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Ruxandra Mocanu selected works 2015 - 2018




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Flexible design MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE SKI User participation KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY Sustainability ARCHITECTURE, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY Apr 2017Innovation – Oct 2018 SOFT The track concluded on Circular buildingwith a Master thesis Auto housing in the Netherlands. Graduated with Revit

Adob BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE HOBBYS Adob KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY Adob ARCHITECTURE, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY Photography Oct 2015Hand – Apr 2017 Vecto craft The Curriculum covered topics such as Arch Allpla Theory andTravel Art history and Technical scienc Arch Self-development average grade of 2,1.

Grass “ERASMUS +” EXCHANGE POSITIONINSTITUTE SOUGHT FOR TECHNOLO KARLSRUHE 3ds M ARCHITECTURE, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY Junior architect Oct 2014 – Oct 2015 The Curriculum covered topics such asLANG Arch BIM modeler Englis Theory and Artdraftswoman history and Technical scienc Architectural Germ Roma ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION Spanis “IONDRIVER’S MINCU”LICENSE UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTU Dutch PLANNING, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, B



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Flexible design MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE User participation KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY, FACULTY OF Sustainability ARCHITECTURE, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY Innovation Apr 2017 – Oct 2018 The track concluded with a Master thesis on theCircular topic ofbuilding student housing in the Netherlands. Graduated with an average grade of 1,9 (German grading system).



I’m a freshly graduated junior STUDENT ASSISTANT architect full of curiosity and HOUSE OF COMPETENCE, KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE FOR to keep creativity. I am eager TECHNOLOGY learning by working on projects Feb 2018 – Oct 2018 that inspire and stimulate me. I Research, preparation of material am looking for an ambitious architecture/design firm that offers me the possibility to gain ARCHITECTURAL INTERN experience in a variety of areas. HUMPERT & KÖSEL-HUMPERT ARCHITEKTEN My ideal working environment is Aug 2016 – Feb 2017 interdisciplinary, collaborative Preliminary design phase: concept sketches, plan layout options and international. My aim is to Design phase: Urban planning drawing, 3D visualization, concept find original design solutions, plans outdoor facilities tailored to the client’s needs. Construction phase: drawing of scaffolding, sections, details, quantity survey





BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE Photography KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY Hand craft Oct 2015 – Apr 2017 Travel The Curriculum covered topics such as Architecture and design, Self-development Theory and Art history and Technical sciences. Graduated with an average grade of 2,1 (German grading system).

POSITION SOUGHT “ERASMUS +” EXCHANGE KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY Junior architect Oct 2014 – Oct 2015 BIM modeler The Curriculum covered topics such as Architecture anddraftswoman Design, Architectural Theory and Art history and Technical sciences. ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION DRIVER’S LICENSE “ION MINCU” UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA Category B Oct 2011 – Jul 2014 Completed the academic years 1 to 3 required for an integrated Master’s degree.

TUTOR IN THE ORIENTATION WEEK AK ERASMUS KARLSRUHE Sep 2015 – Mar 2018 Helping incoming international students get acquainted with and integrating in Karlsruhe by volunteering to help the local ESN section with the organization and execution of events such as the Orientation Week. My contribution extended also to designing merchandize for this purpose.

POSTER DESIGN PARKPLATZFEST ABH + RSH KARLSRUHE May 2016 Another designing job I volunteered for and won through a design competition was the poster for a festival organized by the dormitory where I resided. 44375740653/?type=3&theater


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German Romanian Spanish Dutch


Sketching Model building 3D Modeling 3D Rendering Painting Photography EXPERTISE

Architectural design



Landscape design ⚫⚫⚫ Urban planning

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University Architecture




Master thesis 2018

Bachelor thesis 2016

Haven 2.0


Postmodern theater

Bachelor studio 2014




Master studio 2015

Extra-curricular Graphic design

Work Competition



Poster Parkplatzfest

Beach pyramid

Design competition 2016

Ideas competition 2018



Army residence Internship 2016 - 2017

Hand drawing


Sketching & painting Hobby


Type of work: Master thesis Year: 2018 Function: Housing for students and young professionals, mixed use Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands Individual project Software: Revit, Autocad, Photoshop

Haven 2.0

the living room on the canal Currently the Netherlands is facing a major housing shortage, or better said, a shortage of affordable housing. This is mainly driven by migration, especially of young people, to urban centers in search for better and more diverse educational institutions, jobs, culture and recreational possibilities. Due to the generally high cost of living, there is a substantial lack of affordable housing, which affects especially expatriates with low income, such as students and young academics.

Site analysis & concept The city of Eindhoven, located in the south-eastern province of Brabant is one of the cities hit by this crisis. As a rising technology hub, Eindhoven especially stands to lose the continuous stream of young, talented and well-educated individuals that, in the upcoming years, could constitute the vital workforce of the many technology companies located in and around Eindhoven. The city formerly characterized by its industry is now shifting to the so-called “knowledge industry�. The eastern part of Eindhoven used to be heavily industrialized, with its canal as the main attractor of industry in this region throughout the 19th century (Donkers, 2011). After the canal lost its transport function and the consequent loss in industrial importance, the area was left in obscurity. However, as other recent repurposing initiatives of former industrial sites show, there seems to be a big potential for development in this field, while available spaces can also be used to combat the housing shortage. Since the site lies at the intersection of three neighborhoods, the concept focuses on transforming this site into a sort of melting pot for their inhabitants. This is the reason why, it is important to keep in mind, that the site needs to be attractive to a rather large demographic sample and a mix of users to allow optimal use and to increase local acceptance.

Architectural program & design

Due to the increase of population in Irisbuurt and the surrounding neighborhoods, some additional facilities are required as well in order not to run the risk to overburden the capacities of the existing facilities nearby. New facilities do not only ensure an optimal functioning of the neighborhood, but are also meant to activate it and turn in into a new „Hot-Spot� for the city. The intervention will also attempt to activate the old canal area and its surroundings. The inclusionary idea of the intervention embraces also the residential component, which means that the residence will be intended not only for students, but for singles and families as well.

Ground floor plan

First floor plan

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Section C-C „Haven 2.0� blends student housing together with public and community-oriented facilities, like study spaces, a swimming hall, a boat rental office, an after-school, a gym and a student bar. My proposal is meant to establish a link between the existing attraction points in the area and the new additions, thus integrating the development within the city. This will be achieved through two outdoor public spaces, the footbridge connecting the two canal banks and the urban living room, a flexible urban space that represents an extension of the interior spaces.


Type of work: Bachelor studio Year: 2014 Function: Postmodern theater Location: Bucharest, Romania Group project Software: Archicad, Photoshop

Postmodern theater

The location is near University Square, which marks the center of the city. The square is determined by the intersection of two important arteries, the North-South and East-West axes. One of the prominent buildings marking this intersection is the Bucharest National Theater. In the larger area are numerous educational and commercial facilities, as well as a hospital, a museum and the Intercontinental Hotel. The property is almost on the border between residential area and commercial area, where the two mix. The plot of the intervention is 350 meters away from the intersection and it has a size of about 900 square meters, next to the ArCuB building (the cultural center of Bucharest). Due to the proximity of the site to multiple cultural institutions, we decided to consolidate the cultural character of the area and at the same time offer an alternative to the existing supply - thus, we chose to design a postmodern theater. The intervention is intended as a complementary extension to the activities of the national theater and ArCuB. Complementary in the sense of postmodern theater, which proposes a different approach than traditional / modern theater. In the postmodern theater, the show is a real event, in which the audience participates. Scenarios and fixed characters are minimal, the show emphasizing the experience. Each show is unique, because the creative process is always different. It is mostly improvisational theater that involves a participatory attitude.

However, central position in city means that green space is scarce. This lead up to want to integrate green space into the design. After comparing several options for a building design with open space, we came up with the definitive design. The space is defined by a glass shell that envelopes the theater and the green space. The theater building itself looks like stacked “boxes” (in reality stacked performance rooms), united through a vertical circulation knot. On the ground floor there is a foyer with reception, administration and cafe. This open space creates a buffer zone between theater and street in the form of a commercial area / courtyard. It brings a recreational space into the crowded environment of the city center. As we move upwards, through the circulation knot or taking the outer staircases, we arrive onto terraces (the deck of the “box” below). From here the visitors can admire the view and then step into the performance spaces, that differ in size, height and layout according to the type of performance they host. Contrasting the cold appeareance of the glass facade, the “boxes” are covered in wood, like a tree growing from the grass.

Ground floor

First floor

Third floor

West facade

Section B-B


Type of work: Bachelor thesis Year: 2016 Function: Repurposing of an old factory building and the land around it Location: Gerabronn, Germany Individual project Software: Revit, Autocad, Photoshop, Illustrator

FarmCity The Hohenlohe is a region with 60% of the area being used agriculturally. Nevertheless, the agricultural area has decreased by 8% from 1980 until today. After the war there were more than 7,000 farms, in 1979 3.500 - and today there are less than 1.500. The main land uses in the region are arable land, fodder production and processing, plant cultivation and livestock farming. In Gerabronn 69% of the area is used for agriculture (60 farms). The biggest advantage - shopping directly at the farmer. However, the town is facing problems, especially of a social nature. As today a large proportion of the young population moves to cities, fewer young people are living in Gerabronn and the population is getting older.

The idea behind FarmCity is productive landscape. It is a step back to traditional agriculture. At the same time, the goal is to use the landscape and create jobs so that it is attractive to the younger generations. Two important principles for the design are “complement, rebuild, exploit,” and “seed planning + participative design.” Affordable housing is to be created by using the existing resource as efficiently as possible, but also by letting the farmers take over part of the construction process. In order for people to work in agriculture again and to make better use of the land, infrastructure is provided by the city administration and made available to the farmers. This is made up of three main elements: the landscape for agriculture and living, the old factory for trade and the warehouse for material and immaterial work. The project consists of old buildings (factory + warehouse), reconstructions (part of the warehouse) and new buildings (apartments + additional facilities). The largest part of the land serves for material work. There are private gardens, larger agricultural areas for cereals, vegetables or tree plantations, other facilities such as a greenhouse or cattle shed, production facilities in the warehouse and a market and restaurant in the factory. Part of the warehouse is converted and used for immaterial work.


Type of work: Master studio Year: 2015 Function: Student residences / building extension Location: Karlsruhe, Germany Group project Software: Revit, Autocad, Photoshop

Symbiosis The student city of Karlsruhe is being confronted with a crisis of available student residences. This was the incentive for this project’s task - design 1000 student residences on the KIT campus. Althought the campus isn’t very densly built (as you can see on the image above), our team decided to give itself an extra challenge and only build on top of the existing buildings. This decision was motivated by our wish to use the available resources as efficiently as possible, in terms of available surface, but also of the intrastructure contained within those buildings. The buildings in marked above in red were chosen for the intervention. Here I will present only the proposal for the extension of the physics faculty (middle). The project started with a study of the existing structure (right). It is a 3-storey reinforced steel construction from the 70s. Except for the massive walls marked in red on the sketches, the structure is supported by pillars. In the middle it has a large courtyard that essentially divides the building in two.







Sketches 1 and 2 show the two stages of the design - the initial conceptual solution (1) and the adjustments following structural calculations (2).

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In phase 1 we split the extension into three volumes, in order to use the area as efficiently as possible, but still allow for sufficient sun light and ventilation. From the infrastructure of the existing building we made use of the staircases, which we extended up to the student residences and added an extra one. The extension consists of two floors - the lower one for living space and the upper one for shared space. The idea was not only to offer an attractive space for the residents, but for the whole campus, thus helping to integrate the intervention. Therefore, we included here study spaces, workshops, music rooms, a cafe, a sports center and many flexible spaces. In terms of its appeareance it should become a new landmark for the campus, hence the very open glass facade of the upper floor that makes the extension look like it is floating.

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In the second phase we calculated the capacity of the existing building and discovered that the structure still has enough reserve to allow for an extention. Phase 2 brought following changes: - the existing roofscape makes it necessary to place the extention on a substructure of 80 cm min. height (right) - we abandoned the public-private combination in favor of two different buildings, each with its separate use and construction type.





Type of work: Ideas competition Year: 2018 Function: Temporary beach structure Location: Constanta, Romania Group project Software: Autocad, Photoshop

Beach pyramid The theme of this 3-day design competition was to combine material, construction, form and function into a holisic solution for a temporary beach structure. This structure should be easily assembled at the beginning of the warm season and disassembled at the end of it. An additional condition was to make it resistant to winds and sea water. The form should be adequate for uses such as sun shade, changing room, shower, beach bar, life guard tower. To achieve all this, we needed a construction that was light (so it can be assembled manually), yet stable, complex enough to accomodate all those functions, yet simple (for efficient assembly). So we chose the very simple and stable shape of the pyramid. Aside from these advantages, this shape also allows for combinations of the module to create larger structures. The module has faces with a side lenght of 3 m (large enough to accomodate a standing person, but still be possible to assemble manually). To make the assembly / disassembly process as easy as possible, we opted for prefabricated elements: steel beams and joints covered with wooden boards and/ or textile membranes tailored to size. The constructive principle can be observed on the opposite page. To exemplify the possible compositions mentioned above, we designed a beach bar with a life guard tower.

Beach bar with life guard tower

Constructive principle ELEMENT_ flexible membrane attached to the girder (fig. 1) TEIL_beweglicher raumtrennnender Seil, seitlich MATERIAL_ waterproof textile am Hauptträger befestigt, am Boden zur FORM_ tailored Unterträger befestigt MATERIAL_wasserfeste Membrane

FORM_maßgeschnitten ELEMENT_weight bearing girder MATERIAL_Zinc plated steel FORM_tubular, L 3m, ØTetraeder 7cm TEIL_Gerüst Träger


MATERIAL_Verzinkter Stahl FORM_Rohr, L3m, Ø 7cm

ELEMENT_ flexible membrane attached to the girder and to the center of the TEIL_fester raumtrennnender Seil, seitlich am bottom plate (fig. 1) Hauptträger befestigt, amd Boden zur Unterträger MATERIAL_ waterproof textile befestigt FORM_ tailored MATERIAL_wasserfeste Membrane




ELEMENT_ supporting floor frame TEIL_Bodenbelag MATERIAL_ Lamellar wooden MATERIAL_Lamella Holz beams Bretter FORM_Schnitt:11x2cm, Länge variabel FORM_ Section: 11x2cm, variable length 2.60

TEIL_Träger Bodenbelag ELEMENT_ flooring MATERIAL_Lamella Holz Träger MATERIAL_ Lamellar wooden boards FORM_Schnitt:10x10cm, Länge variabel FORM_ Section: 10x10cm, variable length


TEIL_Gerüst Verbindungselement für ELEMENT_ Framework connecting element Bodenbelag for flooring MATERIAL_Verzinkter Stahl MATERIAL_Zinc FORM_Rohr, plated Ø 7cmsteel FORM_tubular, Ø 7cm


ELEMENT_weight bearing girder TEIL_Gerüst Träger Modul MATERIAL_Zinc plated steelStahl MATERIAL_Verzinkter FORM_tubular, 3m, ØØ7cm FORM_Rohr, LL=3m, 7cm

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TEIL_Steckung ELEMENT_ joint (fig. 2) MATERIAL_Verzinkter MATERIAL_Zinc plated steelStahl FORM_trunkierter Ikosaeder, Ø ca. 20cm FORM_trunked icosahedron, Ø approx. 20cm

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TEIL_Schraubfundament PART_ Screw piles (fig. 3) MATERIAL_Verzinkter Stahl MATERIAL_Zinc plated steel FORM_Tiefe 1m FORM_depth 1m


MODUL TETRAEDER mit maximale Ausrüstung, ohne Maßstab



Type of work: Internship Year: 2016 - 2017 Function: residence for military men Location: Bruchsal, Germany Software: Vectorworks

The main project I worked on during my internship was an accomodation building for the German army, entering the construction phase. For this project I did plan layout drawings, 3D visualizations, drawings of scaffolding, sections, details and quantity surveys. I was also present on several occasions on client discussions, meetings with the parties involved in the construction and site visits. Due to the confidential character of the project, I can only show a very limited range of this work in the portfolio. Below you can see a plan layout for this project. In the low right corner is a 3D visualization of the intervention I modelled. Building sections and details for flooring (right), walls and ceiling also constituted a big part of my work.


Type of work: Graphic design Year: 2016 Function: Poster and T-shirt design for a local festival Location: Karlsruhe, Germany Competition winner Software: Photoshop, Illustrator

Parkplatzfest is the second biggest student festival in Karlsruhe. It is organized by the dormitories on the Willy-Andreas-Allee, one of which was my residence for almost three years. In 2016, while I was living there, I decided to take part in the competition for designing a poster and a T-shirt logo for the festival. The jury chose my project and this is the final design.


Type of work: Sketching and drawing Year: 2009 - present Hobby

Drawing and painting have been a part of my life from an early age. Throughout the years I took lessons in water painting, gouache painting, clay modeling and intensive preparatory courses for architecture university. These all helped to develop a better understanding of spatiality, materials, composition and color. These skills proved very useful throughtout my studies and work, enabling me to excell in my artistic endeavours, as well as in precise technical tasks.

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Architecture portfolio Ruxandra Mocanu  

A selection of my professional, academic and personal work between 2015 and 2018.

Architecture portfolio Ruxandra Mocanu  

A selection of my professional, academic and personal work between 2015 and 2018.