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Conceived as a part of a larger Master Plan that would include housing, hotels, and the formation of a large lake for leisure activities, the Wuhan Shimao Carnival is 500,000 m² mall - a stand out attraction and a draw for people from all over China. The mall itself will incorporate a large central dome housing an Amusement Park. Additionally there is a lagoon with waterfront shops and activities and a ferris wheel. The mall shops are broken into 4 large zones including 30,000 sq. m. of outdoor village. Also integrated into the main mall are 2 hotel towers for visitors to the mall. As project liaison for Wuhan Shimao Carnival, it was my responsibility to be in constant contact with our Shanghai office - exchanging drawings, reviewing all information that came from our office in Shanghai and from the client. I would issue instructions to our office as to design changes and talking points that needed to be discussed with the client. b u i l d i n g f o o t p r i n t : 174 0 0 0 m ²

wuhan shimao carnival Wuhan, China Altoon & Porter Architects.

In February of 2010 I was working with a good

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friend, Behn Samareh of Plasis Design. He was asked to devise a proposal for an Installation for the 2010 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Though I was unable to stay on for the whole project, I designed and put together the initial project proposal. With Behn I was given many opportunites to practice my graphic design and publishing skills. This presentation allowed me to build on those skills. We started off with several different ideas for the project, eventually narrowing it down to the concept of the Crane, which incorporated so many of the values that we wanted to express with our installation.

coachella crane proposal Coachella, California Plasis Design / Crimson Collective

How do cities change over time? This was the impetus for the interactive art installation entitled “City Roller� which I worked on in March of 2011. The mission was to create an interactive installation for kids to explore and understand the changing Urban landscape of LA in the last 100 years in the downtown area. For each year a 3D digital model of the city was constructed and transposed onto a cylinder. The cylinder was then segmented into 1/4 inch slices which were laser cut and assembled to create a physical model of the cylinder containing the urban fabric and the buildings as inverse impressions on its surface. Each cylinder is then rolled across a bed of sand to create an impression of the city building fabric for the given time period.

city roller Los Angeles, California Plasis Design / Crimson Collective

There is an area of Dublin, Ireland, known as East Wall. Historically, the East Wall has been a working class area. The homes in the area were built for the dockworkers for the nearby Port of Dublin. As one of the last areas of Dublin to

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fall prey to the phenomenon of gentrification, East Wall is only just now beginning to feel the effects of a new class of people infiltrating the area. In the center of this mesh of cultures and changes in East Wall is a sad and dilapidated building known as the East Wall Community Center. One of the principle effects of gentrification is to create a great divide between the different classes in an area. I intend to use the site of this community center to design a new community focus that will attempt to strengthen the community in respect to all these changes. I hope to encourage a greater mixing of the separate groups in East Wall to create a stronger neighborhood for all who inhabit it.

east wall sports center Dublin, Ireland Architectural Thesis, Cal Poly Pomona

This project was one I completed for a topic studio at Cal Poly Pomona in which the idea was to design for the fourth dimension. That is to say, the course was intended as a look at flexible living environments, ones that could change and adapt. In order to capture this design strategy best, we used 3ds Max to create adaptable parametric living spaces. My project was developed as a solution to living in a small space - the space, a 350 sq. ft. apartment, was given to us from our instructor at the beginning. We were required to design the space for 2.5 people. My design was for a series of flexible furniture pieces which would inhabit the space but allow for multiple uses in one place, i.e. you can’t work while you sleep, so why not share those functions in one space?

livable exible furniture Parametric Space Studio, Cal Poly Pomona

I spent over 5 years living in Dublin, Ireland. During that time, my business partner Dennis Muldoon and I decided to buy a house specifically for the purposes of renovation and investment. In 2004 Dennis and I bought a house in the center of Dublin, in East Wall. (It was my experiences with the neighborhood that led me to choose it for my architectural thesis.) We spent approximately 5 years renovating the house ourselves and with the help of various subcontractors. The home was an 1850s Victorian terraced house, known as a “2 up 2 down” for it consisted of only 4 rooms plus an extension that was added on later. We redesigned the house to incorporate an upstairs restroom between the two bedrooms and a 1/2 bath under the stairs. Our improvements also included pouring insulated






windows, and repairing or replacing some of the original Victorian features.



First fix electrical and plumbing to existing kitchen extension as per drawing including provisions for radiator, gas boiler, gas hob, electric oven, kitchen sink, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and number of double sockets above worktop to be determined.



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Dublin, Ireland Siobhan Duran / Dennis Muldoon

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I started at CCH in 2003 and began working on

several high end homes already under

construction. This particular home, belonging to Cliff & Wendy Beirne was only at tender stage and I had the opportunity to oversee the progress of the house from tender to practical completion. Though I didn’t design the house myself - while working on the house I did have the opportunity to design certain aspects of the project. The front entrance, for example, was originally a curved copper roof with steel trellis supports, as the client didn’t feel it was in keeping with the rest of the house, I designed a faceted slate roof with timber posts which proved the solution the client was looking for.

beirne house County Kilkenny, Ireland CCH Architects, Dubllin

This project was one I completed in my third year at UC Berkeley. The project was to be a visitor’s center located along a path to the ruins of the Gran Quivira Indian settlement in New Mexico.

The center needed to incorporate a

museum, an audio/visual room, offices, dining area and bathrooms. The starting point of my design was my consideration of the extreme and opposite weather conditions of the Gran Quivira New Mexico area where this visitor’s center is to be located.

Historically, the strong heat and

contrasting cold has influenced the architecture of many of the cultures inhabiting the area. My intention was to explore the nature of these two opposite conditions, by having a building that had a strong protective face toward the sun and the wind, and an open, light side toward the mountain and the cooler, northern light. It was my intention that this building be involved with the landscape - an oasis that protects you along your journey toward the Gran Quivira ruins. The flow of the building was guided by the flow of the path itself.

visitor’s center Gran Quivira, New Mexico UC Berkeley Design Studio

At the firm of Madeline Speer Associates in San Francisco, the majority of the projects that I handled were high end boutiques for companies such as Gucci, Hermes, and Bulgari. During my employment at MSA, I coordinated design and construction of over 15 duty free boutiques. Design guidelines were layed out by the companies, but design specifics for each boutiqe were usually carried out by myself and my firm. In these shops for the new International terminal at San Francisco International Airpor t the elevations, lighting layouts, fixture details, and various other design aspects were left to my design discretion.

duty free boutiques San Francisco International Airport Madeline Speer Associates

Though I have many interests and hobbies,

At times I have had the opportunity to do

such as music and reading, I also quite enjoy

contract work as a set designer for commercials.

designing and fashioning silver jewelry. I don’t

This commercial was for Chevy trucks and it

have much formal silver smithing instruction, so

required a “manly and rustic” lodge design.

my pieces generally have a rough organic feel. Set Design work is an exciting opportunity as it allows me to explore another side of architecture

I currently have pieces for sale on Etsy.

and design. It’s fun to have the freedom to make space and design without the traditional limits of building codes and structural considerations.

jewelry design

set design



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