//ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO\\ HELEN LENNA GALANIS
Selected Professional + Academic Work_Ranging from 2015-2018 [ED] Educational [PR] Professional [RE] Research [FM] Film [CO] Competition
//ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO\\ HELEN LENNA GALANIS
Selected Professional + Academic Work_Ranging from 2015-2018 [ED] Educational [PR] Professional [RE] Research [FI] Film [CO] Competition |P.03
//WHO I AM\\
ED.// My name is Lenna Galanis. I am a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Rhodes, Greece in 2000. In 2011, I began my undergraduate studies in Architecture at Judson University. Completing my B.Arch degree and playing collegiate level basketball at Judson is one of my greatest accomplishments. In May of 2018, I attained my Master of Architecture degree with honors from Florida International University. EXP.// I began my professional architectural career in 2013 with a summer internship at RBDR Architects. Throughout my Master studies, I have worked for AECOM as an architectural intern. Additionally, I worked at the Digital Fabrication Lab at FIU where I maintained 3D printers, laser cutters and other printing technologies. OBJ.// My work is committed to investigating what emerging technologies can do for the architectural world. My Master studies focused on exploring ways in which we can use emerging technologies as a tool to create architecture that adapts. My curiosity has led me to this conclusion--what if architecture could move, adapt, twist, morph, mutate, self assemble, disassemble and sustain itself? Exploring architecture in this realm could open up new and innovative ways we could construct, design and understand how architecture could serve people.
//CURRICULUM VITAE\\ HELEN LENNA GALANIS Telephone Email Skype
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EDUCATION 2016 - 2018
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY | MIAMI FLORIDA //M.Arch-with a focus on self assembly and self organizing behaviors.
2011 - 2015
JUDSON UNIVERSITY | CHICAGO ILLINOIS //B.Arch
2007 - 2011
MIDWAY HIGH SCHOOL | WACO TEXAS //Secondary School
WORK EXPERIENCE 2017 - 2018
DIGITAL FABRICATION LAB | FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY //Maintained 3-D Printers, Laser Cutters and other Printing Technologies
2016 - 2017
AECOM | CORAL GABLES FLORIDA //Intern Architect
2015 - 2016
RBDR ARCHITECTS | WACO TEXAS //Intern Architect
2015 - 2016
ALPHA OMEGA BAKERY & GRILL | WACO TEXAS //Manager
2008 - 2015
1424 BISTRO | WACO TEXAS //Server//Manager//Bartender
CYBORG DIGITAL FUTURES | TONGJI UNIVERSITY, SHANGHAI CHINA //Workshop held by Philip Yuan investigating emerging technology
2016 - 2018
ΤΣΔ | TAU SIGMA DELTA //Top 10% of Class
FIU | BEST IN CLASS //Bronze
2011 - 2015
STUDENT ATHLETE | JUDSON UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL //Team Leader
CONNECTIVE TISSUE | MASTER THESIS PROJECT FIU 2018 //[http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/195500/cyborg-futures/ ]
SOCIAL MESHWORKS | THE ARCHIOLOGIST //thearchiologist.com
THE LABORATORY | SEA LEVEL SOLUTIONS INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH STUDY //Author and contributer
RESEARCH 2016- 2018
THE LABORATORY | SEA LEVEL SOLUTIONS INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH STUDY //Author and contributer
2017 - 2018
CONNECTIVE TISSUE | INTEGRATED RESEARCH INTO MUTUALISMS //Contributers /Grace Crain University of Texas El Paso
SKILL SET 3D MODELING //Maya //Rhinoceros //Revit //Sketchup //AutoCad
ADOBE SUITE //Photoshop //Illustrator //InDesign
ENVIRONMENTAL //Sefaira //Insight 360 + Green Building Studio //Ecotect
VISUAL PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES //Grasshopper //Dynamo //TouchDesigner PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES //Python //Processing
//Premier Pro //After Effects
ANIMATIONS + RENDERINGS //Maya //Cinema 4D //3DS Max //Autodesk 360 LANGUAGES //English //Greek
NCARB STATUS NCARB RECORD | MEMBER SINCE 2013 //2,086 hours approved and 1,803 remaining. |P.07
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOOD OF THE GODS
THE MUTATING LABYRINTH
CONNECTIVE TISSUE Master Thesis
MUTUALISM IN PHASES
MUTUALISM BEGINS TO FORM
CONNECTIVE TISSUE AIMS TO EXPLORE A MUTUALISTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT THAT SURROUNDS US. THIS PROJECT CAPTURES THIS RELATIONSHIP THROUGH AUDIO RECORDINGS OF OUR SURROUNDINGS WHICH IS TRANSLATED TO A PHYSICAL FORM. THEREFORE, PRODUCING A FORM THAT IS CONTINUOUSLY ADAPTING, MORPHING AND MUTATING. RESEARCH
AUDIO GENERATED WITH LIMITED HUMAN INTERACTION
AUDIO GENERATED WITH A PARTICLE SYSTEM THAT IS CONTROLLED BY HUMAN INTERACTION.
PARTICLE SYSTEM AND COLOR IS CONTROLLED BY HUMAN INTERACTION AND AUDIO FREQUENCY.
With the combination of in-depth research of how organisms create mutualistic relationships, technology and human interaction, an interactive installation is created. This installation is an expression of a mutualistic relationship between humans and the environment. This installation investigates such expressions by creating phases in which human interaction is limited and controlled in the beginning, but later the form relies solely on human interaction.
This expressive mutualistic relationship is made with TouchDesigner and a kinect sensor. Sensors and visual programming languages were used to achieve an expression of a person’s mutualistic relationship with the environment that surrounds us.
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FORM IS SUSTAINED BY HUMAN INTERACTION.
FULLY MUTUALISTIC RELATIONSHIP
FORM IS GENERATED FULLY BY HUMAN INTERACTION.
The infrared sensors detect movement and allow for a mutualistic relationship to be formed. When a person’s arms are in motion, a form is created. Throughout the different phases of mutualisms, the form is able to--move, change color, expand , contract, evolve and adapt to the human.
VIDEO BACKGROUND | Master Thesis 2018 Florida International University TUTOR | Dr.Neil Leach DETAILS | Interactive Projection Mapping NOTES | Project image published on e-flux Architecture [http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/195500/cyborg-futures/ ] Connective Tissue|P.011
RESEARCH Lichen Lichen is a mutualistic with cyanobacteria. The only way a lichen would survive is through this process. The cyanobacteria convert nutrients to energy for the lichens. This mutualistic behavior can be seen in the interconnectivity of lichen and cyanobacteria in this graphic. Therefore, a radial growth occurs because the distribution of nutrients happens at one location. The pedals represent the flow of nutrients from its origin.
Lichens are able to erode the substrate they occupy. They almost act as a leech and the substrate its host. In the graphic to the right you can see how once a lichen has died, the imprint of its colonization can still be seen. Meaning that its capacity to erode can be evident years later. This is a significant finding. This idea can be connected to the subtraction of space. This concept is interesting because of its capacity to inform a narrative.e.
The interweaving of minerals found in lichens are an integral process to sustaining its life. Lichens erode different substrates, extracting minerals from them and using the minerals as nutrients. This process is extremely interesting. Almost as if a lichen is attaching to a host and extrapolating life from it. Once minerals have been eroded they become part of the lichen structure, therefore, this interweaving structure comes to life.
The morphology of lichens is complex and ever-changing. It continues to grow and adapt to the surrounding environment. The structure is an interweaving complex archetype. Larger interweaving interactions occur in places where structural strength is less needed. While other areas, interactions of structure happen more frequently because of the structural need. The morphology is an example of a structural use in architecture.
P.012| Connective Tissue
A BIOTIC SOIL ROCK WATER MUTUALISMS
BIOTIC PLANTS ANIMALIA BACTERIA FUNGI ALGAE
SHELTER/FOOD Connective Tissue |P.013
Pictures taken by Sirou Peng
THE VEIN_Space Suit
THE CONCEPT BEHIND OUR PNUEMATIC WEARABLE IS SPACE TRAVEL AND HOW OUR BODIES WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE TO THIS NEW ENVIRONMENT. DESIGN Specifics
The Vein is a pneumatic wearable designed to be worn in outer space. We designed and generated computationally, a vein structure that is super imposed on this wearable. For those who travel to space, micro-gravity causes lack of blood circulation and muscle atrophy. This wearable solves that problem by creating a pressurized suit that targets vein structures in the human body, constricting them and consequently promoting blood circulation throughout the body.
Diagrams done by Lenna Galanis
BACKGROUND | A week long workshop held at Tongji University Shanghai, China and led by Phillip Yuan. DATE | 06/30_7/10 TUTORS | Behnaz Farahi + Jifei Ou GROUP | Stephanie Alvarez, MG, Sirou Peng, Lenna Galanis The Vein|P.019
GRASSHOPPER SCRIPT | GENERATING VEIN STRUCTURE DIRECTION Shortest
The direction of growth is controlled by an array of points located at the origin. Additionally, the growth is controlled by the shortest walk command. These arrayed points are imposed on the surface and connected to the origin point with the shortest walk command. RANDOM Branching
The branching is controlled with the random command, more specifically the branching is controlled by random points located on the surface. With the integer slider, control over the amount of points directly correlates to the amount of branching generated. Once the shortest walk and random branching have been established, the size of the vein structure can be manipulated. The diameter is controlled by a number slider that gives three dimensions to the vein structure.
CONTROL | ITERATIVE PROCESS
Script and design simulations done by Lenna Galanis
FABRICATION | CUTS AND VEIN STRUCTURE LAYOUT
Diagrams made by MG
PNUEDUINO MICRO CONTROLLER | VEIN STRUCTURE INJECTED WITH AIR AND CONTROLLED WITH HEART RATE SENSOR
Pictures taken by Sirou Peng The Vein |P.021
THE LAB Resiliency
THE RISING SEA LEVELS ARE BECOMING A VERY REAL ISSUE FOR THE PEOPLE ON MIAMI BEACH. A COALITION OF RESEARCHERS, ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE MANY PROBLEMS RISING SEA LEVELS BRING TO MIAMI. THIS IS A PROPOSAL OF A RESILIENT LAB. SITE Specifics
The Lab is a 1,700 square foot/520 square meter facility located in Miami Beach. It will hold two researchers studying marine ecology and other organisms around Miami Beach. Functionally, the building will also house a flexible space that will have the capability of housing thirty-two occupants. RAMP Design
The design concept was conceived around the relationship of researchers to the public. The ramp acts as a connection to the researchers and public, there; ideas, concepts and research is shared. This gives the opportunity to spread information and engage the public in thinking about how to combat the rising sea levels. ROOF Design
The roof gives shelter to the ramp that connects to the flexible spaces. Photovoltaics line the top of the roof giving electricity to the building. The roof was designed to collect water. We were able to lower the use of city water by using rainwater collection to supply the water closets.
BACKGROUND | This studio aimed to focus on capacity of a structure to adapt to the risings sea levels. DETAILS | Team Lead Lenna Galanis + Patricia Aguilar DATE | 01/2017 - 05/2017 NOTES | Contributing author on Sea Level Solutions Indsciplinary Research Study [http://resilientutilities.org/ ]
PARAMETRIC ROOF | STRUCTURAL GRID
SEA LEVEL RISE | PROJECTED SEA LEVEL RISE FOR THE NEXT 30 YRS. 3F
T or .9M
T or 1.5M
T or 1.8M
RESILIENT STRUCTURE | ADAPTIVE HYDRAULICS | PHOTOVOLTAICS | PINNED CONNECTION
This solar study shows the amount of solar radiation that reaches the surface of the roof. This study concludes that photo voltaics, if implemented, would give the structure a considerable amount of energy.
This pinned connection shows how the laminated glulam roof structure is connected to two steel connection points. The pinned connections support the load of the roof and transfer it to the concrete piles underneath.
The concrete piles are adapted to combat the rising sea levels. With the implementation of a hydraulic system into the foundation, this allows the structure to move up or down depending on the continual change of sea level.
Pressure occurs when there is resistance to flow.
RESILIENCY | SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS Force Load
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A T IO N
THE HIVE_Transitions THE HIVE IS A TRANSITION/PAVILION SPACE LOCATED IN A DENSELY POPULATED CITY, SHINJUKU JAPAN. WITH A POPULATION OF 337,554 PERSONS, SHINJUKU CAN BE CONSIDERED A HIGHLY DENSE AREA. WITH EASE OF ACCESS, THE HIVE BECOMES A HIGHLY POPULATED TRANSITION SPACE. SITE Location
Located in an urban setting, The Hive must be a volume that is easily accessible to pedestrians and maintains a high capacity of pedestrian traffic. The site is located near a large train station. The exits out of the train station are responsible for the waves of high pedestrian traffic.
ES S ACC DIRECT Access
Due to its location, direct access from many points is integral to relieve congestion. The form was adapted to accommodate many access points. Specifically, the form extends down under the bridge at multiple points and provides access in one of the most highly congested areas in the city.
In addition to the two access points mentioned above, canopies extend out and over two more access points, providing another means of circulation. The extended canopies also act as a node to the city and pedestrians. Finally, the canopies provide shelter to the pedestrians during the rainy seasons.
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BACKGROUND | . DATE | 01/2017 - 5/2017 NOTES | Small scale pavilion structure located in Shinjuku Japan.
CONGESTION | DIAGRAMMING DENSITY VEHICULAR Traffic
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
TRANSITIONS | RENDERING SHOWING THE VIEW OF THE HIVE FROM THE BRIDGE LEVEL
12 p.m. - 4
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
PHYSICAL MODEL | 3D PRINTED STRUCTURAL MESH
SKIN | PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF MESH
SECTION | SHELTERED ACCESS
SOCIAL MESHWORK_Miami Habitat
MIAMI BEACH HABITAT IS A PROPOSAL FOR IMMIGRANT HOUSING LOCATED ON MIAMI BEACH. THE PROPOSAL AIMS TO INTEGRATE PUBLIC, BUSINESS AND PRIVATE SPACES IN A WAY THAT PROMOTES SOCIAL INTERACTION FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY.
Immigrants make up 60% of the population in Miami. Consequently, Miami has been built and maintained by immigrants. This proposal aims to aid the newly immigrated individuals with no connections to jobs and other resources build a plethora of relationships that will aid them toward economic prosperity. Creating a meshwork of social interactions,- where an individual with no social connections could start to build a mesh work of contacts that would enable them to prosper.
Located in a dense region of Miami Beach, the Miami Habitat creates a city in itself. Creating a habitat that includes residential, public and business spaces. Spaces would include a barbershop, fresh market and other necessities. This enables the inhabitants to own a small business located on the grounds and a commodity. No need to own a car, just live in the Miami Habitat and everything you need is at your fingertips. Creating a prosperous life that is attainable.
BACKGROUND | This studio aimed to give knowledge to the integration of building systems to our geometry. HVAC, plumbing, electrical and structure were integrated in this proposal. DETAILS | 20,000 square feet | 6,096 square meters. DATE | 08/2016 - 12/2016 NOTES | Published in the Archiologists [thearchiologist.com]
SITE DESIGN | PROGRAMMATIC ELEMENTS + DIAGRAMMING DESIGN Approach
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INTEGRATED SYSTEMS | STRUCTURAL SYSTEM + HVAC DESIGN
P.032|Food of the Gods
What if you could transform into a god, would you do it?
CO Food of the Gods A restaurant of transcendence exists, it’s called “Food of the gods.” Would you like to transform into a god and have god like characteristics? Transcend your human physicality and become a god. But first, you must consume the food of the gods, ambrosia. Ambrosia is a chemical composition of sustenance and mind transcending stimulants, perfectly composed by robots. Once formed, each spherical composition slowly descends from above to be consumed by you. Then, relax and subconsciously travel to the land of gods and monsters. Feel the strength, experience love and immortality and conquer monsters like ancient Greek gods. Become a warrior, a lover or a spectator, it is all up to you. We hope you have a good trip.
BACKGROUND | The Food of The Gods, was designed for the Non-Architectural Competition. The prompt pushed competitors to construct a non-typical restaurant experience. DETAILS | Robot constructed food. Once constructed, the food allows you to transcend your physical body and become a god. DATE | 12/2017 NOTES | Non-Architectural Competition http://www.nonarchitecture.eu/competitions/
WORLD BUILDING | GODS CONSUMING AMBROSIA + THE LAND OF GODS AND MONSTERS
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NER JOINT COR
TION PROCES S I CA BR A F
WORLD VISION DISASTER RELIEF
THIS PROJECT WAS A STUDIO WIDE TEAM EFFORT. A TEAM OF 13 SECOND LEVEL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AIMED TO DESIGN A SHELTER FOR DISASTER RELIEF. MY ROLE INCLUDED DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF OUR JOINERY. We began designing with simplicity in mind, starting off with the primitive triangle. Once program and adaptable components were added, a hexagonal shaped plan emerged. Structurally, the shelter is comprised of PVC piping connected by a three prong steel angle, all custom fabricated by our team. This joint enabled the x,y and z axis PVC pipes to complete the framed structure. Rope was added to the interior faces of the structural framing, strengthening the structure with lateral forces. Rainwater collection components are located at the top of the roof and connect to the interior of the structure. Overall, the design build project was designed for an ease of assembly, compact transportation and durability. Additionally these structures were meant have an adaptable facade, meaning one could easily be attached to another. The last picture located on this page illustrates our structure after an industrial fan recreated 80 mile per hour wind environment. Our structure is intact only the exterior layers of our shelter have been displaced.
BACKGROUND | John Brown Disaster Relief Competition DATE | 01/2012 - 5/2013
NOTES | Small scale disaster relief structure meant to be easily transportable, fast assembly and durable.
THE MUTATING LABYRINTH_Delirious L.A.
THE MUTATING LABYRINTH IS A FILM DEPICTING A JOURNEY THROUGH A PERSON’S SUBCONSCIOUS. THE STAGE IS SET IN DOWNTOWN L.A., VENICE BEACH, AND HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD. EACH SEQUENCE OF IMAGES LEADS YOU TO THE NEXT FRAME. THINGS HAPPEN, IMPOSSIBLE THINGS THAT MUST NOT BE REAL OR MAYBE THEY ARE... When connections are constructed, they resemble a Labyrinth, creating a pattern of unrecognizable chaos, with no end or beginning. Therefore, you find yourself existing. The labyrinth then mutates; rotating, twisting, jolting, trembling and adapting to create the ultimate experience as you travel from one subconscious thought to the next. As your subconscious navigates you through the interconnected pathways of your Mutating Labyrinth, you might arrive at its apex. At the apex lives, your darkest fears, your deepest regrets, your very own Minotaur. Conquering it or avoiding it, it is up to you.
P.036|The Mutating Labyrinth
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BACKGROUND | A film focusing on the state of remembrance. Subconscious thoughts that transport you to your future past and present. DATE | 08/2017 - 12/2017 DETAILS | A five minute film depicting a person’s subconscious thoughts of remembrance of L.A.
You are in your subconscious, curiously exploring all the things you are, will be and could be. Experiencing another life and an alternate path. These alternate paths become your reality for just a moment. Your subconscious is composed of parts with a series of patterns designed by a master programmer, you. The procession of your dreams are interconnected with mutating sounds, smells, memories or glimpses into your past. Your past then transports you from one subconscious experience to the next, creating connections of momentary exploration.
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CLOSET 161 SF
BEDROOM 3 CLOSET 200 SF
ENTRY 5,467 SF
CRAFT ROOM LIBRARY / OFFICE 346 SF
BEDROOM 1 279 SF
BEDROOM 2 283 SF
MASTER BEDROOM 539 SF
PATIO 304 SF GRILL
SCALE: 3/16" = 1'-0"
ROLES | Facade Design Site Analysis, Material Selection Construction Documents DATE | 08/2015 - 12/2015 DETAILS | Project Lead: Grant Dudley , AIA, NCARB
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Graduate, Undergraduate and Professional Work.