Project 1 Form & Function

Design Criteria:This project provokes the concept that form follows function. The goal of this project is to develop a pedestrian bridge that follows the conceptual process. One prototype must be chosen for both the bridge and mechanism. The bridges main physical parameters must allow for the bridge to open/close for a 30' x 40' opening to allow boats passage. My prototype was focused around the wine opener lever function and the cable arch truss interaction.


Arch Truss Style Bridge

Cable Stay Style Bridge

Truss Style Bridge


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Wine Opener

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3X3 Grid Representations

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Preliminary Drawings


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For my preliminary drawings I chose the Cable-Stay and Arch Truss style bridges. I decided to continue with the Arch Truss because I liked the simplicity of the design the most out of my bridges. As for mechanism I went with the wine opener because I came up with a lowering arm so that when the bridges is open it alerts pedestrians to the open bridge.





For my transformation I highlighted the main mechanism of the bridge by encompassing the big gear. I also needed to make sure everything was timed correctly and the only way to accomplish this was to run a cable throughout the bridge. This works by a set of rollers that the wire wraps around. This is also how the lifting mechanism works. As the bridge opens it begins to lower the bridges arms that are on the tension cables. The mechanism is simple it transfer the initial large gears rotation to a smaller gear that is directly connected to the arms. The only way to accomplish this was to use helical cut gears, set perpendicular to each other, 90°. This is so they would meet at a 45° angle and smoothly transfer the rotation.

Final Design



Open bridge

Closed bridge


Project 2 Contextual Fit

This projects goal is to create an addition to Richard Meier's Smith House. The new owners would  like to expand the home to meet their family's lifestlye, while preserving the original architectural language. To create this new addition the original design needs to seamlessly fit. Another important task is to expand upon rather than alter and deform.

Contextual Analysis:

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Mark and Lisa have recently purchased a property on the long island sound in Connecticut. They are seeking assistance in a redesign of there new property, to meet their life style.They lead an active lifestyle so an exercise room is necessary. Entertaining is a big aspect of their lives, especially on game night. They would like a larger entertainment space and Master bedroom. They are L.E.E.D. certified and would like to have a green roof as well. Overall, they need enough space to live there comfortably year round, while preserving the architectural integrity.


Living Room

Outdoor Area

Dining Room



Exercise Room


Preliminary Concepts

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Final Design

Level 1

Entertainment Area

744 SqFt


744 SqFt

Ex. Rm,

150 Sqft

Dining Rm

266 SqFt

Level 2

M. Bedroom

242 SqFt



Living Area

488 SqFt

Main Outdoor


Level 3

Green Roof

245 SqFt

Formal Outside Space

502 SqFt

Initial Concept

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Final Concept


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Inital Concept and Renders

Project 3 Light

Prompt:You have been selected to design a proposed non-denominational chapel located on the campus of Farmingdale State College. The College wants this to be a profoundly spiritual place that people of all faiths can worship and reflect on life’s events. The College believes this can be achieved by the creative use of light. The College has outlined a preliminary program that is listed below. A site has yet to selected on campus; the College is looking for guidance from the Architect. The building should be integrated into the fabric of the campus. The College explicitly requests the design not be symmetrical.



Floor Plans



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