2021 Portfolio - John Gerard Perez

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2021 Academic, Professional, and Competition Projects

John Gerard Perez johngerardperez@gmail.com (+1) 408 439 8861


Selected Works

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February 2021

Table of Contents Modular Housing Scheme

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Timber Mid-Rise Tower

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Vietnam House Boat

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Totem Streetscape Tower

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interCHANGE Highway Cap

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St. Louis Site Model

30-33 Academic Competition Professional

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Selected Works

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Overview


February 2021

Modular Housing Scheme ARCH 302A Fall 2018 ARCH 302a uses comprehensive studies of modular design, affordable housing, and minimal living to develop a high-density residential space at the intersection between Slauson Avenue and Figueroa Street in South LA. The project incorporates ideas of mat typologies and stacking to create single and multi-family units oriented to preserve lighting and views of the city. The structure is comprised of prefabricated units attached to three podiums supported by a steel superstructure, allowing for an inexpensive and fast construction process. The porous organization of the building allows each unit to maintain a sense of individuality, whereas exterior decks circulating each floor encourage residents to make use of outdoor communal spaces. The project takes advantage of the site’s proximity to metro bus and light rail stations by eschewing a parking structure; instead, each unit includes an indented “porch” where residence can hang bicycles and other alternative methods of transportation. Ground floor amenities include public outdoor gathering areas, a coffee shop, and a bicycle rental and repair store. Programs: Rhino, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Modular Housing

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South Los Angeles: Located at the intersection between Slauson Avenue and Figueroa Street, the modular housing scheme questions LA’s historic zoning regulations that prioritize the private automobile and single-family home. The project proposes an alternative method of development where these modular schemes can be configured in empty lots as needed, with development managed by community land trusts. This development model prioritizes much needed housing while mitigating the possibility of pricing current residents out, as they have a larger say in how unused land is developed in their communities.

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Site and Development


February 2021

Section, Formal Studies, and Street View

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Units oriented around exterior circulation and shared outdoor spaces

Reprogrammable community event spaces Modular units stacked atop three platforms

Cafe, bike storage/rentals, and retail spaces.

2 Bed 1 Bath 600 Sq. Ft.

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Isometric Floors and Units

2 Bed 1 Bath 600 Sq. Ft.

1 Bed 1 Bath 300 Sq. Ft.

1 Bed 1 Bath 300 Sq. Ft.

3 Bed 2 Bath 750 Sq. Ft.

3 Bed 2 Bath 750 Sq. Ft.


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Ground Floor Plan

Typical Floor Plan

Ground and Typical Plans

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Selected Works

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Overview


February 2021

Timber Mid-Rise Tower ARCH 500a Fall 2020 ARCH 502a examines the relationship between mass timber construction, sustainable design methods, and alternative workspaces to develop a social justice incubator and community engagement center. Located in Leimert Park, a historic center for African American art, music, and culture in Los Angeles, the project leverages new public transportation developments while addressing the neighborhood’s lack of accessible open space. The timber tower focuses on human scale: non-vehicle transportation methods are emphasized and exterior spaces are maximized to promote a flexible user-driven experience. Moreover, the project aims to reduce its environmental footprint using passive and active systems such as an operable double-skin system. The eight story mid-rise tower serves as a meeting point for community events, disaster relief fundraising, policy research, and educational resources, providing social service access to Los Angeles as a whole while maintaining accessibility at a local scale. Programs: Rhino, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Timber Mid-Rise Tower

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Selected Works

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Crenshaw Blvd.: Commercial/Retail Corridor

1.1 Site

1.2 Leimert Park

1.3 Vision Theater

1.4 CA Jazz/Blues Museum

1.5 Ride-On Bike Shop

Crenshaw Blvd. and Leimert Park Village: The project site is located at 4320 S Crenshaw Blvd.within the Historic Leimert Park Village, two blocks that consist of community plazas, blues/jazz night clubs, local restaurants, and a historic theater. Like much of Los Angeles, the site lacks adequate green space and is tethered to a multi-lane boulevard that emphasizes the presence of the private automobile. The site and massing studies address these two issues while anticipating future developments as a result of the new Crenshaw Metro Line -- and aim to set a precedent by which future projects in the Village prioritize community benefits and accessibility.

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Future park or residential

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Crenshaw Metro Line

Future Crenshaw Metro Station

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1. The project’s first goal is to maintain an approachable scale, as it is located in neighborhood zoned primarily for low-rise residential and commercial buildings.

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Site Studies and Strategies

2. Crenshaw Blvd. is a huge presence in the neighborhood. The project aims to draw attention to Los Angeles’s potential for increased walkability and non-vehicle transportation.

3. Leimert Park is one of quickest developing LA neighborhoods. The project aims to maintain community accessibility in order to set a precedent combatting gentrification.


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(A) Program

(B) Natural Ventilation and Passive Heating/Cooling

1. A 45’ bar serves as a starting point to allow for cross-ventilation.

(C) Vertical Circulation

1. The second level is extended to achieve program requirements while reducing height.

(D) Outdoor Workspaces

1. Floors are shifted to create outdoor transitional terraces that become shared work spaces between each program.

Massing and Design Components

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25’ B

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25’ C

25’ D

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25’ B

25’ C

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L7

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Typical Office Schemes

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25’


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Design Strategies: Louvered perforated metal panels serve as a second skin to control sunlight depending on the time of year. Programs are organized based on public/private use, with community event rooms/galleries/bike storage located near ground level and offices/research/counseling services on upper floors. Transitional outdoor spaces create an alternative outdoor work environment where different the user groups can intermingle.

Design Strategies

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Selected Works

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Overview


February 2021

Vietnam House Boat Microhome Competition, Honorable Mention Fall 2019 While climate change and rising sea levels will affect all low-lying coastal regions across the globe, certain regions in developing countries are particularly at risk. In equator-centric coastal countries, where the annual salary is lower than five percent of the average housing cost, the issue of rising seas is especially concerning; human population and housing costs are rising at a disproportionate scale to global income and sustainable living conditions, and residents of these areas will be unable to afford new housing. A combination of affordable housing, sustainable solutions, and climate change response will undoubtedly strongly influence design strategies in the future. Thinking critically about context, form, materiality, construction, and program, this project envisions a floating “house boat” for the farmers, fishers, merchants, and other working professionals who live along the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam -- a group of people who are constantly displaced by monsoons that flood the low-lying region. Designed with the narrative of affordability and adaptability being of utmost importance, the project proposes an alternative off-grid mode of living that addresses these issues while preserving the river’s strong sense of culture and place. Programs: Rhino, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Vietnam House Boat

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C Passive Cooling/Water Collection

A Front Elevation

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Flood Risk: Present

Flood Risk: 25 Years

The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is home to 21.5 million people who utilize the river as a means of transportation, commerce, farming, and permanent residence. Worsening flooding is forcing residents to move farther inland and constantly rebuild inadequate infrastructure in order to deal with fluctuating sea levels caused by monsoons and rising sea levels.

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Context, Plan, and Section

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1 CLT timber panels 2 Plywood interior panels 3 Drying hanger 4 Rainwater collection 5 Plywood shelving 6 CLT frame structure 7 Hollow concrete base 8 Steel pontoons

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Formal Strategy: The project’s form borrows from the curves of a canoe’s hull to inform the spatial and programmatic organization of the 25 square meter home. The frame is altered to incorporate sustainability solutions such as daylighting strategies, natural ventilation, and rainwater collection.

Formal and Design Strategies

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Selected Works

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Overview


February 2021

Totem: Streetscape Tower SKYHIVE Competition, Shortlist Summer 2020 In the last few decades, the influx of high income populations in today’s cities has resulted in the redevelopment of these cities’ low income neighborhoods. Investors capitalize on low property values to create public and private spaces that cater to a more affluent population; as a result, the value of these properties inflates and long-time residents are slowly priced out, fundamentally changing the social and cultural make up of historically diverse communities. In many cities, the skyscraper functions as an engine for this type of change; in NYC, ultra-skinny condominiums, commercial towers, and high-end redevelopments often contribute to the displacement of long time residents and businesses. The Totem envisions the skyscraper as a new type of landmark designed to serve the community and promote inclusivity. Packed with public spaces, cultural and educational areas, recreational floors, and retail spaces for displaced businesses, the tower uses its verticality to extend streetscape progams and create public amenities that people of all backgrounds can use. Programs: Rhino, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Totem

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(B) Household Annual Spending: 13-40

40-80

80-120

120-160

160-200+

Landscaping and Parks

(A) Long-Time Residents (per sq. mi.) 0-32k

32k-49k

49k-59k

59k-67k

67k-113k

The “Slow Tower” -- Times Square Antithesis: The Totem is designed to function as one continuous transitional space -- a “buffer zone” where people can stop and take a breath in a city where everyone constantly has somewhere to be. We initially approached the project by relating it to Times Square: the Totem works similarly as a landmark intersection for people of all backgrounds to meet, but differs fundamentally in that it invests in quieter, low energy spaces where people are encouraged to slow down and invest in human connection. The skyscraper’s formal design revolves around its circulation, which consists of continuous ramps that vary in width depending on the level of social involvement required of each program (wider = faster, narrower = slower). Program “blocks” are then attached to the circulation and carved into based on the spatial, programmatic, and lighting needs of each floor.

General Circulation: Continuous Ramp

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Vertical Circulation: Elevator Stops

Site Context and Design Strategies

Enlarged Ramps: Social and Transitional

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100’ L55 L54 Core Cross Bracing

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L12 Community Gardens

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Outrigger Floors 3

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Outrigger Floors 2

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L4-L7 Marketplace

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1081’

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Outrigger Floors 1

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L21-L22 Public Workspaces

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Ground Level Access

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L26 Library/Learning Center

Section and Program Schemes

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(A)

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Perspective Views


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A Community

B Retail

C Farmer’s market

D Parks

E Ground level

Perspective Views

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Selected Works

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Overview


February 2021

interCHANGE: LA I-110 Highway Cap WARMING Competition, Honorable Mention Fall 2020 Communities living near highways such as the I-110 in LA face socioeconomic, environmental, and health issues caused by the impact of thousands of cards driving by everyday. interCHANGE focuses on exploring radical ways to tackle air pollution via replacing the composition of roads, overpasses, and buzzing cars with accessible green pastures for pedestrians and a highway configuration that prioritizes public transportation. The main focus is to reduce gas emissions by encouraging alternative modes of transportation outside of the private automobile, as well as responding to the historic segregation of communities via highways by reclaiming these inaccessible spaces. The latter is done by “re-stitching” DTLA’s urban fabric using a atimber grid shell structure, atop which is a public park with multifunctional spaces and energy-collection systems. Programs: Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

interCHANGE: LA I-110 Highway Cap

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Selected Works

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1. Grid-Shell

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2. Active frame

Site Strategy and Main Components

3. Transportation


February 2021

Ground Level Strategy: Today, the United States solves congested roads using supply-side solutions, adding more lanes only to end up where we started: traffic jams and unpleasant afternoons. interCHANGE reconfigures the freeway into two lanes -- one in each direction -- with metro transportation stationed in the middle and planters filling the remaining space to absorb CO2 while creating a greener, more pleasant area for people in the city. Rather than promoting supply-side solutions, the project proposes a demand-side method, specifically congestion pricing. Charging higher per mile rates during peak hours of the day will change drivers’ habits to use cars less and hopefully shift to a more sustainable means of mobility.

Highway Strategy

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Selected Works

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Overview


February 2021

St. Louis Residential Site Model: Intern Project Michael Maltzan Architecture Summer 2018 A group intern project: two interns and I developed a 1/16” = 1’0” site model for a residential project in St. Louis, MO. My responsibilities included collaborating with the team to design, handcut, and stack the museum board landscape contours and gatorboard base; I also crafted basswood models of all the small to medium scale buildings surrounding the site. Materials/Methods: Basswood, Museum Board, Gatorboard, Laser Etch/cut, Handcut

Intern Project

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Selected Works

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Documentation


February 2021

Intern Project

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