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Professional Work A Local Project: Hospital Tower In Existing Campus (SD & DD) Rebuilding After Natural Disaster: Hospital Campus (CD)

Student Work ACCESS to Education: a residential complex with educational amenities Mothers and Daughters: an exploration in domesticity Hyperreality: an exhibition pavilion Samba City: deďŹ ning a new landscape for carnival Dream-like experience: an exhibition on surrealism Home + Office: a residential tower with business amenities Digital Library: a new typology Urban Isolation: a hotel in the ruins



Marcela Manda 2722 Nottingham Rd Columbus, OH 43221 (614) 432.1643

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS Architecture - Master of Architecture The Ohio State University - Knowlton School of Architecture Interior Design - Bachelor of Science in Design The Ohio State University - Department of Interior, Industrial and Visual Communication Design Architecture and Urban Planning - August 2001 - December 2005 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

COMPUTER SKILLS AutoCad Revit Rhino 3DStudio Max Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects LANGUAGES portuguese - native language english - fluent spanish - intermediate ability in speaking and writing french - beginner level

Exit Review Thesis: HONORS Graduated Bachelor of Science in Design CUM LAUDE

ACTIVITIES Associate member of AIA Member of the NCARB - working towards architect license

BACKGROUND SUMMARY AND INTERESTS My professional education began with my enrollment as an Architecture and Urban Planning major at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where I was born and raised. Four years into the program I moved to the United States, transferred to OSU and switched my major to interior design. My choice to change majors was led by my desire to work with a smaller, more human scale. Ten years later, I finished my masters in Architecture. I am often asked why I decided to pursue a master’s degree in architecture and not interior design; very simply, my passion is for both. My goal is to shorten the gap between the two disciplines, as one tangibly influences the other, and to construct a dialogue that can navigate effortlessly between the two fields. Specialties: Architecture and Interior Design

WORK EXPERIENCE April 2011 - current NBBJ - Working closely with architects and designers on very large healthcare projects through SD, DD and CDs - developing initial programming for healthcare project; overall program layout and concept. - developing design concepts and strategies. - participating in user group meetings with health professionals and translating the information into design concept. - performing existing branding research and development of a design approach. - developing furniture, lighting, materials and RCPs concepts - selections, deployment, strategies and layouts. - issuing furniture package for bidding. - creating material palettes; materials research and selections. - involvement in SD, DD and CD packages.

WORK EXPERIENCE con’t Internship March 2007 - September 2007 March 2008 - September 2008 Design Collective Inc. - Assisting with project development. Correcting redlined drawings. Assembling construction drawings. Drawing construction details, spaces layout, electrical plans. Specifying furniture and fixtures. Freelance October 2005 Professional project for an apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Laying out the spaces. Designing and detailing furniture. Specifying appropriate lighting, furniture and materials. Internship April 2005 - October 2005 Gilda Zukin and Veronica Levin Arquitetura - Assistant to architects Gilda Zukin and Veronica Levin at Interior Design Office Assisting with project development. Assembling construction drawings. Drawing construction details, spaces layout, electrical plans. Specifying furniture and fixtures. Internship December 2004 - February 2005 Paulo Casé Arquitetura - Assistant to architect Paulo Casé at architecture office Assisting with urban project development and drawings. Laying out urban fabric and defining areas for buildings and spaces within the buildings. Internship September 2003 - January 2004 Zollinger Arquitetura - Assistant to architect Elizabeth Zollinger at architecture office Assisting with model building.

Professional Work (with nbbj)

Programming, Design and Documentation SD & DD 300.000 sq ft Healthcare Facility (with nbbj)

A local healthcare project The new tower was designed for an existing hospital campus, making it a challenge to respect and mirror the developed branding language and characteristics. The three disciplines: Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design worked symbiotically to ensure the entire project developed one language that seemlesly blended existing with new architecture. My role on the project included: researching (visiting) the existing facilities in Columbus and putting together in depth research of their interior spaces; designing the public spaces and assisting with initial programming; participating in user group meetings and translating the information gained into design solutions; developing and preparing all the interior design presentations; researching and understanding the existing facility’s branding language and developing a design intent that aligned with their brand message; coordinating all interior renderings; researching materials and developing multiple finishes palettes options; developing concepts and strategies for deployment of finishes, furniture layouts and selection, RCPs, artwork, lighting; documentation for delivery packages (SD and DD) such as: finish plans, RCPs, furniture layouts and schedules. involvement in project approximately 12 months

Ground Level Plan

Entry Points/Gesture wall

Destination Points break up gesture wall

Divider screens - inside and outside relationship

Main Lobby

Public Spaces-Ground Level

Bed Floors Reception

Inpatient Room

Overall ICU Finishes Strategy Diagram

Exam Room Organizational Strategy

public areas level 1


Materials Palettes There were important considerations for the selection of the finishes. The final material palettes should represent the conceptual ideas of the design and be compatible and complementary to the existing campus and the branding principles. patient room

public areas inpatient bed floors

Furniture and Fabrics: Concepts, Strategies, Selections, Layouts, Deployments and Documentation 1million sq ft Healthcare Facility (with nbbj)

Rebuilding After Natural Disaster This 1million-square foot-VA hospital campus was designed after Katrina completely destroyed their existing campus. My role on the project was during the CD phase. My responsibilities included: assisting the team with furniture and fabrics concepts, strategies and selections (as well as furniture layouts and deployment); arranging a furniture specification manual for bidding that consisted of three options for every piece of furniture, desking systems and accessories, reports and schedules. involvement in project aproximately 10 months

Furniture Strategy

Ergonomics And Getting In & Out

Perceptions Of Stability

Furniture Attributes: • An accessory to the building • Light in look as if they were floating • Lighter in look • Flexible FLOATING: Transparent & light in form

Furniture Attributes: • Part of the building • Solid as if they were • Attached to the floor • Heavier in look • Static

GROUNDED: Solid & graphic in form

Furniture Deployment Surgery Waiting: Furniture Layout Organization Concept Variety of Seating for a Variety of Needs Active


Coffee/ Snack Computer/Tablets Talking/Chat

TV Watching Reading Quiet Space

Groups Singles

Groups Singles

High back chairs provide: - a variety of heights - headrest - sense of enclosure - comfort and privacy

High back chairs provide: - a variety of heights - headrest - sense of enclosure - comfort and privacy OhioHealth

Lighting Strategy

Identify Surfaces to be Illuminated

Economy of Light Fixtures - Variety of Schemes

Fabric Deployment Fabric Selection condition 1

group of furniture against neutral color wall gets accent color

condition 2

free standing group of furniture gets accent color

condition 3

when against curtain wall only the cluster groups of furniture get accent color

OR when against curtain wall only the single standing chairs and accent tables get accent color

Furniture Selection


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Fabric and Finishes Selections

Furniture Documentation NOVA Pan Am Building


Specification Manual - Furniture, accessories and desking cutsheets with finishes details (three options for each piece) - Furniture summary list by manufacturer - Room x room report


Lounge Chair


Herman Miller


Eames Soft Pad Lounge

Product Number:



29 1/4” H x 24 3/4 ” W x 35” D


Lounge Chair, 5 Star Base w/ Glides, Tilt Swivel, 3 Cushions and Arms

Product Website:

Warranty/ Testing:

12 years - 3 shifts

LEED Credit/ Recyclable Info:

90% Recyclable and Manufactured using 69% Recycle Content. Greenguard Certified.

Note: Product Image and Finish Material Images for Reference Only.

Finishes: Seat and Back:

Herman Miller Textiles Leather - Graphite 2111


Polished Aluminum


Polished Aluminum


5 Star Die Cast Polished Aluminum


Project number 100342.00

November 2012

NOVA Pan Am Building

DKF-33A (DKF-08A*, DKF-48A*)







Product Number:

See Appendix


6’ x 6’


Freestanding L-Shaped Desk w/ Overhead Storage

Product Website:



LEED Credit/ Recyclable Info:

Greenguard Certified FSC Certified Smart Certified Gold 20%-24% Recycled Steel Content 15%-20% Recycled Aluminum Contect 100% Recycled Particleboard

Note: Product Image and Finish Material Images for Reference Only.

Finishes: Panel Fabric:

Beacon W1597/12 Dust

Wood Laminate:

Walnut 127


Paint Brown 112


White Backpainted Refff Profiles GL18


* DKF-08A - Same as above with front overhead storage. * DKF-48A - Same as above with no overhead storage.

WOOD LAMINATE Project number 100342.00

November 2012

Student Work

architecture Professor Kay Bea Jones M.Arch., 3rd year done in partnership with Marcela Santos

ACCESS to education The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at OSU administers the ACCESS Collaborative Program. This program aids single parents who desire the opportunity to attend college. We proposed to create a branch at Weinland Park that would serve students and the neighborhood. The urban strategy was to make use of the existing alley to ‘divide’ the site into residential and ACCESS facilities. The program includes: residences, a day care center, classrooms, computer labs with internet access, a café and a garden center. Glass boxes were be placed among wooden facades as a way to display the activities in each part of the complex. The surfaces of the buildings would take on different patterns according to the need for natural sunlight and privacy.

First level plan nts

4th Ave

4th Ave

8th 8th St


process diagrams


Interior of Residence

interior design Professor Gabe Esquivel Introduction Studio

Domesticity This project involved research on the modern movement for domesticity and how modernity has changed architecture. Initially, a modern architect and one house that he or she had designed was chosen. After the research diagrams were generated using the original floor plans of the house, a study of surface was done with inspiration from the landscapes of Roberto Burle Marx. My choice was the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. For the surface and pattern study I looked into Matisseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Burle Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings. For my final pattern I had for inspiration a pattern that Burle Marx created for the famous sidewalk in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.

primary diagrams

Burle Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; design for Copacabana

Niemeyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Casa das Canoas

Plan nts

final diagrams

ďŹ rst phase

second phase

ďŹ nal phase

Elevation nts

architecture Professor Stephen Turk M. Arch, 1st year

Expo pavilion The research for this project was on brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, who works with stretching fabric as a way to manipulate material and create tension between objects and the materials surrounding them. The objective of this project was to design a pavilion for the EXPO 2012. The only requirement was to maintain a box in its original form. The exploration of fabric working as a skin for architectural projects is what inspired the design of a wrapped box. Inside the large box would be smaller boxes, each pertaining to an architectural project. The users would be able to choose a known interior space and have it projected onto the four sides of the box, giving them the virtual sensation of being in the intended space.

process diagrams

Inspiration-Installation by Ernesto Neto

3D rooms

Plan nts

Section nts

landscape architecture Professor Guilherme Figueiredo Arch., 1st year - UFRJ, Brazil

Samba City The objective was to propose a central area for the “samba city” at Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro. Sixteen sheds were being built to accommodate all the allegories construction for the carnival party and it would host employees and eventually tourists. The central square should have: area for concerts, seating and kiosks with food and souvenirs. The inspiration was the “drums queen” costumes that are always big at the bottom creating a circle in plan view. The benches and kiosks were located all over the area following a grid and surrounding the concert stage.

existing buildings inspirational image

site/area of intervention

existing buildings

process diagrams

interior design Professor Gabe Esquivel Interior Design, 4th year done in partnership with Erin King

Surrealism Topics studied during this quarter included the photographs by Man Ray, the paintings by Salvador Dali and the films by Luis Bu単uel. Designed for the Urban Arts space in Columbus, the project explores the experience of the user going through the spaces. At first, one enters a room with walls made of skin. Chains are pulling the skin and causing disturbance for the visitors. The following room is made of a composition of human bodies mutating into insects. A green, soft liquid comes out of the bodies and explodes onto the insects. The experience ends at the second level in a room with an opposite atmosphere; one of calm where the user is surrounded by clouds and rays of sunlight. The user then, leaves without knowing whether the experience was a dream or reality.






w town st


s high st


SITE: Columbus, OH Inspiration

second level plan



The Profile of Time Salvador Dali

man ray


L’ age D’or first level plan

Luis Buñuel


Observation of Time Man Ray

architecture Professors John McMorrough; Michael Cadwell M. Arch, 2nd year done in partnership with Kevin Parzych and Andrew VonLohr

Home + OfďŹ ce tower: After preliminary research on residential towers, Home + Office was given as a theme for the project. The theme was interpreted and further developed in the context of a residential tower with amenities which, in this case, would be more than the typical gym, pool and garage. The Home + Office tower has eight different blocks, four of which are residential (studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedrooms and luxury units) and four that are organized into: offices, auditorium, resources and conference rooms. The residential units differ in size and living-to-office ratio. All units reserve some space for a home office which is supported by the amenities of the tower.


SITE: Columbus, OH

TYP Plan nts





Floor 4

floor 4

floor 5

Floor 5


Floor 6








Floor 14

Floor 15

floor 14


LUXURY Floor 16

floor 15


floor 6

floor 16

interior design Professor Heike Goeller Final Thesis Design Studio

Digital library: The objective was to redefine the library as an institution no longer exclusively dedicated to books, but as an information store with multiple forms of media present. The site was the School of Architecture at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Jorge Machado Moreira, the architect responsible for the project of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cidade UniversitĂĄriaâ&#x20AC;? (University Town), adopted the modernist structure by Le Corbusier for the design of the architecture school. Although the school had its own library, it was very small, uninviting and deteriorated. I proposed a new virtual library for the School of Architecture, assuming that the presence of multiple media modalities is what will make the library vital in the technological era.


Plan nts Ilha do Fund達o, Rio de Janeiro

FAU-UFRJ by Jorge Moreira

architecture Professor Ann Pendelton-Julian M. Arch, 2nd year done in partnership with Marcela Santos

Hotel in the ruins The sensation of isolation was identified as the greatest attractive feature for the town of S達o Miguel. In consideration of this phenomenon, we proposed an urban plan consisting of a shift in the main routes of access to the city to peripheral areas. This shift would stimulate the growth of the city within 3 urban peninsulas thus maintaining the feeling of remoteness in the mission area. The proposal was for three hotels: one near to the mission where the tourist would truly experience remoteness, a second one near to the more urban peninsula, and the other near to the mixed peninsula.




SITE: S찾o Miguel das Miss천es, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

Three hotels around the Missions







possible configurations +3m

restaurant 0

gallery -1.5m


Marcela Manda 2722 Nottingham Rd Columbus, Oh 43221 614 - 432.1643