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Leonora G. Zepeda Suรกrez

Architecture Portfolio


Leonora G. Zepeda Suárez Architecture Portfolio “Architecture is a journey full of memories, which are felt every time we inhabit a space, because it reminds us of something that we have previously experienced...”


Proposito Statement of Intent

Arquitectura es una trayectoria llena de recuerdos que son encontradas cada vez que habitamos un espacio porque nos recuerda algo que ya hemos vivido. Arquitectura es

Architecture is a journey full of memories which are felt every time we inhabit a space because it reminds us of something that we have previously experienced. Architecture is

una forma de arte [única] que no solo nos permite interpretar nuestro mundo, sino también adquirimos conocimiento de quienes somos en realidad. Yo veo la arquitectura como un medio de conocerme; por lo tanto es una expresión única y personal que también me define con el tiempo. Mi aspiración arquitectónica se ha enfocado en responder a las cualidades urbanas de la locación aproximando el conjunto del concepto en una manera cultural; convirtiendo el diseño en el punto de encuentro entre el ser humano y la cultura. Los productos representan una sensibilidad a los fundamentos de diseño, no solo especulando la idea principal sino también representándola en la forma final. El enfoque entonces es crear ambientes que aumentan la experiencia transcendente del espíritu del lugar alcanzando las expectativas del público con recuerdos inesperados; asociándolas con la idea teórica que el mundo tangible que nosotros los humanos hemos creado envuelve la idea de desenvolver las realizaciones desconocidas que algún día hemos habitado.

a [unique] form of art that not only allows us to understand our world, but also to gain knowledge of who we truly are. I see architecture as a means of knowing myself; it is therefore a unique, personal expression that also defines me over time. My architectural aspiration has focused on responding to the urban qualities of the site by approaching the overarching concept in a cultural manner; making the design the point of intersection between humans and their culture. The products portray a sensibility of the fundamentals of design, not only by theorizing the main idea but also representing it in the final form. The approach therefore is to create environments that will enhance the transcendent experience of the spirit of the site by fulfilling the public’s expectations with unexpected memories; associating the theoretical idea that the tangible world that we as humans have created envelopes the concept of unfolding the unknown realizations that we have once inhabited.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER 1. STUDIO 1 CHAPTER 2. STUDIO 2 CHAPTER 3. STUDIO 3 CHAPTER 4. FUNDAMENTALS CHAPTER 5. ADDITIONAL

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TEXTILE MUSEUM STUDIO I

Professor Dudzik Site: Morelia, Michoacán México


The experience that is transmitted through the architectural qualities of the

[museum] communicates

the basic process of the art of creating a textile.


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Site Plan The Site’s location is in Patzcuaro Michoacan, a very traditional and cultural town located in the central area of [Mexico] . PAGINA 8 PAGE 8


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Legend: 1. Roof and Wall Conceptualization 2. Path Abstract sketch 3. Lobby Abstract sketch

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Floor Plan

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Legend: 1. North-South Section 2. East-West Section 3. East Elevation

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East Perspective

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The final product evoked a sense of the urban tradition of

[weaving] that has been

present through generations in the Mexican culture, therefore celebrating the process of textile in this museum.


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BYWATER COMMUNITY CENTER STUDIO II

Professor Montgomery Site: New Orleans


A center that unites people from different communities. A place for activities for all ages. A [place] that unites the cultural and social aspects of New Orleans.

Entrance


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TRADITIONAL

ARCHITECTURE

The surrounding blocks to the south of Poland Street were

The site was a historic barn in the Bywater neighborhood. Capturing the essential

[residential] composed mainly of the typical New Orleans Shot gun houses and Camel Back houses.

[New Orleans]

architecture with repetitive window frames.


NEW ORLEANS The structure was mainly wooden beams supporting the typical gable roof. [Wooden] bracings supported the roof overhang, creating a unique aesthetic.

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STYLE

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Our task was to [restore] the existing building as well as integrate a space for a new community center as an adjacent edition.

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Context Plan The Site was located in the [Bywater] District in New Orleans.

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“ No boundary lines to art� Jazz is the principal concept of New Orleans [music] therefore the center puts emphazis on Afro-Cuban Jazz rhythms.


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West Elevation


Floor Plan

South Elevation

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Bywater [community] center.


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AQUATIC RESEARCH CENTER STUDIO III

Professor Thagne Site: Tybee Island GA


This project emphasizes the [boundaries] that are created around us; the uninhabited nature.


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Site Plan The site was located in [Lazaretto Creek] Tybee Island Georgia. A very unusual and historic island. PAGINA 34 PAGE 34


By elevating the structure, I create a boundary between the land and the building, exposing a direct connection with the Savannah [bridge] and creating a dialogue with the intangible natural elements.


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“My body is truly the navel of my world, not in the [sense] of the viewing point of the central perspective, but as the very locus of reference, memory, imagination and integration.� - Pallasma


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Legend: 1. 3rd Floor 2. 2nd Floor 3. 1st floor

3 Floor Plans


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Boundaries; the [uninhabited] nature


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CULINARY ART INSTITUTE OF ASHEVILLE STUDIO IV

Professor Olin Site: Asheville North Carolina


The project emphasizes the idea of [communal] interaction; by providing a hide and seek experience with see through, opaque, and clear architectural qualities that help reveal specific elements.


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Asheville is particularly composed of [eclectic] features including activities and cultural traditions.


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Site Plan The site was located in [Asheville North Carolina] A very eclectic and lively city. PAGINA 54 PAGE 54


Maping out the eclectic [activities] that surround our site.


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Our everyday life-world consists of concrete “phenomena”. But it also comprises more [intangible] phenomena such as feelings. This is what is “given”, this is the “content” of our existence... -Christian Norberg-Schulz


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Legend: 1. 1st Floor 2. 2nd Floor 3. 3rd floor

Floor Plans

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Landscape Plan

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Church St. Elevation


Lexington St. Elevation

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Patton St. Elevation


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Experiental Perspectives


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By applying the [ principles of des architecture, the portrayed a sens student users by Cafe, as well as l the bikes.

The final product captured the communal qualities that are

[typical] in Asheville, such as

that one of incorporating an alley restaurant, that is represented as the central core in the final design.


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sign in Bike Station sibility of the y providing a locker area for

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BIKE STATION

FUNDAMENTALS I

Professor Rathmann


Focusing on the six design fundamentals in architecture, the design emphasizes [repetitive] patters, as well as hierarchal spaces such as a well crafted bike storage.


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CLIMBING GYM

FUNDAMENTALS II

Professor Rathmann


This project consisted of evoking a sense of height and juxtaposing the original

[Savannah]slopes with a

majestic mountain structure.


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[Climbing] Tower.


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RESIDENTIAL

FUNDAMENTALS III

Professor Brown


Elizabeth on Broughton was a residence that evoked a [spiritual] sensibility as well as family integration.


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ADDITIONAL

ELECTRONIC DESIGN

SCAD PROFESSORS


Construction Technology Building [details].


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Electronic Design Final Residential Precedent in [Chile].


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Con el tiempo me fui dando cuenta que el significado de la vida es el mismo que el signficado de mi carrera. Al igual que mi vida, fui creciendo y aprendiendo cada dia. Y ese [crecimiento] aun no termina. La arquitectura me dio la libertad de conocerme a mi misma de un punto diferente. Me enseWW単o a ver las cosas, a sentirlas, y crear nuevas memorias de ellas. Que empezaron a moldear espacios. With time I started to realize that the meaning of life is the same meaning as my career. As in my personal life, I grow and learn every day, and that [growth] is still not finished. Architecture has given me the liberty to know myself from a different point of view. It has tought me to see things, to feel them, and create new memories of them . These memories begin to formspaces.


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