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Design Portfolio Murray Byrd



Introduction The purpose of this design portfolio is to create an archiving system for my creative work. It will be used to apply to architectural firms as well as graduate schools. The following projects are an exhibition of my own creative work from my time as an undergraduate student at the Clemson University School of Architecture. This portfolio will display the evolution of my design skills, from simple structures to complex urban designs. It is my intent to pursue a study in both Urban Design and Urban Planning at the graduate level.

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Table of Contents


Jurica 2030


QuerĂŠtaro Research




Lee Hall 1-257


Framed and Focused


Atlanta Museum


Earth Meets Sky



Education 2019 B.A. Arch, minor in History 2019 spring semester abroad 2018 summer Design + Build

Clemson University Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro, Mexico Lee Hall 1-257, Clemson University

Awards and Honors 2019 spring Helped establish a new abroad location for future students by completing an independent study at ITESM Campus Qro. Best Project at EXPO EAAD ITESM Campus Qro. Project selected to be presented to Bjarke Ingels ITESM Campus Santa Fe 2018 spring Dean’s List

Skills Adobe Creative Suite CAD and 3D modeling Digital workshop Materials Lab machinery Microsoft Office

Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop AutoCAD, Grasshopper, Lumion, Rhinoceros Laser cutting and engraving, 3D printing CNC lathe/mill/router, power tools, waterjet Excel, PowerPoint, Word

Experience 2018-2019 WSBF 88.1 FM 2010-2017 Byrd Machine Works

DJ: trained 2-4 DJs per semester, wrote album reviews, curated a weekly program that showcased music from around the world. CNC fabricator: maintained, operated machines.

Travel Canada 2019 fall semester project Mexico 2019 spring semester abroad Belize 2019 spring travel New York 2018 fall semester project

Languages English native proficiency Spanish intermediate

References Paula Paola Bárcena Mapi Coordinator of C_Lab Región Centro, EAAD, ITESM | Epigmenio González 500, Soriana, 76140, Santiago de Querétaro, Qro.


Jurica 2030 AR 3017, spring 2019 Professor: Paola Bárcena Partners: Daniel Devéze, Daniela Hernández, Ana Karla Soto Jurica 2030 is a positive scenario of the future for a community in Querétaro, Mexico. I was involved with this project while I studied abroad at Tecnológico de Monterrey. This project sought to mitigate many of the issues facing Jurica through strategic urban design. 15 students worked in 5 teams to create these scenarios. I served as the editor for the final booklet, in addition to being a part of a team focused on improving mobility and public space. Careful attention was paid to ensure that these scenarios were at a high standard, and each team spent over two months completing analysis before working on the scenarios. The process was both intense and extremely rewarding. Jurica 2030 won best project at the EXPO EAAD (presented by ITESM), and was selected to be presented to Bjarke Ingels at ITESM Campus Santa Fe. The following pages are an overview of the scenarios for the parks.



Jurica 2030

A Visualization of Connections in Jurica

Site Analysis


The first step to turning Jurica into a park is expanding and improving the amount of public space. While there are many areas of opportunity, three spaces present the best scenario for Jurica’s future: Ciruelos, La Paloma, and the space around the esplanade, which could be called Plaza Jacaranda. Ciruelos will integrate its existing jardineras while La Paloma will expand its public space. Plaza Jacaranda will integrate its surroundings by uniting everything under one pavilion, giving the residents a new covered plaza. All of these scenarios will benefit the people living in Jurica by improving connections and integrating public space with the surroundings.

What percentage of land is public space in Jurica?


Borders Morphology

Security Context

Anchors Health Cohesion

Events Public Space





Who has access to public space?

What are the aspects of public spaces?

Who does not have access to public space?

How are residents reacting to the lack of public space?



Ciruelos is directly enclosed by four cul-de-sacs. While an eco-gym and playground are in this space, they are both in poor condition. Because the average age of residents in this area is younger than the rest of Jurica, the future park should place emphasis on children who will primarily use it. The new Ciruelos park will integrate with the surrounding jardineras, maximizing its public space for the benefit of the residents. By giving priority to the public space, vehicles will be forced to slow down. This park will become an active public space, containing more urban furniture and places for people to enjoy. A new bicycle path will connect Ciruelos to the rest of Jurica.


La Paloma

La Paloma is an aesthetic park in the southwest of Jurica. While it currently has an outdoor gym, a playground, and plenty of vegetation, this space is more oriented toward exercise. In the future, the new La Paloma will expand to make better use of the space. It will also contain a path that passes through the park, which connects different spaces at strategic points. The center will become a playground, surrounded by an ecogym on both sides. Parents will be able to look after their children while also taking care of themselves. There will also be a space for picnics, and a space for food trucks on the weekends. A barrier of trees will be placed around the park to increase safety for children at play. La Paloma will also act as an extension of the local school, becoming a place for events, excursions, and presentations.


Plaza Jacaranda

Plaza Jacaranda will become a welcome point for people entering Jurica. Currently, this space contains the homeowner’s association building, a small plaza, and a recycling center, with an underused space that has plenty of vegetation. By respecting the existing conditions of the site, the new park will unite all three of these areas under one pavilion. This pavilion will respect the trees that already exist. By keeping these three program areas in their current spaces, the new plaza will open up to a massive public space that will serve the community and act as a beacon for the rest of Jurica.


Querétaro Research Arch 4900, fall 2019 Professor: Tim Brown This directed study looked at the historical context of Querétaro, Mexico to understand the relationship between urban environments and transportation infrastructure. Querétaro is an interesting case study into the modern development of cities. Despite being nearly 500 years old, the city did not experience significant growth until 80 years ago. It has since continued this growth, but lacks an adequate public transportation system. Because of this, the city faces many issues with congestion and pollution. This directed study began as a historical research project, however it is my intent to pursue these ideas at the graduate level and create a thesis to respond to the challenges presented by the contemporary transportation infrastructure of Querétaro.





El Centro

El Pueblito

La Cañada

Acámbaro (left) and Querétaro (right)

Fábrica Hércules

Estación Acámbaro a Querétaro

Fábrica la Purísima

Estación FFCC NdeM

Fábrica San Antonio

Estación FFCC CdeM




Synapse Arch 3500, fall 2018 Partner: Tate Deluccia This partner project introduced many new tools, including GIS research and parametric modeling with Grasshopper. The design challenge was to create a 138,000 ft2 office building in New York City at the intersection of West 18th St. and 10th Ave. In the research phase, my partner and I discovered multiple connections happening across the city. Connecting views, green space, office space, and public space became our primary goal. We used the idea of the synapse (invisible connections between nerve cells in the brain) and applied it to our project, creating a highly organic form that could interact with the city.




Initial research into the site and ergonomics

1. Massing, 2. Form two towers, 3. Connect street and High Line, 4. Connect towers, 5. Apply diagrid paneling

Generating the exterior diagrid paneling

Generating the internal structure




















Section A



Sim[PLY] connections + plywood kerfing

Lee Hall 1-257 Dave Cave Arch 3510, summer 2018 Professor: Dave Lee Partners: Sean Tedesco, Taylor Kojack The goal of this design+build project was to transform a storage room in Lee Hall into an interactive, and technologyfriendly student lounge. The Dave Cave includes an AR sandbox, a 14’x20’ green screen/ cyclorama for VR purposes, computer workstations for high-quality rendering, and ergonomic, modular furniture for pulling comfortable all-nighters. The project was completed over the course of ten weeks, and included hundreds of hours of CNC cutting time. The class consisted of eleven students, working in teams to tackle different aspects of the project. My team worked on designing furniture. We grouped ideas into modular and organic categories. Both ideas were interesting concepts that provided a unique way for people to interact with the space. We then kerfed plywood into smooth, rounded forms to combine both ideas. Once the design method was clear, we created five unique types of furniture.

Modular and organic furniture models

Plywood kerf patterns

Testing the kerfing patterns

Initial full scale mock-up, showing ergonomics and multi-functionality


Lee Hall 1-257




Coffee table

Arc table



Framed and Focused Arch 4520, fall 2019 Partners: Nathan Carlton, Brantley Crile Oak Bay, Canada, is a unique place with a beautiful landscape and rich history. However, it faces serious issues in regards to its future, including a lack of affordable housing and public space. This project looks to combat these issues by providing the community with additional housing and 90,000 ft2 of public space. Situated on a marina parking lot, this site for this project was formerly home to Sealand of the Pacific. The main challenge was to address these problems by utilizing the Sim[PLY] system. My team and I wanted to preserve the views from the peninsula, so the affordable housing was placed on an elevated platform around the perimeter of the site. The elevated platform also functions as an physical barrier against wind, water, and the elements. A bus stop has been added, which also functions as a public library to better connect the community to the history of the site.


Site Analysis Migration + Mooring


Temperature (°F)

Precipitation (mm)

Cloud Coverage (%)

Wind (mph)

Platform Warp + Weft

Housing Affordable + Modular

BC Transit, Turkey Head Station Transit Hub + Greater Victoria Public Library Branch


Atlanta Museum Arch 2520, spring 2018 The purpose of this project was to develop a museum in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, on the corner of Forsyth St. and Luckie St. This contemporary museum would be used for both architecture and art. Drawing ideas from precedent studies and the existing conditions of the site, I created a museum that was shaped by its unique corner condition. The museum addresses the needs of the surrounding area, such as maximizing light exposure in its interior, despite being surrounded by high rise structures. The museum is structured around a central atrium space, allowing visitors to flow throughout and around art spaces in an organized manner.



Atlanta Museum

Site Analysis

Design development

Geospatial Floor 1



South Section 25

Floor 2

Floor 3

North Section


Design development

Earth Meets Sky Arch 2510, fall 2017 The idea for this project was to create a retreat in the mountains. The terrain was given and it was required to utilize one or more different design processes learned from the semester. In my project, I combined both boolean and ruled surface processes. I was able to create a unique structure with curved paths flowing throughout it. These paths help create different program areas for the structure.

Plans, sections, and elevations at 1’=3/16�




Profile for Murray Byrd

Murray Byrd Portfolio 2020  

A collection of my work as an undergraduate student at the Clemson University School of Architecture.

Murray Byrd Portfolio 2020  

A collection of my work as an undergraduate student at the Clemson University School of Architecture.