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architecture portfolio

sheldon alfred


content this portfolio represents a concise collection of my undergraduate study, where I was able to tackle a range of issues that require the hands of architecture and urban design alike. These issues include housing innovation, urban revitalization, community restoration, and adaptation of historic building elements to accomodate contemporary program.


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resume

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harmony hills

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ancores

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the micro-house park

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a city of pocket housing

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the alignment

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about me a jovial designer driven by the intersections of architecture and music. these intersections allow me to interchangeably refer to myself as an architectural composer and a musical designer. I believe appreciation for the iterative nature of the two fields is the basis of high quality deliverables in either.


sheldon alfred

5 W 24th Street Baltimore, MD, 21218 443-794-0451 sheldon.m.alfred@gmail.com

EDUCATION august 2015 -may 2017

Morgan State University batlimore, maryland Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Environmental Design cumulative gpa: 4.00 | summa cum laude

september 2012 - october 2014

Dominica State College roseau, dominica Associate of Arts in Architectural Technology

cumulative gpa: 3.70 | 2nd class honors

EXPERIENCE august 2017 - present

AIA Baltimore Lecture Series Committee committee member

july 2017 - present

Ziger/ Snead Architects architectural designer

march 2017 - april 2017

The RE/PUBLIC - Light City Baltimore volunteer artist

january 2017

Gensler mentee | shadow Intern

ACHIEVEMENTS may 2017

Class Valedictorian

may 2017

Fourth Year Award for Design Excellence

may 2017

Bronze Alpha Rho Chi Medal

may 2017

Clara I. Adams Honors College

august 2016- may 2017 april 2016 - may 2017 may 2015

Tau Sigma National Transfer Honor Society Morgan State University Academic Dean’s List Dominica National Youth Awards - Outstanding Youth in Music


harmony hills The proposed workshop for music theory and performance for the Douglass District is geared at providing an affordable breeding ground for local and aspiring musicians of the district and that of its neighboring communities. The building’s program is an offspring of three programmatic components:

Though the “play� feature is facilitated through the collaboration of musicians in pocket spaces, the primary programmatic element of play is primarily emphasized through its community park that float over the alley dividing the northern and southern portions of the site.

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|| location: douglass district, baltimore || project type: urban renewal || studio: ARCH 402 | building design ii

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douglass district || analysis douglass district is a neighborhood located in the fells point area of baltimore, md. the district is bordered by s broadway, s central ave, bank st and fleet st; and it sits east of little italy and habor east. the 8-block area owes its significance to frederick douglass for his group of historic rowhouses dubbed douglass place. frederick douglass (1818-1895) constructed the five buildings as rental housing for blacks in the fells point area of baltimore.

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site analysis by sheldon alfred

||desnity | orientation | open space

|| street network | site programming

the site’s longer edge fronts s caroline st and is bordered by eastern ave and fleet st on its northern & sourthern edges respectively. the more protected node to engage institute while the node more exposed to the site to engage public, open program.

||activity | circulation | amenity

|| site restrictions | site buildability

||concentration | socio-economy

||development | urban destination

the sourthern portion of the site sits in the flood plain and also forms part of baltimore’s commission for historical and architectural preservation (CHAP). the flood plain informs the placement of the design’s sub-grade features.

the site context is dominated by industrialuse, resulting in limited engagement with urban fabric. a community park will sit at the northern end of the site to engage foreseen new urban development for douglass district.

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design exploration

entries | axes the linear nature of the site provides opportunity for linear spacial organization and relatiionships that will ultimately define axes and entry points to the project’s building and park.

circulaton | organization the site will feature a series of paths that will accomodate pedestrians access at its core and bicycle access on the site’s perimeter.

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accented programmatic pop-outs within building begins to create visual connections to proposed open space.

proposed open space to hover over alley and/or slide across alley to create physical connections to building.

proposed open space explored as a series of planes breaking the ground plane for sub-grade experience.

detail study light infiltration | sound insulation

detail study sub-grade programming

detail study program interaction | entry

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program massing || design intent primary circulation

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secondary circulation housing unit type 1 |loft|4 housing unit type 2 |studio|4 cafetorium|cafeteria|auditorium|

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study of the project’s planar make-up, independent of its skin.

sectional study, considering accessibility by simplifying park

study of the building mass

plane and building interaction.

to convey programmatic compostion.

study of the park plane to inform performance spaces and canopies.

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sectional study, breaking the ground plane to introduce sub-grade spaces.


skeleton | structure the structure’s steel framing construction will allow for consolidated load-bearing system that will subsequently influence more floor space and more flexibility in spatial configuration.

skeleton model study

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anCORES the urban redevelopment is an environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially vibrant community purposed at restoring stability in a once blighted neighborhood of northwest baltimore. the revitalization seeks to displace the blighted blocks by exploring innovative housing and block typologies, and establishing economic and social anchors.

|| location: park heights, baltimore || project type: urban renewal || studio: ARCH 302 | intro to urban design || design team: sheldon alfred | kalgi vadher | george betty | daniel beaty

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by analzying the existing community anchors, the design proposal was able to use the influence of the exiisting to provide new anchors with improved accessibility and openness.

RFQ edge study reveals unaligned adjacencies, allowing the proposal to propose edge anchors to act as stabilitizers to park heights itself and the surrounding sub-neighborhoods.

the lack of connectivity at the spin of the neighborhood allowed for design opportunities that would introduce increased activity along park heights avenue and the primary cross-road, woodland ave.

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the micro-house park by sheldon alfred

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1 economic stability

economic stability by george betty

the intersection of woodland and homer avenues marks the most commercial sector of the revitalization and serves as a employment hub potentially for members in an out of the immediate community. The design opens up the office and retail courtyard to the recreation center situated across from it.

social vibrance by daniel better

the pedestrian alleys and attached backyards are sandwiched between two corridors, one public and the other private. The immediate frontage along park heights ave contrasted with the frontyard space on palmer avenue is the measure of privacy that differentiates the public and private realms. 17

2 social vibrance

3 environmental viability


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the micro-house park “as we strive to live within smarter, smaller footprints, our shared spaces must be transformed to prompt individual, civic, and environmental connectedness.” the micro-house park is an open, environmenally sustainable recreational neighborhood on the outskirts of the ancores RFQ. This subcommunity is the development’s environmental implementation, to responsibly support the natural landscape and to encourage healthy, conservative and low cost lifestyles. The core of the park serves as the primary experience for a pedestrian network.

“As we strive to live within smarter, smaller footprints, our shared spaces must be transformed to prompt individual, civic, and environmental connectedness.”

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streets define space irregular site form

linear character pedestrian experience

consistent acitivity inhabitance

residential frontage park opportunity

visibility clear line of site

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a city of pocket housing consume less; share better – HervÊ Kempf the innovative compound housing solution seeks to restore urban vitality through exploring an innovative urban housing solution. the result is a seven (7) unit hybrid apartment complex - an offspring of the rowhouse and apartment typologies on a 10,000 SF site on tivoly avenue.

|| location: tivoly avenue, baltimore || project type: housing || studio: ARCH 301: housing studio

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typology study

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3. hybrid the proposed design solution borrows from the idea of zoning in the rowhouse and apartment typologies. the formal nature of the site’s proportions allows for an even distribution of zones along perpendicular axes.

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1-5 studio unit 6-7 two-bedroom unit 8 shared kitchenette

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entertainment area

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the sites access points sit alongside public zone

the complex provides a civic hub as a destination

the allowance of flex place gives a sense of ownership

the proposal explores stacking to express urbanism

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2-Bedroom units stacked above a studio unit introduces private decks which connects to roof decking system.

the core courtyard experience offers a defensible entertainment space for the residents. Level 3

taking advantage of the site’s highest point, the complex features parking above laundry room.

roof terraces translate into occupiable decks for the residents and offer multiple views while keeping eyes on the street.

the residents of the eastern oriented studios are granted east rising sun through private backyards.

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the alignment the past, present and future exist all at once as parallel moments in time. - KHALID MASOOD the proposed mount royal mansion expansion dubbed “the alignment,” will conceptually and spatially contribute to the plot of THE existing structure’s rich timeline by extending axes and growing on significant existing design elements. The extension nurtures primary and secondary spaces that will afford users a parallel experience of the past, present and future.

|| location: reservoir hill, baltimore || project type: adaptive reuse || studio: ARCH 401: building design

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site analysis by sheldon alfred

the lobby sits strategically and defines the vertical circulation core and horizontal circulation spine.

the new lobby extends to the primary existing path on site and lives in a new but identical mass.

indendent programmatic responses to site

topography influences three major buildable areas

explosion of the programmatic compusure creates pocket transitions between spaces. distinct characters of major access points

private views

the insertion of two masses introduces a new solid-void relationship on facade.

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design intent the form of the existing building is adopted by the expansion through the extension of existing axes, wall planes, floor plates and roof line. the inserted lobby acts as a distinct void and primary horizontal circulation

marks the building’s entry. the clustered program of the existing is exploded to create pocket transition spaces between program areas. the insertion seeks to adopt the primary path as an urban edge with the landscape, especially that of the primary vehicular path through the site. the street & void relationship introduces micro-urbanism to mt. royal.the existing featured a fragmented circulation system

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while the expansion seeks to marry circulation within a core of activity.

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sheldon alfred 5 W 24th St Baltimore, MD, 21218 443-794-0451 sheldon.m.alfred@gmail.com


Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.

Sheldon Alfred - Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio  

A concise representation of undergraduate work at Morgan State University, School of Architecture & Planning | by Sheldon Alfred

Sheldon Alfred - Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio  

A concise representation of undergraduate work at Morgan State University, School of Architecture & Planning | by Sheldon Alfred

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