Architecture

The work in this gallery spans seven semesters of study at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. Projects ranging from building studies to design projects to code reviews of buildings populate each semester to form a diverse portfolio from conceptual exploration to technical understanding.

Spring Semester 2015

Maker Center

Developed as a bridge between the Pittsburgh community of Homewood and the rest of the city, this project explores the use of overlapping spaces which endeavor to encourage a culture of learning and teaching to invite and keep a variety of members.

Fall Semester 2015

Courtyard House

Designed as part of the Urban Design Build Studio at Carnegie Mellon, this project represents the first semester of schematic design of a two-semester project for the design of two houses to be built during the summer of 2016 in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Fall Semester 2014

Flow Communities

Set on a site adjacent to the growing Strip District in Pittsburgh and looking out to the north over the Allegheny River, this project envisions commuter housing on an elevated grid growing from the surrounding grid into a subcommunity-focused hexagonal cellular grid. Individual subcommunity constructions support greywater harvesting, small-scale agriculture and other ecomachinic approaches to form and function.

Spring Semester 2014

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

This sketchbook records the design processes, experiences, and inspirations between March and June 2014, spanning the whole design process of the Cinematek Project and the earliest portions of my work as a summer intern with Fisher ARCHitecture.

Saco Lake Bath House I

The winning entry in the first of two design competitions in this studio, this project explores the materiality and form of concrete block. By separating segments of wall, the plan creates a series of spaces which form a procession from bath to bath in which each chamber frames a view of a different landmark.

with Kayla Quinn

Saco Lake Bath House II

The second, and longer, incarnation of the bath house competition brought the demands of an expanded program and a higher level of resolution to the project. Taking a cue from a different level of context, we explored the character and quality of light capable of being produced by offset concrete walls to reinterpret the experience of the passage through a forest into the given vocabulary of concrete block. This entry placed second in this competition.

with Sophie Riedel

Cinematek

As a musician, I have a strong connection with performance spaces of every kind, from the concert hall to the amphitheater. While not exactly a performance space in the same sense, a movie theater nevertheless can address the relationship, and potential connection, between performer and audience. The program provided for this project called for the inclusion of education, presentation, and gallery spaces; this solution creates a form and a circulation system emphasizing the interplay between production and audience.

Fall Semester 2013

Folded Garden

This semester utilized the growth of plants as a means to create tangible requirements upon its main design projects. This first project began the semester at the scale of a single plant; each planter was required to support the specific needs of the herb thyme as far into the winter months as possible; this design controls the intake of water and regulates air flow to insulate the plant, and its form provides surfaces across which the plant can grow.

Parametric Greenhouse

This design-build project involved a group of six members working to move through conceptual and technical design processes together. Intending the form of the greenhouse to trace the curve of the road by which it was to be placed, the design developed into a bending structural frame. As the particuars were honed in, I began looking into parametric methods to test different iterations of a design more rapidly; the resulting model could be modified during the course of a meeting, allowing group members to make decisions that might otherwise have required hours or days to test.

group members

William Aldrich

Kayla Quinn

Eric Wang

Yasmine Almunhanna

Elizabeth Dolinar

Urban Farming Outreach Center

Beginning with a unique program and a site cut out from an oddly assorted group of storage buildings and empty rowhouse lots, this project demanded an exploration of building typology to ascertain what kinds of forms, what organization, and even what kinds of spaces to include in the design. The design joins together the various spaces under a vast trellis intended to shade areas of the gardens to permit plants requiring lower levels of sunlight to be grown.

Spring Semester 2013

Desk Organizer

Designing a piece of furniture intended to aid in organization requires a balance between specialization and adaptability. The task of a desk organizer on a studio desk might encompass the storage of rolls of drawings and various tools, while also functioning as a workign surface on which a computer or other reference might be placed. This design provides numerous openings and nooks sized to allow the storage of the tools required for studio as well as drawings and other necessities, while also maintaining a sufficiently generalized design to be adaptable to other tasks.

Building Study

Paul Rudolph: Boston Government Services Center

This work by Paul Rudolph reveals a divide between drawings and built architecture; studying this building was a chance to analyze how a form which appears light and airy when rendered in Rudolph's amazing line drawings can result in such an overbearing, dark structure when rendered at such a massive scale in stark concrete.

Ribbon House

This rowhouse design utilizes a set of ribbon-like forms to draw connections between the various spaces it contains. The resulting building presents a dynamic form to the outside, yet by using three equal-sized divisions across the front maintains the three-window rhythm of the surrounding rowhouses.

Drawings

A design process should move smoothly between freehand sketching, drafted drawing, and computer visualization to promote a stronger understanding of the project and an efficient series of iterations. Additionally, there exists a beauty in work created by hand unmatched by the imitation of a computer; these drawings are examples of working toward this more idealized process.

Fall Semester 2012

Handmade

In search of process, an exploration of even the smallest details can yield beautiful results. This project takes its cue from the rippling grain of the piece of wood from which it is carved.

Cube House

Even at its most elemental, design requires a careful eye for composition. This project capped off the first semester with the simplest of palettes, allowing for a thorough investigation of the relationship between program and spatial relationships within the site.