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Saranya Panchaseelan


Apicenter - Apiary and Bee Research Center Studio project done in collaboration Fall 2017


Building life and Reuse


Site - Neighborhood

Daylight Anatomy 1


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Passive Strategies Daylight


Legend 1 - Food Grade Production 3 - Lounge 5 - Research Lab 7 - Collaboration Space

2. Medical/Cosmetic Production 4. Wood-shop 5. Offices 8. Greenhouse

The adapted building houses eight research facilities as well as a research developing probiotics and vaccines for bees. The building will also host educational and collaboration spaces, a small cafe and shop, as well as bee-product production facilities specializing in honey, wax products, cosmetics, mead and a wood shop, to name a few. Through our design, an otherwise empty infrastructure is reclaimed and refitted to revive the town and give the residents of Ogden a facility and an industry to embrace.

Section through Lab and Collaboration Space Scale 1’ = 3/16”

Concept of Axis

Concept of Visibility

Simplification and Addition

Seattle Aquatic Aviation and Maritime Museum Studio project done in collaboration Fall 2017



Site - Gas Works Park

Forming Visual Connections

Urban - Water

Park - Water

“Architecture is the thoughtful making of spaces.” Amphitheater

? Space Activation

- Louis Khan Picnic Area


Level 1

Level 2

71% sDA - Over-lit

95% sDA - Well-lit

Level 3 - Exhibit Level

Level 4 - Exhibit Level

83% sDA

80% sDA

- Under-lit

Seattle holds a majestic place in the history of maritime technology and aquatic aviation. Seattle’s gas works park with its rich historical significance remains an integral part of Seattle’s history an. The park designed by Richard Haag proudly bears the remains of the gas plants which have given this park its identity and Seattle residents memories of Seattle’s past. The site selection process primarily focuses on bringing in an additional architectural piece on the site to enhance what already exists and add to the history of Seattle. SAAMM is entirely constructed using locally sourced mass timber, fabricated off site and assembled on site similar to the ship construction in Seattle.

Water Edge

Urban Edge

Floor Footprint

CLT Column

Corridor Space

Central Axis

The columns and beams enabled by the grid system create a central axis running along North to South on the exhibit levels. This central axis create an experiential guide, orchestrating movement through a series of apertures exiting into a large double storied exhibit space and a large aperture framing downtown Seattle and the water

Industrial Rebirth of Chicago ULI Student Competition Spring 2017

Recreation Circulation

Vehicular Circulation

01 Goods-Rail Contamination

Industrial Circulation

02 On-site Industrial Contamination

03 Contaminants in River

Section Through Re-Purposed Industries

Development Phases of Project

Equitable Building, Portland Pietro Bellusch, 1948

UN Building, New York City Harrison and Abramowitz, 1952

The models were supplemented by archival and library research. We were particularly interested in the developments in glass and mechanical technologies. We have also developed a robust narrative for the development and application of four primary technologies that saw their initial realization in the 1930s, development during the fallow years of the depression and WWII, and widespread application in the boom years of the 1950s.

Air conditioning, fluorescent lighting, insulated glazing and heat-absorbing glass all followed this pattern in respective order, and we now have documentation for each technology’s diffusion into practice during the era. In the United Nations building for a set of rarely acknowledged failures in its curtain wall and mechanical systems that we believe may have temporarily discouraged the spread of the all-glass curtain wall amongst more conservative practitioners.

The Rebirth of the Skyscraper

CTBUH Student Research Competition Winner In collaboration with Prof. Thomas Leslie 2016 - 2017

Lever House, New York City SOM, 1952

Inland Steel Building, Chicago SOM, 1958

Air conditioning was the first of these four critical technologies to achieve widespread application, and there is a brief generation of articles and buildings in the 1930s that suggested the “death of the window” as mechanical conditioning surpassed cladding technologies in efficacy. “Windowless buildings” were heralded as the scientifically-correct method of the future. The Buildings were hailed for their deep floor plates and their lack of reliance on windows for either environmental or illumination purposes: “High intensity lighting and air conditioning have convinced Prudential a window is just ‘something to look out of,” in the words of Architectural Forum.

‘Thermopane’ glazing was used initially on one of the Byrd Antarctic expeditions. Its initial patents, held by an inventor in Milwaukee, were purchased by Libbey-Owens-Ford and used to fabricate double-glazed canopies for high-altitude fighter planes in WWII. This was one of several examples of a technology that searched for an application as its military use faded after 1945. Heat-absorbing glass emerged in the late 1940s after experiments with high-iron glass by Libbey-Owens-Ford and others. PPG’s “Solex” was the early market leader.

Urbandale Arboretum Pavilion Studio Design Build Summer 2016

Seat assembly

Screen Assembly

Self Assembly

Rail Assembly

Table Assembly

Roof Assembly

The site for the shelter is situated in an open field near a arboretum which was donated to the City of Urbandale and shelter was paid for with donations. Parks to the North and South of the Arboretum are connected by a paved pathway. The shelter makes a prime location for hosting events like a picnic, parties and weddings. It also makes a great place to take a break for those who are out enjoying a stroll or perhaps walking a pet. The project consisted of a series of prototypes to narrow it down to our final design based on time and cost constraints. The final design consisted of a series of horizontal slats between vertical wooden members. This was constructed within a two week span on site and prefabricated in the school wood-shop.

Orchestrating Spaces Intervention of Scott’s Chapel Summer 2016

Step 1

Step 2


Step 3

Step 4 Step 5

Furniture Design - Iowa Correctional Facility for Women Studio Design Build Spring 2018

Detail A Storage Lock Step 7

221" hinge to interior A

1 2" Plywood top board attached to frame

Latch rings to lock storage 1 4" cedar boards attached to frame w groves 321" square cedar framing post 1 2" cedar framing boards

Detail B Inner Hinge Joint

Step 7

Latch rings

Latch rings 1 2"


Side View

Interior hinge connection

Plywood top board

1 2"

cedar framing boards Motor and tenon joint framing board attachment 1 4" cedar boards attached to frame w groves 1 4" Framing grove 1 2" Plywood bottom board

Section through bench Detail C of Motor and Tenon Joint


Summer Internship Work BNIM , Des Moines

University of Iowa , Museum Building

University of Iowa , Museum Building

Seamans Building, University of Iowa - Design Development

Existing Services

Existing pedestrian and ADA routes

Foundation built around existing services

New Plaza, connection between new and existing building

Level2, bridge connection between new and existing building

Level 3 & 4

Seamans Building, University of Iowa - Facade Detail

Facade Cladding Type11

Interior Aluminum Sun shader

Facade Cladding Type1

Aluminum Louvers

Furniture Making


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MArch Portfolio  

Portfolio of works 2015 - 2018

MArch Portfolio  

Portfolio of works 2015 - 2018