I am Sekou. My answer to the question, “why architecture?” is fairly simple. Architecture can start conversations, and the beauty of that is you don’t need a degree in order to engage in the conversation. You don’t even need to be an architect. You see a building, you experience it, you talk about it. When that is put it into the context of community development, emerging economies, advancements in technology, social justice, etc... something is created that is more than just a building. That’s the power of architecture and that is the mere reason I am interested in architecture. It is my hope that the projects in this portfolio excite you, delight you, and show the conversations that I want to begin with the spaces I create. So with that being said, I’m tired of talking, so come on this journey with me. Let's gooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dallas Museum of Pride (DMOP) Museum on American Subcultures
The VitsĹ“ Showroom Live/Work Urban Infill
Kansas City Center for the Arts (KCCA) Cultural Arts Community Center
Light - Lite - Lantern Light Fixture Design
Hand Drawing + Mixed Media Art Just Me Having Fun, Having Fun Is Good
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DUBOIS CONSULTANTS | Kansas City, MO
University of Kansas School of Architecture Design and Planning | Aug 2013 - Present GPA: 3.43 | Expected: May 2019
A design team consisting of architects and engineers that worked a proposal for revitalizing a playground area at the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center.
Project Intern | Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
HATCH READING ROOM | Lawrence, KS
SOFTWARE & SKILLS Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Rhino Revit AutoCAD Grasshopper V-Ray Keyshot Premiere Pro After Effects 3D Printing Lazer Cutting Drafting Model Making
HONORS CLARENCE KIVETT SCHOLARSHIP
Library Monitor | Aug 2015 - Present
Assists students in the lab with finding books and making scans, check out books to faculty, organize shelves and scanned images.
KU ENDOWMENT | Lawrence, KS
Student Fundraiser | Sept 2014 - Feb 2015
Called KU alumni for possible donors to the University of Kansas.
MAKER VILLAGE KC | Kansas City, MO
DesingBuild Intern | Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
Assisted in pouring concrete, creating an ivy fence, building a greenhouse, denailing reclaimed wood and assisted in several other woodwork projects.
EXTRACURRICULAR NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MINORITY ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS (NOMAS) President | Fall 2016 - Present
Wrote the bylaws for the chapter revival. Preside over all general body meetings and executive board meetings.
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS (AIAS) Social Chair | Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Planned events that were held by the KU AIAS chapter.
Kansas City Architectural Foundation | Aug 2016
MULTICULTURAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
EWING KAUFFMAN SCHOLARSHIP
CREATORSâ€™ BALL COMMITTEE
Kauffman Scholars | Aug 2013 - Present
Member | Fall 2014 - Present
Event Chair | Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Oversaw committee meetings, helped coordinated the event, reached out to sponsors and donors, and sold tickets.
Dallas Museum of Pride Location: Dallas, TX Semester: Fall 2016 6
The Oak Lawn District has been the epicenter for queer identities since the 1970â€™s. In a time that closely corresponds to the beginning of the LGBTQ rights revolution, the Dallas Museum of Pride highlights key political figures and artists, showing intersection of art and politics in queer politics. The museum intends to remind visitors - inside and outside of the community - that access does not mean equity; that progress does not diminish oppression,; and that oppression does not hinder self-love and PRIDE. 7
The Oak Lawn District entails many LGBTQ owned businesses, community centers, counseling services and health clinics.
It is also where the annual Dallas Pride Parade is held.
Three main streets encompass the lot. The perpendicular streets - Cedar Springs and Turtle Creek - are the presiding streets of the Dallas Pride Parade route.
Being conscientious to the paradeâ€™s circulation...
The museumâ€™s circulation is desinged to work in correlation to the parade route.
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The museum follows an ascending program.
Obligating visitors to experience the spatial constrictions of oppression the community faces leading up to the freedom of pride.
This tells a dual narrative of pride in spite of struggle and remembering the struggle remains in spite of the pride.
CONSTRUCTING THE SITE
An 8’ cut is made into the existing topo...
Allowing an amphitheater civic space for the ground level entrance and a bridged civic space for the street level entrance.
The building footprint is defined within the site context...
And extruded into a solid mass.
The building is then trimmed to maximize views corresponding with the 3 main streets on the site.
The corners of the building are stretched to further maximize views, finalizing the building’s Y-shaped curvilinear form.
INTERIOR + EXTERIOR PRESENCE
The museum’s narrative is then configured in correlation with the building’s form...
Creating a building typology that fully embeds itself into the cultural context of its site. The Dallas Museum of Pride begins to transcend its basic function of a museum, presenting itself as a cultural emblem for the LGBTQ community in the historic Oak Lawn District.
Garage Level Mechanical Prep Area Storage Parking Garage
Ground Level Entrance
Civic Amphiheater Stage Area Entry Info Cafe Pepper LaBeija Gala Restrooms Studios/Classrooms Theater
Street Level Entrance Struggle Gallery Admin Research Library Halls of Memory
Level 3 Pride Gallery Temp Gallery Giftshop
Iridescence is the Presence
In order to create the building’s iridescent light reflective skin, research went into the biomolecular cell structure of the hummingbird’s gorget.
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When a light source comes in contact with a surface, part of that light is refracted while the other is reflected. The reflected light is the iridescent appearance seen on the feathers.
The building facade takes the 8 original colors of the pride flag, abstracting them into color swirls.
Based upon the angle the viewer sees the surface, a different color can be viewed or no color at all, thus creating a visually interactive exterior presence.
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1. EPDM Roofing Over Sloped Insulation 2. Painted Aluminum Coping 3. Composite Lightweight Concrete/Steel Deck 4. Aluminum Plate Rainscreen 5. Exhaust Plenum w/ Axial Fans 6. Roller Shade 7. Steel Framing 8. Monolithic Low Iron Glass Exterior Panels One Laminated with Iridescent PVB Film 9. Steel Barstock Framing 10. Mechanically Ventilated Cavity 11. Insulated Low Iron Glass Interior Panels One Laminated with PVB Film 12. Galvanized 305mm Steel Tube 13. Sound-absorbing Mat 14. Deep-drawn Semi Shells: 6mm of Acrylic Paint 15. Silicone Joint 16. Base of Steel Construction 17. Stainless Steel Grill Intake 18. Compensation Mortar 19. Steel Framing 20. Floor Finish 21. Compensation Mortar 22. Concrete/Steel Decking on Vapor Barrier 23. Rigid Insulation 24. Gravel Layer 25. Drainage Pipe
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Family Rooms + Baby Change Stations
A Proposal for Gender Neutral Restrooms The Dallas Museum of Pride is more than just a museum. It is a space that urges building and plumbing codes to better accommodate queer identities. The first initiative being gender neutral restrooms. Each restroom is an individual restroom with four of the rooms being allocated to family-based usage. Each room is ADA accessible.
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Individual Individual Family Room
The Display Case The display case features a collective body of work - with design solutions for gender neutral restrooms in public spaces - from professional and scholastic architecture organizations. Family Room
Revamp the 18th Location: Kansas City, MO Semster: Spring 2016 18
The Kansas City Crossroads is a community defined by cultural and artistic expression. With a variety of amenities ranging from retail spaces to public galleries, the Crossroads has shaped itself to be a one of the most culturally prominent spaces in Kansas City. The objective of studio 209 was to take the 18th street corridor of the Crossroads and create 2 live/work buildings with specific additive intiatives to the corridor - a space that houses the Vitsoe brand and a community center that helps promote the arts of Kansas City. 19
PART I VITSĹ’ SHOWROOM The objective of the urban infill is to create a space that houses to Vitsoe furniture brand but also contributes to the emerging live/work spaces inhabiting the 18th street corridor.
RESIDENTIAL SHOWROOM RETAIL + GALLERY Program
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WHAT IS GOOD DESIGN? The Vitsoe brand became a crucial factor in organizing the spaces for the building. Brought into fruition by Dieter Rams, the brand established itself through his 10 Principles of What Makes Good Design. Some of these include: Good Design is Innovative, Good Design is Resourceful, and Good Design is Aesthetic. Following the formation of these principles, Rams encouraged students of design to interpret their own principles of what made good design and to contribute new principles to the list. The design initiative for this building took note of Rams' proposal, adding the new principle of Good Design Creates Opportunity.
DESIGN IS RESOURCEFUL
DESIGN CREATES OPPORTUNITY
DESIGN IS INNOVATIVE
Level 1 - Design is Innovative
merges spaces with functional similarites in order to meet program acquisitions despite the small squarefootage.
CONFERENCE + LOUNGE
ENTRY + GIFT SHOP
Level 2 - Design Creates Opportunity addresses the
need for more collaboration and showcase opportunities with a public showroom that serves as a space for up and coming KC artists to display their work.
Level 3 - Design is Resourceful creates living quarters on top so that artists and employees can be close to where they work.
The buildingâ€™s brick materiality is to complement the existing brick buildings along the 18th street corridor. The windows are all materialized with channel glass so that pedestrians from the outside can see the circulation from the public showroom, drawing their attention to the building.
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PART II: KANSAS CITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Cafe + Bar
KCCA Hybrid Building Proposal
Services Workshops/Studio Residential
THE FUTURE OF THE CROSSROADS The Kansas City Center for the Arts proposes to be the epicenter that creates a holistic and communal feel to vastly growing Crossroads District. Acknowledging its existing amenities, a hybrid building typology is proposed - offering workshops, open studios, and living quarters - to the people that create this Crossroads community to be the artists, spectators, and advocates for arts of KC.
Green roof installation park with veiws to downtown Kansas City.
A civic space that co-functions as a light well allowing natural light into the gallery and studios.
Residential spaces aligned to maximize views of downtown Kansas City
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LIGHT - LITE - LANTERN Location: Lawrence, KS Semster: Fall 2013 32
Thinking about the lightness of light and the immateriality of light; the light installation tested ways in which paper can serve as a structure, veil, skin to allow light to pass through. The design of the light fixture was influenced by the grace and movement of a ballerina, resembling a glowing tutu. 33