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DESIGN PORTFOLIO nicholas walls



e. c. 573-205-5830



M+H ARCHITECTS St. Louis, MO Architectural Intern August 2016-January 2017 December 2015-2016 Responsible for working with a team from the Schematic Design phase through Construction Documents. 3DS Max renderings.


ADVANTAGE MEDICAL GROUP Lawrence, KS Medical Assistant May 2015-May 2016 Responsible for patient care, gym assistance, patient history and insurance. BOB’S WALLCOVERING SERVICES Lawrence, KS Assistant June 2014-May 2016 Responsible for painting interior rooms, removing popcorn ceilings, prepping and hanging wallpaper.

ACTIVITIES ARCHITECTURAL MENTOR University of Kansas August 2015-May 2016 KU BIG EVENT University of Kansas April 2013

Master of Architecture August 2012-Present ST. FRANCIS BORGIA REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Washington, MO August 2008-May 2012 High School Diploma

SOFTWARE Autodesk Revit Autodesk Autocad Autodesk 3DS Max Trimble SketchUp Adobe Photoshop Adobe Indesign Microsoft Office Suite Rhinoceros (Limited) Grasshopper (Limited)

INTERESTS Welding Hiking Hunting/Fishing Construction Projects Canoing/Kayaking St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Blues Cooking

VANDIVER PEDIATRIC MEDICAL CENTER [CHILDREN ORIENTATED DESIGN] Located on the outskirts of Columbia, Missouri, Vandiver Pediatric Medical Center addresses the health care industry focused around children. The small complex features an Emergency Room, Diagnostics Department (CT, X-ray, etc.), Medical Office, and Child/Adult Daycare. The project mission is to create a playful and stress-free environment that promotes wellness and a healthy lifestyle for children and adolescents, establishing a connection of generations surrounding the area. Vandiver Pediatric Medical Center will provide a place for parents to bring their sick children, for mom to drop her child off before work, or for a daughter or son to bring their elderly mother. This project provides spaces for the multi-generational culture of Columbia, Missouri.

The building form plays with organic shapes instead of normal rectangles and boxes that come with everyday hospital designs. Ultimately, the goal is to make the hospital not look like a hospital. The different departments are set side-by-side or stacked on top of one another, using a “building block� design in response to the children and toys. Embracing the building is a wooden facade, offering protection of the building in a fort-like manner.

18TH & MAIN [PROMOTING PUBLIC TRANSIT] Sprawl is one word that can be used to describe Kansas City as a whole. In the beginning months of 2016, Kansas City reestablished the street car to create a better connection along Main Street. With the street car many opportunities arise for new businesses, bus stops, housing, or even mixed-use buildings. Focusing on city context, zoning, and many other aspects, it is important to connect with the already existing city. What does the city need? What existing aspects should be emphasized? Are there pieces of the city that could benefit from rebirth? An analysis was completed along the Main Street Corridor in order to come to conclusions of needs in the area. Through a variety of software tools, analysis was done looking at FAR, different building form, and many other aspects along Main Street. A common theme of promoting growth in the area was to build and expand out from Main Street and the new street car.

The beginning stages of looking at the Main Street Corridor examined land use (zoning), historical elements or other important buildings, and possible sites for future structures. Findings showed that many different building types existed along the corridor and that many vacant lots were available in the Crossroads District (south of Highway 670). Further analysis was done to create a series of rules within the Crossroads District for future buildings to abide by. The main focus was on FAR. Using SketchUp and Rhinoceros profiles were placed along the corridor. This exercise helped me understand how the building forms relate to each other and how they could influence future construction. The max FAR for the area was 15 stories, while it was established that most buildings should be between 5-10 stories in order to blend in with the urban fabric of the Crossroads. Another thought was to drive building design through the existing materials of the Crossroads District.

COMMUNITY BASED DESIGN [DESIGN/BUILD] Looking at community needs is a project requirement. The most important thing one can do is get input from within; what do THEY want? The design/build studio featured projects for the Eastern community of Wyandotte County, Kansas. The county is known for being the poorest county in the state. But, this does not keep county workers and the communities alike from trying to improve the conditions. The first project came from a kit-of-parts greenhouse. Although the greenhouse was assumed complete, the challenge was to improve the project in order to make it more sustainable. The interior was painted white to reflect sunlight onto the plants and exterior gutters were added to collect rainwater. The rainwater was collected and used for watering. The second project focused on a community based stage. The stage was designed to accommodate all members. To make the stage child-orientated, a set of musical stairs were designed. Stepping on individual stairs, the user would hear a series of different musical notes. Steel fabrication makes up the structure of the stage, while a wood deck creates the floor area. Two shades of stain were applied to the wood. The darker area indicates the rivers that form the eastern border of the county.

CULTURAL CENTER [CREATING FOR THE COMMUNITY] Based in the Kansas City area, the Kansas City Cultural Center brings a new attraction to the Crossroads District. The district itself is home to many small businesses and living quarters. When placed inside the area, one is surrounded by many red, brick buildings. Although repetitive, one gets a feeling of warmth through the continuous building facade. The Cultural Center features a variety of spaces, many a large auditorium, multipurpose room, and cafe. Cutting away from the corner and building above, a small outdoor space was achieved in order to accommodate seating outdoors. To emphasis the surrounding environment, red brick was used on the exterior as well as an extensive, playful glass facade. The facade was designed in order to allow maximum daylight into the spaces of the building, even the auditorium (a curtain is retractable in order to reduce the daylight in the area depending on the event).

Metal Decking with Concrete Slab Roof

Double Glazed Facade System

Exterior Stair Steel Beam Metal Decking with Concrete Slab

Natural Ventilation to Garage

PROFESSIONAL WORK [INTERN WITH M+H ARCHITECTS] During the Fall semester of my final year, I was given the opportunity to seek an independent internship. After working previously with M+H over the 2015-16 winter break, this seemed like a good fit. The company works with numerous clientele interests to bring forth the best project possible. During my time working in St. Louis, I was presented with many challenges on a variety of projects in many stages. Design work, rendering, client meetings, construction documents, and field verification are all aspects I assisted on. The desire for strong teamwork, dedication to achieving above and beyond client expectations, and many other things are reasons I chose M+H Architects. They are also staying above industry standards in Virtual Reality. This ability gives the client an actual chance to be placed in their building. They can walk around the project, changes can be made, and many other aspects. Featured are works from my semester at St. Louis. All works are property of M+H Architects that I assisted on.

Town & Country Park Development

St. Louis Community Center

De Smet Jesuit High School Exterior Renovations

WORKS ABROAD [PHOTOGRAPHY+DRAWING] During the Summer of 2016 I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in Germany, Denmark, and Finland. Here works from numerous famous architects were visible, as well as the opportunity to experience many historical events. The study abroad trip was focused around touring the cities (mainly Berlin, Copenhagen, and Helsinki) to examine architecture that is not common in the States. Over a month long span a full and complete experience was achieved. Many of the days we were given opportunities to sit and sketch buildings and specific details that could be lost after leaving the spaces. Tours of certain buildings were held.

THANK YOU nicholas walls

Walls Portfolio 2017  

Works from my time at the University of Kansas alongside professional works.

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