Fall 2010 | Professor WG Clark
The Rivanna River bisects the city of Charlottesville as it travels South from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Rivanna is challenged by both pollution and neglect. The museum's mission is to address these challenges and spark a feeling of environmental stewardship in the community. Acting as a gateway to the existing trail system, the museum will become a hub for outdoor recreation and education. Inspiration for the building's design came from the river itself. The museum's canopies evoke the image of water passing over rocks.
Spring 2011 | Professor Nana Last
Built at the northernmost end of the Highline in New York City, the Institute for the Disambiguation of Measurement is meant to be both an educational center and sculptural landmark. Its distinctive sloping roof allows for easy pedestrian access to the Highline, while the interior's curved walls create dynamic and interesting spaces. The Institute's interior is designed to gradually reveal new spaces to visitors as they explore the building.
Spring 2010 | Professor Charlie Menefee
The goal of the University of Virginia Collaborative Center is to break down the artificial boundaries between academic disciplines. The Center achieves this by providing multipurpose spaces that can be utilized by a range of UVa faculty and students. These spaces can be used as classrooms, meeting rooms, studios, and even laboratories. Each rectangular module is interchangeable and can be removed from the permanent framework; much like a drawer. This unique flexibility allows the Center to evolve and adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of the University.
Institute of Photography
Fall 2009 | Professor Michael Petrus
The NYC Institute of Photography acts as both a place of learning and gallery. The urban site, only 25ft. wide, proved to be a challenge. The narrow footprint necessitated a taller structure to accommodate the building's extensive program. The program visually manifests itself on the building's façade as a collage of distinct spaces. As a living composition, the building's façade is constantly shifting based on the activity inside. The building also features sustainable elements including passive ventilation.
Fall 2010 | Professor Eric Field
The chair's unique shape is the result of a rigorous investigation into the nature of the human form. The design exploration began by studying scientific research on ergonomics and hundreds of chair precedents. I soon realized there is little consensus on what makes a chair truly comfortable. Amidst many conflicting opinions, I focused on maximizing my own comfort. Using a 3d laser scanner I created a digital surface that reflects my body's contours. I used this surface as the starting point for a series of plywood strips that became the sitting surface of the chair. These strips were cut to my exact specifications using a digital router. The resulting chair is a perfect fit.
Aug. 2009 - May 2010 | Professor John Quale
Team: L. Nelson, M. Zoghby
The JPC ecoMOD design team consisted of three undergraduate architects and a faculty advisor. Our goal was to design a new home for Building a Bridge, a nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The organization provides housing for adults with permanent brain injuries. The design process proved to be challenging due to the special requirements of the disabled occupants. The team took great care in creating a design that maximized accessibility, and minimized construction costs and environmental impact. The final two-story home consisted of six prefabricated modules that included all of the specialized elements required in a care facility.
May - June 2010 | Professor Charlie Menefee
This highly selective program focused on intensive on-site sketching. During the six-week program, I explored and analyzed a wide range of Italian architecture including Palladio's most influential works. The program not only taught me how to sketch, but also how to properly analyze space. Now I use drawing as a tool to better understand the world around me.