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Scott D Focht

Philadelphia University

Alliance Architecture

652 Minor St. Emmaus, Pa. 18049 484.764.5015

Philadelphia, Pa. (2008-2013) Graduation May 2013 Bachelor of Architecture Landscape Design Minor GPA: 3.15 Autodesk Green Building Certificate (2012)

Nazereth, Pa. (May 2012 - January 2013) 3D Modeling/Draftsman Created 3d interior and exterior renderings for client presentations depicting various designs and material schemes Assisted with construction document tasks such as tagging, drafting elevations, and creating sheet layouts Performed site surveys and drafted backgrounds of existing properties

Borough of Emmaus

Emmaus, Pa (May 2007- August 2011) Public Works Employee Provided landscape and technical maintenance for various parks, playgrounds, and buildings located throughout the Borough of Emmaus



PhilaU CANstruction


President, Team Captain (August 2010-Present) Organize and lead team functions that facilitate design development, fundraising, and practice builds of proposed structures for CANstruction Competed in CANstruction Philadelphia for the first time in university history against Philadelphia architecture and engineering firms Created ties with the Philadelphia community, Philadelphia businesses, and Philadelphia University to provide long lasting collaboration for our team

Adobe: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop Autodesk: AutoCAD, Ecotect, Revit, 3ds Max 3d Modeling: Firefly, Grasshopper, Rhino, SketchUp


3d Modeling, Sketching/Rendering, Technical Drawing, Physical Modeling, Site Planning, Site Grading, Project Presentation, Processing









C_ABE Center

Urban Billboard


Interwoven Spaces

A Sacred Profanity

Community Growth

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2010

Spring 2011

Fall 2011








Nurse’s Station

Reception Area

Waiting Room

The Spectrum

Watering CAN

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Winter 2013

Spring 2011

Spring 2012



Permeating approach to building


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C_ABE: Component

Fall 2012 - Prof. Susan Frosten

C_ABE: Component is a proposal for a new architecture center at Philadelphia University. This comprehensive process began with creating programming documents specifically tailored to personal projections of C_ABE’s future. These projections aided in selecting a site on campus, determining square footage, and designing sustainable systems based off user occupancy. From the onset, unifying C_ABE into a single, cohesive building was vital. C_ABE currently houses architecture, interior design, andlandscape students in four buildings erratically placed around campus. PhilaU’s main campus is experiencing an increase in development, and locating a complementary C_ABE Center in this hub will increase efficiency and collaboration amongst the programs. Circulation path with acoustic panels

Unified components

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Freshman hot-desk studios

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C_ABE: Component

Fall 2012 - Prof. Susan Frosten

Referencing the pattern of academic and housing buildings stretching across the 100 acre campus, the idea of tensegrity is the primary generator for this project. Conceptually, tensegrity simply means interdependency on components, which directly relates to the campus. The proposed C_ABE building becomes a component of the site that will revitalize and form a new campus quad. Within the building, the disciplinary programs become components unified by a central flexible, collaborative space and threaded together by a suspended circulation path. These components read volumetrically as well with spaces pulled apart creating voids throughout the building. The “pod components� of the building are then defined in response to functionality, practicality and aesthetics.


Development of upper campus Scott D. Focht


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C_ABE: Component

Fall 2012 - Prof. Susan Frosten

Within the interior, visually permeable acoustic screens wrap the studios. These screens protect learning environments from errant noises and increase the gesture of individual components simultaneously performing at the same time. A centrallylocated corridor links all of these components. In specific areas, the corridor grows in size and transforms into informal discussion, presentation, and leisure space. On the exterior, a metal solar shade controls the harsh impacts of the sun. This shading device is strategically placed to block out undesired sun while still presenting views of the campus landscape. This layering of systems and components creates a dynamic and efficiently functioning component within the PhilaU academic community.

solar screen connection to roof

Air movement/Light penetration

stacked storefront connection

solar screen connection

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URBAN BILLBOARD: the experience

Night Illumination of Boards


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Urban Billboard

Spring 2012 - Prof. Armando Plata

Urban Billboard is an installation located along the Schuylkill River Trail. Urban Billboard utilizes LED screens mounted on a 30’x30’ space frame to promote Philadelphia’s Parkway Museum District, Center City Philadelphia, the Schuylkill River, and everything else Philadelphia. The panels are angled in a way that captures the most attention from the major highways and roads passing by. The Billboard doubles as an observation deck providing patrons an opportunity to see Philadelphia from 100’ in the air. Circulation weaves through the irregular space frame, giving the user an experience reminiscent of being in a billboard/ scaffolding structure. There are multiple observation decks within the frame, each framing desired views of the surrounding landscape.

South Elevation; West Elevation Scott D. Focht

Overall Section; Structure Off Core; Structure Behind Panels



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South Section

Urban Billboard

Spring 2012 - Prof. Armando Plata

Urban Billboard originated as an adaptable structure that could be manipulated to satisfy the needs of the local environment as well as the user’s preference. This concept was entitled “Adaptable Skyway.” From the outside, the structure acts as an advertisement showcasing local businesses. From the inside, the structure acts as a tool for the user, allowing them to better experience and engage with Philadelphia’s landscape. Exterior panels would be manipulated depending on the desired effect. When the tower would expect to have minimal interior circulation, panels would retract to provide a maximum advertising effect.

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Diagonal bracing

Observation deck

Steel grid

Anchored beams

Stairs & platforms

This design lends itself to easy site adaptation, easy reproduction, and the availability to create multiple ‘checkpoints’ along the Schuylkill River Trail.

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Community graffiti wall 07 08 09 10




Spring 2012 - Prof. Armando Plata

Unwind is a neighborhood gathering space based around the program of an automated public water closet. This outdoor leisure space highlights the movement between the Schuylkill Trail along the Schuylkill River and the developing neighborhood of East Falls. The geometries of the project allow for the user to pass between the two locations while providing leisure space and restroom facilities. The location of this site presents opportunities for a constant flow of user activity. A highlighted graffiti wall acts as an information kiosk for both the Schuylkill River Trail and East Falls. This five-day project focused on material assemblies and the quick development of a broad program in a short period of time. Space Formed Entirely byelevation Cables South

Site access

Assembly detail Scott D. Focht

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Experiential perspective


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Interwoven Spaces

Fall 2010 - Prof. Chris Kircher

MACA (Mt. Airy Center for the Performing Arts) is a proposed art institution located on a wooded site. MACA takes its shape by utilizing high tensioned steel cables that weave throughout existing trees. This process creates spaces where floor plates and necessary walls can be inserted. The weave of cables also provides natural enclosure by capturing falling tree elements in the fall and winter months. During the spring and summer months, vines are allowed to grow on and cover the cables to provide protection from the sun and other natural elements. MACA’s program and form were developed by creating scale models that mimicked the intended weaving gesture on the site.

Space formed by folding

Summer enclosure

Winter enclosure Scott D. Focht

Cables forming space

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Reveal of information

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A Sacred Profanity

Spring 2011 - Prof. Brian Szymanik

A Sacred Profanity is a police evidence warehouse presented as an educational museum. The warehouse is publicly accessible as anyone may visit the collection and see the dirty side of criminal events. This building treats evidence as a sacred profanity; realizing that these objects were used in sometimes heinous and illegal activities but respecting the small intimate aspects each item provides. The evidence will be displayed surrounding twocontinuous ramps, one ramp facilitating the public and the other facilitating private groups. At the center of these ramps is a 7-story atrium space lined with mounted evidence on the walls from floor to ceiling. The effect of this move will cause the viewer to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the collection.

Density of information

Facade light Study Scott D. Focht

Space Formed Entirely by Cables

Detailed section

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Community Growth

Fall 2011 - Prof. Kim Douglas

Community Growth is a college campus comprised of demonstration gardens that provide a hands-on learning experience for agricultural students as well as an informal learning experience for the public. This program was designed to create an economic boom in the region as well as educate the community on small-scale sustainable topics. The site was divided into three main parts. The front of the site is community oriented with open spaces for leisure, the back part functions as an educational crop field, and the existing building on the site will become an agricultural museum. The three pieces of the site are connected by a main series of paths that branch out into more informational and intimate spaces within the campus. Space Formed Entirely LayoutbyofCables campus


Entry to park


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Reading Endoscopy Center

Summer 2012 - Alliance Architecture

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Reading Endoscopy Center

Summer 2012 - Alliance Architecture

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WAITING ROOM 19 20 21 22



Abington Surgical Center

Summer 2012 - Alliance Architecture

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Section of arena


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CANstruction Philadelphia: The Spectrum - Spring 2011

The Spectrum was Philadelphia University’s entry in the CANstruction Philadelphia 2011 competition. Made entirely out of canned food items, a section cut was placed through The Spectrum to reveal different seating types as well as an upper level supported by columns. The facade was created by assembling cans that had similar visual qualities as that of the actual building’s facade. Philadelphia University had never participated in this competition before. As president and team captain, I organized weekly design charettes, created a means of advertising and fundraising, and held scale practice builds to work out any structural defects. Repetition

Assembly Scott D. Focht

Finished facade

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CANstruction Philadelphia: Watering CAN - Spring 2012

Our 2011 submission for CANstruction Philadelphia was entitled Watering CAN. This structure depicts a watering can being tipped to its side, allowing for water to come out of the spout. The escaping water is flowing onto a garden, representing one of the many ways we can combat hunger. Structurally, our cylinder is created by stacking cans similar to a bearing wall. Our structure was created out of vegetables that represent healthy foods grown from personal gardens. The World Cancer Research Fund warns us that four out of five children are not eating their recommended daily portions of fruits and vegetables. In our culture, fruits and vegetables are some of the last foods types to be considered when hunger is present. Our goal is to promote the use of personal gardens in order to show the public that healthy eating CAN be achieved.

Interior contents Scott D. Focht


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Architecture Portfolio 2013 - Scott D Focht  

Graduating 5th year architecture student at Philadelphia University

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