Text of Architectural Design + Photography Portfolio
ROBERT VINCENT CLEARY[architectural design + photography]
OTHER SELECTED WORK
01 Southside Chicago Wellness Center Mind, Body + Spirit_ Biophilia_ Urban Agriculture Fall 2011_ Individual Project
02 Piazza della Rotunda Contemporary Interpretation_Vernacular Palette Fall 2011_ Team Project
03 Bankside Urban Voids Compact City_ Pedestrian Network_ Rethinking Public/ Private Space Spring 2011_ Individual Project [Completed at Architectural Association in London}
04 Horizons for the Blind Mixed Use_ Gather_ Journey Fall 2010_ Individual Project
05 Boathouse Descent through Nature Spring 2010_ Individual Project
01 Wall Project Abstract exploration of space and movement Fall 2009_ individual project
02 Cube Project Abstract exploration of solid-void relationships Fall 2009_ individual project
03 Selected Photographs
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Revit architecture 2012 autoCad architecture 2012Rhinoceros with V-RaySketchup with kerkytheaadobe CS5: Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshopadobe lightroom 2final Cut ProHand drafting, sketching, rendering, model buildingdigital and film photography
AIAS Judson University Chapter President, Sept 2010-May 2011Plan, coordinate, delegate chapter eventsCommunicate and participate in national and regional events
Resident Assistant- Judson University, Sept 2009-May 2010dorm leader and supervisor
Habitat for Humanity, Elgin, ILVolunteer
Annual Student Juried Exhibition, April 2008/2009Charcoal drawingComposite drawing and bass wood modeldraewell gallery, Judson University
Service trip to Jackson, MS, March 2012Worked at and with the John Perkins foundation to engage the community of West Jackson through service projects
English, nativeSpanish, Intermediate
Seeking an internship in an architectural design firm tobroadly and eagerly contribute to the varied creative and technical pursuits of the practice, as well as to augment my educational growth.
Judson University, B.A in Architecture, May 2012gPa 3.589, dean’s list [6 semesters]
Tau Sigma Deltanational Honors Society for architecture and allied arts
Architectural Association, Jan 2011-May 2011Visiting School Program, London, UKfinished with High Pass marks
HB&A Architects, Colorado Springs, COSteve Powell, 719.473.7063architectural Intern, may 2011-aug 2011, dec 2011-Jan 2012assisted in digital modeling for proposal of downtown development and ymCa, project award submittal for aIa, proposal for UCCS dorms, documentation of buildings on air force base in london, drawings for renovation to air force base building
Photography AssistantEvan Hunt Photography, 815.922.5644assisted cover shoot for aP magazine, feb 2010Jacob Boll Photography, 815.378.3482assisted in photographing a wedding, June 2010
Judson University SOADACyndi Zarris, 847.628.1010maintenance Staff, may 2010-dec 2010organize, repair and paint interior of building and studios
Camp Winadu, Pittsfield, MAShelly Wiener, 800.494.6238general Counselor & lacrosse Coach, June 2009- aug 2009Responsible for boy’s cabin, taught fundamentals and techniques of lacrosse
the Southside Chicago Wellness Center is set in an impoverished neighborhood where a center to ignite community and education is needed. the goal of the SSWC is to be a gem for the community- to be a place where people go to learn, teach, meditate, and help raise future generations. not only were sustainable building systems important to the design, but the ways in which the building could empower its occupants and their community governed the design process. the building responds to the individual’s mind, body, and spirit, with an emphasis on gathering, meditation, and education.
the project began with examining the individual and how a wellness center should respond to an individual’s mind, body and spirit. When program begins to be inserted into mind, body, and spirit categories, gardens emerge as a transitional space and destination. these gardens address community, meditation and agriculture and are broken apart by journey corridors that move users from buildings. other key drivers include urban agriculture and the biophilia hypothesis. the integration of urban agriculture is an opportunity for the community to invest in their health and education. Individuals or families have the opportunity to purchase lots of land to grow food on while classes, as well as the day care facility, use the land to learn about plant life and gardening. the plants grown on this land help to feed the community and the funds received for the land is invested back into the SSWC. a loop system is created to sustain not only the wellness center, but the community as well.
the biophilia hypothesis was studied to understand how nature can positively affect buildings. Biophilia proves that man has an inherent connection to nature and that humans perform and feel better when connected to its elements. the SSWC placed a large emphasis on controlling natural daylight and exposing occupants to plant life and water for improved air quality and relaxation. large light cones were designed to bring day light deep into interior spaces and provide a sense of warmth and connection. the journey corridors create opportunities for users to interact with nature while adding to the complexity and order of the campus- a characteristic found in the natural world. the result is a campus that acts as a place of refuge as well as a catalyst for personal and communal growth.
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
THE TIME FOR URBAN AGRICULTUREIS NOW!!!
*mowing to growing: Creating Productive green Spaces-maria aiolova
COURTYARD DIVISION [of courtyard] PROCESS MODEL
three buildings addressing mind, Body Spirit
designation of garden spaces corresponding to building type
Journey corridor connections between buildings which break up garden spaces
ACOUSTIC ANALYSISthe design of the performance hall utilizes a series of cascading acoustic ceiling panels to promote early reflections and diffuse sound. the cavity space above these panels traps noise until it dies. the back wall of the hall uses a cavity absorber material while the sides and stage are wood material to reflect sound. the overall shape of the hall takes on a modified fan shape to bring the audience close to the stage as well as promote early reflections. the hall boasts a 1.6 second reverberation time, a 1.2 second warmth and a 0.84 second brilliance.
PERFORMANCE HALL STAGE
SECTION THROUGH SPIRIT BUILDING WITH RAY TRACING
the design of the SCWC incorporated large light cones that break varying levels of the building to draw light deep into the spaces. It was projected that these light cones and their connections to the structure would be custom made by Velux lighting. they not only provide natural light into the building, but serve as a connection to nature and create an atmosphere of warmth and life.
the morphology of Roman architecture has evolved to currently include contemporary design and the integration of new technology. this project raised questions about how an urban context assists in shaping a new building in a historic setting and how designing in proximity to a monument such as the Pantheon presents issues of hierarchy. the site desired a design that would blend into the surrounding, allowing the focus of the piazza to remain on the Pantheon.
due to the turn in Roman morphology, a contemporary design language with traditional building elements was utilized to respect the surrounding typologies. this meant that choice of material and the proportioning of space became central to the project. the building followed traditional programming methods to respect the public street front and the historical nature of the piano nobile.
at ground level , the cafe opens up to the street to invite pedestrians into the building. the corner condition is treated as void to create a transparency to the piazza. above the cafe, a view from the oratory opens up to Pantheon to poetically transfer the inhabitant into a intellectual state of mind.
the project utilized sustainable ideas seen in traditional Roman architecture, which include the planning of the elongated east/west courtyard to maximize daylight through the winter months and the use of masonry as thermal mass for controlled temperatures. light wells spray daylight deep into the cavities of the building and a perforated screen shades direct light sunlight while still preserving views to the piazza.
the result of the project was a thoughtful investigation of a contemporary design on a historical site. the solution receded into the background of the Pantheon’s shadow while respectfully making a statement about it’s function and contribution to Roman morphology and the piazza.
NORTHERN VIEW OF PIAZZA
PIAZZA DELLA ROTUNDA
at ground level the palazzo opens up onto the street with a cafe and a corridor that invites user back into the courtyard. above the cafe, the piano nobile house the oratory which provides views back to the Pantheon on the Piazza della Rotunda. the large kinks in plan and section of the design help to bounce light from the light wells deep into the cavity spaces below. these same light wells are double skinned allow for stacked ventilation and natural air flow throughout the space. the project blended contemporary design language, traditional building elements, and preserved its background building status.
london, like many of its global counterparts, is faced with a quickly growing population and an urgency to envision and plan for future urban growth is needed. Current average housing densities in central london are very low, but vast areas of land and new infrastructures are need to realize the density required by 2031. the government has designated the land east of london, the thames gateway, kent, and essex to absorb this growth. However, at best, this plan will result in a polycentric network of urban sub-centres, or more likely, in exacerbated urban sprawl. a piecemeal approach and lack of basic infrastructure makes these plans unsustainable, condemned to social, economic, and ecological failure. therefore, this project challenges the absence of vision and speculates on the transformation of london’s built environment through the question of density and the notion of a compact city.
for recreation, residents of Bankside and Borough have access to the large public parks, but they remain empty for the majority of the year. lifeless residential block towers, office buildings, and parking garages look down on them as if to define and constrict their activity. they are typically used as a route to walk through on the way to somewhere beyond, but so much potential lies in and around them. the buildings that currently surround the public void spaces have an inward focus, meaning the park space is rarely engaged as more than a means of passage.
If the organization of the park space and surrounding buildings were to be rethought, potential for a dynamic experience could be realized. Combining the space and movement of the park with the programmatic use of thesurrounding buildings combined with addition of new programs is the future of the compact city.
Public and Private void spaces should be linked together in a physical, visual, and experiential way to promote porosity through blocks. Currently the perimeter of a block is used for foot traffic and the interior remains unused as a means of gathering, socializing, or throughway access to blocks beyond.
If these public voids spaces, or parks, were able to stretch their span into the surrounding blocks to create “green corridors” they would bring a wealth of life to the city.
the realized use of a block as a means of a thoroughfare opens blocks up for a richness in movement and use. there is a potential for physically reorganizing blocks to cater to living, working, entertainment and commercial activity with an enhanced experience in what could be green corridors. a layering of public, semi-private, and private space that exists at a large urban scale can now shrink to block scale in order to create the ‘compact city’.
the conclusion from the analysis of projects and blocks across the world provided a diagram of a building that would combine porosity at the block scale and porosity at the residential scale. this new typology behaves as a ramp/slab system containing public and private leisure and living spaces with courtyard-esque communal areas for play and gathering. the diagram eliminates the stale perimeter block in support of a porous block type that meets the needs of the compact city. the scheme is capable of being repeated to meet the needs of the compact city and allow for healthy urban growth.
*COMPLETED AT ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION
needy perimeter bldgs.
High activity zones + main traffic arteries
Void spaces + main traffic arteries
Void spaces + Connections
SITE MAPPINGS STORYBOARD STRATEGIC MAP OF FUTURE CONNECTIONS
CURRENT CONDITION_ disconnect between public and semi-private areas
THE FUTURE_ direct physical and visual connection
CONNECTIONexisting physical link
Proposed physical link
RETHINKING THE LINK
Consideration of the urban void and its perimeter created a catalyst for urban compaction. a combination of both elements creates a rich environment of movement and leisure. a place where program is fluid and layered.
A SIMPLE IMPLEMENTATION
Though the Permitted Development strategy used in 84 Crosby Row provides a quick solution for connections if implemented holistically in Bankside, a porous network of movement between spaces would have more success if it defined a residential block. This is provides reason for the consideration of a new perimeter block type.
the diagrams of buildings that were investigated in the process of understanding porosity at building scale play a large role in the composition of each floor slab. they are used to inspire public and private circulation from between units and floors. additionally, the groups of floor begin to create their own diagram where park space/green space fits into the construction of the slabs.these spaces act as a place of play and interatction.
Users freely move about on ground level between residential units. above, communal spaces mixed with a variety of densely ordered residential units provide a protoype for the compact city.
Horizons for the Blind is on non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired by increasing accessibility to consumer products and services, education, recreation and the cultural arts. they employ blind and visually impaired people to produce newsletters and other printed materials in braille as well as large print and audio formats for organization and social groups.
the building commissioned for this organization needed to address way finding needs, provide office and production space as well as community programed space. the design challenge created by the existing Horizons for the Blind building, located in Crystal lake, Il is that of dealing with an irregular site on the main downtown strip. there is a breakdown of building type and scale with once residential homes morphing into two-story commercial types south of the site and three-story buildings breaking down to two-story buildings north of the site. the proposal sought to address the scale and corner on the site by creating a strong book-end building on the main street and by mimicking the repetition of the residential building type on the south facing facade.
It was important to emphasize the central courtyard where the user would be lead into before dispersed into either programmatic bar. this space is meant to be an orientation device for the visually impaired, a place where they can be quietly directed into either bar and a haven from street activity. a two bar scheme emerged in the early design process to divide the program. the community bar was placed
closer to the residential homes and the workspace bar was placed closer to the retail shops and downtown main street. In order to contextualize the two bars it was important to strategically implement a unifying device. this became a skin that wrapped both bars and pulls off the building to blur the exterior and interior experience and layer light deep into the spaces to help with way finding. entrances into spaces are clear due to the direction and amount of light let into the threshold. Skylight stripes and light wells break apart the sequence of spaces on the second floor and first floor ramps and stairs enhance the movement experience from space to space. textured walls and floors were also strategically placed throughout the bars in circulation corridors to notate programmatic functions of the space.
the proposal is an intriguing contextual building that has a provisional and caring character.
WRAPPER SKIN SYSTEMthe skin pulls off of the building to create an additional layer that blurs the experience of interior and exterior. Horizontal louvers are placed strategically on faces that are not wrapped by the skin as well as beneath the skin to provide sun shading, privacy and layering of light to enhance way-finding.
SECOND FLOOR PLAN1. open office2. Private office3. kitchen4. Cafeteria5. archive6. meeting Room
In attempt to understand the form of the building, taking sections through many different parts became very important. Where the wrapper pulled off the facade was carefully thought about as well as the placement of light wells, skylights and horizontal louvers which were necessary for way finding. the skin that wraps both bars pulls off the building to blur the exterior and interior experience and layer light deep into the spaces to help with way finding. It also sought to mimic a repetition of residential buildings on the south side of the site to contextualize the building.
“all material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to light.”- [louis kahn]
architecture is significantly concerned with transitions and the inherent accompanying related connections. a vital relationship in concept-form-assembly is found in the meaning between elements, or more specifically between assemblage of elements and materials. What makes these architectural relationships so significant is that they can be found, observed, and tactilely experienced.
the Cumberland River Boathouse is an exploration of concept-form-assembly, the need for conceptual integrity that allows for an idea to translate. the compositional unity with local dialogue is coupled with a focus on the assemblage of the whole of architectural relationships in the generating form.
this project explored formal ordering strategies, with awareness of site design and the human scale.
It was proposed that Stone meadow ministries intends to build a boathouse residence as an amenity for the camp community. the proposed site location on the Cumberland River has local access to the Stone meadow Camp. the “sanctuary” or “retreat” nature of the program should encourage the enjoyment and relationship to the outdoors, allowing for some spaces to be separate, as well as providing other spaces for simultaneous use.
the design iteration phase began with an interest in the descent through nature from the tree top to the ground. this parti informed organizational strategies and how the building sits within the site. Users enter the stairwell and are led down to the viewing terrace. While traveling down the core, the user catches glimpses of the surrounding landscape through shards of glazing. the viewing terrace sits just above tree level and connects down to the contemplative garden at ground level. the bedroom sits suspended in the canopy of trees. the result of this organization is a compelling boathouse that is connected to nature through visual and phenomenal ways.
BOAT STORAGE SUB LEVEL_3
the parti of this project provided the concept of experiencing four levels of views. With the building embedded into the steep topography of the Carthedge, tn landscape, it had privileged views across the Cumberland River and to the beautiful forest landscape.
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Provides visual access to exterior and vertical movement in interior
the objective of the Wall Project was to gain understanding and ability in the translation of organization of coplanar elements in spatial relationships. It involved manipulation of the physical elements that define and enclose space- points and planes- and the nonphysical but implied elements of space- lines, axes, visual connections, layering, and transparencies.
the project began by creating a two dimensional painting to be re-interpreted as a three dimensional spatial pattern and organization.
the objective of the Cube Project was to generate an understanding a basic strategy for a volumetric spatial organization as well as architectonic composition through a morphological transformation of two primary cubes.
It was vital to explore context, mass, volume, void, layer, displacement, literal and phenomenal transparency in three dimensional spatial relationship and the representation of internal versus external space.
the project began by creating a two dimensional painting to be re-interpreted as a three dimensional spatial pattern and organization.