This luxury skybox was designed for Declaration Records, a small, independent music label committed to amplifying the voices of young indie hip-hop artists by fostering a creative community. The design of the skybox is driven by this idea of amplification. On the ceiling plane, linear forms extend from opposite walls to merge at the center. Prescribed circulation paths draw visitors into the space along a central axis, asking them to look towards the other guests with whom they will be creating. Wallcoverings and flooring in a neutral palette contrast with the colorful and saturated furniture selection, the contrast serving to amplify the unique characteristics of each. Ultimately, the skybox helps Declaration Records’ artists amplify one another’s voices by providing a space for them to come together as a creative community, deepen bonds over shared meals, and develop new music together.
This project involved re-creating Eero Saarinen’s iconic womb chair and designing a piece of furniture based on the design philosophy of Renzo Piano. After studying Piano’s prolific body of work and investigating anthropometric data, my design partner and I conceptualized a bed in which the user is both suspended and nested. The design speaks to Piano’s fascination with the mechanical elements of architecture and design by exposing the methods through which the bed’s platform is supported. The contrast between wood and metal mimics the duality often present in Piano’s work.
“The act of making occurs at the intersection of nature, spirituality, and relationships with others. When these things collide, the creative process is unleashed.” - Sharon Church
This live/work space was designed for my mother, Sharon Church, a studio jeweler based in Philadelphia, PA. Her jewelry is deeply connected to her personal experience at the time of making. A craft and metalsmithing professor for over 30 years, her work is fueled by mentorship and conversations with others. The concept of “convergence” was derived from her creative process, which sits at the intersection of her connection with nature, spirituality, and relationships with others. This retreat serves as place in which she can engage with all three in order to fuel her creative process.
To help us absorb new ideas and synthesize information, our brains fire synapses between neurons. Inspired by these rapid connections between neurons, SNAPS Bookstore is a retail space that encourages children to dive into a book and make connections with others. “Neurons” throughout the store serve as spaces for individual or group reading, while bookstacks act as the connecting element or “synapse” between each. The central neuron at the base of the stairs offers a gathering space for events and storytelling. Here, children hungry to learn about the world around them can engage in an bookstore built to help them do exactly that.
I see sketching as a way to listen to the natural and built environment via careful observation. Because we experience spaces in perspective rather than plan, section, and elevation, I find perspectives to be a critical tool throughout each stage of design. As a result, sketching is a key part of my design process.
Mirum est notare quam littera gothica, quam nunc putamus parum claram, anteposuerit litterarum formas humanitatis per seacula quarta decima et quinta decima. Eodem modo typi, qui nunc nobis videntur parum clari, fiant sollemnes in futurum.
The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP) is a DC non-profit that works to provide the children at homeless shelters around DC with opportunities for play through community-based programs. Over the course of four weeks our class developed solutions to address HCPP’s workplace challenges that involved new space plans and a refreshed visual identity.
My contribution was largely in developing a new logo for the organzation, creating environmental graphics, producing renders, delivering the client presentation, and project managing the painting of the space. Now fully installed, HCPP’s office delivers a professional, vibrant, and playful space.