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ALEX MOTODA

SELECTED DESIGN WORKS


TABLE OF CONTENTS

RESUME STUDIO PROJECTS 1 COMMUNAL LOWRISE HOUSING 2 EXTENSION TO THE MOCA GEFFEN 3 LINCOLN HEIGHTS CENTER 4 THE CANYON VILLAGE ORPHANAGE WORK PROJECTS 5 ASSETS SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT 6 MOTT-SMITH LANILOA REDESIGN 7 HALE KAIMANA AT KUKUI ULA ARTWORK 8 Photography and DRAWINGS


RESUME

Education University of Southern California Bachelor of Architecture | 2013

Punahou High School

Graduated with honors | 2008

Work Experience Walters, Kimura & Motoda

Landscape Architects | Honolulu, Hawaii | Intern | 2007-2013 Responsibilities included the assembly of project presentation boards, drawings, and booklets in Photoshop and Illustrator as well as AutoCAD work, 3D rendering and hand rendering. Worked with architects to design the Grotto of St. Mary at St. Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii as well as a competition entry for the landscape design of Assets School also located in Honolulu.

Activity Experience Architecture for Humanity

USC Design Team | 2012, 2013

Developed the design and conceptual drawings for a community pocket park located in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Responsiblities included overall park design and furniture and plant material selection.

KITWE ORPHANAGE DESIGN COMPETITION Studio under Eui-Sung yi | Fall 2012

Worked with two other peers to design a competition entry for a orphanage and school campus located in Kitwe, Zambia. During this semester, our team also participated in a competition to design an off-the-grid public restroom for UNESCO.

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Skills & Abilities Digital

Photoshop, AutoCAD, Illustrator, Rhino (+VRay), Indesign, Bridge, Revit, Sketchup, 3DMax, Excel

ANALOG

Model Building, Drawing (Graphite, Charcoal & Pen), Sketching, Coloring Laser Cutting, Digital Photography, Painting (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour), Book Making, Ceramic Sculpture & Woodworking Experience working with Californian and Hawaiian plant palettes.


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COMMUNAL LOWRISE HOUSING RE-IMAGINING THE COURTYARD HOUSE FOR YOUNG FAMILIES

SOUTH PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 3rd YEAR STUDIO with LIZ FALLETTA, FALL 2010


01. PRECEDENT CONDITION: THE COURTYARD HOUSE

02. RECONFIGURATION WITH RESPECT TO SITE GEOMETRY

03. ADDITION OF A SECOND LEVEL

04. FORM MANIPULATION

SITE PLAN

3/64”=1’-0”


FLOOR PLAN A 9

18’

2

3

5 4

6

1

36’

7 8

SHARED COURTYARD GARDEN 18’ 1/8”=1’-0” 18’

UNIT “B” Living Room

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18’

WEST ELEVATION 1/8”=1’-0”


FLOOR PLAN B

FLOOR PLAN C B

B

18’

2

3

A

9

8

UNIT DISTRIBUTION

5 4

5

C

6

4 1

7

36’

MAJOR CIRCULATION PATHS

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6

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PROTECTED OUTDOOR SPACE 2

18’

3

18’

18’

18’

18’

SPHERES OF INTEGRATION

NORTH TO SOUTH SECTION

WEST TO EAST SECTION

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EXTENSION to the MOCA GEFFEN PERFORMANCE ART SPACE ADDITION FOR THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 4th YEAR STUDIO with Frank ESCHER, SPRING 2012


CHINA TOWN At the crux of five of Los Angeles’ vital and culturally significant neighborhoods, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA finds itself in the midst of a vast array of programmatic zonings, densities, and activity levels. This site is deeply tied to and emblematic of Los Angeles’ development in the twentieth century, from its industrial and logistical origins to its aspirations as a hub for culture and entertainment. Opting to largely leave the existing facilities intact and undisturbed, this extension symbiotically grows off of the Geffen’s warehouse exterior riffing upon the museum’s rectangular forms while providing open gallery spaces and venues for performance art and installations. The design for this expansion attempts to build upon the legacy established by the existing museum and further foster the museum’s identity as an accessible and flexible venue for artists and visitors alike.

CIVIC CENTER

LITTLE TOKYO

SKID ROW

ARTS DISTRICT


STRIP FORM GENERATION

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GROUND FLOOR PLan

2nd Floor Plan

2 5

7

4

3

5

1

2

6

4

9 3

1

1. LOBBY 2. Front Desk 3. Administration 4. MAIN AUDITORIUM 5. BACK STAGE 6. SERVICE 7. SHOP 8. GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY (EXISTING BUILDING) 9. Plaza

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1. EXHIBITION SPACE 2. MAIn AUDITORIUM BALCONY 3. STORAGE 4. SCREENING ROOM 5. PERFORMANCE AREA

FLOOR PLANS 1”=64’-0” 5’

20’

40’

80’

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3rd FLOOR PLan

PROGRAM DISTRIBUTION

PERFORMANCE

SERVICE CORE

GALLERIES/EXHIBITION

STRUCTURE

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LINCOLN HEIGHTS CENTER PERFORMING ARTs Venue and Music SCHOOL

LINCOLN HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 3rd YEAR STUDIO with Ed Woll, SPRING 2011


Located adjacent to the Los Angeles River and the Golden State Freeway, this center serves as a music school, performance venue and recording studio for students and artists within the Lincoln Heights community. The next-door neighbor to both a city recreation center and a daycare, this project bridges those two community resources creating a block wide amenity hub for both adults and children. At the heart of the performance center is a 400 seat auditorium where concerts and recitals can be put on by local artists and students of the music school. Behind the main auditorium is a 135 seat venue for smaller performances and screenings. In the upper levels of the center are classrooms, group and individual practice rooms for music students as well as offices for the staff of the center.

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3

5 1 2

LOWER LEVEL FLOOR PLAN 1. MAIN AUDITORIUM, 2. SMALL AUDITORIUM, 3-5. RECORDING STUDIOS

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PROGRAM DISTRIBUTION

PERFORMANCE SPACE

PREPARATION SPACE

RECORDING SPACE

N SPRING STREET

4

5

3 1

S AVE 18

2

1

3

2

5

7

6

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ENTRY LEVEL FLOOR PLAN

SECOND FLOOR PLAN

1. MAIN AUDITORIUM, 2. Lobby, 3. MULTI-FUNCTION OPEN SPACE, 4. RAMP TO UNDERGrOUND GARAGE 5. PLAZA

1. LARGE PRACTICE HALL, 2. CLASs ROOMS, 3. MEETING ROOM, 4. ADMINISTRATION OFFICES, 5-6. CLASS ROOMS, 7. INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE ROOMS

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THE SOUTH WEST FACADE OPENs UP TO VIEWS OF THE DOWNTOWN SKYLINE

SIMILARLY, THE NORTH EAST FACADE EXPOSES CLASS ROOMS AND PRACTICE ROOMS ALLOWING FOR THE PUBLIC TO OBSERVE THE ACTIVITY WITHIN

THE BUILDING IS ALSO MEANT TO BE VIEWED BY VEHICLES PASSING BY ON BUSY SPRING STREET. THE MONOLITHIC FORM RISES OUT OF THE EARTH AND FLOATS ON ITS v-Shaped Columns

AA SECTION

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GREEN SPACE SURROUNDS THE CENTER HELPING IT BLEND IN WITH THE ADJACENT PARK AND RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD

CEMENT COMPOSITE PANELS STEEL MONOCOQUE FRAME

STEEL FRAME SUPPORTS VOIDED BIAXIAL SLAB

FRITTED GLAZING Concrete v-Column

BB SECTION

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THE CANYON VILLAGE LOCALIZING THE ORPHANAGE + SCHOOL TYPE

KITWE, ZAMBIA 5th YEAR STUDIO with eui-sung yi, FALL 2012

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ZAMBIA

KITWE

In this project, our team forged a hybridized site program of both school and orphanage in Kitwe, Zambia. In the development of this project, we sought to introduce vernacular materials, construction techniques, and organizational strategies into the orphanage “type�. The organization of the school and orphanage embraces an existing church located at the heart of the site which acts as the mainstay of the project. Our project features a school which is predominantly submerged into the earth allowing for increased passive cooling due to thermal mass as well as a reduced site presence.

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The classrooms of the school embrace the outdoor planted play spaces and courtyards. A variety of outdoor spaces are programmed into the site, giving children opportunities to play, gather, and learn. Our houses reexamine the dorm typology and introduces elements of home and privacy. The residential zone of the site is subdivided based on age groups and ideas of the specific wants and needs of those particular age groups. Because small scale farming is an important component of Zambian culture and family life, it plays a large role in our scheme strategy. The site also includes a clinic and library which can be used by the public as well as administrative space. VILLAGE

CONNECTION URBAN

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SITE PLAN 5

10

20

40

SCALE 1:200

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THE LITTLE GUYS

0-5

- EXPLORATION / LEARNING - NURTURING - PROTECTION / SAFETY

YOUNGSTERS

6-11

- EXPLORATION / PLAY / MOVEMENT - GROUP INTERACTION / RESPONSIBILITY - PROTECTION / SAFETY

209 KIDS 20 House MOTHERS 1:10 RATIO

ROOM 26

HOME

THe BIG KIDS

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- INDIVIDUAL SPACE / RESPONSIBILITY - COLLECTIVE INTERACTION - PRIVACY - MENTOR FIGURE

HAMLET

VILLAGE


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PVC NYLON MESH CORRUGATED METAL ROOF JUTE ROPE LASHING

BAMBOO STRUCTURE CONCRETE BEAM

LIME PLASTER MUD BRICK WOOD LOUVERS

GRAVEL DRIP LINE CONCRETE FOOTING

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CORRUGATED METAL ROOF

JUTE ROPE LASHING

BAMBOO STRUCTURE

CONCRETE BEAM

WOOD LOUVers MUD BRICK

CONCRETE FOOTING

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Assets School redevelopment Conceptual landscape plan for design competition

Honolulu, Hawaii With WKM and Urban Works, July 2013 Creating an environment that was conducive to the education and fun of the students at Assets School was the first and only priority of the landscape design. Curvilinear lines flow through the site, connecting spaces and forms, providing contrast to the architecture of the school. Gathering spaces are designed around the perceived social and educational needs of the students. Student-to-student and teacher-to-student visual connectivity is an important aspect of security and outdoor spaces are designed so that areas for younger students can be monitored by faculty while areas for high school students potentially afford more privacy and independence while still ensuring safety. Trees and palms planted around buildings help to scale the architecture while also providing light filtration and creating outdoor rooms. These lush planted areas also help distinguish and separate various facilities, reinforcing the idea of hierarchy put in place by the architecture.

KALO BANANA TREES HIGH SCHOOL “GATHERING TREE” SUCH AS: KUKUI, KOAIA or ‘ULU OUTDOOR CLASSROOM MOSS ROCK SEAT WALL CUT LAVA ROCK PAVERS BIOSWALE PERIMETER COCONUT GROVE EDIBLE AND “CANOE PLANT” GARDEN OUTDOOR EATING AREA/ HANGOUT AREA

FLOWERING CANOPY TREE SUCH AS QUEEN’S SHOWER

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PERMEABLE PAVING


PRIVACY WALL OF MIXED TREES, SHRUBS AND COCONUTS

MIXED FLOWER GARDEN SUCH AS: HAWAIIAN GARDENIA, HIBISCUS

FLOWERING LEI TREES SUCH AS: PUAKENIKENI or PLUMERIA

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM SEATING AREA

NATIVE HAWAIIAN TREE GROVE 5-6 “GATHERING TREE” SUCH AS: KUKUI, KOAIA or ‘ULU

MOSS ROCK SEAT WALL OPEN FIELD LAWN

FISH AND KALO POND FIRE LANE BUTTERFLY GARDEN EDIBLE MINI FARM K-4 “GATHERING TREE” SUCH AS: KUKUI or KOAIA CANOPY SHADE TREES SUCH AS: KUKUI or QUEEN’S SHOWER PLAYGROUND

EXISTING MONKEYPOD “GATHERING TREE” FOR ASSETS SCHOOL

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MOTT-SMITH LANIOLA REDESIGN RENOVATION OF THE CONDOMINIUM’s RECREATION AND AMENITY DECK

HONOLULU, HAWAII WITH WKM, SUMMER 2013


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HALE KAIMANA at KUKUI ULA RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPe

KAUAI, HAWAII WITH WKM and OLSON KUNDIG, NOVEMBER 2013


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SOUTH L.A. POCKET PARK

CONCEPTUAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR L.A. PArks and Recreation

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA With ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY, 2012-2013

COAST LIVE OAK

WHITE ALDER

PROSTRATE COYOTE BRUSH

CONCEPTUAL ITERATIONS

SPREADING PURPLE SAGE

In the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood at the heart of South Los Angeles, sinuous lines form pathways, seatwalls and planted areas of a community pocket park. With a threefold program, the park provides a space for children to play, adults to exercise, and everyone to relax under the shade of the trees. Plant selection is comprised entirely of Southern California native plants and trees such as Coast Live Oak, Coyote Brush, Purple Sage and Sugar Bush, painting a landscape that might resemble what California looked like hundreds of years ago. A long bioswale forms the backbone of the park, ensuring that winter rain is captured and infiltrated on site.

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COAST GOLDEN BUSH


CALIFORNIA SYCAMORE (Platanus racemosa) 15 G.C., Planted Along Perimeter ISLAND BUSH POPPY (Dendromecon rigida)

ISLAND BUSH POPPY

NASSELLA (Nassella pulchra) and/or DEER GRASS (Muhlenbergia rigens)

EXERCISE AREA

PURPLE SAGE (Salvia leucophylla)

BUSH MONKEY-FLOWER (Mimulus aurantiacus)

PLAYGROUND PURPLE SAGE

CALIFORNIA BUCKWHEAT (Eriogonum fasciculatum)

BIOSWALE

BLUE SAGE (Salvia pachyphylla)

DESERT/CHAPARRAL BOULDERS

COASTAL GOLDEN BUSH (Isocoma venetus subsp. vernoniodes) THICK-LEAVED YERBA SANTA (Eriodictyon crassifolium)

CALIFORNIA BUCKWHEAT

WHITE ALDER (Alnus rhombifolia) 15 G.C., Planted Along Bioswale

DROUGHT TOLERANT TURFGRASS

SUGAR BUSH (Rhus ovata)

PROSTRATE COYOTE BRUSH (Baccharis pilularis subsp. pilularis)

COAST LIVE OAK (Quercus agrifolia) 48” Box, Specimen Tree

CALIFORNIA BUCKWHEAT (Eriogonum fasciculatum)

RELAXATION AREA

THICK-LEAVED YERBA SANTA

LOS ANGELES MANZANITA (Arctostaphylos glauca)

SUGAR BUSH

BLUE SAGE (Salvia pachyphylla)

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Photography and DRAWINGS Various Works

2011-2013

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SELECTED DESIGN WORKS