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Undergraduate Compilation

Richard J. Wells


Studio Projects 1 Newark Mid-Rise 2 Newark Townhouse 3 Princeton Tower 4 Princeton Airport 5 Botanical Gardens

Internship Work 6 Scartozzi Residence


Field Work 7 Nine Ponds Way 8 Ten Ponds Way 9 75 S. 11th Street

Miscellaneous 10 Sketches 11 Analytique 12 Photography


Studio Projects


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Newark Mid-Rise Newark Townhouse Princeton Tower Princeton Airport Botanical Gardens


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Newark Mid-Rise Term: Professor:

3rd year; fall Sabrina Pagani

Location:

Newark, NJ

Programs:

AutoCAD Rhino / Vray Photoshop Illustrator

Brief: The project called for a mid-rise residential building near the Broad Street Station in Newark, NJ. Prior to the project, the studio was responsible for a masterplan proposal resulting in new parcels of land. My parcel was located along Orange Street. Concept: My intention was to get rid of the strong linear movement mandated by the proposed masterplan via Orange Street. Initially, I lifted the building off the ground which provided public access perpendicular to Orange Street. This created a series of processions from the street to plaza and vice versa. The perpendicular movement is further emphasized by the building facade and interior circulation. The facade features perpendicular corridors that vary in breadth and protrusion. These variations are meant to reflect the unit layout per given floor. Additionally, there are horizontal breaks along the facade to allow the circulation of air in between the floor slabs. This minimizes air pressure against the street- and plaza- exposed elevations.

Strong Linear Notion

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Limited Perpendicular Travel 400

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Volumetric Study

Circulation Study

Conceptual Study

Finalized Form

Night Rendering: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


Floor Plan 8

Reference Axon Level 8

Reference Axon Levels 3, 5, 7

Floor Plans 3, 5, 7

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Orange Street Elevation

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Public Programming

Vertical Circulation

Residential Units

Finalized Form Cross Section


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Newark Townhouse Term: Professor:

3rd year; fall Sabrina Pagani

Location:

Newark, NJ

Programs:

AutoCAD Rhino / Vray Photoshop Illustrator

Brief: The project called for a townhouse design with residential and commercial programming. The neighborhood is residential comprised of an adjacent multi-story townhouse typology. Concept: My initial design move was to split the entire buildable area vertically in half, thus establishing street- and gardenexposed programs. Both programs share a lightshaft that illuminates the interiors of both during the day. The roof slab shape acts as a funnel which aids in water collection. This water collection is then channelled to cisterns located on the ground floor plan. After a filtering process, the water is redistributed into the building as grey water use. The street facade has operable panels to control interior visibility and the garden facade has folding glazed panels to maximize ventilation. The residential unit has several movable panels to allow multiple volume arrangements. This ultimately allows the user to change the interior spaces per time and function.

Balcony / Interior space

Garden Facade


Rendering: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


Residential

Commercial

1. Total Volume

5. Maximum Glazing

2. Res. and Comm. Split

6. Operable Shading

3. Lightshaft

7. Natural Ventilation

4. Inward Sloping Roof

8. Movable Partitions

Third Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

JAMES ST.

Second Floor Plan Second Floor Plan

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Variation of: movable partitions operable shades glazing systems

Level 0 - Open

Level 1 - Closed

Level 2 - Closed

Level 3 - Closed

Level 1 - Open

Level 2 - Open

Level 3 - Open

Sectional Perspective: Rhino / Photoshop


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Princeton Tower Term:

4th year; spring

Professor:

Joshua Zinder

Location:

Princeton, NJ

Programs:

Stabilizing Wing

AutoCAD Rhino / Vray Photoshop Illustrator

Brief: This three-day sketch problem called for a viewing tower designed within the Princeton Airport property. The tower was restricted to a 40’ height and limited to a designated parcel of land to avoid interference with airplane traffic. Concept: My intent was to reference a form and aesthetic relating to flight. Our site was located near the main entry of the airport, thus it needed to captivate the public traveling along Route 206. Formally, the tower represents a stabilizing wing from a commercial airplane. This component functions to counterbalance against turbulent wind forces. From an aerial view, the ramps, platforms, and retaining walls represent the redirection of wind when coming in contact with an airfoil. These shapes are meant to mimic air as it’s being deflected off the front curvature. Observation of this mimicry can be done from high altitudes. Lastly, the horizontal wooden slats resemble wind passing along the stabilizing wing. This aesthetic provides a sheathing layer to the metal tube structure to give a sense of enclosure.

Air Deflection

Conceptual Parti


Rendering: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


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Upper Tier Level

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Site Plan

Cross Section

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Lower Tier Level


LED Panels For Signage

Interior Braced Metal Tube Core Structure Metal Tube Structure Exterior Wooden Slats

Concrete Foundation System

Primary Structural Components

Sectional Perspective: Rhino / Photoshop


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Princeton Airport Term:

4th year; spring

Professor:

Joshua Zinder

Location:

Princeton, NJ

Programs:

AutoCAD Rhino / Vray Photoshop Illustrator

Brief: This was a Comprehensive Studio project located at the Princeton Airport in Princeton, NJ. It called for a reinterpretation of the existing terminal, office spaces, and public attractions. Concept: The Princeton Airport is a small and privately owned venue servicing the general region. The owners are looking to expand its variety of programs to increase the number of visitors. As specified, the program includes a reception hall, retail spaces, cafe, restaurant, and other public attractions. The reception hall is the largest space, thus needed immediate attention in terms of locations and orientation. The diagrams to the right explain the design moves made which allowed for an outdoor patio, waterfall feature, protruding platforms, processional corridors, etc. Existing buildings and hangars located on the premises are designed solely with steel materials. The new terminal is structured with contrete to reflect permanence, contrasting its adjacent context.

1. Reception Hall

5. Main Corridor

2. Outdoor Patio

6. Perpendicular Corridors

3. Waterfall Feature

7. Runway Viewing

4. Protruding Tiers

8. Retail Spaces


Existing

1. Centralizd Lobby

Existing

2. Maximized Viewing

Existing

Existing

3. Service Program

Conceptual Parti

Rendering: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


1. Piles

2. FDN System

3. FDN System

4. Soil

9. Slab and Railing

10. View Corridors

11. Mullions

12. Glazing

Rendering: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


5. Water Basins

6. Waffle Slabs

7. Post and Beam

8. Platform

13. Operable Systems

14. Water Pipes

15. Supply HVAC

16. Ceiling

Sectional Perspective: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


Second Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan


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2. 1. Pressurized Main Pipeline 2. Anaerobic Tanks 3. Open Aerobic Tanks 4. Distribution for Wetlands 5. Grey Water Distribution 6. Disinfection Tank 7. Effluent Holding Tank 8. Treated Grey Water for Reuse

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Living Machine Diagram: Rhino / Vray, Illustrator

Cross section


Lobby Space: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop

1. Walls from Parti

2. Cylindrical Lobby

3. Mezzanine Level

4. Parti Contrast with Sky


Second Level Corridor: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop

First Level Corridor: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop

1. Parti and Reception Volume

2. Reception Hall Intersection

3. Parti Wall Manipulation

4. Parti Wall Highlighted


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Botanical Gardens Term: Professor: Location: Programs:

5th year; spring Arcade

S. Zdepski Florence, Italy AutoCAD Rhino / Vray Photoshop Illustrator

Brief: This was a Comprehensive Studio project dealt with designing a botanical “garden� experience situated along the Arno River in Florence, Italy. The project calls for a series of interior and exterior gardens, ample market spaces, a courtyard, and service areas. The interior garden structures must vary from one to the next because of their unique environments. Thus, some have operable skins, permitting cross ventilation while others are closed and mostly shaded throughout the day. Concept: My design starts by acknowledging the surrounding context where the organization and orientation of programs emphasize urban conditions. These conditions include piazzas, building elevations, water levels, and historical landmarks. The garden circulation remains static on the northern edge and dynamic on the southern edge. These approaches were taken because of the relations to surrounding historical context. The following series of site plan diagrams uncovers all design moves to its completion.

Bldg as wall edge Uffizi Gallery Ponte Vecchio

1. Historical Context

2. Historical Edge Defined


3. Garden Circulation Linked

5. Garden Circulation Oriented Towards Uffizi

Tiered Seating Beach Area Water Garden

Green Spac Performance Spac Green Spac

4. Interior Gardens Orientation Towards Tower

6. Outdoor Program Designation

Southern Edge Street View: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


Site Plan

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1. Existing River Edge

2. Concrete Piles and FDN

3. Concrete Slabs

4. HVAC and Water Supply

5. Pedestrian Level Platform

6. Steel-Tube Columns

7. Steel-Tube Beams

8. Interior Frame

9. Retractable Interior Shade

10. Mullion Construction

11. Facade and Roof Glaze

12. Horizontal LED Panels


Interior Garden Sectional Perspective: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


1. Vertical Core and Columns

2. Steel Tube Beams

3. HVAC Supply and Return

4. Wide-Flange Foor Beams

5. Composite Decking and Slab

6. Circulation Stairs

7. Mullion Construction

8. Glazing

9. Mullion Track Support

10. Shutter Mullion Construction

11. Operable Shutters

12. Translucent Paneling

Site Cross Section


Completed Two-Story Garden Build-Up


Winter Season Rendering: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop

Aerial View: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


Physical Model

Physical Model

Night View from Uffizi Gallery: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop

View from Ponte alla Grazie: Rhino / Vray, Photoshop


Internship Work


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Scartozzi Residence


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Scartozzi Residence Term:

Summer 2010

Employer:

Jordan Rosenberg Architects & Assoc.

Location:

79 Homestead Rd. Tenafly, NJ

Program:

AutoCAD

Brief: This project was a proposal for a new addition to an existing residential house in Bergen County, New Jersey. Concept: Throughout the internship, I was responsible for surveying, field sketching, schematic planning, and construction documentation. I would further assist in preparing the necessary drawings for multiple residential projects. This would entail site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections and other CAD drawings.


Field Work


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Nine Ponds Way Ten Ponds Way 75 S. 11th Street


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Nine Ponds Way Term: Employer: Location:

2004 - 2005 (Summers) TCC-TRI Oakland, NJ

Responsibilities: Manual labor / hauling, excavation, insulation, sheet rocking, flooring, and finishes. Description: The house is a 2-1/2 story Colonial manor situated on a 1.75-acre lot within a newly developed culde-sac. The foyer and living room spaces have multi-story ceiling heights accentuated with decorative stone finishes, wood moulding, and coffered ceilings. Large amounts of glazing are used to draw in maximum sunlight and offer outdoor views. In total there are 5 bedrooms, 5-1/2 bathrooms, triple-bay garage, and outdoor patio.

Artist Rendering: The Cambridge


Wood Framing

Wood Framing

Finished Exterior


Great Room


Living Room

Kitchen Space


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Ten Ponds Way Term: Employer: Location:

2006 (Summer) TCC-TRI Oakland, NJ

Responsibilities: Manual labor / hauling, excavation, insulation, sheet rocking, flooring, and finishes. Description: The house is a 2-1/2 story Colonial manor situated on a 2-acre lot within a newly developed cul-de-sac. The foyer and living room spaces have multi-story ceiling heights accentuated with decorative stone, moulding, and coffered ceilings. Large amounts of glazing are used to draw in maximum sunlight and offer outdoor views. In total there are 6 bedrooms, 5-1/2 bathrooms, triple-bay garage, an elevator, outdoor deck, and swimming pool.

Artist Rendering: The Heritage


Wood Decking

Wood Framing

Finished Exterior


Family Room

Kitchen Space


Master Bedroom

Entry Foyer


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75 S. 11th Street Term:

2009 (Summer)

Employer:

Habitat for Humanity; Newark

Location:

Newark, NJ

Responsibility: During my apprenticeship, I was responsible for the supervision and assistance of volunteer laborers. In addition I assisted in revamping the HFHNewark office and donated a hand made replica house model for office display. Description: This single family dwelling is HFH-Newark house number 69. There is 1400 square feet of livable area split amongst two levels including a crawl space. The unit features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, full kitchen, dining room, and living room space.

Street Elevation


Wood Decking and Framing

Wood Framing

Exterior Sheathing


Fiber-glass Insulation

Sheetrocking

Finished Exterior


Scaled Chipboard and Cork Model


Miscellaneous


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Sketches Analytique Photography


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Sketches Term: Professors: Location:

Summer 2010 D. Sollohub J. Dart Siena Rome Florence

Brief: I had the priviledge of studying abroad in Italy for 6 weeks. Throughout the experience I carried a sketchbook and ink pen to draw famous historical attractions. My sketches were mostly architecture from perspective and elevation vantage points. Some sketches were drawn in haste while some were drawn with careful attention to detail and precision. All sketches were made with a 0.5 mm thick ink pen. The paper weight was moderately heavy to allow for crisper, more precise lineweights.


Pantheon (Rome); Interior Column Capital


Santa Maria Novella (Florence); Facade


Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Florence); Interior


Duomo di Siena; Exterior


Duomo di Siena; Interior


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Analytique Term: Professors: Location:

Summer 2010 D. Sollohub J. Dart Siena

Brief: The analytique is a graphic composition that depicts the nature of an architecture feature composed in its context with varying scales and layering. Concept: My first intent was to create four equal quadrants posed primarily by Porta Tufi’s plan with a true North orientation relative to the paper; establishing a tilted axis. The supplemental drawings are positioned within the four quadrants including - elevations, sections, and site plans. The top left features a residential building in close proximity (in plan view) with a shadow cast by the porta; the right features a residential building in close proximity (in plan view) in addition to a longitudinal section; the bottom left features a partial entry elevation; lastly the bottom right features a cross-section of the porta and a site elevation consisting of the semi-circular bus hub and pedestrian sidewalk. The tertiary layer consists of a brick ornament, a site plan, and a macro site section silhouette subtly incorporated atop the porta sloping porta plan axis.

Concept Layout


Site Cross Section

Cross Section


Site Plan


Entry Facade

Longitudinal Section


Porta Tufi Final Analytique; Watercolor Paint


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Photography Terms:

Summer 2010 Spring 2011

Cameras: Samsung WB2000 Canon EOS Rebel XTi

Brief: During my last year of the undergraduate architecture program, I become increasingly interested in photography. I didn’t have a specific style or bias towards what I photographed; simply put, if something were to catch my eye, whether static or dynamic, I took the shot. My camera of choice was the Canon EOS Rebel XTi with a Tamron focus lense. My preference is to shoot solely with manual settings allowing greater control. The featured photographs are slightly photoshopped using CS5.


“Taxi”; New York, NY


“Lightrail”; Newark, NJ


“Trellis”; Conway, SC


“Gondola”; Venice, Italy


“Storm”; Siena, Italy


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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