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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PORTFOLIO


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PAVILION On top of a mountain

What is architecture? What factors affect aesthetic and structural tectonics? What is the role of human in built environments? These are all questions that preoccupy the architectural field. We can use words to answer them, theories and references. But how could we answer architecture-related questions with architecture itself? This pavilion, with a site of my choice, is the answer of nature’s role in architecture, including users and site factors. Conceived as one building, the pavilion is a series of four spaces, each presenting a different piece of information, as well as perceptive experiences.

TOPOGRAPHY

NATURE INSPIRES, NATURE DIRECTS

ABSTRACTION

2009 Third Semester Undergraduate Institut des Beaux Arts- Beirut INSTRUCTORS: Arch. Divina AbouJaoude Arch. Georges Beshara Arch. Grace Rihan

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CONCRETISATION


PULL APART MODEL SHOWING SPATIAL PROGRESSION 1. ENTRANCE

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FACADE

ENTRANCE

TECTONICS OF A HILL

2.EXPERIENCE

3. CONNECTION WITH NATURE

4. ULTIMATE CORNER: THE END

PLAN AND SECTION


ARTSPACE Beaverton, OR

The Beaverton Arts Foundation is attempting to bring a performing and visual arts center to the community. The studio explores the architectural potential of a Performing ArtSpace within the suburban and evolving context of Beaverton. The site located in an eco-district, exhibits multiple latent forces and vectors that permeates the surrounding urban fabric, offering a rich collage of elements. Primary programmatic components include: versatile performing art space for theatre, dance, instrumental and choral performances, dynamic multi-form theatre, visual arts gallery, meeting and event center, arts education space, and integrated landscape / civic arts plaza. The building draws inspiration from the attributes of place and community values and aspire to create an architecture that is both appropriate and iconic, celebrating Beaverton’s unique identity. 2013 Spring Studio University of Oregon, Portland INSTRUCTORS: James Kalvelage and Joe Baldwin (OPSIS architecture- Portland)

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PHASE 01: Partnered urban design PHASE 02: Individual building design

the underlying image of a burgeoning cultural art scene


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SANT SANTE

Jacmel, South of Haiti Community is at the heart of healthcare design in places like Haiti. The layout gives priority and ownership to the people in the community running and using the clinic. Spaces will accommodate volunteers and nurses. Safety and acceptance by the community are top priorities to ensure successful and active operation after its construction. The building is designed following a consistent structural grid. Familiar construction methods of concrete post-and-beam with CMU infill are finished with a brightly-colored, painted stucco. The building is anchored by a central spine of services which provides core structural support. The separation of programmatic spaces allows the wings to function independently if needed. Local pride is incorporated into the detailed tile floor, window iron work, and open masonry screen walls through commissioning local craftsmen. 2013 REvive Jacmel Competition Submission team: Grace Aaraj, MArch '14 Jackie Davis, MArch '14 First Prize for overall design; Winner of best constructible design and People's choice award.

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jacmel, Haiti: architecture for change


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CULIN-ART Portland, Oregon The northwest neighborhood of Portland is undergoing an urban design phase. Phase 01 of the studio focused on designing a square and the buildings on its edges. Phase 02 is a programmatic research focused on demographics and projected identity of the neighborhood. Portland is one of the richest cities in the us in the culinary and community agriculture. Deriving from that is an atmosphere of festivity and celebration of different customs and skills. As a project, I chose to develop a culinary institute and greenhouse with annexed housing. The design aim to maintain balance between the diverse values of adjacent neighborhoods and potential developers.

community, food AND IDENTITY

2012 Fall Studio Graduate studies University of Oregon- Portland Phase 01: Square Urban Design Phase 02: Project development INSTRUCTORS: Don Genasci Sean Chou

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MAIN MASSING AROUND PLAZA


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BRIDGING

Portland + Barcelona The studio designed urban installations for sites in both Barcelona’s 22@ district and the North Park Blocks between the Pearl District and Old Town / Chinatown in Portland, Oregon.The studio investigated how public services may be a valuable place brand for these cities that provide what Bruno Latour called the ‘attachment’ of architecture to the living city over time. This understanding of attachment was supported with material affect to empower participation and the communication of values within a district, neighborhood and urban room from the bottom up. Principles of bottom-up urban design were explored at the scale of analytical tools and installation scale interventions using systems as unit organization acted on by external forces. Interaction with stakeholders in the Creative Corridor of Northwest downtown Portland in food and public services assisted us, students, to understand place and culture. 2013 Winter Studio University of Oregon, Portland INSTRUCTOR: Philip sperenza PHASE 01: partnered design PHASE 02: design-build class work

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PARAMETRIC EXPLORATION IN THE SERVICE OF A CITY


enclosed relationships

enclosed relationships

openess

openess

communication

communication

starting a micro-network of embracement and acceptance

generative pattern IDENTITY

DIAGRAMMING THE TIME-BOUNDED RELATIONSHIP AND REACTIONS THROUGH A YEAR OF DESIGN IMPLEMETATION

starting a micro-network of embracement and acceptance

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generative pattern IDENTITY

DIAGRAMMING THE TIME-BOUNDED RELATIONSHIP AND REACTIONS THROUGH A YEAR OF DESIGN IMPLEMETATION


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GLASS SCHOOL Industrial district, Portland

What is architecture? What factors affect aesthetic and structural tectonics? What is the role of human in built environments? These are all questions that preoccupy the architectural field. We can use words to answer them, theories and references. But how could we answer architecture-related questions with architecture itself? This pavilion, with a site of my choice, is the answer of nature’s role in architecture, including users and site factors. Conceived as one building, the pavilion is a series of four spaces, each presenting a different piece of information, as well as perceptive experiences.

Fall 2013 Graduate studies UOregon- Portland INSTRUCTORS: Howard Davis Matt Brown

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INDUSTRY AS ART


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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK STUDENT PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK STUDENT PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK STUDENT PRODUCT

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3D View 4

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK STUDENT PRODUCT

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SHOWROOM

Beirut, Lebanon For architecture, structure can be an object for support. How can structure create spaces in hi-tech architectures intended for display? For this project, the structural precedent was gardens by the bay botanical gardens project by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, in Singapore. For the first phase, I developed detail drawings based on renderings and images of the precedent. The next phases included programmatic approach to fit exhibition and management spaces under two types of structures.

COUPE B-B SPACE STRUCTURAL DETAIL OF SHOWROOM

STRUCTURE,sPACES AND AESTHETICS

detail structure plafond des ateliers

The site is located at the intersection of a domestic road, and an elevated highway. The two structures extend to the exterior of glazing, creating outdoor public spaces, increasing the visibility of displayed cars and accessories.

plan moly-grade stainless steel (technique utilise a ndia)

systeme fixation de toiture

2011 Sixth Semester Undergraduate Institut des Beaux Arts- Beirut INSTRUCTORS: Arch. Amine Iskandar Arch. Hiami Rai Arch. Tanios Bitar

poteau transversal

systeme accrochage du mur rideau

systeme en treillis

detail structure plafond des ateliers fondation

coupe armature en acier

plan

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coupe transversale poteau

coupe longitudinale STRUCTURAL DETAIL OF STORAGE AND ADMINISTRATION SPACES poteau

moly-grade stainless steel (technique utilise a ndia)


32P

A-A EPUOC

22P

12P

model

exterior plaza created by exhibition structure

section showing the hybrid structure system

EXHIBITION SPACE

91P

81P

71P

61P

51P

41P

31P

31P

11P

01P

north elevation as seen from main street

17 06 ACCESS TO EXHIBITIONS AND STORAGE SPACES (COLLAGE)


COMMERCE Jal Dib, Lebanon

The site is a 6700 sq m empty lot in the coastal region of Jal DibLebanon. The only existing structure in the site is a traditional house on the side of one of the two site’s accesses. The design should address the shopping and entertainment venue as an opportunity for people to meet and engage in a social experience. The site’s prime location is an opportunity to create a civic space, and reflect activities by boxes overlooking the highway and the shore. It is also the first step towards urbanizing the city in which it is located.

MASSING

THE SKIN AS A COMMUNICATION TOOL AND THE SPACE AS A SOCIAL INTERFACE

FUNCTIONS DISTRIBUTION

VIEWS AND ACCESS

2012 Seventh Semester Undergraduate Institut des Beaux Arts- Beirut INSTRUCTORS: Jean Yasmine Michel Barmaki Antoine Kesserwani

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VOIDS, CIRCULATION AND SKIN


CITE DES ENFANTS

Beirut, Lebanon The project is a space for children to learn activities and engage with others to learn and discover. The program is organized around a wide circulation overlooking the garden. Each colored box is related to an activity. The green box in a L shape pierces the facade to create display spaces, and surrounds a small plants garden. The main facade act as a large display wall, color coded according to rooms of activities. This allows the facade to constantly change and adapts to events happening, and the children to feel they belong to this school of creativity and they appropriate the space.

2010 Fourth Semester Undergraduate Institut des Beaux Arts- Beirut INSTRUCTORS: Arch. Divina AbouJaoude Arch. Georges Beshara Arch. Grace Rihan

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ARTISTIC AND INTERCHANGEABLE


MAIN STREET ELEVATION

SECTION THROUGH GARDEN

SECTION THROUGH LEARNING ROOMS

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MASSING MODEL

MODEL SHOWING REAL COLORS


HOUSE ON HILL Beit Mery, Lebanon

The site is an under urbanized part of Beit Mery, a Lebanese village overlooking the coast from an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. The views are unlimited towards nature and the historic Phoenician ruins, roman ruins of Saint John monastery and the old church. Being in a traditional setting, the red tiles roof is required by the zoning code.

TRADITIONS IN CONSTRUCTION

The individual villa sits on a 20% sloped parcel covering 800 square meters of land.

2011 Fifth Semester Undergraduate Institut des Beaux Arts- Beirut INSTRUCTORS: Arch. Amine Iskandar Arch. Hiami Rai Arch. Tanios Bitar

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STRUCTURAL DETAIL OF STORAGE AND ADMINISTRATION SPACES


CHAMBRE 3

CHAMBRE 2

S.A.M.

SALLE DE JEUX

SECTION THROUGH THE HILL

VIDE SUR ENTREE

SALON T.V.

PORCHE D'ENTREE

PATIO

COIN CHEMINEE

ENTREE

SALLE DE JEUX

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DEPOT

FIRST FLOOR PLAN


EMBRACE Minneapolis, MN

The Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis is in need of a development plan connecting all scales. On the macro scale, this catalyst development can act as a bridge to other areas of Downtown. At the street level, a consistent pedestrian experience will connect the user to the neighborhood as a living organism, rather than a set of individual components. Our program goal is to embrace four different life aspects: First, a physical embrace of the surrounding districts through east/west gateway corridors, connecting the site to Financial District. Second, a social embrace of the neighborhood will encourage recreational activities. Third, a fiscal embrace to improve the local economy and life in the neighborhood. Finally, an ecological embrace to protect future generations and improve the quality of life for all. 2013 Urban Land Institute 11th competition Graduate Students Team:

Grace Aaraj, Architecture , UOregon Danielle Hoet, Architecture, UOregon Deven Young, Landscape Architecture, UOregon Mohamad Nikzad, Business, Willamette University Becky Kinsley, Historic Preservation, Columbia University

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A VIBRANT GATEWAY TO DOWNTOWN EAST MINNEAPOLIS


Existing

Phase 01

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Phase 02


DESIGN-BUILD Titanyen, Haiti Titanyen is a small growing informal settlement, where a project is guided by the vision of to teach street orphans not just the standard curriculum but the skills and ideas to become Haiti’s environmental stewards. In a country like Haiti where environmental degradation is some of the most severe on earth, restoring the earth’s capacity is both environmental and human rights issue. Our project focuses on generating a master plan and architectural services for the orphanages’ school, residential and agricultural facilities, which provide education for the orphans and the community as well as adult education on sustainable agricultural practices, building and infrastructure. Our master plan includes design and educational practices to guide the restoration of the 30 acres of the school, orphanage and organic farm, bakeries, and micro industries and includes and sustainable infrastructure to serve the water and waste cycles of the entire community. 2013 Travel Award project Center for Public Interest Design Portland State University - Portland Ecole Speciale d'Architecture- Paris COORDINATORS: Sergio Palleroni- PSU Todd Ferry- PSU Marie Aquilino- ESA - ESA

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PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN


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ECOLOGICAL Food Package

RECYCLED

Book Stand

The package design is an exploration of ecological means of food packaging. Instead of relying solely on the materials used for packaging, like recycled cardboard, the design tries to include the user behavior into the ecological intent of the product. The final product is an easy to use container for food, especially types that contains a post-consumed part. The container itself can be reused and/or recycled.

2012 Design elective

Institut des Beaux Arts- Beirut

Instructor: Mona Hecker Competition entry at the Lebanese Food Packaging Conference- LibanPack 2012

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2009 Graphic Arts elective

Institut des Beaux Arts- Beirut Instructors: Arch. Rim Zougheib Arch. Georges Abi Nader "Forgotton to reused" design topic


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2010 Oil on canvas Fruits

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Grace Aaraj

MARCH UOregon '14, Portland BARCH Institut des beaux-arts '11 Beirut Fulbright scholar

grace aaraj

grace.aaraj@gmail.com graceaaraj.wix.com/graceaaraj


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