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portfolio farah el shair


table of contents

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project 1

project 2

project 3

villa exterior

villa interior

commercial building

2nd year - fall semester 2011

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2nd year - fall semester 2011

2nd year - spring semester 2012

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project 4

project 5

project 6

Bus stop


Hotel & Spa

3 year - fall semester 2012 rd

3 year - fall semester 2012 rd

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3rd year - spring semester 2013

Architect's Pavilion

3rd year - spring semester 2013

Curriculum vitae

Farah El Shair Personal Data Birthdate and Place 26. Sept. 1992 - Amman Nationality Jordanian Gender Female

Carl-Duisberg-Str. 1 44135 Dortmund, Germany Telephone Email


+49 1575 608 4444

Undergraduate Education Since Sept. 2013 Exchange semester at Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany. Faculty of Spacial Planning. Receiver of the DAAD Scholarship for an exchange year in Germany Since Sept. 2010 Student of Architecture at the German Jordanian University in Amman/Jordan. Cumulative Average of 89% Ranking 3rd. School Education Aug. 1995 - June 2010

Student at the Ahliyyah School for Girls, Amman - Jordan International Baccalaureate Diploma – Scientific Stream. Total Points of 41 out of 45. Equivalent of 93.7%.

Practical Experience July - August 2013

Internship at “Arabtech Jardaneh – Engineers and Architects”, Amman – Jordan

Software Knowledge MS Office, Photoshop, InDesign, AutoCAD, 3DMax, Rhino, Revit, VectorWorks Languages Arabic: Native proficiency, English: Excellent, German: Very good Activities Since Mar. 2011 Jan. 2010 - Jun. 2010 Sep. 2009 - Dec. 2009 2009 - 2011

Youth Leader at Amman Baptist Church - Weibdeh Volunteer in Zikra Initiative program in Ghour/Dead Sea area Volunteer in Children’s Museum Jordan Particiant in Dead Sea Ultra Marathon and Amman International Marathon

Hobbies Football, Sports, Playing Drums and Percussion instruments, Reading, Camping


project 1 - Fall 2011 Project 1

Fall Semester [2011] Architectual Design: Methods and Typologies

Housing as Spirit of Place Exterior Phase My first Architectural Design Studio was concerned with the design of a residential building. In specific; a villa tailored to fit the needs of a family of 4 members, in Jabal Al Weibdeh, Amman - Jordan. The Design emphasises on behavioral, environmental and aesthetic variables specific to how a house turns into a home from my point of view. The most important aspect being the aesthetic one, as I tried to incorporate already present and added greenery to connect the inhabitants of the Villa to their natural surroundings, making the villa a sort of extension of the surroundings in which it is situated. I distributed the functions in a way to create a unique experience in each room. Moreover, the entire project is rotated at an angle that provides the best view of Amman’s Citadel. All Images are drawn technically and rendered digitally.

project 1 - Fall 2011


sketch model


project 1 - Fall 2011

Site plan

project 1 - Fall 2011


Section B-b

Ground Floor plan

First Floor plan


project 1 - Fall 2011

Stairs perspective

project Axonometric 3D Max Rendered Shot

project 1 - Fall 2011

North Elevation

East Elevation



project 2 - Fall 2011 Project 2

Fall Semester [2011] Architectual Design: Methods and Typologies

Housing as Spirit of Place Interior Phase After designing the villa as a whole, it was time to tendor to the individual experience in some of the rooms of the villa. Two Rooms were chosen for this purpose; A bedroom and the Kitchen.

Bedroom Bedroom moodboard

The Design process started with designing a wall paper for the bedroom (Shown to the right). The wall paper design was inspired by Silhouettes of many people in different postures, each one unique by itself. This was followed by creating a Mood Board to convey the experience to be felt in this room, and then moving on to the drawings that were accomanied by a 1:20 model. The project gave way to my begining to tendoring to the details of future projects as the details make up the project as much as the whole. All Images are drawn technically and rendered digitally.

bedroom model showing wallpaper

project 2 - Fall 2011

Wall paper Design for bedroom

Bedroom Model scale 1:20



project 2 - Fall 2011

Section A-A

Bedroom Plan

Section C-C

Section B-B

Bedroo m Axonometric

Section D-D

project 2 - Fall 2011



I started the design process by creating a Mood Board to convey the experience to be felt in the kitchen, choosing a suitable kitchen style and a colour palette. The style I chose was the Transitional kitchen style, which combines contemporary and traditional features to create an updated look; a culmination of the design’s past and present that fit the visual palette. It is a mixture of both man-made and natural materials intended to create an eclectic kitchen design. The colour palette consists of warm colours that are friendly and inviting as well as stimulating and exciting.

Kitchen MoodBoard

Kitchen Model scale 1:20


project 2 - Fall 2011

Section A-A

Kitchen plan

Section C-C

Section B-B

project 2 - Fall 2011


Section D-D

Kitchen perspective

Kitchen Axonometric


project 3 - spring 2012 Project 3

Spring Semester [2012] Design of commercial buildings

a place of tastes In this project, my main goal was to domesticate commercialism. It is a mixed-use commercial building that includes workshops, an art gallery, retail shops, a restaurant, and a library café, in addition to the parking spaces required. These aspects were all combined with the historical value of the Citadel area in Amman. Thus it’s called a ‘place of tastes,’ as it combines different aspects that appeal to different layers of the community. My design approach was to create an interactive open space enclosed by the functions required, which can be accessed from the main street, the parking lot, and the Citadel area. The gallery provides a transparent portal to the main courtyard. Additionally, a green fence was designed to encircle the project, which provides an inviting feeling while still regulating entrances to the project. After dividing the functions and working on their architectural planning, a second part of the project was to design the restaurant’s interior space. I named the restaurant “Cornerat”, for each corner had its own ambiance. After designing the restaurant I found the language I wanted to continue my project in, so I worked outwards to reach out to the entire project. This was reflected on the facades and the custom designed inner spaces and functions. All Images are drawn technically and rendered digitally.

project 3 - spring 2012


Project axonometric


project 3 - spring 2012

Ground floor plan

first floor plan

project 3 - spring 2012

Section A-A

West elevation

south elevation



project 3 - spring 2012

Model scale 1:100 restaurant floor plan with tiling

project 3 - spring 2012

Model scale 1:100

Conceptual model Model scale 1:100

south elevation



project 3 - spring 2012

1. Cafe perspective

3. Gallery, Shops and open areas perspective

project 3 - spring 2012

2. gallery perspective 4. retail shop perspective



project 4 - Fall 2012 Project 4

Fall Semester [2012] design of sustainable buildings

solar budget to shelter under

gju campus bus stop

With the ever rising oil price and the ever worsening traffic, bus stops should be an indispensable part in the daily schedule of university commuters. They should be available and comfortable as well as solar energy collectors to benefit the community within which they are located. The course aims to provide students with a sustainable thinking pattern which gives us understanding of the physical environment with a focus on climate and energy sources. My design approach was to rely on inspirational object from the actual site of the university; the watermill. I took three of the blades forming its structure and used them to come up with my bus stop module. As another inspiration, I looked into a project called “Brood� by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuishi and took inspiration from his idea to arrange louvers in a way to collect rainwater and protect from the direct sun.

view of the bus stop

project 4 - Fall 2012

inspiration: water mill

Bus stop sketchy section


bus stop model

scale 1:10 30 cm high * 50 cm wide


project 4 - Fall 2012

Sustainable Aspect: How to determine the size of the photovoltaic cells used?

#1 Determind Power Consumption levels #2 Size of PVcells - LED Light Source (10 Watts) - Laptop Charger outlet (65 Watts) - Mobile Charger outlut (10 Watts) - LED screen display (100 Watts) Total = 185 WattHr x 3hours = 555 WattHr per day Answer x 1.3 (Energy lost in storm) = 721 Watthr / day.

Divide WattHr/day by Panel Generation Factor 721 / 3.4 = 212 212 / 2 (E Output from 1 PVcell) = 106 (10x10cm panel) I need 106 panels per shelter. (27 rows x 4 columns = 108 panels) Total Size of PVcells is 270cm x 40 cm

bus stop model

scale 1:10 30 cm high * 50 cm wide

project 4 - Fall 2012


bus stop elevation Panel bolted in place and mechanically moved to follow sunlight

PV CELLS at and angle of 80 to optimize sunlight harvesting during Summer months

Fixed Louvers holding the structure to protect from direct sunlight and direct rain. They are placed at angles that will help gather rain water and stored in a small tank to water the plantation next/attached to each module.

PV CELLS at and angle of 20 to optimize sunlight harvesting during Winter months

LED screen display added to show bus routes and university Advertisements

Wooden Louvers Wooden seat with a back angle of 100 degrees

Water gutter that gathers water falling o the louvers

bus stop section Water Tank Space for Vegetation

Bolts used to maintain structure and bolt it to the ground


project 5 - Fall 2012 Project 5

Fall Semester [2012] design of sustainable buildings

solar budget to read in

GJU campus library

My sustainable design approach started with the idea of placing the administrative functions of the library together in one core, and the reading functions together in another, to sustain the spacing and facilitate accessibility. I continued to work with my bus stop module, altering it in some ways to serve my purpose. And as an inspiration, Richard Mayer’s Jubilee Church served as a perfect example for how the form can be planned and how it can incorporate sustainable design features like its white sustainable concrete blocks; things I integrated in my design. In addition to environmental sustainability factors, I also focused on social sustainability: how to improve the quality of life of library commuters through raising social awareness by introducing students to sustainability factors. This is why I decided to integrate and expose the water harvesting system, and incorporate photovoltaic cells on the southern façade to optimize solar energy harvesting while still maintaining their visually appeal. I also employed the sustainable concrete blocks designed by Richard Mayer.

project 5 - Fall 2012


view of the library site

site plan


project 5 - Fall 2012

ground floor plan Loading and Unloading

Book Storage

Staff Lounge


Photocopying Room

Electricity Room

Book Handling

Book Drop-in Manager's Office

project 5 - Fall 2012


south elevation first floor plan

third floor plan


project 5 - Fall 2012

project 5 - Fall 2012


section aa


project 6 - spring 2013

Project 6

Spring Semester [2013] Tourist Facilities Design

Hotel Resort & Spa Design The entire semester was devoted to the design of two projects.

The cource aimed for the students to comprehend the essence of the tourists architecture, to explore the past and the base of this typology, through context, while considering the spatial and formal qualities,and the structural, functional, and environmental aspects of the design process. In this projects, one was asked to design a luxury Resort /Hotel (2 to 4 stories) situated in Aqaba in the resort tourist zone of the city, featuring rugged hills and dramatic coastal views. The architecture will be sensitive to the location, to the environment, to the ecology, to exploit the dramatic views on one hand, and will be an enhancement to the natural beauty of the site, will connect the culture and place, and will create sustainable identity on the other hand.

project 6 - spring 2013


panoramic view of the site

concept relax repair escape isolate time-out safe-Haven Thalasso-Therapy We live in a fast paced world, and the greatest luxury of all is Time. In this world, people need to step it down a notch and take some time out for themselves. I need to provide them with a place for rest and repair, a place to escape the strains of modern life, to chill out and relax.

concept sketch

The spa extends out to reach the entire resort area and have it within easy reach; which is why I chose an L shaped design so it’ll allow the functions to extend all over the project. Addition of therapeutic pools all around the resort, in addition to creating courtyards to improve air circulation and provide aesthetic value.

concept section


project 6 - spring 2013

Case studies and inspirations

sitE plan

project 6 - spring 2013

3d Max conceptual model


Mass Model Lobby

Adminstration Areas Specialty Restaurant Back of House Functions

Shopping Arcade Meeting Functions Main Restaurant

Spa and Resort Functions

Guest Rooms

AutoCad 3D Perspective


project 6 - spring 2013

Back of House Service Corridore

Cold Storage

Multipurpose Hall 2

Multipurpose Hall 1 Meeting Room

Loading and Unloading

Prefunction Area Main Kitchen

Back of House Services Main Restaurant

Main Restaurant Services Spa Area

Specialty Restaurant

Indoor Pool Lockers Spa and Resort Area Laundry and House Keeping


Spa Massage Rooms

Plan @ -5m Plan @ -10m Cold Spa Zones

Hotel Rooms Gym and Sport Facilities

Plan @ -14m Plan @ -18m

project 6 - spring 2013


South Elevation

West Elevation

Rhino Rendered 3d Shot


project 7 - spring 2013

Project 7

Spring Semester [2013] Tourist Facilities Design

Architect's pavilion design The architectural challenge of this project is to design a Pavilion for a famous architecture Brand to express and promote their image, in addition to add value to their office in Amman. The building comprises of a commercial store and an exhibition of their work , with accompanying utilities. Two major spaces serve as the core of the pavilion for visitors. They are designated store and museum. They can be partly interchangeable and flexible in function. A small administration, reception, cashiers with private utilities to manage the building in addition to parking for twenty cars is required.

project 7 - spring 2013

Alvaro Siza (born 1933) is one of the best known Portuguese architects of the 20th century. Siza’s architecture is strongly rooted in the modern movement but incorporates a subjective approach to concept and design, seeking alternative interpretations of modernism.


My architect

Alvaro siza

“My architecture .. is a response to a concrete problem, a situation in transformation in which I participate. “Architects don’t invent anything, they transform reality.”

Siza had main aspects which he considered in each of his designs. The main three that were intreging to me were: 1. Building to the Site

- Placeless Architecture results from the dominant trend of flattening out a site in order to build upon - Terracing to receive a building

2. Local Light

- Sensitive adaptation of local light - Interior surfaces can be rooted to the external regional environment through the play of local light spectrum across its surface.

3. Ventilation

- the now dominant techniques of air conditioning removes the element of interaction between building and local environment and qualities of climate, season and time.


project 7 - spring 2013 Boa Nova Tea House

Case studies and inspirations Leca de Palmeira, Swimming Pools,

Portugal Patvilion

Tolo House

project 7 - spring 2013


Manipulation of Light A journey through senses and Light. Two main components, Open courtyard (LIGHT) and Shop (No direct Light) to take the visitor through a journey of Siza’s architecture and sketches.


Adminstration Building, Reception, Exhibition, Courtyard, Shop, Exhibition, Outdoor Exhibition Explorations of different shape possibilities, rotating spaces to deal with topoograhy.

project 7 - spring 2013





Rendered Site plan




pavilion plan

project 7 - spring 2013


Rendered 3D Shots of the Pavilion

farah el shair

Farah El Shair Architectural Portfolio  

An accumulation of my undergraduate architectural work up until my 4th year at the German Jordanian University.

Farah El Shair Architectural Portfolio  

An accumulation of my undergraduate architectural work up until my 4th year at the German Jordanian University.