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elizabeth fischer 2013 bachelor of science architecture the ohio state university knowlton school of architecture 3824 robertann dr. kettering, ohio 45420

table of contents academic work 2-6



crystal cavity


useful extrusions


customized convenience



aalto university

performing arts center

shoe store facade

food fort_north market

publiCITY 2012



installation in motion

additional work 30-32 33 34-35 36-37 38 39-40

photography personal art travel sketches graphic design GS Gold Award short rĂŠsumĂŠ

academic work


university_pockets aalto university | campus 2015 autumn 2012 isabela gould knowlton gui competition 14 weeks The Aalto University design objective of the Campus2015 architectural competition was to create a lively and interactive environment for research and learning activities for the whole Otaniemi science and research community. The campus communicates an orientation towards the future as well as incorporating novel techinical and ecologically sustainable solutions. The new buildings create an urban landscape solution in which the new urban structures engage in a dialoque with the existing buildings through the buildings’ dematerialization of forms. The floor area located on campus is between 48,000-52,000 square meters. The concept of pockets throughout campus allows for relationships to be created between the urban landscape and the urban structures as well as creating both personal and public spaces for program. Through the dematerilization of campus into two interlocking parts, a central campus is created. With the addition of the different types of pocketed areas, the spaces yield an atmosphere specific to the program required. The application of the triangulated skin allows for new types of pockets to form as well as unifying the separated structures.



massing | site

massing | interlocking parts


dematerialization | pocket formation



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dematerialization | filling the site

distortion | pushing and pulling for program

distortion | connection to aalto buildings







crystal cavity performing arts center | cincinnati, ohio winter 2012 kristy balliet 10 weeks

Located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, the performing arts center reaches out of its urban fabric to pull in the passerbys. The design of the building aims to pull in city goers, even if they are not going to a show within the building. Rather than establishing the theater as an object strictly within the buiilding, the exterior of the building creates a performance space that is open to the urban environment. The “Crystal Cavity� challenges the boundaries of the site and relationship between the structure and its visitors. Triangulation is employed to create spaces through the movement and articulation of folded planes. The triangulation in plan begins to shift the movement throughout each level. In section, triangulation begins to break the vertical plane to create three different types of spaces: a room, pockets, and foldaway viewports. The rectangular Massing is sliced into to direct the visitors towards the entry and also to match the triangulated forms of the exterior cavity space. On the Exterior and on the interior of the upper lip of the Massing, media will be projected as a part of the gallery spaces. The Upper lip of the massing also serves to pull in the people just passing by so that they are able to experience the building without having to stop for a show or even go inside.

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useful extrusions shoe store facade | columbus, ohio autumn 2010 dow kimbrell 5 weeks

In an urban infill site in downtown Columbus, Ohio, an existing building is renovated to become a shoe store, specializing in boot sales. With two important walls, the west facing High street wall and the south facing alley wall, the focus of the design becomes directed towards these walls. The intent of the design is to be both functional and formal. Since the alley is a typically abandoned space, the shoe store design creates a more appealing atmosphere between buildings. The stacking of the south facing wall reflects the way shoe boxes are similarly stacked. The extrusions along the wall are manipulated in order to create functional modules for the interior and the exterior. While acting as different displays for boots, the modules also provide spaces to sit or places to view the life inside and outside of the store. The glass entry wall facing High street is designed to allows passing traffic to see the south wall extrusions. The way the modules light up in the alley creates an aesthetic appeal both at night and during the day that is intended to draw in customers.



customized convenience north market food fort | columbus, ohio autumn 2011 brandon clifford 5 weeks

The typical food truck, although quite portable and mobile, is limited to the streets and parking lots. The design of this food fort in aimed at the possibilities that are created by freeing the food truck from the streets. In the same way a dress can be customized, the food fort has the ability to be adjusted to its site. Through customization, the food forts site possibilities become infinite.



Triangulation is employed because of the structural strength of its design and the range of possibilities of its design. Although the design itself is not definite, the terms in which it is design are. There are two skins that define the food fort. The interior skinning of the fort is aimed at design according to the function of the space. The exterior of the fort forms according to the site. While it is both highly portable and diverse, it is mostly convenient in that it can be shipped and rebuilt anywhere.


potential sites

freeing the fort from the streets

north market site


re-unification publiCITY 2012 | rome, italy spring 2012 kay bea jones 7 weeks collaboration with: Patrick Vokaty and Azzalee Gethers A villa is a country house for the elite, surrounded by gardens and vineyards to highlight its wealth and importance. Across the centuries, villa gardens, once located in the suburbs of Rome, have become public parks for recreation and fresh air for its citizens. In the same way a villa becomes a sublime creation in an elaborate landscape, the new Art Center becomes the new precious artifact within the pre-existing Villa Borghese landscape. The design of the Art center pays tribute to the landscape that surrounds the building both directly at its feet and also on the city skyline.The views that are accessible by design, St. Peter’s, MAXXI, Piazza del Popolo, Termini Station, and the Colossuem, are highlighted for their role in the fabric of the city comprised of monuments. St. Peter ’s Dome rises above the datum of modern Rome, the one building that is almost always visible at any point in the city , the one building that controls the heights of every other building. MAXXI is the first national museum of architecture in Italy, the main museum that houses and promotes the art and architecture of the 21st century. Piazza del Popolo is the piazza for the people, tip of the trident, and link between the Pinchian hills and the gardens of Villa Borghese. Termini Station is the main train station of Rome that provides access to and from the major cities of Italy. The Colossuem is the most iconic symbol of Imperial Rome, withstanding years of damage to remain standing today as a tourist attraction for the Roman economy.All viewports come together to form a 5-headed complex uniting a series of contemporary media. Each tube houses a different artist, with space for a workshop and a place to exhibit each artist’s work. Structure and circulation respond to the dynamic form that results from the intersection-the collaboration-of each artist’s domain. The division of public and private zones is also acknowledged through the East and West wings of the design center and within the circulation through the tubes. The old Cosenza entry is also recycled in our design, emphasized by the inverted tube entry, drawing attention to the public entrance. The secondary tubes act in a similar way to the primary tubes except that the program in inverted. However, every tube reunites at one public level.


secondary program

PUBLIC PRIVATE PUBLIC secondary program secondary program




primary program primary program



primary program



foldahut installation in motion | knowlton hall spring 2011 tracy perry 10 weeks collaboration with: Drew Grandjean and Dylan Rossetti The concept of the Foldaway resulted from a study of the movements of breakdancers at the International Battle of the Year competition of 2007. Patterns in how the stage was occupied by both teams emerged from this study, and among them was the concept of “flanking” or surrounding. The concept of surrounding was realized by the enclosure project Foldaway. Beginning with an exploration of using folding to create structure, we came across a particular fold which, due to its uniformity and shape lent rigidity to otherwise non-rigid paper. To create private spaces in a very unprivate building, the Foldaway project attempts to provide relief through enclosure. The beauty of the folds is obvious, but even more elegant is the capacity of the folds to do just what they look like they ought to do: collapse like an accordian. Using the same device that suspends the enclosure from any light fixture in Knowlton Hall (except for the ones higher than 12 feet from the ground), the enclosure can be transported to new sites within the building. Users can collapse the folded structure using the drawstring reels at the sides, then attach them to the back of the device itself (via velcro), which becomes a “backpack”. The tail end of the “backpack” also folds to a comfortable position for transport.



the angle of the arc is directly tied to the proportions of the rectangles that compose the folds

the angle created is determined by the length to width ratio of each v-shaped fold

the thickness of the paper and the tightness of the folds determine the integrity of the structure

holes do not detract from the structures rigidity when cut at the vertices of the triangles

when heat sure made

completely closed, builds up in encloand vents can be via rules

when changing the direction of the folds, an arc forms at the “x� joint that is created

the larger the number of v-shapes and folds, the more the unfixed end can expand



additional work



rome, italy | colosseum

2012 international photography competition the ohio state university honorable mention

rome, italy | pentecost celebration

rome, italy | pantheon


florence, italy

florence, italy | duomo cathedral

genoa, italy | portofino bay

vatican city, italy | st. peter’s basilica

alberobello, italy | trulli houses


rome, italy | spanish steps

matera, italy

barcelona, spain | parc g端ell


cake design

personal art monochromatic acryllic

pointillism marker

watercolor & acryllic


travel sketches

ascoli piceno, italy

rome, italy | s. bartholomeo

matera, italy | contour

“apollo and daphne� rome, italy | villa borghese

matera, italy


pentecost celebration rome, italy | pantheon

rome, italy | pantheon

ascoli piceno, italy | piazza del popolo

rome, italy | st. peter’s basilica dome

s. sebastiano rome, italy | via appia

rome, italy | piazza di santa maria in trastevere


KSA Data Visualization Challenge

disease n’ dots 2012 top global diseases








visualizing global marathon | challeneg 1

july *dot size = intensity of outbreak/number of cases 1-100







2012 Data Visualization Marathon first place | Patrick Vokaty and Elizabeth Fischer

November 9-11 Challenge:Disease Alerts “disease n’ dots”


Deb Georg, KSA Landscape Architecture Doug Graf, KSA Architecture Lisl Kotheimer, KSA Landscape Architecture Karen Lewis, KSA Architecture Matt Lewis, ACAD Rachel Kleit, KSA City and Regional Planning


GS Gold Award Project Glen at St. Joseph Dayton, Ohio 2009 natural playground Elizabeth Fischer and Katrina Staker

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can revieve (equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout). The Gold Award incorporates leadership and service to the community. The requirements include 30 hours of leadership, 40 hours of career exploration, and 65 hours of service. Katrina and I decided to add musical elements to a playground at the Glen in St. Joseph, which helps single mothers get back on their feet, in an effort to create something that would be fun, educational, and help kids to be creative. The natural playground that already exists is designed to promote healthy play skills amongst the children and to discourage violence from the addition of hierarchy. We added a triangle, drum, xylophone and rattle wheel to the playground, which will encourage the children at the Glen to appreciate the natural music they can create as well as comply with the terms already employed within the natrual playground at the Glen.


3824 Robertann Drive, Kettering, Ohio, 45420 phone: 937-671-6179


elizabeth fischer The Ohio State University (2011-2012) Columbus, Ohio pursuing degree in Architecture Carroll High School (2005 – 2009) Dayton, Ohio honors and required courses; AP Physics Iowa State College of Design (2012; 7 weeks) Rome, Italy Scuola di Architettura e Design (2012; 2 weeks) Universita’ di Camerino Ascoli Piceno, Italy


work experience

1st place KSA Data Visualization Challenge (2012) Honorable Mention-2012 OSU International Photography Competition Data Visualization Workspace Photo Challenge winner (2012) Girl Scout Gold Award (2009) Marian (Religious) Award, Girl Scouts (2005) National Honors Society (2007-2009) National Honor Roll (8 semesters, 2005-2009) Coaches Award-Softball (2009) Ann Taylor Loft (September 2012-Current) sales associate Columbus, Ohio Dairy Queen (2007-Current) shift manager (2008-Current) Kettering, Ohio Church of the Ascension secretary (2007-2008) Kettering, Ohio

volunteer and activities

Glen at St. Joseph–Girl Scout Gold Award Service Project– Summer 2009; Dayton, Ohio Christian Service Work Camp through Carroll High SchoolSummer 2008 Church of the Ascension Festival Booth Co-Chair (Kiddieland) Summer 2007 & Summer 2008; Kettering, Ohio HomeLIFE-Religious Youth Group, included service at St Vincent Hotel (2005-2009); Church of the Ascension, Kettering, Ohio Key (Service) Club at Carroll High School (2006) Girl Scouts (12 years) PATS (Religious) Retreat Leader at Carroll High School (2009) Spanish Club at Carroll High School (2005-2009) Spanish Honors Society (2006-2008) Spanish Club Officer (2008) Recycling Team at Carroll High School (2009) Family and Consumer Science Club at Carroll High School (2009) Reserve Softball at Carroll High School (2005) Varsity Softball at Carroll High School (2006-2009) Varsity Softball Captain (2009) Piano (9 years) AFC film club Treasurer at OSU (2012) Servitecture at OSU(2011-Current) AIAS (2011-Current) Events Coordinator-2012 Spring Quarter Abroad in Italy (10 weeks, March 2012-June 2012) Habitat for Humanity (off and on-3 years-2010/2012)


secretarial and management spanish (Beginner Level-4 years) italian (Beginner Level-1 year) computer proficient: Rhino, AutoCad, Adobe programs, Word programs

Elizabeth A. Fischer Undergraduate Portfolio 2013  

Undergraduate Portfolio 2013 Knowlton School of Architecture

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