This project was a seminar assignment completed in my final year of graduate
school. The seminar explored issues concerning the natural environment
and its relationship to building technology. The assignment called for
the design and construction of a device that altered the way in which
the architecture school's inhabitants would perceive the building's systems
their relationship to the natural environment. My partner, Whitney Hudson,
and I proposed a space within the school that would be supported by and
filled with outside air. The sealed space was essentially an outside space
inside. The point of this installation was meant to question the nature
of sealed, artificially cool/heated environments such as Campbell Hall.
The room also included the projection of 'natural scenes'. By proposing
an outside space inside, my partner and I looked to engage the students
and staff in a dialog about the limitations of conventional HVAC controlled
Albemarle County, Virginia, Fall 2001-present
project, which is currently under construction, is collaboration between
Daggett and Grigg Architects, and Zen Associates, Inc, Boston. The house,
designed for a family of three and their staff, implemented Japanese inspired
materials and forms. In order to balance the client's desire for the floor
space and the Japanese proportions, the mass of the house is broken into
several volumes. These volumes are unified by one-story passage corridors.
The corridors act as a unifying spine, while giving the volumes an independent
legibility. The volumes are situated on the site in order to take full
advantage of view and sun exposure.
while with Daggett & Grigg Architects, Charlottesville, VA
Institute: Spring 2001
This project, completed during my final graduate studio, proposed the
siting of a Fashion Institute within and upon a Civil War era fortification.
The fort, located on a beach along the Outer Banks of South Carolina,
is carved into the earth. My proposal sought to accentuate the hidden
vault construction and mass of the fort through light, transparent roof
cladding. Transparent, multi-colored bar volumes intersect to create the
figural expression of the institute on the beach.
Shack: Spring 2001
The beach shack was an introductory project to the Fashion Institute.
The shack is meant to house a flutist along a stretch of beach on the
Outer Banks of South Carolina. The formal expression of the house attempts
to recall the complex system yet basic form of the modern flute. While
the house is, diagrammatically, a rectangle box, its mass is comprised
of several volumes encased with a steel frame. The presence of water becomes
an additional unifying thread for the partitioned rooms.
Evolving Face: The Role of Skin and Surface in late 20th Century Paris
Sarah McArthur Nix Fellowship - Summer
fellowship is awarded yearly to one student within the School of Architecture.
For my proposal, I examined the present experience of cladding and skin
within the city of Paris. Through this research I hoped to establish how
the juxtaposition of surface materials and textures might inform an overall
sensibility towards building within an historic context.