This is a collection of my favorite projects that I've worked on during my three years as an architecture student.
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Our semester long project at the start of year three was broken down into three parts. First, we were given a site that was right on the river in Pittsburgh's Strip District. We went on several site visits and documented our tips with a series of site maps and sections. Then, we were assigned a high-density housing project for precedent research, and finally we had to design our own housing on the assigned site while incorporating an "eco-machine".
Residential Energy Analysis
This project was completed for my Environment 1 : Climate and Energy course. Through a series of six assignments, we evaluated the energy consumption of our own home through data analysis and extensive drawings. We then used the information to suggest retrofits to the home and calculated the cost and payoff period for these retrofits. This culminated in a comprehensive booklet that was presented to the owners of the home.
During the summer following my second year, I got to travel to the Netherlands with a group of eighteen architecture students and two of our professors. Together we explored Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Groningen, Utrecht, Delft, and we even ventured down into Brussels and Antwerp. This is a collection of my favorite sketches that I did during the trip.
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.
This project consisted of designing and constructing a greenhouse that was then installed on the rooftop gardens of the David Lawrence convention center.
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.
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.
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.