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  1. 1. Alicia A NardoPhiladelphia UniversityBachelor of ArchitecturePortfolioselected educational work
  2. 2. Page 3Page 2ALICIA A NARDO7366 Valley Ave · Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128 · (610) 657-1066 · nardo6470@gmail.comEDUCATIONPhiladelphia University Graduation Year: 2011Major: Bachelor of ArchitectureMinor: Sustainable DesignAmerican University of Rome Spring Semester: 2010Study Abroad Program: Rome, ItalySKILLSPrograms: AutoCAD: Revit, 3DMax, CAD ArchitectureAdobe: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator3D Modeling: Rhinoceros, Sketch UpMicrosoft: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPointAbilities: 3D Modeling, drafting, basic sustainable design & technology, concept & design development, designanalysis, historical site reports, model building, project presentation, technical drawing, & site planning.Language Knowledge: Italian, SpanishARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCEStokes Architecture, Philadelphia, PAArchitect Intern: April 2011 to PresentOffice assistant, created construction schedules, drafted construction documents, mark-ups to CAD draftsSpillman Farmer Architects, Bethlehem, PAStudent Intern: April 2006 to August 2006Office assistant, updated materials library, rendered project sheets, corrected mark-ups to CAD drawingsArchiterra Landscape Architect Firm, Coopersburg, PASummer Intern: June 2004 to August 2004Rendered project sheets, created plant schedules and library, drafted project plansWORK EXPERIENCEBlackfish Restaurant BYOB, Conshohocken, PAHostess: September 2010 to July 2011Managed reservation system of restaurant, seated incoming guests, receptionist, operated coat checkUniversity Ambassador, Philadelphia UniversityAmbassador: August 2008 to May 2011Hosted open houses, gave tours to perspective students & worked in Admissions officeBourbon Blue Restaurant, Philadelphia, PAHostess: October 2007 to March 2009Greeted and seated incoming guests, receptionist, operated coat check, over-saw serversEXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIESDelta Phi Epsilon: Philadelphia University Chapter, Fall 2007 to Spring 2011Intramural Chair 2008, Relay for Life Community Chair 2009Student Organization of Sustainable Action: Fall 2008 to Spring 2010American Institute of Architecture Students: Fall 2006 to Spring 2009Philadelphia University Crew Team: Fall 2006 to Spring 2007Portfolio Samples and References Available Upon Request
  3. 3. Page 5Page 4Page 4Studio Work 1:Studio Work 2:Studio Work 3:Studio Work 4:Studio Work 5:Studio Work 6:Professional Work 1:BioStudioA Quilted CommunityOpening the Closed CommunityReclaiming the PiazzaFairmount HeadquartersDiving EnergyFall 2010: Design IXSpring 2011: Design XSpring 2010: Design VIFall 2009: Design VIIFall 2009: Viz IIPage 5ContentsSpring 2011: Design XEducational Work
  4. 4. Page 6 Page 7BioStudioTerm: Fall 2010Course: Design IXPhiladelphia UniversityA biomass alternative station and adaptable studio. As the world begins to turn “greener” in their outlook, the notion of sustainability be-comes more important in the way we as designers develop projects. This semester workingin teams of three, we were prompted to develop a service station for alternative fuels in thecommunity of Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. Furthermore, each team was to determine ad-ditional program to create a hybrid, multi-use program unique to each group’s specific studiesof the site and neighborhood. The final goal was to produce a comprehensive building planthat re-invented the service station for alternative fuels and provided program that reflected thesite’s demographic needs, desires, and potential. The site for this project falls in the neighborhood of Northern Liberties in Philadelphia.Bound by Girard Avenue, Second Street and Germantown Avenue, the plot is amidst a rap-idly evolving, diverse community. Previously known as an industrial community that fell intodereliction, Northern Liberties has underwent a total renovation of character in recent years inresponse to the numerous construction projects that have engulfed the district and the immedi-ate surrounding area. Now the community is home to some of the most expensive real estatein Philadelphia and has become a leader in sustainability as it has seen immense change in ashort period of time and continues to be on the rise as development continues.The SiteView into courtyard and biomass plant from 2nd Street.Design IX BioStudio
  5. 5. Page 9Page 8Interior view of Double height space in studios out to Germantown Ave.View from 2nd street.Design IXBioStudio Analyzing the differing zones of Northern Liberties and looking at the intentionaland unintentional spaces of a changing community led us to further observations thatlooked at the aspects of an evolving neighborhood. The biggest change was in thelayout of development. All areas in the the zones with new construction fell onto thetraditional city grid which contrasted severely with the random grid created by the existingneighborhood fabric of Zone Five.Overlapping the grid and spatial information helped to inform us of the spatial layering and over-lapping grids occuring at our site.Traditional grid vs. Existing Fabric Hybrid fabric of spatial layering and over-lapping gridsExisting zones surrounding the siteThe AnalysisDesign IX BioStudio
  6. 6. Page 11Page 10 Northern Liberties is home to two opposing urban fabrics in result of the expansive,rapid construction that has engulfed and utterly revamped the community. Looking at theeffect that already took place and at the number of new projects planned for the area andalready in progress, there is more change ahead making it clear that any project planned forNorthern Liberties must be able to provide space flexible enough for an ever-evolving com-munity.The DesignCorner of Germantown Ave and and Street.View from corner of Girard and and 2nd Street, looking into fueling station and green terracing above.Design IX BioStudioDesign IXBioStudio
  7. 7. Page 13Page 12Night View from 2nd Street.Design IXBioStudioBird’s eye view of exterior courtyard. In the analysis we noticed with all the new development a lot of waste was being leftbehind. A bimass plant was to be the solutuon for all the leftover materials.. The trash andleftover contruction waste would be taken from the neighborhood, incinerated and convertedinto electrical energy which would be used to fuel the energy fueling station on the site. However, not all the waste would be used to fuel the staion, some of it would be re-cycled and used as materials by studio artist. In return, the studio artists would creat worksto be displayed for the community within the gallery space or in the exterior community spacewhich would serve as extended outdoor display.The Systembiomass heat diagramtrash to energyDesign IX BioStudio
  8. 8. Page 15Page 14ARCH DRAWINGSDesign IXBioStudio Design IX BioStudio
  9. 9. Page 16 Page 17“More Than A Soup Kitchen” To build a soup kitchen, it is for the community, so the building that holds it should en-compass more meaning than just that. The intertwining and overlapping of a patchwork quiltshows the love and effort of the volunteers of the community, just as a church or communitycenter that reaches out to the home-less and less fortunate.Term: Spring 2011Course: Design XPhiladelphia UniversityThe 110th John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in ArchitectureA Quilted CommunityView from Street Intersection The site selected was on an empty lot on the University of Pennsylvania Campus in theUniversity City neighborhood of Philadelphia. Surrounded by Walnut Street to the North, andSouth 40th Street to the West, the plot has a constantly active pedestrian community, includ-ing a exclusively pedestrian path to the south. The assignment was to design a soup kitchenthat also held temporary housing for homeless people and homeless families. The facility wasto act as short term rehabilitation for the homeless in the nearby neighborhoods, and act as acommunity bonding agent for the University City population by having spaces for a communitygarden and meeting rooms. An additional component of the competition was to include multiplesustainable aspects, including uses for recycled wood.The SystemA Quilted CommunityDesign X
  10. 10. Page 19Page 18View from Liberty WalkEast Wall along Foot PathDesign XA Quilted Community The overlays in a quilt was brought to building form through the use of recycledwood pallets. By using vertical wood siding on the exterior of the building and addingwood pallets for shading of the doors and windows, the overlapping of the two directionsshowing the efforts of the community in a visual aspect.The AnalysisAerial ViewPhase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4A Quilted CommunityDesign X
  11. 11. Page 21Page 20 The form of the building emerged from the seperation of thepublic and residential areas of the building. With-in the two boxesof space, smaller program boxes evolved. The Public portion of thebuilding started to embrance the street, while the residential portiontook to the foot path by Liberty Walk. Finally, the individual programboxes of the building warped towards the south, allowing the innercourtyard to gather as much sunlight as possible.The DesignView from Residents Balconyinto Interior CourtyardWater Flow Air Flow Summer Lighting Winter LightingWater Flow Air Flow Summer Lighting Winter LightingDesign XA Quilted CommunityLobby for ResidentsWater Flow Air Flow Summer LightingWater Flow Air Flow Summer Lighting Winter LightingA Quilted CommunityDesign X
  12. 12. Page 23Page 22Design XA Quilted Community A Quilted CommunityDesign X
  13. 13. Page 24 Page 25Urban Design Studio;Buenos Aires, ArgentinaTerm: Spring 2011Course: Design XPhiladelphia UniversityOpening the Closed CommunityOpening the Closed CommunityDesign XThe Project The site selected was a combination of empty lots and existing park areas in aresidential and industrial area of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The assignment was to createmultiple types of housing and public spaces that flow continuously from one to the otherwithout the use of enclosed communities. To design a multi-use urban space and allow foot traffic to be fully interactive withthe space, I broke the site up into three different zones. Throughout the entire site, allareas were fully accessible by pedestrians, while vehicular traffic was forced to end onall edges of the site. From each zone, broken up into the North Piazza, Alley and SouthPiazza; there is a clear distinction of change as the forms and usages of buildings developinto unique distinctions.
  14. 14. Page 27Page 26Opening the Closed Community Design X Opening the Closed CommunityDesign X
  15. 15. Page 29Page 28Opening the Closed Community Design X Opening the Closed CommunityDesign X
  16. 16. Page 30 Page 31Reformating the transit hub of Piazza VeneziaTerm: Spring 2010Course: Design VIIAmerican University of RomeReclaiming the PiazzaThe Site The site selected was Piazza Venezia in the center of Historic Rome. The City ofRome is expanding its transit systems by adding two more subway lines, and expanding thetram lines. The Piazza Venezia is one of the main bus stops of the City and one of the larg-est tourist locations because of the Ancient Forums lining the street to the Coloseum and theVictorio Emmanuel Monument building. The Piazza is designed mainly for vechicular traffic,but pedestrian traffic is also forced through the space with no safe routes. The project was to redesign the urban layout of the Piazza Venezia so it incorporateda new transportation hub holding: a new subway line and subway stop, a bus terminal, exten-sion of the tram line, vechicular roads, and pedestrian attractions and paths while holding thehistorical value of the site.View from Victorio MonumentReclaiming the PiazzaDesign VII
  17. 17. Page 33Page 32 Starting three stories underneath Piazza Venezia lay ancient forums that still hadremained untouched for hundreds of years as the traffic of modern Rome ran around above.Following the lines of the ancient forums, the form and directions of the new urban spacewas developed. The vehicular traffic was previously circling the Piazza and the Victorio Em-manuel Monument and encompassing the majority of the area.Existing Roadways:A. Bus Transit StopB. Vehicular TransitC. Future Metro LocationABCLayout Of Forums: undergroundand exposedThe AnalysisApproach to Small Station The form of the building emerged from the basic geometric form of the ancient forums,both the large and small transit portals being rectangular in shape, and all walls being madeof glass to give the illusion of a simple post and lintel system. The majority of all activityof both entrance hubs happened below the surface, therefore the under ground areas andhallways are lined with light wells and get sunlight from above during the day, and light theground pathways after dusk as the artificial light illuminated upwards.View to Outdoor CafeThe DesignView from Via Del CorsoDesign VII Reclaiming the PiazzaReclaiming the Piazza Design VII
  18. 18. Page 35Page 34 To build a modern day transit hub encompassing all forms of mass transit, forcedthe uses to be layered. As a result, pedestrian traffic remained on ground level, the tramline sunk one story under ground to the North of the Piazza, while the vehicular traffic sunkone story to the South. As entrances to the tram and subway stops, two low hubs roseout of the landscaped pedestrian area and served as a visual arcade to allow continuousviews to the surrounding buildings.Planned Pedestrian AreasPlanned Landscaping AreasImplied Axis LinesThe SystemView from Station Level View from Large Station into LightwellSite Plan:1. Large Station Hub2. Small Station Hub3. Tram Stop4. Bus Stop5. Forum Metro StopMetro Plan:1. Information2. Elevator3. Newspaper/VendingDetail of Lightwell Hallwayand column connectionsDesign VII Reclaiming the PiazzaReclaiming the Piazza Design VII
  19. 19. Page 37Page 36Section AView to both transit hubsReclaiming the Piazza Design VIISection B Section CGround Plan:1. Entry2. Elevator3. Newspaper/Vending4. Information Stand5. Store6. Cafe7. Outdoor Seating8. Storage/Mechanical9. Tram Tickets10. Bus TicketsDesign VII Reclaiming the Piazza
  20. 20. Page 38 Page 39Offices of Outward Bound & the Audubon SocietyTerm: Fall 2009Course: Design VIIIPhiladelphia UniversityFairmount Headquarters The site selected was located along the southern edge of the West Basin of theman-made East Park Reservoir in Fairmount Park. Students were to design a buildingusing sustainable practices that would hold offices for both the Outward Bound program;an after school program for under privilaged innercity children, and the National AudubonSociety; non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the conservancy of the environ-ment and animal life. Through investigation the clients for the project, the Audubon society and OutwardBound, were found to have separate plans for constant use, even though both plannedto involve high school students into their program. With this, the two departments wereseparated throughout the building, but bounded by one common point.The ProjectEast Wall along Foot PathEast Wall along Foot PathFairmount HeadquartersDesign VIII
  21. 21. Page 41Page 40East Wall along Foot PathEast Wall along Foot Path From analysis site, there were two different uses of land space on opposite sides ofthe planned building area. One side was to be for the ropes course while the other was acontinuously forested space. The building was built around the common space of the multi-purpose room. Alltraffic is then directed from the lobby directly into the multi-purpose room, and continuesup a circular ramp to the roof level that hugs the exterior of the multi-purpose room. Asthe ramp increases, so does each level of the building, changing from the Outward BoardDepartment, to a common floor, to the Audubon Society.The Analysis Each floor that emerges off of the ramp, then fans out towards different dimensions ofthe reservoir site. Each take separate angles and directions to emphasis the activities in thespace by framing views of what is studied or watched in each space. With the gradual in-crease in floors, and the separation, the departments work independently, and also combinedwhen needed. But both receive the solitude needed for the societies.The SystemEast Wall along Foot PathEast Wall along Foot PathFairmount HeadquartersDesign VIIIFairmount Headquarters Design VII
  22. 22. Page 43Page 42East Wall along Foot PathEast Wall along Foot PathFairmount Headquarters Design VII The stepping of the floors always for limited interference with the site’s existing land-scape and the possibility to build with exclusively timber construction. Since the building isvisually and physically separated by two portions, the exterior cladding and the direction ofglazing changes from the circular, vertical portion to the horizontal, office areas. These newforms of glazing create different breaks in the envelope and frame views both looking into themulti-purpose room and towards the exterior.The DesignStructure of CylinderStructure of Horizontal WallsStructure of CylinderStructure of Horizontal WallsFairmount HeadquartersDesign VIII
  23. 23. Page 45Page 44Fairmount Headquarters Design VII Fairmount HeadquartersDesign VIII
  24. 24. Page 46 Page 47A Competition Diving PoolManayunk, PhiladelphiaTerm: Fall 2009Course: Viz IIPhiladelphia UniversityDiving Energy While examining the movement of a diver as they fall from the platform into the water,the Energy of the dive became apparent. The development of the parti for the CompetitionDiving Pool started to show the build-up of emotion and excitement in the free fall, and howit creates a direct line downwards into the surface of the water. Once the diver hits the waterthere is little disturbance to the water on the surface, but under the surface there is a mass ofactivity happening. The water that surrounds the then submerged diver, is pushed and pulleddrastically, showing the release of the Energy that had built up in the dive. The Energy iscreated by the break the diver made when they broke from one material to another, their bodyexpanded, and then released the structured form that they held in the dive.The ProjectFacade along River edgeDiving EnergyViz II
  25. 25. Page 49Page 48The AnalysisUnderwater disturbance of a Dive over the site The plan layout uses the build up of energy on one side of the building, then dras-tically changes as the center walkway is reached, and the building almost appears to bebeing pinched. The breaks of the exterior pushs and pulls toward the river and road, creating geo-metric forms and new spaces for lights into the competition space of the diving well. Thehorizontal cuts in the exterior façade follow the lines that run down Main Street, and notdestroying the visual lines of the area from street level.Interior view fromsecond floor to PoolThe DesignInterior view to PoolInterior view from Front facade The building form evolves from one side to another. Along the property by theempty lot, the building shape is more compact and solid forming a straight line, simi-lar to the constant form the diver holds in freefall. Once the center of the building isreached, there is a break to allow for entrance to the river through the entire structure.After this physical and visual break, the building develops new forms and breaks con-tinuously in constant motions.Exterior view from WestDiving EnergyViz IIViz IIDiving Energy
  26. 26. Page 51Page 50Viz IIDiving Energy Diving EnergyViz II