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About Me I am an architecture major with a focus on sustinability and disability studies (universal Design) at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. This second year portfolio is a collection of projects I have competed in my studio and graphics classes at Miami University. I grew up in Rochester, New York, and I have been passionate about design and architecture for as long as I can remember. This fall, I will be studying in Luxembourg for a semester, where I plan to travel around Europe and explore and appreciate even more of my passion.

Contact

Alli DiGiacomo Email: digiacar@miamioh.edu Phone: (585)730-0894 45 Ketchum St Victor, NY 14564


Projects

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Hueston Woods Nature Center

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CLifton Young Adult Library

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Dream Studio


Hueston Woods Nature Center October 20- December 1, 2017 ARC 201 Faculty: J.Elliot, MB Bonham The site for this project is on a south-facing slope adjacent to the lodge, overlooking the lake at Hueston Woods, an Ohio state park close to Oxford. The design is a nature center containing space for educational activities, research, and exhibits. The requirements were classroom space, a work/lab, two offices, and 1000 square feet of exhibit space. The ideas behind my design are relatively simple, intended to avoid taking away from the surrounding natural environment, which is the main focus of the nature center. My design consists of multiple cubes stacked on top of each other, placed at different angles to show different views of the lake. On the exterior of the nature center, the top edges of the South facing cubes are longer than the bottom for shading purposes, but they still reflect natural light into the spaces. The cubic and geometric design is inorganic, however the way they are arranged creates an organic placement. The overall building is balanced both vertically and horizontally, and is intended to emphasize movement and dynamics.


Model


MATERIALS

The greatest challenge for me during this project was working with a steep slope and designing the topography. I focused mainly on circulation throughout the entire building and on each floor. The angle of the walls and windows is stratigically placed so visitors would be encouraged to circulate towards the windows with the view of the lake. Having the exhibit on two floors helped visitors circulate downstairs to see the classrooms and labs.


CLIFTON YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY STORAGE/ SHIPPING AND RECEIVING

ART STUDIO

OUTDOOR SEATING

CIRCULATION DESK

GREEN ROOM

MUSIC STUDIO

PRINTING LAB

OFFICE

OFFICE

REFRESHMENT BAR

STAFF/VOLUNTEER LOUNGE

COLLABORATION STUDIO

Level 4 42’ - 0”

Level 3 27’ - 0”

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Level 4 42' - 0"

Level 4 42’ - 0”

COLLABORATION STUDIO

Level 3 27' - 3"

Level 3 27’ - 0”

Level 2 12' - 0"

TEAM ROOM

Level 1 0' - 0"


exterior perspective

April 1, 2018- May 3, 2018 ARC 202 Faculty: Todd Yoby, Diane Fellows, Katherine Setser The Site for this project is in Clifton, Cincinnati. The collage shown to the right is my interpretation and reflection of the clifton area after visiting. I would describe the area as colorful and diverse. I took inspirtation from the local color in my project, as well as from the creativity of learning. The library is targeted towards young adults, but the entire community is welcome. It is a space for the community to gather, learn, read, create, and be inspired. This library is centered around individual learning, containing spaces equipped with the newest technology for visitors to create almost anything and learn through creating. The spaces that encourage learning through creating are featured on the first floor, including the Green room, art studio, music studio, and on the third floor, the collaboration studio.


MATERIALS


interior perspective

Universal Design was a priority in this project. Not only do the double glass elevators in the center of the building emphasize the circulation, but they also force every visitor to have the same experience traveling through the building.

Model


Dream Studio

21' - 1 3/4"

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12' - 0"

39' - 7 11/32"

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39' - 1 7/8"

13' - 6"

7' - 10 1/8"

60' - 5 31/32"

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Level 2 15' - 0" Level 1.5 12' - 0"

Level 1 0' - 0"

November 2017- April 2018 ARC 214 Faculty: kenny levick This graphics project is a design of what my personal dream architect studio would be. My design is all about the location, Lake Placid, New York. This small 3-4 person studio is only one floor and contains a work space, a conference room, and a bathroom. The main focus is the vast overhanging window overlooking the adirondack mountains. The overhang is on the south fascade which blocks the sun, but it also creates the affect as if the building is floating in the mountains. The name of the firm is High Peak Architects, named after the forty-six high peaks in the adirondacks. The studio atmosphere should be calm and inspiring to promote the best possible work. The green wall helps with stress and has overall health benefits. There is no barriers separating the architect’s work spaces to encourage collaboration between the entire firm.


interior rendering


Elevations


exterior rendering

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