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NIKI FILOMENA DESIMINI CV/PORTFOLIO [ABRIDGED]

9629 Vinca Circle. Apt D. Charlotte NC. 28213 nikidesimini@gmail.com 978.833.7388


NIKI FILOMENA DESIMINI

9629 Vinca Circle. Apt D. Charlotte NC. 28213 nikidesimini@gmail.com 978.833.7388

CURRICULUM VITAE

2006-Present 2006-2011 2011-2012 2010

2006-2010 2007-2008 2008-2009 2006-2007 2006-2009 2007 2007 2008 2008 2010 2011

2007-2009 2011-Present

2010-2011 2011 2007-Present 2008 2010-Present 2010 2010 2006-2009 2009

EDUCATION The University of North Carolina at Charlotte [UNCC] Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Bachelor of Architecture [In Progress] STUDY ABROAD College of Arts and Architecture [COA+A] Rome 2010 Program Participant in the CoA+A program during the summer months of 2010. Architecture was studied through extensive travel of Rome, Vicenza, and Verona using media of drawing and photography LEADERSHIP/MEMBERSHIP American Institute of Architecture Students [AIAS] Member Chapter Historian Chapter Vice President AIAS Conferences Forum [National] SouthQuad. [Regional] Grassroots Leadership [National] SouthQuad Planning Committee Member AIANC Green Conference UNC Charlotte Representative PUBLICATIONS/EXHIBITIONS Borne of Earth Contributor. Dale Brentrup Third Year Studio. Climate Responsive Architecture. Publication [Print] Rome Study Abroad Expo 2010 Exhibit Contributor. Exhibition of drawings, sketchbooks, and photographs from the 2010 summer spent in Italy Sphere Mapping: A Method for Responsive Surface Design Co-author. Accepted by the 17th International Conference of the Association for ComputerAided Architectural Design Research in Asia [CAADRIA]. This paper discusses a new method for geometrically dividing a digital surface. EMPLOYMENT School of Architecture Print Lab Technician Research Assistant Assistant to Professor Jennifer Shields of UNC Charlotte for her book Collage and Architecture (not yet published) HONORS

Dean’s List CSI Cardboard Chair Competition Winner

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES UNCC School of Architecture First Year Admissions Student Volunteer Tour Guide/ Student Interviewer Kid’s Build Day Volunteer. Assisted with instructing children on architecture/ imaginative thinking [ages 4-12] at the Institute of Contemporary Art [ICA]. Boston, MA UNCC School of Architecture Invited Critic First, Second, Third Year Reviews Festa Dell’Architettura Di Roma Conferenza Attendant. Rome, Italy Re-Viewing Black Mountain College Conference Attendant. Research for an Independent Study on Kenneth Snelson and Tensegrity. Asheville, NC

COLLEGIATE ACTIVITIES UNCC Intramural Soccer/Flag Football Captain UNCC Women’s Rugby Club Team SKILLS Software Autodesk: AutoCAD 2010, Maya, Ecotect, Vasari, Revit. McNeel Rhinoceros 4. Maxwell Render. VectorWorks 2012. Google Sketch Up. Adobe Creative Suite 5. Microsoft Office 2010. Representation Sketching. Hand/Computer Aided Drafting. Hand/Digital Rendering. Physical/Digital Collage. Model Assembly. Watercolor. Charcoal. Gouache. Digital/ Analog Photography. Digital Photo Editing. Digital Video Editing Production Book Design and Layout. Poster Design. Large Format Scanning and Plotting. Laser Cutting. CNC Routing. CNC Plasma Cutting. Rapid Prototyping [powder/plastic]. Wood and Metal Shop Experience. Welding Languages English [Native]. Italian [Basic] Music Piano 1992-present. Recipient of 8 National Piano Guild Audition awards. 22 Recital Performances References available upon request


Expo 67 50th Anniversary Pavilion. Montreal, PQ. Fifth Year CAP. Fall 2011

The legacy of Expo 67 is treasured and remembered in Montreal to this day. Pride and excitement fill any attendant’s face when he/she recalls memories of the World’s Fair. In order to commemorate one of the most successful expositions, the following proposes a program for a 50th Anniversary Expo 67 Pavilion to be constructed in the Old Port District of Montreal. The site, on the former Conveyor Quay, is removed from the original location of the expo. Isle Notre Dame and Isle St. Helene, the two man-made islands built for Expo 67, have been stripped of most pavilions and Expo artifacts and adapted to the needs of Montreal today. With this, the islands have practically shed their identity as the Expo 67 islands, save Bucky’s Dome, signs, and a select few other pavilions. The spirit of the place has vanished just as Frei Otto’s tensile tent was dismantled and shipped back to Germany. This is not a critique on the lack of Expo’s presence, but rather an opportunity to break away from physical roots in order to resurrect the essence of an event once celebrated. The building is looked at as an abstracted megastructure, something that held great importance in the City of Montreal and Expo itself. Pods serve as the occupiable spaces that can be re-configured as allowed and needed. These pods will also travel to different cities via a barge crane with hopes of revitalizing abandoned ports.

site: old port. montreal, pq

plan detail: exhibition/garden pods

elevation detail: exhibition pod

concept models: wood. acrylic. styrene 2

section: digital collage

section detail: exhibition pod


system study models: styrene. acrylic

pod system

structural bay elevation

sectional rendering

bellows detail

structural bay rendering

base beam detail 3


Constructed Ground. Spring 2011 The premise of this studio was to rigorously explore the process of design using the method of collage. It is common for projects to be represented by means of collage, however, the early implementation of collage as a design tool is less evident. The constant navigation between collage, model making, and orthographic representation brought about insights and discoveries that would not have been made without the intense presence of collage. The program consisted of a textile artist’s studio located in the Woolen Mills district of Charlottesville, VA. The site is located in an exaggerated slope bordered by a railroad and river. Adjacent to the site exists a power plant that is situated next to the river. The site proper contains ruins of the old power plant that once ran the Woolen Mills district. These ruins were to be rehabilitated and renovated to fit the needs of the program, artist, and the artist’s sheep.

section: collage. xylene transfer grid with figures from The Diderot Encyclopedia

formal/proportional study collage: xylene transferred grid with cut paper and pen on foam core 6inx9in

construction process collages: xylene transferred grid with cut paper on foam core. 6inx9in

concept models: chipboard, styrene, walnut, graph paper, pink insulation foam ground floor plan

final model: styrene, walnut 4


UrbanHousing.Spring 2010 This studio focused on urbanization, and more specifically, urban housing. The site was a zone located in Charlotte’s South End district. The approach to this project was to chose a precedent, analyze it, and understand it through an in depth study of the original concepts. The precedent chosen was Habitat ‘67 by Moshe Safdie. This complex has been a subject of personal fascination. After the analysis of the building, it was inserted into the context of today. From this, Safdie’s components and process were manipulated in order to design a pre-fabricated, modular, and communal housing complex that would be able to fit in the context of Charlotte. Elements such as radiant heating, terraced gardens, and streets in the sky stayed constant. However, the main construction method changed from concrete to steel framed boxes that would sit on each other, supporting the weight above. Programmatically, the project called for commercial space on the ground floor and housing above. After analysis of the site, artist studio spaces replaced the commercial space located on the ground floor. Each unit would have a corresponding artist/production studio below.

concept model: styrene, acrylic, post-it note paper

section: graphite on stonehenge paper. 30in x22in

floor plans

unit plans/sections: graphite on stonehenge paper. 30in x 22in 5


The Walking dogHouse. Spring 09 3D Rendering

Inspired by Archigram’s ‘Walking City,’ the Walking dogHouse is a portable dog house that moves on hydraulic legs. The intent of the project was to explore and become proficient with the modeling and rendering program Maya.

Triniti Dei Monti Drawing.

Summer 2010 Graphite on Stonehenge Paper. 30 in x 22 in The following is a scale hand drawing of the Triniti Dei Monti church located at the top of the Spanish Steps. Several site visits were made to the church to gather measurement, photographs, and sketches in order to create this scale section drawing. All information used was collected on site.

Modular Tube Chair. Spring 2011 Recycled Drawing Tubes and Binder Clips

This was the winning entry for the 2011 CSI Charlotte Chair Competition. Made of just two materials, cardboard tubes and binder clips, the chair is completely stable and structurally sound. There are two modules, the seat bottom [rectangle] and the chair back [triangle] that can be reconfigured into an unlimited number of possibilities.

Watercolor Paintings. Spring 2011 Watercolor on Watercolor Paper

These images represent a larger body of work from Advanced Watercolor. The intentions of the course were to understand the fundamental difference between drawing and painting, the relationship between painting and architecture, and the study of color theory.

Research on Responsive Surfaces [CAADRIA Accepted] Spring 2011 20 Gauge Steel

This project explored the method for dividing a surface in a way that is responsive to its curvature. The process entailed modelling the surface in Rhino, Grasshopper, and Digital Project. From there, the surface was fabricated by a CNC Plasma Cutter and bent to resemble the curvature of the computer modeled surface. 6


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