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I a m c ur r e ntl y a f our th y e a r student studying architecture a t Iowa S ta te Uni ve r si ty . Af te r completion of my freshman y e a r , I wa s f or tuna te to b e se l e c ted from hundreds of applic a nts i nto the S c hool of Ar c hi te c ture. I have gained valuable e xp e r i e nc e i n pr ogr a m s suc h a s Revit, AutoC A D , Rhinoceros, Photoshop , a nd othe r d e si gn related technologies. I feel tha t I c oul d b e of gr e a t he l p wi th the skills and abilities I ha ve obta i ne d i n m y y e a r s he r e at I owa State. T hroughout m y e duc a ti ona l c a r e e r I str i ve to be successful and demonstr a te a ve r y str ong wor k e thi c with the rigorous course wor k. I be l i e ve i t i s i m por ta nt to share with you other acc om p l i shm e nts tha t de m onstr a t e my commitment to work ha r d , a nd str i ve f or e xc e l l e nc e . I ha ve ga i ne d e xpe r i e nc e thr ough becoming an intern with two gr e a t a r c hi te c tur e f i r m s tha t I consider to be unforgetta bl e e xp e r i e nc e s. I wor ke d thr ough electrical plans, interior se l e c ti ons, to sc he m a ti c d e si gn. I feel that this experience ha s a l l owe d m e to a l wa y s r e c e i ve constructive feedback, enc our a ge m e nt, a nd to push m y se l f to new challenges.


Info 4089 Curlew Dr. Pensacola, FL 402-216-8014

Software Skills Revit AutoCAD Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Rhinoceros 3D Maxwell Render

Honors & Awards Inaugural Wells Pre-cast Concrete Competition, 1st Place College of Design Rome and International Study Scholarship Dean’s List 2017 Masonry Institute of Iowa unit design competition, 2nd Place

References Scott Sallis Senior Architect Dalrymple Sallis Architecture Email: Office phone: 850-470-6399 Tom Clark Senior Architect Advanced Houseplans Email: Mobile: 402-960-2321

Summary With being in my fourth year of college and third year in architecture, I have gained a great amount of experience in architectural design. I have developed exceptional skills and experience in planning, detailing, designing and coordinating projects both in the public and private sectors.

Education Iowa State University Ames, Iowa Bachelor of Architecture: May 2019 Study Abroad Spring 2018 Rome, Italy Lewis Central High School Council Bluffs, Iowa Graduated: May 2014

Employment History Summer 2016 & 2017: Intern Pensacola, Florida Dalrymple Sallis Architecture Responsibilities •Prepare and update architectural project book •Participate in the architectural design process and develop alternative solutions and presentation graphics used to communicate concepts to the client. •Involved in product research, carpet selection, and paint color. •Communicate an understanding of task assignments and expectations. •Develop design skills. •Explore alternate design approaches as directed by Project Architect/Design Architect. Summer 2014 & 2015: Intern Omaha, Nebraska Advanced Houseplans Responsibilities •Prepare information regarding design, specifications, and materials •Direct the production of construction documents, drawings and specifications •Coordinate events, prepare and send invitations •Review architectural documents for potential conflict with other disciplines •Responsible for overseeing that all necessary notes are completed for electrical plans •Organized files, oversee spacial quality in office






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Hudson yards is the largest private real estate development in American History. The development broke ground over Manhattan’s historic West Side Yards in 2012, and isn’t expected to be fully complete until around 2025. When complete, the 20-billion dollar “mini-city” will include more than four thousand residences, numerous office buildings, over one hundred shops and restaurants, a public school, and around 14 acres of open space. With an existing office building just across the street, can this space start to help the problem of the housing crisis in New York? This project takes advantage of the day to day lives of a New Yorker to make this building occupiable for residents, and make these apartments affordable with a scheme of co-housing.

Neighborhood Demographics: Hudson Yards Total neighborhood population: 22,000 Median Household Income: $132,462 Median House or Condo: $969,465 Median Contract Rent: $2,000/month Residents below poverty level: 22.7% Median Resident age: 34.6 years








The percentage of nitrate in Iowa river water has increased in recent years, introducing the public to a number of different health hazards. Des Moines Water Works alleges that the increased level of nitrates in the water supply is caused by the Drainage Districts channeling nitrate-contaminated groundwater into the water supply. Currently, opponents to Water Works’ lawsuit have criticized the utility for targeting upstream nitrate contributors while they discarded nitrates back into the waterway. Currently, there is some sort of break in the water cycle, they strip (the nitrates) out, and then they’re stuck with them in their hands and they throw them back into the river. This project extends the nitrate facility by connecting the old water process to a new process. This process holds a system that uses algae from wastewater, and cleans the nitrates, and produces electricity, biofuel, and many other energy products.


This project uses the harmful by-products of the water treatment facility, which in this case is the nitrates, and turns them into a more useful product. Researchers have developed a way to provide this facility with biofuel and energy through the use of the algae that feed on nitrates. Two main causes of nitrate pollution are agricultural run off, and inorganic fertilizers. Nitrate levels in water are usually regulated and constrained to 10% according to EPA. Within the Fleur drive water treatment facility they pump around a 100 million gallons per day, that require cleaning if found contaminated by over 10% of nitrate. As a product of their cleaning process, an approximation of 240,000 gallons of water are dumped back into the river, with their waste. Algae is one of the best Pathogens to help reduce contamination of nitrate.





This project introduces a subway station that is located between two historic preservations, the Aurelian Wall, and the Castra of Hadrian. The objective of this project was to create an atrium space for visitors to this space. This project’s approach is based on the representation of the thresholds of the time periods and archaeology of the site articulated through the use of an arched framework inserted into a void of the urban fabric.






The task for this competition was to design a gymnasium with pre-cast concrete, and with specific dimensions. The design of the roof, and walls were completely up to the team. The design of this gymnasium uses a series of one way span pre-cast concrete folded plates. By using pre-cast concrete, we can reduce the amount of construction time on site by having almost all of our building’s assemblies manufactured ahead of time. These plates span a total of 80’ with a depth of 6’ in the center. Because each plate has two members acting like beams, it is more efficient than a single plane member. Each of these roof beams will be pretensioned and reinforced with steel cables. The angles of the folded plates also act very well as and with light diffusers. The angles allow sun rays to bounce off of the surface and into the space as soft, diffused light. In addition, there are light diffusers that also enhance the light quality inside. The angles of the plates also serve as sound diffusers by bouncing sound in multiple directions and reducing echo and sound levels in the space. The “wings” on each end of the folded plates act not only as architectural moments, but also as shading devices to prevent direct sunlight from entering into the windows directly below them.

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PHASE 1: The first task of this project was to carve a log of any shape and manipulate it in any angle or cut based on precedents of extraction. The study of this log was the process of carving a void from a solid. PHASE 2: The current activities in the Brookside Park do not allow the users to engage with the landscape and what it all has to offer. Therefore, creating an opportunity for the community to learn and engage with what this region’s landscape and vegetation can provide is the main focus through this project. It is more than beautiful scenery as one takes a stroll through the park. Seeing the park as a community gathering space provides a better opportunity to create a learning environment for those who come together to learn about growing and cooking with regionally grown produce. If every child had the opportunity to grow, cook, and learn about food, along with understanding the implications of food waste on a community, they would begin to gain the knowledge and tools to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.






Two by Two is an in-depth exercise towards an understanding of public space through the rethinking of formal proportions and conventions of program and privacy. The project is fundamentally composed of 2x2 lumber pieces. The final assembly appears as a kinetic and continuous surface that incorporates various spatial qualities such as inclines, overhangs, ledges and pockets, similar in form. Five sections, five parts. This project incorporates five different iterations that were planned and designed to all flow together. The whole architecture class was included in this project, which consisted of 77 individuals. To make this project possible, everyone worked consistently, cohesively, and as one team. Recognized by: ArchDaily - The Best Student Design-Build Projects Worldwide 2016, and SHoP Architects.

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In recent years, Minneapolis has been commended for its active food scene. The variety and quality of food is noteworthy and this has encouraged multiple conversations about food, and its role in city life to flourish. This project invokes food as a lens for reflecting upon urban space, program, and culture. Among these conversations is the subject of local food. The food hub institutes a broad set of issues, which was investigated thoroughly throughout many steps and positions of the project. There was conversation about what food means personally and what experiences were faced during the trip to the site in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A goal of this project was to use architecture for more than a functional purpose, but to invoke its ability to ask questions. This project pushes to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers all year round, and to ensure that they have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.



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Architecture Portfolio | Rylee Higgins 2018  

Collection of works 2014-2018

Architecture Portfolio | Rylee Higgins 2018  

Collection of works 2014-2018