A customized CNC routed ruler designed to record the growth of multiple generations of children one mark and inch at a time.
At the beginning of November 2013, I watched as my first two full size CNC routed rulers were being made. As each step of the process finished, I was amazed with with how the results went above and beyond anything I pictured in my mind. I knew, without question, that other people would love to have a similar growth ruler for their child and that I would enjoy making the rulers myself.
What started off as a small personal project soon turned into a catalyst for a much bigger dream. The underlying idea behind the ruler is that a simple, well crafted piece of wood could tell a powerful story of growth through a captured glance at some handwritten marks and notes. Each additional child or generation of children included on the board adds a deeper layer that increases the depth of the story exponentially.
The idea of objects telling stories really resonated with me and I began to think of other products that could catalog personal journeys and legacies. In addition to the growth rulers, I plan on releasing other products that could tell personal yet captivating stories through their physical presence.
The Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. They work collaboratively on their farm to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Grow Dat is a place where people from different backgrounds and disciplines come together in research and practice to support public health, local economies and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana.
The Grow Dat Youth Farm project has grown out of the strong partnership developed between the Tulane City Center, the New Orleans Food and Farm Network and City Park. The Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at Tulane University is supporting ongoing proposal development and the Tulane City Center lead site planning, design development and construction of the project.
Special Thanks //
John and Anne Mullen
Gaea Engineering Consultants
Simpson Strong Ties
project leads //
project team //
Zin Min Aye
Mary Beth Luster
Ana Lucia Teran
A Vocational School that Educates Craftsmen in the Historic and Contemporary Trades
New Orleans has a rich and celebrated love affair with its historic architecture. The making of this architecture involved specific skill sets that were traditionally passed from one generation to the next. Masters and apprentices knowledgeable in ironwork, plastering, masonry and carpentry created the buildings that define this city. But, their numbers are steadily declining. As a result, the city risks losing a large area of wisdom that is needed to maintain and create new architectural gems that give New Orleans its unique identity.
A trade school that educated people in continuation of historic trades and the development of contemporary methods of making would be an essential resource needed to reinstate meaning, craft, and community to the New Orleans community. This school would be a revival of the guild system from the turn of the 19th century and would follow the master – apprentice pedagogy. This thesis will provide practical and theoretical foundations to support both the expansion and celebration of the trade school within the New Orleans community.
The Tulane City Center worked with a community partner to design and build a playroom and educational space for children transitioning from homelessness to a stable living situation in New Orleans. The design/build project involved converting the exiting back deck of the house into an enclosed, safe place for children to play and study. The design and construction were completed by an Options Studio which took place in the Fall of 2010 at the Tulane School of Architecture.
I was active in all design aspects and construction phases but was especially involved in the creation of the roof, which is designed to drain water to a particular spot in the adjoining garden.
The studio was led by Emilie Taylor and included: Cristina Alvarado, Laura Casaccio, Veronica Cordova, Daniel Demeules, Laura Diiorio, Joshua Frederick, Cassandra Gibbs, Ross Kelley, Oren Mitzner, Samantha Nourse, Justin Park, J. Cameron Ringness, Justin Siragusa, Eric Sullivan and Michael Visintainer.
Structural design assistance was provided by Pierre Stouse.
Special thanks goes to the following sponsors for their support:
I joined the crew of URBANbuild as a part time graduate builder to further develop my design/build skills at a larger scale than my previous projects. I would arrive on site each week, find the task that no one else wanted to do and see it to completion. This allowed me to learn multiple parts of the construction and helped provide a stronger foundation for my construction skills.
"URBANbuild is a design/build program in which teams of students take on the design and construction of prototypical homes for New Orleans neighborhoods. URBANbuild's partners in the development of these homes include Make It Right and Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans.
The program is an educational collaboration of individuals, organizations, businesses committed to revitalizing New Orleans' rich culture and architectural heritage. Neighborhoods are strengthened by the rebuilding of homes, allied professionals and educators come together for a common cause, and students develop as designers with a deep understanding and commitment to the urban environment."
text excerpt from the URBANbuild website.
The URBANbuild.06 team included: Joshua Avist, Nick Bouyelas, Sam Coles, Matt DeCotiis, Jerome Gelin, Daniel Glynn, Scott Heath, Dixon Jelich, Lindsay Johnson, Ali Kass, Mike Landry, Emile, LeJeune, Drew Mazur, Oren Mitzner, Jun Park, Justin Park, Kate Peaden, Robby Pekara, Allison Powell, Erin Vaughn and Karrah Villa.
These sketches were completed for Highland Park Presbyterian Church for a renovation that included a new entryway awning, a more spacious pulpit, a child play area, and a new gathering space.
These graphic illustrations were created as chapter separators for a past portfolio. The portfolio was ultimately discarded, but the separators were keep and further developed to highlight certain projects' most important characteristics in a basic rendering style.
Every year the Dallas AIA hosts an event called Retrospect in the NorthPark Mall, and holds a poster contest for the event. The 2008 poster won second place and the 2009 poster was a farewell gesture before I left Dallas to start graduate school.
The Underground Tree House explores the idea of what it feels like to be ten feet underground. From the outside, it appears as a simple cube of PolyGal with wood cladding. The roof top garden serves as the only hint that something out of the ordinary is happening. Upon entering the cube however, a completely different story is told. Roots flourish above your head and a dirt wall anchors the structure, providing an engaging experience. Another wall, filled with educational marvels galore,beckons your attention and capturing your imagination. Take a look through the periscope and view what ants and other insects would see if they were meandering through the above rooftop garden.
Additional design assistance was provided by Aditi Padki and Bill Neuhoff.
Special thanks goes to the following sponsors for their support:
Wheat Lumber Company
City Wide Mechanical
The use of digital methodologies allows new ways to model, manipulate, and understand design. This project, based on a systematic approach that followed the Bauhaus principles of craftsmanship and visual perception, uses digital media and physical material interchangeably to develop new ways to see, think and make spacial design. Several different exercises test design intuition and analytical observation. The exercises build on each other and lead to a design of an unique space.
This portfolio was produced at the end of my undergraduate architecture studies at Texas Tech University. I decided early on to use chipboard for the material on the cover because I frequently used it to make study models during a project. I soon discovered how difficult it is to print on chipboard and eventually sought the help of Dirk Fowler, an assistant professor at the Texas Tech School of Art and well known poster maker at F2-Design. Brown butcher paper was used throughout the portfolio to continue the look and texture of the chipboard.
The Ghost Architectural Laboratory is the research facility of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited. It is an education initiative designed to promote the transfer of architectural knowledge through direct experience - project based learning taught in the master-builder tradition - with emphasis on issues of landscape, material culture, and community.
Ghost participants included: Jane Abbott (Dalhousie University), Nicholas Bourque (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Andrew Corrigan (Rice University), Kelli David (Dalhousie University), Nellie DeBruyn (from Michigan), John C. Fleming (University of Michigan), Jeff Gonsoulin (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Nicholas Groch (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Whitney Izor (Syracuse University), Chris Johns (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Etienne Lemay (Dalhousie University), Associate Professor William Martella (University of Tennessee at Knoxville), Martin Patriquin (Dalhousie University), Paul Pierson (Cornell University), Professor Russell Rudzinski (University of Arkansas), Mohamed Sheriff (Illinois Institute of Technology), Lauren Wise (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), and Jeff Schroeder (Office of Frank Harmon Architect).
This artwork was created over 10 years ago. "Family" represents a fascination I had (and still do) with the power of trees. Trees represent life and, in times of personal loss, can inspire hope. "Dance Like No One's Watching" explores the idea of giving life to an inanimate object and the design of "A Personal Library Space" reflects the idea of abstracting a single detail, in this case an open book, and repeating it enough to create a new architectural effect.