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athhouse Saratoga Springs, NY Spring 2004 Syracuse University

In the Bath of Saratoga Springs, the interpretation of the physical and spiritual process of BIRTH/REBIRTH are constructed through th e manipulation of for m and light. The rib [circulation] and the womb [bath] are both representational and functional elements intended to reveal the processes of the body’s physical and spiritual rebirth. Light as a natural phenomenon is used as a means of reinforcing the symbolic and material spatial qualities. As a representative idea, lightness and darkness define the boundaries of public space [urban garden/drinking hall] and private space [bath].


ity of wonder Upstate, New York Fall 2005 Collaboration with: Sarah Buffaloe & John Romano


A City where people live with the unknown, with the unexpected... a daily life filled with surprise. Exploration of different worlds becomes an individualized experience. The individual in the City is independent and interactive, balanced by the difference of experiences. The person decides when to be socially interactive or personally reclusive, they appear, disappear and reappear within the city by negotiating movement between the two worlds. Like Alice in Wonderland, our inhabitants go down in a tree to a magical world, always unexpected, and uncontrolled what allows both for good and bad interactions, in a way brutal, in another fantastic. The individual is forced to create relationships with other individuals. The City of Wonder illustrates networks and connections within urban life and space in the desire to provoke social exchange - we propose breaking down the city to the scale of the indiv idual.

enter for refugee resettlement Syracuse, New York Fall 2006 - Spring 2007 Syracuse University

A Center for Refugee Resettlement is an entr y port to refugee’s new place and identity. It is a center that introduces one to an a new lifestyle, customs, and culture. Upon arrival to their new location, a refugee or asylum seeker is placed on a time schedule designated by the political system of their new countr y in order to be per mitted to stay in the countr y and gain citize nship. These include cultural adjustment classes to health checkups to temporar y housing. The center acts the heart of their relocation process, housing these ritualistic activities. Architecture can play a vital role in these activities by creating an intuitive space that aids in the resettlement process. The Refugee Relocation center is also part of a larger institutional community organization setting, where it mu st accommodate the small scale needs of the people with the larger scale needs of the institution.

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proposed refugee relocation center


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creating identity and place P l a c e i s t o b e s e e n a s a s p e c i f i c l o c a t i o n a l p o i n t , w h ere the current histories and the current s it u at io n o f t h e cit y o f S y r acu s e can b e g in t o r e f le ct e ac h ot h e r, n ot h om oge n i ze t h e si t u a t i on . W i t h t h e i n c r e a s e o f r e f u g e e a n d i m m i g r a n t f l o w s, S yracuse can begin to not only recognize t h e s i t u a t i o n , b u t a d d r e s s i t . N o t i n a w a y o f e r a s i ng cultural differences and identities, but lay e r ing t he hi st ori e s a n d f u t u re s, c re a t i n g sol i da ri t y.






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talian survey Northern Italy Spring 2006 Syracuse University

Piazza San Marco

San Marco Library


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Santa Maria Assunta Church

Villa Rotunda

Villa Gamberaia

Piazza dei Signori

The Thermal Baths Vals

Santeria Kindergarten

Jubilee Church

Piazza delle Erbe


omen in design Syracuse, New York Fall 2002-Spring 2007 Co-founded with Chi Lee

Women in Design (WID) was founded in November 2003 to provide a system of networking and support for the female members of the design community. Since that time, the group has expanded to include male allies in the fight against gender stereotypes. Women in Design transcends the gap between design disciplines, both for mal and infor mal dialogues, between students, faculty, and professionals. WID strives to create opportunities to counteract gender barriers within the design field through elementar y design program, lectures, and community networking events. By going out into the community, WID begins attacking gender stereotypes through design conscious initiatives.


ittsburgh steps Pittsburgh, PA 2011 AIA Pittsburgh Young Architects Competition Honor Award

Obesity is a huge epidemic in the United States, and growing fast. Exercise City is an attempt to reverse the issue in Pittsburgh by empowering exercise through “Wellness Stations” located along Pittsburgh public staircases. The “Wellness Stations” include benches contoured to the body which optimize stretching and yoga positions, as well as structural elements that create optimal situations for strength training and workouts. For those biking, a walkable bike ramp along the railing of each staircase assists in expanding bicycle routes throughout the city, especially in extreme hilly conditions. Finally, one of the more unique features of Exercise City is that it completely disengages from grid power through the use of piezoelectric stairs (stairs that create/store power when people use them) and solar powered roofs, coupled with the use of local and sustainable materials.


EXERCISE CITY reducing carbon footprint one step at a time




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Vision planning with Pittsburgh Steps Co-Op RFP.

Select Academic Work  

Academic and Community Work from 2002-present.