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Portfolio of Work Zachary Wong

One of the first things people notice is how different my portfolio compares with those of most Architecture students. A lot of students I had the chance to work with rarely knew how to draw, to represent a physical space through lines at the end of a pen. I was even somewhat shocked when one of my teachers told me to stop drawing in my sketchbook and get back onto the computer. In the long run, the final building may come from detailed CAD drawings and computer renderings, my emphasis lies on the initial ability to draw and visualize the space before wasting time trying to see if it may work and it doesn’t. The skill of hand drawing and rendering is lost in the modern architecture school and I fought a losing battle to bring it back against my professors who only wanted to see clean ideas from clean processes. It may work for some, but the inorganic experience creates a stale architecture that has no place in homes or places where people have to spend time.

Works & Contribution April 2013 | Dos Equis Chariot - Hammersmith Guild Design for a simple chariot for Dos Equis Cervezas at Bay to Breakers Event Summer 2012 | Subpar Miniature Golf Murals - Subpar Miniature Golf Design and execute a 170 foot long mural depicting the East Bay. January 2011 | HO Scale Model of Alcatraz Island ASM (All Scale Models), San Francisco, CA Land Formation Plotter & scale modeler Fall 2010-Present | Thorsen House Fence Rebuild Sigma Phi Society, Alpha of California Welder & Fabrication of Custom Stainless Steel Post Bases Interviews & Published Works May 23, 2011 | The Thorsen House Video Interview ( Spring 2011 | Style 1900 Magazine - “Student Aid� Interview & Photographs

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An introduction to understanding structures & construction. The class emphasis is to tie into family history and personal desire. Emphasis on being able to design with intent & understanding of the built and natural environment. Taught by Randy Hester and dealt with site analysis as well as reflections into personal insight to influence design. Projects consisted of designing a home, intergrating the same design patterns used into the landscape and intergrating it later into a pre-existing building condition.

Environmental Design 1 Hester, R. | Fall 2007

Introduction to drawing taught by Chip Sullivan & Joseph Slusky. Students at Berkeley were initially trained in the drawing methods somewhat along the lines of the Beaux-Arts school system. Class intergrated hand rendering, lineweight, watercolor, tone and beginning design concepts. Unfortunately, most of the photos for this class have been lost due to hard drive corruption. What is here is what is left of the original photos from the class.

Environmental Design 11A Sullivan & Slusky | Spring 2008

This is a studio course to help students develop a more conceptual understanding of deriving form from the pre-existing environment. Course intended to examine a repeated element and then develop a double negative, then a public space and eventually a library.

Modulation form: Small Modulation form: Medium/Small Modulation form: Tiny Modulation form: Small Medium Modulation form: Medium

Double Negative

Modulation form: Medium Large

Positive void (Combined Form & 2nd Horizontal) Modulation form: Large Modulation form: Largest

Positive Form (Horizontal 2nd Direction)

Combined form (Vertical & 1st Horizontal Negative)

Negative Form (Horizontal 1st direction)

Primary Form (Horizontal 1st direction)

Negative Form (Vertical) dictates: solitary passage dictates: a place to sit and think dictates: looking at something in passing dictates: a place to walk fast dictates: a place to sit with multiple people dictates: elevation change

Primary Form (Vertical)

dictates: a place to gather dictates: a separation dictates: an individual space dictates: a place to sit with another person










Zone “A”

Zone “B” ZB1
























Zone “C”

Zone “D”

decreasing intimacy gradient

Course not finished due to illness


First contemplation space

Section through “A”

Section through “B”


Large assembly area



Contemplation space: horizontal orientation

Contemplation space: vertical orientation

Exit Passage






Zachary Wong - A. Adel - Arch100A

Double Negative Stratified Pixel Language

Architecture 100A Iwamoto, L | Fall 2013 rendering

Extensive use of Rhino through this course.

The Chartwell School

As part of Berkeley’s curriculum, architecture 140 is a course introduction into design coordination with sun, wind, climate & the building envelope. In a two man team, researched the Chartwell School in Carmel, CA to analyze how well the building performs and understanding Post-Occupancy evaluations.

Architects: EHDD Architecture, San Francisco, California Energy Engineers: Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA Structural Engineers: Tipping Mar & Associates, Berkeley, CA Mechanical Engineers: Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA Electrical Engineers: Engineering Enterprise, Alameda, CA General Contractor: Ausonio Inc., Castro Valley, CA Landscape Architects: GLS Landscape, San Francisco, CA Green Consultant: EHDD Architecture, San Francisco, CA Acoustics: Charles M. Salter Associates, San Francisco, CA Lighting: Benya Lighting Design, West Linn, OR Daylighting: Loisos & Ubbelohde Associates, Alameda, CA

Client The Chartwell School Program K-12 Education with specific emphasis on teaching students with learning disabilities Location Seaside, CA Project Cost 9.2 Million USD Project Size 21,000 Square Feet

Shade requirements for Roof Face

Project awards: 2009 - AIA Committee on the Environment - Top 10 Green Projects Award 2008 - LEED NC v2.1 Platinum, US Green Building Council 2007 - Green Apple Award from the Collaborative for High Performance Schools 2007 - Honor Award - Energy & Sustainability from the AIA SF Chapter 2007 - Environmental Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Shade requrements for Southern Face

In four man groups, taking a portion of the Louisiana Museuem in Denmark and transposing it into a local climate and redesign specifically for the function of art with specific parameters.

Shade requirements for Western Face

Energy Use The charts that we found use the metric of BTUs per month for the total energy consumption for the site. It is broken down into a box plot seen at left for gas and electricity. This chart measures actual energy use rather than expected energy use in millions of BTUs per month. The Collabrative for High Performance Schools is a non profit that works to make California schools more green. In 2006, the Chartwell school received the highest score to date when it was certified by the CHPS. The chart the upper right on the next page breaks down the electricity use for the year into kilowatts by day, day and time and the various uses that the school has. Such as its tech center, lighting, HVAC, and plugs. plan



Bishop, California 30 degrees, West of North

Allie Johnson, Adrien Grig, Amary Frenz, Zachary Wong Arch 140 - Gwen Fuertes

Architecture 140 Brager, G. | Spring 2014

This as part of Berkeley’s architecture related courses is an introduction to construction and materials. The course incorporates an understanding of three primary construction materials: wood, metal & concrete. Site visits tied in with understanding of construction practices, personal safety and site. Projects were made to facilitate out of the box thinking and pushing material constraints to the limit.

Architecture 160 Buntrock, D. | Spring 2014

Through the National Parks Service, I was drafted into a team of eight people to craft this HO scale model from scratch. My chief function was to ensure that the entire land formation was accurate to the point of March 21st, 1963.

NPS HO Scale Model of Alcatraz ASM, SF | Winter 2011

Art 117 (Laney College Chavez, C. | 2012-13

This class dealt mainly with Intaglio, Engraving & Etchings. The volume of work produced in this class is around 120 pieces give or take five including 3 lithographs, 1 chromolithograph, and 1 woodcut print.

Sketchbooks 100A Self | Fall 2013

A landscape course taught by Chip Sullivan to create a greater understanding of the natural landscape. To be able to draw quickly and critically understand how the landscape functions and how to incorporate & frame the natural world. Projects to understand how the built environment affects necessary life such as the common honey bee and coast live oak.

Landscape 135 Sketchbook Sullivan | Fall 2013

Miscallaneous Sketches One of my favorite new forms of architecture is the tiny house. The minimal impact & footprint could have the potential to reduce over consumerism and loads on the grid. What is not learned in architecture school is the treatment of indoor spaces and finishes and details seem to get lost and it has to be a personal pursuit.

Why there is

An Exerpt From

Evil in the world

H.M.S. Pinafore or

Leo Tolstoy from Fables for Children

The Lass that Loved a Sailor Words & Lyrics By

Typographic Experiements Self | Fall 2013

“The Pond in Winter” A SELECTION FROM

W.S. Gilbert


Recens Press MMXIII


1869-1872 Recens Press MMCIII

Henry David Thoreau

The Sigma Phi Christmas Songbook

One of my personal hobbies is understanding and designing portions of books as a personal exercise. I studied under Peter Koch in 2011 and fostered a deep appreciation for fine press books, letterpress and good typography. As an architecture student, I was always pressured that the arrangement & choice of text was as important as the content itself. Watching one of my peers ignored altogether due to his choice of text was a harsh and inevitable reminder that text cannot be ignored. From L to R: Cover page - Why there is Evil in the World | First page - Why there is Evil in the World | Cover Page - Selection from H.M.S. Pinafore | Cover Page - “The Pond in Winter� from Walden | Cover Page - The Sigma Phi Society Christmas Songbook

Typographic Experiements Self | Fall 2013

Portfolio | Zachary Wong