Rollers Derby Stadium was the first project in Fall 2012. The students worked with Derby league to develop the Roller Derby Stadium based on the rollers' needs. The client wanted to have a space that could host up to 2000 people and 2 rinks. I intended to smoothly invite people into the location and shelter them with a massive concrete shell. The shell was developed in response to the rinks' positions and the orientation of sunlight. Also, the shell curtain is integrated into responsive screen panels with the sun in order to maximize and minimize the amount of direct and indirect light.
Rollers Derby Shell
Used Laser Cutter for the site Model
First floor plan produced by AutoCad
Interior perspective, produced Image by Rhino and Maxwell Render
Exterior Perspective, produced image by Rhino and Maxwell Render
Panel Optimization, produced by Grasshopper and Rhino
Piano Factory Spring 2014
Piano production is a very unique and complicated process. A handmade piano takes from 8-12 months to produce. The project concept was to bring a factory back to south Loop Chicago and to provide a program for the community involving piano production and playing. In any factory, an opened flat space is preferred for the work process. For this project, the plot size was very small and challenging, therefore the design concept and approach was to lay out the program vertically and provide movable rooms for the work process and communication. As the production process move from top to bottom as the movable rooms move to expose the production process to out lookers and engage them. The drawings produced by Revit.
Piano production process
RedHook Spring 2013
RedHook was an entry in an international competition to design a mid-rise, mixed-use complex with affordable housing units mad of timber construction in New York City. The site is located in RedHook near IKEA and a community garden. People from Manhattan come to IKEA via a ferry, which drops them off at the assigned site location. Therefore, the design approach was to take advantage of the significant attractive points and to create a social environment within the site. The main goal was to have a natural transition and provide social experiences by inviting people who travel over water into the complex built with wood to the Community Garden filled with greens, to escape consumers environment of IKEA. Two giant ramps deliver a great view of the lake for guests and residents. On each floor, there is access to a green rooftop for residents.
ChinaTown Library Fall 2013
Chinatown Library is a second year project. Students were asked to design a new library in Chinatown. Students visited the old Chinatown branch library to study the existing program and investigate visitors' and employees' needs. Each student was asked to write and develop a program for the library. The concept behind this project was to create social spaces within the site to reconnect the old and new Chinatown, and envelope the library with a developed Chinese pattern. The Drawings produced by Revit.
ceramic passive cooling system Fall 2015
Ceramic material has a significant factor in preserving temperature for longer time than other natural materials. Based on the nature of the ceramic material, I intended to function the ceramic material in space by creating a ceramic partition wall made of ceramic vases that shaped to drop water smoothly from one vase to another. The advantage of the wall is that it is visually appealing and that you can engage with it by rotating each piece and is practically cooling the space placed in.
Ceramic vases instillation
First work process, used CNC to generate the first module
CNC, Foam Module
Second work process, plaster module
Third process, making slip ceramic cast
Assembling and running water
Warehouse and office facility
Warehouse was a manufacturing company project assigned for students to design warehouse and office from scratch and to go though all design phases. Students were asked to design the warehouse considering Chicago municipal Code and site requirements. The drawings produced by Revit.
Refugee Walk Fall 2015
"They say just keep walking"
After the land had become dangerous they took their way through the sea; "they think it is safer" then on Greek land, they gathered for a massive long walk toward an unknown destiny.
The Refugee Walk is a walk of compassion to stand in solidarity with Syrians who have been displaced from their homes by ISIS and the Syrian Regime. A group of passionate artists participated in the walk in Chicago, IL. Each artist was asked to create a hand gesture that architecturally could shelter a refugee. Then as a Syrian, I filtered the images and sculptured them to carry during the walk.
Just Keep Walking
Hand gestures filtered and sculptured by a Syrian
280 Pond Street Summer 2015
280 Pond street family house is a project I worked on during Summer 2015 for my Internship position at Douglas Okun Associates. My role was to draw the plans using Revit and to produce renderings. The drawings were made by Revit.
The dome is a constructed covered swimming pool located in North side of Syria. The climate in the north is hot and dry through all the year. Therefore, the client wanted to build a sprawling space contains a public swimming pool and capable of hosting 500 people to rent the place out for wedding ceremonies. The built area is 4,710 SF with an estimated cost $117 k. My role in the project was to design the dome and run an initial structure calculation. As well as I supervised on the construction period and installation phases.
Stream is a competition project for Syrian institute of Architects to landscape and design an entertainment complex for the city of Aleppo in the north side of Syria. The program contain hotel, motels, managing facility for the institution, Kids play ground zone, and outdoor restaurant for the city. The site design approach as to have a direct access to the social and public facilities and indirect access toward the private facilities.
Hotel Floor plans and sections
VENICE Summer 2015
John W. Kurtich scholarship recipient. I was granted a scholarship to travel to Italy for 3 weeks with my fellows to visit Venice biennial in Summer 2015. During the the visit I was inspired by the artist and architect Carlos Scarpa work and presented art works in the Biennial. After I came back from the trip. I designed a table and chairs that have Scarpa's influence of design. The table's idea to set a large piece of glass on 3 short pointed legs made of selective materials such as copper, steel and brass. For the chairs, the intention was to define a health seating position like the experience of a saddle horse rider.
Venice st patrick square sketch
Carlos Scapa, Querini Stampalia entrance sktech
Exploded table perspective
Exploded chair perspective
STANDING DESK Fall 2014
" Stand up and stay productive"
A standing desk is a desk to increase the work productivity for employees. The usual work hours for an employee in the USA is 8 seating hours behind the desk per day. The standing Desk helps you to change the work habit and most importantly stay healthy. The desk has different slot positions to shift the shelves up and down that fit your healthy standing. Also, the desk is solid and flexible to slide back and forth to sit once you are tired of standing. The desk has no screws and easy to disassembly and assembly.