Located in Friendship, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this project is designed as a middle school for the existing Pittsburgh Environmental Charter School. The school runs under four guiding principles: acting as a catalyst for innovative education, being a positive impact on the character of students, encouraging collaboration between students and communities, and, of course, promoting a commitment to sustainable design. The design is based on these principles and prioritizes the school's users, the environment, and its community connection. Simple circulation spines create a crossroads for collaboration with classrooms to the north and the assembly space open to the south. A water catchment system, green wall, green roof, louvers, natural ventilation and passive solar design all allow the building to be a teaching tool and a visible example of sustainable design. A public courtyard along the busy city street with its own entrance to the assembly space and a separate community room create a strong connection to the surrounding community.
Located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this project aims to merge the eco-machine of riparian zones with the urban fabric of Pittsburgh. The project consists of commuter housing that also engages the larger community. Addressing the lack of green space in the former factory-rich area and taking advantage of the riverfront location are major design drivers for the site plan. In the smaller scales of the design, there is a priority on creating multiple levels of space, from the communal outdoor spaces and recreational buildings, to the kitchen and laundry clusters, to the individual units. This project was done in conjunction with Zain Islam-Hashmi.
Located in East Liberty, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the brief for this project asked for a Center for Experimental Media and Performing Arts as an addition to the existing Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Given a small site of 90'x84', the large amount of program, including major spaces such as a black box theater, flexible exhibition gallery, two dance studios, and three artist apartments, presented a challenge. My design focuses on the user's experience, attempting to simplify the large amount of program through movement and circulation, while utilizing flexible systems to allow for variability and control over light, view, circulation, and space.
Located around Saco Lake, in New Hampshire, this bath house is meant for a wide range of users, from overnight visitors at the center across the street, to drive-up users, to hikers approaching the end of a long journey on the Appalachian Trail. Attempting to combine the man-made with nature and provide valuable experiences for all of these visitors alike became huge design drivers in my project. A concrete mass nestled into the hillside, the structure blends in yet stands out. The interior treatments are made to resemble waves like the lake in the changing rooms and caves like the rocky terrain ascending to the steam room, relaxation room, and sauna on the second level. The stairwell, open to the sky, leads to the upper level pools and overlook, all open to the natural landscape.
In partnership with 4 other classmates, Cheyenne Bell, Ian Friedman, Sally Sohn, and Aditi Thota, we created a hoop house for a local elementary school in Homewood, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of their agricultural education program with Grow Pittsburgh. Intended to extend the growing season for a single planter bed, we used conduit, shrink plastic, bolts, and handmade hinges to build a dynamic, kid friendly enclosure complete with hinged doors, ventilation, and fully capable of being disassembled for winter storage.
In conjunction with three other group members, Jai Kanodia, Matt Radican, and Aditi Thota, we created a modular vertical garden. Each of the cube-like modules is comprised of four MDF cutouts and four connection components, all created using a CNC router and engineered to take advantage of the machine and waste as little material as possible, while creating a highly variable and extremely stable system. The design of the modules was thought of from a practical construction standpoints as well as a functional scale standpoint. Each the small scale singular, medium scale few, and large scale many were considered.
Primarily as an exercise in space creation using alignments of constructed and carved volumes, this project was designed as a professor's lake house, complete with a lecture space, and outdoor private space. The site, once covered in 8' tall hedge, was to be populated with three planes of limited size within a punctured cube, additional bathroom and kitchen volumes, and a square, gravel, parking area. My design solution focuses on a few specific paths of circulation to guide visitors into either through professor's cube to the lake or to the smaller lecture space, as well as differentiate a lakeside private space for the professor.