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Ibha Shrestha Undergraduate Portfolio



Architecture Present in the Absence New York Microapartment North Bennington Duplex Lake Raponda Summer Cabin Bennington Student Housing Transformations Other Visual Arts Set Design Sculpture - A Daily Movement Multifunctional Furniture Drawing - Untitled

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Present in the Absence, 2013

A series of explorations of lines, drawings and narratives. For my senior work, I was interested in investigating the dynamics between line drawings and their 3-dimensional counterparts. Employing processes such as extractions, overlays and extrusions, this project attempted to translate the complexities and subtleties of line drawings into a 3-dimensional space. I hoped to examine the various spatial relationships formed within this new space and how this affects the experience of the user. Working by simply setting up parameters to guide the process and not having a predefined end result, this project was open to numerous possibilities.

Untitled (30� X 22�) Pencil on Strathmore


Present in the Absence, 2013

Untitled (12” X 9 1/2”) Rhino, Printed on Vellum

Untitled (12” X 9 1/2”) Rhino, Printed on Vellum

Untitled (4 3/4” X 5”) Illustrator, Printed on Vellum

Untitled (4 3/4” X 5”) Illustrator, Printed on Vellum

Void (24” X 19”) Illustrator, Printed on Vellum

Intersections (24” X 19”) Illustrator, Printed on Vellum


Present in the Absence, 2013

Cityscape I (13.7” X 11.3”) Lasercut, MDF

Cityscape II (13.7” X 11.3”) Lasercut, MDF

Being Inside (8’ X 8’ X 6’) Installation, Pine Wood

Being Inside (8’ X 8’ X 6’) Installation, Pine Wood


New York Microapartment, 2012

Design project for a microapartment building in a narrow site (25’ X 97’) with a maximum height of 75’. Each apartment was to be under 300 sq.ft and provided with natural daylighting and ventilation. This project stressed on efficient use of space while accommodating maximum number of apartments in the building.With my design, I attempted to provide a quality private space and an open and inviting common space. As the site was surrounded by tall buildings, providing natural light, especially in the central common space was a challenge and an important consideration in the design. The final presentation drawings were CAD drawings.

Modular Unit (1/2” = 1’-0”) Butterboard

Front Elevation Rhino

Back Elevation Rhino


New York Microapartment, 2012

Concept Ink on Trace

Typical Layout Ink on Trace

Section Ink on Trace

Street View Photoshop


North Bennington Duplex, 2012

Design project for a duplex on a corner site. Program requirements included mudroom, kitchen, dining, 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms and sheltered parking with each house to be under 1500 sq.ft. In response to the leveled site of the project, I attempted to engage the user in a vertical spatial experience. At the same time, I tried to provide both the units with equal opportunities and facilities in relation to the site.

Floor Plans (1/8” = 1’-0”) Pencil on Strathmore


North Bennington Duplex, 2012

Section A-A (1/8” = 1’-0”) Pencil on Strathmore

Section B-B (1/8” = 1’-0”) Pencil on Strathmore

Front Elevation (1/8” = 1’-0”) Ink on Parchment Trace

Back Elevation (1/8” = 1’-0”) Ink on Parchment Trace


Lake Raponda Summer Cabin, 2012

Design project for a vacation cabin on a site sloping towards the lake. The cabin was to be a wooden structure under 1000 sq.ft. that would be shuttered during the winter. Program requirements included entryway with storage, kitchen, dining, living with stove, screened porch, bathroom, outdoor cooking and shower, sleeping for 6 adults (at least 2 bedrooms), car park for 2 and a boathouse on the shore. Nesting my design on the slope, I attempted to create an open atmosphere blurring the thresholds between common spaces and the exterior.

Detailed Model (1/4” = 1’-0”) Butterboard

Concept Sketch Pencil on Strathmore

Boathouse (1/4” = 1’-0”) Ink on Trace


Lake Raponda Summer Cabin, 2012

Site Plan (1/16” = 1’-0”) Ink on Trace

Floor Plans (1/4” = 1’-0”) Ink on Trace

Section A-A (1/4” = 1’-0”) Ink on Trace

Section B-B (1/4” = 1’-0”) Ink on Trace


Bennington Student Housing, 2012

A collaborative studio to redesign Bennington. After a combined master plan, the studio was divided into smaller groups to design the major buildings. My group designed the student housing. Our concept focused on the spaces in between the buildings. A series of unit houses connected through an exterior balcony were thus arranged on the landscape to maximize courtyard spaces. We collaborated on the design process and divided the presentation work. I was responsible for the detailed model as well as the massing for the site. I also worked on over 75% of the contour model for the studio.

Site Model (1/20” = 1’-0”) Butterboard

Front Elevation (1/8” = 1’-0”) Butterboard


Bennington Student Housing, 2012

First Floor (1/8” = 1’-0”) Butterboard

Final Presentation Ink, Pencil & Color on Trace


Transformations, 2011

A series of transformations that investigated the process of drawing and modeling as vehicles for discovering alternative worlds. This studio began with a Malevich drawing which underwent transformation to create a 3-dimensional image. This was inscripted into clay and a plaster cast was made to achieve the inverted form. Using a section of the plaster, a 2D image was created which was again projected to create new forms and spaces. The project concluded with a model of the new space marked with distinct apertures.

Layer Separation (12” X 9 1/2”) Pencil on Vellum

Layer Distortion (12” X 9 1/2”) Pencil on Vellum


Transformations, 2011

Vertical Projection (12” X 9 1/2”) Pencil on Vellum

Inverted Form (12” X 9 1/2”) Plaster Cast

Final Model (1/8” = 1’-0”) Basswood

Interior View (1/8” = 1’-0”) Basswood


Set Design, 2013

We worked with 5 plays in this studio. Each design began with an emotional response to the reading. As there were no restrictions with the style, I explored different modes of representation to generate the ideas for each set. For Glengarry, I decided to use colors to demarcate the two distinct settings of the play and at the same time distorting the sense of space through angled walls. For In the Blood, I went with a minimalist but a more realistic expression of the setting.

Glengarry Glen Ross (1/4” = 1’-0”) Butterboard

In the Blood (1/8” = 1’-0”) Foam, Wood Dust


Sculpture, 2012

Prompt for this sculpture project was to represent a daily activity in full scale. There was complete freedom as to how we express the activity but the medium of representation was restricted and limited. I decided to express my activity as a time-frame capture series of the movement. SInce the material ( 2” X 4” X 8’ pine studs) lent itself to a cubist image, I took inspiration from Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase”.

A Daily Movement (1.5’ X 1.5’ X 5.25’) Pine Wood


Multifunctional Furniture, 2012

This furniture design was the final project for Rhino 3D modeling course. Utilizing the skills acquired during class exercises and assignments, a detailed object was to be created. I had three preliminary designs based on the same idea of a combined seating and storage. This particular design took the form of a chaise with storage underneath the seating.

Front View Rhino

Details Rhino


Drawing, 2010

As part of the drawing studio, we had separate assignments on landscape and perspectives. Drawing upon these, I chose to juxtapose the interior and exterior spaces for my studio final. I was interested in evaluating the relation between the two through a crude depiction of their contrast. I specifically chose interior spaces with hard edges and corners to enhance the disparity. In terms of media, the decision to use color and pencil at the same time was to blur the thresholds within the drawing. In the end, the blending of the medium lent itself to delineate the disparity and accentuate the raw transition.

Untitled (48� X 32�) Pencil, Charcoal, Watercolor on Reeves Cold Press


Undergraduate Portfolio  

Ibha Shrestha BA (2013)

Undergraduate Portfolio  

Ibha Shrestha BA (2013)