Wes Thompson and I worked together designing a truss system that would provide daylight and structural expression. The system utilises each individual structural element in consideration of wind loading, material loading and snow loading.
Abstracting an Ice-Tray
Professor Jolie Kerns orchestrated a term long investigation on a vessel which required the interaction of the human hand. I chose an ice-tray from the 50's due to the vessel's interesting lever actions that cause the ice to fracture.
High Performance Facades
under the Guideance of Don Coroner and John Rowell I spent the fall of 2012 investigating the performance characteristics of building envelopes. The project investigates how glass blocks and terracotta facades contribute to a better performing skin.
The Church of Tree Crosses
Working with Professor Virginia Cartwright and two fellow classmates (Jess Gunraj and Connie Havotec), I spent the spring of 2012 investigating Aalto's masterpiece. We evaluated if each bay had an adequate performance of light, 300 lux.
Changing Demographics and Waste and Water
The fall term prior to our design thesis, Professor Peter Keyes asked for specific investigations on both a building technology and a social issue that affect housing.
The first project I worked on while interning the Summer of 2012. Fresh Clouds operates as both an impetus for social change and a new landmark for Fresh Kills park.
A water collector for the harshest of climates that utilizes known principles and potentials of latent water-born condensation.
Whale Tail Chair
The culmination of a 10 week design/build studio done with Danish professor Nils-Ole-Zib.
A summer abroad living with a host family in Nivå Denmark.
Project One was a group model of Koldkinghus Castle
Project Two was an intensive design studio looking at the Nørreport Station's bicycle storage.
The first of two studios under Professor Kaarin Knudson. We were looking towards a progression down Skinner's Butte and into the Willamette River. A river deeply connected to the history of Eugene and allowed for strong connections for residents and visitors.
Artful Northwest Cooking
Taking the adjacent relationships of Portland's Park Blocks and the Portland Art Museum, the Cooking School's design pulls the studying chef upwards. There is a grocery store selling items on the ground level. There is cooking on every floor.
2011 Lyceum Competition
In the northeast United States, the most prestigious white granite was extracted with little concern as to what would happen once the industry began its decline.
The proposal views a solution of equal parts memorial as well as a production lab for algal growth
Separate and isolated, the east side of Portland currently exists as it could anywhere in the U.S. That being, the business is predominantly Corporate chains and the local expression feels suppressed. The spring of 2012 studio was intent on fixing this.
© Chris Martin Smith 2013