The following are highlights of projects I worked on while in undergraduate and graduate school.
Coleman Jordan Studio 2008 | Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
The Passageways studio project incorporated interdisciplinary interests and community based development as a means to create a holistic development project in Africa. The source fueling this project were two clients with art-driven backgrounds who recently purchased property outside the rural village of Joal, Senegal. The studio course began with group-oriented design collaborations that later dispersed into individual interpretations for how the project could resolve as a development. My individual focus for the project emphasized illuminating a sense of spirit through layers of research, creative intuition, sculptural works, and personal encounters with the Senegalese culture. After returning from Senegal, the final architectural project was developed to explore the sculptural capabilities of integrating an earthy-based building structure with a surrounding landscape that relates to its form. As a result there is no definite exterior or interior spaces but rather a building that blurs those boundaries.
Clover Lee & David Erdman Studio 2008 | Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
In the reality of a global consumerist society, William McDonough states that we need to, “honor commerce as the engine of change.” However, in settings such as Hong Kong, consumerist priorities play out as a monopoly that devours opportunities for design innovations to take place. This can be observed in the city’s public housing market which consists of ubiquitous, shoebox-like forms that are only differentiated by their flashy marketing schemes. This project aspires to stand apart from Hong Kong’s existing built environment by fostering aliveness in the realms of environmental, cultural, and formal endeavors. The title of our project, Niu (new) Shu (shoe), is a play on the pronunciation of the denoted Mandarin words for “twisting” and “tree” that carry a connoted English context of being a new shoe to fit Hong Kong’s current and future growth. The towers in the complex grow from the ground and translate the lost space of nature into an enhanced environment of consumerism. By using sustainability as a visible marketing tool to differentiate the design, the residential high-rise becomes a living organism that prospers from a blurring of what is residential enrichment and what is commercial capital.
SCRAP: EXCESS DESIGNED
Design of a product that alters over time and is composed of scale– the flaky discharge of hot rolled steel (normally a waste in the manufacturing process)
Master of Architecture Thesis 2009 | Primary Advisor: Dawn Gilpin | Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
A common mistake made in the architectural discipline, and supported by the general public, is favoritism for modernization that leaves our built environment placeless. What is often overlooked is how contextualized work can empower itself by integrating modern, mechanized know-how with regional, cultural practices. Brownsville, Texas serves as a testing ground in a sector where the newly constructed border fence trails into the US a half-mile from the actual Mexican border—thus creating a “no-man’s land.” A new development arises as interventions are made to generate public participation in an effort to manifest a genuine architectural typology derived from the region’s bipolar condition. Through design, the escalating tensions caused by fear tactics and ignorance can be confronted in a setting where opportunity is allotted for the two cultures of varying levels of modernization to overlap in order to expose, inform, and unify each other in a constructive manner.
This project validates itself as an architectural work by assessing the locally available materials, skills, interests, and needs of the bordering (and yet disjoined) communities as a choreographed physical domain that in itself becomes the instigator of the “gray zone.” As the programmatic instigator perseveres as an establishment, it gains momentum in its economic potential, infrastructural support, and political influence which is visually illuminated through its refinement of architectural form and restructuring of its interior spaces as a customization to its more rigorous needs.
NAVASOTA CHILDREN’S LIBRARY
Julie Roger’s Studio 2004 | Texas A&M University
Initially designed a castle-themed renovation of existing library for new children’s section. Design was selected by the library and built.
John Fairey’s Studio 2003 | Texas A&M University
Artistic development representing the word “Jovial” in the form of a 2D artwork, 3D artwork, and a 3D conceptual home.