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310 S. 4th St. #1506 Phoenix , AZ 85004 503.580.5626

Curriculum Vitae OBJECTIVE Educationally diversified, detail focused, and team oriented individual seeking a Junior Architect position with a company offering the opportunity for growth and advancement. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2012 – Current Designer, Tyler Neal Kuenzi Design LLC, Phoenix, AZ Design consulting firm that provides ideas and solutions for residential projects. Services include space and flow planning, FF&E selection and specification, and architectural detail drawings.

Tyler received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a focus in International Business from Oregon State University. As part of his degree program he studied abroad in Vienna, Austria where he collaborated with other international students that led to an increased awareness of the economic, political, geographical, and sociocultural factors which impact doing business across national boundaries. In 2012 Tyler received a Masters of Architecture as well as a Masters of Urban Design degree from Arizona State University. He collaborated with Darren Petrucci on his Independent Thesis titled Coupled Networks, which won the Independent Thesis Prize Award that is awarded to the most exemplary thesis design project. A diverse educational construct has greatly impacted his design philosophy, which ranges from theory based to rationally based design. His design process includes using an integrative approach or a whole-system perspective to bridge the gap between avantgarde and rationally based architecture, in order to operate in the overlapping zone between the two extremes. He believes that architecture, infrastructure, and technology must learn how to position themselves to confront the issues of energy, inequality, and environmental degradation. The opportunity for our future lies in coupling multiple processes with spatial experiences to declare architecture and infrastructure as open systems that are adaptive and responsive to contextual considerations.

2011 – 2013 Architectural Assistant, Bridgit Inc., Scottsdale, AZ Recruited to stay on staff after completion of summer internship. Assessed and maintained an overview of current projects to ensure on-time completion. Utilized business experience and training to provide exemplary service and project management to clients. Summer 2010 Architecture Intern, Bridgit Inc., Scottsdale, AZ Project: The Phoenician Resort Ballroom Expansion, Phoenix AZ Identified defects and issues during the construction process and assisted in developing solutions to ensure on-time completion. Communicated daily with the owner’s representative, contractor, and consultants to discuss challenges, potential solutions, and schedule. Summer 2009 Architecture Intern, Fitch AAD, Phoenix, AZ Project: True Religion Brand Jeans Store, Scottsdale AZ Participated in meetings with clients to develop design solutions. Thrived in a collaborative and diversified atmosphere that included interior designers, graphic designers, brand specialists, and architects. Conceptualized, designed, and collaborated with clients to produce idea boards that established creative vision. Collaborated with office staff and clients to provide solutions to architectural needs. Created technical details for construction documents. 2007 - 2008 Design Consultant, Kuenzi Construction, Portland, OR Created innovative design solutions for rehabbing existing homes. Worked with general and subcontractors to keep projects on time and on task.



Outstanding design and problem solving skills with the ability to handle rapidly changing and evolving work priorities.

Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills with the capacity to remain highly focused and self-possessed in a fast-paced, demanding environment.

2012 State of Arizona (in progress) IDP 2.0 - 1,390 Hours

Ability to concurrently manage numerous projects while meeting rigorous performance standards.

Hands-on team member and critical thinker who can quickly learn and adapt to new systems and modes of thinking to produce significant contributions.

A professionally committed, collaborative, problem solving individual with a positive work ethic.



May 2012 Masters Degree in Architecture Arizona State University, The Design School, Tempe, AZ Awarded Independent Thesis Prize: “Coupled Networks” (Thesis Chair: Darren Petrucci, Director, The Design School at ASU)

June 2012 Revit Basics Phoenix College Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 (1-week Intensive Course)

May 2012 Masters Degree in Urban Design Arizona State University, The Design School, Tempe, AZ Awarded Independent Thesis Prize: “Coupled Networks”’ (Thesis Chair: Darren Petrucci, Director, The Design School at ASU) March 2008 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Oregon State University, College of Business, Corvallis, OR International focus with studying abroad in Vienna, Austria

May 2012 Oregon Contractor Education (16 Hours) Building Exterior Shell Training Building Code Fundamentals for Contractors Residential Contracts, Contract Terms, and Notices



3D Modeling Revit SketchUp Rhino

Independent Thesis Prize Award recipient: “Coupled Networks” Awarded to the most distinguished and exemplary independent thesis project at The Design School at ASU that displays an analytical and creative solution to complex challenges. (Thesis Chair: Darren Petrucci, Director, The Design School at ASU)

Design Excellence Award recipient: “The LINC” Studio: MUD 590 Advanced Urban Design Studio II

Recipient of the Payson Cha International Scholarship

Elected President of the 60-person chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Arizona State University to lead, reorganize, and restructure the chapter to become a top chapter on campus.

One of 50 undergraduate students out of 12,000 selected to attend Frank J. Ruck Leadership Institute to learn effective leadership and communication skills.

Drawing/Editing AutoCad Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign


Independent Thesis Project (MArch + MUD)


Masters of Architecture

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Masters of Urban Design

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute



14 - 19

School for Dance



20 - 25

The Neighborhood Strip



26 - 31

Native American Cultural Center



32 - 37

Paniker/ Schroff Residence



38 - 43






Urban Design


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Camelback Parc

Urban Design


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Architecture Studios 01 | The Cloud, Phoenix, Arizona

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02 | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Gigante Penninsula, Panama

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03 | School for Dance, San Francisco, California

20 - 25


04 | The Neighborhood Strip, Tempe, Arizona

26 - 31

05 | Native American Cultural Center, Flagstaff, Arizona

32 - 37

06 | Paniker/ Schroff Residence, Phoenix, Arizona

38 - 43



Coupled Networks & The Cloud Critic: Darren Petrucci Site: Phoenix, AZ Program: Architectural and infrastructural intervention. This thesis proposal attempts to transform and reconfigure the architectural and infrastructural landscape through a series of strategic and tactical interventions that leverage energy and transportation infrastructures with the latent urban condition of the Central City in an attempt to amenitize and create a new landscape that promotes civic life, tourism, and a new vision for the city of Phoenix. Project description: The development patterns of the Phoenix metropolitan area have resulted in the creation of an infrastructural zone that cuts across the city. This necessary yet negatively perceived infrastructure supports the evergrowing post-war American dream of the suburbs, but has resulted in a degraded and blighted urban condition that chokes Phoenix’s Central City. The Cloud proposes a new strategy to deal with the co-existence of the old and the new by covering a pre-existing site and structures with a roof that produces energy. The starting point for this project is the existing condition. The project then became focused around the notion of the “in-between” space located between the new energy roof structure (Cloud) and the existing ground plane.

Crisis Arizona population growth

energy demand


urban heat island

Functions of The Cloud population growth rate in the U.S. 2nd athighest 24.9% between 2000 and 2010

increase in energy demand and 3.6% yearly doubling in 20 years.

1 CLIIMATIC Adaptation to the Urban Heat Island by adding a Cloud that shades the urban surface while simultaneously acting as a powerplant to produce enough energy to power the airport or 13,000 homes.

amount of pavement coverage in phoe40% nix compared to 13% vegitation coverage

increase in nighttime tempera12O average tures since 1950 due to Urban Heat Island

2 PROGRAMMATIC The Cloud undulates and deforms to support and promote development and activity below.

traffic congestion

prioritization of the automobile

13th rank out of 100 cities for traffic congestion the 2011-2031 transportation budget is 70% ofallocated for higway/ road funding vs. .1% allocated for bike/pedestrians

.1% 29% 70% Source: 2010 Regional Transportation Plan. Maricopa Association of Governments


3 IDENTITY The Cloud identifies a district, connects it to the city, and operates at the scale of a monument.

Site Plan The Bazaar

Light Rail Station

Urban Theater

The Boulevard

Arizona Grand Canal

Sky Forest

Grand Canal Park

Light Rail Station


Soccer Stadium

Sky Harbor Airport

Cultural Lobby

Commuter Rail Station


Coupled Networks | The Cloud

Social Condensing Portals Social Condensing Portals are introduced in strategic programmatic overlapping zones that become the mediator between the ground and the sky, the public and the private, and disparate programs.

The Cloud

The Cloud

Social Condensers

Urban Field

Mobility Network

Solar Roof

Sky Forest Cultural Lobby Urban Theater

Pedestrian Derive Network The Pedestrian Boulevard Transportation Network

Social Condensers

Urban Field Urban Theater

Cultural Lobby

Sky Forest

Solar Typologies


Solar Power Plant Large Scale Clean Renewable Energy Destroys natural desert environment Transmission line loss due to distance to grid



Solar Panels over Parking + + -

Uses under-utilized/ wasted space Clean Renewable Energy Too small scale for city-wide application Precious shade wasted on automobiles

The Cloud + + + + +

Clean Renewable Energy Medium to Large Scale Utilizes existing under performing Revitalizes blighted area Creates infrastructure for future amenities

Social Condenser Sections Sky Forest Sky Train Link to Airport

Air Museum

Transit Parking

Solar Roof of The Cloud

360o Urban Theater Cooling Towers

Bazaar Market

Retractable Seating

360o Urban Theater

Solar Roof of The Cloud

Cultural Lobby Solar Roof of The Cloud


Vertical Circulator


Coupled Networks | The Cloud

Postcards from Phoenix 2030


“I believe that the infrastructure of spaces, connections, the public domain, the kind of urban glue that binds the spaces together is more important than any one building “ - Norman Foster 13


STRI Research Field Station Critic: Michael Rotundi Site: Gigante Peninsula, Panama Program: A new ďŹ eld station to replace an existing non-functioning facility for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) located in the rainforest along the Panama Canal. Program requirements include a laboratory, communal space, sleeping arrangements, and services for up to 20 people. All energy, cooling, water collection, and sanitary considerations must be locally produced on site. Project description: Using the biomimetic principle found in the geometry of the Lobster’s Eye solved the major challenge of how to harness energy from the sun to produce electricity in high light and low light conditions found in the Panamanian rainforest.


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Biomimicry is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies - new ways of living - that are well-adapted to life on earth.

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s mission is to increase understanding of the past, present, and future of tropical biodiversity and its relevance to human welfare. The Barro Colorado Nature Monument –which adjoins Panama 's 22,000-hectare Soberania National Park —includes Barro Colorado Island, a 1,600-hectare forested island in the Panama Canal waterway, and 4,000 hectares of surrounding mainland peninsulas covered by forests in various stages of succession, serving as a site for manipulative field experiments. Barro Colorado Island Panama Canal Waterway

Gigante Peninsula Field Station Gatun Lake


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Laboratory

Biomimetic Principle : The Lobster Eye

Surface of the Lobsters Eye

Square channels

Lobster Eye Section Diffused light source #1

Reflector units


Diffused light source #2 r

Diagramatic Section


The environment that the Lobster lives in is dark and murky so even the lightest amount of light needs to be utilized in order to allow the organism to see. The Lobster eye has evolved to focus minute amounts of incoming light precisely onto it’s retina which allows the Lobster to see. This is done through precise geometrical alignments that direct light to a single point (Land 1976). The surface of the Lobster’s eye is comprised of a series of squares, but upon closer inspection these squares are actually square channels with a highly reflective coating that redirects light to a certain point. The principle of taking ambient and diffused light and reflecting it towards a specific point formed the bases of the biotic model. Instead of focusing light to see, the reflected and condensed light is being focused onto solar panels to create energy to power the buildings at the Gigante Peninsula. The diffused light is reflected and concentrated onto transparent solar panels. Once the light passes through the solar panels it is then diffused via the inverse of the Lobster eye concentrator to naturally daylight the building space below therefore eliminating a daytime electrical load for lighting.

Incoming direct and diffused light Rainwater catchment system Lobster Eye Solar Concentrators Escaping hot air Translucent BIPV solar panels Interior light diffuser Diffused natural light Incoming cool air Louvered panel sliding doors


Biomimetic Application

Structural roof system that houses the solar condensors covering building program

Top view of roof showing solar condensor placement

Interstital space below roof

Translucent PV panels

Laboratory Space


Building Plan

To Dock

Laboratory Space


Mechanical Room Lounge Area Kitchen Orientation Space Dining Area Storage

To trails


Building Components polycarbonate transparent roof

lobster eye inspired light concentrators

wood structural roof system

dyesol BIPV transparent solar panels

interior light diffuser

programmatic volumes (green represents public space)

STRI site



Future School for Dance Critic: Frank Melendez Site: San Franscisco, CA Program: A new school for dance that incorperates space for various forms of dance to be explored, practiced, and performed while providing community support space. Project description: The Future School of Dance is built upon evolving relationships within the surrounding neighborhood in order to foster a new connection between dance and the community.The Tenderloin District, where The Future School of Dance is placed, desperately needs vital community space to help re-establish it’s identity as a place for culture. The Future School of Dance challenges current relationships. Current concealed and rigid spaces don’t allow for intense exploration in dance and deter the public from experiencing dance and the arts. The future school of dance seeks to overlap, combine, and integrate elements that are vital to the study, progression, and transparency of dance as an art form in order to facilitate a dialog that will allow dance to foster a new relationship with itself and the community.


Graduate Architecture Portfolio  
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