Dana Blaschko




Master of Architecture
University of Texas at Austin
December 2009

Bachelor of Science in Design
Univer...
Dana Blaschko
McDonald Observatory Hotel and Support Facility
Mount Locke, TX
University of Texas at Austin
Spring 2009
Pa...
Dana Blaschko
McDonald Observatory Hotel and Support Facility
Mount Locke, TX
University of Texas at Austin
Spring 2009
Pa...
Dana Blaschko
Dana Blaschko
Caldwell County Courthouse
Lockhart, Texas
University of Texas at Austin
Fall 2008



When most Texas county...
Caldwell County Courthouse
Lockhart, Texas
University of Texas at Austin
Fall 2008

In my design, the courthouse facilitie...
Dana Blaschko
Dana Blaschko
Dana Blaschko
Media Cabinet
Wood Design
University of Texas at Austin
Fall 2008



I designed and built this cabinet of so...
Dana Blaschko
Media Cabinet
Wood Design
University of Texas at Austin
Fall 2008



Entertainment centers typically are des...
Dana Blaschko
House for an Amateur Astronomer
Mount Locke, TX
University of Texas at Austin
Spring 2009
Partner: Erin Star...
Dana Blaschko
“Diver”
Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
University of Texas at Austin - Study Abroad
Fall 2009



The diver’s b...
Dana Blaschko
“Diver”
Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
University of Texas at Austin - Study Abroad
Fall 2009



This piece wa...
Competition entry: Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum and Library Addition
Bloomfield Hills, MI
University of Nebraska-Lincol...
Dana Blaschko
Dana Blaschko
Competition entry: Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum and Library
Addition
Bloomfield Hills, MI
University of N...
Dana Blaschko
Bus Stop
Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fall 2006


This bus stop was designed for a nondescript...
Alternative Education Elementary School
Austin, TX
University of Texas at Austin
Spring 2008

Based upon psychologist Howa...
Dana Blaschko
Dana Blaschko
Architecture Hall Addition
Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fall 2005



The most striking thing a...
Dana Blaschko
Market Canopy
Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Spring 2005



For this design I took inspiration f...
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  1. 1. Dana Blaschko Master of Architecture University of Texas at Austin December 2009 Bachelor of Science in Design University of Nebraska-Lincoln May 2007
  2. 2. Dana Blaschko McDonald Observatory Hotel and Support Facility Mount Locke, TX University of Texas at Austin Spring 2009 Partner: Erin Stark The McDonald Observatory is one of the premier astronomical observatories in the world, with scientists traveling far for time with the 82 inch telescope. The facility is in need of new hotel and support facilities. This design is situated to take advantage of the views into the Davis mountain range. The hotel structure is a dual-cantilevered steel truss in which the rooms are housed. 5/8” PARTICLE BOARD PLASTER FINISH 2” FURRING STRIPS BIRCH DIMENSIONAL LUMBER PAINTED STEEL SLIDING DOOR SLIDING WINDOW STEEL CABLE RAILING 2” POLISHED CONCRETE TOPPING 4“ RIGID THERMAL INSULATION R=16 6” CONCRETE SLAB CORRUGATED METAL DECKING 2’ 9” DEEP WATER BASIN 1” METAL LINING
  3. 3. Dana Blaschko McDonald Observatory Hotel and Support Facility Mount Locke, TX University of Texas at Austin Spring 2009 Partner: Erin Stark A full 26 page drawing set was created for this project, includ- ing construction details, HVAC and plumbing plans, interior room details and elevations, and a complete interior finish schedule.
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  5. 5. Dana Blaschko Caldwell County Courthouse Lockhart, Texas University of Texas at Austin Fall 2008 When most Texas county courthouses were built, around 1900, these monumental structures not only served their governmen- tal function but also as venues for social interaction and even entertainment, with trials being widely attended. However, these courthouses no longer serve that function. As such they should not monopolize the central square without making the provision of those social services a priority.
  6. 6. Caldwell County Courthouse Lockhart, Texas University of Texas at Austin Fall 2008 In my design, the courthouse facilities are submerged underground, opening up a plaza above to support social functions: community parades and festivals, the local farmer’s market, wedding receptions in the covered courtyard and public movie nights. Connection of the two planes occurs through the light wells by which natural daylight is brought into each courtroom, the central courtyard covered by a cantilevered canopy and the change in ground plane based upon the height of the spaces below. The plaza is programed to support specific civic functions ensuring community use.
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  9. 9. Dana Blaschko Media Cabinet Wood Design University of Texas at Austin Fall 2008 I designed and built this cabinet of solid Texas pecan wood. The piece is 5 feet 6 inches long and 17 inches tall. It is constructed of through mortise-and-tenon joints pegged with aluminum dowels. I planed each of the boards used in construction to a thickness of 5/8 inch. The darker heartwood of the pecan creates interesting variation within each plane of the piece.
  10. 10. Dana Blaschko Media Cabinet Wood Design University of Texas at Austin Fall 2008 Entertainment centers typically are designed as dual compartment pieces of furniture. These designs are poorly suited to modern theater equipment. The three bay design better serves this equipment configuration by providing a centralized bay. It also features three drawers which are hidden by a single face place; this creates a uniform front facade for the piece.
  11. 11. Dana Blaschko House for an Amateur Astronomer Mount Locke, TX University of Texas at Austin Spring 2009 Partner: Erin Stark This house is naturally ventilated and is situated to optimize astronomical viewing area. This structure has minimal interior space and emphasizes the use of outdoor living spaces. The steel telescope shelter is retractable and moves by way of rails on either side of the house to open up the viewing platform.
  12. 12. Dana Blaschko “Diver” Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy University of Texas at Austin - Study Abroad Fall 2009 The diver’s body represents perfection in human proportion and musculature as well as the quality of grace. I chose this subject so that I could explore the human form and try to capture that element of graceful movement.
  13. 13. Dana Blaschko “Diver” Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy University of Texas at Austin - Study Abroad Fall 2009 This piece was created through the lost wax casting process. It was first created in clay, then cast in wax, where finer details were sculpted and finally cast in bronze.
  14. 14. Competition entry: Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum and Library Addition Bloomfield Hills, MI University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring 2007 The concept behind this design was to create an underground structure which through the undulation of its elements would create an altered ground plane. This will make users the above Saarinen museum and library aware of the addition without marring the impression given by that designer’s work.
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  16. 16. Dana Blaschko Competition entry: Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum and Library Addition Bloomfield Hills, MI University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring 2007 The tubes ask the viewer to walk over them and experience a man- made topography which stands a sharp contrast to the naturalism of the nearby woods. The museum tubes are lined with fiberglass shells which serve to house and light the art.
  17. 17. Dana Blaschko Bus Stop Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska-Lincoln Fall 2006 This bus stop was designed for a nondescript site in Lincoln, NE. My design goal was to create a simple structure with minimal design moves that should support all functions of a bus stop: shade, shelter, and seating. The slot in the roof helps to provide sun and water to the grass planting in the bus stop bench. It also serves to make the interaction between the sun and the shelter more dynamic. This design was part of a class wide design competition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This design won class choice.
  18. 18. Alternative Education Elementary School Austin, TX University of Texas at Austin Spring 2008 Based upon psychologist Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, this al- ternative education elementary school portrays both the conventional aspects of the educational process retained in the theory and the innovative changes. This system is based upon group learning and teaching so that students learn from each other as much as the instructor guides them. The glass web of the inner facade creates spaces to foster student interaction and serves as a reminder that this school is different and that each of the different types of intelligence a person can have is equal.
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  20. 20. Dana Blaschko Architecture Hall Addition Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska-Lincoln Fall 2005 The most striking thing about an architecture school is that it is occupied and people are moving throughout the space at all hours of the day. I wanted to use my design to highlight and display this movement of people. This linear building pushes all of the circulation to the atrium space. Movement can be observed at all levels of the building from this central vertical space. The lighting scheme reinforces the circulation paths and aids in the display of the movement of people.
  21. 21. Dana Blaschko Market Canopy Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring 2005 For this design I took inspiration from the structure of central-pivot irrigation systems to re-think the conventional space frame structural concept. This canopy provides shade and shelter from rain and snow for the farmer’s market it hosts.

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