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ROOF ASSEMBLY Wooden Planks Drainage Layer


Water Resistant Barrier

1/2” Drywall

3” Cellulose Insulation (Recycled Newsprint)

Airspace Vapor Barrier

Vapor Barrier 3” Fly-Ash Concrete Steel Decking Open Web Steel Joists Metal Grated Drop Ceiling

3” Cellulose Insulation (Recycled Newsprint) Steel Stud Water Resistant Barrier Airspace 1” Rigid Insulation (Expanded Perlite Organic Bonded) Airspace 1” Fly-Ash Concrete Cladding (Sub-Sand/Gravel/Stone Concrete)

Uncoated Low-E Double Pane Glass

FLOOR ASSEMBLY Marmoleum 3” Fly-Ash Concrete

Steel Decking Open Web Steel Joists 1” Rigid Insulation (Expanded Perlite Organic Bonded) Vapor Barrier Airspace 1” Fly-Ash Concrete Cladding (Sub-Sand/Gravel/Stone Concrete)

A center for environmental education should pedagogically express its interaction with the site conditions specific to, in this case, Santa Barbara. The project is articulated around a courtyard, lifting off of the ground plane to allow direct exposure to natural light and to harness air circulating off of the nearby ocean. The building acts as a series water catchment systems as well as a layered environmental laboratory, connecting outdoor and indoor spaces through water movement. Sustainable use of materials and local resources inherently contextualize this project, making it a center for environmental learning in Santa Barbara.

This project is an exploration of economical optimization. A three dimensional grid inserts intself onto the highline in Chelsea, New York. As parts of the whole become more desirable, they expand, pushing those above it upwards, and those beside it to the left and right. The skin of the building responds to internal forces: puckering, creating distorted images of interior happenings. The left side: apartments for artists. The right: public exhibition space.

A juxtaposition of two landscapes, in constant ebb and flow on the fringe of Brooklyn. A high end spa for a slowly gentrifying site. Physically, the public landscape and private spa / recreation facilities are separate, but through a series of shearing manipulations and removal of material, the two typologies are visually linked. Inserted into heavy industry, the delicate white lines of the project stands in stark contrast and is articulated as a projection of the strata from the surrounding urban fabric. Site Plan

A secret insertion within an ancient context. The project is a perfect plinth over a programmatically active underbelly: during the day, a bustling market-scape, at night, a dynamic club scene. Sandwiched between the ancient Roman Wall and Monte Testaccio (a mound of discarded pottery from antiquity), the project reads as a removal of material, and a reestablishment of ground plane. Drawing upon context, the plane is fattened, and sheared downwards, providing light wells, structure, vertical circulation, and pockets of program.

Halai, Greece has a contemporary presence that exists as a compression of time, a three dimensional representation of simultaneous event. Continually settled and abandoned over the past eight thousand years, my project is the latest iteration at latitude 38째39'27.98"N longitude 23째11'24.41"E. It provides visitors with access to the multiplicity of historical layers and archaeologists with an apparatus for scanning and collecting material for analysis. The gantry crane on the lowest layer hauls soil to the water for removal and artifacts to the work rooms to the west of the site. Layers above delaminate stratigraphically, articulating orientation specific to each phase of construction.

Roof Plan First Floor Plan Ground Floor Plan Exploded Axon Generative Diagrams Interior Perspective Exterior Perspective from Ground Axon in situ Section Looking Northwest

Grid system reprojected to breach wall circuit

Establishment of grid system through site

Projection of traces to corresponding shore

Separation of architectural material

Scalar function of Settlement

Late Ro







Split Border expansion

Grid Shift


Reuse of existing ifrastructure

Grid subject to vector

Vertical disruption


acrylic paint. 14” x 16”. 2003. arlington, ma.

graphite. 17” x 24”. 2007. matera, italy.


plaster. 9”x9”x9”. 2005. ithaca, ny.

steel. 1’x1’x1’. 2005. ithaca, ny

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