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ARCHITECTURE WITH SOUL I have come to understand architecture as a process of connection, a soulful practice of transmitting experience. At the core of our experiences are the things we have in common: familiar yet unique vocabularies, values and beliefs, routines, wants, and dreams, all of which synthesized into language and craft. Architecture is soulful connection presented in the language of the tectonic. It is the meeting and surpassing of needs. It is the theatrical and the mundane, the sublime and the simple. It is an opportunity to bring together. This portfolio is an exploration of connections in architecture and in life.

CONTENTS Undergraduate Work: Louisiana State University - Thermal Bath House - Core House Professional Work: Looney RIcks Kiss Architects - Silvertone Building - Memphis International Airport Graduate Work: Pratt Institute - Instant Cities - Ubuntu Shelter (Master’s Thesis) Freelance Work: New York City - HealthxDesign - The Thread Collective

THERMAL BATH HOUSE Hot Well Springs, LA Louisiana State University

1. Entry 2. Dojo 3. Office 3 3

The experience of the bathhouse should be intensely sensual. Cleansing, Ascending, Escaping, Relaxing... These are the objectives of the spaces. Charcoal drawings were used to develop distinct atmosheres for each of the pools making this a much more tactile process. The intent is to place the pools on the third floor as the space most disconnected from one’s everyday anxieties.



First Floor Plan

4. Yoga 5. Men’s Locker 6. Women’s Locker 7. Laundry 8. Atrium


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Second Floor Plan

The facades are primarily masonry with a focus on creating texture and depth within the plane. 13 9





Third Floor Plan

East Facade

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9. Tepidarium 10. Sharp Caldarium 11. Caldarium 12. Frigidarium 13. Sauna 14. Deck

Charcoal drawing in Tepidarium

Back Facade North Elevation

Longitudinal Section

North Elevation 1’=1/8”

Front Facade

Sharp Caldarium


Baton Rouge, LA Louisiana State University The Cause: Affordable Housing The Objective: Investigate the idea of prefabricating the systems of a house into a prefabricated core, as a way to increase efficiency and cut cost in the housing market. Begin to develop foundation systems that would allow for quicker on site installation of the core. The Parameters: 1200 square feet 1 story structure 1 core Foundation system

1. Precast single tee beam foundation is set in place and leveled.

2. Glulam beams are anchored to tees and prefab core delivered.

3. Prefab core placed on foundation system.

4. Remainder of house is constructed on site.

2 bedroom + 1 bath 950 sf

THE SILVERTONE PROJECT Memphis, TN Project Silvertone Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Sears Crosstown, Memphis, TN

The Silvertone project consisted of The Silvertone project consisted of masterplanning relocation masterplanning thethe relocation of a of a private to aa 1.4 private college college to 1.4million millionsquare squarehistoric foot historic structure. I foot structure. I managed managed significant aspects of theproject significant aspects of the project including; including; as as-built built preperation, preparation, document document management, Revit managemnet, Revit modeling, modeling presentation and presentation and conceptual conceptual design. The historic design. The historic structure is structure is located in inmidtown located in midtown memphis a Memphis a once Thevibrant once vibrate incommunity. entire masterplan hopefully community. Thewould entire masterplan ignite a hopefully renewed interest would ignite ina the renewed surrounding interest inareas thepostively surrounding areas affecting the neighborhoods as positively affecting the well as the members of the college. neighborhoods as well as the members of the college.

Revit Model of As-Built Conditions

Sears building


Conceptual Rendering

Mechanical 28,000 sf


Support 22,000 sf

P= Proctor M= Mechanical L= Lounge Housing Academic Student Life Administrative Support

Pro: Reduces vertical transport requirements. Opportunities to mix up uses. Clarity of use. Opportunities for light into interior spaces. Security is simplified. Sustainability/Green roof, operable windows (?) light into the space. 732 beds, with mix of 4,2, and single rooms/floor. Con: Increases horizontal travel

Mechanical 28,000 sf Atrium Mechanical 1�=60

Crichton College; Building Sectional Organization

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Memphis, TNInternational Airport Memphis Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Airport exists to get people The Memphis Airport exists to get from place to place as comfortably as people possible. In keeping with that we from place to place astheme comfortably as were askedInto design with a new 6000 car we were possible. keeping that theme parking to be located at car the parking asked tofacility design a new 6000 entrance of the property. new facility to be airport located at theThis entrance of the facility would not only ease congestion but airport property. This new facility would not would also act as an innovative entry only ease also act as an element as congestion people arrivebut at would the airport. innovative entry element as people The second objective of this project was to arrive at the airport. create a better The user second experienceobjective for the of this pedestrian astoone traverses the user sea of project was create a better experience concrete now existingasbetween the new for the pedestrian one traverses the sea of parking the terminal. The the new concretefacility nowand existing between solution executed wasterminal. to remove parking we facility and the Thea solution portion of the existing parking facility, we executed was to remove a portion of the located between our new garage and the existingand parking facility, between our terminal to develop thatlocated space into a new garage and the terminal and to develop pedestrian plaza.

that space into a pedestrian plaza.

I was an integral member of the design team responsibilities included, I wasand an my intergral member of the3-d design team rendering, design, material and and myconceptual responsibilities included: 3-d systems research, precedent studies, rendering, conceptual design, material and programming, and code analysis.

systems research, precedent programming, and code analysis.


Vicinity Plan Pedestrian Plaza

Rendering of New Garage

Rendering inside Pedestrian Plaza

Cross-Section at Pedestrian Plaza

Rendering of New Garage and Pedestrian Plaza

INSTANT CITIES Kobe, Japan Pratt Institute

The increasing urbanization of world destruction,




made catastrophic events.


As architects we are uniquely equipped to respond to such disasters. Our training and ability in the conceptualization of complex systems that serve the broad physical and ecological needs of our cultures allow us to imagine how communities and regions can be recreated. The goal of the semester is to create a viable approach and a fully designed and constructible system for the creation of a zero energy community for 200,000 in no more than six months. The site I chose for my Instant City is Kobe, Japan. Kobe is a coastal city near the southern end of Japan and has fallen prey to a number of earthquakes and tsunamis. My solution in order to meet the logistical parameters of the project is city will be made of up a series of engineered concrete and foam platforms strung together with a series of steel cables, and counterweights. Extreme care has been taken to size and detail the platforms as well as the means and methods for their construction and would allow construction to begin immediately if the city of Kobe was damaged in the future therefore helping to meet the 6 month construction goal. A series of water streets would also play an integral role in the character and functionality of the city.

Floating City Perpspective

Neighborhood District #4 Design Plan

Floating City Layout showing 18 distinct neighborhood districts

I developed 5 different housing typologies in order to meet the needs of the inhabitants as well as produce a more interesting cityscape within the community. The ability to use a set of strict parameters in order to meet logistical constraints and still produce a wide variety of housing was somthing I felt would lead to the overall quality and therefore sustainability of the space.



This houseing typology became known as the Garden Flat. The layout of the units in conjunction to one another produced a vibrant green courtyard in between the housing blocks. Within that courtyard it is my intention to create space both for plant and food cultivation as well as leisure and a semi private park space. The Garden Flat was developed in order to enhance housing diversity and flexibility and to meet increasing demands for privacy and individuality.

Plan Legend 1.Entry 6. Restroom 2. Stair 7. Study 3. Living 8. Main Bedroom 4. Dining 9. Master Bath 5. Kitchen 10. Bedroom

Perspective_Courtyard Facade

Two Bedroom Plan



Studo Plan

STUDIO_01 STUDIO_02 STUDIO_03 STUDIO_04 STUDIO_05 Garden Cluster Layout

Garden Cluster Elevation





Garden Cluster_Side Elevation

Garden Cluster_Plan Perspective

Perspective_Courtyard Facade


Acrra, Ghana Mater’s Thesis_Pratt Institute

“I am what I am because of who we all are.” Unbuntu is a classical African concept. It is an ethic or humanist philosophy that focuses on people;s allegiances and relations with each other. The work I am doing in Accra is developing housing for female day laborers, called Kayayei, within the slums of the Agbogbloshie Market. The housing units are deployable, freestanding, and raised above the ground level of the market.


Bagdad Teheran Karachi




Le Caire

Bogota Lima








Luanda Gauteng

Le Cap La Paz


4.0 million 2.5 million 1.5 million 1.0 million 0.6 million

Map representing the location of the 30 biggest “mega-slums” in the World, according to Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums.


The conditions of slums can vary drastically bassed on a numer of factors, but a commonly accepted idea is that slums are the spatial- physical manifestations of poverty and intra-city inequality. Poverty is the underlying epidemic that produces and sustains these spaces. Therefore, it’s understandable that the world’s poorest countries house the greatest percentage of the world’s slums. All but 6% of the world’s squatters live in what are refered to as third-world countries.

As of 2003, over 32% of the world’s urban population lived in slums. All but 6% of this is in the developing world, but what if it wasn’t?

Windows/vents Folded structural shell

Storage shelf Support net Handrail Tie-down bracket Wooden platform with locker storage Structural support for platform Water collection storage tank Metal strap support for water tank LifeStraw Family water filter Clean water distribution station Wooden flooring platform Leveling bolt 18�x18� metal footing

Section of Unbuntu Shelter

Perspective at night showing shelters within the market.

Space cannot change society by itself. It’s not the equivalent of revolution. But we have a role, an obligation to get involved where we are capable of making a positive impact. Investment in people’s assets sets into motion a sustainable process of individual and collective empowerment. That is why supporting and empowering the Kayayei, as their first step into the informal city is a good place to invest. By increasing the independence and self-sufficiency of the women, one could decrease the lack of perspective that poverty often creates. We need a renewed view of the architect’s role, as a visionary. We have to design a system of collaboration, a framework of life, that will start to enable us to work as a cohesive group in addressing needs and issues that may be larger than our profession alone can successfully solve. Slum policies should in fact be integrated within broader, people-focused urban poverty reduction policies that address the various dimensions of poverty. This can include employment and incomes, food, health and education, shelter and access to basic urban infrastructure and services. How can the physical environment integrate with social science, healthcare, and politics in order to bring some real relief and hope to a group of people being pushed to the outskirts and ignored at best, and targeted and abused at worst? We have a role to play in reversingthe socio-economic exclusion of slum dwellers. Architecture, the built environment, has the capability of learning from and making sense out of the entropy that often defines the space of slum settlements. Aesthetics and form have specific roles to play in helping people to hope for better, first in the spaces that they dwell, and secondly in their lives as a whole. We should work towards the enhancement of the socio-economic condition that creates these difficult places. It’s an extremely complicated issue, but one I’m proud to dedicate my time and energy to.

Model night shot

Perspective from above

Interior Perspective

Perspective of platform underneath shelter


Fellowship_Staff Designer Brooklyn, New York

DEFINITION n. pronounced health by design. 1. An initiative that explores and communicates the role of design, including the built environment, to improve health and related social justice outcomes. 2. An approved program of the Public Health Institute HealthxDesign explores and communicates the role of design, including the built environment, to improve health and related social justice outcomes. Specifically, HealthxDesign identifies ways to strengthen health and other social justice outcomes through leveraging design as a technical strategy. With strong focus on metrics, all projects within the conceptual and organizational umbrella of HealthxDesign aim to build a collective knowledge base for “what works,” in order to scale-up promising approaches for this fledgling area of innovation in health programs.


Built Environment

Social Environment



Individual Behavior


Re-Thinking Supermarket Design To Promote Healthy Communities

Youth Friendly Health + Service Design

Partner with Parsons Transdisciplinary Design Program

Can urban design influence health disparities?

Health and Social Metrics + Urban Agriculture

Sustainability + Public Health Infrastructure

HealthxDesign Presents at Pecha Kucha NYC



HealthxDesign turns 1!

Check out what we’ve been up to....

HealthxDesign (pronounced Health by Design) is founded by Rupal Sanghvi. After over 15 years as a public health practitioner, implementing and evaluating large-scale programs, Rupal believes there is great potential for applying design, including built environment, as a technical, innovative strategy to improve health outcomes.


HealthxDesign + Public Architecture present to members of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Senior Management Team and explore opportunities for improving the environmental sustainability of IPPF’s health system infrastructure (over 58,000 sites).


Launches a project in partnership with Public Architecture + International Planned Parenthood’s Bolivian affiliate to conceptualize and conduct a needs assessment for improving the environmental sustainability of their health system infrastructure.

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sustainability built environment user experience


Initiates a collaboration with SmartDesign + Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center to conduct a User-Centered Design assessment and identify design opportunities for improving “youthfriendly services.”


Rupal is awarded the Design Trust for Public Space Fellowship for the Five Borough Farm project. She will be a part of developing the nation’s first city-wide plan for urban agriculture.

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Works with Mary Miss Studio to begin conceptualizing how metrics can be applied to the Studio’s work in engaging communities through urban design and public art.


Partners with Uncommon Projects’s Founder, Tarikh Korula, to apply product design and technology integration as a strategy for addressing infant mortality in low-resource settings. Developed a proposed project to (1) improve the capacity of community-based birth attendants to address birth asphyxia and (2) leverage existing technology and renewable energy solutions.


Initiates proposal development with the Fund for Public Health in New York (non-profit arm of the New York City Department of Health) + Public Architecture, focusing on the development of metrics, testing, and promotion of the Active Design Guidelines.

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September October

Develops a proposed project, Re-Thinking the Supermarket design template: Optimizing the Access to Healthy Food and Building a Platform for Community Engagement. The goal of the project is to strengthen healthy communities through supermarket access in low-income urban areas. The proposal is in collaboration with the Food Systems Network of New York City, Brooklyn Food Coalition, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, and Thread Collective. Begins collaboration with Parsons The New School For Design’s new MFA program in Transdisciplinary Design to explore the intersections between design and health. HealthxDesign is invited to be a part of the Public Health Institute (PHI)-- one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, working for over 40 years. PHI is at the forefront of research and innovation to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally.


HealthxDesign is invited to participate as a technical partner on a project proposal for a HUD (US Dept of Housing and Urban Development) funded Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative, in collaboration Jonathan Rose Companies, EuQuant Inc., and Human Impact Partners.


Jessica King, MsArch, graduates from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program and joins HealthxDesign as Staff Designer.

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January 2011

built environment metrics


user experience health outcomes social determinants metrics

Rupal is invited to speak at the Design Trust Council’s Breakfast series, on the role of metrics to advance urban design. HealthxDesign is invited to be a member of the Monitoring and Evaluation working group for the UN Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves--a new public-private initiative to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

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Thread Collective Freelance 3D Rendering Brooklyn, New York


the pier house [a net zero house]


2950 square feet, 4 bedroom / 4 bath 2 bedroom / 2 bath in each of the main and auxiliary houses


I produced a number of threedimensional renderings in order to help develop exterior materials as well as present the overall visual theme to the clients.

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Renderings produced using Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.





Roof Plan

Entrance view along path, looking south

Pool and main building, looking north

Layered outside spaces, looking east

References: Tony Pellicciotti Looney Ricks Kiss Architects 901.521.1440

Elliott Maltby Thread Collective 718.366.3988

Jason Vigneri-Beane Pratt Institute 917.589.7278

Jessica King Portfolio  

architecture portfolio