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PORTFOLIO alexandra PETRARU multiple

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Alexandra Elena PETRARU alexandra.petraru88@gmail.com +40 740 02 81 38 issuu.com/oaialaoras 8-12 Ion Mortun Street, apt. 42, 3rd district, BUCHAREST ROMANIA

CONTACT

ME!


DESIGN

PHILOSOPHY

there is a common belief that architects wear black, hide in a corner for a considerable amount of time and then come back with a solution. it might just be the case for some, but not for me. my philosophy revolves around the idea that the architect is a pack animal, not designed to create by himself, but codependent on others just like him and deeply rooted into a layering of all the connected fields of his knowledge.


EDUCATION

Romania’s entry for SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE 2014 Architect, Team Manager, project initiator general concept/strategy for innovative 0+energy house project management & team coordination 1 of 20 teams accepted in the competition

EPAT - "Eau comme PATrimoine" Participating arch. student strategy for urban waterfront integration masterplan proposal for Braila, Romania & Comacchio, Italy

Leuphana Digital School, under Daniel Libeskind Architecture student experimental think-tank school research on future urban development RAM construction firm, Bucharest Collaborator Architect industrial metallic structures CAD drafting, 3D modelling occasional decision making MEN - ANCS - Ministry of National Education Research Counselor research on sustainability and passive housing

50%CREATIVE

the start of it all

ASAUIM, Architecture Students Associatiation PR Manager cultural events management communication strategy / graphic design

1988

PRISPA, entry for SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE 2012 2nd place in Energy Efficiency & Public Choice Architect, Communications Coordinator 0+energy house from concept to building communication strategy for an architecture project

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

UZINA de APA - 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award nominee Collaborator arch. student industrial heritage conversion and urban reintegration landscape and interior design activities strategy / exhibition curatoring

graduated from "Petru Rares" National College, Suceava mathematics/informatics intensive class Bacalaureat Diploma, junior programmer certificate, Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Certificate (grade B)

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WORK

EXPERIENCE

PROJECTS

POIANA LUI IOCAN Architect urban mapping / community research public consulting strategy for GUP

50%LOGICAL

TECHNICAL

SKILLS

AutoCAD 2D / 3D Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Corel Draw X5

Freelance Graphic Designer graphic design and information architecture

Lumion 3D 3DStudioMax Carbon Mixer

UAUIM "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest BA in Architecture

Sketchup & Vray for Sketchup Perfect range of Office Software B cat. driver's license


COMMUNICATION SKILLS OVERVIEW CAPACITY

INTERESTS ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN ARCHITECTURAL INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES URBAN POLITICS & STRATEGIES

TEAM WORK EXPERIENCE

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN URBAN PLANNING PROJECT MANAGEMENT

DRIVEN & AMBITIOUS

BRAINSTORMING ADDICT

INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE ADVERTISING

SOCIABLE

GROUNDED

HONEST

COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES FOR ARCHITECTURE & URBAN PROGRAMS

EMPATHIC

CREATIVE LANGUAGES HONOURS//AWARDS//PUBLICATIONS

2nd prize for Energy Efficiency and Public Choice, special mention for Social Awareness during the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 competition for project PRISPA Green Building of the Year for small projects (under 500sqm) prize Romania Green Building Council Award 2013 and 2012 for project PRISPA english Nominee for European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Awards 2013 - for project UZINA de APA Written various articles in architecture profile publications and mass media publications spanish regarding different projects I've been involved in (Igloo, Casa Mea, OAR Bulletin) "Experiences et savoir faire dans la rehabilitation des villes d'eau et des paysages fluviaux" / french "Experience and know-how for the rehabilitation of waterfront cities" - book in progress (release date in the autumn of 2013) as part of EPAT - Eau comme PATrimoine project romanian To be released (2013-2014) publication about educational methods in architecture as outcome of the Scientific Communications Session of UAUIM Technical Department, published by UAUIM Press.


fatada EST sc. 1/100

fatada SUD sc. 1/100

fatada VEST sc. 1/100

fatada nord sc. 1/100 PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

plan etaj 1,3 sc. 1/100

plan etaj 1 sc. 1/100

plan etaj 2,4 sc. 1/100 plan etaj 2 sc. 1/100

Apartament 2 camere

Apartament 4 camere duplex

plan etaj 3 sc. 1/100

an univrsitar 2010-2011 Grupa 35A (restantier)

Dep. Bazele Proiectarii

Complex rezidential

scara 1/100 plansa nr:

stud. arh. Petraru Alexandra

nr matricol: 12909

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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5000

5000 10000

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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Sectiune longitudinala sc. 1/100

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fatada nord sc. 1/100

plan etaj 1 sc. 1/100

fatada sud sc. 1/100

plan etaj 2 sc. 1/100

Apartament 3 camere duplex

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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Apartament 3 camere duplex

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fatada SUD sc. 1/100

fatada NORD sc. 1/100

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plan etaj 1,2,3 sc. 1/100 Dep. Bazele Proiectarii

Complex rezidential stud. arh. Petraru Alexandra

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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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an univrsitar 2010-2011 Grupa 35A (restantier) scara 1/100 plansa nr: nr matricol: 12909


UAUIM

playground

the time spent in "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism helped me understand the basics of architectural thinking, giving me the first instruments for a healthy upbringing. however, while UAUIM was the perfect playground for experimenting with architecture, I strongly consider that the shaping of my identity as an emergent architect was done outside the school frame, while working in long-term projects involving various connected fields, which I will briefly explain in the following pages.


SOLAR

DECATHLON

sustainability

-technology-

EUROPE

design

build

studio


THE 2001

2003

COMPETITION 2005

2007

2009

It started in USA in 2001 and continued in Europe

2008

2011 2010

-

2014

My experience with Solar Decathlon Europe started with the 2012 edition which was held in Madrid where I participated with project PRISPA, a solar house created for and inspired by the Romanian countryside. After this, I decided to draft the concept for another solar house and my project was accepted in the 2014 competition in Versailles. The next step was forming a multidisciplinary team and coordinating the project.

2013 2012

2012

2014

Denmark Netherlands United States of America

Germany Romania

France

designs & builds

Each Japan

Versailles

and

it again.

India Mexico Spain

10 contests

Italy

Costa Rica

6 intermediary deliveries

2 years to get things done

Taiwan

Thailand

ARCHITECTURE

120 points

jury

ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION

80 points

jury

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

100 points

jury

ELECTRICAL ENERGY BALANCE

120 points - monitoring

COMFORT CONDITIONS

120 points - monitoring

FUNCTIONING OF THE HOUSE

120 points - monitoring

COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL AWARENESS

80 points

jury

Economists

INDUSTRIALIZATION & MARKET VIABILITY

80 points

jury

Communicators

INNOVATION

80 points

jury

SUSTAINABILITY

100 points

jury

Chile

DESIGN

BUILD

We take professional groups

STUDIO

+

_

...and play a little mix&match.

Architects Engineers Designers Managers

Advertisers Photographers

I’m new


2nd place

energy efficiency & public choice

sustainability

-

tradition

-

PRISPA

experimental

house


% annual consumption (from a total of 7508 kWh) 10% 20% 52%

CONSTRUCTIVE

9% 2% 6%

PRISPA was designed to be integrated into a context where energy efficient houses are considered fictional. Therefore, the house is comfortable and perfect for living, more of a home than a pavillion. Traditional Romanian architecture is the inspiration of this home, putting forward integrated passive strategies (multifunctional buffer spaces, shape, materials) and coherence in design."Prispa" is our traditional transition space between interior and exterior,between privacy and social life. Giving meaning to what already defines us as a country, this is PRISPA’s strategy.

DESIGN

The constructive system of PRISPA house is based on two different constructive elements: structural prefabricated panels and transportable modules. Wood is the main materialwe use due to sustainability and constructive reasons. The structural prefabricated panels are made of I-joists or box studs plated on both sides with OSB, filled with mineral wool and coated on the interior face with gypsum boards to meet the required fire protection. The panels are protected with a vapor barrier membrane on the inner face and with moisture resistant concrete base boards on the exterior, thus offering good plaster support. The I-Joists are economical and versatile structural elements, their geometry ensuring efficient use of the material by concentrating the timber in the outermost areas of the cross-section where it is required to resist to stresses, while they can also be made of wood remaining from the industrial process.

EASY

TO

BUILD

We use two transportable modules finished and fully equipped in order to save assembly time and they include the utilities areas. PRISPA wants to regain Romanians' confidence in wooden structures by applying modern but accesible technology. Such an engineered wooden structure is not fire insecure not hard to build, but a complex result of the interaction between professionals making a suitable products for the Romanian market. Lenght = 10.00m Width = 9.30m Built Area = 87.15mp Developed area = 110.10mp Built area of the porch = 13.50mp Usable area ground floor = 59.40mp Usable area split level = 5.40mp Usable area technical room = 10mp Total usable area = 74.80mp Height at ridge = 5.95m Height at eaves = 2.75m Exterior volume = 310mc Interior volume = 260mc No. of photovoltaic panels = 32 Installed power = 8 kWp Estimated electrical energy consumption in Bucharest = 7508 kWh/year Estimated electrical energy production in Bucharest = 9501 kWh/year No. of solar panels = 2 Grey water recycled = 250 l/day

CONTEXT

PASSIVE STRATEGIES


1

SOLAR

HOUSE

3 2

ASSEMBLIES DISASSEMBLIES

DESIGNED & BUILT BY STUDENTS

1st

assembly:

2nd 3rd

assembly: assembly:

Bucharest

- 2 months prefabrication - 1 month building Madrid - 13 days Bacau - 3 weeks


3.BACAU the solar house's last assembly on the owner's site

2.MADRID 13 days assembly, 5 day disassembly

1.BUCHAREST prefabrication, assembly, testing, disassembly, shipping to Madrid


interior

PRISPA


PRISPA exterior


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

DENSITY MOBILITY SOBRIETY INNOVATION AFFORDABILITY THE PROJECT IN ITS ENVIRONMENT VS.THE PROTOTYPE IN THE COMPETITION

SDE

2014

sustainability

8-10 AM

8-10 AM

10-17PM

10-17PM

17-20PM

17-20PM

City center

BUCHAREST

en

-technology-

Suburbia

COMPREHENSION

France

design

build

studio


1. THE BUILDING IS A PREFABRICATED PRODUCT WITH FEW DIFFERENTY TYPES OF STANDARDIZED COMPONENTS. 2. THE BUILDING IS MODULAR AND CAN FUNCTION INDEPENDENTLY OR CAN FORM BUILDINGS FOR SHARED LIVING. 3. IN THE FACTORY, THE COMPONENTS OF THE BUILDING ARE CONFIGURED AFTER SPECIFIC SITE PARAMETERS. 4. FROM THE MOMENT IT IS SET IN PLACE, THE BUILDING WILL CONSTANTLY BE MONITORED. 5. WHILE ITS SHAPE IS DICTATED BY VARIOUS NEEDS DERIVED FROM THE TECHNOLOGY WE USE, TO A VISUAL EXTENT, THE BUILDING SHOULD HAVE A DIFFUSE MORPHOLOGY. 6. THE BUILDING IS DESIGNED ON A SIMPLE, EASY TO UNDERSTAND SYSTEM OF ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY. 7. THE BUILDING’S COMPONENTS SHOULD BE DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT ALLOWS UPCYCLING / RECYCLING OF PARTS. 8. THE BUILDING MUST BE AFFORDABLE. 9. THE BUILDING IS EQUIPPED WITH A DEDICATED SPACE CONDITIONING SYSTEM (BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - BMS). 10. IN ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY, THE BUILDING IS AN EXAMBLE OF GOOD PRACTICE IN ENERGY EFFICIENT CONSTRUCTIONS.

From an architectural point of view, innovation resides mostly in: 1. Using the shell of the house as a responsive surface to the environment and as an adaptible medium for any changes in the users behaviour. How? By using prefabricated frames (with very strict dimensions) that can accomodate various fillings: from thermally insulated panels to solar surfaces, double skins and glazing. These panels can shift their position in order to adapt to any site parameters (illumination, orientation, wind, noise, neighbours) or they can be replaced with newer technology when they reach the morally usage point. 2. A bigger communications scheme that involves the house itself in the factory process and creates a healthy collaboration between researchers, private investors, buyers and institutions.

The housing units can adapt to the environment, their parts can be updated in time and they can compose shared housing. Flexible architecture. standardized components

flexible functional scheme

MY PROPOSAL FOR THE SDE2014 COMPETITION FOCUSES MORE ON ARCHITECTURE AS CONSISTENCY RATHER THAN FORMAL EXPRESSION. FOR THIS REASON, THE CONCEPT FOR THIS HOUSE IS A SET OF RULES TO BE APPLIED WHEN BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE HOUSE, IN ORDER TO HAVE, FIRST OF ALL, A BUILDING THAT IS RESPONSIVE TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND TO THE HUMAN USING IT.

input (I)

output (II)

optimisation (IV) feedback (III) research

physical factors urban factors socioeconomical factors


In 2006 the members of the North-Eastern branch of the Order of Romanian Architects found Suceava's old watermill, opened in 1912 during the Austrian - Hungarian Empire. Firstly, they introduced the deserted building complex in the national heritage list, then they initiated the project for its conversion and urban reintegration. The approach meant forming a multidisciplinary work group (architects, urban planners, landscape architects, historians and sociology majors) to generate solutions for urban integration, landscape concept and interior design.

UZINA

de

rehabilitation

-

APA

conversion

-

urban

reintegration


from an urban analisys at the macro level to identifying city-scale routes (differentiated by activities and landmarks, means of transportation and so on), from integrating this recently rediscoeed monument in all routes to identifying important nodes in the urban area, from mall scale intervention strategies for these nodes in order to enhance UZINA de APA's presence and mission to large-scale signalistic ideas, my team focused on using architecture as a whole (from urban planning to product design) in order to naturally create awareness on the monument and its future functionality options. you can read and see more on www.uzinadeapa.com


in 2012, Uzina de Apa celebrated its 100 years anniversary, thus undergoing the official public opening for which we organized exhibitions and conferences. I was given the task of designing and executing one part of the exihibition, from content to exhibition room design and lighting. you can read and see more on www.uzinadeapa.com


EAU

urban

comme

rehabilitation

PATRIMOINE

-know-how

Romania

-

BRAILA

-

4

study

cases


an architectural object, as a mere formal gesture, is just that - a constant conflict between opinions, a daily example of the expression ”beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. Sure, there are certain colour schemes or proportions which are generally accepted as being eye-pleasing or correct, but even those have their critics. mastering aesthetics is winning a fight, but not the whole war. winning the war implies understanding the object’s integration into its environment, its relationship with the masses and a single person, its impact upon an area or a society, foreseeing its adaptability potential, understanding what it’s made of and what it delivers. sustainability is meeting the needs of the user, be it old, new, future, permanent or occasional. This is the knowledge I focused on during my projects. This is the type of architect you should expect.


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