Ongoing Bachelor of Architecture thesis project. The project explores the relationships between the urban environment and mental health, relying on natural, built, and human context to generate the design.
Context and method are the primary focus of this project. The existing context [human, built, and natural] forms the basis for the development of and the extraction of the project’s design. The methods of production began by utilizing analog processes, and have now shifted into the digital realm. This shift in production methods represents the transition in urban concepts of place from the traditional to the contemporary.
This diagram focuses on the historic Downtown of Florence, AL. The work seeks to identify relationships and connections between the built environment and the health of the urban fabric.
Plan, section, and elevation
UNA Criminal Science Center
Interior Unit View
Remba Beauty Salon was a collaboration with the non-profit Hope for the Nations in Mtwapa, Kenya. The project's intent was to provide a space for women seeking to make the transition out of the East African sex trade, and provide them with a safe and efficient environment to learn a skilled trade.
The complex utilized a two buildings closely spaced around an interior courtyard, which contained an underground cistern to collect water for all of the buildings grey water services. The construction process was designed to accommodate local materials and building methods to minimize cost and involve the community throughout the construction.
The design team included myself [Aaron Rockefeller], Tony Salamone, and Titus Dimson.
*This project received 1st place in the Here for Good Competiton - San Diego, CA 2014
East Village Engineering School
This project proposed that the vacant lot south of San Diego Central Library be converted for use as an educational facility. The massing was used to separate program and define circulation, while utilizing light to activate populated spaces.
Program and Site
UCSD Alumni Center
Proposal for the new UCSD Alumni Center. The Center would have provided an auditorium, gallery, administration, and housing for guest speakers and resident artist.