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selected works 2016-2018

p. 03-22 Riverside Row House p. 23-34 Film Institute on Walnut Street p. 35-46 Trammel Fossil Park p. 47-54 Proposal for Alms Building p. 55-64 Tectonics and Hills p. 65-76 Ohio River Pavilion p. 77-84 Proposal for Yeatman's Cove p.85-94 Collage


Riverside Row House SAID3001 Professor James Postell Spring 2018

Study of private/public spaces in a row house where 4 different individuals (families) co-live. Using different day lighting tactics to define private and public spaces.

Riverside Row House

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Facing the Ohio river, the site is located in Covington, KY, surrounded by single family homes. There are two major buffers. In between the water and the street, there's a hill that functions as a visual and physical buffer, making the water feel a lot closer. The second buffer is the retaining wall that lifts up the properties.


View out

Riverside Row House

Tree House

The analysis of tree house arose as a conceptual approach to the project, Typology of co-housing being the main focus. The sequence that 'tree house in woods' makes is helpful in establishing privacy. The trail with elevation changes draws people in. Repetition of vertical elements helps the space feel more secluded. Different density of filtered lights throughout the trail indicates the path. A single means of circulation leads up to the private space. When on top, the space visually expands.


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open circulation

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The analogy of tree house continues on developing. The massing was lifted up in order to bring in vertical elements. The sub level between the top and the bottom got added, bringing in a buffer zone between private and public spaces. What connects the sub level is a plane that continues through out on the sub level, creating a community of tree houses. The different lightings came in to define those various spaces.

Riverside Row House



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4 split programs define where tree houses (private spaces) will be standing. Extrusion creates a space and lifting creates a distinction between what's below and what's above. Then the analogy of tree house comes in, adding an importance to the vertical structures that are lifting up the mass.

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With the surroundings

Riverside Row House



Private / Public

Limited Circulation


Open Circulation


Ground floor being the major public area, the space is divided into three segments. Second floor defines a public / private space, a space where tenants have options to turn them into private or public spaces. The limited circulation adds to the meaning of space being neutral. Third floor defines an absolute private space where one can be completely alone.

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Riverside Row House

Controlled Light

Filtered Light

Open Light

Daylight Strategies

Following from the analogy of tree house, the first floor has an open space where elements are not crowding the visual penetration throughout the horizontal circulation. However, when on the sub level, the characteristics of light changes into a more scattered and filtered feelings. In the end, when on the top floor, the kind of light that enters the space is controlled. The different characteristics of lights throughout the vertical circulation help define each level. The screen also has different size of openings that cast intriguing shadows downwards.

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reflected ceiling plan


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Riverside Row House

Transverse Section


The sequence of vertical circulation helps define each levels with different level of intimacy. The first floor being open, when entering into the sub level area through the stairs that are located directly below the mass, tenants would feel enclosed as they vertically progress through the mass. When on top, they would feel even more private with the help of angled walls and controlled openings.

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Vertical sequence

Riverside Row House

Longitudinal Section


Main circulation that connects private spaces to public programs is located on the ground / first floor. The second main circulation is located throughout each private pods vertically connecting each levels. The third main circulation is located on the sub level, only connecting pods to pods in order to protect and highlight privacy.

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Horizontal circulation

Riverside Row House






Each pods represent individual tree houses. The screen represents the leaves that filter the light throughout the forest. Planes represents a means of creating a community of tree houses. Structures represents trees, creating a vertical rhythm throughout the building. The change of elevations allowed drastic moves such as digging into the ground, solidifying the trail component of the tree house analogy.

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Exploded Axon

Riverside Row House


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Film Institute on Walnut Street SAID2001 Professor Meghan Minton Fall 2016

Study of influences of program on process of design in terms of form study and creating a metaphor

Film Institute on Walnut Street


OTR, one of the more popular region of Cincinnati, has its own types of local arts that are attracting visitors into the city. However, if OTR need one more art associated program and institute for community, it would be undoubtedly art of cinematography. The given assignment is to design a building for a film institute and embrace existing buildings and, furthermore, the community of OTR.

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The site is located in between two of the main streets in OTR, surrounded by the gems of OTR. Program requirements of a Film Institute, especially in this one, was complicated since I wanted to make this film institute both a cultural place for the surrounding OTR community, and a place dedicated to the study of film art, parts of program available to public and private to students and faculties.

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The side that is facing the road is opened and divided into 2 different program pieces that carry specific purposes. Existing building has turned into a place for community and, facing the pre existing building, there stands another chunk that serves a purpose as a program piece for both community and students. The biggest program piece which sits behind the other 2 pieces serves as a private place, as a film institute.

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Form derived from the program in the site

Film Institute on Walnut Street





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The pearl as a metaphor is formed by division of spaces based on program. Since the program requires a central circulation, it naturally became a spot for the metaphor settle in. The way, 'Pearl', works is that the central circulation is surrounded by the masses and layers of wall, which become the 'shell', finishing the metaphor, 'Pearl in a shell'.

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'Pearl' from the entrance

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Sequence & Circulation

Sequence is formed by introduction of walls along the circulation. As a person enters the building, he starts noticing a strong presence of walls. Every turn he makes at the corner, what he encounters after every turn is not a presence of mass, but a presence of planes continuing alongside you. After passing a series of walls, the place you arrive is the pearl, the heart of the building where major circulation is happening.

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Layers and sequences

Film Institute on Walnut Street

Layers of walls, bird's eye view

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'Pearl' from inside

'Shell' from outside

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Trammel Fossil Park ARCH2003 Professor Whitney Hamaker Summer 2017

Designing a visitor's center that would revitalize the area and give characteristics of 'fossil park' to the site. Study of creating a public space using the given topography.

Trammel Fossil Park


Trammel Fossil Park is filled with fossil all over the park where visitors can excavate the fossils themselves. The hill's elevation change from the bottom of the site to the top of the site is about 50 ft, and the top of the hill is covered with trees. The front of the site is occupied by industrial buildings. The site has not been known to the public for lacking tourist attractions.

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view outward

view inward

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The main circulation leading up to the entrance to the park was considered as the main design factor since it was thought to be important to grab people's attentions. The sun faces the hill, and the materiality starts contrasting on top of the hill. The fossils on the park will be protected by individual containers that would also populate the site. The proposal is to close the view from the industrial buildings by using the elevation, but to use the trees as the background.

Trammel Fossil Park


The initial concept was to go subterranean in order to isolate the inside from the outside (the industrial buildings), only having the main entrances to be significant. Among the containers, there are fake ones that are used to bring the daylight into the building. They would also shoot out the light when the sun goes down, filling up the whole site with lights.

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Trammel Fossil Park


The main entrance's volume is, in terms of program, used as a lobby. Through the narrow path downwards, visitors are exposed to the expansion of space. After the lobby, visitors face the lengthy gallery space where fossils will be displayed. It is also the space for administrations as well. In the end of the journey inside, visitors face the vertical expansion of space, not to mention the vertical strip of exposed earth that shows the time of earth.

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End of circulation

Trammel Fossil Park


More pronounced masses work as entrances that guide people in. The lowest mass is located where people with disabilities can access. The other two masses are used as means of circulations by having lifts. Light boxes bring the light in while blending in with the other fossil containers at the same time.

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What's inside?

Trammel Fossil Park



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Proposal for Alms Building SAID1002 Professor Melanie Swick Spring 2016

Providing a shelter for students who need a break from tiring studio environment

Proposal for Alms Building


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The main quality that the Alms building has is that it is elevated higher than buildings around it, which is an opportunity to create a moment of detachment. Expression of detachment helps form an idea of creating a space away from surroundings. Use of sunlight also played a big role in terms of form study.

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Corner of Alms building

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‘Compression and release’ allowed room for development in both form study and quality of interior space. The exaggerated interpretation of the metaphor highlights the use of light, and creating a focal point facing outwards, ultimately helped form a space detached from the surroundings.

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Form study of this project mainly speaks to the use of sunlight. If the first iteration was an introduction to manipulating light coming into the space, other iterations are about getting the best out of it in terms of the quality of interior space.

Proposal for Alms Building

West section

Exterior view

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From below

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Tectonics and Hills ARCH2003 Professor Whitney Hamaker Summer 2017

Study of connecting two separated sites under a circumstance where hills are a major component of design, based on the use of tectonics

Tectonics and hills

"Reaching Out"

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A box surrounded by mounds wants to reach out to the other site outside the hills. By using a bridge as a metaphor, It wants to form a direct connection so that the site that the mass sits on and the site outside the hills are physically connected.

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As the box wants to form a physical connection with the other site, it shoots out a bridge to the opposite side. The bridge directly coming out from the box makes the connection more intimate.

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Bridge and the volume

From the front

Tectonics and hills


Tectonics, in this project, are translated into big three portions. Lines are translated as lengthy elements that function mainly as structures. Planes are translated as the main paths that define circulation. Masses are translated as space where activities happen. The design is the result of composing tectonic elements under those definitions.

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Tectonics and hills

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Ohio River Pavilion ARCH2003 Professor Whitney Hamaker Summer 2017

Designing a pavilion by water for people who need a break from the city surroundings

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In modern urban setting, it's not difficult to find cities embracing rivers or vise versa. This is an introduction to the best use out of that specific condition with a pavilion as a shelter for people who need a break. Although the site is not specific, the general setting of modern day cities that are by water normally have high-rise buildings close to the river. This project is mainly for those that have a green buffer area in between those high-rise buildings and the river.

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The majority of people who come to the river mostly have one goal. It is to get away from the draining urban environment and enjoy the time they have detached from it. My concept is to build up a screen that would visually detach people inside from the city. By being visually disconnected from the busy environment, people can focus on enjoying the view that the river provides.

Ohio River Pavilion


Use of light was the first concept that came up with the idea of putting up a plane against the city view. By allowing a thinner line of light to come inside below the wider screen, the dramatic moment subtly guides visitors' movement throughout their whole experience in the pavilion. There will always be a s controlled presence of light wherever people go inside because the program, which will be discussed in the next page, directs people to the sides.

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Shadow seen from inside

Ohio River Pavilion


Introduction of program or the use of interior space is represented by the yellow volume with dominant presence inside. If people were to walk by the pavilion, they would notice the presence of a mysterious thing inside through the gap between the ground and the screen. Use of curiosity that the partial reveal creates in this project is mainly used for attracting people outside to inside the pavilion. The contrast that the screen and the revealed volume create is also crucial.

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Partial reveal & opening

Ohio River Pavilion


As discussed previously, the reveal of program inside is crucial to the design. What the revealed part of the program visible through the entrance is a climax in a way. If the presence of volume seen through the gap between the screen and the ground was a hint, it revealed in the entrance is the answer to the question people get when they first see this pavilion. The contrast generated from the thin reveal to this major reveal in the entrance is also mainly used for attracting people inside.

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Reveal in the entrance

Ohio River Pavilion

Open to river

In this section drawing, it's shown how the opening is made. People coming in from the entrance would start noticing the pattern of light and shadow by their feet, guided throughout the building by them. At some point during the trip, they would notice that the pattern stopped continuing and that's when they face the opening facing the river. Behind them, there's a screen blocking the view of the city, only allowing light and shadow to come in.

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Exploded axon


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Proposal for Yeatman's Cove ARCH2003 Professor Whitney Hamaker Summer 2017

Study of defining spaces in between masses and what they are capable of in terms of defining spaces

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Yeatman’s Cove by the Ohio River has been used as a place for concert venues and a resting place for the community because the general topography of it allows forming a dominant focal point. One of the most dominant factor in the site are the bridges framing the site on both sides. I decided to break down the site with grids formed by the bridges and the main circulation of the site.

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First row of diagrams explain the process of generating the grid. Circulation and the angle derived from bridges form a grid. Diagrams in the second row explain the process of placing of masses generated from the grid, and applying the language of sloping. The diagrams on the third row explain the study of directional elements. Fourth row explain individuals' experiences when they are surrounded by masses.

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Based on study of directional elements in massing, I have concluded that masses directing outwards help form spaces inside more efficiently. From individuals' point of view, when masses seems to be going away from them, they tend to feel the presence of spaces in between masses even more, feeling surrounded and, therefore, included.

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Space formed by masses

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Masses framing the view of the sky

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Space in between masses defined

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Collage Handmade With Magazines 2015-2017 Compositional study in terms of relationships that pieces and objects create as a whole


Overlaying an object to a background that can highlight both the object and itself at the same time is a way to finish the composition. I believe that, as long as the object and the background go along, it does not matter whether they share similar topics or textures. It's more about what they create as a whole.

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Two different objects coming together


Expression of feelings

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Objects and almost every pictures carry specific emotions and the emotions in the picture can be manipulated in a way that the emotion in the composition is more amplified or, in contrast, the feeling it used to carry turns into a whole different thing. It is often determined by the way they are cut and trimmed.


Facial expressions are visually dominant so that they are hard to manipulate unless they are broken down to parts of faces. The value of facial expression is that it can be easily amplified by adding objects or backgrounds that go along with it.

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Emotions through expression


Figures creating a new composition

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Figures with motions are good story tellers and the story that figures are making can be manipulated in a way that it's creating a whole another story. The objects that figures interact with, and the background they are situated on are important.

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