PORTFOLIO | XINWEN ZHANG XINWEN ZHANG Selected works 2016-2019
UCLA AUD MARCH I firstname.lastname@example.org 424-270-5089
EDUCATION University of California, Los Angeles M.Arch I Class of 2019 GPA: 3.73/4.00 South China University of Technology B.E in Water Resource and Hydropower Class of 2015 South China University of Technology Minor of Communication Class of 2015
AWARDS 2018-2019 Award with Teaching Assistant Position UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design 2018 Continuing Student Awards UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design 2017 UCLA AUD Currents: Excellent Work Selection UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design 2014 The Best Performance Award Chinese University Innovative Design Competition of Hydraulic 2014 Excellent Student Leader Student Union of SCUT 2013 Mascot Design First Prize Water Resource & Hydro-power Mascot Design of SCUT
WORK Jun 2018-Sep 2018 : Architecture Intern Kevin Daly Architects Responsibility: Research, Space planning, Design, Physical Model Making, Photography Project: Facebook LAX Office, Facebook NYC Office Aug 2015-Dec 2015 : Architecture Intern Guangdong HUAFANG Architecture &Engineering Co., Ltd. Responsibility: Research, Site Analysis, Design, Physical Model, CAD Drawing, Presentation Project: Student Apartment of UEST of China, Haiyi Peninsular Residential Complex Dec 2014-Jan 2015 : Engineering Intern China Three Gorges Corporation Responsibility: Research, Site Analysis, Geological Survey, Deformation observation Jun 2013-Aug 2013 : Investigator School of Civil Engineering and Transportation in SCUT Responsibility: Landscape Analysis, Market Research, Interviews, Presentation
SKILL Rhino, Illustrator, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, CAD, Revit, Maya, Grasshopper, Photograph, Model Making
LANGUAGE Mandarin English Cantonese
01 GUN VIOLENCE MEMORIAL
02 CHINATOWN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX
03 FIRE STATION
04 STEEL HOUSE
05 LIBRARY LITE: EXOSKELETA
GUN VIOLENCE MEMORIAL 2018 FALL | ACADEMIC WORK | INDIVIDUAL This proposal focuses on establishing a significant landmark for people to mourn, contemplation and learn. The juxtaposition of solitary engagement and collective gathering and making the memorial experience into a wayfinding process from suffering to the contemplation and relief. The pyramid sitting upside-down represent as a monument, a tombstone for people who suffer from gun violence. The pyramid proposes a doubt that human beings are not really moving forward in the long trajectory of history and civilization, and we are suffering from violence and inequality all the time. The Memorial embedded within the landscape ensured the parkâ€™s existing uses. The deep entrance and dark tunnel as an emotional transition for the sorrow caused by gun violence. The two exhibition rooms are facing the facts and history of gun violence and lead visitor to mourn. The relief and remembrance come after along with calming garden and the ramp towards the final contemplation space, the pyramid.
COMMERCIAL COMPLEX 2019 WINTER | ACADEMIC WORK | TEAM WITH SEAN This project integrates Chinese culture to design a commercial complex to vitalize the Los Angeles Chinatown community and provide affordable housing. The design strategies it adapted from the culture research are the deconstruction of one single element like Chinese characters, the penetration of multiple events inside a single space like Chinese market and the living hobbits of Chinese people, and the texture and linear flow to make a harmony relationship of large scale object in Chinese art. The Chinatown metro station is located in the northeast of the site. The main entrance is near the metro station to guide people through. The east part of this project is 2 key hotel with the retail, museum and iconic event space. The West part is the Micro-housing, apartment, office, wework space, and commercial. The different program follows a similar flow and penetrates in between to create a dynamic spatial experience and provide more social connection and vitality to the community.
Typical Office Space
Skate Park Hotel Event Space Retail
Public Kitchen Garden Public Library
Shared Facilites Ballroom Study
Open Living Room
FIRESTATION 2018 SPRING | ACADEMIC WORK | INDIVIDUAL The Fire station is a public building where architectural issues are both expressed and realized in a modest way. The ego and alter ego of architecture extrapolated well in the program of the fire station and the characteristic of the firefighter. Like Batmanâ€™s bat cave, the firefighter is Superhero when fire missions come up, meanwhile, firefighter lives in fire station as their home. This proposal utilized a Convolutional Neural Network to produce images with the blending of texture, style, and depth. The ego and alter ego of the image translate into architecture language and form. The project manipulates artificial intelligence and as an experiment produced a new methodology and architectural forming language.
Brick Roof Top
Fitness Dayroom Staircase
Dorm Staircase Office
Storage Community Use Administration
Apparatus Bay Maintainace Bay Training
S Rampart Blvd 7th Street
STEEL HOUSE 2018 WINTER | ACADEMIC WORK | INDIVIDUAL This Comprehensive Design Studio focuses on a small urban, mixed-use development conceived by steel-frame tectonic. Considering of urban fabric and site condition, this project aims to maintain the continuity of this site and keep the connection with existing pizza shops. The event space uses to maintain the musical tradition of the site and the Cafe acts as the buffer zone from commercial to residential. With the exploration of graphic continuity, It generates hierarchy and different structure systems by the steel frame and crosses bracing. There are two structure systems work together to maintain the building stability and support the double curved metal panel skin and glass. The patterned cut-through opening responses to the overall urban fabric and provide sufficient sunlight during the daytime and it also illuminates the city during the night.
Glazing Metal Panel
Insulation Secondary Structure
Scrim Concrete Slab and Flooring Metal Decking Rigid Insulation
Gutter Diagonal Bracing
Detail Bay Structure
D Event Space
Open to Below
Open to Below
Plan & Elevation
LIBRARY LITE: EXOSKELETAL 2017 SPRING | ACADEMIC WORK | TEAM WITH TOM, DANIEL This project based on the precedent study of The Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City. The exoskeleton combing structure with the suspension of the library collection and fetishization of details. By catalog the connection and running through several iterations of structure combination, the final proposal decides to integrate cable system and frame system to produce the structural lightness and resolve the architectural dichotomy of light and heavy into an expression of the effects of structural optimization. The reduced structure leaves an architecture that is pushing skeletal and creates an effect that the dichotomic heavy and light articulation could not before. Materiality, depth, layering all are the consequence of manipulating the scale and efficiency of the structure. Apart from the seismic benefits and reduction of material, the new reading the structure displays what optimization can entail spatially.
Selected work from 2016 to 2019