Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
Bridgeport is susceptible to storm surge flooding, yet underlying urban issues are the real threat to the city's future development. A new campus plan for the University of Bridgeport, an important South End neighborhood institution, aligns the urban edge with topographic features and coheres university and civic functions around waterfront access points. Publicly-funded flood protection forms the foundation for elevated private development, including new student housing oriented toward Long Island Sound and Olmstead's Seaside Park. The protected edge is thickened with subtle sectional variations that respect historic fabric within while framing views of sea beyond.Arc
Custom Crafted Components
School of Architecture for Penn Design
Penn’s reinvigorated School of Design aims to attract international recognition, yet also responds to local site forces. On the skyline, the building is an iconic, pure volume that marks the entry to old campus. At ground level, the building is carved away to create sheltered spaces for public interaction. The prominent corner site demands a building perceived in the round, and each face becomes a front: to the street on two sides; to the ornate and historic Fisher Library to the south; and to the leafy inner quad to the west.
Internally, double-height studio floors alternate in section with compressed levels for classrooms, offices, and casual gathering, referencing the interaction of served and service spaces in Kahn’s Richardson Labs across campus. Circulation embedded in the facade—visible as diagonal voids from the outside—links review spaces, activating the perimeter with informal encounters. Courtyards and light wells cut down into the exterior plaza provide glimpses into fabrication spaces below, showcasing designs-in-progress to the public and passersby.
Game II: Re-Zoning Long Island City
Our team took the position of the Partnership for New York City, a pro-development business association, to propose a new central business district for Long Island City, Queens, New York. A future transit hub at Sunnyside Rail Yard generates and sustains the new center, with street improvements along the boulevard linking to the East River waterfront and tidal basin. Along the water, a new light rail line and expanded ferry service connect to surrounding boroughs. Long Island City: a basin, a boulevard, and a business district at the center of a new New York.
Architectural Design: Reduction and Recombination
The minimal dwelling, the essence of home, is carried within. Psychological needs arising from past memories and future aspirations are projected into built forms. In a mind unbound by gravity, circulation is both a fixed reference and impossible link between spaces that obscure true up and down. The stair insertion forms the center and periphery, revealing and concealing, a liminal structure from which all spaces expand.