In 2009 I was selected to participate in the professional studio program through Cal Poly to work with two other students at the architecture firm LPA Inc. in Irvine, CA. In this program we were given regular design studio through the coordinators at the firm, but during the week I would work as a normal employee for the firm.
After the completion of that school year, I was asked by LPA to return for the summer of 2010 to help on the production of a high quality model for a project they were currently designing. They valued my work ethic and quality enough to ask me back and trusted me to pro- duce a model worthy of a professional architecture firm.
I built the model base out of hardwood and plywood and is roughly 5 feet by 4 feet in size. The model itself was constructed out of bass wood and needed to be detailed enough to show off the intricacies of the model down to the mullions of the windows.
The steams of the wood were painstakingly aligned to create a seamless surface and the material was scored by hand to create the texture and lines of the materials.
The model was cut entirely by hand and is held together by glue. I had to employ various techniques throughout the model like careful application of sawdust to replicate a green roof for one of the buildings.
I created the base, ground plane and roughly 80% of the building by myself, and was assisted by other employees and another student friend of mine to finish the last of the buildings and get it all assembled by the deadline.
Status: Under Construction
Location: San Marcos, CA, US