The politicization of the US-Mexico border has created a disconnect between the reality of several local conditions along the border and the policies that legislate the interaction of the sister nations. The construction of the borderwall has severed communities and separated families, destroying fragile environmental systems and supporting an unwarranted fear of the other.
Architecture is employed as an agent of reconciliation within the local context, occupying the space in the wall in order to reestablish a binational community space that rehumanizes the border condition. This architecture addresses the human and environmental conditions that border politics have seemingly ignored. By considering the border on a local level the architecture negotiates and reactivates the true forces of the site, creating an alternative border perspective wherein communities are empowered, nature is restored, and nations act as neighbors.
When I Move You Move is a temporary street installation created as part of the Pearl Street Passage Project for the 2015 Design Philadelphia Festival.
The collaborative project team included Architects Kelly Ennis and Peter McBride, Lighting Designer David Seok, and Fabricator/Designer Jeff Goettner.
Vote Here Sign
The Vote Here sign was created as part of Next Stop: Democracy, a one-day "pop-up" exhibit of 60 original signs created by localartists and designers. Established in reaction to low voter participation in recent years, Next Stop: Democracy aimed to encourage civic engagement and increase voter turnout by commissioning artists to create original, eye-catching signs to direct voters to the polls and celebrate Election Day. The project was funded by the Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Cities Challenge.
Hand-painted mural of a variation on a vintage Lilly Pulitzer print for a tween's bedroom in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Colors were altered to coordinate with the existing colors within the bedroom, and the client's name (Grace) is "hidden" in a flower, the same way Lilly's signature appears in every one of her patterns.
Custom collage graphics created for a series of five handmade snowboards by Totem Snowboards in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Digital collages from a variety of architectural presentations, design competitions, and personal projects.
Studio Project, Competition Entry Spring 2012 Ten Weeks
Over the last 200 years, the
role of the pedestrian in Rome has been increasingly neglected in an effort to
make way for vehicular traffic, eliminating any potential for a symbiotic
relationship between the river and city. Additionally, the river embankments
created excessive volumes of neglected, ‘dead’ space around the river’s urban
edge, creating opportunities for the redensification of the area and a revival
of forgotten pedestrian channels between the river and the city.
The building, a hypothetical
design institute, is part of a team entry for an urban design competition that
proposes a revitalization of the riverfront through the creation of the
Pedestrian Port, a new public dynamic space for social exchange and activity on
the Tiber River.
The building form is the
result of a series of critical axis that exist at the site. Its placement at
the end of the Via Trinitatis makes it an important anchor to connect the re-envisioned
pedestrian channel to the Pedestrian Port and the adjacent city. Parts of the
existing facade recall the current urban texture, while the proposed renovation
re-enhances the urban void.
Design Competition, 2nd Place Spring 2011 One Week Charette
Moonlight House is
inspired by Beethovan’s three-part symphony, Moonlight Sonata. Like the song, the house is
composed of three phrases: a grounded prelude,
a lofty movement, and a weighted ending. The
textures and tones of the house mimic the musical
composition, balancing deep undertones with light
The guest house is designed for a pianist, with an open, flexible floor
plan to facilitate small musical gatherings. Large windows in the music
room open to views of the surrounding landscapes and starry skies.
Invitations and flyers designed for events, parties, weddings and fundraisers. Contact me for custom design commissions.