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ma camilacastro architecturePORTFOLIO

University of Florida Undergrad.

"Architecture is man's great sense of himself embodied in a world of his own making." -Frank Lloyd Wright

ma camilacastro architecturePORTFOLIO

University of Florida Undergrad.

Culinary Institute

Anthropological Container

(pg. 20)

(pg. 6)

Extruded Envelope

(pg. 12)

Bus Stop

(pg. 24)

Incandescent Expressions

(pg. 28)

Luminare Design

(pg. 36)

Borealis Ascension

(pg. 38)

table of contents(SELECTED WORKS)

Public Networking

(pg. 16)

Glass Exhibition

(pg. 32)

The Cube

(pg. 42)

Urban Scale

pgs. 6-19

Human Scale




Educational Backgound


culinary art institute Charleston Culinary Institute Charleston, South Carolina Design 6 Spring 2012 Prof. Guy Peterson

The Charleston Culinary Institute is a proposal that sets to integrate the art of culinary to the urban scale as well as modern architecture to the traditional aesthetics displayed in the downtown of Charleston. As a result, the development of this project intends to celebrate education, food, and culture by exposing function and preserving the use of traditional materials.

modern+ traditional Materiality was the main component in creating a linkage between the traditional structures to the modern one. Most of the buildings in the area contain materials such as concrete, brick and steel. For that reason, the building exposes these materials in order to integrate with aspects of its surroundings. Scale was another factor considered to create a stronger relation to the setting of the school. Hence, the building follows building codes to establish boundaries. For example, the height of the building cannot surpass 55 feet, ground level floor has to be raised 3 feet to prevent flooding, structure should be contained within property lines, and structure could go 10 feet underground.

Frequent building materials found around the site

Steel and brick


urban scale


Site within Charleston, South Carolina

Form Diagrams

Brick and Vines

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Ground Floor

1. faculty lounge 2. staff room 3. career services 4. admissions office 5. directors suite 6. trash area 7. receiving area 8. restroom 9. restaurant 10. bake shop 11. student lounge 12. wine room 13. library 14. lecture hall 15. demo. lab 16. classrooms 17. pastry kitchen 18. teaching kitchens



400 sq. ft 250 sq. ft 300 sq. ft 350 sq. ft 450 sq. ft 300 sq. ft 900 sq. ft 150 sq. ft x 5 3000 sq. ft 600 sq. ft 450 sq. ft 650 sq. ft 1800 sq. ft 1500 sq. ft 900 sq. ft 450 sq. ft x 2 1250 sq. ft 1250 sq. ft x 6

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Due to the program’s diverse activities, the building was divided in three zones to adapt to its use. These three zones (passive, core and active) group the rooms according to the intensity and machinery they need in order to function. For example, the passive zone includes library, offices, classrooms and lounges. Active includes kitchens, restaurant, and lab. The core contains the main circulation and creates a simple transition from active to passive zones.


urban scale

culinary arts+ urban scale In order to create a visual relation of the urban scale and the art of culinary, the arrangement of the program was divided by its type of use and exposed to its surroundings. Thus, the building begins to take the function of a stage, where the performers (culinary students), directors (professors), and audience (visitors/the commuting population) can appreciate the process and outcome of cooking. These activities are also visible through the core of the building that contains the main vertical circulation.

First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

1. Welcome Center 2. Bake Shop 3. Lecture Hall 4. Staff Room 5. Storage 6. Receiving Area 7. Trash Room 8. Office of Admissions 9. Director’s Suite


10. Career Service Office 11. Waiting area 12. Faculty Lounge 13. Student Lounge 14. Classroom 15. Pastry Kitchen 16. Teaching Kitchen 17. Demonstration Lab

18. Library 19. Wine Room 20. Restaurant 21. Restrooms 22. Vegetable Garden 23. Outside Sitting for Restaurant


Steel Composition

glass beams

steel frames

concrete envelope

concrete interior walls frames for glass

concrete floor slabs

steel structure

columns ground

North Elevation


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Core Like the exterior of the building, the core also exposes the main activities of the Culinary Institute. The openness and transparency of the core allows it to become a place of admiration that in return celebrates the accomplishments and work of the students. The core also celebrates its construction by exposing the steel and tectonics. At the end, the core intends to be a space of transition influenced by education, the art of culinary, and architecture.

view of the building’s core

West Elevation

South Elevation

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form diagrams

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extruded envelope Gainesville Urban Infill Gainesville, Florida Design 6 Spring 2012 Prof. Guy Peterson

glass and steel frames

brick walls

concrete walls


restaurant / bar

site and new pedestrian route

The Gainesville urban infill project investigates the relation of modern and traditional architecture and how they can coexist in the same setting. Located in one of Gainesville's most historic locations, Downtown, the project's first task was to adapt to the zone's commercial use; hence, becoming a new location for a restaurant and a bar. In order to fit with the historic setting, the building's construction integrated materials used in the area, like brick and concrete. The use of these materials led to a heavy, yet "light" structure which was used to distinct the nature of both types of buildings and introduce a new type of aesthetic in the area. Another urban planning concept addressed by this project was the issue of creating a new pedestrian route for economic gain. Thanks to this insertion, pedestrians are able to access the building three different ways. The extrusion of the second level of the building emphasizes both the topic of aesthetics and economy by creating a new ambience in the sidewalk, therefore becoming a public magnet for business. As a result, the building becomes a new "landmark" within downtown that integrates new methods of planning for Gainesville's future projects.

section through courtyard

main circulation routes


Plans First Floor

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Second Floor

Inside Bar

Meeting Point

Outside Bar


Fire Stairs Elevator


Path to Courtyard

Outside Cafe

Third Floor

1. Outside Cafe 2. Kitchen 3. Restrooms 4. Courtyard 5. Restaurant 6. Balcony 7. Inside Bar 8. Storage 9. Outside Bar

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public networking



Community Center

San Martín de las Cañas, Tequila Mexico Design 7 Summer 2012 Prof. Tilson and Prof. Perez

San Martín de las Cañas is an isolated town located in the Tequila Valley of Jalisco, Mexico. Originally the site of a hacienda, the town has preserved its functionality and now survives on an agriculturally based economy. Traces of the hacienda structure still stand today. These preserved features have an immense influence in the arrangement of the town and mark down the focal points of the community, such as the: town's church, market plaza and the plaza de toros (bull ring). Even though the town of San Martín de las Cañas provides adequate communal spaces, the community suffers from lack of daily public programs and diverse facilities. In order to bring about a stronger and more united community, the following project will propose the creation of a community center that will open up new paths to bring new social interactions. Location and Ground The community center will be constructed where the town's church stands. Located right between the market plaza, plaza de toros, and the lake, the site allows for the opening of new pathways that will facilitate circulation to the various communal spaces. Further, this site has a direct access to an existing water vessel, which will be used to incorporate water ponds to help raise awareness on the importance of preserving and maintaining a clean water source. The community center will also take advantage of the plaza de toros that is adjacent to the site. To attract the community, the plaza de toros will be redesigned to its traditional look (circular) and provide seating areas for events. Aerial View of Project in San Martín de las Cañas

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Parts of the Wall Assembly

Glass Panels and Frames


Wall Component


Program and Materials The center will also provide the community with spaces that will focus on education, recreation, and meditation. The facilities the center offers are: a library, computer lab, administrative offices, private meeting rooms, event/recreation rooms, courtyards, and bathrooms. Steel, wood, concrete, glass and aluminum will house these rooms and their construction will allow for natural ventilation and provide the necessary shading for a comfortable interior. Program

Water Pools

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Event Rooms


Plaza de Toros


Souththeast Elevation

Northwest Elevation

Northeast Elevation

Southwest Elevation

Section through event space and Plaza de Toros

anthropological container Semper Anthropological Container Guadalajara, Mexico Design 7 Summer 2012 Prof. Tilson and Prof. Perez

Based on Gottfried Semper's ideologies of regionalism and construction, this container was designed to be assembled in various locations of Guadalajara, Mexico while embodying its culture and traditions. Programmed to house two hammocks, the container stands on a light structure that considers the regions hot and humid climate. The following will further explain the containers relation to its intended region through Semper's four elements of architecture.

Top View

Hearth: The container portrays Mexican culture through the use of patterns, detail and celebration of nature through transparency. Earthwork/Mound: Raised two feet from the ground, the container provides protection in case of flooding and higher views. Framework/Roof: Designed to protect inhabitants from rain, strong rays of sun and wind gusts. The container also provides cool ventilation through its permeable skin, roof and planked floor. The layers of the roof and windows also absorb heat in the day and released it at night to comfort inhabitants from the lower temperatures. Enclosing: Typical of Mexican culture, the container's envelope was made open and simple. The decorative enclosure composed by the paneled glass, steel frame, and a perforated metal mixed with natural light produce a playful interaction of the assembly to achieve a stable, functional and poetic container. 20 human scale


Long Elevation

Long Section

Short Elevation

Short Section

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Interior Ambiance

"The decorative enclosure composed by the paneled glass, steel frame, and a perforated metal mixed with natural light produce a playful interaction of the assembly to achieve a stable, functional and poetic container." 22 human scale

structural composition

Shading device and possible location for solar panels. Steel Frame and Glass

Trusses and Glass

Wood Planks

Glass Panels and Supporting Frame

Steel Frame for Windows

Frosted Glass


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bus stop


Bus Stop Gainesville, Florida Adv. Digital Spring 2012 Prof. Lee-Su Huang

news paper dispenser

The nature of its location inspires the creations of this bus stop. The site is overpowered by the presence of trees. Those trees are the main controllers of the shadow the site holds throughout the day. Therefore the main structure of the bus stop was designed to reinforce the concept of shading as well as shelter, thus resembling the trees in the site in a freeform sculptural manner. The structure also holds an open circulation that helps easy access to the main sidewalk as well as the path that exists on the back of the structure. Program wise, the bus stop not only serves as a sitting/ waiting area for visitors but it also provides them with a section that is exclusive for newspaper dispenser and flyers to avoid overcrowding.

sitting / waiting area



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tree-like sculpted structures

steel structure (leaves)

leaf-like component

sheet of components

steel railings

bus stop

site Process Diagrams

26 human scale

interior view

section through back entrance

incandescent expressions

Platform Frame Box Vicenza, Italy Design 8 Spring 2013 Prof. Lisa Huang and Prof. Hofer


platform water

The development of this project was inspired by the artistic performance of fire poi. Due to the theatrical ambiance one can experience when presented with such occurrence, the following designs investigate the relations between performer and audience, performer and set, and set and site considering three common theater features known as platform, frame and, box. site

28 human scale

platform + frame

connected sections

The performance of fire poi incorporates rhythmic and figurative patterns to express inspirations and artistic thoughts of the performer. Since these expressions become affected by the position and angle the performer takes with relation to its audience, the action can be translated as a form of frame. This first design, known as frame + platform, enforces such idea by allowing the performer to dictate their orientation through a series of "vertical" platforms that at the same time challenge the performer to execute a balancing act. Further, the implementation of high tectonic vertical planes break down the performance into two different settings (one open and one "enclosed"/private), making the spectators move around the set to acquire the performers message.

view range diagram and plan

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Section of Box + Platform

box + platform


30 human scale

This second study of theatrical elements explores the idea of enclosure and an emphasized engagement between the audience and the performer. The theatrical idea of box is used in this design to contain both performer and spectator in the same setting and allowing the audience to seat in one place while viewing the performance. Considering the fact that fire poi demands very high ceilings if enclosed, the box became an open concept that lets the materials in its composition mark the boundaries of the space. The box is further defined by carving the setting two feet into the ground, creating a stronger connection between the audience and the performer. Platform is used here to elevate the audience to get a clearer view of the performance and a place of rest.

Process Diagrams

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glass exhibition Vitrine Vicenza, Italy Design 8 Spring 2013 Prof. Lisa Huang and Prof. Hofer

Murano glass is a famous traditional product of Northern Italy. Made in the island of Murano, located off the shore of Venice, the product has made an impact in the region's markets due to its popularity and demand. Coming around one of these stores is very common in the region of Veneto; however, they all seem to display the product the same way (with shelves and tables). This vitrine proposes a new display for a Murano glass store through the use of lightweight structures that could be considered glass holders. Inspired by the technique of glass blowing, the same technique use to make Murano glass, the vitrine mimics the tools used in the process to exhibit the glass as if it was floating. The design of the store intends to bring the product back to its "factory" setting, while still allowing the display to be elegant and attractive. Each "glass holder" has the flexibility to be placed in any location of the various poles located in the vitrine. These poles also give the store the liberty to be organized as they please since the poles are movable.

1. Converting tools of glass blowing into light weight structures in order to hold the Murano glass in a delicate manner. 2. Portion of display as well as a detail of the part in each glass holder structure that can be attached to the pole. 3. Vitrine and store design from inside and out. Materials in mind for the composition are steel (for the poles and glass holder structures), light gray wood planks (for the walls), concrete (for the floor). 4. Section through display and detail of the tracks that let the poles move.






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Vitrine: Process, Parts and Exhibition

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luminare design


Luminare Design Competition Gainesville, Florida

Environmental Technology 2 Fall 2012 Prof. Lucky

The design of this lamp was influenced by the ambience of its setting (a restaurant). Due to the delicate manner the restaurant cages features of its environment, like the tree and sections of the brick wall, the lamp set to mimic this action by caging its main component (the light bulb). Through the construct of a light weight structure, the lamp accomplished this goal by caging 5 different bulbs with a set of plates and a frosted glass frame that allow the bulbs to be visible from the outside. The lighting produce by this lamp enhances the intimate ambience through light diffusion and filtration.

lamp specifications dimesions: 2'6"(L) X 5"(W) X 2'4"(H) lighting unit: 2'6"(L) X 5"(W) X 6'(H) light bulb details: type: candelabra amount: 5 wattage: 15W each

total: 75W

voltage: 130V each

total: 650V

lumens: 100

total: 500


total: 500


materials bass wood (base and frames) PVC pipes (tube structure) MDF board (black plates) frosted acetate (light bulb boxes)


top view

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borealis ascension site plan

Adv. Digital Borealis Competition Rovaniemi, Finland

Adv. Digital

Spring 2012 Prof. Lee-Su Huang Team members: Joseph M. Murguido and Kristel Bataku

The proposed program is located in Rovaniemi, Finland in a heavily forested area. The idea behind the construct is to erect an exaggerated variation of a tree among the existing forest. The natural qualities of a tree inspires the organic root-like quality of the columns that elevate the program. The vertical nature of the project reflects the directionality of trees based off of their dependency on the sky; similarly, the construct exists as a growth from the ground that acts as a medium between earth and sky. The construct exists as an elevated entity because of the desire to experience a more direct connection to the sky. The construct will exist above the tree line and create a large canopy. Inspired by the deity of forestation and it's interconnected qualities, bridges exist between towers in order to connect the program, circulation, and constructs as one cohesive experience.

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entrance plan

bridge connection


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observatory section

40 competitions

Experience The occupants experience the in between space of earth and sky as they move within the program but are intuitively drawn to look to the sky due to the nature of the verticality of the space. The exterior skin has porous moments that organize similar to how plants do in a cellular level. The porous moments in the skin can be closed off to control temperature and light; for example, the openings can be closed during the summer nights when the sun doesn't set or can be opened to allow radiant heat for comfortable interior temperature. observatory section ma. camila castro


the cube at Brommybr端cke Arch Triumph Competition Berlin, Germany

Summer 2013 Awarded Arch Triumph Mention Team members: Joseph M. Murguido

A Multi-Use Pedestrian Bridge As Berlin inhabitants and visitors approach the site where the Brommybr端cke Bridge once stood, a reflective cube emerges from the River Spree. Using the only remaining piece of the Brommybr端cke Bridge as a foundation, The Cube is an Iconic embodiment of the modern, technological, and eclectic array of architecture that one associates with the German Capital. The Cube creates an urban space where the public can gather and appreciate the city, as well as pedestrian route for crossing the River Spree, serving as a multi-functional device for Berlin. This proposal sets to create a new and functional icon for Berlin in order to capture the essence of the city through its material and reflective qualities.

Process 1. Intervene on the remains of the Brommybr端cke Bridge with reflective cube. 2. Allow space for occupation within the intervention. 1



3. Penetrate intervention for pedestrian access.

A Multi-functional Device for Viewing Berlin Watch the city

Watch reflections

Watch the River Spree

Cross the River Spree Create an Icon

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Connect Communal Gathering

Maintain Axis on Site

Extend existing edge/ create community gathering space/ Connect the River Spree and Heart of Berlin

Site and Surroundings The site sits between two popular urban zones in Berlin which are separated by the River Spree. Nearby public sites include the Gรถrlitzer Park on the south side of the River Spree; to the north sits a remaining fragment of the Berlin Wall, the O2 Arena, and train station. The Cube unifies these urban zones while creating a new space for public use. Top View

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materials and structure The Cube celebrates the use of modern materials utilizing steel and glass construction as a juxtaposition the natural river, as well as reflect the surrounding context. At night, the illumination of The Cube and its paths enhance the reflective qualities of the materials and water.

Cross the River Spree Tube Component

Bridge Component

Steel Component

Glass Component

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End of Selected Works

Maria Camila Castro 722 Conservation Drive Weston, Fl 33327 (954) 242-6344



Study Abroad



University of Florida

Vicenza Institute of Architecture

Arch Triumph Mention

Bachelors of Design with a Major in Architecture Cum Laude

University of Florida

Contemporary Bridge Competition Berlin Summer 2013 Partner: Joseph M. Murguido

Santa Fe College

Mexico Study Abroad Program

Florida Medallion Scholarship

Associates in Arts Honors

University of Florida

-Adobe Suite Photoshop InDesign Illustrator -AutoCAD -Rhinoceros -Google Sketchup -V-ray -Brazil -Microsoft Office Word Excel PowerPoint

Gainesville, Florida May 2010 to May 2013

Gainesville, Florida August 2008 to May 2010

Cypress Bay High School Weston, Florida August 2004 to May 2008

High School Diploma Honors and Adv. Placement

Vicenza, Italy January 2013 to April 2013 Prof. Lisa Huang, Prof Hofer and Prof. Franca Stocco

Guadalajara, Mexico May 2012 to August 2012 Prof. Tilson and Prof. Perez

Bright Futures From 2008 to 2013

Dean’s List

Santa Fe College and University of Florida From 2008 to 2010

Languages Spanish Fluent English Fluent Italian Basic


thank you! Especially to my family, for their love, support, and concern throughout this journey. To my close friends, in and outside of school, for their encouragement and understanding. To my professors and everyone else involved in my education for their knowledge, time, motivation and dedication.


Ma. Camila Castro Architecture Portfolio  

Selected Works from my time in the Undergrad. Architecture Program at the University of Florida

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