Categories: Undergraduate Student Projects

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Undergraduate Studio Awards: Fall 2021

  Undergraduate Studio Awards for Fall 2021   At the conclusion of Fall 2021 semester, we asked studio faculty to nominate students deserving of recognition. We are delighted to announce the Fall 2021 Studio Award recipients! The pandemic continues to affect all of us in serious and less serious ways. We will continue to support…

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ARH 498 Collaborative Project / ARH 512 Participatory Design

ARH 498 Collaborative Project & ARH 512 Participatory Design   ARH 512 & 498 comprise the Community-Based Design program at the School of Architecture.  You will design and build a real project for actual occupants that you will have met through the community outreach process. By the end of the sequence, you will have taken…

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Kenta Oye

BArch Alumnus Kenta Oye Wins 2020 Unbuilt Design Merit Award + Urban Design Commendation Jury Comments: Urban planning in San Francisco has confined ethnic neighborhoods into inhuman urban spaces. The design approach aims to nurture the uses of intimate streetscapes. The response is to pave an urban aperture bridging Market and Mission streets as a…

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Zedric Malmoux

Public Congruency: Leveling the divide between neighborhood boundaries in the San Francisco Tenderloin Bachelor Thesis by: Zedric Malmoux  B.Arch / Thesis Advisors: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu   While European public infrastructure created tight relationships between people across generation, race, culture, and socio-economic grouping, the United States’ public infrastructure has yielded a loose relationship…

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Keaton Merhish

Planned Accidents: Designing for chance by rationalizing chaos through architecture Bachelor Thesis by: Keaton Merhish B.Arch / Thesis Advisors: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu     As cities get older and time changes their citizens’ social and cultural behaviors, some spaces struggle to adapt. When these spaces cannot adapt to a change, they tend…

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Ramona Gakuba

Steeped in Stigma: Reimagining healing in the Rwandan community experiencing intergenerational trauma Bachelor Thesis by: Ramona Gakuba B.Arch / Thesis Advisors: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu Awards B.Arch Thesis Humanitarian Award     Rwandans have suffered a loss of identity due to generations of trauma. When the Germans and Belgians colonized the country Rwandans…

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Brett Greene

Love Your Neighbor: Rebuilding a dignified sanctuary for the homeless community in post-pandemic Nashville Bachelor Thesis by: Brett Greene – B.Arch / Thesis Advisors: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu Awards AIA Henry Adams Medal for General Excellence in Architecture     The current pandemic has devastated the homeless community and completely changed the way…

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Ryan Shuangrong Zhong

Heterotopias: Transforming obsolete spaces into heterogenous environments for the displaced Bachelor Thesis by: Ryan Shuangrong Zhong– B.Arch / Thesis Advisors: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu     If dwelling in the city today means to live, experience, and learn, then how is that achieved for displaced people in high-density areas without creating urban slums…

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Zoe Qiaoyu Zheng

Urban Living Room Bachelor Thesis by: Zoe Qiaoyu Zheng - B.Arch / Thesis Advisors: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu Naturally, we tend to keep a certain distance when interacting with other people, especially during the post-pandemic era. The Urban Living Room aims to bring neighborhood life into public space while creating blurred boundaries that create…

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Daniel Joonhee Lee

Sign-Up Sheet Bachelor Thesis by: Daniel Joonhee Lee - B.Arch / Thesis Advisors: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu The project investigates the relationship between the sacred and the political, and the role of the autonomous citizen therein. Sign-up sheets are simple yet contractual. Where public services are exchanged, they are activating devices bringing citizens…

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Unity Pavilion, B.Lab Community Based Design

Unity Pavilion for Northridge Cooperative Housing B Arch Collaborative Project   Naomi Rojas, B.Arch Shunyi Yang, B.Arch Dylan Ingle, B.Arch Rhonuel Domingcil, B.Arch Fabio Lemos, B.Arch Corona Xiaohuan Gao, B.Arch Malak Bellajdel, B.Arch Kenta Oye, B.Arch Jacob Delaney, B.Arch Harikrishna Patel, B.Arch Daniel Cervantes, B.Arch Faculty: Sameena Sitabkhan, AIA and Eoanna Harrison, AIA   The…

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Kid of Parts, B.Lab Community Based Design

Kid of Parts at the Bayview Commons Apartments B Arch Collaborative Project   Corona Xiaohuan Gao, B.Arch Fabio Lemos, B.Arch Dylan Ingle, B.Arch Markish Siojo, B.Arch Adam Nuru, B.Arch Faculty: Sameena Sitabkhan, AIA Program/ Project Description: This is the third project by B.Lab in partnership with the Bayview Commons Community and San Francisco Housing Development…

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Nathan Lienhop: Dam Space

Dam Space: Utilizing kinetic techniques, adaptive architecture preserves, expands and enhances public event spaces to address the problem and opportunities of the annual flooding along the Peoria riverfront Bachelor of Architecture Thesis Project Student: Nathan Lienhop Faculty: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu   Utilizing kinetic techniques, this project seeks to address the problem of…

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Juliana Bento: Path to Water

Path to Water: Reclaiming ownership of water for self-reliance in rural Angola, Africa Bachelor of Architecture Thesis Project Student: Juliana Bento Faculty: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu   The lack of preparation by the Angolan authorities to supply clean water to all citizens is a problem that is used as an opportunity to design…

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Kenta Oye: Infilling the Void

Infilling the Void: Blurring Defined Perceptions to Create Spaces for Undocumented Residents in Transition Bachelor of Architecture Thesis Project Student: Kenta Oye Faculty: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu   Urban planning in San Francisco has confined ethnic neighborhoods into inhuman urban spaces. Being fourth generation Japanese-American, my ancestors used to inhabit and thrive in…

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Benjamin Schindel: Weaving the Divide

Weaving the Divide Bachelor of Architecture Thesis Project Student: Benjamin Schindel Faculty: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu   Bridging the dominant railway edge in the rural city of Lacombe, Canada to connect the urban spaces and blend programs that enhance the city experience and promote pedestrian movement. How can we engage urban edges and…

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Sarah Berting: The New-Burbia

The New-Burbia | Reimagining the urban living condition in the Civic Center of San Francisco Bachelor of Architecture Thesis Project Student: Sarah Berting Faculty: Philip Ra, AIA & Mini Chu   Gentrification has revitalized devastated neighborhoods and districts in San Francisco but in turn has also caused housing prices to rise, displacing those who are…

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Saleh Alajmi: Urban Table

Urban Table Bachelor of Architecture Thesis Project Student: Saleh Alajmi Faculty: Philip Ra,  AIA & Mini Chu   Problem: Architecture can have an impact on peoples’ relationship with food. The industrialization of American society over the past two centuries has distanced people from the source of their food this distance has significantly contributed to an…