Jianning J Zhong Z AArchitecture Portfolio
Jianning Zhong Education
Master of Architecture, 2017
Architecture and Urban Design University of California Los Angeles, LA CA
B.S of Architecture, 2014
Knowlton School of Architecture The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
System Developer at Proto Homes, LA, US
Summer 2016-Winter 2017
Proto Homes is a housebuilding industry, which innovates a new approach and methodology for housing design and construction by defining house space to be hyperspace and core. As a system developer, I was developing building system standards,also designing and researching construction details.
Internship at Gensler, LA, US
Gensler summer internship, Studio Work 3
Internship at Venice Biennale U.S Pavilion, Venice, Italy
January to June 2014
Assisted Professor Ashley Schafer (OFFICEUS) for the early research, interior exhibition and final stage installation in the U.S Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.
Internship at Davidclovers, Hong Kong
David Erdman and Clover Lee. Established in LA, California, 2007. In 2009 davidclovers relocated to Hong Kong where they have completed nine projects.
Internship at SYC , Shanghai, China
S.Y.C, an internationalized engineering corporation, aiming to become an unique engineering and construction corporation.
Highly Proficient in: Rhino, Auto Revit, Maya, Sketch up, Auto CAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Digital Fabrication Tools, Microsoft Office Skilled in: Grasshopper for Rhino, 3dx Max
Chinese Mandarin, First Language English, Proficient
Forms of seduction
UCLA A.UD Workshop led by Florian Idenburg with Ana Prvacki (www.so-il.org) Worked in small groups to produce scale models of interiors and then to curate and arrange the contents of the rooms.
Work on Work Exhibition Projective Histories of Los Angeles as Workplace It is co-organized by Gensler and UCLA cityLAB at A+D Museum in Downtown, LA.
2014 Acadia Conference Exhibition
Assisted with installation and fabrication.
KSA Herman Hertzberger Exhibition
Assisted Professor José Oubrerie for exhibition’s research, installation and fabrication.
Possible Mediums Conference
Depth & The Optical Vector Workshop with Michael Young
Participated in joint symosium between Ohio State Univeristy, University of Michigan and University of Kentucky at KSA. Participated in 1 out of 12 workshops, led by Michael Young
Contribution to the Knowlton Hall Gallery Show
Fall 2012-Spring 2013
Assisted with installation and fabrication.
It was selected as part of AUD Year-End Rumble Gallery Show, also for ARCHINECT article “At UCLA's Year-End Reviews, a Diversity of Impressive Student Work Makes for a Loud 'Rumble'”
It was selected as part of AUD Year-End Rumble Gallery Show.
Finalist, AIA Ohio’s design charette (KSA)
A competition of designing a retreat center on the edge of the University of Cincinnati campus, sponsored by AIA Ohio. Five finalists with one first prize were selected from KSA to submit works to a state competition.
It was selected as part of the summer student work show, and it was on display for a year on Knowlton Hall hallway. In December 2013, it was placed at a mini-exhibition of fabrication at the Center for Architecture and Design, downtown Columbus.
Classical Project Analysis- Falling Water
It was chosen for Architecture Building Gallery Show
FAIA, Iterim Chair and Professor at UCLA
FAIA, Professor and Section Head at The Ohio State University
Garden Carpio Office Manager at Proto Homes, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Works 01 - 76
Aperiodic City Research Studio - Santa Monica Airport Re-development 2016 - 2017 Instructor: Neil Denari
Life in a Cake Collective of mix-uses along Venice Blvd, between Fairfax Ave to La Brea Ave Winter 2017
Rhythm, Barcode, and Visual Performance Steel House Studies Winter 2016
Expansion and Narrowness Architecture as urban landscape Fall 2015
Transformative Performances Expicit life on, along and between a layered, unitized lightweight curtain wall. Spring 2015
Workshops and Internships 77 - 96
Internship at Davidclovers The Repulse Bay residential complex, Hong Kong Summer 2013
Internship at Venice Biennale, US Pavilion OFFICEUS US Pavilion, 14th international architecture exhibition LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA Spring 2014
Internship at Gensler - Floating Parklets Gensler Los Angeles research project in partnership with LADOT Summer 2015
MRI - Possible Mediums Conference Depth& The Optical Vector Workshop Workshop Leader: Michael Young Spring 2013
Aperiodic City Research Studio - Santa Monica Airport Re-development, which contains: Part 1: Catalog Housing - Invisible Density for Santa Monica, partner with Haoyuan Tan Part 2: Moving Moment - Air-supported Temporary Building 2016 - 2017 Instructor: Neil Denari Just like Aldo Van Eyck said in the “steps toward a configurative discipline” “a house must be like a small city if it’s to be a real house, a city like a large house if it’s to be a real city.”, We are trying to create a community of both a home for the different types of families, as well as the plan of the small city. The grid system we choose is the deformed Penrose grid. It includes three types of diamonds with different degrees. Different from the traditional Penrose grid, It creates an asymmetry and a non-center oriented grid system. It also generates a system with both simple and complex, will furthermore always be both part and whole and embrace both unity and diversity. We tried to investigate the sense of different types of spaces in multitude ways, and practice the ability to horizontally interact in a urban texture. For the purpose of hiding all the building complex from their neighbors, and letting them visually not accessible, few different types of camouflage are applied along the boundaries of the site. Strategy operationally, the whole site was arranged as a series of catalogs, different building complex with different formal language, system and texture; different exterior spaces with different programs and iconic graphic elements painted on the ground. Even though all the building complex and exterior spaces are arranged and designed as a series of catalogs, there is no clear separation between one area to another, everything is blended together, lots of complementary spaces, in order to keep the possibility of having different types of spaces and build relationships between different building complex and communities. The goal is to not only activate horizontally across the site, encouraging direct interaction between the inhabitants and their immediate environment, connecting from West to the East; but also allowing local residents to engage the form of architecture. At the premise of having various types of spaces in the master plan design, the choice of my site focuses on the exploration of exterior spaces with different typologies. The difference between enclosed private courtyard and open public plaza are minimized and blurred by connecting them together, which is achieved by this arch-shaped pavilion with air-supported building envelope. The pavilion itself is formed by a perfect geometry of a semi-circle and a trapezoid, runs across existing building complex without interrupting them. Big stairs and top mezzanine are placed by following the shape of the trapezoid. A row of pillows that touch the ground, are tilted up and supported by steel columns, in order to create entrances from both plazas. Exterior pillow skin has rectangular grids, with relatively planar surfaces; interior pillows are triangular shape, which have more curvature. Instead of only being an building skin, how to let the air-supported pillow skin get engaged with interior activities, at the same time, let the skin itself interacts with inhabitant, further more influences human experiences and control the interior circulation. Exterior side of the skin matches other Coachella installations those are placed in our master plan site, which is a yellow-to-gold tone air-supported material. And talking about the interior, triangular pillows combine with gradient rainbow color to create a dramatic visual expression. In order to have different experience and visual impact at different spots, the LED lighting and skin texture change in a gradient way. The gradient rainbow color works with human movements and experiences at the inside of the pavilion. This pavilion represents a complete reconceptualization of the function and formal idea. Instead of being an arch-formed building with programs at the inside; this pavilion is about experiencing the building itself.
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Life in a Cake The Residual Figure: Infill-as-Object Winter 2017 Instructor: Roger Sherman This studio proposes to challenge and reconcile the false choice between the uncompromised singularity of the architectural figure and the pure background status of what Colin Rowe termed (urban) texture. By having an idea of letting my site disappear from the plan view, volumes with the geometry of single family houses was placed all over the site, which creates a camouflage from top. My site is blended into the surrounding building context. The figure of the building echoes either strata or fruit short cake. Single family houses becomes the fruits embedded in, floor slabs are remained by overlaying sponge and crĂ¨me layers of a cake. Programs such as mobility hub, dwellings, co-working spaces, offices and shops are arranged by layers regularly; cafes, restaurants and recreation spaces are distributed in house volumes randomly.
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Rhythm, Barcode, and Visual Performance Steel House Studies Winter 2016 Instructor: Narineh Mirzaeian This studio aims to explore and discipline the tension between the concept of the paradigm and the personal, through rigorous exercises, clear methodologies, and an acute understanding of the properties and possibilities of steel. This project has total amount of 3000 sqf, focuses on architectural culture and the material life of a house. The program is a combination of a single-family housing and a gallery space with Robert Irwin's acrylic column collection. By exploring the displacement relationship of both structural components- steel tube columns, and non- structural components, such as window seams, glass fins, interior studwalls, acrylic columns, etc, to produce a visual performance on the building facade.
Steel Columns on the facade
Inclined Steel Columns
Acrylic Columns Collection
Unfolded Facades with S
B 23'-0 1/2"
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C 14'-10 1/2"
TYP. Standing Seam 2x4 Steel Tube 2'x1'x1"
Steel Head Plate 1'x1'x1/4"
Steel Pipe Column 8"x15'x1/4"
Corrugated Steel Panel 1"x15'x1/8"
Plywood Sheet 15'x1 1/4"
Steel Frame 2"x6"
2x6 R-19 Insulation
L-Shaped Angle Plate
Steel Base Plate with Pipe Column Infill 1'x1'x1/4"
Concrete Footing Block 4'x4'x4'
Water Proof Layer Insulation Layer Vapour Control Layer Rockwool Panel Corrugated Aluminum Decking Steel Pipe Beam 1' OD x 1" x 24'
Steel Frames and Studs
Heating Pipe Concrete Floor Slab Vapor Barrier (Polystyrene)
Concrete Footing Block 4'x4'x23'
Expansion and Narrowness Architecture as urban landscape Fall 2015 Instructor: Andy Lantz Investigating the sense of public space in multitude ways. Learning from Golden Gai, practicing the ability to horizontally interi-ize urban use. Strategy operationally, taking the same restriction or limiting width that the Golden Gai has, evoking a new operation of lift or sink. Through the active lifting, I am allowing for the open complementary space; through the active sinking, I am allowing accessibility to the roof top. Not only activating horizontally across the site, connecting the river to the road; but also allowing people to engage the form of architecture. Not just a access or movement through the site, but also in opposite direction on overall forms of the building.
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Transformative Performances Expicit life on, along and between a layered, unitized lightweight curtain wall.(Group work with Lori Choi and Mackenzie Keith) Spring 2015 Instructor: Mohamed Sharif Following from Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s commentary on the political potential of the architectural envelope, we propose an update of the aluminum curtain wall of Mies’s Pavilion and Colonnade Apartments. As a response to large volumesof homogeneous, mass social housing, our project reinvigorates the planar curtain wall. As a surface, it does more than articulate repetitive order and composition, or embody empty symbolism, by creating within it new sectional depths and dimensions which are: First, encourage direct interactions between inhabitants and their immediate environments; second, promote a culture of ‘duties of care’- of direct maintenance and stewardship of those environments and their architectural and technological boundaries and networks by their inhabitants; third, underscore the power of passive and responsive environmental design to produce pronounced architectural profile and technologically imbued character.
1951 - Lake Shore Drive
1963 - Lafayette Towe
1956 - Commonwealth Apartments
1964 - Federal Office Buildi 1958 - Seagram Building
1958 - Pavilion Apartments, Lafayette Park
1968 - Westmount Squa
1960 - Pavilion and Colonnade Apartments
1968 - Mansion House Squa
1963 - One Charles Center
1969 - Toronto Dominion Cent
1963 - 2400 Lakeview
1973 - IBM Office Buildi
860-880 Lake Shore Drive, 1951
Commonwealth Promenade Apartments, 1956
Seagram Building, 1958
Pavilion Apartments, Lafayette Park 1958
Pavilion and Colonnade Apartments, 1960
One Charles Center, Baltimore, 1963
2400 Lakeview, Chicago, 1963
Lafayette Towers, Detroit, 1963
Federal Office Building, Chicago, 1964
Westmount Square, 1968
Mansion House Square, 1968
Toronto Dominion Centre, 1969
IBM Office Building, 1973
Pavilion and Colon
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Variations of Bays
Internship at davidclovers, Hong Kong http://www.davidclovers.com/ Summer 2013 Participate in The Repulse Bay residential project: The Repulse Bay Club Entry Design The Repulse Bay Guard House Site Measurement and Construction Drawing The Repulse Bay De Ricou Tower publication 3D modeling and diagrams
The Repulse Bay Waterscape
Tower 3 Waterscape
Di Ricou Tower feature ceilings 82.
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Adventure in 2014 Venice Biennale OFFICEUS US Pavilion, 14th international architecture exhibition LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA Spring 2014 The first headquarters of OfficeUS, located within the US Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2014, presents a global history of the architecture office while mapping aspirations for its future. A live, working office surrounded by a library of one thousand projects realized by US offices abroad between 1914 and 2014, OfficeUS situates and re-imagines the operations of US architectural firms and their global impact.
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Storefront for Art and Architecture
May 15, 19, 22, 26
Work on labels for ¨The Repository.¨ Working primarily in InDesign. Each label is used to identify each of over 800 books which will be displayed as part of the exhibit.
Practice Dinner - Second Sand and prep the Course handrails of the main entrance - one of the many necessary, tedious tasks that contribute to the exhibit as a whole.
Students manually fold covers for the repository resulting from a printing setback.
Final stage of blinds assembling
Using MakerBots to 3D print the clips for “The Repository” , the clips help the booklets standing on the shelves without falling off.
Newly arrived MakerBots sit in front of the "The Repository." The 3D printers are used by Office US during the run of the Biennale.
Work on assembling the final set of binders for "The Repository." with Associate curator Michael Kubo.
Soft Openning Day
Public Openning Day
OfficeUS Cocktail Party at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Floating Parklets Gensler Los Angeles research project in partnership with LADOT. (Group work with Pat Ceguera, Mengshi Sun and Brooks Varni) Summer 2015
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The Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Gensler worked together developing innovative approaches for Los Angeles public space. Interns helped create innovative and responsive solutions to eight identified issues. Much in line with Great Streets, the Gensler Intern Program explored designs to activate public spaces, bolster economic revitalization, increase public safety, enhance local culture, and support great neighborhoods. In our final project, our team presented strategy of floating parklets that engage pedestrians and cyclists, to scalable mobility hubs with creative bike parking solutions.
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Possible Mediums Conference Depth& The Optical Vector Workshop Workshop Leader: Michael Young Spring 2013 This workshop session deals with the differential geometry that computationally represents surfaces in a digital model. These vectors normal to a surface and tangent to a curve are the basic elements that define this space. The projects use Rhino and Grasshopper as platforms. Aesthetically, we use painting and bas-relief sculpture as leaping off points for experimentation. The discursive focus is on the history of techniques that privilege the non-geometric aspects of spatial desires, the suggestions of depth often characterized as painterly. These explorations of depth are qualitative, implying movement and duration, across as well as into the plane, created through shifts in color, texture, density, and intensity of stroke.