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// Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP

// University of Cincinnati

Apr, 2012 - Aug, 2012 Los Angeles, CA

Co-op Intern. Worked on the design development and construction document phases of the Santa Clara Family Justice Center, a 237,000 SF, 9-story courthouse. Using Revit, 3ds Max and V-ray, I created presentation drawings that helped the client better understand the layout and design of the courtrooms. Through photorealistic renderings, I developed realism for the interior waiting spaces and lobby for our clients to invest their opinions on design options.

// Gensler

Sept, 2011 - Dec, 2011 Chicago, IL

School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Graduating Class of 2013: 3.5/4.0 Dean’s List Honors Degree Received: Bachelor of Science in Architecture Participated in the Professional Practice Program Senior Year Studios: Europe Study Abroad (Aug 27, 2012 - Oct 2, 2012) Travel: Paris, Mont St. Micheal, Arles, Koln, London, Barcelona Urban Study/Format Studio (Jan 7, 2013 - Apr 27, 2013) Sponsored by Kroger headquarters - Cincinnati, Ohio Published in “The Future of Urban Grocery”


Co-op Intern / Plot Manager. Supervised a team of four associates, worked to assemble the construction documents for a retail building, part of the Msheireb Properties project in Doha, Quatar. Gensler served as architect of record for the Doha Project and I communicated daily with the Gensler London office. Using AutoCAD and Adobe products, our team met crucial deadlines, while I developed check sets for the completion of Phase II construction documents.

// Architectural:

// SAID + UC

Autodesk: Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Ecotect, Maya Adobe Creative Suite CS5/CS6: Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver (HTML/ CSS) Supplemental programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Sketch Up, Rhino, V-Ray * Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows interfaces

June, 2011- Aug, 2011 Cincinnati, OH

Designer of the Materials Library for the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Part of a four person team we designed a new spatial interface for the DAAP materials library seeking a new way to develop an educational experience for selecting and learning about materials. We used the technical parameters of digital prototyping and parametric design to develop a screen system to store materials that involved milling and assembling with no adhesives or fasteners.

AFFILIATIONS Member of American Institute of Architecture Students, Certified Bartending License, Mechanicsburg club soccer and track, volunteer of Winter Special Olympics 2008-2009.

site analysis, program design, documentation of design process and phases, coursework in structures, construction process, ADA and building codes, passive design and environmental design thinking.

// Digital:

// Manual: modeling, sketching, rendering, digital and manual photography, hand drafting, wood working

Design Builds

Studio Work

Co-op Work


0 .1 0. 2 0.3 1 .1 1. 2 1. 3 1. 4 2 .1 2.2 2.3

Family Justice Center

Msherieb Properties

Materials Library

Tectonics Study

Urban Renewal Project

Parisian Design Project

Urban Format Studio

Screen Design Build

Profile Lounge Chair

Knoll Furniture Gallery



ZGF Santa Clara Family Justice Center

The new Santa Clara Family Justice Center will replace six leased facilities in the San Jose and Sunnyvale area. It will consolidate family law functions into a single location with twenty new courtrooms, thereby improving services and increasing operational efficiencies for residents of Santa Clara County. The site for the new facility is located in downtown San Jose, across the street from the Downtown Superior Court and the Historical Courthouse. The new facility will house collaborative justice courts, also known as problem-solving courts. Collaborative justice courts combine judicial services with rehabilitation services to address issues such as drug addiction, mental health, the homeless, domestic violence, and the collapse of the family unit. Collaborative justice involves partnerships with stakeholders both inside and outside the courts, provides improved community access to the justice system and agencies, and results in greater accountability for offenders, better family outcomes, and increased safety and public confidence. (Courtesy of ZGF)

ZGF // CO-OP INTERNSHIP - Exterior Rendering ( Revit rendering, Photoshop post-production)

- Finish Texture Level 4 Plan (Revit line work, Photoshop texturing)

- Waiting Lobby Rendering (3ds Max / V-Ray rendering, Photoshop postproduction)

Position: I was entering the project at a very late stage of design development but at the beginning of construction documents. I was very comfortable with the construction document phase of the project from my previous internship at Gensler. Once I became familiar with the basic construction techniques that were being implemented, I was able to quickly and accurately draft and sketch out interior and exterior details for the courthouse. I quickly became a vital member of my team and resource for developing presentations to our clients of the Santa Clara County Court System. With my knowledge of Revit, 3ds Max, and V-Ray, and how these programs all work in sync with each other, I was able to develop a realism of the project for our clients. I also worked on various other projects in the office, working overtime to aid the development of presentations and content for clients and competitions. Overall, my experience at ZGF increased and integrated my technical abilities and my visual eye for design.

- Finish Texture, Entry Level Plan (Revit line work, Photoshop texturing)

- Security Entry Rendering (3ds Max / V-Ray rendering, Photoshop postproduction)

- Finish Texture, Entry Level Section (Revit line work, Photoshop texturing)

- Courtroom Rendering (3ds Max / V-Ray rendering, Photoshop postproduction)

- Courtroom Section Rendering (Revit line work, Photoshop postproduction)

Courtroom: Modern courtrooms are typically isolated from the outside with no access to natural light because of safety. Courtrooms in the Santa Clara Family Justice Center introduce natural light wash behind the judge’s bench. While you cannot see the windows directly, users of the court will be able to see the light levels on this wall, varying in response to the movement of the sun and ambient weather and sky conditions. This allows occupants to maintain a connection with the outdoors without compromising visual comfort.



Gensler Msheireb Properties Project

Internship position: Applying at the Gensler, Chicago office I found my self in a position to use my knowledge of CAD basics and critical time management to aid in the completion of the Phase 2 documents of the Msheired Project. I was brought on to the team at an early stage in Phase 2, and quickly gained knowledge of the work flow and detail process. I was in contact with the London office constantly and I became very integrated with my co-workers overseas working on my specific building set. Slowly our team got bigger and I was doubling drafting with training new people on the team to understand the conventions and format of the project. Working closely with the project architect, I was moved into the position of plot manager, where I was put in charge of supervising a 4-person team to complete the collection of sheets corresponding to my assigned building on the site. Msheireb Properties Project: Msheireb Properties (formerly Dohaland), 
appointed Gensler as Architect of Record for Phase 2 and Phase 3 for their
flagship project Msheireb. Gensler was to oversee all detailed design work for buildings designed
by a total of six design architecture firms including Squire and Partners. Responsible for construction documentation stage and full-time site supervision up to
project completion. The Phase 2 scope of services consisted of comprehensive design supervision
of 10 mixed-use buildings totaling an area of 144,888 m2 GFA. The QR20bn Msheireb scheme will transform a 31-hectare site at the center
of Doha, recreating a way of living that is rooted in Qatari culture, 
attracting residents back to the city center.

GENSLER // CO-OP INTERNSHIP - Exterior Rendering of Phase II Buildings (Courtesy of Gensler)



SAID Materials Library

Objective: Worked with a professional architect, furniture designer, a graduate student, and the Dean of the School of Architecture and Interior Design, to redesign the old materials library into a new, organized library with meeting, lounge, and gathering spaces. Design Response: The development of an interconnected screen was built around the idea of amazing and perplexing patrons with the ability of materials and their use. The screen allows materials to express their characteristics and be a vital part of the design process. Design Concept: Using digital prototyping we are able to rethink the design of complex spatial solutions allowing form and function to impose the qualities of each simultaneously. Having this process develops a novel framework for reinterpreting the steps of design thinking and the process of developing and organizing space.

SAID + UC // CO-OP INTERNSHIP - Interior Rendering (Revit Rendering, Photoshop postproduction)

Building Information Modeling: BIM an emerging form of workflow that gives its users a better insight into the final design implications of a project has now become integral throughout my education. It provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. I have been now using if for 6 years effectively and in the professional sense It allows me to work more effectively with higher production rates, better collaboration between employees and consultants, and informs better decision making through out all aspects of a project.

- Sample Interior Rendering and Axons (Revit Renderings)

Table Design: To compliment the design of the spatial screen, I developed a table system that was based on the same qualities. It had to be milled from a single sheet and then assembled with no fasteners or glue. The table could be assembled easily in the space to configure the room for different uses. The later designs looked at how the table could become an area to display work and how the parts could break down and be stored as part of the screen system.

- Digital Laser Cut Protoype of 1/6th Scale Table Design

1.1 Objective:


Conceptual City College Tectonics Studio MING TANG // 2ND YEAR WINTER STUDIO

Studied spatial tectonics by developing relations between specific architectural aspects (peripheral, linear, cluster, etc.) within a drawing form. These relations needed to comply in ordinance to the factors of tectonics (mass, plane, and frame.) The context and spatial use was derived from working back and forth in drawing form and through a detailed modeling process. - Exterior Rendering (Rhino Clay Render, Photoshop post-production)

- Digital re-creation of hand drawn Tectonic Architectural relations in Linear format

Design Response: I looked further into the spatial relations derived from the drawing. I began modeling using mass to define major spaces. Frame was defined by modifying the structures and implying links between systems. Finally, planes, was used to distinguish the new over the existing context that I generated from the drawings.

- Digital Prototype and Hand Model, Basswood and MDF (Powder-print, Laser cutting)

- Rhino Clay Renderings of Interior Spaces Created

Design Concept I chose a linear emphasis as my main focus. I wanted to derive a vertical language throughout the conceptual context to create an urban landscape. Within this landscape, the final result was to programmatically design a school with encompassing spaces that extended the physical aspects of linear design throughout the entire project.

- Rhino Generated line work (Illustrator post-production)

1.2 Objective:


Innovation Center Urban Renewal Studio BARRY STEADMAN // 3RD YEAR WINTER STUDIO

This studio was based on the question of what breeds and develops innovation. Innovation is the key factor to advancing any given field to greater heights. My focus was on how architecture can inspire innovation and become a framework to build upon itself. I was given a site of an old rundown strip mall off I-275 in Cincinnati Ohio. I was challenged with developing a space that architecturally reworks how people move and interact from a familiar old environment to derive a new experience. - Exterior Rendering (3ds Max rendering, Photoshop post-production

- Hand model of bending facade

Design: I wanted to design a building updating the established elevation of a strip mall faรงade. My concept was to develop a long continual band that creates space as it emerges through the site. I crafted the band to rotate over and through itself to create moments of visual intrigue and dynamic interior and exterior spaces. Another part of the design focus was to change the way that pedestrians and automobiles could move through the space. Elevated walkways provide safe pedestrian movement without crossing parking lots or disrupting traffic patterns.

- Section Rendering Program Layout ( Rhino clay rendering, Photoshop post-production)

- Second Floor Plan

- First Floor Plan

- Site Plan, showing terrain and Imposed movement through site

- Bending Facade Movement

- Imposed Movement Through Site

- Exterior Rendering of Entrance(3ds Max rendering, Photoshop post-production

Interior: The building was designed to create a framework that allows its users to adapt and build upon the existing structure. The interior lends itself to serve many different areas of the program accommodating rapid changes in spatial circulation. The exterior of the building is designed to reflect the work that takes place inside the innovation center. This creates a visual gallery for all who visit.

- Interior Rendering of Gallery Space (3ds Max rendering, Photoshop post-production



Chicago Tribune Plaza Parisian Design Project JERRY LARSON// 4TH YEAR FALL SEMESTER

Redeveloping the intended riverfront connection, originally intended in Burnham’s plan of Chicago, while enhancing the access point off Pioneer Plaza. Exploiting the Architectural history of this site will influence the design, while providing a more Parisian landscape of food, culture, and public gathering. Designing around the intended unimpeded view of Tribune Tower from Pioneer Plaza, I wanted to create a seamless connection to the riverfront from Michigan Ave. The key concept of my project is to frame every view from the entrance of the promenade to the arrival at the waterfront. Through methods of framing I intend to enhance and promote riverfront economies, commercial, and social functions. My hope is that the design will set an example for future development along the Chicago riverfront.

Design Concept: The form was designed from designated control points and developed an organic language that responded to the buildings around the site to promote the seamless circulation. These control points contained the building to a specific height and footprint requirements. This was done to not interfere with the historic view of The Tribune or the entrance to The Equitable Building, while still implementing a gesture out towards the River walk. Creating space along the promenade for restaurants to branch out allows for the iconic view of the riverfront, reflecting the famous food culture of Chicago, while maintaining a strong connection with Michigan Ave. With the site on the brink of the business district and the Magnificent Mile, the design accommodates retail space along with places to gather and meet with friends to serve workers, shoppers, and tourist of Chicago.

- Program Level Breakdown

- Circulation Through the Space

- Control Points to Form Curves from Surrounding Context

- Seasonal Sun Movement Design Response







Senior Year Cap-Stone Urban Format Studio MICHEAL ZARETSKY // 4TH YEAR SPRING SEMESTER

- Developing a design that creates a sense of communication without traditional selling allowing the customer to access information to empower them to make there own informed shopping decisions. Using in store display and other digital formats such as mobile technology will enhance the shopping experience. - Through this system it will create value to users, education, loyalty, and a diversity of users through multi access media. The goal of the design is to allow this system, based around the ideas of content marketing, to educate customers to make healthy decisions while creating a connection between the customer and their local grocer. The connection that social media plays will allow users to learn and connect to the food they eat in new, smarter, and healthier ways.

Dairy / Frozen Dry Goods

Meat / Fish Service Produce Bakery

Demo Kitchen

- From the study of a Content Marketing matrix and its influences to buyers, I developed three categories of interfaces for an in-store experience. These are printed, digital, and a one-on-one personal interfaces. Having these as an element in-store will allow customers to access basic information that could influence their diet in healthy way or lead to more informed purchases while increasing product sales. - Labels would support the print interface and types of posters through out the store, allowing it to be an effective source of way finding. The major interface is the integrated digital format. This would allow customer to be able to call up information about food in-store and allow them to connect through mobile technology to constantly receive information about products and recipes. The last aspect of interface would be a live “Demo Kitchen� so customers shopping could learn new ways of cooking and techniques with displayed ingredients. This gives the customer new knowledge to take home and use that same day.

Kaitlin Age: 21

Marital Status: single Occupation: college student

“ need a place to get quick snacks and meals when spending time downtown.”

James Age: 32

Marital Status: single

Occupation: associate

“I need a fast healthy meal for lunches and a place to stop to get daily groceries before I leave the city.”

Arthur Age: 73

Marital Status: married Occupation: Managing Partner

“I want a grocery store with healthy options for my shopping after work to bring home to my family.” - Downtown Cincinnati Context and Correlating Users

- Content Marketing Matrix in Accordance to Consumer Behavior

- Ergonomic Human Studies for Human Relation to Shelving and Signage



DAAP Screen Design First Year Studio Collaboration DAVID LEE SMITH // 1ST YEAR SPRING QUARTER

As a studio we designed and built a screen to divide and seclude space with the capability to serve as a pin up board for presentations. We developed the design from the existing context of the Aronoff building in the DAAP complex, designed by Peter Eisenman, which was where the screen was to be located. Taking the idea of a shifting floor plan and applying it the elevation allowed us to represent the context of the space. We developed three constructions to design the overall screen and were able to create a distinct instillation that augmented the space.



Profile Chair Design Furniture and Mill work Seminar JIM POSTELL // 4TH YEAR SPRING SEMESTER

My interests for this design were digital fabrication and how that influences the assembly and design to be able to mill, glue, clamp, and use in one day. I was interested in the form and function of a lounge chair, its many contextual uses, and the ergonomic implications that must be met to have a successful design. I had broken the chair down to 3 elements that were critical to the overall design. These were the seat pan, lumbar support, and shoulders contact surface, these elements will apply to any user to make a comfortable sitting experience. I looked at the production return of a design that is rapidly fabricated, assembled, and the ways of flat packing the parts to influence the sale and distribution of this chair.



Knoll Furniture Gallery Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Jr. Reed Gallery VINCET SANSALONE// 1ST YEAR FALL QUARTER

This Gallery was an honorary display of the traveling Knoll exhibits around the Cincinnati area. The curator of the gallery, Vincent Sansalone, brought me in to help with construction, design, displays, and lighting. My roll was to develop a narrative throughout, to create a more engaging viewing experience of the furniture within the smaller gallery, and to evoke a more dynamic movement through the exhibit. (717) 649 - 3796 23 Wineberry Drive Mechancisburg, Pa 17055

Matthew Whitcomb Portfolio  

Bachelors of Science in Architecture. Portfolio of my studies from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and P...

Matthew Whitcomb Portfolio  

Bachelors of Science in Architecture. Portfolio of my studies from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and P...