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â€œI have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.â€?
- Leonardo de Vinci
I received a BA in Communications and International Studies from the University of Utah. My desire to travel and study art and culture took me abroad to places such as Italy, Costa Rica, and Chile. These experiences became a pallet for my design work. I’m a recent graduate from the University of Colorado, Denver, holding a Masters of Architecture degree and Design Build certificate. In partnership with Design Build Bluff’s class of 2010 we were awarded “Young Architects Award for Built Architecture” by AIA Colorado. As a threetime AmeriCorps member since 2010, I have volunteered over 2,800 hours in design and construction services leading to the completion of four residential projects. I believe experiential education will lead to my ultimate success as an architect. My most recent work was with Design Build Bluff as an intern architect, assisting and supervising University of Colorado graduate architecture students in design build construction. My professional goals are to obtain an architectural license and to continue volunteering locally and internationally. My inspiration comes from nature and exploring new places around the corner and around the world. Off the drawing board you will find me in the mountains skiing, biking, rock climbing, and hiking.
Critic: Rick Sommerfeld, summer 2010 Location: Bluff, Utah (Navajo reservation) Program: Residence for Maxine and Maruice Begay Square Footage: 1,140 Project Description: DesignBuildBLUFF is a non-profit that gives graduate architecture students the chance to design and build a new home for a deserving Navajo family in Bluff, Utah. Status: Built
Critic: Rick Sommerfeld, spring 2011 Location: Kit Carson, Colorado Program: Affordable downtown housing Square Footage: 1,200 Project Description: In partnership with Eric Sechrist. We designed affordable and profitable housing for Kit Carsonâ€™s main street. Status: Under construction
Critic: Matt Shea, spring comprehensive studio 2011 Location: Denver, Colorado Program: Recreation facility for community use Square Footage: 50,0000 Project Description: In partnership with Jessica Garfin. The Urban Activity Rec Center is centrally located near downtown Denver and Cherry Creek bike path. A major feature of the rec center is an open outdoor space that offers users views of Cherry Creek, the Denver skyline, and the mountains.
Critic: Keith Loftin, spring 2010 Location: Red Rock Canyon, Colorado orado Program: High Altitude Research Station Square Footage: 10,000 Project Description: The research station, an innovative and idea generating source for new technology, is designed to allow for the building parts to coexist in a symbiotic relationship with thnatural setting.
Model Building Hand Rendering AutoCAD Photoshop Construction
Model Building Hand Rendering AutoCAD Revit
Model Building Revit Photoshop
Hand Drawing Illustrator
DRAWING AS THINKING
BLUFF DesignBuildBLUFF DesignBu ild ldBLUFF is a non-profit non-profit that gives graduate architecture students the chance to design and build a new home for a deserving Navajo family in Bluff, Utah. INSTRUCTORS: Rick Sommerfled and Hank Louis PROJECT: 22 graduate students from the University of Colorado, Denver designed and built a home for Maxine and Maurice Begay on Utahâ€™s Navajo reservation. PROCESS: The summer was spent designing in groups. From those designs the class chose three to be presented to our client, one of which was my partner Eric Sechristâ€™s and my own. Although Maxine did not chose ours, Eric and I did help in the development of the final design. CONTRIBUTION: I was leader of the electrical group where my partner and I devceloped an electrical plan, wired the house, and installed lighting fixtures, some of which we made from local and found materials. I was also part of the bathroom team, contributing to design and construction. Throughout the semester I worked with many of the building teams and was especially pleased to help build the less-than-traditional rammed earth walls.
Design The studio was structured as a design competition. The design occurred over the summer and construction followed in the fall semester. Following two visits to the desert to interview our client and visit the site, our class of 22 divided into ten groups to design what each thought would be the best home for Maxine and Maurice Begay. At the end of the summer the class voted on the top three designs to be presented to the clients. My design partner Eric Sechrist and I were one of the chosen few to have an opportunity to present to Maxine and Maurice. Our design was based on the clientsâ€™ needs and a realistic construction time frame. The cultural aspects of Navajo beliefs became the greatest design driver, perhaps the most significant was an east facing entry.
DESIGN TEAM Mark Olsen George Kincaid Nina Afshar Amy Beresford Katie Carleo Amber Danzl Jessica Garfin Dominic Herrera Wren Hoffmann Matthew Joiner Peter Lutz Emily Martin Cayla McConnell Joshua Paulsen Tina Pruett Nik Rael Matthew Rennert Lisa Robins Jonah Rogin Eric Sechrist Mike Sullivan Jocelyn Turkowski
Build In the end another team’s design was chosen by Maxine. (Eric and I were fortunate to have the experience of designing for a real client.) The design chosen by Maxine eventually became known as the “Windcatcher house,” based on a passive cooling design employed for centuries in the Middle-East. The clearstory windows and rammed earth walls contribute to the heating and cooling of the home.
SUMMER AIR FLOW
After establishing design ideals, the class of 22 University of Colorado students created a construction schedule and list of materials. Many materials came from donors and fundraising. By the time the house was completed in December 2010, every student had personally contributed to the design of the house. Some of my contributions are displayed on the following pages.
“Windcatcher house” personal contribution
Hanging chandelier made of reclaimed materials
“Windcatcher house” personal contribution
Sconce lighting made of wire and local tamarisk tree
“Windcatcher house” personal contribution
Bathroom floor plan
Shower construction: Blueboard was applied to 2x4s used to build out the shower wall. Green plaster was applied to shower walls and slate tile to the shower pan. Reclaimed coated metal was welded together to create shower door frame. Project Partner: Emily Martin
â€œWindcatcher houseâ€? RAMMED EARTH WALLS Rammed earth walls provide excellent thermal mass. The thickness and density of the material means that heat (or cold) penetration of the wall is very slow and the internal temperature of the building remains relatively stable, with the end result a home feeling warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the outside temperature. Windows set inside rammed earth work as a passive solar system; in the winter, southern-facing windows welcome the sun, while overhangs shade these windows in the summer. Rammed earth walls are also load bearing and strong and durable in places such as a desert.
Earth Wall 22â€? thick
“Windcatcher house” AWARDS and PUBLICATIONS • 2012 - Architectural Record “Windcatcher House”, March • 2011 - Young Architects Award for 05.BA Built Architecture • 2011 - Young Architects Award People’s Choice “Windcatcher House” • 2011 - TreeHugger Magazine, Best Student Architecture Work • 2011 - TreeHugger Magazine, People’s Choice Award (currently showcased in Denver International Airport)
Kit Carson Affordable Housing Our assignment was to design affordable housing in downtown Kit Carson, Colorado. Financially supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, we worked closely with the city of Kit Carson and a contractor to meet the needs of the grant and desired design. Our design is a prototype for an affordable and modern housing solution. (currently under construction) INSTRUCTORS: Rick Sommerfeld, UCD department of Architecture and Planning Local Contact: Amy Johnson, Chairsperson of Kit Carson PROJECT: The town of Kit Carson, Colorado received a HUD (Housing and Urban Development) grant for 1 million dollars to build 5 homes to provide affordable housing options for its growing community. My partner, Eric Sechrist and I designed 1 of the 5 homes. PROCESS: Through site and neighborhood analysis we developed a schematic design. Once the design was approved by local officials, we worked closely with a contractor to address the budget and the process for completion of final construction documents.
LEVEL 1 PLAN
LEVEL 2 PLAN
Attributes •Board and batten siding •Low profile overhang •Three window sizes for pattern variation •Sliding window covers
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The assignment was to design a recreation center for downtown Denver.
DESIGN OBJECTIVES: •Merge activities of the rec center with those already taking place on the site •Maximize potential of Cherry Creek by creating a refuge in the middle of the city •Accesibility to commuters and users from the metro downtown •Sustainable practices through builing systems and landscaping INSTRUCTOR: Matt Shea
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REVIT/ PHOTOSHOP/ 3DS MAX
STACKED PROGRAM 50,000 sq.ft. •MORE GREEN SPACE •VIEWS TO MTN. - CREEK - CITY
WRAP PERIMETER of SITE •FITS SITE and HEIGHT LIMIT •DEFINES EDGE BETWEEN CITY and PARK •MARKS REC ENTRANCE and GROUNDS •CONTINUATION of CITY
•BUILDING FOOTPRINT •PARK SPACE
FEWER VEHICLES •EASILY ACCESSED BY CHERRY CREEK BIKE PATH •CLOSE PROXIMITY TO DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS
•NOISE REDUCTION •MITIGATES HEAT ISLAND EFFECT •HABITAT for WILDLIFE •INSULATIVE
SOUTH SIDE CLEARSTORY and EXTERIOR SHADES •WINTER SOLAR GAIN •CONNECTION TO PARK
section C swimming
F2 section B lounge
F1 section A climbing wall
Built Model 1’w/2’L/3’H
HIGH ALTITUDE RESEARCH CENTER The studio assignment was to design a High Altitude Research Station within Red Rock Canyon park, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Park’s Recreations and Cultural Board has determined that a park facility with information, guides, and services would be an excellent draw and support for the park. The relatively recent development of environmental tourism has suggested that the this facility could double as a research station dealing with strategies for growing various kinds of food in this high and dry climate. The client would like a facility that “expresses” and “belongs” to the place.
DRAWING as THINKING A note on drawings; One of the pedagogical goals of this studio was the exploravtion of design through drawing. All design and presentation drawing was done by hand using a graphite on trace paper or vellum using a technique based on Colin Rowe’s “shaky hand” style. The original drawings measured 36 by 24 and have been reproduced in their original monochrome to preserve the integrity of the process.
Living Rock Walls •Thermal Mass •Supports indoor plant life Eco Roofs •Rainwater catchment for plants •Connection between roof and landscape •A place for Research Station to grow edible plants •Promotes animal habitat
Florence, Italy - watercolor 16”/22”
“the old west” - watercolor 18”/22”
“the great depression” - watercolor 14”/22”
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