Redwood Plaza

Situated on the northern edge of California, Crescent City lies outside the Redwood National Forest, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The intention is to create a public plaza for the building's occupants and the community of its surrounding landscape. The building serves as a canopy for community spaces and activities. Responding to the landscape (redwood- lled terrain), the building hovers over the ground, minimizing its footprint to 8 nodes (columns), and contains the most private program within a structural canopy. Additionally, the canopy contains solar panels, a sunshade system, and a water grey-water system to sustain the community garden. Tectonically, the building responds to the tsunami-prone region with a thickened wall composed of local stone that curves to shield the site's most vulnerable areas.

Cavin Fellowship Finalist 
Spring 2023 

Belly of South Central

Markets were once the basis of town formation, and their role as places where food was sold has been one of the fundamental characteristics of early settlement. Today, South Central’s zoning codes and policies physically separate activities revolving around food. This project seeks to carve out public space and adds onto the built urban fabric that sets the stage for social interaction centered on food.

Thesis advised by Robert Alexander 
Spring 2022 

Leimert House

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

Elizabeth Timme Studio
Fall 2021 

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 

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