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Mitchell Starrs Portfolio


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2016

Intern - Oculus, Inc. - St. Louis, MO

2014 - 2015

Intern - Agape Construction - St. Louis, MO

Education

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Veteran’s Administration Retail

Design + Build Client meetings

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Speculative work VR environments

Job site experience as laborer Workflow shift to Revit

2018

Master of Architecture - University of Kansas

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St. Louis University High School

Recognition 2016

ArchDaily

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Architect’s Newspaper

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World of Architecture

2015 - 2016

University of Kansas

AIA - St. Louis

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2016 General Scholarship

Activities

Best Student Design+Build Projects Worldwide

Best of Design for Student Work

Award for Student Work, 24th Cycle

2015 MBH Architects Scholarship 2016 Jim Moorkamp Scholarship - PGAV 2016 Bruce Patty Scholarship - BNIM

2016 - 2017

President

2015 - 2017

Student Ambassador

Digital Skills

KU Men’s Club Soccer

School of Architecture, Design, and Planning

Revit Enscape

Lumion Sketchup

Indesign Illustrator

Photoshop Unreal Engine


Contents

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Academic

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Professional

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Culinary School

Judd Museum

Sensory Pavilion

Agape Construction

Gateway Greening


Tulane Culinary School 1351 Canal St New Orleans, LA 70112 Individual Project

Background A growing trend in medical schools across the nation, medical students are learning about diet as a key component of healthy living. Traditionally, physicians refer their patients to a dietician or recommend an exercise routine. Just like design+build practices streamline the design and building process, educating future doctors about holistic lifestyles aims to consolidate the treatment procedure. Given a program including teaching kitchens, a restaurant, and secondary education spaces, I added a fitness center to complement medicine and diet as the pieces of a healthy lifestyle. The site is adjacent to Canal Street, the common parade route through New Orleans. Parades are very popular in New Orleans, drawing large crowds, and the steps up to the complex’s plinth act as bleachers for parade viewing. 1


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Donald Judd Museum Crossroads, Kansas City, MO 32, 434 ft2 Individual Project

Background Donald Judd was a prominent minimalist artist of the 20th century. He worked in many mediums, from sculpture to painting, and used industrial materials like concrete and steel to create smooth, rectilinear forms in sculpture. Whether looking at a painting or sculpture of Judd’s, his pieces are characterized by platonic forms that are interrupted by an element that goes against the established rhythm. The following images demonstrate how the Donald Judd Museum acts as an extension of his art, a complementary setting in which to view his work. The Crossroads district of Kansas City is the best place for this museum because of its history as an industrial warehouse neighborhood, which relates well to Judd’s machine aesthetic.

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Fire Stair Study

I found the form of a fire stair the ideal way to join the strong identities of Judd and the Crossroads. Fire stairs are a very common sight in the Crossroads. The former industrial warehouses and light manufacturing spaces lack any lavish features, similar to Judd’s direct, pragmatic taste. Donald Judd’s New York residence included an exterior fire stair, and many of the Crossroads’ buildings bear fire stairs as well.

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Gallery Iterations Exploring the fire stair in plan

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Site Plan

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Membrane 1 Rigid Insulation 2 Corrugated Steel Deck 3 Cellular Beam 4 Gypsum Wall Board 5 Extruded Fins 6 VM-Zinc Metal Panels 7 Sheathing 8 Steel Studs 9 Return Air Cavity 10 Radiant Heating 11 Concrete Slab 12 Fine Gravel 13 Coarse Gravel 14 Foundation Wall 15 Perforated Drain Pipe 16 Spread Footing 17

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Design+Build

The Dirt Works Studio Sensory Pavilion Lawrence, KS 263 ft2 ArchDaily

Best Student Design Build Projects Worldwide, 2016

Architect’s Newspaper

Best of Design for Student Work, 2016

World of Architecture

Award for Student Work, 2017

Background Our client, Audio Reader, provides its clients recordings of volunteers reading whatever printed material the client requested. Volunteers also do live broadcasts via FM radio. Audio Reader maintains a small garden that appeals to their visually disabled clients, the Sensory Garden. Our task was to replace the dilapidated, octagonal gazebo in Audio Reader’s Sensory Garden. After 6 weeks of design and construction document production, we demolished the gazebo and spent 7 weeks building the pavilion.

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Rammed Earth

Soil, Cement, and Pigment Earth is the oldest construction material known to man. From ancient settlements in the Middle East to the indigenous tribes of North America, every civilization has used earth in their buildings. Rammed earth, characterized by compressing soil, is similarly embedded in vernacular construction. In the Dirt Works Studio, we added cement, rebar, and dye to the soil to enhance the strength and aesthetic properties of this primordial building material.

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Shou-Sugi-Ban

Translation: Burnt Cedar Board Shou-sugi-ban is a Japanese method of preserving wood, specifically cedar. The carpenters traditionally stacked the wood in a chimney shape and lit a fire in the middle, which would char the cedar over time. The charred finish enhances cedar’s natural resistance to decay, but it also provides fire and insect durability. In the Dirt Works Studio, we used handheld blowtorches and propane to speed the charring process. After charring, we hand brushed every board of the roof to remove the excess soot and ash. The last step consisted of applying a coat of linseed oil to the charred wood.

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Acknowledgements Randy and Colinda Austin, pictured opposite, for their generosity and trust Mike Brunin of Apex Engineers, for his engineering guidance Kansas Public Radio’s Audio-Reader division, for providing us an incredible opportunity Frank Male, for helping us pick sensorially diverse vegetation The various vendors who discounted or donated their goods and services Professor Chad Kraus and my classmates

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Professional Work

Design+Build Agape Construction Company Various Projects St. Louis, MO

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Professional Work Oculus, Inc. Gateway Greening St. Louis, MO

Background Gateway Greening is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in St. Louis, Missouri whose mission is to foster an environment of safety, sustainability, and health through urban agriculture. Gateway Greening is looking to move into a new location with both an office building and a larger urban farm. During my summer at Oculus, I searched for and analyzed potential sites, then I programmed the new building and farm.

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Building Program 8 - 10,000 SF requested by client

8 - 10,000 gross total Space Conference Room A Conference Room B Conference Room C Teaching Kitchen 8 Offices/Meeting Rooms 20 Employee Desks Laundry Lobby Kitchen (Staff) Copier Walk in Cooler Storage Food Prep Garage/Shop space Locker Rooms

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