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Jeremiah Coyote S


Rhode Island School of Design

Jeremiah Coyote S. Watson 2 College Street # 2252 Providence, RI 02903 208 660 1014 Education Rhode Island School of Design Bachelor of Architecture 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Architecture 2010 European Honors Program 2009 Wentworth Institute of Technology Deans List, Architecture, 2006 North Idaho College Associates of Applied Science, Architecture 2005, Certificate of Drafting 2004

Employment Friedrich St. Florien Architects, Providence RI January – February 2010 Urban interventions for Charlotte, NC, I Worked with clients and local architects to make integrated proposals. Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy July – December 2009 Computer lab technician and library coordinator for the Rhode Island School of Design branch in Rome, Italy. Rutz Architekten, Zürich, Switzerland May – July 2009 High rise housing, I made flat variations and worked the ground floor layout in conjunction with systems above and below. We focused on integration of mechanical systems, circulation to living ratios, and precedent examples. Geiger AG, Roofing, Wädenswil, Switzerland June 2009 Solar heating systems, green roof waterproofing for roof gardens and in house metal sheet fabrication. Golden Rule Roofing, Sandpoint ID June 2006 – September 2007, Summers 1999 – 2005 Foreman, I bid jobs, ordered materials, trained interns and collaborated with general contractors.

Freelance Lars Lerup, Rome, Italy December 2009 – March 2010 Collaborative sculpture projects including wood furniture, rubber castings and building precedent reconstructions. Kiel Moe & Andrew Kranis, Rome, Italy September - October 2009 Surveying the Ponte Fabricio and Pyramid de Cestius. Mike J. Duperalt, Kootenai ID August 2008, September 2007 House designs for a suburban development in Kootenai Idaho Katie Fulmer, Sandpoint ID August – September 2008 Design and Construction of a greenhouse conversion and deck addition. Viggo Mortensen July 2008 Barn with skinned tree columns.

Skills Adobe: Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign Vector: AutoCAD, Rhino, Chief Architect, FormZ, Sketchup Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint Construction: Serveying, Framing, Roofing, Finish Work Artistic: Sketching, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture


I value hierarchy at the human scale and matrix at the infrastructural scale. Hierarchy calibrates a dialogue between structural components. Space comes first. Space delimits parameters for intimacy and interaction, focus and meander. Second is material. Material meets the physical senses and triggers pause and continue. Third is sequence and rhythm. This maintains continuity and sets up transitional moments. For me, zoning is an infrastructural term and I value mixed-use zoning that encourages self-sustaining islands of stability. The working out of an architectural problem is an infrastructural happening, which requires input from many external sources. Similar to the cylinder engine, I value the group mentality where a rhythm of intuitive bursts, inspired by each person’s unique expertise, sustains evolution of the project. These are the values that drive my appetite to continue learning about contemporary trends.


I vow for an architecture that caters to human physicality. To be reasonable, architecture functions on two levels. First, is the infrastructural level. This is the rhythmic, repetitive, and connective membrane that cradles our social currents. The second level is that of craft. As an analog, this is where discontinuity happens within the organs of a larger body; consider it mixed use development within an industrial zone at the urban scale and wooden benches to transcend feel to feeling at the human scale.

Statement Expanded In roofing, the field and the obstruction are two recurrent terms

that come about. The field is where the novice begins to learn his

introspective habits. Novelties happen on the craft level. These

trade. Here is where you ‘make the money’. The field is where

novelties are eventually absorbed into the larger infrastructure to

you think fast and move fast. Here you develop an expectation

then become organizing principles. In other words, on the top layer,

about completion. In the field, overly meditated self-corrections

as if it is an invisible sheet that covers everything, is infrastructure.

will disrupt the whole system; if the laborer is skilled enough, small

Infrastructure is a fabric that is punctured by a series of organizing

misalignments will self correct through the law of averages. Here

principles. These organizing principles generate various islands

you push your physical ability for precision and speed to the limit, but

of stability within the larger infrastructure. Novelties happen on

the master roofer is called upon when the field meets the obstruction.

the bottom. They happen below the radar and in the field of

The master roofer approaches the obstruction in

contemplation of a multitude of variations that can be used to resolve the situation at hand. He weights the solar orientation of the obstruction with physical location. Water has an innate magnetism, which the fabrication of flashing must respond to. The great master roofer needs no caulking or artificial bonding agent to resolve complex flashing connections. Cracks happen on the southern roof face while moss grows on the north side. Prevailing

Craft is an individual human condition.

It celebrates

craft. Some are noticed and most are not, yet successful novelties are adopted into the ritualistic tendencies of the principled culture. They become autonomous principles and thus puncture the infrastructural fabric that mends the larger society. So, this is a bottom up system of growth that strengthens the network of the connective tissue. It is this bottom up structure that sustains evolution and progress while the top down structure maintains stability. The building breathes through the obstructions in the roof.

winds effect the accumulation of debris, so directionality of seams can relieve this.

He knows how to weave multiple

systems to create an optimal product.

Basically, the master

is called upon to resolve moments of discontinuity in the field.

Craftwork happens largely on the physical level. Of course craft workers have built up expectations about the visual outcome of a product, but they also exercise an innate sensibility that threads back to the human intention to construct an abode for

Lets extend this play between field and obstruction in roofing as a miniature analog of infrastructure and craft in the city.

Consider an analogy between the workings of

infrastructure, in the city, and the laboring field, on the roof. Both concepts use a systematic framework to approach largescale situations that involve a multiplicity of discrepant variables. Infrastructure cradles and organizes the obstructions imposed by the city-society. Its overall organization allows for obstructions to persist without disrupting the flow of the larger system.

mere protection from the elements. An ancestral echo of those physical practices persists in some of our idioms, as when we say, “it doesn’t feel right” (meaning “it doesn’t look right”). So, to work this in reverse, can something be pleasing to the visual sense that caters to the physical sense? Then the small physical sensibility will begin to feed the large visual sense. Through this avenue, one can approach problems concerning professional practice and sustainability at an essential level.

Friedrich St. Florien Architects, Providence RI Freedom Park Gateway, Charlotte NC.

These are more than traditional markers of ownership. They are two screens peeling back to reveal the beauty of a natural world living inside the suburbia of Charlotte. To be more jubilant by suggestive, but subtle, association to the canopy that serves as a backdrop for the two structures. The screen like quality will trigger a curiosity about what activities persist behind.

Freestanding trees sway in the wind. This wind carries tree scent to passers by and makes pleasant noise with the brushing of close branches. The Freedom Park gateway is an actualization of these recurrent phenomena. It is a playful dance that happens between two structures.

Friedrich St. Florien Architects, Providence RI North Tryon Gateway and Bus Stop, Charlotte NC.

The North gate is a datum for reading the skyline of Charlotte.

It is delineation in two directions -

vertical and horizontal. Vertically it acknowledges the field of things constructed; the intent of being indoors above; the playfulness of meandering outside below. As a marker of physical progression in the horizontal plane, the gates lightness speaks to the progressive qualities of Charlotte.

Rutz Architekten, Z端rich, Switzerland High rise housing.

Working as an intern for the architecture firm Rutz Architekten located in Zurich, Switzerland, our main project was to design one two hundred unit housing complex. Rutz employed four people during my period of working on the project. Working in this environment of a small workforce created the opportunity for a wide spectrum of experience.


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The iconic Carpenter Center, by Le Corbusier, inspired the addition to the Fogg Musum at Harvard University. For precedent, I traveled with Henry Dietrich Fernandez from Le Caux de Fonds, in Switzerland, southward to Paris and we visited many of Le Corbusier’s works: After visiting Le Corbusier’s early versions of stripped down

classicism in Le Caux de Fonds, I recognized his economical usage of fabric in a light shade as an actualization of the delicate dialogue between architectural forms and domestic function that he aspired to. Villa Schwob cost him great ridicule the moment he deviated from the norm, yet this was a blessing in disguise that compelled him southward toward Paris. At Rochamp I realized the bold juxtapositions of scalar curiosities that he achieved with simple rubble construction that is reminiscent of Roman wall construction! Jeanneret was a Painter and Le Corbusier was the architect

persona that he fabricated. Out of the artistic movement he began with Ozenfant, came multi planar techniques to flip perception and realize moments of levity, boyacy and create charged moments of tension. At villa Savoye I recognized a balance of contrast with the stripped down reductive aesthetic of modernism oriented precisely within its organic backdrop.

Harvard University addition to the Fog Museum Scalar curiosities Prosthesis of a museum complex, to the existing Fog museum, includes an artist’s residence, architectural library, gallery, auditorium and street level commercial venues. The sectional bifurcation uses circulation to contain the public and private functions. Here, spatial simplicity creates directness. A multiplicity of interrelated geometries guide movement using paralell, overlap and color contrast.


Housing is more than a fundamental form of shelter – it has the potential to house subjective thoughts, actions and relationships.

To uncover a

relationship between inside and outside and public and private – a dynamic moment of inversion between two sides of a skin – paper is used as a design medium.

First iterations are folded of single contiguous paper so

that each volume shares at least one surface or thickness with its neighbor.

Urban Housing, Providence RI Thermal Reflections Overlaid mappings of historical Providence illuminated the role that water has played in the city’s growth. Through times passing the river has provided sustenance, transportation, waste relief, energy and today

spectacle. The river demarcates East and West providence. Topographically, East overlooks west.

Socially, residents of

higher income live on the East side. The opportunity is to loosen this strict bifurcation that has persisted for hundreds of years.

Urban Housing, Providence RI Thermal Reflections

The project exercises democratic planning; the largest dwellings are located farthest from the circulation and social cores of the project; surface hue is regulated by the intensity of natural illumination through day’s passing.

While the smooth-

dark plane is a thermal heat bank, it is also a metaphorical bridge of near and far with the observer-overlaid in-between.

Single family Individual couples Shared abode Community

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Urban Housing, Providence RI Thermal Reflections

The shadows of lights void will calibrate depth of the illuminated.

Single family Individual couples Shared abode Community

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Urban Housing, Providence RI Thermal Reflections

Single family Individual couples Shared abode Community

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The housing complex accommodates four conditions; the north caters to single-family living; the west wing, with large living spaces below contemplative rooms, has double height community zones for active people; the southeast wing is geared towards multiple-person living situations; the uppermost units project a more elitist lifestyles.

Revitalization, Lumbrein, Switzerland Reviving the boundary that cradles.

In Lumbrien, a small mountain village in Switzerland, public walkways between closely spaced dwellings break down the secluding tendency of independent living. This happenstance recurs around the intimate space of dining. Strangers are well received at a table with empty seats. This nurturing porosity will be made ever present in the construction of a wall for living and for wondering. People are migrating out of Lumbrein for the luxuries of city living. One opportunity exists to revive the appeal for this place and reverse the population flow. Historically, farmland determined the village

boundary. The village population was limited by the amount of sustenance provided by the periphery of land. Swaths of land are delimited by valleys. This is why expansive flats of farmland did not exist. Now the farmland is gone and a village is left with no edge. Opportunity for monetary gain created by the far away city outweighs the laborious lifestyle required on a farm. Villagers are disconnected from the land they once tooled. The intimacy of the periphery that once provided life support has faded. People are now supported by sustenance that is not tooled. They survive by the ownership of goods with attached monetary value. When demand is multiplied

by number of demander’s, of that owned good, the goods attached value increases. The new periphery will have an attached value that is demanded by the larger population. This will create a link to the larger society that re-establishes the intimate support. This will be an opportunity for urban citizens to experience one to two weeks of intimate retreat. The hovel he or she occupies, within the ‘edge,’ will be the larger hand that cradles this village as the periphery of farmland once did. Here they will wander out of this hand to intermingle with the villagers and landscape beyond.

Site analysis. Brown Street Park, Providence RI The person looking downhill is a spectator while the person looking up the hill is an actor. An orthogonal grid was overlaid on the articulated topography to extract a rich reading of the site. Contrary to expectation, a sloped hill thawed less quickly than flat ground. This contradicts the phase changes happening more quickly above the sloped ground. Here we found an opportunity to create something that emerges out of existing conditions.

Group construction. Brown Street Park, Providence RI Given 100 pine boards, nominal dimension 1” X 3” X 10’, and 1000’ of rope we developed a project out of the bow tectonic. As architects we sought to invent relationships between things more then develop novel architectural elements. In a sense we set up defective moments that establish relationships between near and far. Slope is calibrated by the horizontal datum of the bench while the metonymy of the canopy suggests continuation of a reach to the horizon beyond.

Scuba Center, Providence RI Spilling Over An illusion of permanency has resulted here; a hill was leveled and the waters edge was stretched, to accommodate transportation demands brought forth during Providence’s golden period of the industrial revolution. A theatrical experience has resulted beneath the bridge, where large unforgiving planes amplify sound. Scale shifts are essential to this project. Miniaturization of something regularly large is accomplished using the monumentality of the adjacent bridge.

Scuba Center, Providence RI Spilling Over

The opportunity is to exploit waters reflection and use it to register the changing light of days past. Water pulls sediment and light pulls hue.

Spilling is metaphorically transformed into architectural

hierarchies that when synthesized allow liberating opportunities. water’s reflection.

The large walls are animated by

Pools are position by their depth, in spaces designed for naĂŻve play, exercise play

and then professional play.

The water’s changing datum accompanies the descent to near the ocean,

the areas where clothes changing occurs, and the ascent for high plunges into deep water. Observation spaces open to the highway and ocean while activity spaces open to bring specific light in specifically.

Three room dwelling. Adobe brick and timber construction.

Compression and the implication of tolerance are fundamental concerns about adobe construction.

Wood can lever ground and span distance. The thermal capacity of adobe brick provides stable indoor temperature. The dark, light absorbing, surface thickens interiority. From outside, the stairs invite entrance while encouraging outward gazing. The stair guides movement. The stair retains ground. The stair provides seating. The stair provides juxtapositions in elevation, which set up hierarchical pragmatic relationships. The stairs squeeze ground beneath outward leaning walls that open up wedges of light in normally dark corners. The building functions as a joint between sky and a joint between ground.

Technical to manual A dialogue

Rafael Moneo: critic. From a geometric process to one outside volume aligned with one inside volume.

Mapping Mapping of learning a place, Providence RI Mapping of bird congregations, Providence Rhode Island:

How does one mentally encode geography?

Design Principles =Architectonic Principles

Surveying in Rome, Italy Dear Andrew Kranis, Pyramid Height

35 meters above sidewalk grade

East Castle-tower height

17.5 meters above ground point below

East side of the white plaque W/ datum point, as zero (0.0 meters), at 3 meters south of the planter on the north end of the center island:

Sidewalk at tower


At East castle tower below the white plaque


Apartment building West point


Apartment building East point


Roman wall North point


Roman wall South point


Conclusion: Ground is sloping southwest from the Roman wall toward the pyramid. Additional data is needed for Southeast and Southwest of the center island.


Design - Build, North Idaho

Roofing I was a Master Roofer by age 16

Copper roofing for Geiger AG, W채denswil, Switzerland

Printed 2010, March

2010 Jeremiah Watson  

Portfolio of architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and related academic and professional experience