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2014 - 2016

Reid Stone




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Boutique Hotel


Semester V


Urban Plaza Semester VI

Gallery + Artist Residence

12 18

Semester IX

Health + Wellness Center


Semester X Design



Freehand Drawing

Furniture Reclaimed Sofa


During the period of my academic training there were several instances that shaped my “architectural character.” My aim is to highlight some of the points in my career that have shaped me both as a person and as an aspiring architect. In the summer of 2015, I traveled around Europe – Italy, Germany, Greece, the United Kingdom, and France - studying how culture impacts architecture and the people it services. I learned that architecture is the container in which different environmental aspects like physicality, cultural, social, and economic factors culminate together to produce a final physical product like a building. The language of one culture differs in fundamental respects from that of another. Each has its own rules, logic, values, beliefs, and interpretation of reality. Architecture is a relatively permanent expression of how society sees itself and how it views the environment. Architects must analyze the problems they are given and determine the best compromise for the client with respect to local culture.



Between my work at the Operations Division at Texas Tech and interdisciplinary project exercises in school, I have come to understand that design defines experience. Architects can craft superior solutions, in the form of experiences, for their clients through the collaborative efforts of all parties involved in a project whether it be landscape architects, interior designers, engineers, etc. Acknowledging the human aspect of architecture is critical to creating successful designs. My specialization in urban design has taught me that mobility, communication, public space, ecology, technology, and sociology should be at the forefront of the designer’s mind. I hope to use my experience in business and architecture to help coordinate, design, and balance all the parties needed to achieve a proposal. Eventual career goals include becoming a fully licensed architect with a strong background in project management.



Awards + Recognition

From December 2015 to December 2017 Master of Science in Architecture + Urban Certificate Texas Tech University - College of Architecture

Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Rhinoceros Vray Autocad Revit Word Excel Grasshopper

Marshall L. + Mary V. Pennington Endowed Scholarship James L. + Sheila Brown Endowed Scholarship Ed + Mary Stephens Endowment Charles L. Birdwell Memorial Scholarship Albert Payne Memorial Scholarship in Historical Preservation Texas Tech Presidential Scholarship Texas State Valedictorian Scholarship

From December 2015 to August 2016 Master of Business Administration Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business From August 2012 to December 2015 Bachelor of Science in Architecture + History Minor Texas Tech University From June 2012 to August 2012 Foundation Courses Kilgore College

President’s List Academic Excellence Fall 2012. Fall 2013. Fall 2014. Fall 2015. Fall 2016.


June 2012 Valedictorian Overton High School

Grid & Layout Modeling Visualization Image Editing Packaging

Work Experience

Hobbies + Interests

Logo Design Computation Writing Managing Negotiation

Dean’s List Academic Excellence Spring 2013. Spring 2014. Spring 2016. GPA



June 2016-Present Texas Tech Operations Division Student Assistant

Knights of Architecture Ambassadors of student culture Spring 2013 - Present

Department handles all architectural projects on campus under $2 million. Experience includes work with practice management, project management, planning, design, project development, construction, and evaluation. Project breadth includes new construction and renovations.

American Institute of Architecture Students Promote education, training and practice Spring 2013 - Present



Boutique Hotel This hotel is an icon in the Chelsea neighborhood and tailors guest experiences around the Highline in New York.



Highline 19 Coined Highline 19, this proposal sits on a small site adjacent to the Highline and draws its design inspiration from the park and Chelsea’s industrial past.

Iconic Image Located in the heart of Chelsea's art gallery district, Highline 19, celebrates contemporary art and a passion for Manhattan. The 28-room hotel features a design that embraces the Highline, such as an outdoor rooftop pool in summer that transitions into a restaurant in winter. Embracing Chelsea’s world-class art galleries, its multicultural residents, and its industrial past, guests feel as if they are a part of the local scene from the moment they arrive.

Users are drawn into the property via the striking treatment of the facade on the ground level. Cast in place concrete columns are shaped like tree trunks that instantly grab the attention of passersby. Light from the interior accentuates this artificial forest that guests enter when they check-in at the front desk or

head downstairs to the bar. Green walls located in the lobby and lower level hint at the Highline above and draw guests upward where they can access the sky park directly. Garage doors adjacent to the Highline beckon guests to stop at the hotel for a drink or just out of curiosity.

The challenge of this project was maximizing the amount of guest rooms on the extremely small plot. Each of the rooms in Chelsea’s Highline 19 are designed to be a spot of calm and relaxation after guests have explored New York’s hippest art district, and all offer impressive views of the New York skyline. Materials are all natural, beds are on wooden platforms, walls are white, and floors are wood. Each room has garage windows that roll up and let guests take in the sites and smells of the Highline firsthand during warmer months. These windows can offset costs of power by allowing natural ventilation in the guest rooms. Fig. 01. Typical Guest Floor



Fig. 02. Connection to Highline



Forest Facade Housed on the site of a former warehouse, the hotel sits behind a striking white mesh facade that appears as a monolithic sheet of metal during the day, but comes alive at night with the silhouette of a forest when backlit by the lights from the hotel. The facade reflects the woodland-like properties of the Highline and instantly becomes iconic. Doors on the terrace level swing open to beckon users into the Hotel.



Fig. 03. Forest Facade



Highline Experience Varying layers of transparency and the relationship between the public and private are a constant driver of the design throughout the building. This requires that the building’s elements and uses are clearly articulated. The traditional glass box is hidden behind a metal mesh curtain that creates an alluring play between in and out, seducing but not showing all, like sexy silk stockings. This allows Highline 19 to instantly distinguish itself from its neighbors and its monumental form allows it to stand out in an architecturally conscious neighborhood. Connecting users directly to the Highline and allowing them to experience the calming effects of the park is the paramount goal of this design. A double skin facade consisting of moveable windows and a metal screen allow guests the most intimate hospitality interaction on the Highline. The double skin is used to diminish solar gain from the westward facing building. The interior skin consists of oversized garage door windows that users can raise or lower during warmer months. This effectively turns guest rooms into large balconies that



remain private because of a perforated metal screen. Opening the rooms to the outside environment allows guests a surreal, unique interaction with the Highline as well as promoting natural ventilation.The mesh facade and elemental material palate are also a natural fit in a neighborhood whose character is in transition, but which is still at its core very industrial. Variable circular openings in the metal mesh are used to create the imagery of a forest shifting across the facade. At night, the forward-thinking mesh system exudes the hotel’s interior lights and movement creating an inviting dance from the street view. During the day these openings produce a dappled light pattern on the walls of guest rooms.

Fig. 04. Facade Light Study





Fig. 05. Technical Facade Study



Urban Plaza Developing a public space for a historic Italian city by reestablishing its connection to the river.



The River Creating a connection between Verona and the river allows the city to maintain its historical identity and connect with the local people using vernacular building techniques.

The Plaza of the plaza. A roof consisting of wooden slats acts as a subtle shading structure and keeps with the open air experience of the design. The plaza is designed with subtle changes in elevation to create seating and accommodate people of all ages. The landscaping consists of local white Verona marble for the paving and local grasses for the turfed bands. These grassy bands push and pull to create seating outcrops and walkways. Undulating bands also The proposal reestablishes the connection of serve to accentuate the linearity of the site. the site to the river and offers users the unique experience of interacting with a plaza dominated by water. A series of five pools that range in depth from 12’ to 3� connects users directly to the adjacent river. Each pool is designed to offer users a different experience like swimming laps, vertical play fountains, and reflecting. The seating areas between the pools encourage social interaction. Preservation and respect for the site were of the utmost importance. The shell of the crumbling Dogana was used to recreate the facade of the original structure. The Dogana was retrofitted to have locker rooms and an eatery making it the focus This proposal explores how a derelict piece of riverside property can be transformed into a plaza for the residents of Verona, Italy. The project focuses on how the Dogana (Italian for customs house) that was severely damaged in World War II can be repurposed for the enjoyment of the city. The site is unique because it is the last property in the city that connects directly to the ancient river.



Trees are placed carefully to provide shade between the pools and encourage passersby to take a seat on the granite blocks that look out on the city and river. The plaza creates a dynamic, interactive experience that engages with the surrounding urban context. An explicit connection with the adjacent river acknowledges the historical importance of the Dogana and its restitution is a welcome addition to the city.

Fig. 06. Plan Details

Fig. 07. DNA Sections



Italian Oasis Facilitating movement using slight elevation changes allows the plaza to become more dynamic and encourages social interaction between users. The Dogana (far left) is the focal point of the proposal. Users can sit on the steps and look out onto the rest of the site. Passersby will be drawn into the area when they hear the splashing water of the fountains and see people shading themselves on the lawns.



Fig. 08. Experience Study



Gallery + Artist Residence An exhibition space incorporating atmosphere and light was the result of research gathered at the Bonneville Salt Flats.



Point of Departure This proposal explores the complex possibilities of a cube by using solutions researched and generated from salt crystals.

Design Strategy The Bonneville Salt Flats are home to an ethereal landscape that became the basis for research that was used to design an exhibition hall and residence for artists. The Salt Flats are filled with curious natural phenomenon that were used to develop spatial experiences. For example, the area around Wendover, Nevada is covered in 3”- 8” of water that is very still because mountains block the wind currents during the winter months. This creates a giant mirror that reflects the surrounding landscape, causes the horizon to disappear, and gives the illusion of an impossibly vast landscape. This idea was incorporated into the exhibition hall by pushing all of the structure to the perimeter of building and creating an entirely open, flexible floorplan. Salt crystals are inherently architectural in their physical and chemical properties. These were studied and the findings were used to create a facade, determine material finishes, and establish an overall atmosphere for the interior of the project.



After visiting the Salt Flats, a program was developed that consisted of a flexible building that could support exhibitions that focused on light and sound. The facility would be able to accommodate four artists and their families. Research gathered from the Salt Flats would be used to tailor a unique experience for guests who visited the exhibitions and the live-in residents. One of the unique qualities of the saline water in the Salt Flats is to crystalize and form excavation-like trenches in the ground. This generated a design opportunity for the museum. The auditorium was placed underground to make it acoustically refined. A large excavaction to access the auditorium creates an amphitheater directly outside. This creates two performance spaces – one with precise acoustics underground and one with medium acoustics outside, which gives the artists unique opportunities to explore their craft.



Fig. 09. Bonneville Salt Flats

Qualities like color, material, texture, and lighting show the atmosphere of the Salt Flats. These characteristics were translated into an architectural dialogue and used to create a museum.



Crystal Cube The simple, clean geometry of the gallery is surrounded by transparent glass walls set in front of a translucent acrylic screen, sandwiched between white, aluminum bands at unequal heights. This gives the external facade the gentlest hints of what is going on inside, while revealing nothing. At night, the stacked layers glow with different intensities and can be used as a form of signage for the client. The facade acts as a filter to absorb light and retransmit it to the interior galleries to provide artists and users with optimum interior illumination. The proposal sets atop a raised mound to accommodate the auditorium and amphitheater below. This also serves to increase the structure’s presence in the area. Users will ascend a stair on the east side of the building to enter the main gallery or continue along the north end of the site and descend into the amphitheater.



Fig. 10. Crystal Cube



Spatial Gradient The idea of reflection, and linking spaces through the notion of reflection, was developed into an architectural premise and incorporated into the project. The above-ground program is divided into four main sections that get progressively smaller (height-wise) closer to the roof, which constructs a spatial gradient. The performance area is located underground and is part of a greater staging area created by the monumental entrance ramp that doubles as an ampitheater.



Fig. 11. Transverse Section



Fig. 12. Longitudinal Section



Atmospheric Facade The Salt Flats are littered with evaporation ponds. These ponds are designed to have large surface areas to efficiently evaporate saltwater using sunlight. Salt is then left as a residue at the bottom of the pond at the end of this process. The facade of the structure was influenced by this phenomenon. During the process of evaporation, these resevoirs have layers of salt and water that form thresholds. Salt is heavier than water and sinks to the bottom of the resevoir as a white, opaque material. This leaves a glassy film across the top of the pond as the materials start to separate. Hence, the skin of the facade of this structure has two layers, one opaque and one clear to evoke the conditions of the evaporation ponds.

building and allows light to pass through to a second layer of channel glass, which then diffuses light into the structure. This is particularly effective to light the gallery spaces. The layers of glass create a gradation of sunlight. The glass will be assembled to have pockets of air between the panes to act as a barrier for the transmission of heat in and out of the building. These pockets can be filled with gases (ex. argon) to give the glass insulating properties.

Analyzing light patterns yielded a frosted channel glass (to diffuse light) and clear glass (for light penetration and reflectivity) as the materials to make the skin of the structure. These materials were organized to match the qualities found in the evaporation pools. The clear glass is placed on the exterior of the Fig. 13. Light Transmission Studies



Fig. 14. Facade Diagram

Fig. 15. Corner Detail



Ethereal Interiors The auditorium is an extension of the outdoor amphitheater and serves as an acoustically refined exhibition hall. Incorporating daylight was an important design element that resulted from research on the Salt Flats. Specific lighting effects create a dialogue between the Salt Flats, facade, and interiors of the proposal.

Auditorium Light has been an important feature in the design. Each part of the program requires very different considerations in terms of daylighting. To accommodate artists who specialize in the mediums of sound and light, an acoustically fine space was created in the lower level of the building. The space was designed to emulate the lighting effects studied at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Despite being below ground, the auditorium is filled with daylight via a canted wall oriented south that floods the interior with natural sunlight during the day. The curtain wall in the back can be covered with a retractable sunshade to control the solar exposure in the space. A special glass that reduces the reverberation of sound waves will be installed to achieve a high level of acoustic precision. At night, the glow of the auditorium can be seen from the ground level and allows passersby a hint that a performance is going on without giving anything away, which echoes the effect of the facade. Users will be immersed in a stage that seamlessly incorporates natural and artificial light, which enhances the overall exhibition of the artist. The flexibility of the space



allows a variety of performances to take place. Each side of the stage is fitted with storage and support rooms that can hold musical instruments for concerts or props and costumes for plays. The client will enjoy a unique, flexible event center.

Fig. 16. Stage Ceiling Detail

Fig. 17. Auditorium



Health + Wellness Center Designed around the concept of Biophilia, a center for well-being provides Dallas residents an unparalleled health experience.



Holistic Approach This proposal focuses on developing a health and wellness center in Dallas, Texas that offers users a unique, unparalleled experience. Aesthetic, contextual, and sustainable qualities have been considered when shaping the design of the proposal.

Form + Structure The final volumetric composition of the building is compromised of an elongated mass that frames a central courtyard. The gym and pool, two pillars of the program, are housed in each of the arms. This decentralized strategy is effective because separating the program facilitates movement in and around the building, which synergizes with the idea of wellness. The roof of the structure creates a ramp that is a metaphorical extension of the landscape into the sky. Users can walk or jog up the roof to experience sweeping views of the city. The dynamic form is achieved through a simple structural layout. A rigid frame consisting of steel columns and beams supports sweeping curtain glazing to keep the iconic form light and transparent. Sunlight, a fundamental tenant of wellness, can penetrate deep into the structure because of its slim profile. Light is regulated by a skin consisting of operable louvers that can adjust the amount of solar exposure on each face of the building.



Form Generation




Biophilia Biophilia is the inherent human need to affiliate with nature. Biophilic design strengthens and enforces our affiliation with nature, which leads to happier and healthier people. Consequently, these qualities are what make Biophilia an excellent concept to design a wellness facility. This proposal allows visitors to feel as if they are surrounded by nature at all times. The materials that were used in the structure, landscape, and interiors were implemented to make the site feel entirely natural.



Fig. 18. Masterplan



The Arrival Amidst a picturesque landscape developed in the master plan, users can see a dynamic, monumental form rise from the ground that instantly gives the project identity. The proposal is harmoniously integrated into the natural scene because of how the arms of the building embrace the surrounding landscape, which continues up the roof. The facade provides a visual and physical transition from the exterior to the interior spaces. Upon arrival, the sloping rooftop engages the visitor into the narrative of the site. The path carries the viewer toward the climax point of the story, placed at the peak-point of the rooftop terrace. From here, one can experience the site from a new perspective, being able to look at the Dallas skyline while at the same time experiencing the beauty of the surrounding city from a floating point. The name “Perch� comes from users feeling as if they are birds in a tree as they look out onto the surrounding landscape.



Fig. 19. The Arrival



The Ascent Users who ascend the gently sloping roof will encounter a variety of experiences. The main path is flanked with native grasses with small seating outcrops scattered throughout. Users walk up the path and enter a tree canopy located at the back of the building where they will be able to look out onto the surrounding landscape through the shady foliage. They will then climb out of the canopy and be greeted with sweeping views of the city as they make their way to the rooftop lounge. This carefully curated experience reinforces the biophilic idea of being continually surrounded by nature.



Fig. 20. Ascent

Fig. 21. Pinnacle



Dynamic Facade The skin of the building was inspired by the trees located on the site. The building is a metaphorical tree sheathed in “bark� that serves to enhance natural analogs. Operable louvers control and filter sunlight while also regulating temperature. Glimpses of the surroundings are obtained through controlled gaps that respond to the program. A challenge for the design was attaching the operable louvers to the main structure of the building while maintaining phenomenal transparency throughout the facade. The louvers are suspended from the curtain mullions through a series of struts, which are welded directly to the primary steel structure. In order to emphasize the nature of the space, plenum areas were developed beneath the floor and ceiling to hide all services for the building. This keeps the interiors pristine and allows the user an uninhibited experience of the facade.

Fig. 22. Facade Structure



Fig. 23. Bay Detail



The Pool The pool is a product of the architecture and landscape that is housed underneath the roof of the building.

Biophilic Interior The wellness center is designed for a large variety of users, having the aim of sustaining an active and informative program. The social intention is to create a synergy between landscape and architecture. This intention is manifested in the pool. The user is presented with the choice of either entering the pool wing or continuing through the courtyard and entering the gym. Even though the pool and gym are connected interior spaces, having the shortest accessible route through the courtyard allows users to experience the outdoor plaza, which synergizes with the idea of movement and wellness. An important vision stated in the initial design phase, that of the narrative and the open view, is repeated in the interior of the venue. This intention is realized through the generous glazing system and facade, which offer a splendid view out onto the surrounding landscape. Therefore, the apogee of the formulated narrative can be experienced both from the outside as well as within the wellness center.



Fig. 24. Pool



Audrey Hepburn Portrait, 2013 Charcoal & Graphite 21 x 28 cm

Delineation + Furniture A collection of assorted projects consisting of illustration and fabrication.



Jennifer Lawrence Portrait, 2013 Charcoal & Graphite 21 x 28 cm



Boutique Hotel This hotel is an icon in the Chelsea neighborhood and tailors guest experiences around the Highline in New York.

Towers of St. Basil’s Cathedral, 2012 Ink on Watercolor Paper 41.5 x 29 cm



Product Design Designed to be functional and affordable, this sofa sectional can be crafted for under $150. The sofa accentuates the linearity inherent in dimensional lumber.

Reclaimed Sofa The unit is crafted from reclaimed wood. A languid L-Shape creates a flat, low island of bare wood at the junction. This functional part of the unit serves as either a built-in table or a multi-use shelf. The cushions are filled with several layers of padding so they are supportive despite their large size. Oversized cushions allow the frame to sit low to the ground, thus saving on material cost. Fasteners hidden in the timber frame hold the cushions in place and prevent slipping.



Fig. 25. Reclaimed Sofa



Contacts 2620 22nd St. Lubbock Tx, 79410 +1 (903) 504 9507



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