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SEVANA ALEXANDER

ARCHITECTURE DESIGN PORTFOLIO Woodbury University


Sevana Alexander Contact Information:

(818) 601-8285 sevanaalexander@yahoo.com

Education:

Glendale Community College Pasadena City College Woodbury University

Software Experience: Rhinoceros-Modeling Auto Cad-Dradfting Maxwell-Rendering Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe In Design

Achievement:

Architecture Excellence Award 2013 Honorable Mention Award in Fabric Competition 2013 Woodbury Prize Scholarship 2013

Languages:

Fluent in English, Armenian,and Farsi

X.PO Gateway-West( In Process)

Culver City Train Station

Horizontal Hanging Garden

Arch 3B Spring 2104 Instructor: M. Spina

Arch 3B Spring 2104 Instructor: M. Spina

Arch 3A Fall 2103 Instructor: D. Rabin

Allure Resort (Co-Authored) ACSA Fabric Structure Competition Arch 20B Spring 2103 Instructor: C.Griffith


ALUMNI COMMUN FOOD COURT

Interference (Group Project)

BIKE STATION EXPOSITION PARK

Westfield Century City Shopping Center

Arch 20A Fall 2012 Instructor: C.Griffith

Arch 14 Fall 2012 Instructor: C.Griffith, Jian Huang

Arch 10B Spring 2012 Instructor: C.Griffith

Arch 20A Fall 2012 Instructor: C.Griffith


X.PO Gateway-West (In Process)


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AUDITORIUM

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CONFERENCE ROOM

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HOUSING LOBBY

Lobby Plan View Scale: 1/16

Long Section Scale: 1/16


X.PO Gateway-West (In Process)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The project is a transit/train station design for the Santa Monica terminus of the Expo Line. The program includes the station itself (with specific program items related to that portion of the project) as well as a housing component and a publicly accessed Santa Monica Bay Conference Center.

SITE DESCRIPTION:

The site is mostly open and public with underground parking for approximately 500 cars. The open space are modulated/organized according to each teams “master plan” proposal for the whole site. Conference center is integrated into the train station.

CONCEPT: Coalesce Coalesce Ct oo au lnei ts ec ea n d g r o w t o g e t h e r to unite and grow together Regular Grids(position)

Variety of Forces Applied to the Regular Grid(Position)

Regular Grids(position)

Variety of Forces Applied to the Regular Grid(Position)

Tolerance

Tention

Tolerance

Tention

Arrows representing different trasnportation methods transfering people from all over the California to the Santa Monica. Since there are not enough spaces around the chosen site forces push the site and make the bulge in the site shape.

CONCEPT

TRANSPORTATION INFLUENCE ON THE SITE 405 Fwy

PROJECT CONNECTION TO THE SITE

Coallesce

Pacific Coast Hwy

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Density of Transportation

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405 Fwy Regular Grids(position)

Variety of Forces Applied to the Regular Grid(Position)

Pacific Coast Hwy

A r r o w s r e p r e s e n t i n g d i ff e r e n t t r a s n p o r t a t i o n m e t h o d s t r a n s f e r i n g people from all over the California to the Santa Monica. Since there are not enough spaces around the chosen site forces push the site and make the bulge in the site shape.

SectionView

PROGRAM DIAGRAM AND THE SKIN AROUND

PROGRAM DIAGRAM PLAN VIEW

PROGRAM DIAGRAM PLAN VIEW

SLABS DIAGRAM

ACCESS DIAGRAM

ACCESS DIAGRAM

GREEN SPACES DIAGRAM

SOLID AND VOID DIAGRAM

GREEN SPACES DIAGRAM

SOLID AND VOID DIAGRAM

VOIDS HOUSING

VOIDS CONFERENCE HALL BIKE STATION

HOUSING


Culver City Train Station


Elevator Stairs

Entrance

Top View Scale: 1/8

Long Section Scale: 1/8


Bus Stations

FLOWTATION- CULVER CITY TRAIN STATION Bus Station

SITE DESCRIPTION:

Flowtation station is located along in the Culver City Metro station stops. Site is surrounded with Venice Blvd., Washington Blvd., and Robertson Blvd. Site has no identity and there is no specific architectural approach that lead and guide public towards the stairs or elevators that transfers people from ground floor to the elevated metro station. Therefore, students had to find a way to create architecturally usable spaces that will guide public throughly to their destinations.

CONCEPT: Continuity

With the hyperbolic surfaces connected together I tried to create the sense of continuity between walls and roofs. In order to provide a space with a dual quality that can provide inside and outside characteristic s, I tried to elevate the main programs and surround the manipulated surfaces that shows a smooth float .

OBJECTIVE:

This project is a comprehensive design and students supposed to approach the architectural design process as a complex , multi-dimensional problem. The goal is to create a stop station for the Venice Blvd. Stop that will provide an easy access to the metro for public and also gathering or resting area for the station workers and MTA team.

Project Site Expo Line


Short Section Scale: 1/8


HORIZONTAL HANGING GARDEN


HORIZONTAL HANGING GARDEN SITE DESCRIPTION:

Horizontal Hanging Garden is located along Los Angeles old-never built freeway: Whitnall Highway. The existing program in site is a dog park. Site is consist of different demographics but mostly there are business around.

CONCEPT:

Attracting people to experience NEW typology of housing in Whitnall highways absence By elevating the whole building to the point where the great views of surroundings will be visible. Elevated building will provide the opportunity of creating another level of open and gathering space under the building .

OBJECTIVE:

The project is a housing project which includes different apartments for different size families and more importantly a public garden of hanging wines with small restaurant and cafe throughout the garden. The idea of horizontal elevated building appears as if it was once floating on a Whitnall highway and the whole structure stands on two main cores that support the horizontal boxes in different levels. Building consists of three floors and offers wide range of view. In fact context of this project is a regular but sort of dead neighborhood. However, with my design I tried to bring more attractiveness to the community and connect two neighborhoods across the Whitnall Highway. Basically by elevating the building I reconnect the community and left the ground open because people could come and enjoy the public garden which offers variety hanging wine atmospheres with lavish smells on each side of the garden

Concept Exploded Diagram

Roof and green walking floor

Glass voids contains hanging plants

Solid spaces contains the housing services

Horizontal glass windwos

First floor plan


Ground Floor Plan Scale : 1/8

Mandevilla You can find this tropical vine sold almost everywhere during the warm months. Buy it in bloom, move it into a 12-inch-wide container or hanging basket and enjoy it for the summer. Provide full sun or part shade. Keep the soil moist. Feed at least monthly the plant. Try bringing it indoors and growing it in a sunny window for the winter Frost kills

Star jasmine With its glossy evergreen foliage and wonderfully sweet white flowers in summer, star jasmine deserves a spot in any garden where it can grow. In a container train star jasmine up a trellis wherever you can appreciate Its fragrance. Provide full sun or part shade in hot climates The soil should be kept moist for best growth, although plants can withstand dry conditions. This plant is easy to grow and is hardy in zones 8 to 10. Star jasmine can be moved indoors for the winter in colder climates

Wisteria (W. floribunda) are probably the ones that come to mind with their thick. Both grow into enormous plants and are classified as invasive in many regions. Instead, consider the more manageable and well-behaved native species, American wisteria (W. frutescens) Train it on a trellis or frame. The plant produces the familiar clusters of purple-blue or white blossoms Provide full sun and a strong support


Detail of the units In the third level Scale: 1/4

Wisteria W. floribunda) are probably the ones that come to mind) with their thick. Both grow into enormous plants and are classified as invasive in many regions. Instead, consider the more manageable and well-behaved .(native species, American wisteria (W. frutescens Train it on a trellis or frame. The plant produces the .familiar clusters of purple-blue or white blossoms .Provide full sun and a strong support

Section B-B Scale: 1/8

Detail of the units In the second level Scale: 1/4


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Section A-A Scale: 1/8


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Physical Model Scale :1/4


ALLURE RESORT


LOCATION: Urban Echology:

The urban environment refers to environments dominated

SITE LOCATION

LOCATION:

DOMINATIVE AND SUBMIISSIVE DATUMS DIAGRAM 1. Urban Scale:

MOVEMENT AND APROPRIATE AREAS DIAGRAM LA RIVER

2. Street Map:

Urban Echology:

1. Local: The urban environment refers to environments dominated

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ECHO PARK

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Movment Diagram

LA RIVER

L.A. River

SPECIFIC SITE: Elysian Valley:

Elysain Valley is a small neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles.Its borders atward village on the north-west, Elysian Park on the southeast and south, Silver Lake on the southwest and Cypress on the north-east.Its boundries are considered Fletcher Drive on the northwest, Riverside Drive on the west, the Figueroa Street Bridge on the south , ans the Los Angeles River on the north-northeast boundary, in fact the river runs the entire length of Elysian Valley’s northern edge. The area is well connected too Los Angeles freeways, with the interstate 5 and 110 Freeways having the entry and exists on Riverside Drive, and connections to the 101,10, and 2 Freeways within the neighborhood.

ELYSAIN PARK

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ELYSAIN PARK

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Los Angeles River

History:

Elysian was developed as a working class community of small bungalow and cottage homes. Riverside Drive was a center of commerce and business anchored by the neighborhood’s public libarary at the corner of Riverside Drive and Allesandro Street. It originlly called Gopher Flats at the turn of century, with housing for rail road workers, Elysian Valley later became known as “Frogtown” based on events related to LA River. in 1950’s, Valley was affected by construction of the Golden State Freeway, which displaced both residents and business.Elysian Valley runs parallel with one of the few points of the Los Angeles River with a natural river bed.

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Free way

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Metro Lines

LOS ANGELES

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Free way Echo park- Elysian park

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Movment: 1.Freeways 2.Streets 3.Bicycle paths 4.Rail Roads 5.River


ALLURE RESORT SITE DESCRIPTION:

Allure is located in Los Angeles high traffic intersection next to Elysian Park. The Allure resort joins 110 freeway and LA River together to create tension,flow, and movement

CONCEPT:

Attracting people to experience tango dance in the resort. By using fabric structure we relate the relationship of garment to the human body and also the tension in between dance partners.

OBJECTIVE:

The journey starts from 110 freeway towards East, making visitors head back to the West. People with cars will experience the parking entrance which is located underneath the resort and they reach the lobby by taking elevators after they drop off their cars. Pedestrians also can experience the main entrance and use escalator to reach the lobby. Resort programs are organized based on public and private spaces. Public spaces are located mostly on the organic building which gives the flawlessness experience to the guests, and the private spaces are located in orthogonal building in order to keep it simple and straight forward for the guests. The lobby is the main part of the resort that connects public and private areas together. The ballroom which is the main program this resort is located in the second floor of organic building so people can watch the movement on the freeways and surrounding areas and get motivated for dancing, There are restaurants on the fifth floor, shopping stores on third floor, and fitness center on the forth floor of the organic building . Also there are pool on the third floor of the orthogonal building which is creating a visual connection to the ballroom of organic building.

APPROACH DIAGRAM

TANGO DANCE REALTIONSHIPS TO THE DATUMS

TANGO DANCE CLOTHING DIAGRAM

Section Relationship to the Site Datums Tango Dance Clothing Diagram:

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Top of LA River Bed= Dominative

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Bottom of LA River Bed= Dominative

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Step 1 110 Freeway Entarnce=Submissive

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Female Dress Movement:

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Movment: 1.Freeways 2.Streets 3.Bicycle paths 4.Rail Roads 5.River

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Bottom of LA River Bed= Dominative

Ankle

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Step 4 Male Dress Movement:

Pedestrian Circulation Car Circulation


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Confrence Room

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Front Desk

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Restroom Office Office

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Restroom

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FIRST FLOOR PLAN Section D “Scale 1’- 0 = 1/ 32

SECTION D-D


STUDY MODELS

Study model based on the tango steps and realtionship of dance partners. in this model partners are far from eacother and they are trying to attarct eachother.

Study model based on the tango steps and relationship of dance partners. in this model partners are closer and there is a tension in between but not so close yet. Also they are experiencing the rotation in between them.

Study model based on the tango steps and realtionship of dance partners. in this model partners are so close to eachother that space in between them is not obvious but there is a distance in between them which creates so much tension.


Column steel

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Perimeter Edge Beam steel

Connecting Plate steel

Fabric

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Detail A Exoskeletone structure for orthoganal building to hold the fabric skin.

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2nd Floor Plan Scale 1’- 0 = 1/ 32�

Detailed steel connector to the fabric

SECOND FLOOR PLAN

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Detail B Frame supportd structure for holding the fabric in oragnic building.

Detailed Steel Connector to the Fabric

Detail C Cable-net structure from fabric structure groups inorder to create tension in fabric in the Entrance area and create shading surfaces.

Fabric Cable Structure

Detail A Detail B

Detail C

SECTION A-A


ALUMNI COMUNS FOOD COURT


LONG SECTION SCALE:1/4


PASADENA CITY COLLEGE LANCERS PASS SITE DESCRIPTION:

Located at the center of Pasadena City College, the project explored the visual capabilities of human to register information and learn. It transformed the existing courtyard in to a more interactive creative place for learning.

OBJECTIVE:

Transform the current cafe in to a more usable functional space, as well as create and experience for one of the most used passages on campus.

EMISSION To give forth or releas something

DETECTION

CONCEPT IDEA: DETECTION

RECEPTION To take or have something

EXTERNAL REFERENCE: BATH ECHOLOCATION

SITE ANALYSIS:

Foot Circulation Service Circulation

Gathering points

Grass Asphalt Concrete

EXISTING CONDITION

PEOPLE CIRCULATION DIAGRAM long Section Scale 1/4” = 1’ 0” Sevana Alexander / Arch. 20A Surface / PCC Campus Alumni Commons

SOUND EFFECT IN CROWDED AREAS

GENERATED COMBINE DIAGRAM FROM PEOPLE AND SOUND


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Program Diagram PROGRAM DIAGRAM Sevana Alexander / Arch. 20A Surface / PCC Campus Alumni Commons

SITE PLAN SCALE:1/4 SHORT SECTION SCALE:1/4


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INTERFERENCE (Group Project)


INTERFERENCE Group Project PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project explores different materials, their characteristics, natural behaviours and limitations. The problem is to design a functional modular system. The modules are designed based on how the material behaves naturally, how does it transform in various conditions, how does it perform and what limits its performance.

MATERIAL SYSTEM MOCK-UP Polarized Photographs Analysing Stress MATERIAL SYSTEM MOCK-UP POLARIZED PHOTOGRAPHS ANALYZING STRESS

CLOSE-UP VIEW OF ONE UNIT

OVERALL VIEW OF ONE UNIT Polarized photograph showing the overall effect of stress on a single unit of the three-piece module. The orange red of this module (and the angle of the lens) are the areas of the most stress in the acrylic.

Photograph showing the force of stress as seen through a polarized lens. The orange areas are the areas under the most amount of stress, as visible in the corner of the unit where it connects to another, and also up at the split in the middle of the fold at the top of the photo.

The bright orange to light-blue color are the ares of most stress in this model, visable at the middle right, and the center of the unit are the most stressed areas.

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Like the other picture, the areas of most stress are at the corners, visible in the top middle of the photo and the lower right side.

Progressive Scale Changes PCC ARCH 14 | MATERIAL SYSTEM

MATERIAL SYSTEM MOCK-UP

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Final model System Logic: Unit Transformation SYSTEM LOGIC UNIT TRANSFORMATION

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Two Point Connection #1: Connected on the same side

PCC ARCH 14

MATERIAL SYSTEM

Two Point Connection #2: Connected on opposite sides

Three Point Connection

SYSTEM LOGIC

Four Point Connection


BIKE STATION EXPOSITION PARK


Exposition Cars Buses Light Rail

SITE DATUM DIAGRAM

EXISTING BUS CIRCULATION

EXISTING LIGHT RAIL CIRCULATION

EXISTING CAR CIRCULATION


BIKE COMMUTER STATION SITE DESCRIPTION:

This project was part of a master plan of Exposition Park. The programs are bike commuter station and shading area for commuters around the site. After site analysis and creation of concept we design minimal surfaces which provide shading area and a pavilion for bike commuters.

CONCEPT:

Since Exposition Park opened in 1870’s, it located between different worlds, that always had conflicting demands. It created originally for agriculture displays and shaped because of economic and notion changes of the public park. Debt forced its management association to sell off small parcels in the 1880’s. This area has experienced a gradual transformation from a place of contemplation and urban refuge to center of activity. This shift resulted in the construction of a strings of crowd.

EROSION:

While development brought more people to the park, the sport facilities and parking lots guaranteed an Erosion of its primary meaning-open space.

Exposition Park Circulation: Cars Buses Light Rail

OVERALL VIEW OF STATION

NEW CIRCULATION

BIKE STATION CIRCULATION


SITE PLAN SCALE.1:8

NORTH ELEVATION SCALE.1:8


TION


WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY SHOPPING CENTER


High end retail store Large size retail store Medium size retail store Small size retail store Restaurant and cafe Library and cafe SITE LOCATION

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

SECOND FLOOR PLAN

THIRD FLOOR PLAN


CENTURY CITY SHOPPING CENTER SITE DESCRIPTION:

The problem is to redesign the north-east section of Westfield Century City Mall, on Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles. The design focuses in maximizing the user experience, the display surface for the tenants, and the retail space for two owners.

PROCESS: The tury les. ple

project begun with analysis of the “land city “ of CenCity and its relationship with greater Los AngeThe development of the project was through multiinteractions of the void,contact points,and circulation.

SOCIAL FOCUS:

Three protests from L.A. History that got the public attention: 1.Cenury City , 1967 2.Democratic National Convention, 2000 3.Immigration Rights Protest, 2006

CONCEPT IDEA: BREAKING BARRIERS:

Breaking barriers means changing the social rules that improves society as a whole or as an individual achievement.

PROGRAM EXPERIENCE:

The experience of programs through the new design of the shopping center would entail strolling through the designed void that extends the high en retail stores toward the entrance circulation, while placing the special and larger chain retail stores toward the middle and where is going to be the public gathering areas.

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SECTIONS DEFINING VOID ALONG MAIN AXIS

RETAIL AXON VIEW


SITE PLAN SCALE.1:8

NORTH ELEVATION SCALE.1:8


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