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Jordan Elliott

Design Portfolio

World Travels

Places I’ve Lived Copenhagen Kansas City Manhattan

Places I’ve Traveled Amsterdam Austin Barcelona Cagliari Chicago Dallas Denver Florence Helsinki Houston London Los Angeles Las Vegas

New York Nice Oslo Paris Philadelphia Rome San Francisco Seattle St. Louis Stockholm Venice Ventura



Modern Art Museum | Kansas City


Cool Skins Research

24-27 Joseph Beuys Museum | NYC 30-33 Revit Proficiency | MOMA 36-37 Madrid Airport Case Study 40-41

Bathroom Fixture Design

44-45 CD / Wall Details 48-53 Mixed Media | Photography

About Myself

Intent on finding the beauty in all aspects of life, architecture and design have provided me a way to do more than simply appreciate it, but to create it. I believe that beauty in architecture is found in more than just the aesthetic, but penetrates through all levels of design. We focus on creating spaces which portray emotion and movement, conveying a much deeper beauty than can be expressed in the two dimensional. Often within a building, the beauty can be found in how elements come together. This extends from how spaces interact, to how specific connections are formed. It is in the detail that elegance is found, and in the in-between that possibilities arise. These ideas have driven me throughout my travels and education to gain a better grasp of what architecture truly is. This journey is one that will continue throughout my life and continues to transform my understanding of the world that surrounds me. Because of this, I strive to surround myself with minds that appreciate the search for meaning and beauty.

University Museum 10-15

Modern Art Museum Just as great artwork grows from a singular idea to eventually communicate the complex and complete, the crystalline design for the Modern Art Museum located on the University of Missouri Kansas City’s campus seems to grow from a singular point. The massive crystal forms penetrating upward through an undulating topography create spaces and movement that challenge the ideas of what a building can be. While this structure certainly stands out from its surroundings, it draws connections to its context in several ways including orientation and material appearance. With each of the five crystals oriented towards a major district of Kansas City, it makes a physical gesture respecting the history of the area. The materiality was chosen as a way to standout both in daylight and darkness. Clad in white marble, the building shines in the sun and glows from the light within at night. Located across Brush Creek from Steven Holl’s Block addition to the Nelson, the two seem to speak to each other in the darkness.

Cool Skin Research 18-21




With recent trends of applying metal screens and skins to buildings, there is surprisingly little research that has been done on the effects that these skins have on cooling and thermal loads. This study uses physical mock�ups, CFD and full�building simulations to compare the heat of the exterior surface of the backup wall as affected by various perforation distributions, shapes, and sizes. With BNIM and Zahner Metal participating as design and fabrication consultants, a range of screen designs and backup systems were able to be constructed and analyzed as full scale mock-ups. These were used to legitimize our previous findings using CFD and small scale mock-ups.

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Joseph Beuys Museum 24-27

One Artist Museum

With such a predominant position, the Joseph Beuys Museum, provides pedestrians a glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential and renowned artists of the mid 1900’s. Located in an old industrial area, Beuys’s gritty and unrefined style is at home under the large corten form projecting outward from the board formed concrete mass concealing his more experiential pieces.

Located in the historic SoHo district of Manhattan, this museum focuses on displaying the artwork Joseph Beuys in a way that allows for his interpretation of the world to be realized by those visiting. Each space is designed to create a very specific and unique experience ranging from large open sun filled spaces, to small dark inclosed galleries, to coincide with the artwork positioned within it.

Museum of Modern Art (Revit Proficiency)


Designed to develop documentation skills using Autodesk’s Revit software, this project focuses on recreating drawings and renderings of Fort Worth’s Museum of Modern Art. Focusing on creating a model that incorporated a level of detail capable of producing technical drawings, this provided an introduction to BIM software.



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Madrid Airport | Case Study 36-37

Focused on analyzing structural and tectonic elements, this case study examines Richard Roger’s Madrid Airport Terminal and expands upon the existing design. The roof of the terminal has the capacity to further express the lightness and airiness of its form by making a slight change to the design of the structure. As it was designed, the roof frame rests on the steel columns sprouting from the central concrete ‘H’; however, if these steel columns supporting the roof were to pass straight through the oculus skylights allowing the structure to be suspended from above, this would give the structure an even lighter expression. The connection points of the cable suspending the roof would also allow for a variation of load expressing forms similar to the existing design.

Bathroom Fixture Design 40-41

Construction Details 44-45

Mixed Media 48-49

Photography 52-53

Jordan Elliott



Architectural Design Portfolio