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Sandra Schwartz | Research

body | form | space | architecture

ARCH 479: Independent Study in Architecture Fall 2008 Michael Ambrose, Assistant Professor

This study of the corporeal metaphor is an ongoing research

to diagram and abstract the body in motion. These

project that began fall semester of my senior year as an

abstractions were turned into a large-scaled installation,

Independent Study with Assistant Professor Michael Ambrose.

currently located in the Architecture Building at the University

Trials were conducted to investigate the sensory experience of

of Maryland, integrated within the structure and positioned

the body in motion and establish the architectural implications

along a main thoroughfare. The process took form from lines

of corporal/formal translation. I explored different media

of motion defined by the movements of joints in the human

such as drawing and photography (still and motion) as ways

body. Joints were treated as points traced over time.

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Thomas L. Schumacher Car Museum

ARCH 403: Studio IV, Spring 2009 Jennifer Carney, Lecturer

This car museum was designed so that it is symbiotic with the

visitors climb stairs to the elevated main gallery. The existing

existing landscape. The Rockville Civic Center is used for both

service road provides access to the second floor garage,

private and public events year round ranging from weddings

while the public ascends from the parking lot and path just

and school field trips, to the Annual Antique Car Show that

west of the museum.

transforms the large grassy area just east of the mansion into

The museum functions similarly to the Civic Center, as the

an outdoor gallery. There is a variance in topography over the

spaces within it can be transformed depending on the events.

site and this verticality is emphasized within the museum, as

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digital diagrams, partners: Sandra Schwartz and Anthony Maiolatesi

18� x 24� pencil on paper

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pencil and watercolor on paper

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pencil and watercolor on paper

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Solar Pavilion

ARCH 401: Studio II, Spring 2008 Nick Mansperger, Lecturer, Design Collective

Within the parameters of a 20ft by 20ft cube, four college

into the bedrooms during the day, and direct heat rising from

students need to have areas for study and areas of gathering.

the thermal floor at night. Though separated through privacy,

To facilitate this separation are interior windows. This

the bedroom areas feed off of the south facing functional

changing system allows for a dialogue between the different

gathering space, making this house work as an entity within

zones, whether privacy is needed. In response to the cold

its context.

climate of Minneapolis, MN, louvers in the windows direct light

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Sandra Schwartz | Beyond School

A Model For Aging in Place

AIAS/AARP Livable Communities Design Competition Entry, April 2009 Second Place, Entry present at AIA Convention and published in Crit Magazine Team: Sandra Schwartz, Alice Chiang, Daniel Reed and Anthony Maiolatesi

Our team of four took on the challenge to design for the future.

Our design emphasizes the context and how our community

The U.S. Census reports that by the year 2030, more than half

fits within the larger master plan of its neighborhood. A two

of all Americans will be over the age of 50 and one in every five

story public gym and wellness center was designed to foster

persons will be age 65 or older. A “Livable Community,� one that

the interaction between residents and their greater community.

is for all ages with appropriate housing, supportive community

Within the community careful attention was paid to the sequence

features and services and adequate mobility options, facilitating

of entry and arrangement of rooms to provide both natural

personal independence and the engagement of residents in

light and a sense of welcome.

civic and social life.

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Wood Sculpture

ARTT 333: Elements of Sculpture - Wood/Mixed Media, Spring 2008 Foon Sham, Professor

Left: This 5ft tall sculpture is a study of positive and negative space, and how to represent, and add a spatial quality to the face/vase figure-ground illusion. Using art as an expression of process, the cuts were made only once through long strips of wood, as each side became either the positive or negative. No glue was used to hold this project together, only pegs and gravity.

Right: Exploring the geometric properties of a cube

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Color Study - Exterior/Interior Space ARTT 343: Advanced Drawing, Summer 2008 Courtney Miller Bellairs, Senior Lecturer

This set of paintings explores the notion of metaphor within architectureal space through the use of color. The repetative structure of the hallway and the smoothness of the materials in Santiago Calatrava’s Milwaukee Museum of Art, parallel the structure and smooth petals of a flower.

Sandra Schwartz | Travel

Sketches in Italy

ARCH 448r and ARCH478o: Visual Analysis and Architectural Representation Summer 2008 Michael Ambrose, Assistant Professor, Issac Williams, Assistant Professor, Mark Ramrez of Square 134 Architects, Lecturer and Thomas L. Schumacher, Professor

A six week summer study abroad studying the methodology for design analysis, represented in two- and three- dimensional diagramming and investigating different types of medium and viepoints in drawing representation and visual communication.

Sandra Schwartz | Beyond School

Algorithmic Process - Typeface

ARCH 470: Explorations in Digital Media Fall 2009 Carl Lostritto, Lecturer

Allowing the process to drive the outcome, this exploration of a typeface involved creating algorithms that translate 2-d geometry into 3-d form. The designed algorithm therefore retains the topologies of the 2-d source material making the resultant form capture the essence of the geometric system. In my process the resultant form uses the geometries in a way that the source material is no longer legible as a typeface.

Sandra Schwartz | Digital Media

Event Mapping

ARCH 470: Explorations in Digital Media Fall 2009 Carl Lostritto, Lecturer

This project was an exploration in transmutational architecture

space. The path of the main object; the bowling ball and the

incorporating mapped data. A space that is designed for

turkey, was traced. Each trial was systematically altered by

specific events can have both events occuring simultaneously

changing the variable, the weight of the object, to produce a

along with a new “medium� event in which both otherwise

range. There was overlap in that each event has been taken

extremely different events can participate.

out of their contextual settings and each procedure occured

The two events of bowling and Thanknsgiving were each

in the same volume resulting in different paths of light.

evaluated and isolated within the same parameters and

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radius = B + B = b 4

radius = y+ (variable 2) = B (variable 3)

circle arc 1 arc 2 arc 3 arc 4

radius = A + A = a 4

radius = s 2



(variable 1)

circle arc 1 arc 2 arc 3 arc 4

points start

points start

x = s/2 y = s/2 z=0

grid B

x=0 y=0 z=0

grid A

Parametric Process - Ornament

This series of translations explored a source geometric

surface. In this controlled surface the source material became

ARCH 470: Explorations in Digital Media Fall 2009 Carl Lostritto, Lecturer

pattern. The geometry was broken down into a single block

a starting point taken in both directions to the extremes. In

that repeats itself endlessly. Within theis block, the 2-d

the next translation the effects of the resultant surface were

geometry was translated into a 3-d module giving spatial

modeled. This process of fabrication combined the act of

implications that break from the Euclidian planarity. This

cutting with pinching to form a volumetric space combining

translation was then parametrically controlled so that the

digital output with tacticle manipulation.

generated forms varied based on their position on the

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