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Samuel J. Kunkle













Waterkeepers Alliance 2008 - Graduate School

Founded in 1999 by environmental attorney and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and several veteran Waterkeepers, Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on the water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Under the direction of professor Bart Overly, this independent project is a design for the Chicago Waterkeepers headquarters.


Site: The Chicago Waterkeeprs Headquarters design is located at the mouth of the Chicago River south of the Navy pier. In section water is pumped from Lake Michigan beneath the building through shafts providing adiabatic cooling and geothermal heating for the building.

Interference: Step one in the design process involved the creation of a device that could manipulate and exploit the material and aesthetic properties of water. Regarding surface tension, this object attempts to control the path, frequency and distribution of flowing water through three different layers. The top layer produces a high frequency of interference forming droplets, at layer two the droplets reconnect and by layer three the water flows in a continuous stream.






Surface Program: Water pumped from Lake Michigan is then pooled on the top of the building continuously over flowing through a system of four manipulative channels. The wider channels allow for sheets of water and the narrower channels produce a more chaotic flow. Through gradation the water starts at the top right as sheets and in both the horizontal and vertical direction it narrows and gains frequency. The channels bend in accordance to the interior program, articulating entry and expanding outwards for theater space.



Myammia Cultural Center 2005 - Undergraduate Studies


he Myaamia Cultural Center was a project from my junior year design studio for the name sake of Miami University the Myaamia Indian tribe. The design process began with a field trip to Miami, Oklahoma to meet with representatives of the Myaamia tribe. Chief Leonard and other representatives informed the studio about what they would like to see in a future cultural center. Based on information gathered at the meetings we were required to develop a program that would serve the clients goals and vision for a facility that presents and shares their culture and history with others. The design resulted in the creation of a common space for workshops and performances, and learning Galleries; which are educational spaces that will display artifacts in an interactive format. The sculptural quality of the building is inspired by the red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) leaf, a natural element of the Tribe's woodland past in southern Ohio and Indiana. The placement of this form within the visual context of Oklahoma's natural landscape symbolizes the Tribe's steadfast interconnection to


Miami Campus Kiosk 2005 - Undergraduate Studies


he Miami University Kiosk design inspiration originates from the formal layout of the University campus and the tribal art of the Myaamia Indians. The Kiosk design is constructed through minimal materiality, wide flanges decreasing in size interlock with bolt connections and wooden panels are installed for tactile surfaces.


Verb House, “Twist� 2009 - Graduate School

The verb acting as an indexical force manipulates the prism. The prism is conflicted at its polar ends and tension shears the plains from within its center. At one end the prism maintains its original square shape and at the other it becomes skewed, angled outward, and stretching towards a different glance. The widow’s peak suggests that perhaps there is longing for a past that will hopefully return sometime in the distant horizon. While at the other end there is an outstretching anticipation for a new vista. The ordered end provides places of rest and reflection, the other is busy and constructive. Both ascend, and descend from the center.




Plans & Sections





Roof Plan

Section 2

Section 1

Section 3

Section 4


First Level


Second Level


Sew This 2009 - Graduate School

Under the direction of Halle Butvin, One Mango Tree uses a fair trade model to provide income generating opportunities for women in impoverished and conflict ridden areas of the globe. Sew This, by Eric Zitny, Erin Reilly-Sanders, Steven Gebhart and myself attempts a design for One Mango Tree Tailors in Gulu Uganda through non-traditional constructive methods. Using the language of sewing we aim to provide the backing of a permanent but ambiguous framework which can then be tailored to fit the changing needs of the wearer as the ruin is mended with patches selected from swatches, detailed in a pattern that we provide.


Ruin Pieces: As entropy claims buildings on a site, it washes away previous meanings and uses to provide a framework for future re-inhabitation. While our ruin may be created, it still carries traces of our culture into the foreign present.

2. Pour Concrete

Swatches: The swatches are limited to connecting to the ruin through the peg system and notches along the edges of the pieces. The swatch is transient, allowing for easy assembly and disassembly, rapidly reacting to the user's needs.


Sketches 2008-12


SouthView High School Commons 2009 - Internship at SSOE


High School commons in a suburb of Northwest Ohio. Built in the 1970s, this building was constructed during the energy crisis, an ambitious project but little regard was given towards social interaction. The design I proposed for this project reconstructs an existing pit that can serve as a both-and. The pit is for performance and social interaction. In plan it is a performance space, in section it is a place for seating while on the go to ones next class.


Montrose Harbor 2006 - Undergraduate Studies


ontrose Harbor Observation Tower was a design entry for the Metal Construction Association Design Competition. The design for the Observation Tower was to serve as an incubator for the naturalization of an urban area along the shoreline of Chicago and to protect an already existing bird sanctuary. The program for this design incorporates a restaurant, outdoor theater, and bait shop. The structure itself was inspired by the nautical vernacular of Lake Michigan.


Little Flower Parish 2012 - Volunteered Design Service

Saint Therese of Lisieux is known as “The Little Flower� based on the way she lived her life producing great fruit through her little ways. A Catholic Church is a sacred place where Heaven and Earth meet and the Church is received as the Bride of Christ through the Sacrifice of the Altar. Our renovation for Little Flower Parish has many high goals to succeed for a small parish. It is through simple little changes that we are able to achieve a great and beautiful design for the parish.


MAD 2009 - Graduate School

Library facilities at research institutions are among the most dynamic laboratories in education. The status of information, its discovery, verification, storage and dissemination, is in constant flux. At the same time, libraries are among our oldest and most venerated environments, especially on university campuses. The premise of my design examines the future of the book and the adaptation and evolution of the library itself.


Research Galleries: The three research galleries individually feature; Cartoon - red, Fashion - yellow, and Music - green special collections. Each gallery is signified as a ribbon with its own material palette articulated within the interior and exterior.

Weaving: The research gallery as a ribbon follows a circular path that weaves over and under. The weaving action provides moments of constant comparison that changes as one particular gallery weaves over and then under another gallery.

Interior: The interior of each research gallery is defined through its material use, essentially illustrating three distinct galleries within one structure. The Cartoon Gallery above is composed of glass rails, white plaster walls and channel glass in contrast with the Music Gallery that consist of a dark wood veneer, iron rails and clear glass windows with exterior louvers. All three research galleries are defined and provided with the necessary material conditions for its collection.


Two Houses in the Future

2010 - Graduate School

A studio on architectural abstraction vis-a-vis a given archive: "Assume we live in The Future...Ignorance, ideological conflict and scarce resources still exist, but following the burgeoning of neo-utilitarianism that began to spread across the globe in the 2020's, the ultimate tractability of such concerns to measured reflection has given rise to an unprecedented confidence matched only by the popular mien of reserve and modest bearing that has come to be known as the International Fashion. Recently and largely by accident, the field research of historians and others in the science of humanities has brought back to the attention of the public the existence of some paintings, writings, works of architecture and other material long forgotten and thought lost that has stimulated the formation of small, club-like enclaves of liked-minded persons called bohemian demimodes. These have taken upon themselves the project of reconstructing one or another art disciplines." - Jeffrey Kipnis


House I "The Loaf House" As a member of a bohemian demimode House I was permitted use of an archive of Jonathan Lasker paintings after 1992 to produce formal relations, affects, color palette, material effects and other aesthetic issues. The historical content was informed by the intellectual and cultural context of Monty Python Almost the Truth (The Lawyers' Cut) episode 2. The entire body of known architectural history and theory consisted of: Bye House - John Hejduk, House IV - Peter Eisenman, Miller House - Jose Oubrerie, Sagaponic House - Reiser + Umemoto, and the Slavin House - Greg Lynn.

House II A diversion from House I advanced through the use of two additional Lasker paintings and other material from the archive. Any process resulting from archive use is confidential material and can only be seen by members of the bohemian demimonde, if not already destroyed.



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