Architecture Student



spring | 2016

stamp: create a handle and a physical stamper for the previously designed maker's mark

Experimenting with the laser cutter and raster settings, I tested the line for how deep the rubber needed to be cut into in order for the logo to still stamp distinctly. I kept the etching shallow into the rubber which created a striated quality when stamped instead of a clear black and white image. This challenged the resolution of the logo and created a nice affect. I also chose to create a double sided stamp in order to incorporate both the positive and negative logo on one item. The color of the wood is used to indicate which logo is on either end.

weighted gradient: using two blocks of MDF support one of them 2" away from the table's edge without occupying the 2" x 3" void between them

For this obstacle, I was challenged to hang a piece of MDF off of a flat surface two inches away from the edge. There were restrictions regarding where and how the design could interact with the pieces of MDF, but the main idea was to design something that would counterbalance the hanging block. I designed an interlocking waffle out of acrylic that was heavy enough to support the MDF and enforced the two axes the MDF originally set up in the constraints. The design interlocked in all axes to keep the entire structure together and the acrylic was laid out in a gradient. This way the back was heavier, it had more pieces, and the edge was lighter with less pieces. 


commodity experiment

After completing the task, I went back and challenged the commodity of my design by testing how many pieces of acrylic was actually needed to support the MDF hanging off of the table. Through this experimentation I realized that I could have performed the exact same task using only the frame pieces that I had made. However, it lost its landscape quality and design affect of the two axes and gradient.

egg drop: transport an egg from 40" up to the ground in more than a minute's time without breaking the egg and providing the egg with a moment of privacy, present to a jury of kindergarten students

Wanting to take the egg on a journey and knowing that kindergarten students were going to watch this journey, I created an interactive obstacle course for the egg to travel through. The course consisted of 6 obstacles each defined by an acrylic cage for the egg to drop down through. Each obstacle required the user to move parts in order to help transport the egg lower to the ground. I was able to test and challenge how far an egg could drop before breaking which kept the jury in suspense as they watched the egg drop in action. 

The egg drop was made using clear acrylic and bass wood. The entire structure was held together with wire and hung from recycled 2x4s. The moment of privacy was created using white acrylic and white fabric. All cages were recycled into pencil holders once the challenge was completed.

transformer: create a collapsable 3D print in order to reduce cost for a device that supports your phone vertically and horizontally

This challenge was a hard one to wrap my head around. There was not much room for experimenting or prototyping before having to submit a design that was a supposed to work. My first iteration was a cube with parts that came out of the solid mass, but it was complicated and still required a lot of material for the print. In hopes of creating a more efficient design, I flattened out the overall geometry. I then hollowed out the middle and made moving pieces that would swing down to stand and hold the phone, one side vertically and the other side horizontally. 

wabi-sabi tile: design a flexible formwork to create a variety of 10" x 10" plaster tiles out of, in theory the form changes unpredictably each time

Wanting to experiment with texture, I created a formwork by weaving lace together. In theory the woven lace would have supported the plaster on its own and stretch as the plaster was poured into it, creating that unpredictable form. However, the plaster was thinner than I had expected and poured straight through the lace. I reacted to this by using a plastic bag and placing the form on a flat surface instead of suspended. At first my tile came out as a flat 10" x 10" square, but upon peeling the lace out from under the outside layer of plaster, it revealed the texture I was curious to achieve. I used two different kinds of lace and one of them noticeable had larger openings in it. This lace did not peel back as easily and left me with a tile that represented reveal.

Given a second try I would have fastened a backing directly to the lace instead of using the plastic bag. This would create a thinner layer of plaster needed to peel off in order to reveal the texture from the lace.

sliding tiles

For the sliding tiles, I took the geometry of an existing Moroccan tile pattern found online. I then used a grasshopper script to undulate a surface along the curves of the pattern to create a "base" design. To achieve variety in the form, I divided the "base" pattern into 25 different squares that would then be able to slide between each other when one was missing. The individual tiles lock within a frame and are able to scramble within that frame.

tile process

The tiles were made out of the MDF using the CNC router. Grooves were then cut into the individual tiles on two sides and basswood attached to the other two sides, designed to slide in the grooves cut by the table saw. A MDF border locked the tiles in a 10" x 10" square where they could slide between each other and achieve new patterns. The MDF was covered in wax and vacuumed formed with different patterns before plaster was poured into the molds.

final project: create a screen that separates a public and private side, is portable, incorporates shelving for books, and is deployable/collapsable

Wanting to create my screen out of repurposed materials I originally hoped to use old phone cases to plant in. The design of the cases also had potential to pattern or add interest to the overall design. However, I was not able to collect the amount of phone cases needed to build the entire screen. Instead I repurposed old 2x4s and designed a panelling system that could aggregate and be rearranged based on the space the screen was used for. The planted frame is the same base as the other frames but contains soil and a wire mesh to hold the plants in place. The 2x4s were notched to slide into each other in a running bond pattern. The cuts were dimensioned to also be able to turn the corner so the screen could become more inhabitable.