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3: HEATHER DAWN WRIGHT | Judson University 2004-2008 Elgin, Illinois Bachelor of Arts in Architecture University of Utah 2009-2011 Salt Lake City, Utah Masters of Architecture

5: A special thanks: to my amazing husband, Ned, who is always there to listen to the smallest problem and encourage and inspire this work. and to my parents, Dave and Joan, for their constant support and faith.

6: Piranezi Reproduction and Expansion pen and ink on cardstock 30”x 40”

8: Still Life Representation black and white charcoal on gray 24” x 36”

10: One-Point Perspective graphite on sketch paper 24” x 36” (no ruler allowed)

12: Fire and Water Paintings acrylic paint on matboard each 8”x8”

14: Solid-Void Project chipboard and velumn model hand drafted ink on mylar

16: Farnesworth House Addition ink on mylar The problem presented to this studio was to make an addition to the Farnesworth House to house traveling artist quarters and a gallery. The building is here detatched from the actual Farnesworth House on the edge of the clearing. Materials also transition from the ruggedness of the forest on one side and the white starkness of Mies on the other side.

18: Chapel by the River Located on Judson’s Campus this small structure serves the college as a place of reflection for students. This was the first project set in a geographical location.

20: Steven Holl’s Stretto House in AutoCAD First digital exploration of architectural software.

22: Steel Beam Theatre St. Charles, Illinois Renovation and addition to a historic bank near the historic downtown Main street of St. Charles. Existing theatre company as client. This entire studio project was done by hand and with watercolor.

24: Judson University Cafe Elgin, Illinois Design build competition as part of studio to build the installation for a new coffee shop in the new architecture building. Our goal was to use as much recycled material as possible while adding color and texture to a bland space.

26: Prototype Interstate Highrise Interstate 90, Chicago, Illinois The premise of this project was to explore new ways for increasing the density of the city by utilizing the space above our massive interstate system. Utilizing the structure of a triangle to span the distance across the freeway created a superstructure from which the floor plates are suspended from above. Essential inverting the typical structure of a highrise. This project was taken through a hypothetical construction document completion phase.

28: Elgin Neighborhood Redevelopment Elgin, Illinois The goal of this project was to create the street as a place by maintaining pedestrian scale including an established maximum building width. Also mixed use increases the density of people allowing for a close proximity of people and activities. The extension of the existing street grid makes the addition in the neighborhood seemless.

30: Ecology Centered Magnet school Elgin, Illinois Using the building itself as a tool to teach children about the environment as well as serve as a place for their learning Sustainable features include, passive controls for daylighting, operable windows, night cooling, on-site greenhouse and gray-water recycling.

32: European Study Tour Rome, Florence, Budapest, Vienna A month long study abroad trip through historic cities in Europe with the intent to experience the subject of our previous semesters intensive study. We were required to sketch at least one hour each day. By the end of the trip my used of pen was much improved.

34: Conference Center Hotel Salt Lake City, Utah A 1,000 room hotel within walking distance to the Salt Palace. This sliver of a skyscraper maximizes the northern and southern face of the building and eliminates the western face while promoting views to the mountains. Balconies protrude from the undulations to provide unique space and sun-shading to floors below.

36: College of Architecture + Planning Rehabilitation University of Utah Architecture of the 1960’s is not known for its wise use of energy. The goal of this project was to reduce the energy load of the architecture building to Net-Zero. Sustainable interventions included; re-insulating the exterior of the concrete shell, eight naturally ventilating cooling towers, exterior sun-shading, and application of parabolic dish solar collectors based on sterling engine technology.

38: Esquise Studio Fruit Kiosk Highway 89, Utah This metal box expands and contracts, complete with storage bins and shade overhangs creating an eye catching advertisement for fruit sales. This image was complete using an image depth enhancing program called Piranesi. | Esquise Studio United States Embassy in Pakistan This conceptual building design stresses the foreign tension between these two worlds and the balance that would have to occur for a building of this nature to remain. This image was compiled in Photoshop from image generated from 3D Studio Max.

40: Column Casing Advanced Technology/Construction The goal of this project was to minimize the amount of formwork needed to pour a concrete column casing while exploring the advantages and disadvantages of fabric formwork. The exploration helped in understanding the material and the capability modern technology. This was an eight person group project that is on permanent exhibit outside the architecture building at the University of Utah.

42: 3D Studio Max Animations This is a series of still shots of one of many films completed throughout the semester. The goals of this studio were to explore and understand the capabilities of movement to assist in the expression of architectural form while learning the animation aspects of several different rendering programs.

44: Refugee Community Center Millcreek, Utah Centrally located in the Salt Lake Valley this center serves as a gathering point for the large refugee community in Utah. Using straw-bale construction and adobe cladding this building allows refugees to take identity in their place by being involved in the construction process. It also serves as an outlet for community living, complete with gardens, orchards, a chicken yard, and flexible indoor/outdoor gathering space. The models for this project were donated to the community to better serve as part of their fundraising process.

48: Human Trafficking Awareness Center New York City Highline, New York This project is located on the newest local and international tourist attractions in one of the highest targeted cities for the human trafficking market. The building serves as an awareness museum, featuring NGO’s programs, lobby efforts, awareness artwork, and survivor stories. Half of the proceeds from the hotel on the upper floors acts as a fundraiser for local NGOs and safe houses for victims. Not only does the form of the building draw the attention of the Highline’s many visitors but its use of shipping containers remarks on the beauty of the forgotten. Survivors of human trafficking display the courage strength and resilience of humanity. Each container represents their journey and the beauty found within their struggle. This project received the grand prize design award for the graduate class of 2011 at the University of Utah.

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