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Kevin Medina University at Buffalo Undergraduate Portfolio





Table of Contents


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Design Team:

Randy Fernando (TA)

Kaleigh Scroger

Brendan Cross

Kevin Medina

Brian Baek

Louie Miscioscia

Jacob Barkan

Martin Vargas

James Renda

Qiting Xie

Kaetlyn Hanlin

Rachel Hernandez

The Culinary Institute

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Design Team:

Ozay Erkin (Instructor) Kevin Medina

Sheikh Hossain

Conibear Shellhouse

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Design Team:

Annette Lecuyer (Instructor) Kevin Medina


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Design Team:

Chris Romano (Instructor)

Kevin Medina

Adara Zullo

Michaela Senay

Carlos Cuadrado

Nicholas Hills

Dylan Russ

Rob Sully


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Design Team:

Kevin Medina


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Xing Lin

Vitality Freshman Design Studio Warming Pavilion Spring 2017 Vitality is a warming pavilion that is located in Silo City, Buffalo, NY. It is a three wall structure consisting of wooden dowels, wedges, and studs, with various view ports that filtrate light, and wind. It has three focus views on existing structures, grain silos, and a tree at the center of the site, which acts as the main focal point. Using the tree as the main focus creates a narrative for revival and re-purposing of the site. This aims to give the surrounding environment continuous life and energy. The responsibility I had within this project was to assist in the conceptual, technical drawing, and construction aspects. My responsibilities consisted of a hand rendering, rhino modeling, plan drawing, photography, assistance to fabrication and construction completion. Through team collaboration, we were able to build a project that, will evoke the narrative for revival and re-purposing, and give the site a greater meaning.

Detail view of the wooden structure, showing the difference in color.

Front view of the first study model revealing a sense of visual filtration as well as contrasting colors.

Top view of the first study model showing an idea of spacial enclosure.

Collage showing the difference of seasons, revealing the Pavilions adaptability over time. (Martin Vargas)

Front view of second study model showing visual filtration.

Top view of second study model showing three entrances, or focal points.

Hand rendering of final model showing light filtration. (Kevin)

Plan view of the Pavilion showing specific angles, that give occupants specific view ports. (Kevin)

Exploded axon of foundation connection.

Highlighted visual of the dowel connection within the foundation.

Highlighted visual of the wedge connection.

Three foot excavation with use of a post hole digging bar. (Left: Brian, Right: Louie)

Further excavation with use of a shovel and digging bar. (Front: Kaleigh, Back Right: Qiting)

Full scale detail model of the wedge connection. (Kevin)

Use of a metal hammer to help the break down large pieces of rock. (Front: Kevin)

Final Review. (Left to Right: Randy, Louie, Rachel, James, Brian, Kaetlyn, Kevin, Jacob, Kaleigh, Qiting, Brendan, Martin)

Detail connection of the foundation.

Rendered view of what the occupant would see once inside the pavilion. (Louie)

Realistic view of what occupants see when inside the pavilion.

Rendered View (Louie Miscioscia)

The Culinary Institute Senior Design Studio Mixed Use / Culinary School Fall 2019

The Culinary Institute is a mixed use housing complex, as well as a culinary school for young adults. Located in Forrest Hills, Queens. The institute gives an opportunity for young adults to start their academic and professional careers in the Culinary Arts. This mixed use housing complex has 29 units varying from single studio units to 6 bedroom tower units. The first two stories of commercial space contain restaurants, giving students the opportunity to utilize their skills and gain experience in their desired field of study. This culinary institute is the start to their up and coming careers as young professionals. My responsibility in this design project involved the development of digital and physical models, floor plans, renders, and photography. I collaboratively worked on conceptual ideas with my partner to create an urban hub for educational and career oriented success.

1/32� scale site model.

Site axon showing local commercial spaces (restaurants) located in the area.

Culinary Institute Residential Units Commercial Space

Program diagram showing the Culinary Institute, Residential Units, and Commercial Spaces.

Ground Floor Plan

Continental Ave.

70th Rd.

Fourth Floor Plan

Continental Ave.

70th Rd.

Studio Unit

Double Unit

Triple Unit

Tower Unit

Commercial spaces service student workers, aiding in work experience.

A view of the public Library (Learning Space) and entrance into the Culinary Institute.

Rendered view of the mixed use, Culinary Institute from Austin St.

Section Perspective (Sheikh Hossain)

Conibear Shellhouse Construction Technology Axonometric Drawing Spring 2019

Specifications 1 Foundation 14” Diameter Steel Pile with poured in place concrete 6-1/2” Structural Slab

2 Ground Floor Assembly In the Construction Technology course, I was assigned to study various built works, with this one being the Conibear Shellhouse by Miller Hull, located in Seattle, Washington. Students were asked to read through multiple construction document sets and create an axonometric drawing, replicating a particular section of the building to scale.

6-1/2” Structural Slab with Mesh Reinforcement 1” Rigid Insulation 2-1/2” Concrete Topping Slab Acrylic Self-Leveling Product New Floor Finish Material

3 Wall Assembly 10” Sealed Concrete Wall 1/2” Air Space 3-5/8” Metal Studs R-13 Batt Insulation 5/8” Gypsum Wallboard with Vapor Retarding Primer at Interior

4 Window Assembly 9” x 3” Sill Aluminum Window Backer Rod & Sealant Sloped Sill 1/2” Chamfer at Concrete Corner

5 Deck Assembly Existing Steel Structure - W16 Beams & W10 x 39 Pylons 2” Composite Metal Decking - Corrugated Metal 2-1/2” Concrete Topping Slab Hot Rubberized Asphalt Membrane Protection Sheet Drainage Composite 1” Rigid Insulation 2” Topping Slab with Broom Finish

6 Railing Assembly 13 x 31.8 Galvanized Steel C-Channel 1/2” x 4” Galvanized Flat Bar 1/4” x 5-1/2” Galvanized Flat Bar Cable Support 1/2” Diameter Stainless Steel Solid Stiffener Rod 3/16” Diameter Stainless Steel Cables at 3” O.C. 3/4” x 6” Galvanized Steel Plate Top Rail

7 Railing Assembly 2 10” Concrete Upstand Painted Steel Column Painted 1/2” x 3” Flat Bar 6” x 6” Angle 3/4” x 6” Galvanized Steel Plate Top Rail

8 Roof Assembly

View of building exterior.

Painted Steel Purlins W16 x 36 Pylons 2x6 Pressure Treated Wood Nailer Tongue & Groove Wood Decking 1/2” Plywood Sheathing 6” Thick R-21 High-Performance Rigid Insulation 1/4” Overlay Board PVC Single Ply Membrane Fascia Metal Flashing




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Detailed section of the Conibear Shellhouse, in axonometric view.

Spline Junior Design Studio Boat Fall 2018 Located in Gallagher Beach, Buffalo, NY, a competition was held amongst each team to design, build and race a functional boat. My team, Spline is a boat that models the anatomy of a whale and tuna carcass. Using the carcass as a structural model allowed for an optimized design development of this boat. The design challenge was to investigate what defines skin and structure, which resulted in the final design. Having its design closely related to fish anatomy, it optimizes this visual aesthetic, highlighting its natural qualities of strength, durability, and structural organization. The responsibility I was tasked with in this project was to assist in the research, design, and construction of this boat. My responsibilities included precedent research, fabrication, and photography. Through group effort, we were able to showcase a unique design reflects fish and human anatomy.

Image shown highlights the aesthetic qualities of skin and structure, while responding to fish anatomy as a precedent.






D Diagram showing the physical and conceptual connections to bone structure of a human and tuna fish.





Sections of Spline taken at various points of the boat.

Exploded axon showing structural components.

Final review Regatta at Gallagher Beach in Buffalo,NY.

Nest Junior Design Studio Wooden Vessel Fall 2018 Nest is a floating fish restaurant located in Lockport Canal, Buffalo, NY. The restaurant is sited in the water to house fish for the occupants to catch their own meals. The program of this wooden vessel exemplifies the anatomy of a Tuna, following the narrative of spacial organization. Occupants would enter at the tail, catch their meal in the belly, and feast at the head or final end of the structure. In conjunction, the anatomy of the Tuna creates an inherent structural precedent, giving Nest an ideal form. In this project, my responsibility involved the development of hand sketches, digital and physical models, plans, sections, and photographs. Using the anatomy of a Tuna as a precedent, allowed my partner and I to create conceptual design ideas that give this project a clear narrative for its functional and aesthetic use.

Model showing lighting conditions within wooden vessel, revealing a captivating image of reflectivity.



First sketch of liquid and air buoyancy.



Second sketch of how individuals occupy the structure.

Section perspective of first initial design.

Third sketch with refined idea of buoyancy, structure, and inhabitation.

Final sketch of ideal section of final model.

First study model involving incorporated ideas of sketches. (Contains water, syrup, oil, and air)

Section perspective of final design.

Final design. (Contains, wood, balloons, water, air, cable ties, rope, metal rod, and mesh)


Fish Head FISH’s Head Exterior Dining Space/Kitchen


Large Fish Breeding Space

Fish Belly




Indoor Fishing Space


Storage Restroom



Fish’s Spline


Parking Lot

Fish Tail & Entrance

Demonstration of spatial transitions; along with a program drawing to the right.





Exterior Dining 1050 Sq. Ft.

Party Space 550 Sq. Ft.

Shop 2050 Sq. Ft.

Office 2050 Sq. Ft.

Storage 320 Sq. Ft.

Restroom 160 Sq. Ft.

Gallery 2050 Sq. Ft.




Plan drawing of the wooden vessel, shown in isolation with fish farm adjacent to it.


Large Fish Breeding Space

Atlantic Salmon

Section Perspective (Kevin Medina)

Temp: 10 Degrees Celsius (50 Degrees Fahrenheit) Size: About 30 In Life Span: 2 - 3 Years

Brown Trout

Temp: 20 Degrees Celsius (68 Degrees Fahrenheit) Size: About 30 In Life Span: 5 - 10 Years


Temp: 30 Degrees Celsius (86 Degrees Fahrenheit) Size: About: 20 In Life Span: 15 - 20 Years

Yellow Perch

Temp: 10 Degrees Celsius (50 Degrees Fahrenheit) Size: About 6 In Life Span: 5 - 7 Years

Kevin J. Medina 45 4th Street Valley Stream, NY 11581 858.603.5887 kevin.jomedina@gmail.com





I am seeking a position where I can utilize my design and conceptual education, to work with a team of creative individuals. I admire and encourage collaborative work amongst motivated individuals so that I may grow as a designer, and help others in the process. University at Buffalo • Bachelor of Science: Architecture (Focus on Sustainability)

Conferral: May 2020

Nassau Community College • Associates in Liberal Arts: Arts & Sciences

Conferral: May 2016

Programs: Illustrator, Photoshop, In Design, Auto CAD, Rhino, Sketch Up Craft: Hand Sketching & Rendering (VRay), Model Making, Photography Microsoft Office: Excel, Outlook, Power-point, Word Bilingual: Spanish Event Support: Architecture Department, University at Buffalo

Sept. 2018 - Present

• Assist in event layouts while coordinating with clients specific needs. • Organize spaces according to program use. • Restore layouts to original class set up for future lectures. RA (Resident Advisor): Campus Living, University at Buffalo

Sept. 2018 - Present

• Utilize advanced graphic platforms to promote well balanced event advertisements. • Mentored 32 residents through academic and professional issues by providing resources. • Plan educational programs that focus around community development for residents. Research Assistant: Architecture Department, Martha Bohm

Sept. 2018 - Dec. 2018

• Participated in researching and tagging specific species of plants to recognize elements for a specific region using Python. • Contributed to professors overall research in developing street-level imagery in Google street view to characterize food cultivation practices along roadside transects. • Scope of work assisted in developing cultivation maps for overall research. Student Aid: Nassau Community College, Construction Dept.

Mar. 2016 - May 2016

• Regularly documented on site progress with regards to scope of the work involved. • Kept inventory of furniture as well as assisted in design choices. • Attended meetings with Architects and Contractors to record and document progress of current project, in relation to assisting the oversight of subcontractors.


Treasurer: AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students)

Jan. 2018 - May 2019

• Financial Treasurer - managed the funds for the program and events • Partook in meetings that discuss events and programs that help inform students about architectural resources. • Promoted the connectivity of student and professional employers.


• AIAS Member Sept. 2018 - Aug. 2019 • LGBTQ Safe Zone Training • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) - Suicide Prevention Program Training

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