Heather Martin

Heather Martin

Lancaster, PA, US



I am currently a fourth year architecture student at Philadelphia University. I am also a member of AIAS, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, a big for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a member of the varsity girls volleyball team. I recently just won first place for the ACSA National Steel Competition. I am currently looking for an internship in Pennsylvania as I finish up my last two years of Architecture School.



Archer and Buchanan, West Chester, PA, US, intern

May 2013 - Aug 2013


Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2010 - current


ACSA Steel Competition, 1st Place

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attached to the remaining tracks of the reading viaduct, the new pedestrian bridge embraces its role as a repository of knowledge of existing trains. Stream_Line proposes a transparent, flowing passage without sacrificing the sites rich past and urban landscape through refining interactions between history, transportation, and city-scape. The bridge stands as an iconic connection of north and south Philadelphia. With a transparent facade, Stream_Line advertises its purpose by allowing quick glimpses into the space when traveling below on interstate 676, a highway constructed in the 1960s that divides Philadelphia from north to south. A realignment is needed when touching down on the south side of the interstate, due to the existing truck loading ramp for the convention center. Currently, plans are underway to design a usable bridge, such as the highline. The remaining tracks head north west to reading, Pennsylvania and northeast to connect with the current septa lines. Stream_Line replicates this initiative of a gentle curve to achieve the need for realignment. The upper path is lifted to provide shelter from sun and precipitation to the program and path below, and projects towards the city to frame the view. Since this area of Philadelphia currently lacks gathering spaces, the new pedestrian bridge provides a cafe, exhibition space, and gift shop. The multipurpose paths- a dynamic blend of circulation and relaxation- connect these spaces to either side of the interstate. This indoor, outdoor circulation path mixes history, city life, and above all, people. At night the building lights up to provide an after hour presence that mimics the atmosphere Philadelphia uses to promote events going on.


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