GEMMA LIGHT FIXTURE
study abroad 2017
BRITAIN, BARCELONA, AND BEYOND
kitchen and bath
02 04 06 08
THE SOCIAL STATION GROUP PROJECT
2016 AND 2017 GROUP PROJECT
THE OPTERA ACADEMY
01 R E N D E RI NG s op h om ore
This rendering project is the culmination of my hand rendering skills learned in this class. I selected this space to render because of the rich color and the depth that is created by the textiles and the architectural elements, like the built ins. I often find myself personally drawn to moody design; spaces that have dimension and interest. This apartment looks like one of a well-traveled person, which is one thing I aspire to be one day. I have a special place in my heart for art. I have studied art for a number of years but it was not until I took this rendering class that I truly gained an understanding of value, hue, shadow and depth. I had worked well in the past with one, two, and three dimensional objects. However, after creating these spaces with my own two hands, it triggered some type of code where what I see in the physical world can be translated into pages of drawings and notes. This skill has helped me when custom building furniture in other projects, creating depth and dimension in renderings, and ultimately giving me the confidence to not be afraid of using my hands to work through design problems that may not be solved by a computer.
Urban Comforts - Carter Smith Residence This lustful space is the epitome of apartment living. Some may say that apartment living is rough, but in this flat, it is lavish. It boasts of a lush color palette and fluid textiles. These factors soften the interior architecture, like the exposed beams. Large windows warm the room, while giving adequate lighting for a space dedicated to study. The tight quarters are hidden by the vast amount of built-in storage and the moody task lighting plays up the sultry vibes emanating from this reading nook.
Materials Used: velum, watercolor paper, pastels, markers, colored pencils, varying led pencils, pen, masking fluid. Software Used: Adobe Photoshop
P R O F ESSI ON A L PR A C T I CE jun i or
NEXT Workspace - This project was created with innovation in mind. Blue Ocean is a business term that means to create a new market and set a new normal above competitors. I wanted these innovators to have a space that gave them flexibility, all while literally embodying the color scheme of the ocean. I definitely played this project a little too safe because it was my first time using Revit. I remember being extremely intimidated by the software. However, as I have continued to use it and challenge myself, I have grown. While working on this project I learned that design is more than finishes and fabrics; that the space needs to be navigable and the design deliberate. This was also the project where I learned the importance of space planning and codes. The way personal space and safety of the occupants effects design was something that did not seem tangible until this project. Even though I look at this project now and see imperfections, I know that this project was an important learning experience.
Concept Statement The NEXT firm is interested in building a community that adapts, ventures, and Inspires. They are forerunners in the design world; embodying the blue ocean strategy and embracing the unknown of the future. Just like the literal ocean, this space will buoy up the NEXT team so they may continue to break down industry barriers.
Furniture and Finishes Desks a
Steelcase Bivi Benching Unit
Steelcase Coalesse Bindu Chair
Steelcase Migration Desk
Private Office Steelcase Coalesse CH 401 Chair
Steelcase Coalesse CH 468 Chair
Steelcase Coalesse Millbrae Sofa
Work CafĂŠ g
Steelcase Coalesse Lagunitas Seating
Steelcase Coalesse Enea Lottus Stool
Conf. Rooms i
Steelcase QiVi Task Chair
Steelcase Convene Conference Table
Design Library k
OFS Riff Table
Trilux 5051 Pendant Luminaire
Visa Lighting Linear Art Sconce
Muerice Rectangular Chandelier
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop, Revit, PowerPoint
C O M M E RCI A L jun i or
GEMMA- The inspiration for this project came from my fascination with geology. Because the parameters of the lighting project was a floor-based lighting luminaire, I turned to nature to see what gets its strength from the earth. Rare gems and crystals seemed to fit perfectly due to their growth pattern, and also they can beautifully transmit light due to their transparency. This let to a number of ideas, ultimately leading to what is presented in my portfolio. This project pushed me in terms of custom design. My professor insisted that we show our work on how it is constructed, saying that if you are asking someone else to build it, there have to be drawings to show them how. This was great advice that I have taken to heart so that when creating custom elements in future projects, remembering that often the only communication that we have with our team members are our drawings. It was also monumental because I braved building it in the modeling side of Revit that can often be restrictive and trying.
A- ACRYLITE ACRYLIC
E- LUMENS SENSOR (USED
TO MONITOR BRIGHTNESS IN ROOM AND AUTO-ADJUST LIGHTING)
B- 3 GAUGE ALUMINUM BASE AND CYLINDRICAL PILLAR.
F- ELECTRICAL BOX (WHERE THE WIRES
C- MIRROR MATERIAL
ARE SOLDERED, THE WIRELESS RECIEVER SITS, WHERE THE ARDUINO SENSOR SITS, ETC.)
(REFLECT DIFFUSED LIGHT)
TOP VIEW OF BASE – MADE FROM .2” THICK T6-ALUMINUM THAT IS FIRST STAMPED AS SHOWN
D- RGB LED STRIPS
(SUSTAINABLE, LOW HEAT EMITTANCE)
D A B
BEND PATTERN – THE DASHED LINES REPRESENT 90° BENDS WITH A .25” RADIUS TO CREATE THE FINAL BOX SHAPE
SIDE PANELS ALLOW EASY ACCESS FOR BASE INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop, Revit, PowerPoint
THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE GEMMA LIGHT FIXTURE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE USE OF RGB LED STRIPS. THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE STRIPS WRAPPED AROUND THE CYLINDER, THEY CAN BE PROGRAMMED WITH THE WIRELESS ARDUINO TO RENDER DIFFERENT COLORS SIMULTANEOUSLY CREATING THE GRADIATED APPEARANCE. THAT COUPLED WITH THE DIFFUSED LIGHT PROVIDED BY THE ACRYLITE ACRYLIC RESIN, THERE IS A SOFT GLOW ABOUT THIS ENCHANTING LUMINAIRE.
AS IN NATURE, THE LUMINAIRE GEMMA IS FORMED BY PRESSURE, NATURAL ELEMENTS, AND CONSTANT CHANGE. AS DESIGNERS, WE SHOULD FEEL A RESPONSIBILITY TO PRODUCE PRODUCTS THAT ARE CHANGING THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER. BY USING RGB LED LIGHTING, WE ARE CONSUMING LESS ENERGY IN ADDITION TO MAKING A BEAUTIFUL RECREATION OF ONE OF NATURE’S RAW WONDERS. THE RGB LED LIGHTING PROVIDES OPTIMAL COLOR RENDERING THAT CAN CHANGE WITH THE NEEDS OF THE MUSEUM WHILE MAINTAINING A CONSTANT LUMINOSITY AT ANY TIME OF DAY OR NIGHT. THIS LIGHT FIXTURE IS BOTH SOPHISTICATED AND FUN, GIVING A UNIQUELY DIVINE EXPERIENCE IN ONE OF THE WEST COAST’S MOST PROMINENT ART MUSEUMS.
CO M M ERCI AL jun i or
The Social Station - This project was inspired by the simple cluster homes constructed in Norway. Similar to the way these communities flourish when they work together, The Social Station was thought to be the perfect breeding ground for creative and innovative thinking with the help of the network found within the multi-host environment. This project is the product of a collaborative partnership between myself and a fellow student. Working in this partnership was enlightening. There was open communication and mutual respect when discussing ideation and brainstorming, there was even efforts in terms of work load. It was a positive group experience that led to growth and knowledge shared.
illage... S O C I A L S TAT I O N
IT TAKES A
The Social Station is defining a new world of its own. This chameleon space embraces the “party in the front, business in the back” mantra as apart of it’s core beliefs. In order to provide consumers with cutting edge products, tenants need a workplace that allows them to express creativity in a safe and controlled environment; yet maintain the white-collar aspects of their ventures as well. The Social Station provides the diversity necessary for these startup companies to reach their highest heights. There are a number of different co-working spaces where tenants can hustle on building, tuning, and promoting their business. They also have communal areas where they may want to blow off some steam. After icing their table-tennis elbow in the cafe, they can collaborate with other entrepreneurs, charm potential investors, or build prototypes of their products. The capabilities of this building do not end once the daily grind is done. Once the sun goes down, This space transforms into a hip hub for functions. Tenants can feel safe knowing that their product is safe, while being secretly marketed to the patrons of such events. The Social Station is where greatness grows, from infancy to adulthood. It takes a village to grow a company.
IDEATION & INSPIRATION
FURNITURE & MATERIALS
My Contributions: Branding, project brainstorming, final presentation, materials and furniture selection, schedules, model building, custom elements, media presentation. Software Used: Revit, SketchUp, Adobe Suite, PowerPoint
O FLO RP LAN
N E E
Entrance Communal Lounge Collaboration Room Co-Working Office Space Head Down Room Phone Room Maker Space Kitchen Managerâ€™s Office CafĂŠ/Event Space Retail Displays Storage Rooms
A B C D E F G H J K M N
RESEARCH Biophilic Design The Social Station is a place where not only businesses can grow. The real plants incorporated into this design serve two purposes: first, There is research that shows employees are more productive when in nature and second, the plants improve the indoor air quality. Hierarchy of Needs Maslowâ€™s Hierarchy of Needs has proven that in order for humans to be motivated and self-actualize, there are certain needs that need to be met. By providing the tenants and visitors with a safe and secure environment, a kitchen, and a social atmosphere for them to collaborate, they now can progress on to great things in the business/retail world. Sustainability This center encompasses sustainable design with its green waste system, recycled wood used for the village shops, and a incentive to avoid further pollution by car transportation. A careful selection of materials and furniture ensures that the only imprint these tenants will be leaving on the environment is their innovative and world-changing ideas
STUDY ABROAD jun i or
BRITAIN, BARCELONA, AND BEYOND - Study Abroad has had a profound impact on me, both as a designer, and individually. We Started our journey in Ireland, moved along to Scotland and England, then dropped down to Spain, and with some classmates, stayed a few additional days to visit Portugal and France. Each place offered diversity and inspiration. I found a renewed love for design and the effects that it can have on history. I cannot express how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to visit the buildings and interiors that I have spent years studying in school.
MAY 03 22 TO
Sitting in front of the Hill house, in a quiet suburban neighborhood where all you can hear is the rustling of leaves and the chatter of other students. This is the first moment on the trip where I have had the opportunity to sketch. It feels good to use my creative side after piling in other information all day. We visited the Glascow School of Art this morning and we got to see a number of original furniture pieces. It was an honor, as a student to get to step foot in a school that was created by one of the most brilliant minds in architectureâ€™s history. I was hoping we would get to go inside the old building, but due to renovations after the fire, that wasnâ€™t possible. After visiting a number of his buildings, as well as the University of Glascow, My love for Mackintosh and Scotland has only grown.
was the perfect introduction into the Spanish culture. The Art Nouveau style motifs on almost ever building’s facade immediately put Spain on the top of my favorites list. This city is beautiful. It is so unique in its layout, style and culture. It was something new and juxtaposed brilliantly against the historical architecture that we left behind in Great Britain. I loved the style there. Mopeds weaving around our bus, Latin music blasting from apartment balconies, and tan skin everywhere. Bring it on Spain. La Sagrada Familia: one of my favorite moments on the trip. We were the one of the first few tours into the Cathedral that morning. There was a stillness there, and as the morning light streamed through the stained glass, you couldn’t’ help but get emotional at the beauty of Gaudí’s work. It was almost Ethereal in nature as you stand in this stone building that has taken over a century to build, looking up. Thinking of a greater being. That was Gaudí’s intention. The German Pavilion : Mies Van Der Rohe is incredible. The Barcelona House was meaty and had context that I never really understood until our tour with an architect who worked at the firm that did the replication that stands in the originals place. That “de-constructed box” was artsy and cool.
06 C HA R R ETTE jun i or
DESIGN CHARRETTE - The 48 Hr. Interdisciplinary Charrette is a competition that spread school wide across various Design and Build disciplines. The teams are divided with a certain number of each field represented, and then a design challenge is issued that usually correlates with volunteer service to fabricate a building in Africa for community engagement. In the Design program, we are required to participate a minimum of two years. Both years that I participated, my team has received an award for our project. Each experience was different. The first one, I felt a more overwhelming sense of pressure from my teammates. I entered the second year as a senior and I wanted to ensure that no one on my team felt the way I had the last time that I participated. I Think that something more valuable than an award is the fact that Iâ€™ve had many opportunities to work in various groups and have learned how to appropriately communicate with others.
EDUARDO MONDLANE SECONDARY SCHOOL In partner with the NO POOR AMONG US organization
CONCEPT STATEMENT Project E-leaven has been created to provide the students at the Eduardo Mondlane Secondary School with three essentials: an elevated educational experience, safety and protection for the children, and support for their community and culture. We specifically designed the space with the children in mind, ensuring that they have a comfortable place to learn and study. All of the building materials, as well design choices were made to help foster their education in a space that they can take pride in.
Furniture was selected based on low cost and local access. We made a conscious effort to source local items only to save on shipping cost and to be sustainable- minded
My Contributions: Team branding, project brainstorming, final presentation, materials and furniture selection, schedules, renderings, media presentation. Software Used: Revit, Adobe Suite, Xcel, PowerPoint, and IMovie
2017 Nyafumba Legacy Library Lee Family Foundation & Hope 4 Kids International
Floor Plan Concept Statement
We wanted to create a space that will be used for reading, homework, and multimedia, all the while keeping versatility in mind. We were inspired by the colors that are currently being used throughout the village and built our palette off of them. We wanted to make sure that we could plan a multi-functional space that can be changed as the space develops. The â€œplusâ€? building creates privacy while maintaining an open concept. This design utilizes vented windows currently used in the village to regulate air flow and properly ventilate the building. We have specified a number of secure locations for the electronics to be placed in when not in use. Custom Elements create flexible, mobile furniture that can adapt to the needs of the Nyafumba Village.
My Contributions: Team Leader, project brainstorming, final presentation, materials and furniture selection, schedules, renderings, media presentation. Software Used: Revit, Adobe Suite, Xcel
K I TC H E N &B ATH sen i or
HABITAT HAVEN - Kitchen and Bath focus solely on kitchen and bath design. In this class we participated in a Wilsonart NKBA competition for Habitat for Humanity in New Jersey. I wanted to create a clean, organic place for this family to grow with their young children. There was a strict budget for the project, divided by each room. There were also specific needs that needed to be met. This made the designing a little more of a challenge, but it forced us students to get creative. I used Lumion for the first time in conjunction with my Revit/SketchUp Models. This was a great tool to learn and to understand to better the end resolutions of my projects.
KITCHEN ADJACENCY MATRIX KITCHEN FLOOR PLAN
Kitchen Sink Landing Service Storage Refrigerator
Software Used: Revit, SketchUp, Lumion, 2020, Adobe Suite, Xcel
ADJACENT WORK TRIANGLE
Stove/Oven Dishwasher Windows
BATH VISUAL DIAGRAM
Our job is to provide the Curtis Family with a safe and function bathroom that can be a haven for their family. LED can-lights have been selected to provide the family with plenty of light, not just for primping tasks, but also for general bathroom use. Kraftmaid was selected as the source of casework. It can be sourced locally, and still provides the clients with good quality. Wilsonart High Pressure Laminate was selected for a durable counter top. Porcelain Fixtures have been specified for durability in their space. A custom shower nook has been incorporated into the design to continue the concept to the shower and tie the space together, creating a zen sanctuary for the family.
BATH BUBBLE DIAGRAMS
SENIOR PROJECT sen i or
The Optera Academy - This is the senior capstone project that we spend two semesters working on. This year, we were given the opportunity to work with non-profit organizations and community partners of our choice. I chose to work with an organization called Girls Write Now and a local private school called La Europa Academy. I felt that there was a need for Girls to learn how to cope with the struggles of life in a healthy, creative way. This Private school has all of the core curriculum of an ordinary school, but places a large emphasis on Fine Arts. This project is heavily supported by research and based on my findings there is a need for a private schools for adolescent females in Ogdenâ€™s community. I do not recognize my own work as i reflect on the changes that have been made since last semester. I have never been more proud of a project and the growth that has taken place. Although this academy may not be built, it shows the potential that environments have on the psychological and physical health of the individuals that live in them.
O PT ER A
A Therapeutic Educational Fac CONCEPT STATEMENT Because the Optera Academy will be used by permanent residents, one of the most important factors in the design concept will be to make if feel like home for these girls. By incorporating their art throughout the building, it will create a sense of ownership. This idea will be reinforced by having their own rooms, and quiet spaces periodically through the school for personal reflection. All of their physical needs will be addressed with an on-site exercise facility, the health clinic, and multiple eating areas where their food can be controlled and monitored if needs be. A vibrant color scheme will be used on all three floors to create continuity in wayfinding and to evoke positive emotions within the school. The exterior of the building will have changes to better harvest he natural light that will be necessary for the studentâ€™s success. There also needs to be plenty of spaces where students can express themselves creativity. This concept is key to the success for this project. These girls need opportunities to find their voice and to grow amidst their adversities. Just as the name depicts, these girls will be prepared for any environment; they can become strong and resilient with wings to fly into the future.
AC A D EM Y
acility for At-Risk Adolescent Females
P patient T
COLOR THEORY Research shows in the developmental stages of adolescence that the colors blue, green and yellow have positive effects on the emotional state (Terwogt Hoeskma, 2001). This research was carefully considered when selecting the color palette for the space. While circulating vertically through the Thorstensen Building, the colors will transition from oranges and yellows, to greens and blues, and then to finally blues and purples. The palette is represented to the left.
There are studies that show that lighting, color, and content of structures can effect human wellness. One study for example, showed that lighting effects emotional and physical health of children. (Leach 2013, Zhou 2017). By incorporating daylight into the design of a structure, as well as using LED Lighting, children have a greater chance to experience physical and emotional well-being. Another study found that certain ages are drawn to specific colors because they correlate with emotions they experience or have relations with (Terwogt, 2001). Specific colors will be used throughout the space to instill emotional rest for the girls attending the Flora Academy. Researchers also found that when individuals have a good experiences with food cultured at targeted times of adolescence. It can help alleviate risk factors found in those who develop eating disorders (Rohde, 2015). Psychologists have had a high interest in art therapy in recent years and it has been uncovered that introducing art therapy to victims of abuse or assault enables them to connect with others, as well as to discover their own individuality (Rosen 2013). Art Therapy therefore should be incorporated into the curriculum of this academy. This research, combined with the an appropriate design plan can create a space the will enable this specific group of at-risk girls to flourish in any environment they may be placed in and to resiliently fight the battles of life.
The letter “O” and the letter “A” Combine to create the logo for the Optera Academy, which is a beetle. Optera is the scientific classification of insects with wings, thus symbolizing growth, transition, and freedom.
MATERIALS JUSTIFICATION Commercial grade fabrics were selected for the space to ensure that wear over the years is slowed as much as possible. This school also focuses on being self aware and the differences that individuals make on the world and people around them. Sustainable manufacturers were selected for this purpose. This is evident in the specification of Sherwin Williams Harmony paint which emits no VOCS, creating a healthy environment. We have also specified Mannington Carpet who makes a conscious effort to avoid using hard glues and chemicals when applying their product. The carpet tiles will be installed with their tile-tacs to forgo the use of carpet glue. Not only will this be beneficial for sustainable purposes, but it also will enable the client to replace individual carpet tiles when necessary.
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I have grown; changed for the better. The path to where I am at today has not been easy. There have been detours and trials that I never could have predicted 22 years ago, as a little girl with the hopes of being a designer. I have learned to be true to myself, to listen to my intuition, and that it is alright to learn and ask of others. I have learned that even when I fail, there are lessons to be learned there also. I have learned that there is much more to design than the picture that the world paints of this industry. And I have learned that I have so much more left to learn, but also that I have unique gift and qualities to offer this beautiful world. This is just the beginning of my path and I cannot wait for the discomfort and change that growth will bring to my journey.
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