Thesis: Public Performance

CLASS: Degree Project I & II / PROFESSOR: Tamara Metz / YEAR: Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 / PROGRAMS: AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop

PROMPT: Solve a problem in the world with architecture.

LOCATION: 51 Geneva Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02121

MY APPROACH: For my thesis, I am rethinking the way in which performance spaces are designed and defined; and reconsidering where the line between audience and performer falls. This stems from a trip I took to Cuba, I realized just how much of their culture surrounds performance. There, I experienced public performance and the ways in which space allowed for and created it; as well as the ways in which it brings people together.


House in the Woods

CLASS: Architectural Design IV / PROFESSOR: Paul Hajian / YEAR: Fall 2017 / PROGRAMS: AutoCAD, Photoshop, Sketching

PROMPT: Turn a grain storage building into a habitable space. Choose a client and make the space to the their wants and needs.

LOCATION: Undisclosed location in New England 

MY APPROACH: My client is a writer named Susie. She wanted to turn this space into a weekend getaway for her, her immediate family, and her sister and her immediate family. The total number of people that the space had to house is 9 people. I specifically chose to create a semi-detached bedroom to serve as the bunk room for the kids. The house also features bookcases throughout the house, to allow everyone to have access to reading material.

AWARDS: All School Show Award for Architecture, 2018.


Dining Garden Parklet

CLASS: Building Components / PROFESSOR: Justin Viglianti / YEAR: Spring 2016 / PROGRAMS: AutoCAD, InDesign, Model Making, Nikon D610, Photoshop, Podium, SketchUp

PROMPT: Design a parklet

WHAT IS A PARKLET?: A mini park that takes up a parking space or two. It engages people from the street and provides amenities to local businesses.

LOCATION: Antonio’s Restaurant, Back Bay, Boston, MA

MY APPROACH: Create more and outdoor seating for the tiny restaurant. Ideally, provide fresh herbs and vegetables that could be used to make the dishes served at the restaurant. My inspiration was modernizing the Roman Arch.


Newburyport Housing

CLASS: Architectural Design III / PROFESSOR: Will Gerstmeyer / YEAR: Spring 2016 / PROGRAMS: InDesign, Revit, Sketching

PROMPT: Create a multi-level apartment building that fits 100 apartments under a 60’ height restriction.

LOCATION: Newburyport, MA

MY APPROACH: I based my spaces off of the general furniture that would be placed in the space. I then took away parts, like making unnecessary corners into angled walls. The process created some complex and angular floor plans.

Fenway Station Redesign

CLASS: Architectural Design II / PROFFESOR: Jay Weber / YEAR: Fall 2015 / PROGRAMS: AutoCAD, InDesign, Model Making, Nikon D610, Photoshop, Sketching

PROMPT: Redesign the Fenway T Station and adjacent parking lot.

MY APPROACH: Because of the proximity of the Emerald Necklace, I decided to focus more on the park and softening the line between the natural landscape and the concrete jungle. I watched where people walked and found the most direct routes to their destinations; this became a driving factor in the placement of planters throughout the park. For the station, I kept it simple, but also allowed for a more pleasant route for pedestrians above the train.

CLASS: Sustainable Architecture / PROFESSOR: Keith Giamportone / YEAR: Spring 2016 / PROGRAMS: AutoCAD, InDesign

PROMPT: Design a Sustainable Wall Section for a building you're working on or worked on recently

MY APPROACH: I decided that I would work on the wall section of my Fenway Station Redesign. I chose it because I wanted to learn about the many different components that went into putting it together. 


Stair Design

CLASS: Building Components / PROFESSOR: Justin Viglianti / YEAR: Spring 2016 / PROGRAMS: AutoCAD, Model Making in the Woodshop

PROMPT: Design a handrail and the baluster for a stair.

MY APPROACH: I decided to take it to the next level and design the full stairs. For the handrail I focused on the human hand and making sure that it would be a comfortable grip. For the stairs I focused on how each component supports one another. The metal frame supports the wooden steps and allows them to almost float upon one another, creating a form that is both heavy and light simultaneously.

AWARDS: All School Show Award for Architecture, 2017.


Bathroom Design

CLASS: Structures II / PROFFESOR: Meg Hickey / YEAR: Fall 2015 / PROGRAMS: Revit

PROMPT: Design a Bathroom

MY APPROACH: I decided to create an idealistic bathroom - focusing on the privacy, comfort and overall experience of each space. Because of the layout, it could be easily used by two. The sinks, being the most public, become the focus when one walks in; the toilet and shower have their own nooks; and the bathtub becomes the feature in the spa-like center of the space, across from a large window filled with plants.