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MACKENZIE LEHON M.Arch Candidate April 2017 University of Michigan


M ACKENZIE LEHON EDUCATION

April 2017

lehonma@umich.edu 631.848.2654

Campus:

Permanent:

411 E. Washington St Ann Arbor MI 48104

37 Holly Drive E. Northport NY 11731

Candidate for Master of Architecture Current GPA: 3.7

Jan 2015

June 2013 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Bachelor of Arts

Bethlehem PA

Vicenza, Italy

Study Abroad Architectural Intern

Dec-April 2015

Draftsman

June-Aug 2015

Architectural Intern

Assisted in Studio Community-4 on CDs, Program Analysis, site surveying, presentations, and interiors. Worked extensively in Revit, AutoCAD, and Adobe Suite. Produced floor plans and furniture plans for contractors, renovations, administration, and event staff.

Community Assistant Graphic Design Intern

Produced logos, event flyers, and how-to guides for the offices website.

July-Aug 2013 2010-2012 RELATED EXPERIENCE

March 2016- Pres Jan 2016 Aug-Dec 2014 2014

Intern

Bethlehem PA

Sustainability Office Lehigh University

Camp Nock-a-Mixon Kintnersville PA

Executive Board Event Chair

NOMAS

University of Michigan

Practice Sessions No.2

Participant

Sam Jacob Studio Design Charette

University of Michigan

Apprentice Teacher

Professor Nik Nikolav, Architectural Design II

Vice President/ Co-Founder

Lehigh University Chapter American Institute of Architecture Students

April 2016

Article: “Complex Sustainability�

EXHIBITIONS

Jan 2017

MLK Symposium: Equity By (____)

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New York NY

Woodbury NY

Summer Camp Counselor

Agora Journal of Urban Planning & Design: Volume 10

South Bethlehem Community Center

Revit AutoCAD Illustrator Photoshop InDesign

University of Michigan

The Spector Group

PUBLICATIONS

SKILLS

Facilities Deptartment

Campus Hill Apartments

Completed administrative work involving filtering calls, assisting residents, auditing resident information, updating the leasing website.

Sept-Aug 2014

Gensler

New York, NY

Spivak Architects

Assisted with CDs and D.O.B. sets for projects of numerous scales using Revit and AutoCAD. Assisted in marketing and volumn analysis.

May-May 2015

Ann Arbor MI

Lehigh University

Major: Architecture Minor: Engineering

June-Aug 2016

University of Michigan

Maya SketchUp Model Making MS Office BlueBeam

Arch Design II

Lehigh University

AIAS

Lehigh University

Agora Journal

University of Michigan

Duderstadt Gallery

University of Michigan


CONTENTS

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Village on Vernor Fall 2016

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Summer Internship Summer 2016

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Shanghai Tower Spring 2016

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Presidential Library Fall 2015

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Parametric Systems Spring 2016

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Steambending Spring 2016

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Additional Work

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VILLAGE ON VERNOR Mick Kennedy Jon Rule Kevin Adkins | Fall 2016 | Team Members Alex Comas & Basem Shaar

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Village on Vernor is a mixed use residential complex set in Mexican Town Detroit. It places its focus on prefabrication for both individual furniture elements as well as entire units. The residents living in these units are from divierse backgrounds in the heart of Mexican Town. This includes multi-generational families, transient workers, and single young adults. The organization of the complex is composed of a large L-shaped block that hugs the corner of Vernor Highway, with smaller two-story walk up units on its interior. Offset from the street are exterior courtyards that facilitate a mix of privacy and interaction among residents. The project aims to provide a new housing solution for a population in need.

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CONSTRUCTION STRATEGIES

1. Excavate site for parking garage

2. Build site up six feet atop parking

3. Build four cores

6. Stack prefab units atop slab

5. Pour concrete slab atop columns

4. Place steel & concrete columns between cores

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7. Along the site’s edge, place a steel frame above concrete slab

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8. Install corridors, stairs, and porches for unit access atop steel frame

8. Install roof above building & clad circulation with channel glass


Cast-in-place concrete platform

rete columns

Co-Living Unit

building & clad nel glass

Pre-fabricated units are stacked on-site

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Family/Sat Multi-Story Step Up

Efficiency Multi-Story

Efficiency Single Story Family/Sat Multi-Story Step Down

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Family/Sat Single Story Co-Living Mutli-Story Step Down

Co-Living Multi-Story Step Up

Self Sufficient Satellite

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Insulation

Insulation

GWB

GWB

Plywood

Finished Floor

Finished Floor

Plywood x2

Plywood x2

Rigid Insulation

Rigid Insulation

Steel Frame

Steel Frame

Wood Joists

Wood Joists

Rigid Insulation

SIP PANEL

Plywood

SIP PANEL

Rigid Insulation

Plywood

Plywood

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INDIVIDUAL UNITS

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Compact Shower/Sink/Toilet Module

Stair Shelving Unit

Cabinet-Wall System

Pre-fabricated Units are Transported in 12’x24’x12’ Modules

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5'-10 3/4"

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12'-11 3/4"

62'-8"

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4'-10 1/4"

13'-10"

4'-11 1/4"

5'-5 1/2"


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VILLAGE ON VERNOR

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TACTICAL TO TRANSFORMATION C h r i s to p h e r C h o w n | Er i n Mi l l e r | Kale y Ove r stre e t | Macke nzie Le h on | Pame la Jablonski | Viktor yia Kirushc hank a Th e B r ooklyn B r idge a n d BQE Ove rp a ss, a l t ho u gh l o c ate d i n se p ar ate p ar ts of th e B r o o k ly n S tr and, s h are s i m i lar i s s u e s th at c au s e th e m to b e s e e n as d i sj u nc t i o ns i n t hei r respec t i ve communit ie s. Th r ou gh d e si gn i n te r ve n t i o n s t hat wi l l o c c u r ove r ti m e w h i c h w i l l addre s s i s s u e s of li g h ti ng, aco u s ti c s , and p e de s tr i an ac c e s s i b i li ty, we ai m t o i m pr ove and reco nnec t t hese a re a s, a n d t he i nte r s ti ti al s p ac e ar o u nd th e m , b ac k to th e i r s u r r o u ndi ng co m m u ni ti e s .

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Site Brooklyn Strand

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Railways District Boundaries Major Roads

BROOKLY N BRID GE B R O O K L Y N

B Q E OV ERPA S S

Shoreline Streets

Y E L L O W

B R I D G E

B R I D G E

Railways District Boundaries Major Roads Shoreline Roads

Railways

Bus Route/Stop

District Boundaries

Schools

Major Roads Crossing

Shoreline

Primary Connection

Streets

Secondary Connection Initial Zone

IN THE 2013/14 YEAR

SITE OBSERVATIONS IN 1 HOUR

Illegally Parked Cars

56,369 middle schools 239 schools

75people

were using the site entrance maps.

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people were relying on their phone maps

They [students] get out of school and are localized geographically where “ they can interact with people from other schools before they go home. ”

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people asked where the entry to the bridge was standing directly across from it.

community organizations want to provide an after-school hangout, but re“ Local aren’t attractive to students who want to see friends. alize that ” confined spaces

IN 2013... SURVEY RESPONSES

Staten Island 3 injuries

DESIRED IMPROVEMENTS ON THE PROMENADE Bronx 20 injuries

AVERAGE SCORE ON THE PROMENADE:

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AVERAGE SCORE EXITING THE PROMENADE:

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more space for bikers and walkers

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a place to sit down/ rest

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refreshments

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DESIRED IMPROVEMENTS EXITING THE PROMENADE

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wayfinding

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a place to sit down/ rest

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more space for bikers/walkers

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lighting

Brooklyn 39 injuries

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Manhattan 32 injuries

Queens 17 injuries

Brooklyn accounted for

35%

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

of New York’s injuries sustained in a car accident for cyclists and pedestrians.

CLOSING IN THE FUTURE

GENSLER NYC Intern Project | Summer 2016 | Team 2

PHASE 1 WASHINGTON ST

PHASE 1 PROSPECT ST

Throughway

Welcome Wall and Information

Painted Ground Map with Integrated Grass

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PROBLEMS Introduction of Game

PHASE 2

PHASE 2

INTERVENTION

Further development of game throughout site

Wayfinding

PHASE 2

BROOKLYN QUEENS EXPRESSWAY

Lighting

In-Ground Lighting

Day-Night Visibility

Built structure to provide after school activities and playground for children to play in a safe environment

PHASE 1+2

Accessibility Small community center with after school activities

CURRENT

Removal of Cars From Sidewalks INTERVENTION

Playground with acoustic features

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Reclaiming Parking Spaces Under the Bridge


B R O O K L Y N S T R A N D

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R I V E R

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Site

Brooklyn Strand Elementary Schools Railways District Boundaries Major Roads Shoreline

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Streets After School Programs

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SHANGHAI TOWER Hina Jamelle | Spring 2016 | Team Member Bob Cousseillant

The inception of the tower rises from from studies of parametric and catalytic transformations. The studies shown are aggregations of speculative forms that can be considered at numerous scales ranging from furniture systems to full building arrangments. The aim of this studio is to produce a tower made up of individual elemental units, that when placed together in controlled and sequential fashion can for an uninterupted and organic form.

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PUDONG SHANGHAI

The tower is set in Pudong, Shanghai. An area that nearly 20 years ago had not a single skycraper. What makes Pudong unique is its numerous layers of transportation. There is the main level of vehicula traffic, the elevated pedestrian walkways, and the subterrainian trains and motorways.

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Presidential Library Graduate Architecture Design Studio I. Fall 2015

2.5 Months. Professor McLain Clutter

In the midst of the of the Obama Presidency, we are being asked to give a proposal for his Presidential Library to be erected in his honor when he has left office. We call into question the architectural typology of the institution, its means of representational address whether of the president himself, or our present day society. The aim here is to produce a design concept that can attempt to critique institutional architecture in a way that reveals new understandings.

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The Site Chicago, Illinois UIC Campus

Eisenhower Expressway

UIC Campus

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Straddling the Eisenhower Expressway between the University of Illiniois at Chicago’s Campus and Chicago’s Greek Town this site offers a unique opportunity to unite academia with authentic cultures of the city while engaging major transportation routes of automobile and rail. This location provides the future Obama Library the potentials to captivate audiences of various disciplines, backgrounds, and lifestyles. It allows the library to be easily accessible, and have magnificent unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline.


Precedent Study George Bush Sr. Presidential Library, Texas A & M University 1997, HOK Architects

Aldo Rossi’s Congressional Palace Proposal for Milan, 1982

A previous presidential library to study the break down of program, organization of activities, heirarchy of spaces and typological analysis

An unbuilt project that captivated the essence of the city of Milan through 3 related forms, each representative of a famous structure in the city

Formal Study Through axonometric projections of space, elements and postures, we can blend the distinctive architectural characteristics from each project to create “creatures” that exemplify the essenceof them.

Roof Hybrid

Radial Progression

Circular Housing Block

Projecting Facade

Rossi Village

Linear Library

Inverted Galleria

Geometric Voids

Void Crossbread

Breaking Archetype

The Office Gallery

Entrance Skyscaper

Auditorium

Plynth in Texas

Angular Distortion

Pyramid Rotunda

Pyramid Entry

Wedge

Scaling Small

God’s Candy

Auditorium^2

Leveling Out

Stepping Stones

Little City

Forest Plynth

Site Boundaries

Reimagination

Polygon Layers

Inside Out

Skewed Perspective

X-Ray Channels

Part of the Whole

Filling the Void

Taking Shape

Stacked Flat

Stacked on Point

Units selected for their potential for architectural forms

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The Institutional Still Life The representational qualities of institutional architecture project ideas of authority, stability, and grandeur. Their entrances are crafted to reflect these concepts in ways that are inviting yet prescribed. In my studies I have found direct correlation between the artistic principles of still life painting and and photography that can be manipulated within institutional architecture in way that emphasizes the control, authority, and projection that it presents to the public.

Taking principles from still life art and photography and applying them to architectural concept Topographic qualities of fabric within a still life

Major Entry Points/Prioritized Views Circulation Through the Site Sections Cuts N

Contrast of tension verse spacial balance. Purposeful juxtoposition of 2 edges that just barely meet, agitating the space creating varying degrees of separation

Establishing foreground and background with intentional flattening by manipulation of angles and perspectives. Some objects can obtain increased depth while other not at all.

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The plane is dynamic in space

Side View

The artist has complete authority of what the viewer sees, how they see it, how they experience it and from there the audience can develop their own ideas. Insitutional architecture is already doing this to some extent, but has not taken advantage of these opportunities. My proposal aims to direct the entry points into the presidential library in such a way that requires them to experience the space the way I have prescribed. After their initial entry they will see how the space can be experienced from a number of vantage points, both within and outside the architecture.


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Repetition of the same object with controlled variations provides cohesiveness to the still life, allowing for an overall unity from disparate parts

Rule of Thirds: using compositional techniques to produce structural balance

Utilizing the platform to activate void space as well as visually unite the still life

Directionality of the composition can be used to dictate the sequence of speculation of through the composition. The objects lean as if there is more to be seen in the direction they project to.

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Model: 13”x18” Museum Board Acryllic 34 Foam Board


Museum Staff

Entry on Platform Entry within Platform Entry from Rail

Offices Concession/Lounge Formal Auditorium Auditorium Entry Main Lobby Informal Auditorium

Obama Museum Event Space Changing Exhbition Space Obama Museum Upscale Dining Upscale Dining Lower Level Museum Lobby Public Access/Transition Space Food Court Storage Lobby and Reading Room Archives

Main Platform Offices Meeting Rooms Lobby Conference Center

Archive Stacks Archive Lobby Circulation Space Indoor and Outdoor Dining Rooms Circulation/Storage/Restrooms Rentable Event Space

Within Platform

Below Platform

Museum & Convention Center Auditorium Biergarten Restaurant Obama Foundation Archives Reading Room & Archives Entry from Rail Sub-Platform Connectors, Transitionary Space

Programmatic Organization

Facade detail spills through to interior cieling and floor materials Experience of sudden drop in floors when entering on the ground level

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The material on the exterior either opaque or translucent defined the interior spaces. Section A

Translucent Opaque

Translucent projected within as open and obstruction free spaces, while opaque was translated as dense, tightly packed and rigid conditions.

This variation in techniques creates a diverse interior setting that changes according to program, materiality, and exterior structural qualities.

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Projecting to the Interior With the exterior of the designs holding so much priority, the interior began to lose focus. To reconnect these ideas throughout the entirety of the project I allowed the exterior materiality and compositional break down to dictate the organization within. Angles and cuts in facade treatment projected through the boundary of the walls and create dynamic and interesting interior conditions.

Ground Floor Plan

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Parametric Systems Graduate Architecture Design Studio II. Spring 2016

2 Weeks. Visiting Professor Hina Jamelle Partner: Bob Cousseillant

In the study of skin and structural design we were each given an organic transformative system to document and recreate through geometric translations. These transformative systems represent an exercise in systemic concepts that use the parametrics of an organic process to inform our graphical translation.

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This system is a representation of the metamorphosis of the Monarch Butterly. Each phase constitutes a new tranformation of geometric form and the parametric constraints of time, temperature, and organic development, create limitations and dictate direction.

The Ideal Butterfly

The Organic Process Convergence

Temp

Multiplicity

Emergence

Reorganization 0 1

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Caterpillar


The means by which each shape transforms and when is directly dependent on the tranformation process and time of the metemorphosis. When the Caterpiller leaves the egg, the geometric shape associated with that phase “opens� and transforms accordingly. Butterfly

Cocoon

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Infinex / A study on steam bending Fabrication. January 2016 Group Members: William Kenney Jr. & Aaron Tang

3 Weeks. Instructor Asa Peller

Based on ornamental studies in architecture we were asked to develop a spatial concept using only 6’ wooden strips and steam bending techniques. This project aims to conjvey a sense of infinity. Each layered strip is specifically conjoined to the preceeding one in an upward fashion. From here we can speculate how this concept can be applied to outdoor structures, interior enclosures, and lighting design.

A jig was designed precisely for our concept in order to achieve the curves and formations that we intended

Bottom on of Connection Between Pieces Locati

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Within an emphasis on the fabrication process, it was imperitive to understand the material qualities and limitations of wood as well as the steam bending technique.

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Upward transition with decreasing radius

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Captivity of Light 3D Design Studio. Fall 2011 3 Weeks. Professor Heather Ramsdale

With an imposed limitation on material selection, the light produced from this project represents a wrapping and intertwining capsule of light. The glowing interior interacts with the designed structure, enabling different shades and levels of illumination.

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Media: -Yupo Paper -Wood -Light Bulb & Cord

Size:: 17”x6”x11”


Sketches of the Veneto Architectural Drawing. Summer 2013

4 Weeks. Professor Tony Viscardi Study Abroad: Vicenza, Venice, Verona, Padova

Public Pools

beach volleyball

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Mackenzie Lehon Architecture Portfolio