This project inserts itself between the gritty Ferry Street Bridge gateway location of Coburg Road entering downtown Eugene and the natural condition between the Willamette River and Skinner and Spencer Butte beyond.
Comfortable refuges are created between the sound and light pollution as well as natural conditions of damp winter drizzle and hot summer sun. The building shelters.
The design engages time based qualities and challenges of the site in three ways:
Phenomena of society and nature including sound, air, light and connection to the riverfront, within the context of the existing concrete building shell.
Human comfort through thermodynamic understanding including passive cooling in summer and warmth against cool dampness in winter.
Shared mixed-use vibrancy, urban in feel, between various restaurant, cafe, office and residential enclaves and their extension out into the neighborhood. The approximately 18,000 SF mixed-use project emerges from an existing two-story board formed concrete shell previously used as a potato chip factory and Eugene Moving and Storage warehouse, bounded within a typical 80’ by 80’ Eugene quarter block. Exterior spaces are located for human comfort that connect ground floor commercial, office and upper level residential uses and allow the exterior urban vibrancy and ecological context to bleed into the building.
Push Pull House
Professional | Speranza Architecture + Urban Design | 2015-16 | Role: Architectural Designer | Status: Built
This private residence overlooks a vineyard outside of Eugene, OR. The house is derived from a series of squares with “broken” (glazed) corners. This play of simple geometric manipulation causes the user to either feel pushed out into the landscape or pulled into the space. Each volume incorporates an “insert” of wood volumes that help to organize the rooms. The house was completed June 2016.
This tower design is an addition to the existing Eugene Water and Electric Board’s campus in Eugene, Oregon. The tower’s wood laminated structure was developed as a means of understanding the greater city. The building illuminates with data pertaining to the city’s water and electric uses while the wood exoskeleton warps to frame views. The adjacent bow truss building is to be adaptively reused as a farmer’s market.
Leichtbau BW Installation
Academic | Institute for Computational Design and Construction | 2013-14 | Role: Designer | Status: Built
“The design of the installation is based on advanced computational design, simulation and fabrication of composite structures. It utilizes new technologies of tailored fiber placement adopted from the aerospace industry in combination with computational design strategies and structural simulation. The carbon fiber layout is generated through a structural topology optimization, machine constraints and lamination requirements. In the resultant translucent structure the black carbon fibers not only enable a lightweight system but also create a striking surface articulation that exposes the constructional logic to the fair visitors. The semi-transparent structure divides the exhibit into various communication zones with different characters including: an integrated information bar, a small semi-enclosed seating area and a larger marquee which extends into the air for visibility from a distance.”
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2013/14
Academic | Institute for Computational Design and Construction | 2013-14 | Role: Student Fabricator | Status: Built
This research pavilion showcases the potential of novel design, simulation and fabrication processes in architecture. The project was planned and constructed within one and a half years by students and researchers within a multi-disciplinary team of biologists, paleontologists, architects and engineers. The focus of the project is a parallel bottom-up design strategy for the biomimetic investigation of natural fiber composite shells and the development of novel robotic fabrication methods for fiber reinforced polymer structures. The aim was to develop a winding technique for modular, double layered fiber composite structures, which reduces the required formwork while maintaining a large degree of geometric freedom.
Professional | NBBJ | 2016 | Role: Design Computation Leader / Designer | Status: Built
The Columbus Metropolitan Library Northside Branch landscape design was a solution to a field error.
While preparing to pour the concrete curbs, the contractors noticed the exterior grade below the second story (below) was not as indicated on the shop drawings or survey—the ground was not nearly as level as initially thought. Structural columns were exposed above the ground by up to one foot, and the architectural wrapper could not cover them.
The design team asked for options at correcting the condition with a landscape feature.
Working with the landscape architect, we settled on a field of pavers that could be manipulated individually to introduce some variation as well as cover the exposed columns.
This 900 bed hospital leverages Jordan’s primary energy source: the sun. Its spiny skin is a mix of glazing, perforated screen, and integrated photovoltaic panels. Both the global form and each panel is formed in such a way to maximize its exposure to direct solar exposure. The project is placed within an existing campus and careful to not impede on the existing buildings. It is respectful of the site conditions, deliberately making use of the entire site, without affecting existing hospital operations.
80 On the Commons
Professional | NBBJ | 2016-18 | Role: Design Computation Leader / Designer | Status: Built
80 On the Commons (80OTC) completes the final phase of development around the Columbus Commons, a public square in downtown Columbus, Ohio. This 12-story mixed-use building will include ground floor retail and restaurant space, five floors of office space, six residential floors housing 121 apartment units — including micro-units of 400 square feet — and amenity and event space.
During DD, as the design computational expert, I assisted the team with streamlining some of the workflow by leveraging visual programming tools to iterate and create faster and more efficiently.
I also contributed to the Construction Documents and Construction Administration tasks through substantial completion. 80OTC was completed early 2019.
Academic | University of Oregon | 2014 | Role: Designer & Fabricator | Status: Built
This coffee table is derived from a parabola, manifested as two single curbed plywood planks. These planks are walnut-veneer plywood, which were vacuumed formed using the CNC-routed same mold. The two pieces notch together, stabilizing the entire piece. This hardware-less connection was cut by hand. The acrylic tops sit on this walnut bars, which are embedded in the plywood.
The piece was displayed at MODERN in Eugene, OR for a one-week exhibition in June 2014.
Slipping Through Earth: A Field Station
Academic | University of Oregon | 2013
Slipping Through Earth is a geologic field station in Paisley, Oregon, where scientists discovered human DNA dating 14,000+ years ago. This facility is a rammed earth structure, where the soil used is collected on site. Since the facility is primarily to be used in the summer, the building embraces darkness, utilizing earth’s thermal mass capabilities, keeping the building cool during the day and warm during the evenings. The rooms are organized along axes, so there always remains a connection from one room to the next, with the periphery rooms having direct access to the outdoors.