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the following compilation of work is a documentation of my on going education in the development, understanding and implementation of design within the planning and construction of the built environment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS selected projects

international institute [REDUX] -DETROIT, MI spring 2009

kinder-cology think tank-CHICAGO, IL fall 2009

mud_slide cruise terminal--

ANCHORAGE, AK spring 2010

Formal building study


International Institute [REDUX] involved the redesign of a an existing center for international arts and culture in Detroit, Michigan. Programmatic requirements included public and private spaces for performance, learning and recreation. The project involved the development and design a building that would integrate with the surrounding urban fabric and accommodate a variety of public and private programmatic activities through the manipulation of light, space and structure. International Institute [REDUX] Prof.Michael Kennedy ARCH 322 Winter 2009

Detroit Institute of Art

SITE College for Creative Studies Building Site The densely populated nature of the surrounding urban fabric required the building to adjust both formally and spatially in order to accomodate the building’s contextual fit within the particular site. The design and layout of the building also sought to invite and engage the public, acknowledging the site’s proximity to both local public parks and the Detroit Institute of Art.

offices / classrooms / auditorium

public courtyard

student galleries

commercial spaces

Initial building perspectives

Chip board study model looking at both the potential formal, spatial and material natures of the building design.

Detailed building model of a section of the design illustrates the nature of the articulated framing system. Frames open and close, allowing variable amounts of light to penetrate interior spaces. Additionally, parts of facade can be removable in order to allow additional amounts of natural light in, allowing for programmatic adaptability.

1/16” = 1’


Basement Level

The building program facilitates the ease of flow between public spaces, allowing the public easy access to gallery and commercial spaces toward the entrance while private areas remained restricted access only to students and instructors through the back.

1/16” = 1’


Ground Level

The sections illustrate the spatial differences between public and private areas. Public spaces were designed as larger open spaces, whereas private and instructional spaces were more smaller and situated farthest from the busy gallergies and street.

1/16” = 1’


A public courtyard allows for members of the public to view student and community gallergy work at all times of the day. Furthermore, retail and dining spaces draw the public into the building, providing additional incentive to view and discuss local art work from around the community.

Second Level

Insertion of physical massing model into site. Formal building composition relates to surrounding massings of the city block. Operable framing systems on the southern side of the building allow for the adjustment of natural light coming into gallery and restaurant spaces.

Final massing model


kinder-cology is a Chicago-based, not-for-profit coalition of educators and concerned citizens who believe the contemporary approach to education is wrong-headed and only delays our responsibilities to the present. Rather than working from a distance—that is, rather than investing now in a future that is always distant, with an attitude towards early education that assumes an yet-unconsummated future, with hopes that the children of today will someday benefit the society of tomorrow—we must invest now in the present, or rather, we must not invest but, we must engage children in the present as fully active participants of society and turn their minds towards the problems of today. Society is not made up of children and adults. There is no such thing as a child, simply full members of society who have lived on this earth for fewer or greater years than others. Younger members may possess less knowledge of the world, but may also suffer less from the desensitization that comes with age. Members of society under the age of 10 represent the largest yet-untapped think tank in modern society. kinder-cology Prof.Rosalyn Shieh ARCH 432 Fall 2009

North Chicago

Situated in a public park along the northern branch of the Chicago River, the site is surrounded by high rise condominiums in an affluent area west of downtown Chicago. The other side of the river consists mostly of commercial and industrial low rise factories and warehouse facilities. kinder-cology presents younger members of society with the opportunity to engage the city at different levels of interaction.


Downtown Chicago Building Site Commercial / Industrial Low Rise





Working between physical to digital, study models were built in order to analyze potential building interaction with the site. kinder-cology would be the staging ground of a children’s think thank surrounding topics on urban ecology, landscapes, and synthetic + environmental processes and relationships.

A study of the design’s potential engagement with site. Sunken courtyards and elevated running paths would allow children and the public alike to experience the city and surrounding area from different elevational perspectives. Water from the river would be drawn into the site rather than held against a clearly defined edge in order to illustrate the seemingly forgotten role and function of the natural environment in the development and function of urban networks and communities.

A section through a digital model reveals a central core that allows the elements to be drawn into the building. Opposed the traditional model of the hermetically sealed building, kinder-cology allows occupants to observe and interact with climatic and atmospheric changes.

piercing tubes serves as an additional way of bringing light into the building and providing several elevated recreational areas and viewing decks

an occupiable roof top greenscape provides additional park and recreational space over the building

the building core allows for natural ventilation during the warm summer months and would work as an alternate means of bringing natural light into the building’s center.

A detailed section through the core’s interior illustrates the manner in which air would be able to move up through the building in order to ventilate spaces surrounding the core.

The building floor plans* illustrate the tube like nature of the building, extending out toward the northern branch of the Chicago River. Buiding sections depict how the tube structures penetrate parts of the overlaying green roof structure. The building’s open core additionally illuminates the manner through which climatic elements are able to come in and exit the building. *with room occupancies and calculations

















Insertion of physical building model into digitally rendered environment illustrates building massing with respect to surrounding structures.

Topographic study model


Alaska, known for its extreme landscapes, climatic conditions and unique native cultures is threatened by the hegemonic and homogenizing forces of an expanding system of global trade and tourism. In particular, the city of Anchorage—Alaska’s most populated urban center—has centered and grown in tandem with its infrastructural facilities for import and export. As a result, the city has little connection with its coastal surroundings. MUDSLIDE is a proposal for a cruise terminal that addresses the city’s reputation as a tourist destination while mitigating its loss of connection with the coastline. South of an industrial port, MUDSLIDE makes use of dredging operations to collect and clean glacial silt and coastal mud for use in a public bathing complex. Burying itself into the mud, the terminal is a point of interaction for tourists and Anchorage locals as well as a place of interaction with the coastline. A removal from the highly synthetic environment of the cruise ship, the complex becomes an unfamiliar yet intimate recreational experience for visitors and locals alike. The terminal creates an environment in which mud becomes the means to social interaction and passage through becomes a choreographed introduction into the land and people of Anchorage. MUD_SLIDE Prof. Anca Trandafirescu ARCH 442 Winter 2010

Elmendorf Air Force Base Downtown Anchorage Port of Anchorage

Anchorage is a popular tourist destination in Alaska, known for the beauty of its surrounding landscape, extreme tidal fluctuations (between 25 - 30 feet), and extensive coastal mud flats. However, tourists, visitors, and denizens are rarely able to interact and/or experience these extreme features, due to inaccessibility and private ownership. The surrounding coastal region is gated off to the public and primarily used for industrial and transportation purposes. The guiding impetus behind MUD_SLIDE is a cruise terminal that allows tourists and locals alike the opportunity to reconnect with Anchorage’s unique coastal boundary.

L: One of several initial site study models considering position and connection of terminal to the surrounding city and coastline. R: Formal building study, illustrating potential interaction with the water and coast.

Detailed building plans show port as an floating island off of coast, keeping visitors suspended along the threshold between land and water.

Section shows building as an artificial island that buries into the mud, allowing mud and nutrient rich glacial sediments to continually push into the building and feed into the heated mud baths.

L: Building rendering from passengers view at bow of approaching cruise ship R: Looking south east to docked cruise ship. Ship blocks passenger’s view to Anchorage, constructing a feeling of isolation and connection to natural landscape.

L: Mud pushes into building and heated baths, creating a public space for play and interaction along the coast. R: As tidal waters recede, bathing pools are refilled and heated, allowing for locals and visitors to clean off or relax and socialize.



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a compilation of my undergraduate studio work

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