The project brief looked to explore the proposal of contemporary architecture within the formal, historical, and contextual frameworks of Andrea Palladio Given the historically charged site of Piazza Matteotti bordered by Palladio's Palazzo Chiericati and Teatro Olimpico in Vincenza, Italy, we looked to explore the proposal of contemporary architecture within the formal, historical, and contextual frameworks of Andrea Palladio. As an approach to designing historically informed architecture, we positioned ourselves within Palladio’s canon of influence through addressing the physical site context, utilizing structure as a spatial system, and utilizing both mass and free plan to emphasize the base separately from the piano nobile. The massive vaults of the base floors reinterpret the strict, symmetrical bays of Palladian design into repeated, linear bays that continue the same language of massive spatial structure. Sectional relationships on the vaulted levels create compression and release between the modest scale of typical building and the grander scale of Chiericati. The upper levels open into a free plan populated by objects that continue to speak to the objectified spaces of Chiericati and Teatro Olimpico, freed from the necessity of massive structure in the modernity of architectural practice. As a result, the design makes references beyond the immediate site into the historic, intellectual, and constructional traditions of the Veneto. This project was completed collaboratively with Adam Kor, Elizabeth Levy, Kelly Li, and Sally Sohn.
Given the observable changes in our society’s technological capabilities and cultural norms, we, as designers, are forced to examine inevitable infrustructural development. This project proposes an architectural scenario brought about by the dawn of self-driving, autonomous vehicles in the Baum-Centre Corridor of Pittsburgh, PA. Examining the current reality of the site, as a busy, mixed-use area, project inspiration was drawn from the lack of green space and over-abundance of parcelized parking. From there, the appropriate project reveals itself as a communal parking garage that absorbs surface lots in the short term and develops into new places of living, working, and commerce as autonomous parking increases space efficiency and subscription models and ridesharing decrease vehicle storage demand. This is exciting as a sustainable development that addresses current needs and adapts flexibly to future possibilities while positively influencing and responding to the community and surrounding context. This project was done in partnership with Kerrian France.
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.
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.
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.