This project attempts to subvert the existing architectural disciplinary stance towards water. That of risk management and mitigation, the disciplinary paradigm relies too heavily on engineers and manufacturers to keep building water-tight and landscapes free from flooding. Subsequent to architectural design, this pragmatism fails to recognize waters’ climactic, cultural, energy producing, and performative capacity. This design for a high school in Seattle, Washington, embraces these facets of water.
UCLA AUD 414 / Karel Klein Spring 2017
The alter-ego: a psychological condition of two identities that are contained within a singular body. Both of these personalities are hidden behind a mask of normalcy that offers glimpses of the other’s existence through slight physical and psychological shifts in demeanor. While ego and alter-ego is a dichotomous condition of polar identities, our project focuses on a multiplicitous reading of the liminal space between the domestic and the institutional.
This fire station, a project with colleagues Tania Agacanian and Rachel Connor, is not a duality. It is a navigation of the relationship between mask and the liminal space beyond that continually shifts between ego and alter-ego.
UCLA AUD 415 / Kevin Daly Winter 2017
This project explores the building core as a structural, formal, and programmatic element within the scale of the single-family Angeleno home in Los Feliz, California. Comprised of three structurally independent small towers, the building gains shear strength by acting as a tripod; each tower has a steel structural core and is organized on the site at various elevations per the sites topography. The steel structural cores bundle tubes that bend and criss-cross to create a new type of x-frame. Instead of colliding with one another, steel columns branch and shift whereby they are connected via gusset plate.
UCLA AUD 401 / Ben Refuerzo Winter 2018
This project pays homage to a Mesoamerican history for Central America, a reminder to pilgrims along the Ruta del Peregrino that Mexican Catholicism is still deeply rooted in this pre-colonial history. The various programs: the museum, over-night housing for pilgrims, short-term housing, and archaeological laboratory, attempt to insert a ritual rather than a strictly liturgical experience for the pilgrims. Program, ritual, procession, and heaviness recalls Mexican pre-colonial history and architecture in Jalisco, Mexico, which has through syncretism been wholly ingrained in the modern devotion to Catholicism.
UCLA AUD 401 / Neil Denari Fall 2017
This studio course investigated museology and graphic design with architect and professor Neil Denari. The studio compiled research and created original diagrams and graphics for a project titled, Art in the Age of Access, wherein the studio worked with renowned Richard Koshalek and architectural historian and writer Dana Hutt. This work will be published in 2019.
The studio aimed to develop an expanded definition of the art world that would be the basis to develop design strategies for organizing and forming museums and museum related fields. Each student proposed concepts for museum related programs, and subsequently, groups of two developed site plans incorporating all student designs.
UCLA AUD 413 / Julia Koerner Winter 2017
This studio explored techniques for graphic representation and image-making. All drawing and graphic strategies were borrowed from existing designers and architects, ‘in the style of...’ The project investigates an urbanism developed from a patterned tectonic aggregated atop the site of Mt. Wilson, Los Angeles. The design was inspired by a thesis of Pompeian Villas, purporting that the city was comprised of a series of private microcosmic enclaves with walls of varying degrees of privacy. The design for a hamlet at Mt. Wilson develops a series of semi-isolated scientific microcosms for researchers and visitors to the site.
UCLA AUD 401 / Narineh Mirzeian Spring 2016
This project analyzed Frank Gehry’s office methodology of collage design. Working with colleagues Eric Wall and Lu Yin, we began with a formal investigation of Der Neuer Zollhof in Düsseldorf, Germany. The thesis asserted that Gehry’s design at Düsseldorf utilizes collage at multiple scales, that of the massing and that of the detail. But at the mid-scale, that of the wall section, collage disappears and is replaced by the parametric paradigm of layering building materials.
After researching collage artists and various collage and bricolage methods, collage was then reinserted into the wall section scale of the buildings, creating distinct new elevations with varying wall sections.
UCLA AUD 411 / Erin Besler Fall 2015
This project examined a shed from a big box store and created new formal opportunities through the processes of folding and rewrapping. Drawing primarily from theorist Anthony Vidler’s terminology of ‘faces’, the new rewrapped shed is categorized according to it's faces as synonymous with elevations. The faces of the generic big box shed were rewrapped onto various objects through an iterative process. Methodologically, the shed was rewrapped onto the formwork itself, the formwork of other store-bought sheds, cubes of equal volume, and cubes of lesser volume. This process resulted in a series of iterations attached with an aesthetic deformation, distortion, and misregistration of the architectural term elevation, proper.
UCLA AUD 412 / Katy Barkan
This design for a library in downtown Los Angeles pushes the concept of center and periphery. A formal investigation in splitting and doubling lead to a biological analysis of zygote twinning that spearheaded the design of the library. Program in the building is doubled and split to create two buildings in one, a children's library and a typical public library. The structure of the building begins as a singular entity, but the structure begins to twin on the second floor, splitting the structural core and doubling the structural grid in a process similar to that of mitosis.
UCLA AUD 403 / Heather Roberge Winter 2018
This channel study translates the pragmatics of fluid dynamics into architectural qualities which work to project, distribute, and catch water. These qualities become expressed in the modulation of the channel segments within the sectional qualities of the objects, the variability of flow only revealed at the point of entry and exit. Working with colleagues Eric Wall and Gayle Schumacher, the formal articulation of each object expresses the movement of water with and through space.
UCLA AUD 403 / Heather Roberge Winter 2018
This investigation in landscape and surface explores a combinative design of both conduit and topography. The project goes beyond a two-dimensional study of sheeting water on a surface to expand upon the limitations of a 12” by 12” square.
UCLA AUD 289 / Ben Refuerzo Fall 2017
The lone wanderer searches for shelter. A day of exploring took him farther than expected. The island storms in a way he has never seen before. Rain pounds on his neck, the rain making visibility little to none. And he sees something towards the sea - a bunker? At once both calming and terrifying - he approaches this place. And sees the staircase descend deep into the earth inviting him to proceed.
Poseidon’s Grotto is a sacred space. The project is defined by three intersecting bars of varying length and quality - resulting in a steep and long staircase to a grotto. The first bar explores vision - both intense darkness and then intense lightness - framing the sea beyond. The second, audition. This bar is wholly concrete and almost entirely encapsulated. And the staircase switches in material from heavy concrete to a light rickety wooden staircase allowing the perception of floating within this bar as sounds echo off of the walls, roof, and ground. And the third bar explores somatosensation as the culmination of this journey results in a pool, continually cycled by the changing tide.