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01 ECO-TRI

Carnegie Mellon University Academic (Individual) Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2017

03 LIAE NIJEM

The design studio focuses on systemic design thinking linked to the development of architectural forms and organizations in an extreme urban environment. The goal is to create residential space with unit system that solves the rain overflow and sewage issues in Pittsburgh. In my design the units work as green infrastructure, with embedded eco-machine system. The architecture geometry was derived from the possible relationships between the units in the holistic organization, away from the site. This study enabled a deep understanding of the morphological behaviours of the units, in a creative outcome with respect to their climatic context. Architecture is fundamentally a part of a larger planetary ecosystem. The core design agenda is focused on developing tactics and workflows for the formation of architectural objects informed by their socio-ecological environments contingent upon natural and infrastructural water patterns.


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SECTION PERSPECTIVE

GEOMETRIC TRANSFORMATION

PHYSICAL MODEL

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URBANIZATION STRATEGY

The topography of the area is modified to redirect the rain water flow in away from the river flood area in some parts, and raised to prevent it in other. The use of digital tools, allowed for abstract understanding of the environmental behavior of the site by studying the topography, contours and waterfowl. The creation of environmental eco-systems like bioswales, wetlands, and reiparian zone, were used as solutions to the flood issue, in addition to the architectural eco-systems, that were added to the site.

SEWAGE POINTS

RAINWATER FLOW

SITE ABSTRACT

CONTOURS

SITE FORMATION

1.SEWAGE POITNS

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2.TOPOGRAPHY FORMATION

3. BIOSWALE AND WETLAND ALLOCATION

4. UNITS CONNECTION


ECO-SYSTEMS DIAGRAMS rain water flow pedestrian path bicycle path

WETLAND

BIOSWALES

CIRCULATION DIAGRAM

BIOSWALE DIAGRAM

RIPARIAN ZONE

RIPARIAN ZONE DIAGRAM

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OV PAVILION Kuwait University Academic (Group) Kuwait City, Kuwait 2012

07 LIAE NIJEM

The concept behind the pavilion was inspired by the snail, specifically its inability to hear. The snail interprets sound as vibrations, and reacts by staying inside its protective shell. The radial form mimics the shell of the snail or a shelter. This was done by setting a central origin (like the shell of the snail), and using a script to divide contours accordingly. The number of contours, in addition to their height and size can be altered parametrically, through the grasshopper script. This project was the first fabrication experience and challenging digital tools were learnt in the context of a competition between the students, Â


DESIGN STRATEGY

PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION IN A GROUP PROJECT As a part of the group of students working on the OV Pavilion, I have participated in the conceptual design process, through research, as well as using rhino and grasshopper softwares to come up with the final form. I was also a main member of the construction group, who was responsible for problem solving, and delegation of the work.

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STRUCTURE ANALYSIS type

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100 panels

18 mm

half panel

98 panels

18mm

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2000

1cm diameter

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4000

1cm diamter

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8000

1cm diameter

200

30cm x 20cm

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thickness

knot rod washer

custome made steel angles

FULL PANEL

BASE FIXATION

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HALF PANEL

STRUCTURE STABILITY


CONSTRUCTION AND FABRICATION

18mm THICK PLYWOOD

CNC CUTTING

PANEL GLUING

PANEL NAILING

PANEL SANDING

HOLES FOR STRUCTURAL SUPPORT

GROUP WORK

PRE-FINAL STAGE

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03 STEP HOUSE

Kuwait University Academic (Individual) Kuwait City, Kuwait 2011

11 LIAE NIJEM

The goal of the project is to accommodate car parking for five cars, as a part of the building design, without using underground parking, in a corner plot in a residential area. My goal was to embed the car parking as a part of the house without losing any plot space. This enabled the creation of a dynamic and open space for the family members circulation. The house with it’s multiple levels have a practical interior circulation stairs system, as well as a back service elevator, for an easy navigation experience between the different rooms of the house. The house faces South with similar sunlight exposure to most of the spaces. The glass slits in between the step treads, and the open balconies allow for indirect sun light and visual access.


CIRCULATION LEGEND stairs back service stairs elevator functions

BASEMENT FLOOR PLAN

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

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DESIGN OPTIONS

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DESIGN PROCESS

PARKING ALLOCATION

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MAXIMIZE SKY-VIEW FACTOR

PROGRAMMATIC DISTRIBUTION

EXTERIOR SPACE


VISUAL TRANSMISSION

INDIRECT SUNLIGHT

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04 EVO SCULPTURE Competition (Individual) Kuwait City, Kuwait 2013

15 LIAE NIJEM

Lying in Shaheed’s park, right at Kuwait City’s green belt, this sculpture represents the progression throughout the history of the State of Kuwait, its development and continuation. The word , is derived from evolution. The design was constructed using mild steel skin, and fixed in a concrete based for stability. This was the first design and build experience after graduation with fixed budget, material, and dimensions.


DESIGN DIMENSIONS

CONSTRUCTION METHODOLOGY

1.5-2 mm mild steel sheets

DESIGN CONCEPT

FIXATION TO CONCRETE BASE

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The design inclines from the ground level with a rapid elevation, which represents the steady, though enormous growth that happened in Kuwait, on the economic, political, and scientific levels.

The solid curvature wrapping the sculpture reflects the malignity and darkness of the Iraqi invasion during the progression peak of Kuwait.

3 3 However, the curvature covers only a portion of the sculpture which failed to stop the rise and development of the country. The sculpture is designed to point towards the high rise buildings of the city.

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CONCEPT

CENTRALIZE ORGANIZATION

8 long limbs protruding from a globe-head

Secondary spaces group around a large central space

PROGRAM Six limbs play as classrooms, and the rest are converted to an open welcoming limbs for administration building

TENTACLES The octopus arms, are demonstrated through circulation ramps and bridges

05 OCTA-GARTEN Kuwait University Academic (Individual) Kuwait City, Kuwait 2008

17 LIAE NIJEM

The aim was to create a kindergarten building that is a playground for the kids itself while maintaining safety, visual transmittance, and circulation. The program of the project covers all the basic needs for a functional kindergarten and healthy environment with natural lighting. The administration area creates a threshold between the outside world and the kids area. The classrooms are connects with slides and ramps that serve as circulation corridors and playful tool in the building.


ZONES LEGEND administration classrooms horizontal circulation (bridge) vertical circulation (slide & ramps) indoor playground outdoor playground

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

BUILDING ZONES

CONNECTION ZONE DIAGRAM ramp slide

INTERIOR VIEW FOR KG2 CLASSROOM

CONNECTION ZONE VIEW

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06 ONE COMMUNITY Kuwait University Academic (Individual) Kuwait City, Kuwait 2010

19 LIAE NIJEM

The challenge was to create an urban environment with a variety of housing types for people with different economic and social status. My design is a place where families can live in private villas, couples have duplex apartments, and single people enjoy their quite apartments. An urban complex, located in the center of a mixed used neighborhood, with residential and commercial buildings. The complex is integrated with it’s surrounding site, by having a public accessibility to the shops in the ground level. Moreover, with it’s restaurants and cafe’s, and open landscape area, the complex serves as a one community.


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PROGRAMMATIC DISTRIBUTION

PROGRAMMATIC DISTRIBUTION

SITE AND ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRATION

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07 SPORTS RECREATIONAL RESORT Kuwait University Academic (Individual) Kuwait City, Kuwait 2013 (Thesis)

21 LIAE NIJEM

PROBLEM According to recent studies from the Imperial College of London, Harvard University, and World Health Organization, Kuwait ranks the second place in obesity worldwide, after the United States. Overweight and obesity is recorded in about half of the Kuwaiti population. METHOD Designing a resort that integrates a variety of sports that promote a clear mind, and a healthy body. The project is meant to promote awareness, and make exercise joyful and desirable. It is tailored to minimize the unhealthy habits, and empower them with physical well-being, in a distant atmosphere away from the stress and the crowdedness of the city.


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reception business cinema shops restaurants leisure court

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lobby nutrition shops restaurants bridge bike shop

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

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FIRST FLOOR PLAN

ROOF

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SITE INTEGRATION

JOGGING TRACK

LANSCAPE

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SITE In order to provide the proposed sense of separation and commitment , Miskan Island was chosen to be the location of the project. The island is twenty-four kilometers away from Kuwait nearest port. The reason behind choosing Miskan rather than the other islands is based on its area, and its location. The oldest official documents about Miskan come from 1918, when the British established a lighthouse on the island, which was supposed to signalize to the ships passing between Failaka Island and the mainland to the Kuwait Bay.

REGIONAL LOCATION

MISKAN ISLAND

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DESIGN INSPIRATION The designwas inspired by the human muscles and by the skeletal muscle in particular which is responsible for the movement of the human body. The form was inspired by the linearity of the muscle fibers, and represents continuity and movement.

ISLAND TRACKS SYSTEM

ISLAND PROGRAMMATIC DISTRIBUTION

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MAIN TRACK

EXERCISE TRACK

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08 ENVIROMENTAL CHARTER SCHOOL (ECS) Carnegie Mellon University Academic (Individual) Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2018 (In Progress)

25 LIAE NIJEM

There is a growing interest in the United States in applying project-based learning to K-12 education. The concept of project-based learning is derived from the principles of design thinking and the architecture studio. The concept of the school is to create an interactive open space between the kids in an open environment, that would enhance their learning experience in a collaborative learning environment that is healthy and sustainable. The three-story building is composed of a range of personalized studio spaces with their own balconies, that would aid in enhancing the focus of the students in variety of learning styles, whith assuring advanced access to technology and flexibility for changing needs


2X6” THERMAL BRACKET

2X6” THERMAL BRACKET

PLASTER COVER THIRD FLOOR +12m

EMENT FIBER PANELS (ILLUMINATION SERIES)

PLASTER COVER

MINERAL FIBER INSULATION 2LAYERS 2” POLYISOCYANURATE INSULATION

SECOND FLOOR +8m

ROOF SHEATHING 6X6” SPACING WELDED WIRE FABRIC

MINERAL FIBER INSULATION

THIRD FLOOR +12m

2LAYERS 2” POLYISOCYANURATE INSULATION 6X6” SPACING WELDED WIRE FABRIC

4”CONCRETE SLAB METAL DECK

ECS UPTOWN

THIRD FLOOR +12m

4”CONCRETE SLAB METAL DECK

3“POLYISOCYANURATE INSULATION FIRST FLOOR +4m

3“POLYISOCYANURATE INSULATION

5/8” GYPSUM BOARD

5/8” GYPSUM BOARD

RAINSCREEN SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

RAINSCREEN SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

5-1/2” FIBERGLASS INSULATION

5-1/2” FIBERGLASS INSULATION

EMENT FIBER PANELS (ILLUMINATION SERIES)

North Elevation

2X4 METAL STUD

SECOND FLOOR +8m

SECOND FLOOR +8m

ROOF MEMBRANE & AIR BARRIER METAL ANGLE BEAM JOIST STUD SUPPORT

TWO PIECE PREFINISHED ALUMINIUM FLASHING/ TRIM,TYP.

QUITON METAL PANELS

THIRD FLOOR +12m

SECOND FLOOR +8m

FIRST FLOOR +4m

FIRST FLOOR +4m

TEMPERED GLASS

East Elevation

ROOF SHEATHING

GLASS FRAMING

SPIDER FITTING JOINT

TEMPERED GLASS

GLASS FRAMING

EXTERIOR CONTINUOUS FACADE DRAIN CONCRETE SLAB DAMP PROOF MEMBRANE INSULATION THIRD FLOOR +12m

FOUNDATION

EXTERIOR CONTINUOUS FACADE DRAIN CONCRETE SLAB DAMP PROOF MEMBRANE INSULATION FOUNDATION

SECOND FLOOR +8m

FIRST FLOOR +4m

South Elevation

Wall Section 1

Wall Section 2

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PV PANELS SUPPORTED BY THE ROOF STRUCTURE

EXPOSED SPACE FRAMES

Third Floor Plan THIRD FLOOR

STEEL GIRDERS, BEAMS & JOISTS WITH CANTILEVERS

SECOND FLOOR

Second Floor Plan

STEEL TRUSSES TO SUPPORT LONG SPANS IN THE THINK LAB

FIRST FLOOR

First Floor Plan STEEL GIRDERS, BEAMS & JOISTS

GROUND FLOOR

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Ground Floor Plan

Axonometric Diagram


LOUNGE

THIRD FLOOR +12m

STUDIO

SECOND FLOOR +8m

STUDIO

LOBBY

FIRST FLOOR +4m

MULTI PURPOSE AREA OUTDOOR LEARNING

Section A

STUDIO

STUDIO THIRD FLOOR +12m

STUDIO

SECOND FLOOR +8m

FIRST FLOOR +4m THINK LAB

Section B

Envirom

Sustainable Diagram

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10 AWESOME BLOSSOM Carnegie Mellon University Academic (Individual) Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2018 (Nomitaed top 4)

29 LIAE NIJEM

AWESOME BLOSSOM is a versatile farm stand that allows students from the ECS middle school to engage with the community through the operation of an interactive, mini-market experience. Using the stand, students will display and sell the plants grown in the school property with the purpose of raising funds for sustaining the school’s program. This design was inspired by the natural blooming of flowers and their seasonal changeability. The open design of the stand allows for direct interaction with the displayed products, which is meant to attract the students and the public for a lively and natural experience. The materials used in construction, including steel, OSB wood, plywood, and stainless steel, come in fixed, standard sizes, in order to minimize wasted material. Energy within the stand is generated using gravity light, which converts kinetic energy from the weight of the seed baskets into electricity. Additional power is generated using photovoltaic panels. Stainless steel sloped panels on the roof of the stand are used to collect rain water in order to be reused within the stand for washing and cleaning purposes.


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- Array of prefabricated standard 4’ by 8’ plywood sheets attached to truck base.

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CORE FINISHING - Prefabricated standard OSB 4”x8” sheets for closet and furniture.

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- Roof cover made with molded stainless steel sheets. - Water capture and deviation to tank.

- Structure frames made from 2”x2”x14GA square steel tubes. - Shelving with 2”x2” steel angles.

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STAIRS & LOW PANELS - Molded stainless steel panels for produce support. - Unfoldable stairs made from aluminum.

SELF SUSTAINABLE

ROOF

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FACADE STRUCTURE - Facade’s frame structure made from 1.5”x1.5”x14GA square steel tubes. - Hinges provided for opening of the panels. - Steel rods support facades while open.

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- Compost bin in core services with easy access to ramp. - Water capture and deviation to tank and to sink for usage..

FACADE COVER - Facades cover with alternated TORIS A panels and EST screen panels to create an open and closed pattern which rotate to provide different shading experiences. - PV pannels to self produce power.

EPIC EST 2.5” SCREEN METAL PANEL

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2 CORE STUCTURE

EPIC TORIS A 2.5” METAL PANEL

Open Stand

Stand Transversal Section

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08 NEWBURY STREET Boston Architecture College Academic (3ds Max Class) Boston, MA, USA 2015

31 LIAE NIJEM

The main goal of the project was to add an extension to an old commercial building in Newbury Street, Boston, MA. The extension was based on the site study of the surrounding area, as well as the functions of the existing building. The integration between the contemporary and the historical was challenging, however, the use of visual tools enabled the application of the different materials, with respect to the effect of the sun, shadow, and colors. As a visualization class, the focus was on using the different digital softwares in order to apply the design concept on real life images, that not only enhanced the computer skills, but also the understanding of the environmental elements in real scale.


09 DESIGN CENTRE

Boston Architecture College Academic (Rhino Class) Boston, MA, USA 2015

The project merges from the ground to blend with the beautiful landscape, which provides an open public space. By having a glass facade, that follows the form of the building, the interior becomes suitable for open exhibitions, that suit all design and art fields. Using Rhino software, with it’s exceptional nurb flexibility, made it possible to come up with a simple form that achieved the design concept.

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Conceptual Diagram

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10 Alma Office

D’fineline Interior Design Office - Owner: Line Risom Professional (proposal) Kuwait City, Kuwait 2015 33 LIAE NIJEM

Alma Office was my first design working at an interior design office. The goal of my design was to create an open space work atmosphere with the use of Scandavian style and materials that accomodates the client needs. Since the project was realized in a hot climate like Kuwait, vertical wood panels were added to reduce the sun glare and heat gain. This will not only reduce the electricity bills and save the enviroment, but also provide dramatic sunlight effect at the office


11 Tamdeen Square

AGi Architects - Owner: Dr. Naser Abulhasan Professional (under construction) Kuwait City, Kuwait 2017

While at AGi Architects, I worked on tamdeen square, a project with three residential towers. By working on the construction site I was a member of the consultancy team with the engineers and in direct input with the interior and exterior design decisions. I gained a lot of experience in materials, structure and design in a large scale

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11 CHARACTER DESIGN & CARTOONING Personal Skills

35 LIAE NIJEM

As a self learning sculptur and artist, I have always been passionate about character design and cartoons in action. Initially I wanted to become a cartoonist with no boundaries to the limits of my imagination, and make the world a better place through my art.


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Architecture Portfolio work from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. Boston Architecture College, Boston, USA and Kuwait University...

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Architecture Portfolio work from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. Boston Architecture College, Boston, USA and Kuwait University...

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