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ZHENRU ZHANG

address 4719 Mortensen Rd #209 Ames, IA 50014

contact iyuzhulan@gmail.com 515-509-6553 quarter_of_a_frame

about me Coming from a photojournalism background, viewfinder allows me to tell stories of others and capture the decisive moments of life. Yet through it, I also found the existence of art. It has transformed how I visualize the world. Design makes me think differently, I can now not only capture the beauty of art, I am also capable of creating it.


cv ZHENRU ZHANG 4719 Mortensen Rd #209, Ames, IA, 50014

EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP 2012 - 2014

email: iyuzhulan@gmail.com Tel: 515-509-6553

EDUCATION 2013 - present

M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc. Beijing, China 2014 Hebei Gaozheng Interior Design Shijiazhuang, China 2013

Master of Arts, Major in Interior Design Iowa State University

2009 - 2013

Cape Cod Times, Photojournalism Cape Cod, MA 2012

Bachelor of Science, Major in Photojournalism Minor in Economics Iowa State University

ASSISTANTSHIP 2014-2016 Teaching Assistant @ Iowa State University Ames,IA

AWARDS Nominated for Next University Competition (Learning Space Design) 2014 8th & 9th Place in Multimedia Hearst Journalism Awards 2013, 2014 2nd Place of Online Feature Reporting Mark of Excellence Awards 2013 Work presented on Dean’s Council Presentation 2012 Dean’s List, 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016

PUBLICATIONS “Iowa Graduate Students Redesign Combat Outposts for the U.S. Military.” Interior Design Magazine, Big Ideas, March, 2016 “Iowa graduate students design military shelters for combat zones to help soldiers feel safer.” Dezeen magazine, April 4th, 2016

SKILLS AutoCAD Autodesk Revit Google Sketchup Photoshop Indesign Illustrator Lightroom Final Cut Pro X Microsoft Office English Chinese Capable of interior and architectural photography

STUDY ABROAD Poland Through A Lens Poland, 2014


2013-16 Selected

Interior Projects

Education: NEXT University Combat Outpost: Natural Infiltration Renovation: Human Science Extension & Outreach Residential: LUX Home

Installation

Domesticated Landscape

Photography Architecture Street! Street!


NEXT UNIVERSITY Learning Space Design LOCATION: Norfolk, VA SCOPE: Individual YEAR: Graduate 2nd Year, 2014 EXPOSURES: Nominee for next university competition November, 2014 DESCRIPTION:

At NEXT University, our goal is to develop critical thinkers who will be our society’s future leaders and innovators. Our role is to give students access to a premier education, active and diverse classroom experiences, more faculty interaction and then upon graduation the ability to lead and create an improved future state for our society.

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NEXT UNIVERSITY Learning Space Design

CONCEPT: As opposed to the traditional education settings, where the teachers and classrooms are the center of the information. NEXT University follows the concept of Information Decentralization. In order to encourage and increase the communication and information exchange among students and faculty, the space is organized by the pattern of decentralization. The space not only creates an open, vibrant atmosphere, it also achieves the balance between focused work and collaboration.

Left: concept Right: diagram & inspiration 3


Entrance view 4


Active learning Large classroom

Quiet Space

Small Library

Focus Group

Active learning

Cafe

Faculty hub

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The ground level and upper level is connected by a massive transparent LED cylinder panel. A student CafĂŠ is located within the cylinder, which works as a connecting hub for the entire space. In order to cope with the Information Decentralization concept, the transparent LED panel (upper image) offers rich information for students and staff members to utilize. Students and users within the building become the content contributor as well.

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Above: in-between learning space view Middle: first floor & second floor plan Below: library view


Second floor learning common and cafe view 6


NATURAL INFILTRATION Combat Outpost Design LOCATION: Delaram, Afghanistan SCOPE: Individual YEAR: Graduate 3rd Year, 2015 EXPOSURES: Interior Design Magazine Big Ideas, March Issue Dezeen Magazine April 4th, 2016 DESCRIPTION:

As Interior Designers, we are called upon to provide an environment that is not like anything else, but more supportive of “what’s next”, a wager on what the future will require. Projects like this one, for the government, often take so long to design and construct that by the time they are completed, they represent an idea that is anywhere from three to seven years old. We have to base that idea on what we think the inhabitants will need seven years from now. This studio is an attempt to codify that forward-thinking design process, and to create for the military an interior design concept that is emblematic of things to come.

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NATURAL INFILTRATION Combat Outpost Design 2016

CONCEPT:

Infiltration by military definition involve small, lightly equipped infantry forces attacking enemy rear areas while bypassing enemy front line strong points and isolating them for attack by follow-up troops with heavier weapons. As soldiers at war are being exposed to extreme environments, they are constantly on missions that are high pressure and often experience traumatic events. The idea behind the natural infiltration concept is to utilize certain elements, such as colors, lighting, plantation and forms. These elements would act like a “Small body of soldiers� to unintentionally wake the sense of hope and ease the trauma of wounded ones.

Combat outpost model 9


Living quarter Main circulation Zen unit Mess hall & laundry Amory & HQ & supplement Parking Medical Helipad

Above: combat outpost floor plan diagram Below: bird-view of combat outpost 10


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For maximum space utilization, the inner hexagon is twisted 90 degrees to create 5 pentagons with the outer hexagon. 0a

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Shape: Hexagon Hexagon is a strong shape that should reinforce the soldiers MENTALITY. Make the most of the SPACE

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Make the most of the PERIMETER. Soldiers that work along the perimeters would have a shorter distance to work with and have a quicker reaction time.

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The section of the Living Quarter demonstrates how the billeting are benefiting from the natural light and how soldiers are connected within the area surround by the billeting. Reference Scale:

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Above: living quarter garden view Below: living quarter section 1 12


The living room of the billeting tent enhances the small community within the space. The built-in garden would allow natural views and sunlight into the room.

Above: billeting living room view Below: billeting diagram 13


Living room Plantation

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Above: billeting unit floor & Individual living unit Below: billeting unit view 14


Space could be entered from both sides of the building.

Infinite loop Lighting levels would change while walking through it. It is also the main circulation to navigate through the space - Natural element garden - Small gathering space - Large gathering space - Library The floor level is seven feet under the ground to create the atmosphere of a different realm.

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Above: zen unit floor & zen entrance view Below: zen chapel view 16


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From SACON, the easy on-site construct, shock absorbing concrete, to low energy consumption LED, to high tensile strength Kevlar, along with tunable transparency smart glass, bullet proof aluminum oxynitride and acid, rip proof mesh tarpaulin. These materials together provides soldiers a living place that is not only safer, but more comfortable and convenient.

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Above: mess hall diagram Mid: mess hall floor plan Below: mess hall smart materials


Mess hall view 18


Human Science Extension & Outreach Small Office Design LOCATION: Iowa State University SCOPE: Group YEAR: Graduate 2nd Year, 2014 RENOVATION PROPOSAL:

The goal of this proposal is to find a long term office configuration. This will involve more drastic changes as we are able to suggest replacing entire pieces of furniture and tearing down architecture built-ins, such as kitchen counters and flooring. Due to the range of creative freedom we are given, we can then create a more accurate and accommodating space that represents the idea of the Extension and Outreach center.

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Human Science Extension & Outreach Small Office Design

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“Plant Stem” became the inspiration for this project. Plant stem characterizes the team’s desire to reach out and assist others in need, no matter how far they are. It comes in a variety of colors, such as red, yellow, and green, suggesting the optimism of life while soothing the visitors with its innate aspects. The plant vein answers the dilemma by being both compartmentalized but connected. The idea is that the space will ultimately incite the feeling of health, wellbeing, and happiness.

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Above: floor plan & concept Below: entrance view 22


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Above: section view Below: north & south elevation views 23

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LUX HOME Residential Design LOCATION: Ames, Iowa SCOPE: Individual YEAR: Graduate 1st Year, 2014 CLIENTS PROFILE:

Eric and Anna Gustafson are in their Fifties. Eric is a former hockey player who is now in real-estate business, and remains active in hockey coaching at ISU, and he loves landscape and art. Anna is the museum director and she is also a collector of fine art and porcelain. Due to the different taste of each user, the home needs to be the combination of historical decor from certain historical period and also the sense of contemporary.

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LUX HOME Residential Design 2014

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CONCEPT The main concept behind my residential design is timeless. Utilizing the contemporary design and contemporary manipulation of roman classic design throughout the space to achieve the sense of timeless. I hope to use these elements to create a comforting, welcoming and uplifting space for the clients. Yet, the artwork, materials, and furniture sections should reflect their preferences and identities.

GROUND FLOOR Garage

Entrance

Kitchen & Dining

Living Room

Master Bedroom

LOWER FLOOR Guest rooms

Office

Main living room

Laundry room

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Above: ground floor living room view Below: building block diagram 28


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As a residential design, designers are called upon to provide a living environment that is not only comfortable to live in, but also more expressive of the users’ preferences and identities.

Above: ground floor and lower floor plan Below: ground floor master bedroom view 29


Ground floor kitchen & dining view 30


Domesticated Landscape Black Contemporary LOCATION: Ames, IA SCOPE: Group YEAR: Graduate 3nd Year, 2016 DESCRIPTION:

The Domesticated Landscape project is a performable installation that took place on an abandoned corn drying bin on Black Heritage’s farm. The performance utilizes natural lighting and a suspension system to create an architectural condition which provide the viewers a full sensory experience.

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Domesticated Landscape Architecture Installation 2016

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Modern city is born out of capitalism and its development is subject to the logic of capitalism, which melted all that was solid into the air. The relationship between people has been largely reduced from moral emotion and ethic to the point that there is barely money, trade, and benefit exist. Almost everything in the society is able to be valued with money. At the beginning of this century, technology transforms the appearance of capitalism to a great certain. However, its operating mechanism remained. The world that is operated through capitalism is still about production, reproduction and consumption is the force that keeps the system running. Food crisis, in this circumstance, can be considered as a manifesto of current mechanism of our society. Humans treat food, from as simply a necessity to a salable product in the market which are dominated by cooperation. And the process of food production has been industrialized and human becomes a secondary part of the mechanic system. The value of food has been evaluated through the system instead individual good. The quality of food can no longer keep pace with the growing quantity of production. The ingredients that cannot be consumed become necessary element in many byproducts from food factory. When the profit conflicts with ethics and morals, people need to make a choice. When the profit conflicts with sustainability, people are well aware. The bare essence of modern city was reduced to a neutral urban field, which consisted of indispensable infrastructures and expanded in all directions without any limit. The food hub as a necessary component of food production is still running silently.

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Above: light leak from the apertures of the corn drying bin Below: motion sequence 35


Art denotes a process of doing or making. This is as true for technological art. Every art does something with some physical material, the body or something outside the body, with or without the use of intervening tools, and with a view to produce of something visible, audible, or tangible. So marked is the act of the “doing� phase of art, that the dictionaries usually define it in terms of skilled action ability in execution.

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Visual Inspiration Photography LOCATION: Across the Globe SCOPE: Individual YEAR: 2009 - 2016

DESCRIPTION:

The light, people, forms, geometries, and moments that intrude in my viewfinder has become my inspiration for my design and life.

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College of design, 2012 39


College of design, 2010 40


Pittsburgh, 2010 41


Pittsburgh, 2010 42


Poland, 2014 43


Above: Poland, 2014 Below: Poland, 2014 44


Cape Cod, 2012 45


Poland, 2014 46



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