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Jack Schwartz

• jackschwartzarch@gmail.com • 314.974.9732 • issuu.com/jackschwartz3

ABOUT

ME

education university of kansas

- school of architecture

• masters of architecture - graduation spring 2017 • cum. gpa : 3.76 professional experience

2016

- architectural design intern • worked in commercial office building and institutional studio gensler

• participated in conceptual design of hotel and retail complex in downtown los angeles

proficient

• constructed site models for initial site analysis for several

• adobe creative suite, autocad, keyshot, revit, rhino, sketchup

projects

learning

• corrected construction documents

• designed signage for elementary school interior • researched urban planning concept placemaking, and presented findings to over 200 gensler employees 2015

technical skills

elliott workgroup

- architectural design intern

• 3ds max. grasshopper achievements and involvement president, kappa sigma fraternity

• led a five officer committee in charge of all decision making and leadership responsibilities for the

100+ member fraternity

• worked on a wide variety of projects, from a house to

• represented fraternity on interfraternity council

olympic ski facility

university of kansas honor roll

• led initial design efforts on new condominium development on deer valley mountain

• one of two project architects for a new renovation of local gastropub

• edited construction documents, videos, and images for submittal

• spring 2013 - present contributing member, sexual assault task force • goal is to educate students on how to deal with this sensitive issue

member, delta iota epsilon honor society


selected

4-9

projects

17th and main

10 - 19

columbia wellness center

20 - 23

design build

24 - 27

crossroads cultural center

28 - 31

professional practice

32 - 35

furniture exploration

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sketching

40 -51

photography


17TH AND MAIN URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN KANSAS CITY Kansas City is home to one of the nation’s newest streetcars. With new public transportation, comes enhanced opportunity for urban development. Known locally as a warehouse district, the Crossroads sits in an underutilized area of downtown, neglecting potential to significantly improve the pedestrian experience. By framing individual moments, and highlighting the scenes that celebrate Kansas City, the sensation of walking down Main Street will greatly improve. Realized through a series of hand drawn analyses, the new design will be an agent for change in the Crossroads.

VIEWS SHAVE BUILDING GEOMETRY

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CULTURAL ICONS In groups, we worked to create a development scheme for the Main Street Corridor. Our group focused on the perspectives centered around three historical landmarks. These view corridors will shape both the future built environment and the pedestrian activity pattern along the street. Along these new boulevards are greater opportunities for commercial and residential development. The Crossroads District is a young and exciting area, and through perspectival framing, the experience only improves.

KAUFFMAN CENTER SPRINT CENTER

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UNION STATION

Conceptual Site Development

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ANALYZE HISTORICAL CONTEXT

VIEW

ANALYSES

STUDY PERSPECTIVE

CREATE DYNAMIC FRAME

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WEST ELEVATION

FRAMING EXPERIENCE

Opportunity for new streetcar stop

Dedicated outdoor public space

Ground floor glazing connects street activity

17th Street

Dedicated Outdoor Puiblic Space

Louvers oriented to allow views but prevent harsh light

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COLUMBIA

WELLNESS CENTER

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SITE PLAN Our holistic approach to the design process seeks to not only integrate a multifunctional wellness facility into a newly formed healthy campus, but to connect all structures through the physical transformation of the site. With emphasis placed on the benefits of light exercise, via inclusion of a half mile track, this new development will help educate all generations that avoiding the sedentary lifestyle is easy and enjoyable. The catalyst for movement is the mixed use emergency room, clinic, and recreation center, which anchors the entire site. Ultimately the newly formed campus will become a hive of healthy living.

WELLNESS CENTER

SPORTS FACILITY

RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL

ASSISTED LIVING

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FDEVELOPMENT ORM

ENGAGE

SITE

FORM DEVELOPMENT STRETCH HEIGHT

CURVE SPACES

STRETCH

H ENGAGE E I GSITE HT 12


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OUTPATIENT C L I N I C


EMERGENCY ROOM

ENTRANCE

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R E C R EATI O NAL

FACILITY

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FLOOR ONE

WALL SECTION

D ETAI LS

FLOOR TWO

FLOOR THREE

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D E S I G N BUILD

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E X PAN D

SPACE

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FINAL ASSEMBLY

Although we received all positive feedback on our design, KCUR decided to move forward with a different solution. The final resolution consisted of three parts: Boxes, Frames, and Handouts. The modular boxes, constructed of aluminum and wood, display interchangeable panels that could be changed to fit any event, as well as illuminate. The A-Frame, consistin of a chalkboard, shelf, display panel, and aluminum skeleton, presents KCUR with an eye-grabbing and innovative way to grow their brand. Lastly, KCUR was gifted with wooden amplifiers for cellphones, constructed using a cnc router. Overall, all the weeks of cutting steel, sanding wod, and eprfecting the assembly process paid great dividends. 22


A-FRAME DISPLAY

BRANDING BOXES

WOODEN SOUND AMPLIFIER

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CROSSROADS CULTURAL CENTER

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wooden louver shading systems

PROJECT S C O P E The Crossroads Community Center was designed with as the focus. Placed on a restrictive, geometric site, the building responds by using negative space to create a postitive impact. With a large void in the center, the building functions as three separate structures under one roof. A vast central atrium is able to serve sustainability

all three and shuttles both natural light and fresh air through the entire facility. the auditorium and performance

space is one of the few to allow sunlight to penetrate the

interior, but wooden louvers actively respond to create a

professional

envrionment.

This

living

building

will

become a new, integral piece of the crossroads culture.

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conceptual massing

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3

4

5

6

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FLOOR P L A N S

SITE

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FLOOR ONE

FLOOR TWO


PRO G R A M BREAKDOWN conference room

atrium

+

cafeteria

auditorium

balcony

main

lobby

seating

auditorium

stage

+

back of house

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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

WHILE EMPLOYED AT 28


EXPERIENCE The University

of

Kansas

presented me an extraordinary

opportunity to participate in a co-op program with for one semester. work of an intern

In

(red

Gensler

addition to the usual, more banal

lines, details, schedules etc.),

I

was

also able to lead the efforts in site analysis for a new

Los Angeles Department of Health. The Vermont Street corridor, is trying to bridge the large gap between the scales of development. Towards the south are larger, taller structures, while the north is mostly small restaurants or shops. My exercises included the construction of a presentation ready site model, initial massing ideas, and diagramming the existing context. building for the

site, located along the

ANALYZE C O N T E X T

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SEVEN ARROWS SIGNAGE 30


DRAWING PROCESS Another

unique opprtunity

I

received at

Gensler

signage for a newly constructed elementary school.

was the chance to design

Seven Arrows Elementary focuses on building the technical and critical thinking abilities of their students. They wanted a sign near the entrance that refelcted these views. I was given total creatvitiy through the process, as I drew many different iterations and presented them to the client. The challenge was to navigate the window in the wall and to appropriately cover the blank surface. For the finished product (pictured left), I reinforced the strengths of the school (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) while trying to still create a fun, learning atmosphere.

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EXPERIMENTAL F U R N I T U R E

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SCRAPYARD S E A T One of the more interesting projects I worked on involved capturing the essence of a design in a piece of furniture.

The

actual building was a

Kansas, but it could I chose to model my project after the city museum in St. Louis. Acting more as a playground and less as a museum, this house in the black hills of serve any purpose.

attraction was my favorite place to go as a kid to release some energy and explore.

recycled parts from a scrapyard, a chair that

I

of the museum.

Using entirely I constructed

believe echoes the same image

At

first sight, its intimidating,

maybe even a little scary, but ultimately it ends in a great experience comfortable).

Shown

(the

are

chair is actually a

few

photos

of

the chair and the designs that inspired it.

city museum

house

- exterior

chair detail

house

- interior

scrapyard chair

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BENT P L Y W O O D I

never knew you could bend wood until

recently.

just

As

an

elective

class,

I

had

the chance to experiment with the strength, potential, and possibilities of bent plywood and

other materials in addition to building a final prototype.

The

first step was to learn how

to bend wood.

The

process actually involves

an extra strength vacuum that laminates the wood plies through immense pressure in order to achieve their bent form. for

the

whole

However,

operation

to

in order

succeed,

the

wood needs something to press against that is in the exact geometry of the desired final form.

The

art of bending wood is all in the

formwork.

properly constructed

and

Without a secured form, the

or

become

an

After

glued

learning

to

the

test bend

test bend

final formwork

wood inside vacuum bag

wood can easily snap improper

details

of

surface.

the

bending

process, we began to test different forms and shapes with different types of wood.

Then,

came the time to select a final prototype to design. bendy

I

decided to make a bed frame out of

plywood,

large

enough

(and

enough) to hold a queen size mattress.

strong

I

tried

to hold all the weight.

My

to keep the design simple, creating only five separate

“legs�

challenge was fitting the long pieces inside the vaccuum bag and still achieving a strong seal

for

the

vacuum

to

work.

Overall, I

was very pleased with the final prototype.

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SKETCHING I

like to draw.

Having

the ability to get ideas on paper

quickly and clearly is such a benefit in school, and the professional

world.

Last

summer

I

travelled

Europe

as part of a study abroad program.

placed

a

strong

emphasis

on

keeping

a

through

The

class

sketchbook

for

the entire trip, in order to develop are freehand drawing skills.

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Following

are a few examples of those sketches.

MOUNTAIN DWELLINGS


BOOK BURNING MEMORIAL

CHANCELLOR’S QUARTERS

BRANDENBURG GATE

GERMAN PARLIAMENT

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WOODEN CHAPEL COPENHAGEN OPERA

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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HAMLET’S CASTLE


COPENHAGEN DORMITORY 39


PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHES NATIONAL PARK


I have been extremely fortunate to travel From Africa, To Europe, To South America, and even Antarctica, I across the world.

have seen a lot of different environments and

I

hope to coninue exploring more.

matter where

I

am away from home,

I

No

make

sure to bring a camera to capture the moment.

I

The following pages contain photos

took on my latest trip; driving from the

west coast, back to my home in

St. Louis. Along the way we saw arches and hoodoos in Utah, gorgeous rock formations in Antelope Canyon, and the most beautiful coastline along highway one. Please enjoy.

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK


ZION NATIONAL PARK


GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK


GIANT SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

ANTELOPE CANYON


WEST COAST HIGHWAY


ANTELOPE CANYON - SHARK


ANTELOPE CANYON - HEART + FACE


ANTELOPE CANYON - DRAGON EYE

ANTELOPE CANYON - TSUNAMI


WEST COAST HIGHWAY


“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us� - Winston Churchill Thank you for reading

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Jack Schwartz - Graduate Portfolio - 2017