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Architec ture Po r t folio


Village In the Sky - Housing Greenwich Village, NYC, NY

Instant Installation Milan, MADE Expo 2013, Italy Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio Parametric Adaptive Installation NJIT, Newark, NJ

Artist in Residence - Housing Storm King Sculpture Park, NY

Tensile Adaptive Installation NJIT, Newark, NJ

Contents

Resume

Ungie - Bamboo Skyscraper Singapore Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio

Installation

Contact + Vision

Architecture

Information

Design + Build Masonry Competition - Library Hoboken, NJ Parametric Paneling Prototype

Interlocking Sculpture NJIT, Newark, NJ


Vision

My interest in Architecture is about living and has been strongly focused in design as it relates to material innovations and construction methods, context, social aspects and inspired environments based in how we live. Throughout my work, there can be seen a strong sense of traditions with the clarity of structural solutions, implied tectonics, and importance of light and transparency, yet there is no restriction to the banal and superficial use of ‘light’ materials. Design choices stem, not so much from an intention to guide the design of the forms, but to conform to the existing surroundings from a desire to compare similar materials, yet show the technical advances that have been made possible with new uses. My attempts have been to attain a sense of spatial immateriality as a consequence of the ‘particulate nature’ of the light, putting the attention focus on the connection spaces; on the segments between inside and outside, and one room to the next.

Young Eagar Passionate and would love the chance to buy you coffee and have a chat ElizabethIreneDESIGNS.com 732.275.5049 eib2@njit.edu

Personal Touch

Contact

Elizabeth Irene Benson Bachelor of ARCHITECTURE

With international work experience and time spent learning abroad in Rome, my design skills and capacities have truly begun to reach a more mature, professional and sophisticated conceptual approach toward design and presentation. Well organized, I work diligently, deliberately and passionately with all areas of design and presentation. With these energetic qualities, I learn quickly, solve problems easily, as well as thrive under tight deadlines. My studies and work have allowed for me to possess a great deal of experience with physical model making and labor, 2D and 3D visualizations, parametric prefabrications and millwork, as well as extensive international client communications. Having worked with Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio, NJIT, Sea Dance Craftsman Inc. and the NJ Driftwood Players, I have maintained an interest in ALL phases of design and document production, with a good eye for both presentation and detail design, and work best in combination of organic and logical tones, as a collaborative process or individually, both in and out of an office.

“I laugh, I just laugh. And I’m not saying I don't cry, but in between I laugh. I just realize how silly it is to take anything too seriously. If you can't laugh at yourself life's going to seem a whole lot longer than you'd like. “ - Garden State Everything in the eyes, and always smiling in the morning. Genuinely easy to get along with, intelligent, spontaneous, fantastically logical when appropriate, but never without the flexiblity of smile. With a passion to learn and question, I like to try everything and love nearly everything I try, if it hurts it's probably worth it.


NJIT Student Showcase "Dream Without Limit" 2011 First Place All-Round

NJIT Deans List 2007-20012

Experience

NJIT Design/Build Masonry Competition 2009 First Place All-Round Design / Build / Presentation First Place Mockup Design First Place Presentation

English (Native) Norwegian (Elementary proficiency) Italian (Elementary proficiency)

Architect and Designer Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio June 2013 - Present (10 months) Torino, Italy Caterina’s right hand Caterina’s left hand Conquering all things with style Designer and Contractor Sea Dance Craftsman Inc May 2011 - May 2013 (2 years 1 month) Middletown, NJ High-end residential restoration, expansion, renovation + landscaping Concept design + construction drawing Physical labor in the shop and on location Designer NJ Driftwood Players February 2009 - February 2013 (4 years 1 month) Cranford, NJ Prop, set + lighting design Graphic design in posters, fliers + web

Rhinoceros 3D Grasshoper AutoCAD Architecture AutoCAD 3ds Max Revit Maya Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe Dreamweaver Microsoft Word Microsoft PowerPoint

Skills

Languages

Honors and Awards

Recent Publications Recognizing Work Temporary Architecture Book (2014) Domus Magazine (Dec 2013) Elle Decor (Oct 2013) Interni Magazine (Sept 2013) Wallpaper Magazine (Sept 2013)

Physical Modeling Digital Rendering Digital Modeling and Fabrication CNC Mill Work + Laser Cutting 3d Printer Freehand Sketch + Line Drawing Graphic Design

References

Objective

Currently I am seeking a full time Architecture position and eager to join a large, energetic firm with an appetite for material innovation, so that I may acquire comprehensive experience in all the various specialized areas of practice and refine my professional judgment as an Architect.

Available Upon Request

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ Bachelor of Architecture 2012

PADI Dive Master Plainfield Curling Club, NJ Travel + Adventurous Experience Surfing + Sailing + Back Packing + Skiing 9 Instruments including the Violin

Education

Activities

Roma Summer 2009 specializing in material innovations urban design and development additional studies in NJIT Physics Department NJIT Mechanical Engineering Department NJIT Mathematics Department


Village in the Sky The gestures incorporated in the building play with the area, famous for its 19th century low-rise brick townhouses with tree lined avenues which hosts local pedestrian traffic and semi-private parks on every corner. The idea is to bring the essence of Greenwish Village up into and through the building in an effort to push upon its inherent sense of place. By taking the idea of small semi-private park, and extending it through the core of the building, the apartment corridors become ‘pedestrian streets’. Each apartment is a duplex which incorporates views down into the corridors and out towards the streets and Hudson River to provide the apartment with a direct connectivity to the neighborhood and its location within NYC. The brick facade is used as ‘light’ shading device rather than the heavy cumbersome quality it typically bares as a baring wall. This lends itself to connecting back to the context of the community while maintaining a sense of lightness and control over the space within.

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PROJECT Village in the Sky - Housing

Rhino + Photoshop

Fall ‘11 LOCATION Grenish Village, New York City


Roof Level

Second Level

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South Elevation


Housing Lower Levels

Housing Entry Levels 0 5’

West Elevation

15’

25’

50’


Rhino + Photoshop

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A

B

Up

Small Loft Lower Level

Small Loft Section B

Typical Small Loft + Studio Space

Up

A

B

Small Loft Entry Level

Small Loft Section A

A

0

5’

10’

Housing Entry Levels

A

Housing Lower Levels

Studio Entry Level

Studio Section A

25’


Rhino + Photoshop

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B

A

A

Up

5’

10’

25’

Large Loft Entry Level

A

0

Up

Typical Large Loft Space

B

Large Loft Section A

Housing Entry Levels

Housing Lower Levels

Large Loft Section B


sheet metel coping continuous metal cleat self adhearing rubberized aspalt underlayment as protection against water penetration ballast preservative-treated wood nailer filter fabric Iso board flexible vapor retarder serves 4” rigid insulation as insulation retainer steel beam w12 x 8 roof membrane cant strip 1 1/2” metal decking air-vapor barrier

swtich controls shading device

electrical chord

SUS flat bar 1/2 slice of a norman brick (12” x 4” x 1 1/4”) countersunk screw 1” glass rail

2” metal handrail

2” wood steps metal 1 1/2” wood flooring vapor retarder subfloor 3” concrete 2” metal decking gympsum board

girter support column beam swtich/nob controls shading device piston guiding rail

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Rhino + Photoshop


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North Elevation

West Elevation


Archi CAD + Photoshop

Fall ‘08 PROJECT Artist In Residence

LOCATION Storm King, NY


Archi CAD + Photoshop

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work shop

supplies

studio

Archi CAD + Photoshop model space

living space

greeting room

up

0’

bedroom

3’

9’

15’


work shop

work shop

studio / modeling g space c ce supplies

model space

greeting room

space living / stu sstudio dio iio o ssp pac ace c

up

b d bedroom

0’

3’

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9’

15’


Archi CAD + Photoshop


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AutoCad + 3dMax +V-ray Photoshop

Spring ‘09 PROJECT Design + Build Masonry Competition LOCATION Public Library for Hoboken, NJ


Each spring semester, NJIT second year architecture students are assigned a studio project to design a masonry building with a specific program. In 2009, nine competing studios were asked for a refined design of a public library in Hoboken, NJ and a fragment projected as a full-scale built mockup. The objective was to learn to work with skilled masons, develop construction details, select and estimate materials, and plan the actual construction of the mock-up. Upon completion, verbal and graphic presentations was held for the student body, critics, and 6 noteworthy judges. Of the five possible awards won, our studio, Team Black, one the following:

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA Design Team: Elizabeth Irene Benson, Michelle Borth, Brian Darling, Djony Defendre, Sam Fligman, Michelle Flood, Andres Lamos, Adam Lasota, Henrey Pemberton, Zim Seferi, PierreTalisse

Team BLACK

Materials and Laybor attributed to: International Union of Brick Layers and the Allied Craftworkers Administrative Council of New Jersey

1st Place - all round design, masonry mockup, and presentation 1st Place - best mockup design 1st Place - best presentation

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Press: EBSCOhost Connection NJ BIZ Around the State


Urban Building Circulation

Each masonry wall is tailored to decided specifications of each use type as it relates to both needed the visual and lighting conditions

Recreation

Circulation

Reading

Media

Shelving

Gardening Space

Masonry Strategy Enrty + Gallery

The building is designed to accompany the Hoboken Light Rail Station which lies at the bottom of a particularly steep slope. The various spaces, circulation and structural walls throughout the building parallel the rail and side streets both visually and physically. This provides views out to the natural environments while utilizing the space, as well as portraying an overall connectivity to the context. The same theme was used in the design of the mockup.


Exterior Garden Space

Mock Up Precentation

Circulation + Recreation Sit + Read Segment

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AutoCad + 3dMax +V-ray Photoshop

The presentation was illustrated with the help of "Ol' blue eyes", adding the careful addition color and style to portray cohesiveness with the project to the surrounding city of Hoboken. The presentation was concluded with a short walk through video aided with song "Strangers in the Night"


Mock Up Build

Over the course of a single weekend in April 2009, our team worked with an army of masonry journeymen to build the structure which lined the walkway leading up to the NJIT Weston Building of Architecture and Design.


Client: Super Sky Scrapers – Architecture Competitions Competition: Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper Competition Location: Singapore 2014 Project: Caterina Tiazzoldi Design Team: Elizabeth Irene Benson

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PROJECT Ungie: Bamboo Rhino Grasshoper + Photoshop

Winter ‘ 14


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FALL ‘13 PROJECT Instant Installation

LOCATION Milan MADE expo 2013


Instant Installation of Catherine Tiazzoldi represented Federlegno furniture at the 2013 edition of Made Expo, hosting the projects of the competition Instant House @ School. This exhibition of the competition, whose jury included MOMA curator Pedro Gadagno, presented more than 250 projects from all countries around the world.

Clients: Federlegno Arredo Location: Milano Made Expo 2013, Italy Credits: Project: Caterina Tiazzoldi Design Team: Elizabeth Irene Benson SUMMERTIME Pouf curtousy of Chillisy

Press: Temporary Architecture Book pg 73-76 Domus Euroaconcorsi Wall Paper Elle Decor Italia Interni Magazine AD today Instant House 10/10/2013 Instant House 9/10/2013 Libero

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Rhino + Grasshoper Photoshop

The triangular adaptive frames are derived from the unfolding of the top faces of the di-pyramid.

Tesselated Dipyramids booleaned together to create a unit which can be further tesselated.

1'-4"

Fabric

Screw Eye

13 8"

Connection Dowel 3/8” x 1.5”

1'-213 16"

Connection Dowel 3/8” x 1.5”

11 16"

Axle/Strut 1” x 18”

Adjustment Slot Adjustment Pin 1/4” x 1-3/8” Ball Joint 1-3/4” Dia.

11 16"

Frame

7" 116

11 16"

Adjustment Pin 1/4” x 1-3/8”

3" 4

1 2"

1" 116 1'-6"

Adjustment Wheel

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5 16" 3" 8

1" 22

1"

7 16"

5 16"


LOCATION Weston Hall, NJIT, Newark, NJ

Space Frame and Tensile Fabric Location: College of Architecture and Design, NJIT, Newark, New Jersey, USA

PROJECT Parametric Adaptive Installation

Credits: Design Team: Elizabeth Irene Benson, Joe D’Angelo, Brian Darling, Ahmed Emara, Liam Morrow, James Piccone, Ian Siegel, Jordan Tait

FALL ‘10


Forces and Reactions Structure Components

SPANDEX FABRIC

BOLT 3/4” PLYWOOD

STAINLESS STEEL HINGE

WASHER

WASHER NUT

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LOCATION Weston Hall, NJIT, Newark, NJ PROJECT Tensile Adaptive Installation

Rhino + Grasshoper Photoshop

Design Team: Elizabeth Irene Benson, Joe D’Angelo, Brian Darling, Ahmed Emara, Liam Morrow, James Piccone, Ian Siegel, Jordan Tait

FALL ‘10


LOCATION Prototype PROJECT Parametric Paneling

Digitally sculpted and fine-tuned using a parametric sequencing of multiple variables to control variations of light, shadow, texture, and transparency, this panel was physically brought to life using CNC mil processing, cleaned, and gloss coated to highlight its depth and textures. Material: 3” Rigid Polystyrene Foam Insulation, Glossy White paint (4’x2’)

Design Team: Elizabeth Irene Benson, Adelyn Perez, Jay Piccone

FALL ‘10

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LOCATION Weston Hall, NJIT, Newark, NJ PROJECT Interlocking Sculpture

42 prefabricated plywood labs, individually cut with interlocking slits using a CNC mil processing (4'h) Design Team: Elizabeth Irene Benson, Adelyn Perez, Jay Piccone

FALL ‘10

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