CONTENTS .01 WESTCOTT CAMPUS .02 EVENT PAVILION .03 CLIFTON LIBRARY .04 HICKMAN CHAPEL .05 GHANA CLASSROOM .06 ABUJA CAMPUS .07 CIRRUS BOOKSHELF .08 FOUNDATION DRAWING .09 DESIGN PRINCIPLES .10 ROCINHA UPRISING .11 THICK SURFACES
Process oriented project that included a number of various spatial engaging techniques. Group work began by creating the Froebel gift set and the maniplation of these blocks into different spatial arrangements before moving to weaving as an expression of site. Finally, basic wooden massing models were utilized to explore program as it directly related to site.
.01 Our final result, the culmination of these steps, was a site that provoked the senses of the user to move throughout the site being led by natural and physical elements. Through our concept of ‘slippage’ we experimented with trying to invoke movement to a fixed site or building by creating an order based on the Westcott House’s formal alignment, and then breaking this canon by slipping program in and out of alignment.
.02 The pavilion site is in an area of activity on campus. Whether for students to hang out and exercise with friends or to pass to and from local dormitories, the building is in an area of high circulation. Views open towards the action on neighboring baseball diamonds and intramural fields.
The form of the building is carved by the pedestrian foot traffic and caters to holding large groups of people for events. Program for the building ranges from music and theatre performances, to hosting community and collegiate gatherings.
.03 Clifton, as a small historic suburb of Cincinnati, has a very eclectic background and involved community. The public library currently caters mostly to youth. An expansion encouraging more community activity and engagement is desired.
.03 The design focus was to allow natural light into the building while also creating open space as a means to shape an inclusive whole. A massive atrium pierces through the building at its center. The size of the atrium allows the floors to become less of a barrier and invites more visual and physical connection throughout the library.
CONCRETE GARDENS GRAVEL BLUE STONE
Most of the landscape is taken up by a graveyard filled with the predecessors of a close and proud community. The design focus was to bring life back to the site by inviting users to create a journey and an experience with the site and the graveyard. The program placement paces users and creates a procession where all elements are taken in.
.04 Program for an outdoor gathering area and crematorium was placed at the far end of the site to create the need to pass through the graveyard often. Slowing the pace of those traversing the site was integral to channeling visitors to specific areas and views.
The Ghana Design Build Studio has been active for over fourteen years and was developed by Gail Della-Piana. Our trip, in 2008, was comprised of 18 students and led by J. E. Elliot and Gail, both professors at Miami University. Students working in the village of Abrafo-Odumasi have created such structures as a library, market place, community center, bus stop, and guest house for peace corps and other visitors.
.05 The design and construction process included every student and spanned a six week period. Our experience on site provided us with context, program, and a close connection to the local community. Using local materials and construction methods our group erected a computer classroom and office with the help of local carpenters and masons.
WINDOW / COLUMN DETAIL
.06 The design of a community center in Abuja, Nigeria for the 2009 Lyceum Competition recreates and reinterprets vernacular forms with modern materials and juxtaposes these forms with those associated with the regions recent industrial development. Curvalinear forms meet abrupt and repetitive orthagonal forms.
Circulation was a main design consideration as the site was placed at the heart of Abujaâ€™s burgeoning industrial and commercial center. The movement of people through and around the site was integral to its experience as a community center. A large portion of the design also focused on water filtration and dispensary.
.07 The shelf design is intended to invoke a sense of movement through form and by incorporating the idea of reveal. Shelf contents such as books and magazines are often parvtially blocked from view to create a sense of curiosity and invite users to interact with the piece.
.08 As part of RISD’s Foundation Studies Program, these drawings were created using lithographic crayon and lithographic ink, graphite etching, smearing and medium removal with an eraser. The series explores abstract concepts of self expression and self portraiture.
.09 Semester course that explores design principles specific to architecture. Two interrelated aspects of design are pursued: 1) the elements of composition and their formal, spatial, and tectonic manipulation and 2) meanings conveyed by formal choices and transformations.
Process oriented project that began by collecting â€˜trash or recycled objectsâ€™ and combining them into a single homogenous structure. This construction was then translated into paper form based on the underlying framework and principles used to create it.
.09 Inhabitable spaces were then explored within the paper formations as they began to respond to site and context. Emphasis on circulation and movement through the space as well as an underlying structure derived from rigorous process concluded in a space intended to encourage movement throughout with two central moments of pause at either end.
Digital exploration that began with map making and the creation of place. Research of social and architectural conditions in Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil, and its location in Rio de Janeiroâ€™s South Zone created a rich and controversial pallette for interpretation and inspiration. Questioning and challenging the creation and existence of such an expansive urban area that claims no federal support or economic product.
.10 Concluded with the design of an architecture of place that responded to the corrupt rise of Rocinha into a financially viable urban organism controlled by drug trafficking through a lack of government involvement. A gate-keeperâ€™s pavilion is built upon the foundations of a violent past and frames a birdâ€™s eye view down into the valley, the extension of an omnipresent power.
.11 Semester studio in computer generated form exploration using grasshopper and rhinoscript. These tools were utilized to create a grain that intimately responds to movement and views on site. The program is a racquetball club situated along Mass Turnpike in Boston, MA. Repetition of thin members is used to create a grain or series of surfaces that appear both as a solid mass and transparent structure depending on pace and view of the building.
Miami University BA in Architecture
AIAS RISD Student Secretary: 2013 - 2014
2006 - 2010
2006 - 2014
Rhode Island School of Design Masterâ€™s in Architecture Candidate
AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), Rhino, Revit, SketchUp, Cinema 4D, Imovie, HTML, CSS, Python
2009 - 2010
2011 - 2014
Rhode Island School of Design Solar Decathlon, Versailles Fellowship Award: Merit Based 2012 - 2014 2012 - 2014
Rhode Island School of Design Rethinking the City: Urban Analysis Graduate Assistant 2012 - 2013
Rhode Island School of Design Urban Design Principles Studio Graduate / Teaching Assistant
Design and Visualization skills: Hand Rendering and creating perspectives Quickly Develop and present design solutions Experience incorporating passive heating/ cooling Building computer and physical 3D models Knowledge/Use of CNC and Laser Cutter fabrication Space and Furniture Plan Layouts Composing Schematic Design Booklets/ Information
2013 - 2014
Interpersonal /Social skills: Works well in teams Facilitates communication
EDUCATION / AWARDS
LITTLE DIVERSIFIED ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING
Worked as a showroom attendant and sales representative in the Chicago showroom. Interfaced with designers providing detailed information on products and application suggestions. Provided designers with informal/ formal quotes on products. Assisted in showroom redesign. Handled customer service issues for warranty and repair.
Worked as a part of MBHâ€™s Apple/ Marcom team to create and implement the design of Apple reseller locations worldwide. Retail space and furniture planning, and the compilation of schematic and final design packages for reseller review and reference. Compiling site data and reseller information as well as creating digital models of of the existing and refurbished spaces.
Worked as a part of the community and education, high rise, and interiors teams to assist in concept development, campus master planning, envelope design, and competition representation. Assisted in branding and schematic drawing creation on international competition boards, local community school development, and technology campus plans.
Chicago, IL 2011
San Francisco, CA 2012
Charlotte, NC 2013
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undergraduate and graduate work focused on community design and the social aspect of architecture