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Tiana Howell

Tiana Howell | (347) 531-6961


Master of Architecture | Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York | Expected May 2020 Bachelor of Science in Architecture | University of Maryland, College Park, MD | August 2013- May 2017 Study Abroad Program | In the Shadows of Vesuvius: Architectural Recording for Archaeology, Stabiae, Italy

June-July 2016 - Conduct field surveys of the ancient Villa San Marco in the Bay of Naples - Use traditional hand surveying, EDM surveying, and LiDAR technology to create detailed images of the ancient site, and complete a portfolio of orthographic wall elevations to be catalogued in archaeological records


Digital Fabrication Technician | Spitzer School of Architecture- CUNY, New York, NY

January 2018- Present -Manage the Laser Cutting technology for the Graduate program, and assist with cutting materials including woods, glass, acrylic, illustration boards, foam, and MDF

Work Space Planning and Design Intern | Guardian Life Insurance Company, New York, NY

June- August 2017 -Conduct floor surveys and employee counts; Use Archibus and AutoCAD to update floor plans for various regional offices -Create wayfinding maps, interior plans, review construction documents, and assist with decisions for new regional offices

Real Estate Development Intern | Community Preservation and Development Corporation, Silver Spring, MD October 2016- May 2017 - Conduct neighborhood analysis for current and future CPDC properties to determine new development opportunities, planning and zoning changes, property valuations, and demographic and socio-economic shifts - Survey plans and initiatives in local jurisdictions of Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, and analyze the LIHTC State Qualified Allocation Plans to assist with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit applications in process

Facility Supervisor | University Recreation and Wellness, College Park, MD

September 2014- May 2017 - Manage the 11,000 sq. ft. facility and thirty-six staff members during regular hours and special events - Issue equipment, answer phones and questions, and enforce admissions policies and facility rules while providing service to patrons to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience

Mentor | Summer Energy Academy, Brooklyn, NY

June 2013- August 2016 - Teach students in grades 6-11 about energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, and subjects in the STEM education program, as well as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Sketch Up - Guide students in a final presentation of designing their own company, energy efficient homes, and smart cities

Green Office Program Education and Outreach Intern | Office of Sustainability, College Park, MD May- August 2015 - Participate in Green Office Representative training, support Green Office special events and assist with the development of new tools and strategies for implementation of the program - Conduct the Green Office audits, track audit data, provide consultation services to GO Rep


Vice-President | National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, College Park, MD

September 2016- May 2017 -Organization celebrating the diversity and all-inclusiveness of the school of architecture while promoting various opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds -Host school-wide lectures on topics emphasizing architecture of under-represented backgrounds, sponsored site visits and firm tours in the Washington D.C. area, and participated in various fundraising events.

Alumni Brother | Alpha Rho Chi- Olynthius Chapter, College Park, MD

November 2016- Present -Professional Co-ed Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts -Participate in fundraising, alumni events and professional development programs, such as portfolio reviews and discussion panels, hosted by the Olynthius chapter


Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, Archibus, AutoCAD, Excel, Lumion, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Rhino, SketchUp

Table of Contents Equilibrium Pavilion


1000 North Charles Street


A Live-Work Community


Chromatic Bridge


In The Shadows of Vesuvius


Generative Curves


Circle of Life Pavilion


Equilibrium Pavilion The pavilion is designed based on a concept of creating structural-based equilibrium. This moving pavilion* creates a dynamic experience by forcing users to interact with one another and move themselves around the pavilion in order to remain balanced. The cage-like frame is created of panels generated from parametric scripts using Grasshopper. The frame acts as a shear wall system with the hinge and beam creating the pavilion’s movement.

*To view the movement of this model please visit:

Original Piece by Peter Fischli and David Weiss

Angles and Proportion

Original Equilibrium Model by Fishcli and Weiss

Interpretation of Equilibrium Model

Force and Movement Studies

Weight and Motion

Studies of Equilibrium Model



Angles and Proportion

Weight and Motion

Cage Panels

The shape for each panel was extracted from shapes

seen in the original equilibrium model

Grasshopper Script for creating panel series across pavilion form

1000 N Charles Street Apartments 1000 N Charles Apartments sits at the corner of North Charles Street and West Eager Street in downtown Baltimore, MD. At the border line of Mount Vernon, the apartment building is immersed in the historic district, surrounded by iconic buildings such as the Belvedere Hotel and the Maryland Club. With the University of Baltimore rising in the Belvedere neighborhood to the north, 1000 N Charles Apartments serves as the meeting point between historical and modern Baltimore.

With this in mind, the apartment building aims to create a blended community for all walks of life, and therefore serves as a mixed property with units designated for mixed-use housing and senior living. The blended living creates a unique environment where residents can interact with one another and strengthen the diverse community.

With amenities spaces that connect the two populations, such as community sunrooms, daycare centers run by seniors, or computers classes taught by youth, and the ground floor level retail accessible to all residences and the public, 1000 N Charles creates an all-inclusive living environment.


many prime locations including the Washington Monument, the Belvedere



Mount Vernon, the historical district of Baltimore, Maryland is home to

Hotel, University of Baltimore, and Penn Station.



Apartments are zoned by studio, one and two bedroom apartments flanked on both sides of the U-shaped building. The shared communtiy spaces including, circulation routes, laundry rooms, and all amenity spaces are located at the building’s central core. On street level, commercial stores line both streets to allow a blended use of the building and a welcoming aspect to the surrounding community.

Section along Eager Street




Standard Residential Floor

Commercial Properties

Ground Floor with Commercial Properties


Amenities are meant to create a blended environment within the community, and allow seniors and young adults to bond and learn from one another strengthening downtown Baltimore in a new way.

Sun Room

Computer Center General Storage Gathering Spaces

Gathering Spaces Computer Center Library

Fitness Center Day Care



A Live-Work Community Mutli-use residential building and light manufacturing facility The purpose of this multi-use residential and manufacturing facility is to increase income and decreasing rents through combined environments for self-employed businesses. This investment of multiple businesses allows an increase in employment rates for the community, all working together to end poverty levels and increase financial stability. Location: 426 W 126 Street, New York, NY 10027 Census Tract 219




Chromatic Bridge The Chromatic Bridge is an installation created from a concept to intervene and connect the space between two bridges in an atrium. The result was a series of draped fabrics that captured pedestrians within, bringing attention to the importance of the connected space as a central point of the atrium as a whole. Experimenting with technology, the installation was originally produced at full scale, then interpreted through digital analysis and 3D modelling. A LiDAR 3D Scanner was used to scan the bridge, then brought into recap to provide rendered views and still images for proper documentation.


The Colors and materials were used to highlight datum lines from one bridge to the other. This reveals the twisted motion made from the symmetrical axis, which results in the diagonal motion of the fabrics from one place of the upper bridge to its symmetrical angle on the lower bridge.

Taking LiDAR scans from various positions within the site, the images were stitched together to create a 3D model. Using Recap, the model was manipulated and processed to extract images such as the one below. The 3D Model was then transferred to a mesh in Rhino so orthographic drawings, section cuts, and renderings could be created of the installation in its full form.

In The Shadows of Vesuvius: Restoring Ancient Stabia Study Abroad 2016: Castallammare di Stabia, Italy Restoring Ancient Stabia, a study abroad program hosted by the University of Maryland and Vesuvian Institute of Stabia, focused on archeological surveying. Students were taught how to conduct an archeological survey, project data organization, and producing work for final publication. This unique experience provided the opportunity to embrace a new culture while researching historic villas and using new surveying technology. The research of this program focused on documenting the remaining original fresco details of various rooms within Villa San Marco, one of the few damaged villas still standing after the eruption of Vesuvius. Using new technology, such as EDM and LiDAR surveying technology, data was collected and drawings constructed from results. All information was then recorded for later publication. For more information visit:

Left: Villa San Marco site plan Below: Zone including walls C,D, and E

Wall E

Wall D

EDM Scans

Photoshop Image Merging

Illustriator Drawings

Wall C

Generative Curves Challenged with a 130’ x 90’ 70’ building form, this building shape was altered, giving an emphasis along the longitudinal side, and a façade was created using parametric design. This façade utilizes S-shaped panels to compliment the unique façade shape, and creates a pattern that spans the entire face of the building. The individual facades each contain a directional pattern that meet at the corner, creating a wrapping experience across the building.


Circle of Life Pavilion This pavilion was created as a communal space for public gatherings and events. The entire structure guides visitors through the changing spaces as they embrace the open event space. These changing moments along the visitor’s journey allow an experience of contemplative transitions between dynamic moments and static reflective spaces. With seating in open areas and the central core, the structure allows all purposes into the life of the pavilion. The wrapping wood panels work to remind the visitor of the life they’ve experienced in the pavilion before being reintroduced back into the world.

Tiana Howell Architecture Portfolio  
Tiana Howell Architecture Portfolio