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BOATHOUSE Instructor Uli Dangel Spring 2012

Each year, the Austin Rowing Club hosts three rowing competitions on Town Lake, which attracts hundreds of Austinites. This rowing center marks the starting line for the competitions and also provides seating space for spectators. The building is located on the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail to maximize interaction with the public user groups. An open seating area is provided on the waterfront to encourage the public to closely engage in the sport.

process plans Traditionally, rowers were provided with exclusive clubrooms and spaces that were separated from the public. However, in this boathouse, interaction between the two user groups is encouraged by creating points of intersection and friction at the nodes, where core functions are placed. section aa’


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AQUALAB 3014 Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow Instructor Kory Bieg Spring 2014

Year 3014 - World population reaches 14 billion and demand for food doubles from a millenium ago. Genetically modified (GM) foods are are now commonplace, ever since FDA approved sales of the first GM food, GM Salmon. GM Salmon mature in half the amount of time required by conventionally-grown salmon, and this has resulted in a rapid increase of the aquaculture industry. As a result, multiple bioengineering, infrastructure, and aquaculture companies collaborate to promote a new type of community in which the functions of a bioengineering laboratory, fish farm, and worker housing are combined into one unit. The “Aqualab� units are located in shallow waters near the coast and aggregated to form communities that promote collaboration and production. Community


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CAMPUS BIOLAB Instructor Agus Rusli Fall 2012

Interdisciplinary interaction allows better science. Laboratories are no longer spaces where scientists ponder alone in their office for days without seeing sunlight. Ideas are better sparked when a biologist converses over an elevator ride with an electrical engineer; when a chemist overhears a group of neuroscientists’ discussion over lunch. So what promotes interaction in a laboratory? To answer this question, I studied interaction mechanisms between cells. In cellular science, cell-to-cell interaction occurs through one of four commands: compact, repel, overlap, and project. I hypothesized that a lab module behaves like a cell. Therefore, when the four commands are applied to lab modules, there will be interaction in the laboratory.





Traditionally, classrooms occupy a separate wing. I chose to modulate the classrooms and disperse them among the labs to increase friction among students and scientists.

Most labs have one large atrium at the entrance. I elongated the atium along its axis to encourage interaction from one end of the building to the other.

In generic labs, the principle investigator’s office is separated from scientists’ offices. To create more friction among the two, I combined the two offices.

In generic labs, the wet lab bench and support space are linearly placed on a 1:1 relationship. I combined the support space for two lab units.


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1. loading dock 2. entry staircase 3. library 4. lab support 5. wet lab 6. courtyard 7. meeting rooms 8. lounge 9. open floor workspace

Instructor Nichole Wiedemann Spring 2011


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New housing units typically adopt the character of the exising city by sharing the same orientation, program, or aesthetics. The neighborhood around the site on Airport Boulevard had adopted the historic grid of downtown Austin. However, before uncon-ditionally adopting cues from the city, there is a need to assess the needs of local residents and plan according to their needs. I proposed that the neighborhood for this project should adopt a new fabric: one that respects the north-south solar orientation. The new grid allows the housing units to receive maximum solar benefits. It also provides a contrast in the neighborhood which might serve to activate the space. Parallel pathways that extend from one end of the site to the other serve to weave the new fabric into the old.





rue des suisses precedent diagrams of how a social housing complex by herzog & de meuron weaves itself into an existing neighborhood housing on airport blvd grid

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maximizing porosity housing units are organized with respect to view corridors and to maximize open space. the number of units decreases as the number of floors increases. 16 units

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study models the project was developed through models made at three scales: the community, building and individual.


ANALOG TO DIGITAL Instructor Marla Smith Fall 2010

Form follows function. This famous statement applies not only to architecture but also to seemingly mundane objects, as well. In order to wholly understand the form of a sandal, I observed the geometry and negative spaces of a shoe by processing its form through various media such as sketching, digital modelling, technical drawing, and lasercutting.

1. Sketch In the first process of hand drawing the plan and elevations of the shoe, I found the inherent geometry of the shoe. 2. AutoCAD Understanding the geometry of the shoe helped streamline the AutoCAD tracing.

3. Rhinoceros

4. Revit

The CAD file was imported into Rhinoceros and modeled. In order to observe the negative spaces of the shoe, the object mass was then subtracted from a 3x3x3 grid of cubes.

The model was then imported into Revit to obtain a set of section and elevation drawings.

5. Unfold

6. Addition

The cubes were “unfolded� then lasercut to make a physical model.

An additional object was added to the cubes to define the openings.


BIRD BLIND Instructor Clay Shortall Spring 2010

Dozens of bird species migrate from South America through the Austin Flyway each year. Hornsby Bend, located in southeast Austin, is a popular stop for birds as well as bird watchers to stop by. This project is an exploration of forms for a bird blind inspired by birds themselves.

The structure of a bird and its feather patterns were studied in detail. This study led to the use of a diagrid structure that could be stretched or compressed to provide a variety of “windows� for birders.





The patterns from the feathers were abstracted then re-expressed using paper. The overall form expresses the movement of a bird’s wing .


WOODSTOCK ANNEX Joel Sanders Architect Fall 2013, Internship

Facing an existing public library in Woodstock, NY, this additional community building was sited on a sloping area adjacent to a natural creek. My role in the project was to build a digital model with Rhino, then make a physical model to be used to explore formal options and to present to the board of Woodstock for fundraising. Afterwards, I helped complete the Design Development drawing set - in particular, by working on interior and exterior elevations and sections. I also aided in gathering material samples, researching furniture options, and preparing presentation slides.

The Rhino model was physically modelled to allow closer examination of spaces and modify the design by exploring different proportion and circulation options.

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Changes in the model were explored in more detail by modifying plan drawings. The Rhino model was used as a basis for producing interior and exterior elevation and section drawings. Producing these drawings required coordination, organization, and precision.

Ramp Option 1

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EDUCATION University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas | 2008 - 2014 • Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Architectural Engineering • Major GPA: 3.8 • Coursework: Design of Energy Efficient & Healthy Buildings, Steel Design, Concrete Materials, Project Management & Economics, HVAC Design, Structural Analysis, Site Design Emerging Technologies Study Abroad Program London, UK | Summer 2011 • Collaborated with a structural engineer from Arup to research the long-span prefab steel truss structural system, 1,200 tension pile foundation, as well as innovative technologies that expedited the construction schedule of the 2012 Olympic Aquatics Center

WORK EXPERIENCE Joel Sanders Architect New York, NY | Jun 2013 - Jan 2014 • Explored design options for massing and circulation using Rhinoceros, made a 1/8”=1’ physical model for fundraising presentation, drafted interior/exterior elevations and sections during the Design Development phase of a library annex project in Woodstock, NY • Performed initial survey, researched and collected material samples, prepared cut sheets, and helped revise Construction Documents for high-end residential renovation project in NYC • Promoted firm as part of marketing department through social media, press and university outreach, award submissions, updating website and formatting brochures using new master template • Assembled RFPs / RFQs by coordinating with marketing director, architects, contractors and consultants Iaan Group Architects Seoul, South Korea | Summer 2010 • Participated in the Schematic Design of a 5,000 m2 mixed-use building in Incheon, South Korea by making Sketchup and foam models, creating conceptual diagrams, assembling Powerpoint slides for client presentation, and researching sustainable geothermal systems • Drafted site plan in AutoCAD for an apartment-style electronics factory, calculated gross and net floor areas and ratios, and enhanced Presentation Drawings using Illustrator and Photoshop

AWARDS AIA Austin Student Design Award 2014 • Winning project, AquaLab 3014, received highest recognition and scholarship among all AIAS projects in Austin UTSOA Student Design Excellence Award Recipient in 2010; Nominee in 2009 and 2012 • Winning project was chosen among nominees from each studio and recognized for its “high quality and substance that represents a wide range of disciplinary discourse” present at the school Distinguished College Scholar / Dean’s List 2010

EXTRACURRICULAR INVOLVEMENT Sol Design Lab August 2012 - June 2013 • Actively participated in the design and installation of mobile solar charging power stations located on campus and in downtown Austin; learned firsthand how photovoltaic solar panels are wired and fabricated Project Reach Out 2009 - 2010 • Collaborated with nonprofit organizations and student organization representatives to plan biannual city-wide volunteer events that benefit the community; led the Promotions Team to gather sponsors and volunteers

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Software • Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Rhinoceros, Autodesk 3ds Max, AutoCAD, Revit, Mudbox, ArcGIS, Sketchup, Microsoft Office Physical Modeling • Trained and proficient in Lasercutting, CNC Routing, 3D Printing; experienced in modeling with paper, wood, plexiglas, plaster, foam with a high level of craft Hand Drawing • Graphite, Charcoal, Color pencil, Pastel, Watercolor



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Warren Group Architects McAllen, Texas | Summer 2009 • Demonstrated strong organizational and communication skills by providing secretarial/administrative support • Shadowed architects and interior designer, researched local building and fire codes, aided in model making

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