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BundleLumber: An Iconic Pedestrian Bridge for Amsterdam (competition)

BundleLumber is a new cycling and pedestrian bridge located on the Amstel River south of the city center, near the Netherlands Opera House and on axis with the Hermitage Amsterdam Museum. Taking advantage of CNC-aided technology for bending and laminating lumber, two structural beams are formed by bundling irregular strands of glue-laminated timber that gather and release in response to zones of tension and compression. A cafe and bike repair shop are tucked underneath the east end of the bridge and accessed by additional brick surface that contributes a more generous public space around the museum's entrance. (With Lavender Tessmer).

Degree Project, Fall 2011: Stagescape

Concept and Location


The public side and the production side of theater are two active worlds that are traditionally walled off within the volume of a single building, only facing one another in the formal setting of the auditorium. Stagescape inverts this dynamic, pulling the back door through the building from the alley to the public street, creating informal views between the two worlds. The project spans the gap between the Grand Center Arts District and St. Louis University at the corner of Grand and Lindell Boulevards, stitching the two together with a public plaza. Two elevated auditoriums—a proscenium and a black box—face the street at each pole, bridged by the workshops and production spaces. The public enters at a hinge midway between the two stages. In arriving to see a performance, the audience sees the spaces where the performance was created. Critic: Kathryn Dean.

Vertical Studio 3, Spring 2011: "Threading the Edge": A Hotel and Vistors Center for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Flint Hills, Kansas


Drawings / Diagrams

The Flint Hills Studio, taught by Phoenix-based architect Wendell Burnette centered on the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Kansas. The rocky landscape of the Kansas Flint Hills prevented early settlers from plowing the land, leading to a grazing culture that has largely preserved the native grasses. The goal of the studio was to engage the landscape, viewing "context as malleable material." The program consists of a visitors center, hotel, and resort. My project is threaded along the edge condition of Fox Creek, where it is sheltered from the harsh upland prairie environment. Perched along the creek, the guest rooms look from the shelter of the trees into the dense grasses of a restored bottomland prairie to the west and onto the rocky prairie uplands to the east. I documented the progress of our studio, including site visits, site research, community meetings, and reviews in the blog Kansas Flint Hills Studio.

Vertical Studio 2, Fall 2010: Academia de Tango, Buenos Aires


Drawings / Diagrams

The Tango Academy is a 2,500 m2 cultural center in the heart of the historic barrio of San Telmo, Buenos Aires. The sidewalk extends into the site in the form of a public plaza that is continuous with the building's public program on the ground floor, including the dance hall (milonga), café, ticket office, and bookstore. The studios of the tango academy are stacked above the milonga within a cubic volume that is constructed of reinforced concrete (in keeping with the economy and durability of local construction methods) and wrapped with a ventilated double wall of sandblasted glass. Critics: Gerardo Caballero and Gustavo Cardon.

Vertical Studio 1, Spring 2010: The Innovation Lab


Drawings / Diagrams

The Innovation Lab is an 80,000 square-foot facility that will house Washington University's Center for Multi-disciplinary Research, Design, and Innovation. The project is situated on a prominent site at the entrance to the Danforth Campus, adjacent to Fumihiko Maki's Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Maki's Walker Hall. Inspired by the MIT Media Lab, the facility will foster creativity and innovation by housing multiple disciplines under one roof and encouraging the cross-pollination of ideas through social and cultural intersection, exchange, and integration. Modeled and rendered with Revit Architecture. Critic: Paul Donnelly.

Public sculpture competition visualization for sculptor Arny Nadler, Fall 2009

Competition Renderings

Construction Photos

In 2010 I worked for sculptor Arny Nadler to create digital renderings for his entry to the Evanston Art Center's 2010-2011 "Sculpture on the Grounds" competition, resulting in a commission to install the sculpture and a $10,000 award to the artist. Modeled with Rhinoceros 3D. (View photos of the finished sculpture on the artist's online portfolio here and here)

Core Studio 3, Fall 2009: Urban Housing in St. Louis


Drawings / Diagrams

The Urban Housing in St. Louis Studio was a study in multifamily housing at both urban and intimate scales. Ninety-six students each selected a vacant site along a mile-long stretch of Delmar Avenue north of the St. Louis Central West End. The studio argued for an increase in density from an existing 12 people per acre to a density of 40 people per acre. On the intimate scale, the objective was to create a comfortable setting for the private rituals of everyday life for people from various background in various stages of life. Critic: Stephen Leet.

Core Studio 2, Spring 2009: Desert Research Lab


Drawings / Diagrams

International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability desert research facility. Modeled and rendered with Rhinoceros 3D. Critic: Patty Heyda.

Core Studio 1, Fall 2008

Project 1: Material Organization

Project 2: Geology Pavilion

Critic: Derek Hoeferlin.