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KRISTEN FLAHERTY U N I V E R S I T Y O F C I N C I N N AT I Master of Architecture 2012 Bachelor of Science Architecture 2010

KRISTEN FLAHERTY C O N TA C T 8091 Woodrush Dr. NW North Canton, Ohio 44720

E D U C AT I O N UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI School of Architecture and Interior Design

WORK EXPERIENCE 2006 – 2012 UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Cincinnati, Ohio Graduate Assistant.

330.614.0570 Master of Architecture Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with honors

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio

2012 Researched materials, precedents, and climatic conditions for the 2010 school’s Design for Extreme Environments Project (DEEP) and NEMO Equipment. Assisted with staging the gallery show, MTRL 2020.

M.A. THESIS Fragments of Narrative: Hidden Voices of the Archival Process Advisors: Aarati Kanekar, Michael McInturf, Patrick Snadon Available at

ANDRE KIKOSKI ARCHITECT Architecture Co-Op/Intern.

AWARDS + ACTIVITIES Cincinnatus Scholarship, Dean’s List and Honor’s Program Thesis received the university’s Citation for Distinguished Design: Building Design Relay for Life

Produced SD and DD documents, and presentation renderings for hospitality, cultural, and residential projects for Swarovski, the Guggenheim Museum, Smashburger, and Rancho Valencia Resort. Assisted with construction documents, FF+E, and new business presentations. Responsible for press and marketing materials, award submissions, portfolio, and website.


Summer 2009 JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS Copenhagen, Denmark Architecture Co-Op/Intern.

While enrolled in the Architecture and Design Summer Program, I participated in study tours to Sweden, Finland, and western Denmark, as well as a design studio focused on Copenhagen. SKILLS Auto CAD Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe Dreamweaver Cinema 4D Maya Sketch Up OS X Windows Microsoft Office Free-hand Drawing Drafting Rendering Model Building

Fall 2009 Brussels, Belgium

Built physical models, illustrated plans, assisted with construction documents, researched materials, and developed landscape proposals while working on three projects located in Beirut, Belgium, and Paris.

HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL Graduated with honors, 2006 SHAKER HISTORICAL SOCIETY GPA: 4.0/4.0, Class Standing: 7 of 412 North Canton, Ohio Researcher. AWARDS + ACTIVITIES Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Honor Roll 4 of 4 years National Honor Society Art Club planning committee. Artwork exhibited at Ohio Governor’s High School Art Show Artwork exhibited at local library Marching Band squad leader Concert and Symphonic Bands Spanish Club and Knitting Club Girl Scout program assistant

Fall 2010 - Winter 2011 New York, New York

Spring 2009 Cleveland, Ohio

Examined historic drawings, photos and text to create digital models for the University of Cincinnati’s Center for Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archeological Sites. BOWER LEWIS THROWER ARCHITECTS Spring + Fall 2008 Architecture Co-Op/Intern. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Created site map and model as part of three-person team for a mixed-use proposal. Tracked changes in drawing index and finish schedule, created sketches, and collaborated with consultant to create presentations as part of a 60+ person team for Revel Resort and Casino.

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Compiled funiture options, selected colors and organized purchase orders for children’s and teens’ common rooms in residential area of the Robert A. M. Stern’s 1280 Fifth Avenue/Museum for African Art. WINTER 2011 6 MONTHS

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Produced renderings and inspiration boards for client presentations. Assisted with construction drawings and construction administration for model guest room. Researched materials and furniture options. AUTUMN 2010 - WINTER 2011 6 MONTHS

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W. 11TH STREET RESIDENCE As part of an apartment renovation in New York, I drew both the schematic design and design development sets from the surveyor’s plans for a single family residence. The project sought to join the client’s existing apartment with the adjacent unit which they had recently purchased AUTUMN 2010 - WINTER 2011 6 MONTHS

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Competition design for an art museum in Hasselt, Belgium. While on co-op at Julien De Smedt Architects’ Brussels office, I was a part of the competition team, working on two models for the final submission, as well as illustrating plans and schematics for the landscape design. AUTUMN 2009 1.5 WEEKS

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ENTREPOT MACDONALD At Julien De Smedt Architects I also worked on a social housing project in Paris. With master planning by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), JDS is designing two apartment complexes to sit within the 800 meter long building. I was responsible for the section model, as well as assisting with permit drawings, landscape, and facade options. AUTUMN 2009 6 WEEKS

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JNAH MARINA RESORT Study models for a competition project for a marina resort in Beirut, Lebanon. The program called for a hotel, villas, a spa, and recreational spaces along the a steep seaside. I was responsible for landscape iterations and corresponding diagrams, as well as study models of our teams proposals as we moved through the initial phases of the competition. AUTUMN 2009 2 WEEKS

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REVEL RESORT AND CASINO Revel Resort and Casino, designed by Arquitectonica, is currently under construction in Atlantic City, with Bower Lewis Thrower Architects serving as the Executive Architect and Architect of Record for the project. While on Co-op at BLT, I assisted with design sketches and permit drawings, tracked changes to the drawing index and finish materials. Additionally, I created a presentation in collaboration with Anti Gravity, the aerial performance company consulting on entertainment venues throughout the resort. I incorporated photos of their performers into Arquitectonica’s renderings to be presented to the client. SPRING and AUTUMN 2008 20 WEEKS

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NORTH BROAD ST. HOUSING While on Co-Op at BLT Architects, I was part of a three person team generating a mixed-use proposal for two city blocks in Philadelphia. I developed the site map and zoning map showing the two sites, the city blocks that separated them, and their surrounding context. I used this site map to create a one mile long by 2000 feet wide Sketch Up model for client presentations. AUTUMN 2008 3 WEEKS work_bower lewis thrower architects_phl







CHRONOLOGICAL Role of archival fragments in the historical narrative thesis




Those in power have traditionally defined the historical narrative in a tangible way, with monuments and physical symbols of culture. Those without the resources to build leave only traces of their narrative behind; these traces may become harder to discern as those who created them fade into the past. These fragments left behind in an urban fabric are accumulated and their organization lends itself to the framing of an overlooked narrative. The archive is a physical manifestation of the processing of these fragments. The works of John Soane, Carlo Scarpa, and Peter Zumthor, in addition to the writings of Alois Riegl, Michel Foucault, and Rem Koolhaas, address a means of working with the fragment in architecture and history. Within the structure of the archive, there are three ways of working with fragments. First is a chronological, layered approach, focusing on the origin of the fragment. Second, the fragments may be sorted and classified according to their similarities or differences, focusing on typologies. Lastly, the fragments may be combined in a way that crafts a fictional narrative that presents history as it never truly existed. Through an examination of the methodologies of archiving, a framework can be developed for the appropriation of fragments, both tangible and intangible, in Philadelphia’s Old City. This framework will structure the crafting of the overlooked history of Philadelphia’s industrial workers during the nineteenth century. AUTUMN 2011 - SPRING 2012



Drawing a blank as to how best to synthesize my research of ruin, scales of time, collection, and narrative into a cohesive thesis question, I decided to take a leap of faith to find a site which I hoped would help structure my thoughts. Having worked in Philadelphia previously, I set out to find a site that would set me in motion. After walking and documenting the city for several days I happened upon an empty lot bordered by exposed common walls bearing the marks of the buildings that had previously stood. Structural beams from these same buildings remained exposed, no longer serving a purpose. I immediately knew that I had found the right site. The site became the keystone of my thesis; its physical fragments led me to investigate the prior occupants of the site throughout the city’s history. I became interested in the accumulation of history on the site and the narrative that was no longer visible. From this point, ideas about archiving became pervasive in my research. By changing my program to that of an archive I was able to really unite my research and my design response through an exploration of chronological, thematic, and fictionalized interpretations of the fragments on site to curate an alternate understanding of the narrative of the site. For me, this process has articulated a system of approach in addressing the hand of both time and the architect as curator upon a site.

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Site photos at northwest corner of Third and Arch Streets in Philadelphia’s Old City, currently occupied by a mixed-use building and parking lot. thesis_site



Fictionalized section illustrating physical fragments on site thesis

The design incorporates the history and physical fragments of the site, through a system of warp and weft threads, in the same way that a textile is constructed, acting as a homage to the textile jobbers of Philadelphia’s industrial past. Above: Volume model illustrating the circulation path as the weft thread Left: Exploded axonometric illustrating circulation weft among physical fragments on site, which act as structuring elements. thesis

Unfolded experiential section along the weft thread circulation path through the archive thesis


Section bay model: 1/4” = 1’-0” thesis



MAUSOLEUM AT FLEMING CEMETERY Through analysis and generative drawings mapping oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and its affect on the Mississippi Delta, a proposal was generated for a mausoleum which makes the most of the fact that this land is sinking at a rate of one foot per twenty-five years. The mausoleum is designed to sink faster than its surroundings as more units are added to it, until it is completely submerged. SPRING 2011 10 WEEKS studio_erosive cartography

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CRANBROOK WELLNESS CENTER Design a wellness center for the campus of Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Focus was given to strategies of integration in structure, environment, and construction. Additionally, the project was to be approached in terms of the site, volume, and the hand scale. WINTER & SPRING 2010 20 WEEKS


Initial Volume Model & Parti

This wellness center draws on the existing courtyard vignettes of the Cranbrook campus, seeking to create a series of internal courtyards within the wellness center. The three programmatic spaces are contained within a plinth, defining the edges of the outer courtyards and the footprint of the wellness center. As the user moves further into the wellness center, the materials begin to lighten, both in scale and in softness.


Section Bay Model of Guest Room 1/2” = 1’-0”



HARBORSCAPE This harbor bath looks to Copenhagen’s existing urban parks as precedent for a space of social gathering and recreation within the city, A structural grid of columns define circulation while also serving a secondary purpose, include lighting, gateways, a diving platform, lifeguard towers, tables, and boundary markers within the varying zones of the site. SUMMER 2009 3 WEEKS

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1. Silk Dyes, 14” x 56” 2. Charcoal, 24” 18” 3. Pencil, 12” x 18” 4. Pen and Charcoal, 24” x 18” 5. Pastel, 18” x 24” studio_fine arts




FIELD SKETCHES Analytical sketches completed during study tours to Sweden, Finland, and Western Denmark, attending the Danish International School. SUMMER 2009 6 WEEKS

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Kristen Flaherty | University of Cincinnati | Master of Architecture, 2012 | Bachelor of Architecture, 2010