Walter A. Villatoro
P O R T F O L I O
WALTER A VILLATORO Undergraduate Student EDUCATION
University of Maryland, College Park, MD Terms: Fall 2017-Present Major: Architecture
Profile Address 3926 Wendy Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20906 Phone (240)234-4705 Email email@example.com Portfolio network http://issuu.com/waltervillatoro Logo
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD Terms: Fall 2013-Spring 2017 Major: Associate of Applied Science of Architectural Technology (Spring 2015-Spring 2017) American English as a Second Language Program (Fall 2013-Fall 2014) University of East (UNIVO), San Miguel, El Salvador Terms: Spring 2007-Fall 2009 Major: Architecture
University of Maryland: Now-A-Terp Scholarship (Fall 2017-Present) University of Maryland College Park Grant (Fall 2017-Present) Montgomery College: AIA Potomac Valley/Montgomery College Scholarship Award (Spring 2017) Board of Trustees Scholarship (Fall 2015-Spring 2017) Deanâ€™s List (Spring2015-Spring 2017) Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (Inducted Spring 2016-Present)
EXPERIENCE MSKM Architects (Summer 2017 Internship)
Spanish (Native), English (Second)
TECHNICAL SKILLS ArcGIS, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Revit and SkethUp
TABLE OF CONTENTS ABOUT ME ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PROJECTS
THE BLUE DIGITAL HUB IN DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING
THE “RAPTORS” COFFEE SHOP ON MC CAMPUS
HOPE’S JOURNEY, INC. RESIDENCE
SIPS HOUSE ON THE RIVER
THE ROCK-ROCKVILLEâ€™S COMMUNITY ART MUSEUM
MURAL WALK PLAZA AND THE BLAGDEN-ARTIST BUILDING
ART AND DRAWINGS THROUGHOUT MY PROCESS IN THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
“Life is architecture, and architecture is the mirror of life. “ - I.M. Pei
I have always been passionate for Architecture and all what this art involves. Indeed, to become an architect is my dream. I started my path
since 2007 when I decided to register in the school of architecture of the University of East (UNIVO), El Salvador. In that year, I learned more about architecture history and the evolution it has given to new societies throughout the time. Also, I learned about the architects who have helped to achieve that evolution.
In 2010, I moved to the United Sates of America trying to pursue my dream of becoming an architect. In fact, in Fall 2015 and after I finished
the American English as a Second Language Program at Montgomery College, I started the major of Architecture. My first semester at the college was very challenging because the only vocabulary used in architecture I knew was in Spanish; however, the problem of language did not stop me. After my first year in college, I started to have a better understanding about architecture. I became more fluent in English, which help me to communicate more effectively with my professors and peers. That motivated me to continue pursuing my dream and to achieve the goals that I have set for my life.
My main goal in the United States is that I want to become an architect. I would like to have my own architecture firm to continue enhancing
our society not only in the design of the structures where we work and live every day, but also to give new solutions to make architecture more efficient and sustainable. Also, when I am an architect, I would like to work with other architects because working together is the best way to achieve anything.
SOUTHWEST VIEW-FUTURE PURPLE LINE
FIRST FLOOR PLAN WALTER VILLATORO
SECOND FLOOR PLAN
THE BLUE DIGITAL HUB GEORGIA AVE AND BONIFANT ST, SILVER SPRING, MD
COURSE: ARCH 402-Architecture Studio III, University of Maryland, College Park, Spring 2018. PROJECT: part A Sequence of Space: research, analysis, and diagrams of a building precedent; part B Site Analysis: site exploration, analysis, drawings, and physical model of the site; part C Building Design: to design a digital hub for the purpose of the creation and dissemination of digital media considering the future Purple Line next to the site. SOUTH VIEW-FUTURE PURPLE LINE
For part A, each student chose a different building to do a deep analysis and present to the class. I chose the Carpenter Center of Visual Arts of Le Corbusier because he was one of the pioneers of the modern architecture, and I would like to have more knowledge about the procedures and solutions he gave to each of his buildings. For part B, each student had to research about the context and development of Silver Spring, MD and present the information to the class. I did the solar analysis and environmental analysis of the site, which includes topography, rainfall, and water flow.
THIRD FLOOR PLAN
To solve part C, I decided to choose the Carpenter Center of Visual Arts of Le Corbusier because the site is located on a corner, and I want my design to have the glass walls in angle like he did on his building. I gave this solution because I want the building to take advantage of natural light, but avoiding direct access into the building. Also, I chose Integration as the concept of my design because the primary objective of the building is to integrate the urban environment, street, and building user. This can be seen in the design of the transparent walls and the sliding space that integrates building and street. WALTER VILLATORO
BONIFANT ST ELEVATION
GEORGIA AVE ELEVATION WALTER VILLATORO
INTERIOR PERSPECTIVE-GATHERING SPACE, CAFE, AND LOBBY
EGRESS STAIRS VS MONUMENTAL STAIR
PROGRAM ANALYSIS-PRIMARY CIRCULATION
INTEGRATION STUDY URBAN ENVIRONMENT, STREET, AND BUILDING USER WALTER VILLATORO
SOUTHEAST VIEW (TOP) / NORTHWEST VIEW
LONGITUDINAL SECTION WALTER VILLATORO
THE “RAPTORS” COFFEE SHOP MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, ROCKVILLE
COURSE: ARCH 101- Introduction to Architecture and the Built Environment, Montgomery College, Spring 2015. PROJECT: to design a coffee shop in an area of 1800 squared feet on Montgomery College Rockville Campus inspired by an architect previously studied (Mies Van Der Rohe).
Mies Van Der Rohe used the concept of open space on his designs. To convey beauty and rationality of the space, Van Der Rohe applies overhang roofs, curtain glass wall, white ceiling, and linear walls in every design. My solution to this design project was to try to imitate the architecture style of Mies Van Der Rohe, I analyzed and applied on my design the idea of an open space where students of Montgomery College can enjoy and share each other while they are on break or desire a cup of coffee. To have an aesthetical space, I designed linear glass walls were people can interact either direct, or indirectly. Also, as a symbol of Montgomery College, I decided to put a statue of the Raptor (MC mascot) on the north façade like Mies Van Der Rohe did at Barcelona Pavilion. PRECEDENT
BARCELONA PAVILION-MIES VAN DER ROHE
MIES VAN DER ROHE CHAIR WALTER VILLATORO
FIRST LAYOUT WALTER VILLATORO
HOPE’S JOURNEY INC. RESIDENCE SANDY SPRING, MD
COURSE: ARCH 201-Introduction to Architectural Design, Montgomery College, Fall 2016. PROJECT: to design three houses on three lots in rural Montgomery County, MD. Hope’s Journey Inc, a non-profit organization that intends to end the crises of homelessness, wants to build three houses to help single mothers with or without children. Hope’s Journey members ideal is to have a design with an open concept where inhabitants can interact each other. After the group did a deep analysis of the expectancies of the project and had a clear solution, the class of nine students was divided into three groups. Each group had to design a different house. My team member and I decided to design the basement for single mothers; the first floor as a shared public area for the families residing in the upper floors; the second floor for two families with two master bedrooms and a laundry room; the attic for one family with a master bedroom, as well.
LONGITUDINAL SECTION WALTER VILLATORO
SIPS HOUSE POTOMAC RIVER, GREAT FALLS, VA
COURSE: ARCH 201-Introduction to Architectural Design, Montgomery College, Fall 2016. PROJECT: to design a prefab vacation house where the structural frame of the house is prefabricated from 4” tube steel sections that will be delivered and assembled on site. Also, the wall system will be a Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS) of 6” panels for walls and 8” for floor and roof. My solution to this project was to attach the wall of the bathroom module and the kitchen module together, so the two spaces could share the same wall and avoid more fabricated walls. Also, due to the fact that the design had to be sustainable, as well, I decided to have a north-south organization because the solar panels can get more quantity of sun rays the whole year. The private area is on the north while the public area is on the south because it needs more light and better view to the river.
TRANSVERSAL SECTION WALTER VILLATORO
FIRST ROCK ON THE LAYOUT OF ROCKVILLE CITY
THE ROCK-ROCKVILLEâ€™S COMMUNITY ART MUSEUM ROCKVILLE, MD
COURSE: CMGT 290-Professional Practicum, Montgomery College, Spring 2017. PROJECT: to design a Community Museum to compete in the Student Design Competition 2017 which is organized by the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs CCCAP. The museum can be art, history, environmental or another topic meaningful to the community selected. As a class, we decided to design a Community Art Museum in Rockville city. To complete the design process, the class was divided into six groups. Each group had two members.
To solve our design problem and after we researched about Rockville, my classmate and I decided to design a museum following the shape of a rock as our precedent because Rockville derived from Rock-Creek. Also, we decided to design a green roof because we wanted a sustainable building. In addition, we designed an outdoor exhibition on the green roof, so visitors can see the city and feel they are at home.
LONDON WALL PLACE
LONGITUDINAL SECTION-ELEVATION BUILDING-PLAZA WALTER VILLATORO
THE PLAZA AND THE BLAGDEN-ARTIST BUILDING BLAGDEN ALLEY, WASHINGTON, D.C.
COURSE: ARCH 401-Architecture Studio II, University of Maryland, College Park, Fall 2017. PROJECT: part A: to document and analyze the open alley known as Blagden Alley in Washington, D.C.; part B Plaza Design: to draw relevant drawings with context using the precedents already studied to develop a plaza design; part C Building Design: to create a multilevel building that connects to the plaza, context, and combine two programs (cafĂŠ/gallery/studio). For part A, the class, which is divided in three sections, visited the site and presented the information founded about Blagden Alley. The three sections had to make a model of the site with context.
BUILDING SECTION 1
BUILDING SECTION 2
To solve part B, I chose the theme mural walk to design my plaza because there were some murals at Blagden Alley that I wanted to keep and take them as a path for people who visit the alley. The circulation a decided to design is a zig zag because I consider that a place or building has a better perspective or view not walking on a straight pathway. To solve part C, I decided to design a building with a gallery on the ground floor, and a studio on the second floor. The concept I chose was Integration and the London Wall Place, London, England took as my precedent because I wanted to integrate the plaza design to the building. The plaza and the building are integrated by the orthogonal shapes on their design. Also, the integration can be seen in the tree column at the center of the building that support the roof, which represents the canopy of the tree.
SITE PLAN OF BLAGDEN ALLEY
BUILDING SITE AND PLAZA
TREE COLUMN (CENTRALIZED)
“I started out trying to create buildings that would sparkle like isolated jewels. Now I want them to connect, to form a new kind of landscape, to flow together with contemporary cities and the lives of their peoples.” – Zaha Hadid WALTER VILLATORO
Published on Mar 12, 2018