STRANGER IN MOSCOW


With Andrew Witt and John May 
A new U.S. Embassy to the Russian Federation


This thesis considers the Chancery for the U.S. diplomatic mission to the Russian Federation in Moscow, a structure wrapped up in a history riddled with espionage, listening devices, and labrynthine construction contracts. The reciprocal subversions performed across the Iron Curtain during the Cold War — most succinctly captured in MAD Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy comic strips — appear to have been recently reanimated. Through the interplay of illusionistic techniques drawn from the ecclesiastical chancel as well as 1960s Op Art, distortive methods maintain a dialectic of concealment and revelation in architecture. 
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GSD THESIS

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01 diplopia.world
02 GSD
03 Instagram



WHAT’S IN THE BOX?


“American Gothic”
With Pier Paolo Tamburelli
A Methodist church in Clyde, Ohio


This project seeks to reconcile the vernacular Midwest building type of the Big Box with the ecclesiastical tradition central to architecture’s historical development. Underway in Ohio is a migration of younger Christians to unaffiliated or evangelical churches which forego the traditions, ceremonial and architectural, of the Mainline denominations such as Methodist, Presbyterian, or Baptist. These start-up “Big Box Churches” occupy storefronts, gymnasiums, theaters, warehouses, nightclubs. Such a trend should be interpreted as a schism between spiritual practice and architectural typology. What is it about this Big Box anyway? The Clyde Methodist Church inherits the Big Box as an architectural vocabulary for projecting a contemporary state of Methodism and a contemporary State of Ohio.
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GSD OPTION STUDIO

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01 Vimeo
02 Midstory
03 Midstory
04 GSD




TOWERS ON THE CAPE


“The Future of Provincetown”
With Preston Scott Cohen
An urban proposition in Cape Cod


Sixteen towers, each demarcating a breach of the towns public thoroughfare. Connecting each set of towers is a pedestrian bridge, re-establishing the linear continuity of the city while allowing the tide to pass below, allowing new intraurban beaches to begin to shape a new coastline. While these beaches are allowed to intrude into the city, a hard edge, an articulated bulkhead, protects the areas of the city which are less vulnerable to surging seas, due to their higher elevation, resulting in a kind of hard/soft reading of the edge condition which memorializes the historical patterns of habitation as well as reacts to the changes in elevation along the coastline.
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GSD OPTION STUDIO

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01 GSD WIP
02 Instagram
03 Cape Cod Times
04 WOMR
05 Harvard Gazette



MATERIAL COLLECTIVES


With Grace La
Collaboration with Cynthia Deng
A housing proposal for Downtown LA


This housing proposal seeks to engage two worlds, harnessing existing material flows and industrial ecologies to heighten the agency of housing, and to imagine contemporary forms of domesticity linked not only to consumption but also to production. To do so, we assert that the breaking down of post-consumption material and the redirecting of resultant flows of matter and capital constitute a form of production and value generation that can help sustain livelihoods.
TWENTY EIGHTEEN
GSD CORE STUDIO

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ARMATURE OVERTURE


With Eric Höweler
An opera house in Boston


The proposal takes the form of a monolithic pinwheel, simultaneously isolating itself while reaching out to the city at select moments. The lower legs connect to the street life of the neighborhood, providing access to the interior through large portals. The upper arms reach into the air, projecting images of use into the city while framing select views of the context. The overall expression is heavy and opaque, reacting to the acoustic, visual, and programmatic isolation required for performance, educational, and rehearsal spaces.

TWENTY SEVENTEEN
GSD CORE STUDIO

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FORM FOLLOWS NEWEL


With Andrew Witt
Collaboration with Peteris Lazovskis
An algorithmic spiral staircase


A mathematically generated spiral curve with variable turning radius and vertical attenuation is the structural spine for new geometries, from a quadripartite spiral stair to a series of voided towers. The script is optimised for maximum variability in outputs. The initial exercise employed both deductive and empirical parametric approaches towards the formation several versions of a spiral stair with four newels.

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TWENTY EIGHTEEN
GSD DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

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01 GSD
02 Instagram



PEAK PRIVATIZATION


With Robert Pietrusko
Meditations on mountains of money


“Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For every rich man there must be at least five hundred poor.”

Adam Smith, 1776. The Wealth of Nations Book V

14er: In mountaineering terminology in the United States, a fourteener is a mountain that meets or exceeds an elevation of 14,000 feet above mean sea level, while achieving a minimum of 300 feet of topographic prominence.

UHNWI: Ultra-high net-worth Individuals (UHNWI) are defined as people with investible assets of at least $30 million, usually excluding personal assets and property such as primary residence, collectibles, and consumer durables.


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TWENTY EIGHTEEN
GSD MAPPING

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45TH PARALLEL


Collaboration with Aleksis Bertoni

Portland, ME
Accessory Dwelling Unit



Updating Portland’s common architectural language to fit contemporary forms of cohabitation while deploying an innovative construction sequencing methodology, “45th Parallel” proposes an alternative architectural solution to meet the needs of Portland’s current housing shortage.

“45th Parallel” alludes to Portland’s northern latitude, and the project’s climatic responses to the local climate. The gable of the ADU is composed of 45 degree angles, offering optimum orientation for passive solar, and steep inclinations for winter snow loads. The roof also produces a deep eave complimented by built-in benches, which together produce exterior gathering space, defining new possibilities for neighborly social exchange.





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OPEN COMPETITION

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TOPATOPA BUNKHOUSE


Ojai, CA
Accessory Dwelling Unit



“The bunkhouse was a long, rectangular building. Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted. In three walls there were small, square windows, and in the fourth, a solid door with a wooden larch. Against the walls were eight bunks, five of them made up with blankets and the other three showing their burlap ticking. Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk. And these shelves were loaded with little articles soap and talcum powder, razors and those Western magazines ranch men love to read and scoff at and secretly believe. And there were medicines on the shelves, and little vials, combs; and from nails on the box sides, a few neckties. Near one wall there was a black cast-iron stove, its stovepipe going straight up through the ceiling. In the middle of the room stood a big square table littered with playing cards, and around it were grouped boxes for the players to sit on.” 



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INFORMATION


studied architecture at the where he received a M. Arch I AP with Distinction, the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize, and the AIA Henry Adams Medal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with High Honors from the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design where he was awarded He has practiced with Barkow Leibinger, Certain Measures, Höweler + Yoon, Lundberg Design, Jensen Architects, and Shubin Donaldson.

was a 2020-21 Irving Innovation Fellow and the Curriculum Development Lead and Instructor for the GSD’s inaugural Design Discovery Virtual program.

is currently a Design Critic and Research Associate at the GSD, as well as a Lecturer at Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design.



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