Located in Pittsburgh's increasingly gentrified East Liberty district, this Urban Incubator was designed to merge local new media art galleries with new tech company startups. Its green roof also serves as a gathering space for the community, esspecially the Carnegie Library next door.
This bath house was designed as an oasis for hikers passing through New Hampshire's Crawford Notch region. The building gives the visitor the feeling of burrowing underground, before emerging again to find a beautifully framed view of Saco Lake.
Materials and Assembly
These drawings were done for a variety of different projects that ranged from exploring how a wood framed building was constructed and assembled to taking an existing Oscar Neimeyer building and bringing it up to IBC and ADA standards.
The Grow Collective project was centered in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The challenge was to design a space that promoted urban gardening and provided the area with fresh, local produce. I centered my design around children's interaction with the plants.
Before our grow collective project, we did extensive research into the area surrounding our site. We were broken into teams and each team created an atlas to document their research.
This project consisted of designing and constructing a greenhouse that was then installed on the rooftop gardens of the David Lawrence convention center.
This short project was the first of a semester of plant-based design projects. Each student was given an herb and had to design a hanging planter for it using shrink wrap plastic and piano wire.
Hunt Library Parasite
Before designing an addition to our campus' library, we interviewed students and staff to see what they felt the building needed. After learning that the library was lacking in collaborative spaces, I designed a series of glass orbs that were inserted into the facade of the building. These housed the collaborative spaces and brought in natural light.
The challenge posed with this project was to design a structure using only folded paper (and no glue) that could move a marble at least 12 inches. My spiral design was constructed out of tracks that were held together by a system of tabs. It was also highly modular and could be expanded vertically and radially.
Span was our first-year shop project. In teams of two, we had to design and construct a wooded system that could freely span between two boxes. The joinery had to be designed in such a way that no glue was used. We also created a set of construction drawings before building our designs.
This was the final project of our first semester and our first design project. The task was to design a summer house on Lake Erie. We looked at the relationships between the planes and the openings in the shell of the cube. We then extended these relationships to the surrounding hedges and landscape.
Villa Snellman Precedent Study
For our first precedent study as architecture students, we were grouped into teams of three and tasked with creating a series of drawings and models of our assigned building. My team researched and studied Villa Snellman, designed by Gunnar Asplund in 1917.