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RYAN HOUSER m.arch 2017 rjhouser@ncsu.edu 919.930.1456


VOLCANO PAVILION p. 4 - 7

FORM: ENVELOP / SLICE p. 8 - 11

OXIDE MODELING p. 12 - 15

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER p. 16 - 21

STUDY: CASA DEL FASCIO p. 22 - 25

DIAGRAMMING THE CITY p. 28 - 29

SKETCHES p. 30 - 31

MUSEUM OF THE CITY p. 32 - 35

RALEIGH WINTER GARDEN p. 36 - 43

CICADA LAB p. 44 - 49

RENDERINGS p. 26 - 27

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VOLCANO PAVILION DESIGN PROJECT NC STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS POP UP LAB STUDIO FALL 2016

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AT NC STATE, DR. PAUL K BYRNE focuses on geologic formations, particularly how volcanic, tectonic and impact processes have shaped planetary surfaces. He’s particularly interested in the long-term behavior of large volcanoes on terrestrial bodies, including Earth. Paul studies, traces, draws and models the geologic formations caused by volcanoes over time, and it is within this process that I found architectural inspiration, particularly in the modeling and tracing of flank terraces. These appear as shell or scale-like formations around the flanks of large volcanoes as a result of gravitational settling. Here you can see my transformation of Paul’s tectonic study into architectural form.

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FORMATIVE ACTIONS: ENVELOP / SLICE DESIGN PROJECT FORM STUDIO SPRING 2015 This project investigated organizational relationships between two simple objects and a ground volume. Tansformative operations were chosen and applied to define spatial quality. First, a relationship was selected (enveloped) followed by an operation (slice). Together these two words were combined to transform the composition so that the larger volume is divided into Ÿ private and ž public space and the smaller volume can accommodate four spaces of similar size.

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OXIDE ARCHITECTURE MODELS MODELING INTERNSHIP OXIDE ARCHITECTURE RALEIGH, NC SPRING 2016

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Oxide Architecture in Raleigh, NC commissioned me to construct basswood and cork models of two of their previous residential designs. These models were used in competitions, exhibited at firm socials and displayed in their office. Printed plans, elevations and sections along with Vectorworks files were analyzed to make the models. Close attention was paid to site and interior spaces as well as the facades and removable roofs.


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RALEIGH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DESIGN PROJECT SITE: DOWNTOWN RALEIGH TECHNOLOGY STUDIO FALL 2015

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For this assignment, we were asked to design a performing arts center on a vacant lot in downtown Raleigh, NC. As part of the technology studio, students were required to explore technical systems of building structure, environmental control, energy, materials, enclosure and circulation; their fabrication and assembly; and their capacity to affect form and tectonic expression.

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Inspiration for the performing arts center came from the image of two figures embraced in dance. One figure is grounded (offices, black box) and materially different from a lighter, cantilevered figure (cafe, main performance hall), with the shared intersection as a lobby. In addition to providing a dynamic composition, the raised figure provides entry directly below the cantilever into the grounded figure.

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1. LOBBY 2. MAIN RESTROOMS 3. GIFT SHOP 4. GRAND STAIR 5. MAIN HALL PRE FUNCTION 6. MAIN PERFORMANCE HALL 7. STORAGE 8. BLACK BOX PRE FUNCTION 9. BLACK BOX 10. BOX OFFICE 11. COAT ROOM 12. CLASSROOM 1 13. STORAGE 14. GREEN ROOM 2 15. RESTROOM 16. STORAGE 17. GREEN ROOM 1 18. RESTROOM 19. SET SHOP 20. SET SHOP STORAGE 21. RECEIVING 22. RECEIVING STORAGE 23. BACKSTAGE STORAGE 24. MAIN STAGE 25. ORCHESTRA PIT 26. OFFICE LOBBY / SECRETARY 27. REHEARSAL SPACE 1 28. GREEN ROOM 3 29. RESTROOM 30. REHEARSAL SPACE 2 31. CLASSROOM 2 32. ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 33. STAGE MANAGER 34. CONFERENCE ROOM 1 35. STORAGE 36. RESTROOM 37. STORAGE 38. CUSTODIAL STORAGE 39. PARKING GARAGE ENTRANCE 40. MECHANICAL 1 41. TECHNICAL PRODUCTION STAFF 42. LIGHTING DIRETOR 43. AUDIO DIRECTOR 44. ACTING TEACHERS 45. BOX OFFICE MANAGER 46. ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT 1 47. ACTING SCHOOL DIRECTOR 48. INTERN AREA 49. ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT 2 50. ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT 3 51. LOUNGE / KITCHEN 52. RESTROOM 53. WORK ROOMS 54. CONFERENCE ROOM 2 55. CONFERENCE ROOM 3 56. DIGITAL RECORDS ROOM 57. RECEPTION AREA 58. CAFE 59. KITCHEN 60. RESTROOM 61. DINING AREA / BALCONY 62. CONTROL / EDIT SUITES 63. STORAGE 64. BUILDING MANAGERS OFFICE 65. MECHANICAL 2


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CASA DEL FASCIO PRECEDENT STUDY SITE: COMO, ITALY FORM STUDIO SPRING 2015

The form studio focused on investigating relationships between idea and form. Students are given precedent studies as parameters for generating, developing, and justifying architectural form, with particular emphasis on electronic media in drawing and modeling. Here Terragni’s Casa Del Fascio was researched, studied, diagrammed and modeled as a means of understanding the architect’s organizational principles.

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Conceptualized as a half cube, Terragni’s Casa Del Fascio uses a strict grid to organize program around a central interior courtyard. While no element appears to challenge the grid outright, small shifts work to define balconies, negative space and highlight the promenade.

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RENDERINGS REPRESENTATION PROJECT RAVINE GUEST HOUSE SHIM-SUTCLIFFE ARCHITECTS SITE: TORONTO, CANADA DIGITAL REPRESENTATION CLASS SUMMER 2014

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DIAGRAMMING THE CITY RESEARCH PROJECT SITE: CHARLESTON, SC ENVIRONMENT STUDIO FALL 2014

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In the environment studio, students investigate the relationship between environment and built form. Solar orientation, climate, topography, vegetation, and constructed context in relationship to user needs as parameters for design proposals. First, the city of Charleston was mapped through various lenses before being combined into one synthetic representation.


After mapping the city, models were crafted of a specific precenct (bottom right) then eventually of a specific site (right), the eventual location of the studio’s Museum of the City design project.

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MUSEUM OF THE CITY DESIGN PROJECT SITE: CHARLESTON, SC ENVIRONMENT STUDIO FALL 2014

Taking inspiration from the vernacular tradition of the Charleston single house typology, the Museum of the City takes advantage of the trapezoidal site geometry to subtly shift figures and connect with the public space of the lower residential neighborhood. A courtyard wall creates an interior garden space while the upper level gains views of the harbor and controls light through a semi transparent facade.

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Four wall types were required for this project: a Wall of the City that creates threshhold and addresses the street; a Wall of the Surveyor that introduces rhythm, repitions, meter and proportion; a Wall of Mass or a wall that holds program within; a Wall of Light constituted of mass and aperture that manipulates light within a space.

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RALEIGH WINTER GARDEN DESIGN PROJECT SITE: DOWNTOWN RALEIGH, NC COMPREHENSIVE STUDIO SPRING 2016

The Raleigh Winter Garden Complex is a mixed-use high rise block consisting of a below-grade public winter garden, two office towers and two residential towers. The modular towers rise out of the winter garden like trees from the garden floor. Pathways meander around the concrete columns giving visitors a jungle-like experience. The two residential towers are connected thorugh a series of dynamic pedestrian bridges from the central circulation tower. Daylighting into the basement of the garden allows for plant life and occasional passerby glimpses into the garden floor.

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CICADA LAB PAVILION DESIGN PROJECT SITE: NC STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS POP UP LAB STUDIO FALL 2016 Representatives from the college expressed a desire for a physical embodiment of their ethos, a functional lab structure that communicates change and expresses the new role of the college institution; a place of exploration, discovery and progress, all of which is shared within the university and with the local community. Focusing on biological illustrations of faculty and students, I became inspired by the cicada form. Other important factors in the lab design include a materiality that captivates visitors, transparency that promotes engaging the public with science, a parti that directly relates to scientific illustrations of university students, a modularity that can be customized for specific size requirements, a desirable lab space and a scale that matches the surrounding environment.

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ORGANIZATION We see servant or utility spaces located on both the public (open air) and private (lab) sides of the pavilion. These areas can be used for storage, seating or interactive displays. Thicker columns in the lab facilitate deeper storage spaces. Clear distinctions between public and private areas makes sure visitors feel comfortable approaching and interacting with the lab and pavilion, as well as protect the lab materials when not in use. MATERIAL By using hollow 3D printed tubes composed of translucent material to form the facade webbing, services have tunnels to reach the lab and are exposed to the pedestrian like veins in a biological organism. This 3D printing fabrication could occur in roughly 10’ by 20’ hollow sections with either pressure fit male/female joints or through a more permanent plastic-weld connection. Pieces could be printed on site or remotely with transportation by truck to site location.

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RYAN HOUSER m.arch 2017 rjhouser@ncsu.edu 919.930.1456


Ryan Houser M.Arch 2017