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CONTENTS 2 Academic 40 Professional 56 Résumé


2 LOW-TECH MEDIUM DENISITY



 





  







 





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This studio investigated pre-industrial methods of construction in Cordoba, Argentina, a city located at an identical and opposite latitude as Austin, TX. The focus was on revaluating the possibilites and limitations of lowtech brick construction, a representative of an essential, broadly distributed, building material. The design chalunit, building, and block typologies to intervene in a currently neglected part of Cordoba. Inspired by the additive nature of bricks our team approach focused on modu-

system. At the block scale, these units aggregate to create varied buildings which together form block typologies that reinvigorate and connect the area to the rest of the city. In our scheme, two block typogolies developed which created different types of communal spaces with distinct purposes of program, movement, and activity. | collaboration with Jerry Suarez and Juan Verdeguer |

Fall 2012 | Wilfried Wang | 8 weeks


intervention area

historic center


intervention area

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east-west avenue transects


north-south avenue transects

north-south block


green spaces

east-west block

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EAST-WEST BLOCK AXONOMETRIC & SECTION

1:150


north-south section

NORTH-SOUTH BLOCK AXONOMETRIC & SECTION

1:150


5meter unit

5meter double-height unit

8meter + 5meter unit

corner unit

sectional variations

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north-south pedestrian avenue


east-west park avenue

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commercial interior

residential interior


12 ENVELOPE

support module

This precedent study focused the facade of Aoki Jun’s White Chapel in Osaka Japan, which challenges the traditional characteristics of a building envelope. An in-depth look was taken into the technical aspects of the construction and presented through high-quality drawings showing assembly, materials, and drawing standards. The study culminated with the construction of a 1/2� scaled section model. | collaboration with Hector Garcia-Castrillo |

October 2010 | Ulrich Dangel | 8 weeks facade elevation


detail section

section model


14 SWIM CENTER

Austin, TX is considered a city inside of a park. Its urban inhabitants value the proximity to mulitiple nature trails, parks, and to central Town Lake. Situated along an important edge between the built and natural environment, my design for a competition and leisure swim center aimed to address and merge both of these realms. A severely sloped and narrow site prompted me to develop a concept of a folding plane which accomodates both conditioned (city) and open air (park) activites. The underside of the plane which meets the street is an extension of adjacent downtown and houses a conditioned competition pool. On the park side, the plane melds into a grand plaza and outdoor pool allowing for an open communal space that can be shared by the city.

January 2011 | Ulrich Dangel | 14 weeks


Mechanical

Chemical Storage

Lifeguard Office

Steam Room

Sauna Mechanical

Men’s Restroom Staff Women’s Restroom Room

Office

Office

Office

Mech.

Storage

Fitness Center +0.0ft FFL

Mens Locker room +0.0ft FFL

+6.0ft FFL

Seating Café+6.0ft FFL

b-b

Seating

Kitchen

Womens Locker room +4.0ft FFL

Restroom Concessions Restroom

a-a

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c-c

section a-a


Mechanical Mechanical Room Mechanical Room (below) (below) 990 CFM round 14”dia

660 CFM round 12”dia

Chemical Storage

Lifeguard Office

Steam Room

Sauna

330 CFM round 9”dia

Mechanical Mechanical Room Room Mechanical (below) (below)

755 CFM round 23”dia

Staff Room

504 CFM round 21”dia

253 CFM round 18”dia

Storage

Mens Locker room

Café

Kitchen

Womens

346 CFM 173 CFM 519 CFM 692 CFM round 8”dia round 10”dia round 12”dia round 13”dia

Mechanical Mechanical Room (below)

Chemical Storage

Lifeguard Office

Steam Room

Sauna

Mechanical RoomMechanical (below)

Staff Room

865 CFM round 14”dia

2520 CFM round 20”dia 2370 CFM round 20”dia

2220 CFM round 19”dia

Storage 3030 CFM round 22”dia

1776 CFM round 18”dia

3030 CFM round 22”dia 1332 CFM round 16”dia

2670 CFM round 20”dia

Mech. 2664 CFM round 20”dia

2664 CFM round 20”dia

2220 CFM round 19”dia

2220 CFM round 19”dia

1776 CFM round 18”dia

1776 CFM round 18”dia

1332 CFM round 16”dia

1332 CFM round 16”dia

888 CFM round 14”dia

888 CFM round 14”dia

444 CFM round 12”dia

444 CFM round 12”dia

2525 CFM

Mens round 20”dia Locker room

2525 CFM round 20”dia

return air (below seating) 2020 CFM round 19”dia

Café

Kitchen

return air (below seating)

2020 CFM round 19”dia

888 CFM round 14”dia

444 CFM round 12”dia

1515 CFM round 18”dia

1515 CFM round 18”dia

1010 CFM round 16”dia 1010 CFM round 16”dia

+4.0ft FFL

Restroom

Womens Locker room

505 CFM round 14”dia

505 CFM Restroom round 14”dia

Entrance lobby

Loading/storage

Seating

Fitness area

Restrooms

Lobby

Locker rooms

Competition Pool

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Restaurant

HVAC diagrams


south elevation

section b-b


section c-c

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steel panel in frame steel supports vapor retarder rigid insulation corugted steel steel panel tube steel truss

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prefabricated insulated metal panel with vapor retarder mounting clip horizontal steel tube vertical primary tube steel

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wood flooring concrete slab corrugated steel open-web steel joist suspended ceiling panels

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gypsum board light gage steel construction between tube steel supporting columns


22 SECTION

south elevation

In this hybrid investigation of a built precedent, I analyzed the most elemental design concepts behind Mathias Klotz’ Ponce House in Argentina and conveyed them through the construction of an informative section model.

September 2009 | Robert Gay | 2 weeks

primary geometries

elemental parti


24 ADAPTIVE REUSE

In an exploration of sustainable re-use and preservation, I was faced with the task of converting a mid-century modern utility plant at St. Ewards University in Austin into a lively student center. My concept for the adaptation and new addition focused on preserving the original desgin intent behind the trabeated structure and mimicking it in a respectful and rational way. Externally, my design maintained much of the existing structure and shell and took advantage of the dramatic elevation change that occurs between the front and rear of the site. The resulting design maintains and unassuming front towards the university and an open public face towards an existing watershed pond at the rear of the site. On the interior, a series of descending platforms create a simultaneous feeling of growing openess in a series of intimate spaces.

Fall 2011 | William Stern & David Bucek | 14 weeks


north elevation

south elevation

section a-a


front elevation

rear elevation

section b-b

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section c-c


c-c

b-b

a-a


Top plan

Top demolition plan

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Lower plan

Lower demolition plan


30 CUBE

As an introduction to digital means of knowledge creation, this semester- long project explored the division and workstruction. The design process involved the use of programs such as autocad, rhinoceros, revit, and adobe illustrator. The use of production documents and of laser cutting resulted in an original cube model. Working in an opposite direction, the addition of materials to the cube were investigated and rendered digitally after being modeled physically.

Fall 2009 | Marla Smith | 12 weeks


32 HAND DRAWINGS


34 URBAN HOUSING

The design sequence of an urban studio culminated with the aggregation of a typical apartment unit to create a building. Aggregating these units, which contained namic tessellation that created staggering buildings. This staggering presented opportunites for equal views to every unit, and provided a self-shading facade in which an apartment unit is shaded by the unit above it. Ultimately, other aspects such as circulation and site placement respond to this tesellation which helps to create a hierarchy of spaces for different social and communal activities.

May 2010 | Elizabeth Alford | 8 weeks


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typical unit


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circulation


DIAKONISSESTIFTELSEN REDEVELOPMENT

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When I began my internship, this project for a redevelopment of the Danish Deaconess Foundation was in its second phase. It was in the city of Aarhus. Initially my tasks included producing and documenting physical models of the proposed ideas from both of-

background pictures for photshopping by reperspective. Later, I helped with some of the by populating them with people and trees. I

Frederiksberg, DK | Collaboration with Cubo Architects | 4 weeks


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Scheme 1

Scheme 2

Scheme 3

Scheme 4


44 VALBY RECYCLING PLAZA

PUBLIC AMPHITHEATRE

SCULPTURE GARDEN

RECYCLED LANDSCAPE

The amphitheatre ring is highly visible and easily accessed. The reycling facilities create a neighborhood icon and a space for special events, local gatherings, and everyday life.

The outdoor space shaped by the pavillions frames an active urban area. The recycling center becomes a sculputre garden with paths that wind through the square. The central pavil-

An urban landscape drapes over the waste facilities, creating a park-like space for play and stay for the neighborhood. The surface is shaped by the various height and size requirements of the different elements.

an information spot and rentable for neighborhood functions.

In an attempt to promote recycling in the district of Valby, leaders from the community were interested in creating a competition to convert an empty plaza into a community recyling center. They enlisted the help of JaJa and asked us to develop a series of typologies that could be presented to moted recycling by integrating the functions into active communal spaces. I personally developed the ‘ampitheater’ solution and helped with the ‘pavillion’ solution. The development process included concept diagrams for all three schemes, as well as the large axonometric for each scheme. I also presented, I made revisions to the axonometrics and renderings.

Copenhagen, DK | Pre-competition proposal | 6 weeks


Small Containers

Large Containers

Signage and Information

Rainwater collectors and Planters


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AMPITHEATRE

SEPARATE PAVILLIONS

MULTI FUNCTIONAL SURFACE


Small Containers

Large Containers

Signage and Information

Ampitheater Seating


Exisiting

Plinth + Two Towers

Parking + Food Court

Shopping

Green Valley

Stockholm was a commission we shared with AI Architects. During development I worked closely with AI’s partners to develop a building form that a relatively small and constricted site. The client also wanted the design to be constructed in two velopment, I tested numerous options in physical and digital models for the building form and fa-

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for diagrams and helped to create the renderings.

Stockholm, SE | Collaboration with AI Architects | 5 weeks Form studies


Facade studies


50 LETHALLER SPORTS HALL

of a sports hall type that could be easily and cheaply built in municipipalities throughout Denmark. Challenges included creating an environmentally responsive low-tech structure that protected users from heat gain, wind, and condensation, all within a modest budget of 5 million kroner (800k USD). During development I researched and tested standard long span structures, and worked closely with our structural engineer to determine rough sizing dimensions. I also tested and modeled options for the secondary structure and cladding, as well as detailed the perimeter gate frames and rollers. For

diagrams, and built and photographed the physical model.

Frame Construction

Polycarbonate Cladding

Perimeter Gates

Sports Fields

Enclosed Fields

Fields + Landscape

Denmark | Collaboration with AI Architects and Vision + Consultants | 5 weeks


Perimeter gate detail

Cladding detail

Form iterations


52 JAJA LAMP

Initially proposed as an idea for the recycling plaza, an auxetic contraption was re-imagined as a lamp whose dynamic movement could be used as a means of actively controlling light. The task of developing this idea into something that could potentially be marketed became an independent project that I would work on during my down time at the ofthe lamp including the materials, light source, lamp type (hanging, table, or wall-mounted), and dimensions. I researched and developed a joint system that could be subtle and sleek and created numerous working protoypes. These included one with a working light function in which internal magnets controlled the electical circuit.

Product development | 5 weeks


Hinge 1

Hinge 2

Hinge 3

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Hinge 4


Prototype with wireframe construction

Prototype with working light function


Contact

Education

address | 6805 Wood Hollow Dr #218 Austin, TX 78731 telephone | (512) 903-2239 e-mail | j.valdez1090@gmail.com

may 2013 major additional coursework cumulative gpa

| University of Texas at Austin | Bachelor of Architecture | | 3.6

Relevant Coursework

56 JESUS A. VALDEZ

Spring 2013 | Intelligent Building Skins -exploration of the functional, assembly, and detailing criteria that are considered when developing concepts for the building envelope -synthesized knowledge through the redesign of a fully glazed high rise to address contemporary requirements of improved comfort and energy consumption -delivery involved climate analysis, systems integration, and material and construction detailing.

Fall 2011 | Adaptive Reuse Studio -adapted a mid-century modern utilitarian building for use as a student center attachment of new construction to existing historical architecture -produced as-built drawings for the building including measuring and drafting existing spaces

Spring 2013

Fall 2011

| Community and Regional Planning -exploration of concepts, topics, and debates in contemporary planning practice -introduced to tools and techniques needed to engage citiezens in public planning and design processes -policy paper | made recommendations to City Council on transportation issues, focusing on social solutions rather than infrastructural ones

| Legal Environment of Business -business law course focused on laws that commonly impact companies and organizations -business ethics component required analysis of divisive scenarios in weekly journal

Activities 2012-2013 | UT AIAS member 2010-2013 | UTSOA Mentorship Program mentor 2008-2013 | Terry Scholar Student Association member


Experience jan 2012- july 2012 | Jaja Architects design assistant Copenhagen, Denmark -assited in schematic design phases for commissions and competitions -produced presentation physical models and photographs -produced presentation diagrams and renderings -built shematic physical and digital models for presentation of design concepts to project team -assisted in development of marketing and website material -provided preliminary research of materials, processes, and program -developed dynamic lamp design and built several working prototypes

mar 2007- aug 2009 | Carrabba’s Italian Grill server and trainer Houston, Texas -waited on patrons, prepared shift assignments, and assured quality control -trained new teams members in all areas of the service sequence

sept 2006- may 2008 | Cypress Fairbanks ISD student tutor Houston, Texas -worked closely with at-risk students to reinforce essential knowledge and skills

-developed weekly lesson plans and activities while maintaining a limited program budget

Skills autocad rhinoceros sketchup photoshop illustrator indesign word excel vray model making technical drafting spanish language

Honors august 2008 | Terry foundation scholarship recipient april 2008 | National Hispanic scholar four-year scholarship awarded based on academic merit fall 2009 | University Honors spring 2010 distinction granted to students with high semester grades fall 2010 spring 2011 fall 2013

| familiar | revit 3ds max grasshopper gis french language


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