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Sans Lumiere

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Ryobi Product

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Natatorium

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Graduate School of Architecture & Design

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Thesis


Sans Lumiere Third Year Competition Prompt: Design accessible, thermally regulated toilet facilities for visitors to the Duck Pond located on the Virginia Tech campus The importance of a restroom lies in its capacity for privacy and isolation. The quality of light in the interior space emphasizes the sense of separation from the building’s surrounding context. Structural elements, such as the protruding load-bearing columns, define a spatial condition that instills a feeling of contemplation and seclusion for the occupant. Technical Media: Rhino, V-Ray, Photoshop, Illustrator Project in Collaboration With: Kevin Brethel, Rajkomal Chowdhury

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Ryobi Product Portable Boot Dryer Prompt: Design a Product for Ryobi that incorporates their 18V rechargeable battery pack Focus is to progress the brand past their power tool market The Portable Boot Dryer integrates the functionality needed for outdoor use with the luxury of indoor amenities. By incorporating the Ryobi 18V battery pack, the boot dryer allows for dry, comfortable footwear for the common outdoorsman. The foldable body creates mobility and convenience in any outdoor setting. The product’s form facilitates an aesthetic orientation with its function of use in nature. Technical Media: Rhino, SolidWorks, Photoshop, Illustrator

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Natatorium A study of the relationship between water, structure, and space Prompt: Design a natatorium for the Virginia Tech Campus that accommodates VT swim team functions, public swimming, and a range of competitive meets and events The form and structure of a building originates from the function of the space that it defines. An indoor swimming facility creates a unique opportunity where the human experience interacts with water as a conditioned element. The structure defines a form that promotes this human-to-element relationship while still accomodating the spatial necessities required to serve the function of the facility. Technical Media: Rhino, V-Ray, Photoshop, Illustrator

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Virginia Tech Graduate School of Architecture & Design A study of spatial qualities in relation to a work environment Prompt: Design a building to house the workspace for the graduate design students at Virginia Tech The function of a studio space is to provide the occupants with an atmosphere oriented around focus and collaboration. These ideals are emphasized through the spatial qualities that the architecture creates. These spaces are defined by the presence of light and the volume’s relationship to the human scale. Conditioning the light to be suitable for the work environment is equally as important as preserving the intimacy that the structure maintains. The unifying volume between the studios promote collaboration while still allowing for each individual studio to be treated as a distinct entity. Technical Media: Rhino, V-Ray, Photoshop, Illustrator

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Thesis (In Progress) Claiming interstitial space within an urban context through parasitic volumes to provide a public platform Graffiti (or any other form of public expression) has the potential to preserve the social identity of the individual artist. Architecture that embraces this public expression then holds the potential to transform an interstitial space into a platform in which the public can freely interact with. Parasitic forms that derive their structure solely from the preexisting condition can best represent the distinct urban context that the architecture is placed in. It is important that these forms follow a modular construction so that the individual elements can then adapt to variation in urban conditioning. These volumes can then grow and overtake these previously unrecognized spaces and can become as expressive as the graffiti it houses. Technical Media: Rhino, V-Ray, Photoshop, Illustrator

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Jarred McGowan Virginia Tech 2012-2016 717.497.6360 jmcg129@vt.edu 1309 North Main St. Blacksburg, VA 24060


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