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Jenna Leigh Wandishin Architecture Portfolio Select Undergraduate Work

Jenna Leigh Wandishin BS. Arch Expected May 2015 Temple University 732. 664. 0413


Philadelphia Library Branch Rittenhouse, Philadelphia Neighborhood Incubator at the Ex-Caserma Rome, Italy Urban Infill of the Seder Ritual Queen Village, Philadelphia The Body in Space Alter Hall, Temple University Campus The Wissahickon Forest Wissahickon, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Library Branch Fourth Year Studio | Professor: Vojislav Ristic Revit and Photoshop

Interior Render of Children Reading Space Atrium

Program: Level 01 Lobby / Check Out Cafe Media Area Offices

Level 02 Adult Reading Young Adult Reading Adult / Young Adult Computer

Site Plan

Level 03 Children Reading Children Activity Children Computer

Walnut Street

Adjacent to the NW corner of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, the Library Branch project questioned how to keep libraries relevant in today’s digital age. This project takes the influence of the Philadelphia Row Home facade rhythm to generate intimate spaces for each age group of library visitors, while remaining a community that supports the importance of books and media.

19th Street Level 04 Conference Room Break-Out Rooms Large Meeting Space

Exterior Perspective from NW Corner of Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia Library Branch Chipboard | Foamcore | Basswood | Acrylic Scale_1:4 27” by 35” by 16”

Final Model Front Exterior

Back Exterior


Neighborhood Incubator at the Ex-Caserma Third Year Studio | Professor: Andrew Kranis Rhinoceros and Photoshop

Site Plan

Via Guido Reni

Via Flaminia


The current mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, is proposing a “Citta della Scienza” located in the northern region of the historic city. The current site is surrounded by modern projects such as the Maxxi Museo by Zaha Hadid, Auditorium Parco della Musica by Renzo Piano, and the Olympic Village of 1960. This project was an adaptive reuse of the Ex-Caserma located at the corner of Via Guido Reni and Via Flaminia. In creating one building to become an “incubator” for start-up businesses as well as residential and retail spaces, an emphasis was placed on the quality of social life, respect for the environment, and an architectural distinction.

C | Ground Floor Plan in Site

Resident Unit Module


1 | Reception

2 | Open Floor Incubator

3 | Open Floor Incubator


A | Elevation 5m

4 | Conference Hall

5m 5 | Meeting Rooms

5 4 Retail 3 Market 2 Incubator C

Resident Units

1 B | Programmatic Section

Incubator Floor Plans

Urban Infill of the Seder Ritual Third Year Studio | Professor: Robert Trempe Technical Pen on Vellum Drawings Rhinoceros and Photoshop


Basswood Model

Inspired by Bernard Tschumi’s Manhattan Transcripts, the Jewish Passover Seder was dissected into a chronological sequence of moments to understand each of its distinct movements and their necessary spatial environments. My research methods spanned from reading literature to speaking with friends and colleagues who were familiar with the Judaic ritual. Composed of 18 different stages, these particular moments were diagrammed within the second row interpreting the spatial qualities and the third row illustrating the movement. Once formed, the 2D diagrams were placed in a procedural order into a 3D context at the site of 919 East Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia.

Row 2: Environment Row 3: Movement Each 4” by 4”

Initial transition from diagrams to form Midterm Iteration

Vignettes of Seder space

The final model was designed and refined to allow a family to transition throughout the home to perform the Seder ritual, whilst fostering their traditions during other times of year. Final Model_1:4 4 1/2” by 18” by 4”

The Body in Space

Several extensive studies completed by photography, cinematography, montages, sketches and drawings analyzed human interaction with architecture at the turn of a staircase. A study was found in how the body rhythmically utilized the landing and Second Year Studio | Professor: Lorena Alvarez Conte on Newsprint and Graphite on Vellum Drawings | Cardboard Model how dependent one became on the railing and its design. In understanding space as being carved away by the motions of human Photoshop anatomy within the choreography, the design of the wormhole model was a product of the subtraction of space in 150 section cuts.

Each 18” by 19”

Contact 68” by 70”

18” by 50”

Choreography 24” by 38”

The Wissahickon Forest Second Year Studio | Professor: Dennis Playdon Graphite on Bristol | Basswood Model Rhinoceros

The Wissahickon Forest enabled the study of light and shadow, given by the forest canopy, as well as geology through the use of the human body as a tool of measurement. In using topographical contours of the site and measuring through a triangulated mesh, an exploration of the site in a computer model thereby took place. The site was then reinterpreted through the design of two models. The first model demonstrated the triangulated measurements. The second model was built modularly; notched together to allow negative space. An essence of the forest canopy could be felt when light filters through this model because of the space between the dowels (reference: portfolio cover photo). A new understanding of the site was discovered not only through light, but in the drastic change in topography from the flat land of the ground level to an abrupt highland.

Qualitative and Quantitative 24” by 51”

Site Plan 24” by 30”

24” by 20” by 18”

18” by 20” by 14”

Module 1” 1 1/4” 1 3/8”