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Olivia Morgan Portfolio | 2013–14

Olivia Morgan

Internships • Work Program Architects (Summer 2012 -Present) • Kutonotuk, Project Manager (Summer 2013) • Clark Nexsen (Winter 2012) • Lyall Design Architects (Summer 2011) • Design Collaborative (Artistic Advisor, Summer 2011)

400 35th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-243-6101 (cell)

Technical Skills • Proficient in the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign) • Proficient in Rhino, AutoCad, Sketchup, Revit Grasshopper, Python Programing, Maya, Blender, and Final Cut Pro • Proficient in information gathering programs GIS, TAS Ambient, and IES • Extensive knowledge of fabrication tools and application (3D printing, laser cutter, router, woodworking, sewing) • Extensive knowledge of manual arts Office Skills: • Proficient in all Microsoft applications • Proficient in Wordpress Other Relevant Experience • Scholar’s Lab GIS consultant and Makerbot Specialist 2013–current • Work Program Architects, design consultant/webmaster, 2012–current • Proficient in Italian, semester abroad program 2013 • International Residence Student Mentor 2013 • Research Assisistant for Professor Earl Mark of the University of Virginia 2013 • Student I.T. specialist for The University of Virginia Architecture Program 2013 • Properties Master, Culbreath Theatre, University of Virginia, 2010–2012 • Cover Artist, Spectrum Engineering Magazine, University of Virginia • International Baccalaureate Diploma, 2010 • World Affairs Council, Hampton Roads, events volunteer, 2009–2010 Affiliations • AIA member Contacts Work Program Architects Norfolk, VA 757-227-5310 Supervisor: Mel Price Email: Matthew Jull Charlottesville 434-924-6440 Email: Lyall Design Norfolk, VA 757) 622-6306 Supervisor: Randy Lyall Email: Design Collaborative Norfolk, VA 757-340-4272 Supervisor: Ed Lazaron Email:

NSU Brown Hall Model

A three month long study model of Norfolk State’s New Brown Hall for Work Program Architects. Almost all of the model was hand cut with some use of a laser cutter and 3d printed elements. Please see the time lapse of its making at:

To recreate the black box blue glowing surface, the model form was built with plexiglass. White paper covered the exterior with blue gel sheets on the interior. Lights shinning on the exterior make the box look white. When light shines from the inside, the blue gel becomes visible for night shoots.

Venice Work After Piano Nobile How do you fortify a building against the extreme water fluctuations of Venice and view aqua alta as an opportunity verses an inconvenience? Using Palazzo Grimiani as a model, I create an exhibition space that demonstrates conservation methods of preserving a building against rising water. The once private home can now function as a public space. The form and function of this space will change based on the water height by the introduction of different pathways.

Main hall with low water, only side channels are filled

Main hall with high water, space transformed with constriction of circulation

Tiny Glass Architecture

After Visiting a Murano glass factory, we designed spaces made from glass. The following project was inspired by hollow glass beads used for jewelry but on a larger scale where the densest beads are the foundation with light large and thin beads on top.

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Sketches from the Veneto Region

San Salvador, wire frame section axon

Brion Tomb, Stairs

Last Resort Final Model

This studio dealt with preparation in the face of a hypothetical catastrophe. In my apocolyptic narrative, a virus strikes the earth causing the CDC to hastily make a vaccine. This vaccine has adverse side effects causing insanity for most who take the cure. This project focuses on creating a resort area for the insane. Each specific character the disorganized, the paranoid and catatonic have their own area of the building which caters to their particular needs.

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Disorganized Paranoid


Catatonic Housing

Paranoid Housing

Jungle Gym


Ball Pit

Disorganized Housing



Exercise Studio


Catatonic Housing

Paranoid Housing

Disorganized/ Catatonic


Active Art

Art Gallery


Traditional Art Gallery



Disorganized Housing

Art Class Rooms


Catatonic Housing

Paranoid Housing Catatonic

Car wash shower`


Communal light lounge Catatonic

Mess Hall

Kitchen Catatonic


Mess Hall


Car wash shower`

Mess Hall

Disorganized Housing

Communal Balcony



Juice Bar

Catatonic Lounge

Paranoid Lounge

Regularization Room


Sorting Area

Cafe Paranoid





Performance Visor Disorganized

Disorganized Lounge


“Make Your Own� Food Bar

Visitor Lounge

Gift Shop






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Sculpting Climate

Extensive research and study shaping fabric structures to control the wind Terrain

Buildings with Topo

Building Height

Solar Exposure based on Terrain

Solar Exposure based on Terrain and Structures

Site Plan

A thickened section through one of the fabric structures shows how air pressure travels across the curve. Using the fluid dynamics in TAS ambient was a major tool in determining the exact form of each fabric structure. The image above is associated with the graph bellow. The shape pulls and directs air underneath creating a well-ventalated area. The diagram to the left associates wind speed (mph) with the human experience. The curved fabric causes a light to moderate breeze.

Violent Gale


Wide Spread Damage

110 Storm 100

Considerable Structureal Damage

Strong Gale

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Trees Up-rooted



Strutural Damage

Near Gale


Strong Breeze


Inconvient Walking

Fresh Breeze

40 Moderate Breeze

30 Gental Breeze


Raise Dust, Loose Light Air Leaves and Paper smalltwigs Wind Felt in motion Smoke on Face drifts Light Breeze

10 Calm Smoke Rises Vertically

Small trees Sway

Move Large Branches

Twigs Break off Trees

Hard-Soft Surface Studies

Hard Surface

Soft Surface

Study models using fabric and hard surfaces to make a hybrid collapsible structure

Tension Drums

Making a collapsible tent for childrens’ learning centers In Maine

Model with 3d printed parts

Model with fabric walls looking down from about at the center ladder and pole

Looking at center pole and ladder from the top platform, pieces were 3d printed and the latter rungs move in channels and compact

Model without fabric walls displaying tension wires holding the top and bottom plate together

Parts and Mechanics

Top Plate Supporting Lattice

Fabric Wall and Attachments

Gathering Walls Tensioning Wire

Center Support

Ladder Rungs Bottom Plate

Supporting Lattice

Ladder Rungs

Gathering Walls


Supporting Lattice

Ladder Rungs

Gathering Walls

I used the idea of a quick simple assembly, with The mainand design goal of this project was to make an nearly collapsible structure with both hard and soft fabric joints. a center pole to support and the structure The center pole raise of the hut provides all the compressionin one strength made out to extruded aluminum alloy. The Supstraightforward movement. The the the upper and lower porting Lattes helps transfer weight from the edges to the center poles the wires on the edge work in tension platforms sandwich the center supporting pole and are keeping the edges stable. I will highlight Three main joints my study. tensioned on the sideinwith strung wires. The diagrams diagram above is a pie piece section Supporting Lattice: The above illustrate the three major mechanics that go into this from the outer edge of the lattes. The darker blue is where the fabric wings attach. Poles sewed into plate the edge ofand the tent. The supporting lattice holds the top the fabric attach can slide into the notch so tension Is distributed though out the length of the slot as oppose to the single one track for the fabric. The ladder rungs support center point attachments. The lighter blue are poles where the selves the wall can fit into. of the tent and demostrate the compacting of the rungs. Finally, the gathering wall is the a latter tube rungsstructure used to get to the that top plat- compacts Latter Rungs: form can be completely detached from the structure. They and locks on itself to fitgather the the wall, turning them into a into a cut through pole and lock in place when turned 90 degrees clockwise. hammock seat.

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Gathering Walls: This adjustable ring in the fabric walls of the tent allow the walls to transform into hammocks. The inter tub goes farther into the outer loop the walls gather and create a pouch. Because the ring is connected to the roof of the tent its distance from the top stays fixed allowing the fabric to droop and form pocket

Truncated Icosahedron Lamp

A personal project inspired by an earlier study in geodesic shapes with a step by step process See time lapse at

1) Forming Cardboard Cutout into the Truncated Icosahedron Starting with a at cardboard cutout of the ďŹ nal form, fold into the geosphere

2) Making Metal Skeleton Frame and Joints

Around the cardboard frame two skeletal halfs were made from piano wire and triangular paper joints.

3) Final Assembly of Interior Frame

The two parts made to be separated from the trashed cardboard frame, are now connected with the triangular paper joints Cardboard

Metal Skeleton

4) Adhering Shell Pieces

The outer shell is made of plexi glass with a screen center dispersing light randomly.

Frosted Plexi Wire Screen

5) Covering the seams

Frosted Plexi

The outer seams are covered with foldable paper strips. The corners again are covered with the triangular joint but these peices are musch larger to cover the whole strip

Dec 1, 2012

To Whom It May Concern, We were fortunate to have Olivia join our firm this past summer as an Intern Architect. She exhibited all of the qualities that an employer could hope for, and many more. She was responsible beyond her years; always arriving at work prepared, on time, and ready to help and collaborate. She very quickly became an essential part of our team, so much so that we have continued to call on her for services after she returned to UVA. What set Olivia apart from some of our previous employees was her ability to simultaneously focus on present and future issues. While working on a task, she was already focused on the next step, letting us know when we could expect her to complete a project, so that we had time to prepare for the next step. This is a hard thing to teach any employee—to focus on the big picture and the future, while still fastidiously tending to every detail of the present. Olivia naturally exhibits these skills, and uses them gracefully. It is these qualities, as well as Olivia’s great smile and friendly, welcoming demeanor, which make her extremely well-suited for any position. We trusted her with our clients immediately, knowing that she would always represent WPA in the best light possible, and make them feel at home in our design firm. Should you need further reference information, please do not hesitate to call with any questions at (757) 472-9342. Sincerely,

Mel Price, AIA, LEED AP Principal

208 E. PLUME STREET | MONTICELLO ARCADE, SUITE 2 | NORFOLK, VA 23510 | | 757.227.5310

Dec 13, 2012 To Whom it may concern, Within a diverse group of students I teach, including both undergraduate and graduate students, Olivia shows a maturity of intellect, a strong independent drive, and an intensity of work that is exceptional among her peers. She is easily within the top 1% of her peer group in terms of talent, ability, and drive. Although I have only known Olivia since the start of this Fall Semester 2012, it became immediately apparent to me that she possesses a passion in her work that is highly unusual among her peers (I will include even graduate students). For example, when I have assigned work on a particular topic, Olivia will arrive with the assignment completed in addition to a series of extra studies that she has done and presented in a clear and coherent way. She has an inherent intuition about how to direct her own work so that it either complements what is asked for in an assignment, or provokes new ideas based on her independent explorations. Another key aspect of Olivia’s work that I think is exceptional is her ability to work in both analytic and creative ways with confidence. From my experience, being able to transition between these modes of thinking is often difficult for students in a creative course of study such as architecture. She knows when to switch between an analytical, logical frame of understanding something new and then moving to a creative, and intelligent response to her design work. Olivia has shown me a level of intensity, independence, dedication, and confidence in her work that I admire and consider her as a role model for her peers. From the way she spends long hours in the studio deeply immersed in pushing the boundaries of her work, and yet is modest, charismatic, and articulate when among her classmates. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide any further information. Yours Sincerely, Matthew Jull Assistant Professor School of Architecture University of Virginia

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