architecture | design | art
alyssa gainer | undergraduate portfolio | fall 2012 - spring 2013
â€œThose who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.â€?
My strongest passion is first for Christ. Only from a divine Creator am I able to create. Architecture is the ultimate reflection of this ancient glory and provision to mankind. I am most moved by how architecture, unlike any other form of expression, has the vast capacity to shelter, inspire, and heal. I have aspirations to pursue a Masterâ€™s degree in Architecture and employ my trade around the world for both vocation and mission opportunities. My heart for people of all nations and desire to innovatively serve them perpetuates my vision.
education extracurricular skills travels other
Ross S. Sterling High School | Texas A&M University | Bachelor of Environmental Design | Minor in New Media Art | Minor in Mandarin Chinese Christian Architecture Leaders Missions Exec | Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) Student Leader | GraceKids Church Volunteer IT | AutoCad | Sketchup | Revit | Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop | Some experience in Maya and Rhino | Hand drafting and modeling Canada | Japan | England | Spain | Portugal | Honduras | Haiti Painting | Sketching | Percussion | Running | Snowboarding | Horseback riding | Amateur Photography | Graphic Design
ENDS 105 ENDS 106 ARCH 206 ARCH 207 ENDS 115-116 personal
contents Logo Design | Behavioral Setting | Industrial Design Black and White Composition | the Cube | Gray scale Adaptation | Ardent House Millican Reserve Equestrian Center Renewal, Colorado Vacation Home Research Park Tea House | Various Media Art Photography | Composite Painting
With professional and personal meaning, this logo has a deeper significance than meets the eye. Using elements that allude to fire, water, and nature, this logo is an elegant and intricate representation of purity, stability, and imagination. It inspires the image of a tree thriving by streams of water with continuous fruitfulness and prosperity. The roots, which are the treeâ€™s buried source of life, symbolize original dreams, the hidden fountain of all innovation. However, dreams often lack clarity and must be refined. The water encircling the tree represents the purification of ideas on their way to fruition. As a dream becomes reality, it bursts through the surface of the water, escalating into the sky. Every dream is valuable and with the right enterprise you can see your dreamsâ€Śdesigned.
“your dreams... Designed.”
This home was designed for a Chinese couple, both architects. Here function is not only an attribute, but an element of design. The structure is ADA acceptable. Feng Shui was considered as a cultural aspect, as well as the desire to incorporate light and environment into the living space. The vaulted ceiling, solar tubes, and glass walls allow abundant light into the core of the home, without exorbitant energy costs. The plan focuses on a central core of the high traffic areas of the kitchen and living room, which open up to the 2nd story, retaining a sense of community throughout the varied space. A private sphere is strategically maintained within the plan. Accentuated by contrasting and complementing shapes, the structure defines itself without overpowering the site or lake side view.
Residence on Carter Lake Bryan, Texas
The idea for this design developed from the need for both a seating area and tabletop capability in a compact space. But this project springs beyond the rigid requirements of functionality, material conservation, and natural connection, and stretches to a new level of imagination and wonder. It embraces structural limitations as elements of design to foster a fluid and organic motion. Comfortable, versatile, and beautiful, the piece is more than furniture; it is art that heightens the senses to a
transforming furniture piece
black and white composition
Comprised of a specific grid system that is made up of diamonds and circles in a square, the movement of the black and white composition is released from the inside out by the extruding lines on the edge of the composition. This motion is inspired by the idea of an engulfing flame, and being overtaken by passion and fervor. This is the first project encompassing my semesterâ€™s word, â€œardentâ€?.
Ardent desire begins within the soul. The cube represents this inner spirit, each structure evoking the image of fervent desire. The irregular design of the individual pieces suggests the idea of fire and reflects how my passionate and unrelenting desire to push the limits originates deep within myself.
gray scale cube adaptation
Throughout the Bible, the glory of the Lord is a physical manifestation of His burning love for His children and all-consuming desire for their wellbeing. The Almighty is also described as the triumphant Lion of the tribe of Judah. In this sense, the Lion is the embodiment of majesty and unrelenting perseverance. In this sketch, the images of fire and the lion are used to exemplify the zealous and fervid character of the Lord, who is the light and fire of my soul and who animates my life and desires with His passion. This rendering manifested itself out of my black and white composition and cube to more fully embrace my word ardent.
Built for a single woman in the heart of hill country, this modest yet dynamic abode draws inspiration from flames and nature. Revolving around a central hearth, it epitomizes both the elements of unpredictability and monumentality manifest in fire. The organic and curved elements of design are juxtaposed by the staunchly vertical and linear elements. Numerous windows allow for ample natural light to fill the space and to facilitate communion between the indoor and outdoor space. The simplicity of material allows for the design itself to communicate an ardent atmosphere, accentuated and framed by a variety of colorful vegetation.
First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Millican Reserve Equestrian Center
BARN A NORTH
10' 15' 10’ 15’
25' 30' 25’ 30’ NORTH
25' 30' 25’ 30’
10' 15' 10’ 15’
10' 5' 0'
NORTH 0' 0’
This Equestrian Center presents a space that embodies a sacred atmosphere and is intended for use beyond a simple riding facility. The passion and majesty of horses themselves speaks into the design. The majestic façade of the sanctuary which rises high over the entrance reflects mimics the constellation of the mythological flying horse Pegasus. This symbol is associated with supernatural energy and is an allegory of the soul’s immortality. It is rumored to raise the spirits and wellbeing of those who enter. The barn and stables break perceived stigmas and become places of reverence for the contact between horses and humans. This emotional interaction between equine and human is captured in physical form through the monumental height of the entrance, the majestic atypical form of the roofs, and openings which filter light into the space. In order to continue the bridal path, the education center and lounge are intentionally separated to naturally enclose the central green area. Southern Yellow Pine Wood, steel, and galvanized tin constitute the majority of the structures. The wood and metal blend with the environment and are a twist on Texas modern vernacular. A sustainable environment is easily achievable in an equine facility. The stables’ natural light and ventilation offset electricity costs. Translucent in quality, the fabric covering of the arena both reflects back and filters natural light through into the arena effectively reducing the need for artificial lighting. The fabric helps control the temperature in the arena, which lowers energy consumption. The sight also produces energy through the use of Photo Voltaic cells placed on the ample flat portions of barn, stable, and education/lounge roofs. Additionally, vertical axis wind turbines offset the center’s energy consumption.
Nestled 8060 feet high in the Rocky Mountains this abode accommodates a mission documentary filmmaker and his wife. Renewal exemplifies a dual meaning: One is the desire to create a space that rejuvenates and inspires its guests and the second, a facility that physically restores itself. Inspired from the natureâ€™s perfect ratio and the surrounding landscape, the unorthodox form and exaggerated ceiling height contribute to providing the sacred atmosphere. The simple and sufficient accommodations coupled with the limited need for a heating and cooling system make the home suitable to loan to guests with little concern for energy consumption or upkeep. Sustainability and materiality are essential to the homeâ€™s structure and function, not just added benefits. At a humble 1100 square feet, this home proves that you do not have to waste earthâ€™s resources to obtain luxurious living.
Colorado Vacation Home Estes park,Colorado
10’ 15’ 20’ 25’
Research Park Tea House
Drawing inspiration from a vacation home in Brazil, the design was adapted to function as a lake side teahouse. The trapezoidal plan and north facing deck maximize the view of the lake and the amount of light entering the structure. From both the porch and patio, guests can appreciate the sunrise or sunset and ponder the mystifying view of the sculpture on the lake. Guests are invited to recline on the deck while enjoying their tea beverage of choice,
Second Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
The following samples of sketch and pastel work were completed in ENDS 115-116, Design Comm. Foundation. They show the influence that color, shadow, and detail have on design.
acrylic on canvas