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Joshua Douglas


Letter of Intent Architecture can be defined as the creation of space for the function and enjoyment of the individual – the person. Architecture is designed and experienced very differently throughout the world. People function in and enjoy space in unique ways from culture to culture. I love to experience and learn from cultural differences. I know architecture is fundamental in how a society operates, but it is the occupants of the space that give it its heartbeat and move the culture into the future. Perhaps my curiosity and eagerness to experience new ideas was engrained early in my life. My family moved to England for two years and I was exposed to a way of living outside of the US. My passion for different cultures, languages, and atmospheres is a result of this exposure to different countries which has further developed me as a designer. I have returned to England four times since we moved back to the US and have visited twelve other countries. My travels have shown me firsthand many of the artifacts of legendary designers throughout history like Carlo Scarpa’s Brion-Vega Cemetery, the Kunsthaus Graz, Brunelleschi’s Il Duomo in Florence, and many of Palladio’s country houses, including Villa Capra, La Rotonda.

Letter of Intent

The spring semester of 2014 was of most importance to me as a designer as I studied architecture abroad in Italy. I learned about Italian history and of its architectural accomplishments from Rome to the age of Rationalism. I learned about the human scale and how it influences design in architecture, like the size of columns and façade symmetry. I learned of the human scale’s spatial and emotional influence in architecture. For example, when designing a domestic violence shelter, one must design with the occupant in mind. If a woman in the shelter were to be large room with cathedral ceiling, she might feel lost and vulnerable, but if she were to be in a small room with no windows then she might feel suffocated rather than safe. Learning this truth has enhanced the way I design and has given me inspiration and direction in my design career. While on my semester abroad in Italy, I participated in a unique experience in the Swiss Alps. I could hardly eat my breakfast the day of the jump as my friend and I were about to experience something we may never get the chance, or the nerves, to do again. A long hour later and we had ascended and now stood on top of a Swiss Alp. I stood in my parachute harness in front of my tandem pilot and looked down upon the sea of clouds below me. “Go! Go! Go!” he yelled, and before I knew it my feet were prancing like a reindeer in the expanse above Lucerne. I flew with my paraglide towards the Bavarian landscape as my perspective of the city changed forever. These kinds of experiences are only in place because of my chasing the dream of being an architect. When I see how the rest of the world lives it challenges me as a designer. Sam Mockbee, of the Rural Studio, captured both spatial and emotional needs in each intended community. His use of sustainable design, recycling materials, and building on a low budget furthered his installment successes and its impact on the local culture. I would enjoy following his example and using what I know to better the communities around me so that their daily experience would be one that they, and I, would be proud of – perhaps even one that others, like myself, would travel to to see. I will benefit greatly from attending the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture. The school exists within a multicultural city that I will enjoy and learn from, and it will provide me with many opportunities to learn. I look forward to using the digital fabrication and materials lab where I can continue my modeling and crafting skills. Charlotte’s program seeks to engage interdisciplinary creativity and accomplishment by furthering communication skills and design competence by having diverse individuals work together. I want to be a part of that vision where I can continue to combine learning with various cultures around the world. UNC Charlotte is my next stop and I know I will become the best I can be and will impact the surrounding community and culture.

Table of Contents Reinventing Space


3rd Year Project Group Project

Cinematic Architecture


2nd Year Project

Awareness Center


3rd Year Project

Domestic Violence Shelter


3rd Year Project Group Project

Re-Purpose + Re-Skin


4th Year Project

Peace + War Museum


3rd Year Project Study Abroad, Group Project

Contact + CV


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Group Project


Reinventing Space

Project One

Group Project: Joshua Douglas, Michael Stone

Together my partner and I redesigned the space and it was my job to produce the rendering, the sections, and the models.

Undiscovered Beauty On a college campus, much of the space is designed for student interaction. The nodes and thouroughfares are established and continued by the students but it is the layout, or architecture of the campus that merits the initial response of the students. This project focused on the space between the Place the poorly designed, unused space on campus that, if designed properly could be a successful and beautiful asset to school and its on campus experience.

Sociable, Comfortable, Accesible, Usable

Natural Water Filtration System Study Model

Grass + Surface Texture

Dirt + Mineral Layer Eco-Friendly Filter

Large Rock Layer

Fine Gravel Layer

Sand Layer Eco-Friendly Filter Clean Water Exit



Cinematic Architecture



joshua h douglas arch251 studio fall 2012





this scene is particularly interesting because the dialogue in the scene is relatively normal and unemotional, while the frames seem to suggest otherwise. the apocalypse biker (the disheveled character) lets himself in to the manager’s private office. when the manager comes in the camera projects downwards onto the apocalypse biker as if to say the manager has more authority, even though the “baddest bad guy” just sat down in his chair. however, over time the camera direction and angle evens the playing field and the characters are depicted as equals. verbal and visual banter shows the two repeatedly from similar angles until the camera location completely changes and shows the two sitting together at the desk in full view. then suddenly the apocalypse biker jumps up to his feet and towers over the manager. the camera returns to its previous location, only this time it rests level with the manager and shows him looking up, while it shows the biker, whose height strentches to the top of the shot, lokkind down on the manager. both the verbal and visual elements in these final frames demonstrate that the biker is the scene’s ultimate victor

Design + Media




















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Project Two

This project introduced us to design involving more than architecture as a built edifice. We were introduced to its emotive qualities as well as the different media through which “architecture” can be experienced. Camera Angle, Spatial Conditions, Lighting, and Timing all play a crucial role in filming and our job was to investigate these aspects in a single scene and then recreate its emotion through architecture.

Tectonics + Frame Section Assembly Frame by frame I recreated the movie scene in a series of six spaces, ultimately forming out Emotive, Tectonic, Palette. This construction was designed to be a public event space where the inhabitants of the space would, thorughout their journey of my space, be conditioned to feel the same emotions as that of the movie viewer during the analyzed scene.

Stop Animation I created a stop animation scene where my characters would interact with each other within my installment. This, along with my choice of color and display allowed my audience to have a similar experience to that of the movie scene viewers even though my characters and setting was completely different.


Project Three

Awareness Center

Shelter + Awareness This fifth semester project was among the first for us that pertained to a real world problem. Over the course of this studio we were able to learn about domestic violence and of the affects it has on those involved. The emotive space architecture suggests became the focal point for this project.



Vehicular Circulation

Site Analysis

Noise Reduction



Courtyard Protection

Threshold Condition

Looking specifically at the site and its

Good Architecture provides a spatial

Especially when the design is centered around the theme of a violence

surrounding context one can identify

awareness that is grounded and in-

shelter and awareness facility, the space created via the architecture

the existing conditions of the site -

tegrated with the site, while remain-

should convey the same emotive qualities as the shelter attempts to

both the bad and the good.

ing its own separate place.

provide to its guests and residents.

2 Study Model: Space

Circulation Diagram


Synthetic Diagrams

Roof Top


Second Floor

L.CONF 39’x15’

OFF 10’x15’

MULTI 50’x19’

BR 13’x8’

S.CONF 10’x10’

BR 13’x8’

Programatic Space With a limited amount of footprint space as well as overall square footage, arranging the program space

REC/ED 26’x15’

OFF 15’x10’

into an organized and emotional S.CONF 8.5’x12’

OFF 10’x15’

OFF 11’x13’

BREAK 12’x17’

space was crucial.

Integrating the Domestic Violence Center into the fabric of the existing small town was important as the building was not supposed to be an


GCF 30’x19’

icon for the city - it was simply there GCF 30’x18’

to welcome and interest those who sought information about domestic violence.

BR 13’x8’


First Floor Plan

BR 13’x8’


Second Floor Plan

Rendered Elevation



Domestic Violence Shelter

Project Four


Emotional Connection to Space

This fifth semester project was a great opportunity to design for a real world application. As our first studio group project we were able to critically analyze one anothers contributions and work together to achieve a synthesized result. The emotional palate of this project is what drove it and was the reason for the heirarchy of spacing throughout our campus.












Cafe Floorplans


Conceptualization + “The Hinge� From the start of the project, we attempted to visual our concept in any way possible. Through collages, diagrams, renderings, and sketches we were able to

create a visual thesis of what we wanted to create. For a Domestic Violence Shelter, the emotion of the

SITE PROGRESSION Site Progression Private Private Transition Transition Public Public

space is critical and we

wanted to make sure we stuck to our theme of integrating the people with each other as well as the space


(in garden form) around them. The Hinge was born from this idea. Its purpose was to separate our campus from the rest of the town while also creating a safe entry and exit threshold for our residents to be in and to use.


Models To understand the physical space, many physical models were made. The one above is a section model that represets the connection between the cafe/lounge space and the residential dormitory space. The spaces were specifically designed to appear separate. The cafe space provides a big glass, social atmosphere while the Section Model: Dorms/Cafe Connection

dormitories are more compact and motel like in appearance. The dorms were created in groups, to foster a sense of immediate community and fellowship in which growth and recovery was likely to happen more quickly. Also, the dorms and the cafe space have private balconies so that the women may enjoy the freedom of outdoor living, and interact with the campus commuinty without being disturbed - or by means of staying connected to campus.

Site Model Top Floor


Douglas Project Five

Re-purpose + Re-skin

Repurpose + Reskin Located in Asheville NC, this project aims to repurpose and reskin a misfit building in the heart of Asheville’s historic, eclectid downtown. With the project’s emphasis being on the first five feet inside and outside the exterior walls, my design focused on veiling the old with the new.

Breathable Enclosure

Stripping the building down to its

bare structual form was primary in the the design process.

Extrusion of the existing verti-

cal aluminum mullions provided an initial exterior space that would existing between the building and its enviornment.

A clipping mesh surface was

applied to trim the mullions and the result would suggest referance to the sky and the undulating surface of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Three interstitial spaces would

integrate the building with the site acting would act as a permeable barrier between the two


Plan + Section

Redefining space is essential in the world of

architecture. Considering both plan and section in the creation of space is critical - especially in a re-purposing project. Hotels, Vaction Stay, and Condominium floorplans were designed in the building and while the structure of the concrete building was never changed, the occupiable spcae changed drastically. The “addition� of balconies added an exterior dimension to the building on its south facade and the three interstitial spaces provided the connection the building needed to be integrated into the site. Condominium Floorplan

Extended Stay Floorplan

Boutique Hotel Floorplan

Asheville, NC is located among the oldest mountain range in

the world. The Blue Ridge Mountains are characterized by soft, undulating hills that provide a unique and antique atmosphere which the city of Asheville embraces fully. In contrast to this atmosphere, Asheville’s BB&T building, built with modern ideas in the mid-20th century, pollutes the urban vibrancy of the city. It acts as a landmark as it stands twice as tall as any other building and is located in the geographical center of Asheville. It replaces the exciting energy of the social city with a dull envelop system and poor integration within the city of Asheville.

The repurposing of the BB&T building presents some op-

portunities to transform it from an ugly old office building into a thriving residential high rise that actively engages the local community. In order for the transformation to be successful, there are three things that the renovation should accomplish: the envelope of the building should be redesigned so that it is integrated into Asheville, culturally, visually, and aesthetically; it should address the surrounding outdoor context of the site in order to promote activity around and within the building and its city block; and lastly, instead of attempting to join the new fad in architecture (which it tried with modernism and failed) the building should be unapologetically “Ashevillian.”

My approach uses a single element that could accomplish all

three of the of the renovation categories. The building would appear new because of the single veil that would drape carefully over the exterior of the existing building. Its undulating façade would subtly alter the face of the building as the Blue Ridge Mountains slowly alter the Asheville skyline. The structural integrity of the old building would remain but with the addition of a curtain like fin-system, the culture of the building could change drastically.

My strategy provides the possibility to bring together dispa-

rate elements that might be manifested in three outdoor, semi-private spaces: the front of the building, the rooftop balcony, and the parking garage top deck. They are meant to connect the occupants of the BB&T building to the city in different ways – physically, visually, and metaphorically, respectively. The ground space should engage the pedestrians of the city and attract them towards the BB&T building as well as provide a threshold of which the building’s space merges with the space of the city. The rooftop space should provide a retreat like atmosphere where people can visually and emotionally interact with the city while remaining separate from the active urban streetscape. The garage deck should be used for residents of the building only. It should provide a space that is exposed to the environment and energy of the city but should maintain its semi private boundary where the focus of the space can be internal.

Thus the existing building will remain and will be shrouded in a

breathable veil that controls the nature of the building while still allowing it to be influenced and integrated with the city of Asheville. The veil will be merged with the building to create one façade, but will also exist as a permeable integration tool that both divides and connects the BB&T building to the city.

The Veil


Peace + War Museum

Project Six


War + Peace This sixth semester project focuses more on the intangibles of architecture, such as circulation, light and shadow, and emotion. Located in Genova, Italy this intervention is supposed to act as a memorial and monument, as well as serve as an icon for the port city.

Site Developement 18


Site Plan

Site Plan Developement An in depth site analysis study introduced us to the site and from there we played with our analytiques visually. Overlaying them and then extruding the elements we thought were

important, we were able to see a hierarchy within the models. As we continued with this study, the model began to evoke certain shapes and qualities which we extraced and used in our site design. Our thesis was born from these extracted ideas as we pursued the “battle of war and peace� and what it may look like in poetic space.

Model Images


Site Plan Diagrams

Rendering Rendering became one of the most important tools we had to convey the emotion of our space. Material, Light and Shadow were all absolutely essential to the project and can be experimented with and quickly

rendered until we achieve the desired result. The interior, exterior, and ap-

Exterior Rendering

proach of the War and Peace Museum were all heavily considered. How the Iconic Museum was to be viewed from near and far is what drove the project.

Interior Rendering: Peace Museum

Approach Rendering


Park and Context Rendering

Section of Shard

Battle Field + Shard The Battle of War and Peace became our thesis statement for this project. The metaphor was extended as one progresses across the site - peace - battle (where peace is above war casting down its light via the Shards of war) and the

recovery process of the aftermath - and finally a large monument that was meant to inspire reflection on the subjects of peace and war. Materials and Light were the protagonists of this project. Both were complimentary but achieved different purposes depending on the museum. Interior War Museum Rendering


Site Model

Site + Study Models The models we were able to construct were actually extremely beneficial and accurate to what we wanted to achieve in this project. The relationship of the two museums, the landscape surrounding the “battle�, and the contrast between the effects of light and shadow.

This study model shows how the light from the above peace museum would be directly filtered down the shaft of this shard and provide a spotlight effect on the museum below. Study Model


Peace and Reflection

Final Test of Recovery

Recovery Process of the Battle

Aftermath Plateau of the Battle

Peace + War Museum Buildgins

War and Entrance to the Underground Museum


Contact Info + CV Joshua H Douglas

Mobile-(919) 219-2833

Summer job as facilities manager

105 Preston Arbor Lane, Cary, NC 27513

My responsibilities included: controlling entry and exit to the pool, money and membership manager, and site security.

Home-(919) 462-0736

Clemson University – I have attended from Aug 2009-present •

Dean’s List twice (3.5+)


President’s List twice (4.0)


8 Architecture Studios (one abroad in Genoa, Italy)


4 Construction Science & Management classes


8 Spanish Language classes

Learned to balance school, sports and work commitment.

Promoted two separate times. My responsibilities included managing customers through order taking and serving meals, unloading the packaging truck, and helping with inventory regulation.

Adobe Illustrator

Digital Cameras

Model Crafting

Adobe InDesign

Google SketchUp

Painting: Commercial & Artistic

Adobe Photoshop

Hand Drawing & Drafting

Rhino 3D Modeling

Autodesk AutoCAD

Microsoft Office

Windows Movie Maker

Mission work in Costa Rica: January 2009

Courses Completed Will Include:

Travels: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom

Originally a Civil Engineering major, changed to architecture in the fall semester of 2012

Cary Christian School – graduated May 2009 •

Graduated with a 4.6 GPA

Co-captain of the soccer team and lettered in 4 different sports over my high school yearsWork Experience

HDR Engineering: May 2013 – August 2013 & May 2014 – August 2014 •

Worked as an Architectural Intern for an architecture & engineering firm in Charlotte, NC

Traveled, assessed, and documented field work in the Charlotte area and Fort Gordon, Georgia

Recorded 837 hours towards my Intern Development Program (IDP)

Responsibilities included CAD drafting, correcting construction documents, and other office management tasks for the Civil, Structural, and Architectural disciplines.

Our purpose was to serve a community that needed help. On our trip we built bathrooms for local churches.

Student Leadership University: 2008, 2009, 2011 •

Study Abroad Semester in Genoa, Italy o

Will graduate in May, 2015 with a BA in Architecture and a minor in Spanish Language


High school job

Skills aSkills and Tools

School of Architecture: o

Chick-fil-a: June 2007 – March 2012 •

Purpose: To complete my architectural education by attending a reputable Architecture programducation & Academic Accomplishments

Contact Info + CV

Lila Jones Swim Club: May 2012 – August 2012

Orlando for leadership disciplines and time/goal management; DC for history and leadership in the USA. England and France for tours of important buildings, WWII history and heroes. Mediterranean cruise for Roman history and leadership influence lessons. Architecture visited: DC, London, Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Pisa, Pompeii, Mallorca.

14 countries & 13 states •

Have traveled extensively across the USA and Europe. Willing to go where the job requires.

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