Sunday, December 20, 2009


In thinking towards the future i designed a logo for what my potential company brand name could look like i picture this 3D crystal-like forms that would spin on a 45 degree angle on a black background. Hidden in this logo are my initial d.v.w can you find them?!

Monday, December 7, 2009

See My Name in Lights

I came up with the name for my CD cover because i wanted to portray something we do. While the rose in the background( an image i drew) is beautiful it is being depicted as being painted.  As designers we are not designing things in nature but this man made design is still beautiful!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

So You Think You Can Graffiti?!

For my redo assignment I thought it would be fun to create a blog header.
This header means a lot to me because I grew up in NY where graffiti is everywhere and is definitely a a form of art.

Case Study: Collaboration

This is when it all comes together!
You can see from this board layout the similarities in color and texture.  It is easy for you to look at the perspective and find where the room would be located in both the plan and axon just from looking at color and texture.  This composition is a nice balance to the eye because pops of similar colors appear throughout the entire page creating ones eye to travel easily over the composition.

Case Study- Perspective

The final Piece of my exploration through the Case study #9 home!
Through this picture i tried to connect through color and show different textures. The creation of depth was successful through the shade and shadow used as well as the angle of the perspective. I feel that it really gives the viewer a taste of what it would be like to experience this space in person.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Case Study-Axon Final

I feel very strongly on how this axon finally turned out. It  definitely took a couple pens pencils and erasers for it to become a clean composition. I feel that the colors within this composition are extremely vibrant but work well due to the 50s 60s time period.

So You Think You can Spook?!

This was an exciting project that really got me in the halloween spirit.  I decided to be a little creative by drawing the haunted house in a pumpkin and write a story about it to make it look like a complete composition.

"Up upon your stoop a jackolantern sits,
Inside beyond the goop, the pumpkin seeds and pits.
Here a house it lie as small as one can be.
So hidden in disguise, look closely and you'll see.
Through jackolantern light is this tiny place revealed.
For only in the night can you see what is concealed.
A house of doom and gloom on pumpkin seeds and pits.
A haunted house it lies and on your stoop it sits."

Thursday, October 22, 2009


This was trial one of my elevation render for the Case Study Home.
Here I focused soley on color pencil.

For my second attempt I used both prismacolor pencil and marker in separate section of the elevation.

My final rendered elevation had both color pencil and marker blended to create unique and powerful effects of light and shadow as well as distance and time period.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Case Study: Plan it out!

In class we were assigned a plan view to convert in scale and render. I was informed that this home was built sometime in the 50's or 60's so i felt that it was my chance to really go crazy with color and get away with it! From here we drew and rendered sections which will be appearing on my blog soon!

So You Think You Can(t) Draw?!! Scale Figures

Another So you think you can draw! I have been having a lot of fun doing these projects because i can freely use my creative mind. So far it's been working out pretty well. For this assignment we had to draw three pictures showing scale. I decided it would be unique to choose alice in wonderland and her transition from small to huge in the film.  Overall i feel that this piece both mets the assignment and is aesthetically pleasing!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Stepping Toward the Present(ation)

Our upcoming project is to take a few things from what we have .  and learned and create a well thought out presentation board. It would be easy just to scan these pictures in and put them up just as you did them but i decided to go one step further and use my newly-found photoshop skills to edit my images. My goal was to filtrate these images with the colors from the Maud Gatewood painting in order to tie them all together.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"oh tell me why do we build castles in the sky"

When this project was first announced i was excited at the fact that we could be so creative and imaginative.  I automatically think in color so i decided to saturate this compsition with light pastels in order to give it a fantasy feel. I also chose to draw an angal in the foreground of the composition in order to balance the image. I feel that this enhances the image and does not take away from the castle because the background had more intense colors while the foreground has more washed out ones.

Color Me Photoshop!

I had a really fun time doing this assignment. I never realized how many things you can do to edit a photo. With this assignment i tried to be playful in my usage of color as well as light and shadow. The tools i used most were the burn, dodge, lasso, and the paint tool.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I took my sketch upmodel one step further (or should i say 3 steps) and added a personal touch through decoration and shadow.  In this exercise i attempted three styles of drawing tight, medium and loose.  I also used a slight variation of color inspired from one of Maud Gatewood's paintings. I found it very challenging to make the loose drawing because i didn't know the borderline of something looking loose and something looking half done. Better luck next time i guess!

Sketch it UP!

This process went another step further when I built my model in sketch up (my very first real sketch up model)  After two courses with Sean ( the computer god) and countless hours playing and fighting with sketch up I created my final model. I tried to show a variation of texture, color as well as detail.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

North Perspective

After Drawing the plan of what i envisioned the north wall to look like i drew it in perspective view.  I attempted to make it look more realistic and give the drawing weight by using gain different line intensities and shading.

In Pla(i)n View...

After creating my south wall perspective, I imagined what the north side of the room would look like and drew it in a plan view. This drawing is successful through the different variations of line weight I used.  the objects in the space that are higher up have a darker line weight than those closer to the ground.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

To inspire...would be an awfully big adventure

Beauty- Asthetic vs Natural

Past meeting present

Exploration- The light that shines from individual minds


Life as a canvas

Saturation of Perception

 Beauty of The Unknown

Freedom, Rhythm, Flow


Breaking The Rules

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Coming Full Circle



a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other [1]


During the 19th and early 20th century there became a split between architecture and design.   Architects felt that design was for woman and only dealt with aesthetic appeal: the delight rather than commodity, firmness and delight.  Today, architects have come together to form some sort of super-group where aesthetic appeal become greatly integrated into the design of the space another reason why this major has become so important. “Architects have become more interested in interior design, and artists are exploring the built environment as part of their creative practice…” (Massy p.219)


Roth explores communities and defines them as a place where people can "create environments for groups of people living and working together in ancestral traditional ways" (Roth, 607) 

He speaks about smaller communities like those built by Andre Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. These were vacation homes at Seaside Florida that became what he called a "community based on movement on foot." This was achieved through making the distance between spaces smaller. This is an example of the many ways one can develop a sense of a close-knit community.



"Alongside new builds with sustainable elements, there is also a trend to refit and refurbish existing buildings: a sign of increased interest in sustainability and in the historic past". (Massy pg2) The new word in the architectural world according to not only Massy but also every architect you speak with is Sustainability.  This idea that architecture should either not damages the earth that we live on but rather preserve it or improve it.  During the 21st century architects have been making a consciences effort to bring their stewardship to the Earth. The ice Hotel in Sweden is a hotel that melts every summer and is rebuilt every winter. The fact that it is made entirely of ice is a good way to think of architecture becoming one with the earth or in this case being made out of the earth Something that is closer to home is the Proximity hotel in Greensboro NC: the first Platinum LEED certified building to ever be built.


 au-then-ti-ci-ty – genuineness

“Architects using this style were in search of a Classicism that was timeless.”

Authenticity brings a definite richness into the world that we live in. It is something of originality or being one of a kind. Living in New York I closely relate Authenticity to food! Living in Brooklyn I am closely related to the authenticity of Italian cuisine. With Italian cuisine on the mind I think about all of the accomplishments the Romans and Greeks have done.  The New Acropolis Museum is a playoff of both innovation and authenticity. While the building is structured with glass and iron, materials used way after ancient Greek times; it also celebrates the authenticity of ancient Greece by becoming a historical preservation for an archeological sight.


in-no-va-tion- introducing something new

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” - William Pollard

Innovation is what keeps the world thriving. Without fresh ideas we would still be trying to replicate the Parthenon a million times.  Previously speaking about my roots in New York, graffiti also comes to mind. Seems like I’m not the only one who thinks that Graffiti is a huge part of New York.  The graffiti gate is a transformation of unique abstracted design of what would be painted on walls. Instead of this, the building itself is the graffiti. Its integration into the structural aspect of the building brings life to the building, which is a definite symbol of the life that is brought into the city. 

Throughout this semester my professors have pushed that we think out of the box and to always be innovative. It is good to look upon others for concepts but our ideas should transform into something that has maybe never been done before. If you always keep your eyes and mind open it is extremely easy for one to succeed in the architectural and design world.


In conclusion…

This semester has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. What I have learned throughout this semester is to live by all of these words. I am now in a close-knit community called IARC where ideas can be exchanged friends are made and all-nighters are pulled. This community has pulled me through many difficult times and is preparing me for the larger community that I will be entering: the real world.  I must learn how to use stewardship to give back to my community through design. Learning about building construction, materials and LEED is important in my potential to give back to the community.  I can come out of here smarter in order to built for the community instead of against.  One thing my teachers always taught me is not to lose myself. My heritage, background, and personality are what shapes that I am and my design approach.  I have learned how to use techniques in class and apply them to my own style.  Finally there is innovation. I feel that with the other three words I can become a successful innovative architect and make something in this world better.



Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pair[ing] Down


In Studio we have been working on a project that both uses light in meditation and celebration.  This might seem difficult to do because a meditative calm state is the extreme opposite of a celebrative state.  My project deals with both medittion and celebration in one single moment. The glow of color that the peice radiates when hit with direct sunlight is a celebration through color and a celebration or highlight of the sphere.  This light source can also be seen as meditative because the glow changes with the light that hits it: the more light, the more it glows.  This is a sort of control of light because it can only glow to a certain extent. When people are in a meditative state they lok for control.  The spherical shape is also a sign of meditation in asian culture. When the two come togeter they create a harmony and a very successful peice.  
Roth speaks about Falling water as “creating a harmony between the natural beauty of the setting and the interior living space”.  It's horizontal cantelevering planes create a meditative feel in this natural environment. The use of materials such as glass and stone celebrate the habitat that the structure is within.

Light/ Shadow

Light and shadow is something that i feel should be considered in all designs. The goldstein house, for example is one that uses light and shadow to make the space part of the landscape. Its use in glass makes the viewer feel as if they are ouside looking down on the maany lights of the city. At night the building illuminates and in the day provides shade and is always reflects into the water on the landscape. john Lautner the designer stated that he “wanted to shape infinite space” and was succesful in doing so through the manipulation of light and choice of shape and materiality.

In studio i created a structure that played with both light and shadow. It was a movable structure that allowed one to interact with it and manipulate their own shadows. Holes are also drilled into individual pieces to let in light filtration.


The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids to clearly juxtapose from the landscape that they were on. They did so by creating objects of great height and linear smooth lime facade contrasting greatly to the flat rocky landscape of Egypt.  

These structures that have stood the tests of time were shed in a different light or transposed at the College Insurance Building.  These buildings were constructed out of glass and iron both juxtaposint and reflecting the environment around it.  The pyramids were also transposed at the Louvre  with a “transparent pyramid in the court, marking the new public entrance.” (Roth 3)