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Roland Faust

Architecture Portfolio +1 (352) 214 2310

Contents Professional 01

San Francisco International Airport Boarding Area B

Graduate 02

Berlin Central Library Blending Cognitive Environments


Ceramic Aperture Material Research and Practice


Canal City Reimagining Gowanus NY


La Strada Novissima The New Pedestrian Street


The Water Loop Design through Engineers

Undergraduate 07

U14 Design Competition




San Francisco International Airport Boarding Area B HKS, Inc. 2015 - 17 The concept for the redevelopment of Boarding Area B is the creation of a sense of place typically missing from a metropolitan airport. The picturesque landscape, plant life, and light quality of the Bay Area are the primary design drivers of the project. The intention vis-à -vis the building exterior is to simplify and clarify, giving new presence to the landscape and the activities of the airfield. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass allows the interior and exterior to blend. The clerestory, which runs along the length of the concourse, provides visual wayfinding as well as natural light. On the western facade, a rooftop garden at concourse level celebrates the native plant life and gives passengers a direct connection to the unique qualities of the San Francisco Bay Area. My most significant contributions to the project have been the concept design, the detailing of the exterior envelope, and the design of the green roof. I have drawn inspiration from the natural landscape, the unique urban atmosphere of San Francisco, and the sleek elegance of aircraft to create an architecture that is responsive to it’s context.



Aerial View from South East (Above) In developing the shape of the building the main functional considerations included maximizing the number of planes that are able to dock at the terminal, creating a unifying architectural element in the form of a clerestory, and establishing a connection between the boarding area and the landside. Concept Sketches (Left) This collection of early drawings demonstrates my process in exploring different aspects of the design. Operating within the constraints of the airfield, I worked at multiple scales and levels of detail to develop the overall shape, structural organization and examine the relationship between the interior and the exterior.


Sculptural Plant Forms California’s unique plant life is characterized by bold geometric forms, which are treated in the design of the green roof as sculptural elements suspended in the field of bar grating.


West Coast Drawing inspiration from the spectaular transition from land to water along California’s coast line, the green roof similarly mediates the transistion from land to air.

Green Roof The Green Roof, located adjacent and outside of the hold rooms, extends two thirds of the length of the Boarding Area B concourse. It is a significant visual element, enhancing and elevating the passenger experience, and can be seen from the gate houses, gate lounges, mezzanine level sterile corridor, club lounges, and the air train. The design is a celebration of the natural beauty of the Bay Area, and its integration into T1 will serve as a calming passenger experience. The green roof features bar grating juxtaposed with plants native to the San Francisco Bay Area and commissioned sculptures (as part of SFO’s art program), creating a unique airport experience.



Gate Lounge

Gate Lounge

Gate House B10

Plan and Cross Section The plan consists of a field of bar grating interspersed with planters. The planters are arranged around gate lounges, cafes, and gate houses, allowing the passenger to closely observe and enjoy the plant life, and lending a sense of calm introspection to an often chaotic environment. 07

Gate House B14

Bar Grating Above: We selected the bar grating for its bold linear pattern and the way in which it creates a sense of flow. I studied the orientation and density of the grating in these diagrams in relationship to planters. Below: This detail drawing shows the proposed support system for the bar grating. 08

Cafe at Concourse Level

Gate Lounge


Mezzanine Club Lounge

Gate House


Glazing Analysis and Comparison The impact of the exterior glazing on the energy usage in the building was a critical consideration. My team evaluated and analyzed four different glazing solutions based on cost, Energy Use Intensity, acoustics, and glare. The preferred option (A3) is shown in my rendering. 11

Section Detail of Exterior Glazing This detail depicts a four-sided SSG unitized curtainwall system. Two IGUs form a double skin, allowing for superior acoustic and thermal performance. An automatic shade reduces glare, and is protected by glass surfaces. 12


Berlin Central Library Blending Cognitive Environments Masters Thesis Advisor: Carles Muro Spring 2015

In recent years, popular opinion has been that the public library is obsolete due to innovations in technology. The ease and speed of access to the internet has made slow-paced circulation of books appear to be a thing of the past. However, the reality is that libraries are even more utilized today than they were before the advent of the internet. This thesis proposes a new paradigm for the library in the form of a continuous spiral of cognitive spaces. This project promotes a variety of visual, kinesthetic, social and solitary activities. The spiral allows for the maximum interface between these learning activities, creating a blend of cognitive environments. In each of the environments, the furniture is designed and arranged to facilitate the activities. A space for kinesthetic learning, for example, includes standing and sitting desks as well as mobile chairs.


Precedent Libraries The space of the libraries is represented in black and white as programed and open space, respectivley. Arranged chronologically, the drawings convey the gradual shift from compartmentalized space to open plan space.


View from Plaza The site is at a major public space in the city, adjacent to the Spree River and the central train station.


Ground Plan At street level, the building peels up from the ground, creating seamless continuity between interior and exterior.


Cross Section The connection between inside and outside is emphasized by the thickness of the slab, which tapers to a thin edge, opening the space to the exterior.


Cognitive Environments Different furniture combinations are designed to create a variety of public spaces that encourage visual, social, kinesthetic, and solitary learning. Users are able to move between the spaces based on learning styles.


Visual + Social Above, the central atrium functions as a space for informal gathering. Below, a cognitive environment for visual and social learning.


A Paradigm for Future Growth Necessity creates pressure for the continuous growth of the library. The spiral allows for a pattern of infinite growth.

Furniture Variations From left to right: social, visual, kinesthetic, and solitary. Different cognitive environments are created through combinations of furniture types.


Solitary + Kinesthetic Standing desks with privacy screens provide a space for quiet individual work while allowing for movement.

Combination The final segment of the spiral features a space that combines all types of furniture to create maximum interface between learning styles.



On / Off / Off-Off Broadway The Epic Multi-Theater GSD Option Studio Instructor: Ciro Najle Spring 2014 This project reconstructs the apse of Borromini’s San Carlo in Grasshopper, as a formal generator. I developed new parameters of scale and proportion, reconstructing the apse to form a clustering of performance spaces. These bring together the three New York theater types into a single interconnected space in Bryant Park. Different venues are accommodated through variations in the size of theaters. The connection between the theater spaces creates an opportunity for performances to be experienced simultaneously. The atmosphere is that of a festival or circus environment, where shows are coordinated to complement one another. In addition to hosting multiple events, the theater spaces can also be used for a single event which can occupy the entirety of the space or uitilze a smaller portion. For example, NY Fashion Week, which was held at Bryant Park until recently, could make use of the entire space. The circus atmosphere of the space offers a new way of experiencing theater in New York. It is an architecture that serves to bring together different types of performance art.


Borromini’s San Carlo My inspiration for the project was the complexity of the apses and wall recesses of this baroque church. I studied these features in plan and gave them new formal parameters to develop a programmed public space.


Model 1:500 Sixteen different theaters are generated through variations of the San Carlo wall recesses and apses.


Generating the Hierarchy of NY Theaters Sixteen theaters in four groups (on, off, off-off and combination) compose the space of Bryant Park. The size of each theater is varied according to a corresponding attractor point that represents the location of existing NY theaters.


Plan of Multi-Theater The project proposes a clustering of amphitheater spaces that can be used separately for small events and as a collection for large events.


Views Top: views from the center of the mulit-theater. Bottom: view from the New York public library.


Cross Section The site topography is elevated from street level, creating a vantage point for the spectator.



Ceramic Aperture Material Research and Practice GSD Elective Instructor: Leire Assensio and Felix Galli Collaboration: Frederick Kim and Heamin Kim Fall 2015 This project investigates traditional and new techniques of ceramic production. It is a design research project to explore the inherent behavior of clay, for performative and formal affects. The formal expression of the apertures is developed through an exploration of folding rolled sheets of clay.We usded these findings to create a computer model that generated variations in the ceramic aperture. The system is comprised of ceramic tiles and copper pipes. The ceramic tiles perform as insulators that rely on the effects of thermal mass to distribute heat to the surrounding space. The tiles also function as apertures that allow for light penetration and controlled views. The copper pipe functions as a water circulation system that interfaces with the ceramic tiles to heat the space.


Fabrication Techniques As an alternative to using a wasteful mold, we hand crafted the clay aperture, allowing for complex surface geometry. A lattice structure of copper pipes served as a guide tool in folding the clay and as a water circulation system.


Section Diagram The ceramic surface performs as a thermal heat exchange when warm water passes through the pipe framework and interfaces with the ceramic tile. The space is heated through radiant and convection heat transfer. 34

Parametric Variation The degree of openness in the aperture is controlled parametrically based on privacy and light access.


System Overview The assembly is comprised of two identical sides of ceramic tiles with a matrix of copper pipes circulating water.


Design Development In the early stages of the project, the group explored a variety of handcrafting techniques, allowing the design to develop from an understanding of the material and enabling the group to build the necessary skills of craftsmanship.


Copper Substructure The design of the copper pipe system responded to and influenced the ceramic aperture. It was used as the framework around which the clay was molded.



Canal City Reimagining Gowanus NY GSD Core Studio Instructor: Spela Videcnik Collaboration: Annie Boehnke, Jamie Lee, Josh Schecter Spring 2013 This project imagines the urban context of the Gowanus Canal as a new waterfront experience. Currently, the canal poses a serious environmental concern as it is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. To address this issue and to transform the site into a vibrant part of Brooklyn, we adopted a strategy of remediation through the formation of salt marshes and islands at the most polluted areas of the canal. Different uses of water form the central strategy in addressing the environment, economics, and community of the Gowanus. A further investigation looks at how the rules established in the master plan influence the project at the scale of a typical city block. The relationship of the city block to the water front informs the design solution.


Canal City Spatial Conditions In developing the master plan for Gowanus, the team studied several canal cities, such as Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Venice. This resulted in the documentation of the spatial conditions seen above.


Canal City Hybrids Different spatial conditions were combined in a fictitious city as a design exercise to find opportunities for invention.


Master Plan We designed the urban master plan using rules developed through the documentation of spatial conditions within existing canal cities. The design of city blocks responds to rainwater collection and remediation of the canal.


Urban Block Proposal Using the rules established in the master plan, I designed an urban block. The residential block above, features sloping roofs for water collection in the central courtyard. Public amenities, pool and gym, are nested within the block, creating a public datum.



La Strada Novissima The New Pedestrian Street GSD Option Studio Instructor: Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston Fall 2013 This project investigates the intersection between continuous urban fabric and the building as an object. Operating as both an integral part of the street and as an object, the project proposes a fluid experience that departs from the linearity of traditional pedestrian walkways. The site is a pedestrian street in the Design District of Miami. This street was divided among the students into adjacent parcels, creating a collection of retail buildings. The design of my project responds to the work of the adjacent student, while maintaining its identity. The fluid nature of the plan and the placement of windows creates an experience of discovery to attract clients. The dynamic plan has an eye-catching presence that sets itself apart from the urban fabric.


The New Pedestrian Street The street runs north-south and is occupied by fourteen retail buildings.


Model The model is handcrafted from bristol paper and chipboard.


Ground Plan Access to the building is through the open atrium; this has the effect of enveloping and embracing the consumer.


Section The atrium varies in width sectionally, growing wider at the top to channel light into the building.



Water Loop Design Through Engineers GSD Elective Instructor: Hanif Kara Collaboration: Nelson Byun, Melissa Han Spring 2014 The challenge of the engineering course was to design a pedestrian bridge over the Charles River that would connect Cambridge to Allston. The design proposal f­ocuses on the activities and natural beauty of the river. The form in plan is a circle, a pure gesture for observing nature. One of the primary activities on the river is competitive rowing, such as the Head of the Charles Regatta.


Perspective of Bridge The circular plan of the bridge creates the sense of levitation over the water. The bridge is not supported by arches, towers or cables, but is itself a box truss, allowing for 360° views.


Plans Above: plan of proposed bridge. Left: site plan showing the Charles River and proposed bridge connection.



Sections To comply with ADA and allow for a height clearance of sixteen feet, the floor-to-ceiling height narrows at the mid-span and grows taller at the entries.


Section Detail

Construction Sequence From top left: 1. Pouring concrete foundations 2. Assembling bridge bays on land 3. Constructing bridge on floating docks 4. Removing temporary vertical support 5. Completed assembly



U14 University and 14th Street Competition Winner Collaboration: Elaina Berkowitz Summer 2012 To create a building that is recognized by residents as well as projected visitors, this proposal imagines the new space as a retail pavilion for public engagement. By using materials of the existing building, and introducing innovative systems of construction, we achieve a unique juxtaposition between old and new. The site’s prime location on Gainesville’s University Avenue makes it a centerpiece for the university and city. This proposal suggests many strategies for keeping the d ­ evelopment a sustainable one, including the building of an overhanging green roof for shade on the eastern facade and the prevention of excess heat gain, low-impact design on ground surfaces, and the planting of native Floridian grass and trees.


New Roof Structure Winter Solstice December 21st Shadow range 9am to 5pm

Summer Solstice June 21st Shadow range 9am to 5pm

Spring Equinox March 21st Shadow range 9am to 5pm

Fall Equinox September 21st Shadow range 9am to 5pm

U14 proposes a new roof design with overhangs on the east and west facades to provide shade and minimize heat gain. Facade analysis done in Ecotect [left] show that the proposed overhang provides shade to the east facade throughout the day and year. The new roof also functions as a green roof, which provides plants to help clean the air as well as further minimizing heat gain during the hot summer months. The roof also unifies the existing building with its northern addition.


Proposed Renovations The new additions to the building include a bus stop, new porch enclosure, renovated windows, and new roof structure with overhangs, as well as an exterior stair.


New Overhang 14th Street is designed as a lively pedestrian walkway, giving storefronts a presence on the street. Deep overhangs create shaded space for outdoor seating.




Low-Impact Design Decking Permeable and structural surface that allows rainwater to be absorbed into the ground Concrete Impermeable surface to control intake of storm water

Ground Plan



1. Ground-mounted sign 2. Bike racks 3. Bus stop 4. Exterior stair 5. Garbage 6. Service entry

New Porch Enclosure The new facade encloses the patio and creates a balustrade to the roof deck. It is constructed of wood, steel, and colored glass bricks. The pieces are pre-fabricated and can be developed in a CNC machine. The wood and steel structure holds the glass bricks, allowing them to be illuminated by the sun to create a stunning effect of sparkling color and light.


Roof Plan 1. Roof deck


Roland Faust E: M: +1 (352) 214 2310 10707 SW 8th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32607


Harvard University - Graduate School of Design 2015 | Masters in Architecture I Advanced Placement University of Florida - College of Design Construction and Planning 2012 | Bachelor of Design with a Major in Architecture



Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, Grasshopper, Lumion, Microstation, Revit, Rhinoceros, Sketchup, Vray

Published Work Harvard GSD: Platform 7 Project: “The Water Loop” Exhibition Project: “On / Off / Off-Off Broadway” Competition 1st Place for University and 14th University of Florida Architecture Design Award Academic Achievement Award



Fluent in English and German


HKS, Inc. | Intern Architect II Miami, FL / San Francisco, CA | Nov. 2015 - present Project: Costa Bavaro Resort | Developed the concept and schematic designs for a 2000-key hotel and amphitheater. Project: SFO, Boarding Area B | Worked on programming, concept design, schematic design, design development, and construction documents for the core and shell. Extensive use of Revit in modeling and detailing. Behnisch Architekten | Architectural Assistant Boston, MA | May - Aug. 2014 Project: Convention Hall 7, Frankfurt, Germany | Produced facade designs using Grasshopper. Prepared renderings, 3D prints and handcrafted models. Foster and Partners, | Architectural Assistant London UK | May - Aug. 2011 Project: OCT Swan Lake, Shenzhen, China | Worked on the design and arrangement of the villas along the waterfront. Kohn Pedersen Fox, | Architectural Assistant New York, NY | Sept. - Nov. 2008 Project: Boston Seaport Masterplan | Produced a study of various urban conditions for the masterplan; worked on the design of a hotel/residential building. Siemens Real Estate Group | Design and Layout Intern Beijing, China | Jan. - June 2008 Projects: Siemens Offices | Interior design of office spaces, including layout and arrangement of furniture. BAM AG | Construction Management Intern Dusseldorf, Germany | Sept. 2007 - Dec. 2007 Project: Breidenbacher Hof | Assisted construction management; performed quality control of completed work.


Roland Faust  

Architecture Portfolio

Roland Faust  

Architecture Portfolio