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karrah lynne vila, m. arch SELECTED WORKS 2007-2012


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SELECTED WORKS from Tulane University, Rome [Italy], and my home community of New Orleans. These works best express the studio, construction, and artistic education I received from 2007-2012.


contents p2-3 thesis algiers, la

p4-9 rome program rome, italy

p10-19 urban build 6 central city, new orleans

p20-25 bayou house delacroix, la

p26-29 resume/contact p30-31 p3


thesis | p4

SACRED: THE TRANSCENSION OF ARCHITECTURE THROUGH SENSES AND REFLECTION. This project is the culmination of my studio career. Its existence is in my mind, in my computer and in model form; but would like to be in Algiers, LA. This building represents all of the qualities I believe architecture should have, as well as testing the idea that spirituality can be instilled in a form without deity.


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_focus upon object of reflection _perspective

elements

orientation

_focus / contrast

light

_continuous

sound

_water as “cleanser”

nature

_water as “cleanser”

colors

_social in physical realm _personal in mental realm

social aspect

_sacred realm left open for personal reflection

language SIGNS

_”playground”

_maze _short vision lines

_ephemeral / veiled

_repetitive / sporatic

_artificial

_social _decrease in gambling

_personal _increase in gambling

_explicit

THESIS STATEMENT | Architecture as a physical, visible manifestation of space can inspire the mental, invisible realm of the Sacred. With a non-denominational program, a spiritual experience can be evoked through design, form, lighting, sounds, materiality: all sensory qualities. Traditionally, religious spaces are deemed “holy” as they are defined by activies (rituals, prayers) and objects (altars, shrines) reflective of the represented religion. Our new idea of “faith”, other than religion, can be directly tied to an architecture that allows the physical to impact our mental state through engagement of the senses. The building as the manifestation of a reinterpreted material realm inherently becomes holy in its “being”ness, with secular programming engaging and immersing the unsuspecting visitor in an abstract concept and the physical site. The proposed project tests this goal in close relation to the intensity and mystery of the Mississippi River, in search of faith and reflection.

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river path change

meanders

industrial figure

boat channel

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A Sacred proposal at the the A

site analysis

river courses topography industrial figure

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THIS SITE ANALYSIS diagram was extremely valuable for the project. It shows context, the contours of the river bed, the industrial ďŹ gure of the river [barges, etc], the channels of boat travel, and most importantly: the courses the river took throughout history [shown in light gray]. These courses layered directly on top of the site, building it up and carving it away over the years. The site was charged with so much rich spirit that it became the perfect site for a spiritual building.


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PROCESS MODEL A

PROCESS MODEL B

PROCESS MODEL A was a projection of New Orleans’ city lines across the river onto the site. It also shows the angle of Algier’s main transportation via the black string. PROCESS MODEL B was an initial study of historical layers the site wasmade up of [ie. originial settlement lines, river boundaries over time, and the abstract lines of the river’s constrictions.

TWO SKETCHES show the process of the building’s formation, both in plan and section. In both, the building reflected the past river courses organically. With this inspiring the building’s form spiritually, it was left to decide on the appropriate program. Inserting a spiritually based program [such as spa] into this building would have been too like a church or temple. In short, it would have been too easy. Therefore, the BUILDING’S inherent ability to be spiritual was tested through the program of a casino. In this way, we can really see the results.

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rome program | p10

MY ADVENTURES IN ROME, ITALY were unfortunately condensed into these few pages. Shown are one of the projects we completed as well as some sketches. But whether they be based in the studio near the Pantheon; sketched atop a lonely curb, or along the cobblestone streets, these and more contributed greatly to the designer and person I am today. *piece of sky


LANDSCRAPER

A one week project in a Roman suburb in which the neutral ground was transformed into urban use.

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purliving ifyi ng worry genres hearing

chords

stress

practicing

studying

criticism notes

enjoying

music

labor settlement base practicality

pre-bombing 1943

nightlife restaurants drugs entertainment protest

post-bombing 1943

music clubs and areas in rome

URBAN COLLECTOR

A project based in a small suburb of Rome, Italy. We visited the site many times but were given program parameters of housing and community service together. After noticing a large musical inspiration in the neighborhood and a large university nearby, this project is a musical university with performance spaces for learning and the community. [RIGHT] The thesis statement in diagrammatic form.

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learn

discussion

live

practice

listen


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third floor

ground floor

COMMUNITY COMMUNITY

AUDITORIUM

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICEE PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

LIV E

spatial diagram

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second floor


[LEFT] The second floor plan, showing performance, living, and common spaces all connected by a practicing bar which ‘filters’ music daily. [ABOVE] shows this space in a simple rendering.

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SKETCH

Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza [LEFT] SKETCHED a block away from the church, is a gem to see considering the facade is so hidden. The church is only open sparingly throughout the week. [RIGHT] was sketched during one of these times. Both of these views are special to me as this churches exhudes Roman simplicity.

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SKETCH

Santa Maria della Pace SANTA MARIA intrigued me because of its unique approach. It, like Sant’Ivo, is one of Rome’s more hidden churches and has a hide/reveal view as you walk down the street. It is never open to the public; and as this was sketched while sitting outside my favorite cafe, this is a special church.

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SKETCH

il Pantheon, coffers I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER that I sketched this sitting on a pew on a rainy day, with my head bent all the way back, sketchbook up in the air.

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urban build 6 p20

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IN COLLABORATION WITH BILD DESIGN, Tulane’s URBANbuild chose a lot in Central City, a small close-knit community in New Orleans, LA. to establish the sixth house. This is where I had the exciting opportunity to physically form what architects usually imagine. Everything from pouring the foundation to framing walls, and painting on 40 ft. scaffolding to installing new flooring was achieved in 4 short months of Spring 2011.


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bayou house | p26

STILT HOUSES make up the infrastructure of Delacroix, LA - a small ďŹ shing community. Throughout my life, I ďŹ shed the waters of this area, but during this project I designed a home for a family who lives off its land.


structure

ventilation

one house

people house + fish house

THINKING OF THIS PROJECT in a prototypical way, the ease of construction and reduction of materials while retaining strength needed to combat hurricanes, a structural diagram was conceived in the form of a bridge-like structure with triangulated heavy timber. Not only does this allow for flexible interior spaces (as interior walls can be places anywhere) but since the two open ends are enclosed with sliding glass doors, the entire house can be opened up for cross-ventilation. A natural vernacular was envisioned for this area - and designed in the form of two buildings: one for the people and one for the fish - a large if not whole part of this fishing community. the fish house is slightly rotated to provide views of the bayou and lake borgne (to the north of house).

3/4” plywood heavy timber studs (8” deep) drywall/interior cladding ͤQLVKIORRULQJ spray insulation heavy timber beams (14” deep) insulated corrugated metal panel

piling

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resume | p30

OBJECTIVE: To sharpen my skills in the ďŹ eld of architecture in a ďŹ rm that pushes me to do so; through similar interests and missions, and abundant respect for peers and executives.


karrah lynne vila 504.884.6516 | karrahvila@gmail.com | 1608 N. Upland Ave. | www.issuu.com/karrahvila Metairie, LA 70003

SKILLS Autodesk | AutoCAD 2007+, Revit Adobe | Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, Acrobat Pro Rhino 3D version 4.0+ Google Sketchup V-ray | for Rhino, Sketchup Hand drafting Physical modeling

EDUCATION

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Tulane University May 2012 School of Architecture, Undergrad New Orleans, LA Master of Architecture [M.Arch] East Jefferson High School May 2007 Metairie, LA Diploma | Honors & Gifted/Talented

Rome Program August - December 2010 Rome, Italy Studies in public spaces [piazzas] Studio Drawing Materials & Methods Contemporary City Italian Language

EXPERIENCE

CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE

HR Personnel & Assistant to Timekeeper January - May 2013 Wyatt Field Service Chalmette, LA Phoned, met, and hired hundreds of employees Maintained applications and employee records Assisted timekeeper with daily duties and contacts

Tulane URBANbuild January - May 2011 Central City, New Orleans Building a single family residence - 1,200 sq. ft.

Sales Associate May 2010 - January 2013 Tomato New Orleans, LA Opened, closed, and ran store solely Tended to phones and social media pages Performed ofďŹ ce work and inventory

Motivated and hardworking Patient and respectful Resourceful Organised and a problem-solver

Sales and Baker August 2009 - August 2010 Be Sweet Cupcake! New Orleans, LA Opened, closed, and ran shop solely Cleaned and re-stocked nightly

PERSONAL SKILLS

REFERENCE Nina P. L’Hoste Owner of Tomato tomatogirls@gmail.com

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