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Philip Goolkasian Spring 2014 Portfolio

Bio Philip Martin Goolkasian (b. 1990) is a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design. Philip earned a B.S. in Architecture (Highest Honors, 2013) from the Catholic University of America, as well as a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Highest Honors, 2013). He has conducted internships with LEO A DALY Architects in Washington DC, and Darden Architects in Fresno, CA. He has earned a 2013 AIA UNBUILT Award of Merit, U.C. Berkeley’s Malcolm Reynolds Scholarship, Eagle Scout, and the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary Graphic Identity Design Competition.



South Capitol Natatorium

Recreation Center in Downtown Washington, DC 02

Solar Decathlon, Harvest

Net-Zero Energy Home Design Competition 03


Urban Mixed-Use Infill in Washington, DC 04

Edible Edge

Agrarian Master Plan for Redwood City, CA 05

Timber Curtain

Somatic Door Detail and Assembly 06

Seaside Carillon

Rural Meditation Pavilion in Fujiou, China 07

Wright Residence

Residential Addition in San Jose, CA 08

Schwangau Collection

Table and Hutch Design inspired by Bavaria, Germany 09

Eagle Point

Administration Lookout in the Sierra Nevadas 10

Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School

Court Conceptual Design, Darden Architects 11

Architect of the Capitol

IDIQ Graphic Design, Leo A Daly 12

Graphic Design Samples Freelance and Professional


ED UCAT I O N 2015

University of California, Berkeley // Berkeley, CA Master of Architecture Candidate


The Catholic University of America // Washington, DC B.S. Arch and B.C.E // Summa Cum Laude // Architecture and Civil Engineering

PROFE S S I O N AL E X P E R IE NCE 2012 - 2013

Leo A Daly Architects // Washington, DC Design Intern Developed architectural schematic design models and drawings for corporate, commercial and federal projects // Designed innovative marketing collateral for company-wide business development and public relations // Managed graphic design of proposals, presentations and client correspondence // Consulted on identity development and corporate graphic standards // Participated in professional networking and community outreach endeavors.

2008 - 2011

Darden Architects // Fresno, CA Design Intern Executor of development for Master Plans of a 150 acre summer camp and a low-income housing community. Tasks included Vision Development, Facility Documentation, Program Definition, and Preliminary Architectural Design // Developed schematic landscape designs for a 26.3 acre middle school court // Created publication designs for internal and external distribution // 3D modeling documentation in Sketchup, DataCAD and Revit of existing institutional and housing facilities.

2008 - 2013

Freelance Design // National Self Employed Principal designer for various clients. Completed projects include: Comprehensive branding, logo, and visual identity renovations for 9 active companies // Print Design, Advertising, Photography Enhancement, preliminary web development and Typography for various clients // Landscape architecture designs for 2 residences in Palo Alto, CA.

2007 - 2011

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church // Fresno, CA Pianist Music Selection and Composition // Piano Performance

RES E AR C H 2012-2013


Department of Energy Solar Decathlon // The Catholic University of America Student Director of Architecture and Engineering Design Comprehensive Building Design Project - Director Design in Architecture and Structural Engineering. Tasks included development of innovative energyconservation facade assemblies and mechanical systems, SD and DD architectural and structural design, marketing campaign management , and team leadership. Calculating Construction Costs and Schedule // The Catholic University of America Volunteer Research Assistant Research into construction scheduling visualization and optimization techniques // Advisor: Professor Gunnar Lucko, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE.

HO N O R S AN D AWA RD S 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2010-2013 2010-2012 2011 2009 2008 2007

Malcolm Reynolds Family Fellowship UC Berkeley Scholarship Unbuilt Competition Award of Merit American Institute of Architects, DC Chapter Paul A Goettleman Award of Academic Excellence The Catholic University of America Benjamin T Rome Award of Excellence The Catholic University of America Timothy W Kao Award of Academic Excellence The Catholic University of America Senator’s Club Alumni Scholarship The Catholic University of America Linda McCarthy Scholarship Society of American Military Engineers Gail Abner Hathaway Memorial Scholarship ASCE DC Chapter Trinity Dome Design Competition Winner National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 100th Anniversary Logo Competition Winner Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Boy Scouts of America

TE C HN I C AL S K IL L S Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, DataCAD, and Vasari Microsoft Office Adobe Creative Suite Acrobat Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign 3D Modeling and Rendering Google Sketchup, Rhinoceros 5.0, Grasshopper, ArchGIS, 3D Studio Max, Vray, and Maxwell Render Visualization Media Hand Sketching, Model Construction, Architectural and Marketing Photography


01 STRENGTH OF STILLNESS IN THE DYNAMIC CITY A NATATORIUM IN SOUTH WASHINGTON, DC 2013 AIA UNBUILT Award of Merit Critic: Elizabeth Emerson, AIA Spring 2010 Addressing the challenge of designing a calming recreation space in the heart of burgeoning Southwest DC, this natatorium taps into the anticipatory quality of the area’s fragmented urban pattern and the historic quality of materiality and scale to serve as a quiet reminder of the necessary integration of rejuvenation in the fabric of daily life. Contrasting the dynamic quality of the city, the building’s stillness is manifested in the strength of a singular concrete solid. Circulation paths of metal, wood, and glass cut into this solid, outline the natatorium’s bathing pools, and present residual spaces for communal and personal renewal. These circulation ‘brackets’ vary in scale to create a variety of interior conditions and regulate light penetration and solar gain. A visitor to the natatorium approaches from the south - bathed in sunlight, park landscape, steel, and glass found throughout the city. The visitor prepares for the bathing experience through a transition gallery hugging the perimeter of the solid volume gradating from warm sound to peaceful silence. Cut openings in the gallery lead the visitor to the central frigidarium framed by intimate bathing programs. A glass roof sheds innate light over the great void, environmentally shielded by the building’s thermal chimney which integrates the building’s solid form with the city beyond.

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Program Area Urban Park




The Natatorium’s program occupies the street edge, adaptively reusing existing onsite buildings. Additional site area is reallocated for public park space.

Volume is manipulated to compliment the urban fabric’s visual profile.



A large central volume is bordered and defined by smaller auxiliary program.

Brackets in the envelope wrap the building volume, leaving residual meditative spaces and blurring interior and exterior thresholds.

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Understanding Urban Fabric The natatorium’s form is inspired and shaped by Washington, DC’s city pattern. Originally designed with adherence to formal order, the city has since grown, evolved, and fragmented the structure - revealing moments of anticipation and unexpected delight. 10










A. B. C. D. E.

Public Park Renovation Entrance & Reception Gallery Preparation Rooms Caldarium & Tepidarium 01 South Capitol Natatorium

F. G. H. I. J.

Frigidarium Rejuvenation Rooms Diving Pool Office Program Existing Park 11

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Experience in Section The natatorium’s organization takes precedent from the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome - capitalizing on changes in volume as a stimulus for spatial sequence.







Environmental Design In order to make this indoor natatorium a reality, the building is designed to observe conditions of zoning, energy consumption, and thermal comfort. A multi-height roof and thermal chimney enables passive air circulation through the space and regulates solar glare. The building’s height mends itself to the urban fabric - stepping from 6 stories at the street edge to 2 stories at park level. 01 South Capitol Natatorium


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Entrance Hall The natatorium’s bordering programs are noticeably confined and dark. High contrast between spaces and features heightens the interior experience and promotes movement towards the central frigidarium.


Rejuvenation Spaces, Charcoal and Graphite Sketch A series of compartments along the street’s edge offer area for spa amenities and mixed program uses. The spatial condition captures the tremendous height of the building in a forced vertical perspective reminiscent of French Gothic architecture.

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The Great Void Smaller spaces outline a vast central void housing the frigidarium and diving pools. Washed in natural light, the building’s operable glazing functions as a thermal chimney for natural air circulation.

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Fragment and Solid Contrasting the monolithic concrete exterior of the natatorium, the north facade celebrates the connection of soft materials and indirect natural light to connect the interior gallery with an adjoining park beyond.

Positive and Negative Space Reminding visitors of the building’s purpose of rejuvenation, the entrance is marked by an intimate public space which also serves as a spacial threshold between the city and building.


As the River Carves the Stone The physical form of the natatorium balances both additive and subtractive techniques. Circulation routes, natural light parameters, and urban height recommendations cut through a stone solid - leaving voids for various bathing programs. The technique draws from the Baths of Caracalla in Rome - an ancient precedent favorable for its permanence, weight, and stillness. From this broken solid, a series of added steel and wood components introduce a new supplemental architecture. This new language integrates contemporary knowledge of space making and environmental design to augment the strength of the building’s mass. AIA | DC called the architectural balance “monumental, without being a monument� in its conferral of the 2013 AIA | DC Unbuilt Award of Merit.

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02 HARVEST A NET-ZERO ENERGY PROTOTYPE FOR VETERAN HOUSING 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry - Director of Architecture and Engineering Critic: Rauzia Ally, NCARB, AIA Fall 2011 - Fall 2012 Team Capitol DC’s Solar Decathlon 2013 entry HARVEST is an ecologically responsible home that collects and replenishes nature’s gifts, creating a deeply rooted connection to the natural environment, the human spirit, and the well-being of future generations. The design proposes an open, airy environment enabled by innovative sunshading façades, collaborative mechanical systems, and high-performance insulation materials. Natural finishes and sweeping gardens balance the home’s technology with visceral qualities of space critical for contemporary veteran housing. As Student Director of Architectural and Engineering design through the proposal phase of the project, my responsibilities included leadership in design development, envelope detailing and material study, sustainability innovation research, LEED qualifications, team coordination across multiple studios, graphics and visualizations, and collaboration with faculty and professionals in the Washington DC area including RTKL Architects, ARUP Engineering, and Martin Rajnis Studios. The project proposal was selected from an international applicant pool to compete with modifications in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. The finished home placed 1st in Energy Balance and 7th overall. The home is currently in use in San Diego, California as a donation to Wounded Warrior Homes.

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Active Module Resting Module




Harvest’s 825 sq. ft. program is divided into areas of activity (Living, Cooking, and Bathing) and rest (Sleeping and Meditation).

Harvest’s two modules are offset to craft natural views and garden spaces.



Active and passive solar energy systems integrate into the building’s exposed facades.

Surrounding walkways and decks outline gardens and residual spaces for natural interaction.

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Harvest Entry Deck Primary Entrance Cooking / Dining Living Space Ceramic Louver Facade Public Deck Zen Garden

H. Solar Automated Screen I. Washroom J. Sauna K. Meditative Zone L. Resting Space M. Private Deck


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10 Contests The Solar Decathlon’s 10 contests gauge how well competing houses perform and how livable and cost-effective they are. To effectively compete, Harvest’s interconnected systems are designed for prime optimization in Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordibility, Thermal Comfort, Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment, and Energy Balance.














7.8 kW Solar Panel Array

R-30 SIPS Panel Roof, Integrated Capillary Mat HVAC

High Performance Glazing Thermal and Solar Louvers

Modular Steel Moment Frame Removable Cross-Braces





R-30 SIPS Panel Walls Hinoki Cypress Cladding

Custom Interior Furnishings Integrated Architectural Casework

Floor Distribution Structure Insulated Concrete Subfloor Adjustable Steel Foundation Piers

Outdoor Decks Integrated Landscape Features

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What if a Building’s Envelope Really Behaved Like a Skin? That’s the question two classmates and I teamed up to answer as an early contribution to the Harvest project. The resulting facade assembly, named “ConSol” conceptualized an automated system operating in the same way a plant optimizes photosynthesis - through a cycle of input and adjustment. PV panels and natural leaves attain greatest efficiency when the sun’s rays are pointed at an optimum angle. In the case of the leaf, photosynthesis on one side of the leaf stimulates cellular growth on the opposite side of the stem, effectively turning the leaf toward its optimal angle in a process called Heliotropism. To achieve 30

the same rotation optimization, photovoltaic panel arrays in today’s market require costly and fracture-prone motors in compounded rotation to extract an relatively small increase of 30-35%. ConSol’s biomimicry approach creates a lowmaintenance, self-sustaining PV array with optimum efficiency. It’s passive assembly substitutes plant growth cells for an innovative wire made from a loosely-bonded Nickel Titanium shape memory alloy which forms tight, ordered bonds under thermal energy loads. Unlike typical thermal expansion conventions, the wire extends up to 5% of its length when exposed to heat and/ or electricity.

ConSol Conceptual Rendering

ConSol’s early design fabricates its surface from lightweight, mass-customised photovoltaic cells attached to a substructure with ball-and socket joints. Flexible wires attach to each cell to control XY and YZ-plane rotation. As individual cells are exposed to sunlight, the resulting DC current passes from the cell through these flexible wires to a central inverter. The greater the energy input passing through the wire, the greater the wire’s length adjustment and the greater the panel’s rotation. Much like the leaf, if the panel overshoots its angle of greatest efficiency, the resulting reduction in energy lowers DC current through the wires and returns the panel to an earlier and more efficient solar angle.

The foundational ideology and preliminary renderings of ConSol were carried into the final Harvest project under the leadership and development of Catholic University of America’s graduate program in Emerging Digital Technologies in collaboration with FLEXINOL® actuated wire developer Dynalloy. It’s contribution to the Harvest project touched critical aspects of innovation, energy balance, mechanical engineering, public appeal, and branding.

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Resting Module A supplementary retreat module is separate from active living program.

Reimagining the Detail Innovative insulation and HVAC technology reduce visual profile. 32

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1 Year Later Cost and material considerations compelled further iterations of the Harvest schematic design. The home placed 7th/20 in the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition. 34





Top Left, Clockwise A. Resting Module Exterior and Garden C. Self-Actuated Screen

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03 MOD URBAN MIXED-USE INFILL IN WASHINGTON, DC Critic: Rajiv Parikh Spring 2011 This project explores the relationship between core and skin in a mixed use housing and retail center tailored to Northwest Washington DC’s burgeoning corporate urban development. Addressing the pressing need for housing in high-density city planning, the project seeks to reconcile the spacious American residential typology in an urban environment. The design explorations begin with research and design upon microunit architecture through construction, scale, orientation, configuration, and sustainability. Rigorous amalgamation of a singular gridded building system create opportunities for voids of varying volume, enabling momentary systems of communication, gathering, and daylighting that become part of the living experience. The building’s amalgamated form is shrouded in a monolithic façade with multiple layers and openings that reveal moments of the interior. From a distance, the skin serves as a link to the urban fabric and provides customized protection from direct solar exposure. Up close, the skin peels apart to create public and private outdoor spaces. At its base, the skin hovers over a commercial floor which engages the city with maximized glazing area. Rigorous modularity allows the building to take on multiple roles and configurations to address the rapid shifts occurring in high-density urban development. MOD can thus be understood as one of many possible iterations of such construction typology - iconically understood by visual tension between unit and whole, solid and void, and core and skin.

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Transformative furnishings allow a unit to interchange programs in a single space.

Modular building components and dimensions reduce building waste and allow the building to evolve.

Community Void Housing




Individual units form a constructive framework around a central void for communal gathering. Retail program occupies the lower levels at street grade.

A multilayer facade screens unwanted solar glare, maximizes views, and brings the building into harmony with its urban context.

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Unit Design: A Study in Space Efficiency MOD enters the imagination through a canon of previous works that similarly approach hyper-efficient microunits, such as Gary Chang’s apartment design in Hong Kong. It takes the notion of mass production and regimented modularity from the level of detail through schematic design beginning with the unit. Transformation of furnishings and casework permit a single space to occupy multiple functions throughout the day. Graphic study of daily program functions enabled the development of a language of interior architecture used throughout the project.



Ultimately, the unit itself is but one manifestation of the modular framework; one could consider it a template upon which all future iterations may be built upon. 40


Ceiling Assembly - 1/2” Gypsum Board - Metal Purlins - Steel Structural Joists - Exterior Finish Per Requirements

4x10 Door Panel, Exterior - SIPS Panel - Punch-Out Security Door

4x10 Wall Panel, Typical - 1/2” Gypsum Board - 2x4 Metal Studs - Steel Structural Plates - Exterior Finish Per Requirements

4x10 Door Panel, Interior - SIPS Panel - Punch-Out Interior Door 4x10 Wall Panel, Typical

Window Opening - Nanawall Sliding Doors - Orientation Per Requirements

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Unit: Compression Custom furnishings and casework along the unit’s perimeter hinge and slide along casters to compress an apartment’s program into 300 square feet. Configuration of the unit determines its solar screen exposure and outdoor deck design.


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+57 ft. Residential Floor Plan Typology Residential Units


Circulation & Egress

Vertical Circulation

Community Space

Building: Decompression Units are aggregated to form residual community spaces of decompression which contrast the confined, hyper-efficient personal units.

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Communal Connection A void in the center of the building serves as a zone of decompression for the building’s residential occupants. Multilevel courts and seating areas break the void into smaller areas for personal gatherings.


Urban Screen Taming the chaotic form of the individual units, a multilayer screen wraps the building’s facades in a unified rectilinear form. Placement of screen layers compliment the specific amalgamation of individual units and the natural light requirements for the interior program.

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04 EDIBLE EDGE AGRARIAN MASTER PLAN FOR REDWOOD CITY, CA UC Berkeley Urban Design Studio Critic: Nicholas De Monchaux and Ray Gastil, AICP, LEED AP ND Collaborators: Lauren McQuistion and Miko Raphael-Mendoza Fall 2013 The “Bay Area” (composed of San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay and Suisun Bay) can be viewed as a geographic paradox: a place and void. The water both unites and divides the community of the Bay Area, giving identity to a region, while separating its populace. The Bay is a back space, where the hardened surfaces of the industrial city crumble into the water. In a sense, the Bay is a natural entity, borne of great rivers, draining the entire Central Valley of California, however, every inch of its shoreline today is the product of human activity, by either intent, or incident. If the Bay itself is a paradox, then its edges delimit the margins of contradiction. As these margins begin to be returned to a “natural” state through extensive man-made remediation and sea level rise, we seek to question whether the bay can also be a new vessel - a new kind of relationship between cities and ecologies; one that emphasizes the reciprocal nature of the real and complex relationship between urban civilization and natural wild. - Nicholas De Monchaux Edible Edge engages the latest thinking in urban density, proposing a new form of hybrid urban fabric, and new building and landscape typologies to engage their development and use. The program follows from multiple, seemingly irreconcilable pressures on the bay’s margins; First, to contain ever-more housing and economic activity as the Bay Area increases in density and population. Second, to ensure the survival and expansion of crucial bay-side marshland habitat. Finally, to allow each of these very different habitats to coevolve over the next 100 years in response to pressing flood mitigation concerns.

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Major and minor urban grid patterns are translated onto the site.

A land edge is calculated from 100-year rising tide estimates and parametric modelling.



Land is divided into developed and undeveloped areas under a guided urban program.

Developed areas are brought to architectural buildings using traditional and computational drawing tools.

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Tenuous Connection Before confronting the logistical, ecological, and physical complexity of urban and natural fabric, the project engaged in a brief, intense, speculative exercise on the literal nature of fabric and transformation, with the goal of establishing a common, and provocative graphic, spatial and tectonic language for the finished design approach. The exercise studied the connections of a standard Oxford shirt - dismantling and reassembling the components into cooperative systems. Overlay of these systems, both permanent and tenuous, reveal spatial and programmatic relationships applicable to urban design.

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Visualizing Parametric Design To address the deeply-rooted complexity of site, space, and time across the site, Edible Edge employs Grasshopper and GIS programming to translate raw data into architectural and spatial mapping. To illustrate the parametric design process and the moments both calculated and deliberate which contribute to the finished product, a visualization was needed to document each step. The resulting Script Map serves as a tool to understand the decisions made throughout the design process and the careful balance between parametric and manual processes which generate the product.

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Entrance The city’s urban pattern informs a series of wedge-shaped entrances along the interior edge where current foot and car traffic is highest.

Open Space Rainwater retention wetlands form a green threshold between the site and city and act as community decompression zones. 56

Edible Edge Agricultural polders along the exterior edge mitigate rising tides and encourage health and sustainability.

Local Transportation A high and low-traffic tram system serves energy-conscious transportation needs and feeds into the existing CALtrain system. 04 Edible Edge


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Architectural Scale Contemplating the future of the site as an architectural experience, the final challenge translates the urban plan’s complex parametric design into a series of architectural spaces capturing the spirit of place and spirit of design. 58

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05 TIMBER CURTAIN SOMATIC DOOR ASSEMBLY UC Berkeley Independent Project Instructor: René Davids, FAIA Fall 2013 Timber Curtain is an attempt to understand, improve upon, and bring to life the assembly of a detail originally developed by Matharoo Architects. Equipped with photography and a brief written description, the project focused on recreating the door’s engineering scheme at 1:2 scale and improving upon its somatic architectural qualities. Contemporary cost-driven building culture has largely oversimplified the importance of haptic interaction in the built environment. As a result, architectural detail is subject to flattening from a sensory experience to a visual aesthetic. There is a deep discrepancy between “look and feel” and the phenomenological acts of sight and touch. As a critical response to these issues, Timber Curtain emerges as a sculptural door of unitized wood members designed to enhance the human experience of touch. The door’s sophisticated assembly is enabled by a custom-engineered, self-contained counterweight and cable action. The door’s sensuous curves recall the human form in concept and detail. It’s integration of hardware minimizes visual profile and calls to greater attention the door’s phenomenological objectives. Despite the mechanism’s linear actuation, the resulting figure is evocative of a third degree surface; the effects dispersed along the tension of the steel cable, creating movement that is complex, unexpected, and hopefully wondrous.

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The typical door is divided into 40 individually-actuating components.

A central structural steel pivot anchors the door’s assembly and acts as both the hinge and counterweight housing.



Steel cable controls the door’s fluid form and terminates at the integrated counterweight.

The resulting system allows the door to act as a fluid assembly when in operation and self-close when not in use.

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Somatic Detail The project begins at the level of detail - understanding the way in which the hand meets the door. Expanding on this interaction, the project expands to consider the door not as a single plane, but as a 3-dimensional curved surface evocative of the curvature inherent in human form.


Schematic Drawings Timber Curtain Assembly: Operating Section

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Eccentric Displacement Drilled holes along the door’s opening vary in width according to parametric design criteria, allowing for detailed control of the door’s curvature when in operation. A steel cable threads through the borings and gains tension in operation, offering adequate resistance to self-close when not in use. 05 Timber Curtain


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Hand and Craft Interactivity with the door is heightened by the haptic connection to the plane of the door. The handcrafted “handprint” detail is a contemporary approach to Le Corbusier’s philosophy of architecture and touch.

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This project delves deeply into issues of material and form, contextualized through a small carillon pavilion in Fuzhou, China. The design exploration continues study of the remarkable structural and thermal qualities of ceramic as an edifice against the edge of the Donghai (East China Sea).

The carillon’s monolithic, concrete mass is contrasted by the unexpected under belly of glass and interwoven ceramic louvers. The stark contrast of heavy and light lends itself to a meditative quality of space - evocative of the tension between the strength of Tsunami waves and relative fragility of built structure.

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The Wright residence addition, located in San Jose, CA, is my first full-scope design project including architecture, structural engineering, and landscape design. Slated for actual construction, the project challenges my design capacities for built architecture in the Bay Area. The project is expected to be completed during Summer, 2014.

A complete backyard renovation, the project includes is a 350 square foot outdoor deck, stepping into a semi-enclosed 250 square foot outdoor living room. Coordination with clients, local contractors, designers, and engineers stimulated multiple design iterations to address opportunities in cost, aesthetics, and seismic load capacities.

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The Schwangau furniture collection is a personal project; realized after backpacking through southern Germany and Austria. The design is inspired by the warmth and rhythm of Bavarian architecture. Motifs, materials, and joinery were extensively studied and translated into modern context suitable for contemporary cabinet-making.

Crafted from thick Black Walnut planks and topped with white Italian marble, the hutch preserves a traditional presence with modern undertones. It’s design celebrates the classicism of Bavarian architecture, with a nod to the needs of contemporary dining.

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09 EAGLE POINT ADMINISTRATION LOOKOUT IN THE SIERRA NEVADAS Independent Project Spring 2013 Eagle Point is a personal project; its intention to extend to an architectural scale the Camp Chawanakee Master Plan completed as an intern at Darden Architects. The project takes into account the programmatic and spatial references of the master plan as a guide to design a new administration center, perched on a mountain crest overlooking the camp and adjoining lake. The new center - marking the entrance to the camp - is a space of service and recreation for staff and administrators. The building’s panoramic curtain walls and blurred indoor/outdoor threshold maximize the threshold between interior and exterior and benefit the staff’s requirements to observe and assist the camp’s 3,000 guests. Breakout spaces within the building’s volume define areas for communal gathering, large group presentation, secretarial administration, and library research. In keeping with the principles of the Boy Scouts of America, the building’s design maximizes energy and resource stewardship with thermal mass, mechanically-operated brise soleil and fenestration openings. The building’s wedge shape is designed to literally pry from the earth - its strong linear axes directing view and attention out to nature where Scouting heritage is manifested.

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PART 1 MASTER PLAN Summer 2009 Intern Project at Darden Architects, Fresno CA 78

The Boy Scouts of America approached Darden Architects in 2009 to provide direction on the future of Camp Chawanakee - a 170-acre site for scouting activity. The partnership resulted in the production of a campus-wide master plan documenting existing facilities and proposing phased modifications over the next 50 years.

Having firsthand experience in camp as a guest and as a youth staff leader, I worked closely with lead principle Ed Darden Jr., AIA to lead documentation of the architectural and programmatic needs of the camp in the form of a written book and a preliminary projected ‘urban plan’ for the site.

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Program Area




The building’s placement minimizes environmental impact and maximise views.

The building’s form pries into the mountainside.



The building’s entrance corresponds with the site’s primary axis, established in the master plan.

The building’s tectonics direct views towards the North and West, where the site’s primary program takes place.

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First Level A. Open Entrance Foyer B. Non-Denominational Chapel C. Check-in Desk D. Lowlight Media Office E. Recreational Seating F. Staff Library G. Restrooms 09 Eagle Point

H. I. J. K. L. M.

Lower Level Auditorium Seating Tall Storage Conference Space Alternate Entrance Lakeview Deck Public Bench Seating 85

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Second Level A. Roof Garden (Continuous) B. Communication Station C. Recreation Area 09 Eagle Point

D. Brise Soleil Corridor E. Upper Auditorium Seating F. Alternate Roof Garden Entrance 87

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Linear Dynamic The building enables movement and interest with a strong linear design approach. Circulation routes, panoramic views, sunshading facades, and interior fixtures play on and support the deliberate perspective - directing views to the exterior. 09 Eagle Point


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10 GASTON MIDDLE SCHOOL COURTYARD A MULTIPURPOSE LANDSCAPE IN FRESNO, CA Internship Project at Darden Architects, Inc. Summer 2011 Content and Visualizations Updated Fall 2013 Upon first stepping onto the new Gaston Middle School Campus the attention is focused on discovery. The campus buildings, designed by Darden Architects, play on the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, and Mathematics) curriculum with architectural systems and design that emphasize the visual presence of technology unique to the campus. My invitation was to provide preliminary design direction for the school’s 62 acre central court under the building’s chief designer, Tony Avila, AIA, LEED AP. Enclosed by the school’s main building and gymnasium, the courtyard’s programmatic objectives required insertion of a central amphitheater capable of seating 600 people and various gathering spaces for small group socialization. The design concept emulates the convergence of binary calculation with fluidity. The court’s primary circulation paths are both connected to and separate from child’s footpath. As a system of routes, curvilinear forms chart the path of the path of least resistance as a river carves the landscape. It is human nature. Concurrently, the form intersects with a tightly bound grid harkening the digital age. It is human intellect. The finished proposal celebrates the threshold between the fluid and the binary with multiple typologies. The transition of solutions stimulates development of small and large gathering zones throughout the court. Upon completion of preliminary sketches, the idea was turned over to the project’s landscape designer for further development. The school is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed for use for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Routes are estimated based on likely connections between interior programs.

Frequency of paths defines areas for development and residual areas for assembly, landscape, and recreation.



A tight grid establishes an architectural binary, intersecting the curvature of the circulation paths.

Color, landscape, and program fill the court’s binary pattern suitable for small and large group gatherings.

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Large Planter Configuration

Small Planter Configuration



Curve Cut Model

Curve Binary Model

Sketches / Iterations

Nature and Intellect Intersection Thresholds between nature (curvilinear circulation pathways) and binary (grid) systems are resolved in multiple ways in the design - creating a variety of spaces and visual tensions. 96

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LEO A DALY’s Washington, DC office has been shortlisted for an IDIQ contract with the Architect of the Capitol - a major opportunity for the company’s Federal architecture division. To prepare a competitive proposal, I was asked to oversee a redevelopment of the company’s existing proposal template - modernizing its structure, graphics,

formatting, and printing to produce an outstanding presentation. Full bleed imagery, Customized vellum and paper selection, and careful balance of graphics and content enabled the current success of the proposal. With luck, it will continue on to be the selected proposal for the IDIQ.

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In addition to architectural services rendered at LEO A DALY, additional contribution was made through graphic design projects in the areas of Business Development and Marketing. Projects included architectural diagramming and visualizations,

community outreach campaigns, in-house “best practice� primers, photography, image enhancement and restoration, brand consultation and RFP/SOQ/ IDIQ content and design.

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Freelance Graphic Design Beginning with the Boy Scout’s of America’s 100th Anniversary logo identity, the following projects condense professional freelance graphic design work completed since 2007. Notable projects include multiple awardwinning brand identities, marketing and business development collateral, environmental graphics and signage, preliminary web design, and mobile user interface design.

Project Shown: Skywalk Transportation Artery | Fresno, CA Structural Engineering Capstone Project | Spring, 2013 Partners: Nicholas Colameco, Liana Lamastra, and Eamon Hughes 102

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Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary Logo Competition Winner 2007-2010

Innovative IT Comprehensive Branding 2008-Present

Catholic Charities: Diocese of Fresno Volunteer Identity Project 2011

American Institute of Arch. Students, CUA Comprehensive Branding 2009-Present

K4 Management Comprehensive Branding 2010

Westcott Physical Therapy Logo and Identity 2009

Regan Resident’s Association Logo and Identity 2008

Hershey Community Chorus Logo Competition Finalist 2009

Michigan Avenue Regulars Logo and Identity 2008

Dana Butcher Associates Logo and Identity 2012

Summit: Bechtel Scout Reservation Identity Submission 2011

University of Pittsburgh Campus Ministry Logo and Identity 2012

Cyclin’ Pratt Cycling Team Logo and Identity 2012

World Jamboree: American Contingent Comprehensive Branding 2010-2011

Order of the Arrow 100th Anniversary Identity Submission 2011

Bishop Kelly High School Campus Ministry Logo and Identity 2013

Tivoli CaffĂŠ Comprehensive Identity Competition Winner 2013

Catholic University Concrete Canoe Team Logo and Identity 2012

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“During the latter half of 2007, more than 4,000 Scouts from representing all 50 states – some even overseas – participated in a special contest to craft the logo that would serve as the centerpiece for Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary. Among the outstanding submissions, Eagle Scout Philip Goolkasian’s entry eventually emerged as the design

that captured both the history and future of the Boy Scouts. Philip worked with renowned graphic designer Kit Hinrichs (an Eagle Scout himself) to develop the final design at Pentagram Design’s San Francisco headquarters.”

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Two freshman architecture students were named the winners of a competition to develop a schematic framework for the sole remaining unadorned dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, i.e., the Trinity Dome. Philip Goolkasian composed and recorded music, researched Catholic history

and iconography, studied acoustic, lighting and ventilation systems, and analyzed graphic color and font schemes as part of the comprehensive 25,000 sq. ft. mosaic installation. Corey August provided artistic direction, schematic design, and 3D modelling. Installation is anticipated to be complete by 2025.

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03 UC BERKELEY CMYK DESIGNATHON COMPETITION WINNER Fall 2013 Collaboration with Miko Raphael-Mendoza 110

The CMYK designathon challenges UC Berkeley’s strongest identity designers to develop a comprehensive logo and brand package in an intense 5 hour competition. Our first-place winning entry tackled the identity challenge of a local Italian restaurant: Tivoli Caffe. The given project brief specified the desire to create a graphic identity in

keeping with the company’s Italian roots, Berkeley heritage and casual-contemporary atmosphere. Utilizing wit and whimsy in the design’s “winking chef” keystone motif, the brand conveys a sense of confidence, ease, and memorability suitable for the family-owned eatery.

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EDUCATION U N I V E R S I T Y O F C A L I F O R N I A , B E R K E L EY Masters of Architecture Candidate | 2013-2015 T H E C AT H O L I C U N I V E R S I T Y O F A M E R I C A Bachelors of Science in Architecture | 2008-2013 | Valedictorian Bachelors of Civil Engineering | 2008-2013 | Valedictorian

SOFTWARE Autodesk CAD, Revit, DataCAD, Ecotect, Vasari, Sketchup, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, ArchGIS, 3D Studio Max, Vray, Maxwell, Adobe Creative Suite

LANGUAGES English Spanish (Proficient) Italian (Limited)


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE L E O A D A LY A R C H I T E C T S Washington, DC | Intern | May 2012 - August 2013 Projects: Confidential Government Project, Dream Hotel Dallas, Company Marketing & Graphics

DARDEN ARCHITECTS Fresno, CA | Summer Intern | 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Projects: BSA Camp Chawanakee Master Plan, Link Care Master Plan Assessment, Gaston Middle School, Company Marketing & Graphics


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