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Reuben Posada Architecture Portfolio

Contents 01 Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 02 Social Housing 03 Vivienne Westwood Flagship 04 Educational Center 05 Piranesian Object

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Professor: Craig Babe Partner: Tung Nguyen Located in the Montrose district, our proposal for the CAMH will bridge the gap between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection. The expression of the form is manifested using minimal volumes manipulated with a hierarchical order and arranged to create intersecting spaces. Immense columns create an exciting memorable attraction. The CAMH takes the notion of the promenade and dedicates it to all users. Behind a transparent facade, the intersection of volumes within form a secondary “facade�. The intersecting cantilever is the place of attraction, increasing the excitement of users. As one enters the museum, they are immediately faced by the large atrium which is open to below, revealing a secondary level of public space. Directly above them, the cantilever holds three main galleries and provides access to a rooftop sculpture garden.



Minimal Volume

Split for Drop-off

Split for Gallery


Volume Intersections

Floor 1

Floor -1

Floor 2


Gallery Shop



Floor 3






Glass fiber reinforced gypsum Rigid insulation Bituthene Precast concrete Steel channel Embed steel plate

W54 Steel angle

Louver Concrete slab Beam Girder Steel plate

Column beyond Glass to mullion Beam Beam Concrete slab Anchor bolts Beam Steel Plate Retaining wall

Wall to Beam W12 column Vapor barrier Masonite 3’ Deep grade beam 6� Collapsable carton form


Longitudinal reinforcement Ties

Wall Section Details


Concrete Panel

GFRG Louvers

Wide flange beams

Wide flange columns

Cantilever frame


Exploded Axonometric

Bones Model

Social Housing Professor: Livia Loureiro Team: Andriy Grygorenko & Sophia Novak Our proposal for João Pessoa’s social housing aims to redevelop a favela, once a thriving port and center for entertainment, is now prone to urban decay. The site is isolated from the community by a rail road track and access is limited. A sense of identity is achieved through the integration and redevelopment of three weak nodes: Rio Paraíba, the site, and the public space in the community. The pedestrian connector is introduced, transforming the ontology and integrating urban and ecological spaces. This urban intervention serves as a meandering space. Hierarchical spaces are achieved as public, semipublic, and






housing takes on both square and bar typologies. The arrangement resonates the favela vibe through grouping and stacking of there forms, creating clusters. The


housing units are continuous, yet autonomous.

Public Space Redevelopment

Node Connections



Pedestrian Connector

Vivienne Westwood Flagship Professor: Gabriel Esquivel Beginning with the case study, Bailey House by Richard Neutra, a series of indexical diagrams are produced to investigate the organizational principles. The edge and figure emerge as critical components to engage the underlying typologies. A similar diagrammatic process is applied to a dress designed by Vivienne Westood. This process is continued digitally to produce an object of a different ontology. The






dimensionally via the figure, which datums the ground. The entire project then investigates the notion of indexing, pattern, and scale. Staying true to the design of the dress, several plaid patterns are applied reinforcing the index of the ground and surface articulation. Later on, the juxtaposition between the two ontologies is implemented. The figure dictates the placement of the object and a notion of axiality indexes the dress, disrupting and shifting some geometry.

Bailey House

Figure and Edge as Organizational Components

Bridged Typologies

Translated Typologies

Void Interior

Solid Interior

Pattern Articulation

Index Articulation

Educational Center Professor: Miquel Rodriguez & Marta Garcia Partner: Madison Green Located along the Barcelona beach front, the site is in an area of private industries. Just up the strip, is a large public space where tourists come to gather. There is a disconnection between the public space and the strip. The surrounding neighborhood lacks an educational resource to the locals. We propose an educational center, to mediate between the industrial, commercial, and residential programs. The center offers traditional and technological mediums to learn about the Barcelona history. Programs include classrooms, workshops, library, auditorium and virtual and augmented reality pods. The exterior facade is paneled with tiles, referencing Barcelona’s






selected for the tiles can be found in the surrounding neighborhood and beach. A dematerialization of the facade is visible at the ground floor to allow views. The volumes are arranged to address the corner conditions.





Exploded Program

Exploded Structure


Floor 1

Floor 2

Floor 3

Floor 4

Piranesian Object Professors: Gabriel Esquivel & Adam Fure Team: Matt West, Sophia Kountakis, Erin Biediger, & Brooks Van Essen This







intersection, and interaction of spaces by dismantling canonical churches into a historical database of objects and reassembling them to create a plan-object that blurs the line between figure and ground. The Stamp takes the form of Boolean operations, of varying severity, generating strange geometry. As two parts intersect, the legibility is reduced, reinforcing the objects autonomy. Through several iterations, the Stamp creates a labyrinthine object, which calls to mind Piranesi’s Carceri. The Stamp creates spaces that are not immediately identified. Like the Carceri, the object is composed of recognizable architectural elements, yet the composition itself is strange in its mereology. The object’s hermitry affirms its architecture and its autonomy while denying the metaphysics of presence.

Brunelleschi, Sta. Maria del Fiore

Bramante, Plan for St. Peters

Serlio, Dwelling for a King

Borromini, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

Maderno, Sta. Maria della Vittoria

Rainaldi, Sta. Maria in Campitelli

Palladio, Il Redentore

Palladio, San Giorgio Maggiore

Object Database

The Stamp

Object Extraction




Surface Articulation

Plan Close-up

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