SKI W E Z C KAR ECTURE P I L P H I L A R C H I T O LO G Y R OF F TECHN -2014 O L E 9 BACH TITUTE O LIO 200 S RTFO S IN I O O P N LI
ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE 2009-2014 Specialization in Digital Design Dean’s List: Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013 Fall 2013, Spring 2014 GPA 3.4
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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago, IL Urban Design Intern - May 2013 - August 2013 Working in the SOM-City Design Studio was a learning experience. During this time I participated in several teams and projects ranging from the scale of a Chicago city lot, to an investigation of the urban interface of the Cahill Expressway in Sydney, Australia. I teamed with diverse groups of professionals which consisted of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, graphic designers and film producers. I contributed to these teams by producing study models, renderings, and other drawings which contributed to the development of these projects. I was fully engulfed in these teams and participated in project meetings and presentations. The most rewarding project I was able to explore was the continuation of work that was started in my spring studio semester at IIT. This studio was in partnership with the University of Chicago and the Washington Park Arts Incubator. My role influenced the development of the Washington Park Arts Incubator Development Plan through design development and presentation development. VOA Associates, Chicago, IL IT/Architecture Intern - June 2011 - April 2013 I was able to be a part of many teams which contributed to the development of designs and presentations. I worked with groups of architects from several of the VOA offices. I had the opportunity to produce custom Revit Families; ranging from template sheets to lights to doors; facilitating the advancement and production of Revit models. I provided support to VOA offices in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Orlando, Beijing and Shanghai enabling a seamless workflow across the globe. Professionals presented issues to me and sought technical advice on a variety of subjects. These interactions ranged from quick talks to more involved one on one sit downs. I supported, maintained and repaired computer hardware, and software. I developed a training and implementation plan for the use of Rhino 3D modeling software. I produced a standardized document format for tutorials used by VOA national staff.
WRIGLEY GUM FACTORY DEMOLITION MARCH 2014
CONTENTS 6-11 12-17 18-23 24-29 30-35 36-41 42-43 44-45
STEA3M FRAGMENT CITY CHICAGO BOUNDARY RESEARCH
THE DIPLORA RAVENSWOOD BOATHOUSE CONVERGE MONASTERY
EXPERIMENTS FABRICATION COLLAGE
STEA3M FALL 2013 PROFESSOR MARTIN FELSEN
The summer of 2013 was a major test for the Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. During this time Emanuel closed almost 50 schools that were deemed to be under performing or underutilized. This affected nearly 45,000 students across the city, most of which live in the South and West sides. The students would be dispersed to 67 ‘welcoming’ schools. Often the schools which would be welcoming children were across the neighborhood or in the neighborhood next door. For many this was no mild inconvenience, suddenly informal boundaries became apparent as parents now realized their children would be walking through rival neighborhood gang territory. The city anticipated a strong backlash to the disruption of urban life and expanded the Safe Passage Program. The program consists of designated streets with Safe Passage workers (who wear neon vests.) The Safe Passage Program began after the beating and murder of Fenger High School Student, Derrion Albert, who was pulled into a gang related street fight while trying to walk home. While these efforts have addressed the issue created in one way, the Safe Passage program largely ignored the reality of the city’s South and West sides. This reality is one of abandoned/boarded up buildings, vacant lots, and un-walkable streets. STEA3M aims to combat physical problems of the Safe Passage Routes through arts, agriculture architecture, and community building.
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FRAGMENT CITY SPRING 2013 PROFESSOR PHIL ENQUIST
Rebuilding a Boulevard: The Garfield Boulevard Corridor was in collaboration with the University of Chicago Arts + Public Life Initiative and the Washington Park Arts Incubator. Fragment City looks to utilize the current vacant lots and abandoned buildings to transform a neighborhood from a neglected and polluted area to an environmental neighborhood of the future. The Environmental Plan calls for utilization of the former Chicago Housing Authority, Robert Taylor Homesâ€™ site to be transformed into an ecological recycling, conservational and educational complex. Two new educational centers will greet the face of the Boulevard, the Chicago High School for Environmental Sciences and the Center for Urban Wetlands. These two centers will educate and house the future of environmental scientists, engineers and designers while pulling students from Washington Park and other South Side neighborhoods to create an Environmental District for the South Side of Chicago. This new educational complex looks to allow the next generation of Chicagoans to take control and reclaim their communities through environmental sciences. One of the main activities that will occur on this sight is the creation of rain-water purification wetlands. This complex will utilize the existing road infrastructure to collect rain-water runoff into the purification wetlands. This process will save large amounts of rain water from entering the sewer system and eventually lead this water back into Lake Michigan.
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CHICAGO BOUNDARY RESEARCH ON GOING PROFESSOR MARTIN FELSEN
Chicago is a city of almost 3 million people, which at times seems to divided and chopped up about as much. The political boundaries of the city date back to the bir th of the Democratic Machine in the 1930s, when Anton Cermak became Mayor in 1931. Since that time the formal and informal boundaries of the city have grown and become even more apparent when studied on a map or even when moving through the city. The research represented here is meant to demonstrate the often ridiculous state of gerrymandering that Chicago exists in and the faces behind it.
CHICAGO BOUNDARY RESEARCH
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CHICAGO BOUNDARY RESEARCH
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CHICAGO BOUNDARY RESEARCH
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THE DIPLORA FALL 2012 PROFESSOR ROSS WIMER
The Diplora Tower is an investigation of aerodynamics and form. The Diplora interacts with wind in an aggressive manner. Where the standard tall building takes a passive approach to dealing with wind by bracing for contact, the Diplora blatantly greets the Chicago wind. This interaction can best be described as channelling. When high speed winds meet the crawling facade of the Diplora, the wind is channelled and dispersed in many directions, decreasing the overall effect of the wind load. This interaction was inspired by corals of the deep sea. Diplora Strigosa is a type of brain coral that interacts with water in a similar manner as this tower deals with wind. When Diplora Strigosa feeds it extends its polyps to catch plankton. The undulations of the coral’s “skin” forces the plankton to flow towards the polyups, which intern catch the plankton for feast. The Diplora questions the reach of tall buildings. At the river walk, the facade of the tower stretches out over the river park creating a dynamic urban setting. Pushing the limits on the idea of a tower’s reach, the Diplora extends across the river with its pedestrian bridge, creating an approach unlike any other in the city.
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RAVENSWOOD BOATHOUSE FALL 2011 PROFESSOR THOMAS KEARNS
The Ravenswood Boathouse an investigation in decent. The site, Jacobs Park, sits about 12 feet above the Chicago River, creating the complex problem of moving a 60 foot sculling boat from the road down to the river. The Ravenswood Boathouse engages this issue of decent through a series of pivot points. The longest boats will experience these pivots while descending to the river. While the remaining users, activities and structure of the boathouse also react to these crucial pivot points. These reactions create a series of dynamic spaces for rowers and the public. These spaces include a workout facility, an outdoor patio, a lounge and a classroom space. The experience of inhabiting these spaces takes people through an exciting series of events and turns. For the rower, the experience of moving the boats to the river level is a celebration of the spor t of the boat itself. For the public, the lounge and classroom spaces are another series of turns in which the user experiences the pivots through changing activity and crossing paths. The Ravenswood Boathouse is a facility that enhances the experience of traveling through a building and its site while celebrating the spor t of rowing.
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CONVERGE MONASTERY SPRING 2012 PROFESSOR LYNSEY SORRELL
Converge Monastery is an investigation of time and silence. Designed for 10-12 Trappist Monks, Converge is the product of a Trappist Monk’s weekly ritual. The Monk’s ritual consists of many hours of private prayer, individual study and meals together with other monks. Because of this intense schedule, the monastery provides each monk with his own private cell, while all other spaces are laced in between. This creates a dynamic circulation that encourages interaction while still in silence. The cells are spread out in a circle, in the middle of the circle is the chapter room/dining room. This space sits above the alter of the church. This area is where the monks converge. The chapter room is the only space in which the monks can speak to each other, making it one of the most impor tant spaces of the monastery. The monastery holds sermon once a week where the public enters the monastery. The publics’ descent into the world of monks is an experience in the life of a monk. The long walk to enter the church is a passageway and time of meditation for church goers. Converge Monastery is a space that celebrates individual prayer and community spaces.
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EXPERIMENTS IN PROCESS 2012-2014 FABRICATION
Digital technologies have transformed and continue to transform our world in exciting and sometimes overwhelming ways. As student of architecture and a product of the google age, I have attempted to merge the ar t of architecture with the technology at hand to enhance my dynamics of my design projects. Pictured right, is a site study model for STEA3M. This model tells a story about West Gar field Park, which could not be communicated through conventional manners. West Gar field Park, on Chicagoâ€™s west side, is a neighborhood that has been greatly affected by the decline of Chicago manufacturing, poor upkeep and criminal activity. The urban fabric of this community is plagued by empty lots, boarded up buildings and pover ty. This model attempts to capture the essence of the urban fabric through a fluid plastic shell.
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EXPERIMENTS IN PROCESS 2014 SPACE IN MOTION
Space in Motion is an exploration of speed, movement and photography. Inspired by David Hockneyâ€™s photomontages, these collages are experiments in experience. Each collage is composed of many images photographed from either a fixed point, a moving point or several fixed points. This process is quick and anxious, capturing many images in 10 or 20 seconds. The final composition strives to capture an experience and not a single image. For example, the San Francisco Federal Building, (pictured lower right) encompasses an urban experience that is difficult to understand from one point, this process of walking around the plaza givers a visitor an understanding of the complexity of the organism that this building is. It is this process I have tried to capture.
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