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elaine erwin design portfolio


education

awards

Illinois Institute of Technology T Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude Study Abroad, Spain and Portugal LEED Green Associate KTH Royal Institute of Technology Study Abroad, Stockholm, Sweden University of Oregon Summer Architecture Academy

Spring 2013 Summer 2009 Anticipated Summer 2013 Spring 2012 Summer 2007

Camras Scholarship (merit based full tuition), IIT Dean’s List, IIT Valedictorian, Sunset High School First Place Regional and First Place State, Destination Imagination

Fall 2008 - Spring 2013 2009-2013 Summer 2008 Springs 2005-2008

Interior Design Intern, Roche Bobois Phonathon Assistant Manager, IIT Institutional Advancement Phonathon Student Caller, IIT Institutional Advancement Resident Advisor, IIT

Summer 2012 Fall 2011 - Spring 2013 Fall 2010 - Spring 2013 Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

Vice President, Kappa Phi Delta Sorority Public Relations Chair, Greek Council Camras Scholars Executive Board American Institute of Architecture Students MexicoProject, Secretary

Spring - Fall 2011 Spring 2011 Spring - Fall 2010 Fall 2009 - Spring 2010 Fall 2008 - Spring 2009

International creative problem-solving program

work

activities

skills

interests

- AutoCAD - Revit - Model Making - Time Management - Leadership

- Google SketchUp - Rhinoceros - Organizational skills - Communications - Teamwork

- Adobe Creative Suite - Microsoft Office - Digital Photography and Editing - Event Planning - Customer Service

Volunteering with Destination Imagination, Practicing Spanish, Photography, Hiking, Travel

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studio work

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color installation s.r.r crown hall, chicago, il first year studio

This installation was designed for Crown Hall in Chicago. It is a three-dimensional interpretation of Monet’s Autumn Effect at Argenteuil. The reflective properties of the site’s floor were utilized to represent the reflection of fall foliage over water.


framing model

florida restaurant, roberto ercilla + miguel angel campo second year studio

These models explore the technical side of wood construction by framing out an existing wood building, and then zooming into a corner detail. The selected project is a restaurant in Spain, made up of three parts: two that are conditioned restaurant spaces, and one that is an unconditioned patio.


+7 7000 approach

ski storage age

warming hut big sky, montana third year studio

+6950 950

The warming hut is a place of protection: providing shelter from the elements, while allowing its inhabitants to still experience the Montana landscape. This building brings the outdoors in by relating to elements of the neighboring site through form and texture of concrete. The mountainous horizon is expressed through the form of the hut. Timber from the area is used in the concrete’s form-work to express trees’ distinct cross-sections, creating storage and windows. These components come together to re-landscape the site.


landscape landsc ape

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ski lodge big sky, montana third year studio

This lodge is located in Big Sky, Montana, between two main ski lifts. Because mountain users enjoy freedom of their trail, the footprint of the mid-mountain lodge is minimized to provide them with more hillside space. This results in a stacking of the program. The building becomes a monolithic concrete box, and is then punctured with colored glass volumes. These divide the program, let natural light into the lodge, and collect snow.


minimize footprint +allow more mountain space for users

stack program +maintain minimized footprint

create voids +collect snow +allow light in +paint interior spaces with colored light


ski lodge big sky, montana third year studio


concrete panel detail

wall w all detail


chicago wood type institute south loop, chicago, il fourth year studio

This building is located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Currently, there is an existing building that takes up the southern half of the site. Analysis of the site and program led to the decision to divide the project into visitor and school spaces. The existing building is rehabilitated for the school spaces and a new wing is added to house visitor spaces. The rehabbed building is industrial—the production of artwork happens here amid the heavy machinery and mess of ink, paper, and wood type. The new wing is elegant—with its open double height entrance welcoming visitors and clean gallery displaying historical and modern wood type and art.


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REHAB EXISTING BUILDING FOR SCHOOL SPACES

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ADD WING FOR VISITOR SPACES

SHIFT WING TO CREATE COURTYARD

LIFT GALLERY FOR CONNECTION TO COURTYARD


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chicago wood type institute south loop, chicago, il fourth year studio

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1 lobby 2 lecture hall 3 group studio 4 artist studio 5 shop 6 classroom 7 computer lab 8 admin 9 lunch room 10 archive storage 11 toilets 12 gallery 13 apartments 14 mech


Wood type is an art form with strong graphics, expressed to the public on the main facades. Curtains can be drawn in the lecture hall, a versatile space clad in glass. The pattern on the curtain represents the half-rounds of maple that are used to make wood type letters.


urban hotel loop, chicago, il fifth year studio

This urban hotel is an adaptive reuse of the James R. Thompson Center, located at 110 W Randolph. In addition to traditional hotel spaces, the building’s primary feature is a 15-story bird enclosure. Here, and in the adjacent exhibition spaces, hotel guests and the public can learn about birds and avian ecology. The material palette for the lobby was derived from the bird enclosure, and houses a bar and lounge. The primary seating feature in the lounge is inspired by a bird’s nest, with an organic form, hard twig-like base, and a plush soft seating. The twig- motif is repeated in the light fixtures, bar stools, and wall covering.


ground level plan

bird enclosure lobby exhibition hotel restaurant + bar research


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urban hotel loop, chicago, il fifth year studio

lobby plan 1 drop-off 2 check-in 3 “bird’s nest” seating 4 bar 5 bird enclosure


interior material investigations


competitions


designing action nashville, tennessee summer 2012

Grid’s Edge revitalizes the formerly industrial area into a place that is both environmentally and socially responsible. A thin layer of paths and fields float above wetlands, allowing water to ebb and flow through the site. To minimize the built environment and maximize the area for native species to flourish, all the programmed elements are stacked vertically. Here, Nashville citizens and visitors alike can partake in athletic, educational, and cultural activities.


palezone cumberland nashville duckweed shiner hi elktoe lkt crayfish fi h

pitcher swamp rose yellow plant l t mallow ll grass

broadleaf virginiana cattail tt il spiraea i


designing action nashville, tennessee summer 2012


programmed structures

paths and fields

wetlands


flat lot pavilion flint, michigan spring 2013

In the skywalker pavilion, gravity does not exist. She makes a splashdown in the flat lot and awaits the arrival of earthlings. A series of folded components seemingly float overhead, while unfolded components envelop a canopy system. The broad urban footprint of the skywalker pavilion leads visitors onto the site. Color coded interventions guide the public to engage in a variety of events, both planned and impromptu, within her canopy and footprint. The skywalker pavilion is occupied differently throughout the day: seating and stages are extrusions of the painted footprint; yellow platforms define spaces for lounging, picnicking, and playing. After sunset, the main stage is strategically located to allow both the historic genesee towers and mott foundation building to become its visual backdrops.


flat lot pavilion flint, michigan spring 2013


COMPONENT - UNFOLDED

UNFOLDED COMPONENTS

BEND PETALS AT PERFORATION FOLDED COMPONENTS

COMPONENT - FOLDED

POSTS

TRANSPORTATION

$700 COMPONENTS

POSTS

$7,900

$2,400 $24,700

LABOR

FOOTPRINT

$10,000

$1,700 SEATING + STAGE

$2,000

SEATING + STAGE


photography


logan center for the arts chicago


chicago film archives chicago


materials & metals

chicago


jewish museum berlin

temporary chapel

helsinki


frosilos

copenhagen

guggenheim

bilbao


sketches


burgos cathedral burgos, spain


la pedrera de caixa barcelona, spain


wrench


library stair eugene, oregon


design-build


residence reynosa, mexico

In the spring of 2009, a group of classmates and I took a trip to a colonia near Reynosa, on the Mexican border. After planning and designing for a semester, we spent a week in Mexico constructing a house for a young couple and their baby.


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2 1 Because this region has no electricity, we installed a simple geothermal earth pipe underground to passively cool the house. 2 The completed loft, with one of the windows that we prefabricated in Chicago.

5 3 A typical residence in this region of colonias. Most homes are made with found materials.

4 EPV Solar donated a solar panel, which we set up on the southern side of the roof. This provides electricity to interior lighting and to the small fan pulling cold air from the geothermal system. 5 The roof frame during construction.


acorn end table west chicago, il fifth year furniture elective

In July 2012, a violent storm hit West Chicago, tearing down 80% of Reed Keppler Park’s oak trees. The student work from this furniture course was auctioned off in West Chicago to fundraise for rebuilding the park. The concept of locality was frequently discussed. What makes a built object “local”? The oak used in this end table is local to West Chicago. Beyond materiality, the acorn served as conceptual inspiration for this piece of furniture, as it is unique and local to the oak tree. An acorn is comprised of a tough shell protecting the seed of the oak, and is divided into two hemispheres. The acorn end table is made primarily of white oak, with an aluminum accent to contrast the oak’s warmth and to represent the seam between an acorn’s two halves. The table’s “cap” is removable to reveal a compartment for secret storage.


elaine erwin erwin.elaine@gmail.com c: 503.250.1462

Elaine Erwin Portfolio  

Elaine Erwin's design portfolio; a collection of her work while pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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