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This project set me on the path towards studying architecture. I redesigned and rebuilt my own home overlooking a lake in South Carolina myself beginning in 2002. I thought I would resell it in a couple of years, so I disguised the “greener” design to look like a typical “rural South” home so as not to scare away potential buyers House is day-lit most rooms buyers. day lit, Home R H Remodel d l view the lake, and operating costs are a fraction of the neighbors’. I reached the architecture2030.org 2010 energy use target a couple of years ago and am halfway to the 2015 Personal Project target. Ongoing. Images are of home “before” and “current status.”2002 – Present (South Carolina) Original floor plan New floor plan (upper level)
Home RH Remodel d l (continued) Before ConstructionSoftware: Punch! Home Design
Home R H Remodel d l (continued) During ConstructionSoftware: Punch! Home DesignPreliminary designsFinal tile pattern for Master Bath
Home RH Remodel d l (continued) Construction Details I designed and built everything you see here (excluding truss design) Structural Details
Home R H Remodel d l (continued) Construction Details Low-e skylights bring light deep into 29’ x 40’ room Interior DetailsSalvaged windows heat the room in the morning and look out to lake
Private Home Redesign Contracted Project Mechanical pencil on paper 2008 (La Jolla, CA)Preliminary studies for aresidential home overlooking the gocean in an establishedneighborhood.The family was proud of theirPersian heritage and wantedcolumns incorporatedsomewhere in the design so the design,bottom design includes Greekcolumns subordinated to Persiancolumns, playing off the Persian-Greek wars.Due to coastal preservation pregulations, the building heightcould not exceed the existinghome’s roofline, and for financialreasons, the design closelyfollowed the existing structure.
Private Home Redesign (continued) 2008 (La Jolla, CA)
Private Home Redesign (continued)Computer visualizations 2008 (La Jolla, CA)
Private Home Redesign (continued) 2008 (La Jolla, CA) Clockwise from bottom: Roof Plan Basement Main Floor Solar Panels SkylightSkylight Solar Hot Water Panels
The Rookery (Chicago)Stairway DetailClass: Design With DetailsMechanical pencil on paper 2008 Fall - SAIC Exterior Section Under stair
Misc. Hand Drawings Mechanical pencil on paperClockwise from top left:Wall Detail; Charleston, SC2010 Fall – Clemson University((Architectural Drawing) g)Union Station; Chicago, IL2008 Fall - SAIC(Design With Details)Ping Tom Park; Chicago, IL 2008 Fall - SAIC(Design With Details)Wall Surface; Charleston, SC2010 Fall – Clemson University(Architectural Drawing)
West Elevation Eco-Home Redesign Class: Environmental Systems South Elevation Partner: Stephen Troutman Software: ArchiCAD2010 Spring – Clemson University North Elevation East Elevation Site Plan
This home near New Orleans was designed touse roof shade, high ceilings, operable louvers,Home and public pavilion designed for anamateur astronomer. style ventilation to maintainand “shotgun shack”cool interiors in summer; passive solar together Eco-Homewith geothermal and radiant heating for warmth in Redesignwinter. The FEMA-recommended elevation wasre-envisioned as a structural truss system to (continued)prevent shear from hurricane winds and mimicthe uncontrolled kudzu growth endemic to theSoutheastern U SU.S. 2010 Spring – Clemson University Floor Plan
Buist Academy SC Architecture Firm Software: ArchiCAD 2010 Fall – Student Intern North Elevation East ElevationComputer model created fromcopies of the original blueprintsand elevations from the 1920 s. 1920’s Floor Plan
Temporary Outdoor Art Gallery Class: Studio II Partner: Victoria Wright g Software: SketchUp2009 Spring – Clemson UniversityRather than boxing in andisolating art from p g public view, thisgallery reinforces the idea of anopen air street fair by challengingthe traditional notion of exhibitionspace enclosures.The design, based on nativeAustin oak tree and leafstructures, reduces the overallamount of materials used whichwill decrease the appearance ofthe structure. The gallery fadesinto the background and allowsthe art to take center stage.Keeping the walls delicate andopen enables the construct toinfiltrate the public way in a non-intrusive manner. At the sametime, sunlight and art infiltrate theinterior of the structure structure.Recycled and/or locally producedmaterials such as recycled steeland glass compose the frameand skin of the gallery.
Pavilion Documentation Class: Productions and Assemblies Software: SketchUp2009 Fall – Clemson UniversityProject involving thedocumentation and modeling of alocal pavilion and itsconstruction. My portion of thedocumentation was of thehardware components
Pavilion Redesign Class: Productions and Assemblies Software: SketchUp 2009 Fall – Clemson UniversityRedesign of the previouslydocumented pavilion with p p primaryyemphasis on modelingconstruction details, not design.The deck sits on reinforcedconcrete piers with wide footingsunder the frost line. The roofframe is primarily supported byvertical columns which arewelded to the floor frame anddiagonally braced by cables.
Chicago Townhouse Class: Studio II Software: ArchiCAD2010 Spring - Clemson UniversityProject to create a townhouse ona typical 24’ x 125’ Chicago lot yp gusing collaged precedents forour floor plans.
Chicago Townhouse (continued) Class: Studio II Software: ArchiCAD 2010 Spring - Clemson University The floor plan is loosely based on elevations from the San Francisco Federal Building designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis. RoofFloor 1 Floor 2 Floor 3 Deck
New campus center for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago located in existing 4500 sq ft historic corner storefront in busy downtown Chicago. Originally based on rectilinear volumeCampus C tC Center exercises, this project evolved into an accentuation of the noisy and visually busy urban setting itself, with building-like volumes and thoroughfares defining theClass: Intermediate Interior space between “neighborhoods.” Architecture II Software: ArchiCAD Current SAIC Student Center C t St d t C t 2008 Spring - SAIC Location and views surrounding future SAIC Campus Center site SAIC Campus Skyline near campus Skyline vectors Extrapolated forms
Campus Center (continued) Class: Intermediate Interior Architecture II Software: ArchiCAD 2008 Spring - SAIC Referencing the Daniel Burnham plan for The Loop as the civic center of Chicago, the SAIC Campus Center becomes the hub of the school’s social activities. Ground floor E. Monroe St entrance was not to be used and could be blocked off. Requirements: Food service, art gallery, performance space, single bathroom, seating.KeyGrand entryParks & Recreation districtBusiness districtDining districtTheater districtEntertainment districtArts & Culture district Mezzanine level
Campus Center (continued) Class: Intermediate Interior Architecture II Software: ArchiCAD 2008 Spring - SAICMaterials, colors, and structurereflect the energetic urbanenvironment – steel, glass, andgray shapes create a vertical andhorizontal skyline whose volumescast shadows over other forms inorder to de-emphasize thearchitecture while emphasizingthe space itself.Aside from student art, the wallsand ceiling remain unadornedand uncolored to evoke the blankcanvas that faces every artist aswell as the position of the SAICstudent as a tabula rasa ready toabsorb the uniqueinterdisciplinary curriculum thatSAIC offers. Early conceptual drawing
Campus Center (continued) Class: Intermediate Interior Architecture II Software: ArchiCAD 2008 Spring - SAIC Technical construction materials like Litracon translucent concrete, 3-Diculous 3- dimensional printed artwork, piezo-electric floors, and Ceelite LEC panels serve to inspire the Center’s art students to explore new materials and techniques while the busy lines and shapes energize the students to go out and create their art.Early conceptual drawing
The assignment was to create an abstract shape from human motion – specifically dance. We used video of dance movement to pattern the shape. This form was modeled in sketches, paper, wood, plaster, and computer 3-D, and the final figure was then used to design a dance theater. The finished model used simulated materials. Form Before Function “Dance” is simply practiced, choreographed human motion. Martial arts movie action is also highly choreographed, rhythmic human activity, and is more interesting to me than dance movements, so I chose a martial arts film - Ying Xiong Class: Design Visualization (Hero). The film was broken down into frames for motion Software: Cobalt, Illustrator analysis. Leg position and form was noted and chosen for dynamic movement. movement 2006 Fall - SAIC Ying Xiong (Hero) 2002Using Illustrator, I traced the actor’s The first, last, and middle frames The frames were connected to define Paper model from the drawing toleg motion in the frames to find the were isolated to define the form. planes and create the 3-D form. bring the 3D shape into reality for motion vectors. vectors inspection and modification modification.
Form Before Function (continued) Class: Design Visualization Software: Cobalt, Illustrator 2006 Fall - SAICI built a hollow wood form andppoured p plaster in to create asolid. The solid plaster form wastranslated to 1/8”=1’ to createthe theater.Next, I built a computer-basedsolid model for 3D visualizationand manipulation.Using the required 1/8”=1’dimensions, the computer modelwas split to determine floorplacement.
Form Before Function (continued) Class: Design Visualization Software: Cobalt, Illustrator 2006 Fall - SAICThe various necessary programswithin a theater were blocked outto determine proper placementwithin the solid. Storage Office Stage Lighting Seating Lobby Circulation Ticket Office
Form Before Function (continued) Class: Design Visualization Software: Cobalt, Illustrator 2006 Fall - SAICFunctional spaces were realizedin the computer to prove efficacyand demonstrate clearances.The final model was created inwood with acrylic sheets toindicate exterior electrochromicglass skin.
In 40 years, there will be another 3 billion people on the planet. Most of them will live in urban areas. Where will their food come from? To paraphrase Cass Gilbert, the skyscraper is a machine to Grant Park make the land pay and pay again. A skyscraper or other Redesign multistory structure which houses an indoor farm would bring fresh, local produce to the urban environment, reduce (Chicago, IL) transportation fuel use, reuse grey water, remove Co2 from the air, create local jobs, and create year-round cropland in theClass: Advanced Interior center of projected future human population growth. Architecture I Software: ArchiCAD E h i th surrounding skyscrapers, multiple l Echoing the di k lti l levels were l added to Grant park to increase recreation space, allow for 2008 Fall - SAIC winter use, and create valuable cropland..
Greenhouse in Winter with closed walls Greenhouse in Summer with open walls Grant Park Redesign (Continued) A greenhouse level provides year-round community gardens. Undulating park landscape on multiple levels provides more recreation space. Mechanically raising and lowering skylight domes allow light and ventilation into lower levels. Interior spaces lit by skylights and fiber optics connected to heliostat sunlight collectors. Mechanically raising and lowering glass panels allow light into greenhouse area and protect the plants during the winter. winterDetail A: Greenhouse, garage + viewing platform Detail B: Ventilation and light shaft/column Section: Looking West
Penthouse Closet Shower Closet w/Vanity y Master Suite Class: Intermediate Interior Sinks Architecture II Antechamber/ A t h b / Software: ArchiCAD Study WC WC 2008 Spring - SAICClient owned a large penthousein a Chicago high-rise and g g Jacuzzi J irequested a restful oasis fromtheir frequent entertaining. Theentrance was hidden from the Bedroomoutside public rooms via a seriesof panels, only one of whichopened. p Basic Floor Plan Electrical PlanThe penthouse was wall to wallglass with spectacular views ofthe skyline and lake, so to In-Wall Watermaintain the magic of that view, Holding Tankthe antechamber took it away ybefore the owners entered the 2” Vent Stackbedroom where the view was 4” Waste Stackrestored. Supply InWalls were glass mounted on Supply to Toiletmetal supports, and lit from pp ½” Cold W t C ld Waterbehind to create a soft glow. SupplySeparate water closets werepositioned such that theoccupants could roll out of theirside of the bed and only take afew steps. pConstruction Details - 2008 Fall -SAIC(Well Tempered Environment) WC Mass Detail WC Plumbing Detail WC Axonometric
Penthouse Master Suite (continued)Class: Intermediate Interior Architecture II Software: ArchiCAD Sections
Penthouse Master Suite (continued) Class: Intermediate Interior Architecture II Software: ArchiCAD VisualizationThe room’s luminescence ispprovided by low voltage lighting y g g gbehind the glass wall panels andabove the ceiling cove creating arelaxing, soft glow throughout thespace.
2” Vent Stack 4” Waste Stack Penthouse Master Suite Vent junction at (continued) ¼” slope per least 6” above fixture overflow 12” of pipe Class: Intermediate Interior Architecture II Software: ArchiCAD Visualization/Construction Detailed drawings and renders of the bathroom construction. ½” Hot Water ½” Cold Water 4” Supply Supply 2” ¾” Cold Waste Vent Water Stack Stack Supply Metal Stud ¾” Hot Overhead Construction Water Showerhead SupplySkylight Overhead “Rain” Shower Hand shower w/adjustable height bar Bodyspray Gypsum Board Over Hand shower 4” 2” ¾” Hot & Cold Array Bodyspray Shower Waste Vent Metal Stud w/adjustable Water Supply Shower Array Controls Stack Stack Construction height bar Controls
Exploration of Light in Space Class: Studio I Cardboard and Wood 14”H x 18”W x 12”D2009 Fall – Clemson UniversityPhysical model translatingGiovanni Battista Piranesi’setching of “Carceri XVI” - 1stState into physical space andexploring the quality of lightwithin. Forced perspective wasused to create the illusion ofdepthBelow: The original etching byGiovanni Battista Piranesi
Untitled Class: Sculpture I 24” x 18” Ceramic Raku1992 Spring – California State University – East Bay
Handmade ObjectsClockwise from top left:Study for column cladding2006 Fall - SAIC( )(Intro to Interior Architecture)Hellraiser puzzle box replica -hand carved balsaPersonal - 1993 - Alameda, CA(Made for Halloween costume)Pavilion study model y2010 Fall - Clemson(Studio I)LED and acrylic sculpture2006 Fall - SAIC(Intro to Interior Architecture)
Levitating Object Display Class: Design With Details 18” x 12” Clay, Metal, Electronics, Seed Pod from Sweet Gum Tree 2008 Fall- SAICArthur C. Clarke once said, “Anysufficiently advanced technologyis indistinguishable from magic.”Plant and animal reproduction isa kind of magical process whichcurrent technology cannotreplicate. My design emphasizedthe magic of the randomlyassigned seed by electronicallylevitating it within an organicshield.
Louis Sullivan Luminaire Class: Design With Light 14” x 10” Wood and CFL lamp 2007 Spring - SAICHand carved wooden luminairewith CFL designed for theelevator lobby in The School ofthe Art Institute of Chicago’sarchitecture department, locatedin Louis Sullivan’s landmarkCarson Pirie Scott building.Based on a Sullivan design forthe Guaranty Building (1895-96).
Dreamstand Class: Intro to Craft Oak, Pine, Steel bracing, misc hardware2010 Fall – Clemson UniversityWhen we sleep, our dreamstake us to worlds where the lawsof physics do not always applyand familiar things become alittle uncomfortable. Thisnightstand has hidden steelbraces which allow animpossible cantilever along atwisting path evoking dreamlogic.