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ZENAH Architecture Portfolio


Curricullum Vitae

About

Education

Full Name

B.A. Architecture (BArch)

Zenah Mahmood Fadhil

Occupation

American University of Sharjah I AUS College of Architecture, Art and Design I CAAD 2014-2019

Architecture Graduate

High School Diploma (HSDP)

Languages

Contact Information

Al Nahda National School for girls Abu Dhabi I 2002-2014 Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE-A Levels

(+971) 50 6608767

Study Abroad Programs

Zenah.Mahmood@gmail.com

Architecture and Culture in Italy I Summer 2015

English I Arabic

Seeing and Drawing in Italy I Summer 2018

Experience American Institute of Architecture Students

Internship at T.ZED Architects

2016-2017 I Member

Summer 2017

Research Assistant

Tau Sigma Delta

Fall 2018

2017-2019 I Architecture Honor Society Member


Skills Digital

Physical

Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Autodesk AutoCAD Autodesk Maya Grasshopper Google Sketchup Kangaroo Keyshot Rhinoceros V-Ray for Rhinoceros ZBrush Revit Lumion 8

Drawing Model Making 3D Printing CNC Routing Laser Cutting Metal Kerning Woodshop Casting

Achievments + Publications Bee’ah “ZERO” Eco-Friendly Competition

Bee’ah “Shaping the Future” Exhibition at

2015 I Winner

Sharjah Architecture Triennial

1971 I Gallery Exhibition

2019 I Thesis Project exhibited

2015 I Exhibited Work

Dean’s List

P16 - ARC issue 2.0 by AIAS

Fall 2015 Spring 2015 Spring 2017 Fall 2018

Spring 2017 I Published Work


Architecture Studios

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Turning Water to Olive Oil Spring 2019 I Thesis Studio

II

Music School Spring 2018 I Comprehensive Studio

III

Dubai Design Hub Fall 2018 I Urban Design Studio

IV V

Muwaileh Mediatheque Fall 2017 I Urban Design Studio

Art Gallery Spring 2017 I Experimental Design Studio

VI

In The Cloud Age Fall 2019 I Design Build Studio


+ Design Courses

I

Structures Spring 2017

II

Architectural Detailing Fall 2017

III

Advanced Computer-aided Design Spring 2019

IV

Critical Practice and Contemporary Discourse Spring 2019


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Turning Water to Olive Oil Spring 2019 I Thesis Studio Professor Faysal Tabbarah In collaboration with Jawaher Al Mutairi

The studio aimed to critically examine and reimagine the production of contemporary architecture in MENA by interogating the relationship between architecture, the environment, and colonial legacies. The site chosen is part of the dry river bed of Oued Issil in Marrakesh; situated at a close proximity to the old city walls (The Medina). Thesis: Remedying the displacement of people by displacing earth and water which creates a breeding ground for agriculture to grow. We capitalize on this by constructing a tourist attraction surrounding the Olive orchard. Drawing on the parallel between water and bodies, by creating a united centre of distribution. They both collect and pass through the same places; the water effectively carving the spaces for the bodies.


Infograph

80% of the inhabitants in the Medina are foreigners. An alarming statistic showcasing the displacement of locals in search for better housing/jobs. Agricultural decline, due to cilmate change, also factors in the displacement issue. Atlas Mountain

Deep drillings

Water sources 1983

Surface river water

2018

Current water sources come from rivers >150 km from site. Irrigation using Khettara networks is a successful traditional means. The oeud transports waste water.

Qanat Khettara

Bassin

Seguias

I

Oeud


Site Plan + Water systems overlay

Roof plan


The water cistern which holds much of the irrigation water is experiencedthrough meandering paths around the structural columns. The diversion pipe removes excess water from site. Offices

Lobby

Section Drawing

I

Diversion Pipe


Olive shoot

Olive Lab

Connecting the process of harvesting olives to oil production sectionally. Waste is removed through the pump station. Working and living spaces are easily accessible to one another. Roof+ Park

Entry Ramp 8m

Pump Room


Column/Roof Chunk

I


Residential unit render

Cistern Render


Chunk Render

I


Key Moments

Construction Cast concrete is mixed with sand and hammered to create varying textures.

Sakiya wall Rough subtractions within the sakiya wall create inhabitable pockets for vegetation. The sakiya waters them passively.

Riparian Zone Floodwater is cleaned up by specific plantaions that also create a new viable ecosystem.

I


Site model I 3D Printed chunk


II

Music School Spring 2018 I Comprehensive Studio Professor George Newlands In collaboration with Adomas Zeineldin

The brief demands a Music School to be built opposite to the new school by RCR Architects in Dubai, Al Khawaneej. The project is to be constructed in a low-desnity, high-end residential area; thus making the acoustic consideration primary. The new addition to the neighbourhood should act as an exciting point of gathering for public events; as well as an exclusive hub for learing music. The distinction between the spatial specifications of the public vs. private functions generated two volumes intersecting where the funcions intersect. The amphitheatre and Vault are an ode to formal qualities that enhance acoustic quality. Project size: 2500 sqm


Classes

Music Hall Amphitheatre

Intersection

Vaulted Entry


II


Section AA I Scale 1:200

Section BB I Scale 1:200

II


Wall Section AA

Wall Section BB

Structural Axonometric

II


Wall Section Elevations

Rendered Wall Section AA

Practice Space Interior Render


III

Dubai Design Hub (DDH) Fall 2017 I Urban Design Studio Professor Igor Peraza In collaboration with Pankhuri Malhothra

The addition of a design hub at a waterfront location in D3 aims to gather all kinds of designers as well as artists in residence in a space that fosters the creation and display of deisgn work. The Hybrid complex is divided into three main volumes: The gallery, libray and residence with respect to the main movement axis. All volumes are interconnected with bridging elements that extend to the water deck . A variety of spaces for work and display are created for specefic needs. Programs include and are not limited to : Exhibition halls, retail, restaurants, offices, workshops, artist residence.. Site area: 20 000 sqm Gross Floor Area (GFA): 15 000 sqm Max site coverage: 45%


Dubai Design District Green areas Roadways Hydrology

Site Location is strategic due to its close proximity to water as well as its access to Public transport routes, a pedestrian path and the water taxi station.

The heights of surrounding buildings provide a datum for new complex building.

Macro-site Analysis

III


Maintaining visual/pedestrian axis from D3 and creative city

Concrete envelopes

Residential Art Gallery

Cores

Mediatheque

Scattering main functions on site

Projections

Mesh

Volumes interact for maximum view Bridge

Bridging element connecting all entry levels

Manipulating interstitial space Parti Diagram

Exploded Axon


Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

III


Sections AA I BB

West Elevation I South Elevation


Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

III


Sections AA I BB

West Elevation I South Elevation


IV

Muwaileh Mediatheque Fall 2016 I Urban Design Studio Professor Cristiano Luchetti

Adjacent to University City in Sharjah, is the affodable housing and retail area of Muwaileh. Although being a highly active area (colloquially known as Karak road), it lacks a designed public space. Thus the introduction of a Mediatheque infill project that brings together several public functions in one space is crucial. The building site is attached to a pre-exisitng building on one side and a tongue is extended beyond the residences for landscaping. The construction involves steel frame and trusses, alongside concrete slabs and a pre-fabricated preforated skin.


Site in Muwaileh

Diagonal cut for entry

Dividing volumes + cantilevering over public space

Section AA

IV

connecting volumes with glass bridges + preoforated skin


Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

15m

11m

7.5m

3.75m


Interior Library Render

IV


V

Art Gallery Spring 2017 I Experimental Studio Professor Faysal Tabbarah

This Studio asked for an intervention at the Majaz waterfront in Sharjah. This project addresses the notion of structural exploration to create space. A tectonic and a stereotomic systems are adapetd such that the massive system creates enclosure and defines private programs ; whereas a preforated roof consisting of a complex module that aggregates and undulates to create a roof producing varying effects . The aggregation of the module provides structural integrity and an oppurtunity for infnite mass production. The roof creates a scattering light effect into the interior spaces. The building merges with the landscape and celebrates elements of light and water.


Ground Floor Plan

Section

V


A GROUND MANIPULATED TO CREATE SPACE B

BRIDGE CONDITION OVER NEWLY INTRODUCED WATER FEATURE

C SURFACE MANIPULATED FOR SECTIONAL DIFFERENCE D BOUNDING VOLUMES AGGREGATED TO APPROXIMATE THE SURFACE AND RECEIVE THE MODULE

D

C

B

A

Exploded axon


Dodecahedron as bounding volume/ skeleton

3D Printed Cluster I

Module evolution

Tectonic Elements come together with glass panels to create enclosure 3D Printed Cluster II

V


Workshops Interior Render

Exhibition Hall Interior Render


VI

In The Cloud Age Fall 2019 I Deisgn Build Stuido Professor Ammar Kalo In collaboration with the collective studio

Our work environments are witnessing a revolution in terms of how they define space and production. In a world full of distraction, what defines meaningful work today? In addition, considering most work is collaborative, what is the nature of collaboration and work in the age of the cloud? The Design/Build studio tackles those questions through case studies, design solutions, and prototyping. A signifi cant portion of the semester has been dedicated to physically iterate on those ideas, culminating in the fabrication of a 1:1 proto-type. The collective studio had the opportunity to collaborate on designs from their conception to realization at full scale, while deploying various fabrication and materials techniques in CAAD Labs as well as external industrial partners.


Pod Aggregation Diagram

1:1 Final Prototype I Fabrication

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Sectional Perspective

Fabrication I Experiential photo


Structures Spring 2017 Professor Faysal Tabbarah In collaboration with Basil Al Taher and Prathyush Pradeep

Buidling of a structurally behavioural construct with rigid timber elements that are connected with pin-joints and cables that are in tension. The analytical drawing further shows an understanding of which members are in compression or tension and where bending can occur.

I


Architectural Detailing Fall 2017 Professor Mathew Trimble In collaboration with Pankhuri Malhothra and Prathyush Pradeep

The cabin sits on a mountain site, that is challenging in terms of foundation design and weather control. The cabin sits on piles dug into the ground and I beams; with timber framing and steel cladding on either sides against glass facades on the other. Detail drawings show such understanding.

II


Advanced Computer-aided Design Spring 2019 Professor Gregory Spaw

2D Matrix I Grasshopper Script

III


Critical Practice and Contemporary Discourse Spring 2019 Professor Faysal Tabbarrah In collaboration with Jawaher Al Mutairi

Falaj networks in Al Ain began as an edict for the division of land and wealth, then soon after a symbol of justice and prosperity. Underground water structured the use of land, and socio-economic standing. The following is a temporal exploration of the relationship between the Aflaj of Al Ain and its land, people, policy, and architecture ...

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