ROLEProject Designer, Project Manager, Project Architect I led this project through all phases from the initial proposal through design, permitting, documentation, and construction. [INTERFACE STUDIO ARCHITECTS]PROJECT DESCRIPTIONNORTHERN LIBERTIES, PHILADELPHIA // 17 TOWNHOMES // 3 TRIPLEX BUILDINGS Philadelphia has been called one part New York City, one part Detroit. At the heart of the issue is the loss of the industrial economy which led to a drop in population from 2 million in 1950 to 1.45 million in 2000. Since 2006, the city has added 64,000 people, many of them from the millenial generation. The True North project fills in one of the many urban gaps created by the population decline. It encompasses an entire city block and includes 17 new townhomes, 3 new triplex apartment buildings, and a brownstone renovation with 11 apartments. Context is key to filling the gaps. The new buildings take ques from the many unique surrounding roof forms but with a new approach. By punching in or subtracting rather than popping out with bays or dormers, uniquely social spaces are created that connect the buildings to the growing neighborhood.
ROLEProject Designer, Project Manager, Project Architect With the direction of ISA's principal I led all phases of this multi-family project. [INTERFACE STUDIO ARCHITECTS]PROJECT DESCRIPTIONPHILADELPHIA, PA // 2015 Better Simple By re-thinking readily available and inexpensive cladding materials, the building develops a special texture. A unique exterior space is cut out of the building volume for each unit. The four levels of residential units sit on top of a commercial podium and maximize the efficiency of the building volume by centralizing the circulation.
ROLEProject Designer & Project Architect As the lead designer of the townhouses along Wallace Street I also assumed the role of the project designer and architect of the existing 19th century factory that was converted to condominiums. [INTERFACE STUDIO ARCHITECTS]PROJECT DESCRIPTIONPHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA // 44,124 GSF WAREHOUSE CONVERSION // 25 NEW TOWNHOUSES Only a few blocks from the True North project, this adaptive reuse project for an abandoned industrial complex in Northern Liberties occupies the west edge of an important gateway block to North Philly. By strategically removing sections of the warehouse building, converting the remaining spaces to loft apartments, and inserting new rowhouse blocks on the surrounding site, the project reactivates all surrounding public streets. Each block of rowhouses is tailored to fit the particular character of its adjacent street, creating a diverse set of streetscapes. In the warehouse, unique considerations were made to acheive high sound ratings while maintaining exposed original construction.
ROLEPROJECT DESIGNER // PROJECT ARCHITECT As lead designer on this uniquely situated project I also assumed the role of project architect. [INTERFACE STUDIO ARCHITECTS]PROJECT DESCRIPTIONPHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA // MIXED-USE // 7 UNITS As marginalized urban areas transition into desirable neighborhoods, seemingly problematic contextual elements like adjacent vacant land and elevated railroads can be treated as productive design constraints. This 6-unit apartment building shifts program to the long edge of a narrow site along the busy Frankford-Market elevated Blue Line in East Kensington, creating an interior façade facing an adjacent vacant parcel. With a roofline that connects the dots of a quirky zoning envelope, the elevation juxtaposes housing above with a storefront tucked underneath the El.
ROLEPROJECT DESIGNER [INTERFACE STUDIO ARCHITECTS]PROJECT DESCRIPTIONSYRACUSE, NEW YORK // SUPPORTIVE HOUSING The goal of supportive housing is to create an environment for changed and changing lives. In this context, buildings become proactive agents in the rehabilitation and empowerment of their residents. This project functions as a generator, creating an integrated ecology of relationships among people, buildings, sites, the environment, and the city. A continuous double-loaded corridor twists in a knot to create a variety of living environments, public/private relationships, and shared outdoor spaces. The building reactivates the urban fabric within and around the central but underused site, helping to position it for positive future transformations.