Rendering for an Architectural Competition

This competition entry expanded upon the programmatic requirements for a 1000 car parking facility and illustrated an extensive street level retail development with an urban plaza and media wall on top of it, all spanning the Kennedy Expressway, just west of downtown Chicago. This project is also featured on the Architects-USA website - Click Here.

IIT Contract DocumentIIT Contract Document

Rem Koolhaas originally wanted the roof of the IIT McCormick Tribune Campus Center to be made of wood. A better long-term solution for the Chicago climate entailed the installation of a foam roof which could then be covered with multiple layers of elastomeric coating to simulate a wood grain. I participated in product research, and produced this contract document.

Hollywood Casino, Aurora IL

This structure is intended to float on the Fox River in Illinois and house gaming facilities for the Hollywood Casino. This work was done for Cordogan, Clark and Associates. We proposed an anticlastic tensile structure because it would be light weight, ideal for a floating building. But the client mandated EIFS. Ouch.

Tube Portion of IIT McCormick Tribune Campus Center

This is a photograph I took of the Tube at IIT while it was under construction. The concrete tube insulates the building beneath it from the deafening noise of the CTA trains.

Rendering for an Architectural Competition

The inspiration for the public and mixed income housing proposal stemmed from my frustration with the sprawling aesthetic of developments that currently dominate Chicago. The ghost of Pruitt Igo seems to haunt us still. I ask, why sprawl out horizontally when you can do it vertically?

Oxford Bank - Branch Facilities

An innovative approach to structural systems helps make extraordinary spatial geometries affordable. A careful analysis of the code led principal John Clark to conclude that the complex roof forms of this bank could be constructed of wood and clad with drywall for fire resistance. We executed the design using wood trusses, rather than steel. This led to substantial cost savings.

I admire. . .

Filippo Bruneleschi. The perfect Renaissance architect, an expert in mathematics, rules of perspective, and construction techniques. He solved the problem of how to complete the dome at Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy in 1418. By utilizing a revolutionary system of construction and a unique design, he made possible the construction of a structure that was larger than anything that hade come before it, and considered impossible to build at that time. I photographed it in 1992.

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