student of architecture, a compendium of my work and photographs as an architecture student
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Its been a while since I’ve posted anything (months actually), the primary reason is that my computer just died and even the Germans couldn’t fix it. The reason it died is because of balsa wood dust getting into the system. Anyway I spent my time hunting for a Part 1 job and the good news is that I actually managed to snag one! The firm is in Shoreditch and its called Buckley Gray Yeoman and they’re a great firm and do check their website out, they’ve done some uber cool projects. It’s been my third day here and it’s been thoroughly enjoyable except for the UI shock of shifting to Macs. As a hard core PC user I find macs terribly clumsy and I just can’t get it to do what I want it to. Also I had to get trained in Vectorworks which again is so different from AutoCAD. I’ll talk more about this later. I’ll try to do more regular post on what I’m working on and also the continuation of my regular work (final portfolio and such). I’m also planning to do some posts on how I went about looking for a job and the kind of portfolios and CVs I created for that purpose. I had lots of help and support from friends and I hope I can provide some useful tips about the whole thing. 
P.S The cider is on the table because it’s a Friday and everyone gathers around for a beer, not because I’m an alcoholic (though there is an ongoing debate about that)

Its been a while since I’ve posted anything (months actually), the primary reason is that my computer just died and even the Germans couldn’t fix it. The reason it died is because of balsa wood dust getting into the system. Anyway I spent my time hunting for a Part 1 job and the good news is that I actually managed to snag one! The firm is in Shoreditch and its called Buckley Gray Yeoman and they’re a great firm and do check their website out, they’ve done some uber cool projects. It’s been my third day here and it’s been thoroughly enjoyable except for the UI shock of shifting to Macs. As a hard core PC user I find macs terribly clumsy and I just can’t get it to do what I want it to. Also I had to get trained in Vectorworks which again is so different from AutoCAD. I’ll talk more about this later. I’ll try to do more regular post on what I’m working on and also the continuation of my regular work (final portfolio and such). I’m also planning to do some posts on how I went about looking for a job and the kind of portfolios and CVs I created for that purpose. I had lots of help and support from friends and I hope I can provide some useful tips about the whole thing. 

P.S The cider is on the table because it’s a Friday and everyone gathers around for a beer, not because I’m an alcoholic (though there is an ongoing debate about that)

Detail. This was done in CAD and then I manually adjusted some of the line weights and hatching. 

Detail. This was done in CAD and then I manually adjusted some of the line weights and hatching. 

zunftHAUS with Daria Vidisheva. The intersection of the two buildings is a guild house a communal space for gardeners and the mechanics. The resolution was done really quickly since we had very little time and its a project by itself. 

zunftHAUS with Daria VidishevaThe intersection of the two buildings is a guild house a communal space for gardeners and the mechanics. The resolution was done really quickly since we had very little time and its a project by itself. 

Final Elevation. Finally done with school!!! Handed in my last assignment (a massive academic portfolio that covered the work of the past three years). This was an elevation showing the intersection of the two housing schemes.  

Final Elevation. Finally done with school!!! Handed in my last assignment (a massive academic portfolio that covered the work of the past three years). This was an elevation showing the intersection of the two housing schemes.  

grüneHAUS Structure Assembly

grüneHAUS Structure Assembly

Node

Node

Zunfthaus. This is the intersection where maschinengeHÄUS pierces through the fabric of the grüneHAUS to create a communal space for the mechanics and the horticulturists for recreation. We didn’t have much time to send too much time to design this space as we mostly concentrated on housing but it’s a design project on its own. 

Zunfthaus. This is the intersection where maschinengeHÄUS pierces through the fabric of the grüneHAUS to create a communal space for the mechanics and the horticulturists for recreation. We didn’t have much time to send too much time to design this space as we mostly concentrated on housing but it’s a design project on its own. 

Symbiogenese. Two days of work and an isometric showing mine and Daria’s projects done. Because its A1 and I had so many layers the photoshop file was immense and the temporary file was an astonishing 60GB! I have no clue how my computer handled it!  It took me ages to render to each and every circle and get the line drawings cleaned up and right but it explains the different components of the symbiotic relationship of maschinengeHÄUS and the grüneHAUS (and yes we love German). I’ll put links to Daria’s project once she decides to upload them and also a more detailed look at each component once I’m done with it. 

Symbiogenese. Two days of work and an isometric showing mine and Daria’s projects done. Because its A1 and I had so many layers the photoshop file was immense and the temporary file was an astonishing 60GB! I have no clue how my computer handled it!  It took me ages to render to each and every circle and get the line drawings cleaned up and right but it explains the different components of the symbiotic relationship of maschinengeHÄUS and the grüneHAUS (and yes we love German). I’ll put links to Daria’s project once she decides to upload them and also a more detailed look at each component once I’m done with it. 

Environmental Section after printing. After I printed it I realized that there was something missing from the drawing. I added different skies the darker for the winter and also tired to create a sort of Xray through the existing section cut building in the middle of the greenhouse to hint at whats happening behind cause it was like a blot in the middle of the greenhouse and quite boring. 

Summer and Winter Sections. Been working on these two sections for the past two days. Its 1-100 cross sections that expands on a previous section that I had done of the housing building and shows the closed greenhhouse in elevation. Each of the section is going to be a two page spread that illustrates the environmental response of the buildings. Also will have a 1-50 section that will go into a bit more detail of how the building responds to the climate.  

Dawn and a lot of test prints and a diet of coffee and red bull (and peanuts). Another allnighter and ready to head back home as soon as I’ve backed stuff up. I do this because you can never predict when computers can fail and all your work with it. And its always good to back up the jpegs on a skydrive or google drive. 

Concept Diagram. Since the beginning of the project I’ve been struggling to represent the complexity of the project and how it works. There were so many components involved from the Bio-gas to the CHP plant and how the symbiotic relationship of the residences with the closed greenhouse and how the closed greenhouse generated power and the inputs involved…. anyway it was a nightmare to explain during the crit. I knew the key to explaining it was a diagram but how do I make a diagram look good, architectural and explain things at the same time? I had done a couple of separate diagrams before I realized I could combine them to a circular diagram (keeps with our theme) like the the carbon or nitrogen cycle. I decided not to provide too much detail but rather show the the basic exchanges of energy involved and how they link together. Took a lot of time, thinking and research to do this but beats writing lots of text to explain your idea and it kind of looks like a Ferris wheel. 

Concept Diagram. Since the beginning of the project I’ve been struggling to represent the complexity of the project and how it works. There were so many components involved from the Bio-gas to the CHP plant and how the symbiotic relationship of the residences with the closed greenhouse and how the closed greenhouse generated power and the inputs involved…. anyway it was a nightmare to explain during the crit. I knew the key to explaining it was a diagram but how do I make a diagram look good, architectural and explain things at the same time? I had done a couple of separate diagrams before I realized I could combine them to a circular diagram (keeps with our theme) like the the carbon or nitrogen cycle. I decided not to provide too much detail but rather show the the basic exchanges of energy involved and how they link together. Took a lot of time, thinking and research to do this but beats writing lots of text to explain your idea and it kind of looks like a Ferris wheel. 

Early Concept Isometric. An update to an early isometric before putting it in the portfolio. 

Early Concept Isometric. An update to an early isometric before putting it in the portfolio. 

Arcade. Another style of illustration that I tried for the arcade. I discarded it because it looked great in black and on screen but black’s not always the best option for printing and I’d prefer not to have too many dark images in my portfolio. It was a simple illustration to create. All I did was invert the white images and set the image to screen blend mode over the rendered image and then desaturate it. I think the line drawings by itself is pretty cool. 

Bedroom. Updated this render. Its only slightly different than the one I had previously but I had rendered it at too low a res to print at the size I wanted so I decided to just update it quickly. 

Bedroom. Updated this render. Its only slightly different than the one I had previously but I had rendered it at too low a res to print at the size I wanted so I decided to just update it quickly.