University of Texas School of Architecture May 2007
Zilker Park Clubhouse Ernesto Cragnolino Spring 2005 The objective of this studio was to design a new building that would replace the existing Zilker Clubhouse in Austin. The program of the new building replicates that of the current facility, serving primarily as a rental venue for parties and events. The daylighting of my design allows for panoramic views of downtown and provides a quality of light in the party space that encourages occupation by giving it a sense of intrigue. The clerestory allows a beam of light to enter the party space during the afternoon while restricting it during the evening. This light is then balanced with the light screen, allowing light to come in from both directions. The clubhouse is placed at the end of the site to allow the building to nestle itself in the hill, blocking part of the western sun from the party space. The secondary spaces wrap around the west side of the party space, acting as thermal buffers.
Studio Italy Smilja Milovanovic Fall 2005 This past fall I had the wonderful opportunity to study in Italy for the entire semester. Studying in Italy made me realize the vast history behind civic buildings and their significance in the broader context of the city. Our design studio focused on a particular building in a historic civic area on top of the medieval town of Castiglion Fiorentino. This building was built during Fascist times in Italy and blocked the view to the old palace without any concern or respect for it. My proposal was to reestablish the view to the palace from the loggia below by replacing the taller building with a smaller one that contained public meeting rooms and offices for city officials. In my design, I used two different languages of building: heavy local stone to house secondary functions and modern glass systems to house the meeting rooms, which looked out onto the piazza below.
Re-mapping Houston Richard Swallow Spring 2004 This studio involved re-mapping Midtown Houston, an area between downtown and the museum district. After taking a trip to Houston to get a first-hand look at the new Light Rail system, we examined a 10 x 10 block area along the Main Street Train Corridor. The area was eclectic, but underused and underdeveloped. One of the main focuses of our re-mapping proposal was to create a “midtown landmark” that would draw attention to the area as it’s being revitalized. We each selected one block and designed a mixed-use space that combined rentable and flexible retail, entertainment, offices, apartments, and parking totaling 700,000 sq. ft. In addition to the functional uses, I wanted the site to be a symbol of the area. To achieve this goal, I created a public space with retail and landscape that weaves through the site, drawing people in and creating a sense of place.
Austin Fire Station Michael Garrison Spring 2006 The hypothetical redesign and relocation of the downtown fire station in Austin was an opportunity to energize the community and impart a sense of civic pride. Working closely with the Fire Marshal and Fire Chief of a nearby station, we addressed and incorporated the needs of the firefighters into the design. We also considered the urban context of Austin by studying the flow of traffic around the proposed block and by studying the aerial view of the city. In order to make this proposal financially realistic, rentable office, condo, and retail space was integrated into the design. The final design allowed construction to be done in phases, had allowances for expansion to accommodate downtown growth, added outdoor space for the firefighters, included multi-use teaching facilities for both the firefighters and the public, and projected a sense of civic pride with skylights and glass facades that served as beacons in the night and energy storage during the day.
Training/Community Area Reception Office Office Conference Restroom Mechanical Storage
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Apparatus Bay Turnout Lockers Response Air Tank Storage Tool Room Decontamination Clean-up Restroom
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Day Room Study Media Exercise Laundry Library Kitchen Dining
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Retail Cistern Lobby Bike Rack
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HKS ARCHITECTS, INC. Internship Summer/Fall 2006 While working in the production area of HKS Architects, Inc, I had the opportunity to work with a 4-person team on a 5-story condo in Beverly Hills all the way through construction documents. First, I was asked to render plans and elevations and update a 3D model with the current material selections and landscaping. After creating the renderings and updating the model, I organized the work into a booklet and presentation boards for a design review held by the City. The majority of my time was spent going through the construction document phase. I created the coversheet for the drawing set, the sheet index, and all of the sheet files in the set. I drafted all 7 stair sections and adjusted the building section to try to maximize the 55 foot height limit in the area. A great amount of time was spent editing the floor plans and also setting up drawings such as window type sheets, RCPâ€™s, slab plans, and interior elevations. Finally, I received the task to redesign a few of the units. Changes to the floor plans caused some of the units to require a second means of egress. There was also a need for redesign when the owner decided to use heat pumps in the units so space was created for closets to house the pumps. Lastly, I redesigned the RCPâ€™s on the fifth floor in order to take into account the clerestories that rise out of the living areas of each condo unit.
The University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Architecture, May 2007 Study Abroad – Italy Design Excellence Award Dallas Construction Science Institute Scholarship
Fall 2005 Spring 2004, 2006 Spring 2006
HKS Architects, Inc.
Beverly Hills, California Intern Architect June-December 2006 Began and completed construction documents for a five-story condo Created presentation boards and rendered elevations for design review Redesigned stairs, floor plans, and clerestory openings in condos
Richardson, Texas Intern Architect June-August 2005 Prepared layouts, site plans and master plans in Photoshop Constructed models using basswood, chipboard and foam Created drawings using AutoCAD and Microstation
Fort Worth, Texas Construction Apprentice June-August 2003 Residential demolition and foundation repair Surveyed backyard and created drainage map Assisted in framing addition to the home
2810 Salado #101 Austin, TX 78705
Crowley School District
Crowley, Texas Third Grade Reading Tutor June-July 2004 • Helped third grade students with reading comprehension • Taught students necessary test-taking skills • Individually tutored students with special needs
Austin Public Libraries
Austin, Texas Volunteer Math Tutor January-December 2004 • Taught students math concepts and applications • Mentored students as they progressed Habitat for Humanity
Austin, Texas Volunteer Builder January-May 2004 • Helped frame the structure and finish the exterior • Prepared for landscaping and future walkways CAD Software:
AutoCAD 2006, Microstation V8
3D Modeling Software:
Form*Z, Autodesk Viz 2005, 3D Studio Max
Adobe Creative Suite 2:
Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point