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  1. 1. The intent of this portfolio is to showcase mydesign work from both the Clemson UniversitySchool of Architecture [CSOA] and the office ofGavin & Sullivan Architects. I am currently enrolled in Clemson University’s2-year Masters of Architecture program. I alsograduated in May 2012 from Clemson with aBachelor of Art in Architecture and minor inEntrepreneurship. During both my time in col-lege and high school, I have worked summersat the firm Gavin & Sullivan Architects, whichhas given me experience I could not haveattained elsewhere. Architecture has always been a life longpassion and goal, and I would like to continueworking in the field. Based on my design workand experience, I believe I would be a positiveaddition to your office. Thank you for your timeand please consider me for an internship thisupcoming spring semester.Sincerely,John Caveney
  2. 2. adaptable living student housing spring 2011_arch 353_genova, italiaTABLE OF CONTENTS urban position community learning center summer 2010_arch 351_brooklyn, ny traveling europe natural undulations sketches indoor football practice facility spring 2011_____ genova, italia fall 2011_arch 351_clemson, sc reuse, renew performance center adaptive reuse fall 2011_arch 351_clemson, sc work experience releasing light modular construction techniques commuter train station summers_____ lowell, ma spring 2010_arch 252_anderson, scjohn howard caveney the amorphous skinresume non-denominational campus chapel spring 2010_arch 252_clemson, sc
  3. 3. The program called for a student housing dormitory to be built on Corso Maurizo Quadrio in Genova, Italia. It should be able to house approximately 80 students, provide an array of living options and amenities, and complement the surrounding area nicely. My partner and I provided a design dictated by both function and the students’ needs. team_william brantley professor_henrique houyak spring 2011_genova, italia student housing adaptable livingSECTION A-A This project was done while studying abroad in Genova, Italia. To render the structure we used Rhino, and for the drawings we used Autocad. The surrounding area greatly influenced our design here, as our site was set on a major highway, located in an urban context, and directly overlooking the Mediterranean. Also, due to the steep slope of the terrain towards the ocean in Genova, the back entrance to our building was set three stories higher than the front. One of the main features of our design is a sloping cable garden on the rear side of our building to benefit both the residents of the dormitory as well as the surrounding neighbors through both function and aesthetics. The garden covers a series of open walkways that terrace away from the wall; creating a communal space that encourages interaction between all floor levels. The reasoning for the terraced walkways is to get the maximum amount of natural light possible into the area. SECTION B-B 6
  5. 5. 4-person double single studio suite apartment TYPICAL ROOM LAYOUTS The unique shape of the building is a direct result of the needs of the students. There is one main circulation tower located near the middle of the building that houses both an elevator and grand stairwell, and it is accessible from the existing 40 foot wall located behind the structure. There are a range of room styles for the students to pick from according to their liking. The first floor contains suite-style rooms that have common areas for every four students, the second floor houses two-person rooms, the There are two exterior staircases on both sides of the building. The one on the right is only for residents third contains single units, and the top level has larger studio apartments withand conveys a feeling of lightness. The left one is a public staircase to go from the street to the top of small terraces overlooking the ocean.the existing wall; hence it is much more sculptural and inviting to pedestrians. The ground floor of the building contains bike storage, a workout gym, In terms of facade materials, the ground floor is made of glass blocks that let light in, but also convey laundry facilities, and a large dining hall. There are also common roomsa distinct separation between the busy road and the interior. The upper floors are covered by a series of located on each floor in the main circulation tower.horizontal louvers which help shield light coming from the south. The stucco was painted orange to both fit This dormitory was designed with the needs of the students in mind, andin with the palette of colors of the surrounding buildings, but to also stand out from the existing wall. every design decision made was reasoned and logical.
  6. 6. This project was commissioned by the Gowanus Canal Development Corporation and called for a community center located near the depleted Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. The structure was to contain three science labs for elementary-aged students, offices, co-op spaces, as well as a small museum; all in under six thousand square feet. professor_dave lee summer 2010_brooklyn, ny community learning center urban position brick wall community gardenconcrete patio brick wall ramp upwards grass area concrete For this project, I used Rhino for both drawings and renderings. The site sat under a large subway system walkway tables w/ bridge with a number of crossbars and columns going through it; making for an extremely difficult site. This called for a very unique building shape that was determined by the locations of these obstructions. Since umbrellas we had the whole block to work with, my structure lined the entire street wall of Smith Street. The end result ramp wooden downwards balcony was a two-story structure on the corner of Smith and 9th, and then one-story for the remainder of the block. ampitheater grass area inspired wooden steps The goal of this project was to create a place where community residents could come to work, relax, learn, grass area extension of water garden etc, so it was imperative to create a center that would appeal to everyone. On the roof of the lower portion of the building, I designed a green roof where students could study different types of plant life. This continued grass area into an elevated walkway going further into the site that opened up to a park area along the canal. Every decision made was for the benefit of all different ages and people.
  7. 7. In terms of plan, I separated the design into three distinct areas; the offices, the museum, and the classrooms. This was done because of the completely different natures of the three spaces. The offices and museum are located on opposite ends of the ground floor, and the classrooms, along with the educational roof garden, are on the second floor. The spaces are closed off enough that they will not bother one another, but close enough to still be considered a ‘community center.’ Also, since the site is so covered from the subway system, natural light is difficult to come by. To compensate for this, the ceiling above the museum is set slightly higher than the tops of the walls so that natural light can flow easily into the museum from the street side. This was also done because typically skylights are better suited for museums than wall windows. There are a number of different materials on the facade to give it varying textures. I used concrete, brick, and glass, as well as metal colored plates underneath the walkway. This was done to add color to a structure that could easily go unnoticed within its context. Also, the colored plates give the building a greater community feel that is an attraction for the children of the neighborhood.SECTION ALONG SMITH STREET GREEN ROOF CLASSROOM CL CO-OP SPACE LOBBY MUSEUM APPROX. GRADE
  8. 8. OFFICE SPACE/ OFFICE MEETING LOBBY CO-OP SPACE SPACE ROOM MUSEUMCL RAMP DOWN BATH ELEVATOR SHAFT UP RAMP UP BATH GROUND FLOOR PLAN CLASSROOM CLASSROOM The community center for the GCCDC will be a staple in the neighborhood and with help from the cleaning of the canal, will revive the area to its former CLASSROOM GREEN ROOF glory. By both separating and synchronizing different programs, this building will be a ‘community center’ to the fullest sense of the word. BATH ELEVATOR SHAFT DN RAMP DOWN BATH WALKWAY TO CANAL SECOND FLOOR PLAN FRONT ELEVATION
  9. 9. The main feature of my project is the slanting roof members. There are two variations of these, whichyou can see from the diagrams on the opposite page (red and yellow). The lower, red form is composedof a six-foot wide truss system. The higher form is two-foot wide, and it is held up by the lower one,as you can see from the structure detail. The reason for these two different heights is to allow light intothe field area where they are differing. This system is replicated for the length of the field, also liningup with the field marks below every five and ten yards. The only scenario where the roof system is notrepeated is in the central circulation corridor, which I strove to make more noticeable and meaningfulby switching the material from wood to glass.
  10. 10. R JE P-04W P-04 professor_kevin hyslop fall 2011_clemson, sc indoor football practice facility natural undulations OWS PRESS ROAD Y MEAD JERVE PRESS ROAD PE RIM ET ER RD . GATE R-03 ER RIV A NEC SE S OW AD ME EY RV JE LARRY B. PENLEY, BLDG. NO. 001269 Jr DR. GOLF CK CLUBHOUSE TRA GATE PE WE RIM IR ET ELE ER VAT RD . ION SENECA RIVER 613 .24 SENECA RIVERSTRUCTURE DIAGRAM FACILITY TRACK ER INDOOR RIV 001269 CA BLDG. NO. NE SE TRACK DR. GATE X GATE X The goal of this project was to create a proposed indoor football practice facility at Clemson GATE X GATE University. It is to take the place of an existing practice field, and along with the field, will house a locker room, training room, film room, storage, and offices. I strove to create a structure that SHED AREA GOLF PRACTICE FACILITY was not your typical sports facility. By employing wooden, undulating roof members, I SHED #1171 ATH. STO. ATH. STO. #000501 Basketball created a natural structure that looks as if it is growing out of the ground. ATHLETIC MAINT. SHOP 0255 SENE CA RIV ER 41 ft^ 2 725,0 CK DR. TRA WE IR ELE VAT ION 612 .27SIDE VIEW DIAGRAM JB FRONT VIEW JB DIAGRAM
  12. 12. GROUND FLOOR PLAN Almost the entire structure is covered in wood. I PARK did this for two reasons. For one, I did not want my building to be a run-of-the-mill sports facility; I AREA FRONT ENTRANCE ELEVATED WALKWAY ELEVATED WALKWAY wanted it to be different. Also, the wood gives it a natural feel that fits in with the varying angles of the roof. The material of the vertical faces in between the MECH. two roof forms changes based on direction. The OFFICE east faces are entirely glass to allow as much light OFFICE MEETING ROOM in as possible. The west facing facades are also glass, but they are infused with wooden strips to STORAGE MEETING ROOM break up the light. This is done because most FU_COLD FU_HOT FU_WASTE FU_TOTAL FIXT_CODE practices are in the afternoon, and sunlight is most intense from the south-west during this time. TRAINING ROOM SHOWERS BATHROOM LOCKER ROOM FILM / AV FIELD ENTRANCE Due to the nature of the project, I separated the design into two main program areas. The first one being thefield area that is covered by the undulating roof. The second one being a green roof walkway that wraps around thefield structure. This path serves two functions: it allows fans and coaches to observe practices going on inside or thesurrounding sports fields, and under it contains all of the miscellaneous program spaces, such as the locker room andoffices. Also, the shape of this path slightly rotates as well (see elevation), in order to keep in tune with the tone of therest of the structure. This was the same idea when creating the slanting, band window that wraps around three sidesof the building. While definitely giving it a different definition, I believe the building serves it purpose and completely adheres to all theneeds of a modern day practice facility. SIDE ELEVATION
  13. 13. I wanted to give the entire space a very open feel. The smaller viewing area is enclosed by walls on all sides, made of a series horizontal beamswith spaces in between, but has no ceiling. The front facade (which you can clearly see in the perspective at the top) is made of wooden beams aswell, but there is glass in between them to allow LED lights and signs to be shown for upcoming shows. The only fully enclosed spaces are thosefor miscellaneous uses, such as offices, storage, and bathrooms. The sole sky coverage is a series of vine roofs that allow for protection from theelements and shade (denoted by irregular dotted shapes in plan). They also serve as guides for visitors to follow as to where to go and where tocongregate. The space can be closed off for smaller performances, but for larger ones, it opens directly to the lawn area where there is another stage. The lawnslopes upwards towards the back of the site and also has the vine roofs, but they are much larger and taller to cover more space. This building is very adaptable in the sense that it can be used for both small performances and large festivals. It will provide a premierperformance venue that Clemson does not have at the moment. With its open but enclosed feel, visitors will surely not forget this concert experience.LONGITUDINAL SECTION
  14. 14. LAWN AREA FLOOR PLAN ENCLOSED AREA FLOOR PLAN This project was an adaptive reuse plan to renovate the existing and historic Astro Theater in downtown Clemson, SC. The goal was to change it to a full-scale performance venue that could house a variety of different acts. My idea was to use the entire site to create two separate (but very open to one another) stages and viewing areas. One such would be a large, lawn area at the back of the site, and the other would be a smaller and more enclosed space, located along the street. professor_kevin hyslop fall 2011_clemson, sc performance center adaptive reuse reuse, renew SITE PLAN
  15. 15. In the design, I tried to connect the past andthe present. The front facade is composed ofbrick to match the existing streetscape and invokea feeling of traditionalism, but on the right and rearsides I used a series of transparent sunscreensto convey modernity. The sunscreens break upincoming rays where the sun is most intense butstill allow the interior to be flooded with unique lighteffects. They also serve as structural elements byholding up the exterior catwalks above them.
  16. 16. SCALE: 1’-0” = 1/8” GROUND FLOOR PLAN SCALE: 1’-0” = 1/8” SCALE: 1’-0” = 1/8” In regards to floor layout, I again created an open plan witha visual connection between the bottom and top levels. The UP UP DNbuilding curves with the slope of the track so to make both aphysical and visual connection between the station and the DNrailway. This way someone sitting in the waiting area has aclear view of both incoming and outgoing trains. I combinednew and old in the interior as well, using a mixture of brick, UPglass, and grated metal for wall materials. The floors are allmade of stone. I gave the individual rooms a OPEN TOcompartmental feeling by having them all set away from the ABOVE OPEN TO BELOW OPEN TO GROUND FLOORexterior partitions. They look like boxes alone by OPEN TO BELOWthemselves. I used their unique shapes to help guide thevisitor through the space. Adjacent to the bottom floor, Icreated a large outside area that provides plenty of space to DNwait for incoming trains. OPEN TO BELOW With its mixture of traditionalism and modernity, both in professor_peter laurence spring 2010_anderson, sc commuter train station releasing lightthe exterior and interior, this structure will help revive thesurrounding downtown area. TICKETS GROUND FLOOR PLAN FIRST FLOOR PLAN SECOND FLOOR PLAN This program called for a redesign of an existing structure to make way for a small, commuter train station in historic downtown Anderson, SC. The space allowed for a total of three stories, with the railway tracks passing underneath the main road along the bottom level of the building. The project was done with both Google Sketchup and Autocad. My goal in this design was to create a building that was in direct response to its environment; both the urban street context and the railroad. FRONT ELEVATION
  17. 17. I designed the chapel to reflect the terrain it sits on. Theblocks composing the building step on one another to bein line with the gradual upward slope of the hill they are on.This hill slopes upwards from the pond towards the existingbuildings. The reverse side of the building stands in sharpcontrast to the tiered blocks; it has a flat facade andrectilinear windows. To enhance the relationship with the outsideenvironment, I created an organic porous facade. It caneasily be seen in the model pictured below. This givesthe building both a unique look (nature themed) from theoutside but also helps produce interesting light effects inthe interior. The building will serve as a connecting point for the builtand natural environments here at Clemson.
  18. 18. LEFT SIDE ELEVATION FRONT ELEVATION professor_peter laurence spring 2010_clemson, sc non-denominational campus chapel the amorphous skinRIGHT SIDE ELEVATION REAR ELEVATION Rather than design a religious chapel, the program called for a mixed-use structure to study the ‘book of nature’ and reflect on its intricacies. The building was to contain open study spaces, individual classrooms, an auditorium, and a museum area. It would be located adjacent to the Reflection Pond, directly in the middle of Clemson University’s campus. I ended with a bold design that stands out with its interesting facades and rectilinear shapes.
  20. 20. NEW NATIONAL GALLERY DRURY STREET BERLIN DUBLIN MARCH 20, 2011 MARCH 4, 2011 PEN ON PAPER PEN ON PAPER The following pages are a sample of my sketches done while traveling Europe during the Spring of 2011.ROYAL PALACEEDINBURGHMARCH 1, 2011 spring 2011_genova, italia sketches traveling europePEN ON PAPER ST. GILES EDINBURGH MARCH 1, 2011 PEN ON PAPER
  23. 23. ROLLING GREEN DEVELOPMENT This completely modular development located in Andover, Massachusetts will summer 2011 include a 97-unit apartment building, two 67-unit buildings, a number of town- homes, a storage building, a small commercial building, as well as a small five hole golf course. In total, the project will have over 300 units. The main purpose of these renderings were to show the new project (rendered structures) in relation to the existing context (white structures). I also put together a fly-through using Google Sketchup for the developer to show at the town meetings. I had many conversations with the owner during this design, and it seemed the main issue for town committee members was the project’s impact on the surroundings, so it was imperative that these renderings were accurate.