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Autodesk AutoCAD, Maya, Civil 3D Rhinoceros 5 Grasshopper SketchUp RhinoCAM 2.0 and CNC fabrication Microsoft Office Suite 2010 Adobe CS5: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Premier Pro Digital and Film Photography Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY Bachelors of Architecture Rome Study Abroad Berlin Program Minor: Construction Management


Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany “Private Sphere” Design Course


scalarArchitecture, New York, NY Architecture Intern


KWP Associates, Pomfret, CT Draftsman, Surveyor, Intern


Pratt Manhattan Gallery Gallery Assistant


American Bar Association, New York, NY Photographer


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY Multi-Media Assistant; Teachers Assistant


Junge Memorial Scholarship Distinguished Student Review, Pratt Institute Rosenfeld Scholarship, Pratt Institute Connecticut College Arboretum Photography Award GFWC Art Competition Best Documentary, Manchester Community College Film Festival Best in Show, Best Documentary, Moondance Film Festival Pratt Institute: InProcess 15, InProcess 16, InProcess 17; Verlag Der Bauhaus-Universitat, Weimar: “Private Sphere”

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VATICAN ALIAS This studio focused on an analysis of historic models to reveal distinct architectural pattems within Rome. The program was to design a museum and housing complex within the center of Rome. The design process explored the transformation of Roman prototypes. Design issues included understanding urban form as an accommodation of the city's growth, and acretive intervention within a fragmented historic context. Studies concluded with formal propositions within the context of the city fabric.


Professor Carlyle Fraser Spring 2012



Professor Carlyle Fraser Spring 2012

Tempelhof Airport: Adaptive Reuse and Urban Agriculture To study the history of Tempelhof Airport is to trace decisive moments in German and Berlin history: From its use as an experimental airfield in the 19th century, through the dramatic events during the 1948–49 airlift, to the large-scale international landscape and urban design competition held in 2009, the “Tempelhofer Feld” reflects glory and abyss of German ingenuity and political stance. While there has been much speculation, many informal ideas and formal design proposals for the airfield since the airport was closed in 2008, very little attention has been given to the Tempelhof Airport building itself. This neglect can appear puzzling given the enormous historic, symbolic and spatial presence of the structure. It is one of a few pure-bred fascist buildings and, given its size and programmatic specificity, poses many challenges, so that any engaged discourse will aim to question its uncontested landmark status. We consider the building’s challenges a great opportunity that makes the old terminal building and its adjacent ground an ideal testing ground for architecture and energy futures. Its conditions pose an exceptional opportunity for speculative ecological scenarios that play out at the intersection of building and landscape, structure and field, occupation, recreation and production. The Pratt Berlin 2011 projects develop alternate uses for the Tempelhof Airport Terminal. The research addresses several key issues, including current programmatic, social, and technological needs within the city of Berlin. Proposed programs include a Living Material Research Facility, a Media Lab Berlin, an Institute for Urban Farming, a Sports Complex and more. Every project generates a unique pliable syntax of spatial, structural, and material responses, which engage the physical and cultural realities of Tempelhof Airport. Pratt Berlin is an international summer program at Pratt Institute, School of Architecture. The program organizer is Jonas Coersmeier, who teaches in collaboration with Gisela Baurmann and Justin Snider.

Professor Jonas Coersmeier Summer 2011


Tempelhof Airport Adaptive Reuse and Urban Agriculture By Lauren Stetekluh, Robert Hughes, and Seo Hee Lee The global reality of food futures is one where food is no longer trusted. As people no longer understand how to interact with products, societies rely on packaging instruction and expiration dates to communicate with what they consume. The impact of foodborne illnesses struck the uneducated future hard. The answer to Berlin’s strife lies at the former candy-bomber airfield, where Tempelhof has become a place of cooperation. The hybrid program is based off a cooperative structure which draws the public into the production processes of growth, harvesting, packaging, selling and distribution; in return those who participate will receive goods and social services. Different levels of commitment are offered; from those who wish to participate by buying goods at the market, by bringing their families to harvest apples, volunteering their free time to farming, or renting their own individual schrebergarten. Social interaction is therefore knitted into the growth centers, with the added opportunities for mingling at the various eateries and drinkeries on the premises. Tempelhof has become a new public arena and city forum, a place dedicated to social communication over the ultimate unifie.


Professor Jonas Coersmeier Summer 2011

High Rise Studio This seminar focused on the structural performance and conceptual expression of skyscrapers over 100 floors high. The site was positioned between Lincoln Center and Central Park, an inspirational and dynamic location for merging the programs of entertainment, interaction, and creativity with the spaces of nature. Concept The tower will converge the elements of life, binging them with natural space to induce harmony and variety into the program. The tower itself is porous, allowing exterior penetration to the interior, and opening a dialogue with central park, in order to allow moments of harmonic, interior green space throughout the building. Performing arts and education, working and living are all unique within the urban fabric. Open, exterior, and green space will encourage a higher quality of life, work and practice. Spaces of interaction will become intensified, yet still permit contemplative and personal opportunities. Public spaces will celebrate the moment of collectivity. The program will also support private spheres for an artist’s aspiration and practice. The intent is also to create a new meeting ground, a point of convergence among class and public interest, in order to redefine formality. In all, the proposal will notate a disintegration of the grid, reordering the dense urban structure, and layering space to allow moments of exteriority.


Professors Michael Trencher And Kathy Dunne Fall 2011


Professors Michael Trencher And Kathy Dunne Fall 2011

Concepts 3D laser scanning was employed as a method of generating a collective library of data sets. We identified organic specimens of natural rule-based formative processes. Computational Modeling Modeling software was introduced and explored as a means of accessing 3d data and generating design models. Models were developed based on their identity and clarity. Digital Fabrication Computer-aided manufacturing software and CNC milIing was Introduced and explored as a means of evaluating and developing models. Specific emphasis was placed on the potential of tooling paths, bo1h In terms of the bit and the algorithm employed to drive the cutting motion of the tool bit. Vacuum Forming Vacuum forming was the final process employed as a means of realizing an extended/tiled manifestation of the surface effects generated via digital fabrication.

Professor Ezra Ardolino Fall 2010

Through an immersive environment of 3D laser scanning, computational modeling, and CNC fabrication, this seminar investigated the design and manufacturing of architectural products as a function of digital modeling and fabrication technology


CNC Fabrication

Bauhaus Universität Weimar Summer 2011 A summer project to design and construct one permanent shelter in Holzdorf for a local charity. The workshop included not only the basic discussion of the topics of privacy and room atmosphere , the planning and implementation of a dwelling for two persons on the grounds of the Diakonia estate in Holzdorf, Germany. The structure was an assembly of prefabricated components. The components were planned and constructed at the Bauhaus, then transported and assemble at the Holzdorf estate. The course included the collaboration of the students and faculty of Bauhaus-University Weimar, and the architects Katinka Temme, Kengo Kuma, architect, JosÊ Mario Gutierrez Marquez, BFM Architects, Berlin, and Anna Kostreva, Berlin, several design studies and models of actual realizable property.


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Professors Ivan Shumkov and Gabriel Calatrava Spring 2011

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DIA Art Foundation The proposed museum for this semester, DIA Red DIA’s collection and mission to established contemporary artists whose visionary projects move beyond a traditional exhibition framework. Each of the selected artists (Tara Donovan, El Anatsui, Tim Hawkinson, Doh-Ho-Suh, Martin Puyear, An ish Kapoor) produces work that is configured for the specific conditions of the environment in which it is installed. Their artistic works served as the basis of our concept and program in the development of our Museum project. The program for DIA Red Hook is to provide an environment for the public to engage with the work of the selected artists in consideration of the artist’s intent, and in consideration of the mission of the DIA Art Foundation. The concept of this project emphasizes bridging the cultural art and diversity of the 21st century. Civilization in this era should live collectively, retaining the ideals of freedom, diversity, sharing cross-cultural identity and heritage. Over the centuries, New York has become an icon and destination for immigrants. The purpose of the DIA Art Museum in Redhook, will open a creative dialogue with the urban fabric and diversity of Redhook Brooklyn, and bridge the local artistic communities with e diversity of the public.

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Professors Ivan Shumkov and Gabriel Calatrava Spring 2011

Pratt Italia The investigation of the remains of antiquity and Rome’s urban artifacts can offer a unique lesson; the interaction of physical cause and cultural effect on the built environment and its eternal presence. The Pratt Rome program undertakes an intensive study of the city's architectural and cultural history, providing an experiential insight into the precedents that have had an enormous impact on the development of architecture in the western world. The curriculum consisted of courses in design, urban studies, language, history, and freehand sketching. Emphasis was placed on drawing as the critical tool, for analysis and interpretation of the urban form of Rome.

Professor Richard Piccolo Spring 2012


Representation I The objective of this course was an introduction to fundamental architectural drawing. The objective of the project enriched, extended, and supported two-dimensional drawings as a method of development, communication, and exploration. We were asked to construct measured architectural hand drawings based on our design projects, represented in a variety of mediums. This particular drawing exhibits the development of the two mechanisms into their hybridized state. The coursework emphasized the representational possibilities enabled by architectural drawing, additionally highlighting the drawing’s ability to aid in the understanding and simplification of complex form and idea.


Professor Anthony Titus Fall 2008


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Architectural and Creative Work 2012  

Robert James Hughes Pratt Institute School of Architecture BArch

Architectural and Creative Work 2012  

Robert James Hughes Pratt Institute School of Architecture BArch