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1152 University Village, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 nickhammer@me.com 801-922-0270

Architects have traditionally been merely adopters of technology and methodology. With the rapidly changing pace of technology, we need to be both the shapers and implementers of our methods—both digital and physical. With this in mind, there are some in our industry who pursue aesthetics while others only push for innovation—few seem to be successful at marrying the two together. I am excited at the prospect of working along side those who are doing just this. My desire is to be a part of those much needed innovators. My goal has always been to become versed in as many aspects of the AEC industry as I can in order to engage effectively with any potential collaborator. My unique background in a multitude of academic programs shows both my ability to adapt to change and my ability to master my craft. My engaged and autonomous nature has afforded me many opportunities for leadership and through these roles I’ve grown to understand how to communicate across disciplines and skill levels. My objective is to push the limits of our practice and to bring to light the intentionality and craftsmanship of our work. I know the best way to do this is by researching and developing the methods by which we create. If we have any hope to improve the current level of our ability to design, we need to not only conceptualize, but physically invent the methods of our imagination.


PRO F I LE

I am invested in achieving greatness wherever I am and I work continually to improve my surroundings. As such I know if we have any hope to move beyond our current level and ability to design, not only do we need to visualize, but physically invent the methods of our imagination.

E DUCATION

UN IV ERSITY OF UTA H

MAY ‘15 – MAY ’18

MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: URBAN DESIGN CERTIFICATE Student Advisory Committee (SAC) Chairman, Member (2015–2017) Representing the SAC and the student body for the School of Architecture and Design Dean’s Student Council – Member (2016–2017) Collaborating with students serving as advisors to the Dean on behalf of the student body

S OUTHERN UTAH UN I V E R S I T Y

AUG ‘12 – MAY ’15

BS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: CAD/CAM; ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN State Architectural Course Material Southern Utah University (2014) Reviewed, critiqued, and created content for Sketchup and AutoCAD based architecture classes in Utah high schools and universities Campus Feasibility Reports – Sustainable Campus Association (2013) Campus improvement and implementation plans with ROIs for SUU

E X PE R I E N C E

UN IV ERSITY OF UTA H

AUG ‘16 – MAY ’18

PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSISTANT Meet with media relations and conducted interviews on college matters Created and updated digital content and managed websites Served as a first contact for visiting lecturers and professionals

BEX GLOBAL C OOR D I N A T O R ( E D I N B U R G H , S C O T LA N D )

JAN ‘17 – AUG ’17

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH GRADUATE RESEARCHER Global Coordinator for new international research collaborative built environment exchange Lived in Scotland for 2 months working with university partners to expand network Conducting specified research on modular building methodology

AR C HITEC TUR AL N E X U S

MAY ‘16 – JUN ’17

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER Worked on a variety of projects and phases, and served on the sustainability committee Tasked to develop computation design and optimization strategies firm-wide

OL DCAS TL E R ESEARC H FE LLO W

JUL ‘15 – AUG ’16

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOW Research Fellowship with the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (ITAC) Establishing a company wide Research Consortia for Oldcastle Inc. of America Conducting specified research on building products and design technique innovation

S OUTHERN UTAH UN I V E R S I T Y

AUG ‘12 – MAY ’15

APPLE CAMPUS STORE – INITIATOR/MANAGER Helped initiate a computer sales department, and an Apple Authorized Campus Store Trained and managed staff in product information and customer service practices Established product lines, displays, and marketing strategies


EXTRA CU RR I CU L A R

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH President of American Institute of Architects Students (2016 – 2018) Represent the AIAS for Utah and engage student body/community in development CA+P Intensive Summer Workshop (Summer 2016) Event advisor and guest reviewer for high school students interested in architecture Core Project: International Urban Planning Competition (2011) Re-designed the core infrastructure, planning, and aesthetics for Sebastapol, CA SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY Founder/President of the Sustainable Campus Association (SCA) (2014) Conducted feasibility studies for campus improvements and their implementation Researched and proposed a student fee for a sustainable campus initiative fund Founder/President of USGBC Students Chapter (2013) Participated with USGBC Activities Helped Students with LEED Certification Vice President of the Construction Management Club (2013) Captained and competed in regional and national competitions for construction bidding Lobbied for operational funds through donors and the university President of the Architecture Club (2013) Established platform for training on computer applications, photo-realistic rendering, energy modeling, and construction document reading and creation SUU Student Review Committee for University Presidential Candidates (2013) Represented the student body on review panel for incoming university presidential candidates

AWA R D S & CERTIFICATES

REZA ALI KHAZENI GRADUATE TRAVEL FELLOW MAY ‘17 – AUG ’17 Graduate research travel fellowship in memory of Reza Ali Khazeni, to conduct research in Scotland and the UK, in conjunction with research travel for beX Global OLDCASTLE GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP JUL ‘15 – AUG ’16 Graduate researcher working with Oldcastle Inc. in the Building Envelope division Helped form an internal research consortia and specified research on glass frit COMMERCIALLY LICENSED sUAS PILOT Licsened to fly unmanned aerial systems for photography, 3D land mapping, marketing, and virtual and augmented reality experiences.

MAY ‘17

1ST PLACE: WESTERN NATIONALS BIDDING COMPETITION Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Western Nationals Construction Management (CM) bidding and procedures competition

SKILLS DRAFTING CNC/CAM 3D PRINTING RESEARCH VISUAL PROGRAMMING VISUALIZATION DRONE PILOT

Years 13 6 5 2 3 4 1

Additional program proficiences and skills upon request

SOFTWARE S K E TC H U P REVIT DYNAMO RHINO GRASSHOPPER V-RAY ADOBE SUITE

FEB ‘14

Years 7 4 1 3 3 2 5


PROJECTS

01 THE COMPASS

(pg 4) Monolithic Landscape Sculpture Imagine this in the middle of nowhere

02 LOG AND CABIN

(pg 8) Factor Automation / Cabin Design Think real life lincoln logs

03 BLISS

(pg 12) Photorealistic Rendering It MIGHT be a photo

04 LUCE DI LETTURA

(pg 14) Environmental Design Lighting Some light reading

05 BAT BARN

(pg 16) Bat Conservation Shelter The bat cave for actual bats

06 GALLERY+PARK

(pg 18) Gallery and Park Blend

Formal gallery, meet informal park

07 HILL ROW HOUSES

(pg 22) Re-Envisioning the Row House Form Fibonacci would be proud

08 ARQ WINERY

(pg 26) Wine Tasting and Processing Facility If those barrels could talk

09 ATLAS ALTA

(pg 30) University Remote Conference Center It’s a palindrome

10 URBAN AG

(pg 34) Urban Agriculture and Residence Units Farm to table... too literal?


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THE COMPASS MONOLITHIC LANDSCAPE SCULPTURE

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August 2014

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Landscape Sculpture Bonneville Salt Flats

Personal Study

The Compass began in 2011 as a study of the juxtaposition of pressure and relief. As I considered the feeling of pressure in built environments I thought of the difficult of self balance. I began a pursuit of the appearance of weight and lightweight.

Cross Section

I experimented with two massive, self supported monoliths. Searching for their aesthetic balance I found a equilibrium within 15 degree increments, later realizing that all 15 degree increments are represented in these balanced forms. Thus the name “The Compass.” Designed at the human scale, the pressure and dynamic suspense scened in the Salt Flat expanse is ultimately intended as a reminder that: “Life is a selection of directions, deliberate and unintentional.”


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Model Bottom: Matt-board Model Top: 15 degrees

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The Compass - In the Salt Flats


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LOG AND CABIN FACTOR AUTOMATION / CABIN DESIGN

T YPOLOGY: DATE:

June 2006

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Residential Cabin Cedar City, UT

Contracted Work

Middleton Timbers Cabin Factory began as a regional log mill. Through innovation and necessity they began using four 2x8’s to replace traditional large timber beams to save costs and avert over logging. This process allows for extreme customization where outside boards can be selected for presentation, while inside boards can be a typical quality.

Factory Model Cabin

This 4 board compositing process, combined with a uniquely patented milling style, is now the backbone of Middleton Timbers. This process for prebuilt cabins has been replicated through memory for 20+ years. I was hired to create a lasting coherence for design of planar blades and to then design a cabin with these unique logs. The results are a permanent uniformity in log milling and my design used as the business front office and show model. Displayed are the front view of the cabin, the patented planar blade, a single round log in use, and side view of the cabin.

Opposite: Milled logs using blade design, and the blade plans


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Middleton Cabin - Sunset


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BLISS PHOTOREALISTIC RENDERING

T YPOLOGY: DATE:

January 2015

LOCATION:

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Bliss, ID

Client Exploration

Rendering to me is the process of transforming my understanding into a comprehensive display of intent. It takes my raw and unrefined vision and makes it a thing of art that can be read by those untrained.

Living Room Render

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Residential

Because of our increasing demand for higher fidelity representation, it is necessary to develop and utilize these processes and methods in order to more fully convince and explain. This rendering was developed from an unbuilt client home designed by Imbue Architects of Salt Lake City, UT to show what interior habitation would feel like. Programs used include SketchUp for modeling, Indigo for photorealism, and Photoshop for post-processing.


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Bottom: Kitchen to living render

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LUCE DI LETTURA LIGHTING DESIGN

T YPOLOGY: DATE:

August 2015

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Lighting

CAUSE:

Salt Lake City, UT

Environmental Design Class

As a response to an environmental design course I wanted to satisfy the requirements of the design problem (achieving a basic lighting coefficient) while exploring the sensation that such lighting can create for a specific purpose.

Developing the light as a response to a favorite pastime of night time reading shifted my perspective to a playful mimicry of what is light reading. The result is the literal form a book that can be concealed in a stack of other books or on a shelf. The spine and covers being made of a maple veneer and the interior solid acrylic with LEDs shinning through it. The closed pages bathing the space surrounding it in light suggesting that “we all deserve some light reading�.


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BAT BARN BAT CONSERVATION SHELTER

T YPOLOGY: DATE:

November 2016

LOCATION: CAUSE:

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Conservation Facility Great Salt Lake, UT

Internal Firm Proposal

Much of the habitat of the Mexican free-tailed bats near the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve have disappeared in recent years due to increasing human development in the area. As a response the Shorelands Preserve called on the firm of Architectural Nexus to conceive a series of bat barn designs to be implement along the shore of the Great Salt Lake.

My response was a call to the sharp flight and form of bats as deliberate yet seemingly erratic. Due to the flight patterns of bats the entrances had to maintain a certain height while supplying enough roosting places of varying temperature ranges. The form provides internal fly-out space, 3 separate roosting heat zones within a parametrically designed container atop re-purposed telephone poles. To complete the design I sheathed it in reclaimed local treselwood planks. These planks would be treated using the Japanese wood charring method of Yaki Sugi which provides weather and pest resistance providing a pearlescent charcoal black color.

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20' MULTI LEVEL 2” X 8” ENTRANCES

8'

6"-4' DEEP BAFFLES

3’ X 3’ ACCESS DOOR AT BACK

CAVE LIKE FLIGHTWAY

TELEPHONE POLE STRUCTURE

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MESH BOTTOM FOR GUANO

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CONCRETE PIERING

20’-25’ DROP FOR FLIGHT PATH

4' 11' Section Diagram

19' Opposite top: Axonometric explosion


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GALLERY+PARK PUBLIC PARK MEETS PRIVATE GALLERY

T YPOLOGY: DATE:

July 2015

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Gallery and Landscape

CAUSE:

Salt Lake City, UT

Gallery Studio

The Gallery Studio evaluates a Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency (RDA) site on the West side of downtown SLC and envisions it as an art gallery serving the local residents while attracting regional artists. In evaluating the needs of this west 9th area, it is immediately evident that it lacked any connective elements between the public street and light-rail station and the residencies surrounding.

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My approach was to connect to the residential through the shotgun lot via a park located above the gallery space semi submerged. This created a blend of formal art gallery with the public engagement and connectivity of a green-scape park. Light wells throughout the park create both visual exhibition and daylighting exposure that melted the two into one synonymous structure. Visually the two are connected while remaining completely separated. All spaces within the park and gallery are ADA accessible ramps that create a uniform experience for both the walking impaired and the dexterous.


Longitudinal Section

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Visual, wind, and physical flows

ENTRANCE

FP CAFE

GALLERY B

FIRE EXIT

RR STORAGE

HALL

Model: Roof rear entry

GALLERY A

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Stacked chipboard model: Birds eye

MAIN GALLERY

PARKING

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Floor plan and pathing

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Galler y Park - Closing Time


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HILL ROW HOUSES RE-ENVISIONING THE ROW HOUSE FORM

T YPOLOGY: DATE:

December 2015

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A New Row House

CAUSE:

Salt Lake City, UT

Row House Studio

The Marmalade block of the West Capitol neighborhood is going through a resurgence of activity and a boom in housing. We were asked to take a lot within the block and to design row homes to be situated there. Re-imagining the standard repetitive nature of the row house led me to envision the standard block as one

Black walnut, acrylic, museum board Model

contiguous element in consideration of the site topography and the orientation of the sun on the site. Stacking each unit above one another mimicked the topography and created clerestory openings into each unit to serve as primary lighting. This lead to utilizing a Fibonacci sequence of shifted facades that radiated deeper into the site and allowed both southern sun and a conversation with the land. With this stacked growth building originating on the southern side of the site I used the roofs as one green space to be shared between residents as a continuous park.

Lit site model through acrylic


Fibonacci sequence and initial sketching

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Axonometric section

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South elevation showing Fibonacci shift

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Hill Row Houses - #11


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ARQ WINERY WINE TASTING AND PROCESSING FACILITY

T YPOLOGY: Winery DATE:

May 2016

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CAUSE:

Yountville, CA

Winery Studio

The site, chosen by us for it’s positioning between two hills in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley California, creates a moment of tension in an otherwise flat landscape.

with Shane Stephenson

Winery design provides a unique opportunity to design a highly technical and private facility that is publicly consumed and shared. Like a cultural center mixed with a manufacturing facility.

With the primary wines produced being Cabernet Sauvignon (Reds) and Sauvignon Blanc (White) we identified the hills as the red and the white. As such the processing in the facility mirrored this dynamic and created a barred loop between them.

Our approach to the design was to then highlight this unique interaction as it’s driving characteristic. In this way the facility and it’s processes accentuate the identity of the wines that it produces.

The barrel vaults and fermentation tank rooms highlight the processes of wine making while, locally sourced, Nuns Canyon rammed earth walls and a green roof maintains a connection to the land.

Hand formed this acrylic Site Model: site between two hills


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Bottom: South elevation

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Top: Arq branding

Above: Acrylic etched and LED lit analysis boards

1/8” = 1’

ELEVATION | SW

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Site model

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Arq W iner y - Interior View


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ATLAS ALTA UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE CENTER AND HOTEL

T YPOLOGY: DATE:

December 2016

LOCATION: CAUSE:

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Conference Center Alta, UT

Conference Studio

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Arranged as the gateway to the Albion Basin of Little Cottonwood Canyon, the Atlas Center serves as the University of Utah’s remote conference, retreat, and social venue. With 20 hotel rooms, a drive through lobby, day spa, restaurant, and 300 person conference center, it can host long term conferences diplomats and large high end events.

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Parti hand sketch

Echoing the quartzite formations fragmenting the basin, the center rises through the trees in sharp intersections only returning to the land as if continuing forever as one contiguous element. The black form shelters the internal functions while providing expansive vistas of the valley and basin. Through cracks in the formation appear glimpses of the centers hotel, assembly hall, conference center, restaurant, and spa while provide southern and western daylighting. The shallow forms feel protective at a distance, while cavernous from below suggesting an invitation to explore.


Isometric roof explosion

70’

Diagrammatic floor plans

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Color Key

Rendering from entry driveway

LVL B

LVL 1

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Conference Room Guest Room Kitchen Storage Mechanical Rest Rooms Lobby Admin Parking Spa

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Alt as Alt a - Garage St airs


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URBAN AG URBAN AGRICULTURE AND RESIDENCE UNITS

T YPOLOGY: DATE:

December 2017

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Housing / Agriculture Salt Lake City, UT

CAUSE: Urban Agriculture with Shane Stephenson

Studio

Agriculture in the urban core is typically unfeasible do to high land costs and quality of uses. To combat this problem while providing a higher quality of locally sourced food we married agriculture with housing in the form of 4 story modules comprised of 3 different apparent types and a 1/4 acre of growing space.

The apartments function off of a single access corridor at the 3rd floor level and the agriculture is rotated up the facade of the building in front of the apartments for personal access and cycling of solar access for the plants. These bar buildings can be stacked and arraigned in any way to fill a site and to connect onto surrounding urban fabric. This not only provides housing that is biophilic connect with the urban core but network the fabric into agriculture that supplies local grocers, restaurants, and individuals in need. This solves the problem of urban dense food deserts without sacrificing property use.

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Kit of parts assembly Circulation and housing modules

Bar with central hallway

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Bars connected through circulation


Detail section model with lit etched acrylic

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WATER TREATMENT

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WASTE MANAGEMENT (460 sq ft)

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Urban Ag - Growth of the Fabric

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