Fall 2012//Arch 602, Totalization Studio//Professors John Casbarian and Pierre David, Rice School of Architecture Paris
The Ribbon Houses uses three systems in the creation of a series of homes in the Paris suburb of Villejuif. As the Paris city center grows past the Peripherique, closer-in suburbs like Villejuif will undergo a transition and occupy an interstitial zone, neither city nor completely suburb. The Ribbon Houses are split up in two groups, one that faces and make a visual connection with the city and one that faces the suburbs and the country beyond. This is achieved through the folding of concrete forms (the primary system). The secondary system is a white ribbon make of thin panels of ductal concrete that speaks the opposite formal language of the primary system, soft and curvy versus hard and rigid. The white ribbon takes this connection with a far-lying area and brings it back into the scale of the home through its soft, enclosing folds. The tertiary system is a glazed box envelop that operates between the primary and the secondary and defines the enclosed area. The three systems combined is what makes the home.
Fall 2010//Arch 401, Senior Studio//Professor Carlos Jimenez
The Academy for the Study and Production (ASPF) is an institution in midtown Houston dedicated to the creation and appreciation of film. The mixed program includes exhibition spaces, theatres, classrooms, offices, apartments for the ASPF fellows, and three large film studios. Conceived as a cultural center for the city, the ASPF serves to gather like-minded cinephiles and filmmakers in the common pursuit of innovation in the art of cinema.
Spring 2010//Arch 302, Vertical Studio//Professor Eva Franch i Gilabert
The Ecologies of Excess studio concetrated on designing a pavilion for the “Great Exhibition of the Works of Excess of All Nations” during the 22nd century that could serve as a self-sufficient prototype working with social, political, and environmental notions of excess. Representing Dubai in 2115, Saltscape City was about four users (artists, workers, displaced people, and city dwellers), their programmatic desires, and how salt created four distinct atmospheres. In the beginning, it was all one experiment to utilize the excess salinity in the Persian Gulf. Taking over the abandoned “The World” islands, this project split one prototypical island into two poles. The southern end of the island had access to quickly flowing water and siphoned the water upwards with steel salt tubes, allowing salt water to drip and form deposits from above. The northern end of the island, where the water was slower, sea water was collected into solar ponds for energy harvestation. This was done by forming inlets around the program boxes, collecting sea water and allowing salt formations to take place from the ground up.
Spring 2011//Arch 402, Capstone Sequence Studio//Professor Ron Witte
The New Energies Research and Development Center assumes that that it's best to keep things in the family. Design, engineering, fabrication--the closer that these functions are to each other, the smarter the product. A single volume can do that and more with the layering of program by function and not by company, encouraging efficiency by the horizontal integration of vertically integrated companies.
This project tackles the big volume and uses a system of imprints for a variety of ends. An "imprint" is a shape extruded from the surface all the way through the volume. Attacking the volume from the top and from the sides, the imprints create communal spaces between widgets and cluster like program, bring in light through voids and balconies, and let people circulate among the programmatic layers. The imprint system explores of the possibilities of a singular architectural technique within peculiar program of the N. E. R. D. business model.
Fall 2009//Arch 301, Junior Studio//Professors Chris Hight and Michael Robinson
Houston was coined the Bayou City because of its system of long, winding streams flowing into the ship channel. Conceived as an infrastructure and landscape infill project, the design imperative was to develop a system of water remediation that could be deployed across a large site along Brays Bayou. Working with a partner, we took inspiration from the twists and curves of the bayou itself, the project seeks to connect the edges of the site with one continuous crossing that snakes across — bundling and dispersing its structure over and into the terracing wetland terrain below. The terrain is arranged around a hill in the center of the site with a valley carving between it and the streets leading to low wetlands. The terracing above the street level provides Houston with something it desperately needs: elevation change. The hill rises above its surroundings, privileging a view of the Houston skyline rarely seen by the citizens of this flat, sprawled-out city.
Partner: Colin Ward
Spring 2013//Arch 602, Graduate Option Studio//Professors Danny Samuels and Nonya Grenader
Since 1996, the goal of the Rice Build Workshop has been to present opportunities for architecture students to work in the larger community where their creativity can be challenged by the demands of real-life problems. For a graduate option studio, we developed a strategy and a detailed design for Workshop Houston, a lively Third Ward group that works with community youth.
Workshop Houston began as the Third Ward Community Bike Shop in 2003 and continues as an important Houston outreach, combining hands-on bike repair and youth programming. In recent years, Workshop Houston (WH) programs have extended to numerous after-school and summer workshops and academic enrichment. In expanding the opportunities, renovation and expansion of the current facility is required. After a careful examination of needs, costs, and site considerations, and working closely with WH staff and board, we have focused on the design of an overall site strategy. In collaboration with professional consultants, we developed a design in detail for Phase One implementation--anticipated to be about 2000 sf.--with complete systems, materials, and details. Adding onto the existing Chopper Shop (bicycle design and building), Phase One includes the Style Shop (fashion and graphic design) and the Beat Shop (writing and recording music), and future phases will include a Scholar Shop (tutoring and academic support) and spaces for the administration and the high school program. We intend that the the project may be funded, permitted, and ready for construction by RBW during 2013-14.
A sample of work completed under various professional guises. A full work sample with more information is available upon request.
A collection of images from various internet sources that I feel represent my sensibilities and cultural interests.