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Aaron Sondgeroth Creative Works

A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning


Barcelona Pavilion ARCH 1121: Introduction to Architectural Design Community Gathering Space ARCH 1131: Architectural Design Communication Spatial Sequence ARCH 1131: Architectural Design Communication Nature of Materials ARCH 1131: Architectural Design Communication Chicago Environmental Education Center ARCH 2201: Architectural Design I Light Modulating Wall ARCH 2202: Architectural Design II Chicago Urban Infill ARCH 2202: Architectural Design II Sketches and Photography


Barcelona Pavilion Architecture 1121: Introduction to Architectural Design Instructor: Meg Kindelin Duration: 4 Weeks


Perspective Drawing

In this project, students are to use drafting skills to accurately create a set of drawings which communicate the spatial qualities and the interaction between the occupants and the space, and how the space interacts with the site. To develop a good understanding of these relationships, students are to prepare a plan, plan oblique, and a diagram expressing the importance of space in Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion of 1929.


Community Gathering Space Architecture 1131: Architectural Design Communication Instructor: Jane Ostergaard Duration: 4 Weeks


Site Plan

Plan Oblique

Section at 1/8”=1’0”

Students are to use a predetermined space on campus to be the site of a gathering space. The space is to be designed with a set amount of parts, while at the same time being able to accomodate groups of varying sizes. In examining the site, which happened to be a very crucial intersection point on West Campus, I noticed that despite the initial position to desire walling people away from the noise and traffic outside the site, I felt that a more open design would lead to approach from all sides, while using the existing trees for shade would lead to a feeling of serenity and peace.


Spatial Sequence Architecture 1131: Architectural Design Communication Instructor: Jane Ostergaard Duration: 2 1/2 Weeks


Site Plan at 1/8”=1’0”

Perspective View into central space

Section at 1/8”=1’0”

Students are to develop a design through various revisions and a series of modifications, creating a memorable space which has three distinct spaces within it. The spaces are to have an individual character and are to respond to a specific season. I looked at a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Nature has neither kernel nor shell; she is everything at once” for inspiration in creating the spaces. The spaces are not to compete with nature, but rather to fit within it and seem to be a contributing part of it.


Nature of Materials Architecture 1131: Architectural Design Communication Instructor: Jane Ostergaard Duration: Two Weeks


Students need to accurately constuct forms out of wood, glass, concrete, and metal, which reflects the key design ideas of a precedent work. The construction of the model is to use the materials in a way that reflects the form of the concept of the project selected. I saw Rem Koolhaas’ influence of changing the accepted norm, along with his idea of dividing the library into separate levels, with each level serving a determined puropse, linked with a central movement aspect, with a transparent, yet mirrored skin that covers the form as being the basic essence of the project. Its ties to the Northwest United States, which has a reputation for rough weather, and the weathering process endured there, is reflected in the concrete’s rough and unfinished appearance. The yellow bar serves as a central structural element, both supporting and tying the various levels together as they differ in both height and orientation.


Chicago Environmental Education Center Architecture 2201: Architectural Design I Instructor: Mark Pearson Duration: Nine Weeks


Active/Passive Diagram

Natural/Man-Made Diagram

Site Diagram

Students need to create an environmental education center on Northerly Island in Chicago, which will expand education opportunities provided by the nearby Museum Campus, while also providing information and education on the local ecology and animal population of Northeastern Illinois. The center will reside within the framework plan for the island, created by Studio Gang. I started by looking at the basic traffic patterns of the proposed ecological park. The seemingly rational split between the natural park and the man-made city was evident in the site, so I decided to create a “gateway� between the urban and the natural, while using the implied path between the boardwalk to the west and the ecological path to the east.


First Floor Plan


Second Floor Plan


Light Modulating Wall Architecture 2202: Architectural Design II Instructor: Mark Pearson Duration: Two Weeks


Summer: 71.45 Degrees

Winter: 24.55 Degrees


Final Model with Sunlight

Students are to design in section to create a wall section that creates a sense of place through light modulation. Groups will work together to create the design. The spaces should have an intimate interaction with natural sunlight. This design was influenced by the traditional Shoji Screen, which has a distinctive shadow pattern due to the shadows cast by the structure onto the rice paper screen that covers the opening. The concept was to then take the idea of the screen and split it so that layering and possible direct sunlight could enter the space.


Chicago Urban Infill Architecture 2202: Architectural Design II Instructor: Mark Pearson Duration: Nine Weeks


The Artwork:

The Challenge: Create an art gallery in the River North neighborhood of Chicago that is both sustainable and comfortable, while at the same time embraces the location where the building is to be situated. Students are to derive a design concept from their selected artwork or the site conditions.

Design Concept: Embrace the Garden

Blue and Green Music (1919) by Georgia O’Keeffe Images courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Location of the Site

I came up with the idea to use a garden to split the building initially, with every subsequent floor being split and whittled away to allow for views of the city, as well as to allow for views into the central garden space. The garden space is integral for the design, much as the large triangular piece within the painting splits the painting and draws the eye, the triangular garden space allows for there to be a semi-natural space that is both inviting and welcoming, while at the same serves as a physical split in the building form.

First Floor Diagram


Embracing the Garden

Wall Diagram

Wall Corner Detail

The decision to allow ivy to cover an entire exterior wall was out of a creative solution to address the climate and light issues that occur with an art gallery. Despite an intial desire to place artwork within a dark space where light would never be a problem, natural light is still needed to keep the electric bills down from a standpoint of economy, but also to fit within the philosophy of sustainable design. Growing ivy would shade in the summer, and the leaves would diminish in the winter, allowing enough natural light to filter in, reducing energy costs. Also, allowing there to be a barrier between the natural light in the summer and the external envelope, a large amount of shade would be created, thus cooling the building. By allowing the ivy to grow up the wall and onto the trellis shading feature, the ivy would be allowed to grow unimpeded while cooling and further protecting the building from solar gain. The garden also served the purpose of being a focal point, which allowed there to be a welcoming and inviting place to meet and congregate.


Design Development

Detail Wall Section


First Floor

Second Floor


Third Floor

Fourth Floor

Fifth Floor


Artistic and Creative Work


Background: Education: Earlville High School (August 2004-October 2004) -Varsity Soccer Sandwich Community High School (October 2004-May 2008) -Varsity Cross Country -SHS Band -Div. I Solo & Ensemble -Interstate Eight Conference Honor Choir -Illinois Music Educators Association District Festival -U.S. Chemistry Olympiad District Representative -Tri-M Music Honor Society College of DuPage (August 2008-May 2012) -COD Architecture Club (Architecture Region of Chicago) -Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Pre-Architecture Technology Proficiency: Auto CAD, Revit, 3ds Max, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, SketchUp Languages: English, German Work Experience: Pat’s Total Lawn Care (1995-2007) Landscaping Meijer, Inc. (2008-) Bakery-Deli, Produce Cross-trained in multiple areas of the store

2012-2013 COD Final Architecture Portfolio  

Portfolio for admission to University of Michigan

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