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hostel i-space exhibition




emergency shelter reconstruction urban strategy cultural center + poolhouse


Studio 804


sustainability center

Resume PHILIP MEYER 217.714.9982




09 bike port

BIKE PORT hostel chicago, illinois Chicago prides itself as being one of the most bikefriendly cities in the nation. However, upon closer investigation, Chicago’s bike network resembles a patchwork of disjointed parts. Chicago is planning a 500-mile bikeway network that will be completed by 2015 and has plans of reaching within one-half mile of every resident and neighborhood in Chicago. In addition to a bike network that supplements the 2015 plan, the Bike Port provides a Mobility-onDemand (MOD) bicycle sharing program. This not only encourages bike commuting, but it provides visitors with a convenient way to tour the city. While many view the city through the constraints of a car, Bike Port offers people the chance to experience the city at a much more intimate and dynamic level.



chicago bicycle paths

design + program bike port Situated above Wacker Drive, a major Chicago artery, Bike Port allows vehicular traffic to flow unimpeded while maintaining its function as a hostel and MOD center. Catering to surrounding access points and paths of travel, a system of ramps and bike lanes guide bikers through Bike Port. The form of the building is based off of a simple modular plan. Hostel rooms are concentrated on the exterior, providing natural light and ventilation as well as spectacular views of the Chicago River.

2015 Plan

Bike Ports 2015


modular form study BICYCLE STORAGE



MODULAR LAYOUT Occupants are led to the “Hub” which contains a dining area, bicycle repair shop, locker room, showers, and hostel registration desk. Located on one level, twenty-eight hostel rooms offer spectacular views of the Chicago River and surrounding city.



SHARE THE ROAD A pedestrian walkway is separated from the bike path while overhead, the Mobility-on-Demand (MOD) bicycle storage units are visible throughout the building. Vehicular traffic flows unimpeded below the structure.







ROOM LAYOUT A 415 sf hostel room allows space for 3-6 occupants. A two-room modular layout scheme provides a common social space with windows overlooking the Chicago River. The central structural core supports bicycle storage cases which can be viewed from the room. Sliding glass panels separate the pedestrian walkway from the bicycle path.




Key to the design of Bike Port is the unique bicycle storage system. MOD bikes are housed in structural glass cases located above the occupants and are visible from every aspect of the hostel. Bikes may be accessed from individual storage pods by swiping a MOD card.








architecture of crisis

ARCHITECTURE OF CRISIS i-space exhibition chicago, illinois Architecture of Crisis was a commentary on the recent suburban housing crisis affecting the United States. The exhibition defined crisis as a process of transformation or a need for change within the built environment. Based on the future surplus of vacant large-lot homes, it appears that there will be an abundance of material rendered unusable. Focusing on the economic, social and environmental crises resulting from the housing bubble, the exhibition used three materials found in typical wood frame construction- vinyl siding, wood trusses, and asphalt roof shingles- to challenge the potential value of suburban construction. Three suspended boxes served as apertures to frame views within speculative panoramic drawings. Strategically placed binoculars allowed visitors to participate in the panoramas and immerse themselves in the scenes of each story.

ARTIFACTS Based on naturally occuring wetland phenomena, recycled pre-engineered wood trusses could be assembled together to form floating islands. With future water levels forecast to rise, these floating islands could be used to reclaim lost land and may be used for agricultural purposes. Vinyl siding could be molded into rainwater collectors and asphalt shingels could become thermal solar collectors.




rubble house carrefour idantite


re_purpose 3 3.

1 1.


2 2.



emergency shelter


port-au-prince, haiti

Grown extensively throughout the Dominican Rupublic, sugarcane offers multiple sustainable benefits for Haiti. Sugar cane bagasse ash is generated as a by-product from boilers in sugar and alcohol factories. When mixed with lime and aggregrate, the bagasse ash will produce a type of concrete that can be used in small structures. This ‘canecrete’ is used as a foundation for the gabion walls and provides a floor structure.

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, Rubble House focused on four main areas of design: flexibility, sustainability, structure and ease of construction.


TYPICAL FLOOR PLANS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

sleeping space (5-10 people) communal gathering area sleeping space (3-6 people) sleeping space (4-8 people) temporary restrooms

2 2.

4 4.

1 1.

3 3.


RUBBLE Haiti is faced with the daunting task of cleaning up mountains of earthquake rubble. By using earthquake rubble to fill the gabion walls of the emergency shelter, inhabitants will be using a readily available material that provides thermal mass, privacy, and ventilation. Typically, massive tent cities populate natural disaster areas. Rubble House attempts to more elegantly promote order and provide the most basic needs of water, food and shelter.

variation in plan The Rubble House shelter allows for a high degree of flexibility in the arrangement of spaces. Privacy walls can be added and subtracted in order to meet required needs. For example, sleeping areas for large families, communal gatherings, cooking locations, and temporary restrooms.


gabion basket walls

integrated structure


I. assemble aluminum frame



canvas roof or wall

re_assemble rubble house

x4 aluminum framing members

Rubble House shelter incorporates an integrated structural system to prevent damage from earthquakes. Cross-bracing alternates between every other gabion wall-frame while tying the system with cross-bracing embedded in the floor frame. Additional bracing is located in the privacy walls. This system allows for both lateral and vertical loads seen during an earthquake.

kit of parts x8 columns

x4 roof members

aluminum floor system

connections plates + bolts

x1 ready-made tools needed screwdriver wrench shovel

canecrete rubble



+ h0 2


II. dig 1’-0� deep trenches for gabion walls

III. pour canecrete mixture into trenches IV. install gabion walls

V. pour canecrete mixture for floor slab VI. infill gabion basket walls with rubble

VII. install canvas fabric roof and walls

VIII. repeat process to create community clusters

CARREFOUR reconstruction urban strategy


carrefour, haiti




Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Carrefour is one of the most impoverished and populous districts of Haiti’s capital, Port-AuPrince. Massive migration from the countryside has led to squatter communities taking up property along the beaches. Relentless population pressure has forced people to use the sea as a dump, creating more land for the slum to expand, while damaging the fishing industry and economic potential of the beachfront.

Carrefour was located near the epicenter of the earthquake, causing extensive damage in the coastal slum neighborhoods. A plan was developed to bring economic growth and reconstruction to the coastal area through the use of programmatic piers, new housing developments and an urban farming network.

Phase I Construct Programmatic Piers Phase II Develop Urban Farming Network Phase III New Housing

Coastal development will eliminate slums and provide a new gateway feature into the city.


MIXED-USE RELIEF Consolidating medical services, housing, commerce, community centers, food production, water storage, and utilites into one area help create support centers during times of need. They will also act as economic catalysts to the beachfront, propelling further investment into the poorest section of the city.

RECONSTRUCT A STRATEGY Massive overcrowding and natural disaster conditions have crippled the public and private sector’s ability to provide jobs, education and housing. Large pier structures allow for flexible programmatic stacking of residential, commercial and service units.

IDANTITE cultural center + poolhouse carrefour, haiti

Devastated by the loss of its people and its places, Haiti stands on the precipice of losing something more precious- its culture. Culture describes a people more than anything. It stems from history but dissolves and morphs over time. Culture is the backbone DNA of a country’s identity. In an effort to revive public space and Haitian’s cultural identity, a complex system of layered and interlocking programmatic zones were developed to replace beachfront overtaken by landfills and slums. Each zone is a fusion of communal programs that are linked through an integrated urban landscape. The poolhouse and cultural center provide a recreational and educational node of social interaction.





galileo pavilion

LEED registered 2011


Platinum Certification Goal

With a new group of graduate students participating each year, Studio 804 endeavors to create a valuable experience that prepares students for work in a rapidly changing profession. Students are immersed in a comprehensive process that includes everything from initial design to finished construction and documentation. Studio 804 will continue to achieve building innovations through the creation of sustainable architecture with a high level of craft, exceed traditional design models, promote the creative use of materials and utilize innovative technologies. Studio 804 hopes to develop partnerships with like-minded entities in which both organizations work together to better the community through education and the development of affordable, sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.

Passive House Certified


Center for Design Research Lawrence, KS

design/build studio lawrence, kansas OUR MISSION Studio 804 is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation committed to the continued research and development of affordable and inventive building solutions. This is done by examining, on all levels, the standards of human comfort and the nature of urban spaces. With issues of sustainability, affordability and efficiency dominating our collective interests, Studio 804 educates students through the experience of all aspects embodied by design/build, a delivery model that is gaining widespread interest in the architectural profession. Under the direction of Dan Rockhill for the last sixteen years, Studio 804 has pioneered new technologies and advanced construction techniques, including four LEED Platinumprojects completed to date. Studio 804 produces one building per year, and it is through the support of organizations and individuals committed to environmental stewardship that we are able to continue our service to the community at large and educate the general public through the use of innovative technologies.

LEED Platinum 2010 Passive House Certified Prescott Passive House Kansas City, KS

LEED Platinum 2009 3716 Springfield Kansas City, KS

RECOGNITION Studio 804 has received recognition in countless national and international journals and magazines and has won numerous design awards. Our most recently completed project, The Center for Design Research, is featured in the October 2011 issue of Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. The Center for Design Research has also been awarded an Acknowledgement Prize by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

LEED Platinum 2008 5.4.7 Arts Center Greensburg, KS


SITE STRATEGY The design of the site plays a pivotal role in the pedestrian traffic patterns on the south end of campus. The building is arranged on the site around a courtyard, blending indoors and outdoors with a visual connection between the spaces.

GALILEO PAVILION jccc center for sustainability overland park, kansas The goals of the Johnson County Community College Center for Sustainability, combined with the need for additional classrooms at the ever-expanding college, led to a unique opportunity to create an inspired learning space which also serves as an information center for the campus and the community at large. The Galileo Pavilion, as envisioned, will become a landmark for JCCC’s sustainable initiatives. It will act as a platform for showcasing, interacting with, and educating both students and the general public about sustainability as well as innovations in design, technology, and construction. Fast-tracked for completion by May 2012, Galileo Pavilion is projected as Studio 804’s fifth LEED Platinum building and third Passive House certification.

The interior spaces function as classrooms, a meeting room, and student lounge. Key design features include the use of passive heating and cooling systems such as thermal mass, broad South exposure, rainwater harvesting, and green roof trays in addition to active systems such as photovoltaics and a wind turbine.


meyer STUDIO 804 Design-Build Internship University of Kansas August 2011-May 2012



Study Abroad Architecture in Italy Reading the City-Exploring the Civic Realm

Summer 2011 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies GPA: 3.62/4.00 Graduated: May 2010

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign AutoCAD Architecture Google SketchUp Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint Revit Architecture Rhinoceros 4.0 3DS MAX Design


University of Kansas Master of Architecture Studio 804, Design-Build GPA: 3.82/4.00 Expected Graduation: May 2012

4100 W. 24th Place Apt. B-10 Lawrence Kansas 66047 217.714.9982



-Managing $1.4 million project budget for Johnson County Community College’s new Center for Sustainabiltiy -Coordinating material and product donation efforts that have resulted in over $500,000 raised -Assisting in construction documents for 2012 project and LEED Platinum submittals for 2011 and 2012 projects -Collaborating in design and construction of 3300sf LEED Platinum Center for Sustainability -Developing understanding of hands-on construction techniques, principles, and practices in the field

NEWCHAPTER, Student Housing Partnerships Assistant Project Manager Monticello, Illinois Summers of 2007-2010 -Assisted construction manager during a total of 76,000sf of new construction -Supervised new construction of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house at the University of Illinois -Executed inspections and developed annual property management reports for Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house, Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house, and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house -Managed repairs done to Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house at the University of Illinois due to building code issues -Organized demolition of Theta Xi fraternity house at the University of Illinois -Performed duties such as ordering products, negotiating orders, collecting bids, scheduling, conducting site inspections, examining finished work, and meeting with clients and contractors


Graduate Portfolio  

Selected Architecture Works