Submission for the Metals in Construction Magazine 2018 Design Challenge.
The 500 Kent Avenue Tower in New York pushes building facade design to embrace the flow and flux of the site’s most unique resources: people, information and city. An understanding of the various site forces acting upon the tower focused the design on harvesting wind and solar energy.
The facade system uses multiple factors to address energy demands, thermal performance goals, and excellent interior comfort, while still adhering to standards of fire safety, waterproofing, and sound attenuation. The independent facade module features sharply pleated geometry and a piezoelectric energy harvesting system. The latter allows wind to flow around the sides of each module and forces higher wind pressures into the piezoelectric sails, generating electricity. The facade geometry is the result of computational fluid dynamics software, wind tunnel simulators and algorithmic irradiance and daylighting scripts from Grasshopper for Rhino 5 3D.
Exterior Bird's-Eye Perspective
Building Form Analysis
Facade Texture Vignettes
Rhythm of Salvation
Submission for the 117th John Stewardson Competition in Architecture 2018.
Finalist Final Judging on 2 March 2018
This project explores the long-term intentions of the Altar for Peace and the ultimate demise and transition of the altar into its next states. The rhythm of salvation is explored to extend the intended spirituality of the Altar for Peace past its physical death in a beautifully designed way.
The building is designed to let the Altar for Peace and the people within the space to be the primary focuses and only source of ornamentation. By removing material distractions, opening the building to the natural environment and rounding the building in floor plan and section, the House of Peace encourages people to pay attention to each other within the space and promote conversation and reflection.
Using cutting edge technology, the concrete shell is constructed in layers of steel cable, metal mesh reinforcement, natural polymer fabric, and sprayed concrete. The polymer fabric has a mix of aspen and birch tree seeds freeze-dried and placed within water-resistant compartments to ensure longevity.
Overtime, the concrete is intended to crack and rip the fabric, allowing the seeds to root and grow out of the dying structure. The metal cables that reinforce the concrete are then transformed into the framework for roots and saplings to grow out of, creating a cavernous root structure able to be used 10,000 years in the future.
Exterior Render Timeline
2025CE Interior Perspective
2525CE Interior Perspective
3525CE Interior Perspective
While studying in Rome, our design challenge was to re-imagine the EUR and make it a more comfortable space to inhabit. E17 does not change the iconic architecture and planning of the area, but instead provides a new engine for it to run as a lively city center. The addition of a multi-purpose space for sport and community events works with the existing green space used by locals.
In this design, traditional Roman urban planning was closely examined and applied to enhance the experience of the EUR. By doing this, the physical changes to the EUR would be minimal. The reuse of the existing footprint of the man made lake preserves the original architectural intentions of the EUR, but the addition of thoughtfully designed multi-purpose community spaces gives the area new energy.
Analysis of existing Roman gathering spaces.
Analysis of spatial relationship between Rome and the EUR.
Analysis exploring monumental EUR architecture and urban design.
Analysis of movement through and disection of EUR.
Conceptual reinturpritation of existing man-made lake into multi-functional gathering spaces.
Willow Street Steam Plant
Willow Street Steam is an urban reuse project focused in the industrial district of the Callowhill neighborhood in Philadelphia. A once thriving industrial area of Philadelphia now sits mostly abandoned and neglected. To revive some of the area’s previous glory, our team chose to focus on providing a new engine into the area to promote growth and rehabilitation. This new engine offers supplemental educational services that Philadelphia public schools desperately need. By focusing on high school age students and their creative development, Willow Street Steam makes available professional design and craftsman services that would be otherwise unattainable.
Exterior Entrance Perspective
Interior Entrance Perspective
Interior Fabrication Lab Perspective
Exterior Tin Structure Perspective
Willow Street Steam Plant Massing Model
As an architecture student, I have become passionate about spatial relationships. To humanize my design decisions and bring identity and user into my design intentions, I have been dedicating myself to understanding human form and movement. Through this study, I have started to intimately understand proportion, movement and composition of space.
Submission for the arch out loud Nuclear Open-Ideas Competition.
For thousands of years the labyrinth has symbolized the descent and ascent of the death and rebirth of Earth Mother. Its twisting and winding path is built to confuse and repel. Here, the only thing to gain from entering the labyrinth, is leaving it alive.
Entrance to Labyrinth
Lost in Labyrinth
Diagram of Labyrinth
Submission for the Doylestown Theater Ideas Competition.
Second place winner.
This proposed Doylestown County theater addition features an outdoor courtyard along East State Street. Behind this courtyard, the shell of the masonry core of Poor Richard’s (early 1800s) is re-purposed into a glazed, open-floor, two-story lobby and event space filled with natural light. From here, one can either access the existing lobby and Theaters 01 and 02, or enter the new Theater 03 on the other side the existing masonry wall.
The courtyard takes the form of an outdoor colonnade. Sheltered from inclement weather by a roof trellis, it serves as a buffer between the theater expansion and the street, while simultaneously acts as an extension of the relatively narrow State Street sidewalk. In this courtyard, thoughtfully laid-out hardscape, planters, trees and seating make it the perfect space for social events and receptions.
The colonnade’s blue and yellow color palette unifies the addition with the existing art-deco facade, while the re-purposed masonry core of Poor Richard’s pays tribute to the rich history of Doylestown. The transparent lobby wall engages theater goers with pedestrians, while the courtyard invites the general public with its extraordinary sense of openness.
This new façade is thus layered rather than flat, ever-changing rather than static, connecting the theater and the street rather than separating them.
Entrance Through Collonnade
Plan (Top), Elevation (Bottom)
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Lighting Design Installation Project. Group work.
Halloween tour lighting installation at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. Two-week project focused on lighting conceptualization, programming, wiring and installation on site.
“Through the growth and evolution of (Laurel Hill Cemetery) tours over time, many variations have been tried; not all succeeded or when they did, did not necessarily make a big footprint. But the light displays are another story. I gave tours both nights and made sure that my groups saw every display…To people who had never been there before, an OOOhh moment each time. For returnees, a whole new perspective. And for a guide who's been watching since the beginning, the light displays were the most dramatic enhancement of the tours - ever.”