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Michael J. Farkas Work Samples



Table of Contents


The Urban Site Project



The Slope Project


The Room & Garden Project


The A+D Addition



Michael J. Farkas

• Tutor for Math of Design, Basic Principles of Structures,

13 Forge Lane Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

• The Pennsylvania State University Participated in Penn State’s Architecture/Landscape Architecture Summer Camp.

856-745-5383 (mobile)

• Co-facilitator of Bricks4Kids class Built LEGO models prior to class. Helped children (ages 5-10) follow directions to build motorized models. Taught children work with LEGO Technic bricks.

Summary of Qualifications

Extra-Curricular Activities

• Proficient in various CAD and 3D modeling software • Adaptable to new software and techniques • Skilled in design, sketching, drafting, and modeling • Excellent collaborative skills • Experience in mentoring, tutoring, and training others • Experience working with children in an educational setting

• Member of the SCOPE Student Coalition Organizing Progressive Engagement

July 2013 – July 2013

Nov. 2013 – March 2014

Jan. 1017 – Present April 2016

• Relay for Life (Virginia Tech)

April 2016



• Advanced Proficient in Sketch Up, Photoshop, and InDesign • Advanced Proficient in model making • Proficient in AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, Illustrator, and Blender • Proficient in hand drafting techniques • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite • Knowledgeable in structural engineering, steel, wood, and concrete construction

• Virginia Tech 3rd Year Architecture Competition Finalist


Work Experience

• University of Maryland College Park, MD “Discovering Architecture”, earned A- in this 3 credit course

Sept. 2016 - Dec. 2016

• The Big Event (Virginia Tech) Provided landscaping service to Blacksburg community

• Architectural and Landscape Photography

• Bachelor of Architecture anticipated Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Blacksburg, VA G.P.A. 3.86 (4.0 scale) Dean’s List


Related Experiences

Nov. 2017 - Present

Nov. 2017

May 2020 • Sales Associate and Freight Crew, Five Below Stores June 2015 - Jan. 2017 Cherry Hill, NJ Duties: Unloaded Freight, Stock inventory, cashier, cleaned store. July 2014 – Aug. 2014


The Urban Site Project Design 1500 sq ft of cafe space, 3000 sq ft of combined gallery and studio space, and 6000 sq ft of residential space on a given corner lot in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

An exploration of Circulation, Subtlety, Boundary, Privacy, Publicity and Entry.



Privacy vs. The City How does one create an exterior space that is intimate and private, in the middle of a city? It starts with approach, as people move toward the building, the column at the corner has a unique curvature that defies the rigid triangulation of the building. Drawn to this contrast, people approach the column, there they find a set of stairs that descend into the open courtyard. They have entered the building without ever stepping foot inside. The courtyard becomes a public privacy that wraps the inhabitants with a comforting enclosure. The people have escaped the public city.



Designing the Boundary Wall Keeping the building low to the ground meant that much of the boundary wall was exposed. This created an opportunity to experiment with light. How is light emitted from the building onto a vertical surface? And how does light enter the building from off of a vertical surface?




When the sun goes down, artificial light is emitted onto the boundary wall from the During daylight hours the boundary wall responds the sun angle creating a canvas for gallery skylights. This creates a unique pattern of light on the triangulated boundary the sun to paint shadows on. These patterns can be seen as a defined texture from wall, only seen when light is projected directly upward. a distance.


Ground Level

Street Level

Residential Level


Circulation Balance has to be achieved by creating private circulation, for residents and artists, and public ADA accessible circulation, for guest and patrons. This balance was achieved by creating a compressed entry, specific for residents. The public entrance at the open corner welcomes entry for gallery guests.


The Slope Project Design a place of inhabitation for 4 people on a 30 degree slope in the Andi mountains of Argentina. Snow reaches 6 feet deep in the winter.

An exploration of Structure, Portals, Cantilevers, Snow, and Tectonics.



The Structural Organs This is the first exploration of both pulling structure away from the architecture and inhabiting structure as a spacial construct. Triangular, concrete monoliths with a 30 degree angle (that of the slopes) have the ability to suspend horizontal surfaces that could act as roofs, terraces, or floors. Circulation became the primary concern, as there was no way to move through these triangular monoliths. Cutting a circular portal into these structural monoliths allows one to circulate through the structure, or inhabit the structure as if one was inhabiting “the rib cage� of a building.



Mirrored Floor Plan

A Tectonic Solution The triangular monoliths not only allowed for the spanning of horizontal surfaces, they also allowed for the structure to be embedded into the ground. The monoliths could act as teeth, puncturing the site and creating a moment where inhabitants could walk through the foundations that keep the structure from sliding down the side of the mountain.



The Room & Garden Project Design a garden, a 96 sq ft room, and a 64 sq ft bathroom on the given site in Blacksburg Virginia.

An exploration of Trees, Structure, Tension, Canopies, and Construction.



The Expression of Structure How does one express structure while also trying to enclose space? By subtly pulling everything away from the structure. The roof is pulled away from the beams that support it. The enclose is a simple substructure inserted into the bay, and the rain screen is gently pulled between the main columns, mounted delicately at certain points. This allows every face of every structural element to be exposed, accentuating the structures presence.



The Architecture of the Tree The trunk acts a central column that holds the enclosure. The roots act a foundation for the column. The branches, much like beams support the canopy and drape the envelope. The leaves are a partial enclosure of the tree, creating a screen like envelope and canopies that create shade.



The Room as a Volume The structure has a complexity and a power that dominates the project. Nothing should compete with it or even touch it. The enclosed “room� must be as simple as possible, almost invisible. Making the room a simple rectangular volume and wedging it into the structural bay makes the structure read as its own entity. The entirety of the room is either transparent or translucent, dissolving the space when one inhabits the room one also inhabits the structure and the site.




Construction The cable tension was a main structural element of this project, every connection point was designed to emphasize the importance of this tension. This piece is a building fragment where the column and beam connect. This pin connection is designed to emphasize the free rotation of the beam, if not for the tension cables. This free rotation also allows for the column assembly to be prefabricated off site, folded up for transportation, and then craned in, and pitched like a tent on site.



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Adapting to a New Program The opportunity arose to take the same structural concept and scale it up with new sites, materials, and programs, as long as the structure had something to cantilever over, whether it be a set of stairs in the 3rd year competition, or a fairy dock in the AIA competition.


The A+D Addition Design an additional building for the School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech on the given site on campus. Program had to include 3 review rooms, a gallery, and a cafe.

An exploration of Transparency, Foot Traffic, Presentation, and Color.




Traffic The site was a set of staircases that lead to parking spaces and garages, in other words it was A spot on campus where people first enter and exit campus. In order to preserve this traffic on the site, the building was to be lifted off the ground and two central cores with staircases and an elevator would touch the ground to preserve traffic on the ground floor.


Color The facade became a mosaic that could presented to the rest of the school, in designing that mosaic color emerged by but tinted glass in-between the glass curtain wall and the interior walls, in a perpendicular fashion. The allowed the color to be dynamic, when facing the wall the color was not visible, but when running parallel to the wall the color was visible and dynamically moved with the inhabitants.


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Michael J. Farkas 2018 Portfolio  

A collection of my student works.

Michael J. Farkas 2018 Portfolio  

A collection of my student works.