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architecture portfolio_2020

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villa gamberaia: hybrid drawing on site

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table of contents

antique boat restoration facility

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mapping DUMBO

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the three reminders

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jamaica bay wildlife experience

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hidden realities: the politics of aesthetics

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analytical drawings

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your stuff is here, where are you?

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oddPlots

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professional work

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spine

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enclosure

structure

program and mechanics


prerit gupta pgupt101@syr.edu +1 315 870 8066

education syracuse university, school of architecture syracuse, ny | 2020 bachelor of architecture

gpa 3.68 |dean’s list renée crown honors program florence, italy international study | spring 2018 affiliations - school of architecture peer advisor | 2016-17 menat student ambassador | 2019-20 thesis (in collaboration with nashwah ahmed) - hidden realities: the politics of aesthetics | 2019-20

the bartlett school of architecture, ucl london, uk | 2014

summer foundation in architecture

experience syracuse university, school of architecture syracuse, ny | summer 2019 -present architectural intern | prof. elizabeth kamell

collaboratively designed a series of 2,500 s.f case study micro- constructions on several vacant lots in syracuse, ny. Conducted site research, produced diagrams and presentation drawings.

teaching assistant | prof. greg corso & molly hunker assisted in the programming of an introductory architecture design studio course. Worked with a team of other teaching assistants to organize and instruct various design and representation assignments, digital and analog technique tutorials, and conduct desk crits and reviews.

selldorf architects

new york city, ny | fall 2018 architectural intern assisted various design teams with several ongoing projects. Primarily worked on a flood control project, a luxury townhouse, and a competition entry for a cultural center. Produced presentation drawings, digital models and final submission renderings. Made several physical models including a hand-cut full-scale mock-up of an 8ft window.

hok

dubai, uae | summer 2018 architectural intern provided creative and technical support in the research and

design efforts of several urban scale projects. Prepared project drawings, diagrams, and presentations for clients and competition entries.

freeline engineering consultants dubai, uae | summer 2017 architectural intern

developed floor plans for a residential building. Designed the company’s digital portfolio, and through research presented ideas to improve the design of the firm’s website.

honors source academic year grant

syracuse univeristy, school of architecture | 2019 awarded to support scholarly thesis research and creative inquiry towards the discipline in recognition of scope and originality for the project titled ‘hidden realities: the politics of aesthetics’

king + king leadership by design prize

syracuse univeristy, school of architecture | 2019 finalist; recognized for excellence in the comprehensive studio

exhibition feature at antique boat museum clayton, ny | 2019

work featured in the dodge gallery - design drawings of an ice shanty and analytical drawings of a wooden boat

international trustee scholarship syracuse university | 2015-2020

full-ride scholarship awarded for academic excellence, quality of portfolio, extracurricular involvement, and overall citizenship and character

skills digital illustrator, indesign, rhino, photoshop, v-ray; autocad, after effects, revit, photogrammetry; diva, grasshopper, maya, sketch-up

manual/ fabrication casting concrete, cnc milling, freehand sketching, foam cutting, hand drafting, laser cutting, model making, painting, woodworking, 3d printing, 3d scanning


01 antique boat restoration facility all aspects of the project were collaborated on with Sachio Badham

scope boat restoration facility location clayton, new york course fourth year comprehensive studio year spring 2019 instructor elizabeth kamell

The project’s ambition is to celebrate the forgotten arts of antique boat making and restoration by inviting the public into the facility. Through a highly tectonic and mechanized language, the typically rigid and masked process of boat making and restoring is made theatrical. The project is composed of three distinct volumes. The residential tower serves as a point of entry into the elaborate public sequence through a wooden tube which spans across the second volume containing boat workshops, culminating into a sculptural special exhibition volume where a suspended, deconstructed boat witnessed in the intersection of air, light, and water offers a unique perspective on antique boat restoration. By excavating parts of the site, the rigidity of the typical process was broken, allowing the public to engage with programs often considered to be private and adding a sense of dynamism and transparency to the whole process. A sculptural staircase in the entry volume leads to a cafe bleeding into a promenade where an animated scene involving the movement of boats is observed. Repetitious concrete fins operating as a spatial, structural, and constructional element articulate the central volume. The space of the boat workshop is then interrupted by a series of steel frame volumes containing public programs such as a lecture room, library, and exhibition which are supported by the fins. These volumes have their own material and constructional logic and feature specialized mechanisms and machinery to encourage public and private engagement at multiple levels. Unique lighting conditions within each volume facilitates the program while bringing a level of transparency and engagement with the restoration program below. Additionally, passive strategies such as solar panels, wind turbines, shading, and crossventilation are integrated into the project, making the entire building operate sustainably and efficiently as a machine.

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composition: three distinct volumes

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kit of parts

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in collaboration with Sachio Badham

triple insulating glazing with powder-coated aluminium fixing strips rheinzink-prePatina blue-grey facade cladding

steel bar steel arm pivot plate glass transmission rod coupler handle box

glass lens floor construction

floor covering, terrazo 10mm screed separating layer 1mm plastic sheet impact sound insulation reinforced concrete topping

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residential tower: materiality and performance strategies

hardwood finish floor aluminium sill vacuum-packed high performance insulation 2 layers 5/8� fire-shield gypsum board proform quick setting compound


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in collaboration with Sachio Badham

sequence: blurring boundaries between public and private

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antique boat restoration facility

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in collaboration with Sachio Badham

steel frame object and its relationship to the concrete workshop volume

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antique boat restoration facility

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in collaboration with Sachio Badham

spatial, structural, and constructional logic of boat workshop volume

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intial framing strategies exploring relationship of parts

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in collaboration with Sachio Badham

structural relationship between concrete fin and steel frame

organizational logic and enclosure

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systems - mechanical, passive

retractable stair for boat exhibit

classroom boat delivery

specialized mechanisms

library book drop

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in collaboration with Sachio Badham

public sequence through wooden tube

large boat workshop

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02 mapping DUMBO all aspects of the project were collaborated on with Dongwon Lee

scope 120,000 ft2 hotel location dumbo, ny course third year urban studio year fall 2017 instructor daekwon park

Through research, we realized that DUMBO’s demographic consists of residents, workers, and tourists. On examining the circulation paths in relation to the activities of each of these population constituents, we realized DUMBO’s land-use is dispersed. Infrastructure at some major nodes does not encourage interaction among the identified group of people. Moreover, exponential growth, expensive housing, and the infrastructure of DUMBO harbor a floating population. To tackle this issue, we proposed a hybrid hotel in one of the neighborhood’s densest zones. This intervention lies on the periphery of DUMBO, close to the subway station, serving as the first and last stop for visitors. The formal strategy engages directly with Manhattan bridge – an icon of DUMBO’s fabric, and two of the tallest residential buildings in DUMBO. The major program of the hybrid hotel includes short-stay hotel rooms for tourists and apartments for workers. A variety of secondary programs supplement the primary program to encourage interaction between the demographics. To tackle urban problems such as noise from Manhattan Bridge, daylight, views, access, and program, this intervention introduces formal strategies such as an occupiable green roof connected directly to Manhattan Bridge and a central courtyard on axis with the iconic skyline of Manhattan. The hotel aims to become a hotspot of activity in DUMBO.

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site research: mapping overlaps in program and movement

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mapping circulation in relation to land-use

mapping DUMBO

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in collaboration with Dongwon Lee

ground floor plan as a node: organization and sequence

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exploring the in-between space

process: massing and roof relationships

mapping DUMBO

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in collaboration with Dongwon Lee

transverse section: connection to bridge

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03 the three reminders all aspects of the project were collaborated on with Daniel Raphael

scope 20,000 ft2 cultural center location firenze, italia course third year studio| florence study abroad year spring 2018 instructor kyle miller

This project is a composite that hybridizes formal features and characteristics from the palazzo typology across multiple Italian cities to generate Corbusier’s three reminders i.e plan, surface, and volume. The project employs digital modeling techniques of ‘Extrusion’ and ‘Boolean Difference’ using the ‘Plan as the Generator’ and taps into emerging aesthetic sensibilities to produce mass from lines, dynamic vertical surfaces from ordered historical facades, and buildings from abstract formal studies. The driving concept behind the project is building as a threshold between the piazza and the riverside. The articulation of the rooms and facade trace back to the classical order which is broken by a pulsating rhythm of stereotomic and tectonic construction systems. The resulting mass is then conceptually thought to be inherited from another author with the primary concern of acting as modifiers of space. A tectonic intervention in the form of scaffolding is introduced to this project to guide movement and introduce a hierarchy of programs. This specialized space for vertical circulation attaches itself to the building to serve as an extension of the facade while being sensitive to the existing facade. This new space creates a dialogue with the existing by removing the experience outside the building to lead to specific routes of horizontal circulation that move through each floor plate and loop back to the scaffolding. The building with the intervention becomes an exhibit - an object to be studied from a distant standpoint. The tectonic element continues into the building as directional columns and walkways, carving and penetrating through space.

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the three reminders: plan, surface, volume

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organization and strategy

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in collaboration with Daniel Raphael

sequence, threshold, and hierarchy

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surface: material application and strategy

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volume:tectonic strategy

intervention: scaffolding

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sequence: river -side balcony

sequence: scaffolding

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in collaboration with Daniel Raphael

sequence: renaissance courtyard

sequence: special gallery

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04 jamaica bay wildlife experience all aspects of the project were collaborated on with Nashwah Ahmed

scope urban, landscape, building location broad channel, ny course fourth year nyc studio year fall 2018 instructors angela co and lizzie hodges

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This project addresses the issues of climate change, sea-level rise, and diurnal tidal flooding in Broad Channel, NY. The complex tidal wetland landscape on-site is composed of several bands of varying endangered ecologies. This proposed extension to the existing Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge elevates a submerging ‘backyard marsh’ to a zone for ecological exploration, by means of a highly experiential discovery trail, which meanders across these zones. A series of follies, positioned along the trail, aim to connect, protect, and celebrate these diverse ecologies by offering a space for visitors and wildlife to coexist. Two major programmatic nodes – a boating center and a research facility – anchored along the trail, provide alternative methods to explore the wetland during flooding and complement the program of the existing wildlife refuge. A series of experiments simulating flooding and sea-level rise scenarios allowed for assessing ideal formal characteristics. Through this iterative process, it was determined that the “scooped” form is ideal for catching, retaining, and directing water. The building and follies explore architecture through this formal language. Furthermore, the temporality and perception of follies as ruins are captured and exaggerated through materiality.


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the wildlife experience: traversing the zones

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taxonomy: developing formal characteristics for water performance

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formal process: water performance simulation

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cataloging endangered ecological zones on site

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high marsh

northeastern old field

low marsh

reed marsh

maritime shrubland

hardwood forest


in collaboration with Nashwah Ahmed

boating center in a backyard marsh

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winter public sequence

summer boating sequence

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in collaboration with Nashwah Ahmed

boating center: strangeness of the ground plane in broad channel

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east pond folly

high marsh folly

low marsh folly

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follies as ruins: stages of weathering

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hidden realities: the politics of aesthetics

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all aspects of the project were collaborated on with Nashwah Ahmed

course undergraduate thesis year fall 2019 advisors gregory corso kyle miller daniele profeta

This thesis uses ongoing narratives to construct a fictional realm where existing political systems and processes are subverted and the aesthetics of political tension are disrupted and recast to redistribute the senses and create plausible new realities out of current, hidden ones. Dubai is a city characterized by a unique system of governance emerging from a contradictory political agenda of autocratic neoliberalism as the pure autocracy previously synonymous with the state’s identity has yielded to highly contagious neoliberal influences that control other ‘global’ cities. In Dubai, the agendas of autocratic neoliberalism extend far beyond the realm of politics, encroaching upon the responsibilities of architecture and urbanism by reordering the city into discrete sprawling ‘zones’, which are often exempt from the state’s stringent laws. In one such “zone” of the city, the notorious ‘labor camp’, low-wage migrant construction workers are contained and systematically excluded from the widely circulated image of the city. To update the politics of architecture such that the discipline moves beyond mere representations of ideal political concepts to become an effective tool to produce change, the zone is reimagined as a vertical from and returned to the city where it spurs a new economy facilitated by new social processes which exploit current informal economies run by migrant workers in labor camps and material excesses present in the city due to political and economic volatility. Through these activities, an encounter is staged between the workers and the host state. Having jumpstarted these economies, the zone migrates to another part of the city

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aesthetic tension in a culture of excess: hesis object no.1

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hidden realities

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in collaboration with Nashwah Ahmed

reconstructed satellite image of Dubai

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narrative: network of mistreatment/ flows of low-wage migrant workers

hidden realities

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in collaboration with Nashwah Ahmed

narrative: new material flows

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new material processes

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in collaboration with Nashwah Ahmed

aesthetic tension in a culture of excess: hesis object no.2

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Brion Cemetery; Villa Gamberaia

Palazzo Valmarana; Santa Maria Del Miracoli

06 analytical drawings

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Villa Rotonda; Casa del Fascio

Palazzo Chiericati; L’Esprit Nouveau

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your stuff is here, where are you? all aspects of the project were collaborated on with Eliza Williamson and Nashwah Ahmed

course professional seminar photogrammetry and digital media year spring 2019 instructor daniele profeta

There is something to be said for the spaces we store our things, in their commodified existence. In these spaces we see the ultimate manifestation of the human touch - spaces filled, spaces organized, spaces controlled by being tucked away, spaces dominated by the spillage of our own control. This project focuses on the parallel between the kitchen and the basement - spaces of isolated interest for the household. They are observed in their disclosure of the objects they possess and the way they possess them. There is often a physical linkage between these places: a change in grade that strings them together with a set of stairs. Certainly, they both relate to domesticity. Most obvious, on a spectrum of gender, there is an understanding that these spaces carry connotations with the socialized domain. They control our presence while revealing in curious ways. By the placement of our things, by the change in position, by a wet hand-print, or a recently sat in a chair, our presence is revealed and extended. These objects are markers of ourselves. These rooms are casts of our choices. They are static impressions of our movements. The disconnect is we are not there. This project constructs a series of exaggerated environments through the use of 3D scanning techniques. An ambiguous character is developed to inform and be informed by the environments created.

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the estranged charachter

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your stuff is here, where are you?

camera pulls in towards the left of the scene

turntable spins; lights flicker; camera pans slowly

camera pulls out; wall collapses

cut to object in a box; images flash; camera pans slowly

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in collaboration with Eliza Williamson and Nashwah Ahmed

camera tilts slightly upwards

animation storyboard

camera pulls in from above

camera turns to distorted reflection; lights flicker

cut to object in a box; images flash; camera pans slowly

3D scanned and digitally constructed environments

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08 oddplots

[WIP]

professional collaboration with Professor Elizabeth Kamell

scope urban, building location syracuse, ny year 2019 role co-designer

Among Syracuse’s intractable problems are economic development, job creation and the degradation of the built environment. Odd pLots proposes a series of “Micro Construction” projects for new, commercial enterprises, that promote local entrepreneurs and local talent, encourage economic development in the city, and reinforce the value of design as it contributes to the public good. Small parcels of land produced as the result of shifts in plat geometries are often seen as “leftover” and of little economic value. In truth, their potential is most often unimagined, underdeveloped, and unrecognized. Odd pLots uses such small parcels of land to construct a long term and sustainable agenda and community initiative in the city. The collective presence of these developments will make a measurable, long-term difference in diverse neighborhoods. These structures will be small in scope, elegantly and easily constructed, adaptable for individual and entrepreneurial use, and cost-efficient to build. They will be permanent structures that become part of the permanent urban landscape. The ambition of the project is to serve as a model for development in Syracuse and to reframe prevalent economic and logistical obstacles as opportunities for innovative thinking.

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interventions in the urban fabric

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early scheme for oddplot #1

OddPlots

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in collaboration with Prof. Elizabeth Kamell

early scheme for oddplot #2

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exterior renderings of a flood control project

professional work

Selldorf Architects | fall 2018

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interior rendering of a cultural center for a competition entry

Selldorf Architects | fall 2018

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