MICHELLE RAE OUELLETTE
PORTFOLIO OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN “The spider, dropping down from twig, / Unfolds a plan of her devising, / A thin premeditated rig / To use in rising.”
POET EB White
SELECTED WORK 2OO7-2O1O
MICHELLE OUELLETTE EDUCATION
The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Entering the fifth and final year of the Bachelor of Architecture program, Excelling in design studio, architectural engineering and theory. Minoring in English and Architectural History. Concentration in Philosophy. High 3.6-3.9 average throughout schooling. Last semester attended GPA 3.84. Graduating in May 2O11. Recently returned from semester abroad.
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Acton, MA GRADUATED June 2OO6
Canterbury Leather Orleans and Chatham, MA Present Worked the sales floor and organized inventory. Design of retail displays and some interior space planning. Customer service experience.
Brewster Sweets / Upstairs at the Sweets Brewster, MA Summer 2OO8 and Summer 2OO7 Barista and server. Fast-paced work, able to handle multiple tasks and maintain positive interaction with the clientele. Involved in display and interior decoration of the coffee and sweets shop.
Past positions as tutor, camp counselor, and administrative assistant.
Jamil E. Faridy Scholarship Spring 2OO9 Joseph & Suzanne Paterno Scholarship Spring 2OO9 Penn State Design Excellence (Column) Fall / Spring 2OO9
FINALIST / SELECTED
PCMA Competition (Top 1O) Spring 2OO8 Portfolio selected for archival Spring 2OO8 A. William & Anne Hajjar Competition (Top 6) Winter 2OO9 Foreman Design Excellence Nominee Spring 2OO9 Selected to submit portfolio for KPF Scholarship Application review Spring 2O1O
SKILLS Proficient in FormZ Render Zone Plus, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Indesign (2,3, and 4), Microsoft Office. Basic knowledge of Autodesk programs including AutoCAD and Revit. Experience with 3DStudio Max and Rhino. Some work with Maya. Capable architectural modelmaker. Experience with computer-aided modelling such as CNC routing and lasercutting. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Quick learner.
ACTIVITIES Member of the architectural design team of the 2OO9 Penn State Natural Fusion Solar Home. Voted Fourth Place in Peopleâ€™s Choice competition.
PERSONAL Native to Massachusetts. Equestrian and pianist during spare time. A trip to Italy in 2OO5 led to an interest in architecture that developed into a choice of major. Interested in architecture, interior design, adaptive reuse and film architecture. Currently studying in Rome (gloriously full circle) and preparing for penultimate thesis year.
SEEKING a design / architecture internship for the summer of 2O1O
TABLE OF CONTENTS SECOND YEAR
COLYER LAKE SHELTER
Prof. Reggie Aviles
WALLPAPER / TEXTILE HOME
MULTIMEDIA LIBRARY / PCMA
QUARTZ DISCOVERY MUSEUM
NYU AQUIFER GYM / SPA / FOREMAN
SECOND / THIRD YEAR
Prof. Ute Poershke
Prof. David Celento
Prof. James Cooper
/ STONE GEOLOGICAL HOME / HAJJAR
NATURAL FUSION / SOLAR DECATHLON 2OO9
LOWER DON LANDS SITE PLAN
Prof. Ben Fehl
Adviser Jeff Bronson
Prof. James Wines
MORETTA SITE PLAN / ARTURBAIN Spring 2O1O Prof. David Sabatello / Prof. Andrew Kranis
AN AXIS MUNDI IS A COUNTERPOINT OF EARTH AND SKY
Overlooking Colyer Lake with views across the water to the mountainside, this structure is sited in a beautiful, but remote, location. The sloped site allows this building to straddle the site in a balance between earth and sky. A central skylight and aligned staircase highlight the space between above and below. People explore a phenomenal axis mundi connecting the two planes. The architectural interior is both natural and dramatic with exposed wood framing creating chiaroscuric shadows through both slatted and open windows. This project is an early effort in digitally aided design.
TREES LINK SKY AND EARTH
COLYER LAKE SHELTER sited in Tusseyville, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Prof. Reggie Aviles during six weeks of second year (Fall 2OO7) using FormZ and Adobe CS3
Wood post, beam, decking and louvres mimic the surrounding branches and trunks.
THE REPETITION OF PATTERN ACROSS EXPANSIVE SPACE
The client I defined for this project is an interior design professional with an extensive collection of vintage wallpaper and textiles. This home/studio/office is an infill project in downtown State College on a long and narrow lot. The action of unrolling and vertical and horizontal tesselation is characteristic of wallpaper. Vertical spans such as the stairtowers and horizontal spans such as the masonry walls are architectural elements that both celebrate and integrate the display of the homeownerâ€™s collection.
WALLPAPER / TEXTILE HOME sited in State College, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Prof. Benjamin Fehl during four weeks of third year (Spring 2OO8) using FormZ and Adobe CS3
DISPLAY AND STORAGE
Preliminary design work and construction of a vintage wallpaper and textile holder allowing for rolling, unrolling, storage, and display.
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Entry Gallery Studio/Office Elevator (all floors) Bathroom (public) Fire escape Parking
Media/Living Room Dining Room Kitchen
KNOWLEDGE IS STORED IN ALL FORMS OF MEDIA The Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Association sponsors an annual competition to design a building using concrete masonry units in an innovative and aesthetically pleasing way. The program brief dictated a multimedia library with an eye towards the future. I studied the theory of media convergence and networks such as the internet that collect and organize various types of media; similar to what a librarian does in a traditional library.
MULTIMEDIA LIBRARY sited in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Prof. Ute Poershke during six weeks of second year (Spring 2OO8) using FormZ and Adobe CS3
NETWORK CORE stacks
mechanical video storage
C cafe storage
file storage mechanical
bathroom meeting room
lobby meeting room
reading meeting room
Media convergence is exemplefied by the network core connecting the whole building and by the movement of separate parts towards one single point. The interior atrium space organizes both the alignment of rooms and contained media while also acting as a lightwell and atrium.
EXPLORING THE PLANAR GEOMETRIES OF SIMPLE MINERAL AND CRYSTAL
A family-friendly discovery museum inspired by quartz crystal structure and the Giant Crystal Caves of Naica, Mexico. The sharding effect and translucency of the crystal form inspires the ETFE foil exterior which is supported on a matrix of space frames and hexagonal trusses. The subterranean entrance sets the stage for the luminous space above containing four halls of natural science catering to museum-goers of all ages.
QUARTZ DISCOVERY MUSEUM sited in State College, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Prof. David Celento during ten weeks of third year (Fall 2OO8) using FormZ and Adobe CS3
CRYSTAL MATRIX STRUCTURE
A NEW YORK CITY SPA WITH THE MORPHOLOGY OF A NATURAL AQUIFER An infill project sited in Washington Square Park, NYC, this gym/spa for NYU faculty takes advantage of a tall narrow space. The morphology of a ground-fed aquifer where water carves vertical and horizontal spaces that are alternatively compressive and expansive is the inspiration.
NYU AQUIFER GYM / SPA sited in New York City, New York under the tutelage of Prof. James Cooper during ten weeks of third year (Spring 2OO9) using FormZ and Adobe CS3
A Roman thermal bath sequence takes place on all floors accessible via two staircases. Various stairs and elevated pathways integrated with waterfalls, pools, and rivulets of water wind a separate path along a four story atrium / lightwell (Fig.3). Coursed stone imitates the strata of earth integral to the creation of a natural aquifer. A view of the Empire State Building is accomodated by various reveals, windows and skylights (SECTION BELOW).
FOREMAN FINALIST. SECTIONAL VIEW 1,3 2
GEOLOGIC WATER AND STONE BROUGHT INSIDE THE HOME
For the Hajjar competition honoring a local architect, this home is designed for a geology professor who wants to take work home. The geological inspiration is the effect of water and glacial movement upon the land. Water carves ravines into mountains, removing infinitesmal amounts of sediment at a time. The main hallway and small exterior space between the main home and the workroom are separated by stone, space and open sky. The contrast between rough stone and delicate glass and wood trusses enhances the interplay between the elements of earth and water that is a basic tenet of geology.
1 VIEW FROM ENTRY TO WORKROOM
WATER / STONE GEOLOGY HOME sited in State College, Pennsylvania completed indivdually for a competition during one weeks of third year (Spring 2OO9) using FormZ and Adobe CS3
SOLAR POWER AND GREEN DESIGN IN ONE SMALL PACKAGE
This 8OO square foot home was Penn State’s 2OO9 entry into the DOE’s Solar Decathlon. The Natural Fusion home blurs the boundary between indoor and out with a kitchen green wall or “lifewell” awash with light from a skylight above and filled with herbs. The long, glazed southern facade allows the homeowner to open all four bays completely and fully invite nature into the linear space. Engineering and architecture are integrated from built structure to photovoltaics and flat plate collectors. The home is in accordance with LEED regulations and utilizes Pennsylvanian local materials. My major contributions are early conceptual work, working renderings, and furniture design and construction. WITH SOLAR DECATHLON TEAMMATES 2OO9
4th PLACE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
NATURAL FUSION / SOLAR DECATHLON 2OO9 in Washington under the advisor Prof. Jeff Bronson over two years (fall 2OO7 to fall 2OO9) and exhibite on the National Mall
MANIPULATING THE STRATA OF AN URBAN SHORELINE
Waterfront Toronto and the city of Toronto plan to rejuvenate Toronto’s shoreline in the near future. The Lower Don Lands are a portion of the lakeside slated for redesign. An industrial brownfiled site at the mouth of the Don River, the existing site was largely vacant with expanses of broken concrete, railroad tracks, and old warehouses overtaken with plants.
EXISTING SITE SATELLITE
The winning professional proposal “renaturalizing” the Don mouth (by Michael van Valkenburgh Associates). We chose to celebrate the industrial and the existing nature of the site instead.
VIEW OF SITE MODEL FROM SOUTH
LOWER DON LANDS SITE PLAN sited in Toronto, Canada under the tutelage of Prof. James Wines during ten weeks of fourth year (Fall 2OO9) using FormZ / CAD / Adobe CS3 / Pen / Marker
CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK VIEW OF PROPOSED SITE
PROPOSED WATERFRONT HOUSING TYPOLOGY
The coexistence of two disparate layers, industry and nature, inspired a study of urban layers such as pedestrian, building, transit, water, and terrain. The layers are separated and then recombined. Old roads are reborn as canals. The existing city grid is extended onto the site with a new road system. Buildings exist in the non-orthogonal terrain created by this intersection resulting in richer architectural oppurtunity. Our group functioned as a student firm under the acronym MOKS: Manipulating Ontarioâ€™s Kinetic Strata. Richard Kelly / Jared McKnight / Tyeler Seagren
PROGRESSIVE ARCHAEOLOGY: EXAMINING THE LAYERS OF CONTEXT ACROSS A SITE CHIESA NUOVA
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PIAZZA DELLA CHIESA NUOVA
Reacting to contextual urban anchor points such as surrounding facades, pedestrian paths, existing buildings and landmarks results in a site plan synthesizing old and new. Utilizing the site as a series of inhabitable layers rather than one ground level increases the usable open space for inhabitants in addition to green space. LA
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The Moretta site connects the Tiber River to the Chiesa Nuova across four major traffic thoroughfares. The church and the river embankment are the anchor points. Two bodies, separated by empty space, are present in the “Creation of Adam” painting at the nearby Sistine Chapel. The monolithic embankment and church are destinations connected by active public space and a pedestrian network.
PROPOSED SITE PLAN
MORETTA SITE PLAN / ARTURBAIN sited in Rome, Italy under the tutelage of Prof. David Sabatello / Prof. Andrew Kranis during 5 weeks of fourth year (Spring 2O1O) using Sketchup / Adobe CS3
PROPOSED SITE SECTION
QUALITY OF ARCHITECTURE
The community will inhabit the proposed site at multiple strata. Sublimated paths connect subterranean civic spaces and columnar tectonic spaces. The anticipation of crossing space and the implied paths between disparate points inspire an exploration of void and mass through reveals. The reveal is an architectural derivative of the archaeological practice of preservation through isolation. Voids and reveals separating earth from building didactically preserve the integrity of archaeological layers and new architectural structure.
RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Public green space laces through the site from the church piazza to the river front mediating storm water retention and enlivening the existing hardscape.
PROPOSED SITE AERIAL
/ Tyeler Seagren
COMPETITION IN PROGRESS.
MUSEUM FLOOR PLAN
GREEN SPACE FIGURE GROUND
a design / architecture internship for the summer of 2O1O.
Some words regarding the spiderweb graphic. A spider creates breathtaking architecture on the smallest of scales. The web is both shelter, breadwinner, and work of art. The elegance of a simple spiderweb is my (current) personal touchstone of modern, form/function integrated, and environmentally friendly design.