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Dorothy Shepard Architecture Portfolio


Dorothy Shepard |

Master of Architecture AIA Medal and Certificate of Merit Tulane University New Orleans, LA (Aug 2012-May 2014) Bachelor of Science in Architecture Minor in Spanish University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA (Aug 2005-May 2009) Public Interest Design Summer Studio University of Texas Austin, TX (May-July 2012)

MEMBERSHIP

USGBC Member (Dec 2013-Present) SEED Network Member (Mar 2012-Present) Tulane Richardson Memorial Hall Working Group (Fall 2013-Spr 2014) Tulane Architecture Graduate Admissions Committee (Spr 2014)

ACCRED.

LEED Green Associate Accredited (Mar 2014) SEED Accredited (Mar 2012) Lead Safe Renovation Accredited (Jan 2011)

SKILLS

Three Cities Studio Study Abroad Syracuse University Italy, England, and the Netherlands (May-Aug 2008)

Design: Project Management (on the job) Schematic Design Design Development Cost Estimation/Budgeting 3D and Physical Modeling Drafting and Sketching

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EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

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Public Interest Design Fellow | Tulane City Center | New Orleans, LA (Jan-Oct 2013) • Developed the Hollygrove Greenline Master Plan with other design professionals and community stakeholders through schematic design and design development phases. • Managed the schedule, budget, material orders, and staff and volunteer labor for installation of five rain gardens on the properties of five Hollygrove Neighborhood families, according to the designs of a landscape architect. The project was completed at budget and on schedule. • Conducted a workshop for Hollygrove residents concerning low impact development education and implementation, including a demonstration of simple, at-home site surveying and soil percolation testing. • Designed a logo, fence banner, and website for the Carrollton-Hollygrove CDC. AmeriCorps CapacityCorps Member | Rebuilding Together | Alexandria, VA (Jan-Dec 2011) Community Engagement Coordinator Program Coordinator (hired onto staff) | Rebuilding Together | Alexandria, VA (Jan-May 2012) • Gained experience in skills-based volunteer management, grant writing and fund-raising, and home rehabilitation prioritizing on critical repairs & energy efficiency. • Created a sustainable outreach system that categorized presentations, workshops, and communications conducted by staff members, thereby expanding the client base by and community partnerships. • Participated in collaborative meetings, educational seminars, and conferences focusing on housing issues and related services. CAD/CNC Technician | OEC Engineering Corp | Chantilly, VA (Mar-Dec 2010) • Analyzed construction documents to prepare bids for a range of scopes and scales in architectural and engineering fabrication, from $100 to multi-million dollar projects. • Collaborated in design and detailing of custom fabrication projects, such as a stone “carpet”, medical equipment, signage and logos, and furniture. • Programmed code and configuration settings for water jet cutting an array of materials, including glass, metal, plastic, and stone. Design Consultant | Blinds To Go | Springfield, VA (Sept 2009-Mar 2010) • Guided customers in selecting the window covering that best represented their desired function, decor, and budget using product knowledge and quality comparison. • Addressed customer service issues and performed repairs on blinds & shades. Construction and Fabrication: Project Management (on the job) Cost Estimation/Budgeting Labor and Resource Management (on the job) CNC Fabrication (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, Water Jet Cutter, 3 Point Router) Wood and Metal Working

Software: Revit 2013 AutoCAD 2013 Rhino 5 and VRay Adobe CS6 Sketchup 8 ESRi ArchMap (GIS)


Academic Projects

Master’s Thesis: Teaching Resilience in Changing Climates 4

Comprehensive Studio: New Orleans Dance Academy 10

(H20)llygrove Learning Garden 16

Neighborhood Vacancies: Repopulating Hollygrove 20

Disaster Relief Shelter 24

Bicycle Pavilion 28


Professional Projects

Hollygrove Greenline Master Plan 30

Rain Garden Pilot Project 32

Stone Carpet 34

Other Works

Set Design and Scenic Painting 35

Architectural and Figure Drawing 36


Teaching Resilience in Changing Climates A didactic architecture, encouraging environmental consciousness through everyday experience To achieve optimum resilience in a changing climate, every citizen needs to understand and be involved in an integrated network of resources and information. This requires a didactic architecture that exposes and communicates information about resource flows, encouraging adaptation for sustainability and disaster mitigation. The increasing need for resilience calls for new, multifunctioning infrastructure that deals with more than simple one-directional flows of resources and information. Existing flows occur primarily through lines and nodes of movement and collection. Architecture finds its place in this new infrastructure by occupying and providing surfaces for spreading out the intersections of resource flows. Building form thereby serves as a place for resilient infrastructure to diversify, adapt, and be communicated. In an environment that exposes infrastructure instead of burying it and that communicates system processes instead of masking them, a shared understanding of resource flows and their impacts can form. Such comprehension, in combination with quantified building performance and room for adaptation, can teach new habits for resilient resource consumption and maximize the value of a structure for a community. The explicit learning environment of schools and the social networks associated with them position a grade school design as the ideal building type for most efficiently and effectively increasing a community’s resilience.

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TYPE OF PROJECT: Master’s Thesis Individual Studio Scott Bernhard Spring 2014

LOCATION: Hollygrove Neighborhood, New Orleans, LA

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Comprehensive Studio: New Orleans Dance Academy

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Building systems consist of a steel post-and-beam structure, decentralized outdoor air mechanical system, green roofs with water collection, and solar thermal water heating. The alternating solid metal and mesh facade panels, resolve the need for blocking and filtering solar radiation, while allowing cross ventilation. Requirements for ADA accessibility and life safety are also addressed in the building design.

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Inspired by the dance choreography of William Forsythe, the New Orleans Dance Academy creates a spectator experience of compression/expansion, push/pull to focus emphasis on performance spaces. For dancers, the building establishes a sense of repetition, as the backbone for practice, through the five tower studios. The public facade responds to both the historical context of the Warehouse District and the dynamic activity within.


Reorient

Follow Code

Spectator Experience

Academic Experience

PUSH PULL

TYPE OF PROJECT: Academic Individual Studio Wayne Troyer Spring 2013

LOCATION: Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA

SITE CONTEXT: Located near the French Quarter, the Warehouse District has recently experienced significant amounts of rehabilitation of the former industrial sites for programs such as multi-family housing and commerce.

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Steel Structure

North-South Section

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Life Safety and Egress


HVAC: DOAS and Solar Thermal

Environmental Design and Thermal Comfort

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(H 20)llygrove Learning Garden Our scheme re-imagines the existing vacant land of the green line as an interactive and didactic experience using the scale of the shotgun typology as a base point. The linear site is a learning journey focused on issues of water management at the level of the individual residential unit.

Demonstration Garden

Playspace

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Drainage Demonstration Wall

Outdoor Classroom/ Event Space

As visitors pass through the green line, resting points are found, each with a teaching point designed to emulate an aspect of the shotgun home and serve as a demonstration for ways in which these principles can be mimicked. In the center of this experience, the “ghosted� image of a shotgun structure serves as an outdoor classroom space to host educational tour groups, as well as a flexible event space.

Tree Nursery

Rain Garden

Storage Units


TYPE OF PROJECT: Academic Collaborative Studio Judith Kinnard Fall 2012

LOCATION: Hollygrove Neighborhood, New Orleans, LA

SITE CONTEXT: The Hollygrove Greenline was formerly a railroad track that cut diagonally through blocks in the neighborhood. All of the tracks have been removed and the land has been planted with grass.

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Entrance on Leonidas St

Rain Garden Stormwater/Wetland Revitalization

Visitors are first introduced to the concept of a rain garden. Bioswales on both sides of the site are used to move water to the rain garden, which is planted with native wetland species. Visitors learn about techniques for water collection and irrigation in the tree farm. Saplings will be grown on the site and transplanted strategically around the city to address a need for shade.

Tree Nursery Shade Cover

Outdoor Classroom and Event Pavilion A demonstration wall illustrates how landscape techniques can protect the home from water. Adjacent is the “deconstructed shotgun�, which serves as a classroom and event space. The back wall has been replaced with a perforated green trellice that will provide shade in the summer and allow views into the bioswale below. Outdoor Classroom/Event Pavilion Stormwater/Reclaimed Materials

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Demonstration Wall Stormwater/Drainage


Demonstration Garden and Playspace The path continues across the street to a small park and urban farm, intended for use by the immediate community.

Playspace

Demonstration/Community Garden Urban Agriculture

Tree Nursery Irrigation Demonstration:

Landscape Demonstration:

Drainage and Bioswale Demonstration:

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Neighborhood Vacancies: Repopulating Hollygrove In a blighted suburban neighborhood where it may not be feasible to redevelop entirely, this mixed-use housing design proposes targeting areas for increased density along the Hollygrove greenline. With many organizations already interested in developing the greenline, it provides a prime location for small businesses to interact with the street front as well as the inner block.

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The project also addresses two major concerns of flooding and security in a neighborhood that has some of the worst flooding and crime issues in New Orleans. Constructed wetlands on site manage stormwater to decrease peak flows and activate empty plots. The introduction of shade trees and secure entrances provide increased safety for residents.


TYPE OF PROJECT: Academic Individual Studio Judith Kinnard Fall 2012

LOCATION: Hollygrove Neighborhood, New Orleans, LA

SITE CONTEXT: Hollygrove is one of the lowest income neighborhoods in New Orleans with a significant amount of crime and blight.

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Disaster Relief Shelter Studio reCOVER endeavored to design and build a prototype 12’x24’ disaster relief shelter that is both socially and environmentally conscious. The structure is a modular kit of parts requiring few tools for assembly. The roof is designed to shade from the sun & utilize prevailing winds to reduce solar heat gain. Clerestory windows are installed in certain wall panels to create air flow through the interior space.

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The wall system is based on a flexible plug and play concept which employs a standard 4’x8’ wall panel as well as “programmed panels” designated for amenities (i.e. storage, sleeping, water, electricity). As part of a four-person team, I helped design the “programmed panels” and subsequently built a storage and a window panel for the full scale model of the shelter.


TYPE OF PROJECT: Academic Collaborative Studio Anselmo Canfora Spring 2009

LOCATION: Pearlington, Mississippi

SITE CONTEXT: The Gulf Coast is humid, hot, and prone to natural disaster.

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Bicycle Pavilion Prominently located near a major bus stop in central grounds, the Bicycle Pavilion provides a shower, sink, and toilet facility to the cyclists of Charlottesville. The large butterfly roof collects water that is filtered in cisterns with a meter visible

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from inside the shower to increase waste water consciousness. Each bike rack can be flat-packed as one strip of sheet metal and bent into shape on site in multiples of two.


TYPE OF PROJECT: Academic Independent Studio Jim Kovach Fall 2007 LOCATION: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

SITE CONTEXT: Pedestrian and bike-friendly community with minimal traffic, at the center of the UVA campus.

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Hollygrove Greenline Master Plan The Greenline is a community-based initiative that is being lead by the Carrollton Hollygrove CDC with the support of Trinity Christian Community Center, Longue Vue House and Gardens, and the Tulane City Center. The project sites, owned by the Sewerage and Water Board and formerly occupied by a rail line, were made available to the CDC for storm water management, wetland restoration education, and community activities, such as urban agriculture and playspace.

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Greenline Goals: - Re-activate unused infrastructural space within the Hollygrove neighborhood - Educate the community on stormwater management strategies - Provide healthy, safe, enjoyable public outdoor spaces - Provide demonstration gardens for urban farming initiatives


TYPE OF PROJECT: Professional Collaborative Tulane CIty Center Summer 2013

LOCATION: Hollygrove Neighborhood, New Orleans, LA

SITE CONTEXT: The Hollygrove Greenline was formerly a railroad track that cut diagonally through blocks in the neighborhood. All of the tracks have been removed and the land has been planted with grass.

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Rain Garden Pilot Project Five rain gardens were installed on the properties Hollygrove residents with flooding issues. The collaborative efforts of Tulane City Center, Carrollton Hollygrove CDC, Dana Brown & Associates, and Engineers without Borders, produced a pilot project for the education and implementation of stormwater management best practices in the residential neighborhood. The gardens are comprised of 100% native species and handle at least 10% of each property’s runoff in a 2-year storm.

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Hollygrove residents were invited to a workshop about stormwater management at the scale of their city, neighborhood, and homes. Some topics covered were: why New Orleans is sinking, why mechanical drainage and pump systems aren’t enough, and what “soft engineering” infrastructure could be implemented to mitigate drainage issues at various scales. Residents also learned how to use simple site surveying techniques at home.


TYPE OF PROJECT: Professional Collaborative Tulane CIty Center Summer 2013

LOCATION: Hollygrove Neighborhood, New Orleans, LA

SITE CONTEXT: Most properties in the Hollygrove Neighbohood flood during even 1- and 2-year storms, creating a great need for storm water management education and implementation.

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Stone Carpet With little room for error, I converted the artists’ Illustrator file into AutoCAD, nested the shapes for each stone slab, and programmed CNC G-code for the waterjet cutter.

The tile layers were shocked when the finished product came within 1/32� of the drawing dimensions.

TYPE OF PROJECT: Professional Collaborative OEC Engineering Corp Spring 2010 LOCATION: UDC Theatre of the Arts, Washington, DC SITE CONTEXT: The building is decorated with abstract art pieces designed by SUMA Design Works using a common aesthetic theme.

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Set Design and Scenic Painting Some Girls, performed at the UVA Culbreth Theater, takes place in four separate hotel rooms at various times of day and year. Alterations were acheived with a few key modifications in scenery and props, such as changing the beds from twin to king size, switching the lamp shades, and replacing the painting above the bed.

The following images depict work as a scenic painter for Heritage Theatre Festival productions at the University of Virginia Culbreth Theater, Summer 2009. Typically, the scenic painters were given small printouts of the design or texture to scale up onto physical set pieces with paints mixed in the shop.

TYPE OF PROJECT: Professional Independent UVA Drama Dept. Fall 2007, Sum 2009

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Architectural and Figure Drawing The images in the left column represent on-site sketch work from the Syracuse University 3 Cities Studio, which is an architecture study abroad in Italy, England, and the Netherlands. The images in the right column represent work from a free hand drawing course focusing on representation of the human form.

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On the following page are process hand sketches and a sketch overlay generated during the Carrollton River Center project at Tulane University.


TYPE OF PROJECT: Academic Independent Drawing Courses Summer 2008, Fall 2008, and Fall 2013

LOCATION: Italy, UVA Architecture, and Tulane Architecture

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Dorothy Shepard Architecture Portfolio