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MARIAM RAHMATULLAH design portfolio | 2013


UVA | architecture 2013 | TABLE OF CONTENTS MARIAM RAHMATULLAH | 1

I have come to understand that all designed objects, whether conceived by an architect, artist, graphic designer or photographer, tell a story. This story is a means of transmitting experiences and becomes the exploration of a narrative. Architects, for example, have long sought to communicate their craft through their building imagery, which is the core of their experiences. This imagery is a synthesis of their imagination and evolves as a fairytale presented in the language of tectonics. It is a combination of contraries: the sublime and the simple, the dramatic and the dreary, the eccentric and conventional that are made real by knowledge and depend on storytelling for guidance and inspiration. This portfolio is an investigation of storytelling in architecture through process and product performed in mixed media.


FRAMING AND MASSING

3

FISKE KIMBALL FINE ARTS LIBRARY

7

INDIA INITIATIVE

11

POD HOTEL

13

FILTERING FORNEY

15

TRESPASS

17

PHOTOGRAPHY

21

PAINTINGS

25

RESUME

29


ARCH 4010 | fall 2012

Location: Charlottesville, VA The spaces in this urban house, designed as a living and working space for a baker and a photographer, are distributed along different zones that run across the site vertically and horizontally. These zones divide the program in the house, creating a duplex in which the bottom two floors are primarily workspaces and the top two floors are living spaces. With a series of apertures throughout the house, views are framed that organize these spaces and spatially connect different parts of the house, as well as create a sense of lift and movement throughout the site.

below: arial view of the project on site | digital rendering+ physical model + site overlay right: sectional perspective | digital rendering + site overlay

critic | W G CLARK left: handcrafted models made from wood and metal at scales: 1/32” = 1’0” and 1/16” = 1’0”

FRAMING AND MASSING | 3


ARCH 4010 | fall 2012

left: sections at 1/16” = 1’0 | hand-drafted with graphite below and right: perspective views | digital renderings + site overlay

critic | W G CLARK A PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK | 5


Design Center | spring 2013

Kim Tanzer, Dean at the School of Architecture, along with Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos, Head of the Arts Libraries and Librarian for Archaeology and Classics, asked at the Design Center at the School of Architecture to establish a renovation and expansion proposal for the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. The project concluded with a proposal that was designed for changes brought to the site at different scales. Spanning from small, medium, large and extra-large the Design Center provided solutions to specific concerns relating to the various dysfunctional aspects at Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library.

Proposed outdoor plan establishing clear connections and universal access to the Art Grounds, improving the overall domesticity of the site.

FISKE KIMBALL FINE ARTS LIBRARY | 7

FAYERWEATHER HALL; 1892-94, renovation 1924 1 FRALIN MUSEUM OF ART; 1935. renovation,1974 2 CAMPBELL HALL SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE; 1970 3 FISKE KIMBALL FINE ARTS LIBRARY; 1970 4 DRAMA BUILDING: CULBRETH AND HELMS THEATRES; 1974 5 HUNTER SMITH BAND BUILDING, 2003 6 RUFFIN HALL; 2008 7 RUTH CAPLIN THEATRE; under construction 8 FISKE KIMBALL FINE ARTS LIBRARY EXPANSION, proposed 9 MUSIC BUILDING, proposed 10

right: perspective views | digital renderings + site overlay left: diagram for proposed community cultural center


Design Center | spring 2013

FISKE KIMBALL FINE ARTS LIBRARY | 9

left: plans at 1/16” = 1’0 | digital drafting + site overlay


left and right: proposed indoor reorganization of spaces by establishing divisions: active + public xones and quiet + silent zones that improve accessibility within the library. below: sections at 1/16� = 1’0 | digital drafting + site overlay


ARCH 5555 | summer 2012 critic | PETER WALDMAN + PHOEBE CRISMAN

Location: Chandigarh, Udaipur, Pondicherry in India This studio was a rigorous graduate level program in India focusing on ways to observe and transform the pre-conditions of nature and the framing strategies of cities in order to project three learning places for India in the 21st Century.

INDIA INITIATIVE | 11

top: sectional perspective at 1/16� = 1’0 | hand-drafting + site overlay right: hand-drafting and watercolor + site overlay


ARCH 3010 | fall 2011

Location: New York, NY This project is a design for a hotel location along the High Line that is intended for visitors who are staying for a short trip in the city. It is initiated from a design of a small, modular room- a POD, that can host a person comfortably in a room that is 80sq ft.

critic | MAURICE COX

below: handcrafted models of POD hotel made from wood, metal and concrete at scales: 1/32” = 1’0” and 1/16” = 1’0” top: sectional perspective | graphite rendering + site overlay next page: right: perspective views | graphite renderings + site overlay left: handcrafted model of individual POD made from metal and concrete at scales: 1/8” = 1’0” below: on site sketches | graphite

POD HOTEL | 13


ARCH 3020 | spring 2012

Location: Forney, Texas

critic | INAKI ALDAY + TAT BONVEHI

Filtering Forney is a masterplan for a development in Forney, Texas, a small town outside of Dallas. This project, initiated by developer Taylor Armstrong the owner of this 1,000-acre property, focused on adopting a natural filtration system to collect and purify gray water on the site. The aim was to create a system that would relieve one of the largest problems this topography faces- of water- and to create a new type of community that addresses and supports such change and progresses towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

FILTERING FORNEY | 15

top: different plants and trees that are suitable for filteration of gray water and can survive in the climate above: water filteration system of single family area | digital rendering right: masterplan of site at scale 1� =300’ | digital rendering


perspective of water filteration center| digital rendering + site overlay

concept diafram of water flow on site| digital rendering

perspective of civic center| digital rendering + site overlay


ARCH 5780 | spring 2013 critic | SANDA ILIESCU TRESPASS | 17

Pieces II, 2013 acrylic paint, washers, nuts, bolts, thread on canvas 16 in x 34 in Pieces II, a diptych painting, is about drawing relationships between the basic geometries, circle and square, and colors to create an overall ordered painting.


For Bob, 2013 acrylic paint, light bulb, wire, screws, pins, tape, nuts, bolts, recycled plastic, metal ruler, metal revolving star on recycled wood 36 in x 36 in For Bob, is a construction that is a direct response and interpretation of Robert Rauschenberg’s work and the abstraction of the American Flag. It consists of recycled or found materials that play with the geometries and the proportions of the shapes in the Flag. The main visual force used in this piece is shear that helps to make connections between the different fragments.


ARCH 5780 | spring 2013 critic | SANDA ILIESCU Trespass, 2013 acrylic paint, US dime, magazine clippings on canvas 16 in x 34 in TRESPASS | 19

Trespass addresses the American Flag in a more direct and obvious manner where the notion of the stars and stripes are more evident. The overall emotions of these pieces are more melancholy and are meant to trespass the viewers feelings making the interpretation of the painting unique to each person.


Disturbing the Grid III, 2013 arcylic wash on Arches paper 22 in x 22 in

Disturbing the Grid I, 2013 acrylic wash on Arches paper 22 in x 22 in


PHOTOGRAPHY | 21

pinhole camera | Italy


digital camera | India


PHOTOGRAPHY | 23

digital camera | India


digital camera | India


| 2007- 2013

| O-Levels + A-Levels + Miscellaneous

PAINTINGS | 25

Contained, 2008 waterolor on arches paper 28 in x 14 in


Untiltied, 2007 acrylic paint on arches paper 20 in x 12 in

Dhobi, 2006 watercolor on arches paper 15.5 in x 21 in


| 2007- 2013 | O-Levels + A-Levels + Miscellaneous PAINTINGS | 27

Untitled, 2007 acylic paints on arches paper 15.5 in x 21 in

Untitled, 2008 watercolor paint and charcoal on arches paper 14 in x 20 in


Untilited, 2007 watercolor paints on arches paper 17.5 in x 21 in


EDUCATION University of Virginia: School of Architecture

Major: bachelor of science in architecture | Minor: urban and environmental planning + architectural history Design studio gpa: 3.95 | Cumulative gpa: 3.65

Charlottesville, VA, USA

2009 - 2013

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Karachi Grammar School

Karachi, Pakistan

India Initiative

New Delhi, India

GCE Advanced and Ordinary Level Examinations Rigorous graduate level program, led by Professor Peter Waldman and Professor Phoebe Crisman, in India focusing on ways to observe and transform the pre-conditions of nature and the framing strategies of the city in order to project four learning places for India in the 21st Century.

Sustainable Europe

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Studied three interrelated modules: planning policies in sustainability, sustainable urban development and sustainable urban transport. This graduate level program was in collaboration with students and professors from University of Virginia and Virginia Institute of Technology.

Photography and Contemporary Art History

Primarily used a hand-crafted portable pinhole camera and studied the history of photography and contemporary art in Italy.

1994 - 2009 summer 2012

Riva San Vitale, Switzerland summer 2011

Italy

summer 2011

WORK EXHIBITED + PUBLISHED Paper Matters: University of Virginia

School of Architecture publication

Painting the American Flag: University of Virginia India Initiative: University of Virginia School of Architecture Webpage

spring 2013 spring 2013 fall 2012 spring 2012

AWARDS + ACTIVITIES

RESUME | 29

Faculty Award for Design Excellence: University of Virginia Deans List: University of Virginia Wold Distinction + Presidential Award in Cambridge O-Level Art American Institute of Architecture Students Global Architecture Brigades National Organization of Minority Architects

spring 2013 2011-2013 2008 fall 2011-present fall 2011-present fall 2011-present


WORK EXPERIENCE The Protectors

Graphic Designer/ Art Director. Redesigning company website, catalogs, brochures, sample books and logo

Karachi, Pakistan June ‘13 - October ‘13

Design Practicum Internship: University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Teaching Assistant: University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Proposal for the renovation of the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library at the University of Virginia Introductory studio, Foundation Studio I (ARCH 1030), taught by Professor Anselmo Canfora

Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects Worked on RIF’s and constructions documents

Teaching Assistant: University of Virginia

Introductory architecture course, Lessons in Making (ARCH 1020), taught by Sanda Iliescu http://www.arch.virginia.edu/designfundamentals/2012_fall/

HOK

Performed basic assignments on Revit and went on site visits for a commercial project

The Protectors

Collaborated with designers to make interior products used in residences. Assisted a team of structural engineers to shape tensile membrane structures for a cricket stadium in Karachi.

spring 2013 spring 2013

New York, NY, USA

winter 2012

Charlottesville, VA, USA fall 2012

New York, NY, USA winter 2011

Karachi, Pakistan summer 2010 summer 2009

SKILLS Physical: woodwork| casting| hand drafting| sketching| model making| photography| painting| soldering| Digital: Flamingo Renderer for Rhino| Maxwell Studio Renderer for Rhino| CNC Fabrication| Adobe Creative Suite| Rhinoceros 4.0| Google Sketch-up| Microstation V8.1| AutoCAD| Microsoft Office| Languages: Urdu| English| Hindi | Recommendations upon request For more work please visit : www.mariam-r.com or contact me at mariamr19@gmail.com | 404.825.5506



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