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ALTERNATING HOUSING Sophomore | Architecture HUB X Sophomore | Architecture CHARLOTTESVILLE DOWNTOWN STUDY Sophomore | Architecture THE GAP Freshman

| Architecture


| Design-thinking


| Design-thinking


| Design-thinking


| Studio Art


| Studio Art


| Studio Art

Student Unit


ALTERNATING HOUSING Sophomore Architecture

Family Unit


The proposed housing complex applies alternation in three scales---urban, building, unit--- to create a walkable community that integrates residences, commercial area and public spaces. In urban scale, the complex has a “public-private-public� alternating pattern in programming---cafes, restaurants and shops welcomes visitors on the outside facing Preston Avenue, followed by housings situated in the middle, and a small-sized mall at the back. In building scale, parks occupy the empty spaces encircled by buildings, serving as open spaces for interactions among three groups-- family, college students, and shoppers. In unit scale, the theme alternation is also embodied when units with belcony/backyard facing both directions are offered, providing different views for dwellers. The intertwining form and programming, together with public spaces placed in between, underscores walkability, interaction and variation in the community that have been neglected in the existing neighborhood. Total Number of Units Total Land Area Used Density Unit Types A: Family Unit Area 2897 sf

24+108 276,990 sf 21 units/acre B: Student 1364 sf

Residential Area Retail Area Ammenity Area Total Building Area

216,840 sf 140,616 sf 119,124 sf 476,580 sf

Neighborhood scale Section


Section cut




Neighborhood scale Plan

Family unit & aggregation

Family unit plan & section

Student unit & aggregation

Student unit plan & section


Circulation diagram

Programming diagram

HUB X 2015 Fall Architecture

Hub X is a multi-function transportational hub prosposed to take use of the unused space in core of Lynchburg. While the first and second floors of Hub X (designed by two other students), serve as bus and train stations that bring visitiors in, the third floor aims to retain visitors with commercial facilities as well as its versatile public spaces. The third floor features a major pathway crossed with a secondary pathway forming an “X” shape. This form symbolizes the hub’s identity as a destination as well as a center. Besides, each end of the two paths has a public space designed with distinct emotion. The X shaped pathway together with the four mini parks are acting as driving forces for visitors to experience and walk around third floor of Hub X.

BLUE: Monastic, Tranquil, Still, Resting

RED: Lively, Interaction, Circulation, Dinning

GREEN: Natural, Free, Urban oasis

YELLOW: Temporary, Buffering, Sitting

Elevation Vegetation study



A axonometric drawing and analysis of one intersection in charlottesville downtown showcasing observations on different aspects --- circulation, pavement, programming, population density, and natural condition. In this research, downtown is imagined as a “public house”, in which we perceive fences to be walls, trunks to be columns and canopies to be roofs. It’s those public furnatures that create a sense of insideness within a common open space, thus giving downtown a public-private duality.

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Site Plan

Precedent: Jali Screen

THE GAP Freshman Architecture

“The Gap” is a pot designed and constructed by a team of three, that is able to accomadate three adults. It is a eco-friendly dwelling bullt out of abondoned pepsi crates. They cost zero and can be recycled at the end of using. Other than low cost and environmental consideration, pepsi crates are chosen as main materials for their ability to engage light in dwellers’ daily living experience. The shadow created by pepsi crates are intricate patterns that vary with angle and intensity of day light.


Plan (without roof)

Section & Plan

FLOW CHAIR Junior Design-thinking

The FLOW chair stands for “Flippable Library, Outdoor classroom, & Workspace“. It’s a multifunctional concrete chair unit designed for outdoor classroom in School of Architecture, UVa. The form of the chair “flows“ with two curves -the ergonomic curve that is decided by optimal sitting and writing dimensions, and the structure curve that strengthens the ergonomic curve. The formwork of the concrete chair is designed to be a reusable formwork that is easy to construct and deconstruct using tapering and sliding mechanism --- formwork is consist of outer casing and small tapered blocks that can be pulled and slided out with minimal friction among one another.

Ergonomic Curve

Structure Curve 18’’





Function Diagram



8.5’’ 105° 60’’




Step 1: Stack laser cut pieces, hold them in place by sticks, Step 2: Use this method to make a group of blocks, Step 3: Attach casing pieces and pour concrete

1. 3.


Classroom Elevation

Step 4: Get rid of “tapered“ blocks, Step 5: Get rid of “slide“ blocks, Step 6: Remove casing and take out the chair piece

6. 4.


Made by CNC routed formwork

Made by 3D-printed formwork


Made by laser cut formwork

The three concrete works --a landscape model of UVa lawn, a set of puzzles and a bench, are results of three formworks made with distinct digital fabrication methods --- 3D printing, CNC routing and laser cut. The project discovers advantages of each method and seeks for workflows and designs that engage with the methods most efficiently and properly.


Water scarcity is an issue everywhere in this world. However it’s hard to solve the problem globally. Sometimes a “bottom-up“ approach would be eaiser and more effective--- starting with a small scale, solving problem within a specific setting will usually lead to findings that can make a difference in the world. The project starts with anaylzing water using condition in Charlottesville city and end up having a design that can be applied elsewhere. According to statistics, students contribute greatly to water usage and such demographics is highly mobile. 98% of the student population do not permanently live in Charlottesville and travel throughout the year. On the other hand, according to experts, waiting for hot shower water is what contributes the most to the water waste usage among students. Based on these two findings, the project proposes a two-component design that help saving water. The “Campaign Component” uses crosswalk to collect students’ footprints for 5 days during holiday and 5 days during school sessions. Through comparison of the two, student are expected to understand their impact on local and world’s water consumption. The “Device Component” is a self-heating shower head dispensed during the campaign. Inspired by self-heating can/coffee, the shower head utilizes exothermic reaction between water and quicklime to heat up water for the first couple minutes in shower, eliminating the need to wait for hot water. Additionally, the shower head is extremely cost efficient and portable so that student can carry it anywhere while travelling.

Campaign Component

Device Component

CRAFTMANSHIP Freshman | Studio Art

A set of three drawings discovering the theme “craftmanship“.

Three drawings respectively showcase hands of three individual who excels at three different area -- drawing, driving and cooking.

COLOR STUDY Freshman Studio Art

A set of drawings studying colors collected from landscapes in daily life, and how monochromatic method can give rise to specific mood and setting in drawing.

A free hand drawing study of a daily-life object. The drawings showcase observation of a lamp in terms of its materiality, functionality and user experience. It is thought that mind is connected to hand, thus only by hand rendering and diagraming one gets to understand an object thoroughly.

OBJECT STUDY Freshman Studio Art

SICHENG ZHOU University of Virginia B. S. Architecture Class of 2018 (434)-466-6070

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Sicheng Zhou University of Virginia B.S. Architecture Class of 2018

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