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[An Archeology of Selected Works] Illinois Institute of Technology 2014-2020 Laid Omeri

lomeri@hawk.iit.edu 773-430-7363


_thesis Oneness Irreducibility Autonomy

[Boathouse] 07 [Industrial Intervention] 17 [Design Build Schoolhouse] 29

_de-thesis Phenomena Convergence Collage

[Nordic Analysis] 43 [Mix-Use Complex] 47 [Housing Fabric] 53

_neo-thesis Undulation

[Theoretical Urbanism] 67


Images relating to Deduction

Monolith Paulo Mendes Da Rocha “Brazilian Museum” Subtraction Michael Heizer “Double Negative” Division Kazuo Shinohara “House in White” Ornament Valerio Olgiati “House or a Musician” Interiority Valerio Olgiati “Yellow House” Singular Kazuo Shinohara “House in Uehara” Abstraction Christian Kerez “Leutenbach School” Exhaustion Donald Judd “Courtyard Houses” Repetition Kazuo Shinohara “House in Ashitaka” Photograph Proportion Meter Markli Sketch


professor: Leslie Johnson/Agata Simenow

Architectonic undulation of both the ceiling and floor creates two spaces, one inside where compression and expansion frames the armatures and boats, and a roofs cape where one sees the site unobtrused. A boathouse is projected as a way to further activate both areas of the site. The north branch river of Chicago cuts the site into two. A man made park on the east, and a marsh on the left. The site creates a gated area surrounded by trees where the Architecture intersects to create a new asserted space where inhabitants can cross. Idea as the generator of architecture Site and Context as distinct entities Space as criteria for form Composition of space through division Structure as a unifying aspect Space and structure through Architectonics

Crossing. The north branch of the Chicago River divides the site into two ecological regions. ACAD Vector drawing.

Unity. Unified spaces and uninhibited circulation by a common engineering typology. ACAD Vector drawing.


In Situ. Extension of site through action. Object within site. Rhino Vray, Photoshop.



Spatial Mechanism. Fluctuating space decided by needs of inhabitants. Basswood and MDF 1/4”=1’

Matrix. Potential spaces and movements, rowing boats as the parameter. Drafted with Mayline, Graphite on 100lb cold press.



Filigree. Expression of light through structure. 1/4”= 1’ MDF/Bass Wood/Chipboard . Spray painted white.

Non Decorative Articulation. Undulation of structure by unification through continuous material. ACAD Vector drawing.



Filigree Monolith. Mass and Light. Repetition and Texture. MDF/Bass Wood/Chipboard . Spray painted white. 1/4”= 1’




professor: Catherine Wetzel

Displacement of existing architecture creates a spacial condition where the new and old are intertwined. The history of the site is unearthed through the process of quarrying out part of the site itself. Forgotten ore walls frame a site with history rooted in industry. The Chicago Steel Works asserted itself a new man made land built up from the residue of industry. The architecture keeps the landscape created through history by creating a node at one side, and leaving the rest of the site alone. Art as a method. History as a ruin. Land art and architecture as one. Composition of space through division Thickness and space. Architecture as a node in landscape.

Landscape. Existing overgrowth of spontaneous vegetation, punctuated by the creation of new architecture. ACAD Vector Drawing.


History. Industry fueled the production of man made land and channels. Found image. Chicago Steel Archives.

Overgrowth. Vegetation overtakes the abandoned space of the site creating different and new ecological conditions. Basswood, Foam, Chipboard, Heavyweight paper. 1/32”=1’ 9’ long



Presence. Thickness of walls and mass of space frame an art gallery. VRAY Rhino, Photoshop.

Displacement. Ore walls are cut and moved to create a new space within. ACAD Vector Drawing, Photoshop.



Insertion. Interior cut of existing wall. Thickness is exposed. VRAY Rhino, Photoshop.

Division. Cor ten steel panels divide space leaving the mass of the space intact. ACAD Vector Drawing, Photoshop.



Quarrying. Artificial and pre-existing earth is uncovered by a method akin to the industry that created it. MDF, Basswood, Foam, Plaster, Cardboard.

Outlook. View of space created by the long ore walls are framed by displaced columns. ACAD Vector Drawing.



Entity. History and new space tied into one. MDF, Basswood, Foam, Plaster, Cardboard.



_autonomy DESIGN BUILD: Puerto Rico II professor: Frank Flury

BUILT: Summer 2019

TEAM: Laid Omeri, Tyler Sauter, Ekerin Agaboola, David Zitek, Burhan Jamali, Rachel Starr, Jamie Borden, Natalie Zapato Built Project: pg 39-43 Individual Project: pg 44-53 A single architectural entity creates space through the division of enclosed and implied space. The use of a small enclosed space, to a larger open pergola creates a larger feeling of space within the architecture. The bracket concrete walls in line with the steel frame generate this condition. The site of Loiza in Puerto Rico use a variety of concrete and pergola framed buildings, the architecture wants to create a new prototypical one room school house through the use of vernacular construction techniques and typological understanding. Enclosure and Implied space. Vernacular construction. Architecture as an activity. Structure as motife.

Building. Schoolhouse perched within site of gym. DSLR Photograph.


Extended Space. Enclosed space is halved to have a larger pergola porch. ACAD Vector Drawing.

Process. Marking, Constructing, Pouring, Framing, Welding, Finishing. DSLR Photograph(s).



Parameters. Shear walls act as the driving force of the space. The drawing is updated with new layers as parameters change. Graphite and Pen, on Newsprint and Tracing paper.

Time. The pure architectonic element of the Architecture is revealed as an artifact in history. Vray Rhino, Photoshop.



Sight. A relationship to the gym is established, the space in between is seen as opportunity for unexpected activity. ACAD Vector drawing, Photoshop.

Framed. The view is situated for what can happen in between the two spaces of the schoolhouse and gym. VRAY Rhino, Photoshop.



Partition. Space is divided through the structural use of concrete shear 8walls. VRAY Rhino, Photoshop.

Layers. Space is layered as outdoor, porch, interior, and deep interior. VRAY Rhino, Photoshop.



Autonomy. The Architecture can act as an independent autonomous object, creating its own space and events within. Concrete Cast, Acrylic Frosted, Basswood. 1/4� = 1’




Integral Images relating to Induction. Palimpsest Carlo Scarpa “Tomba Brion” Collage Colling Rowe “Collage City” Trace Peter Eisenman “Venice Competition” Chaos Kazuo Shinohara “House in Yokohama” Contrast Kazuo Shinohara “House in Yokohama” Dwelling. Atelier Bow Wow “Section Drawing” Superimposition. OMA “Parc de la Villete” Weathering. Sigurd Lewerenze “Kiplan Church” Landscape. Alvar Aalto “Villa Marie”


professor: Leslie Johnson Sigurd Lewerenze, Jorn Utzon, Alvar Aalto, Svere Fehn, and Peter Celcing have been analyzed through drawing techniques and the lens of phenomenology. The drawing is used as a tool to investigate and think about five Nordic architects. The drawing is seen as a way to test and analyze specific moments of Architectural phenomena to further understand and diagram the process. Drawing as Investigation. Multi Layered drawings. Palimpsest and Weathering as a process. Analysis through phenomena. Operation as idea.

Weave. “Sigurd Lewerenze” Brick is seen as a weaving technique, three different ACAD Drawing, Transferred onto Mylar.

Negotiation. “Peter Celcing” Brick and geometry negotiate with each other. ACAD Drawing, transferred onto Mylar.

Translation. “Alvar Aalto” An expression of nature through modest column. Graphite on 130lb paper, Photoshop drawing transferred onto print.

Light and Shadow. “Jorn Utzon” Light & Shadow are mapped to show its relationship to its form. Graphite on 130lb paper.

Photomontage. “Svere Fehn” Old and New, Wood, Stone, and Concrete. Inserted and Coexisting. Graphite on 130lb paper, collaged print.





profesorr: Leslie Johnson

NOMAS Design Competition 3rd Place winner.

TEAM: Laid Omeri, Tyler Sauter, Insan Chiang, Yujin Yang, Ola Odukoya NOMAS Competition Directors: Laid Omeri, Tyler Sauter Porosity and convergence define this mixed-use and mixed-income development in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. The form and space of the overall complex reinforces the program, which knits the paths and privacies of the inhabitants’ homes with spaces of action and event that reach out to connect to community partners. The housing needs of the neighborhood are supported by equitable and interwoven opportunities for market-rate, affordable, and subsidized housing for all stages of life, while also establishing a place for cultural, educational, and commercial exchange. The Nostrand Meeting House is both a place of convergence and a model of convergence. Policy as the generator of architecture. Inhabitation as a focus. Non-Object focused design. Collaboration.

Fabric. Nested within the fabric, the Architecture establishes itself as part of the milieu. Basswood, Cardboard, Transferred from ACAD drawing.


Monetary Flow. Different monetary flows and renting policies diagramed. The flows can inform the architecture. ACAD Drawing, Photoshop, Illustrator, Graphite on tracing paper.



is both a place of convergence and a model of convergence.

intersecting locally-supportive housing policies with the rituals of daily life, a series of spatial, visual, and auditory connections winds across and through the development at several scales.

economic pressure to ‘maximize’ a external investor’s return.

The form and space of the overall complex reinforces the program, which knits the paths and privacie of the inhabitants’ homes with spaces of action and event that reach connect to community partners.


It is simultaneously a microcosm and a critical node. The project uses several cooperative housing models to empower residents to build equity and establish and sustain affordability on-site for the long term.

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Together, the various housing models allow residents to become stakeholders in the well-being of the project and encourage active participation in its operations through multiple le


Place. Interface with the existing community and fabric help to reinforce the architecture as a space not an object. Basswood, Cardboard, Transferred from ACAD drawing.




professor: Marshall Brown

There are layers within Bronzeville shown in its historical reading of the site. Modernist Towers, Imposed Campus, New Development, and the growing student presence The Architecture reads all as a trace to figure out a negotiation while at the same time strategically inserting its own architectural condition. An exploration into the urban scape of Santiago Chile and the developing and experimented Bronzeville in South Side Chicago. The Modernist idea of tower in the park is inverted and superimposed with a system derived from the Santiago fabric to produce a court condition on the center with density on the perimeter. The study of Fabric and organization of Urban Scapes. Understanding spatial urban conditions through abstraction. Superimposition as a compositional and generative tool. Collage as a generative tool for design. Investigation of “operations� within a abstract space Considering non temporal understanding of process. Palimpsest and layering of historical and physical site.

Collage. Bronzeville site near IIT. With collage of Santiago Chile as a new urban fabric. Bond paper with glue. Scanned.


Figure Ground. Fabric of Santiago is exposed through a solid/void relationship. Plaster Cast.

Graft. Chile Urban Fabric inter spliced into Bronzeville. Graphite on 130lb paper.



Trace. Two opposing fabrics: Santiago Chile Courtyards, and a Modernist Tower Block. Superimposed. Graphite on tracing paper.

Interpretation. A interpretation of superimposition, seeking out potential spaces. Graphite on .5mm Mylar sheet.



Courtyards. Spaces are interjected by a court to introduce vertical space within a dense fabric. Graphite on 130lb paper.



Operation. Strategic one move changes to space and material. Poplar, acrylic, basswood, wood stain.

Diagram. Process of operations grow to a particular spatial condition. Graphite on 130lb paper.



Fabric. Serendipity and mystery. MDF, Chipboard, Foam.




Integral Images relating to Synthesis. Mechanism. Kazuo Shinohara “ITT Centennial Hall” Digitally Analogue. Aphex Twin “Computer Controlled Acoustical Instruments” Humour. Kazuo Shinohara “Chair” Fluctuation. Eladio Dieste “Port Warehouse” Architectonic. Valerio Olgiati “Plantehoff Auditorium” Polemic. Archigram “Plug In City” Cybernetics. Gordon Pask “Teaching Machine” Loft. FOA “Yokohoma Ferry Terminal” Variation. SANNA “Rolex Learning Center” Systemic. Junya Ishigami “ITT Workshop”


professor: Lluis Ortega Collaboration: Tanil Raif, Paula Volpato Revisiting archigrams idea of non-functional architecture that focused on journey as spectacle, the architecture proposes a similar anti-functional ideology. While archigram’s system was designed for the automobile, he architecture translates the idea into a contemporary public park for pedestrian experience: Undulant Spectacles as a journey calibrated around the relationship between spectator and spectacle. The surfaces of the landscape allow for variation, ranging from open hills to enclosed pockets of growth. The treatment of the surfaces suggest platforms for different social behaviors to play out, as well as different acoustical effects that are further calibrated by greenery and wind through openings. This helps adjust the range of the spaces, both visually and acoustically, while the landscape still offers open choice of circulation. Cybernetics as the generator of architecture Laboratory testing of architectonics. Space as a political gesture. Emergent Architecture. Ecology as a aspect of site.


Ecological Study. Ecology of Garraf site studyed through scale and wind simulations. DSLR Photograpph & Autocad FLOW.

Open System. Wind determines opening within the field of hills. ACAD Vector drawing.



Primitive. Growth of original primitive geometry into a three dimensional architectonic unit. ACAD Vector Drawing.

Architectures of the Invisible IIT Professor: Lluis Ortega In Collaboration with Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires Studens:Laid Omeri, Tanil Raif, Paula Volpato Undulant Spectacles Matrixing Social Conditions Through Introverted and Extroverted Relationships 2019-2019

Landscape: Extroverted conditions, openings regulate wind and light.


Landscape: Phenomenological effect of light in extroverted spaces.

Prototype Ideal spherical site used to generate different conditions from initial primitive geometry. ACAD Vector Drawing. 78



Repetition & Difference. Difference within particular growths through repeating primitive. ACAD Vector Drawing.

Laboratory. Spherical site used as away to develope DNA for site implementation. Ultimaker transparent 3D print.



Introverted Condition. Density, height, greenery, and openings determine the social condition of growth. ACAD Vector drawing.

X-Ray Growth of primitive studied for its genetic systems. Ultimaker transparent 3D print, DSLR Photograph, Photoshop.



Primitive System. Simple architectonic system of curves start to define conditions through emergence. ACAD Vector drawing.

Deployment. Ecology of social conditions determine placement of density and height. ACAD Vector Drawing.





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