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LEA OXENHANDLER Architectural Portfolio

THE ANTI-INSTITUTION 601 studio, Fall 2010

ART FOR ALL SEASONS 502 studio, Spring 2010

CAUSING AN EFFECT 501 studio, Fall 2009

A SPACE FOR PINNING UP 501 studio, Fall 2009


THE ANTI-INSTITUTION Northern Liberties, Philadelphia


Elderly housing as it stands today does not consider the needs of its residents beyond pure practicality.

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Public programming is placed in the north end of the building to bring the vibrant, young Northern Liberties community into a program that is traditionally devoid of youthful visitors and informal interactions.

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Through formal stategies, the building distorts on its narrow site to break the institutional mold of the long, double-loaded corridor and static, dark interior spaces.

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NARROW SITING How is Southern exposure maximized on the site?

EROSION OF FORM Exposes maximum interior space to the South

TWO-SIDED EXPOSURE Exposes both facades to the south while allowing different views to the East and West

PLAN DIAGRAM OF STRUCTURAL WALL SYSTEM


DISTORTION AND NATURAL LIGHT Stretching its body both East and West, Southern light is maximized in the interior of the building while privacy is maintained via the structural louver system on the facade. As the building shifts, the floor plates are supported by load bearing structural walls that are arranged along radial lines throughout and create continuous vertical supports.


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1 residential corridors

rhinoceros, grasshopper, maxwell, photoshop cs5

2 pathway and gardens

rhinoceros, grasshopper, maxwell, photoshop cs5

3 southern elevation

rhinoceros, grasshopper, maxwell, photoshop cs5

4 street view, cafe and retail rhinoceros, grasshopper, maxwell, photoshop cs5


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1 massing study

corrugated plastic and kitchen sponges

2 structure/skin relationship lasercut museum board, scaled lumber

3 materiality, massing, form baltic birch plywood

4 structural wall system

lasercut museum board, scaled lumber


ART FOR ALL SEASONS Kensington, Philadelphia

PLAN 1/16” = 1’


The growth of community gardening in the East Village of New York has helped revive the neighborhood within the last 30 years. An increasing trend in using vacant lots to produce income-generating gardens in Northeast Philadelphia creates the possibility of a similar revival in Kensington. The incorporation of gardening with community arts programming fosters interaction and the growth of an up-and-coming neighborhood.

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WHEN PLANTING BECOMES ARCHITECTURE The art center was created by crafting spatial relationships between plantings and the people who may occupy the spaces that they create. The temporal nature of plant growth, seasonal change and shifting light conditions was considered as a large part of the design process.

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GREEN green green garden bedsbeds garden

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outdoor outdoor public public private private

vertical vines vertical vines

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flower bedsbeds flower

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canopy tree tree canopy

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ornamental grasses ornamental grasses

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coniferous plants coniferous plants

GROWTH growth growth


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CAUSING AN EFFECT Installation, University of Pennsylvania School of Design


The nature of interactivity is not a product, but a process. As a surface form, this system acts as an interactive light-filtering screen that engages the body by allowing users to morph its form. Through various pulling mechanisms, the nature of cause and effect is explored as the device responds by opening and closing its apertures.


UNIT TRANSFORMATION

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MANIPULATION AND ASSEMBLY

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A SPACE FOR PINNING UP Pavilion, University of Pennsylvania School of Design


This dynamic component-based system provides a multifunctional and experiential exhibition space for the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Folds in the surface of the structure create louvers and apertures to filter natural light and air between the spaces. Highly lit spaces are where work is displayed and presented. These bright corridors also represent paths of movement throughout the pavilion. Spaces with a more filtered lighting condition are intended for resting states of occupation and relaxation.

PLAN 1/16” = 1’


1 interior gallery

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3 interior social spaces

physical model photograph, photoshop


ROOF PLAN 1/16” = 1’


LIGHTING DESIGN Design of Contemporary Products Studio


A versatile, flexible and soft lighting design that can wrap, hang or coil up anywhere. Using felt to envelop the lightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fixture and cord creates a unique ambiance that can be taken anywhere. The dependent relationship of the light to furniture, doorway, shelf, ceiling, or even floor reinforces both the playful and parasitic nature of the design.


LEA OXENHANDLER 2216 Lombard Street Apt 4 Philadelphia PA 19146 leaoxenhandler@gmail.com / leao@design.upenn.edu www.leaoxenhandler.com

EDUCATION The University of Pennsylvania Candidate, Master of Architecture Candidate, Master of Science in Engineering, Integrated Product Design Expected Graduation Date: December 2012 Cumulative GPA: 3.71

Washington University in St. Louis Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Minor in Anthropology Graduated with Service Honors in May 2009 Cumulative GPA: 3.64

ACTIVITIES AND HONORS E. Lewis Dales Memorial Traveling Fellowship

2011

Awarded funds for travel in Summer of 2011 in juried student portfolio competition for second year of M. Arch I program at PennDesign.

Disaster Relief Housing 2010 Grant research chosen for publication in Via, PennDesign’s publication.

WORK Publication 2010 Four design projects selected to be published in WORK, PennDesign’s student work publication.

PennDesign Scholarship Recipient 2009 - present Received four-year grant for study at PennDesign.

Lock & Chain Honorary

2006 - ongoing

One of 15 students selected to lead the Class of 2009 in prestigious honorary in its 103rd year on Washington University’s campus. Organized participation in philanthropic and community-oriented service activities. Awarded Service Honors upon graduation.

Washington University Scholarship Recipient

2005 - 2009

Presented with the Dean’s Award merit scholarship, as well as named scholarships in 2007 and 2008. Awarded Dean’s List in Spring 2006 and Fall 2008.


WORK EXPERIENCE Rittenhound

Philadelphia, PA

April 2010 - present

Co-founder and CEO of Rittenhound Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, LLC. Responsible for website design, graphics, branding, marketing, social media, accounting, employee hiring, training, scheduling and management of clients and employees, as well as the occasional dog walk!

Gregâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market

Middlebury, VT

July - August 2010

Development of current and future branding strategy for local grocery in Vermont, including graphic, website, packaging and environmental design as well as implementation. www.gregsmarket.com

Trio Design Group

Miami, FL

May - August 2009

Interacted directly with clients and developers, doing on-site measurements and as builts for residential and commercial projects in a dynamic and collaborative small architecture firm. www.trio-design.net

Core 11/A Creation Studio

St. Louis, MO

May - August 2008

Designed and developed conceptual retail display installations for Core 11 product lines. Collaborated with renowned fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Zac Posen to create a photo booth installation for New York Fashion Week Fall 2008. www.core11.com

Gresham, Smith & Partners

Miami, FL

May - August 2007

Worked between architecture and interior teams to design innovative and beautiful healthcare spaces, turning limited budgets and stringent code regulations into opportunities for creativity. www.gspnet.com

SKILLS Digital and manual fabrication of models, products, prototypes and furniture. Graphics and information design, website development and digital animation. Proficient in AutoCad 2011, EcoTect, Rhinoceros, V-Ray, Maxwell, Maya 2011, Grasshopper, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and AfterEffects. Microsoft Office, Powerpoint and Keynote. Both Mac and PC platforms.

INTERESTS Communicating with images, streetscapes and public spaces, natural light and ventilation. The design and evolution of innovative furniture and products. Experimentation with unconventional materials. The juxtaposition of antique and modern. Typography, graphic design and architectural publications. Anthropology and archaeology.

Lea Oxenhandler's Architecture Portfolio  
Lea Oxenhandler's Architecture Portfolio  

Second year of M. Architecture + M.S.E. Product Design Programs at University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

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