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DANCING COMPOSITION- Understanding Door, Window, and Stair Critic: Becky Walker Year 2 Upon examining and diagramming Merce Cunningham's choreography of "Beach Birds for Camera" the expansion and contraction of space began to manifest itself in a matrix. The following diagrams were then used to create a 3D expression of them self . Thus developed a space for the dancer, the choreographer, and the composer. The dancer is represented in the bottom tier, an open space that draws influence from its surroundings. The composer lies directly above, his space is private and has a strong connection to the armature(the music that draws everyone together). Lastly the choreographer takes both the stereotomic and tectonic elements together to form a composition. Their space lies highest as they guide both the dancers and give life to the music.


Plexi System

Basswood System

Armature System




TEXTURAL IMPLICATIONS- Verical Datum Critic: Nitlin Jayaswal Year 2 Instead of having the armature play as the central datum, light was used. In Coldplay's "Clocks" the song begins lost and struggling to find home, however something pulls the occupant through the hard time till they find themselves in the end. The armature of the piece encases light that consciously streams through the solidity to guide the occupant up. After navigating through the darkness the light pierces through an element of enlightenment. From there on all the remaining spaces pertain to continued education of oneself based on what was discovered before.

Textural Analysis of Coldplay’s “Clocks” 9

The structure shifts acording to the song segments

Structural Shift

Light pours through the armature of the structure as a guiding element

Light as a Guiding Element

The central core brings light up to the concert hall where it then pours out

Central Core

The concert hall joins the tectonic, light nature of the top and the sterotomic, dark language of the bottom

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TEXTURAL IMPLICATIONS- Lighting Design Critic: Lucky Tsaih Year 4 Pictured is a suitable table and environment where a soft amber glow can be utilized to bring the space to life. It is clearly evident in the intent to create a deep rich atmoshere utilizing warm hues from the red color palette. Textures also continue a connection to the earth through wooden grains and strained leathers. The concept of my lamp is to utilize this understanding of amber glow and to recreate it through alternative materials. Poland(where I`m from) is famous for their amber products. Amber is a stone known from it’s preservation of living materials which get encased in ambers solid form. Onion peels were used to create an illusion of the stone, meanwhile representing a living material that amber could very well preserve. Also continuing the meataphor the lamp contains light, the gernerator for living things.

Structural Frame

Onion Textured Panels

Lamp Specifications Bulb Type LED 25 W Bulb Brightness 240 Lumens Light Appearance 2700K Warm White

Metaphorical Amber Stone


EMERGING REFLECTION- Artic Desert Critic: Natlin Jayaswal Year 2 Survival in desert climates is a difficult task. Few species thrive in such a climate and the arctic desert fares even worse for those who enter in its midst. In order for species to survive the harsh arctic winds some animals bury themselves into the snow, creating a concave hole to envelope their body in order to trap body heat and block the wind. Other use the snow itself as cover and insulation. These tactics must be adapted by those seeking to reside in the arctic. The painter rand the sculptor are provided with a dwelling that utilizes these methods to provide an efficient habitat. Another characteristic of the arctic comes from the ice and snow itself. Both reflect high levels of solar radiation that can be experienced by humans as bright light, The frozen precipitation mirrors and distorts the solar rays thereby shaping the landscape around it by meting the ice it ices. Sometimes it melts the ice to where it cracks and causes a shift of layers of the frozen landscape. These conditions allow for beautiful constructions to emerge from the level ice through the melting and freezing cycles. The inhabitants will utilize these conditions to allow for adequate protection from the climate within the void and easy access to the serene landscape that flows into the horizon through use to the studio that emerges from the space.



INTERWEAVING NODE- Seahorse Key, FL Marine Research Center Critic: Stephen Belton Year 3 The Seahorse Key marine research center is intended to cater to two groups of visitors, each with their own specific delegations of program. These categories relate closely to the species of animal visitors to the island; the snakes and the birds. The snakes dwell on the island year long but thrive upon the birds annual migration to the island. Similarly the marine researchers and students dwelling on the island for long term research would benefit from the funding gained from short term visitors to the island. These two programs come together and circulate around the research centers cafeteria. Just as how the birds and snakes relation is strictly based on food sources.


Final Plan Overlay


Preliminary Plans


A Top Floor Classroom and Study Lounge Bottom Floor Marine Lab and Offices


Congregation Private Public

C Top Floor Lounge Bottom Floor Dorm Suites

The Concept of the kniting together the two very different iteneraries comes from a study based on the relationship between the migratory birds and the local population of snakes. Both occupy seperate vertical zones, but meet in the middle as snakes consume fallen bird eggs. 18

A Top Floor Viewing Gallery Bottom Floor Lobby and Outdoor Pavillion 19


B Top Floor Congregation Cafeteria Bottom Floor Lobby


C Top Floor Lounge and Administrative Suite Bottom Floor Dorm Suites 20

SPIRITUAL ASCENSION - Delphi, Greece Gallery Two (Temple of Apollo)

Critic: Becky Walker Year 2

Gallery One (Artifacts) Vis







Linear System

Plexi System

Planar System

Rib System

Gallery of Artifacts


SITE AS A THEATER OF MEMORY - Shibanpo,China Critic: Albertus Wang Partners: Maridalia Cendeno, Yang Quin, Shen Zhongying Year 4 The Shibanpo clearly is accessed through two main routes; a bisecting busy road and a winding mountainside pedestrian path. Both these elements border a wedge of land that caters to middle class families and government officials alike, but upon walking through the site areas of congestion were quickly identified due to both road conditions and the arbitrary arrangement of buildings(allowing for no light). Such conditions made it difficult to navigate the site. In our proposal we identified areas where green space would be implemented to allow for more openness and areas where vertical density could be taken advantage of to increase efficiency. The previous methods of traffic were taken into account to strength the pedestrian boulevard and the bisecting highway.

Identification of Entry Paths


Identification of Traffic Density

Identification of Areas of Congestion

Identification of Area Uses

Utilization of Green Space

Utilization of Public Space

Predominate Circulation Automobile Traffic vs Pedestrian Traffic


SITE PROPOSAL Features a multitude of sectional and elevational changes in order to achieve density congestion


The added vertical density allows for a more interesting navigation though the site. It also opens up a multitude of layers to access from public space. In order to fully grasp how to develop such potentials an analysis was conducted of the vernacular language. Buildings either dug into the ground, sat on an elevated podium, or a combination of both. This transition from vernacular to modern language was exploited to develop the southwest part of the site. The south east plot was used to develop the pedestrian walkway while providing new opportunities to develop(pg 33). All section shifts allowed for increased opportunities to develop green and public spaces.



Conceptual Sectional Studies A- Pedestrian Bridge Creation bridges to stich the old pedestrian walkways with the new

B- Museum Create a central hub where all main circulation paths radiate from

C- Water Feature Serves the dual purpose of collecting surplus drainage and converting the old water filtering plant into a public hub





D- Pedestrian Overpass Created to decrease congestion from traffic meanwhile strengthening the radii from the museum

E- Green Cascade Implementation of greenery on multiple vertical levels

F- Vertical Entry Section shifts allow for more interesting buildsings as well as multiple main floors to capitalize on public access




Section Through The Pedestrian Boulevard


Conceptual Roofscape Collage


EVOLUTION THROUGH SECTIONAL POTENTIAL Research Paper relating to East Asia Study Abroad Experience Critic: Hui Zou The ability to evolve has in our epoch transfigured human perception of living systems. It was once believed that solely living beings will be subject to Darwinian theory, but China has proved that the time has come for mankind's manifested ideas to germinate alongside its creators as living systems. As a result of the quest for expanded horizons and increased efficiency, mankind acknowledged the necessity of exploring the possibilities of duality in function of design. Demands that architecture itself has graciously accepted in cities like Hong Kong that in turn ameliorated architects perception of architecture. A new species has thus evolved in China's southeast horizon as living systems of public spaces, tertiary spaces, and green cascades join together to form the grand labyrinth of a city. To fully understand how the fruition of Hong Kong came to be, one must gain an appreciation of their history. The difficult topographic configurations that are China and the island of Hong Kong, have long been a hurdle that it's people have had to overcome. In keeping with the scale of vernacular Chinese housing, Hong Kong residents began to explore how they could integrate their tradition within the mountainous landscape that is surrounded by waterscape. The simple act of changing environments stimulated the need for evolution in order to perpetuate the species. The first diagram on the Shibanpo page exemplifies early day techniques to accommodate the terrain, whether it be due to relation of water conditions or steep gradients. Dwellings became elevated and structure became an integral aspect in their design. As new resources for structures became available, construction was revolutionized due to the ability of units to be stacked together in the form of high-rises. This was the beginning of Hong Kong as a modern city. Contrary to environments that are conductive to placing buildings atop flat mounds of ground, Hong-Kong had just scratched the surface in realizing its sectional potential. The whole city is "charged with a regular and functional potentiality that organizes it into the various networks through which efficiency finds its way ", but only the regular potential had been explored hitherto. It was clear that the sectional potential at this point was solely for the purpose of increasing profits and density as people poured into the hands of opportunity. Occupant experience has yet to be a driving force in construction and only meager hints of the preservation of memory of tradition Chinese history were present in the use of courtyards within public buildings. Just as hope seemed bleak, Architects began to understand the necessity of exploring the possibilities of duality in function of design, thus functional potential and sectional potential became one. It became clear that an escape from the interior confines that many called home needed to be implemented. In addition to comprehensive green spaces flowing throughout the city to provide relief for its dwellers, architects began exposing the possibilities of utilizing ground floors as public space. Notable examples of such works are Norman Foster's HSBC and Im Pei's Bank 35

of China, the first of which gives up the entirety of the space to the public as a link between a public park and a major road system. The building is all about fast pace circulation and efficiency. Im Pei similarly focused on the circulation of the public through the core of the building but contrastingly used it as a transition to a higher topographical grade. Architects also began to implement supplementary techniques to maximize the use of public space in relation to the ground. It was upon carving into the landscape, to create circulation and hubs alike, that Hong Kong's language began to truly set itself apart as a new species. Frank Lloyd Wright once stated "no house should ever be on a hill, or on anything. It should be of the hill. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other ". This is exactly what Honk Kong began to do. It started to become a living system, a secondary landscape that blanketed nature, becoming one with it. Shopping malls and subway systems alike, dubbed metro malls and podiums, intermingle providing efficient ways to travel within the landscape exploiting the grounds potential. Podiums became prevalent bases to high-rises with private program(such as offices or housing). These not only decrease ecological footprints through increased density, but they also stimulate the economy by drawing patrons though commercial centers during their daily routines. Hong Kong's tallest work of architecture(IFC) transforms from a standalone object into an integration of the city's fabric through use of a podium system. Hong Kong's architecture has up to this moment began to explore the sectional potential of its ground floor and its immediate surroundings(underground to first couple floors),however, in order to create this dense, interconnected system that commences to exude life, a last layer must be in place to solidify the relationship between works above ground. Thus, above ground circulation through use of overpasses and building voids became a viable solution. As density continues to increase, ground space becomes a rare commodity, particularly on an island. In conjunction with the growing automobile culture, pedestrian ground space becomes not only dangerous, but inefficient. Sectional Potential is thoroughly explored above ground at the Lippo Center as the overpass system becomes an integral part of the building's design. In Hong Kong it is clear that urbanization developed through the exploitation of section potential. The city became a living being where sometimes the occupants simply need to "easily get lost and feel awed at such a loss" at the "spatial complex " in order to appreciate the beauty. This labyrinth of layers allows for the utilization of elements of architectural design that perpetuate this awe. The porosity of these buildings is like no other, providing a multitude of tertiary spaces and distinct architectural details. Architects imaginations are pushed to the limits as they must create innovative solutions to issues such as natural lighting, collecting wind currents, and sustainable design. The degree of intimacy that is executed in Hong Kong's greatest achievements surpasses

other cities. Each detail's potential must be achieved. These details that came to be as a result of the evolution of sectional potential design has actually transfigured the public's perceptions of what architecture is about. Architecture became about the public and creating creative solutions to problems that are encountered. It is for this reason that architecture follows Darwinism's principle's of natural section. The most efficient design will survive and thrive as it sustains the needs for the occupants. Sectional Potential was studied throughout its evolution keeping aspects of its original design and using pioneering techniques to keep its design relevant. The architectural species of Hong Kong may be extremely successful, however it is so unique and specific to its location. Developing cities need to "preserv[e] the[ir] poetic tradition during the process of modernization and urbanization" and use a "cross-cultural approach [to] enlighten [their] architectural practice " rather than simply take from the architecture of Hong Kong. In a quick glance at other Chinese cities, it becomes evident that each city has its own characteristics that cannot simply begin to develop like another. Hong Kong's topography gave it the most sectional potential, but a city like Chongqing could begin to utilize similar potential structures, but has yet to emerge their own architectural language. Bejing, however has developed their own species of architecture which they may in turn realize could be a dying breed if they cannot begin to fulfill their spacial needs. Their "special character must be determined from the guideline of releasing room " but it seems that their struggle in urbanization seems to in some parts create more problems than solutions, as it occurs too rapidly, completely throwing away their tradition guidelines. Hong Kong has become a living system spanning the islands landscape as anew. The encompassing public space is a spacious anonym from the confined spaces of home. As a result of the quest for expanded horizons and increased efficiency, mankind acknowledged the necessity of exploring the possibilities of duality in function of design creating a much happier public, and a much happier public means a more successful system. In contrast to economics trickledown theory, architecture in Hong Kong seems to focus on the small scale to drive the whole of the system. This is why Hong Kong architecture is not simply what can be seen in the skyline, but what happens in relation to the ground, all the intricate layers that weave in and out of the cities buildings creating one masterpiece.

Francois Jullien, “Lifelines across a Landscape,” The Propensity of Things, trans. Janet Lloyd (New York: Zone Books, 1995), 91-105. Wright, Frank Lloyd. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, "Frank Lloyd Wright- Quotes." Accessed July 30, 2012. Hui Zou, “The Idea of Labyrinth (migong) in Chinese Building Tradition,” forthcoming in The Journal of Aesthetic Education. Hui Zou, “The Narrative Structure of Cross-Cultural Architecture,” English-Chinese bilingual, in Architecture Studies, v. 2, ed. Southeast University (China) & AA School of London (UK) (Beijing: The China Architecture & Building Press, 2012). This article includes an interpretation of Studio Tang Hua’s recent work, The New-Campus Library of the Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China. Martin Heidegger, “Art and Space,” online at:

*The term species is used loosely in lieu of style as a metaphor for architecture as a living being. This being perpetuated by the phenomena that architectural styles come and go, keeping the most efficient aspects of what came before to develop a new style of thinking. This process mimics Darwinism's theory of natural selection. 36




LIVING RUNWAY - A New York Housing Block Designed for the Public Critic: Thomas Smith Partner: Maridalia Cedeno Year 4 Bryant Park, infamous for it’s fashion scene plays a key role in the context of Times Square. In response to the verticle density crowding the public square, Bryant Park is refreshing oasis to get away from City Life. Much as Times Square breaks the grid system of the Manhattan plan, a central core pours between the intersticial program of the hotel to provide relief. This relief integrates the experience of a runway as pedestrians circulated vertically able to be seen from other parts of the program as well as the nature of Bryant Park. Also to bring relief from the square the facade is a juxtaposition of the figure ground that the building skins create. Instead of light emerging from the billboards that form the skin itself, the facade is cracked open to emit light from inside.




Green Spaces/ Open Spaces

Exsisting Hotels


Tranforming Figure Ground into Figure Whole Study


Sectional diagram: Division of public and private spaces

Sectional diagram: Creatation of Nodes(Anchoring Program)

Sectional diagram: Poring out from the core to provide relief

Sectional diagram: Using figure ground to establish a core to draw in the public programing of Bryant Park


North Elevation

East-West Section

125 ft







3rd Floor Waitin

2nd Floor Lobby



100 ft

1st Floor

East Elevation

4th Floor

5th Floor Elevator does not stop her


a The

6th Floor


Conference Room

North-South Section




LAYERED URBANISM - A New York Housing Block Designed for the Public Critic: Thomas Smith Partner: Maridalia Cedeno Year 4 In most recent years a new movement in architecture has slowly taken steps to revolutionizing the way architects design on a larger scale. This revolution helps to create buildings for the people, instead of solely for those who own the property. This theory of architecture helps to infuse green spaces and public program within “bracketed� program to provide not only an enclave of retreat but also as a method of incorporating beloved aspects of the city mush closer to home, This method has become an ongoing debate between developers seeking profit and architects seeking human experience in their buildings. These spaces are especially important in dense cityscapes. From a planning standpoint it becomes clearly evident that the psychological and social benefits for the public in ADDITION to the ecological benefits for the Earth greatly outnumber the profit a developer would gain from developing such square footage.



Tower connections to light wells


Courtyard Establishment and shifting light wells

Drawing in the public through corner conditions

Tower Connection to Podium

Shifting Floor Plates

Integration of Light Wells

Bridging Spaces




Facade Detail


South Towers




Roofscape Conceptual Design


"[We must] engage with the more anonymous zones by making an imaginative exploration of different territories defined by the distance at which they exist above or below the zero height of the pavement.� -City Levels 55

“Activatate connectivity, architecture, infrastructure and landscape [to] come together to define a space of intensified urban life.� -The Principles of Green Urbanism 56


EXTRA WORKS In order of appearance : Mediterranean Door 2011 acrylic on canvas Reflective Girl Smoking 2011 acrylic and watercolor on canvas paper Reaching to the Center of the World 2011 acrylic on canvas Following Page Spread: Pierce My Soul 2011 Charcoal and oil pastel on bond paper Vulnerability 2011 Charcoal and oil pastel on bond paper



The decision to pursue architecture has truly been the greatest challenge and risk that I have to date undertaken. It has emotional and physically tested the limits of my existence, forcing my inner strength to develop in order to cope with such trials. The education I have received at the University of Florida has opened my mind to new thought processes that will structure my future theories that will guide my design mission. My senior year study abroad experience was especially critical to defining the driving theologies of my projects, as I studying my successful works that incorporated planning on a larger scale into their design schemes. Architects build the word around us, and their decisions cannot be easily eradicated so in effort to positively change the world I must further my education. Thank you friends, family, and teachers for helping me develop my mind. Even greater thanks to those who kept me from losing it. Patrycja Dragan




APX(Alpha Rho Chi)


-Active Brother Fall 2010-present -Alpha Pi Pledge Class Brotherhood Chair Fall 2010 -Worthy Associate Architect (VP) Summer 2011-Spring 2012 -Brotherhood Chair Summer 2012-Spring 2013

SCC(Studio Culture Committee) -Active Member Fall 2010-present -Class of 2013 Representative -Treasurer Fall 2012-Spring 2013

ACC(Architecture College Council) -Active Member Fall 2011-present -Alpha Rho Chi Representative -Secretary Fall 2012-Spring 2013

Sales Associate from January of `09 to January of `11/ December of `12 to present

Charlotte Russe

Sales Associate from May of `11 to present

Logo Design

Florida Physical Therapists in Private Practice

Logo Design CerMedPro

Preliminary Design

CerMedPro’s Magic Ear product




Study Abroad

Academic Recognition

-University of Florida’s East Asia Summer 2012 program -Travel Experiences: USA, Poland, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Turks Islands, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Lithuania, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, China, Hong Kong, Macau

Teaching Assistant

University of Florida Top Ten Applicants for Pin Up 2011

Dean's List Fall 2010 Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Publication Architrave 20

Mick Richmond's Design 3 Fall 2011

Part Time Teaching Assistant John Maze's Design 3 Fall 2012


St. Francis House (homeless shelter/transitional housing) Spring 2012


Undergraduate Portfolio  

Select works from my undergraduate experience at the University of Florida 2009-2013