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2013-2018 SELECTED WORKS

Design Portfolio

Kevin W. Garcia


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Kevin Garcia phone 757-322-7583 email kwgarcia94@gmail.com address 5620 Wilson Creek Road Virginia Beach, VA

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2018 Bachelor of Architecture and Industrial Design Minor at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA. Graduated Magna Cum Laude

2015 “Choreographing Design” article and photo series on the intersections between dance and design. Partner with Megan Myklegard Published in the Studio Collective Spring Journal

2018 Ermann AssociatesArchitecture Video Editor for creating graphic videos for students taking A.R.E. exams

2017 Fourth Year Study Abroad at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea

2017-2018 Graphic Designer for Virginia Tech’s Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies 2017 Jo Jinman ArchitectsInternship responsible for modelmaking and graphic presentation for a research exhibition

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2013-2015 Studio CollectiveCofounder/Graphic Designer/ Support Staff Advisor manages and organizes the general layout of magazine

2018 Pella Prize Finalist for top architecture thesis award

All Adobe Creative Suites Autocad Rhino Furniture Making Layout Design Graphics Photography Sketchup Silk Screen After Effects English native French intermediate Tagalog intermediate Korean basic

2012-2016 Dancing’s Our PoisonCo-director in charge of overseeing artistic visuals for dance set as well as organizing the finances and events

2017 Shriver and Holland Associates Scholarship for persistent effort and excellence in studio 2016 Fourth Year Fall Competition for honorable mentions in the Blacksburg Boudlers Project 2016 Clark Nexsen Architecture Scholarship Recipient for outstanding work ethic and project quality


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THESIS: URBAN CAVE

Tea time with the void

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BLACKSBURG BOULDERS

Mixed-use rock climbing gym

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THESIS FURNITURE DESIGNS

Tectonic expression and composition

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INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS

1:1 constructions

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GRAPHICS + SCREEN PRINTS

Layout designs and mixed media

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PROFESSIONAL WORK

Summer 2017 Internship


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THESIS: URBAN CAVE 5th Year Thesis Advisor: Michael Ermann Duration: 2 semesters

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hrough the explorations of material connections and the critical consideration of the void, the resultant subtractive spaces hold a tea table in an open site in Seoul, South Korea. With the position that the tea table is a tectonic expression of form, the architecture that shrouds the table complements it as a stereotomic form.

The early conceptual building models developed from the melting of foam blocks with acetone, occasioning the composition of voids (some of which were planned and some of which were serendipitous). As a purely subtractive study, the space is constructed from sand-pile formwork. Once the concrete cures and the formwork is removed, the extraction of sand initiates a sense

of rediscovery of the spaces. The totality evokes a figure-ground study. With each layer, the sand can be set to shape specific planned sections, further informing where tectonic interventions, required for structure and service spaces, should occur.


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Interior Model of Tea Cafe with scaled model of the built tea table

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Fragment model of fireplace and built in place bookshelves

Cross Section of staircase, library, service spaces, sunken garden, and tea cafe

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PRIVATE OFFICES

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PUBLIC Multiple plan studies superimposed onto each other and posing questions of figure ground relationships

Program diagram of the Urban Cave

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FIRST FLOOR

BASEMENT FLOOR

EXIT

PRIVATE ROOM STORAGE

LOUNGE

LOUNGE AREA CHIMNEY

INDOOR GARDEN

BOOKSHELVES ENTRANCE

ELEVATOR

ROOF PLAN

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TEA CAFE

RESTROOM

LOUNGE

Structural Grid Concrete

Column Cherry Trees

Restroom Elevator

Fireplace Stairs


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Step 1: Create formwork and build structural components

Void Openings for Light

Step 2: Infill planned voids with sand and pour concrete around sand

Restroom

Second Floor Tea Cafe Step 3: Remove concrete formwork

First Floor Library Step 4: Take out sand to reveal void spaces

Service Spaces

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Sunken Garden

Refine spaces with hammer and chisel Basement Library


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BLACKSBURG BOULDERS 4th Year Fall Semester Advisors: Kevin Jones & Michael Ermann Duration: 1 semester

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n the current context of Downtown Blacksburg, a significant student population affects the town’s distribution of program types. The excessive bars, fast-food restaurants, and coffee shops contribute to a monotonous layout of downtown.

between public and private programs, visual continuity, and paying homage to the town’s historic roots.

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Through the initial idea of cadencing of space, the lightwells connecting to the gridded structure allow for a rhythm of light and views to the sky while scaling up the walls. Additionally, the overhead plan shifts from high

to low ceilings in order to heighten the body’s awareness of space. The circulation wraps around the gym as a strategy to create nooks for observation and transitions into more private spaces. On the other hand, the exterior offers public seating, tables, terraces, and an additional rock wall to enjoy outdoor leisures.


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Rock Climbing Gym Private Event Space Reception / Waiting Area Administration Co-Working Space Study Nooks / Observation Deck Outdoor Public Staircase Outdoor Garden

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Draper Street Elevation

Jackson Street Elevation

Parking Lot Elevation


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Lockers

(Underneath): Administrative Suites

Elevator Outdoor Bouldering Space

Restrooms

Transitional Space

Small Event Space Rock Garden

Reception Desk Small Workshop

Maintenance Room and Storage

Coworking Space Rock Climbing Gym

Fire Rated Staircase


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Corten Flashing

Cast in Place Concrete Rigid Insulation

1” Corten Sheet Bolted on Concrete 1/8” Glass Skylight


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THESIS: FURNITURE DESIGN 5th Year Fall Semester Advisor: Michael Ermann Duration: 1 semester

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hat began as a quick design charette evolved into an iterative exploration of tectonics. An intensive studying of material properties and how might they connect encourages an empathy for construction. The first iteration of a stalactite stool design involved a crude method for material connection: glue. Although

the wood glue provides the adequate strength for the overall form, it was not a refine method for joinery because it negates the properties of wood.

revealed in some way. By following these rules, it gave order in the process of constructing a 6’x3’x2.5’ tea table. The tea table’s design celebrates each joinery connection by revealing certain geometries or embracing the Therefore, certain rules had to be metal fasteners as part of the design. established to gain an intimacy with The dimensions of the table can material tectonics: no glue connections comfortably seat 2-4 people when and all types of connection must be drinking tea.


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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN: NAEF TOY 1st Year Spring Semester Partner: Austin Ledzian Duration: 4 weeks

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understanding the CNC router’s capabilities.

The form of the rattle is modeled to associate a sense of friendliness and playfulness. The soft curving shape is the result of iterations and

Inside of Wonne is designed for an even weight distribution and allows for the rattle to freely spin without losing balance. In addition, three small steel marbles are enclosed in the interior to enable a soothing rattling noise. Coated with linseed oil, the

amed after the German word for bliss, “Wonne” is a three pronged rattle standing at 3.5 inches intended to invite play with both infants and toddlers.

maple wood toy is a non-toxic and natural finish. Babies and toddlers are encouraged to teethe on it without the repercussion of health endangerment.


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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN: SALT & PEPPER SHAKER 2nd Year Summer Advisor: Bill Green Duration: 2 weeks

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aking inspiration from traditional Japanese ceramics, these salt and pepper shakers allow the user to elegantly season their food while keeping a minimalistic form. Each shaker is optimally sized to comfortably fit a wide range of hands. Using maple and walnut wood, as a method to denote which shaker is

salt or pepper, the user can quickly identify which shaker contains what ingredient. Additionally, with a simple twist on the lid, the user can control the amount of salt or pepper on their meal. Hidden within each wood vessel there are small magnets that attach the

aluminum lid. The magnetized lid seals the vessel but can be easily removed for refills.


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GRAPHIC DESIGN: STUDIO COLLECTIVE Spring 2013 - Fall 2015 Position: Co-founder / Co-Lead Graphic Designer Biannual Research + Design Journal

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he conception of Studio Collective began as an initiative to involve more student work and design research into Virginia Tech’s existing studio environment and culture. Seeing no outlet to showcase past and present student works, a group of friends and I decided to create our own. Through our research

journal we aimed to connect with various designers, conduct interviews pertaining to current events in design, and encourage independent research. Our main objective in this journal is to create enriching conversations between all levels and various fields of design. The journal is currently sponsored by the university and

maintains its promise to delivering new material each semester.


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GRAPHIC DESIGN: SILK SCREEN Fall 2016 - Present

Independent exploration of mix media graphic design

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PROFESSIONAL WORK Summer Internship 2017 Employer: Jo Jinman Architects Seoul, South Korea

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uring my semester abroad in Seoul, South Korea, I was given a summer internship at Jo Jinman Architects. I was given the task to take part in a research exhibition later to be displayed at the Seoul Biennale that year. The “Infrastructural Plate” addresses climate change resiliency pertaining to the Han River while

adding cultural interventions such as museums, parks, and markets. I was particularly in charge of creating several perspective graphic collages and organizing the layout for the exhibition. Furthermore, I was tasked to create five display ready models at 1:50 and

1:100 scales. Each model had to be crafted with fine details and efficiency.


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