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KAREN CHOW SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE UNDERGRAD PORTFOLIO


KAREN CHOW

2013-2017

RESUME

W OWROK R K   EXPEXP Architectural Intern Architectural Intern - Aug MayMay - Aug 20192019

Turner Turner Construction Construction Engineering Intern Engineering Intern - Aug Jun Jun - Aug 20182018 Skidmore, Owings Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Merrill Architectural Intern Architectural Intern - Aug 2017 Jun Jun - Aug 2017 Pui Pui YingYing Art School Art School Art Teacher Art Teacher - Aug +2016 Jun Jun - Aug 20152015 +2016

EWDOURCKA T I O N

(312) 927 Competition 5556 E for kachow0421@gmail.com Design NOMA Merrill L Chicago, IL Architectural Intern Architectural Intern Jun - Aug 2017 Jun - Aug 2017

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A C T- cont I V I T Chair I E S NOMAS '19 Membership '19 cont Kappa Phi Lambda Worked with the Senior Estimators and Engineers in the Turner Construction '18-'19 Worked Worked on the on CTA the CTA RedRed Purple Purple Modernization Modernization Project Project with with the buildings the buildings group group of EXP of EXP Kappa PhiChair Lambda Social Media AIAS Sorority Estimating to Purple coordinate numerous projects Engineering Intern   Global. Global. Used Used RevitRevit and and field field research research to complete to complete signage signage packages. packages. Used Used Rhino Rhino to to'19 Worked ondepartment the CTA Red Modernization Project EXP -Sorority contIncInc '18-'19 '19 in the healthcare, higher education and commercial Kappa Phi Lambda Jun - Aug 2018column model model column formform through through design design process process and and assembled a finish aUsed finish board board forand the for Peterson the Peterson with the buildings group of assembled EXP Global. Revit Architectural Intern '19 Peer Adviser Coordinator  Lunar New Year Committee Lunar New Year Committee markets. Worked with subcontractors in developing Sorority Inc Metra Metra project. project. ield research to complete signage packages. Used Rhino '18cont May - Aug 2019 for School of Architecture '18cont '19 Membership Chair NOMAS scopes andcolumn performed take-offs various trades.and '18-'19 process to model form throughofdesign Membership Chair NOMAS Worked Worked with with the Senior the Senior Estimators Estimators and and Engineers Engineers in the inEstimating the Estimating department department to coordinate to coordinate Lunar New Year '18-'19 Praise Team forCommittee Korean assembled a inish board for the Peterson Metra project. '18-'19 Social contMedia Chair AIAS numerous numerous projects projects in the inhealthcare, the healthcare, higher higher education education and and commercial commercial markets. markets. Worked Worked with'18with Church of Syracuse Social Chair AIAS Assisted in developing renderings, site visits and Skidmore, Owings & '18-'19 Media Membership Chair NOMAS subcontractors subcontractors in developing in developing scopes scopes and and performed performed take-offs take-offs of various of various trades. trades. '16-'17 '18-'19 Peer Adviser Coordinator Worked withofthe Senior Estimators and Engineers Turner Construction '18-'19 other tasks a Chicago based project in their in the Merrill  Peer Adviser Coordinator ACE Mentor Program  Social Media Chair AIAS for School of Architecture Estimating department to coordinate numerous projects Engineering Intern   schematic and construction design phase. Contributed Architectural Intern  '16-'17 & Assisted Assisted in developing in developing renderings, renderings, site site visitsvisits and and otherother tasks tasks of a of Chicago a Chicago based based project project for School of Architecture '18-'19 '18-'19 in the higher education and commercial Chicago Scholars inconstruction stahealthcare, f coordination meetings to gain knowledge in Jun 2018 '18-'19 Junin--Aug Aug 2017 Adviser Coordinator  Praise Team for Korean their in their schematic schematic and and construction design design phase. phase. Contributed Contributed in staff in staff coordination coordination Peer Praise Team for Korean markets. Worked with subcontractors in developing the success of various projects.   '16 for SchoolofofSyracuse Architecture Church meetings meetings to gain to gain knowledge knowledge in the in success the success of various of various projects. projects. Cross Country Captain Church of Syracuse scopes and performed take-offs of various trades. '18-'19 '16-'17 '16-'17 ACE Mentor Program Praise Team for Korean Led an art and pottery class for elementary school Pui Ying Art School ACE Mentor Program '16-'17 Church of Syracuse '16-'17 Assisted inelementary developing renderings, site and students and  became a teacher assistant in addition the Skidmore, & class Art Teacher    Owings Chicago Scholars Led Led an art an and art and pottery pottery class for elementary for school school students students andvisits and became became a teacher a teacher '16-'17 Chicago Scholars '16 other tasks ofyear. a Chicago based project in their following year.  Merrill  Jun - Aug 2015 assistant assistant in +2016 addition in addition the following the following year. ACE Mentor Program  '16 Cross Country Captain schematic and construction design phase. Contributed Architectural Intern  Cross Country Captain '16-'17

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LEADERSHIP

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the success of various projects.  

SKILLS

Chicago Scholars

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Cross Country Captain

Illinois Chinese American League: Volunteered as service Revit/Rhino/Adobe Suite/ SketchUp/Model Led an art and pottery class for elementary school Pui Ying Art School Building crew for annual community events students and  became a teacher assistant in addition the Art Teacher     On Screen Takeo f Pro/Bluebeam Revu Chinese Christian Union Church: Volunteered for programs such following year.  Sorority Sorority Inc Inc Jun - Aug 2015 +2016 Pro icient in Microso t O ice Programs as the nursery, camp committees,  and sport tournaments '19 '19 Conversational Cantonese & basic Spanish skills Lunar Committee Lunar NewNew YearYear Committee

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ACTIVITIES

AWARDS

Pui Ying Art School 1st place Nationals for 2017 CI T National Design Pui Ying ArtCompetition School Syracuse University Art Worked on the CTA Red Purple Modernization Project EXP '19Teacher - cont Architecture Portfolio Award by Syracuse University Art Teacher Bachelor of Architecture candidate 2022 Kappa Phi2015 Lambda Jun - Aug +2016 with the buildings group of EXP Global. Used Revit and Architectural Intern - Aug 2015 +2016 1st place Nationals for 2019 Barbara G.Jun Laurie 2019 Student Whitney M. Young High School Sorority Inc ield research to complete signage packages. Used Rhino May - Aug 2019 2013-2017 Design Competition for NOMA '19 to model column form through design process and Lunar New Year Committee assembled a inish board for the Peterson Metra project. ACTIVITIES

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2 SOFT CORNERS

SOFT CORNERS

1 BORDEAUX HOUSE

BORDEAUX HOUSE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

3 RISING RISING

4 IGNITION LABS

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1 LEARNING FROM ARCHITECTURE Case Study [Fall 2017] Rem Koolhaas/OMA Bordeaux, France 1998 The Bordeaux House meshed the functionality of a paralyzed man and his family. The most significant part of the house is Jean’s floating studio room that traversed all three floors. Overall key features highlighted are utility, relation to landscape, facade, and structure and support. These contrasts in design return to how opposing features of duality can work together in a house: parallel to the family it was intended for.

Source: Hans Wellerman, OMA


MATERIALITY BORDEAUX HOUSE

STRUCTURE

PRIVATE VS PUBLIC

The Bordeaux House caters to its users through the cohesion of vastly different architetural features: which also remained its hardest challenge. How does one create a dynamic house that lives and breathes for the user? Such successful examples are the perferations on the upper level to create catered views. In addition, the basement rooms are distinctly carved to remain level with the topography and provide an element of playfulness.

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2 DESIGNING AN URBAN BUILDING FROM OUTSIDE IN AND INSIDE OUT Project Title: Soft Corners Site: Syracuse, NY [Spring 2018] Our objective was to design an official archive for downtown Syracuse based on our previous analysis. My facade stems from the idea of softening the corner condition. The buildings in downtown Syracuse are very boxlike so I created a juxtaposition by highlighting and amplifying the curve of the sidewalk. The concept of using curves makes the ensemble stand out as an individual character. At the same time, the visible vertical structural support grounds its roots in the characteristics and height of the surrounding datum lines.


Syracuse is a city in Central New York with a population of around 200,000. It has a rich history of being a major crossroad for the Erie Canal and hub for the salt industry. The numbers on the map correspond to the details on the following pages. The materialities show the various conditions in which they are used around the city.

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CONCEPT DIAGRAMS INTERIOR LANGUAGE

Surge Building

MASSING & FACADE STUDIES Concept

EXTERIOR LANGUAGE

Scale: 1” = 16’

The corner site appealed to me as a condition because of the potential to shape the surroundings of central downtown. Some design obstacles that I faced were demonstrating my facade as an interactive layer and incorperating the required programs with one clear language. The different thicknesses correspond to the four floors and their respective public and private spaces. In addition, the overlapping interior walls align with a grid created by the vertical structural support. 5


Gallery

Library

Cafe

Technology Center

Lobby

Atrium

Atrium

SOFT CORNERS

A

A

B

B

GROUND FLOOR

FOURTH FLOOR

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MODEL PHOTOS

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SOFT CORNERS

MATERIAL STUDY 8


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SOFT CORNERS

tf 01

Surge Building

Jefferson Street Elevation

Scale: 1” = 8’

tf 81

tf 51

tf 51

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3 REVISITING RED HOOK

INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE URBAN WATERFRONT Project: Rising Site: Brooklyn, NY [Fall 2018]

Our objective was to create a space that would retell the history of Red Hook’s industrial past and boatmaking. Some objectives were to expand the existing waterfront museum and add a stop for the New York ferry system. Rising explores twising and elevating the conventionality of the site’s past by playing with the exagerrated elongated orientation of surrounding warehouses. The form was inspired by lifting the building to deal with the area’s tendincey to flood emphasized by the duality of the brick’s materiality. The user can wander through the history of Red Hook or ascend to different peaks of interest above.


CONCEPT MODELS

SITE

RED HOOK

BROOKLYN RISING 12


SITE PLAN

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SITE STRATEGY


LARGE SCALE

LARGE SCALE STRATEGY

LARGE SCALE STRATEGY LARGE SCALE STRATEGY

MID SCALE

MID SCALE STRATEGY

SMALL SCALE

SMALL SCALE STRATEGY

MID SCALE STRATEGY MID SCALE STRATEGY

SMALL SCALE STRATEGY SMALL SCALE STRATEGY

My site strategy was to implement my design on a macro and micro scale. Because the lot spans two-thirds of my site I wanted to make sure Red Hook felt welcomed and the park would be enjoyable to occupy with unique furniture and pavilion spaces. The main paths branch off as extensions of the building connected by thinner horizontal paths and the new riverwalk. RISING

NE ELEVATION

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FLOOR 3 PROGRAM + FLOOR PLAN

The interior spaces are defined by the manipulation of long storage-container like units to create systems of program broken by weaving circulation. The facade is made of perforating brick pattern to allow more light into the space. BIKE PARKING

COVERED D O C K A R E A

WAITING A R E A + TICKETING A R E A

TOILE TS CIRCULATION

RESIDENT A R T I S T S T U D I O S

LOBBY

C A F E

UTILITY

LOBBY

GALLERY/ SHOWROOM ADMINISTRATION/ O F F I E S TOILE TS

AUDITORIUM

W O R K S PA C E TEMPORARY GALLERY/ EXHIBITION

CLASSROOM/ TEACHING FA C I L I T Y

ALL WEATHER FABRICATION Y A R D

C L A S S R O O M / DEMONSTRATION AREA PERMANENT G A L L E R Y

M U S E U M D O C K

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NEW YORK CITY

SECTION DETAIL GRID 2

GRID 1

SITE

RED HOOK

BROOKLYN

LARGE SCALE STRATEGY

REDHOOK NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN

MID SCALE STRATEGY

SMALL SCALE STRATEG

SITE STRATEGY

RISING

DOCK PERSPECTIVE

ENTRY PERSPECTIVE

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6 IGNITION LABS: QUARRY REIMAGINED Landscape Architecture [Spring 2018] Precedent Partner: Noah Bishop Site: Skytop Quarry, Jamesville, NY This semseter our studio delved into landscape architecture. Our analysis of the abandoned Skytop Quarry led us to researching thespatial pattern of the salt industry and Erie Canal through the history of Syracuse. The main focus of our project was to reimagine the Rust Belt city and the future industry of Syracuse through the retention of college students and the growing potential of existing technology companies. Industrial infrastructure has divided the city into fragments. Our projects seek to connect some of these discrepencies, from the university, to high 481, to surrounding neighborhood thought the emphasis of continous public space in our self-sustaining hub. 17


PRECEDENT STUDY Blue Wall Center Studio Gang Site: Greenville County, SC 2010 [unbuilt] The hybrid synthesis of The Blue Wall Center taught me how architecture can become the secondary player in a larger ecological system. The nature center taught us how to diagram larger factors acting on a building.

STUDY MODEL

GROUND CONDITIONS

SITE PROPOSAL

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By analyzing the quarry in section and plan we wanted to create a matrix that combined our analysis of the two and revealed the limestone resources that the quarry once had and to reveal the potential the site still retains. The materials we used were rockite and mesh.

quarry in plan [parent 1]

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quarry in section [parent 2]

Evolution 1


Evolution 3

Evolution 4

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Evolution 2

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INITIAL CONCEPT

FINAL MODEL

Part two of this project was an individual effort. Noah and I each took one of the proposed buildings on the quarry site we proposed. The main users of Innovation Labs will be science and technology startups that win local competitions and need the resources in Syracuse to expand their local business. Participants will be provided with subsidized housing, research facilities, branding services, and mentoring. Lab spaces will be focused on the bottom two floors to address vibrationconcerns. The equipment will be enclosed in individual thermoregulated environments. Stemming from that was the design parti to create clusters of microenvironments that attracted users visually from the exterior of needed private programming .

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USERS

PRIVATE Administration

Research Assistants / Interns

cleanroom

offices [labs]

biosafety lab

production lab

long term stay

short term stay

kitchen

bathroom

circulation tower

auditorium

break room

cafe

Entrepreneurs in [Software, Analytics, technology and other STEM fields Scientists Professors Clients Private & Public Partners/ Investors Public / Family / Visitors College Students [Affiliated with SU Blackstone Launch Pad & other similar programs]

START UP INCUBATOR PROGRAM_5500 sq m Public retail ground floor Parking

office [upper floor]

Food services Office floors Storage / Inventory Meeting rooms Conference rooms Internal courtyard

COWORKING PROGRAM_800 sq m Offices Open Coworking Space Corridors

SEMI PRIVATE The Buffer

Kitchen Storage

office [ground floor]

Restroom Wait Area

VALUES Business Acceleration Program Mentorship / Brand Development Satellite City Showcasing work / products Leisure Investment Development Meetings / Transactions Enhancing links to universities and the Syracuse business community Workshops

PUBLIC Facilitate

gym+recreation

LABORATORY PROGRAM_6000 sq m Reception Conference Rooms Administration Green Roof Office Atrium Storage / Cold Storage Utilities Collaboration Rooms Workstations Rapid Prototyping PLC Lab [Program Logic Controller] Robotics Lab Acoustics Lab Chemistry Lab Optics Sensors

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By analyzing the different programming encompassed in my building of numerous precedents, denoted in various colors below I was able to create dodecahedrons in accordance to square footage and usage.


STRUCTURAL EXPLODED AXON Frames

Rooms

Semi-Public Circulation

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

3RD FLOOR: Co-living Units

Public Circulation

Ground Floor

Basement Lvl 1

GROUND FLOOR: Offices & Recreation

Basement Lvl 2

Private Circulation

Materiality

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PHOTOGRAPHY

One of my passions is portrait photography. I love how photography can be used as a way to empower pepole and make them realize their own beauty. Going on excursions with friends can lead to exploring new spaces and utilizing my environment in different ways. This in turn also aids me in the design process.

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THANK YOU E: kchow01@syr.edu P: 312-927-5556

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Working Portfolio as of the publication date (11/8/19) Based in Chicago but attend school in Syracuse, NY and always looking forward for new...

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Working Portfolio as of the publication date (11/8/19) Based in Chicago but attend school in Syracuse, NY and always looking forward for new...

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