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Yusra Saifuddin 19620 Darnestown rd Beallsville, MD 20839 240.489.3049 y.saifuddin@gmail.com

On the surface architecture seems static, it is permanent. But our experiences suggest otherwise.Architecture is as transformative physically as it is abstractly for its users. It responds to a dynamic environment every hour, every day, every season, and every year. It responds to the dynamics of our society as it evolves. Architecture activates people; it affects our movement, our lifestyle, our health. It affects our experiences, our memories, and most importantly our perceptions of space. Architecture is temporal. Each instance of a space only lasts for that moment. And our perceptions of that space are constantly shifting and changing in response to these subtle transformations. Designers attuned to these transformations and their effects design spaces that are much more dynamic, and with greater potential to nurture society and the environment. After completing my bachelor’s degrees in architecture and environmental design from the Univeristy of Houston, I worked for a little over three years. At both Phillip Ewald Architects and Morris Architects, I contributed on fast-paced projects that required me to learn quickly and proceed from the initial stages of design through completion. I completed my IDP hours in three years and hope to be licensed after completing two remaining ARE exams. With experience on both interiors and architecture, I strive to develop spaces that reflect my design values. Although I took some time off from working in a structured environment in order to nurture my children in their early years, I managed to remain well-informed about architectural research, news, standards, and software by participating in design competitions and producing freelance architectural services to local non-profit organizations. This time afforded me with a chance to reevaluate my career and its direction. I am looking to join a design team at HKS, where I can contribute on designing innovative solutions for complex situations. I feel confident that my design sensibility paired with my education and experience will serve as an asset at our office. Thank you for considering me as a possible candidate to joining your office.

Yusra Saifuddin 240.489.3049 y.saifuddin@gmail.com


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Yusra Saifuddin 240.489.3049 y.saifuddin@gmail.com

Certifications + Education Associate AIA, LEEP AP Completed IDP work hours Architect Registration Examination – Three remaining exams to be completed by 06.2012 Bachelor of Architecture magna cum laude May 2005, University of Houston Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design magna cum laude May 2005, University of Houston

Competitions Sukkah City NYC 2010 “'Sukkah City' is an international design competition to develop new methods of material practice and parametric design, and propose radical possibilities for traditional design constraints in a contemporary urban site.” The proposed design experimented with the properties of cork and tessellating patterns to create a flexible form for the Sukkah, a temporary place of worship for a Jewish festival.

Work Experience Islamic Center of Richmond, VA. — August 2011 Developed Program; offered options for masterplan of a mosque, community center and school, in addition to concept and schematic design of the mosque to be presented for fundraising purposes before further design development.

Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space commissioned by Art Alliance of Austin, TX. 2010 “TOGS™ challenges the visual and conceptual boundaries of the outdoor gallery space, transforming the open-air art fair experience into one that showcases the synergy between art and architecture and brings both to the public realm.” The proposed design offered a dynamic space reconfigurable with lightweight foldable panels to respond to the exhibit in addition to facilitating transportation and storage.

Morris Architects — October 2006 - May 2008 Designer – Responsibilities included producing and coordinating project solutions and documentation from schematic design through construction administration. Helped implement and develop strategies to transition to Autodesk Revit as the dominant tool to coordinate and produce construction drawings and details. Westin Memorial City - Houston, TX A twenty-seven story hotel and condominium tower to serve the commercial, hospital and retail elements which currently reside in the Memorial City area. Responsibilities included maintaining and developing Revit model for design options, color renderings, DD package, construction documents, details, and construction administration in a fast paced design-build environment. The Blue Rose: Condominium Hotel Residences - Orlando, Florida Two thirty-nine story condominium and hotel towers in a resort facility with spa, restaurant, retail and theater facilities in the Orlando area. Participated in the development of the Revit model and drawings, and the programmatic analysis of facility. University Corners - Gainesville, Florida Mixed use development providing student housing, hotel, retail and student spaces for the University of Florida. Coordinated structural and MEP disciplines to develop construction documents and design details. Philip Ewald Architecture, Inc — June 2005-September 2006 Project Designer - Responsibilities included space planning and construction documentation for corporate interiors, and health care facilities. Other tasks included field visits and verifications, computer modeling and rendering for new facilities and presentation packages, and responding to RFIs. Parker House 2000 Produced models of residential homes for the designer’s use in presentations to clients.

Golden Triangle BID Creative Bicylce Racks. February 2009 Client Directed Studio Experience East Campus Housing – University of Houston Spring 2005 Completed research on recent design and construction of university housing projects. Created concepts for planning, site development, and design of a mixed-use, multi-building housing complex for 1,200 beds at the University of Houston. Design studio team included Vergel Gay. AIA director of Planning, Facilities Construction for UH System. Work has been presented to Dr.Elwyn Lee and the Long Range Housing Committee, Provost Dr. Foss, and Regent Leroy Hermes. Rose Theater Reconstruction Fall 2004 Investigated the archeology of the original Rose Theater for Sydney Berger of the University of Houston, Theater Department. Library for a Transit-Oriented Community Spring 2004 Developed urban planning for a transit-oriented community located at the Metro Rail Fannin South Station for developer Frank Liu of Lovett Homes, followed by the development of a modern library and civic space serving the development Related Skills and Interests Autodesk Revit Autodesk AUTOCAD Autodesk 3D Max Rhino – learning and experimenting with Rhinoscript and Grasshopper Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. References upon request


EXPANDING ART - TEMPORARY OUTDOOR GALLERY SPACE Inspired by the natural rhythm of the seasons in which great transformations

are

to

observed. Trees come to life; but even before displaying their abundance of leaves we experience several in between states of summer and winter with the a burst of buds, then an emergence of delicate and vibrant young leaves which mature

into

larger

leaves

capable of providing shade, before morphing yet again as the leaves wither, returning the tree to the barren frame it once was. Similarly, the expanding art

pavilion

provides

an

intimate setting to experience art in an array of differing conditions

as

the

pavilion

expands and contracts. This process is not purely experiential, assembly,

it

facilitates

packing

ultimately portability.

and EXPANDING PANEL

EXPANDING LEAVES


EXPANDING ART - TEMPORARY OUTDOOR GALLERY SPACE Inspired by the natural rhythm of the seasons in which great transformations

are

to

observed. Trees come to life; but even before displaying their abundance of leaves we experience several in between states of summer and winter with the a burst of buds, then an emergence of delicate and vibrant young leaves which mature

into

larger

leaves

capable of providing shade, before morphing yet again as the leaves wither, returning the tree to the barren frame it once was. Similarly, the expanding art

pavilion

provides

an

intimate setting to experience art in an array of differing conditions

as

the

pavilion

expands and contracts. This process is not purely experiential, assembly,

it

facilitates

packing

ultimately portability.

and EXPANDING PANEL

EXPANDING LEAVES


CALHOUN STREET CAMPUS HOUSING SITE PLAN

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ENTRANCE 1


CALHOUN STREET HOUSING The University of Houston, considered a suburban campus, is looking at shifting its role from a commuter campus to a more traditional campus. The university plans on adding a significant amount of student housing on a campus where currently only 10% reside. This change could potentially alter the character of the campus life as student life on campus increases from an 8-5 day to a 24 hr active campus. The university defined a set of criterion by which any new development must follow. They are: physical beauty, organized growth, functional growth and memorable spaces. In understanding these terms, I found that the fi rst, physical beauty, encompasses the other criteria. I defi ne Physical beauty as a set of characteristics: Harmony of form, harmony of color, harmony of materials, excellence of artistry, craft and design, as something outstanding and memorable, having order, defi nition and scale, and pleasing to the senses. While none of these give a real indication of how these may shape a design, they seem to be a general objective of any design problem. Conceptually the project was begun with an intention to introduces ome urban scaled density to the campus of the University of Houston. This is achieved through the program, calling for a variety of housing types for the 1200 bed development. These housing types are arranged and organized by six gardens, each with their own specifi c identity to provide orientation and unique character to the various housing blocks. A dense, parkable street front provides access to retail for the university and community. The retail is contained in simple one story structures that intersect the housing by combining housing lobby space with retail service space. The sitting area for a coffee shop would be part of the lobby.


MORRIS ARCHITECTS - 2006-2008 Blue Rose Resort and Condominiums UP

SURFACE PARKING

PARKING STRUCTURE

UP

VEHICLE/LANDSCAPE STORAGE 2.2.4 - STORAGE

ATTICK STOCK 2.2.4 - STORAGE

SWITCHGEAR ROOM 3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

SURFACE PARKING

CENTRAL PLANT

GENERATOR GEAR ROOM 3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

EMERGENCY GENERATOR

CENTRAL PLANT

THEATER SUPPORT

3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

2.8.5 - THEATER SUPPORT

3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

UP

SURFACE PARKING

STAGE

THEATER SEATING

2.8.4 - STAGE

2.8.3 AUDITORIUM

STORAGE ROOM ROOM 2.8.6 - THEATER BOH

STAIR

3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

LOBBY 2.8.1 - THEATER PUBLIC

MEN 2.8.1 - THEATER PUBLIC

KITCHEN D

WOMEN

2.2.2 - KITCHENS

2.8.1 - THEATER PUBLIC

RESTAURANT D 2.1.1 - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

RETAIL F 2.1.2 - RETAIL

UP

BACK OF HOUSE 2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

RETAIL E 2.1.2 - RETAIL

KITCHEN C 2.2.2 - KITCHENS

UP

RESTAURANT C

BRIDGE

2.1.1 - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

1.6 - BRIDGE

STAIR

3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

RETAIL D

STORAGE

2.1.2 - RETAIL

2.2.4 - STORAGE

RAW BAR 2.1.1 - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

UP

MEN

RAW BAR KITCHEN

2.1.6 MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC

2.2.2 - KITCHENS

WOMEN

UP

2.1.6 MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC

RECEIVING OFFICE 3S-434

COFFEE BAR

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PROMENADE UP

UP

2.1.1 - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

UP

RETAIL C STAIR

2.1.2 - RETAIL

3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

BACK OF HOUSE 2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

BAR PANTRY 2.2.2 - KITCHENS

RETAIL B 2.1.2 - RETAIL

ATRIUM/BAR SEATING

M ATRIUM LOBBY/BAR 2.1.1 - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

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RETAIL G

RESTAURANT A

2.1.2 - RETAIL

2.1.1 - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

RESTAURANT B 2.1.1 - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

TELEPHONES BAKERY

KITCHEN B

2.1.1 - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

2.2.2 - KITCHENS

TABLE STORAGE

2.1.6 MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC

WOMEN

EMPLOYEE CAFETERIA EMPLOYEE SERVICE LINES KITCHEN 2.2.2 - KITCHENS

KITCHEN A

2.2.2 - KITCHENS

2.2.2 - KITCHENS

2.2.2 - KITCHENS

2.1.6 MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC

MEN

BEVERAGE STORAGE LOST AND FOUND

EMERGENCY GENERATOR

MAIL SHIPPING/ RECEIVING LABOR 2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS MANAGEMENT DROPSAFE

3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

2.2.4 - STORAGE2.2.4 - STORAGE

NURSE OFFICE

2.1.6 MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC

2.2.3 EMPLOYEE FACILITIES

2.2.1 2.2.4 - STORAGE ADMINISTRATION

BACK OF HOUSE

2.2.4 - STORAGE

TRAIN ROOM 2 2.2.3 EMPLOYEE FACILITIES

ROOM SERVICE SETUP 2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

TRAIN ROOM 1

COLD STORAGE/COMMISARY

WOMEN 2.2.3 EMPLOYEE FACILITIES

MEN

2.2.3 EMPLOYEE FACILITIES

ENGINEERING PARTS/SUPPLY STORAGE

2.2.3 EMPLOYEE FACILITIES

2.2.4 - STORAGE

PURCHASING 2.2.1 ADMINISTRATION

WOMEN'S LOCKERS 2.2.3 EMPLOYEE FACILITIES

2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

MEN'S LOCKERS

CART STAGING PARKING GARAGE WARDROBE ENGINEERING 2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

HOUSEKEEPING

2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

2.2.4 - STORAGE

2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS

BACK OF HOUSE STORAGE

RECEIVING 2.2.4 - STORAGE OFFICE 2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

FREIGHT ELEV 1

2.2.3 EMPLOYEE FACILITIES

2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

RAMP FIRE COMMAND CENTER 2.2.6 -

MISCELLANEOUS REFRIGERATED RECYCLING BACK OF HOUSE TRASH 2.2.6 EMERGENCY MISCELLANEOUS STORAGE 2.2.6 GENERATOR MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

EMERGENCY PUMP ROOMSWITCHGEAR POWER ROOM 3.1 UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

BACK OF HOUSE

3.1 3.1 UNCONDITIONED UNCONDITIONED PODIUM PODIUM

GARAGE

3.1 2.2.4 - STORAGE UNCONDITIONED PODIUM

4.2 - CLOSED GARAGE

UP

LAUNDRY / DRY CLEANING

UP

LOBBY 2.1.5 - PUBLIC CIRCULATION

RETAIL A 2.1.2 - RETAIL

2.2.6 MISCELLANEOUS BACK OF HOUSE

CHINA STORAGE GENERAL STORAGE 3S-432 3S-431 HUMAN RESOURCES 2.2.1 ADMINISTRATION

STAIR SD STORAGE

TWO-WAY CURB CUT

2.2.4 - STORAGE

TWO-WAY CURB CUT

TWO-WAY CURB CUT

The design consisted of two thirty-nine story towers, with a shared podium offering guests with a full service resort, retail, 5 restaurants overlooking the lake and promenade, a spa, sauna and private pools with poolside cabanas, a fitness center, game rooms, 75,000 sq of conferencing facilities, 35,000 sq ft of ballroom space, and a 1000 seat theater. This was the first Revit project at the office in it transition to Revit. I participated in the schematic phase of this project which included building the Revit Model for design review and options. I was also responsible for using the model to generate comprehensive area calculations for programming and pricing.


MORRIS ARCHITECTS - 2006-2008 Westin Hotel Condominiums - Houston, TX A twenty-seven story hotel and condominium tower to serve the hospital, commercial and retail elements which currently reside in the Memorial City area. Responsibilities included maintaining and developing Revit model for design options, color renderings, DD package, construction documents, exterior details, and construction administration in a truly fast paced designbuild environment.


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