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Architectural Portfolio

Joseph Bolinger

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........................................................... SC Victoria Stadion Hoheluft ..................................................................................... Thesis to Date ................................................................ Blacksburg Climbing Gym ............................................................................. Design/Build ............................................................................................ Resume

SC Victoria Stadion Hoheluft In the masters level studio taught by Rolf Schuster at the Technical University of Braunschweig, we were tasked with renovating the crumbling stadium for SC Victoria. One of the oldest football programs in Germany, SC Victoria’s stadium is heavily lacking the space and utilities needed for the growing population of Hamburg. My concept for the redesign was to bring the spectator to the sport, while providing a comfortable and exhilarating viewing experience for the dedicated fans. A transitional element was constructed to contain the playing field, punctured with over-scaled openings to allow for easy flow of movement. This element surrounds the stadium, breaking the site into public, semi-public, and private space. The stadium also should not clash with the Germanic typology of the surrounding neighborhood, thus the minimal material pallet of subtly-toned concrete and CorTen steel would feel contextual and humble. This project challenged me to think at a much larger scale than I was anticipating, and I found that keeping the forms simple and geometric helped simplify the task and allow for greater design opportunities.







Abstract Can architecture be a catalyst to promote the experience of a human in a natural setting? How can an architectural form respond to its environment in a conscious manner? Through the development of a community of camping shelters sited on the foothills of the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia, this thesis aims to enhance the connection between the traveler and the landscape.

Mission The goal of this thesis is to construct a threshold that is not the central focus of the landscape, but more so the lens through which one begins to experience the ­landscape. Modest shelters placed thoughtfully on the hillside provide unique perspectives to the neighboring mountain peaks, as well as their direct ­landscape. As the topography of the Appalachian mountains is shaped by geological and ecological processes, so too should the architecture inhabiting its foothills.


Precedent Research


Bedrock Foundation

Forest Value

Historical/Cultural Value

Scenic Value

Slope/Topography Value

Soil Foundation

Water Value

Wildlife Habitat Value

Mapping a Site This is an experiment to break down a region into categories that can then be analyzed individually to locate the most optimal areas for development. The goal is to locate a space where development will impact the ecological process in the least ­offensive ways to protect the beauty and vulnerability of the site. Each category is then sub-categorized into three zones ­beginning with Zone 01, which is the least suitable for development and ending with Zone 03, which is the best condition for development. This mapping experiment is based off of Ian McHarg’s model for managing development, in which he analyzes a much broader region and re-routes a highway to preserve the sensitive ecosystem outside of Baltimore. The darkest regions are the least suitable for development and the lightest regions are the most suitable. In the case of the Historic/Cultural map, points of interest, waterways, family farms, churches, and hiking trails are denoted. Scenic Value is represented by magenta dots, where the diameter of the dot is correlated to the quality of the view. The data in each map is analyzed, and then overlaid on top of one another to create a composite map.


Optimal Site

Composite Value


Site Foundation Model

The least offensive contact between any two objects begins at a single point. This thesis aims to make modest contact with the landscape, stilted above the hillside to allow the continuity of the land underneath. To do so, three piles will be driven into the hillside, onto which a structural frame can be mounted. The frame will be more than suitable to support the small shelters it will hold, and will also be completely removable if need be. The piles will become one with the landscape, acting as a memorial to what once resided there. 10

Process Work


Blacksburg Climbing Gym During the Integrated Design Studio at Virginia Tech, we were challenged with designing a space in which a rock climbing gym would respond to a small, urban site located in downtown Blacksburg, VA. My thought going into this project was to create a unique outdoor community gathering space in which the locals of Blacksburg and the students at Virginia Tech could collaborate with one another. This space would help bridge the gap between students and locals, as well as provide opportunities to overlook the rock climbers training in the gym. The building is split into two parts at ground level, only connecting through an underground passage way to not interrupt the courtyard above. Although the material pallet is unique in its context, the rhythmic order of horizontal zinc panels echo the traditional brick construction in the surrounding neighborhood. Wherever the building is “split�, a maple panel is introduced, similar to how a geode is split in two, revealing a new material on the inside. Technically, this project challenged me to observe the details at a finer level, leading me to construct 1 : 1 models and work with professionals to develop wall sections.

Figure 01: Maximize Site Development


Figure 02: Remove Center for Courtyard

Figure 03: Open Courtyard to Public

Figure 04: Slope Roofs to Light Courtyard


Design/Build - An Unlikely Ensemble

In a one week endeavor, we designed and constructed a space for a thirty person orchestra to perform on the Drillfield at Virginia Tech. Our idea was simple - to simulate the speckled shade of trees and provide seating for the orchestra members. We were budgeted to $500 for materials, so instead of buying stools for seating, we cut down two cedar trees and sanded the logs to a smooth finish. Adding twine handles for easy mobility, these wooden stools could be moved to suit the needs of the band members. To make the “trees�, we used the lasercamm to create patterns in plywood panels that were then mounted on angled steel, which was attached to fence poles were buried in the ground.


JOSEPH BOLINGER Entry-Level Architect

EDUCATION Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA (2013 - 2018) Bachelors of Architecture

Technical University of Braunschweig, Braunschweig GER (Summer 2017) Masters design project with Rolf Schuster

Hidden Valley High School, Roanoke VA (2008 - 2013) Advanced Diploma

EXPERIENCE Architectural Intern

CONTACT Roanoke, Virginia (540) 598-9514

AECOM, Roanoke VA (Summer 2016/2017, Winter 2017) Experience in professional practice, schematic design, drawing production and development. Logged over 900 hours towards an architectural license.

Apprentice in construction Mitchell’s Building Company, Roanoke VA (Summer 2015) Hands-on experience in the field with concrete casts, wood framing, insulation, painting, and finishing.

Assistant Supervisor Dietrick General Store, Blacksburg VA (Spring 2014 - Present) Responsible for managing the store, working together with clerks, filing invoices, and money management.

INVOLVEMENT WUVT FM Blacksburg 90.7 (2015 - Present) Broadcaster/DJ

American Legion Boy’s State of Virginia (2012)

OBJECTIVE My goal in pursuing a full-time position is to establish myself as an architect and gain a solid understanding of the practice.

Portfolio and references available upon request.

Attended the week-long program teaching the practices of governmental functions.

SKILLS Photoshop Indesign Revit AutoCAD SketchUP Excel Sketching

INTERESTS Woodworking Hiking/Camping Travel Ice Hockey Radio DJ Digital/Film Photography Pottery



Joseph Bolinger

Architecture Portfolio - Joseph Bolinger  

Selected work from my Undergraduate at Virginia Tech

Architecture Portfolio - Joseph Bolinger  

Selected work from my Undergraduate at Virginia Tech