Education Master of Architecture June 2008 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI Bachelor of Landscape Architecture May 2002 Clemson University - Clemson, SC
Morri Freeman 5403 W 149TH PLACE #1 LOS ANGELES, CA 90250 704.779.3800
Experience Walker Workshop Los Angeles, CA Project Manager 2010 - 2012 Project Manager for a high end residential projects in Manhattan Beach and Beverly Hills, CA. Responsibilities included coordination and production of construction documents, contract and bid sets, applying for and obtaining building permits, construction site timeline, coordination of subcontractors, procurement of materials, review and approval of shop drawings, obtaining building inspections, on-site design detail resolutions, finish work fabrication and landscape design. Managed project sites from initial demolition to completion. Manhattan Beach project was completed on time and on budget.
Glynn DesignBuild Inc. Los Angeles, CA Construction Manager 2009 - 2010 Managed day to day on-site operations for a high end residential project in Santa Monica, CA. My responsibilities included coordination of subcontractors, labor and materials, permitting and building inspections, design detail resolutions, and landscape design. Oversaw project from initial foundation pour to completion.
Marmol Radziner and Associates Los Angeles, CA Intern Architect 2008 - 2009 Project Captain for a high end residential project along coast of Malibu, CA. The project consisted of several unique parameters. My responsibilities included furthering design development, coordination of consultants, and the detailing of unique design elements. Assisted in the production and organization of the construction document and permit sets.
The Housing Studio, Inc. Charlotte, NC Intern Architect 2003 - 2005 Project Captain for a 508 unit / 950,000 sq.ft residential program. Developed unit and building floor plans plus associated elevations. Coordination of client and consultants during project progression. Schematic and design development of building plans for multiple projects. Production and organization of construction document sets.
Ability Skill Sets: Conceptual Design to Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Plan Check Review, Consultant and Contractor coordination, Code Research, Permits, Finish carpentry, Metal Fabrication, Model Making, Graphics, CNC Router. Programs: Revit 2012 & 2009, AutoCAD, Rhino 5, CS5, Sketchup, 3D Max, CATIA (Digital Project), ArchiCAD. Able to learn programs quickly and utilize.
Achievements TCAUP Student Show Selection 2008 Guido A. & Elizabeth H. Binda Grant 2007 Graduate Student Instructor - Site Planning Course 2006, 2007 Taubman Architecture Scholarship 2006 Wallenburg Scholarship from the University of Michigan 2005, 2006 American Society of Landscape Architects Certificate of Merit 2002 Abney Foundation Scholarship for Landscape Architecture 2001, 2002 Deanâ€™s Advisory Council 2001, 2002
Thesis : the Release of Permance
the Statement: Growth cycles : of the natural and the landscape. We are born into them. Always in a state of flux, continually growing and dissolving over time, leaving a history from cycle to cycle. Why not then create an architecture that is bound in a regenerative cycle. A resolution that would enable an entity within an ignitable landscape to release details of permanence and embrace ones of transformation.
the Circumstance: In San Diego County - California three out of four homes built since 1990 are within a perilous zone, the line of friction, where open spaces and housing meet. This ignitable landscape exposes its vulnerability during fire season, acting as kindling the national forests, recreation areas, and other publicly owned lands become the ignition point for most wildfires - with 60 to 80% of wildfires being sparked by man. Close to half of the land in San Diego County is publicly owned, much of it in the Cleveland National Forest locking this landscape into an eternally repetitive cycle of growth and dissolve.
The site is the fire line between the Cleveland National Forest and the encroaching community of Cuyamaca, California. At this point, values of control lap and spark, building areas of resolve and fracture. This line is the collision of orders of prescribed policy with the Cleveland National Forest using one of suppression of the natural burn cycle, while the encroaching community adopts a defensive stance, creating defensible spaces within the building requirements. Some examples are maintaining fuel breaks at least 30 feet wide around all structures, restricting the amount of openings facing the burn areas (forest), and shrubs + trees should be at least 15 feet apart. These orders are effectively distancing people from the natural settings that drew them to the site.
Release of Permanence is an architecture that reacts such as a landscape; one that approaches the materials, the connections, directs a flexibility, and a built limit.
An example of life within this boundary of tension is a longtime Cuyamaca couple Skip and Linda Miller. “The Millers lost their house to a wildfire in 2003, then rebuilt it, only to have their home burn to the ground last October in another wildfire, rebuilding twice in the same location. Now they plan to build there a third time - underground this time.” By doing this though the Millers are effectively losing their connection to the nature, which brought them to the site thirty years ago. “The Millers effort to build underground shows how far people will go to continue living in one of the country’s most scenic areas, despite the risk.” Why then do we build and create in resistance to nature and ourselves?
Wildfires burn at such an intense speed and heat that they only significantly char objects along their path, but destroy when they meet resistance. As a fire has swept thru, burnt artifacts remain, it is these signifiers that are used for a reconstruction: - Free standing chimney remains are used as attachments for swing walls and pulley systems. - Similar to boat rigging, pulley systems allow control of exterior walls to transition horizontally or vertically. - Formerly recreational swimming pools are used as reservoir conditions, collecting rain water to be used as fire suppression. - Recycled steel creates a framework upon which another generation can be built - The pulley line are charged to burn at a set rate, allowing panel walls react and deploy, minimizing the impact of the wildfire burn. The release of permanence allows the architecture to unfasten and unfold creating resistance through submission. Allowing for a starting point at which to begin again.
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location : ann arbor 2006 program : using 10.5â€?x18â€? pieces, span between two tables a distance of 5â€™. incorporate big and light, small and heavy, and an observation deck concept : constructed from a system
of contours to a rib structure with a intergrated folded, tabbed skin.
collaboration : morri freeman sara bieberman effort : partnership
sweeped surfaces developed digital model
process : assembly componets
Alaska : Seward Roadhouse
section : rescue
section : community
DTW / ANC : architecture of extremes Program: site(d) work : a roadhouse in turnagain pass The roadhouse is a distinct Alaskan building type which in years past served travel routes, traditionally spaced a days haul by dog sled, provided basic eating and sleeping accommodations, and served an important social function as a place to exchange information along the road about people, trade, and trail conditions. The roadhouse for Turnagain Pass might be seen as an extension of this tradition: a form of infrastructure, part highway, part landscape; part recreation, part utility; part community, part emergency rescue; and completely off the grid. Response: Up and Down... Turnagain Pass is separated. Separated by both topography and typology. The four-lane highway running down the center of the valley splits the user according to purpose or sport. To the one side is the mechanized field, where snowmobiles partake in a “performance” called high-marking (the “brave” soul attempting to reach the highest vertical limit before their machine stalls and then returns - wins). On the other side, resides the “slower” human scale sports, that consists of the hiker, the skier, and numerous trails. It is these two sides, their contrasting sports and speeds, and their variance in directional endurance that drives the architecture. The buildings’ two forms are situated on the northeastern slope of the “slow” side. One representing the high markers by climbing into the sky and acting as the ever-present observer. The second form slowly navigating the horizontal terrain and acting as shelter for the present traveler.
Professional : Walker Workshop : Manhattan Beach
firm : walker workshop project : manhattan beach residence location : manhattan beach, california position : project manager responsibilities included coordination and production of construction documents, contract and bid sets, applying for and obtaining building permits, construction site time line, coordination of subcontractors, procurement of materials, review and approval of shop drawings, obtaining building inspections, on-site design detail resolutions, finish work fabrication and landscape design. program : two story residential dwelling with a total square footage measuring 3,200 sq.ft. project timeline : nov 2010 - may 2012
plan : second floor
plan : first floor
photographs : nicholas alan cope
Professional : Walker Workshop : Beverly Hills
firm : walker workshop project : beverly hills residence location : beverly hills, california position : project manager responsibilities included contract and bid sets, construction site time line, coordination of subcontractors, procurement of materials, review and approval for shop drawings, obtaining building inspections, on-site design detail resolutions, finish work fabrication and landscape design. program : two story residential dwelling with a total square footage measuring 7,000 sq.ft. project timeline : aug. 2012 - sep. 2015