Iconic view of the home and falls

My studio class recently took a trip to see Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Fallingwater stands as one of Wright's greatest masterpieces both for its dynamism and for its integration with the striking natural surroundings. Wright's passion for Japanese architecture was strongly reflected in the design of Fallingwater, particularly in the importance of connecting exterior and interior spaces and the strong emphasis placed on harmony between man and nature. Located in southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands the home is surrounded by a beautiful landscape. This organically designed private residence was intended to be a nature retreat for its owners. The house is well known for its connection to the site; it is built on top of an active waterfall which flows beneath the house.  Despite it being built over 75 years ago, the home has the capability of housing a modern family.  


Section Collage

Collages help refine an idea or mood by showing context and details.  This collage helps show the building’s “lines” and the setting of the site.  It also helps display main ideas, such as the division of light and connection to the Earth.     

Photoshop collage over hand drawing.  


Architecture is...

After four years of schooling I can relate to most of things said in this video.  I cannot say that everything in this short clip is accurate, but it makes some good points. 


Daily Sketches (future, dinosaur, elephant)

This assortment of drawings have no relation to each other in style or concept, but here they are:    

Started as a walrus, maybe now it’s an elephant... just go with it. 

Concept future.  Sketch from Halo 4 artwork. 
Modified dino-bird.  

Original dino-bird sketch. 

Design:Build Process Photos

      Our second firing test was successful.  We we able to create a single piece of cone shaped glass from smaller placed pieces.  The result is a nice iridescent cone with an oval texture.  Our team was happy with the test but we will likely not use this type of glass.  Hopefully the third attempt with tempered glass will have a more appropriate texture and color for the “secret room”.

Three different moulds attempt #2

Finished result of cone 2 using glass beads.  

Finished small cone using tempered glass. 

Classmate placing tempered glass into cone #3.

Cone mould and slump mould. 

Let’s hope this one works! 

Section Axon 2+

Same as below but with figures and airship.  Hand Drawing + Photoshop. 


Section Drawing 2

Process section drawing showing structure and layout.  Pen and marker draft. 

Section Axon 2

Section Axon of current design project.  Pencil Drawing.

      The axonometric drawing style allows for real dimensions to be placed without perspectival distortion.  This drawing is actually an isometric drawing where the angle of the x,y,z are placed in accordance to my particular “view”, but all dimensions are still true to scale.  The building’s “skin” is removed to expose the structure and interior floor plates.      Click to enlarge!   


Sustainable Living Architecture

Small footbridges in North East India made of tree roots.  

Designed to grow over rivers that are uncrossable during the monsoon rains, these bridges will last for centuries.  The locals guide the roots by strapping them to rocks, branches, and bamboo stalks so the roots grow in a specific direction.  Some are many centuries old making this a great example of sustainable living architecture that will grow for generations.  


Body and Building Section Axon

Process Section Axon - Hand Sketch + photoshop
       The photo above is of a section-axon of my current project.  This drawing was done for my theory class Body and Building where we study how humans interact with their environment.  The class is a combination of biology and architectural theory with emphasis on human movement.  This process illustration shows the ritualistic circulation of the occupants.  This initial design will be modified before the semester end.  More furniture and room definition is needed.  

The photos are of myself taken by a friend from a tall ladder, which I added digitally.  Click the photo for a larger view.    

Ocean Imagination

Unsangdong Architects’ proposal for the thematic Pavilion of Yeosu 2012, entitled Ocean Imagination, which was awarded honorable mention. 

The proposal combines nature and the imagination in an effort to create the “best use of the infinite possibility of nature.” 

The proposal combines nature and the imagination in an effort to create the “best use of the infinite possibility of nature.” 
The pavilion allows visitors to experience the ocean’s ecosystems and different exhibits related to “man-made nature.”  An ‘Ocean Gate’ takes the culture of the sea shore and shifts it vertically.  This move creates a dynamic visual that is a constant reminder to the viewers of nature’s different environments.  “It combines ocean ecosystem and architecture in accordance with the main theme of  ‘Ocean & Life,” added the architects.   Another part of the proposal, the 'Sustainable Ocean void space’, is formed by combining flowing water with the ecological environment.



Best Environmental Photos of 2011

Ideal Architecture

Here is a photo of the “ideal” house by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux.  Bi-lateral symmetry is a fundamental  way of giving clear order to forms and spaces, making it a classical characteristic of “ideal” architecture.  My current studio project reflects a lot of these qualities, being that of a sphere and a home.

Ideal House by Claude-Nicolas LEDOUX, c. 1770. 



“ WAAC design:build seeks to build material reveries through the undertaking of projects which require the skilled application of both mind and hand, with ‘work’ (erga) being both the action and the lasting result.  Since the foundation of the school at 1001 Prince Street, generations of students have turned the school building into a school of architecture through endless modifications, demolitions, and installations.  The current course continues this tradition of building the school, allowing students the opportunity to leave behind a small part of their work to act as inspiration for future work.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in the full spectrum of prudent thinking, from conception and drawing to modeling, execution, and reflection.” 
-Jonathan Foote Professor of Architecture - Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium 
             I am currently working in a group of three to design lighting fixtures for the “Secret Room" on campus.  The room was a previous design:build project including the walls, table, door, and shelves.  We will be custom making every component of the lighting fixtures that will hang above a 14’ table.  The design is minimalist, circular, and unobtrusive.  Minimal because the room is very small and already has a lot of creative work that making something too elaborate would take away from the quality of work already done by previous students.  Circular so that the lights can freely hang and orient in any direction without needing more material or physical effort to correct their position.  The lights will hang at a height that does not hinder the wonderful workspace that the large table provides and will hopefully not 'bump' occupants.  We have decided to make the fixture a single-cast glass cone.  The cone offers its own surprising characteristics for being such a simple shape.  The process has been interesting but not easy.  Here are a few photos of the work we have done thus far to create our lights for the secret room.   

The “Secret Room” at night + concept mock up of cone light fixtures

Box for the concrete mould.

Foam rough cone shape + angle piece

Shaping the foam on a metal mill

Pouring the concrete over the cone
cone in 2D acrylic 

cone in 2D acrylic
Teammate placing the glass in the hardened concrete mould

Before firing the glass in the kiln

After firing the glass in the kiln (no this is not what we wanted to happen)

Failed end result of cone.  

       As seen from the photos the initial attempt at casting the single piece of glass as a cone did not work.  It either fell to the bottom during the heating process or the kiln became so hot that the glass liquified.  I will post process photos as we continue to modify our construction techniques.  Despite this failed attempt the texture turned out nice! 


Body and Building

  A section drawing of my building concept.  The running figure attempts to jump the gap but fails.  The purpose of this rendering is to show movement through a space with a scale figure.  Hand drawing with figures added digitally.  

Daily Sketches 3

Recreation of a rendered windturbine-high rise.  

I started this sketch as a study of the interior of an airship for my current project.   It soon became an exterior elevation without my intent so I just went with it.  Same as my profile photo. 

Steve-Zissou-esque submarine. 

Daily Sketches 2

Recreation of Halo 4 concept ar

Airship concept
New School perspective

Apple Sticker on my Headphone case

Some of these drawings are recreations of photos.   Some are my manifestations.  

Daily Sketches 1


Starting a week ago I decided to focus some of my creative attention to drawings.   In order to become more confident in my drawing skills I have challenged myself to draw once a day, for a year.  The rules I set for myself are simple: one drawing, from any tool, on any medium, of anything, complete or incomplete at least once a day.  I will periodically post new drawings throughout the year documenting my progress.


The Beginning

  This is the beginning of an ongoing journey to document and consolidate my work, thoughts, and interests revolving around my architectural education.  

There is something mythical and romantic about the airship. This now endangered technological marvel graced the skies with its mammoth structure and beauty.  A great engineering feat that expresses its structure and purpose seemed appropriate for the beginning of my blogging experience.  

Sketch completed October 2011