I am a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Architecture. I am environmentally conscious and am thus interested in working at a green architecture firm to learn more about the type of work that is done as well as the profession. I'm intrigued by the variety of green materials available, from bales of hay as insulation to compostable toilets, and want to learn more about where and how to use them. I am passionate about the future of green architecture and its ability to change the way cities, homes, and people relate to the environment.
Dr. Toby Shawe founder of Skin Smart Dermatology, Wyndmoor, PA, US, Design Coordinator
I coordinated the design and space plan and prepared construction documents for the office renovation project. My role was to document the existing floor plan and electrical floor plan, and design new interior spaces. I interacted one on one with the clients and combined three existing rooms into one cohesive space that accommodated their program. I developed the layout of each room and created floor plans and elevations for each phase of the project.
Weavers Way Coop, Philadelphia, Store Employee
Working on the floor helping customers and restocking shelves, or working at the Farm location.
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, US, BArch, Architectural Studies, Design Track
Intro to Western Architecture, Approaches to the Built Environment, Architectural Seminar, Architecture & Computer Applications, Design Studio 1, Design Studio 2, Architecture Text & Theory, Perspective drawing.
Design Studio 1 focused on a specific neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The history of the neighborhood was researched and compiled. From that research two sites were chosen and two different business models to aid the area. Observations of site forces at work on each site were done and from this data contextual maps were made. "Contextual mapping is an architectural design strategy whereby aspects of the site, such as street configurations, thresholds, building setbacks, etc. are represented in the form of force lines. The patterns created by overlapping the various force lines generate contextual maps. The force lines that make up the contextual map are what ultimately dictate the form of the new building, i.e. the angle, location and position of walls, floors, ceilings, and windows on a given site." Folding was the primary design tool that dictated the three dimensional form created for the site.
Design Studio 2 was more of a network of projects that all linked together to form the final project. I really enjoyed this studio because I was already equipped with how to analyze the site and thus accomodate the specific programming for this project. The System-based design method was an interesting concept to work within and turned the project into a puzzle; using the site forces, programming, and set pieces in coordination with each other to produce a final 3d form.
Cum Laude Award, Honorable Mention
Studio 2 Model selected for HAARCH exhibit, Honorable Mention
One of two students selected out of the entire Design Studio 2 class to present model at the HAARCH undergraduate showcase exhibit.
Jurors Favorite Award, Award
Canstruction hosts a design / build competition with cans that are then donated to the local food bank and my team won the Jurors favorite award.