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imman suleiman architecture + design portfolio

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imman suleiman 1929 Plymouth Rd, Apt. 2000, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA 734.686.2258 imman@umich.edu

EDUCATION

ACTIVITIES

Master of Science in Architecture, April ‘19 College of Architecture + Urban Planning University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI

Graduate Architecture Thesis Honors Project Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning May ‘19 | Ann Arbor, MI

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, April ‘16 College of Architecture + Urban Planning University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI

Student Show Nominee Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning Feb ‘16 + ‘19 | Ann Arbor, MI

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Taubman College Externship Program 2018 Intern | O-X Studio Feb 26 - March 02 | Ann Arbor, MI

BioArt Design Assistant University of Michigan Jan ‘19 - Present | Ann Arbor, MI Architectural Drafter University of Michigan - AEC Jan ‘17 - Aug ‘17 | Ann Arbor, MI Event Director Architectural Resource June ‘16 - Dec ‘16 | Ann Arbor, MI Program Assistant Taubman Development and Alumni Relations July ‘15 - May ‘16 | Ann Arbor, MI

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AWARDS

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students E-Board | Event Planning Chair, Undergraduate Representative Jan ‘15 - April ‘16 | Ann Arbor, MI

SKILLS Adobe Suite | InDesign CC- Illustrator CC - Photoshop CC Drafting | Rhino - Microstation - AutoCAD - Zbrush - Revit - Maya Microsoft Office | Word - Excel - Powerpoint Languages | English - Amharic


PROJECTS

‘15 - Present

studio projects

(NO)RTH (CO)RK(TO)WN HOUSING

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AUGMENTED - IMAGINING THE REAL

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A FULLER NORTH CAMPUS

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PARTIAL PARTS

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ARTICULATION: ORIGINS

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AIRPORT ASYLUM

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professional drafting and production

PROFESSIONAL DRAFTING

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ROCKITE METAL

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FABRIC PLASTER MODEL

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SCALE UP, SCALE DOWN

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TELEPRINTED FACADES

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

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(NO)RTH (CO)RK(TO)WN HOUSING M. Arch Studio III - Fall ‘18 In collaboration with Lucas Ratu and Alex Rossetti

In anticipation of the influx of Ford employees in the near future, we propose NoCoTo for the SouthWestern part of North Corktown, Detroit. As it stands, this neighborhood is in desperate need of revitalization as much as most of Detroit. Located on Rosa Parks Blvd, NoCoTo’s mixed use mid rise buildings are spotted from all the way across the freeway. The location of our site is strategically chosen to allow for a 20 minute transit destination for Ford employees and the community.

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aerial view

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Our mission is to enhance the current utilization of the neighborhood to create a hub which draws Detroiters to live, work and play in this neighborhood which is comprised of an enjoyable market, an entertaining park, and a boisterous apartment. We care about North Corktown, its rich history and architectural context, and we have made sure to keep these treasures intact while integrating our vision for North Corktown’s future. Using form based code as a tool to guide our mid density mixed use programs, we have carefully designed a hub that is unique in design and organization to Detroit.

site plan

Michigan Ave.

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I-75 / Fisher Freeway


winter render

Pine St.

Spruce St.

Temple St.

site section

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unit plan

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Plan / F3 1/8” = 1’-0“ 1’

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floor plan 16’

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Gravel Ballast

Prefabricated Bump Out Window Steel Frame with Spray Foam Insulation

Fixed Frame Window W8x28 Steel Beam W12x50 Steel Girder Firetrol 12”x12” Column

Metal Railing Tempered Glass

Rain Water Drain

Our main program, NoCoTo Apartments, is desinged to be an affordable housing both for incoming Ford employees and the people within North Corktown. The integration and aggregation of seven towers comprised of a vertical core and units create an effect of a parts-to-whole design approach. In an effort to allow sunlight into the park, we conceived our housing to be light and porous while decreasing in height as it approaches the market. The systems approach to our design includes seven vertical circulation cores and a grid system providing structural support to the apartment units which are lifted above ground to activate the ground space as a night zone to contrast the park as a day zone. The vertical cores, beyond being structural elements to our project, are also equipped with the building’s electrical, plumbing, heating, and water supply systems. Located underground, the parking basement provides parking for the tenants as well as storage for energy systems. By puncturing openings above ground and planting trees into the transition space from the building ground floor and the park, we are providing ventilation and visual aesthetics to the underground parking as well as the park. The design, structure and location of NoCoTo Apartments and our mixed use mid density approach to the neighborhood expresses our passion to elevate and nourish the current North Corktown and the community.

Spray Foam Insulation

Wood Floor Subfloor Rigid Insulation

4” Concrete on Steel Deck Shear Stud

Operable Window DensGlass Sheathing Metal Panel Facade Rigid Insulation Metal Stud Wall

2x4 Studs 16”O.C. Spray Foam Insulation

Gypsum Board

Waterproof Membrane Hot/Cold Water Supply Waste Pipe

Polished Concrete Finish Cavity Wall

Ventilation Grille Ground

Concrete

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detailed section


section

elevation

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pedestrian path

park and garden

park and mural

farmer’s market


rosa parks blvd

leisure area

ground floor

side entrance

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AUGMENTED - IMAGINING THE REAL M. Arch Thesis - Winter ‘19

In collaboration with Hannah Daugherty + Mariana de Carvalho

After several decades of advancement, the present climate surrounding automation and AI processes harbors unnerving undertones of concern, specifically around job loss and the ethical considerations of the technology. Augmented explores the integration of artificial intelligence into the architectural discourse while examining its effects on topics of agency, intent, and special form generation. In order to adequately gauge this union of Architecture and machine learning, we propose a bath set within the post-human era, in which culture is no longer centrally developed around humans, streamlined workflows, automated processes, artificial intelligence will result in a reduction of labor force hours. Architectural theorist - Yuval Noah Harari - anticipates that mankind is likely to focus on the god-like pursuits of achieving immortality and long term happiness during this era.

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THESIS APPROACH Augmented explores architectural machine hal-

After successfully training our image classification model

lucinations

of

through python coding, the trained network model is then

neural networking as a mechanism for design.

through

the

implementation

implemented into two generative adversarial networks

Neural networks, in its most basic sense can be understood

(GAN) or generative classes of machine learning: Deep

as a series of algorithms designed to analyse, interpret,

Dream and cycleGAN. These two network models

and recognize content within sets of data. The Aug-

produce dreams, or machine hallucinations, which are

mented neural network produces images of architecture

visual representations what our neural network “thinks�

through the image classification process, where we fed

of as the essence of objects. With a system of this

AI our curated catalog of data, and it learned to compute

nature, we begin to speculate how an integrated pair-

regularly repeated patterns from all the data it received.

ing of artificial intelligence and architectural authority would revolutionize the creative process of architecture.

The catalogue consists of 13 categories that possess atmospheric qualities, Maya generated models, historic baths, baroque and rococo interiors, arches, columns, etc. These image sets consist of around a thousand images of similar caliber.

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BATH SWIMMING POOL CATHEDRAL

TEMPLE

INPUT

CONVOLUTION + RELU

POOLING

CONVOLUTION + RELU

FEATURE LEARNING

POOLING

FLATTEN

FULLY CONNECTED

SOFTMAX

CLASSIFICATION

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GOOGLE DEEP DREAM GENERATOR

INPUT

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OUTPUT

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CYCLEGAN

INPUT 1

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INPU


UT 2

OUTPUT

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PROOF OF CONCEPT Augmented explored a new relationship between designer and computer, where the computer transforms from a tool to an active partner that can expand the imagination of the designer. Our neural network learned to generate architectural spaces that are once disorienting, intriguing, and evocative without being prescriptive. It has the capability to actively design unimaginable variations; something a human designer could not conceive of in their detail and differentiation. Our role as designers becomes one of a curator, steering the process and defining the desired design goals. This human machine interaction will ultimately serve to expand the designers imagination and creativity.

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A FULLER NORTH CAMPUS M. Arch Studio II - Winter ‘18

A Fuller North Campus addresses the challenges of North Campus and its lack of connectivity with other university campuses as well as the communities of Ann Arbor. Located on Fuller Road commuter parking lots and Mitchell Fields, this project addresses the shortage of faculty and staff housing, expansive unbuilt environments and surface parking lots, lack of indoor sports facilities, retail, and restaurants in North Campus. In addition to introducing attractive mixed use programs, A Fuller N. Campus also facilitates inter-campuses and campus-city connectivity by implementing a pedestrian and bike trail network that extends out from the site to North Campus, Central Campus, as well the communities of Ann Arbor.

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aerial view

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The location of A Fuller North Campus and existing trails leading to university campuses and Ann Arbor communities create an opportunity for the site to become a center for a more pedestrian and bike-centric campus as one of the more pressing issues of North Campus is it’s car-centric layout. Site analysis such as existing soccer fields, parking lots, infrastructure and surrounding programs resulted in the proposal for a mixed-use program containing staff, student and faculty housing, a day-care center, indoor and outdoor recreational centers, a continuous pedestrian and bike paths, underground parking, shops, restaurants, markets and a riverfront access zone.

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Fuller Apartments

Restaurant

SHOP

MFRB

cafe

HOUSING

AMENITIES

RECREATIONAL CENTER

PARK + TRIAL NETWORK

UNDERGROUND PARKING

RETAIL

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roof plan

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site model

site model

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outdoor running track

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entrance plaza

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PARTIAL PARTS M. Arch Studio I - Fall ‘17

This project focuses on the relationship between two contrasting programs: a fire station and a maker space. The programmatic organization of fire station and maker space is mitigated by the use of columns and buffer spaces to allow spaces such as the apparatus bay to be observed by the public without accessing it. The columns or implied walls also function as a main form of circulation by using a variety of spacing between columns, thus creating specific routes for the public. The formal language of the fire station is parts that share walls, and parts that overlap to create columned buffer spaces that firefighters and the public can use when going from one room to another.

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axon drawing

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To​​help​​break​​down​​the gap between​​ ​​ the external ​​ and ​​ internal​​ ​​ qualities​​of ​​ the ​​fire​​station, ​​​PARTIAL PARTS​​​​​ considers ​​envelope ​​and​​ program as ​​one​​ and​​ the ​​same. ​​The​​ spatial​​ arrangement of ​​ the ​​diverse​​ constituent​​ parts​​ ​​directly​​ affects ​​its ​​outward​​expression. After developing an understanding​​of ​​​part-to-whole​​​ and​​​ part-to-part​​​ relationships, nuanced​​ articulations were created. These ​​part​ ​relationships​ ​are ​​aimed​​ at working ​​ beyond​ ​​ f​ ormal organiza​​ tion strategies and ​​ toward​ ​​ d​ eveloping​​ an ​​institutional​ ​character​ ​and​ ​bias​ for​​the fire​​station; in ​​other​​words,​​ using ​​parts ​​to ​​construct ​​​partiality​.

part to whole models

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second floor

ground floor

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section perspective


ARTICULATION: ORIGINS Design Studio III - Fall ‘15

The Ukrainian Village is an immigrant community in Chicago that originated in the early 20th century. Its population increased drastically with the influx of Ukrainian refugees due to the country’s war torn government and rising poverty. The premise of this studio was to visit an abandoned parking lot located in the heart of the Ukrainian Village and to design a community center that will enable the continuous growth of the Ukrainian community and culture. This program allowed for the public use of a large market, food production and consumption areas, educational and administration spaces, and residential apartment units.

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ground floor

second floor

east section

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third floor

fourth floor

west section

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Continuity of Space, derived from the articulation of point symmetrical curves, was the main design element to the building. This continuity creates a sense of fluidity in the various programs and wraps around the entirety of the Ukrainian Village Community Center. The organization of the program and structure of the building relies heavily on a thick wall, which functions as a main circulation space for the public. The central location of this massive wall allows for the south elevation

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smooth transition of public to private space. The implementation of positive and negative spaces of the ground guided by curves responds to the overall design of the building. It also allows for visitors to have a dynamic experience as they are confronted by the dramatic changes in elevation and absence of walls. Yellow being a color of home, life, community, and family aims to give back to the Ukrainian people as it has a symbolic significance to the culture. north elevation

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AIRPORT ASYLUM Wallenberg Studio - Winter ‘16

Inspired by the true story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri - an Iranian man who was forced to live in Terminal 1 of the Charles de Gaulle airport for 18 years - my project focuses on addressing the unfortunate reality of stateless and asylum seeking refugees who are subjected to similar situations. Due to the crises facing parts of the Middle East and Europe, the numbers of people leaving their homes by force is increasing and refugees are seeking protection in neighboring countries like France. Thinking about a project that addressed the theme “refuge”, I began to research the political stance of France’s recent acts of conservatism and push-back to the diversifying culture and religion of the country.

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section model

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Focusing on terminal 1 of the Charles de Gaulle airport, I began to alter the thick existing walls of the terminal. This mode of intervention draws from the historical French architecture of Hotel Particuliers, in which the use of thick walls is essential for the solidity of the building and protection from the elements. This idea of seeking asylum in the thick walls of the terminal provides a temporary domesticity for refugees. The following diagrams demonstrate the transformation in the terminal walls in the event of a refugee influx over the next decade.

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site plan internaltional zones CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT, PARIS International Zones

TERMINAL 1 International Zones International Zones

TERMINAL 1

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refuge growth diagrams

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AIRPORT, PARIS

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third floor

My project addresses the issue of refuge in airports. The intervention takes place on the levels 3 and 4, which are the international zones of the terminal. By creating living spaces that are comprised of single bedrooms, shared showers and kitchen spaces, the refugees are systematically made visiCHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT, PARIS International Zones ble to passengers as they have to walk across terminal 1 from their bedroom to the shared showers and kitchen spaces. The use of undulating walls alludes to the current trend of airport design and atmosphere. Though my project has the potential to present a solution to the issue of statelessness and refuge in airports, it rather aims to increase civil awareness and call for activism and for governments like France to address the issue.

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site section TERMINAL 1 international zones

International Zones International Zones


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kitchen section

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PROFESSIONAL DRAFTING AND PRODUCTION

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professional drafting detialed drawings of restrooms university of michigan, aec - jan ‘17 - Aug ‘17

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fabrication metalic rockite model taubman college - fall ‘15

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fabrication fabric plaster model taubman college - fall ‘17

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representation contexual scaling up and down taubman college - winter ‘17

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representation

old-school method of teleprinting facades taubman college - winter ‘18

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graphic design perioperative services statistics michigan medicine - winter ‘19

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