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evan ginsburg

design portfolio, selected works, 2018 call 518.944.0742 write search @_thematerialman_

content 1 boston opera arcade facade

2 urban interventions workshop culture & technology

3 doomsday vault storage & display

4 mie-sian intervention fabrication

5 house for the looking glass collector gallery & home

6 link hall atrium addition academia

7 professional work eyp gensler

8 wearables metal work

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boston opera arcade arcade as building and street boston, ma professor randall korman arch design V, fall 2015

1 project Design an urban arcade on a narrow site that will serve as a pedestrian passageway between the Washington Street shopping district and the Boston Common. The site is 30,300 sqft and there is a floor area ratio of up to 5.

proposal The site is located in the theater district of Boston next to the Boston Opera House. Keeping this in mind, the space was designed with a three floor arcade consisting of commercial and office spaces. The remaining programable area was designed as a 7 story, high-end apartment tower. The facade of the arcade is made keeping the typology of the arcade in mind. It uses brick with a series of display cases, doors, windows, and railed openings to express the structure and program behind. The arcade is used as an interior pedestrian street. It is important to recognize the potential of it as an attraction and space to be used as a source of revenue and social interaction.




boston opera arcade, longitudinal section top

facade, ground floor plan bottom



boston opera arcade, typical arcade bay

facade, interior arcade perspective



boston opera arcade, washington st elevation

facade, washington st perspective


urban interventions workshop tourism’s transmutation of culture florence, italy guest lecturer curtis roth arch design VII, fall 2016

2 project This series was the product of a three day design workshop curated by Curtis Roth, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Ohio State University. Groups were tasked with using current technological tools to respond to an analysis of historical preseveration techniques in Florence, Italy.

proposal My partner and I were interested in analyzing the tourism industry of Florence and how it affects our reading of culturally significant landmarks. We directed our focus towards the San Giovanni Baptistery in Piazza Duomo. We used 3D scanning through Autodesk 123d Catch as a tool of analysis and representation. It proved effective in creating skewed images, which we post processed to portray our idea. First we took a series of photographs around the Baptistery (over 100 images in total). We then input the images into Autodesk 12d Catch. It gave us a series of 3d mesh outputs, which were the program’s interpretation of the objects we were scanning. The final step was to stitch together the 3d mesh outputs, creatng the representation that tourism has turned the Baptistery into a billboard display of Florentine culture. The images 3d mesh outputs were compiled in rhino, exported into photoshop for touch ups, and finalized in illustrator.

culture & technology



urban interventions workshop, photographs for 3d output

culture & technology, 3d mesh outputs



urban interventions workshop, final elevation post stitching together 3d mesh outputs

culture & technology, final axon post stitching together 3d mesh outputs


doomsday vault

if all the ice melted tarawa, kiribati professor julie larsen arch design IV, spring 2015 in collaboration w/ g. maese

3 project All the ice has melted, and the sea level has raised 216 feet. Identify a site located in a flood prone area, near the water for a cruise ship to dock, and in a tropical/mediterranean climate. Design a 200,000 sqft vault that provides a safe and secure environment for the storing of seeds and local species.

proposal Using the National Geographic “If All the Ice Melted� Map of the world, Kiribati was identified as a region severely in danger of falling below sea level. It is made up of a series of 33 atolls, which are ring shaped islands formed of coral. Tarawa, the capital was chosen due to its orientation creating a bay isolated from the ocean currents. Kiribati has a severe fresh water drought and as one of the most diverse populations of tropical flora and fauna for its size. The design uses a series of modules, paneled to create a structural grid with alternating programmtic regions. The modules focus on collecting the rain water that falls 120 days of the year, filtering the water which collects in the ground, collecting sea water in pools from changing tides, and distributing the different types of water towards the different species being stored throughout the space.

storage & display


volcanic island

-8m -10m

-15m -10m

fringing reef


-6m -2m




barrier reef 4.6ft

100 years 2.3ft 50 years 0ft present


rain water collection ground irrigation

rain water collection ground irrigation

vault water distribution fresh water colleciton

20 doomsday vault, site location left, atoll formation middle, annual rainfall water depth & sea level right





b c


sea water collection

storage & display, site plan left, major points of approach right, module breakdown bottom



doomsday vault, longitudinal section

storage & display



doomsday vault, typical module bay model top, interior perspective bottom

storage & display, 3d printed model top, 3d printed model scenescape bottom


mie-sian intervention

practicing culture berlin, germany professor roger hubeli arch design I, fall 2013 in collaboration w/ a. blake, a. daleo

4 project Investigate the potential of skin and technology to engage in an existing physical and intellectual context. Using a Mies van der Rohe project, design a surface that either accepts, contrasts, or rejects the design strategy of the chosen building.

proposal Using the New National Gallery, the designed intervention is located in the western corner of the building. It is designed to be a permanent exhibition in the space that doubles as circulation to the lower level. The skin contrasts the design strategy of the very regular grid that Mies employs by rotating the ‘square’ to become a ‘diamond.’












project on surface








mie-sian intervention, manipulation of grid resulting in intervention

fabrication, axon of intervention w/ circulation



mie-sian intervention, final model 30”x30”x30”

fabrication, model detail


house for the looking glass collector becoming part of the collection skaneateles, ny professor richard rosa intro to arch concepts, summer 2012

5 project Design a home for collector of optical devices such as glasses, telescopes, magnifying glasses, etc. The site is 120ft x 30ft located on Skaneateles Lake, and has a grade change of 30ft from the street to the water. The home must become part of the collection.

proposal The design creates a series of views towards the Lake as you move through the space. Each view is different, and the sequence concludes with the complete view of the Lake at the boat dock. There is a public and private sequence oriented along side two open gardens, which have a series of ramps to accomodate the grade change. The most important space is the collector’s room. It gets wider as you move through it, like a telescope, and has an unobstructed view of the Lake. The architecture of a home varies greatly. Every aspect can and should be desiged to accomadte the occupant and become an extension of who they are.

gallery & home



house for the looking glass collector, plan sketches top, process models bottom

gallery & home, final model


link hall atrium addition atrium as a unifer syracuse, ny professor tarek rakha arch design VIII, spring 2017 in collaboration w/ n. onabanjo

6 project The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Link Hall at Syracuse University (SU) aims to develop a more visible connection with the surrounding campus and University. As a result, they are requesting proposals for an atrium addition. The atrium program space will highlight the activities that it will house by creating a visible connection to its surrounding environment, and house programs relevant to the future of the CECS.

proposal Our proposal addresses three existing problems: Student Services, Work Spaces, and lack of natural light. Our atrium extends above the two floors of programmed space to allow for clerestory windows and a large skylight system. This allows daylight to flood the space, and we have employed a customizable terracotta tile facade system to diffuse the light coming in from the southern facing curtain wall. Student Services is wrapping the right side of the atrium for ease of access and visibility on both floors. We have an open suspended study bridge slicing through the space on the second floor to create both collaborative and individual workspaces. We opted for a high structural steel hollow tube system to support the atrium; maximizing open space and create a perspective that suggests the path of circulation one should follow. Additionally, budget, cost, feasability and construction sequencing were considered throughout the project.




link hall atrium addition, site map

academia, exterior perspective approach from bus stop


40 link hall atrium addition, first floor detail design plan bottom, second floor schematic hybrid plan top

academia, detail design section bb bottom, schematic hybrid section aa top



link hall atrium addition, wall section through facade with partial elevation

academia, detail section of parapet



link hall atrium addition, interior render



professional work

EYP architecture & engineering albany, ny summer 2016

7 disclaimer The following are select works completed during my time as a summer architect intern with EYP. Specific information has been removed to preserve client confidentiality.

project 1 Schematic design development for a renovation project. All sheets laid out and drafted by me.

project 2 Basis of design work for an institution scale project. Design by EYP. Representation work completed by me for client sign-off. Contributed to space planning design for floor plan layout.

project 3 Rendering for client presentation and approval. Design by EYP.

all images/documents property of EYP



EYP architecture & engineering

project 1



EYP architecture & engineering

project 1



EYP architecture & engineering

typical cubicle quad

typical conference

typical office 15x15

project 2

typical huddle space



EYP architecture & engineering

project 3


professional work

Gensler los angeles, ca summer 2017 in collaboration w/ l. lin, f. nixon, a. laak, g. kim

7 intern research project Create an immediate solution to temporarily shelter the Los Angeles homeless population while the City works to construct permanent supportive housing. The City is your client, and you will meet with them to discuss site constraints as well as what they are specifically looking for.

cube collective Cube Collective was envisioned as an immediate solution to temporary housing. As the City of Los Angeles constructs permanent supportive housing, which is expected to come online within the next 15 years, Cube Collective provides shelter in the interim. The modular, lightweight units come equipped with an operable door and window, twin-XL sized Murphy bed, built in lighting, ample storage, and a fold-out table. As many as eight closed units can fit on the bed of a standard 18 wheeler. Each cube can be leveled to handle a variety of terrain and includes a hook-up that connects to the City grid for power. The site has been laid out in such a way that the residents retain a sense of community and privacy, which was an important factor to the City. There are soft and hard boundaries through landscaping and gates that can be opened in order to let in the Lava Mae sanitary truck and food trucks. Post our final presentation, the City of Los Angeles informed us they would like to prototype our proposal, however, the timeline for that is still unclear. intern research project



remain sensitive to needs of the individual

preserve existing community

support transition to permanent housing

connect to resources that support integration into community

raise awareness and defeat the stigma

typology congregate housing a type of housing in which each individual or family has a private bedroom or living quarter but shares a common dining room, recreational room, and other facilities with other residents shelter

healing services

community connection

integration to society

concept modular living

essential components

multiple units in shared space modular units

communal access to resources



types of shelters unsheltered



at risk

w/o permanent shelter preventing return tohomelessness hidden homeless institutional

not yet homeless financial issues

SOS lack housing not accessing emergency shelter

overnight escape abuse fleeing natural disaster

types of homelessness chronic


those living on the streets or in shelters for 12+ months


those who frequently shuttle in and out of homelessness

those that lose their place of residence and are in need of shelter for a short time

community needs



domestic abuse counseling


veteran services

mental health counseling


education & employment

medical care

childcare & family planning


34,189 los angelinos are homeless, as of 2017

up by




are unsheltered

are children

from 2016

10,617 are chronically homeless




are male

are female

are transgender

intern research project


communial unit

shelter unit



shelter transit


circulation path

intern research project

community space




intern research project


wearables metalsmithing florence, italy fall 2016 syracuse, ny fall 2017

8 proposal While I was abroad in Florence, Italy, I had the opportunity to take a metalsmithing class, also known as Jewelry Making 101. I learned how to cut metals with a hand saw, solder, shape the pieces, and set stones. Wanting to learn more, I took a metal casting class when I returned from abroad. In it, I learned cuttlefish casting, lost wax casting, and how to cast organic materials. I opted to focus my efforts in both courses on producing rings to assure I would design something I would enjoy wearing.

project 1 These pieces were completed in Florence, Italy. They are made from sheet silver. My primary interest was in exploring geometric pieces rather than ornamental. It made me realize our hands are truly the greatest tools we have.

project 2 These pieces were completed in Syracuse, NY throughout the duration of my casting course. Again, I wanted to explore geometries and create the sense that the objects could be viewed as wearable sculptures. I also experimented with 3D printing in a castable filament, resulting in a hybridization of my architecture background and interest in jewlery.

project 3 This piece was made by taking a wax mold of my lips and fingers. I also attached plant buds to the mold of my lips prior to casting them. It is meant to be a play on the kiss of life. The chains were also made by me. metal work



wearables, project 1 top, project 2 bottom

metal work, project 1 top, project 2 bottom



wearables, project 3

metal work, project 3


evan ginsburg

design portfolio, selected works, 2018 call 518.944.0742 write search @_thematerialman_

Evan Ginsburg Design Portfolio 2018  
Evan Ginsburg Design Portfolio 2018