johnson county youth and family resource center

During the summer semester, one section of ARC550 took a trip to Kansas City to see a recently built minimum security juvenile detention facility and family resource center.  Just outside of Kansas City in Olathe, Kansas, this project was designed through a collaboration between Mark Ryan Studio and Treanor Architects (architect of record).  Below you will find some images taken by three students – Josh Fowler, Lara Murray, and Gabrielle Lowe – while taking a tour of the project with one of the architects, the building manager, and one of the lead guards.  The group was very accommodating and allowed us access to the entire facility, including all of the secure areas.  I was very happy to see how well the project turned out (I was working for Mark Ryan Studio when the project was designed) and it provided great insight for the students on best practices for the design of a contemporary juvenile justice facility.

lockdown architecture

These images are of a recently completed project that I worked on while back in Arizona.  It is a significant remodel of and addition to a juvenile holding facility for the colorado river indian tribes (CRIT) located in parker, arizona.  This project was part of a presentation I made last semester to the AIAS and also popped up in ARC|ID242 last week.  The architect of record on the project and the individual I was working with is Mark Ryan of mark ryan studio, a small architectural design firm in Phoenix.  The photographs below were taken by the brilliant photographer Bill Timmerman.


coming from where I’m from….part I

Hopefully over the next few weeks I will be able to get a few things rolling on this website.  As a first step, I would like to share a few images of the architecture I have visited and studied in the Phoenix area where I have been living for the past 10 years.  Many of these projects come from architects of the “desert school” who have carved out their own style and way of designing that responds to the climate, the culture, and the place of Sonoran Desert.  In this first post in the series, I give you one of my favorite projects in the Phoenix area: The Prayer Pavillion of Light.  This project was designed and built by Debartolo Architects for the Phoenix First Assembly church.