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American-Spanish, born in 1994 in Zaragoza, Spain. Graduate architect having recently finished a professionallyentitling master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Zaragoza (EINA).

_EDUCATION 2017-2018 2016-2017 2012-2017 2010-2012

During the 6-year duration of my studies (undergraduate and master’s degree) I’ve had the opportunity to develop skills and competences in all stages of architectural design, as well as urban and landscape planning, construction and structural analysis. I’ve also had the privilege of travelling, and having gone on an exchange program to the United States, which has given me the chance to study and visit outstanding works of architecture.

Master’s in Architecture at University of Zaragoza, Spain Graduate-level Exchange year at University of Idaho, USA Bachelor’s with honors (300 ECTS) in Architecture at University of Zaragoza, Spain High school at Colegio el Pilar Maristas, Zaragoza, Spain


My favorite experience as an architecture student has been working in international teams, both at my home university as well as during my exchange, with excellent academic results and great friends being made along the way.

Spring 2018 Summer 2018

I’ve always had a strong interest in 3D modelling, photography, image compositing and history of architecture, and in my free time I enjoy outdoor sports and embarking myself on personal creative projects. I also have experience in teaching Photoshop, architectural rendering, image and video compositing and English.

Non-curricular internship at Grávalos di Monte (Zaragoza) Collaboration with Musa Arquitectura (Zaragoza)

_LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES Native bilingual speaker of English and Spanish.

I consider myself a resourceful worker in my fields of knowledge, as well as a quick learner of whichever new tools and workflows may be optimal for attaining the highest results in a project.

2016 2011 2011 2011

Certificate of Advanced English (University of Cambridge) Grade A, demonstrating C2 English B2 (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas) French A2 (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas) German B1 (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas)

Basic-level speaker of Japanese. _STUDENT CLUBS 2017 2016-2017

University of Idaho Ballroom Dance Company University of Idaho Climbing Club


Algomad, Parametric modelling in Architecture and Design, Barcelona, Spain




Emak Bakia. Procesos de proyecto en torno a la casa Emak Bakia de Man Ray | Graphic contribution Cinco años de Expresión Gráfica Arquitectónica en la Universidad de Zaragoza | Graphic contribution Materiales de Urbanismo 2013.15 (vol. 03) | Graphic contribution Materiales de Urbanismo 2015.17 (vol. 04) | Graphic contribution

Pablo Ruiz Picasso 21, 6º Izda. 50018, Zaragoza, Spain (+34) 654 736 955 | Spain | email | Skype


Concurso Pladur 2016 Mejor Proyecto académico TIP 1, 3rd prize (EINA)


SENIOR HOUSING COMPLEX TIERMAS, SPAIN Master’s Project 2017-2018 Software used AutoCAD | Rhinoceros | Grasshopper | Vray | Photoshop | InDesign | Presto | CYPECAD

The residential complex for seniors stems from the development of a recovery strategy for the abandoned village of Tiermas in the north of Spain, which began with the reassessment of its cultural memory, materialized in the ruined buildings, their traditional building methods, as well as the geometry of open spaces, with the premise of preserving the landscape of ruins as the site’s natural state in the 21st century.

The recolonization by today's inhabitants must then happen by devising an architecture which will be able to occupy the ruined buildings with new units, tailored to the program's requirements and today's values. The result is a 'parasitical' form of architecture, developed according to pre-established geometrical principles, which are iterated throughout the entire village, formalizing the housing units which constitute the project, as well as the associated collective buildings and exterior circulations.

This ‘ruinscape‘ speaks of the interactions with the natural environment of its inhabitants from different times, values and ways of life which haven’t been able to survive the historical dynamics of the recent decades.



The system of exterior circulations aims to accentuate the state of dereliction, allowing for vegetation to grow within the boundaries of the ruined houses as well as the former streets and open surfaces, thus making more obvious the presence of the new architecture. The further development of the project led to a detailed study of one typological housing unit, whose principles could be replicated throughout all the other instances; as well as one multi-purpose collective building.


Detailed senior housing unit interior scene

Detailed housing unit exterior scene

A transparent sense of space between living areas, which is emphasized by the different heights of volumes and the introduction of courtyards.

An intimate form of domestic occupation projects itself outward from inside the ‘host’ building.


General site plan

South elevation of the detailed housing unit


Detailed housing unit plan view


Detailed housing unit construction section


TOURISTIC HOTEL IN TABARCA, SPAIN CERAMIC CONSTRUCTION DESIGN Hyspalit Ceramics Competition entry Spring 2015 | Team project Software used AutoCAD | Rhinoceros | Grasshopper | Vray | Photoshop Credited work Conceptual design, 3D modelling, renderings, diagrams, 2D drawings


An array of parallel brick walls spans along the southern shore of the fortified Mediterranean island of Tabarca establishing connections between the traditional architecture of the island and the small 6-room hotel.

curved gestures are reminiscent of the traditional gable roofs as well as the marine setting, which lies just beyond the ramparts. The front and back faces are resolved with parametric ceramic lattice walls In order to mantain subtle visual continuity along the galleries, as well as natural cross ventilation.

The main feature of the project is a parametrically designed roofing system, entirely comprised of ceramic elements, considering bioclimatic issues such as ventilation and lighting. Slight changes over the basic detail create different shading and enclosure effects. The proposal derives from the historical urban grid of the town of Tabarca by projecting itself along the main axes towards the southern cliffs. The section’s



INVISIBLE LIMITS EPHEMERAL EXHIBITION PAVILION 26th Pladur Construction Competition entry Spring 2016 | Team project Software used AutoCAD | Rhinoceros | Vray | Photoshop Credited work Conceptual design, 3D modelling, renderings, diagrams, model-making

The vague variables for the competition with regards to site and scale led to a more conceptual architectural exercise, which began by reducing the requirements to the essential elements that constitute a pavilion, hence designing an object capable of generating its own spatial context, with a primary use of gypsum board elements in its construction. A prism-shaped volume comprised of parallel horizontal planes reacts to an organic programdefined negative volume, giving place to an ambiguous interior space. The horizontal sections that constitute the overall volume evoke the programmatic spaces without them being clearly defined.



The gradual increase in the spacing between the planes and a minimal structural system contribute to emphasize the abstract nature of the interior. A typological construction detail embodies the logic of the entire project.

A variation of the detail provides the solution for the first set of planes, which comprise the level on which visitor circulation takes place, as well as the top plane, which is protected with a layer of epoxy paint against weathering.

Structural support relies on a thin steel honeycomb mesh that transfers its loads horizontally to strategically-located columns. The gypsum boards are then attached to the mesh by screwing the rails to cells that have previously been filled in with epoxy cement.


MUSEUM OF MOVING IMAGE CONCEPTUAL MUSEUM IN CHICAGO USA Exchange Studio Project Fall 2016 Software used AutoCAD | Rhinoceros | Grasshopper | Vray | Photoshop


The idea of the project revolves around the treatment of time in the narrative of the movie Lola Rennt (Germany, 1999). A unidimensional diagram of the movie representing the links between three different timelines is interpreted in terms of the pragmatic requirements of the museum, and a regular triangular prism-shaped tower is obtained. The twists in the treatment of time result in a shattered middle-section. Projection and sectioning were the main tools used to interpret the complex geometry in architectural terms. Circulation cores are defined over the overall projection of the massing, and the sides of each fragment are interpreted as either opaque or translucent. Succesive iterations of structural layers provide coherence to the resulting forms.



HOUSING REHABILITATION ZARAGOZA, SPAIN Master’s Urban Restoration Project Fall 2017 | Team project Software used AutoCAD | Rhinoceros | Vray | Photoshop | Presto | HULC Credited work Analysis, conceptual design, 3D modelling, renderings, diagrams, phase development


As part of the master’s central theme on urban and architectural renovation, and set in an ever-ageing urban scene, we were assigned the task of studying an early residential complex in the neighborhood of Las Fuentes, built during the times of Franco’s dictatorship (1949), to then identify and solve issues such as design-related deficiencies, structural integrity problems, construction pathologies, and lacking insulation.

The proposal relies on the addition of an exterior steelstructure, containing the new circulations, which are in compliance with modern accesibility code regulations. The combination of the new structural extension and and a foundation reinforcement allows for a height increase, which accommodates new housing units. The original floor plans of the apartments are reconfigured to attain an optimal use of space, and an exterior façade system is used for the insulation and final finish of the original construction.

The process involved a studio-led study of the site’s historical development, current uses, open spaces, its occupants; and the research of optimal architectural solutions as well as public funding plans for such projects.


Housing block construction section

Rehabilitation proposal site plan


URBAN RENEWAL IN LAS FUENTES ZARAGOZA, SPAIN Master’s Urban Planning Project Fall 2017 | Team project Software used QGIS | AutoCAD | Rhinoceros | Grasshopper | Vray | Photoshop Credited work Analysis, conceptual design, 3D modelling, renderings, diagrams, axonometric


The project is focused on a small site right on the edge of the city of Zaragoza and its agrarian outskirts as part of a larger studio-led urban renewal plan for the entire neighborhood of Las Fuentes, a district facing issues that are common to many other European cities, such as an ageing population, architecture obsolescence and limited public open spaces.

The ultimate goal is to generate a point of interest in the urban landscape that will be integrated into a green strip, which runs along an important beltway, and is also responsive to an existent neglected public square and the need for new municipal facilities in the area. Several programmatic layers interact with each other generating a system of elevated circulations that allow for natural pedestrian flows to take place, with a new governmental building acting as a nodal architectural element for cultural activities and social gathering, as well as a viewing point of the farmland of the Ebro basin beyond the city limits.

The proposal focuses on the development of the area at the end of the neighborhood’s main axis, which is defined by two parallel streets, in accordance with a proposed extension of the tram system, thus generating a pedestrian circulation node and a natural entry into the city for vehicular traffic, of both private and public nature.


District use study


ARCHITECTURAL VISUALS Software used Rhinoceros | Vray | Photoshop | ArchiCAD | Artlantis Photorrealistic renders from master’s senior housing project, and an early school project of a mediatheque.



ARCHITECTURAL VISUALS Software used Rhinoceros | Vray | Photoshop Set of promotional photorrealistic renders for a Zaragoza-based architecture practice’s children’s leisure center poject.


ARCHITECTURAL MODELS Photographs of architectural scale model from ephemeral pavilion team project.



ARCHITECTURAL MODELS Photographs of architectural scale model from master’s project, portraying the entire abandoned village of Tiermas and the senior housing complex.


Daniel Herrera-Russert 2019 Portfolio  

Curriculum and selected architectural work

Daniel Herrera-Russert 2019 Portfolio  

Curriculum and selected architectural work