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NTUT Arch Array Competition: Degradable Foundation


River walk Transitional Space


Inside/Outside: Time, Space and the Body


NYC Live/ Work High-rise


Horton Plaza v3.0 Competition: Eco-Transplants


Socio Design Foundation Fringe Architecture Competition: Denatured [Intervention]


Kimbell Art Museum


T&P Railroad Station


Fort Worth Modern Art Museum


Nasher Sculpture Garden


Dallas Museum of Art


Gesture Drawings


Seville Nautical History Museum and Cartographical Archives Plaza Nueva/ Seville, Spain Arch 3554/ Spring 2011/ Professor Thad Reeves


Seville is a monument city in Spain’s history of nautical exploration and trade. After the discovery of America in the sixteenth century Seville became the portal for India’s trade with the “New World.” The Nautical Museum of Seville located on the northeastern corner of Plaza Nueva and along the same axis with the Archivo de Indias, would house a timeline of cartographical drawings, nautical maps, and multiple life-size artifacts and replicas of equipment and uniforms prominent in the age of exploration.

Study Model_01

Study Model_02

Study Model_03

Study Model_04

The root of this design is centered around the life-size replica of the Santa Maria. The ship and cannon collection is displayed in the courtyard accessible to both museum guests and the public enjoying the festivities of Plaza Nueva. A ramped entrance along the plaza street transitions the public from the open plaza to a proportion courtyard where museum events, festivals and expeditions can be held. The circular procession through the museum is analogous to the many westward journeys made by Spanish explorers. Many views within the building direct the viewer’s attention back to the Santa Maria reminding them of that voyage. The museum also houses a large library on the third floor above the galleries

South Elevation (facing Plaza Nueva)

West Elevation

First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

East Elevation

Cross Sections

Logitudinal section through East Galleries

The narrow bar along the western face of the museum contains the much smaller instalations and displays and provides a transition from the large nautical replicas to the specialty map displays in the eastern wing.


NTUT ARCH 2011 International Student ARRAY Competition 3

National Taipei University of Technology Department of Architecture

De-gradable Foundation Arch 4556/ Fall 2011/ Professor John Maruszczak Collaboration with Marie Oehlerking

Competition Description This competition takes on an elemental perspective to architectural design and sustainability. Entrants are to revisit the methods to ARRAY spaces and produce creative proposals for a set of ARRAY with certain spatial order or mechanism under consideration of ecological design. The evaluation and definition of “ARRAY” are open to applicants’ imaginations. While the term “ecological” is subjected to many definitions: social, ecological, sustainable, its re-evaluations are open to students’ nterpretations. Entrants are free to choose or make site, real or virtual.


Degradable Sites



Short Lived Isolated



De-gradable Foundation defines arrays on two levels: site and infrastructure. Misused or ruined sites are a problem found around the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas and other cities around the world. These sites are categorized by building remnants that were destroyed due to causes like fire and natural disaster, abandonment by their tenants, or both. This typology of sites is pominent along the fringe of the urban realm. In De-gradable Foundation, these sites were targeted, cataloged, and organized based on placement and type. The geographical placement of sites was limited to the outskirts of downtown Dallas in order to set limistions within the site array. They were then ordered systematically by cardinal directions (West to East) to coincide with the characterization of array. These types of sites were chosen, because of their potential to be rehabilitated. With a new form of infrastructure that could break down the ruins in a fast and efficient manner, holding the potential to manifest a reusable reality of an otherwise dysfunctional space.


Invisable Infrastrucute





An Array of Degradable Infrastructures The intervening green infrastructure in De-gradable Foundation is a system that promotes ecological restoration to the ruined sites in an array of scales. On all scales, the structures provide a temporary surface that initiates botanical growth which breaks down and rejuvenates the site; reverting it back to its agricultural state. The micro and medium devices attach to the ruined site and begin to expand along the remaining forms breaking down brick, grout, and concrete piece by piece. The building remains are then moved off site in a clean and sufficient manner. The large infrastructure produces a majority of the plant growth that covers the site after the remnants have been broken down. Through this process, once wasted sites, will become open green space that can be reused in the future and all infrastructure is removed allowing only natural forms to inhabit the space.



River Walk [ Tr a n s i t i o n a l S p a c e ] Mix-use Development San Antonio, Texas

Arc h 3 55 3/ Fal l 2 0 1 0 / Pro fe s s o r Wa n d a D ye


During the beginning phases of this design, the separation and transition from public, semi public and private spaces was a priority. This was done by the compression and release of virtical space to create both public and intimate settings. The café is the most public sector of the building and creates an open environment with a double height ceiling in the seating area as well as a deck that reaches out to the pedestrians on the river walk. The loft, the most private of the spaces, appears to be floating above the design firm located on the street level. The slight raising of the floor plane on the top level provides emphasis on the privacy of the tenants. The separation also allows for a clearstory to provide lighting into the firm’s entry space. After the investigation of spaces, light was a main concern for such a dense site. Through several study models, photographs and charcoal renderings, a center courtyard which also acts as sculpture garden provided the best solution for allowing light to the inner core of the building. The firm’s workstations and loft living spaces have direct lighting and views of the courtyard. Not only does the courtyard act as a light well but it is also involved in the transition between the street and the river walk along the pasarel. A patron can come off the busy street and enter into the secluded courtyard before descending to the riverside where an elevated deck along the café façade provides a view up and down the river. Various apertures became a factor in controlling light. Along the street façade, where the harsh light comes from the south west, inverted windows provide lighting into the private spaces such as the principal office and the sleeping space in the loft. Clearstories and translucent glazing were also used to accommodate spaces that were in need of lighting rather than a view of the surrounding buildings.


Street Elevation

River Elevation

North Elevation

Lonitudinal Section

Street Level (First Floor) Plan

River Level (Basement) Plan

Roof Plan

Second Floor Plan


Inside/ Outside: Time, Space and the Body Communal Baths and Gardens B e l m o n t H o t e l D a l l a s , Te x a s A r c h 3 5 5 3 / Fa l l 2 0 1 0 / Pr o fe s s o r Wa n d a D y e


The objective of this project was to design a communal bath and spa for the site adjacent to the Belmont Hotel in downtown Dallas. With investigations of site integrations, students are encouraged to utilize the unique topography of the site and relationship to the existing hotel.

The goal of this project was to design a thermal baths/spa facility that integrated with the existing site. This design achieves that goal through an entry sequence of a series of gardens cut into the earth. These outdoor rooms adorned by subtle water features descend to the building’s entry. The building continues this theme with the descending terraces and the transition from indoor to outdoor relaxation spaces. Guests enter through the underground garage that is illuminated by blue tinted light slits that begin to reference the emphasis of light and open space carried out through this design. Guests then take stairs to the above gardens and begin to descend through a series of ramps that take clients through various floral, vegetative, and relaxation gardens before reaching the building entrance. The first floor consists of reception, locker rooms, outdoor pools and the exhibition spaces. The floor below consists of the more intimate pools and relaxation paces as well as therapy treatment rooms. The ground floor is for administration and conference spaces as well as an formation station for those entering from the Belmont Hotel.


Main Entry Level

Gardens, spa entry, leisure pools, event space

Intermediate Level

Therapy rooms and pools

Lower Level

Hotel entry and offices

The baths contain multiple pools for a variety of therapies. A lap pool and soaking pool (above) are on the main deck of the building for leisure swimming. Ice and fire pools (left) are housed in the lower level for relaxation. The sky lights cut to the courtyard above create an ambient lighting ideal for meditation and tranquility.



Live/Work High-rise Residential, Studio, and Office Franklin Street /Varick Street N e w Yo r k C i t y, N e w Yo r k

Arch 3554/ Spring 2011/ Professor Thad Reeves



This design provides residential units with attached studios as well as office units for seperate lease. the staggered floor design allows for attached studios to have seperate entries for clients that does not interact with the private residence within the unit.

Loft Client office entry Attached office


The objective of this project was to propose a high-rise for the vacant lot on the corner of Varick and Franklin Street. The design should allow for both residential and office tenants in which residents would have an attached work space.

Residence Entry Level Seperate Office

Live/Work Pu b l i c / Pr i vate

Live vs Work Public vs Private

Multiple Readings Framing slips behind the solid creating the reading of a coninuous surface

Final Elevation


On the unit’s second floor, stairs from the living space lead to a loft adjacent to the attached office. An entry off the landing provides public access to the work space .

The first floor of the repeating unit provides entry to the apartment and entry to the detached office units

The entry for the complex is along the east facade and in close proximity to the subway station. The ground floor is also a storefront for a restaurant on the east face and a retail space on the north face.


With spacious balconies and horizontal design the unit is unique within the unit structure. The extended space could provide work space but is not designated by seperate entries. The exclusive rooftop terrace creates framed views of the surrounding skyline. Private access to the rooftop terrace is another exclusive feature to the penthouse.


South Elevation

Perspective Looking South

North Elevation

Initial facade sketches

Study model

Final model

Environmental Forums

Horton Plaza v3.0 Eco-Trans PLANTS Hor ton Plaza, San Diego, CA Arch 4556/ Fall 2011/ Professor John Maruszczak In Collaboration with Marie Oehlerking

Competition Description The revision of Horton Plaza shall be designed to take advantage of the park’s relationship to Broadway, the adjacent Westfield Horton Plaza Retail Center, the historic Balboa Theatre and the historic U.S. Grant Hotel. The overall concept should evoke a setting that allows an active and vibrant program of daily and weekly events that will attract residents and visitors as the place to be or be seen in San Diego. The resulting design should also be a model of urban sustainability for others cities to emulate. The primary objective for the Plaza improvements is to create a memorable space that will draw inspiration from the unique characteristics of the San Diego region and transform these elements into a special place, celebrating the city. The Plaza Improvements are envisaged to be the dynamic, active public heart of the city and a true community gathering place. Additionally, improvements to the Park shall enhance the celebratory character of the historic park, reinstate the iconic status of what traditionally has been considered the “center� of downtown and develop programming that will activate the space. The Plaza Improvements should be easily accessible and have good circulation throughout the space. The urban plaza should be memorable and iconic.


Embedded lighting in the tracks illuminate at night for events. (left)

Longitudinal section through greenhouse (right)

Horton Plaza v3.0 will be a space for the population of San Diego to congregate and learn about their native, natural habitat. The concept centers on a hierarchy of ecological transplant systems that create an interactive environment. Native plants, according to the season, are propagated in the eco-generating greenhouse. As the vegetation outgrows their environment, they are transplanted out into the plaza creating mobile ecosystems. Moveable pods will house larger shrub-like plants. These elements move according to the events scheduled within the plaza such as, botanical festivals, educational field trips and classes as well as garden club meetings. Track planters embedded into the ground will grow native grasses as well as provide ground lighting. Hidden lighting within the edges of the tracks will illuminate evening events. Located behind the greenhouse is a circulation system that allows visitors access to the roof of the Bradley Building to observe Horton Plaza and the surrounding skyline. As visitors proceed up to the roof they can experience the ecosystem on multiple levels of growth.


Socio Design Foundation Vignette Competition

FringeArchitecture Denatured [INTERFERENCE] A r c h 4 5 5 6 / Fa l l 2 0 1 1 / P r o f e s s o r J o h n M a r u s z c z a k

Collaboration with Marie Oehlerking Awarded Honorable Mention October 2011

Competition Description Submit a spatial response to the concept “Fringe Architecture� through a single vignette. While entries are limited to a spatial response, they can be expressed through any medium: architectural design, photography, sculpture, etc. Can you distill your ideas to a single vignette.

Defining Fringe This vignette defines fringe on a micro scale as denatured, remnants isolated from the development of a flourishing city. Found between the urban and suburban the imprinted memory becomes an isolated physical and sociological atmosphere.

Interference Interfering within the fringe on a micro-level is an effort to exploit the beauty of the forgotten and mend it with green infrastructure, exposing a memory of the site that preceded the structure abandoned.


Notational Drawing Arch 4311/May 2011/ Professor Kevin Sloan

Course Description Notational drawing will introduce the architectural student to a variety of drawing techniques and conventions useful in analyzing architecture and comprehending architecture. The class will place specific emphasis on learning to draw in situ - at “in place of” - making the course particularly useful for the design studio and for those intending on studying abroad or pursuing graduate school. Particular emphasis will be placed on cultivating the students ability to observe and comprehend architectural ideas, through drawn analysis. The class heavily stresses the fact that drawing is a “knowledge-based activity,” and the cultivation of the student’s literacy of architecture through drawing is fundamental.


Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas


T&P Railroad Station Fort Worth, Teexas


Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas


Nasher Scultpture Garden Dallas, Texas


Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, Texas


Gesture Drawing



Undergraduate portfolio University of Texas at Arlington 2008-2012