DAVID O’BRIEN Portfolio + Resume
2013 - Global
2012 - Community
2011 - City
Motus ex Machina 2014 - Self
My Ears Are Ringing
Animation - 2014
Painting - 2013
Selected Works 07/
Retribution Film - 2012
Graphic Novel - 2013
Evolutionary Urbanism /01
2014 San Francisco
in collaboration with mark jongman-sereno and mira irawan
Winner AIAS Frozen Music Competition 2014 Winner Iowa CSI Structural Competition 2013
Existing on the site was an 8 story parking garage. Based on the development of the nearby Transbay Terminal Hosting 11 modes of mass transportation and 40+ million users per year, the infrastructural structure will become obsolete. Human nature has often been to tear down and build new, but rather than view the structure as a relic, it was instead taken as an armature with inherent good properties. It can evolve past its original use as "parking structure" and this case become "cultural institution." A music hall and various amenities
concept with properties such as a continuous circulation system and a rigid structural framework that can be pugged into and subtracted from, the formant structure was viewed simply as a street elevated into the air. as a dead end, it lay unused. by programming a music hall into the highest level, the interstitial levels in between become activated.
to successfully program the existing structure, the supporting spaces of a music hall are extrapolated along the continuous ramp system. logical agencies are given vertical relationships. through this, strategy, several program blocks were developed therein grouping like an even distribution of different programs, and the vertical block, allowing instances such as commercial spaces to be accessed simultaneously without requiring the user to traverse the entire structure in order to enter the next store.
a daylighting study using the adjacent buildings and different times of year allowed an open air atrium space to be cored from the center of the structure. this allows natural daylighting throughout the typically dark structure, and creates visual connections from the ground level up, encouraging a continued engagement. the columns and beams are allowed to remain in place to ensure structural integrity while adding to the experiential quality of the space.
the program blocks provide an opportunity for the structure to have a 24 hour life cycle. while a music hall has the ability to attract upwards of 1000 people on any given night, performances are not constant. by extrapolating the supporting programs, they are given opportunities to operate on their own.
experimental music hall
experimental music hall
restaurants cater to the daily lunch crowd, art galleries host their own exhibits, bars can have their own venues and shows. the system can react to various times of year and day to more aptly add the rincon hill area.
back of house
a porte-cochere connects the ground level to the adjacent embarcadero highway system. large vehicles can park overnight, accommodating large scale visiting acts. the back of house adjacencies are connected by a large service elevator that privatizes the arrival and departure of the artist while making connection to production services, backstage, green rooms, and practice spaces convenient.
Delineate Events /02
2013 columbus, indiana
an innovative objects museum, like all museums, requires an audience. columbusâ€™ tourism relies on a relatively niche audience, and therefore to create a viable experience for people, it must vary regulary, as the most common visitor in a small town will be the repeat visitor. seeking to create a display which varies on daily basis, this museum also intervenes upon the urban environment to affect the city externally in the same way its program operates internally.
galleries as signifier
building as circulator
louvres in motion
louvres as pavilion
the artist in residence the museum is designed to host multiple artists in residence. by hosting people who will actually create their work on site, the visitor gains access to daily changes. the process of production becomes as important as the product itself. the act of creation, installation, and manufacture are a part of the exhibit and possess in themselves a natural evolution that the building can equally evolve with. work shop spaces are connected to gallery spaces allowing use and handling of dangerous materials in safe areas while creating immediate access to display areas. the separation of space becomes blurred as users can be at once amidst a workshop as well as a display space. the event galleries can open and close, their shading system acting as signifier to the community indicating type and scale of event.
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4 19 3
1. lobby 2. restaurant/ giftshop 3. kitchen 4. admin office 5. restroom 6. event space 7. event gallery 1 8. studio 1 9. library 10. loading/ storage 11. office 12. event gallery 2 13. rotating exhibit 14. classroom 15. laundry 16. mechanical 17. artist residence 18. studio 2 19. elevator
museum as host
columbusâ€™ exisitng plazas and urban areas make it a very apt host to community events. this museum seeks to connect these spaces by providing a centrally located structure that can be host as pavilion, facilitator through exhibits and activities, and civic amenity through collections, libraries and classes.
upper level rotating exhibit
entry and event gallery 1
Residential Autonomy /03
2014 new york city, new york
in collaboration with zack zimay this residential project located in the historic cast iron district sought to answer the question of home and ownership in a densely populated urban environment. here, the monotonous nature of â€œneighborhoodsâ€? removes a sense of identity for the individual. a thorough examination and comparison of site in soho helped determine the most ideal location to yield access to amenities, recognition of home,and seclusion from inherent unwanted stimulation in urban environments. design strategies derived from a translation of the individualized home common to suburban neighborhoods into the urban residential tower.
stimulation density map
10 min. walking radius
density vs. necessity
grand and wooster
broome and crosby
stimulation social access
broome and crosby
distance from site
grand and wooster
distance from site
urban residential autonomy
immediate outdoor access
clear recognition of home
immediate access to common space
massing / approach
3 3rd floor
PLANS- 1/16th scale 1. garden space 2. one bedroom unit 3. two bedroom unit
4. 5. 6. 7.
exit stair atrium public niche elevator core
WEST SECTION - 1/8th scale
transition to achieve a sense of ownership in the occupant, multiple strategies were implemented. the units are multi-storied in order to weight one side of the building with all of the housing. this allowed for a broad â€œstreet-likeâ€?internal entrance that instigates visual recognition of the home to occur both externally and internally from a great distance. the internal street was then divided into two stacked atriums, reducing the level of pedestrian activity by 50% and catering to a transition into privacy. the remaining facade is occupied by garden spaces that act as visual relief fro the urban environment, and can be accessed literally and visually from each home.
Motus ex Machina /04 2014 ames, iowa
in collaboration with deanna ament photo essays of the black family heritage farm highlight present qualities of isolation that provoke self reflection. the subtle play of materials as they act upon each other, such as water on metal and its apparent decay dictate the engagement, though imperceivable, is as potent a stimulant at any scale. through reduction of variables, and in the spirit of the meticulous agricultural machine see now a new machine tuned to evoke introspection and reflection.
motus ex machina
My Ears Are Ringing /05
developed for the portland based alternative rock band sama dams, this music video accompanies the lead track â€œmy ears are ringingâ€? from their sophmore album. a mutual collaboration took place when the band was looking for video opportunities to embellish their upcoming october release, and i was looking for an original musical score to go with my own foray into digital animation. my process involved character development, staging, story boarding, 3d model construction, lighting, rendering and final production editing.
Prospect Theism /06
2013 rome, italy delphi, greece watercolor
a study through water colors into the apparent relation of former religious deities to current theistic heroes, particularly in the catholic church. vast similarties between greek religion, the roman empire and present day catholicism place figures such as st. peter in the early stages of herculean legacy. through the tholos temple to bramanteâ€™s tempietto, figures are reborn as fact, remaining myth only to the names of cultureâ€™s most recent abandon.
R e t r i b u t i o n /07
2012 Springfield, Illinois short film
in collaboration with nerds in disguise a short western film based on the concept that all westerns rely on two qualities: vengeance and one very quotable line. with this in mind, i determined to tell the entire story in about five minutes. though the dialogue never made it into the film, turning the project more into an art piece and music video, some day the hidden audio files will reveal the protagonist’s line: “i’m looking at a body three holes shy of a dead man.”
2014 Pen and Ink
in collaboration with chris o’brien an exercise in creativity. through tradition such as the elegant corpse and the contemporary “marvel method” this graphic novel is illustrated first without script or words. the visual story is then given to the writer, who must create a script from his own interpretation. it is an ongoing collaboration and experiment.
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Architecture 2014 Minor in Digital Media 2014
Earned Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America
Begin work Ferry and Associates Architects
$11 million facade restoration of Minoru Yamasaki building
Worked International Divison for Boy Scouts of America at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree
Won MTV Video Music Award Started Nerds in Disguise
Short film nominated for Video of the Year in the Genero 2012 Awards. Won Best of Amherst at 5 College Film Festival
Spent Semester studying Architecture in Rome Design winner in Design winner in CSI Architectural AIAS Frozen Music Competition Competition
Filmed "You Are Not Alone" an independent feature length movie
(217)622.3964 dwobrien2 @ gmail.com
2014 GIS Visioning
2009 Ferry and Associates
2005-Boy Scouts of America 2009 Worked as a retail clerk. Performed data
Worked on cognitive maps using Geographic Information Systems to help communities better understand their culture and significance for better development of infrastructure. Performed primary research through focus groups.
Nerds in Disguise
20092012 Cofounded a media production company based
out of Springfield, Illinois. Communicated /recruited clients, organized shoots, wrote scripts for in house productions,filmed on site, created story board art, prop design, and art design. Projects include music videos, short films, and company branding. Several Projects I worked on won top awards in competition including an MTV Video Music Award.
I worked on an independent feature length film in 2012 set to release in 2014. I was cast as one of the lead characters, and after a successful kickstarter campaign moved into more roles. I helped with character development and partook in art development for the film as well as prop design and creation. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ dmungor/you-are-not-alone-a-firstperson-thriller
Worked for Architecture firm as summer and seasonal intern doing shop drawing review, construction documents and graphic presentation materials. Performed Design Development for urban streetscapes as well as documentation of existing conditions in historic structures. Developed Construction documents, participated in Schematic Design. Developed Competition Graphics and Development. Worked on historic facade restorations. Worked on $11 million facade restoration of Minoru Yamasaki building. Performed site inspections and construction observation. Participated in Design Development and site analysis as well as project management. Designed new Urban Streetscapes and presented to City of Springfield, Illinois. Performed analysis of existing conditions on failing Illinois Capital Complex plaster ceilings from 1880. Developed Schematic Design for Springfield's new inter modal mass transit center. Created Competition entry graphics and portfolio presentations. Developed Construction Documents for historic facade restorations. Designed residential complex interiors.
entry and helped customers turn in forms and applications as well as obtain general knowledge about scouting. Worked for the International Division at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree in Virginia. Worked with scouts and professionals from Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, and Saudia Arabia.
2011-Iowa State University 2012 Volunteered as Design Studies 102 Studio
mentor and helped teach and advise freshmen students in the development of general design techniques and methods. Subjects include spatial and visual relationships, concept development, and comprehension of intention and ideas.
20122014 Teaching Assistant for ISU course Design
115, mentoring students and implementing and grading coursework. Also acted as a mentor and guide to new students helping them to navigate the core design program and program application process.
2006-English Tutor 2008 Tutored South Korean Students
10 to 18 years of age helping them with homework and to better understand the English language and culture.
AWARDS AND HONORS Received Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Won an MTV Video Music Award from MTV, Pepsi, and Rockband Video: http://vimeo.com/8895547 Awarded Ace II Scholarship for Competitive Excellence from Iowa State University. Short Film is finalist in Civil Wars "20 Year" Competition Short Film Nominated for Video of the Year in the 2012 Genero Awards Short Film wins Best of Amherst at Five College Film Festival Short Film: http://vimeo.com/59676279 Elected President of Datum Student Journal of Architecture 1st Place at Des Moines AIA Convention Napkin Drawing competition. Design winner Iowa CSI Architectural Competition
PUBLICATIONS 2008 2009 20 10 20 11 20 12 20 13
Building is winner in national AIAS Frozen Music Competition
Photoshop: Very experienced in creating 2D graphics, 3D displacement maps. Can work Illustrator: Cinema 4D:
InDesign : AutoCAD : GIS
from digital drawing tablet. Often used as finishing/compositing program for 3D rendering interfaces. Can edit existing images and generate original work. Very experienced working with line weights and tools. Can generate original materials, or work from drawing files exported from Autocad and Revit. Can work from digital drawing tablet. Used for 2D Graphics and original digital drawings. Very experienced. Can create original 3D models. Can generate original texture materials. Can use lighting and rendering engines to generate hyper-real imagery, stylized effects, and hybrid images. Can use animation interfaces to create graphics and narratives. Very experienced. Used to composite image files, create finished presentations and design customized document layouts. Very Experienced. Used to generate construction documents, technical drawings, and presentation drawings. Can develop complex line weights, custom layouts and documents. Very Experienced. Used to generate, document, organize, and map a variety of information from government websites through ArcMap and ArcCatalogue. Can perform complex queries and geoprocesses on data. Very Experienced. Used to generate construction documents, technical drawings, diagrams and presentation drawings. Can develop complex 3D building models and work across programs such as Rhino and Illustrator. Can use Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects to do video editing and compositing across programs. Can incorporate animation effects and audio synching. Can use Rhino and its form generating algorithms for 3D modeling and information mapping. Can also use plugin Grasshopper for parametric modeling and design.
: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and Power Point. Can also use other more common 3D modeling softwares such as Google Sketchup.
DATUM STUDENT JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURE: This publication is produced solely by students at Iowa State University. By interviewing lecturers, promoting an architectural discourse through various online social medias as well as weekly meetings, I contributed both design work and written materials to this publication. Also, fundraising efforts are undertaken in order to publish a printed edition every school year. Journal: http://issuu.com/datum_isu/docs/ no._4_something_made_diffrent_ SCUM-MAG: An exercise in collaboration as well as drawing. I put together entire graphic novels with visual sequencing and my partner then incorporates cohesive narrative and dialogue to connect the images thus reversing the normal writing/ illustration convention in graphic novels. Graphic Novel: http://issuu.com/scum-mag/ docs/sum_mag_issue_1_online DATUM STUDENT JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURE: As President, responsibilities on the ensuing yearly publication were increased. I planned meetings, organized discussions, edited written pieces, provided graphic design, project design, and written work to the publication. Journal: http://issuu.com/datum_isu
REFERENCES Bruce Ferry
AIA, Partner: Ferry and Associates Architects
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (217) 522-4100
Ziad Qureshi Professor
at Iowa State University
Email: email@example.com Phone: (515) 294-8460
Supervisor at Boy Scouts of America
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (217) 529-2727
Professor at Iowa State University
Email: email@example.com Phone: (914) 419-4589