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Mary Bray Erickson Selected Works

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Schoolhouse South Africa, Spring/Summer 2011 Schoolhouse South Africa Exhibition, Spring 2012 Glow Lamp, Spring 2011 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus, Fall 2013 Hammondsport View Tower, Spring 2010 Slotted Table, Fall 2011 Kowloon Center, Fall 2011 S Chrèche, Spring 2011 J.Binx Desk, Spring 2013 Program for Vessel, Fall 2009 Aquatic Center in Taipei, Taiwan, Spring 2013 Stork Nest Farm Structural Model, Spring 2011

Indicates projects emphasizing sustainable design.

Cover: Vessel Drawing, Fall 2009 3


Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) Project Team, Spring/Summer 2011 CUSD is a student Design-Build team. Along with fellow CUSD members, I designed and created official construction documents for a school. I also travelled to Cosmo City, South Africa to build the project (summer ‘11). Along with one other student, I designed and built the interior furniture for the school while in South Africa. I also helped in countless other areas of construction throughout the school including window installation, gabion retention wall assembly, and rammed earth wall construction. The school was sustainably designed and built. Project was awarded: Popular Choice Award for Architizer A+ Awards in the Student Design-Build category, 2013. Engineering News Record’s Best Projects Competition Award - Education/Research, 2013.

*Photographs & drawings were a collaborative effort amongst CUSD members.




Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) Team Leader for Design and Construction of SSA Exhibit in Hartell Gallery, Spring 2012 Hartell Gallery featured an exhibit about the Schoolhouse South Africa Project. I designed and led construction for the wall built in the Gallery that illustrated the wall system we used for the project during construction in South Africa.

* Photographic credit- Carly Dean



Prof. R. Bertoia Independent Study in Furniture Design, Spring 2011 Welded lamp featuring Poplar wood veneer. Designed to create a warm ambiance.


ROOSEVELT ISLAND CORNELL TECH CAMPUS Prof. T. Mayne & S. Lee of Morphosis NYC Studio, Fall 2013

This campus master plan design emphasizes connections and green space. A circulatory spine organizes spaces and building surface area is condensed through embedding academic programs underground and hoisting housing above on pilotis, allowing 82% of the site’s footprint to serve as public green space. Buildings are situated on the west side of RI to respond to Manhattan’s density, create a unique skyline for RI, and allow most of the landscape space to engage the Queen’s side. A “mini Central Park” created in Queens kick starts future green development along NYC’s waterfront. The new pedestrian and bike bridge enhances both physical and virtual connections between RI and Queens. Tech and start-up spaces related to NYC and Cornell will begin to utilize the abandoned warehouses in Queens. *Group project with 2 other students.

R.I. Site & surrounding existing green spaces


Future QNS tech development area identified

Site Map

Extend virtual connection from QNS to R.I.

Create physical connection & extend public landscape along water’s edge

Create dialogue between R.I. campus & QNS through new green & tech space hub


230,000 sq.ft.

COMMERCIAL 300,000 sq.ft.

Spine and building relationship diagrams

RESIDENTIAL 550,000 sq.ft.


800,000 sq.ft.

View walking on circulatory organizational spine underneath residential buildings


390,000 sq.ft.

Wi-Fi Hotspots Tech Start Ups Co-Working Spaces

GREEN + OPEN SPACE 1,000,000 sq.ft.

Analysis Map: Tech programs related to R.I.

Manhattan side of campus: public docks & promenade engage glass academic spaces



HAMMONDSPORT VIEW TOWER Prof. Alex Mergold & Vince Mulcahy Studio, Spring 2010 This vertical tower was designed after studies based on shaping views through horizontal stratifications and linear irregularities. As users ascend the tower’s suspended staircase, important moments in the landscape and town of Hammondsport, NY are highlighted by directing circulation and eye movement through stairways, platforms, and strategic openings in the striated exterior cladding.



SLOTTED TABLE Prof. R. Bertoia

Independent Study in Furniture Design, Fall 2011 Walnut coffee table that is designed around shifted modular 1.5� x 1.5� rectangular prisms. Hidden interior shelves are featured throughout the project. Pieces are connected through biscuit joints. Table was entered in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF): Exhibition and Competition with Michelle Chen, Erin Pellegrino, Peter Gudonis, and Jake Rudin.


KOWLOON CENTER Prof. H. Richardson Studio, Fall 2011 Dense mixed-used building proposal located on the coast of Kowloon, Hong Kong. Intended to draw people to the water front by enticing them with a plethora of activities. The design incorporates outdoor green terraces that provide space for various activities for both residents and tourists. Physical Model- South-West corner facing water

Physical Model- Public Courtyard

Roof Plan



Prof. W. Goehner Studio, Spring 2011 The S Crèche is a collaborative, comprehensive studio project where groups of six students designed sustainable school houses, one of which was built in the summer of 2011. Our design shares similar dualities to the letter “s”- a continuous line curved around two nodes. The design allows for constructed & natural, private & public, indoor & outdoor spaces while also responding to the site and climate of Cosmo City. The S Creche’s walls are made from strawbale, a material with numerous beneficial qualities: it is naturally insulative, inexpensive, durable and sustainable. The school features four classrooms, a cafeteria, outdoor play space, and an office with a library and teacher training room. Project awarded finalist considered for actual construction.





Prof. P. Eschelman Furniture Design, Spring 2013 Desk ergonomically designed for wheelchair user. Features rotating drawers to more easily bring stored drawer contents closer to the user; minimal desk footprint to allow for maneuverability of wheelchair; easy-tograsp drawer handles to accommodate user’s degenerating muscles; and raised, open storage to provide flexibility and ease of access to paperwork. Final design balanced form and function equally. 63


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PROGRAM FOR VESSEL Studio, Fall 2009 Prof. V. Mulcahy & A. Mergold

Original drawings of vessel were made 3D with basswood sticks. This 3D mass of organization then had a site designed around it, and was then transformed into a hydro power generator plant.


AQUATIC CENTER IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN Prof. J. Wells & A. Huang Studio, Spring 2013

This water atrium is designed to showcase indoor aquatic and recreational activities through the permeable facade, thus creating a social and athletic hub in Taipei. All program spaces allow users to experience activities simultaneously- whether visually or physically. Different pools and aqua elements connect and flow throughout the space, forming specialized areas like lap pools, saunas, balneotherapy areas, and pools of different temperatures. Sustainable elements like solar evacuated collectors for heating pools, solar panels, sun screens, and recycled plastics are incorporated into the design.

South Facade Elevation

East-West Section

Third Floor Plan- Public Pools


Sawtooth RoofSolar Evacuated Collectors & Solar Panels

Fifth Floor- Gourmet Restaurant, Bar, & Outdoor Patio

Fourth Floor- Spa, Men’s & Women’s Salons, Massage, Retail

Third Floor- Relaxation Pools, Saunas, Steam Rooms

Second Floor- Gym, Dance Studios, Athletic Facilities

First FloorMain Practice & Dive Pools, Relaxation Pools, Changing Areas, Retail

Basement- Mechanical Systems


STORK NEST FARM STRUCTURAL MODEL Prof. M. Cruvellier Structures, Spring 2011

The Stork Nest Farm is a project designed by SGL Projekt and is located in the Czech Republic. This model was created with a partner to highlight various structural features of the building. Dimensions: 3’ 0” x 3’ 0” x 18” Honors and Publications: Model featured in third edition of The Structural Basis of Architecture (to be published in 2015). Model included in Association Vol. 5. A publication of work from Cornell students, faculty, and alumni. Model showcased in student works exhibition for M.Arch and B.Arch Accreditation, 2013. Model currently displayed in Architectural Department Chair’s office.



Mary Bray Erickson Architecture Portfolio  
Mary Bray Erickson Architecture Portfolio  

Architecture design portfolio including work from first year through fourth year, first semester of the Bachelor of Design program at Cornel...