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DURALEE HOME 2007-2010 | DESIGN ASSISTANT


W O RK I N G F R O M T H E B O T T O M U P Company: Duralee Home Project Types: Residential + Commercial Interiors Location: Boston, Massachusetts Company Size: 4 Position: Design Assistant Roles + Responsibilities: • Developed color schemes and furniture layouts for high-end residential interior design projects • Managed high-volume inventory of custom furnishings and high-end textiles • Prepared for client meetings and helped present furniture, textiles, and design concepts to clients • Issued, tracked and updated invoices for fabric and furniture sales of showroom clients • Performed administrative tasks such as reception, mail distribution, and ordering supplies Experience and Skills Learned: When I first started working at Duralee, my position in the company was a Memo Librarian. It was an entry level position but a good introduction to the design industry as it allowed me to familiarize myself with textiles, the terminology and the industry itself. The fact that the company was so small allowed me to take on new responsibilities and become exposed to all aspects of the business. After a few months, I transitioned into sales and marketing, then began working directly with designers, offering color and textile consultation and helping them develop room schemes. Looking back I would say that the best lessons I took away from my time at Duralee was developing a team mentality and working beyond the scope of a position for the sake of a greater goal.

Quick Sketch of a Proposal for an Office Floor Plan


K I T CH E N S C H E M E Occasionally, Duralee would host design lectures that discussed current market trends, color stories and design methods. I was in charge of creating schemes for these presentations in the hope that they would become a source of inspiration for designers to use to match to products within our showroom. The boards proved to be invaluable to some designers in that it helped pinpoint a style, define a goal and serve as a platform to work off of with clients who needed to see a concept in a more visual way.


SCHEME FOR GIRL‘S BEDROOM


SCHEME FOR BOY‘S BEDROOM


LIVING ROOM SCHEME


CHARLES SPADA INTERIORS

2010-2013 DESIGN ASSOCIATE + MARKETING COORDINATOR


fireman residence

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS


FLOOR PLAN


LIVING ROOM Location: Newton, Massachusetts Position: Design Assistant/Drafter Project Team: 3 Roles + Responsibilities: My role in this project was to provide all drafting documents for the project. The clients were in need of smart storage solutions throughout the home and so I worked closely with the Principal in designing many of the furniture pieces in the project, particularly the built-in storage piece in the Master Bedroom, acting as a divider between the bedroom and the connecting walk-in closets and Master Bath. I helped with material and product selections for each of the rooms and was in charge of maintaining the project budget, accounting, commission and sales tax reports.

Living Room Perspective

2A. Living Room Elevation

2B. Living Room Side Elevation


Living Room Perspective

Color + Texture Samples for Living Room


MASTER BEDROOM

Color + Texture Samples for Master Bedroom Master Bedroom

3C. Master Bedroom Elevation

Close-Up of Master Bedroom Detail


MASTER BEDROOM STORAGE BUILT- IN ELEVATION

4A. Storage Built-In: Front-Facing Into Bedroom

4B. Storage Built-In: Back-Facing Bathroom Door

Storage Built-In: Back-Facing Bathroom Door


GUEST BEDROOM

Guest Bedroom

3B. Guest Bedroom Drawer Set

3A. Guest Bedroom Closet Elevation


STUDY AREA

Study Area

2E. Study Area Elevation

2F. Study Area Elevation

2G. Study Area Elevation


KITCHEN Experience and Skills Learned: The Fireman Residence was the first project that I was able to work on from concept to finish. I was exposed to all aspects of the project and used this project as a learning experience to garner skills that could be applied to future projects. My role as a liaison between the client and the Principal was invaluable and telling of how important it is to maintain a dialogue between all parties, making sure that the Principal’s vision of the space corresponds to the needs of the client. Behind the scenes, this project taught me how to maintain a proper archive of all paperwork related to the project that could be easily accessed to provide sufficient information to contractors, vendors, the clients and those within our office.


ENTRY HALL


ADELSOn residence

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS


LIVING ROOM PERSPECTIVE

Location: Boston, Massachusetts Position: Design Assistant/Drafter Project Team: 3 Roles + Responsibilities: My role in this project was to provide all drafting documents for the project and lead in textile selection. I was also responsible for keeping record of all correspondence for the project, managing the project budget, maintaining an archive of all files related, coordinating with the contractors and acting as the liasion between the Principal and the clients. The existing condition of the client’s apartment was well-lit and open but it lacked cohesion, was bare-boned and had no built-ins. Upon our first meeting with the client we devised a plan to add crown moldings, baseboards, chair rails and built-in shelving systems that would not only add more architectural detailing to the apartment but provide spaces that would be more functional and serving to the couple.


APARTMENT FLOOR PLAN


REFLECTED CEILING/ELECTRICAL PLAN


COLOR SCHEME SELECTIONS In keeping with the Principal’s preference for neutral and natural tones, I chose textiles accordingly. Doing so allowed for a cohesion between rooms and made the spaces feel larger. To add some intrigue to the spaces, we also balanced the creams, browns and whites in the room with subtle pops of color, pattern and texture.

HOME OFFICE SOFA + CLUB CHAIR

LIVING ROOM PILLOWS MASTER BEDROOM CARPET

MASTER BEDROOM SIDE CHAIR SEAT

DEN SOFA

LIVING ROOM FAUTEUIL

DEN PILLOWS

DINING ROOM CURTAINS VANITY BENCH FOYER BENCH

VANITY WALL

DEN CURTAINS


DINING ROOM


LIVING ROOM VIEWS


4B. Living Room Elevation

4A. Living Room Bookcase Elevation


HALLWAY ELEVATIONS

6A. Hallway Elevation: Master Bedroom

6C. Living Room Bookcase Elevation

6B. Master Hall


MASTER BEDROOM

7A. Master Bedroom Shelving System


KITCHEN

4F. Kitchen Elevation

4D. Kitchen Elevation

4E. Kitchen Elevation


DEN ROOM

4G. Den Elevation

4H. Den Elevation


INTERIOR ELEVATIONS

5A. Den Elevation

5C. His Bath Elevation

5G. Back Hall Elevation

5B. Den Elevation

5D. His Bath Elevation

5H. Back Hall Elevation

5E. His Bath Elevation

5I. Back Hall Elevation

5F. His Bath Elevation

5J. Back Hall Elevation


ELEVATIONS + DETAILS

7G. Her Master Vanity Elevation

7C. His Office Elevation

7H. Her Master Bath Elevation

7D. His Office Elevation

7I. Her Master Bath Elevation

7E. His Office Elevation

7F. His Office Elevation


FOYER PERSPECTIVE


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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS


EXISTING FLOOR PLAN


PROPOSAL ‘A‘


PROPOSAL ‘B’


LIGHTING PROPOSALS


P R O P O S E D F U R N I T U R E P LA N


F I R E P LA C E O P T I O N S

We provided our client with two options for the fireplace. Option A would use the existing conditions of the fireplace but goldleafing the niches and installing an uplighting fixture in each would bring more focus to the fireplace. Option B was to completely reface the wall, adding details similar to the adjacent walls in the Dining Room to create a connection and continuity between the two spaces.


FOYER BATH ELEVATIONS


CHARLES SPADA FURNITURE DESIGN

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS


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DESIGN COMPETITIONS BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS


nomaS design competition 2009 PROJECT MANAGER + DESIGNER


TEAM GRID

(Mock) Firm: GRID Project: To design a single-family dwelling for a family who immigrated to St. Louis, Missouri from Bogota, Colombia. Program size: 2,555 SF Project Advisor: Hyacinth John Project Team: 10 members Awards/Honors: Honorable Mention In the Summer of 2009, ten student members from the student group, BAC NOMAS, came together to form Team GRID, a mock firm that would serve as a representative of the City of Boston in the National Organization of Minority Architects Student Design Competition. Our team consisted of Architecture, Interior Design and Design Studies students, both undergraduates and graduates. The duration of the project was 6 months, culminating with a formal presentation in St. Louis, against twelve other architecture schools across the United States.

Congress Street Composite


R O LE S + R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S

My Role: I served as the Project Manager for the competition. At the onset, we structured the team like a mock firm, assigning teams and outlining responsibilities. As Project Manager, I was in charge of setting up a project time line and budget for the team to work within, developing proposals for funding, making sure we stayed on schedule and working directly with our Project Advisor. I collaborated with the team in the concept, program and design of the single-family residence but was ultimately given the task of overseeing and editing all final display work. I created the final concept and site analysis diagrams, built the final site model and created the layout for the presentation boards.

Lynch Street Composite


SITE DOCUMENTATION Because the site was based in St. Louis, our team relied on information we could collect from afar. We examined the public amenities surrounding the site, architectural details common to the area and zoning restrictions. The data that we collected helped determine the orientation of the home, the materials we could use for the exterior shell and the location of the entryways.

Contextual Similarities and Dissimilarities Diagram of Public Amenities + Transit in Area Roof is flat behind Window traingle cap

Flat Roof Set Back or Sloped away from facade Plane Ground White Trim/Painted Brick

Contextual Similarities and Dissimilarities Sidewalk/Curb

Special Architectural Detail/Overhangs Brick Work Door

Window

Roof is flat behind Window traingle cap

Architectural Context: Contextual Similarities + Dissimilarities Flat Roof

Diagram of Green Spaces


PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Since the Cordoba House was meant for a Colombian immigrant family made up of three generations we felt it was important to create a ‘Spark Space’ for all three generations to use to come together. It was our hope that the ‘Spark Space’ would eventually represent a place for each individual to feel as if they were a part of a collective especially as they adjusted to St. Louis, a new and unfamiliar place to all of them. When it came to the program, we tried to create a layout where each generation was equally exposed to the central Spark Space and where circulation paths all crossed one another to allow for interaction between all generations.

First Iteration of Ground Floor

First Iteration of First Floor

Connection to ‘Spark Space’ by Generation


SHIPPING CONTAINERS AS GREEN METHOD

Sketch Model Shipping Container Proposal

In an effort to incorporate smart sustainable strategies, we explored the idea of using shipping containers as building elements in the house. Using shipping containers as a structural component in the house was not just a green strategy but also a way to cut costs, reduce building time and connect to St. Louis’ history as a major hub within the United States’ Shipping Industry.

Precedent Study Using Shipping Containers


P R O G R A M R E V I S I O NS Initially we positioned the containers to line the ‘Spark Space.’ The typical size of the containers was 8’ x 8’ x 20’. To make use of all of the material, we used the leftover material for partition walls in other areas of the house.

Iteration of Ground Floor Using Shipping Containers

Iteration of First Floor Using Shipping Containers


FINAL PROGRAM In our final program , we ultimately decided to move the shipping containers to the outer edges of the home so that the shipping containers’ presence could be seen from the outside.

Final Program for Ground Floor

Final Program for First Floor


FI N A L B O A R D : S I T E + C O N C E P T

GRID DESIGN TEAM

NOMAS DESIGN COMPETITION 2009 BOSTON CHAPTER

CORDOBA HOUSE: St. Louis, Missouri


FINAL BOARDS


FINAL BOARDS


FINAL BOARD : GREEN CONCEPTS , SUSTAINABILITY + BUDGET


F I NA L M O D E L O F C O R D O B A H O U S E

Final Model: Family Entrance on Congress Street

Final Model: Front Facade on Lynch Street

Final Model of Cordoba House 24 inches x 36 inches


CLOSE UP OF SITE MODEL


SITE MODEL Reflection: Our design was evaluated on the “implementation of the conceptual idea, cultural expression, design excellence, integration of passive and active sustainable strategies, and the incorporation of universally accessible design.” Our team worked hard to come up with thoughtful, cost-effective and sustainable design solutions for the home, consulting directly with MEPS, Structural and Sustainability Advisors along the way. The consultations greatly affected how we continued to design the home and our understanding of these systems. Establishing a ‘mock firm’ environment was also a worthwhile experience for us as we learned how to work and communicate as a team so that we could produce an end result that we could all be proud of. Working under a firm-like setting allowed our team to distinguish the skills that each individual brought to the team and how we could best apply his/her skills to benefit our learning and the design of the project.

Site Model 24 inches x 36 inches


MOMENT IN TIME

Team Member during Mid-Review Presentation


AFFORDABLE HOUSING

2010 HOME LOAN BANK OF BOSTON COMPETITION


AFFORDABLE HOUSING Project: To design a low-income residence in place of an existing parking lot with additional street level retail space Location: 10 Oxford Street, Chinatown in Boston, Massachusetts Program size: 6,400 SF Project Advisor: Christine Cousineau Project Team: 7 members Five teams of students from MIT, Harvard, Tufts University and the Boston Architectural College, all with different specialties ranging from architecture to finance, were tasked with the responsiblity of working with developers and bank representatives in designing an affordable housing unit in Chinatown. Our team of 7 was given a 6,400 sq ft lot at 10 Oxford Street, which currently functions as a parking lot, where developers were looking to build a low-income residential project with additional street level retail space.

Roles + Responsibilities: Because our team consisted of members with different focuses, my role in the project was to work with 3 other BAC students in the design aspect of the project. The housing unit was to explore green strategies, solutions to inspire more community interaction and spatial planning that the finance and business students could then apply amounts to in their budget, reports and proposals.


EXISTING CONDITIONS The site posed difficult due to the overall shape and tight adjacencies as well as the community’s concern of safety in the area. We sought to design a building that made the most of the site by offering as much southern exposure as possible to provide lighting and heat. A large portion of the competition was to utilize sustainable technologies and techniques, thus we also included a green roof with a grey water retention system.

View of Existing Site Conditions: Parking Lot

Amenities Surrounding Site


A TYPICAL UNIT Development Principles: 1. Provide housing that is affordable to all members of the Chinatown community from extremely low income (30% AMI) to moderate income (80% AMI) 2. Provide 2- and 3- bedroom units for families 3. Enhance Chinatown neighborhood safety by improving lighting and foot traffic on Ping-On Alley and Oxford Street 4. Encourage community and economic development by providing community spaces, language-learning centers and technology facilities 5. Increase green space 6. Create a well-designed, sustainable building 7. Commemorate Chinatown’s heritage

Standard 2-Bedroom Unit


AT STREET LEVEL Site Challenges Commercial buildings abut the proposed site, one with a setback requirement and one without, thereby requiring a narrow passageway along one side of the building. Additionally, because the surrounding buildings are so tall, there are limited areas where natural daylight can be taken advantage of. Also, within the area there are narrow sidewalks, and thus very little pedestrian traffic. Site Opportunities Oxford Street and Ping-On Alley both provide community amenities available to a developer. Oxford Street has a “pocket park� near the site, which is to be developed into a playground. The urban nature of the site makes it ideal for transit-oriented development and other sustainable measures associated with high density and walkable access to community resources.

Ground Floor Plan with Retail Spaces


FLOOR PLANS + METHODOLOGY

Unit Design Studio Units: Due to the unusual shape of the building, we placed studio spaces in otherwise awkward areas as a means to maximize space utilization within each floor. Though the main goal was to create housing for families, the presence of studios provides diversity within the building, both in terms of household composition and income. Each studio consists of 308 square feet of living space designed to maximize space through effective design.

First Floor

One Bedroom Units: There are two unit types for one bedroom units, measuring 610 and 625 square feet respectively. Both are designed to be adaptable to the resident’s needs. The one-bedroom units are primarily for single occupants or married couples, however the larger unit has a bigger living space that is adaptable for family use. The 610 square foot unit has large windows providing light into the living and sleeping quarters. Each floor plan takes advantage of transom windows over the doorways to the bedroom to provide natural light into windowless rooms throughout the day, maximizing light and space at the same time.

Third and Fourth Floor Plan


Two Bedroom Units: There are four unit types for two bedroom units: 804, 828, 837, and 862 square feet. These units are designed primarily for occupancy by families, and are the focus of the development. The 837 and 862 square feet units are designed to have larger second bedrooms that could be suitable for more than one young child. The units are also designed to isolate the kitchen and bedroom areas so that even as the common areas are open there is little disturbance caused by families with varying schedules.

Fifth Floor

Three Bedroom Units: There are two unit types for three bedroom units, measuring 918 and 1172 square feet respectively. The three bedroom units are designed with families in mind and are rarely found elsewhere in Chinatown. The units provide significant daylight throughout the living spaces. Additionally, the bedrooms take advantage of transom windows above the doors to take utilize as much available daylight as possible.

Sixth Floor through Twelfth Floor


FROM ALL SIDES Building Details Interior • 11 Floors of Residential Space • 2 Ground Floor Retail Spaces • Ground Floor Laundromat for Residents and Neighborhood • 5th Floor Learning and Technology Center for Residents + Local Nonprofits • 5th Floor Terrace • Rooftop Gardening Plots Exterior • Commemorative Space for Founding of Chinatown at Ping-On Alley • Oxford Street Corridor Design, New Street Lighting Including Small Playground and Surrounding Streetscape Enhancements

Ping-On Street Elevation


Oxford Street Elevation

South Side Elevation


EXTERIOR PERSPECTIVES

Proposal for Ground Floor Retail on Oxford Street

Entrance Along Ping-On Street with Commemorative Mural


CAMBRIDGE FLOCKS

S U M M E R 2011 JOB CAPTAIN + DRAFTER


FLOCKS : A TEMPORARY ART INSTALLATION Project Advisor/Artist: Carolina Aragon Project Team: 15 members Roles + Responsibilities: My role in the installation was to collect field measurements, develop construction documents of the nets along the one-mile stretch, help manage construction of the nets, document the entire process for marketing and proposal initiatives and work on graphics for the project. About: Flocks is a temporary installation along Cambridge Street that contributes to the awareness and appreciation of Cambridge’s rich cultural heritage through a reflection on migration. The installation consists of several nets of reflective birds that are suspended from lamp posts spanning over a mile long segment of Cambridge Street between Inman and Lechmere Squares. Inspired by both bird and human migrations, the project sought to create a memorable experience that celebrated the dream that fuels long and difficult migrations and the coming together of groups to create a new life.

Poster for Flocks for Cambridge Street


MASTER PLAN + PROCESS

MODULE 1

MODULE 2

MODULE 3

MODULE 4

Construction of Birds

MODULE 5

Classification of Lines

Tying of Birds to Lines


PLANNING + PREPARATION

Module 1: Inman Square

Measuring the Lines

Module 2: Elm Street

Close-up of Birds

Consultation with Construction Documents


Module 3: Cambridge Public Library/King Open School

Net Packaging Assembly

Module 4: Sciarappa Street

Package System

Package Assembly for Transport


CONSTRUCTION DETAILS

Typical Cambridge Street Elevation

Module 5: Lechmere Station

Typical Lamp Post Elevation

Consultation with Artist

Site Study

Collecting Field Measurements


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C O NS T R U C T I O N : D E T A I L S + M OC K - U P BIRD: with monofilament connection NET: spectra line with loops, cross lines + spacing line SUPERSTRUCTURE: amsteel blue rope with connectors CLAMP ASSEMBLY: clamp + connectors at lamppost

Pole Assembly Detail

Bimini Knot Used on Lines Diagram of Net Construction

Preparing Nets for Installation

Mock-up Installation

Happy Viewer


DAY + NIGHT SHOTS

View from Lechmere Station Photo Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro Boston

View From Elm Street


MIXED USE COMPETITION FALL 2011 SITE RENDERER


MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT Location: 34-36 Hampshire Street Cambridge, Massachusetts Position: Renderer Project Team: 4 Roles + Responsibilities: My role in this project was to help produce elevations, schematic plans and site renders for a proposal for a mixed-use building in Cambridge. Because of my familiarity with Photoshop, my main duty on the project was to create realistic elevations and perspectives of our proposal.

View Looking East

Our proposal was a 6-story mixed-use building on the corner of Hampshire Street and Portland Street. The building was to incorporate a ground level retail space with parking/utility areas below and residential floors above, View Looking South


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