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Architecture Portfolio marysia larosa

Marysia LaRosa I am seeking a part-time internship with a dynamic architectural firm in order to gain valuable design experience and contribute to the field of architecture.


Architecture Student 1100 South Marietta Pkwy Marietta,GA 30060 Email Phone: 678-650-5509

Summer Design Intern Niles Bolton Associates/Atlanta,GA May 2018 Focused on a 300 unit Multi-Family Project developing unit plans and elevations, life safety plans, detailed wall sections, and dimensioning floor plans. Attended site visits of local projects to learn about construction methods, took part in Revit training sessions, and contributed to coordination meetings with design studio. Architectural Design Assistant Exovations/Roswell,GA/June 2017-December 2017 Sketching a scheme for clients in photoshop in order for the client to have a visual representation of what their remodel would look like. Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Server Haagen Dazs/Marietta,GA/October 2017-December 2017 Skills enhanced during this occupation included team building, time management, communication and organization. Hostess Longhorn Steakhouse/Acworth,GA/May 2015-May 2016 Skills practiced during this occupation included communication, organization and interacting with customers. It was important to accomplish tasks quickly at this occupation.

Education Kennesaw State University; Graduate May 2020 Bachelor of Architecture; 3.7 GPA

Organizations/Accomplishments Applied for AIA COTE competition for “The Tranquility Hotel and Destination Spa� 4th Year Integrative Studio Competition Semi-Finalist AIAS Member 2016-Present Kennesaw State College of Architecture and Construction Management Honors Society Recipient, 2018

Profressional Skills Revit V-Ray Adobe Suite AutoCAD Rhino Microsoft Office Prismacolor 3D Modeling Laser Cutting Photography

Personal Skills Creativity Communication Time-Management Organization Detail Oriented Problem Solving Strong Work Ethic Works Well in Team Enthusiastic



Tranquility Hotel and Destination Spa Fall 2018-Hotel



The Volux

Spring 2018- Office Building


The Cognitive Apparatus Fall 2017-Pavilion




Curved Translations Spring 2016- Material Study

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1 Tranquility Hotel and Destination Spa Project Type: Hotel Location: Atlanta,GA Programs Used: Revit, Adobe Suite Integrative Studio Fall 2018

Design Brief

A “retreat” within the city

The site fo this studio is the abandoned lot at the northern end of an adaptive re-use project called Stove-works. The site is bordered by historic neighborhoods (Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward), the terminus of the first phase of the Beltline Project, and multiple creative businesses.

Tranquility Hotel and Destination Spa ` promotes the well-being of their visitors by taking them through their own personal health discovery by teaching them positive health goals, participating in wellness classes/lectures, relaxing in the thermal baths, dining at the health conscious-fare “True Kitchen,” or using any of the hotel provided bicycles to take a journey along The Beltline right outside the lobby doors.


tranquility hotel and destination spa

“Ultimately, the hotel guest and passerby are exposed to a heightened relationship between the human and environmental experiences.” COMMUNITY


Create a retreat along The Beltline for visitors to venture away from the busy city life and create a healthier lifestyle.

Support the health and wellness of the community and visitors through exercise and meditation.

Promote the well being of the surrounding ecology and harness sustainability through the design.


Establish a destination unique in itself to the Beltline that teaches wellness and acknowledges sustainability



Terracing & Orientation Parking structure becomes land mass that terraces. Buildings were oriented south for solar performance.

Irwin St./Lake Ave.NE

Alter Heights Buildings vary in levels in order to avoid disrupting views.

Prioritize Views Position the units so that each has a view of The Beltline or Downtown and some suites experience unique solar qualities.

Walk Score






Good Transit

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Very Bike-able


Location: 631 Irwin St. Northeast

Krog St.NE

113 Rooms

* 31 Standard Tranquility Double * 3 Krog Street Retreat Suites *62 “Breathe” Suites * 8 “Awaken” Deluxe Bungalows * 9 “Calm” Extended Stay Suites


Massages, Saunas, Thermal Baths, Biking, Gym, Wellness Lectures, Yoga, Health conscious cafe, restaurant, and markets.

Introduce plentiful amounts of plants and trees to create an urban oasis, filter fresh air into rooms, and help reduce CO2. Utilize natural ventilation to cool corridors and rooms. Harness sunlight for natural daylighting and for energy use.

Collect gray-water to redistribute to bathrooms.


Shading and Outdoor Space Push back walls to create outdoor spaces that allow the guests to connect with nature.

Relaxation Haven Tranquility Hotel acts as the buffer between the public realm and neighborhood in the area.

Design for the Community


Narrative: How does the design respond to the region where it’s located? How does the design promote regional and community connectivity? What steps are taken to encourage alternative transportation? * Integration of bikes and bike racks * Public use space along Beltine such as a yoga lawn and public plazas along the Beltine and Krog Street. A pop-up market is located on the corner of Irwin St./Lake Ave. and Krog St. *Rooms have plenty of natural daylight and ventilation for thermal comfort.

Collective Wisdom


Narrative: What steps would you take to ensure that the building performs the way that it is designed? What lessons have you learned from this project that you will apply to the next project? What lessons have you learned from past projects that were applied to this project? * Consistently making sure energy is being saved through passive systems and integrative systems. *Evaluating human comfort and if those standards are being met. *Learning how to design for the occupant and creating the experience.

Design and Innovation


Narrative: Describe how sustainability strategies are incorporated into the overall design strategy. What are the major environmental issues and goals? * Orienting main buildings east/west and incorporating “egg-crate” type shading partitions. *Bungalows oriented north/south to engage morning sun. *Butterfly roofs help water travel into roof-top troughs to distribute gray-water to bathrooms. *Solar panels harness solar energy. *Water features around site accumulate gray-water. *Most rooms have access to nature and plants.





Pedestrian & Vehicular

Tranquility Hotel

*Heavy Vehicular Traffic along Irwin St. / Lake Ave & Auburn Ave.


*Less vehicular traffic along Krog St. more pedestrian traffic promoted.

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*Beltline is a pedestrian corridor

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Design Question:


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How can the design engage The Beltline and create a buffer along Irwin St./ Lake Ave?



Main Lobby


Pool Deck/Public Yoga Lawn


Krog St. Retreat Suites


Lotus Coffee Bar


Standard Tranquility Doubles


Secondary Lobby


True Food Kitchen


Standard Tranquility Doubles


“Breathe” Suites

10 “Calm” Extended Stay Suites 11 “Awaken” Deluxe Bungalows

Irwin St./Lake Ave N.E.

Receiving &Storage

“TRUE” Kitchen

Mezzanine to Reception Standard “Tranquility” Doubles

Main Lobby Pool Deck

Krog St. “Retreat” Suites

Krog St.

Beltlin e

Staff Offices &Back of House


Tranquility Spa



Pool Deck

Gym Storage


Public Yoga Terrace

Long Life, Loose Fit


Future Tr

LOBBY LEVEL 1/16”-1’-0” +/- 1014’

ansit Lin e

Narrative: Describe how the project promotes long-term flexibility, adaptability, and resilience. * Pool and yoga platform open to public through membership variability of use. Community can support the terrace overtime as it has multiple uses. An internally focused program can completely adapt and become externally monitored.

Design for the Community


Narrative: How does the design respond to the region where it’s located? How does the design promote regional and community connectivity? What steps are taken to encourage alternative transportation? *Integration of future transit system along The Beltline corridor to encourage use of alternative transportation.





re-purposed material

main building 6ft above water table

trees around site act as a carbon sink

Energy Flows & Energy

Water Cycle




Narrative: How does the design manage storm water? How does the design conserve potable water? How is the project innovative in the way that it uses and treats water? * The design uses a butterfly roof system which transfers rain water to an underground cistern where it stores and treats water to be redistributed to hotel rooms. The design also harvests rain water through water troughs located around the site.

Building Orientation Optimized for the most possible natural light. Bungalows and Extended Stay facing East to engage morning sun.

Natural Water Flow Elevation change forces water toward Beltline and across to Krog St.

Narrative: How does the design seek to decrease the total energy use and carbon footprint of the building? Emphasize strategies to reduce heating and cooling loads, reduce peak electricity demand, reduce plug loads, generate on-site energy, and anticipate future carbon free energy sources. * egg crate balcony design reduces heating/cooling energy loads. *bikes provided to guests and use of local transit system reduces carbon footprint. *use of daylighting and passive ventilation to heat and cool the hotel rooms during different times of year.

Vegetation Trees and plant life create a buffer and act as a carbon sink.



Solar panel array provides 88,227 kw/yr/ $12.484 in energy savings/14 payback years.

Private “backyards” for guests of the “Awaken” suites expand the interior/exterior relationship .


Narrative: Discuss design strategies that relate to daylighting, electric lighting, ventilation, indoor air quality, views, and individual controllability. * Roofs are angled to help shade but also direct sunlight in. *Skylights filter light into deeper space to control glare. *Creates thermal comfort.

Terraces adjacent to multiple rooms provide guests with views of The Beltline and a peaceful connection to nature promoting their individual wellness.

80% sightlines to outside

Skylights filter light into deeper bathroom spaces offering views to the sky from the soaking tub.

1” of rainfall on a 200sq.ft roof=12,250 gallons of water. This water will be used as gray-water for the bathrooms

A public yoga lawn allows visitors of The Beltline to experience part of Tranquility and take a break when they need to.

Bioclimactic Design7 COTE MEASURE



Narrative: Describe how the building reacts to the local climate and site with an emphasis on occupant comfort. Discuss how the building massing and fenestration relates to the sun path and the prevailing winds. * Winds primarily come from the West *Open air single-loaded corridors with fans to circulate air. *Transom windows at units to ventilate through room.

Free public bike racks along The Beltline promote activity and wellness.

Outdoor Plazas create social gathering spaces and trees reduce the heat island effect.

FSC construction frames the interior/exterior walls. FSC is an inexpensive material and is sustainable.

Bi-fold doors and casement windows are operable and allow the guest to adjust their environment to their desire. Concrete is a sustainable material and acts as a thermal mass.

Water features around the site are not just for aesthetics but to collect rainwater.

Underground Water Cisterns collect gray-water to be redistributed through the plumbing system. 49.74”av./yr x 450sq.ft x 1yr x 12in =268,596 gal

Proposed Transit Development along Beltline

Flora and Fauna

Land UseMEASURE and Site Ecology COTE 7



Narrative: How does the development of the site respond to its ecological context? Consider water, air, plants, and animals at different scales. * Plants along balconies filter fresh air into rooms and helps to flush out hot/toxic air. *Birch trees in planters line the outdoor plaza areas.


Flowering Dogwood

Maple Leaf Viburnum

Winged Elm

Witch - Hazel

STAY Standard Tranquility Double Standard economy room with views of Irwin St./Lake Ave. fitted with a double bed and soaking tub. Includes access to all spa amenities and free bikes. Perfect for a short stay.

“Breathe” Suite The “Breathe” Suite gets its unique name from the amount of vegetation that exists on the balcony. The plants help to bring fresh air into the room and circulate hot/toxic air out. Rooms with views of The Beltline and Downtown Atlanta.

Krog St. “Retreat” Suite

“Awaken” Deluxe Bungalows

“Calm” Extended Stay Suites

The “Retreat” Suite is truly one of the best options if you’re looking to escape from the city. These suites are perfect for an extended stay and feature a King Bedroom, full living room, kitchen, and large terrace. Suites have access to all spa amenities, classes/lectures, and a personal nutritionist. Located right next to Krog St. it is the perfect location if you’re looking to explore the area.

The “Awaken” Bungalows face the East providing guests with a beautiful sunrise every morning to reflect and meditate. The bungalows all include their own pools with large backyards that run along the “Reflection Walk.” The high ceilings and skylights of the “Awaken” Bungalows create an open and airy feeling while letting in plenty of natural light.

The “Calm” Suites are an extended stay town home style room. Each suite contains a large deck with a private pool, a private living/ kitchen area, and a separate bedroom/bath. Guests who stay in these suites will have their own personal chef and massage therapist as well as access to all spa amenities.


Materials and Construction

“TRUE Kitchen”


Narrative: Describe the project’s material selection criteria, considerations and constraints. What efforts were made to reduce the amount of material waste and the environmental impact of materials over their lifetime? Discuss specific materials used. * FSC -smaller impact on carbon footprint -Light material;reduced slab -clean;less waste produced on site *Light-weight Concrete -low energy costs -high durability -low maintenance -recyclable

Perpendicular Floor Truss 1/2” Plywood Sub-floor 3/4” Gypcrete plaster (exterior)

3/4” Fiber Cement 1/2” Plywood Section 7.5” Batt Insulation 2x6 FSC Stud

ship lap (interior)

2x6 FSC Truss

cross-laminated timber

Krog St. “Retreat” Lounge

Long Life, Loose Fit


side of pond 10mm Cor Ten Steel

asphalt flexible outlet on adjustable foot

Narrative: Describe how the project promotes long-term flexibility, adaptability, and resilience. *The hotel is constructed using materials that account for weathering and aging. The structure was designed to overall support itself overtime and adapt to the changing climate of Georgia. The two buildings are designed with minimalist, natural materials that are simply constructed. Overtime, programmed space along The Beltline could convert to retail and be given back to the community.

Section through “True Kitchen” and Standard Tranquility Doubles Scale: 1/4”-1’0”

gutter pebbles in cement


pebbles in pond

2 The Volux Project Type: Office Building Location: 1655 Peach tree St. Atlanta, GA Programs Used: Revit, Adobe Suite Design Studio VI Spring 2018

Design Brief

An Urban Incubator

The Volux enhances the way a modern work environment should interact with its users through experiential light techniques and visual connections between spaces.

In contrast to traditional stacked floor plate construction, floor plates are shifted and extended to create visual connections between floors and take advantage of the skyline views. Important programmatic spaces such as the incubator spaces, retail, and atrium are enhanced with double height glazed volumes to enclose the gaps created by the alternating floor plates. The volumes are accented on the exterior with Gyroshade, a kinetic facade system that responds directly to the sunlight.


The Volux

Site Plan

Gyroshade System

Aluminum framing

Gyroshade System Steel Bracing Steel Structure

Gravity and lateral connection of curtain wall to steel bracket

Cell closure by steel bracket

Curtain Wall to Steel Bracket Connection

Maintenance Deck Headed studs welded to beam

South and East Sections and Elevations

Curtain Wall

The Gyroshade is comprised of three aluminum discs all attached with a nut + bolt connection, a rotating axle and actuator. The glass discs are attached with metal rods housed with actuators. The actuators can adjust the inner disc to any desired angle to accommodate the programmatic need. The system can also be set to a default to respond to the changing sunlight conditions throughout the day.

Ground Floor and Office Level 2


Atrium/Reception Lobby


Mechanical Room




Electrical Room




Men’s/Women’s Restroom


Employee Gym




THS (Travel Hospitality Services)


Wellness Room


Small Conference Room


Copy/Print Room


Small Conference Room


Large Conference Room


Eastwood Holdings


Small Conference Room


Medium Conference Room


Medium Conference Room




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West Section Summer Solstice 79.8

Spring/Fall Equinox 56.3

Winter Solstice 32.8


3 The Cognitive Apparatus Project Type: Pavilion Location: Kennesaw State Marietta Campus Programs Used: Rhino, V-Ray, Adobe Suite Design Studio V Fall 2017

Design Brief

The Center for Sustainable Learning

The Catalyst Pavilion_KSU Marietta Campus module focused on continuing the theme of sustainability on the Kennesaw State University Marietta Campus.

The Cognitive Apparatus will act as a catalyst for various academic and research communities focused on the future of sustainability at KSU. The Cognitive Apparatus Pavilion focuses on creating spaces centered around instruction, research and dissemination of sustainable technologies. The Cognitive Apparatus is modern, light and incorporates a range of passive and active sustainable strategies.


program breakdown




The Great Room Lecture space that opens up to adjacent lounge area for large events Classroom “Pods” The “pods of learning” along the promenade (north facade) are the most efficient classroom set up and recieve natural light from light wells.

Lounge/Cafe A study and social space for students and faculty. Offices One four occupant collaborative office and two private executive offices. Laboratories One research and one demonstration laboratory. Conference Rooms One large and one small glass enclosed conference rooms.

cross ventilation water collection

summer solstice pedestrian circulation

equinox winter solstice

solar path

green roof, solar panels, light scoops, and solar panels

4 Curved Translations Project Type: Material Study Design Studio II Spring 2016

Design Brief

Manipulating and Translating Material Properties

Two iterations, one through papermaking and one through clay were conducted to experiment with the natural qualities of the materials and how they could individually be manipulated and transformed.

Curved translations begins with experimentation of Japanese paper-making and manipulating the material to create a new organic form. This same process was carried over into the second iteration which involved extracting wood grain texture and translating this material property into clay. Both iterations involve the translation and manipulation of different materials.


Papermaking Technique

The Device Similar to the Japanese paper making process, newspaper was shredded and combined with water to make a paper pulp. The pulp was poured into the wooden frame and the water drained through the mesh screen. The paper pulp would be set to dry and sheets of paper with unique textures were created.

Creating the mold To create an organic form, plaster was spread over a mesh screen and set to dry. Strips of paper were cut from the original sheets and set over the plaster mold. Once the paper was dry, it was removed from the mold and retained a curved form.


Material Translation in Clay

Translation Device While studying the beautiful texture of wood grain, a rolling device was carved to translate this material texture into another material, clay.

Creating the Curve A clay slab was set to dry on top of a wooden dowel structure to create the form of the final organic sculpture.


Final Model


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