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KENNA GIBSON selected architectural works


KENNA GIBSON 765.729.2210 gibsoke@mail.uc.edu

E D U C AT I O N MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning; Cincinnati, OH

class of 2020

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

summer 2018; jeff tilman; classical tradition; university of cincinnati fall 2017; liz riorden; ritual and space; university of cincinnati

B A C H E L O R O F S C I E N C E I N ARCHITECTURE Ball Sate University College of Architecture and Planning; Muncie, IN

class of 2017, cum laude minors in historic preservation and sustainability

WORK EXPERIENCE STUDIOS ARCHITECTURE january-may 2018; washington, d.c.

Practice Management: Training, Business development, Site visit to 680 I St, Stafford Place, Project Management: Dentsu Aegis, 5 First Discovery Rd, 111 Mass Ave, Stafford Place Project Planning & Design: 5 First Discovery Rd, 680 I St, 111 Mass Ave, Stafford Place I & II, CU Maloney Hall, Georgetown, Marriott - Sheraton Competition Project Development & Documentation: 111 Mass Ave, Stafford Place I & II, 1808 I St Construction & Evaluation: 111 Mass Ave, Stafford Place I & II

E L E VAT U S A R C H I T E C T U R E may-august 2017; fort wayne, indiana

Practice Management: Biweekly busines development and planning meeting Project Management: Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, CBRE Sturges, Programming & Analysis: Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, CBRE Sturges, Grimm & Grimm Remodel Project Planning & Design: Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, CBRE Sturges, Meijer stores Project Development & Documentation: Trine University MTI Center, Meijer stores Construction & Evaluation: Trine University MTI Center

SKILLS DIGITAL

revit, rhinoceros, autocad, sketchup, 3d studio max, sefaira, adobe creative suite, microsoft office

ANALOG

hand drawing,

model-making,

laser cutting,

vray for rhino,

3d printing,

photography


VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE DC CENTRAL KITCHEN

january-may 2018; washington, d.c.; community involvement

DAAP CARES

2017-2018; university of cincinnati; campus and community involvement

STUDENT TECHNOLOGY LAB VOLUNTEER

2017-2018; university of cincinnati; laser cutting and 3d printing

AIAS - FREEDOM BY DESIGN

2016-2017; ball state university college of architecture and planning; community involvement

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY muncie, indiana

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE BALL STATE UNIVERSITY CHEERLEADING 2013-2017; ball state university

DEAN’S LIST

2013-2017; ball state university

CRIPE FOURTH YEAR COMPETITION 2016 finalist; ball state university

DESIGN ALTRUISM PROJECT

rust belt + memory, david stairs, https://design-altruism-project.org/2016/06/13/rust-belt-memory/

USGBC LEED LAB

fall 2016, ball state university, prof janet fick

MIDWEST DISTRESS: RESILIENCE TOUR- FIELD TRIP WEEK october 2016; ball state university college of architecture and planning

REFERENCES NATHAN MINCH

managing principal architect; studios architecture, nminch@studios.com

CORY MILLER

principal architect; elevatus architecture, cmiller@elevatusarchitecture.com

WES JANZ

professor of architecture, retired; ball state university, wesjanz@gmail.com

OLON DOTSON

associate professor of architecture; ball state university, odotson@bsu.edu

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49262 tower city

exhibit columbus

5 FIRST DISCOVERY ROAD residence

studios architecture

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS facade design

elevatus architecture

CROSLEY TOWER redesign

RUST BELT + MEMORY midwest distress

theoretical

SPACE DEFINED BY LIGHT portfolio inspiration

theoretical

MISCELLANEOUS adventures

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It is my biggest challenge: finding the right direction. It’s not always easy. The architecture profession, and much of the schooling I have received, is shrouded in convention and tradition. I often felt lost, as if I didn’t quite belong, under the weight of such beliefs. The reflection in each project, the why, was often absent. I found myself through designing in response to my beliefs on issues of equity as they relate to the built environment. I have been able to reconcile my minors in historic preservation and sustainability, two areas that don’t always function well together, through social and environmental justice. I have a genuine respect for people and the environment and a deep concern for both positive and negative aspects of the design profession. I believe in equity and socio-spatial design- and have become more intrigued in designing in a thoughtful, inclusive, responsive way.

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49262 spring 2017... prof josh coggeshall in collaboration with classmates at ball state university for exhibit columbus


Columbus, Indiana, is a “tower city� marked by vertical elements that encourage a viewer to direct their gaze upward. 49262 respects and references this verticality without replicating the same proportions. The object meets the earth with sparse perforations that grow in size and density as the height increases. The object blurs and then fades into the sky, creating a gradient between material and space. My studio designed and developed 49262 while the summer studio fabricated and built the structure for Exhibit Columbus. I was one of four responsible for creating the final form, and I led the design of the gradient scheme.

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above (top): form finding to construction documents above: the total structure was made of a perforated skin bolted onto the construction assembly above. Each skin panel then bolted onto its neighbor, creating the entirety of the structure.


The studio was tasked with the idea of moire and a color scheme of Pantone 1505 C (orange) and Pantone 2925 C (blue). Iterations were made as individuals and then groups, with the final decision coming from what parts of each project the group liked best. Three classmates and myself created the design we were all most drawn to. We led the design development and aided in prototyping, construction documents, and drawings. I was responsible for the moire pattern. Countless prototypes were created in both small-scale and life-size to determine the sizing and pattern most liked. The resultant pattern was created in order to appear that the structure is blending into the sky.

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The goal was to create a different experience depending on where someone was positioned in or around the struture and based on one’s height.

left: 49262 built at exhibit columbus

photographs from exhibit columbus of skin and structure top two: exteriormiddle: structure with perforations and shadows bottom: layers at the entrance

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PHILIP AND JOAN MARKS HOUSE spring 2018... studios architecture... in collaboration and for principal christopher budd residence remodel... in construction


The house at 5 First Discovery Road in Truro, MA was both the first and last project I worked on during my time at STUDIOS Architecture. It was often my fun project; the one that sat on my desk and was worked on whenever I gained a free moment. Christopher Budd, a principal in the DC office, and his husband purchased the home and are restoring it to its mid-century modern glory. The opportunity to design both with and for Christopher was one that I hadn’t yet been afforded, and it was the project I most enjoyed working on while at STUDIOS. Filled with orange accents, custom artwork, and furniture that would belong in a Herman Miller or Knoll showcase, the house is soon to become a home.

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above: floors 1, 2 & 3 are formed from two cylinders with the fireplace and central core higher than the rest of the home. the rooms and flooring are formed perpendicular to the core with the kitchen following the exterior curve below: exterior elevations

PHILIP AND JOAN MARKS HOUSE 5 FIRST DISCOVERY ROAD TRURO, MASSACHUSETTS 02666

6/13/2018 4:21:35 PM

COPYRIGHT © 2017 by STUDIOS architectur

1625 M STREET, NW ~ WASHINGTON, DC 20036 ~

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5 FIRST DISCOVERY ROAD TRURO, MASSACHUSETTS 02666

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PHILIP AND JOAN MARKS HOUSE 5 FIRST DISCOVERY ROAD TRURO, MASSACHUSETTS 02666

COPYRIGHT © 2017 by STUDIOS architectur

1625 M STREET, NW ~ WASHINGTON, DC 20036 ~

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interior elevations of the kitchen and bathrooms Project Number

left: stairwell of truro house with proposed artwork (art to be determined by owner)

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF FORT WAYNE summer 2017... elevatus architecture facade and massing design... in construction


Elevatus Architecture competed as a design-build team for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. Exterior design of the building was opened up to the office as a specific design direction hadn’t been provided by B&G. I met with Joe Jordan, CEO of FW B&G, as part of the Elevatus team and was able to create a design through the interaction and branding that he wanted for the new building. I incorporated Fort Wayne’s love of public art into the facade of the building, creating a space for a mural for the club. Creating this facade for the Boys & Girls Club was a direct representation of what I took from each meeting with Jordan and our contractors.

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left: branding seen from the street below: site and building as seen from the bottom of the sloped site


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CROSLEY TOWER fall 2017... prof vincent sansalone


Crosley Tower is redefined with the addition of a colored skin, blurring the lines between what was and is. The dichotomy created between control and lack thereof creates a new exterior landscape for the concrete tower. It is more difficult to determine the true facade of the building, but the existing tower can be seen as the new core of the building. Pipes create the skin to reiterate the vertical language of the tower, yet gives a spatial opportunity and variety that was previously unavailable in its new form. The skin breaks the previous boundaries of the site to engage those on all sides.

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above (top): redesign as crosley tower meets the sky abover (bottom): redesign as crosley tower meets the ground

right: crosley tower as seen from the street above: diagram of skin form finding


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RUST BELT + MEMORY spring 2016... prof wes janz featured by david stairs on design altruism project


Memory represents who we are, our habits, our ideologies, and our hopes and fears, but it also gives an indication of who we will become. How do we move a city into the future and allow the weight of its past to not diminish, but grow? The distortion of memory caused a new examination of Rust Belt cities. No longer was I looking simply at what Rust Belt cities were, but how the false memory of them could shape what they look like in the future. Wrapping an abandoned building in fabric would serve practical purposes, keeping out squatters, creatures, and the elements, but would also create a quality of impermance and change.

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wrapping abandoned houses reavealing the simple essence of a building creating a quality of preservation


I want to be a designer that leaves the mindset of simply b u i l d i n g f o r t h e s a k e o f i t . Wh o a m I t o s a y t h a t t h e r e s i dents of places considered in need of help are even looking fo r h e l p ? Th e m a c h i n e w a s n o t t h e f i n a l p ro je c t c re a t e d h e re. My journey looking at memory of a place had much more impact than the final deliverable ever could. I don’t want to be an architect that creates cookie-cutter buildings, not caring about who or what they affect or who uses them. My professor challenged me to create a project that would lead future employers to be inquisitive and inspired by this project, and I plan to carry that way of thinking throughout the rest of my work. “M e m o r y i s n o t s i m p l y a n i m a g e p ro d u c e d b y t i m e t ra v e l i n g back to the original event -- it can be an image that is somewhat distorted because of the prior times you remembered it. Yo u r m e m o r y o f a n e v e n t c a n g r o w l e s s p r e c i s e e v e n t o t h e point of being totally false with each retrieval.” Donna Bridge

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SPACE DEFINED BY LIGHT fall 2017... prof vincent sansalone


How is space defined? A series of images represents my thinking into how space is defined by light. Once the images were processed, I then inverted them, thus changing the way I saw each image. This thinking defined the semester and gave inspiration for a quirky take on my portfolio.

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MISCELLANEOUS Spending the first four months of 2018 in Washington, D.C. has changed the way I see, experience, and think about architecture and the cities that I find myself in.

Washington, D.C.


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KENNA GIBSON kennamgibson@gmail.com (765) 729-2210

Kenna Gibson - Portfolio 2018  

Kenna Gibson - Portfolio 2018

Kenna Gibson - Portfolio 2018  

Kenna Gibson - Portfolio 2018

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