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
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
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
3B. Guest Bedroom Drawer Set
3A. Guest Bedroom Closet Elevation
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 Principalâ€™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.
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 clientâ€™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
LIVING ROOM FAUTEUIL
DINING ROOM CURTAINS VANITY BENCH FOYER BENCH
LIVING ROOM VIEWS
4B. Living Room Elevation
4A. Living Room Bookcase Elevation
6A. Hallway Elevation: Master Bedroom
6C. Living Room Bookcase Elevation
6B. Master Hall
7A. Master Bedroom Shelving System
4F. Kitchen Elevation
4D. Kitchen Elevation
4E. Kitchen Elevation
4G. Den Elevation
4H. Den Elevation
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
EXISTING FLOOR PLAN
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
W O R K E
CHARLES SPADA F U R N I T U R E B O S T O N ,
D E S I G N S
M A S S A C H U S E T T S
CHARLES SPADA FURNITURE DESIGNS LAUNCHED AT THE START OF 2012. EACH PIECE IN THE COLLECTION WAS TO BE PART OF A LIMITED EDITION OF TWELVE SO THAT EACH PIECE COULD EVENTUALLY BECOME A RARE COMMODITY THAT ONLY A SELECT FEW COULD ENJOY.
V E N I C E C
36 5” W I D E
20” D E E P
H I G H
L U S S I E R C
6 0” L O N G x 6 0” W I D E x 1 6” H I G H TOP VIEW
S M A L L E S T S I Z E 22” L x 36” x 11”H
F U R N I T U R E
M E D I U M S I Z E 36” L x 36” x 16”H
D E S I G N S
ROCK CRYSTAL S
D I A M E T E R
W I T H
G O L D
F I N I S H
C U S T O M L O U I S
X V I
S T Y L E
107.5” LONG x 34” DEEP x 35” HIGH
CHARLES SPADA F U R N I T U R E
D E S I G N S
P R O C E S S P H O T O S
P R O
S I L K
O V A L
60” WIDE x 80” LONG x 72” HIGH
F U R N I T U R E
D E S I G N S
R A W I N G S
DESIGN COMPETITIONS BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS
nomaS design competition 2009 PROJECT MANAGER + DESIGNER
(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
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. Louisâ€™ history as a major hub within the United Statesâ€™ 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 containersâ€™ 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 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
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 communityâ€™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 Chinatownâ€™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 â€œpocket parkâ€? 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.
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 residentâ€™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.
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
Proposal for Ground Floor Retail on Oxford Street
Entrance Along Ping-On Street with Commemorative Mural
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 Cambridgeâ€™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
Construction of Birds
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 Assembly for Transport
Typical Cambridge Street Elevation
Module 5: Lechmere Station
Typical Lamp Post Elevation
Consultation with Artist
Collecting Field Measurements
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
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