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NICK IRMEN SELECTED WORKS

B.A. ARCHITECTURE + WORK EXPERIENCE

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE M.ARCH II


NICK IRMEN Education Miami University

August 2007 – June 2011

School of Fine Arts Bachelors of Arts in Architecture

Natural Areas Bird Blind - design build Wood Frame Shelter - Oxford, Ohio 2012 Western Red Cedar Entry

Ghana Studio Abroad - design build

Concrete Block / Stucco Housing - Abrafo-Odumase, Ghana

2011 Lyceum - design competition

Off The Grid Rest Area - Salt Flats, Utah

Independent Design Studio - prototype Senior Final Project - Terrarium August 2013 – June 2015

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Clemson University School of Architecture Masters of Architecture

Professional November 2009 - February 2012

Toledo Design Center Toledo HyTower - renovation concept ARC 301 - Traveling Studio Mixed Use Tower Renovation

2011 Downtown Plan

Assessment Key Development Opportunities Approved by City Council February 2012 - Present

Thomas Porter Architects 8 N. St. Clair, Toledo, Ohio 45056

OSFC -School Assessments Field Assessment Documentation Written Report

Legacy Homes

7 Home Models Vacant Lot In-fill - City of Toledo Desin Development/Construction Documentation

irmennc@gmail.com | 419-376-9351 306 E. Harrison St. | Maumee, Ohio | 43537


Natural Areas Bird Blind | Oxford, Ohio

natural areas bird blind

ARC 301 - Design Build | January - August 2010

Location | Miami University Natural Areas, Oxford Ohio Professor | Scott Johnston Participants | Maxwell Streeter, Joshua Carson, Alex Fritz, Jared White, Nicholas Irmen Duration | 8 Months Square Feet

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9"

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Furthermore, the site has adopted an educational purpose for university classes in ornithology, ecological restoration, and architecture.

Physical Model

Plan

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As an addition to the hiking trails of The Miami University Natural Areas the structure was built to seclude a small audience while viewing birds and local wildlife.

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E. Key Elements: A. Cedar Enclosure D. Graded Earth (Butterfly Garden) B. Seating E. Native Prairie Grass C. Retaining Wall F. Gravel Path

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Natural Areas Bird Blind | Oxford, Ohio

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Rib 34 B Identical members to Rib 35 A allow cedar panels to attach flush to the exterior face of each rib.

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Rib 35

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Natural Areas Bird Blind | Oxford, Ohio

ARC 301 - Design Build | January - August 2010

6” x 6” Pine Retaining Wall

4” x 4” Pine Posts

2” x 8” Pine Beam and Framework

1/4” Steel Brackets

2” x 4” Pine Ribs

1” x 4” Cedar Slats

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Teacher Housing | Ghana, Africa

teacher housing ghana africa

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ARC 499 - Design Build | Summer 2010

Location | Abrafo Odumase, Ghana Professor | J Elliot Participants | 18 architect students + 16 local craftsmen Duration | 3 weeks travel + 3 weeks construction Square Feet

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Biennially, the Miami University Department of Architecture hosts a design build studio in the village of Abrafo Odumase, Ghana. Upon returning, the village presented the need for teacher housing featuring, two bedrooms, washroom, kitchen, and a common space. Prior to the build, students took part in a three week long trip, visiting villages throughout Ghana and experiencing the country’s diverse landscape. During that time the students worked to materialize three design solutions. At a public presentation one design was approved. In the following three weeks the team of eighteen architect students worked with a local group of fifteen craftsmen and laborers to complete two housing units.

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Teacher Housing | Ghana, Africa

ARC 499 - Design Build | Summer 2010

Floor Plan

35’

Wash Common Space

26’

Bedroom 1

Food Storage/ Prep

Bedroom 2

Wall Diagram

feature

Our design of the house included a wall that allowed the passage of both light and air. We developed a technique of stacking block at an angle that alternated with each course. This portion of the project is one that I played a particular role in seeing through its design and construction.

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I-80 Rest Area| 2011 Lyceum Design Competition

I-80 rest area

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ARC 401 - Core Studio | Fall Semester 2010

2011 Lyceum Design Competition Professor | Murali Paranandi

Participants | 15 architecture programs were invited to compete Duration | 6 weeks Location | Salt Flats, Utah Square Feet

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A rest stop located on I-80 in the salt flats of Utah serves as a respite and midway point in a seemingly endless terrain. The building program features parking between the east and west bound lanes. A tunnel takes visitors under the westbound lane into the rest area. Visitors are accommodated with full service rest rooms, cafe, and lodging for overnight travelers. Environment and building vernacular of this rest stop evokes thought about the significance of the unique landscape and requirements for dwelling in its harsh climate.

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I-80 Rest Area| 2011 Lyceum Design Competition

ARC 401 - Core Studio | Fall Semester 2010

* view from first floor balcony of sleeping pods

Lodging Units a.

d. b.

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e. elevation

exploded axon

plan

a. first floor covered entry b. bedroom c. bathroom d. closet e. outdoor stair f. second floor entry

earthbag

A natural building strategy derived from military bunker and flood control systems. Clay material extracted from the foundation is packed into double woven polypropylene bags and stacked in a brick style pattern. Barbed wire is woven between each coarse to avoid slippage. The structure is finished with adobe or stucco to prevent degradation.

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Terrarium | Design+Prototype+Fabrication

terrarium

ARC 402 Independent | January - August 2010

Professor | John Humphries Duration | 16 weeks Square Feet

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| The intent of this studio was to focus on the process of architectural detailing, weighting the design more so on purpose and quality of function rather than complexity of form.

Scope

Design + Prototype + Fabrication

The initial phase of this studio was spent researching and sketching mechanisms of a kinetic nature. From the portfolio of sketches came the design concept for a terrarium. Rapid sketches, computer modeling, and prototype models aided in materializing the terrarium’s modest form and function. The terrarium was completed using digital fabrication combined with shop fabrication.

(Above) CNC Prototype Fabrication (Right) Resulting Form and Function Nick Irmen

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Terrarium | Design+Prototype+Fabrication

ARC 402 Independent | January - August 2010

Shop Fabrication and assembly

Cedar frame with 3/16” plexiglass panel

Concrete base with drainage

Stainless steel hardware

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Secondary gear action.

Supplementary guides and spacers

Primary gear action

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Terrarium | Design+Prototype+Fabrication

ARC 402 Independent | January - August 2010

• Fixed Position Gear

0° 0°

• The gear and attached

roof panel are forced into rotation in response to its orbit around fixed position gear

• Moves small gear in

orbit around fixed gear. 0°

30°

• The resulting function •

of the gear mechanism opens two panels in tandem with each other. 0° 100° 40°

• Roof Panel pivots 60°

60°

and rotates 150°

• • Wall panel pivots 90°

90°

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Chapin St. Homes | Toledo, Ohio

chapin street homes

Thomas Porter Architects | February 2011 - Present

Project Manager | Stu Cline Client| City of Toledo, Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Works Toledo. Scope | The house shown is one of seven different models and is currently under construction. A Total of 40 homes will be built starting Spring of 2013.

Traditional Bungalow

These homes are a part of a city initiative to sustain the historic neighborhoods of Toledo. Each of the homes are designed to resemble the predominant craftsman typology in this region. I was brought on to this project in the Design Development phase and have since completed construction documents. I have been highly involved in all of the house documentation but this house in particular is one that I played a lead roll in its development.

(background) this is the site of the first two homes that are currently under construction. Vacant lots like this are the target for the 40 homes starting spring 2013. Nick Irmen

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Chapin St. Homes | Toledo, Ohio

Thomas Porter Architects | February 2011 - Present

FRONT ELEVATION

SIDE ELEVATION

NOT TO SCALE

NOT TO SCALE

BUILDING SECTION NOT TO SCALE Nick Irmen

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Chapin St. Homes | Toledo, Ohio

Thomas Porter Architects | February 2011 - Present Wall Section: The building envelope is the most important component to an energy efficient home. Each product was researched and selected based on its energy rating but particular attention was given to how the products function as a complete system.

Background: Factory cast concrete foundation walls are set in place using a crane. Nick Irmen

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Nick Irmen - Selected Works