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Selected A portfolio of architecture, design and miscellaneous projects | Hi, I’m Jasmine Flowers (yes that is my name) and I’m allergic to jasmine flowers (yes that is a tragedy). Other than being

the original North West, I am a twentysomething gal from Dallas. While I am passionate about all aspects of design, I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. My next goal is attending graduate school to get a Master’s of Architecture. Please do take a peek into my portfolio.

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01 | Professional Projects 02 | Jasmine Doing Things 03 | Mini Concrete Planters African 04 | International American Museum

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David Rolston Landscape Architects, 2015 to present| During my last year in college, I developed an interest in landscape architecture. I decided to pursue an internship in the field to gain some experience and also as means to improve the landscapes in my own projects. My whim turned into a full-time position and over time, I grew into a Junior Design Associate!

My time with Dave and Patrick has been very rewarding. I really enjoy talking with clients, drawing up initial design, organizing contractors and even finding ways to stretch a budget. Over the years, I have completed a multitude of projects. These are some of my favorites.

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Working within a small space, it is important to exaggerate intimacy without conjuring claustraphobia. This was one of my first projects working at the firm and also one of my first built projects in my career.

I put my architectural skills to use and designed an arbor for our client’s courtyard. The arbor is airy and filters sunlight beautifully. Plant selections would grow into lushness and additional coziness.

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Professional Projects For this project, we needed to create a unique water feature and a minimal arbor to keep in budget. I created a sunning area that cascades over the steps and into the pool. We also added jets for extra noise. A simple arbor designates the outdoor patio space. And the clients enjoyed their backyard until they sold the house a couple of weeks later...

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...but they called us back for their next house! Inspired by the existing mid-century modern architecture, it’s one of the more unique pools that I’ve designed. It is still in its bidding phase but hopefully will be installed soon.

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Professional Projects Sadly, this project never left the drawing board. I wanted to create a grove in the driveway, add some cover when approaching off of a busy street into intimacy.

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Summer 2016| I was encouraged by a high school

English teacher to start a blog so that I could improve my writing. Some-odd decade later, I came up with Jasmine Doing Things. The idea is an art, design and culture blog, a place to express myself creatively and also academically. In the early days, I picked a theme for the month and explored it via film, music, graphic art, architecture, fashion, etc. Then at the end of the month, I took what I learned and did an encompassing project on said theme. While this was fun, it was difficult to carry on with my daily schedule. In the future, I hope to pick up this method again, and maybe even have some people to help me run the blog in that capacity. But for now, I’m using the blog as a means to have fun with my passions.

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Jasmine Doing Things I did a fair amount of branding as well. I wanted something that is serious about not taking itself too seriously. I also made up some cards to hand out in social settings.

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There Goes The Neigborhood, June 2017| The best moment of architecture school occurred in my freshman year at SCAD. Intro to Architecture with Prof. Olin. He put a photo of the world on the overhead projector and said, “architects will save the world.”

Up until that day, architecture had been an artistic outlet that would eventually give me the honor of building my own house one day. At that point on, I understood that some of the problems of the world could be solved through design.

the word “utopia” stood out. I flipped to the page and read it eagerly but didn’t quite find what I was looking for. Indeed there was mention of Sir Thomas Moore’s 1914 book Utopia and Plato’s The Republic almost in the same sentence. But this book highlighted that fairy-tale, frivolous idea of society, not necessarily what I was looking for.

I have no proof, but I believe that every architecture student has had the thought of utopia cross their mind at one point or another. Its presence is everywhere in our literature and theory, in our case studies and conceptual projects. Perusing old school books for reference, I instead was pleasantly surprised by the cover of a coffee table book, 100 Ideas That Changed Architecture. Right there on the cover

The book did get me thinking. Specifically, about what exactly prompts the desire for utopian society:

-industrialization -ill health -lack of green space

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firm in Dallas. Probably one of the best decisions of my life (besides dying my hair purple, let’s get real). We work hard to give clients an oasis right off of their doorstep, a getaway from the concrete jungle. Personal gardens extend the timeline of human history but I thought of the Garden of Eden from Biblical scripture. A place that was created to perfection for the first humans. And in the center of that garden was a tree of knowledge, particularly of good and evil.

Sound familiar? Thought so. And like all curious arch-students, I turned to our e-scripture, the holy and sacred ArchDaily to delve further into research. Blessed be that search bar. An article popped up on ArchDaily. It was an analysis highlighting the benefit of multiple buildings clustered together, “megastructures.” This sounded extremely familiar to me as I did a CO-OP project for my final studio at SCAD! The objective was to create a live-work-play program that was sustainable and self-sufficient (if it was profitable, that was an extra bonus). While I wouldn’t necessarily call that a utopia, perhaps megastructures are mostly associated with utopian society because of their communal nature. It’s a single building with multiple types of program in it; a basic parameter for the project. Maybe later I’ll add the floorplans but they’re just not in a state to share right now.

Now, this is where I personally begin to redefine the word utopia. In colloquial mentions, it is portrayed as a “perfect place” but I feel as if the assumption is that nothing bad can happen here. Perhaps

Feeling as if my landscape skills were lacking in school, I applied to a landscape architecture

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-structures that “serve”, not only exist and my personal complaint, prejudices or social inequality


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that is untrue and thus makes utopia something that can be obtained if we understand that misfortune, disease, and catastrophe are something that can occur in a utopia. What if it’s not so much from environmental circumstances as it is the mentality of modern people? In your mind’s eye think of a city. What do you see? Glitzy, slick skyscrapers. People in business attire chatting on their phones walking briskly in the streets. That sense of urgency that can only come from competitive American markets (or any market, really). This stirred old memories of my modern architectural history class. Like a straight-up boss, I took stellar notes and kept them. Sifting through, I found La Città Nuova by Antonio Sant’Elia and mentions of De Stijl movement. Yet these utopian architectural expressions have a particularly fundamental aspect when it comes to their political systems, communism, and socialism.

Let’s define these terms. Accio MerriamWebster! Comparing socialism and communism, they’ve got a common factor of:

a desire to eradicate private property the government controls and distributes goods and resources to their people Now, my American education and upbringing have treated socialism and communism as dirty words, because they are put into direct contrast of the words democracy and republic, which describes the systems of government of the United States. The definitions of communism and socialism fly in the face of our prized American capitalism and the concept of the American Dream. Yet, all of these terms get sticky when applied to the notion of utopia. Because the United States’ government tip-toes the border of democracy and republic at all times. Meanwhile, socialism and communism lead to thoughts of authoritarian governments (but that really is a mark of my American education, I am fully aware that there are “socialist,” instead socially democratic governments, that are quite successful, most notably Sweden and Denmark).

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lack of government is a means to defend against the possibility of corruption of power. So then do utopian societies exist only where there is a lack of governments, and the trade off is security, both personal and of possessions? Or must the only disasters that occur in utopia be mainly of natural and inconsolable origin and not from other citizens? Utopia is thought of as a perfect place but we could more accurately describe it as a place that limits industrialization and promotes living in congruence with nature.

-clear distinction and exclusivity of neighborhoods by class, race and wealth gentrification -inner city homelessness and poverty This leads me to another ArchDaily article about a place in India called Auroville. Now, it’s not perfect. The small town champions sustainable living via passive design and organic farming. It also aims to be a place where “one will be able to live in peace, without conflicts and without rivalries of nations, religions, and ambitions,” according to its website. Yet there is no acting government or police department, only committees of residents. So the crime rate is a problem, to say the least. I assume that the

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Perhaps we can think of egalitarianism? The true and infallible social, political, and economic freedom and equality in society across sex, age, race, class, religion, orientation, education, etc? Or at least my personal understanding falls here, and a quick Wikipedia reference tells me I’m not the only one. Yet how can egalitarianism and thus utopia be reflected in our urban settings? Perhaps Louis Sullivan’s “form follows function?” But how about we flip it around to “function follows form?” In what way do cities promote the antonym of egalitarianism?


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Pretty in Pink, July 2017| If we want to get down to

business about the color pink, where exactly do we start? To me, it appears that pink gains its stigma in the world of fashion.

My understanding with the color pink took new shape some years ago when I was scrolling along that endless dashboard of Tumblr and saw this post. At the moment, I wasn’t sure if it was true (yet I assumed it was accurate because of the gifs of Hank Green). At that moment I realized that pink hasn’t always been a color of controversy, rather a phenomenon of the 20th century.

It can be more accurately described as a loss of genderneutral clothing during the turn of the century. Pink, blue and other pastel colors were for children of all genders. Pink is related to the color red, which at one point was seen as a masculine color. Therefore young boys were to emulate their fathers and wear the softer pink tone. Meanwhile, blue is “dainty” and a color reserved for girls. While this was popular, it wasn’t necessarily followed rigorously. Where

With the implication of the pink triangle during the Holocaust, it was my only clue to the history of this hue. My assumption based on Hank Green’s statement “Because of Hitler, the whole world switched,” might have been hasty. Perhaps the reclaiming of the pink triangle by the LGBT community solidified pink as an “effeminate color,” sure I can see that. But my research seems to share additional evidence. Hank Green was right about boys wearing pink and girls wearing blue before the 1940s.

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just a sheep following the herd, a slave to consumerism? I decided that I could live with it because the color pink no longer seems as gendered nor personalitydefining as it was.

I can remember as a very young girl arguing with my mother to never dress me in blue because I didn’t want people to think I wanted to be a boy. Then I remember as a teenager never wanting to ever wear pink again because I didn’t want to be assumed “girly.” Now, here I am an adult...with a pink iPhone. I’ll note I had a mild contemplation before I got it. What is this going to say about me and what I’m like? Am I too “rock n’ roll” to own this? Is it too girly? Am I

In a sense, I personally don’t feel “girly” or a polarizing femininity. After all, there were plenty of guys getting a rose gold iPhone when it first came out (granted it got the name “bros gold” because in some cases, masculinity is fragile). In the same breath, there is the youthful tendency of starting out liking things ironically and ending up genuinely liking it. We can still find the girly-girl Cher Horowitz personalities, stereotypically maintaining their appearances and unabashedly exclaiming their love of overtly feminine fashion. Perhaps the “millennial” term highlights the desire to challenge societal norms, hence the surge of all the pink. On a whole, Millennials are fleshing out the definitions of sexual identity, emphasizing the notion that gender lies on a spectrum and is perpetually fluid. I like the way Esquire UK defines it as “post-gender,” and re-writing the rules of gender politics.

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the gendered colors come out swinging is in the development of prenatal testing and companies selling “girls and boys merchandise,” taking advantage of parents preparing nurseries. Consumer-driven capitalism *throws confetti*.


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Summer 2017| During my sophomore year of

college, my Construction Technology class participated in a concrete challenge project. The goal was to learn the technique of forming and curing concrete. I was so impressed by this assignment that I tried it on my own, but in the form of miniature planters. The task was simple enough. I mixed store-bought quick-crete in a plastic bag and piped the mix into molds. I added straws in some of them so that the planters could drain. I let them cure overnight and sanded the bottom for a flat surface. While the original concrete material looked nice on its own, I painted this batch white for a more uniform look. And the finished product made excellent Christmas gifts.

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Architectural Design Studio IV, Fall 2014 | The International African American Museum, in the city of Charleston, SC, serves as a fresh public

space of reflection and education. Located on the historical site of Gadsden’s wharf, this is the site where the majority of the slaves entered the United States. It is a perfect spot to commemorate the lives and memories of some of the first Americans and their descendants. Due to this historical prevalence, an important part of the program is the archives, which aims to connect broken family trees and connect families with their ancestors. There is also ample space for galleries, a theater and plenty of outdoor spaces to gather and reflect on history.

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My version of the museum aims to actualize experiences felt by African Americans in modern American society. As a decendant of the people this museum represents, I feel this is crucial to understanding the lasting impact of Gadsden’s Wharf. This is not just site analysis, this is the study of a plot of land that was the birth of strife and hardship, but also survival and resilience.

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Existing Fence View Through the Site View From the Site

Greenspace River Existing Buildings Vehicular Circulation Pedestrian Circulation

Sun Path

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A sense of otherness is projected onto African Americans. It is evident with the lack of diversity in the media, government and other public positions. Such alienation produces disparity and misunderstandings between cultural groups.

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The museum questions freedom and what it means to African Americans. Historical context remains as a scar on the American mindset and in turn places a hinderance on African Americans socially, economically and politically.

Muted voice is a phenomenon in which African Americans will express an injustice of individuals, society and the government and their claims will be dismissed. The experiences of African Americans are trivialized and ignored.

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parking

offices

open curculation space

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outdoor space

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outdoor space

auditorium

useum store cafĂŠ outdoor space

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open gallery space

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open gallery space

public archives

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Harvard GSD Career Discovery, Summer 2014 |

This is a study of architectural configurations and spatial operations in relationship to context, program and user. Experimentation of what is shared space and individual space was a driving force of the concept. Architecture is not only the design of spaces, but the sequence in which those spaces are woven together. Can individual space be shared? Can shared space be individual? This assignment is two rooms: a tall room and a long room, both sharing a common wall, and displaced from one another in section. The site of intervention is only within the tall room, which has two portals: portal X connecting the exterior to the tall room, and portal Y connecting the tall room to the long room.

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Cambridge was the backdrop for the case study phase of the project. I tried to record my interpretations of transversing space through some sketches and a delve into the Farnsworth House. Walking through Harvard Yard was almost unsatisfying. Harvard Square also seemed too transitory without destination. Where exactly was I doing by traveling through here? When I sat down to sketch, there was still a pull on me to transverse, but where I would end up was a mystery. While studying the Farnsworth house, my constant thought was “I couldn’t live here. The veil is too thin.” But that word “veil” kept popping up, so I explored the spiritual definition through architecture.

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The tall room leads you directly to the long room. There are no resting spots although you may travel at your own pace. In any case you will approach the inevitable. The tall room is dark but not somber. Light comes from the long room like a lamp drawing a moth. The long room is a traveler in itself. It does not have a single form or architecture as it is in constant flux with its inhabitants. As a person approaches to portal y, it begins to materialize. But is it merely a stark waiting room, a purgatory. It is stagnant and uncomfortable. There is just one portal but it only operates in one direction. There are no other signs of threshold or egress. There are no cosmetic features that can clue inhabitants on its purpose. It is the fear of the afterlife and its mystery.

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Risers are reminiscent of mountain passes for hiking. The veil is thin and thick depending on your perspective within the room, whether you are at a lower lever or an upper level. It is a true liminal space. As you transition from the living to the dead, your opposite becomes more obscured to you as they also pass through the tall room.


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basics

Jasmine Brione Flowers, born on April 13, 1993 in Dallas, TX

contact

jasminebrione@yahoo.com linkedin.com/in/jasminebrione

summary

Other than being the original North West, I am a young professional with 5+ years working experience. My degree is a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Architecture and 4+ years working in the field. I have experience in smaller firms, the ability to take on various responsibilities such as project management, budgeting administrative organization and support. I am adept at research and analytical skills. My design opinions are strong and versatile, both creative and technical. Prompt completion of projects and efficient working habits are default behaviors for me. I have knowledge of architectural design software. I have proficient communication skills and champition a collaborative environment .

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education

Savannah College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts - Architecture, Class of 2015 Collin County Community College Physics I, Environmental Science I, Calculus I, 2015-2017.

work

David Rolston Landscape Architects, Associate August 2015 - present. Bernbaum Magadini Architects, student intern June - September 2013. Dr. Pepper Star Center, skate school coach June - September 2013.

experience

Minds that Matter High School STEM Program, teaching assistant December 2014 - July 2015. Harvard GSD Career Discovery Program, summer architecture studio June - July 2014.

honors

Savannah College of Art and Design Dean’s List, Academic Honors Scholarship, Artistic Honors Scholarship, 2011-2015.

interests

music, languages, figure skating, photography, travel.

skills

model making, power tools, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Microsoft Office, Sketchup, social networking.

um Vitae.


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