f13 | arc351 | final presentations

Below you will find the final presentation boards for ARC351.  Each student has a total of (6) 24×36 boards oriented vertically.  Problems 1-3 are on the top and 4-5 are on the bottom.  Problem 4 consisted of (2) boards while the rest are a single board.

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.

su13 | arc550 | research anthologies

This summer in ARC550, the students were divided into four groups.  Each group, over the course of three weeks, explored a variety of topics centered on juvenile justice.  Some of these were done individually (for example the initial writing assignments).  Many, though, were done as a coordinated effort within the group.  After analyzing juvenile justice topics, the site, and the program, each group was asked to create an anthology of their work for use by the class during the design of the juvenile facility.  Below you will find two examples of these anthologies.

group 2 research anthology

group 3 research anthology

f12 | arc351 | final boards

Below you can find a few samples of the final boards produced by the students in ARC351.  These boards outline their designs for the final project of the semester:  a cemetery.  The students also produced a 1:10 model for the review and incorporated in one of their panels from earlier in the semester.

f12 | arc351 | midterm presentation

At the midterm of the semester, the students in this section of ARC351 presented their first major assignment of the semester.  In this problem, the students were asked to transform the inspiration of an object or experience found within the context of our site into a series of three 16”x32” panels each created using a different primary medium.  The first set of panels was made using wood; the second set using fabric; and the third set using concrete.  Each medium offered the students a different opportunity for exploration and a different focus for channeling their inspiration.  In addition to the panels, the students produced a series of 11×17 sheets which contain their sketches, ideas, diagrams, and techniques for creating their miniature pieces of full scale architecture.  They were also asked to photograph the panels and generate a series of quick renderings that show the panels occupied at different scales:  the site, the building, the space, and the person.  At the conclusion of this work, the panels will be transformed once again as the ideas will be pulled out and used to form the basis for the final project of the semester:  a cemetery.

su12 | arc550 | research

Below you will find examples of the research work done during the summer graduate studio.  Research was done in groups in three areas:  case studies of local orchards, programmatic research into the five given program areas, and site and context research for the location of our site in Southern Illinois.  The front image for this post comes from the program analysis presentation of group 2.

group 3 case study – Lipe Orchards

group 4 case study – Rendleman Orchards

group 3 context analysis – envrionmental

group 4 context analysis – geographical

group 2 program analysis – farmer’s market

group 3 program analysis – food waste education

su12 | arc550 | project books

At the end of the semester in ARC 550, the students were asked to submit a booklet (published through Blurb) that summarized their studio project for the semester.  Many of these books were too large to upload to the site, but below you will find excerpts from some of them that outline not just the physical built piece, but also the research and thinking behind what they produced.  The front image for this post comes from the book of Otto Chanyakorn.

Otto Chanyakorn

Van Dwinnells

Andrew Hustedde

Kyle Miller

Colleen O’Malley

Josh Rucinski

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.