As a fifth year student of architecture, I begin to prepare portfolio for my journey in furthering academic studies. After organizing former works, I find my study process focuses on the local social and environmental integration and impacts of buildings. It is also about how to translate social needs into physical space. My attitude to architecture is be a responsible designer. In graducate school, I want to pursue more research into contextual, site constraints and socio-cultural, economic and environmental. I want design derives from in-depth analytical research, while also challenging current thinking and seeking optimized and exciting design solutions.
01 CULTURE CRAFT CARRIER
02 MONTESSORI KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL
IIT 3th Year Studio, Fall 2015
IIT 3th Year Studio, Spring 2016
03 OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
IIT 4th Year studio, Fall 2016
04 ART TERMINAL
IIT 4th Year studio, Spring 2017
05 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
IIT 5th Year studio, Fall 2017
OTHER WORKS 06 Interactive Cube IIT Design Communication class
Architecture Skeches Architecture travel recording
01 CULTURE CRAFT CARRIER IIT 3th Year Studio, Fall 2015 Site: Lake shore park. chicago Instructor: Martin Klaschen Individual work Lakeshore Park locates at the center of downtown Chicago. We are asked to decide the character of the building category and design the building in the topic of Hybrid. Considering the high density of the downtown Chicago with the progress of rapid urbanization development, It is tough to find a vacant area at the center of the city. Therefore, I think it is a potential to use the roof area as an urban space for people utilizing. For easier access, roof ramp is created to introduce people to walk from ground level to the roof level. With the concerning of the environmental programs, high density leads to the lack of the gathering space and communication area, so I think about the building could be a hybrid carrier to contain not only culture, commerce programs but also landscape and views for people to gather, relax, communicate and enjoy the beautiful time.Culture craft carrier is not just a building but an urban design space to consider the architecture operation and systems with the urban context.
Site Analysis With the consideration of the special site location, Lake shore park has a very close location to the main commerce area and easy access to enjoy the lake view. Main environment program are consist of the market and culture activities, therefore, the building with the culture service space and gathering space is to be considered.
Urban Design Proposal Roof staris as a urban design space has easy access to the people and introduce visitors to up to the end of the building to enjoy the nice lake view. At the same time. It is also a great space to gather and relax.
Free plan with Multifunction space The Building with free plan with cafe, retails, restaurants, library and center service area under the stairs is a friendly open space to welcome the people to get together, communicate and make friends.
A-A Section Huge stairs are transportation tools to connect roof level and ground level in the building. At the same time, it is also a multiple function space to make activities happen. Under the stairs, these are restrooms, kitchen, private research room and quiet relax space.
Typical Urban Design Stairs Urban scale stair becomes a cuture carrier to hybrid the culture activities, events, and landscape platform for people to enjot the views. It is also a informal activity and work space to welcome people to stay.
View from the Lake Urban roof becomes a landmark and a landscape of the downtown chicago with a rare peaceful open space for people to enjoy and stay.
02 Montessori Kindergarten School IIT 3th Year Studio, Spring 2016 Site: Chinatown. Chicago Instructor: Rechard Nelson Individual work The site locates at Chinatown residential area in Chicago. In this project, we are asked to design Montessori Kindergarten school with architecture organization and system. According to the urban environment with the surrounding residential area, easy access to the community becomes my point. Architecture as an enclosed space is always about interior systems. On the contrary, facade as an outside construction to face the urban environment becomes potential to make more connection between the building and the urban context. Stretched facade with programs becomes my idea to consider it as an attraction to the environment and people. Communication between the classrooms children is also essential to think about. Sharing garden activity area between the classrooms becomes an efficient way to improve the interaction among all the students.
Space development diagram Square as a single space is considered as an element to build the architecture system. With the development of the scale of the activities, space also develop with the organization of different square space.
Functional Elevation The Wall is not only a facade, a protection construction, but a space which have functions connected to the surrounding environment. Vertical space is joined with horizontal space which breaks the space limitation to think architecture system and organization in urban context perspective.
Typical one classroom Elevation function analysis
Typical one classroon Plan program connection analysis
Typical Classroom Functional Facade Diagram
Typical Classroom Activities Interaction Diagram
Stretched facade becomes a space with multiple functions.It is a protection construction, it is also a space area with urban context to connect environment.
Interactive plan activities break the traditonal classspace. Actvities are seperated in the classrooms and also connected with each other for communication and learning.
First floor plan axion Buiding is created to be highly open to the community which provides eay access and interesting activities.
Second floor plan axion Second Floor Classroom is connected with first floor classrooms by functional facade. RoofGarden and activity space is also considered to strengthen the communication between the students and teachers
second floor plan axion
Interior Perspective Interior Perspective Multiple functions stairs Multiple functions stairs Inner Perspective
03 Obama Presidential Library IIT 4th Year Studio, Fall 2016 Site: Jackson park. chicago Instructor: Donna V, Robertson
Group work. Partner: Yechi Zhang Role in the project: concept development, structure design, plans and site plan design, program research and design.
The project is about Obama Presidential Library, one of the Obama mission center. I hope this project not only shows the monumental, great intention as an identified presidential library about Obamaâ€™s policy and proposals but also provide more access to all ages residents for them to know about the administration of the government to improve the health of communities. Michelle Garden is one of our proposals to provide an educational space for protecting children from climate changing. The other two buildings of the Obama center are the Museum and the Institute. I put the Library at the north of the Jackson park to show the relevant statute of the archives. The museum at the south of the site to face the senior high school to reveal more about the energy and open to the public and welcome for students to visit and study. The institute is located in the middle of the park to connect the Museum and institute.
Concept Now: Media commons
Before: Athority of Knowledge and commemorative
Now: Media commons more people
Future: Obama Library______ Commemorative and Information communication, all ages
Read & research
Food & Drink
A Underground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Third Floor Plan
Forth Floor Plan
B-B section According to the south site location, jackson park in Chicago and the lake view, to show the important status as a presidential Library, a gradient glass facade is created to face the north chicago center The peculiar outside shell makes the library become a landmark to attract the people the views from the outside. To show collection of the Presidential Library, the big collection shelf is put in the center of the building . A big open road is to go through the building which make easy access for people going spontaneously use. This road also divides the building to two parts. One is more scholar and another one is more open to public and civic use. Two parts divide the main different program to protect the archival space privacy, at the same time , the central road also connect the two parts together. The garden in the sunken area which idea is from the Michelle Obama to teach people to have hearth life.
Material and wall section ETFE Shell material with the big atria make the library has its own special micro-climate system and automatic temperature control as a green building which does more to the climate change.
Program diagram Two systems are be provides to people with different purpose. Two parts of the building are seperated by public and scholar use which
04 ART TERMINAL IIT 4th Year Studio, Spring 2017
Site: Jackson park. Chicago
Instructor: Peter Landon, Tyler Brown, Bryant Pitak Group work. Partner: Tala Kadro Role in the project: concept development, structure design, plans and site plan design, program research and design. Site locates at the intersection of the 16th street and the end of the abandon expressway in the Pilsen neighborhood. An original location is a barren place but unique for the mural wall which is a long wall filled out with art drawings along the 16th street. Neighborhood Pilson is also an exciting area which is famous for the Mexican culture and art design. We begin our idea from the responding the Pilsonâ€™s art culture and site context. First, we want to provide a space for the artists in Pilson to develop and inspire their design and communication. A mix-use building including the residential, workshop, art retail, and gallery becomes a system service for the artists. Second, we want to give a new life to the expressway to change it to be the part of the Paseo, an architectural landscape of the urban design. Linear stairs make easy access to the Paseo. Extention of the end of the paseo with stairs on the 16 the street decreases the feeling of a sudden stop. Third, an art terminal about art performance and program created at the end of the paseo to provide a public gathering space for people from the neighborhood to make friends and enjoy the art. and life It also becomes a symbol of the end of the Paseo.
B RAIL WAY MURAL WALL FACADE/ MURAL
USING EXISTING FACADE
Interior media room
St Community LInear Path Units Driver school
Mix-use Building Affordable Housing Commercial Community Roof Garden
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Ra Building/wall/stairs Green spaces Plazas
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Pedestrian path Bike Path
Commercial / Residential Plaza
Culture center Coffe shop Ice cream shop Theatre Office Library Class rooms Public Gathering space
Neighborhoods Master Plan Pilson is a neighborhood in Chicago with Mexican culture and artistic identity. The studio site is the area long Pilsen’s planned Paseo. Sitting between Cermak Road/ the River and16th Street / the Metra, the now mostly abandoned stretch of BNSF Railroad is our studio’s starting point. Our group Site located at the intersection of the 16th street and the end of the abandon expressway in the Pilson neighborhood. An original location is a barren place but unique for the mural wall which is a long wall filled out with art drawings along the 16th street. Neighborhood Pilson is also an exciting area which is famous for the Mexican culture and art design. We begin our idea from the responding the Pilson’s art culture and site context.
B Bike path Distribution: Green Space: 18% Commercial: 5% Housing: 50% Parking: 10% Culture: 10%
TWO BEDROOM COURTYARD
TWO BEDROOM STUDIO
Building Plans MURAL WALL
West building (left building)which is the art terminal above the Paseo has the program of the art performance, coffee shop, restaurant, lecture room and roof garden. East building (right building) which is the mix-use building has the gallery and parking lots on the first floor. The second floor is the workshop for the different artwork. Above is the different units residential rooms for the artists.
THIRD, FOURTH, AND FIFTH FLOOR
Bike path DOWN
Interior media room
TWO BEDROOM STUDIO
First Floor Plan/Site Plan SIXTH FLOOR
Wall Section Building facade consists of two layers. The first layer is glass windows which provide sufficient sunlight. The second layer is a movable panel which could be controlled. Portable panels surrounding the building with random location show the energy to respond the opposite mural wall and provide shadow at the same time.
Structure Diagram We choose composite steel joists. One of the reason is weight savings because the efficient joist design reduces overall building costs.
Perspective Section of Art terminal and Paseo Section perspective shows the relationship between the Paseo and the Art Terminal. Paseo as a public landscape provides open space for neighborhood residents to gather, do sports and relax. Above the end of the Paseo, art terminal turns out to be one f the landscape of the Paseo. It is a landmark to show the cultural identity of the Pilson. It is also an attraction to attract peopleâ€™s view to the end of Paseo. With the cafe, the restaurant, gallery and activities, art terminal provide more opportunities and energy to the terminal point of the Paseo.
05 Sustainable Community IIT 5th Year Studio, fall 2017 Site: Festival Pier. Philedalphia Instructor: Travel, Lee Ron Henderson Individual work
Site locates at Philadelphia Festival Pier which is beside the Delaware River. The Project focuses on using renewable technology and habitat strategy to solve the environment and community problem. It is also an intention and tries in sustainable developing design trend which is thinking in a future way. According to the lakefront site location, meeting the challenges about the unhealthy habitat environment, I want to give the Festival Pier a new life by bringing the sustainable habitat environment, renewable technology, and people activities. The project combines four main points: 1 Blue mussel harvesting and marketing with Water recycling, cleaning 2 Renewable Technology about wind, fog, and solar generator. 3 Green habitat on wetland and offshore forest 4 Human Habitat with Multiple activities and Residential attractions
Wetland and Blue Mussel havest
Plants forest on land HABITAT VIEW Entrance Grove GARDEN VIEW BRIDGE VIEW
Delaware River Swimming Pool
Blue Mussel Restaurant
Blue Mussel and wetland
Blue Mussel cafe
Walk down habitat experience “Sail”-------Innovative Technology
Blue Mussel market
SEQUENCE OF ATTRACTIONS
Water center Theatre
Renewable Technology Museum which introduce Technology about Wind&Solar&fog renewable techonology Blue Mussel Restaurant which uses blue mussel harvested in the site
Blue Mussel Market where people can buy seafood and drink cafe and but some crafts
“Sail” on the water which uses Solar&wind&fog generator innovative technology
Residential building where there are 3 individual buildings connect together for more wind ciculation
CONNECTION NODE SITE LIGHT RAIL 15 SUBWAY MFL
BUS ROUTE 43
BUS LINE WATER TAXI STOPS BUFFERED BIKE LANE
Design concept diagram
Recycling System Diagram Oyster as a habitat strategy is cultivated in the offshore wetland in the site.
Electricity for building use
Oyster has a very strong characteristic to clean the water and recycle the water.
There are amount of the blue messuels cultivated in wetland. The Blue messuels not only can be used as food for people but also a strong strategy to clean the dirty water from Dealware rive which is a smart way to protect and improve environment in landscape habitat design.
Oyster for Restaurant
Recycling water for Swimming Pool
Recycling water will also be used for people and builings in the site directly.
River water cleaned by Oysters
Bridge view Platform
Lake Center Oyster Bar
Oyster Cultivation wetland
â€œSailâ€?------Energe Converter Swimming Pool
Renewable Technology Museum
Oyster recycling water for building use
Renewable Technology System Diagram The “Sail” is a designed creative model for the mutible renewable technology in the project. The “ Sail” uses the latest material “ smart fabric”which can convert the solar to the electricity. Fine plastic meshes are another part of the Sail surface. 1.As fog passes through vertically oriented, fine plastic meshes, water molecules condense on the surfaces, forming droplets which cling to the mesh, slowly descending until aggregated in collection troughs where they then drain into storage basins for treatment and use. 2. Rotating sail poles converter the wind energy to electricity energy. 3. Sails combine fog generator, solar and wind convertor together.
Site Model with Bird View
Site Model with Bird View
06 INTERACTIVE PUPPY CUBE IIT Design Communication Instructor: Joel Putnam Using simulation engines and virtual reality tools, We develop immersive, interactive environments in 4 dimensions while continuing development of skills in object oriented thinking. Using basic electronics and small programmable computers called Microcontrollerâ€™s students will create responsive or interactive physical spaces with light or motion. Using a combination of thesenew technologies students will explore the entanglement, computation has enabled, between media and the built environment. In this project, we were asked to physical computing exercises with photon chip microcontrollers studies in simulation engine work flows and basic scripting for interaction and responsive systems. The concept of the Puppy Cube is providing a virtual Puppy experience to the people who do not have a real puppy. With different trigger condition, the cube will response to the master by sound, color, and motion with physically interactive systems. Program/Software: Particle Platform Hardware/Chip: Photon chips Code: C#
Video Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-l348XQpa0cYWlhSERPSGpDQ00
Interactive Puppy Cube
Interaction and Responsive Systems List
Model Component Diagram
Photon Chips Force sensor
Interior cable management
Architecture hand drawing
Junru Xu 3506 S State ST #308 Chicago, Illinois, 60609 3127312182 firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION Illinois Institute Of Technology, Chicago Bachelor Degree Of Architecture Candidate, Expected graduation, May 2018 GPA:3.85/4.0 Liaoning Engineering Technology University, Fuxin, LIAONING Undergraduate, Aug 2012-Jun 2015 GPA:3.5/4.0
AWARDS AND HONOR Chicago Woman In Architecture Scholarship First Prize Dean's List Honor for 4 consecutive semesters Two projects selected in Open House nomination International Student Scholarship National Scholarship Award In China Scholarship Of University for 6 Semesters
2017 2015-2017 2015-2017 2015-2017 2013-2014 2012-2015
WORK EXPERIENCE Huaxiang Architecture and Urban Design Company, Hefei, Anhui Internship , Jul 2015 â€“ Aug 2015
Prepare scale drawings. Plan layout of project.Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications.
Liaoning Engineering Technology University, Fuxin, Liaoning Teaching Asistant, Sep 2014 â€“ Jul 2015
Provide assistance to faculty members or staff with laboratory or field research.Order or obtain materials needed for classes. Assist faculty members or staff with student conferences.Inform students of the procedures for completing and submitting class work, such as lab reports.
SKILLS Proficiency skills in Rhino, CAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Sketchup, Vray. Language: Chinese and English
HOBBIES AND TRAVEL Interested in the Drawing, Music, Travel and Food Paradise Architecture Study Travel in Japan for one month. Travel experience in China and Amrica.
JUNRU XU ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Bachelor degree of Achitecture, 2018 Candidate