This final semester I took the things I have learned over the past year studying under ACHA Architect Rick Lipscomb and designed an Ambulatory Surgical Center in Plaquemine, La.
The program consisted of four operating rooms, a diagnostic imaging center, and shell space for doctor’s offices. I separated these uses and formed a complex with a great plaza space in the middle.
The lobby space lets in a lot of light because of its height and windows.
The plaza connects the doctors’ offices and the main surgery building and the imaging building. This becomes a great space to take a break while waiting on a loved one.
The entry is welcoming but not overpowering and scary. I wanted this to be a place that felt as comfortable as a home, yet still represented the prestige and intelligence of the doctors.
I took the vernacular elements that Plaquemine homes are made of and used them to make this hospital fit into the community. But I used them in a different way. I took the style of wood siding and used it as a way to sunscreen the curtain walls.
In March, I attended the PDC Summit in Phoenix, Az. And fell in love with Phoenix. This conference focused more on construction and planning and gave me a different view of this sector of Architecture. I learned more about the future of Healthcare, hybrid ORs, and the relationship and collaboration between a nurse and an architect. This conference further reinforced my passion and desire to be in this field, and made me excited for the future!
This project was completed while studying under Professor Michael Desmond in the Fall of 2011. This Info Box was to be constructed before the museum to provide information and a gathering space to oversee and educate the public on the upcoming Berlin City Museum. The Info Box takes advantage of the view westward toward the site of the museum and the current view of the segment of the Berlin Wall that is currently there. The Info Box is lifted off the ground to give the visitors a better view of the site, the wall, and the river beyond. The entrance ramp to the Info Box gives visitors a smooth transition to the small building and allows them to take in the entire site. The Info Box would be disassembled when the museum construction was complete.
To study the design of a hospital, I put together a booklet of the case study of a hospital that was designed well. I documented the existing program and checked it with the FGI Guidelines. This helped familiarize myself with the programming of a hospital and the Guidelines under which I will need to follow when designing a hospital on my own. I then diagrammed the building to figure out how it was designed according to the departments. After that, I broke it down into each department and diagrammed them. This allowed me to learn more about the design of the specific spaces and how they work together. With this exercise, I learned a lot about how all these processes work and what the flow of the hospital should incorporate.
Here are a few examples from the booklet:
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This project was completed while studying under Professor Micheal Desmond. The Berlin City Museum will provide education and entertainment for the citizens of Berlin and visitors to Berlin. It will try to capture Berlin’s history and current conditions. The site currently contains a remnant of the Berlin Wall constructed by the Communists in the 1960s and then torn down in 1989. I used this remnant as a tool with which to view Berlin through. The entrance leads visitors into a large rotunda space that contains the wall. From the entrance lobby the wall looks like an opposing wall. But when the visitor gets closer he will see that the wall is actually broken and he will walk through it to get to the exhibition space. The wall appears to have power over the individual at a distance but the power diminishes as one gets closer. This represents the power that the wall and the Leaders of East Berlin had over its people and the actual power a concrete wall has when it is divided: none.
View from the Lobby
View into the cafe