Rhythm of Lines

More often than not, lines are used to represent a space. They become the consequence. What would happen if they become the driver? This project incorporates an antecedent line drawing to generate the architecture.

Intimate communal spaces are established by assigning groups of similar lines to different sources of occupation. Not only do the lines define the space but they define the material. Sequential linear elements are translated into grout lines, corrugation, curtains, and structure. The overlaps created by these spaces produce a hierarchy between the spaces. Rather than enclosing the entire space, the constructed lines create different passageways, layers, and spaces of interaction.  

Once spatialized as architecture, the project generates even more lines in the shadows.

Wendy Gillmartin Studio
Fall 2020 

Leimert House

A mosaic of domestic fragments and forms that produce internal relationships that resist normative diagrams of home.

Elizabeth Timme Studio
Fall 2021 

Mi Cocina Es Su Cocina

Situated in Santa Monica lies Horatio West Court designed by Irving Gill. Developed as a small-scale, low-cost housing development, Horatio West Court provided affordable alternatives to the single-family house and the “bungalow court.” The project arranges four apartments around a central courtyard with shared vehicular and pedestrian access to encourage community interaction. Almost 100 years later, the project still stands as a community-driven space. However, today’s housing costs have skyrocketed, diluting the project from the primary intention of being an affordable alternative to the single-family house.

Mi Cocina Es Su Cocina converts one of the units into a self-sustaining home. A cafe sits at the front of the dwelling to bring in revenue, but more importantly, to bring the community together. The house has a private entrance on the side and a studio entry through the back. Mi Cocina Es Su Cocina aims to reinvent the single-family home by breaking down the white picket fence and making the home accessible to the community. 

Elizabeth Timme Studio
Fall 2021 

New Beginnings Community

For the homeless population in America, long-term shelter is hard to come by, and what is available is not conducive to breaking the cycle of homelessness. An enriching housing community for the homeless population can provide its residents with the resources needed to build an independent fulfilling life and create a new beginning. 

The base of the housing system consists of a readily available and modular re-purposed component. The residence is made up of re-designed 53-foot dry van trailers. These trailers, which have been renovated into welcoming housing systems, are arranged in groups of four that surround a large central deck and courtyard area.

With Sharifeh Abdallah, Kristal Audish, Nergis Gizem Kalkan Almonte, Upavee Amarasinghe, Hannah Doan, Krisandra Perez, and Daniela Pomalaza

Behnam Samareh Studio
Spring 2021 

Grey(water) Shower

The project addresses both the hydrological concentration of desert environments, and the systems which surround and influence actions necessary for environmental change.

With Space Saloon

Summer 2020