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Elise Marie Francis


Elise Marie Francis www.elisemariefrancis.com efran053@fiu.edu 305.615.0588

Education Master of Architecture

Genoa Study Abroad

Genoa Study Abroad

gpa 3.97

Design Studio 8

Master’s Thesis

Florida International University

Florida International University

Florida International University

Miami, Florida Aug. 2013 - April 2018

Genoa, Italy Aug. 2016 - Dec. 2016

Genoa, Italy Jan. 2018 - April 2018

Skills

Professional Experience

The ability to self-educate has led me to acquire a broad array of digital software skills:

Graduate Research Assistant |

Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator Autodesk AutoCAD, Revit, Maya Rhinoceros, Grasshopper + plug-ins Google SketchUp Adobe Premiere Pro, Lightroom Model-making and drawing with detail-oriented and meticulous craft:

Tasks: curate and edit books exhibiting the experience and work produced by students of the Architecture in Genoa Study Abroad program // lead workshops and software tutorials in AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, and Adobe Suite for first-year formative students

Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Miami, Florida Aug. 2017 - April 2018

Architectural Designer | Tasks: collaborate on a design team to create architectural drawings, renderings, and presentations for an informative and interactive exhibition on Sea-Level Rise for the Miami Children’s Museum

Hand-crafted model-making 3D printing Laser-cutting Hand-drafting

FIU By Design

Personality traits that have allowed me to accomplish my goals:

Graduate Assistant | Tasks: work with students from high schools across the U.S. during a one-week intensive workshop // visualize design ideas reflecting a given theme, through renderings and tangible objects // assist in curating an exhibition and performance held at the end of the week

Dedication Passion Focus Creativity Adaptability Connectivity Dependability

Miami, Florida Jan. 2017 - Aug. 2017

National Young Arts Foundation Miami, Florida Jan. 8th 2017 - Jan. 14th 2017

Design Student Intern | Tasks: update company profile // to collaborate on design proposals // to visit active construction sites and participate in company meetings Bynoe Rowe Wiltshire Partnership Port of Spain, Trinidad May 2014 - July 2014

Languages

Accomplishments

English Native Speaker

FIU Ambassador Scholarship | Florida International University

Italian

Miami, Florida Aug. 2013 - July 2017

Full tuition paid

Communicate on an Intermediate Level

Dean’s List for Academic Excellence |

This distinction is reserved for students who earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher on 9 or more semester credit hours

Florida International University Miami, Florida Aug. 2013 - Aug. 2017

Organizations Associate AIA Member May 2018 - Present

Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts | Alpha Rho Chi

FIU SOA BEA Gallery Design Studio Exhibitions |

Design studio projects displayed yearly in

curated exhibitions of student work

Florida International University Miami, Florida April 2014 - Aug. 2017

Peer Mentor // Professionalism Chair // Assistant Educator // Alumni Member

Government of Trinidad & Tobago Additional Scholarship |

Florida International University

St. Joseph’s Convent

Miami, Florida Aug. 2014 - April 2018

San Fernando, Trinidad Aug. 2013 - April 2018

CAPE 2013 examinations

1st place in Technical Studies


Table of Contents THE IKONN HOUSE

// 2 - 5

SANTUARIO ALLE EDICOLE VOTIVE

// 6 - 9

THE VERTICAL CITY

// 10

THE BAC ADDITION

// 11

SEE WATER RISING

// 12 - 15

RE-VITALIZED HIGHWAY

// 16 - 17

SOBE MERCATO VIVO

// 18 - 21

THE WAY STATION

// 22


The Ikonn House

THE IKONN HOUSE is an investigative project that implements future building technologies. The project focuses on maximizing the potential of the site in response to environmental conditions, whilst maintaining site specificity and durability in an environment that is constantly in flux. The site is located in Miami Beach, Florida, with challenging environmental conditions such as sea-level rise and storm surge. As a response, inhabitable areas of the house are elevated well above sea-level with steel piles. Operable polycarbonate panels allow for direct ventilation. The enclosure can be disassembled in the event of an imminent natural disaster, whilst the steel structure can withstand hurricane force winds. Pools on the ground level produce an evaporative cooling effect creating a comfortable micro-climate. Semi-private spaces intended for collaborative work activities are held within transparent polycarbonate plastic capsules, partially obscurred by the strategic placement of vegetation on the site. Spaces for domestic activities that are more private, such as the bedroom and bathroom, are housed within opaque polycarbonate plastic capsules. An extensive shade structure of operable polycarbonate panels serve as a double skin for controling ambient temperatures outside of the capsules.

Site

Circulation

Program

AMERICAN COLONIAL HOUSE STYLE

POSTMEDIEVAL ENGLISH

SPANISH COLONIAL

DUTCH COLONIAL

FRENCH COLONIAL

GEORGIAN

From 1600s to American Revolution (1775 - 1783); The revolution resulted from increasing colonial unhappiness with British rule; A range of styles influenced by several European countries

1600 - 1740

1600 - 1850

1625 - 1840

1700 - 1850

1700 - 1850

SOUTHERN

NORTHERN

PITCHED ROOF

FLAT ROOF

URBAN

RURAL

URBAN

NEOCLASSICISM AFTER THE REVOLUTION (1780 - 1860)

FEDERAL

GREEK REVIVAL

New classicism for a newly independent America; Thomas Jefferson felt that ancient Greece and Rome expressed the ideals of democracy; Reflection of classical ideas of order and symmetry

1780 - 1840

1825 - 1860

SIDE-GABLED ROOF

LIMITED-HEIGHT PORCH

TOWN HOUSE

FULL-HEIGHT PORCH

THE VICTORIAN ERA

GOTHIC REVIVAL

ITALIANATE

One of the most prosperous times in American history; Named after the reign of Queen Victoria in Britain (1837 - 1901); Mass-produced and factory-made building parts were now able to be transported over railways; Resulted in large, elaborate, affordable houses

1840 - 1880

1840 - 1885

ASYMMETRICAL

CENTERED GABLE

HIPPED ROOF

TOWN HOUSE

FULL-FACADE PORCH

FRONTGABLED ROOF

GABLE FRONT + WING

HIPPED ROOF, LIMITED PORCH

CLASSICAL BOX

SIDE-GABLED ROOF

NEOCLASSICAL

During the rise of industrialism; Families who profited from the industrial revolution put their money into architecture; Business leaders gained great wealth and built palatial homes; Change of material from wood to stone

1895 - 1955

COTTAGE

FULL-HEIGHT PORCH

TOWERED

CENTERED GABLE

SYMMETRICAL

CENTERED WING/GABLE

ASYMMETRICAL

TOWN HOUSE

SECOND-STORY OVERHANG

FULL-FACADE PORCH

BUILT-IN GARAGE

HIPPED ROOF

HIPPED ROOF, PROJECTING WING(S)

FLAT ROOF

FRONT-GABLED ROOF

ROBIE HOUSE - FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

HIPPED ROOF

CROSS-HIPPED ROOF

CRAFTSMAN

SPANISH REVIVAL

ART MODERNE

ART DECO

Rejection of Victorian opulence; Instead compact, economical, and informal due to rise of American middle class; Comfort and informality; Featured influences from Art Moderne and Art Deco styles, from the International Expo in Paris

1905 - 1950

1915 - 1940

1920 - 1940

1925 - 1940

After the Great Depression and Pearl Harbor bombing, those who could afford their own houses wanted simpler styles; Building trends responded to federal laws; Due to the Federal-Aid Highway Act (1956), the formation of the interstate highway system made it possible for people to not live where they worked

SIDE-GABLED ROOF

CROSS-GABLED ROOF

HIPPED ROOF

FLAT ROOF

MINIMAL TRADITION

STYLED RANCH

1935 - 1950

1955 - 1985

CAPE COD

GABLE + WING ROOF

SPANISH

COLONIAL REVIVAL

HORIZONTAL EMPHASIS

NEOCLASSICAL

FRENCH

MID-CENTURY MODERN

1950 - 1975

1920 - 1970

1933 - 1965

FARNSWORTH HOUSE MIES VAN DER ROHE

GLASS HOUSE PHILLIP JOHNSON

CONTEMPORARY

Due to the growing number of immigrants to America, a mix of various styles began to emerge; Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer brought the Bauhaus, which Mies Van der Rohe transformed into the International style

1945 - 1990

FRONT-GABLED ROOF

CROSS-GABLED ROOF

KAUFMANN HOUSE - RICHARD NEUTRA

1965 - 1990

FLAT ROOF

FALLING WATER FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

As a result of consumerism and a growing American middle class; Historic styles combined with modern details built during periods of growth and prosperity

1985 - PRESENT

CLASSICAL

ITALIAN RENAISSANCE REVIVAL

POSTMODERN

TUDOR

EAMES HOUSE - CHARLES AND RAY EAMES

DECONSTRUCTIVIST

21ST CENTURY

1950 - PRESENT 1965 - PRESENT 1980 - PRESENT

NEW TRADITIONAL

COLONIAL REVIVAL

MULTIPLE-FACADE GABLES

CROSS-GABLED ROOF

MILLER HOUSE - EERO SAARINEN

ORGANIC

SHED

NEO-HOUSES (1965 - PRESENT)

SHINGLE

FRONT-FACING GABLE W/ WING

TUDOR

INTERNATIONAL STYLE

FRONT-GABLED ROOF

FRONT-GABLED ROOF

VERTICAL EMPHASIS

A-FRAME

INTERNATIONAL STYLE (1920 - 1970)

MID-FACADE GABLE

SIDE-GABLED ROOF

AMERICAN BUNGALOW STYLE (1905 - 1930)

SIDE-GABLED ROOF

CROSS-GABLED ROOF

MONTICELLO - THOMAS JEFFERSON

1955 - 1975

CROSS-GABLED ROOF

HIPPED ROOF

TUDOR

RANCH

FRONT-GABLED ROOF

MOUNT VERNON - GEORGE WASHINGTON

1890 - 1940

1900 - 1920

MID-20TH CENTURY BOOM (1930 - 1970)

TOWN HOUSE

1890 - 1955

PRAIRIE

GABLED ROOF

TOWERED

ITALIAN RENAISSANCE REVIVAL

1940 - 1980

Low horizontal houses with open interior spaces; Organic architecture, modernity, Japanese serenity

ASYMMETRICAL

TOWN HOUSE

TOWN HOUSE

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S INFLUENCE (1900 - 1955)

AMERICAN FOURSQUARE

SIDE-GABLED ROOF

1855 - 1885

ASYMMETRICAL

1950 - 1955

GILDED AGE (1880 - 1929)

GAMBREL ROOF

SECOND EMPIRE

COLONIAL REVIVAL

1880 - 1955

HIPPED ROOF

RURAL

GEHRY RESIDENCE FRANK GEHRY

1990 - PRESENT

SEGMENTAL VAULTED ROOF

ORTHOGONAL DECOUPAGE

MATERIAL-BASED

LOOSENED SHAPE

MCMANSION

1990 - PRESENT

FRENCH

VICTORIAN

CRAFTSMAN

PRAIRIE

MEDITERRANEAN


The Ikonn House

Structure

Technology


The Ikonn House


Santuario alle Edicole Votive Edicole Votive

“The ... city is a tale of places overlapping, interlocking and huddled together, flights of steps, lanes, terraces, pergolas, gazebos, cloisters, gates, soaring buildings, towers, elevators, and lookout points.” – V. Galdi Secret Genoa waits patiently to be discovered. Over an eight-month period I have endeavored to explore Genoa’s well-kept (and sometimes unkempt) treasures. My design methodology is an architectural form of narrative collage inspired by the writing of Italo Calvino and Bruno Schulz. The city is understood as a dense space of intertwined and overlapping stories that can be (re)written using alternative narratives that reveal essential qualities of the city without relying on what may be considered strictly factual. Edicole Votive are the catalyst for this story, architectural constructions that are embedded within or attached to facades of buildings, usually composed of two columns and a pediment, often hosting a figure within an apsidal space.

Niche Spaces

Spatial Relationships


Santuario alle Edicole Votive

They are typically located above eye-level, visible to passers-by from afar, but difficult to investigate at close proximity. Edicole Votive act as a portal to another realm, a potential space of connection between the sacred and the mundane. The “Shrine to the Edicole Votive� imagines a recently abandoned and newly discovered space in which a fictional character, the Caretaker of the Edicole Votive, may have lived and worked. It is simultaneously a composition of and an erosion of large-scale, edicola-type spaces that allows the visitor to explore the mystery of the inaccessible spaces within edicole votive. At the same time, partially restored edicole are displayed within the space as a tribute to the work of the Caretaker who is no longer present. The Shrine to the Edicole Votive evokes the material, light, and spatial qualities of the spaces within edicole votive. It is composed using a spatial and material collage technique drawn from a library of photographic and sketching studies overlaid on the collected memories of my experiences discovering hidden Genoa and my architectural pilgrimage in Europe.

IUAV Garden - Scarpa

Laurentian Library - Michelangelo

Gypsotheca - Scarpa

Ronchamp - Corbusier


Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno Photographic and Sketch Study


The Vertical City

The studio focused on form-finding and formal manipulation using parametric modeling techniques. Primary modular forms were initially generated in Autodesk Maya, then multiplied through repeating parametric operations including spatial translation, rotation, and scaling. The project imagines a new type of tower that does not meet standard accepted formal expectations. The existing topography was manipulated in order to generate an opportunity for a series of towers to emerge from and merge with the new terrain. An interconnected transportation tunnel is embedded within the ground, eliminating the presence of vehicles. Pedestrian bridges connect towers and elevate users above the undulating landscape. There is the possibility for the site to flood due to sea-level rise, thus the proposed solution conceives an environment that can accommodate this reality.

Modular studies

Topography


The BAC Addition Concept Sketch

The prompt is an addition to the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, Florida. The exisiting building is a converted bakery, accomodating artists local to the surrounding creative neighbourhood of Wynwood. My design references the original sawtooth skylighting system of the old structure. The converted artists’ studios and galleries receive light from the original lighting system of the main building. My concept seeks to negotiate this generic lighting system, by making it specific to the programmatic arrangement for the addition. I have chosen to inhabit the skylighting system in both plan and section. The overall dimensions of the L-shaped building morphs with shifting programmatic placement. Through the use of reflective surfaces in contrast with transparent and opaque materials, light enters the spaces in interesting and dynamic ways, relevant to the use of each space.


See Water Rising

SEE WATER RISING is an exhibition design collaboration between FIU By Design and the Miami Children’s Museum. The design team led by Eric Peterson and Julia Sarduy, included collaboration by student assistants Dominick Mack, Shaylin Castillo, and myself. Working together, we developed a 3000 ft2 exhibition about sea level rise for a culturally diverse, multilingual user group between 2 and 8 years old. Due to the complexity of the subject content and the variable level of capacity for comprehending advanced scientific concepts, the exhibition is conceived as an experiential learning space. It featuresa variety of play-based activities that promote learning technical and social concepts related to the issue of sea level rise. Children of all ages and abilities can participate in play-based activities that lead to a growing understanding of relevant topics including hydrology, displacement, water density, the water table, salt-water intrusion, kinetic wave energy, mangroves as erosion mitigation, urban planning, flood control, and architectural strategies for negotiating rising sea levels. The interactive design of outdoor exhibition components facilitate knowledge growth in these areas.


See Water Rising


See Water Rising


ReVitalized Highway

An urban promenade reimagines highway infrastructure as a positive, sustainable contribution to urban life. Analysis of the interweaving system of roads that form a major highway near the site, led the design team to develop a multi-level space with layers of interstitial green-scape. The perception of highways as noisy, dangerous, and dirty urban barriers is challenged by introducing walkways that promote a sustainable lifestyle, with spaces for outdoor activities that promote human health. The design of the project was optimized using Grasshopper, for environmental performance as well as formal considerations and circulation solutions. The script optimized the mass of the building according to Solar Radiation and Shading conditions and opportunities. A modular parametric facade system applied to the shell helps articulate the formal qualities of the building while providing ambient shading and reducing Cooling Loads. This project was completed in collaboration with colleagues Alejandro Hernandez and Michael Axinn. My role included design, scripting, and presentation graphics.

EXISTING ENTRY TO SITE

MAIN ENTRY TO LUMMUS PARK

Form-finding

Initial proposal

Highway analysis

Sea-level rise analysis


ReVitalized Highway

Grasshopper


SoBe Mercato Vivo Program Axonometric

SOBE MERCATO VIVO is an apartment complex located in an urban part of Miami Beach, Florida. The neighborhood is culturally diverse and composed of a predominantly working-class demographic. SoBe Mercato Vivo merges Market and Apartment building typologies, by combining a vertical tower with a U-shaped low-rise building enclosing a central courtyard. This new hybrid building typology adds value to the people of the community by providing services that are essential for living. Open public spaces on the ground level encourage residents and shoppers to mingle, promoting social interaction among people from a wide range of social classes. The Market aims to improve quality of urban life in Miami Beach by providing sustainable food options in an environmentally responsible building. As part of a hybrid Studio and Integrated Building Systems course the design proposes structural and energy use solutions including life safety, lighting, HVAC, and load calculations.

Precedent

Context

Massing


SoBe Mercato Vivo

Foundation Plan

Structural Axonometric


SoBe Mercato Vivo


The Way Station

THE APPALACHIAN WAY STATION uses a strategy of alternating Mass/Void operations to form interior and exterior spaces, with periodic transitional moments of spatial compression and expansion. Linear elements with interlocking joints form interstitial connections along the procession into the ascending slope of the hillside. This spatial and tectonic strategy produces repetitive patterns of shadow that modulate the interior and exterior spaces along the itinerary suggesting delicate moments for pause and reflection. Areas where interlocking shadows occur define various programs including entrances, walkways, and seating areas. These intricately shadowed spaces allow Way Station visitors to interact and connect with one another. Spaces carved into the ground within the project provide a sense of peace and quiet, and feeling of being grounded. The more dimly lit spaces in the sequence suggest a place for resting or sleeping. A room above the level of the hillside with a more luminous lighting condition houses totems, keepsakes, and books related to the Appalachian mountains that travelers can view and reflect upon.


Thank You www.elisemariefrancis.com efran053@fiu.edu 305.615.0588

Elise Francis Design Portfolio (US Letter Size)  

Master of Architecture Student Portfolio

Elise Francis Design Portfolio (US Letter Size)  

Master of Architecture Student Portfolio

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