Inverted House offers a new take on an affordable urban home as a backyard accessory dwelling unit on a typical Austin single family lot. Rather than deferring to the "main house," the home encourages multiplicity and emergent effects which promote dignity, legitimacy, and autonomy.
West Texas Monastery
The West Texas Monastery explores the intersection of the sacred and profane, where living cells and social spaces run east and west along this desert-mountain site in light steel frameworks; spiritual spaces - an underground chapel and a central baptistery - run north and south. The living units are punctuated by concrete communal prayer cores with unexpected organic interiors, which serve to connect back to the church as a reminder that the sacred and profane are not, in fact, separate and distinct, but the sacred informs and integrates into the everyday.
Integrative Studio, UTSOA, Fall 2017 in collaboration with David Burns, M.Arch I Candidate
Project in conjunction with UTSOA colleague Joey Rocha. In developing the design
for new housing units at Blackland Village, we identified three driving concepts, in
order of importance: affordability, sustainability, + neighborhood character
[2018 HUD IAH Finalist]
Niles Union is a 213-unit affordable senior housing community in Dover, New Hampshire, a small but growing city along the New England seacoast. Our primary aims were to increase connection to the city of Dover, create social connection opportunities, and help create sustainable, quality lifestyles for the residents.
In collaboration w/ John Halverson, MSUD + MSUP Candidate + Brendan Scher, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business
The goal of the project was to provide shelter, protection, privacy,
and identity to these youth ages 16-24 who have been formerly homeless
or aged out of the foster system, while fostering a sense of community.
Sustainable Habitat House
As a freshman in undergraduate design studies, our first project was to hand-draft a single-family home based on Habitat for Humanity guideline. Rather than offer the banal 1000-sf hipped-roof and vinyl siding version, I took the project as an opportunity to offer an alternative - a modern, sustainable version based on Habitat's standards that utilized passive solar heating, thermal mass, and sustainable materials and finishes.