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sarah c. beaudoin

selected works 2018

meraki [may-rah-kee] (v.) — to do something with soul, creativity and love; to put the essence of yourself into your work.

inside content — studio works



1 – a rec center 2 – a high school 3 – a state fair 4 – a library 5 – a playscape 6 – roxbury love 7 – silo city 8 – rounds 9 – beyond

studio works


a rec center —

in collaboration with ahnaf s. chowdhury

This project responds to the urban barrier that the I-81 viaduct has created in the city of Syracuse, NY. The site is located at an important intersection between Downtown Syracuse and the University area. As a result, it was important to implement key programs that would engage the diverse demographic and serve as a catalyst for urban development. Combining commercial programs with recreational programs responds to the economic and social factors of the site. Retail spaces are allocated on the perimeter of the building, allowing for direct street access while acting as a threshold between the recreation center and dynamic landscape. The landscape is sculpted to host various activities such as table sports and children’s games. This gesture is continued throughout the building, eliminating any “back of house” conditions and providing several small fields for spontaneous activities. The programs of the sports facility are organized around a rock climbing atrium and suspended track, all of which rest on top of the pool using a unique structural truss system.

scope 110,000ft2 recreation center location syracuse, ny course arc 307 I strategic density instructor daekwon park

Researching in parallel with the eorts of the city of Syracuse, NY, three possible solutions are developed for the future of the I-81 viaduct: maintain and improve the existing viaduct, remove viaduct and integrate I-81 traďŹƒc into a widened boulevard, or remove viaduct and relocate I-81 to underground tunnel.

Virtual Reality Renderings by Ahnaf Chowdhury

Sections by Ahnaf Chowdhury

Gym Interior by Ahnaf Chowdhury


a high school — in collaboration with john mikesh

This project aims to create social and resilient infrastructure in Battery Park through a protective architectural framework doubling as a community amenity.

scope public high school

The site of the high school sits within Battery Park, the southern-most

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tip of Manhattan. Small, relatively simple projects invested in resiliency can create a large impact on modern cities. The Battery Park shoreline, whose vulnerability to rising water levels and extreme weather events was made clear during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, is a major contended site for resilient deign. Its location within the Lower Manhattan school district and its public ownership is ideal for the building of a new public school in the midst of the largest education crisis New York has seen to date. The design proposal would double as a high school and community amenity while offering protection from rising sea levels to Lower Manhattan. The form is created through the connection of basic geometric forms, derived from a process of modular aggregation. Vaulted gestures are then applied to the major spatial sequences with the intension of creating a continuous spatial condition, architecturally realized as dynamic spaces. The resulting form is then inverted in an effort to critically evaluate its relationship between its appearance and resulting qualities and programmatic arrangement.

location battery park, manhattan

instructor angie co

In addition to increasing temperatures and more frequent extreme weather, rising seas are expected to be among the most destructive eects of climate change, capable of submerging some of America’s most famous icons, such as Battery Park. Sitting at the seam of the built and natural environments, the park contains various edge conditions that prove potential for resilient design tactics.

SUSPENDED The connection of two spaces through a path of diagonal circulation. This allows for the movement of people both horizontally

FOLDED The folding of tectonic elements to allow for the expression of programmatic features, both visually connecting and exposing adjacent spaces and activities.

CHECKERED The shifting of program, both horizontally and vertically, resulting in the formation of kissing corners. This creates a provocative illusion of oating space.

VAULTED The vertical twisting of space in order to draw importance to certain programs and conditions. This results in a clear sectional hierarchy of the space.

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a state fair —

When fairgoers arrive at the New York State Fair, they have a pre-existing image in their minds of what they are about to experience. They anticipate the excitement, the fast pace environment, the chaos, and the landscape of shifting colors, scents, and sounds. Fairgoers quickly rush through the entrance, never to look back, only focused on what is in their near future. But when fairgoers leave the fair, they are exhausted by what once excited them the most. They desire nothing more than to slow down, escape the chaos, and reflect on their experiences. A Sense of Nostalgia looks to capture and control these two contrasting desires of fairgoers. In a constant conversation between building and ground, the entrance enhances ones excitement upon entrance while adding comfort upon retreat. When one arrives at the fair, the form acts as a launching pad to the NYS Fair experience, immediately exposing one to the sights and sounds of the fair. When one leaves the fair, the form acts as a place of retreat, sending one underground and away from all chaos. Here, various programmatic features allow for comfort and rest while generating subtle nostalgia through effect.

scope 50,000 ft2 welcome center location syracuse, ny course arc 207 I ground matters instructor jonathan louie

When one arrives at the fair, the form acts as a launching pad to the NYS Fair experience, immediately exposing one to the sights and sounds of the fair. When one leaves the fair, the form acts as a place of retreat, sending one underground and away from all chaos. Here, various programmatic features allow for comfort and rest while generating subtle nostalgia through eect.

8:00 AM, Sunrise Percent Light Transmitted: 95%

10:00 AM, Gates Open Percent Light Transmitted: 60%

12:00 PM, Noon Percent Light Transmitted: 45%

12:00 AM, Midnight Percent Light Transmitted: 0% Illumination From Interior Lighting

Syracuse, NY 43.0469˚ N, 76.1444˚ W August 27th Opening Day at the New York State Fair


a library —

The conventional library is being faced with a new age defined by the digital transfer of knowledge and information. Communities across the globe, including Syracuse, NY, are reconsidering how they can use libraries as centers for technology, media, and community. The interaction of human-to-object –human-to-book, human-to-magazine -– is celebrated in the traditional analog library. The introduction of technology into these community spaces is continuing human-to-object interaction while celebrating the creation of more human-to-human interactions. Libraries are no longer homogenous spaces of silence, but increasingly heterogeneous spaces that celebrate the transfer of knowledge through human interaction and collaboration. A Voidance looks to create a space that captures the traditional sense of the word “library,” while celebrating and encouraging the new-age definition. By both separating and marrying analog and digital space, the project aims to use the modern library to its full potential.

scope 50,000 ft2 library location syracuse, ny course arc 208 I program matters instructor molly hunker


The modern library is increasingly being infiltrated by the digital age of information. Because of this, public libraries are beginning to be separated into analog and digital spaces. Though diering in programmatic use, both

spaces continue to foster both human-to-human and human-to-object interactions in the continuous pursue of information and knowledge. This creates a speculation regarding how spaces in a public library could be configured to

either continue the isolation of analog and digital information or form a symbiotic relationship between the two. How does the separation or coexistence of these spaces foster or prevent human-to-human and humanto-object interactions?


Void vs. Object

Object Within Void

Void Within Object

Object Punctures Void

Void Punctures Object

Void Independent of Object


Thick vs. Thin: Creating the Void

Tall vs. Short: Simplifying the Void

Part vs. Whole: Complexifying the Void

Solid vs. Transparent: Multiplying the Void

Bending vs. Folding: Manipulating the Void


a. The creation of space is derived from the relationship of two architectural variables: the object and the void. The arrangement of these two variables within, around, and adjacent to each other are important to the construction of any basic spatial experience.

b. The partition, the most basic of architectural elements, can be manipulated by the object-to-void relationship. The partition can act as an explanation of architectural program: telling one to “go there,” “look here,” “enjoy this,” and “ignore that.”

c. The form, façade, and spatial arrangements of A Voidance are directly derived from the anomalies of the Syracuse urban grid, the interaction between object and void, and the usage and manipulation of the architectural element of partition.

Ground Floor Plan

01. Main Entrance 02. Lounge and Computer Cluster 03. Sta OďŹƒces 04. Cafe 05. Community Garden 06. Secondary Entrance


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Floor 2 Plan

01. Childrens Section


02. Terraced Seating 03. Special Collections


04. Circulation Desk 05. Secondary Space 06. Void Within Object


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Floor 1 Plan



01. Continuos Void


02. Lounge 03. Secondary Space 04. Young Adult Section


05. Window to Void 06. Terraced Seating





a playscape — in collaboration with josé sánchez

This project aims to transform the derelict and underused space beneath the East Harlem railway into a functional and engaging urban neighborhood amenity.

scope playground and dog park

Through the incorporation of a wooden space frame, the under-belly of

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the railway becomes a dynamic and vibrant space for all of the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. The programs stem from a lack of public interventions suitable for a diverse community such as East Harlem. From a playground and dog park to art and performance space, the structure attracts users of all ages and backgrounds into its immersive matrix of fun. Seeking precedent in Japanese timber architecture, the use of a space frame straddles the line between spatial complexity and modular simplicity. The system utilizes the wood’s inherent grain by strategically orienting structural members to create strong connections and counteract sag, while also using lumber’s original circumstances to it’s advantage.

location east harlem

instructor jeff shumaker, KPF

From a playground and dog park to an art and performance space, the structure attracts users of all ages and backgrounds into its immersive matrix of fun. The space frame modular, inspired by Japanese timber joinery, is easily manipulated to create idealized programmatic proportions and scales. The geometries of space expand and contract to both suggest and welcome various programs, activities, and community demographics.

section by josé sánchez

plan by josé sánchez



roxbury love —

in collaboration with jack alla, garret craig-lucas, justin kollar, david koo, minh peeraphol, rebecca peet, beilei ren, andrew sell, emily thompson, chenglong zhao

A collaboration to generate placemaking ideas that integrate living, working, and promoting of the arts within the Roxbury Cultural District.

firm sasaki associates, boston

A group of 12 Sasaki summer interns worked with residents, artists, and

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community groups in Roxbury to support its designation as a cultural district by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The team collaborated closely to accomplish their main goals for the charrette: to celebrate the Cultural District of Roxbury by identifying its cultural and physical assets and connecting them through people, infrastructure, culture, history, businesses,and institutions; to make places for people to create art, foster community, and build connections; and to encourage Dudley Square to be seen and utilized as the unifying cultural heart of Roxbury. Through research into precedents, rapid ideation, and consultation with local artists, business owners, and producers, the team was able to generate recommendations that would creatively enhance existing conditions while speaking to the real concerns and aspirations of the district’s community. Recommendations ranged from new prototypes for affordable artist residences to urban design approaches for creating active, pedestrianfriendly streetscapes along many of the district’s main boulevards.

site roxbury, boston


Home to both Mr. G’s Emporium and the Inner Sanctum, the Berwick Building acts as an important hub for the district. In order to continue its cultural presence, the inward-looking building must engage with the local community. A place-making toolkit of basic architectural components can be utilized to activate and celebrate the artists and shop-keepers.



Sliding Door


Space Frame


A dynamic Flex-Arts toolkit can be used to create events that activate underutilized open space and, over time, foster and encourage the natural growth of the artist community.


New signage, windows, furniture, partitions and wayfinding elements as well as murals and art installations on surrounding buildings can help highlight a business or event.


silo city —

in collaboration with ari minelli & jay valgora

An effort to maintain the beauty and monumentality of the Buffalo, NY grain silos while engaging the community through public programs and educational facilities.

firm STUDIO V, new york city

My time at STUDIO V exposed me to the architecture of the American

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industrial landscape, of which many American cities used to define themselves on. These cities, neglected and forgotten, are being reconsidered for greatness by a new generation untouched by the painful end to the American Industrial Age. My research and design work exposed these industrial sites as the epitome of architectural hybridity: they involve historical preservation, material consideration, formal analysis, and urban design. Working closely with the owner of Silo City, the team worked towards a schematic design meant to allow for the silos to to develop naturally, drawing from the wants and needs of the community, creating a unique and raw center for culture in Buffalo, NY. How can we use the unique, brutal, magnificent space of the grain silo? Do we preserve it as a public museum like the Silos in Cape Town, South Africa? Do we make them artist residences, like the Bofill Factory in Spain? Or do we do nothing—leaving it to be merely a sculptural presence, such as Silo Park, NZ?

site buffalo, ny

The American Elevator exhibits the two main typologies of Silo City that Reyner Banham outlines in Concrete Atlantis: the warehouse and the silo. Here, we looked at the formal possibilities, landscape potential, and structural obstacles of the two typologies. While the warehouse seems to be the easier of the two typologies, the silos are where we focus our design efforts on.


rounds —

designed by greg corso & molly hunker of SPORTS collaborative. build team: jon anthony, sarah beaudoin, monika england, kevin lenhart, sean morgan, jordan nelson, kokeith perry, preston welker, dabota wilcox, nick zukauskas

Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw designed the original Ragdale Ring in 1912 as an openair theater for the work of his playwright wife, Frances Shaw.

firm SPORTS collaborative

Rounds honors Shaw’s 1912 Ring by further architecturalizing the ring,

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reinvisioning it as a whimsical and inhabitable performance surface. The new ring considers the way in which one engages the space of performance and intends to allow the ring itself to become integral to that experience, while also producing an atmosphere of discovery and fun for visitors. Rounds encourages a multiplicity of performance types, performer to audience relationships, stage arrangements, and seating options, generating a versatile outdoor venue and a fully encompassing experience. Acting as a piece of architecturally-scaled garden furniture, our project compliments the (beautiful) existing landscape and natural prairie setting and can be enjoyed by both visitors on special occasions as well regularly by artists in the residency program as they reflect and nurture their creative efforts. Photos by Nick Zukauskas. Drawings by SPORTS Collaborative

location chicago, il

engineering consultants arup landscape architects rosborough partners fabrication consultants knowhow shop

DIRECTIONAL: Ring acts as singular stage, Viewers focused in one direction ex: singer/songwriter performance

OUTWARD-FACING: Ring acts as series of stages, Surround-sound experience ex: poetry readings or musical performace

INWARD-FACING: Dynamic relationship between stage and seating and performer and viewer ex: Shakespeare play

LOUNGESCAPE: Ring serves as deck, bench, lounge chair and gazebo, Area to relax and contemplate creative thoughts ex: Summer afternoon for a Ragdale Resident



beyond —

Working within, around, and adjacent to architecture, sarah c. beaudoin is a designer of many interests. Stemming from a background in the studio arts, Sarah has taken a path through both the analog and digital realms of art, design, and graphics. In all these areas, her process remains constant - marrying traditional modes of craft and contemporary design with a mad scientist mentality. Living in Italy for four months gave Sarah the opportunity to be surrounded by the incredible works of both Renaissance and Modernist artists. There, she enrolled in an advanced painting studio in parallel with her architectural design and survey seminars. This bilateral educational experience was critical in her growth as an artist, designer and architect, inspiring her to seek the true definition of beauty though the study of form, proportion, landscape, and chiaroscuro techniques.

scope selected works timeline 2014 - 2018

Sarah C. Beaudoin Design Portfolio 2018  
Sarah C. Beaudoin Design Portfolio 2018  

2019 B. Arch Candidate at Syracuse University School of Architecture