; Triple

Florida Approval The SL60 system with panel size of up to 36� x 93� is Florida statewide approved with Product Approval number FL 8349. This information can be viewed at

High Weather Resistance The system is engineered to provide weather tightness and high structural performance. The inward-opening unit with raised sill tested to AAMA HGD- LC45 915x2600 with no water entry, even at 15 psf.

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Plumbing Detail 01 Bathroom Layout and Configuration

Plumbing Detail 02 Kitchen and Grey Water System

Mechanical Detail 01 HVAC and Return Air Configuration

El Centro Espanol Located near downtown Tampa, El Centro Espanol intends to be the event space of the local area. The main ballroom space as well as three additional meeting spaces can hold multiple venues at once. On the ground floor the Centro’s Cantina space promises to be a lively atmosphere at night for all of the locals to join together. While either enjoying the Cantina or attending a private function, all of the guest will constantly have a spectacular view of the elaborate facade which pays homage and respect to the traditions and ideals that the Centro was found on.

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VISUAL CLARITY AND WAYFINDING IN ARCHITECTURE 2011 Fall All School Charrette | Second Place Team Members:

Eli Pano Daniel Houghton David Morrison Francarlos Rivera Derek Pirozzi

“ It is evident that ”life-enhancing” architecture has to address all of the senses simultaneously and fuse our image of self with our experience of the world.” - Juhani Pallasmaa The design strategy for the Eye Institute of the University of South Florida is to address the issues of identity and way finding through the modification of sensory perception. Whether patient or visitor, it is the goal of the proposed scheme to constantly engage the senses as you inhabit the space. As a man or woman with vision impairment, most patients who come to the institute are acutely aware of their lack of sight and are more aware of their other four senses. It is our job as designers to enhance this experience for all who visit. When approaching the new institute, you are to be frequently greeted with fragrant, local vegetation that is native to the greater Tampa Bay Area. You are then made aware of the ambient noise provided by the water wall condition which lines itself along the axis to the south of the existing building. It is also imperative that as one dwells in these spaces, they are always aware of the tactility presented through each material chosen, whether that is the texture of the wall, the grain of the wood furniture, or the cold feel of the steel moments which delineate specific moment. Spacial enhancements, as well as a new sense of branding have become the drive of the proposal.

University of South Florida Eye Institute Creative Sign Designs and the SACD Faculty

Forming a New Vision The new scheme for the USF Eye Institute includes a porte croche which will provide a large shading feature that also boards a glass ceiling which prevents from the Florida rain. This new gesture creates a powerful look as the over hang ties back to the buildings facade and becomes an elegant continuous piece which also features LED light fixtures, Florida vegetation planters, as well as seating near the front entrance for people to wait out of the way of pedestrian traffic yet still be shaded from the elements.

Identifying the Gestures - The exploded axo diagram shows the composure of the main material gestures

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* Rendering Above showing the Adjacent Facade

Creating Visibility The Eye Institute at USF is located in the medical park area on campus. Around this building situates dense vegetation which provides a strong cover for the eye institute. Keeping with a contemporary green ideology, the scheme does not proposed to remove any foliage. That being the case, the eye institute needs to “REACH OUT� towards the road and grab peoples attention. The best way to do so is through a strong present of visual information. The large concrete signs intriguing shape allows for a greater present along side Magnolia Drive.

Spatial Connection The proposed courtyard features adjacent to the southern facade creates an exterior proposal which allows for visitors as well as faculty members to enjoy an outside shaded condition while still being located adjacent to the institute. The courtyard is composed of a weather proofed exterior grade wood while being complimented by a series of granite covered planters. To the left of the perspective, you can see a seating element which is adjacent to a water feature. This acts as a buffer between court yard and parking lot.

*Final Model - Exterior Courtyard Space

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The Van Beveran Residence Independent Professional Design Work | Schematic Design Proposal Site: 1248 Valencia Road, Venice Florida

The Van Beveran Residence is a schematic design proposal for an older couple who wish to move to Venice Florida from the north permanently. The couple has two children as well as several grandchildren so the house will need to accommodate the whole family if necessary. The goal of the residence was to provide for the owners a richer experience with the Florida Gulf Coast environment. Located almost directly on the Venice coast line, the house attempts to capture the view corridors that it is provided past the adjacent structures. A beach easement allows for the residence to access the Gulf through a strip of land located along the south side of the property. By lifting the home up, due to code, the house attempts to take advantage of the higher elevation by allowing for more open space which captures the varying views of the coast line. Located on the ground floor, the car port initiates the owners experience that as you exit your car door, you are greeted with your first view of the coast down the beach easement path. The ground floor also acts as a studio/ work shop space for the husband, the occasional craftsman and painter. As you enter the house you are embraced by the thick main structural lime stone wall as you pass through the walls openings and make you way up onto the second floor. Here you will find an expansive living room as well as foyer, which allows for ample amount of space for the grandchildren to play. The kitchen being the most integral part of the house is found in the double heighten space located at the back of the house. This location allows for maximum views of the coast since the owners spend most of their time here cooking and entertaining the occasional guest. As you make your way to the third floor you first experience the reading nook/ balcony which becomes a cozy spot for the wife, and avid novel enthusiast. Beyond this lies the master bedroom, closet and bathroom which boasts a Japanese soaking tube. As one relaxes and leans backwards in the tube, you are once again embraced by the environment as the window condition frames your view towards the beach.

*Final Model - View towards rear of house.

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Ground Floor | Scale: 3/16” = 1’ - 0” - Studio Work Shop - Car Port - Stairwell to Second Floor - Exterior Deck Space - Water Heater Unit Site Plan - The lot is positioned between Valencia road and the gulf of mexico

- Exterior Shower Space - Exterior Saltwater Fountain - Rear and Side Yard - Storage Space

Exterior Roof Garden Patio - The goal of the residence was to create a more intimate connection with the Florida environment. The exterior green roof space acts like a second living room, the Florida living room. Adjacent to the bar/ grill, the space can entertain the occasional guests.

Second Floor | Scale: 3/16” = 1’ - 0” - Foyer - Grand Piano Space - Family Room - Kitchen / Pantry - Dining Space

- Exterior Balcony - Guest Bedrooms (2) - Guest Bathroom - Storage Space - Stairwell to Third Floor

Third Floor | Scale: 3/16” = 1’ - 0” - Reading Nook/ Balcony - Master Bedroom - Master Lounge/ Office - Exterior Balcony - Master Closet

- Walk in Shower / Sauna - Japanese Soaking Tube - Master Closet with W/D - Exterior Roof Garden/ Patio - Exterior Storage Unit

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Engaging the Environment Living in Florida has many advantages. There are various times of the year where residence can sit outside and enjoy the climate. Although occasionally hot and humid, Florida still boasts a beautiful sub-tropical atmosphere which should constantly be taken advantage of through contemporary residential architecture built in this state. The goal of the Van Beveran Residence is to provide expansive open spaces, that allows for natural light to penetrate deep into the home. This experience will not only provide a healthy living environment, but will also give the owners a more meaningful relationship with their surrounding context, the reason why they moved to the state in the first place. One must also realize that Florida provides a very fickle climate as well. At times it can be freezing when you wake up and hot later in the day, or the other way around. It is for this reason that the sturcture should adapt a type of versatility that would make living in the environment more enjoyable. The house should have the opportunities to vary in any way needed by the owners. The large panel in the back of the residence can be moved and rolled to the full extent of the glass, this in return provides more shade as well as privacy.

*Perspective looking towards the rear of the home from the back yard

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2010 - 2011


Photography Quito | New York City | Chicago | Washington D.C. Houston | Dallas | Martha’s Vineyard | Boston

*Adjacent Page - James Turrell |



Houston Texas

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*The Wyly Theater | Dallas Texas

*The Kimbell Art Museum | Ft. WorthTexas

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*The Modern| Fort Worth Texas

*The Modern| Fort Worth Texas

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*The Opera House| Dallas Texas

*Subway Station| Chicago Illinois

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*The Tenleytown Library| Washington D.C.

*spertus institute of jewish studies chicago| Chicago Illinois

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*The Boat House| Boston MA

*Ray and Maria Stata center| MIT Campus Boston MA

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My Intent To continually pursue a rigorous, logical design approach in the belief that architectural concepts are best resolved holistically and poetically. Education Masters of Architecture 2012 Tampa, FL High School Diploma Venice, FL University of South Florida | School of Architecture Venice High School | Academy of Graphic Arts and Design Fall 2007 - May 2012 ( anticipated graduation ) Fall 2000 - May 2004 Good Academic Standing | 160+ Credits Earned GPA: 3.6 Design GPA: 4.0 | Overall GPA: 3.763 Experience December 2010 - October 2011 Intern Position Alfonso Architects, Inc. Tampa, FL

Graduate Research Assitant January 2011 - May 2011 USF INTO Campus Building, Design Team Lead Designer: Dr. Levent Kara

Intern Position January 2011 - May 2011 Jan Wampler Architects Tampa, FL / Boston, MA

AIA Tampa Bay Board Member 2010 - 2011 AIAS Student Representative USF School of Architecture and Community Design

January 2009 - May 2009 Graduate Teaching Assitant Architectural History | USF S.A.C.D. Professor Jody Beck

Architectural Modeling Advisor October 2008 Halflants and Pichette | Studio for Modern Design Sarasota, FL

Activities and Societies AIAS Senior Advisor August 2011 - August 2012 American Institute of Architecture Students USF S.A.C.D. Varsity Baseball and Track Team Venice High School

AIAS President August 2009 - August 2011 American Institute of Architecture Students Elected Two Consecutive Terms in Office

2003 - 2004

Awards and Honors The Eduardo Garcia Award | S.A.C.D.’s Highest Design Honor | Finalist S.A.C.D. Outstanding Advanced Design Portfolio Award | Finalist AIA Tampa Bay President’s Award | Recipient AIA Tampa Bay 40 under 40 Exhibition | Top 3 Finalist S.A.C.D. Masonry Contractors Scholarship Award | Recipient S.A.C.D. Outstanding Core Design Portfolio Award | Finalist Eagle Scout | Boy Scouts of America Venice Presbyterian Scholarship | Recipient

2012 2012 2011 2011 2010 2010 2004 2004 - 2012

I would like to dedicate this portfolio to my loving grandfather Mario Pirozzi who passed away last June 2010. I miss him everyday.

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Derek Pirozzi USF Graduate Architecture Portfolio  

2012 USF SACD Outstanding Design Portfolio Award Nominee. This is my graduate design portfolio featuring advanced design work (pre masters r...

Derek Pirozzi USF Graduate Architecture Portfolio  

2012 USF SACD Outstanding Design Portfolio Award Nominee. This is my graduate design portfolio featuring advanced design work (pre masters r...