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S a m u e l Le e Y e r k e U n d e r g r a d u a te A r c h i te ct u r e P o rt fo l i o

Design Philosophy Object buildings are not the answer. True brilliance of design lies in solutions that unite all the characteristics of a project. It is an architect’s responsibility to act as the mediator between these forces that shape the building. Some will be conflicting and others harmonious. To emphasize one at the expense of another is careless when we consider that WE design the human environment. I believe every building I create should view its image as only one part of a complex web of considerations that include how the building respects its surroundings and inspires its community. Sam Yerke Fifth-Year Undergraduate

Studio Projects

Study Abroad


Q u i c k C o nte nts

S t u d i o P r oj e c t s

Implanting itself between a 14th Century Basilca and 21st Century Pallazo, the atrium connects a deep history of Palladian order and harmony with contemporary theory.

Basilica Palladiana

Vicenza, Italy



Public Realm





Piazza dei Signori (1)





Piazza Museo (3)


Piazza delle Biade (2)

facade "containers"



Thresholds at the Corners




Facade Response

When a building is properly designed for its urban context it not only satisfies its own spatial requirements, but also those of the resulting public space. These contextual requirements include: creating enclosure using similar datum lines (above, left) and thresholds that eminate from piazza corners, eliminating areas where activity would be sparse (far left).

U r b a n C o nte x t

The Creation of Piazza Museo

Atrium Section BB

Staircase to Main Basilica Room

Program Alignment The site section compares the programmatic elements in relation to size and height from the piazze ground plane.To coincide with the large basilica room, the meeting rooms are connected through the atrium to the new addition, with public offices below and the Palladio Museum above.

Basilica Palladiana

Vicenza, Italy

Programmatic Section AA

Public Realm to Main Basilica Room

Basilica Main Room to Basement Auditorium and Palazzo Meeting Rooms

Palazzo Palladio Museum to Museum Auxillery

Arterial Atrium The building’s program requires connecting the basilica main room to a multitude of support spaces, consisting of meeting rooms, an auditorium and museum spaces. To make these transitions cohesive, the whole process is fed through the atrium space, where a system of platforms, bridges and elevators connects these building activites with the public realm.

A rte r i a l A t r i u m

At the intersection of mass transit and urban housing, wildlife creates its own niche, utilizing a forest plaza as a stepping stone to other habitats; while we appreciate native tree canopies and cleansing bioswales.

Transit-Oriented Diversity

Urban Housing Forest

Gresham, Oregon





Stormwater Management Natural landscape merges with the urban form though bioswales, vegetative roofs and retention wetlands to heighten awareness of both systems (above). Sidewalks integrate bioswales into the entry transition of the residential development while a series of vegetavive roofs and planters step down the housing terraces to the public wetland at the center of the site (below).

Habitat Transitions

Wildlife Cores and Corridors Street trees and bioswales work in concert with a network of tree cores to act as wildlife corridors for urban animals (above). Creating safe migration routes through the city is one aspect of preserving natural habitats on site, the second is achieving privacy for both animals and humans using natural processes such as rainwater and diverse vegetation types around live-work units and other public areas (below).

Bioswale Businesses

Landsacpe and Unit Layouts

Green Schemeing

Vegetative exteriors veil an outdoor center responsive to the site’s amenities, enabling the conservation and exploration of the surrounding natural systems.

Y o u t h O u td o o r C e nte r

Springfield, Oregon




Revit Remodel

Interactive Cisterns

Historic Climbing Wall

Rainwater Collection


The building is situated to capture the southern light filtering in the enveloping canopy while buffering heavy automobile traffic to the north. Historic elements and renewable water features are strategically placed throughout the building to educate youth about environmental issues.

Creekside Classroom

In the city built on the sea, the studio calls upon historical Venetian space planning while presenting a facade modern in materials but deriving from local orders.

Masieri Foundation

Venice, Italy

L i ve , W o r k , S l e e p , A r c h i te ct u r e

The plan derives from the combination of the surrounding building’s construction to create a pivoting column structure (above left). The facade responds to this pivot, leaving a “rift” space along the Grand Canal where glass balconies and boat moorings occur (above, previous page).The interior is laid out to simplify the complex shape of the site, placing the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms in a simple block on the west edge (above).

Studio / Living Spacesvv N




Presenting on the Balbi

Springing from a historic flour mill, an elementary school inhabits the steel icon floating over the Willamette River indicating the terminus of the downtown park systems while creating an anchor for public events and education.

ACSA Design Competition:

A d a pta b i l i t y i n S te e l

Portland, OR

G r o u p P r oj e c t




Site Conditions

G r o u p P r oj e c t

Classroom Configurations in Cantilever

Gathering Areas

W a te r f r o nt R e h a b i l i ta t i o n

Study Abroad

Italian medieval cities are recognized for their cohesive spatial planning. Here a city’s buildings and the public square -known as piazza- share an intimate relationship between solid and void.

I t a l i a n To w n F o r m S t u d i e s

Italy & Switzerland

Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca

Piazza Santo Spirito, Rome

Contra Camillo Benso, Vicenza

Piazza Santo Croce, Florence

Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca

Piazza Studies

A building’s characteristics play a major role in shaping the “street room” in which they reside. Height, entryways, window placement and datum-lines influence the feel of the space and therefore need to cooperate within their context.

Recognizing the importance of material use in building forms and details is easiest when your classroom includes over two centuries of historical architecture, where material are used as determinants of form, space and decoration.

E u r o p e a n M a te r i a l S t u d i e s

Florentine Housing

Italy & Switzerland

Basilica di Santo Stefano Cloister Detail

Universita della Svizzera Italiana Library Facade Detailv

Basilica Palladiana Andrea Palladio

Residence in Leis Peter Zumthor

Palazzo Valmarnan Braga Andrea Palladio

Pigfetta Residence Antoni Gaudi

Castle Vecchio Museum Carlos Scarpa

M a te r i a l S t u d i e s

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Objective I am a fifth-year undergad in the Architecture program at the University of Oregon. My skills reside in hand media and computer modeling with an emphaisis on pragmatism.

Education Degree B. Architecture, minor Business Admin. & Environmental Studies University of Oregon, Eugene OR. Cumulative GPA 3.83 Honors University of Oregon’s Dean’s List Walter Gordon Memorial Scholarship, UO Architecture Lyle P. Bartholomew Scholarship, UO Architecture Oregon Community Credit Union Scholarship

June 2012 Winter & Fall 2009 Fall 2010 2009 - 2010 2007 - 2011

Spring 2010 International Architecture Study Abroad Italy, Switzerland Town Form Study: Italian city planning, field sketchbook documentation Material & Detail Study: Roman construction through Swiss contemporary design

Proficiencies Revit, SketchUp, Hand Media, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Experience Jan. - April 2011 Freelance Graphics Assistant, Eugene, OR Professor Howard Davis, UO Arch. Dept. - Modifying and creating graphics for his book on vernacular housing. - Collaborating with professor on graphical compositions to best represent concepts. - Editing with AutoCad and extensive Illustrator work. Model Building Assistant, Portland OR Robert Oringdulph, The Design Collaborative - Building various sketch models for museum project iterations. - Generating spatial massing to test ideas and roof options.

Spring Break 2011

Student Business of Sustainability Panel Coordinator & Event Media Artist Jan. - April 2011 Groups 2011 HOPES Conference, UO - Developing panel topic focusing on energy programs and green rating systems. - Corresponding with professionals to speak on panel, organizing schedules. - Leading panel conversation and assisting speakers with presentations. - Creating logo, T-shirt graphics and pamphlet for event using InDesign & Illustrator. Sustainability Coordinator Ecological Design Center April 2009 - Present University of Oregon School of Architecture - Grant writing, collaborating with UO SRC officials to install Solar Hot Water System. - Maintaining student campus sustainability programs.

A r c h i te ct u r e R e s u m e


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Sam Yerke: Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio  

Summary of works as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon School of Architecture.

Sam Yerke: Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio  

Summary of works as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon School of Architecture.