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Personal Information

Sublimity in Nature:

Qing Cunzhen

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3: Graphic of Personal Disposition 4: Skills & Experience Overview

5-10: Conceptual Framework 10-18: Design Drawings

Contents & Disposition

Pages 19-28 19-24: Site Documentation/Analysis 25-28: Translation to Design

Community Center & Library

Project Location: Theodor Heuss Library, Berlin, Germany

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Canal Town Housing Prototype

Project Location: Qing Cunzhen Watertown, Shanghai, China

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Visceral, Site-Specific Engagement

Project Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield, MA

Resume, Qualifications

Pages 29-34 29-34: Design Elements


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St. Mary’s Parish

Professional Work

Gallery

41-42: Introduction 43-46: Design Drawings

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Photography/Graphic Design

Project Location: Varied locales, see image specific details

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Selected Projects

Project Location: Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

Project Location: St. Mary’s the Morning Star Church, Pittsfield, MA

Concert Hall Proposal

Contents - 00 A selection of work collected from my undergraduate and graduate studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology, as well as travel-based projects, self-initiated explorations, community proposals, and professional projects.

Pages 53-64 53-62: Photography 63-64: Graphic Design

Contents & Disposition

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Thomas Anthony Cracolici, Associate A.I.A., NCARB “They say the heart of the earth is made of fire. It is held imprisoned and silent. But at times it breaks through the clay, the iron, the granite, and shoots out to freedom. Then it becomes architecture.” Ayn Rand

Personal Information - 01

Education

Contact

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA - Master’s Degree in Architecture, 2017 (GPA 4.0/4.0, Deans List, Summa Cum Laude distinguished) - Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, 2016 (GPA 3.7/4.0, Deans List, Cum Laude distinguished) - Arioch Merit Scholarship Recipient, Design Excellence Award Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, MA - Graduate of Arts and Sciences Program, National Honors Society, 2012 (GPA 3.85/4.0) Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL - Discover Architecture Program Graduate, 2011 (two-week intensive program exploring architecture)

Email tomcracolici@gmail.com

Experience Hill Engineers, Architects, Planners Inc. | Architectural Designer (December 3, 2013 - Present) - Creation and development of highly detailed, comprehensive construction documents - Liaising with construction professionals about the feasibility of potential projects - Dealing with code legislation, environmental impacts, project budget, etc. - Consultation and collaboration with engineers, surveyors, designers, etc. Community Preservation Committee | Architectural Specialist/Consultant: At Large Appointee (April 11th, 2017 - Present) - Study the needs, possibilities and resources of the city in regards to community preservation - Recommendations for the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources, recreational usages, community housing and buildings/structures of architectural significance - Provide consultation and support for community members who wish to propose potential applications - Review community project proposals and approve/reject as necessary - Develop architectural, urban layout, site plan, and detail drawings of high priority preservation projects Restorations, Inc. | Construction Worker (April 23rd, 2015 - August 26th 2015) - Assisted craftsman in production of trim, baseboards, wall framing, etc. - Assisted masons in application of exterior pavers, cladding of fireplaces, etc.

Phone 413.636.4248 Address 146 East New Lenox Rd. Pittsfield, MA 01201

Software Proficiencies Autodesk AutoCad Autodesk Revit Adobe Photoshop Adobe Indesign Adobe Illustrator Google Sketchup

Design Tool Capabilities Mechanical/digital drafting Free-hand drafting/sketching Model Making 3D Printer Laser Cutter Wood Shop Tools Robotic Arm Basic carpentry/fabrication Personal Information

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Sublimity in Nature - 02

Ecological Center for Education

Location: Date:

Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary Pittsfield, MA Summer 2016-Spring 2017

Provoking a visceral, enveloping relationship between the user and the natural environment through an interaction between vernacular, site-specific conditions and provocative architectural moments. I feel that it is an obligation, as an architect, to make an effort to inspire change in the future of architecture and design so as to preserve the natural environment that we live in. Through environmental management and acceptance of the responsibility to protect nature, this intervention has a distinct focus on conservation and sustainable practices. The project is representative of an effort to embrace the concept of endemic/site-inclusive design with a focus on expressive ecological and innovative sustainable systems. The design attempts to create a visceral engagement with the existing ecosystems and experiential conditions through sensual architectural evocation: utilizing familiar textures, visual tendencies, colors, light qualities, etc.

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Repetition & Seemless Blending with Nature

Relieving Boundaries b/t Architecture & Nature Explorative Multimedia Discursive Imagery

Translating the Rhythm of Nature

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Textured representation is used to embody a visceral connectivity to the natural environment through the utilization of earthen tones and color patterning.

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Sequence & Progression

Site Integration & Specificity

Natural Form & Architectural Elements

Replicating Sustainability of Nature

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Tectonic Detailing: Axonometric

Tectonic Detailing: Joinery Elevation

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Conceptual exploration in submersive and framed architecture in nature; Images, hand drawings and digital manipulations are used as tools to formulate correlations between the natural environment and built form.

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Moving with Topography

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Tree Trunk Variation

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Nature as Focal Point


Staggered Viewpoints & Pronounced Spatial Formation

Leaf Formulation & Replication

Spatial Branching

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Tactile Intervention (Informal Artist Studio’s)

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Exist. Bridge

View Area

Art Gallery & Exhibit

Green Space

Visual Intervention

Sacred Way Trail Boardwalk Passage (over marshland) West Pond

West Pond

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Sloped Marshland

Art Studio Space

Exist. Boardwalk

Exposed Undergrowth

Boardwalk

Dense Marshland


Discursive Image: Visual Tendencies

Abstract Explorations: Interpretation of Site Forces through Plan & Section

Discursive Image: Academic/Educational Influences Structural Translation: Nature to Architecture

Discursive Image: Cultural/Social Influences

Obscuring Boundaries between Nature & Architecture

Site-Engagement Framework

Stitching Topography with Architecture

Criteria testing for this thesis is explored through earth-toned representation that utilizes photo’s and textures taken directly from the site. This style of representation is use to explore various experiential configurations that are specific to varied site conditions. Sections, plans and perspectives are used as a method for testing the translation and articulation of site-specific characteristics through provocative architectural moments. The site (Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary) presents an expansive range of topography, vegetation, and visual/experiential conditions that are effectively emulated through this method of representation. The process of architecturalizing a synthesis between built form and nature is rooted in the understanding of spatial conditions as they translate from interior to exterior to intermediate spaces. Through the layering of materials and textures, the conveyed depth facilitated through these drawings gives opportunity to manipulate structural and aesthetic elements in terms of height, weight, thickness and transparency. Additionally, the color scheme utilized in this form of representation is used to withdraw a visceral connectivity with earthen materials that are inherently warm in visual appearance, tactility, familiarity, and smell.

Discursive Image: Vegetation Influences

Discursive Image: Site Transect Analysis

Respecting Contextual Quality

Reinterpreting Site Textures through Architecture Discursive Image: Contextual Amalgamation

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Canal Town Housing Prototype Location: Date:

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As part of a thesis studio travel project, I traveled to eastern China to study the vernacular architecture of Qing Cun; a small rural canal town about an hour outside of the bustling city center of Shanghai. The town has suffered from neglect due to shifting demographics and a disregard for architectural heritage. For my project, I investigated and addressed the cultural and social implications of the surounding context in order to develop a proposal that sparked the renewal of the watertown. My concept focused on social porosity; or the ability of architecture to provoke and entice interpersonal engagement. The layout of the design attempts to reinspire the strong sense of cultural and communal interaction through flexibility and customization.

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The development of an urban renewal plan is based on the geographic situation of Qing Cun as well as the existing vernacular building context.

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As part of a study abroad semester concentrated on adaptive intervention/reuse, I traveled to Berlin where I was able to design the renovation and extension of an existing library and museum within the context of a quaint residential neighborhood. The existing buildings are located in the Schöneberg District (southwest neighborhood of Berlin) situated in a small dog park obscured by dense tree-lined streets. The library was a modest brick building built in the 1970’s while the musuem was a large, beige, (former) villa built in the 1860’s. Both were in desparate need of revitalization and rejuvenation. My design for the new multi-use complex included the inclusion of new materials, construction methods, and programmatic spaces that were all focused around visual connectivity and spatial elegance; creating an inseparable link between past architecture and contemporary architecture.

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Elongated corridors are used to enhance visual connectivity between the programmatic areas of the existing library and museum with the design extensions.

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Glass corridors act as extensions of the sky through the inclusion of light and air; suggesting user engagement with adjacent spaces.

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St. Mary’s Parish - 05

Concert Hall Proposal

Location: Date:

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Falll 2014

Since being decommissioned as a church in 2008, St. Mary’s The Morning Star Parish has suffered from neglect due to a lack of upkeep and recognition for architectural preservation. Having being baptized in the church, and having my parents married in the church many years prior, I have a strong connection and sense of familiarity with the structure. As part of a school project, as well as through my voluntary engagement with the city of Pittsfield’s political and urban planning officials, I have worked to help preserve the church. The project has entailed presentations in front of the Pittsfield Mayor, City Council, and City Planning Organizations. The church itself consists of a plethora of notable architectural features, most notably the ceilings acoustical tiles and the giant Rose Window. Through analysis and documentation, I have developed a proposal for the conversion of the church into a concert hall and entertainment venue focused on the engagement of the surrounding community.

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Private Residence

Parking Lot

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Parking Lot

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Commercial Property

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Commercial Property

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Commercial Property


Parket Street

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Professional Work - 06

Selected Projects

This section includes an assorted collection of drawings, renderings and details I have worked on in my years of professional practice. The included content ranges from a $60m museum renovation/adaptive intervention project, to a lakefront wedding venue and resort, to a bank renovation.

Location: Date: Details:

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Summer 2017 Berkshire Museum Southwest Rendering

Professional Work

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Location: Date: Details:

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Summer 2017 Berkshire Museum West Aerial Rendering

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Adjacent Property Beyond Event Tent

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Waterfront Deck

Pontoosuc Lake

Boat House


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Route 7 Beyond Cabin #6

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Summer 2015 Lakehouse Cottages of the Berkshires Aerial Perspective Rendering

Cabin #1 Cabin #2 Caretaker House

Parking Beyond

Main Lodge

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Professional Work


My professional work at an A/E firm has given me unusual and widespread skills related to all stages of design. Professional Work

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Location: Date: Details:

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Winter 2018 The Proprietor’s Lodge Front Elevation

Professional Work

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Professional Work


Professional Work

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Professional Work


Professional Work

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Gallery - 07

Photography/Graphic Design This section includes an assorted collection of images from my travels around the world; all of which have been instrumental to me in terms of developing my personal design sensibility.

Location: Date: Details:

Boston, Massachusetts Spring 2017 A band of Boston South Ends renowned brownstones

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Sequoia National Park Summer 2017 Cavernous Sequoia tree base

Lenoxdale, Massachusetts Fall 2017 A fiery sunset on a frigid winter day

Sequoia National Park Summer 2017 Layers of trees blur depth perception

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Page, Arizona Summer 2017 Upper Antelope Canyon sandstone

National Bison Range Summer 2017 A bison takes a nap in a lush mead- ow of wildflowers

Badlands National Park Summer 2017 A bison crosses a dirt road with an incredibly dramatic, multi-colored sunset in the background

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Glacier National Park Summer 2016 A dramatic escarpment during the late afternoon drive down from Bowman Lake

Wahconah Falls State Forest Spring 2018 A long exposure shot just above the surface of a rushing waterfall

Wahconah Falls State Forest Spring 2018 A frigid winter day reveals an interesting assortment of ice formations

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Fall 2016 A fall sunset exposes the intricacies of a large oak tree at the crest of a valley in Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Appalachian Trail Spring 2018 Looking down the spine of a fallen confier tree

Yosemite National Park Spring 2017 The Grand Geyser explodes high into the air against a backdrop of a white and green forest

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Full-size poster designs made of an architects drawings, a welcome sign for company imaging, and watercolor composite drawings.

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Summer 2017 “Time of the Blue� by Tallest Man On Earth themed poster designed entriely with an architects hand drawings and photographs, styl - ized, edited and printed

Summer 2017 A new office welcome sign made from compiled construction doc- uments and company graphic standards (i.e. logo)

Summer 2016 Watercolor composite drawing using paint, sketching and photography

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