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Phillip Geiman

Portfolio 414 Molers Trace Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


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fall 2013


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spring 2011


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fall 2013 - spring 2014

TRANSIT fall 2012


may 2013

BREWERY Urban Brewery

Manufacturing + Public Use Knoxville, TN

Professors John Sanders + Brandon Pace Fall 2013

This project developed an urban brewery, with an extensive manufacturing component and more public use of cafe, office and administrative space. The design spanned from initial programmatic and schematic to the level of mechanical, structural, and wall detail. The site on Depot Street, a formerly industrial neighborhood, is considered for future development to bridge together the commercial downtown and residential North Knoxville. This zero-lot mixed used structure was unique in containing both a manufacturing and public function, in both representing the industrial nature of its context and the new vision for the area.


top: Detail Model Left: Structural Model Right: Massing Model


Schematic Models

Design was explored through the extensive use of modeling. Early schematic models experimented with program and form. Later models also were used to understand structural components and included a large detail model for elevation assembly.


Manufacturing Block


Public Block

Process 1 Cold Storage Dry Storage Small Brew QA/QC Storage

Process 2


Packaging/Bottling Shipping/Receiving

Brewhouse Fermenting Atrium Circulation/Core

Event Tasting Area Exterior Terrace Beer Hall

Private offices Open office


Auditorium Conference Room

Eating Cafe Bar Kitchen

Programmatic Process


This particular scheme consolidated the program into two distinct solid blocks held together with a transparent interior atrium, physically buffering both the specialized uses from each other while visually connecting them. The manufacturing is buffered from the street as a solid block in the rear of the site with the public as a floating skeletal box pulled to the

street. The elevation is a perforated metal screen that extends to show reveals for the recessed first and the third floor so that the glass southern facades are shaded. This facade wraps to the interior so that the exterior finishing becomes interior to the atrium further reinforcing its appearance as transparent.

top: View of entry from Depot Street above: Section Through Public and Manufacturing Block


Elevation Detail


Corner Condition


REUSE Cal Johnson Building

Adaptive Reuse Knoxville, TN

Professor Mark Schimmenti Spring 2013

Reestablishing residential density is a significant component of this studio’s over all Masterplan for downtown Knoxville. Specifically, a large community is planned around State Street which was once a largely African-American neighborhood removed for the intention of constructing an incarceration facility, which was never built. The Cal Johnson Building is one of the few remaining buildings from the old neighborhood on State Street. It will be adapted to serve the new use for the new development for the area but will retain its historic character reminding visitors of its historic past. The site’s adjacency to both the new residential and existing Gay Street commercial areas makes it a prime location for a signature building at a major intersection for more community focus. Its central location within the new development allows the Cal Johnson to be easily accessed yet serve a very local function.





Mixed Use



Parking Structure



“Born a slave and once a drunk, the 80 year-old died Knoxville’s richest and one of Tennessee’s wealthiest African-Americans. The Knoxville Sentinel’s front page obit noted that Johnson’s fortune — made mostly in real estate and racehorses — was estimated between $300,000 and $500,000. The obituary also noted Johnson was generous, donating land and money to give parks and other facilities to his people.” - Booker, Robert.


Existing Use Diagram

Existing Use Diagram

top: Cal Johnson above: Cal Johnson Building 15

top: Schematic Exploration above: Schematic Exploration


Apartment Plan

Schematic and later development proposed addition to Cal Johnson building so as to bridge the gab between old and new. It’s location is between the existing Gay Street and the proposed Marble Alley Neighborhood complex with Cal Johnson serving as a landmark building that acts as transition between the two neighborhoods. The program of that of mixed use with a commercial day care in bottom and converted apartments above.



Building Rendering


HIGH RISE Urban Development Mixed Use/ Commercial Washington DC

Professor George Hartman Spring 2011

This project explored the development of an under-utilized block in Northwest DC, starting with a block development plan further exploring one building within the block. This was explored in two directions, one in which the block was designed as a public garden with a central building within, and the second developed fully with commercial properties, taking one of the buildings and developing it further into a high rise structure.




The first part of developing the city block was to explore possibilities for a garden space with a small library, exhibit space as a jewel building within the landscape. Multiple iterations were developed in a variety of different garden styles, classical and romantic, that then lead to a hybridization of a modern scheme that would be developed further with the building. above: Building and Site Model right: Romantic Scheme Classical Scheme Terrace Scheme

This building sought to emulate the clustered stacking of block like adobe, with areas of open an enclosed space, breaking the building into several different structures. 23

top: Courtyard Rendering left: Apartment Floor Plan right: 1st Floor Plan


The master-planning of the block focused on maintaining the density of the adjacent buildings and the sites existing street-scape but utilizing those major intersections as key points of entries into a pedestrian courtyard in the center of the park. At the center of this courtyard is a smaller scale community center with adjacent plaza and green space.

top: Block Masterplan middle: Block Masterplan Diagram Bottom: Facade Shadow Study

The selected building builds upon a mixed use program of first floor retail and cafe space, 2nd floor exhibit space, 5 floors of apartments, and a rooftop library. The form of the building (an oblong trapezoid at the corner of the site) splits open with a large double loaded atrium in the center. The first and top floors are recessed with shadow line with a thin opaque elevation, perforated with vertical slits for windows that tip in differing directions.


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top: Rooftop Library above: Building Section left: Atrium Rendering


EX BOX Urban Infill

Experimental Theater Washington DC Professor Alick Dearie Fall 2010

This project developed the design for an experimental black box theater in an urban infill site in NW Washington DC. A “black-box” theater is one which does not have the traditional arrangement of fixed seating and fixed stage, instead utilizing an essentially blank layout on which stages and performance areas can be set-up and rearranged temporarily. Formally, this creates a large “black box” of theater programming along with supplemental theater service spaces and a public entry sequence.




Lightbox Investigations - Charcoal

Left Above: Process Model Left Below: Final Model

An initial sketch project of “lightbox” explored with qualities of light within a space, explored both through model and through charcoal. By exploring the use of light through washing down opaque walls or being funneled through light wells, illustrates the light’s powerful use of framing the understanding of a space. These prior examples illustrate how light and shadow can frame directions, recede edges, and make pieces appear to float.



To utilize the idea of the “constructive� like quality of the space, this design wants to accentuate the theater as a solid box suspended in a more open but structured space, giving the illusion of it as a floating object.

Left Above: Street Rendering Left Below: Section Below: Ex Box Theater Model


THESIS Small Town Urbanism

Research/Masterplanning Manchester, KY Professor John McRae Fall 2013 + Spring 2014

Small towns and rural areas are places with unique sites, issues, and characters that are not often seen in more urban development. The unique challenges of these areas are not often seen in cities: diminishing and aging population, decreased economic opportunities, rural poverty, and isolation both within the rural areas themselves and to the broader context beyond. Also in rural areas, people’s relationship to place and space is fundamentally different, emphasizing ownership, practicality, and long distance relationships.


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Design has focused extensively to the unique challenges of urban areas, but when such ideas are transplanted into a rural context, the results can be inappropriate, unhelpful., or at worst destructive to a rural livelihood. This is to be expected as this disconnect comes from the fundamental conflict of landscape values that exists between the more urbanminded designer and the more rural minded community.

Looking at the urban scale we are looking at two node typologies, a central and a local because while different and to a degree independent. These two need each other to exist. Manchester (central node) is the administrative/economic center and public face for the entity of clay county. Oneida (the local node) is the local community center with a direct interface with the individual hollows.



We are looking at 3 specific streets, two in Manchester and one in Oneida, that I would see as the main connection between the nodes. To clarify the urban sequence a series of architectural fragments and green spaces are used to frame landmarks and view corridors so that the existing important structures can be placed in relation to each other. The idea is that what distinguishes small towns from large metropolis is the relationship between the designed and the emergent. Large cities begin with the abstract design, like the laying of a grid, and fill in plots

to form the emergent fabric. With small towns the emergent comes first with design following of at all. Emergent in this context is defined as the aggregate of individual responses to material concerns, other words “people doing what they can with what they have.� Emergent becomes the rule for low density and low resources, which both are the case in Clay County. The design then is to identify the emerging patterns of organization and strengthened those connections to create a responsive infrastructure.

above: Study for Entry Sequence left: River street section


TRANSIT Node Development Urban Design Knoxville, TN

Professor Ted Shelton Fall 2012

This collaborative project worked with a small group to research the hypothetical project to remove the interstate components that are within the city limits of Knoxville, TN and to develop a scheme of how to utilize the 1.1 square miles. Further progress developed an end node condition through a phased development strategy. That strategy reflected the growth of a transit stop that serves as a catalyst for development for a new urban fabric and then the potential extension of the light rail line beyond its initial terminus.




Phased Development

Phase 1: Object in Park

Introduction of Greenway Parking Garage Small Station Spotted Development

I-40 and I-275 interstate components within Knoxville are large noisy and pollutant barriers that separate communities. Replacing them with green transit corridors that utilizes streetcar light rail public transit systems will allow the urban fabric broken by infrastructure to be reconnected and provide opportunities for transit oriented development along a series of nodes. Development within Knoxville can be concentrated and densified allowing the full and efficient use of underutilized land and allow the city to grow in a sustainable way.

Phase 2: Extension Begins

Growth of Station Beginning Road Reconnection Introduction of Usable Greenway Densification of Surrounding Node Continued Development Growth of Transit Station Introduction of New Public Buildings Performative Landscape

Phase 3: Urban Fabric

Full Reconnection of Grid Extension of Greenway Densification further into Context Continued Linear Development Continued Public Buildings Further Use of Greenspace Further Densification



left: Station / Node Final above: Full Node Development next Page: Full Transit Diagram


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ABROAD Study Abroad

Sketching and Photography Rome, Italy Professor Gregor Kalas + Brian Ambroziak May 2013

Rome [re]visited was a 3 week miniterm based in the city of Rome. This section includes select sketches that exploring both the city of Rome itself as well as excursions to sites such as Florence and Herculaneum. All sketches, photos, and writings were done on site with a mixture of pencil, pen, and marker.



top: Detail Sketch above: Vatican Street


top: St. Sebastian Church left: Campidoglio View right: Tempietto sketch



Left: Ostia Above: Imaginary City


Herculaneum - Mt Vesuvius


Portfolio - Phillip Geiman Spring 2014  

Phillip Geiman / Master of Architecture