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MARCO ANTONIO RAVINI_SYRACUSE UNDERGRADUATE


“ I ma g i na ti on i s the beginning of creat ion. You im agine wh a t y ou d esi re, you w ill w hat you im agine, and at last, y ou crea te wh a t you w ill” – George Bernard Shaw


CV + Sample Page

Culinary Arts Institute

Building Blocks

TANK_River Thames

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Travel Sketches

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Marco Antonio Ravini 9520 Simpson Road_Brewerton_NY mravini@syr.edu 315.414.6307

Syracuse University School of Architecture Bachelor of Architecture Dean’s List

Expected 2014 cumulitive GPA_3.55

St. Catherine’s British Embassy School

IB Score_38

International Baccalaureate (Athens, GR)

EXPERIENCE

mab Architects (Athens_GR)

_Produced construction documents consisting of structural plans, sections and elevations _Developed 3D architectural visualization via Rhinoceros, V-Ray, Photoshop & Illustrator _Documented on-site building assessments and measurements for H&M store renovation _Attended and contributed to project and client coordination meetings _Contacted material suppliers to schedule quantity and delivery dates

GR_Summer 2011

Munly Brown Studio (Syracuse_NY)

_Contributed to the design process and articulation of potential schemes _Produced conceptual diagrams and drafted sections/elevations for each proposal _Finalized renderings using V-Ray and Photoshop

Larry Bowne Architects (Syracuse_NY)

_Completed multi-media physical models for existing projects _Revised and produced documents for the principal’s project book: renderings, drawings and photographs _Developed 2D architectural drawings and diagrams via AutoCAD and Illustrator

COMPETITIONS

Changing the Face 2011_Pushkinsky Cinema

_Collaborated with three Syracuse University professors on a DuPont “open ideas” competition. The aim was to revive Moscow’s forgotten cultural symbol via an architectural ‘face-lift’ (company’s material palette required).

SALT District_Neighborhood Food and Health Center As part of a redevelopment initiative in the Near West Side (Syracuse), the design team was asked to create a scheme that fused autonomous programmatic parcels on a single block.

King+King_Comprehensive Design Competition

_Third Place for most comprehensive design. The proposal envisioned a Culinary Arts College in the Bunker Hill neighbourhood in downtown LA; a post-war urban site negotiating the opposing forces of culture and the financial district.

INTERNATIONAL

Three Cities

_A nine week ‘crash course’ invested in the critical, architectural, social and cultural exploration of twenty-five European cities, focusing heavily on Madrid, Florence and Amsterdam. The studio concluded with the design of a Video Archive for Image - a local office in Firenze - in Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti.

London

_A semester long studio that addressed issues of the contemporary metropolis through its most influential piece of infrastructure - The River Thames

SKILLS

Visualization

_Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere, Rhinoceros, AutoCAD, V-Ray, Hand-drafting

Fabrication

_Tech: Laser Cutting, CNC Mill, Powder Printer _Analog: Wood, museum/chip board, plaster, alginate, wax, silicone, oxy acetylene welding, rockite, plexi, paper, wire mesh

Languages

Fluent in Greek and English

Spring 2012

Current

Spring 2011

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Summer 2012

Fall 2012


Final Structural Model 3/16�

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Aerial View_Bing Maps_V-Ray_Rhino_Photoshop

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The existing condition of the site is understood to be the result of a post war urban shift that has left the corner lot empty. In response to this, the project seeks to operate as a spatial and programmatic mediator between the cultural layers of Downtown L A and the new program of Culinary Arts Institute. The result is a new institutional architecture that celebrates the diversity of its context by situating an internal collage of formally distinct programmatic vectors between two conventional bar buildings – the program volume and the living wall. These volumes are intended to complement the day-to-day activities of an institution dependent on seasonal produce. Thus, by taking into account the dynamics of culinary teaching and the local climatic conditions, the design attempts to re-invent the relationship between students and teachers by implementing an internal infrastructure of production and consumption. Consequently, the living wall becomes both a symbol of the college as well as an invaluable element in a young chef ’s education. In addition, this idea of infrastructure, a prominent feature in the context of the college, is further highlighted by the vertical and horizontal striation of material. By extending the surface of the ground plane into the figural void of the project, one becomes exposed of the formal and functional complexity inherent in the composition.

Culinary Art Institute


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Site Analysis + Conceptual Foundation

Sectional Axon of Infrastructural Layering Rhino_V-Ray_Photoshop_AutoCAD_Illustrator

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Process Diagrams_Rhino_V-Ray_Illustrator

Site Restrictions

Zoning Regulations_F.A.R_Height

Volumetric Solution_Teach vs Harvest

Manipulation of groundplane_Plaza

Site Plan_AutoCAD_Illustrator

Architecturally Distrinct Program

Panoramic View of College from Park|V-Ray_Photoshop


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The following three studio project, arranged in chronological order from newest to oldest, represent the first two and a half years of design at Syracuse University. Each studio was geared towards addressing issues on conceptual design, representational clarity, and the ability for architecture to simultaneously operate at the micro and macro scale. 1) SUPER/ANTI plaza: Rather than treating the plaza as a static urban platform, the design strategy entails an ambitious agenda whereby the public space is understood volumetrically and symbolically as a moving urban room. The design proposal attempts to amplify Mies’ initial diagram - horizontal souk (public space) intersecting the corral (institution) - by allowing the defined users to claim the vacancies within the skyscraper via a vertical system of mobile rooms - elevators. 2) Auburn Performance Arts Center: In response to the various contextual and programmatic requirements of a black box theater in a culturally driven city such as Auburn, the design highlights the figure ground relationship by introducing a ‘swiss cheese’ condition. Rather than allowing the building to become secluded like many of the other voids in the city, the design introduces a series of formal and programmatic spaces that expose the building’s inner workings at various depths. 3) Finally, the Contemporary Agora, Big Box Transit Hub and Video Gallery (top to bottom) are projects that were fine tuned towards addressing the needs and norms of various demographic groups through architectural manifestation.

Building Blocks


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Plaza_Mobile Room

Autonomous Plazas Perspective Plan

Paired Plazas

Aggregate Plaza

Re-Imagining the Seagram Plaza_ What do you get when you croos New York’s urban room with the origin of the skyscraper?

Sectional Perspective|Rhino_V-Ray_Photoshop_Illustrator

CONCEPT

Super/Anti Plaza extends Public Realm into the Vacancies of the Building


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A Contemporary interpretation of the Ancient Agora linking Downtown Syracuse with the Near West Side District

Ancient Agora Precedent

Downtown Syracuse Cultural/Social Divide

Site part of two-fold condition

Modern Agora_Ethnic Pavillions

Imagining the future of the ‘Big Box’_ Section through Transportation Hub_Rhino_V-Ray_Photoshop

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The riverfront is flooded by a multitude of cultural identities. The project seeks to situate itself in this fabric as a set of reference points - TANKS - that respond to the larger contextual differences via program, while arguing for an architecture that is systematically understood as a collective whole – a network of cultural interventions that consolidate the River’s Identity. Anticipating an increase of River users by 2015, a new pier typology is formed. The interstitial (dead) space between the new pier and the River Embankment is resolved through a new building hybrid - a museum and a water plant. This results in an architecture that is simultaneously contextual, ecological, social and iconic. Nonetheless, the division between buildings and the water is exemplified when investment in property development comes at the expense of the river environment. As a result the project proposes a symbiosis between the two incorporating a mini-power plant for the production of hydroelectric energy, which negotiates the transfer of water from the river into the project. This, in turn, is architecturally translated in the form of constructed wetland terraces, allowing for the treatment (processing & filtration) of water to a degree that encourages physical interaction with the public.

TANK_River Thames


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Structure

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Circulation

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Sectional Perspective through TANK Process Sketches


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Longitudinal Section

Library Wall_Storage vs Performance

Library Wall_Storage vs Exhibition

Library Facade_ Water Station

Conceptual Sectional Analysis

(Right)Conceptual Design Sketches Exploded Plan_AutoCAD_Illustrator

....is a family of four museums that consolidate specific cultural identities of London on the River Thames

POV Rendering_Rhino_V-Ray_Photoshop


E xperimentation with als, physical mock-ups exploration of new tion processes are parts in my design

materiand the fabricaintegral process.

In support of these pursuits, the following samples try to reveal the range of equipment and materials that I utilized in order to further develop my architectural construct. Breaking beyond the boundaries of the University’s Shop, I also got involved in several sculpture classes that engaged with plastics, wood work and welding. In addition, utilizing the advanced computer equipment such as Laser cutting, CNC Milling and 3D Powder Printing has provided me with a different rate of communicating ideas. Essentially, each acquired tool has provided me with a new gradient of possibilities in design production and in many cases, proved to be the most fundamental tool in terms of rationalizing the project for prospective audience. In my mind, fabrication is a creative environment for materialbased learning and research. E xposing oneself to the possibilities of physical production are essential, particularly now, at a day and age where physical mock-ups and production techniques are crucial in pitching a design proposal to a client.

Fabrication


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Top Left: Video Archive and Image Headquarters_Site & Process Models_Foam_Museum Board_Coloured Paper_Bass Wood _Grass Texture Right Middle: Contemporary Agora_ Site Model_Bass Wood_Plexi Right: 1/4” Sectional Detail of Big Box Trasity Hub.Foam_3d print_Chipboard

Top: Seagram Building_Linearizing the buildings plaza_3D Print_Bass Wood_Chip_Wood Culinary Arts Institute_in collaboration with Andrew Parnas (all models produced by Marco Antonio Ravini) Left:3/16” Structural model_3d Printing_ Bass Wood_Chip Bottom Left: 1/32” Process Models Bottom Right: Site Datascape


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Top/Middle Section: London Aqua Bike 2030_Installation investigating London’s future infrastructure under the circumastances that the Thames Barrier is rendered ineffective by 2030. Materials:Video_Milled Plywood Design Team: Alec Hembree_Phil Bongard_McNisky Jeantus

Left: Rebirth_Wood Carving out of bass wood Left Middle: Death to Nemo_Oxyfuel Welding Left Bottom: Death to Nemo Production_Grinding Right: Love of the Game_Wood carving_Oxyfuel Welding Right Bottom: You have a “Friend Request”_Plaster Mold of my own hand_Alginate_Wax_Monitor


The following sketches are the result of diverse visual stimulus that were encountered during my time in the UK. Collectively, they represent a pursuit towards claiming a position on architecture while also exploring the process through which it evolved into the current metropolis. Moreover, being accustomed to a world heavily dependent on computer production, the issue at stake was to successfully orchestrate the synergy between two vital and profoundly underused tools of current academia: the mind’s eye and the representational hand. Furthermore, the sites/buildings explored were heavily grounded with overarching ideas about urban development, scale and context response to the needs of the community at the time. Places such as London, Bath, Cambridge and Oxford reveal visual passages about the cultural manifestation of architecture and its influence on social structure of a pre and post Industrial nation. In short, each visit was fine tuned towards addressing the major players, the prominent stylistic movements and any other trends that resulted in the fusion of the contemporary and historical fabric of England. Instead of pursuing the arbitrary array of vignettes, I attempted to incorporate a distinct graphical language into my freehand sketching. The result was a visual armature revealed by the controlled spatial composition of the page.

Travel Sketches


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Perspective_Royal Armature

Analysis of the Queen’s House in Greenwich_Plan_Section_Axon


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Banquetting Hall by Inigo Jones_Perspective_Section_Volumetric Diagrams


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Regent St intersecting The Mall Elevation_Section_Axon_Diagrams

The Mall Elevation_Expansive & Compressive Space


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Analysis of King’s Collee Cathedral in Cambridge_Nave_Plan_Section_Detail Ornament_Diagrams

Analysis of King’s Cross Train Station Addition in London_Glazing Detail_Environmental Control


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Analysis of Barbican Center_Social, Cultural and Environmental Layering_Plan_Axon

Perspective_Programmatic and Formal Layering


Acknow ledgm ents AR C 107_ Richard Rosa AR C 108_ Daniel de Riva AR C 207_ Brian Lonsw ay AR C 208_ Theodore Brow n AR C 307_ Jonat han Lot t AR C 308_ Larry Bow ne AR C 407_ Larry Davis AR C 408_ M ichael Pelken


“ I t a l wa y s s eem s im possible unt il it is done” –Nelson M andela



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