Page 1

Raymond Cruz Corona Gonzales Selected Works


“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” -Winston S.Chruchill “As we live as we are, Simplicity - with a capital “S” - is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.” -Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House


01-The Art Farm at Serenbe Art Campus Located in Serenbe, Georgia

02-Dormitories at Serenbe Art Complex Housing for Artists at the Art Complex Located in Serenbe, Georgia

03-Chemic Engineering Building

Renovation of Building for Chemic Engineers in Hitchcock, Texas

04-Langford Infill

Additional Building to the Ernest Langford Architecture Center at Texas A&M University

05-Prima Vista Ranch

A Wedding Venue Located in Wimberley, Texas

06-Heart of San Antonio

Elderly Care Facilty in Downtown San Antonio, Texas

07-Interlocking Objects

New Texas A&M Soil & Crop Sciences Building based on the Design Principles of Object Oriented Ontology

08-Twenty Thousand Dollar House Affordable Housing Project Professor: Se Yeon Lee

09-Desert House

Minimal Housing for Desert Climate

10-Flexible-Yet-Rigid

Wood Installation for National Conference of Beginning Design Student

11-Eagle Scout Project

Doll House for Bay Area Turning Point Women’s Shelter

12-Collection of Free-Hand Drawings Drawings from Undergraduate Studies

Page 3


01-The Art Farm at Serenbe

Art Campus Located in Serenbe, Georgia Professor: Dr. Phillip Tabb In Collaboration with: J. Rippel, A. Herrera, M. Lytle, M. Gilcrease

Page 4


Page 5


02-Dormitories at Serenbe Art Complex Housing for Artists at the Art Complex Located in Serenbe, Georgia Professor: Dr. Phillip Tabb

Level 1 Plan

Level 2 Plan

Long Section Page 6

The Art Farm at Serenbe is a complex meant to serve as a home and work environment for artists who are looking for a community of likeminded people. I was personally in charge of designing the dormitory facility for the complex. The dormitories are designed to welcome the artist when they first walk onto the art complex. A large entryway is meant to provide a welcoming and inviting feeling when one first approaches the building. Outdoor spaces on the complex give the residents plenty of time to embrace the forest that surrounds them. The natural setting is meant to be inspirational for the artists. The rest of the complex was a collaborative design with my project partners. We divided the tasks equally and I was focused on photoshopping the renderings of the facility and developing plans and sections of the dormitories. The complex focuses on the idea that it would create a space that promotes ingenuity and creative thinking while also providing the artists a sense of home and place. Artists would only live here for a limited amount of time, but the idea was to allow the artists to use their time to create magnificent works of art for the Serenbe community.


03-Chemic Engineering Building

Renovation of Building for Chemic Engineers in Hitchcock, Texas Architectural Internship Porterfield Architects & Associates Michael Porterfield AIA, LEED AP

“One of our current projects (Chemic), in the design phase, has shown us that Raymond can handle any type of architectural project. A 2-story 26,000 sf Chemical Engineering facility development area that required complex planning as the various uses include Engineering, Corporate offices, accounting, conference rooms, restrooms, Kitchen, gathering think tank and recreational area. Raymond understood the clients’ needs and converting those ideas to paper. He can visualize the parameters of an area and maximize working space without increasing the building footprint or open space. It’s inevitable that engineering problems occur during a project of this stature, but a good architect like Raymond was able to assess the issue and come up with potential solutions on the spot without being overwhelmed. Raymond was instrumental in the design and conceptualization of this project.”

Front Exterior Perspective

Michael Portefield AIA, LEED AP Porterfield Architects & Associates

Level 1 Interior

Level 2 Interior

Page 7


04-Langford Infill

Addition Building to the Ernest Langford Architecture Center at Texas A&M University Professor: Marcel Erminy In Collaboration with C. Norwood

Parti Diagrams

Page 8


The Langford Infill project is a proposed addition to the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University to address the needs of the growing student enrollment of the college. The addition fits in the small footprint framed by an existing courtyard between three existing buildings (Langford A, B and C buildings). The design replaces the existing library, increases studio, review, and support spaces, and provides a new auditorium. To maximize space, two levels that contain the auditorium and part of the existing library are built underground beneath the already existing courtyard. The lowest level of the structure is the underground basement that contains a space for a book and periodical collection and study areas. Above the basement is an auditorium (level 0) that can be used for lectures. On the ground level (level 1) is the main entrance and a gallery space. The above floors (levels 2-5) house studio, review, and support spaces and office spaces. My project partner and I equally divided the work to produce a design that considers our own experience as students. Our concept provides a functional learning environment that aligns with the collaborative and creative nature of architectural studies and fits the mold of the surrounding environment.

Page 9


Auditorium Section

Level 1 Plan

Page 10

Nolli Plan


Wall Section Detail

Page 11


Short Section

Page 12


Egress Map Basement

Egress Map Level 0

Egress Map Level 0

Page 13


Structural Model

Column Chart

Beam Chart

Page 14


Load Diagram Levels 1-2

Load Diagram Basement

Load Diagram Levels 3-4

Load Diagram Level 0

Load Diagram Level 5

Page 15


05-Prima Vista Ranch

A Wedding Venue Located in Wimberley, Texas Architectural Internship Porterfield Architects & Associates Michael Porterfield AIA, LEED AP

“Another one of our current projects, also in the design phase, has proved that Raymond is very capable in designing a structural system for an architectural project. I asked Raymond to design me an outdoor deck for a wedding venue that I have designed. Raymond was able to determine what needed to be done and called vendors and gathered his resources to create the outdoor decking system. We sent what he had designed to the structural engineering firm I use, Axoscape, and they approved of his design. Raymond has a strong understanding of materials, structures and construction and it showed in this project.� Michael Portefield AIA, LEED AP Porterfield Architects & Associates

Page 16


Page 17


06-Heart of San Antonio

Elderly Care Facility in Downtown San Antonio, Texas Professor: Susan Rodiek In Collaboration with M. Lytle

Page 18


The Elderly Care Facility is a project that focuses on the concept of “aging in place”. The project design is based on the desires identified in an interview survey of people, ages 50-65 years old. The facility is located in a metropolitan area (downtown San Antonio, Texas) to address the most frequently cited survey response regarding elderly housing, to not feel lonely. The urban setting provides opportunities for residents to participate in local events and activities, giving a sense of active engagement with the “outside world” and a degree of independence. A large courtyard is located at the center of the facility for those occupants who desire some socializing, privacy, and tranquility instead of the everyday life of the bustling city surroundings. The facility design features an intentional emphasis on glass throughout. This allows residents that cannot, or choose not to, leave the facility to be able to view the outside world and the environment within the facility. The facility design houses several levels of elderly care. Co-locating all levels of care gives a sense of Home for the residents, making transition to higher levels of care much easier. The majority of the design for this project was based on my ideas and I did the majority of the photoshop work. My partner focused on creating the Revit model and layout and design of the presentation boards that we jointly presented at the Environments for Aging Expo. Rendered Section

Page 19


07-Interlocking Objects

New Texas A&M Soil & Crop Sciences Building based on the Design Principles of Object Oriented Ontology Professor: Jose Esquivel In Collaboration with M. Green, L. Miller, F. Rattana

Page 20


This project was an investigation into the use of interlock as an estrangement technique, that when implemented across ground, material, surface, line, and volume, creates objects that disrupt the boundaries that surround them. The project was divided into three stages. First, Interlock was looked at from the perspective of a volume where parts matched seamlessly and at other moments were misfit, forced together against their geometric will. Next, we looked at interlocking from the perspective of the ground and the site we were given. The site of our project influenced our conception of alignment and misalignment. For the building/ground relationship, interlock flattened the hierarchy between the two and created ambiguity as to whether the parts were the building or the ground. In the final phase we viewed interlocking from the perspective of surface, ornament, material, and color. Textures were subtly distorted to become unfamiliar via color and materiality. The misalignment of textures resulted in materials or textures that didn’t necessarily conform to the objects or the volumes. The conceptual design was a collaborative effort as all group members had input to the final design. As part of the final work, I was responsible for leading the effort of developing, and building the largescale model and for gathering images and photoshop editing the images. All members presented the project to the final review board.

Page 21


Interior Perspective

Rendered Front View Section

Page 22

Front Elevation

Nolli Plan


Page 23


Rendered Long Section

Page 24


Page 25


Page 26


Page 27


08-Twenty Thousand Dollar House Affordable Housing Project Professor: Se Yeon Lee

Page 28


The 20K House is a cost efficient home that I designed such that the cost of building the house is within a $20,000 budget. The house functions as a place to live as well as providing space for accommodating guests. A back porch and large windows in the bedroom and living room are meant for capturing a picturesque view of the setting sun. The home is divided into two separate areas: private and common areas that are visible from the exterior of the home due to the change in roofing style. The home is built from laminated timber and corrugated steel sheathing materials to fit the cost within the budget.

Interior Perscpective

Interior Perscpective

Floorplan

Page 29


09-Desert House

Minimal Housing for Desert Climate Professor: Gerald Maffei

The Desert House is a project where I designed a home for the Arizona desert. The house is built out of laminate timber and adobe to fit in with the surrounding style of architecture and to keep the home well insulated from extreme environmental temperatures. The house features a pool and an outdoor seating space and fireplace. The outdoor space, serving as a living room, is situated between the two sides of the house to replicate the concept of a dogtrot and allow air to flow through the room while being well shaded. The windows are glazed to keep the inside of the house cool. Bright blue colors are a feature of the house to make the house more inviting and vibrant against the desert background.

Page 30


10-Flexible-Yet-Rigid

Wood Installation for National Conference of Beginning Design Student Professor: Alireza Borhani In Collaboration with: A. Just, S. Parker, R. Bond

This project was based on a concept I used for my ENDS 105 studio project. The objective of my studio project was to make a 2x4 piece of wood bend. The concept was selected by my professor for building a large-scale model that was presented at the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student at the University of Houston. The display (shown in photo on the right) consisted of eight 2x4’s attached to an arched base. When any corner of the base was stepped on, it would then cause all of the 2x4’s to sway like blades of grass or tree branches in the wind creating a peaceful sound similar to a wooden windchime. The exhibit concept was meant to provide a sense of tranquillity to the onlooker.

Original 2x4 Lumber

Exhibition at University of Houston

Page 31


11-Eagle Scout Project

Doll House for the Bay Area Turning Point Women’s Shelter Scoout Master: Kem Coulter In Collaboration with: Scouts of Troop 609

Page 32


For my Eagle Scout project I built a fully furnished, large doll house for a charitable organization that needed one for their women’s shelter for trauma counseling of young children of abuse. The doll house was designed per the organization’s specifications of size and gender specific rooms. My individual effort included researching, designing, prototyping, selecting the materials, kitting the house and then leading and overseeing the assembly of it by a group of Troop Boy Scouts and adults.

Page 33


Level 1 Plan

Level 2 Plan

Level 3 Plan

Page 34


12-Collection of Free-Hand Drawings Drawings Made During Undergraduate Studies

From a young age, I have always enjoyed drawing. The drawings shown here are an example of some of my work while pursuing my undergraduate degree. Often I drew to better visualize what I was trying to achieve in a design. At times, I drew simply for practice or just for fun. I find that drawing is a form of expression that brings me tremendous peace of mind and enjoyment. In time, my ability to capture realism in my drawings has improved and I look forward to continuing to further develop my drawing skills.

Page 35

Ray Gonzales Portfolio  

Portfolio of projects from undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University as well as some professional works.

Ray Gonzales Portfolio  

Portfolio of projects from undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University as well as some professional works.

Advertisement