philosophy + goals
I believe that good design has a universal appeal. It is founded on truthsâ€“not what is fashionable or trendy. To come to truths in design, one has to understand the components of the human experience. At one end of this, the human experience relies on emotional qualities: comfort, security, excitement. At the other end, there is systematic understanding: psychology and health. It is through these facets that a design can speak to users. The complexities of the human experience are fascinating with so much discover about different possible individual. Every design challenge poses an opportunity to learnâ€“one of the greatest capabilities we possess. I feel that I need design for the dialogue that it opens between people. I want to be able to improve peopleâ€™s experience of this world through all the syntactic considerations within their environment.
Nicole Hamel email@example.com 931.249.9545 1509 Highland Ave. Apt. A403 Knoxville, TN 37916
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philosophy + goals
botanical research center
food truck hall
Botanical Research Center Manhattan, NY Lisa Mullikin Fall 2016
The top two ďŹ‚oors of the Whitney Museum of American Art is re-purposed into a botanical research center which is inspired by the patterns and relationships within arachnocampo luminosa (or glow worm) groups. It is programmed with research space, office space, exhibit, and a library. Inspired by the diversity of life in the densely packed Manhattan island and their shared means of commuting via subway, a moving track system connects the two ďŹ‚oors in order to facilitate communication and education between visitors and the researchers.
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Reception Exhibition/Library Research Offices Conference Room Terrarium Exhibit
Plant specimens encased in plexi-glass Custom exhibition shelf with an integrated lighting system which illuminates removable plant specimen (that can be removed and replaced on the overhead track system.
Bent steel shelf
A track system transports encased plant specimen from the upper level pl research offices to the lower level exre hibition area. hi
Seen in section, the space optimizes natural lighting opportunities with terrarium skylights that pierce through the second ﬂoor ceiling, lighting the feature stair opening, allowing light into the ﬁrst ﬂoor.
Friend Residence Ryann Aoukar Knoxville,TN Spring 2016
The design for the residence of Dr. Friend, a classics professor at the University of Tennessee, is inspired by his avid interest in history and reading. He is a surveyor of human life, fascinated by how people live their day-to-day lives. For this reason, the ďŹ‚oor plan optimizes the number of different views to the outside. This two-story home includes a library, a home office, and a reading nook to accommodate his hobbies and interests. The plan is ďŹ‚uid and easy to navigate for him, his wife, and his two dogs.
1st Floor B
TENNESSEE RIVER Cherokee Blvd. Greenway
His home is composed of two glass rectangles which overlap diagonally to optimize the number of unique and novel views to the outside.
FFood ood Truck Truc Hall Knoxville, TN Kn Fall 2015
Food Truck Hall Liz Teston Knoxville,TN Fall 2015
Following the food-truck craze comes this food truck hallâ€”a space that creates a restaurant atmosphere with ever-changing cuisine. This adaptive reuse project takes an old, neglected building and turns it into an eatery for the people working and living in the Old City of Knoxville. This food truck hall brings a new life to the surrounding neighborhood, providing a hangout spot for all to enjoy. The space remains ďŹ‚exible in order to serve as a venue for other purposes. Staying true to the tradition of getting street food, patrons can roam, eat, and mingle. A central gathering hub provides unique seating to allow patrons to engage with one another.
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Truck Parking Recycling/waste disposal Storage Office Dining tables
Study Abroad Japan David Matthews + Brian Ambroziak Spring 2017
Spring break 2017. 20 Design and Architecture Students. Four cities.We traversed through Osaka, Kyoto, Koyasan, Tokyo seeing the breadth of culture and life in Japan. Night photography of temples, scenic walks through quiet streets of Koyasan, second-hand shop hopping in Kyoto, getting lost at train stations, meeting and singing karaoke with fellow design students, owl cafes, trying to stay with the group through the Shibuya crosswalk, and more. Ten days of non-stop sight-seeing and activity were just a glimpse of Japan.
QUIET PLEASE: Fukuchiin prayer session in progress
Red-eye transfer ï¬‚ight into Tokyo
Design Charrette Students of the Architecture and Design program at UTK collaborated with the students of Chubu University in Japan to create a modern take on the traditional
Japanese tea house. In a group of eight students, we recalled fundamental components of a traditional tea house (as informed by Sen no Rikyu) and modernized them.
The tree tea house is composed of two layers: an inner glass wall and an opaque wall that encases it on one side. The glass and a gap between the layers provides a vi-
sual access to the tree in which it resides. This plays on the signiďŹ cance of the host: not only does a host prepare the tea, but another prepares the space. The tree
house truly integrates with nature, creating a peaceful place for contemplation and conversation.
Consumer Items were collected from restaurants, hotels, and museums and put together to represent the consumer lifestyle. Consumption of goods and food are a necessary part of the daily routine of a temporary vagabond.
Nature The respect for nature is something to admire in Japan. The land is not stolen away and put to use; rather, the built environment and nature are integrated. I collected pieces of foliage from our travels across Koyasan, Osaka, and Tokyo.
Published on Feb 23, 2018