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Portfolio

Megan Catt


Curriculum Vitae

Farnborough College

Appleton 6th Form

Urban

Modular

Landscape


Contents

A selection of my work

This portfolio contains a selection of my work from my placement in practice and my undergraduate degree. It features both completed and ongoing projects, covering a range of sectors and building types. I have experimented with different media and developed a style of work, utilising many different computer packages and hand drawing techniques in order to experiment with different outcomes for presentation and efficiency.

Adapt and Extend

Form and Structure

Artwork

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Curriculum Vitae Megan Catt

I graduated from the University of Kent in June 2013 and have been gaining experience, working at a multi-disciplinary practice since July. I am now looking to return to University for the Part II Masters course to continue my studies. I am friendly and enthusiastic, capable of engaging productively as part of a team and motivated for individual work. I look forward to the opportunity to increase my learning and understanding of architectural theory and relish the challenges of new design projects.

Contact: megan_catt@live.co.uk 07503 939 868


Work Experience

Academic Qualifications

Architectural Assistant - July 2013 to Present - IngletonWood, Billericay Duties Including: Design work at both concept and development stages for various schemes and bids Producing drawings using AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp and 3DSmax Preparation of presentation documents and presentation giving to clients and consultants Liaising with suppliers and consultants

Architecture - BA (Hons) - ARB/RIBA Part 1 Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent with First Class Honours

Architectural Assistant - (Temporary) July 2008/August 2009/April 2013 - MAKE Architects, London Duties Including: Analytical site investigation Creating working models Attending design team meetings Designing several landscaping options and summarising in a report for the client Election Poll Clerk - (Temporary) May 2011/May 2012/May 2013 - Rochford District Council Duties Including: Dealing with the public and handling queries Collecting and recording sensitive information Working with confidential records Funds & Insurance Europe Team Assistant - (Temporary) July August 2012 - National Australia Bank, London Duties Including: Making presentation documents General administrative duties Attending meetings Learning and using various computer programmes Waitress - (Part Time) July 2008 to July 2013 - Rochford Hundred Golf Cub, Rochford Duties Including: Waiting at large functions Silver Service Trained Training of junior staff and running smaller functions

A Levels - Art (A*) Maths(A) Further Maths(A) Physics(A) SEEVIC College, Benfleet. 2008-2010 GCSE - 8 A*s, 4 As including Maths, English, Double Science, Technology, Art and IT The Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh. 20032008

Volunteer Work/Extra Curricular Committee member for the school end of year show 2013 Article 25 member - organising fundraising for architectural charity Welcome week helper - aiding new students at the university (2011,2012) Library reading scheme - helping young children to read over the summer House Captain and Prefect Hockey Player since 2003; played for university team and some coaching Clarinetist since 1999; grades 1-6 including grade 5 theory, played in bands Part of the design team for a council memorial plaque Awards Gained: First Place in a team shelter design competition KSCV Silver Award (50 volunteering hours) Trident Gold Award Sports Leadership Award Services to the school award

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University Library

University Centre, Farnborough, Competition Design

December 2013

Programmes Used: Revit, Photoshop

This conceptual design was completed for Farnborough College as part of their transition to a University Centre. The brief called for a prominent gateway building to the campus, containing a large entry hub, study areas and a library within a £6M budget. I worked alongside the architect to develop a concept over the course of a week, and was tasked with producing a final presentation image which I created using Revit. The final design was based around a rotunda, open on all sides to bring in visitors and students from the various approaches, into a striking atrium space, which then links through to a large library block via a glazed bridge at first floor level. A sweeping roof unifies the two elements and hints at an aeronautical theme, relating to the town’s heritage.


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1. Site analysis sketch of existing site and conditions 2. Early design sketch showing sweeping roof 3. Development view of 3D model 4. Final visualisation of design proposal in-situ

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School Redevelopment Appleton School, Benfleet 2012-2014

Programmes Used: SketchUp, Kirkythea, Photoshop, AutoCAD As part of an ongoing masterplan redevelopment of Appleton school in Benfleet a number of buildings have been designed for the site, some have now been completed and others are at various stages of design or construction. When I joined the practice I visited the site of the dining hall which was nearing completion and since then I have been involved in the design of a classroom block which is being converted from an old sports hall, a new build ÂŁ2M sixth form that will soon start on site and an early stage proposal for the refurbishment of the sports hall facilities. Shown here is some of my work for the 6th form, where my role was to develop the design along side the lead architect, by building a 3D model to test different ideas and approaches. These images were then used to sell the scheme to the client and help secure funding from Essex Council.


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1. Visualisation of proposed front elevation and main entrance/approach 2. Night time visualisation of proposed building 3. Internal view of cafe/foyer space and main circulation area 4. Masterplan site model showing past and future development for the school

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Urban

Hip-Hop Centre, Lille, University Project

Spring 2013

Programmes Used: Revit, Photoshop The brief was to design a cultural centre for Hip-Hop music, urban dance and street art. Based on a live project on the same site, the project brief called for an auditorium, dance studios, art workshops and music rooms. The site was located in a dense residential area in the south of Lille, at a crossroads and a natural hub for pedestrians. My concept for the project was to split the building into two types of space - practise and performance. I raised the bulk of the building containing the practise spaces, and showcased the performance spaces by creating an open public stage and gallery at street level, and emphasising the auditorium. The rest of the building circulates around these performance areas in order to keep a visual link between the two functions of the building.


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1. Concept image showing the various street arts being bought inside the building 2. Development model showing the lower ground level 3. First floor plan including auditorium and workshops 4. Visualisation of one of the approaches to the building and entrance to the gallery

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5. Internal view of lower ground gallery 6. Internal view of first floor social study area with full height window to street 7. Exploded axonometric showing the build up of floors 8. View from internal courtyard, looking into auditorium lobby


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9. Image of sectional model showing lower ground gallery, raised street level plaza and auditorium 10. Image of sectional model showing the ‘fins’ that clad the building 11. Panoramic view of the building within the street scene

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11. Analytical development sketch of building massing, with consideration for site conditions 12. Analysis of daylight access to courtyard area 13. Sketch of rainwater recovery system integrated with ground source heating system 14. Detail of external wall and floors with metal fins and curtain walling 15. Details of solid infill panels and curtain walling


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As part of the submission for Urban I put together a technical report where I looked at the environmental strategies for: day lighting, heating, cooling, structural loading, construction sequence, materiality and detailing as well as the impact of my proposal on the surrounding area.

16. Overview sketch showing the building split into tension and compression structures 17. Bearing and self weight loads through the compression structure 18. Bearing and self weight loads through the auditorium (compression) structure 19. Bearing and self weight loads through the tension structure 20. Lateral loads through the tension structure

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Modular

Mixed Use Masterplan, Margate, University Project

Autumn 2012

Programmes Used: 3dsmax, ArchiCAD, Photoshop In groups of 5 we were tasked with developing a masterplan for 100 units of various sized dwellings, a boutique hotel, a b&b, and the conversion of a disused chapel and Victorian pub into new facilities for the residents and local community. Following the masterplanning stage we individually developed a single building, ensuring that the principles set out in the initial stage remained in tact. Our masterplan focused on creating visual links with the sea, cutting through the site and emphasised by framed views. As my building was furthest from the sea it was difficult to create a direct link although the final form and massing of my building meant that 70% of units would get a sea view, and I designed a communal garden with pebble paths and wild seaside grasses and plants to emphasise the connection with the sea.


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1. Proposed group masterplan development 2. Ground floor plan in context 3. Visualisation of my building from the sunken communal gardens

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4. The view of my building from the street/ public square and main entrance to the site 5. Overview of my building with courtyard and roof gardens 6. Typical plan of a 1 bed and 2 bed unit


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I developed my building to contain a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units. These then stacked on top of each other to from blocks, accessed by glazed stairwells with seating areas and viewing points to encourage neighbourly interactions. The layout of the units meant that noisier living rooms and kitchens stacked on top of one another and faced the views, while bedrooms aligned to the back of the building, overlooking the more protected courtyard. Large balconies gave each unit private outdoor space, which could be opened up to the lounge to increase the floor area in warmer months. As my building adjoined the public square we created during masterplanning, I decided to develop the corner units into a gallery, with accessible flats above. This gave the building a public face and completed the square to give an entrance to the site. 7. Detail model showing the construction of the SIP panels and floor 2. Overview model of the building in context 3. Sectional model of the stacking units

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Landscape

Public Park, Canterbury, University Project

Spring 2012

Programmes Used: Photoshop (project predominantly hand drawn)

The site for this project was located at the edge of Canterbury, crossing the old city wall boundary with a well used path running through it connecting a large residential area to the city centre. Our brief was to develop the long narrow site, incorporating a woodland, river, paths and road, into a more usable and interesting site, including areas for allotments and a public building, with cafe and city museum. My concept built on the idea of the site as a gateway to the city and my aim was to create a journey, which progressed from a peaceful, rural, woodland beginning with a single winding path, into an urban, lively and man-made area, with playful interventions, and geometric lines. This lively space made a feature of the views beyond the site, with paths dissipating in different directions and releasing users out of the area and into the city.


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1. Site intervention to encourage interaction with under used park 2. Conceptual image highlighting lines of neighbouring buildings, showing increase in density from north to south 3. Zoning diagram showing division of site 4. Sketch of the urban end of the site

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5. Ground floor plan of the building 6. Sketch of path following site line to cathedral 7. Sections through the site


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8. Wall detail showing construction of straw bale wall 9. Sketch of enclosed seat in contemplative woodland area 10. Whole site plan with additional images to convey desired planting

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Adapt and Extend

Regeneration of Pilot Station, University Project

Autumn 2011

Programmes Used: ArchiCAD, 3dsmax, Photoshop The 1960’s pilot station in Folkestone harbour sits in a prominent position on the beach and is a landmark that can be viewed from much of the local area. It was decommissioned after its use was no longer required and our brief was to renovate and extend the derelict building to become an Exhibition Centre. The centre was to contain; permanent and temporary gallery spaces, an auditorium, restaurant and beach side cafe with kitchens. My design was inspired by a collection of found objects from the site, and I looked at weathering and distortion by the tides. This translated into my design through a collage-like mix of materials and textures, with curved faces towards the sea and angular geometry away from the sea.


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1. Building and site plan 2. Conceptual painting based on items found on site at the beach 3. Development massing model 4. Exterior sketch of the approach to the building 5. Internal render of restaurant area

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Form and Structure Roof Design, University Project Spring 2012

The brief was to design a roof to span an unsupported area of 200 square metres. As a research project, before the design phase, I looked into the structural system in place at Waterloo International Station - analysing the lateral and gravity loads as well as the construction sequence. From this I decided I wanted to use the basic arch shape, elongated to a vault but pivoted around a central point and held by tension members. My final report considered different loadings with primary to quaternary systems, I also detailed a construction sequence including any temporary structures required. The design featured columns to support the lowest arches, arches fanned around a central pivot point, tension cables to span between the arches and a combination of solid and glazed panels to make the structure waterproof and rigid.


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1. Lateral stability diagrams showing forces acting against wind loads 2. Gravity load diagrams showing forces within the building 3. Sketch idea for roof form 4. Developmental model of roof design 5. Final model of roof design

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Artwork

Various Projects and Media

Over the next few pages I have shown a selection of artwork from various projects over the past 5 years, including some work from my A-Level Fine Art course. I have worked in a variety of media, including acrylic on canvas, pencil, pen and charcoal drawings and watercolour paints. I prefer to draw from still life subjects in a realistic style, however I also enjoy looking at more abstracted styles occasionally.


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1. Fragmented views of the gherkin, acrylic on canvas 2. Still life vanitas, acrylic on canvas 3. Observational hand drawing, charcoal and chalk

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4. View of the London eye and houses of parliament, acrylic on canvas 5. Clam and stormy seascapes, acrylic on canvas 6. Tower bridge and city hall, pen 7. Lloyds building, pencil


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8. Elephant painting, acrylic on canvas 9. Southend pier, charcoal 10. The gherkin, pencil

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megan_catt@live.co.uk 07503 939 868 18 Glebe Drive Rayleigh Essex, SS6 9HJ


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