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NICHOLAS MURAO WORK SAMPLE __ 2013


RESUME ADDRESS 2651 Ellendale Place Apt # 210,

N ICHOLAS KAZUMI MURAO

Los Angeles, CA 90007

PHONE 213 - 304 - 3881 EMAIL murao@usc.edu

DESCRIPTION I am a 5th year architecture student at USC (University of Southern California) interested in the multifaceted nature of architecture: primarily the intersection between science and architecture. Nature has always been the inspiration for art, allowing for a plethora of designs that is both aesthetically pleasing and efficient in terms of functionality. As we progress further into the future it is apparent that the social, technical and aesthetic implications of biomimetics can not be ignored. Through the use of my technical and international background, and my fascination with nature, I seek to be at the forefront of this emerging field, collaborating with other disciplines around the world.

WORK EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

SKILLS

Dr. David Gerber Los Angeles

University of Souther California

Language

Summer 2012 - present Part of a research team that is Designing a digital pavilion on campus for bicycle congestion monitoring. Created research documents, designed the pavilion and performed actuation studies

Blum & Poe Culver City

2011 - 2013 Translated construction documents and diagrams for Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha, an exhibition on postwar Japanese art

Atwood-A Los Angeles

Summer 2009 - 2010 Design and built 3D printer (Machine I ) and a hot wire cutter (Machine II ). Also helped with 3D modeling, presentations and 2D CAD drawings

ISSHO ARCHITECTS Tokyo

2008 - May 17th 2013 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Harvard GSD Career Discovery Summer 2008

St. Mary’s International School Tokyo, Japan GPA 3.7 1999 - 2007

Computer Programs AutoCAD, Rhino 3D, SketchUp Adobe Suites, Grasshopper, Paneling tools, Windows Office, Arduino Proficient in both Mac and PC operating systems

Representational Laser Cutter, CNC mill, 3D Printer, Vacuum Form, Woodshop

AWARDS & HONORS

EXTRA CURRICULARS

Spring 2011 (Jan - May)

AIAS affiliate student member 2008 - Present

Anthony A. Marnell II Italian Architecture Studies Program Traveled through Northern Italy (Rome, Florence, Milan & Como), and also Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Spain.

Summer 2008

Spring 2009

Prepared AutoCAD drawings for client meetings, planning approval. Built scale models for client meetings and design analysis. Worked on the KATO Building and the YKH House.

Fall 2008

Phi SIgma Theta National Honor Society Outstanding performance in Architecture Culture Arch 114 Outstanding performance in Architecture Drawing Arch 105

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English, Japanese, Italian

FISHBWL Student Publication 2008 - Present USC Japanese Student Association Posistion: Treasurer 2007 - 2012


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USC BIOMEDICAL CAMPUS

KITWE CAMPUS

LINCOLC HEIGHTS PERFORMING ARTS

CULVER CITY CAR WASH

Vertical Extract H2O actively solves Los Angeles’s low precipitation rate through the use of natural resources found no the site: moisture in the air.

The Kitwe campus challenges the common notion of a orphanage by providing a campus environment for the children. This way the institution can begin to evoke a sense of community/ identity that the children can grow on.

Lincoln Heights Academy for Performing Arts is an institution that values its connection to the neighborhood and seeks to rejuvenate the increasing gap between different age and ethnic groups.

A car wash located in Culver City that bridges the harsh distinction between the busy intersection and the quiet residential zone.

STUDIO Rob Ley DURATION 12 Weeks DATE Aug - Dec 12’ PROGRAM Institution

STUDIO Eui- Sung Yi DURATION 12 Weeks DATE Aug - Dec 13’ PROGRAM Institution

STUDIO Selwyn Ting DURATION 12 Weeks DATE Jan - Dec 11’ PROGRAM Institution

STUDIO David Gerber DURATION 4 Weeks DATE Nov - Dec 10’ PROGRAM Car wash

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USC BIOMEDICAL CAMPUS VERTICAL EXTRACT H2O STUDIO Rob Ley DURATION 12 Weeks DESCRIPTION Vertical Extract H2O actively solves Los Angeles’s low precipitation rate through the use of natural resources found on t he site: moisture in the air. The edifice utilizes 21,337 pipes to condense and extract the moisture in the air to generate potable water. The form of the tower was based on the biomorphology of capillaries. Capillary systems in our body are able to transport oxygen to our body at efficient rate through the maximization of surface area. Thus this model was used to study L-branching systems to allow for efficiency and also form generation. Since Los Angels’s humidity is on average between 70 - 55% the tower is able to function both day and night. The tower will eventually become the primary source for LA’s potable water and agricultural water supply, and eliminate the need of aqueducts.

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L- systems branching algorithm

L- systems branching algorithm

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USC BIOMEDICAL CAMPUS VERTICAL EXTRACT H2O

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CONDENSATION Air passes through 21,337 chilled pipes causing moisture to condense

DESCEND

Water droplets fall through the branches of pipes and are cooled as they descend

COLLECTION

Basin at the bottom collects and purifies the water

STORAGE

Tank underground stores excess purified water

condensation sequence

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KITWE CAMPUS STUDIO Eui- Sung Yi DURATION 12 Weeks DESCRIPTION 50% of Zambia’s population today is 15 years old and a million of these kids loose their parents to AIDS. For kids living in these harsh environments, identity and dignity are at stake. The Kitwe campus challenges the common notion of a orphanage by providing a campus environment for the children. This way the institution can begin to evoke a sense of community/ identity that the children can grow on. Rather than enforcing Western architecture the Kitwe Campus keeps the African vernacular of architecture through the incorporation of unskilled construction methods and the use of local materials: rammed earth, clay pots and reeds.

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Nick Murao | Amir Saleh | Sam Iqab

USC School of Architecture | Los Angeles detailed site plan

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Kitwe Campus

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Site Plan

Orphanage and School | Kitwe, Zambia

Scale = 1:200

Promised Land World Outreach | All Nations Harvest Ministry International

Date: 12 | 07 | 2012

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USC School of Architecture | Los unit Angelesplan detailed nursery

Orphanage and School | Kitwe Zambia

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Promised Land World Outreach | All Nations Harvest Ministry International

Date: 12 | 07 | 2012

Nick Murao | Amir Saleh | Sam Iqab

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clay pots

KITWE CAMPUS

wood trusses

corrugated metal roofing

rammed earth load bearing wall

cafeteria axon

bamboo and reed roof

rammed earth load bearing wall

unit axons

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dormitory axon


CORRUGATED SHEET METAL 3” DIA. BAMBOO COLUMN

REED ROOF

LASHING JOIST SPACER OUTRIGGER FASTNER

MORTAR FILL 3” DIA. BAMBOO BEAM

COCRETE FOUNDATION

3” DIA. BAMBOO COLUMN #5 REBAR

LASHING

3” DIA. SPACER

SCALE = 1:5

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75-cm RAMMED EARTH WALL

3” DIA. BAMBOO COLUMN

BAMBOO COLUMN METAL TIE CONCRETE FOOTING CONCRETE REINFORCEMENTS

MORTAR FILL CONCRETE FOUNDATION

#5 REBAR GRAVEL

DRAINAGE PIPE

Kitwe Campus

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Orphanage and School | Kitwe, Zambia

Scale = 1:10

Promised Land World Outreach | All Nations Harvest Ministry International

Date: 12 | 07 | 2012

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LINCOLN HEIGHTS ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO Selwyn Ting DURATION 12 Weeks DESCRIPTION Lincoln Heights Academy for Performing Arts is an institution that values its connection to the neighborhood and seeks to rejuvenate the increasing gap between different age and ethnic groups. The academy’s theatre acts as a hub that attracts adjacent communities into Lincoln Heights, hosting venues that are private and public. The design of the institution is based on a centralized circulation where all the paths merge at their common destination; the school auditorium.

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concept: centralized circulation

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parking/ mechanical

community center

major circulation public cafe’

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parking

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LINCOLN HEIGHTS ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS

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aluminum panel system 3” thick 5’x10’ brushed aluminum panels

rain mitigation

system

panels

6” primary steel frame

operable aluminun panels (maintenance)

2” secondary steel frame

l frame

eel frame

6” outrigger operable insulation glass (natural ventilation)

main perf

main performance air vents

mechanical room

insulated glass 6” primary steel frame 2” secondary steel frame 0.5” silicon sealant

mechanical room

2” glazing

sustainability diagram

facade system

main performance

practice

lobby

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community center

parking

longitudinal section

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CULVER CITY CAR WASH STUDIO David Gerber DURATION 4 Weeks DESCRIPTION The Culver City Car wash exists between the threshold of a busy intersection and a quiet residential area. The car wash bridges the clear distinction between the automobile oriented intersection and the humane residential zone through the use of gradient tectonics. Apertures on the exterior draw visitors into the space and allow for a smooth transition from one zone to another. The modules designed through parametric modeling and have three main functions; aperture, threshold and light cannon.

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1. Intersection rendering 2. Interior rendering

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sin (x)

program layout

orientation

panelization

gradient tectonics offset

taper

aperture

light cannon

barrier loft

unit types

trim

aperture

interior wall

extend profile curves

intersections

connect points

panelize

formal strategy

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CULVER CITY CAR WASH

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1. Structural model 2. Central space

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LEGEND 1. car wash machine 2. waiting area 3. cashier 4. cafe 5. bathrooms 6. cafe 7. storage 8. waxing station 9. parking

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tranverse section

longitudinalsection

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SKETCHES

DESCRIPTION I believe a hand drawing reflects the idiosyncrasies of an individual. For me sketching is a crucial part of my design process and allows me to bring my ideas into reality

1. Kaminarimon TOKYO 2. Piazza Navona ROME 1.

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SKETCHES

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1. Roman Stratification ROME 2. Ionic Column ROME 3. Pantheon ROME

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Murao Worksamples 2013