ARCHITECTURE | WOODWORK
05 GATHERING SPACES VETERAN’S WELLNESS CENTER INTERACTING SPACES ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL DEFERRING BELOW GROUND VISITOR’S CENTER ‘CUBE’ KIOSK BESTAAR KOMMODEN PUBLIC RESTROOM
COMMUNITY 29TH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER
45 FLOATING TOP TABLE SLOT BED CHAIR NO. 2 DESERT LIGHT PRARIE LIGHT
Following an intensive ‘first’ career in the community development field, I made a dramatic shift to pursue a career in architecture and furniture making, drawing on an extensive childhood experience of custom homebuilding. I enjoy the practice and process of formulating a design concept and pursuing it through organization to details. I am looking forward to bringing my diverse experience to bear on a position that is challenging and offers the opportunity for me to expand my skills and knowledge.
M. ARCHITECTURE, MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY BALTIMORE, MD; MAY 2017 3.98 GPA B.A. PSYCHOLOGY, GOUCHER COLLEGE BALTIMORE, MD; MAY 2008 3.25 GPA
SKILLS o AutoDesk Revit o AutoDesk AutoCAD o Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) o SketchUp o Rhino 5 o Microsoft Office Suite (Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
COMPETITION & AWARDS FUTURE ARCHITECTS RESOURCES SCHOLARSHIP HONORABLE MENTION, AIA BALTIMORE PROJECT: INTERACTING SPACES, DESIGN STUDIO IV SEPTEMBER 2016 RESILIENT ROWHOUSE COMPETITION, AIA BALTIMORE ZIGER/SNEAD, BALTIMORE, MD JUNE 2015 - SEPTEMBER 2015 MAKER WEEK INSTAGRAM COMPETITION – WINNER SURFACE THEORY, INC. JULY 2015
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE DESIGNER JRS ARCHITECTS, BALTIMORE, MD JANUARY 2016 – PRESENT o Field surveys and verifications o Client test fits o Product and program research o SketchUp modeling o Schematic and Construction drawings o Maryland Historical Trust applications and documentation
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAMS GREATER HOMEWOOD COMMUNITY CORP., BALTIMORE, MD AUGUST 2011 - JUNE 2013 o Led creation of 29th Street Community Center from former Baltimore City Recreation Center – developed strategic business plan, advocated to and negotiated with city agencies, developed strategic institutional and community partnerships, coordinated PR process o Supervised and evaluated staff, developed job descriptions, facilitated hiring process o Served as representative of organization in identifying, developing and maintaining partnerships with outside organizations and anchor institutions o Managed implementation of departmental strategic planning process and assisted with monitoring and evaluating yearly progress
FURNITURE MAKER /OWNER THE MINDFUL CARPENTER, BALTIMORE, MD JANUARY 2014 - PRESENT o Design and build furniture, casework o Market business and work
CABINETMAKER CHARLOTTESVILLE WOODWORKS, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA AUGUST 2013 - AUGUST 2014 o Custom casework fabrication o Brush finishing o Installation
HOMEBUILDER FAMILY BUSINESS, KEENE, NH MAY 1996 - AUGUST 2005 o Rough Framing o Roofing o Wood and fiber cement siding o Drywall o Interior trim and finish carpentry
OTHER EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR, FRESHCRATE PROGRAM LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND, BALTIMORE, MD MARCH 2015 – JANUARY 2016 o Research and develop fresh-food access program o Survey and solicit participation from corner stores along York Road corridor o Develop and disseminate marketing materials o Track progress of project, assess outcomes and perform grant maintenance
PROGRAM ASSISTANT/ORGANIZER GREATER HOMEWOOD COMMUNITY CORPORATION, BALTIMORE, MD AUGUST 2009 - AUGUST 2011 o Organized annual neighborhood Institute training event o Assisted with and facilitated community process for school and community issues o Revised and implemented block captain curriculum and trainings o Tracked progress and data for Community Support for Schools grant program across seven schools o Coordinated marketing efforts of Great Schools Charles Village initiative o Managed, guided policy, maintained, and trained staff on organizational database use
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS COORDINATOR/AMERICORPS*VISTA GREATER HOMEWOOD COMMUNITY CORPORATION, BALTIMORE, MD AUGUST 2008 - AUGUST 2009 o Developed and maintained partnerships between community institutions, neighborhoods and Dallas Nicholas Elmentary school o Served as liaison to communities of Greenmount West, Barclay, Old Goucher and Charles North o Coordinated events small and large events o Developed initial partnership between Greater Homewood Community Corporation and Baltimore City Schools’ Success Academy
INTERIOR ATRIUM AND GREAT ROOM - RENDERED SECTION
GATHERING SPACES VETERAN’S WELLNESS CENTER BALTIMORE, MD DESIGN STUDIO V, FA 2016 PROF. NICK TOMASZEWSKI
CREATE GATHERING SPACES DYNAMIZE CIRCULATION
This project was driven by a desire for true accessibility, rather than a ‘separate but equal’ approach. Further, the design sought to create gathering spaces, formal and informal, based on research that indicated rebuilding a social network was one of the most effective and important coping mechanisms for veterans returning to civilian life. The central circulation space houses a ramp, conveying users deep into spaces on the levels tiered above. At its folds are informal gathering spaces, while its edges jump up to support the roof structure above and divide the atrium into larger, open spaces and cozier, closed spaces.
HOWARD STREET W. 23RD STREET
PLAN - LEVEL 2
REFINING THE RAMP
PLAN - L2
PLAN - L3 PLAN - LEVEL 3
PLAN - L2
W. 23RD STREET
PLAN - LEVEL 2
PLAN - L1 PLAN - GROUND LEVEL
W. 23RD STREET
REFINING IN THE VERTICAL DIMENSION SECTION A-A’ SCALE: 1/4” = 1’
JOHN BERNET STUDIO V FALL’ 16
SECTION A-A’ SCALE: 1/4” = 1’
SECTION A-A’ - GATHERING SPACES
FRAMES ACROSS THE SPACE
SECTION B-B’- MOVEMENT ALONG THE RAMP SCALE: 1/4” = 1’
EDGES GUIDING AND REACTING
SECTION C-C’ SCALE: 1/4” = 1’
SECTION C-C’- MOVEMENT ALONG THE RAMP
EDGES GUIDING AND REACTING
OPEN & AIRY - CIRCULATION AS GATHERING
CLOSE & COZY - GATHERING OFF CIRCULATION
FRAMES TO GREAT ROOM
ANNEX TO THE MSU CENTER FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE STUDIES BALTIMORE, MD DESIGN STUDIO IV, 2016 PROF. SANJIT ROY CIRCULATION
ARRANGED AROUND PATH
RELATED TO EXISTING BUILDING
FACILITATE ‘LEARNING’ INTERACTION
The design creates spaces for interaction on the exterior using built volumes to define courtyards along a strong pathway. As an annex to an existing architecture building, it is organized around an analysis of ‘learning’ simply as the interaction between one who possesses knowledge and one who seeks it. The program was then divided into four discrete pieces: faculty, student, public and ‘learning’ spaces. ‘Learning’ spaces, (studios, classrooms, jury rooms) as the primary function of the building, anchor the organization at the corner and occupy a sizable volume of glass rising above the remaining building. Hanging off of this anchor are wings for faculty and students arranged around a primary pathway to create a series of gathering spaces, relating the pieces to each other and the existing architecutre.
FINAL MODEL - FROM SOUTH
FINAL MODEL - FROM NORTH
DEFERRING BELOW GROUND SHOT TOWER VISITOR’S CENTER, BALTIMORE, MD DESIGN STUDIO III, FA 2015 PROF. JEREMY KARGON
REFERENCE & DEFERENCE
PROCESSION BELOW GROUND
EXIT ORIENATION TO NEIGHBORHOOD
Striving to both refer and defer to the architectural strength of the Shot Tower, the base diameter serves as a guide for creating the center of an underground visitor’s center – giving users an occupiable understanding of the monument’s scale while not competing with it and preserving open space on the site. This central geometry organizes the program of the building and guides users in a processional path two levels below ground where they traverse to an elevator beneath the Shot Tower to experience its full height. Upon returning below ground, the procession deposits visitors into the neighborhood, reminding them that this monument serves as an anchor to a host of other cultural amenities nearby.
UNDERGROUND - PRESERVING PUBLIC SPACE
PATHWAYS THROUGH - SITE CIRCULATION
PROCESSION THROUGH SHOT TOWER - BUILDING CIRCULATION
SECTION - VISITORâ€™S CENTER & SHOT TOWER
SITE PLAN - L0
PLAN - B1
PLAN - B2
‘CUBE’ LAKEFRONT KIOSK, CHICAGO, IL DESIGN STUDIO II, SP 2015 PROF. FRED SCHARMEN
UNPACKS TO MAKE PLACE
REPACKS TO SECURE SPACE
Guided by the requirements of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial: Lakefront Kiosk Competition, this project explored the concept of ‘transaction’ as a 10 - foot cube. It unbacks into the components of the transaction: public and service spaces, making place in the process. At the end of the day the cube is repacked and the transactional elements are again locked together as a secure and closed form.
‘DYNAMISM’ AND SIMPLICITY
FIRST ‘CUBE’ - MODEL, PLAN & SECTION
SECOND ‘CUBE’- MODEL, PLAN & SECTION
FINAL ‘CUBE’ - PLAN, SECTION, & LATCHING MECHANISM
FINAL ‘CUBE’ - MODEL: CLOSED, AND OPEN FOR BUSINESS
BESTAAR KOMMODEN - FINAL MODEL
BESTAAR KOMMODEN PLAN TRANSFORMATION DESIGN STUDIO III, FA 15 PROF. JEREMY KARGON
TRANSFORMED TO SECTION
This project developed by viewing the below plan (given) as driver of both a new plan and section. Using a strong vertical axis on the west end of the original drawing as a rotation point, the east portion swung up to create a tower in section, while the remaining portion drove a series of planes that form spaces on the ground.
WATER ABOVE FOR TOILET BELOW
The resulting building is envisioned as a public bathroom, with rainwater collected at itâ€™s top and transferred to restroom facilities in the basement.
SKETCHING TO REFINE THE TRANSFORMATION
PLAN - L0
PLAN - B1
WORMâ€™S EYE - AXONOMETRIC
PHOTO CREDIT: ALGERINA PERNA, BALTIMORE SUN
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2008-2013
Following graduation from Goucher College, I worked for the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, a community development non-profit in Baltimore, MD. I was hired as an Americorps*VISTA , and following my 1-year term was hired as full time staff, growing through the department in following four years. I worked on a number of projects of which I am proud. I have included the most intensive , impactful and successful one here.
29TH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER BARCLAY RECREATION CENTER TO BECOME COMMUNITY HUB BALTIMORE SUN, 12 AUGUST 2012 VOLUNTEERS WORK TO REOPEN SHUTTERED BARCLAY REC BALTIMORE SUN, 17 FEBRUARY 2013 CITYâ€™S OLD BARCLAY REC CENTER TO REOPEN AS PRIVATELY RUN COMMUNITY CENTER BALTIMORE MESSENGER, 14 MAY 2013
LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
NEGOTIATION & COMMUNICATION
While working at the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, I lead the creation the 29th Street Community Center, based on the premise that vibrant urban neighborhoods, strong communities, and strong schools are codependent. I led a team that developed institutional and community partnerships, created strategic and business plans, advocated to and negotiated with Baltimore City Schools and Baltimore Department Recreation and Parks, and worked with local elected officials to transition the former Barclay Recreation Center into a vibrant and active community space serving the needs of three neighborhoods and their public school. Our innovative model leveraged the resources and desire for programming of more affluent residents to support programming available to all community members. The center is not only an asset to residents but actively promotes a healthier, stronger community by serving a diverse group of individuals. Further, as it is physically attached to the neighborhood public school, it introduces families with young children to the school environment in a more holistic manner, slowly breaking down some of the unfounded stereotypes surrounding so many Baltimore City public schools and giving those with schooling options the information needed to more seriously and honestly consider their neighborhood school.
CUSTOM WOODWORK, 2014-2016 DESIGN & FABRICATE Rooted in a childhood building custom homes alongside my father, I developed an interest in and subsequent passion for fine woodworking and furniture making a few years prior to undertaking my architectural education. The selected projects that follow were all designed and built by my two hands, prior to any formal design education.
FLOATING TOP TABLE WALNUT, 2014
Designed in response to a client’s appreciation of ‘mid-century Modern’ aesthetic. Recessed support of the top gives the appearance of floating, yielding a light and graceful result.
CHAIR NO. 2 RED OAK, 2015
An exploration of stability and integration in a side chair, this is the second iteration of a product that will continue to be refined in the future.
WALNUT, 2015 Given little constraint at the outset of this project, the direction to “design what you want” yielded little result until a discussion about solidity and asymmetry provided boundaries within which to work. The finished product is a nod to ‘monumentality’ outlined by Louis Kahn as the quality inherent in a work which conveys the feeling of its eternity and permanence.
CHERRY AND ASH, 2014 Inspired by the simplicity of a Modernist aesthetic, this lamp and shade are a study on balance and geometry, light and shadow, as well as the practical challenge of incorporating mechanical systems (wiring) into a designed object.
HEMLOCK & MASON JARS, 2014 Drawing on some of the formal qualities of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style, this pendant light has a strong, linear design that balances it’s vertical scale and corresponds to the traditional rectangular dining table. These defining elements serve a further practical purpose: shielding the filament from direct sight of those in the room while allowing light to cast to the table below and the upper corners of the room, serving as a base for removable ‘globes,’ and concealing wiring.
SHIELDING THE FILAMENT FROM VIEW