Back in 2010, I created a concept called theÂ Rainshade CanopyÂ : Imprinting Time on Architecture. It was a submission for a competition that ultimately didn’t win, but I always thought the concept was solid. The goal was to beautify The City of Seattle’s alleys by using umbrellas in a whimsical manner. These umbrellas were special in that they had a water reactive coating that, once wet, they changed color and revealed a design beneath, bringing a pop of playful color on those grey Seattle days.
A friend on mine recently sent me the Youtube Link below for Redlands’ Orange Street Alley. While it does not have the same color changing concept, the brilliant colors and whimsical nature is spot on! Kudos to the team! I find it to be a truly beautiful installation.
2017 found me traveling to Austin, Texas for a large part of the year. A rather large tech client brought us there, looking to make a larger foothold in one of the fastest growing cities of America. AP+I’s bread and butter work is within California borders, so we teamed up with another, partner architect: CTA. While my firm had done work with CTA in the past, this was my first rodeo and I am glad we teamed up with them on this project.
Below are some renderings put together at the end of the Design Development phase and were taken directly from our Oculus ready model. Oculus is one of the many virtual reality technologies that have popped up in recent times and I find the technology is perfect for architecture. Specifically, it was super helpful as we transitioned from the bulk of the design work (provided by AP+I) to the Construction Documentation phase (provided by CTA).
This was also my first foray into a larger project management role. That being said, our firm’s philosophy of small, nimble teams, gives the staff the ability to have a multi-faceted and varied role depending on the current phase. Some of my responsibilities included: initial space planning, schematic design editing, 3D custom millwork modeling in Revit 2016, oversight and editorial review over design development packages, direct contact and oversight of our partner architect’s construction documentation, multiple site visits for quality control and quality assurance, budgeting, billing, project time management and leadership of our in-house and Austin based team, weekly team meetings with the client-side project manager, and the review of submittals, substitutions, and RFI’s with our partner architect and General Contractor.
Using both the previous project Project CobaltÂ and Project Cobalt 2.1 – Project Cobalt 2.2 further expand upon the existing brand on the first floor of their new building. While generally more of the same, we did design a new privacy screen utilizing a kit of parts and set of finishes that have become synonymous with the brand. Images below are in-process images and final design developmentÂ level renderings.
My role varied with each phase and included the following: initial space plan layouts, schematic design sketching, 3D modeling and documentation in Revit 2016, multiple design development packages, direct contact and oversight with our rendering consultant, leading a small team of 3 in the construction documentation for permit with the City of Menlo Park and the San Mateo health department, coordination of the design with structural and MEP engineers, review and oversight with our Principal Architect, weekly team meetings with the client-side project manager, and the review of submittals, substitutions, and RFI’s with additional architectural sketches as needed for the General Contractor.