Saturday, March 19, 2011

All in the Details

I am in no way ready to leave home and start school again. Half semester to go and I will be a college Graduate! That said, I am entering another Love That Shot Photo Contest. This months theme is "All in the Details"

Sunday, March 6, 2011


After a days of little or no sleep, we are finally done with our Kamiah Wellness and Youth Center which we named the KWAYC |quaek|. This project was a collaboration between the Junior Interior Design studio and my Senior Architecture Studio. It was a great opportunity to gain perspective on more interior focused design. My team consisted of Molly, Jamie, Rebecca and Myself. We made a very dynamic team and became great friends, even celebrating at the local bar in Kamiah afterwards!

Our design focused on creating a hub for community activities, encouraging positive forms of entertainment. In response to the local economy and site, we designed an internal butterfly wood truss system. The structure opens up to the community on the West and views of the river on the East while creating a feeling of movement within. The KWAYC proudly stands as a corroboration between the community, its surroundings and nature.

Here are some Images of our Final Design and presentation in Kamiah, ID. 

Rebecca, Jamie, Me, and Molly

Media Room

Media Room from Office


View From Media Room 

 Here is the presentation we gave to the Community of Kamiah, ID

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My car is a champ

Nuff said! Just made it home through 2 feet of snow on our road at one at night. I may or may not have talked dirty to Mr. KIA the whole way just to make sure I got home safe. Night!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Structure is Sexy!

Need I say more? 

Quick Entry Perspective of our Kamiah Wellness Center 
My Favorite space... The Gym and its sexy structure! 

This past week was a crazy one for the MC Firm. We started the week off with a Seismic Test and Steel Quiz of which we should have studied more, but I think they went well enough. Then it was on to finishing our Programming presentation about Town Halls. Lastly, our penultimate crit on Wednesday. The sketches above were part of the presentation. Because we were very short on time and this was not the final crit, the perspectives stayed sketchy. But look out for the final renderings and presentation, they are going to rock your world... well thats what we are thinking. 

Here is a strip of my slides from our programming presentation. After days of work, nights of little sleep and a few volcanoes at the end of the week, I finally realized how Richard Meier designed the San Jose City Hall. I however, do not feel I can share with you on the internet.. You will have to ask me in person if you really want to know!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hilltop Kiss

My good friend Sarah is getting married to her fiance this summer. Sadly I will be in London when Sarah and "Slick" have their wedding. To make it up to them I took their engagement pictures in and around the fields by our house. Here is one of my favorites!

I edited this photo with Photoshop. Check out Love that Shot for great tips about photo editing! 

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Oh how I love when my class subjects all relate to each other. As of now I am really enjoying my seismic class. Mostly because I am very scared of earthquakes but also because it is interesting to know how a building will act based on its size and construction. We have been talking a lot about resonance and the period of buildings. This brought back memories of freshman year physics class.

We were shown a similar video to this where a bridge collapses after going into resonance caused by the wind. This always amazed me, so to learn more specifics of how any why this happens is fun.

Amazingly this also came across in my London Prep seminar. A few bridges in London have been constructed in a way that when a large amount of pedestrians fall into step across the bridge, it would "self excite".

The Millennium Bridge was known for this ability to buck and sway noticeably, becoming known as London's wobbly bridge. Sadly we will not be able to feel the excitement and thrill of this movement because it was renovated with additional supports for fear of personal injury.  

I guess we still have hope for the Albert Bridge!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Roostie and Roo-Roo

Because this is what I woke up to this morning, I thought I would show you my two favorite pets! 

This is Sage (aka. Roo-Roo)

She loves her toys! Actually she is a klepto when it comes to toys. She steels all the toys that are not hers and hoards them in my room where she can keep guard of them. 

She also loves sleeping! 

She also love the snow! Here she is with my sister Katerina

and to be a goof!

and help out where she can..

She also loves to get in the garbage... but when I look at this face I can't help but love her!