INTERNSHIP (Summer 2016)
for this role, i worked as a communications assistant translating new accessory dwelling unit legislation into multiple forms and for a variety of audiences.
i produced, shot, and edit a promotional video for the ADU policy. additionally, i created fact sheets to translate the policy from it's legal language for both those who are just beginning to consider construction and for experienced builders who are wondering about the specifics of the new policy.
COMPETITION ENTRY - WINNER
DESIGN ||| RENDERING
I participated in the 2017 NAIOP SoCal Real Estate Challenge with a team of four MBA students from the Anderson School of Management. Our design and presentation won the annual competition against USC.
INDIVIDUAL STUDIO PROJECT (WINTER 2017)
considering the strength of Mies' Neue Nationgalerie as a figure and icon, how does one deal with an addendum to this work? how can we adapt the existing language in a contemporary exploration? one way to do so is to focus on the 2-part contrast of the Neue Nationalgalerie. this is a project that is deeply interested in dichotomy- it takes the contrasting languages of Mies 2-storey stacked project (A+B) and translates it into a 2-part landscape (A|B).
the glass living room of the Neue Nationalgalerie (A), evolves into the glassy bubblescape on the south end of the building. the basement floor’s stable grid (B) finds new life in the Berlin perimeter block with it’s agitated roof structure. the dichotomy between the two halves of the building is established through the plan figure, elevation, and overall volumes.
and yet the dichotomies are less rigid than the existing language. A’ and B’ elements find themselves crossing over a tensionless membrane where the two structures meet – a delirious in-between when the lack of contrast is highest. at the far ends of the structure we have the clearest idea of contrast while in the center we find a sense of ambiguity.
critic: mohamed sharif
INDIVIDUAL STUDIO PROJECT (SPRING 2016)
the intent of the studio was to use the ideas of focus and flight to create a “mass-y frame” structure. my project uses 3 intersecting circles to define a weaving circulation of flight patterns. the weaving circulation is continued in the vertical through arcing ramps, which transverse the occupants within the thick roof.
the majority of program is elevated into this thickened roof structure, leaving the ground level to have an open relationship with the public realm. the roof structure is supported by dense, occupiable columns that house fire poles. the central program creates an atrium like structure, suspended from the columns. here we can see the weaving vertical circulation, creating 2 stories of open concept shared spaces.
on the ground floor, the program is condensed to the south side of the internal road, leaving the north edge open to create a public plaza and allowing visibility into the firefighters operations.
critic: mohamed sharif
GROUP PROJECT (Winter 2016)
this project asked us to use data to drive the design of an urban installation during the potential los angeles 2024 olympic games. our intervention was to have a use that contributed to the topic of “transportation and mobility”, as well as consider it’s continued life in the community after the games ended.
through our analysis of mode shares around the university of southern california games site, we discovered that bicycle commuting in this area was high for the region. it is also one of the most dangerous places in los angeles to ride a bike. because traffic would increase during the games, we focused on the safety of bike riders to the olympic venue. our solution was a replicable moduLAr object that would form a temporary protected bicycle route.
after the games, this object’s design would allow it to fill multiple needs in the communiity. the moduLAr would convert to children’s play structures, bicycle racks, and benches, as well as remain as a protected lane in high collision areas.
critic: dana cuff
this project was created with bezaleel balan
INDIVIDUAL PROJECT (FALL 2016)
this studio created a city of 500m tall towers, each interested in a different environmental control.
my project is the "tower of climatology" and creates a variety of climatic zones in each segment of the tower.
critic: hitoshi hara
california senate bill 1069 has allowed for the by-right construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) across the state. in discussions with my client, LA-Más, we identified a gap in the existing policy research about ADUs and their relationship to affordable housing that i target in this report. i am specifically interested in low income renters and their continued ability to rent ADUs in Los Angeles with an expanded ADU policy. advocacy for affordability in ADUs has typically prioritized the costs to the homeowner, by focusing on the costs of construction and permitting. while these factors can certainly contribute indirectly to the affordability of the rental units, the focus of my report is on policies that directly affect the renter. my broad research question is thus “under what policy conditions can ADUs be made affordable to low income renters?” while the city of los angeles is rewriting it’s ADU policy to be in line with new state standards, the timing is ideal to adopt policies that allow these new units to be affordable to low income renters, not just more affordable by contributing to a more robust market, but also measurably affordable at less than 30% of the renters income according to affordable housing best practices. the opportunity for construction of these units is in its prime, with most parcels that could support a unit yet to construct them.
the full report is available here.
advisor: vinit mukhija
COMPETITION ENTRY - FINALIST
our team of four urban planning students entered the first ever APA student design competition and were selected as a finalist to present at the national conference in new york in may 2017.
the full report is available here.
INDIVIDUAL THESIS STUDIO PROJECT (WINTER 2017)
the optical properties of the vitrine are created through it’s limited transparent barrier: almost full visual access is provided, but a physical divide is erected. the divide is most noticeable when viewed from the corners. while the vitrine as an optical device is incredibly simple, it’s implications on the viewer and viewed are complex.
this idea of both unlimited and limited visuality was my interest while creating a physical form. using a vitrine, the viewer locates themselves around an object and is free to move around, up to a certain distance from the object where they are physically prohibited by the glass.
measuring from a single vertical plane, the vitrine has less than 360 degrees of freedom, but at minimum 180 degrees of freedom, depending on the size of the ground plane on which the object rests. i explored one longitudinal range of these degrees of this freedom, stretching around the points of most visual resistance - the corners. these the 2D composition reveals a limited subset of the extents of the views of the object as one rotates around it’s glass enclosure. the base of the vitrine prohibits further exploration as it begins to clip the object in the field of view. thus the effects of this base became my area of interest.
the 3D translation of this exploration counteracts the stability of the vitrine and highlights the disturbance at the base. the object is no longer stable; it reads both as a body in motion, as well as physically rocks about its axis, trying to find a balancing point. by stacking a set of the 2D extents of view, the clipped base is removed and the object begins to turned under upon itself. the resting point of the object is thrown off balance, causing it to tilt forward and backwards, revealing the base - which is counter to the original prohibited view of the base in a vitrine.
architecturally, this opens up an interesting conversation about the ground and how we can distort or expose a ground plane. i’m working on increasing tension around the ground plane- as the object begins to rock around and have multiple orientations, where the ground is located changes and previous notions of what was ground are now exposed.
critic: heather roberge
INDIVIDUAL THESIS STUDIO PROJECT (SPRING 2017)
critic: heather roberge
TRIP ORGANIZER ||| REPORT DESIGNER
In March of 2016, a group of seven UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Urban Planning students traveled to Vancouver. Over the course of seven days we met with local governments, planning consultants, urban designers and architects to learn first-hand about the programs and policies guiding the City of Vancouver.
This entirely student-led project compared the major themes in LA’s Sustainable City pLAn to the major themes in Metro Vancouver’s set of sustainability documents, including the Greenest City 2020 plan. Once the major themes were identified, using the knowledge we gained from the discussions, lectures, and presentations in Vancouver, we compared the plans to determine in what ways Los Angeles could learn from Vancouver’s progress (and in some cases, ways Vancouver could learn from Los Angeles’).
The full report is available here.
INDIVIDUAL STUDIO PROJECT (FALL 2015)
transformed from my precedent of la barcelonetta, stacked boxes, with skewed windows, along narrow walkable streets create an unprecedented, livable density for los angeles.
like many slowly gentrifying neighborhoods, residents of the area are beginning to separate into those of the original working class and those of the incoming creative class. both have different visions of the future for frogtown but neither wants high density in their neighborhood for fear of disruption to the character.
i saw this as a challenge, however, to provide a density that improved the quality of living in frogtown and provided the scale of housing necessary to keep new units affordable. the stacking of small boxes along narrow, car-free streets allows for first floor programs of offices, commercial spaces, daycares, and community centers to be added to the neighborhood. residential units of no more than 5 storeys in height rise above, gradually decreasing in height to provide accessible roof terraces and views.
critic: roger sherman
the eames house can be read as a series in progress. in this series, a set number of off-the-shelf parts are rearranged and reconfigured to suit the landscape, to adapt to different volumetric desires, and to allow for a deepening understanding over time of the design conditions afforded by the kit. if the “bridge house” was the first expression in the series, and the constructed eames house the second, this version, wherein the house rolls in upon itself, expresses the thrid iteration of the parts.
as the structure and facade is cut and turned around a single column, a consistency of the layout and connections of the second iteration of the house are maintained.
formally, keeping with the idea of pre-fabrication and mass production, the facade has been updated to a series of contemporary mass-produced panels that ebb and flow in a wave pattern around the facade.
critic: narineh mirzaeian