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Contents 01 The Abbey

An International Student Center

02 The Wickham House Historic London Townhome

03 A Tiny Manifesto A Research Project

04 The Thought Factory Young Adult Library

05 Selected Artwork


The Abbey MUDEC Student Center Differdange, Luxembourg Fall 2017 Miami University

Inspired by the principles of Cistercian architecture, our abbey uses careful light gestures and asymetrical geometries to elevate the student and community experience. The abbey of Differdange was traditionally a Cistercian abbey, meaning its design was based on the Bernardian theory of architecture: architecture is meant to use light to elevate the human experience. Our abbey is based around a central cloister that orients the abbey so it faces the hills while also recieving traffic from the center of Differdange. Our proposed building fans out from the cloister in the asymmetrical but balanced style of Cistercian abbeys, such as the Rochea Abbey in Maltby, England. MUDEC , the Miami University Dolibois European Center, is a satellite campus in Luxembourg, where Miami students take classes when they study abroad. Miami is thinking about expanding this abroad program and is in need of a new s=tudent center. Concept: A Contemporary Abbey The Old Abbey of is one of the oldest structures in DIfferdange. It was the center of education in the community for centuries. We wanted to respect the history of the abbey and the city of Differdange by created a student center the whole community to enjoy-not just MUDEC international students.


The Wickham House Arts and Crafts Townhouse Bloomsbury, London, England Spring 2017 Miami University

Project Team: Jena Drago, Olivia Leary, Rachel Staley

The year is 1880. Our team has been commissioned by the Wickham Family to design their new home in the Bloomsbury district of London. Like most of our contemporaries, we have been inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement sweeping across England. We draw inspiration from the likes of William Morris and Phillip Webb using John Ruskin’s seven lamps of architecture as our guide.


A Tiny Manifesto Undergraduate Summer Scholars Research Project Summer 2017 Miami University

Tiny homes are feasible solutions to affordable housing. Problems: Tiny Homes do not follow one universal definition or doctrine. Tiny homes typically do not meet the minimum size for residential zoning requirments. Because zoning laws are written by municipalities, it is up to each city to define what a tiny house is in order to accomodate them in ammended codes and zoning laws. The International Residential Code has adopted a Tiny House Amendment, written by Andrew Morris, to be included in the 2018 International Residential Code. Though this new amendment is a giant step forward for the tiny house movement, I believe it is too vague. The definition should be more specific, to embody the spirit of the tiny home, to keep the integrity of the tiny homemovement and to ensure that tiny homes create a pleasant living environment. What should a tiny house be?

Tiny House Travels 2017

Flat Rock, NC Village of Wildflowers

A community of 70+ tiny homes near the Asheville area. This community is largely made up of retirees, but also has a growing populatiovvn of young families. It is an extremely close-knit community with shared social spaces. The Village of Wildflowers certainly celebrates the meaning of community.

Nantucket, MA Nantucket Island

Though Nantucket had a small tiny house following, I thought that it was also an example of a common place that people romanticize that could perhaps influence themes in tiny home design. All of the houses were cohesive. They all followed a style but maintained their own identity. The history and style of each home told a story. In Greater Light, one particular home designed by two artists, the spaces were teased into new meaning that was very personal to its occupants‌ something that most tiny homes aspire to do.

Concord, MA Walden Pond

This is the site of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin in the woods, where he lived two years with minimal supplies, mostly living off of the land. In his book, Walden, he writes about why he decided to live in the woods, and how he achieved it so successfully. He believed that people should not be forced into poverty to keep a certain social image, all the while maintaining a healthy appreciation for nature.

Lantier, QC, Canada Les Hameaux de la Source

A developing community for people wanting to live within their means. The people that started this community are tired of large and greedy companies controlling the housing market, making it almost impossible to comfortably afford a house. This community was inspired by Fab Labs and ecovillages, and hopes to become a place where people can build their own houses and learn from each other to live sustainably through shared greenhouses and wells.

Longwood, FL Cornerstone Tiny Homes

This tiny house company designs and builds tiny houses on wheels as well as tiny houses on foundations, including the first code compliant tiny home in the state of Florida. They take care to listen to the needs of their clients to create reliable homes with usable spaces.

What A Tiny House is now.

What a Tiny House should be.

A tiny home must have At least one permanent outdoor space suitable for everyday use. Outdoor spaces such as, but not limited to: -Patios -Decks -Porches -Screened-in dining areas -Pools -Pergolas -Garden -Outdoor kitchen A tiny house must have space saving devices that optimize usable space within the dwelling. Space saving devices may include, but are not limited to: -Modified stairs (specified in the IRC tiny house amendment) -Storage loft -Pocket doors (instead of full-swing doors) -Smaller than standard appliances -Small storage shed -Multifunctional furniture and spaces -Any normal object or system that is modified to be used in a tiny living environment

A tiny home must Encourage affordable and simpler living among all classes of people. Local municipalities should encourage the development of affordable tiny home communities by either reducing or waiving fees for those creating pocket communities.

A tiny house must have architectural features that express either function or style to make each individual tiny home unique. Architectural features may refer to the layout of spaces, materials used, or any creative decision in the design of the tiny home that affects how it looks. A tiny home must have personal voice in each tiny home design to promote an emotional connection between the occupant and their home. Personal voice requires that the tiny home’s owner has input into the design from day one of the project. A tiny home must belong to a community specifically for tiny homes, and reside within proximity to other tiny homes and shared public spaces specifically designed for tiny house neighborhoods Tiny Home communities should: -Share common outdoor spaces like dog parks, a gazebo, a garden, pavilions, pools or recreational fields, and other outdoor spaces that promote gathering. -Share at least one conditioned space, such as a hall, recreation center or club house to facilitate indoor gathering. -Be overseen by a public governing body comprised only of people that live and/or work within the community. This governing body will make decisions for the community as it grows. This is NOT a homeowner’s association, but a committee of volunteers within the community dedicated to meeting the needs of the residents and promoting a healthy community. These volunteers should be the checks and balance system of a community, to ensure that those financially responsible for the community are meeting the needs of the people that live there.


The Thought Factory Clifton Young Adult Library Location: Clifton, OH Spring 2017 Miami University

Whereas public schools are notoriously famous for suppressing free thought in children and young adults; the new Clifton library branch will be a place to encourage the young people of Cincinnati to embrace their creativity and promote their ideas. This is a place that indorses creativity as a process. The Thought Factory is inspired by the prosperity of the Clifton neighborhood in the mid-nineteenth century, as well as Cincinnati’s roots in industry. This is a place for teens and young adults to be absorbed in thoughts and ideas. The main structure consists of a continuous ramp that circulates the entire building. Spaces for vstudy and books are hung around this ramp, as if parcels on a conveyor belt: objects on an assembly line stamping out innovation and ideas. Study spaces arvvve isolated for privacy, while bookshelves are open to the atrium below. A special book carousel is nestled at the top of the ramp that slowly rotates, exploiting its surroundings to stimulate a busy student at work.

05 Selected Artwork Personal Projects

Rotterdam Cafe Collage

Sphere City Collage

Amsterdam Watercolor


Wood Burning

Rachel Staley Portfolio Spring 2018  
Rachel Staley Portfolio Spring 2018