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Curiosity, Thinking, Doing


LIFELONG CURIOSITY

I SEEK TO UNDERSTAND MY WORLD

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Curiosity, Thinking, Doing


LIFELONG CURIOSITY

I SEEK TO UNDERSTAND MY WORLD

 

Exploring ways people think, behave and learn.  

 

Recognizing Hidden Or Underlying Opportunity Through Perception

Relationships That Connect Us To One Another and Our World

Context Based Perception Of Decision Logic Through Design Computation

Engaging With Our World By Not Only Thinking But Doing

Evolution of My Design Thinking

 

With the hope that a better understanding of how people work will lead to a richer dialogue between us and our world and allow for direct engagement with design and the process of creating solutions.
 
 


Processing Information 

perceiving the world differently

Solving Problems

building a connected system of logical processes 



Thinking With My Hands

to further understand by teaching


Design For Interaction

relationships that form a two way dialogue


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Perception


PERCEPTION

Exposing dorment opportunities for engagement.

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Perception


PERCEPTION

Exposing dorment opportunities for engagement.

EXPLORING

 

HOW WE SEE THE WORLD

Animation and interaction bring to life static objects with systems.  Bringing our world to life is about giving the objects in our world a heartbeat.  Once animated, the main focus of design can move beyond the visual aesthetics of objects and begin to turn its emphasis towards creating a beautiful experience.   

The richness found in the technology we value most are built upon understanding how we function and how our network of relationships work. 


EXPLORING

DIFFERENCE

Others helped me understand this from a young age but only later would I begin to understand this difference was in fact an extension of my curiosity of how things worked and the systems hidden within.  I enjoy how this has provided me a way of seeing the world that I will never cease to explore.  When some people think of objects, I think about systems.

I perceive of the world's many different layers allowing myself to become aware of otherwise latent opportunities that often remains concealed beneath the topmost surface and out of reach from those that could benefit from it in their lives.  Design removes barriers to entry to make things more accessible so that it may help people use it and benefit from it as easily as possible.


EXPLORING

EMPATHETIC OPPORTUNITIES

I observe people in their everyday situations and the choices they make while navigating their world and recognizing accessible opportunity.  I enjoy thinking about how others perceive their world  interesting in how people make connections to others and interacting with spaces.  I'm curious to understand how people activate engagement with the world upon perceiving an opportunity to do so.

RELATIONSHIPS


Activating opportunities to create new relationships that create more from their collaboration.

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RELATIONSHIPS


Activating opportunities to create new relationships that create more from their collaboration.

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CoPilot Personal Health Record Portal


NYeC Patient Portal Design Competition Entry

Empowering Usable Access to Your Health Data

April 2013

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CoPilot Personal Health Record Portal


NYeC Patient Portal Design Competition Entry

Empowering Usable Access to Your Health Data

April 2013

 

CoPilot explores the relationship between people and their health records through a unified, visual health record interface.  

 
 
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Organized for People

The unified interface aimed to provide a user focused experience.  Creating a people first design system removed the traditional method of organizing records in individual silos at each facility into a single collection of health events ordered chronologically via a vertically scrolling timeline.  Every record can be searched, sorted and filtered using the third column of panels along the right side of the interface.  Finally, each horizontal health record event expands to provide direct access to the information contained without having to visit additional pages or disconnect from the unified interface

 
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 MAKING CONNECTIONS RELEVANT

The visual links between data and facilities quickly communicate who has access to their records as an additional layer of information that is accessible and transparent while browsing record information rather than hiding it behind the scenes to be reviewed without reference to the relationships and data on both ends.

 
 

EVERYTHING ON ONE PAGE

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Moment Finder


Visualizing Opportunities to Connect

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Moment Finder


Visualizing Opportunities to Connect

A Scheduling Tool 

The moment finder links two people separated by distance and time to visually communicate instances during that day which might allow for co-availability.

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Doorman


App Enabled Apartment Access 

IoT Hack

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Doorman


App Enabled Apartment Access 

IoT Hack

 

The Doorman

The Doorman reuses the existing wiring used for an apartment door's front door entry system to provide access via replacement of the intercom box within an apartment with one that can be programmed to enable keyless entry via smartphone geolocation.

The “hack” makes use of the existing buzzer and intercom to allow remote access and communication with friends or delivery services while away from home.  

 
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Park Towers


Success in Collaboration Rather Than Mitigation.

Warsaw, Poland

 

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Park Towers


Success in Collaboration Rather Than Mitigation.

Warsaw, Poland

 

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New Condos vs The Public Park

Placing a residential tower in an existing public park is never a popular solution, but I looked at how each could benefit from the other and add support.  The value of the condos are increased because of the proximity to the park which in turn could help fund the park itself.  Parks must have security and the towers offer that built in security by the residents who live there.  Visually it is an extension of the park so when people are in the park it is pleasing to look at.  The shape of the towers limits the amount of shadow cast onto the park so the sun's full potential can be appreciated. 


The developer's decision would have literally done that, placing the tower in the park.  Creating unneeded opposition and negative public opinion before securing permits from the city.  

The developer's decision would have literally done that, placing the tower in the park.  Creating unneeded opposition and negative public opinion before securing permits from the city.  

The challenge was to place a new crystal tower in an already existing public park.

The challenge was to place a new crystal tower in an already existing public park.

Funding from the tower's developer to support the park provides needed funding for the public space and full time surveillance from the residents overlooking the field.  In addition the developer benefits from the park as it increases the condo's value.

Funding from the tower's developer to support the park provides needed funding for the public space and full time surveillance from the residents overlooking the field.  In addition the developer benefits from the park as it increases the condo's value.


Integrating the park and residential tower together allows for several positive relationships to co benefit from the other.

Integrating the park and residential tower together allows for several positive relationships to co benefit from the other.

A relationship between masking the tower with the tower hidden beneath allows for a mutually agreeable integration of public and private space into a single solution.  

A relationship between masking the tower with the tower hidden beneath allows for a mutually agreeable integration of public and private space into a single solution.  

Lifting the park surface to form the tower's facade to house behind it residential condos, retail and indoor public space with the park forming the roof above.

Lifting the park surface to form the tower's facade to house behind it residential condos, retail and indoor public space with the park forming the roof above.


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Paris Rooftops


Turning Private Rooftops into Public Parks

Paris, France

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Paris Rooftops


Turning Private Rooftops into Public Parks

Paris, France

Paris has a problem, their parks are popular but overcrowding most days reduces the quality of experience expected by Parisians and tourists. The city would like to create additional parks, but without any available space in the city at the ground level simply creating additional parks becomes a more complex problem to be solved
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Perspective: Inside the capsule to find a place to gather above the rooftops of Paris.

Perspective: Inside the capsule to find a place to gather above the rooftops of Paris.

Searching for open space, our project proposes the repurposing of the cities rooftops for an additional layer of public space.  This project was a collaboration among an international team from Paris and Singapore, each with our own perspectives to find opportunities to create additional public space in Paris.  

Thinking about how people gather in parks since arriving in Paris,  I observed how people found their spot to spread out their blanket and mark as theirs. Without any observable signs or communication each group seemed to be located relative to others already established among the parks grassy surface.  They choose locations in proximity to other groups that are already there and evenly distribute themselves.

Based on observing this latent system for organization among groups of people gathering in public, we designed a framework that reinforced this automatic behavior for gathering among the roofs of Paris.  This allowed for gathering to take place without the expense of covering the entire rooftop with a solid surface.  Instead of recreating an entire surface for people to gather above the rooftops, the park would generate its surface through the attaching of large disc shaped pods would begin to inhabit upon each group’s arrival.  These group pods would find ad hoc connection points to “dock” with other existing pods and begin to arrange themselves in a way that mimicked the same intrinsic system found in the traditional park.

 

Learning by Doing


"The best test of whether or not you really understand a concept is trying to teach it to someone else."    Richard Rusczyk

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Learning by Doing


"The best test of whether or not you really understand a concept is trying to teach it to someone else."    Richard Rusczyk

I am a lifelong learner, my learning continues.  I have learned to follow my instincts and be innovative. I have woven all my experiences and expanded my understanding.

 
 

 

Taking the Design Path Architecture School

 
Marvin Hall Design Studio

Marvin Hall Design Studio

Attending the University of Kansas's School of Architecture, I was able to take myself deep into design to understand it's roots, purpose and power to allow me to engage with the world and mold new opportunities and help us create the future.  What Kansas lacks in glass towers the state makes up for in solitude and stillness.  

With perspective, I have a better appreciation for the opportunity to develop within the enclave Lawrence, KS provided although it was only a stop along the way as I put my sights on Paris two years before I'd be an intern for Odile Decq and finally New York after graduating.  I had my sights set on a future that would me surrounded by Architecture equipped with a deep understanding of myself and designs engagement with the world prepared me for entering the design profession with rigor to handle fully engagement in creating design solutions without getting lost during the process. 

 

 

 

Helping Others Achieve Success Through Developing a Summer Swim Lesson Program

 
Swimmer/Coach Instructor

Swimmer/Coach Instructor

I coached swimming after a childhood of competitive swimming and it became a launching point for me to continue to take on new experiences.  Coaching the kids was a fantastic experience that opened my eyes to the satisfaction of helping others achieve.  It was about establishing relationships built on trust.  I would help them achieve and overcome their swimming challenges.  I was able to refine my process and technique and had confidence from my understanding of their fears to help them overcome them and provide challenging strategies to help them become capable in the water.  It was my intuition and ability to connect with the kids that helped me be successful.  I observed which methods of instructions worked best and found ways to motivate them through encouragement and developmentally appropriate lessons.

 

 

Thinking on My Feet As an Intern in Paris for Odile Decq

 

I like to immerse myself into the things I take on in life.  I feel like there is a threshold I seek to cross that surrounds me with enough information to allow for my mind to engage with the full spectrum of information to really see the problem and the possible paths of thinking that break free from a fixed medium based solution into a more encompassing, or system based type solution that carries weight yet remains flexible to changes within the system.  

 

 

Inspiring Engagement to Change the World 
Leading a Design Studio for High Achieving 7th-10th Graders for Duke University's TIP Summer Program

 

I was hired as a TA but within two weeks assumed the role of lead instructor of an architecture and product design course for Duke University Talent Identification Program.  

I developed my own curriculum based around exploratory learning asking the students to use the world around them and what they knew as a framework for seeing opportunities and figuring out ways to integrate new solutions into the world.  

After teaching for two summers, I knew I would have to incorporate teaching in my life.  I enjoyed guiding them and watching them make connections, and challenging them to think about things in new ways.  It was rewarding to witness the innovation and their excitement for taking on their learning environment every single day.  It helped me to understand how people learn and how people connect and how people learn new things by bridging their schema to their new learning.

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My Design Thinking


My Perspective on Design as a Creative Problem Solver.

 

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My Design Thinking


My Perspective on Design as a Creative Problem Solver.

 

Processing information, Solving problems

Before entering design studio to develop as a designer, I was equal portions artist and engineer wrapped together to be labeled a creative problem solver.  During the course of school it would become a careful balance of remaining true to the creative problem solver I had at my core while exploring the world of design and the future I'd have a hand in creating.  After two years of making design decisions based on my intuition, I began to think more deeply about the built environment and the people I was designing for.  Over the course of five years and ten ambitious design studios, I dug deep to understand design.  

My core values remained in place, although my thoughts and perspective on how I engaged with design eve loved, expanded and dug deeper to discover the core values in design that complimented my own focus on helping facilitate everyone to engage in their world as a collective sandbox that is open for everyone to activly participate in making their world.

During the first two years I used my intuition and inspiration from the world around me as an artist more than an engineer.  As my understanding of myself and my world grew, I increased my focus on the relationship between people and their built environment to reconnect my initial objective to create a better world for people to live, work and enjoy life.  Designing for people led my interest in designing the process itself to incorporate flexibility and agility to adapt when opportunities allowed design to work within specific situations and contexts.  As my focus on people increased, I began to increase the scale of scope of design to a larger scale of vision with the addition of time as a 4th dimension of reality to incorporate a wider range of experience (builds anticipation, aesthetics, enjoyment).  With complexity of relationships increased,  I began to look to the computer more to help assist with the design process to design the process of creating an iterative design process using the visual programming environment of Grasshopper to building formal definitions, equations and intelligent object relationships to remove my hand from finite control of the design as built.


How My Explorations Have Shifted Over Time


  1. - intuition
  2. - inspired by context
  3. - shifted to people
  4. - time, experience
  5. - (post grad) engaging connections
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 Intuition Based

The first two years of school provided a foundation and my understanding of myself on an intuitive level. During this time, my thoughts centered around designing the building at hand and creating something memorable. I discovered this through one of the projects in designing a house for Dali, along with others such as a bridge and a garage facade that incorporated the context to find the design solution.

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Dali


Iowa Street Pedestrian Bridge

Iowa Street Pedestrian Bridge

 Inspired Context

I began to think more deeply about the dialogue between the built environment and the people I was designing for. These projects become open and accessible, inviting people into the buildings and extending beyond their site. The Music Center for Houston Street centered around how at the heart a music center is the performance and is usually buried into the building such as not to be seen from the exterior.  Like great music being played on loud speakers, the music is not restricted to the limits of the room it's played in, but is extending outward.  I wondered how the rest of the building could begin to help broadcast the performance and energy from its core outward into the surrounding streets.

Baltimore St Parking Garage Facade

Baltimore St Parking Garage Facade

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Designing For a Specific Perspective.  The garage facade appears opaque as you pass by it, but it remains an open set of fins.  The ground floor retail signage placement is found by understanding the exact perspective of the one way street traffic as they approach the building.  

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CBGB Music Center, Houston Street, NYC

CBGB Music Center, Houston Street, NYC

The building is stage and provides an opportunity for outside performances.

The building is stage and provides an opportunity for outside performances.

Pushing beyond the property it is bounded to, the CBGB Music Center dissolves it's external envelope and perform as if an amplified loudspeaker to flood the surrounding context engage the potential for a larger collective body to share in the energy music activates through it's performance.

The CBGB Music Center is designed so the street is seen as an extension of the building.  Transforming from a container of performance spaces into a performance space itself, the large cantilevered marquee provides opportunities for a rock concert on a magnitude appropriate for the city it is looted in. 


 Shifting Focus to People / City

I began to be more interested in designing the process and incorporate time as an additional dimension.  Two projects that use this thinking are the Film Center in Dumbo and a set of towers in downtown Warsaw.  The Film Center uses one of its facades.  It transforms from that facade to a screen for viewing films at night.

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Maritime Museum, Northerly Island, Chicago, IL

Maritime Museum, Northerly Island, Chicago, IL

Maritime Museum, Northerly Island, Chicago, IL

Maritime Museum, Northerly Island, Chicago, IL


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Film Center

Film Center

Roof Scraper

Roof Scraper

Warsaw

Warsaw

 Time / Experience

The towers in Warsaw explored designing a tower from assembling individual office cubes into large scale public icons.  Individuals could easily identify their personal space because of the uniqueness of each individual floor plate in each of the four towers.  This project was the first to incorporate what design computation could do and how I began to create rules for design rather than the actual floor plates themselves.


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Now / Next

My current thinking remains connected to these ideas and is a strong mixture of them.  I want to design a more structured system with parameters influencing the end results less directly.   Creating multi layered solutions that could satisfy a whole jury panel and their different agendas.

 


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NEXT: MY VALUES


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NEXT: MY VALUES