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My name is John Wieser and I have just earned my M.Arch 1 degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The following are some examples of projects that I have worked on for my studios, work, and competitions. I would love to meet you to discuss my work, opportunities, architecture, and anything else. I hope you enjoy my work! 5

PROFILE 1. I am working towards obtaining dual-citizenship in the USA and Italy. 2. I like to travel and have visited 38 [major] cities in


about me

14 countries. 3. I grew up near Chicago, but have lived in Los Angeles, Saint Louis, and France.

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4. Je peux bien parler le franรงais.

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5. I drink iced coffee even during the winter.

by reading my

6. I am a classically trained pianist


7. I am deuteranopic (red/green colorblind)


AutoCAD 2012 Adobe® CS5 Model Building Photoshop® Writing/Storytelling Illustrator® ® Verbal Presentation InDesign Sketching After Effects® ® Technical Drawing Premier Pro Presentation Development Acrobat X® ® Rhinoceros 4.0 Grasshopper™ Google SketchUp® 8 Pro MS® Office Word Excel PowerPoint Revit Architecture 2008 [Limited Proficiency] HTML + CSS 77

MY EDUCATION University of University ofIllinois IllinoisatatUrbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL Champaign, IL

Master ofofArchitecture, Bachelor Science in Architectural First Professional Studies,Degree, Master of of Bachelor Architecture, Science in First Architectural Professional Studies, Degree

2006 -2010 2010- 2012 2010 2006 - 2012- 2010

UIUC Study Study Abroad AbroadProgram ProgramatatVersailles Versailles Versailles, France Versailles, France

Ecole Nationale NationaleSuperieur Supérieurd’Architecture d’ArchitecturededeVersailles Versailles2008 -2008 2009- 2009



Teaching Teaching Assistant, Assistant, Design Design - UIUC - UIUC School School of Architecture of Architecture 2010 - present present Champaign, Champaign, IL IL Peckham Peckham Guyton Guyton Albers Albers & Viets, & Viets, Inc.Inc. (PGAV) (PGAV) Saint SaintLouis, Louis, MOMO

Summer 2011

Walt WaltDisney Disney Imagineering, Imagineering, SQS SQS OffiOffi ce ce Anaheim, Anaheim, CACA

Summer 2010

Aumiller Aumiller Youngquist, Youngquist, P.C., P.C., Architects Architects & Designers & Designers (AYPC) (AYPC) Summer Summer 2008 Chicago, Chicago, IL IL




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ITC_Intermodal Transit Center [eco]sublime: The Grimsel Hydroelectric Dam Project Théâtre Urbain Low Resolution Chair The Network: Chicago TRON: Gridlock Madrid Pavilion The Windy City Scavenger Hunt Argonne National Laboratory Energy Science Building Foto // Sketch


ITC_Intermodal Transit Center Sc h o o l o f t he Art Inst it ut e o f Chic ag o AIADO Facilities St u d e n t Re c re a t io n Ce nt e r, S t u d en t Dorm itor y, & Ra il Tra nsit S t a tion Chic a go , Illino is Pr o fe s s o r T F Tie r ney 1 1 We e ks S2011


This project examines the idea of the “Network City” as originated in the discourse of “spatial practice” popularized in the 1960s. Looking at the city as a communication system, the project centers upon Chicago’s response to the incorporation of a high speed rail corridor in Illinois. Students are to develop a proposal for an intermodal transit center (ITC) which operates as an access point to local, regional, commuter, light-rail, and the proposed high speed rail. The center must perform as a launch point for travelers into the City of Chicago. Students must propose a secondary program to occupy the above-grade portion of the site. I have selected a consolidated facility for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects programs (SAIC AIADO), as well as the Activities & Recreation Center (ARC). Students must conduct extensive research to shape the development of all programmatic elements, presented via info-graphics.


Original Art Institute of Chicago

Millennium Park

Intervention: ITC SAIC AIADO SAIC ARC SAIC (Painting Studios)

Nichols Bridgeway The Modern Wing

Grant Park N

Layered Program vs. Immediate Context


ITC_Intermodal Transit Station

SAIC Rec Center


Shifting of the Plane Accommodates existing infrastructure & provides sub/super-terrain access

Planar Cuts

Initial Plot


What is an “Intellectual Community?”

“A collection of intellectual, technological, & informational resources...”

Characteristics Knowledge Centered Relationship Based Thinking Through Ideas Values of Teaching Failure Connection to Applied Field Shared Purpose Diverse Intangible Flexible & Forgiving Respectful Generous Constituent Groups? Thinkers Scholars Researchers Students What These Groups Do... Refine Human Knowledge Freely Exchange Ideas Theoretical Debate Solutions Interpretations


University/School Research Group/Facility Collection of Intellectual, Technological, & Informative Resources


Trust Intellectual Ownership Security Genesis of Ideas

Summer Flow

All-Year Flow

Perimeter & Road Flow Denser dashes indicate more frequently traveled routes

Mapping & Diagramming The research for this proposal centers around the existing climate of the AIADO, and examines pre-existing conditions near the site. Striations from existing rail lines, urban chasms, and secluded oasises are revealed in the analysis. Understanding the relationships on which the communities utilizing the proposed facilities permits thoughtful programmatic deployment.


Program by Level LL3_Lower Level 3: Long Distance ITC ITC_Intermodal Transit Station High Speed Rail Terminal AMTRAK Terminal

LL2_Lower Level 2: Local ITC & Freight ITC_Intermodal Transit Center Dedicated Access Route (Bus & Truck) Bus Transfer Freight Transfer METRA Rail Electric District Transfer Underground Link to CTA Red Line

LL1_Lower Level 1: Mixed Program ITC_Intermodal Transit Center Main Concourse Retail Ticketing Waiting Areas SAIC Rec Center: Aquatics Center Changing Rooms Racquetball Courts Basketball Courts Dance Studio


01_Ground Level: Public Plaza ITC_Intermodal Transit Center Drop-Off/Pick-Up Zip Car SAIC Rec Center Entry & Administration SAIC AIADO Entry & Administration Security Welcome Center Public Gallery

02_Second Floor: SAIC Mixed Program SAIC Rec Center Free Weights & Machine Room Cardio Machine Room & Light Weights SAIC AIADO Classrooms, Seminar Rooms, Faculty Offices Informal Gallery/Lounge Fabrication Lab Lecture Hall (Lower Level) Designed Objects Studio (2) Graduate Architecture Studios (3)

03_Third Floor: SAIC Mixed Program SAIC Rec Center 1/3 Mile Track SAIC AIADO Interior Architecture Studios (3) Computer Lab Critique Space & Internal Gallery Lecture Hall (Upper Level)


Sectional Deployment of Program

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eco[sublime] time-based animation (scan here!)

[eco]sublime A S t ra t e gy f o r Ec o lo gic a l Urb an ism T h e Grims el H yd ro elect ric Da m Proje c t Ho t e l & Re se a rc h Cen ter G r i mse lse e , Ca nt o n o f Be rn , Switzerlan d Pr o fe s s o r R Hu b eli w / Max -E man u e l Mant el 1 4 We e ks G r ad u ate De s ig n Aw ar d No minee - UIUC SoA R ye r so n Tr av e lin g Aw ar d ( Ho n o r ab le Ment ion) - UIUC SoA Fe a t u r e d i n e x h i b i t i o n , " Man u factu r in g L an d s c apes," Chicago, IL (May 2012) S2012


The Swiss Government is interested in raising the height of the hydroelectric dams in Grimsel, Switzerland by 23m (75.46ft) in order to impound a greater mass of water and increase the power-generating capacity of the facility. The effort meets resistance from the Swiss Green Party who argues that raising the water level will destroy hundreds of thousands of square meters of vegetative ecologies bordering the artiďŹ cial lake. This proposal leverages the idea of integrating architectural infrastructure with existing ecologies of the Grimsel Region. The building acts both as a container for program (a hotel and research center), as well as an artiďŹ cial substrate to support ecologies displaced by risen lake water. The circular module intentionally exaggerates interstitial void spaces which are harnessed as spaces for ecological incorporation (through the impregnation of ecological substrates), areas of increased mass to resist the lake impounded behind, and building system chases. Over time the reorganization of ecologies on the site will interact unpredictably with the building structure, changing its appearance and altering the architectural expression and experience for visitors and residents. The unusual formal arrangement offers people a new way to experience the ecologies of the Grimsel Pass while offering opportunities for architectural and natural phenomena to blend in new ways, reecting the profound sublime qualities of massive infrastructure and indeed the Swiss landscape itself.


Arch Dam (Site) Gravity Dam

Canton of Bern


lake area (current) lake area (post-expansion) Grimselsee


00 - Entry A



Entrance hall Administration Restaurant Kitchen Kitchen office Breakfast/café Elevator Hotel rooms Laundry Spa



Original Size - 36" x 96" Original Scale - 1:50

Construction Section (B-B')


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5 6 1 Cylinder Cap Detail scale 1:20 1 Wall / fasteners 2 Precast concrete cap 3 Skylight

7 8

4 Ecology 5 Substrate 6 Gravel

7 Bituminous foil 8 Insulation


Floor / Wall Joint Detail scale 1:40 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

a b c d e

1 2 3 4

Interior finish In-situ concrete fill Rigid foam insulation Precast concrete formwork Precast joint (bolts) Floor finish Acoustic insulation Floor slab

Fresh air Air exaust Electricity Drainage Radiant floor heating

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a b c d e



Façade Detail scale 1:40 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Concrete (smooth) Rigid foam insulation Masonry tie Concrete (porous) Interior finish Extruded aluminum block Neoprene gasket Window (glass) Floor finish Acoustic insulation Reinforced slab

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11





Placing the Outer Ring

Placing the Inner Ring

Capping the Wall

The precast outer ring physically bonds the cylinders to one another. One level below this construction an inner ring of in-situ concrete construction is rising. This second layer bonds the precast pieces together and gives the wall the mass and water-tightness necessary to behave as a massive structural stronghold against the immense force of the impounded artificial lake.

A precast dome is set upon the finished wall by the tower crane. When construction is complete the tower crane is removed with a special jack that lifts the pieces down the tower, where they are transported out of the building.

After part of the original dam is removed and the footing placed, the tower crane lifts the first levels of precast concrete formwork into place. The in-situ concrete placing rig is nested inside of the precast ring, and suspends a flexible inner ring mold which will retain the cast-in-place inner layer of the wall as the concrete hardens.


The wall thickens in its descent to combat greater lateral forces (from water) and to satisfy the slenderness ratio requirement of the structure.

The tower portion of the crane remains part of the building and becomes structure for vertical transportation systems (elevators). The tower must also be braced at every other level to resist lateral forces imposed by the elevator cabs.


Unit Assembly

Final Arrangement


Cylinder pack ceiling (different inďŹ lls)

Cylinder (habitable space)

Foam cap (temporary form)

Negative form of ceiling



Section A-A'
















Kraftwerke MEIRINGENOberhasli (KWO) System







7 C

4 2

KEY: 5 LAKES 1 Oberaarsee 2 Grimselsee 3 Raeterichbodensee 4 Totensee 5 Gelmersee 6 Steingletscher MOUNTAINS 1 Titlis 2 Fuenffingerstoecke 3 Sustenhorn 4 Diechterhorn 5 Ritzlihorn 6 Hangendgletscherhorn 7 Sidelhorn


B 1

POWER PLANTS A Grimsel 1 B Grimsel 2 C Handeck 2 D Handeck 3 E Handeck 1 F Fuhren G Hopflauenen H Innertkirchen 1


HOTELS & ATTRACTIONS A Restaurant Mountain House Oberaar B Oberaar Lodge C Moutain & Adventure-Hotel Hospice D Kids & Family Hotel Handeck


2_ecology DENSITY


Structure INTERIOR








Initial Ecological Argument

Ecological substrate + plants (Potential future guest room expansion zone) Tower crane/ elevator track

HVAC/plumbing chase Solid ďŹ ll concrete Ecological substrate + plants (Potential future guest room expansion zone) Guest room (TYP) 6.0m dia.

Removable concrete plug Elevator (TYP) 5.0m dia.

Guest bath (TYP) 3.0m dia.





alpine azalea rocky non-porous

~ 10cm

summer (may-july) sunny, dry

hair moss rocky wetland for base

~ 5-10cm

dry environment entire year

rock pinks gritty loam old mortar rocky, gravelly

~ 20-30cm

loam leaf mould grit

~ 15-30cm

summer (may-july)

purple rock cress light shade good drainage april

crocus rocky loam soil


~ 15cm

can be covered in snow Jan-april and fall


substrate concrete

H2O O2 H2O CO2


O2 H2O 55 substrate


Model CNC-Milled Styrofoam Concrete Acrylic 3d-Printed Starch Insert Model Print Time: 11:57:45


ThÊâtre Urbain 250 S e a t Co mmunit y The a t e r & Pu b lic Sp ace 1 5 e Arro ndisse men t P a ris, F ra nc e Pr o fe s s o r J -B Viaud w / Ch r is Q u in lan 8 We e ks F2008


The project was to design a 250-person theater in the 15e arrondissement of Paris, France. Students working in pairs were required to complete a full analysis of the site and surrounding quarter, research and adhere to Parisian building codes, and develop the facility and adjacent outdoor space. A particular challenge was the reconciliation of the rather tall pinion walls neighboring the site.

02 - Administration

03 - Performers’ Facilities

Selected Plans

M - Mezzanine & Backstage

04 - Practice Stage



Scale Exploration & Manufacturing Process

Low Resolution Chair D e signing t he Ob ject St e e l , B r a ss, Ac r ylic , Aut o mo t ive Pain t, Neop ren e Ru b b er F e a t u r e d a s 1 st Ho no ra ble Me ntion , An on ymou s.d : “T h e N e x t A no nymo us D e signe r” Co m p etition , Jan u ar y 2011 w w w. a no nymo G r a d ua t e D e sign Aw a rd N o min ee, UIUC SoA Pr o fe s s o r J S Po s s, FAIA 7 We e ks F2010


minimizes material use and reduces the frame’s physical presence in the overall piece. The austerity and thinness of the welded steel frame communicates fragility, while its materiality ensures structural integrity. Heat-formed transparent acrylic modules interwoven with galvanized steel cable form the seat and backrest of the chair, which are slung between the ends of the cross brace at four pin connections. These connector units are structurally reinforced Drawing inspiration from pixilation, Low Resolution with a 3/8” acrylic backer plate, connected to the Chair employs a modular system which at first glance 1/8” unit by four 3/16” diameter, 1/2” long brass appears simple. Closer investigation reveals complex binding posts. A 3/8” barrel diameter, 1 9/16” long layers of detail which challenge the chair’s name-in- brass architectural sex bolt secures the unit to the concept, and demonstrate its departure from “low frame, and four distributed 1/16” neoprene washers resolution” representation. distribute the compressive force of the bolt across the unit. The frame of the chair is fabricated from heli-arc welded, cold-rolled steel, finished with two coats of A single transparent red module disrupts the powder. The chair’s support structure derives its otherwise calculated order of the piece, and shape from a fragmented approximation of a quarter introduces and element of tension. sphere. The frame’s simple cross configuration 69




The Network: Chicago I n t e ra c t ive Bo ut ique Ho t e l & Pu b lic Oasis Ca pst o ne The sis P roject Chic a go , Illino is E a r l Priz e D e sign Aw a rd Re c ip ien t, UIUC SoA Pr o fe s s o r M W Nie r m ann 1 5 We e ks F2009


My concept uses the existing social context of the historic neighborhood of Edgewater located in Uptown Chicago as the foundation for a fully interactive, technologically integrated boutique hotel experience. The building establishes a centralized node of social activity within the neighborhood, drawing the community together with an interactive media facade. Technological design considerations encourage guests to communicate with one another, and with patrons in the underlying plaza. The plaza acts as a public gathering spot with the building as a mechanism of triangulation, itself an ever-changing artistic gesture. The Capstone Thesis is the culmination of the design studio sequence at the undergraduate level. The capstone studio is the student’s opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills attained in areas of design, technology, structures, and history into the development of a comprehensive design process.








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The competition was to develop an attraction for Disney using story telling as the main mode of communication. Our attraction focuses on a unique backstory based on the (then) upcoming sequel of the TRON ďŹ lm franchise. In preparation for our concept, we invented a rich background to ground our attraction. In this way we could introduce concepts from the already established world of TRON and explain where our story deviates and picks up. This project was concieved by students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and created for the 2010 Walt Disney Imagineering ImagiNations Competition. This project is the sole property of Walt Disney Imagineering and all rights to use these ideas are property of Walt Disney Imagineering. The competition is a way for students to showcase their talents and for Disney to identify new talent.

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Pull-Down Access

Pull-Down Access

ouch-Screen Touch-Screen Interface Interface

Adjustable Adjustable Device


LapLapRestraint Restraint




The Madrid Pavilion A rc hit e c t ura l Co mpo sit ion E xercise TA A Mo r e au Pr o fe s s o r s L Hamlin & M Taylor 4 We e ks S2008


The project was to design a structure which allocates space with the goal of communicating logical ow. Framed perspectives, the organization of partitions, and attention to lighting allow the project to achieve aesthetic unity. Additionally, designs are required to adhere to site requirements and space restrictions, and students are challenged to harmonize their designs with those of their classmates.





The Windy City Scavenger Hunt A r c h i t e c t u ra l Int e r ve nt io n in t he N etworked Smart City Pr o fe s s o r T F Tie r ney w / J D Me d e 1 We e k S2011


The project was to design a network-based architectural intervention to be situated in the main atrium of a rail transport center. First-time visitors and Chicagoans alike have a new way to explore the sites of Chicago. Relying on user-input data The Windy City Scavenger Hunt compiles a customized itinerary tailored to the interests of the individual. Schedules are delivered piece-meal, allowing exibility for both the user and system to modify the trajectory in real-time. The resultant interactive environment engages each individual user, encourages communal interaction, and provides an architecturally incorporated landmark structure as a locative device and meeting place.


Sample Itinerary

nt Hu ence ion: r i t e ute m Ro ng xper stina m n orm nco i f riu e s t m av e-E Bu eta De tariu Pla in Co c er n 6 t S r a s T 4 1 1 e e in P t Pl rom t Ma for lan at Th the ea a te f ve ce gage part ler P rd i riv ght viga rive i a r eck t r A Ar Bo Ad Ch De No En Ar Ali Na e urs




1:30 pm

1:50 pm

4:06 pm

System Logic Arrival Scenario 1 Login to System Remotely

Arrival Scenario 2

Create Account Input Information

Program Itinerary at Station

Arrival Scenario 3

Summon Account

Random Itinerary



System Engages


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4:47 pm

ut Currency

Machine assigns destination based on Time + Parameters + Behavior

4:57 pm

To Be Continued...


Check-In at Prescribed Destination

Spend Time

Check-In at Alternate Destination


Proceed to First Destination Confirm



Argonne National Laboratory Energy Science Building C o m pre he nsive Int e gra t ive Desig n Stu d io P r ofes s or M K Kim , P h .D, AI A H D R A rchitec tur e, Chic a go, IL (Te a ch i ng Offi ce ) w/ Debor a Leighto n 1 1 Weeks F2 0 1 1 107

Trends in energy sciences have revealed the de mand for interdisciplinar y research collaboration; This new building will unite four key science divisions: Chemical science & engineering, energy systems, material science, and nanoscale materials. Labs are organized by lab type, rather than departmentalization of discipline, and therefore the building programmatically requires generic, repeat able laborator y modules, some with unique requirements and features.


The building will host 216 research, administrative, and support staff. On the campus scale the project will respond to existing infrastructure and combine with adjacent Building 223 in the development of a new “Energy Quad.” The new building will enhance pedestrian circulation and due to its location, must respond aesthetically as the new “front door” of the ANL Campus.





Lab Modules OfďŹ ce & Work Spaces Lab Support



Mechanical Conference

Lab Modules Administration OfďŹ ce &Building Work Spaces Amenities Circulation Lab Support

1Mechanical 12

Ground Level

L 0'

Level 2 Structure

10' 20'




Level 3 HVAC

Using the HDR supplied program we determined the most logical and efficie nt method of programmatic The Bottom Line: Building Area Tabulation (Excerpt) deployment. In addition to plans, framin g diagrams are proposed and the Total Net Area Total Net Area Excess/ entire buildings HVAC system is sized, Totals Sq Ft Required Sq Ft Provided DeďŹ ciency calculated, and distributed. An in114,398 121,547. +6.2% depth area tabulation reveals oversights TNoettaAl rGeraosss Area 201,282 in the overall scheme. Building Efficiency 60.39%




Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France

Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France

Bahnhoff Stadelhofen, Z端rich, Switzerland Mykonos, Greece


de Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands


"Street Smart" from "The Manual of Networked Possibilities" Compilation of theoretical interventions for Intelligent Cities Graduate Student Design Award Submission, Chicago, IL UIUC School of Architecture Discover Architecture: Pre-college program for high school students Resident Advisor / Staff, UIUC School of Architecture

John S Wieser - Design Works  
John S Wieser - Design Works  

My work from 2006 - 2012. Includes studio work, work samples, and competition projects.