GARRET T CALLEN ARCHITECTURE P O R T F O L I O
(512) 289-2675 Garrettjcallen@gmail.com Garrettcallen@tamu.edu 8412-6 Denali Pkwy Austin, Texas 78726 USA
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Barcelona Architecture Center (BAC), Barcelona, Spain
Bachelors of Environmental Design (Graduation: May 2016)
Study Abroad Program
Blinn College, Bryan, TX
Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park, TX
Software Skills Adobe InDesign Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Autodesk Revit Trimble Sketchup AutoCAD Microsoft Word Microsoft Power Point Microsoft Excel
Vanguard Studio Inc., Austin, TX
Spoons Yogurt, College Station, TX
Summer intern: Schematic design, site visits, CAD work, organized and filed construction documents, maintained Vanguard Studio Inc. website as well as Houzz page
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Fish Camp Chairperson
Fish Camp Counselor
The Big Event
Freshmen Aggies Spreading Tradition Big
Interviewed, selected, and managed 24 camp counselors from an applicant pool of 2000
Advised and mentored two groups of 10-15 new students throughout two camps
Participated in the largest one-day community service project in the nation
Mentored and guided freshmen as they transitioned into their first year of college
Projects Olympic Gymnastics Training Facility The Hidden Room Langford Parametric Wall Blue Star Cultural Hub La Escocesa: Vertical Garden Personal Photography
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OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS TRAINING FACILITY Year: Fourth Year Fall 2015 Location: Huntsville, Texas Professor: Ray Holliday, Shelley Holliday, Juan-Carlos Baltazar Partner: Brett Lagerberg Time: 15 weeks
OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS TRAINING FACILIT Y Our design was inspired by the similarities and differences in preparation and performance. In gymnastics there is a certain structure and rigor to training that is common place across the sport. The same moves, the same vaults, over and over provide the repetition to convert any routine to muscle memory. Similar yet completely different from practice is performance, a display taking attention away from the training and only concerning eyes with what is immediately before them. Performance is more of an eclectic expression of acrobatic maneuvers that define the individual and their larger counterpart. Derived from preparation and performance, we developed two forms. One form that represents the structure and repetition of training and one that offers a focal point, eclipsing the preparation. In this case the preparation is the horizontal band and the performance is the gymnasium space, with no two angles exactly the same just like no two performances are identical.
The initial scheme was derived from a crystalline structure, one that formed naturally with flat planes on many axis. In itself, these forms would house the entire programmatic requirements. Scheme 02 provided a more sound approach to the previously stated proposition. The main adaptation that occurred was the addition of a circulation space around the core(Artistic Gym). This circulation space would house all the support and program that the facility needed. Scheme 03, the final, fixed the problems addressed with the previous two solutions. In this version, the two forms, the circulation form and the gym forms, were entirely structurally independent on each other to allow a more true building. True in the sense that the same experience is felt on the inside and outside. True in the sense that the gym forms penetrate the circulation core only to terminate at the ground. This opened up more spaces for programmatic use and also created a semi-private barrier between the athletes and the public.
The organizing tool for the site plan are two axis; rest and action. Living quarters as well as a recreational pool are located along the rest axis while the action axis houses action programs such as soccer, tennis and the gymnastics facility itself.
Axis of Action Axis of Rest
Skin Square Footage Gym Space
Artistic Gym Rhythmic Gym Trampoline Gym Lockers Weights
Reception Coaches Meeting Rooms
Kitchen Cafeteria Treatment
Apartments Mass Living
Giftshop Lobby Cafeteria
Common Space Mechanical Janitorial Storage
The building skin is given shape by its louvers that cover the entire facade.
Structure The gym structure is framed by steel tubes and a iconic cross-bracing diagrid system.
Gyms The gyms are shaped and placed to draw relationships, both visually and physically, to each other.
Circulation Circulation space surrounds the core of the building and supports its many programs.
Circulation Programmatic support Coaches offices Athlete only space Fire escape stairs
In architecture, the less decisions the user has to make increases the enjoyment of their experience. To expand on this, we adopted a floor plan with long open sight lines as well as large way finding type to embody a contemporary feel while guiding patrons to their end destination, stress free.
Grade Floor Plan
1. Administration/Lobby 2. Gift Shop 3. Conference Room 4. Men’s Restroom 5. Women’s Restroom 6. Common Area 7. Cafeteria 8. Kitchen 9. Women’s Restroom 10. Men’s Restroom 11. Mechanical Room
The first floor of the complex is halfway under ground to fit the natural contour of the site while allowing space for programs that donâ€™t necessarily need an abundance of natural light or site lines to the public eye(Mechanical, Janitorial spaces and Locker rooms). To keep the gym volumes a focal point, moments in the floor above were eliminated to make 2 story spaces, framed by the iconic louvered wall. In all instances, throughout the perimeter of the gym volumes, views to the training and competitions are easy and frequent.
Below Grade Floor Plan 15
12. Storage 13. Mechanical Room 14. Womenâ€™s Locker Room 15. Artistic Gym 16. Rhythmic Gym 17. Trampoline/Tumbling Gym 18. Mechanical Room 19. Medical Treatment Room 20. Weight Room
Steel Tube Structure 1/2â€? Glass Spider Connection
An early yet pressing issue was to make this building honest architecture while letting the form go through the circulation space and only terminating at its bounds or the ground itself. Simple glass volumes would not be enough to see the form and differentiate the two volumes. Metal paneling would fix this problem however, no views to the action could be had from inside the complex. Our solution, similar to an LTL project, the New Taipei Library, we decided to cover the form in louvers. This 6 piece louvered system was enough to easily see the two forms while still allowing views from inside and outside. The density of the louvers were increased in areas to reflect off unwanted solar gains and decreased in areas designed to allow more transparency between the viewers and the activity being held at that time.
Floor 2 Framing Plan
Roof Framing Plan
Athlete Living Column Detail
Athlete Floor Plan Level 1
Camper Floor Plan Level 1
Camper Floor Plan Level 2
Separated by different axis, the living and the gymnasium facility are two different styles. While the gyms, on the axis of action, are more of an iconic testament to gymnastics and technology, the living areas are more reflective of their own axis, rest. Further expanding on the axis of rest, these buildings are constructed with simple pitched roofs and a warmer materiality. Enough elements and styles are shared between the two types to relate them to each other such as the same pallet of grays and a high tech triad of pin connection members that can also be found in the main facility.
Circulation Space Section
Glass Elevator Section
THE HIDDEN ROOM Year: First Year Spring 2013 Location: Marshall County, Kansas Professor: Erica Quinones Time: 5 weeks
T H E
H I D D E N
R O O M
The objective of this project was to create an abstract structure with four room and one â€œhiddenâ€? room. The hidden room takes up 10 percent of the total square footage. The concept of the herringbone floor plan comes from the herringbone pattern, Commonly found in wood flooring. The concept remained the same throughout the entire design process, but became more complex through the addition of different elements. The building has three main design elements, level changes through different portions of the structure, axial wall materials (frosted glass and cast in-place concrete). These elements work together to provide a unique experience for all people inside the building. The small openings on the interior, exterior and roof provide natural light throughout the building.
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LANGFORD PARAMETRIC WALL Year: Second Year Spring 2014 Location: College Station, Texas Professor: Mark Clayton Partner: Brett Lagerberg and Brooks Van Essen Time: 5 weeks
L A N G F O R D PA R A M E T R I C WA L L The objective of this project was to create a parametric installation that could reduce the reverberation time in a small lecture space located in the Langford Architecture Center at Texas A&M University. Sound absorption is affected by the relationship between surface area and the overall volume of the space. The larger the surface area the more opportunity sound has to be absorbed, reflected, and redirected (ultimately reducing reverberation time). We were able to increase the surface area by 150 percent as well as reduce the reverberation time from three seconds to just over one and a half seconds, which is ideal for a small lecture space. Real architecture can be found at the intersection of function and design. This creation is a by-product of a harmonious relationship best illustrated as visual music. Much like music, architecture is experience driven. This form was designed with smooth transitions and parameterized crests and troughs. The difference are both subtle and vast. The reach in engulfing. The stretch in infinite. The form, together, is an experience.
Created through a series of crests and troughs, the wooden parametric wall was formed to appear as an integrated piece of the existing wall. The design of the form came from the idea of waves engulfing the small space, as well as the harmony of musical notes. CNCâ€™d out of 3/4 inch plywood panels the individual pieces of plywood can be taken apart with ease.
Existing Room Condition The small lecture space/classroom located in the Langford Architecture Center has a reverberation problem causing echoing throughout the space.
Room with Installation With the plywood parametric wall installed the reverberation time is reduced from 2.9 seconds to 1.6 seconds. This new reverberation time is acceptable for small classroom spaces like this.
Back Wall Front Wall East Wall West Wall Floor Ceiling Total
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Back Wall Front Wall East Wall West Wall Floor Ceiling
26 26 30 30 26 26
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Surface Area (Feet^2)
Coefficent of Absorption
0.07 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.02 0.07
25.48 25.48 29.40 29.40 15.60 54.60 179.96
364 364 420 420 780 780 3,128
Concrete Concrete Concrete Concrete Carpet Concrete
364 364 420 420 780 780
Concrete Concrete Concrete Concrete Carpet Concrete
0.07 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.02 0.07
25.48 25.48 29.40 29.40 15.60 54.60
3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood 3/8" Plywood
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12.05 11.64 11.31 11.11 11.03 10.92 10.41 9.42 8.46 7.62 6.84 6.03 5.14 4.31 3.77 3.43 3.29 3.22 3.11
Room Sabine Reverberation Volume Formula Time (seconds) (Feet^3) Constant
Existing Reverberation Time
Installation Slats: 133.9 129.3 125.7 123.4 122.6 121.3 115.7 104.7 94.0 84.7 76.0 67.0 57.1 47.9 41.9 38.1 36.6 35.8 34.6
Reduced Reverberation Time
BLUE STAR CULTURAL HUB Year: Third Year Fall 2014 Location: San Antonio, Texas Professor: Sarah Deyong Partner: Brett Lagerberg Time: 15 weeks
B L U E
S TA R
C U LT U R A L
H U B
The objective of this project was to create a new community center, bringing together two neighborhoods in an urban context, as well as linking the site to the natural ecology of the adjacent river. The site includes three patches along the San Antonio River and is situated between the historical King Williams district and the Southside neighborhoods. The site for this project is located next to Blue Star, a growing contemporary arts complex south of downtown San Antonio. The programs include a cafe, art exhibition space, basketball courts, play space, and an open field for various activities.
Basketball Courts Art Gallery
Art Gallery Grade Level
Cafe Grade Level
Art Gallery Below Grade Level
Cafe Below Grade Level
LA ESCOCESA VERTICAL GARDEN Year: Third Year Spring 2015 Study Abroad Location: Barcelona, Spain Professor: Miguel Roldรกn and Ivan Llach Time: 15 weeks
LA ESCOCESA: VERTICAL GARDEN La Escocesa is a former industrial complex in the district of Poblenou, Barcelona. Since 1999 it has become a creation space and meeting point for artists of different disciplines. Our objective was to create an environment to sustain and revitalize an industrial urban area that was previously abandoned. The vertical farm, proposed as the new frontal facade of La Escocesa, grows food close to where it is needed, putting the consumer in easy reach of fresh, healthy produce. Rather than requiring acres of land, the vertical farm brings cultivation of produce into the urban setting through new methods, such as hydroponic farming. The conceptual design brings together sustainability, food production, and education on vertical urban farming. Combined with living space for the artists who currently live in La Escocesa in the horizontal bar, the modern high rise is a perfect way to honor La Escocesaâ€™s industrial heritage.
La Ecocesa (Site)
Part of the existing building was removed in order to provide an inviting entrance to La Escocesa, rather than original facade which was closed off to the public.
The state of La Escocesa has decreased significantly throughout the years. Doors and windows have been boarded up and the front facade is not inviting.
1. Existing La Escocesa front facade
2. Remove existing structure to allow entrance into site
3. Vertical addition for hydroponic garden program
4. Programmatic elements divided into vertical space
5. Structural core and sustainable elements added
Public Space Semi-Public Space Private Space
Open to below
Vertical Hydroponic system room
Hydroponic table room
Artists Living Space
Hydroponic table room
Open to below Artists Living Space
Seed lab Vertical hydroponic system room
Open to below
Algae Panel Facade
Solar Panel Facade
More efficient than electricity and more sustainable than wood, algae is ideal kindling for producing heat, especially since it can be grown on-site. Moreover, the water in which the algae grows also collects solar energy, providing an additional supply of heat.
Energy collected from the photovoltaic solar panels can be used for the Vertical Farm and the rest of La Escocesa. Solar power cells convert sunlight into electricity, using the energy of speeding photons to create an electrical current within the solar panel.
Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Wind turbines convert kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks or a generator can convert this mechanical energy into electricity.
VertiCrop Vertical Farming System Providing up to 20 times the yield of normal field crops, while using only 8% of the water typically required for soil farming. VertiCrop provides optimal exposure to either natural or artificial light.
P E R S O N A L
P H O T O G R A P H Y
This is a collection of personal photographs from around the world. I picked up my passion of photography from my mom, who is a photographer and has been since I was young. The second I got interested into photography I instantly had to know everything about it. I learned everything from how to shoot with a film camera to post processing in Photoshop. This passion of mine has carried over into my world of architecture in many ways. I look at buildings in a unique perspective in order to capture the essence of the structure. Photography has also helped my rendering skills tremendiously. Applying the rule of thirds and understanding depth of field has helped me produce better quality renderings. Photography is not only a hobby, but a passion, of mine and I do not expect to lose this desire for a long time.
Garrett Callen (512) 289-2675 Garrettjcallen@gmail.com Garrettcallen@tamu.edu 8412-6 Denali Pkwy Austin, Texas 78726 USA