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01 OBX BOATCRAFT CENTER ARRIVE. ANNEX. ADAPT. GRIFFITH COMMUNITY WORKSHOP 2016 In my most recent studio project, I was tasked with designing a specialized community center on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in Manteo. Complete with classrooms, gallery space, and a multipurpose room, the finalized scheme could perform numerous vital functions to the local public. In addition to these services, the jewels of the design were two protruding structures clad in polycarbonate panels. These sheds housed two boat craft studios. A crucial aspect of the studios design stems from the physical connection between boat and water, a connection demonstrated by the channel cut behind the center.

02 ASHEVILLE BREWHOUSE PATH. PROCESSION. PERCEPTION. BEORKREM BREWERY + RESIDENTIAL 2014 After a site trip to Asheville, NC our studio began working on a brewery program of sorts. This particular brewer was required to have a main brewhall and also have accommodation for 6 visiting brewmasters to serve as a sort of beer institute where like-minded people could learn from one another. The following spread contains a writing sample describing the intent of this project.

The brewing process uses gravity to bring to fruition its creation. Through a series of specialized drums and devices, fluid streams through piping and ends its journey in a fermentation tank, more sizable than the other brewing components. My project exemplifies these notions in both form in function through path, procession, and perception. My proposed brewhall sits along the bank of the French Broad River just outside of downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The design embodies the very functionality of beer making and surrounds the visitor with the immersive understanding of the process. The complex is comprised of seven structures, six apartments for brew masters in residence, and brewhall at the southernmost point of the site. These structures are connected by a series of pathways meant to gently persuade guests to visit each apartment before reaching the end of their journey at the brewhall. Just like a new brew, visitors follow the pull of fluid, the ever-present river, from one apartment to the next until reaching the terminus of a tank. The vertical ridges that dominate the polycarbonate outer skin of the facade echo the rigidity of industrial processes housed within. Like the fermentation tanks it contains, the exterior of the main building is clad in metal and plastic embodying the mechanical nature of the brewing process. Juxtaposed to the pristineness of the skin, the interior is a combination of wood and warmth: a perfect incubator for the creation of lagers and laughter . As visitors enter the building, the ceiling slopes downward to greet them from a height of three stories to two. A series fermentation tanks line the walls while a cascade of brewery components are suspended from the mezzanine like huge Christmas ornaments . While more traditional breweries are flat and use mechanized systems to move product, this brewery utilizes passive techniques to illustrate its product. It is gravity driven thereby allows nature to assist in the production. The pull and flow of both beer and people to fulfillment is the driving force of the complex.

03 UNC CHARLOTTE B.A. IN ARCHITECTURE VOLUME. VOID. VERTEX. CUM LAUDE ARTS AND ARCH HONORS 2011 - 2016 I earned my Bachelors of Art in Architecture from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. This work is from my first year in the 4 year program where we first began to critically investigate form, path and void. As this was a model intensive project, I took this opportunity to use the materials on hand in a variety of ways. I found using materials in ways other than their most obvious use was more successful than adding together a conglomeration of odds and ends. In addition to learning about 3 dimensional space in first year, I deconstruction still life drawings and denoted varying paths with watercolor.

Above pictured is the final product of a series of spatial interrogation iterations. Using a combination of grids and bounding lines, in a variety of mediums, I learned to extract apparent fields and articulate them following a hierarchical system. To the right is a sample of my watercolor work produced during the Skills Seminar course. This class focused on the craft of creating through a variety of mediums.

03 UNC CHARLOTTE MINOR IN THEATRE RUIN. REFLECT. RISE. DR. LEE GRAY SCENIC AND LIGHTING 2016 In addition to completing my Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UNC Charlotte, I also received a minor in Theatre. My work toward that minor culminated in my Arts and Architecture Thesis Project. Bombed to near destruction in 1945, Dresden, Germany was rebuilt in one of the largest projects of historic restoration ever undertaken. This thesis focuses on the destruction and reconstruction of a church within this city; utilizing both architectural and Theatrical means culminating in visual presentation of lights and scenic design.

03 COMPUTATIONAL PRACTICE INSTRUCT. ITERATE. INNOVATE. SENSKE + AULT DIGITAL FABRICATION 2013 + 2015 While at UNCC, I’ve had access to an array of programs that have advanced my understanding of computational design. This page depicts a study of movement and human scale based on a film of a dance. After seeing the Martha Graham Dance Company preform in Charlotte, I studied how the human figure moves and creates space. I adapted the forms to serve as a shelving device in a library, with space for books and a small bench on the front, and a more generous seat on the reverse. The far page depicts the process behind my part in a collaborative wall structure made from panels designed in Rhino and Grasshopper to create a script. The piece was cnc-ed then vacuformed.


RECORD. RETURN. REVEAL. DR. JAY EMERLING PHOTO-CARTOGRAPHY 2014 I spent six weeks during the summer of 2014 living in Rome. While there, I was enrolled in two courses: digital photography and The City as Memory (a history topics course). Rome was an incredible city study and reflect on in writings, collage and photography. For my final assignment in the history course, I cataloged all of Rome’s ancient temples. I complied this research into large maps depicting their position and relation to the city in Classical Era and again in the Renaissance.


CZECH REPUBLIC PUBLIC. PRODUCE. PROVIDE. IGOR COMMUNITY CO-OP 2014 I had the opportunity to study at the Prague Institute alongside NCSU students and learned much from the new dynamic I entered. We were not given a specific program for this studio class. Instead we had to distill what the neighborhood we called home for 3 months needed. My partner Anya Aikman and I, designed a garden market. This market would have the capacity to grow the produce in season to engage the community while utilizing rain runoff from the fabric roofs to water the crops.

Water Collection: The butterfly roof allows for water collection that can then be used to water crops. Fresh Produce: Having garden plots on the site allows for sellers to produce their own cops and provides fresh produce to an undeserved area. It also eliminates the middle man in the shopping process and gives consumers the reassurance that their food is not being injected with chemicals. Less Energy Consumption: The simple structure allows for natural


SLOPE. SHIELD. SCALE. WOOD URBAN INTERVENTION 2015 While in New Zealand, our studio investigated the central downtown and made interventions to liven the street. This project demonstrates an analysis through the use of diagrams and illustrations providing information on a CBD of Wellington. Where an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of this given site will be explored in order to create an appropriate to create a better space for it’s occupants.

This space needs strong intervention that connects the individual businessman along the main streets to their destinations while also creating a revitalizing outdoor space. A space like this need to be accessible to all parties. With a fully handicap accessible system, cyclist and walkers with strollers will also be able to fully enjoy the space.

05 AIAS - FREEDOM BY DESIGN PUT. THREE. WORDS. NELSON DESIGN BUILD 2013 Throughout the semester, I worked at the Chantilly Montessori School and in collaboration with College of Architecture (C.o.A.) students, faculty, and other AIAS FBD members. Together we designed and constructed an outdoor classroom for elementary school children. I was in charge of the group building and designing the flower beds. The completed project can be seen in the top right corner of this page.


In the time I do not have dedicated to studio, I’ve sought of projects I also enjoy. Currently perusing a minor in Theatre, I have been involved in the design and construction of both props and costumes. In the past, I also worked as an Industrial Marine Fabricator with Custom Marine Canvas located in Mystic, CT. With this company I have patterned and created a diverse collection of fabric installation for use on and off boats. Working for Custom Marine Canvas lead to several opportunities. In fall of 2016, I was recognized by the industry and honored as a guest speaker at an international fabrics convention (IFAI Expo).


This past year I started the process to become a small business owner. With the skills I acquired from architecture school, began crafting custom laser cut cards and maps for family. My customer base grew to family friends, friends of friends and eventually an entirely new to me clientele. I look forward to advancing my products further with my new website - launching soon.

Thank you for your time and consideration

Maggie McDonnell Will - Portfolio  

Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio

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