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foreward

A wise and distinguished professor of architecture warned me that if you are going to borrow money, you should borrow it from a pessimist, because they'll never expect to be paid back. While I suspect this piece of wisdom may come in handy, he more importantly taught me respect for the beauty and magnitude of architecture and the importance of rejection of the ordinary. Through his guidance, I have had the invaluable opportunity to participate in the increasingly globalized practice of architecture through an internship in Beijing and the chance to explore a wide range of scales in design in studio and abroad. With exposure to the greatness of the profession comes deep appreciation and a sense of humility. I understand that I live in a world and practice in a profession that is far bigger than myself, and that I still have much to learn. Armed with this knowledge, humility, and great joy, I am prepared to continue on the journey of my architectural education.


CHICAGO HARBOR PHILHARMONIC

MARVIN HALL ADDITION

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

INTERNATIONAL HOUSING COMMUNITY

GLOBALIZED PRACTICE STUDIO

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: ATKINS


chicago, Ilionois

CHICAGO HARBOR PHILHARMONIC

The Chicago Harbor Philharmonic is a spectacular celebration of music and the city of Chicago. Designed by a team of two to create an unforgettable nightly event, Chicago citizens and tourists from around the globe will be drawn to the musical machine, a new magnet for the great Midwestern city. As the musicians release the first practice notes, the music hall's doors are closed and the hall makes its gentle advance towards Lake Michigan. Partially translucent ETFE skin allows passengers to delicately observe the hall's movement, while land and bridge onlookers are captivated by the exterior spectacle. When the music stops, the hall retreats to its grand, service-filled hangar of refuge.


university of kansas campus, lawrence, kansas

MARVIN HALL ADDITION

As the product of Comprehensive Studio, the Marvin Hall School of Architecture Addition is intended to combine design concepts learned in earlier studios with a detailed study of how the pieces of a building come together. At mid-semester, groups of three were formed to collaborate on the detailing of one group member's individual design. The final design for the addition provides a long central atrium, which is visually connected to each studio; this atrium becomes a much-needed community space. The design features a louvered skin, functioning to shade the building, catch rainwater, and provide wayfinding for entrances.


lawrence, kansas

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

The goal of the Education Center is to expose Lawrence youth to the bioregions of Northwest Kansas: the tallgrass prairie and the eastern deciduous forest. Situated on the edge of the prairie and the forest, the center exploits an opportunity to directly exhibit each. The series of ramps become a promenade architecturale connecting the educational exhibits. Visitors experience the journey from the prairie to the forest and the space in between. Through the transparency of the large central space, the architecture displays the bioregional edge. Other educational opportunities include a multipurpose classroom, living machine, and access to nature walks.


brahmaputra river, bangladesh

INTERNATIONAL HOUSING COMMUNITY

This international housing solution is the final investigation in the Globalized Practice curriculum. Located in inland Bangladesh, the floating island is one solution to the country's catastrophic flooding. The vessel is able to rise and fall with the area's monsoon flooding and tragic drought. In addition, the lightweight canvas shields the sun's harsh rays while providing a transformable layer of protection from typhoon threats. Amenities, including markets, school, hotel, culture center, healthcare, and civic organizations are included to ensure a healthy and fulfilling environment for inhabitants. Docks provide access to boats below for traditional fishing culture and means of transportation.


beijing, china

GLOBALIZED PRACTICE STUDIO

The design for the Globalized Practice Studio is a collaboration between students in Beijing, Paris, and Kansas. The project is an experiment in effectively communicating information and design ideas over long distances through weekly web pinups using services such as Skype, GoToMeeting, and Prezi. The program includes studio, gallery, and living space for students in the global internship program while connecting to its traditional Beijing hutong neighborhood through a street cafe and market. The building is sited along Beijing's original city axis, connecting the Forbidden City, the nearby Drum & Bell towers, and the Olympics site.


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beijing, china

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: ATKINS

As an intern at Atkins Beijing, I was fully engaged with the projects and design processes of the office. The office's primary project was a competition for Lenovo's new global headquarters campus in Beijing. It was crucial to learn to explore many design ideas very quickly. My responsibilities in this exploration included sharing my own ideas and criticisms, as well as producing physical and digital models, presentation diagrams, and drawings. Numerous foam massing models were built and presented for the design of a hotel/waterpark in northern China. The experience exposed me to the methods of practice and the design of largescale international projects.


resume

RENAE SLUSSER renaeslusser@gmail.com 316.990.7388 15112 W Moscelyn St Wichita, Kansas 67235

EDUCATION

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

May 2012

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIOLOGY

May 2006

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

EXPERIENCE

MANAGER OF ARCHITECTURAL PLANNING

Dec 2012-present

J. VAN SICKLE & COMPANY Assist developer and local architects in the design and advancement of residential projects. Support contractor in the management of projects under construction Jan 2012-May 2012 Jan 2011-May 2011 UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Assisting professor in Principles of Modern Architecture course through note-taking and test grading. Responsible for the design and direction of weekly discussion section for twenty-five students.

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT

ARCHITECTURAL INTERN

Sept 2012-Dec 2012

ARCHITECTURE INSTRUCTOR

Jun 2012-July 2012

AMERICORPS MEMBER

Jan 2008-Nov 2008

ATKINS BEIJING Collaborated with architectural team in building design and client presentation development. Duties included the production of physical and digital models, presentation diagrams, and conceptual design drawings.

DUKE TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM Shared knowledge and appreciation of architecture with 16 gifted and talented middle school students in a four-week summer program. Responsible for the preparation and presentation of challenging lessons and design problems with the assistance of a teaching assistant.

NATIONAL CIVILIAN COMMUNITY CORPS Gained new skills and experience in construction and renovation through a team-based national service program. Long-term service projects included Habitat for Humanity home construction in Texas, historical preservation in West Virginia, summer camp counseling in New York, and home renovation in New Orleans.

PUBLICATION

ARCHIVOLTA POLAND Concert Hall Design DESIGN STUDIO RETROSPECTIVE:

Feb 2011

Spring 2011 TWENTY YEARS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE Concert Hall Design

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