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MADELEINE NIEPCERON Architecture Portfolio

University at Buffalo - ENSAPVS - Iowa State University




A Tout Age « Across All Ages »


The Right Angle


Trois Places pour Vitry « Three Squares for the City of Vitry »


Les Collégiens de la Zone « Suburban Middle School »


> Single family house adaptive re-use // Buffalo, New York // Spring 2020

> Mixed-use building // Boulogne-Billancourt, France // 2018-2019

> Courthouse & housing // Des Moines, Iowa // Spring 2018

> Urban project // Vitry-sur-Seine, France // Spring 2016

> Middle school // Ivry-sur-Seine, France // Spring 2017


Structural analysis

Fenêtre sur Lisbonne « Windows on Lisbon »


> The Centre Pompidou - Metz // Fall 2017

> Architecture field trip // Spring 2016

Aging behind bars

> Master’s thesis // Buffalo, New York // 2020-2021

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> February 2021




Single family house adaptive re-use // Buffalo, New York Spring 2020 // University at Buffalo // Prof: C. Davis Individual work

«Traditional» Spaces


Existing «Assimilated» Spaces

Added «Assimilated» Spaces

The misalignments between African and European influences in the African American culture clearly show in music. The same dissonance can also be found in architecture, between the European housing typologies spread all over the US and what can be called the « Black space ». The objective of this project is to highlight and claim this dissonance through the renovation of the

«Experimentation» Space

American Foursquare typology by creating new experimentation space for Black culture to be expressed. The new typology is made of a double dissonance: from the outside, the dissonance appears on the additional third floor, that looks like it slid from the existing house; but from the inside, the dissonance is created by the new use of the front space of the house.


Rag RagTime Time Rag Time

Syncopation Syncopation Syncopation

Harmonics Harmonics Harmonics

Hamlin Park Block

Buffalo Double Typology

Dissonance Diagrams


The misalignments between African and European influences in African American music also appears within the urban and domestic spaces

Structural Axonometric

A new structural frame is incorporated into the existing house to support the new floor and liberate the front of the house


First Floor

Second Floor


Third Floor




The traditional and assimilated spaces are stacked in the back of the house, and the whole front space becomes a new experimentation space

“Dissonance is our way of life in America. We are something apart, yet an integral part”

A new typology is created, dissonant, but still completely belonging to its context: the African-American Foursquare



Mixed-use building // Boulogne-Billancourt, France 2018-2019 // ENSAPVS // Prof: J-H. Baju & J-F. Laurent Individual work


Over the past decades, the population’s accelerated aging rate has become a major issue in the world. This important demographic shift has a significant impact on the architectural profession; in fact, housing is today one of the key issues for senior citizens. The objective of this project is to develop an inclusive environment for older people with various needs and abilities to

age within the city, while also maintaining and enhancing their relationships with the exterior. The main focus of this project, located in a Parisian suburb, is an eighty-beds seniors residence, divided into 3 different types of accommodation based on the level of autonomy of the inhabitants: a nursing home unit, an Alzheimer’s special care unit and an independent living unit.


Plan du Rez-de-Chaussée, 1/200

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Madeleine Niepceron - DE FAIRE // Projet de Fin d’Etudes // Jacques-Henri Baju


The ground floor, opened onto the city, is organized around two exterior public spaces: the Plaza and the Square

Artist studios 1000 m2

Square maintenance 40 m2

Nursery school 480 m2

Alzheimer’s day care center 360 m2

Seniors residence 4260 m2

Alzheimer’s special care unit 11 Beds


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Cafe / Bar

Social Canteen

Nursing home unit

75 m2

220 m2

400 m2

28 Beds

Independent living unit 37 Beds

The mixed-use building supports social and cultural diversity on the site to help combat the exclusion and isolation of the senior residents


Common floor plan

Section A-A


In the seniors’ residence, different types of accommodations based on the level of autonomy of the patients are organized around opened shared spaces

Private balconies

Alzheimer’s unit terrace

Plaza & cafe terrace

1,5 - 7 m2

220 m2

700 m2

Therapeutic vegetable garden & terrace 520 m2

Square 1 800 m2

Outdoor spaces of the nursery school 400 m2

The building is structured around numerous public and private exterior spaces












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Common floors

1. Reinforced concrete wall 2. Rock wool 3. Precast concrete panels (Ductal) 4. Timber sliding shutter 5. Slatted wood siding 6. Fixed double-glazed window 7. Sliding double-glazed window

Top floors

8. Roller blind 9. Thermal break 10. Wooden handrail 11. Embedded glass railing 12. Concrete covering 13. Concrete slab 14. Rainwater inlet

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15. Polystyrene insulation 16. Pavers on paving supports 17. Anchoring plate 18. Waterproofing 19. Concrete slab 20. Thin acoustic underlay 21. Wooden floor

Detailed sections


The facade system offers large openings onto exterior balconies and allows for different levels of shading based on the residents’ needs

This innovative system is used in different versions throughout the whole project to reinforce the sense of community on the site



Courthouse & housing // Des Moines, Iowa, USA Spring 2018 // Iowa State University // Prof: T. Leslie Team work


Since the destruction of the Riverfront YMCA building in Des Moines in 2015, a battle over what to do with the site started between the city and the feds. Indeed, if the city wants the site to be used for private development, the feds would like to use it to implant the new courthouse. The objective of this project is to combine both ideas and provide on the same site a courthouse,as well as

housing and commercial spaces, while creating a welcoming public space that translates the symbolic meaning of the site. In order to answer to one of the city’s unusual characteristics, the landscape plan and building forms are aligned along the 15 degree difference in the two Des Moines grids: the old grid that aligns with the river, and the Jeffersonian North - South grid.


Special Proceedings Courtroom

Marshall’s circulation

Public circulation

Jury’s circulation

Judge’s circulation

Special Proceedings Courtroom

District Courtroom


Bankruptcy Courtroom

Schematic plans of the courthouse


The three types of courtrooms are determining three floor typologies for the courthouse, accessed via a central vertical circulation

These three floor typologies are defining the shape of the building in response to the two city grids


Deluxe 2 bedroom apartments

Standard 1 bedroom apartments

Standard 2 bedroom apartments

Studio apartments


Apartment plans, 4th floor


The four types of apartments are extended with terraces and loggias thanks to the unique shape of the residential buildings

The whole complex is organized around a public plaza which creates a transition from downtown to the riverfront


TROIS PLACES POUR VITRY Urban project // Vitry-sur-Seine, France Spring 2016 // ENSAPVS // Prof: D. Lenglart & D. Wurz Team work

1. The underground station square

New underground station


2. The school square

Vitry-sur-Seine, located in the suburbs of Paris, is a very important city in the development and extension of the French capital, as it contributes to the Grand Paris project. Indeed, work is underway in Vitry-sur-Seine to create two new underground stations for the « Grand Paris Express » which is a project of public transportation for Paris and its suburbs.

3. The market square

The project is concentrated in the center of the town, around the future « Vitry Centre » underground station. The objective is to establish social links by creating a succession of public spaces from the future station to the market square, a very important place for Vitry’s inhabitants. Three squares are created to redefine the city center for pedestrians, and make the town more attractive.


1. Diagnosis

Fragmentation of the city center by the major road (RD5) that cuts the city center in half

2. Objectives

Opening the city center to the pedestrians using existing public and green spaces


The current city center is closed on itself and not designed for pedestrian traffic

Project: Open, densify, structure





Site plan


Three squares are created along an axis to structure the city center

1. The underground station square

2. The school square

3. The market square

The new organization will also attract the new pedestrians that the underground station will bring


LES COLLEGIENS DE LA ZONE Middle school for 400 students // Ivry-sur-Seine, France Spring 2017// ENSAPVS // Prof: M. Jacotey & C-A. De Beauvais Individual work


This project is a 400 students middle school, located in Ivry-sur-Seine, a southern suburb of Paris. The site is located along the Parisian ring-road expressway, one of the busiest and the loudest expressways in Europe, and has a very atypical topography and position, at the intersection of very different areas of the city. Thus, the objective for this project is twofold: first,

to create a positive learning environment for the students, protected against the noise and the pollution generated by the expressway, but also to use the surrounding urban heterogeneity to create a middle school opened onto the city and its diversity, in order to connect students with the exterior, and more broadly, encourage them to discover the world.


0. Topography

Natural slope of the site

1. Recreation

Exterior spaces

Third floor plan 2. Work Building

3. Protection

Elevation towards the expressway

4. Opening

Access & shared spaces with the city

Second floor plan


Organization diagrams

The implantation on the site reinforces the pivotal position of the middle school, while limiting the disruptions created by the expressway

Ground floor plan

The building is interacting with the city despite its ring shape


View of the upper playground

Section on the upper playground

Section on the lower playground


The middle school is organized around two circular playgrounds, but is also opened onto the green spaces around it

The building is covered with a double skin which creates a protected environment that is conductive to learning



Centre Pompidou - Metz, France Fall 2017 // Iowa State University // Prof: R. Whitehead Team work


Experimental model - wet balsa wood sticks (scale 1:100)


Architecture field trip // Lisbon, Portugal Spring 2016 // ENSAPVS // Prof: D. Lenglart & D. Wurz Team work

Photography collage


AGING BEHIND BARS - The impact of space and architecture on older incarcerated individuals in U.S. prisons Master’s thesis // In progress 2020-2021 // University at Buffalo // Prof: S. Weidemann & B. Tauke Individual work


In the U.S., individuals over the age of 50 make up for more than 20% of the pris-

on population. While the number of incarcerated individuals has been constantly decreasing since 1995, the older population has been exponentially increasing and the proportion of individuals incarcerated with a lifetime sentence is today at its highest. These demographic shifts are not without consequences: rehabilitation, one of the universally accepted role of modern prisons, is not a likely outcome anymore for a good part of the incarcerated population, who will most likely die in prison and never re-enter society.

Life in prison is hard for anyone, and the correctional system is definitely not built

to meet aging individuals’ physiological and psychological needs. So what does it mean to be an older person in prison today? This thesis explores the many challenges older incarcerated individuals face when aging in prison and questions the impact that prison architecture can have on their quality of life, in terms of accessibility, safety, health promotion, and general well-being.

Using both a review of the existing literature and a case study approach to gath-

er archival information and new qualitative data, this study provides a written and visual critique of the environmental conditions in which older incarcerated individuals are serving their time in U.S. prisons today. Based on the information obtained through the case study of two New York State maximum-security prisons, this thesis also makes recommendations for the design of more appropriate facilities in an attempt to provide humane environments for those who are currently incarcerated.



MADELEINE NIEPCERON Resume - January 2021

Architectural Designer

madeleineniepceron @gmail.com 716-352-7992

SKILLS SOFTWARE Autocad SketchUp Artlantis

May Research assistant, IDEA Center // Buffalo, New York 2020 - Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA) Present - Writing design resources and case studies for the isUD (innovative solutions for Universal Design) certification program developed by the center - Working on accessibility and Fair Housing compliance audits and design reviews - Part of the social media team to promote the IDEA Center’s work August Graduate teaching assistant, SUNY at Buffalo // Buffalo, 2019 - New York Present ARC 101 and ARC 102 (freshman architecture studio) - Responsible for a group of 10 to 20 students - Leading small and large group discussions during studios - Giving individual and group desk crits, both in-person and online - Participating in reviews and grade assignment with studio faculty June - Architectural intern, Architectures Anne Demians // Paris, September France 2018 - Worked on a housing project (200 apartments) located in Paris - Involved in the Construction Administration phase of the project - Worked on 2D construction documents and progress inspections on site


July 2016 Architectural intern, Atelier Mozart // Paris, France - Worked on several housing and office buildings projects located in France - Involved in feasibility studies, schematic design and design development phases - Worked on facades design development, 3D modeling, and various client presentations


July 2015 Construction site intern, Bouygues Bâtiment // Saint-Denis,





- Worked on a student housing project in Saint-Denis (a parisian suburb) - Worked with site engineers - Involved in contractors supervision and progress reports



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2019 - Master of Architecture // Buffalo, New York Present School of Architecture and Planning - State University of New York at Buffalo - Graduate Research Group : Inclusive Design - Thesis (in progress): Aging Behind Bars - The impact of space and architecture on older incarcerated individuals in U.S. prisons 2014 - Licence & Master en Architecture (French equivalent to a 2019 Bachelor of Architecture degree) // Ames, Iowa & Paris, France Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Val-de-Seine (ENSAPVS) - Research thesis : Challenges of Accessibility and Inclusiveness in Architecture - The example of senior nursing homes - 2017 - 2018 : Study exchange program - Iowa State University

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Madeleine Niepceron - Architecture Portfolio  

Currently in my last semester of Master's degree at the University at Buffalo (Buffalo, New York), this portfolio contains a selection my be...

Madeleine Niepceron - Architecture Portfolio  

Currently in my last semester of Master's degree at the University at Buffalo (Buffalo, New York), this portfolio contains a selection my be...


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