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REUBEN ALT

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER 609.462.8882 altrd@mail.uc.edu 325 E 8th. St. Apt 306 Cincinnati, OH 45202


REUBEN ALT

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER 609.462.8882 altrd@mail.uc.edu 325 E 8th. St. Apt 306 Cincinnati, OH 45202

EDUCATION

Master of Architecture, April 2013 University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

Cincinnati, OH

Thesis Research | Wild Urban Woodlands: Addressing the Emergent Typology of Post-Industrial Forest Succession Thesis Design | Hillside Ascent: An Urban Forestry Education Center for Cincinnati Parks Design Interests and Expertise | urban ecology, sustainability, horticultural design, wilderness architecture, design for extreme environments, site sensitive environmental design, rapidly deployable shelters, energy efficiency, material tactility, tectonic expression, community influenced design

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, Minor in Art History, May 2009 Hobart College Geneva, NY RECOGNITION

Director’s Choice Award for M.Arch Thesis, 2013 DAAPWorks. Award for Distinguished Design (Building) The Graduate Faculty of the School of Architecture and Interior Design, 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 2013 New York, NY. Relief Shelter featured.

EXPERIENCE

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

San Francisco, CA Intern, September 2011 - March 2012 Worked on the schematic design and construction documentation of multiple new construction and adaptive reuse retail projects. Worked extensively on a 21,500 sq. ft. corporate interior project, producing technical drawings throughout the schematic design and construction documentation phases. Was a member of the competition team designing a zero-net energy, Living Building Challenge compliant home for the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Mark English Architects

San Francisco, CA Intern, September 2010 - December 2010 Provided schematic design, design development, and construction documentation for multiple new residences and large scale renovations around the San Francisco Bay Area. Provided conceptual sketches, renderings, and models for clients. Accompanied Mark English and other architects to on-site meetings with clients.

In. Site: Architecture

Perry, NY Intern, March 2010 - June 2010 Worked on a large variety of projects, including marketing efforts, new construction, and historic preservation. Helped produce construction documentation, and energy modeling for a new residence utilizing renewable energy sources and pursuing a LEED for homes certification. Responsible for the design and printing of two display boards for the AIA Rochester Design Awards. Provided design work and presentation material for a 24,000 sq. ft. boating museum competition. Provided site and building documentation resulting in AutoCAD drawings of a residential and a mixed use facility. Became familiar with the HPCA tax incentive program and application process for historic building, as well as the process of designating a historic district through the National Register of Historic Places.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Office of Communications Geneva, NY Student Photographer, February 2009 – May 2009

Worked beside the college’s professional photographer editing and archiving images for use in publications produced by the communications office for use on the college’s website and other printed productions.

SKILLS

Computer Applications: Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe In Design Autodesk AutoCAD Autodesk 3DS Max Autodesk Revit

Rhinoceros 3D Grasshopper SketchUp ArcGIS REM Home Energy Analysis Experience with CNC milling and laser fabrication

Manual: Drafting Stippling Watercolor Wood Working Model Building (variety of mediums) TIG Welding


DESIGN EXPLORATIONS


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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


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OUT OF FAILURE: DEPLOYABLE SHELTER URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER FUTURE LIVING: RETHINK HOTELS COMPETITION DISTRIBUTION HUB DESIGN FOR EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

PROFESSIONAL

CONTENTS

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LANTERN HOUSE RETAIL AND CORPORATE DESIGN: BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON RESIDENTIAL DESIGN: MARK ENGLISH ARCHITECTS

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ADDITIONAL WORKS

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DEPLOYABLE SHELTER OUT OF FAILURE

TYPE // GRADUATE SEMINAR TIME // FALL 2012 PROGRAM // TEMPORARY RELIEF SHELTER TEAM // REUBEN ALT, AUGUST MILLER EXHIBITION // INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR

This project investigates the use of flat stock material, such as plywood, and the use of CNC milling technology to create compact, easily distributed temporary shelters. Our project emphasizes easy construction, using notching as a method of joinery. Affordability is also important to the design and is manifested in the material choices and the low cost of fabrication. Designed to fit in a parking space, our project is intended to utilize existing infrastructure for electricity and water based utilities. Beginning with spatial studies based on existing small spaces, scale models were produced representing our design. Full scale prototypes were then used to explore the fabrication method. A full scale prototype of the project is being featured in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (May 2013) and in Interior Design Magazine.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


ABOVE // perspective in urban context

PROJECT / RELIEF SHELTER

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ABOVE // 1:8 scale model

ABOVE // 1:8 scale model assembly process

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ABOVE // first full scale prototype

ABOVE // second modified full scale prototype

PROJECT / RELIEF SHELTER

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LEFT // exterior/primary rib system

LEFT // fabric enclosure trial

LEFT // construction details

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ABOVE // second modified full scale prototype

PROJECT / RELIEF SHELTER

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ABOVE // assembly sequence at ICFF

PROJECT / RELIEF SHELTER

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ABOVE // ICFF Exhibit

PROJECT / RELIEF SHELTER

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HILLSIDE ASCENT

URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER TYPE // THESIS TIME // SPRING 2013 LOCATION // CINCINNATI, OH PROGRAM // URBAN FORESTRY INTERPRETIVE CENTER

The decline of the Industrial City resulted in the emergence of spontaneous nature on sites where frequent use can no longer be maintained. The emergent typology, the Wild Urban Woodland, infiltrates the fractured peripheries of once dense cities. The process, known as natural, ecological, or forest succession, emerges as a product of regional cultural and environmental specificities. The vegetation associated with the process is a clear indicator and constant reminder of the social, economic and cultural transformations that resulted in its occurrence. The Wild Urban Woodland is an embodiment of the place-based characteristics in which it emerges, thus in this new wilderness is the potential to create a culturally significant and self-reflective landscape while embracing the biological and educational benefits of its urban proximity. This thesis investigates the emergence of Wild Urban Woodlands on the once actively occupied, ascended, and descended Cincinnati Hillsides, where a once culturally significant landscape has been detrimentally altered by the transformations in the urban structure. Yet, in this emergent typology is the potential for education, recreation, and the development of an environmental ethic necessary for the growth of future biophilic cities. This thesis proposes a type of urban architecture integrated with the successional landscape; light rather than heavy, permeable to vegetation and nature, and responsive to the environmental specificities of the site, as much as to the adjacent urban and cultural context.

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PROJECT / URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER

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ABOVE // Cincinnati, Topographically defined

HILLSIDE ASCENT

“PATENTLY UNLOVED YET NATURALISTIC, THIS HOLEY PLACE SEEMS MORE A WILDERNESS THAN THE DATUM OF A MAN-MADE CITY. DOTTED BY TREES AND CRISS-CROSSED BY WO-MEN/VEHICLES/ROADS, IT IS A SURFACE DOMINATED BY A PECULIAR SENSE OF ONGOING STRUGGLE.” -LARS LERUP

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


Cincinnati, Active to Passive hillside urbanism

HILLSIDE ASCENT

“FOREST EDGES AND WALLS OF TREES FORM THE NEW EDGES OF SPACES WHEN BUILDINGS ARE BROKEN APART” -JORG DETTMAR

ABOVE // phases of urban forest succession

PROJECT / URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER

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ABOVE // Interpretive Center, Entrance

PROJECT / URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER

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ABOVE // Program concept collage

The design intervention, an Urban Forestry Education Center addresses the “wild urban woodland� as both an urban and a wilderness condition. The building references the historical functions of the site while integrating itself into existing urban planning efforts. The building typology reinterprets strategies used in nature interpretive center and applies them to an urban condition. The site intervention address the ecological needs of the site and addresses the influx of invasive species in order to create a natural bioproductive landscape. ABOVE // Layers of Intervention

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


RIGHT // Site Plan

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PIONEER BED (FROZEN) PERENNIAL BED (FROZEN) SHRUB BED (FROZEN) NATIVE PRAIRIE MANAGED WOODLAND WILD WOODLAND INTERPRETIVE CENTER GARAGE/SHOP FOREST CLASSROOMS

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PROJECT / URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER

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ABOVE // Site development through modeling

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ABOVE // Building development through modeling PROJECT / URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER

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TOP // City view from forest classrooms ABOVE // Urban Timber Program educational shop

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ABOVE // Interior, main interpretive space

HILLSIDE ASCENT

“FORESTS RETURN TO LAND WHERE THE PREVIOUS INTENSITY OF LAND USE CAN NO LONGER BE MAINTAINED” -INGO KOWARIK

ABOVE // Site section/species composition

PROJECT / URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER

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ABOVE // Perspective showing relationship between interpretive space and the adjacent urban context

PROJECT / URBAN FORESTRY EDUCATION CENTER

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SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART

TYPE // STUDIO, STRUCTURES ENVIRONMENT CONSTRUCTION TIME // SPRING 2011 PROGRAM // SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER

This project was designed during the University of Cincinnati’s SEC Studio. This comprehensive studio investigates the integration of structural systems, passive and mechanical environmental systems, and construction technologies. The building is a wellness center, containing massage rooms, a yoga studio, sauna rooms, and a bathing space. A “hospitality” zone exists, and in my scheme, sits detached from the main “wellness” structure. A centrally located thick wall becomes a strategy for organizing space, but also functions as a container for mechanical systems, and as a structural core. Modeling studies determined structural and tectonic relationships that were reflected in the final design of the Wellness Center.

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ABOVE // section perspective

PROJECT / SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER

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Pool Room Lobby/Reception Locker Room Massage Room Sauna Guest Room Library Outdoor Yoga Space

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ABOVE // tectonic relationship model

ABOVE // wall detail

PROJECT / SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER

ABOVE // model details

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ABOVE // pool room rendering

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ABOVE // spatial collage

mechanical spaces

summer condition

winter condition

PROJECT / SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER

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above tectonic relationship model ABOVE // section perspective

PROJECT / SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER

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PIER 54 RESORT

JOVOTO RETHINK HOTELS TYPE // COMPETITION TIME // SPRING 2011 PROGRAM // HOSPITALITY/RETAIL

Designed for the Jovoto Rethink Hotels Competition, my resort, located on Pier 54 in New York City (city specific to competition) proposes expanding the urban environment over the nearby Hudson River. The resort combines a mix of public and cultural facilities with the private rooms of hotel. The building has a waterfront aesthetic while functioning in relation to the nearby Meatpacking District. The competition entry required multiple renderings that displayed the essence of the project. Also proposed was a renewable energy concept attaching wave energy buoys to the structural piles of the pier in order to harness the energy of the undulating river.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


ABOVE // perspective in urban context

PROJECT / RETHINK HOTELS

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PEDESTRIAN LEVEL

PIER STRUCTURE

WAVE ENERGY BUOY

ABOVE // wave energy concept TOP LEFT // public retail space TOP RIGHT // hotel room interior RIGHT // urban context Meat Packing District, New York, NY

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PROJECT / RETHING HOTELS

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DISTRIBUTION HUB FUTURE LIVING

TYPE // CHARETTE TIME // SPRING 2012 PROGRAM // GOODS DISTRIBUTION CONCEPT

Designed for a future scenario in which the government fully regulates the distribution of goods and services, the Distribution Hub provides a location for all forms of distribution. A network of hubs would exist around the country, connected by a high speed rail system separate from the normal transportation flow. The distribution system would cut through existing neighborhoods. The hub could become a catalyst for future development as it becomes a necessary destination for sustenance.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


ABOVE // conceptual rendering

PROJECT / DISTRIBUTION HUB

ABOVE // corridor concept

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BACKCOUNTRY OUTPOST

DESIGN FOR EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS TYPE // GRADUATE SEMINAR TIME // SPRING 2011 PROGRAM // SKI PATROL OUTPOST

While in bounds territory at ski resorts is often well patrolled, outof-bounds, or backcountry terrain, is left unmonitored. It is in this challenging terrain that most ski related deaths occur. The Ski Patrol Outpost is a design allowing easy transport and construction in the unpredictable backcountry environment. It’s utilization of solar energy, segmented design, and adaptable foundation allow the building to be situated in a variety of backcountry contexts. The facility will be strategically placed based on avalanche danger and will function both as a backcountry patrol station, but also a training facility for patrollers and future patrollers. With it’s ability to sleep 6, and it’s responsive thermal properties, the building becomes a perfect overnight facility.

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ABOVE // project rendering

PROJECT / BACKCOUNTRY OUTPOST

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Entrance Vestibule Meeting/training/patrol space Bunk room Sun room, solar heat catchment Storage Bathroom

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1. TRANSPORT

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2. ASSEMBLE FRAME

3. PLACE SEGMENTS

Entrance Vestibule Meeting/training/patrol space Bunk room Sun room, solar heat catchment Storage Access hatch Bathroom Systems/solar energy converter PV Panels

4. LOCK CLAMPS

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


TOP // interior render ABOVE // deployment render

PROJECT / BACKCOUNTRY OUTPOST

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ABOVE // D.E.E.P Freeze book

Compiled and edited the work of the seminar into a book summarizing the course objective, design scenarios and solutions.

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PROJECT / BACKCOUNTRY OUTPOST

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LANTERN HOUSE

LIVING ALEUTIAN HOME DESIGN COMPETITION TEAM // WITH BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON TYPE // COMPETITION, PROFESSIONAL TIME // WINTER 2012 PROGRAM // RESIDENTIAL ROLE // TECHNICAL DRAWING, 3D MODELING, RENDERING

The Lantern House is a zero-net energy Living Building Challenge compliant single family residence located in Atka, Alaska and designed for the Living Aleutian Home Design Competition. I was a member of the project team, led by Senior Associate Denis Schofield of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The project was designed in collaboration with an energy consultant and contractor in order to provide accurate cost estimates, energy modeling, and construction time lines. The project made the short list of 6 entries from a pool of over 100. My role on the project consisted of building the 3d model of the residence, producing technical plans, sections and elevations, and the production the 3d renderings pictured in this portfolio.

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ABOVE // Lantern House at dusk

PROJECT / LANTERN HOUSE

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ABOVE // interior living space

ABOVE // building systems diagrams

PROJECT / LANTERN HOUSE

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ABOVE // rendering showing North facing moss wall

PROJECT / LANTERN HOUSE

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON

TEAM // BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON TYPE // INTERNSHIP TIME // WINTER 2012 ROLE // TECHNICAL DRAWING, SCHEMATIC DESIGN

At Bohlin Cywinski Jackson I worked on a variety of new construction projects. While working on these retail and corporate projects I produced schematic design presentation drawings as well as schematic and construction document sets under the supervision of the project manager and project architect. The following drawing are excerpts from the various project I worked on.

ABOVE // plaza plan

ABOVE // schematic plaza details BELOW // plaza renderings (by others)

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


ABOVE // Casework drawings

ABOVE // CD Sample

PROJECT / PROFESSIONAL DRAWING

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON

TEAM // BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON TYPE // INTERNSHIP TIME // WINTER 2012 ROLE // TECHNICAL DRAWING, SCHEMATIC DESIGN

ABOVE // barhroom aheet from 100% CD set

ABOVE // schematic detail studies

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ABOVE // sample drawing from 90% design development set

PROJECT / PROFESSIONAL DRAWING

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RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

MARK ENGLISH ARCHITECTS TEAM // MARK ENGLISH ARCHITECTS TYPE // INTERNSHIP TIME // 2010 ROLE // SCHEMATIC DESIGN, PRESENTATION DRAWING AND MODELS

At Mark English Architects I produced schematic design drawings, collages, and sketches for use in client meetings and document sets. Was responsible for the design and detailing of custom deck railings and interior casework for walk in closets. Also, I produced presentation drawings and representational models for use in publications.

ABOVE // Fontana Residence presentation drawings and model BELOW // Monte Sereno Residence presnetation model

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


ABOVE // construction photo from site visit

ABOVE // details drawn for “detail library” PROJECT / RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

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ADDITIONAL WORKS


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ABOVE // design concept collage, spring 2012

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SITE AND DESIGN MODELS

CINCINNATI HOUSING STUDIO TEAM // REUBEN ALT, ANTHONY MANGIONE TIME // 2010 ROLE // MIXED-USE RESIDENTIAL

The following models represented the design of a mixed use residential tower for Cincinnati’s central business district. The urban scale model of downtown Cincinnati used digital fabrication techniques to add precision to the cutting of flat materials.

ABOVE // Cincinnati residential tower model

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO / REUBEN ALT


ABOVE // Cincinnati site model

ABOVE // Cincinnati site model process

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ABOVE // group site force model

CONCEPTUAL MODEL STUDIES ANALYSIS MODELING TYPE // STUDIO EXPLORATIONS TIME // 2009

The following models were produced during my introductory year to the M.Arch 1 program. The model on this page analyzed the site forces of a Shaker farm site and was a group project with fellow students. The model pictured on the opposite page emerged from an abstraction of a specific human motion.

ABOVE AND LEFT // model details

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ABOVE // motion abstraction model

ABOVE // motion abstraction drawing PROJECT / MODELING STUDIES

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REUBEN ALT

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

609.462.8882 altrd@mail.uc.edu 325 E 8th. St. Apt 306 Cincinnati, OH 45202

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