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Rubio Portfolio


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4 Résumé

Phoebus Live-Work

Second year Enviromental Design Studio. Spring 2008.

Retail Alliance Headquarters

Third Year Community Design Studio. Fall 2009

Government Center Station

Third Year Community Design Studio. Fall 2009

Place de L’Equerre

Study Abroad Urban Design Studio. Summer 2010.

Solar Decathlon

Fourth Year Solar Option Honors Studio. Fall 2010 - Fall 2011.

2012 Virginia Prize

Design Charrette competion held on the weekend of Jan. 27-30, 2012.

Cover Letter Greetings: My name is Kenneth Rubio and I am currently a fifth year Architecture student at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. As a soon to be graduate, I would like to begin to put my education to work. In order to strengthen my knowledge interning at an architectural firm is the ideal way to further supplement my education with a real world experience. Upon graduating in May I seek to take the next step my path to becoming a licensed architect through internship at your architecture firm. I’m looking to either work full time as an intern. I am not seeking huge monetary compensation. Instead, I seek understanding and insight into my future career. Academic studies can only teach me so much; I view the opportunity of working in an architecture office as a vital part of my continuing education and intend to treat it as such. Thank you for your consideration. Please find my résumé on the next page and selected work, which provides complete details of my qualifications. Also, feel free to contact me at (804) 245-2714 or for any follow up purposes. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to further discussing any architectural internship opportunities with you. Sincerely Yours,

Kenneth A. Rubio


Résumé KENNETH RUBIO Permanent Address 4743 Taylor Brook Lane Richmond, VA 23234-8010 School Address 32 Lakeshore Drive, APT. 2B Hampton, VA 23666-2316 Cel +1.804.245.2714 +1.804.275.5921 Tel Email

Education Hampton University, Hampton, VA — Candidate for Master of Architecture, First Professional Degree May 2012 Dean’s List 2007-2011 AIAS, Active Member 2012 Virginia Society AIA Prize Finalist Sponsored Project: Solar Decathlon Team Tidewater, Norfolk, VA

Sep. 2010 | Oct. 2011

A collaborative project between Hampton University and Old Dominion University in a design-build solar sustainable single family home for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition in Washington D.C. Summer Intensive Studio: Studio de Design Urbain, Toulon, France

May 2010 | Aug. 2010

Reviving an unfinished project for the City of Toulon in designing a master plan for a desolate area on the Western edge of the old city.

Experience World Service, LLC, Richmond, VA Translator/ Interpreter

May 2011 | September 2011

Bella Italia Restaurant, Richmond, VA Manager

March 2004 | Present

SDC Painting LLC, Richmond, VA Marketing Manager


March 2007 | July 2007




AutoCAD Revit Architecture Sketchup ArchiCAD Laser Cutting Model Making Hand Drafting Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Kerkatheya

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Languages English, Native Spanish, Fluent with a high level of comprehension, reading and writing.


Phoebus Live-Work Units

Hampton [VA]

The site is nestled in between two buildings in the main business sector of the historic neighborhood of Phoebus. The Site called for three live work apartments, with businesses at street level and residential above. — Project Completed


Phoebus is a historic neighborhood in the City of Hampton that was once a bustling place for soldiers that were stationed at nearby Fort Monroe. Our first project of the second semester was to design a Live-Work building to revitalize the area by bringing business and residents to the once busy Mallory Street district. The building was take into consideration the existing building typology of the neighborhood as well as designing an environmentally friendly building, incorporating natural lighting, passive heating and cooling strategies. The project was about achieving appropriate massing and envelope design while designing a building that fit within 5

the urban context of neighborhood. This was an individual project where the final product was a series of 20� x 30� presentation boards that all drawings were hand drawn and rendered by pencil and ink then scanned into the computer for final presentation.

Enviromental Design Studio




1 Faรงade facing Mallory Street. 2 Residential Floor Plan. 3 Vertical Circulation Study. 4 Longitudinal Section. 5 Phoebus Neighborhood Contextual Study. 4

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Retail Alliance Headquaters

Norfolk [VA]

Site located on Norfolk’s main street in the Downtown section of the city.The site current use is a pay-per-use parking lot between the Historic James Madison Hotel and Hofhiemer Department Store. The program called for ten retail stores on the ground level, the Retail Alliance offices above, and an Executive penthouse suite on the top level. — Project Completed

1 Our first project of third year was to design a new headquarters for Retail Alliance in historic Downtown Norfolk. The site was infill lot inbetween the historic James Madison Hotel and the Former Hoffheimer’s Department Store on Granby Street. The site’s location was located within historic district zoning guidelines that we needed to follow by in the design of the building. The program called ten retail shops on the ground level of the building, the operating offices for Retail Alliance, and an executive penthouse suite on the top level of the building. 7

The Building needed to be a brick façade and at least 65 percent minimum opening at street level. The final product needed to be produced in Revit and was required to be presented on one board that was presented to members of retail alliance and the City of Norfolk Design Review Board.

Community Design Studio






1 Retail Alliance Arcade 2 24” x 36” Presentation Board 3 Conference Room 4 Entry to Executive Penthouse Suite 5 Mezzanine Level to Executive Office 6 Granby Street Façade

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Government Center Station

Norfolk [VA]

The City of Norfolk is building a new light rail project that would extend 7.4 mi (11.9 km) from Eastern Virginia Medical School to Newtown Road at the Norfolk-Virginia Beach municipal border. Civic Plaza Station is located at the center of Norfolk’s government operations and predicted to be one of the busiest stations. — Project Completed.

1 In 1999 the city of Virginia Beach and Norfolk began studies along HRT for a new means of mass transit to serve the area the initial proposal called for a line that would stretch from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk to the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. Once the City of Virginia Beach pulled out of the project the city of Norfolk continued moving forward and one of the stops would be at Civic Plaza at City Hall. As part of the design of a new station at Civic Plaza I decided to also recognize a part of the 9

city’s history. In 1959, seventeen students of Black students stood up against a city, a school system, a way of correcting an injustice, of being denied an education the same as their white counterparts. A memorial recognizing the name of the students who stood up to the massive resistance movement would be etched into the glass of the civic plaza station.

Community Design Studio




4 1 Station at rush hour. 2 Perspective looking from St Pauls Blvd. 3 Elevation Views 4 Site Plan. 5 Memorial to the Norfolk 17.


6 Site Plan of Civic plaza. 10

Place De L’Equerre

Toulon [FRANCE]

Located on the French Riviera between the cities of Marseille and Nice is a medium sized naval city of Toulon. The city of Toulon like many French city’s has a vieille ville (English: old town) which is located just north of the harbour. On the southwest edge of the vielle ville is Place de L’Equerre (English: Square of Right Angles). — Project Completed

1 In the summer after my third year I had the opportunity to travel to France studying Architecture, Urbanism, Language and Culture with Hampton University’s Study Abroad Program and in collaboration with The Marilyn and Ray Gindroz Foundation who sponsored the eye opening experience. During the Summer Intensive semester I spent time travelling to various cities throughout France studying the architecture and urban spaces of Arles, Avignon, Marseille, Nimes, and Paris. Finally reaching our project site on 11

the southwestern edge of “La vieille ville de Toulon” near the French Naval Base. We began the studio researching the area learning the full history of the area collecting information talking with local residents and city officials about the site “Place de L’Equerre.” The Square of Right Angles as is translated in English was an unfinished project that was abandoned by the city in attempt to revitalize the area. Our Project was to pick where the city left off by designing a master plan for the area while also adding commercial and residential units to bring life back to the area.

Urban Design Studio—Study Abroad



3 1 Perspective of La Tour Estafette and La Place de L’Equerre.

2 Day time view of La Tour Estafette. 3 Newpaper article from the Var-Matin titled “Architecture : un autre regard sur la vieille ville” about our Project. 4

4 Site Plan highlighting the new building additions in red. 12

Place De L’Equerre

Toulon [FRANCE]

Located on the French Riviera between the cities of Marseille and Nice is a medium sized naval city of Toulon. The city of Toulon like many French city’s has a vieille ville (English: old town) which is located just north of the harbour. On the southwest edge of the vielle ville is Place de L’Equerre (English: Square of Right Angles). — Project Completed

The project was a semester long class project that each member of the class had an essential role in producing the master plan for “La Place De L’Equrre” that was presented to the City of Toulon at the end of the semester. The teamwork effort made the production of the master plan book very efficient; I was responsible for producing computer renderings site sections, and final book layout.

6 5 Computer Rendered Site plan of La Place de L’Equerre. 6 Night time rendering of La Tour Estafette in the Place. 5

7 Longitudinal Section from Le Port de Toulon to La Place de L’Equerre.







Urban Design Studio—Study Abroad


9 Being fully immersed in French Culture helped me understand French architecture and urbanism more than any history class or book could have taught me. The International Summer Studio was a great experience that I am truly grateful to have been part of.

8 8 Diagram of residential building units the west and south buildings.

9 Computer rendering of La Place du

Portail. 10 Site Plan of residential units location.

11 Transverse Section through Place de







2011 Solar Decathlon

Norfolk [VA] | Washington [DC]

Hampton University and Old Dominion University’s collabroative efforts to create an AFFORDABLE and NET-ZERO energy house for the Solar Decathlon competition. The Six-Pack target users, but not limited to are single mothers, faculty of Old Dominion University, Graduate Students of ODU, and Military Personnel. — Project Completed

Solar Option—Honors Design Studio

Fall 2010 | Fall 2011


2011 Solar Decathlon

Norfolk [VA] | Washington [DC]

Hampton University and Old Dominion University’s collabroative efforts to create an AFFORDABLE and NET-ZERO energy house for the Solar Decathlon competition. The Six-Pack target users, but not limited to are single mothers, faculty of Old Dominion University, Graduate Students of ODU, and Military Personnel. — Project Completed

The 2011 Solar Decathlon was the first ever entry for Team Tidewater which was comprised of two universities Hampton University and Old Dominion University. The Unit 6 was envisioned to provide a multi-family, affordable, and sustainable housing for the City of Norfolk. In Norfolk, they are many “Six Pack” multi-family buildings throughout the city and the concept for team tidewater’s design was to provide the most sustainable product conceivable. The unit would in a city that reduces the reliance on the automobile and promotes a healthier environment by encouraging inhabitants to walk within a community were all visions that we saw as a response to sustainable living. Due to competition rules the design needed to be a single-family unit for the solar decathlon but that did not deter our teams mission of creating a multi-family housing unit. Our services were split and we had one team, work on the single unit that became the prototype for out multifamily building. For the competition, we needed to design and build an energy-efficient home that could be powered by solar energy. The competition took place in West Potomac Park, Washington D.C. from September 22 to October 2, 2011. This was an excellent learning experience that educated me on how various disciplines need to work together in order to produce one product and must be on the same page in order to meet deadlines. 17




Solar Option—Honors Design Studio

Fall 2010 | Fall 2011 1 The Unit 6 on West Potomac Park during the 2011 Competition. 2 Front page article from The VirginiaPilot. Feburary 22, 2011. 3 The final build out in Washington D.C. 5

4 Interviewed during the final build out. 5 Rendering of the multiFfamily apartment 6 Rendering of the living room in the multi-family unit. 7 NCARB Prize 2011 submission

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Project Principles:




Full student exploration of bringing a building to market: -Market research; -Collaboration with local housing authority: design and development division; -Presentation and collaboration with neighborhood league representatives; -Participation in presentation and collaboration in putting together and collaborating with development teams; -Participation in negotiations concerning securing property for project; -Cost/benefit analysis; -Intensive collaboration with engineering students and advisors, manufacturers , building professionals and inventors as part of a Solar Decathlon project, which was conceived as a research model for the larger project, and -Ongoing collaboration with licensed architect leading continued academic and IDP work to complete construction documents, participate in bidding and negotiation processes and oversee construction. Guidance in understanding a particular firm’s production methods, business strategies and responsibilities within design and construction process.



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The Solar Six Pack: Reviving a vernacular housing type for the

Design, development and construction of a multi-family building project seeking to demonstrate that:

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-Sharing infrastructure,technology and land costs can bring residential units netting low to zero energy use from non-renewable resources to market affordably; -Buildings powered by alternative energies need not wear their hardware aggressively but can be designed to fit seamlessly into historic center city neighborhoods; -True long-term sustainable development lies in careful nurturing of livable,walkable center city neighborhoods; -Leveraging the resources generated by and harnessing the energy of Solar Decathlon competition can generate academic and practical pay-offs beyond the competitions single family house; and that -Students faced with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of how the development and building process works on a sound project of their own design will seize it and be significantly enriched in their academic preparation to become architects

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Energy Repository

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the six pack


Energy Return



Mechanical systems

Insulated concrete forms


Second Level

The Six Pack, prototype revisited:

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-Nickname of a twentieth century local vernacular multi-family protoproto type arraying two stacks of three units on either side of a central circucircu lation core; it features deep porches providing three-season comfort in a hot humid climate, is subject to myriad architectural design expresexpres sions, presents a handsome face to the street, and blends well in blocks mixing single and multi-family units. -Project reconsiders prototype for net zero energy use deploying: full photovoltaic arrays on flat roofs behind deep parapets, geothermal HVAC and hot water, site engineering including rainwater and graygray water repurposing catchment systems, and transformation of porch into passive thermal heat sink by the use of thermal mass and by spespe cially designed window system in upper sash is read as porch rail when open and tight sealed when closed. -Building systems alternatives considered for developer cost analysis and selection: manufactures modules for on-site skinning, insulating concrete forms, and high R -value panelized wood frame. -Project under development for two six pack units mixing two three bedroom apartments. Studies completed of four packs on alternate sites for local authority.

wet core Photovoltaics

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2012 Virginia Prize

Cape Hatteras [NC]

Every year, the Virginia Society AIA sponsors a design charrette competition, known as the Virginia Prize. The Competition is between all Virginia schools of architecture, the prompt becomes available on the Friday at 5pm and all students must submit their individual entries by Monday at 9am. The entry is a single 20” x 30” board which best displays our proposal for the given prompt. — Project Completed

The 2012 edition of the Virginia Prize was Temporary Permanence: Emergency Housing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Prompt called for the designing of a semi-permenent home on the outer banks where residents could seek refuge in the event of a catastrophic disaster (e.g. Hurricanes) such as the one that struck the east coast in 2011 Hurricane Irene. Irene left the Cape Hatteras area stranded for roughly six weeks as the main vehicle access North Carolina Highway 12 was disconnected, prompting residents to drive down the beach or use in land sand trails. We were asked to design a small home of no more than 600 square feet, that could be used as an emergency shelter after hurricanes or major storms that occur in the Cape Hatteras area. The home should be able to house a family of four and ideally arranged to form an embryo of a community. I decided that the best place for “The Inundation Project” would be just south of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The small community would be able to used year for other events and small gatherings by locals but when disaster strikes the residents will be able to reside here in a more resilient home.


Virginia Prize Submission

Spring 2012

Kenneth Rubio Design Portfolio

Permanent Address 4743 Taylor Brook Lane Richmond, VA 23234-8010 Tel. +1.804.275.5921 School Address 32-2B Lakeshore Drive Hampton, VA 23666-2316 Cel. +1.804.245.2714

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Kenneth Rubio Design Portfolio  

A collection of my design work

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