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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO LUKE CUSTER Architectural Visualization


ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO LUKE CUSTER Architectural Visualization


Our opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple. Tim Parsey


LUKE MORRISON CUSTER Luke.CusterKSU@Gmail.com | 913-660-3161 6111 Brook Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044

EDUCATION

Master of Architecture, 2016 Kansas State University Kremer Prize AIA Kansas Excellence Student Award Dean’s List Honor Roll Merit Scholarship Minor in Geography, 2016 Kansas State University

AFFILIATIONS

REFERENCES

Organizations

USGBC, AIAS, ADP Pro, LEED

Community

Habitat For Humanity, Animal Haven, Angel Babies, CANstruction, Gingertown

Interests

Soccer, Weightlifting, Boxing, Hiking, biking, climbing, snowboarding

Available upon request


WORK EXPERIENCE

11/2016-Present Arlington, VA

Junior architect. Draftsman and technical support

www.cannondesign.com

Work in higher education and sports and rec. projects

Jan/2015-Aug/2015

Bergmeyer

Boston, MA

Intern. Draftsman, delineation and technical support

www.bergmeyer.com

Worked in retail and commercial interior design

Aug/2013-Dec/2014

Kansas State University Server

Manhattan, KS

Server. Housing and Dining Services

www.k-state.edu

K-State University

Feb/2011-May/2011

TECHNOLOGY

CannonDesign

Hollis + Miller Shadowship

Olathe, KS

Introduction to the career of architecture and the wide

www.hollisandmiller.com

array of skills it involves and services it provides

Adobe

Creative Suite

Autodesk

Revit, AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Maya

Digital

Rhino, SketchUP, Kerkythea

Analog

Modeling, Drafting, sketching, Wood working, Drystack, Welding


DESIGN & NATURE “Architecture is the constant fight between man and nature, the fight to overwhelm nature, to possess it. The first act of architecture is to put a stone on the ground. That act transforms a condition of nature into a condition of culture; it’s a holy act.”

-Mario Botta


PROFESSIONAL WORK

TEXAS WOMAN’S

2017

Fort Worth, TX

WASHINGTON AND LEE

2017-2018

Lexington City, VA

ELIZABETHTOWN

2018-2019

Elizabethtown, PA

PEETE’S COFFEE

2015

Boston, MA

MY PROJECTS

Restart Benches Kansas City, MO

2016


Texas Woman’s University Hubbard Hall Student Union Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is the nation’s largest university primarily for women. The university offers a wide variety of degrees including health sciences, business and education. With our firm’s work on the nearby Texas Christian University campus, we were approached by TWU to design their new student union. This student union would include an auditorium for campus presentations and a large ballroom which would be used to host various events throughout the year.


The site for the new student union is located in between the student living and academic sectors of the campus. Since student traffic naturally brought them to the building, we wanted it to act as a gateway and not a barrier. This concept of movement through the building strongly influenced it’s initial design (right). We wanted the new modern addition to face both sectors of the campus, thus acting as a bridge between them. Through massing and volumetric studies, we concluded that it was more important for the Southern, and most prominent, facade to remain wrapped in the traditional architecture of the campus.


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After various iterations, client meetings, and programming changes, we landed on a more centralized version of our initial concept. Bringing the new addition closer to the building allowed us to open the new exterior seating patio and connect the new auditorium and ballroom with the student living sector. It also allowed for better light penetration into the main stair and the new ballroom addition.

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No other room in the student union was as important to the University as the main ballroom. The ballroom hosts wedding receptions, graduation banquets, and doubles as an extra large auditorium. It was crucial to create an elegant and modern interior while still using such details as the column capitals to relate it back to its traditional roots.


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Washington & Lee University Indoor Athletics Facility Founded in 1794 and located in the heart of Lexington Virginia, Washington and Lee University was looking to expand on its already impressive athletic department. Construction had just finished on the first phase of this expansion, a new natatorium CannonDesign was the architect on, when they approached us about phase 2. A newly renovated indoor athletics facility that would double as the universities main recreational center and primary basketball stadium. It would also provide athletic training and rehabilitation facilities for student athletes.


The majority of the buildings on the campus were designed based off the principles of Georgian architecture and it was important for us to keep the exterior grounded in these principles. Though we wanted to make the interior more modern, we deemed it necessary for there to be expansive windows to tie the building back to the campus.


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Elizabethtown University Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being Elizabethtown University’s Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being will serve as a dynamic new campus hub for fitness and wellness while also supporting the college’s expanding athletics programs. Scheduled to open in Fall 2019, the Bowers Center will be the largest facility constructed on the campus in two decades. CannonDesign was tasked with not only creating a recreational facility that doubled as the primary basketball stadium, but also a gathering space for students to meet and relax.


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The Bowers Center is located in the center of the universities other athletic facilities and fields. This meant we had to consider the importance of how the building would be approached and seen on all sides. We also had to take care to locate the student gathering locations nearest to the main campus entrance, while providing team locker rooms the ability to exit directly to the training field.


With the Bowers Center acting as the primary recreational facility for the campus, there was a need to create a gathering space for the users. We wanted to utilize the overlooking campus views the new storefront corner would supply, so we decided to create a wide variety of lounge seating on both the first and second floors. On the first floor, there is also the addition of a juice bar which opens to the first floor lounge. These spaces are connected by the open main stair which gives the facility a more open feeling while allowing plenty of light penetration.


PEETE’S COFFEE & TEA Peete’s Coffee & Tea is a popular coffee destination in the downtown area of Boston M.A. The design of the interior was adapted to reflect the community which it serves. Bergmeyer was free to borrow liberally from the locale and neighborhood for inspiration for each space. On Beacon Hill – one of Boston’s most historic ivy-covered neighborhoods – a living wall in the seating area surrounds customers in leafy greenery. The space is illuminated by large strategically placed windows in the front and the back of the building. Peete’s Coffee in Boston’s North End will use bright tiles and shiny metal laminates to recall nearby historic Italian cafés.


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RESTART BENCHES The reStart benches were created for the reStart Apartments located in Walod, a historically diverse and inclusive urban neighborhood located seven miles south of downtown Kansas City. Unlike typical apartment buildings, this project plays a unique and important role in its community. The reStart Housing Services apartments provide permanent housing and support services for young adults aging out of foster care, specifically those with mental health diagnoses. This project acted as an introduction into the skills we would use during the construction of our project including woodwork and welding.


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