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Carpenter’s Ellipse


Open Air Pavilion

Hobcaw Long-term Housing

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606 Weather Shed


Genova Il Magazzino

Clemson Museum Concept

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Hobcaw Barony Long-Term Housing Designed for the Belle Baruche Institute of Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown South Carolina, This proposal was dubbed "The Canopy House." The Canopy House is a long-term housing solution with the DNA of a southern dog-trot typology. This contemporary modification of the type focuses on outdoor circulation and visual connections to the community and environment of Hobcaw while providing an intimate private space for personal autonomy. The house also uses openings and windows to convey a visual representation through light of the spectrum from most private spaces to most public.


Structural Building Section, Exterior Rendering, and Exploded Axonometric


Axonometric Floor Plans, Section Perspectives, and an Interior Rendering

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Bedrooms Bathroom Private Living Rooms ADA Bathroom Shared Kitchen Mudroom Laundry Utility



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Open Air Pavilion Concept The task at hand was to design an open -air structure that

would in someway engage the top of a mountain or hill. Two entrances were required, as were an intimate lookout space and a communal gathering area. The constraints applied were the idea of using ruled surfaces in a tangible three-dimensional device, to carve into the earth, and to repurpose the earth taken away from the mountain during construction. In creating a physical representation of the ruled surfaces concept, the device of the structure created a dialogue between the air and the earth of the mountain. The re-purposed earth from the carving was packed using a rammed earth method to create an ADA (American Disabilities Act) requirement-approved ramp, as well as seating for the communal area.


Final Site Model and Proposal Model


Hand Drawn Roof and Floor Plans, Axonometric Drawing and Model of a Joint Detail



Carpenter’s Ellipse As a means of introduction to parametric modeling, this project was given as a study of ellipses using the nail and string method and then using computational methods.

The parameters of this design project were to take a single pre-designed computational piece and deconstruct it to create three separate works to reconfigure and warp , creating the final objects and patterns.


Series of computer drawn iterations




Boolean Operations This project was centered around the idea of using shapes as a means to

carve volumes of spaces. The overarching concept of Boolean Operations was narrowed down in the parameters to be a space defined using Boolean Differences. Wire-frame models were first created to define which rectilinear shapes would carve into the assigned 12in. x 12in. x 12 in. space, and the final piece was a solid void model depicting the final outcome.


Series of wire-frame models and computer drawn iterations leading to the final solid void model




Folding Paper The purpose of this project was a study into creating three-dimensional

inhabitable spaces from a single flat plane. Three forms of folding were required: Folded Plate, Curved Crease, and a column design. In order to fully understand the process, after creating the three final models in each category, three crease patterns were drawn indicating each mountain and valley were used as instructables.


Hand drawn crease patterns and their resultant folded paper models




Ruled Surfaces This project was created using the concept of ruled surfaces.

The idea behind ruled surfaces is creating a curved surface with a series of straight lines. Several studies were to be made into how the straight lines could be connected and what effect they would have in a physical form.


Final hand drawn study


Two hand drawn and one computer drawn studies



Campus Museum Concept After Completing a Study into a Precedent focusing

on diagrams and structure, we were charged with Drawing our own Diagrams of the building as well as a full wall section to half scale. With our newfound information we were to use the precedents to design a museum placed on a given site on our own campus. We could select the exhibited materials/art work, but were required to stay within 30,000 square feet and model our structural and circulatory systems after that which we studied on our Precedent. We conducted our own individual site analysis and Focused on creating a sense of place, all while designing almost purely with Digital Tooling.


Hand Drawn Precedent Diagram, Computer Drawn Site and Floor Plans


Wooden Proposal Site Model with Massing



GenovaIl Magazzino While Studying abroad in Genova, Italy, we were given a portion of the

port to design a community exhibition space. I decided that to generate a sense of community and revenue in the Antique Portion of the port of Genova, that i would design a Children's Museum of Science centered around the Water Cycle and the action of the port. Due to a limitation of Time and Materials, this Project was conceived entirely through Hand Drawings and Computer Drawings.


Hand Drawn Wall Section, Digital Sections of Building and "Wave", Circulation diagram, and Final Floor Plan


Digitally Produced Interior and Exterior Renderings and a Section Graphic of the "Wave"



606 Weather Shed Based in Chicago, Illinois, this was a group effort between myself, Tyler

Rodgers, Perry Hammond, Arthur Southern and Rachel Smoak Designed and completed over 2 days. We were assigned a portion of the newly renovated 606, similar to the highline of New York. It was originally a railway and has been converted into a public park. We decided our structure would be one that spoke both to the 606 as an over pass and the lower road next to the entry ramps. As such it was a dual-level shelter using a Boolean Operation to carve into the earth to create temperature controlled Social Spaces.


Site Model, Site Plan, and 2 digital Diagrams of the City of Chicago's Population Density


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Digitally Drawn Section and Final Model



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McKenzie Betfort - Final Undergraduate Portfolio  
McKenzie Betfort - Final Undergraduate Portfolio