ARCHITECTURE

PORCH HOUSE | Undergraduate Design Project

Skills: Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, Corel, Lasercutting, Woodwork

A series of analyses were performed on the “found object” of a frat porch, that emphasized the importance of the 3 portions of the form: platform, columns, and roof. The 3 portions were scaled and integrated into one form with a separation into two spaces, public and private. These spaces, although clearly divided into upper and lower portions, were created to have moments where the private and public spaces mix to form a semi-private space, creating a functional house with varying degrees of privacy.

FLYING CONCRETE | Undergraduate Design Project

Skills: Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, Corel, Lasercutting, Woodwork, Spackling

Tasked with creating a library that integrated a seemingly polar opposite program, I created a library that housed a sky diving facility. The cylindrical form was inspired by the typical shape of most indoor skydiving attractions. Made of concrete, the heaviness of the library contrasts the weightlessness of the guests taking flight within the same space, with the booleaned volumes offering unique viewpoints fat different points in the facility.

HOUSE GUEST | Undergraduate Design Project

Skills: Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, 3D Printer

This project is the physical manifestation of building systems and the rituals they support articulated as figural objects sited within a generic Cartesian interior. Through the creation of the 3’x3’ module and integration of piping, the House Guest becomes a comfortable abode, able to support any basic lifestyle.

DRAGON SKIN | Undergraduate Design Project

Skills: Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, Corel, Lasercutting, Woodwork

This project is the cultivation of the semester studies of materiality in order to create a micro-environment. The design intent of this installation was to provide a protected workspace. Through the installation’s fluid form of rigid units, it creates a barrier for the user of the desk. It’s warding nature is facilitated by barbed exterior and unappealing wood texture.

ROB FINLEY CO-HOUSING HEADQUATERS | Undergraduate Design Project

Skills: Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, Lasercutting, Woodwork

This project is the cultivation of the semester studies of modulation and housing in order to create a Co-Housing facility for low-income individuals in Los Angeles.  The design intent of this complex was to provide a refuge for the members of a community where they could relax and escape from their difficulties in life.

MONTSOFT INFORMATION PARK | MADA s. p. a.m. Internship Project

Skills: Rhino, Adobe Illustrator

This scheme was developed as a proposal for the Chinese tech company Montsoft. The design was made to insinuate the form of a mountain while housing a functional program for offices, R&D, retail, dining and conference spaces. While working on this project at M.A.D.A. Spam, I was tasked with creating diagrams, elevations, and plans that established the primary design intent to the client.

THE OBELISK | UNDERGRADUATE DESIGN PROJECT

Skills: Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, Lasercutting, Woodwork

Tasked with creating high rise mass timber structure in the DTL, I created the Obelisk. Standing at 135' in height, the Obelisk becomes a new pivot point in the Art District. Additionally, the external courtyards of the Obelisk serve as a new gathering space that opens the Arts district up for future development and prioritizes the pedestrian. Formally the Obelisk appears very sober, but it actually features an interior atrium and terraces that visually connect it back to the urban fabric and provide natural methods of ventilation.

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