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KENDRA 2012-2014

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WORK EXPERIENCE Graduate Assistant, Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design | Blacksburg, VA

Maintained large-format printers, plotters, and scanners

2011, 2012 Architectural Drafter, Engineering Missions International | Haiti

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Rwanda

Developed design and rendering of a medical clinic in Haiti and a teaching facility in Rwanda.

2010 – 2011 Architectural Designer

and Consultant, Color Drenched Interiors | Washington, D.C. Conceptualized cabinetry and redesigned floor plans for residential space in Arlington, VA. 2010 – 2011 Intern, Dale Overmyer Architects | Washington, D.C. Generated plans, elevations, and 3D renderings. Processed building permits, and researched zoning and code requirements in historic Georgetown. Assembled presentation graphics used to communicate concepts to the client.

2008 - 2011 Field Staff, Fellowship fall fall

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Christians in Universities and Schools | New Haven, CT

Organized events, presented talks, facilitated group discussions, and mentored students from independent high schools. Completed two seminary courses. 2007 Gallery Supervisor, Columbia University (GSAPP) | New York, NY Oversaw daily activities in art gallery at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

2007 Intern, The New York Historical Society | New York, NY

Researched, fact-checked, compiled, and formatted articles for The Encyclopedia of New York City.

2007, 2008 Intern, Raphael Architects | Doylestown, PA spring summer

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Developed plans, details, and elevations for residential and institutional architecture in Bucks County, PA in addition to dimensioning and surveying existing site conditions. 2007 Intern, Free Arts NYC | New York, NY Developed and managed art projects and coordinated events for abused, neglected, and at-risk children. 2006 Intern, Save Venice | Venice, Italy Researched and outlined ongoing and proposed art and architecture preservation projects in Venice.


722 S outh F ayette S treet , A lexandria , VA 22314 KendraAJohanson@gmail.com 610.724.6462

E D U C AT I O N

2011-2014 Virginia Tech, School spring

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Architecture + Design | Blacksburg, VA

M. Arch. Candidate, Anticipated Graduation: May 2014

Four-month residency program

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Painting and Drawing in Multiple Mediums | Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Graphic Design | The Moore College of Art Introduction to AutoCAD | Drexel University New Testament Survey, Old Testament Survey | Trinity Episcopal Seminary for Ministry

2013 Center For European Studies

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Architecture | Riva san Vitale, Switzerland

2004-2008 Columbia University | New York City, New York

Additional College-level Coursework:

2000-2004 Episcopal Academy | Merion Station, Pennsylvania

SKILLS • • • 2013-2014 2013-2014 2007-2008 2005-2007 2004-2005 2004-2005

Computer Skills: AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch-Up, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, ArcGIS, MicroStation, CNC Lab Fabrication, Macintosh and Windows Platforms Manual skills: Sketching, painting, photography, woodworking, physical modeling, drafting, and life drawing Design experience: Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Art and Architecture Preservation

A F F I L I AT I O N S

American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS) | Member Carpenter’s Center Homeless Shelter | Volunteer New Haven Urban Design League | Volunteer The Architectural League of New York | Member Columbia University Architecture Society | Events Planner and Social Coordinator Columbia University Women’s Crew | Team Member

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A n a ly t i c a l P a i n t i n g Virginia Tech | Study Abroad

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W e l l sp r i n g M i n i s t r y C e n t e r

E n g i n e e r i n g M i s s i o n s I n t e r n at i o n a l | R w a n d a | 2 0 1 3

VIRGINIA TECH: QUALIFYING DESIGN LAB. Naef Toy Design Competition Wood, Acrylic Paint

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C o w g i l l H a l l A d d i t i o n | Architecture Systems Lab V i r g i n i a T e c h | B l a c k s b u r g , VA | 2 0 1 3

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VIRGINIA TECH: ADVANCED DESIGN LAB. Restaurant in Blacksburg, Virginia Site Plan and Elevation Watercolor, Pen and Pencial

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P i e d m o n t C i t y : C o n t r o l l e d S p r a w l | Theory of Urban Form W a s h i n g t o n A l e x a n d r i a A r c h i t e c t u r e C e n t e r | A l e x a n d r i a , VA | 2 0 1 3

P R O P O S A L F O R PI E D M O N T C I T Y This proposal for the Piedmont Region is based on the practice of controlling sprawl through government regulations, designs features, strategic placement of infrastructure and preservation of existing landscape. As a response to the congestion and problems of Northern Virginia, outside of DC, this proposal embraces decentralized urbanization, while protecting against the negative qualities often associated with sprawl. This proposal suggests how Piedmont City might develop overtime, however sprawl, in its nature, is an evolving process that cannot always be predicted. The single-family detached home is going to remain in high demand as long as people have access to it, so strong physical and legislative boundaries and intelligent management through good design are critical to guiding future growth while allowing for flexibility over time.

“On the fringe of mass Suburbia, even the advantages of the primary neighborhood group disappear. The cost of this detachment in space from other men is out of all proportion to its supposed benefits.� Lewis Mumford,The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects, 1961.

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ZO NIN G A N D L A ND-REG ULATIO NS With the concession that exact planning and definitive growth patterns are unpredictable, this plan creates guidelines for the future, in hopes of promoting responsible development. In order to protect the beauty of the mountain regions, height restrictions and floor area ratio standards are based on the location of the development. The buildings located lower in the landscape may be taller than the buildings that are closer to the hilltops and the land at the peaks of the hills is preserved for park use. As a result, Piedmont City will inevitably grow outward from the various nodes and then because of FAR restrictions on the hilltops and higher elevations, the density will begin to increase on the inner parts of the nodes, growing “outward and inward�. Government and University buildings are exempt from this height restriction, however, allowing them to become focal points on the landscape. Controlling development along the roadways is also a common problem with sprawling suburban developments and building along the main highways will be restricted in order to prevent the strip-malls. Urban Agriculture is fostered and maintained around in these areas, with the option of developing some of this land over time.

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P i e d m o n t C i t y : C o n t r o l l e d S p r a w l | Theory of Urban Form W a s h i n g t o n A l e x a n d r i a A r c h i t e c t u r e C e n t e r | A l e x a n d r i a , VA | 2 0 1 3 DESIGN P RIN CIPLES: N EIG H B O R H O O D S C A LE On a smaller scale, at the neighborhood level, variation in housing typologies will allow for affordability and versatility. Concentrated around mixed-use “main streets”, the neighborhoods will offer a range of housing choices, making it possible for senior citizens to stay in their homes as they age, young people to afford their first homes, and families at all stages to find a safe, attractive homes they can afford. The neighborhoods will be accessible by public transportation, green ways and bicycle paths. The designation of distinct districts makes each region a destination and opportunities to live, work and play, make them economically and culturally stimulating, increasing the vitality of the various parts of the city. Jane Jacobs understood the importance of having a multi-faceted environment: “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities


M. Arch, Virginia Tech. 2014 | K e n d r a J o h a n s o n ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT: SHOPPING, MUSIC, AND, SPORTS Piedmont City will offer accessibility to public transportation, vibrant cultural and business centers, and preservation of the natural landscape, making it a successful model for growth. Using the topography as a natural barrier to continued sprawl, hilltops, highways, manmade reservoirs, agricultural preserves, transportation lines, and the Blue Ridge Mountain Range aid in the design of the city. Piedmont City will be divided into sub-regions, or districts, bound by the highways that connect the towns of Sperryville, Warrenton, and Culpepper. Within this bounded region, there are three proposed districts, each with it’s own unique character and attractions. In addition, historic towns and sites are incorporated into a contemporary urban fabric. The districts are comprised of multiple neighborhoods and surround a central park that ties them all together, acting as a unifying community feature. The three districts, the Museum/University district, Arts/Entertainment, and Civic/Business, have residential and commercial development throughout, so as to prevent “dead zones”.

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A B S T R A C T

My thesis is an exploration of sacred passage and transition in architecture. A homeless shelter, situated in Alexandria, VA will be the vehicle for my exploration. In the design and execution of homeless shelters across the country, the consideration of human dignity is often replaced, in exchange for a dehumanizing compilation of cheap materials, fast construction, and easily repeated space boxes. On the contrary, the transitional HOME has the potential to be a sanctuary, a refuge, a place that doesn’t necessarily define its inhabitants, but enhances individual identity and allows one to both share in a community of other urban inhabitants and also escape to an isolated and safe space when necessary. I hope to answer the following questions: How can the built environment enhance one’s understanding of his/her value and participation in community? What does “HOME” mean and how can one associate these characteristics to a building that is constantly in a state of transition? What is the distinction between basic shelter and home? How can issues such as identification, transportation, healthy food, learned skills, hygiene, fitness, community, entertainment, positive purpose, and storage security influence people and make a place feel like home? Homelessness is a constant battle for both individuals and communities, precipitating disjointed and fragmented lives. I hope to design an urban dwelling where man is able to remember who he is, his purpose, his direction and also participate in the well being of the other people with whom he is living.

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KENDRA

ANNE

JOHANSON

722 S outh F ayette S treet , A lexandria , VA 22314 KendraAJohanson@gmail.com 610.724.6462


Kendra Johanson Graduate Portfolio