Hilary R Bybee
Po r t f o l i o a n d D e s i g n Wo r k
University of Kansas
Master of Architecture
1611 W. 8th St. Terrace #1
Lawrence, KS 66044
Brooklyn Film Forum
Kansas City Skyscraper
International Student Center
Manhattan Youth Center
B U F F I A s s o c i é s A r c h i t e c t e s __ P a r i s , F r a n c e
F a l l 2 0 0 9 __ F i f t h Ye a r P r o f e s s i o n a l O p t i o n
The internship program provides the opportunity for KU students to
work in internationally recognized architecture firms in Paris. Students are
exposed to the latest European architectural projects and to the international
practice of architecture focused on large-scale projects in an urban setting
utilizing advanced technology. The contemporary design experience is set
against the powerful historical traditions of Europe, allowing students to wit-
ness firsthand the creative dialogue between past and present. The internship
presents practices and projects in the forefront of architectural and technical
innovation, providing students a highly valued professional experience.
The projects worked on at BUFFI Associés include a hotel and residen-
tial property in Villefranch-sur-mer, an upscale residential building for Montpelli-
er, and a city building for Perigueux. All images are owned by BUFFI Associés.
Brooklyn Film Forum
D U M B O __ B r o o k l y n , N e w Yo r k
S p r i n g 2 0 0 9 __ F o u r t h Ye a r D e s i g n S t u d i o
Professor Robert Riccardi
The mission of the Brooklyn Film Forum is to help artists create new
works through the use of new and evolving technologies while also creating a
place for a diverse group of artists to meet. It is a non-profit media arts col-
laborative organization. The goals are to create an environment where artists
can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media, and to create a
responsive public context for the appreciation of new work by presenting and
broadcasting the finished works.
The project is a 30,000 square foot building located in the DUMBO dis-
trict of Brooklyn. The film forum is situated on the south bank of the East River
between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. The program for the project
includes public spaces, educational and technical support spaces, artists-in-
residence program, and outdoor spaces for viewing film.
The concept for the film forum is based
on themes from films relating to the city. From the
film “Do the Right Thing” inspiration came from the
premise that the life of the city is in the street. So-
cial interaction, communication, and the exchange
of information are lively activities that take place in
the street. The circulation and movement of the
street facilitates social meetings and human contact
and natural interaction. All of these human activi-
ties bring the structure of the city (concrete, glass,
steel, and stone) to life.
Another focus is the dualities and conflict
of the film “Metropolis.” The themes of light versus
dark, and man-made versus machine-made trans-
late into the project as concepts of old versus new
and private versus public.
Within the perimeter of the existing Tobacco
Warehouse the program is separated into tow-
ers and the open space between them creates
“streets.” These streets will not only offer conve-
nient circulation through the site but also promote
social interaction and bring life to the outdoor
spaces of the site. The goal is for these streets
to accommodate the life and humanity that good
filmmakers successfully capture. “Streets” are also
created within the buildings themselves and can be
seen from the surrounding urban context to create
a connection to the city.
Fritted Glass on South Wall
4. Ticket Office
5. Bookshop / Media Rental
6. Outdoor Screening Area
8. Film Production Stage
11. Artists Residence
12. Educational Spaces
13. Technical Support Spaces
Ground Floor Plan
Fifth Floor Plan
Fourth Floor Plan
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Third Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Kansas City Skyscraper
D o w n t o w n __ K a n s a s C i t y, M i s s o u r i
F a l l 2 0 0 8 __ F o u r t h Ye a r D e s i g n S t u d i o
P r o f e s s o r Wo j c i e c h L e s n i k o w s k i
The building is a high-rise multi-use structure in the downtown of
Kansas City, Missouri. At 95 floors and an approximate gross area of 206,000
square meters, the building is a defining element of the skyline of Kansas City.
The building contains a hotel, office space, commercial retail space,
and a residential component, with appropriate parking provided. The goal is
to establish a building diagram which maximizes created value in support of
improved economic returns. Another goal is the ecological and environmental
impact of the building is demonstrably superior to typical buildings of this type.
Working in teams of three, the goal was to create a project that enhanc-
es and further establishes the character of Kansas City, while identifying itself
as progressive. The building should represent it’s own time, the most impor-
tant element of context.
The site is located on a block in downtown
Kansas City, Missouri bordered by the streets of
13th to the north and Baltimore to the east. The
block is composed of two vacant parcels and one
additional parcel containing a one story building.
The remaining parcels on the block are occupied
by two tall buildings.
The site is in close proximity to the Kansas
City Convention Center. It offers excellent views
in all directions , and is visible as an edge to the
skyline seen from the west and south.
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With team members Phil Prange and Peter
Rittman, the concept for the project was developed.
The overall strategy for the building was to maintain
its connection to the city with views into and out of The Program:
the building. At the street level the building entries
serve this purpose, with multiple points of access
and an open plaza space at the northeast corner.
The building is divided into four sections based
on program, and the vertical circulation is located
at the edges of each section, both internally and
externally. The stair cores are contained in glass so
that vertical movement within the building is visible
from the exterior. Based on these goals, other key 45% Office
design strategies became circulation and views.
The overall building was designed in group
collaboration, with separate tasks delegated for
graphic representations and illustrations. I complet-
ed the plans, sections, models, and some interior
3D models. Phil Prange executed the model and
interior 3D models. Peter Rittman completed the
exterior 3D models and the structural detail 3D
5% Commercial / Retail
International Student Center
U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s __ L a w r e n c e , K a n s a s
S p r i n g 2 0 0 8 __ T h i r d Ye a r D e s i g n S t u d i o
Professor Denton Nichols
The International Student Center at the University of Kansas is a 25,000
square foot building to serve the international students studying at the universi-
ty. The center provides a home and foundation for international students. The
goal of the center is also to encourage social interaction among international
students and the KU student body, and is therefore open to public use with
several student union functions. Cultural learning is also a key element of the
center. The center will include common areas for social growth and interaction,
as well as offices for International Student and Scholarship Services to serve
the international students, and the office of Study Abroad. A key element of the
center is the orientation area, or “Hall of Nations,” to serve as a learning and
meditation area. The goal for the International Student Center is to facilitate
learning, and therefore understanding, of the cultures of the world.
The site for the International Student Cen-
ter is located on Daisy Hill on the campus of the
University of Kansas. Daisy Hill is located between
the main campus and the Hashinger and Ellsworth
The concept for the center is layering,
based on the layers of humans and their culture.
Humans are complex creatures with many layers.
A human’s culture, an outer layer, does not define
them as a person. However, understanding culture
is vital to understanding the world and one’s place
The concept of layers was incorporated in
the design by layering circulation throughout the
building, and layering spaces based on their use
and degree of privacy.
The Hall of Nations is the gem and focus
space of the center. It is a space to desire to be in
and journey to. The Hall of Nations is a space for
learning, meditation, and understanding of culture.
In acknowledging and understanding cultural dif-
ferences, we can then truly see our similarities and
connections. The Hall of Nations is a space to feel
like a citizen of the world.
2. Lobby and Reception
3. Hall of Nations
4. Multi-Purpose Rooms
5. Coffee House
6. Library and Computer Room
7. Outdoor Covered Seating 12
8. ISSS Office 10 14
9. Conference Rooms 11
10. Dining Hall
11. Outdoor Patio Dining 3
12. Kitchen Area
13. Office of Study Abroad
14. Rooftop Courtyard
Second Floor Plan
The private, intimate spaces of
the building, shown in purple in 8
the digram, below right, are lo- 6 9
cated on the west facing the hill. 4
The public spaces of the building, 7
shown in green, include the entry,
corridor, hall of nations, multi-
purpose rooms, and outdoor cafe.
There are clear views into and out Ground Floor Plan
of these public spaces.
Lobby and Reception Corridor to Hall of Nations
Section through lobby looking north
Section through corridor looking west
M a n h a t t a n Yo u t h C e n t e r
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Professor Bob Condia
The Youth Recreational Center in Manhattan, Kansas is approximately
14,000 gross square feet, and offers a variety of recreational programs for
youths ages 5 to 17. The center features a gym/workout area, computer and
resource center, and multi-purpose rooms. A variety of recreation program
and classes are offered, and the center also hosts special events, after-school
programs, and cultural activities throughout the year. The goal of the center is
to facilitate growth and development in youths.
The concept for the youth center is based on the surrounding prairie
and its expanse and evolution. The strategy for the building is derived from
the form and function of the ancient Greek gymnasium, which was not only an
athletic training facility, but also a place for socializing and engaging intellectual
pursuits. This well-rounded growth is the goal of the youth center.
The site is located on a portion of land in
City County Park set aside by the city of Manhattan.
The site fronts Kimball Avenue to the north and is
bounded on the west by Avery Avenue. The site is
currently an open dirt plot used as parking for the
adjacent baseball fields. The parcel has a gentle
even slope. The site is surrounded by residential
neighborhoods, making pedestrian access to the
site easy for children.
The building was designed using the cel-
lular form type, with emphasis on the parts and
emphasis on repetition.
The diagrams to the right aid in demon-
strating the cellular form type, which utilizes a clear
expression of the cell in both space and form. The
cell is the unit of measure which defines the whole.
The parts are proportional to the whole. The cell
repeats itself in a geometry to create the form. The
cell adapts to many functions, and contains all
aspects of the building.
The cellular form type is an additive form,
but can also be subtracted from. The addition of
cells is relatively easy, but the cell must be clearly
Section through courtyard looking west
Longitudinal Section looking south