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YEN NGUYEN Portfolio

SPSU Year 1 - Architecture Orientation - Design Foundation I - Basic Professional + Technical Communication - Music Appreciation - Design Foundation II - Design Communication I - Introduction to Drawing - World Religion


Year 2 - Design Foundation III - Design Communication II - Photography - Design Foundation IV - Architectural Culture I: Early Civilizations + Medieval - Architectural Structures I - Architectural Culture II: Renaissance - 1850 - Enviromental Technology I: Systematic Selection + Finishes

Year 3 - Architecture Studio I - Urban Design + Planning Theory - Environmental Technology II: Human Comfort + HVAC Systems - Architecture Studio II - Architecture Culture III: 1850 - 1945 - Architecture Structure II: Steel + Wood

Year 4 - Architecture Studio III - Cultures IV: 1945 to Current - Architecture Studio IV - Thesis Preparation/Research - Architecture Structure III: Concrete + Lateral Loads - Environmental Technology III: Lighting-Vert. Circ + Acoustics - Management + Organizational Behavior - Project Management - Management Networks + Telecommunications

Year 5 - Focus Studio - Thesis Research - Professional Practice - Design Cost Control - Thesis Studio - Environmental Technology IV: Codes + Technical Documentation - Management Entrepreneurship

Table of CONTENTS WORK RESUME..................................................30 PAPER TUBE WALLS......................5 CAY TRE BUILDING......................15 ABOUT ME ..........................................32 KROG-IRWIN CORNER..............21 GREEN ESCAPE..............................27 CONTACT INFORMATION.........32


For the last year of Architecture, I worked on Paper Tube Walls as my thesis project. It focuses on how to use recycled material as an alternative skin for a suburban house typology.Being raised in a suburban house, I was interested in a suburban house typology. In the initial stage, exploration was done to understand all the aspects of what a suburban house is and what are the characteristics that comes with it. After gathering all the informations of a suburban house, the question was now “Is there an alternate design to this ‘cookiecutter’ design?” The focus was now on what route to go in. Inspired by this ‘going green’ age, recycled material became the focus of the next series of studies. Using recycled material can reduce the depletion of our natural resources, create more environmental awareness, and if we can recycle bottles, plastic bags, shoes, then why not find a way to use the recycled materials to create a house? “How can I create this material in manner where it can reproduced?” “How can I create modules of these explorations?” 4

Paper Tube Walls For this thesis, it will approach using recycle materials in the design by applying it to the skin of a suburban house. From the research, the most wasted material of the US is paper. Sixty-five percent of the paper are being recycled. According to research in Atlanta, forty percent of Georgia’s waste systems is paper. The top recycled type of paper was 1. newspaper, 2. magazine/glossy paper, 3. office paper and 4. cardboard paper. Therefore, the thesis was narrowing down to using paper as it’s main material for the skin, or more specifically, cardboard paper. This thesis explores the possibilities in creating an architectural skin with the use recycled papertubes as it’s main material. The goal is to successfully creating a panel of the recycled paper tubes that is reproducible and can be intergrated as an exterior wall material, and interior wall. This thesis tries to find answers of what are the aesthetic values of paper tubes and how can it be applied to a walll of a suburban house? This will give an alternative recycled skin choice for suburban houses to use.



As a result, a one to one scale model was built of the panel created for a suburban house typology. The model contained an example of how a panel connects to another panel and also how a paper tube interior wall may be approached for the house. The idea was to create a panel that can be replicated not just for a house typology but also to further on to different types of buildings. The studies were on the tectonic aspects of the wall. The ideas was also to capture the aesthetic values of a paper tube and apply to a panel. Different renditions were made but the simple vertical tubes were chosen because of it’s simplicity in the language of the material, simplicity in construction, and efficiency in the construction method. If the project was to be studied further, replacing the framing with the tubes but still functioning and keeping its simple and aesthetic values would be the goal. Also, research in using paper tubes with other types of materials would be the next set of questions. Results can be endless when working with paper tubes, but this is the result for this project for now.


|Paper Tube Analysis|


|Paper Tube Wall Panels| After doings studies of paper tubes and understanding it’s qualities, the paper tube panel was created digitally to finalize on the details and to calculate the dimensions of the materials. Since the focus was on the tectonics of the design, a great amount of effort was put into the details of construction. The paper tubes were kept as it’s original long, linear composition not only for efficiency, but also because of it’s aesthetic value in simplicity and the genuineness of the material. The linear style, kept a bamboo-like structure which goes back to paper’s natural origin.




Wall or





Life Expectancy


Assembly Front View

Assembly Side View

Lifespan of a house Exterior Brick Wall

Lifespan of a house Exterior Siding Wall

Lifespan of a house Interior Wall


|Wall Diagrams + Recycling Studies|

Exterior Wall

Interior Wall

Protection Outside

Room Dividers

Inside Room Boundary

Room Boundary








|Recycling Case Studies|

Recycle Case Study 1 Paper Log House for Disaster Relief Shigeru Ban Recycled Paper Tubes


ATLANTA, GEORGIA: 33.752604, -84.38928 14

C창y Tre Building |Gai Che: Bamboo|









|C창y Tre Building| C창y Tre Building is a mix use building with offices on the top floor, and auditorium, retail stores, and public spaces on the two bottom floors. The goal of the project was to bring in natural lighting to the site. The challenge of the site was the fact it is located underneath street level and has limited light source. The beauty of the site is the still used train tracks, and the historical origin information of Atlanta to the site. After doing analysis, the prominent nodes became the focus of the design. The nodes were created from the sites surroundings, pedestrian and vehicular circulation flow. With the structural design of the nodes, I have adopted the idea from precedent studies, specifically Mediatheque. The light wells, and structural designs is created from the characteristics of a bamboo tree. This captures the essence of nature and brings in natural lighting beautifully. In the design, one of the nodes has a continuous stair case from the bottom to the top, celebrating the usage of the stairs and admiring the beauty of the nodes. The second stair case celebrates the middle of the node, as the opening continues to the sky and the stair surrounds the center. The middle celebrates artworks by being available to display historical artworks of the origin of Atlanta. The third node has glass elevators. Each node provides a purpose of vertical circulation and source of natural lighting.



ATLANTA, GEORGIA: 33.757257, -84.364694 20

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building, playing a part, but only a part.

Krog-Irwin Corner

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Green Escape Green escape serves as an alternative route for the public and pivate to access from one street primary street to the tertiary road. This pedestrian friendly alternative is for the people to have an escape from the busy city atmosphere and enjoy the presence of nature along the path. The program is to design to be an art school and to serve for the community as a sustainable icon.




Resume Yen Nguyen . 404-310-0138

Sustainability Club

Education Southern Polytechnic State University: School of Architecture 2008-2014 Major: Bachelor of Architecture [NAAB accredited] Minor: Business Administration Clayton State University 2007-2008 Affiliations Member, American Institue of Architecture (AIA) Membership Coordinator/Historian; American Institue of Architecture Students (AIAS) Secretary/Treasurer, Sustainability Club Member, US Green Building Council (USGBC) Member, Alpha Rho Chi Participation/ Future City 2013-2014 Volunteer Work Habitat for Humanity 2013 Architecture Mentoring Program 2013 DCA Design Competition 2013 Southquad - Charette Competition 2012-2013 CANstruction sponsored by BRPH & Pond 2012-2013 Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) Challenge 2012 Research to Practice 2012 (R2P2) Competition 2012 Green Initiatives Conference 2012 Green Apple Service 2012 ARCHITECTURE 2030: Lectures held in Atlanta hosted by AIA 2011 Living Building Challenge: Living Aleutian Home Design Competition 2011 Exhibitions 2014 SPSU NAAB accreditation 2014 Works from design studios + etech selected to be displayed for NAAB accreditation Spring 2010 Student Work Exhibition SPSU Gallery 2010 Work from design studios selected for end-of-year reviews by visiting academics and professionals Fall 2010 Student Work Exhibition SPSU Gallery 2010 Work from design studios selected for end-of-year reviews by visiting academics and professionals Fall 2009 Student Work Exhibition SPSU Gallery 2009 Work from design studios selected for end-of-year reviews by visiting academics and professionals


Publications DCA Newsletter: 2013 Design shown on e-Newletter TrimTab Article: 2012 An online magazine: Living Future Conference: 2012 Work displayed at the conference in Portland, OR. Trim Tab Article also posted on their website: Greenprints 2012 2012 Work shown in the showcase at Georgia Tech Awards Honorable Mention for Lighting Fixture Design Competition 2014 Jimmy Goldgeier Scholarship Award for 2 years 2012-2014 Team Project Nominated as 3rd Place for Urban Planning Studio 2012 Design chosen from AIAS for CANstruction, 2011 design - Atlanta Jurors awarded for its 2011 ‘Structural Ingenuity’ : Work/ River Ridge Residence Project Atlanta, GA 2013-2014 Experience +Managed, designed & controlled building project of a single family home +Developed good relations with the building departments of Atlanta NV Automotive Morrow, GA 2013-2014 +Designed advertisements & logos for the business Ross Morrow, GA 2008-2009 +Sales associate/Managed customer service/Money Transaction NV Performance Forest Park, GA 2007-2008 +Designed advertisements & logos for the business +Book keeper/secretary position for an auto repair shop +Managed customer relations/money transactions Quoc Viet Tours Forest Park, GA 2006-2007 +Designed advertisements & logos for the business +Sales associate for a travel agency/Book keeper/Handled money transactions +Organized and stocked products Software Autocad Photoshop Illustrator

Languages English Vietnamese

InDesign SketchUp PowerPoint Word


Costlink AE


Contact Information Yen Nguyen . 404-310-0138

About Me I am a recent graduate at Southern Polytechnic State University with a bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Business Administration. Throughout the five rigorous years of architecture school, I have shown to be a very dedicated and hard worker. Aside from being a model student, I was an involved AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) board member and am now an AIA member. I dedicate my time not only in my work, but also in team building activities and volunteer work, such as student mentoring, Habitat for Humanity, etc. If necessary, I am capable to work under pressure and can take on leadership roles. I have no problem in working in teams, or independently. I have excellent presentation and organization skills. I have great communication skills and am passionate in the projects I am involved with. My works and past experiences has ranged from architectural designs, construction drawings, designing logos, model building, and more. Overall, I am a fast learner with a go-getter attitude ready to find a career opportunity.


Yen Nguyen's Portfolio  
Yen Nguyen's Portfolio  

This is a portfolio to show the architectural works of Yen Nguyen.