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Experience guides the design of humanity. I believe in designing experience, and I believe in architecture’s role in doing so. I believe in humanity and pushing the world as we know it to be a better experience than it was yesterday. We can design through site and occupants. We can orchestrate unique spatial organizations, materialities, and new experiences. The outcomes are the threads of tomorrow, woven into the fabric that is the built environment around us. As providers of the service that is architecture and design, we should design the world to be better off than we found it.

Studio Professors Robert French - Fall of 2014 Katherine Ambroziak - Spring of 2015 David Fox - Fall of 2015 Marleen K Davis - Spring of 2016 TK Davis - Fall of 2016 Brian Ambroziak - Spring of 2017 Mark Stanley - Summer of 2017 Kevin Stevens - Fall of 2017 James Rose - Spring of 2018 (current)

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FlĹ?wan [01] Terra Delta [04] Osmolution [02]

2 STUDY ABROAD U.H.O. (studio) [03] Other Works Photography



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[#] - order of which the studio project was produced, [1] being the earliest, [4] being the latest

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FLĹŒWAN 01 Nashville, Tennessee Fall of 2016 Professor TK Davis Featured in Exhibition at Nashville Civic Design Center

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Considering the constant flow of new citizens into Nashville, an environmental consciousness and an awareness of the importance of water, especially river water, will only grow in importance. This educational and recreational center will reflect the genuine and caring hearts of the people of its community through a new and innovative way to see and learn about the care, collection, use, and the waste of water, as well as the usefulness and ecology of a river that runs through the heart of the city. The Neuhoff Meat Packing Plant’s campus has an existing heart that needs body and mind to form the Neuhoff Cultural Campus and link to its historic context that is Germantown. This education center is located towards the end of a time-line that promises a cultural campus at the Neuhoff site. The living watershed complex will highlight a global need for knowledge and care within a consistently growing community. This will be executed through interactive learning experiences, gallery space for permanent and temporary exhibits, exposed interior and exterior water systems, an aquarium displaying the ecology of the Cumberland River, a large lecture room and a learning barge on the river. Sustainability will also be a focus for the complex. Rainwater will play a large roll for the water systems in the building and on its roof terrace. It will contribute to the plumbing and the heating and cooling of the building as well as the educational portions of the building. Emphasizing the impact that caring for the local environment has on the environment at a more global scale through first hand experiences and hands on learning provides a strong connection to the evolving artisan community. As a piece of an active and outgoing city, the complex will also include recreational opportunities and public amenities that take advantage of the opportunity to address the river in a fluid way. This idea will feature a cafÊ and riverfront seating, a gift shop, a small public library and an urban roof terrace. The roof terrace will be an extension of the ground plane that one enters on as they drive, bike, or walk in on, which will hint and emphasize the importance of what is under the surface of the open space in a subtle, elegant fashion. The terrace will provide views of the downtown skyline and the river and areas for people to reflect and immerse themselves into the value of water.

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Studio | FlĹ?wan

01.01 | Site Map


a map to scope out close-range educational facilities that might utilize a nearby watershed museum.

01.02 | Site Plan a figure-ground showing the Neuhoff Campus in the center of the drop shape.

01.03 | East Elevation a river-side elevation showing the water-facing facade as it was elongated to maximize views and directly address the Cumberland River.

01.04 | Building Bird’s Eye an axon drawing showing the building as it related to its neighbors and the river.


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Studio | Flōwan

01.05 | Light House Perspective


a perspective displaying the view from the light house lookout

01.06 | Deck Perspective a perspective of the riverside entry from the old Neuhoff packing plant. This view also shows the education barge that is included in the program of the Watershed Center.

01.07 | Lecture Hall Perspective a perspective displaying the entry of the lecture hall as it opens up to the river and the shading screen that would be used during a projection lecture.

01.08 | Entry Section


a section to show the entry procession as it relates to the ground plane, the hill at water’s edge and the river itself.

01.09 | Exhibit Perspective a perspective showing the interior exhibit space, which is used as both temporary and permanent installation space. Within the wall cavities will be samples and water memoirs from anywhere around the world in order to display the qualities of the water and the sentiment that humans should have about water.

01.10 | Building Plan a building plan of the sub-grade (main) level of the water center. the plan shows the linear nature of the building as it orients itself on the river’s edge.


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TERRA DELTA 04 San Francisco, California Fall of 2017 Professor Kevin Stevens In Collaboration with: Sam Sowell and Carl Weaver Winner of Architecture at Zero Competition Merit Award 1st Place: Brewer Ingram Fuller Sustainable Design Award Runner Up: Middle Tennessee AIA Design Award

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TERRA DELTA brings together the poetics of design and the integration of systems to develop an architecture that is conducive to both the environment and its inhabitants. As a proposed member of San Francisco State’s Romberg Tiburon Maritime Studies campus, this facility acts as the primary visitor’s center, a work place for full-time employees, a wet laboratory for teaching and testing on the ecology of the San Francisco sea life, a space for events and an exhibition space. In appreciation of the drastic landscape of Tiburon and its vantage points of the bay, TERRA DELTA became a reflection of observation after visiting the site. Its structure mimics the undulations of the topography and gives way for an optimum renewable strategy to all systems. The architecture is stitched into the Romberg Tiburon urban fabric, nestling itself into the hillside for ideal views of the San Francisco bay. Its programmatic elements frame these views, as well as face one another for a permeable circulation. These choices emphasize the need for a self-guided campus and interactive learning with the bay. TERRA DELTA receives its name from the two main fascinations: the dramatic topography and the circulation of its inhabitants. The architecture acts as a delta to its visitors, pulling people in and eventually exposing them to the bay with the outdoor terrace acting as a viewing platform for the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

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Studio | Terra Delta

04.01 | Site Bird’s Eye a view from above the bay showing the site’s drastic elevation changes and tree canopies. the view shows the entry sequence and the paths through the landscape.

04.02 | Plan + Water Diagram a plan that also highlights the way we chose to celebrate and collect rain water. a central drain and rock beds collect water for re-use and drought resistant plantings banish the need for irrigation.

04.03 | Program Diagram a plan that also highlights the way we chose to celebrate and collect rain water. a central drain and rock beds collect water for re-use and drought resistant plantings banish the need for irrigation.

04.04 | Systems Plan a detailed plan that shows the systems of this net zero maritime studies facility. this includes a geothermal closed-loop system, water pumps, water chillers/boilers, an active chilled beam air conditioning system, all paths of travel for the water in the closed loop, a lighting plan, and surface tension lines for the aggregate slabs. the section line is referring to the 02.08 section perspective drawing.



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04.05 | Exploded Axon


a perspective diagram of the way the roof system comes together. from top to bottom: skylights, standing seem roof with insulation and steel decking, the space frame structural system, the geothermal conditioning loop, the undulating wood slat system, the walls and slabs and finally the geothermal pumps and ground pipes.

04.06 | Entry Perspective a perspective showing the experience of walking towards the entrance of the buildings.

04.07 | Wet Lab Perspective a perspective showing the wet lab as the nana-wall system is open and the permeable program is activated for visitors to guide themselves through.

04.08 | Section Perspective [following page] a full building section displaying the continuation of the tree canopy and undulating landscape through the space frame and wood slat system. it also displays the passive and active conditioning systems as they would operate in the building, the landscape of drought-resistant plantings, the natural and artificial lighting systems, the water-celebrating drainage system and visitors enjoying the experience of the facility. the plan is projected from the section cut and the dotted line shows the cut with which the plan drawing is drawn.

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OSMOLUTION 02 Site Undisclosed Spring of 2017 Professor Brian Ambroziak

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DOMESTICATION | THRESHOLD | MOVEMENT | ENGAGE | MEMORY | EVOLUTION The grid is how humans have learned to orient themselves, whether that be the scale of the home or the scale of the city, or even the scale of the planet itself. The frame (door frames, window frames, and other means of demanding thresholds) is how humans have learned to conduct their movement, as portions of the grid are projected to the third dimension in which we live. Living rooms order humans to live in rooms with two poorly placed window frames and one or two uninteresting frames of passing. The house is how families of humans have learned to live collaboratively. Suburban life exists only according to the amount of life humans bring into it. Without the nature of the human, the environment represents a slowing down of life that implies complete domestication and dehumanization. The idea is to bring life and energy back to the home and ultimately change how we occupy it, especially as a family. The commands and domesticity of such a rigid and lifeless piece of architecture as the suburban home have internalized and strained out any chance of human nature. As a result, reconnecting the home to the aspects of humanity that we thrive on is becoming more and more of a necessity. This project will employ primary aspects of time, light, sound, memory, and movement in order to bring a kinetic energy that responds and engages those interior and exterior to any and every threshold, deconstructing and reforming the commands of domestication as we know it. The actions will architecturally tackle the stagnant and lifeless suburban home. In addition to Matta Clark’s vertical split, the home will be split twice horizontally at approximately head height on each floor. Transparent ceramics will be inserted into the cuts in order to facilitate environmental oozing between interior and exterior. These will connect the energies of interior and exterior as well as display movement and evolution within and outside of the home. Stairs will be attached to both flanks of the house to insure connections and a healthy circulation vertically and horizontally. Transparent bungee cords will act as the membranes of movement. Whether they act as thresholds, borders, informants of movement, interactive furniture or any other factor of spatial conditioning, they will engage the family and encourage versatility. Responding to movement, sound and occupation of specific spaces, the bungee system will record the habits of the family and use them, along with its programmed knowledge of the home, its location, its exterior environment(weather and neighborhood constants), to inform the constant movement and regeneration of the bungee system.

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Studio | Osmolution

02.01 | Site Perspective


a perspective showing the repetitive nature of an American suburbia and the site in which the cloning of homes is broken.

02.02 | Exterior Perspective a perspective of the delivery man approaching a different home than that of the rest on his rout.

02.03 | Exploded Axon an exploded depiction of the redeveloped split house. Material choices are called out along with the existing structure and skin.

02.04 | Interior Perspectives (following page) perspective drawings showing the experiences of the family within their new and improved suburban home. The living room is featured as the primary space of enjoyment, as it has been the most neglected space in our new generation. To further explain, the living room is a space that is constantly approaching a uselessness in a world in which we can essentially receive all the features of a living room through unsocial means.


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U.H.O. 03 Helsinki, Finland Summer of 2017 Professor Mark Stanley

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U.H.O. (Unidentified Hidden Object) was designed based on my individual research and work about the legend of the Moose as it is characteristically known from the Kalevala (the Finnish creation story) as well as a form-finding methodology (a study involving foam and acetone). Program: A Hostel for 11 patrons / guests. Each guest needs space to sleep, cook, eat, and bathe. These could be individual or collective practices. 1 administrators quarters / office (including sink and toilet); adjoined check-in/out space— each guest needs interface with the administrator here at least once during their stay. Common spaces: laundry or sauna (or both)—all guests need access to these spaces, with at least enough room to accommodate one-third of the guests at a time. The moose was the driving factor of design. The moose lives alone, rarely interacting with other moose: Solution - 11 units, all for only one guests, all units at a different elevation. The moose travels its whole life, never staying in the same location: Solution - one path connecting all units [moments of stagnancy along the path] and guests never stay in the same room more than once. The moose is known to be deceptive: Solution - pixelated shell around the complex, creating an illusive, perception-deceiving break on the horizon when viewed from the exterior.

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Study Abroad | U.H.O.

03.01 | Process


through a process of deforming foam objects by pouring acetone on them, i ended with an object that was formally interesting. with autodesk remake, i 3d scanned the object into a digital 3d environment and i was able to then pixelate/ simplify the mesh of the object in rhino. after scaling the object to size, it could be reduced to a build-able set of triangular panels that would make up the deceptive exterior skin. from there i was able to test the compatibility of interior elements.

03.02 | Site Plan the site is located on a minuscule island just off the southeastern coast of Helsinki. the orange dotted lines are directed towards ideal docking/transport locations that would be beginning points of travel for the guests of the hostel. contours are those of the sea floor.

03.03 | Building Plan the interior plan was generated through several studies of the interior of the skin. each unit is located at a different distance from sea level, so spatial opportunities were crunched and opened in different spaces. the path was generated based on a sequence of hierarchical heights and is introduced to the primary community unit in three separate locations.

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03.04 | Unit Plan a plan cut through one of the guest’s quarters shows the unit with open closet doors and the wall-based murphy bed folded down. the hostel ‘s rooms were designed to be micro-units, only used for essentials and sleeping as the hostel is more of a home-base for travelers than a place of leisure.

03.05 | Unit Section a section through one of the guest’s quarters showing the pre-fab unit and a guest activating the bed’s compartmentalization sequence before he heads out on his day’s journey.

03.06 | Exterior Section a perspective from the exterior of the deceptive shell showing the view of a guest on their journey to the hostel from the port of Helsinki.


03.07 | Interior Perspective a perspective showing the exit process of two guests as they embark on their day’s adventures.

03.08 | Building Section (following page) a section displaying the character of the hostel, and the essential actions that go on within the shell.


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U.H.O. Model

U.H.O. Model

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U.H.O. Model

U.H.O. Model

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triangulation measurement sketch

site plan drawn from triangulation measurements

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Study Abroad | Other Works

Maison Le Carre Section + Plan Model, 1:50

Maison Le Carre Section + Plan Model, 1:50

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Maison Le Carre Site Model, 1:400

Maison Le Carre Site Model, 1:400

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Paris, France: Paris Philharmonic

Paris, France: Louis Vuitton Foundation

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Study Abroad | Photography

Helsinki, Finland: Church of the Rock

Helsinki, Finland: Sibelius Monument

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Helsinki, Finland: Suomenlinna

Helsinki, Finland: Suomenlinna

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Study Abroad | Photography

Salzburg, Austria: Austrian Alps + blueberry fields

Salzburg, Austria: street performers

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Prague, Czech Republic: John Lennon wall

Berlin, Germany: Olympic Stadium

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Kyle Johannes

Freedom [FC]. Just add a few shakes of the booster to your serum of choice. [450] Shaking with anxiety, she brewed a concentrate matrix [21] of fire-brand honesty [250] and misty-eyed nostalgia [232]. There was a feeling she had. standing at its edge: an electric mix of attraction and dread [288]. She was smitten by its unrivaled setting, with views over rolling hills to the distant sea, and by the pomegranate-ripe potential of its echoing, spacious enfilades of rooms and extensive outbuildings [412]. The atmosphere was neither austere nor surgical, just marvelously uncomplicated and calm [308]. A beautiful and peculiar dream with a dark underbelly [325], a hypnotic capsule of highly covetable [368] memoirs of the future. “That thing is obscene. It’s so mesmerizing, I can’t look away” [380]. A rowdy flapping of green-and-yellow [284], the view scurrying to bridge timelessness with the seasons [214]. as if live-streamed from far-flung places [452], new realms of possibility filtered through the topsy-turvy lens of Lak’s imagination [362]. This changes everything [BC]. | 54


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Design (615)-496-0327 @curating_kyle

Experience guides the design of humanity. I believe in designing experience, and I believe in architecture’s role in doing so. I believe in humanity and pushing the world as we know it to be a better experience than it was yesterday. We can design through site and occupants. We can orchestrate unique spatial organizations, materialities, and new experiences. The outcomes are the threads of tomorrow, woven into the fabric that is the built environment around us. As providers of the service that is architecture and design, we should design the world to be better off than we found it.

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Kyle Johannes Portfolio Spring 2018  
Kyle Johannes Portfolio Spring 2018  

Selected Works from my time in Architecture and Design school