2018 Portfolio Showcase

This selection of portfolios, recognized for excellence by Columbia GSAPP, includes work by Class of 2018 graduates from the Master of Architecture and Master of Advanced Architectural Design programs.
Tong Zhou (‘18 M.S.AAD)

Title: Tong Zhou is a Mild Triology.
Specifications: 65pp, Paperback, Wire-O Binding
Dimensions: 7 x 9 x .25”

Three projects—Radical Mildness, No-negotiation Theatre, and The Unreliable Narrator—completed during studios led by Jing Liu, Cristina Goberna Pesudo, and Jimenez Lai are highlighted with model photos, sketches, diagrams, and animation stills. Interwoven throughout are literary excerpts by John Hejduk, Virginia Woolf, and Albert Camus.

Cory Archie (‘18 M.Arch)

Title: CA 2015-2018
Specifications: 123pp, Paperback, Coil Binding
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 1”

A wide range of paper types and multiple gatefold spreads cover nine projects from studios led by Juan Herreros, Hilary Sample of MOS Architects, Mabel O. Wilson, David Benjamin of The Living, Christoph Kumpusch of Forward-slash, José Aragüez, as well as renderings completed during the Ultrareal course led by Joseph Brennan and Phillip Crupi. Manifestos are interspersed throughout and the volume culminates with a selection of personal photography.

Abraham Murrell (‘18 MArch)

Title: Measure
Specifications: 353pp, Paperback, Perfect Binding
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 1"

Fourteen projects organized into five chapters – housing, civic, infrastructure, systems, and borders – are illustrated with hyper-detailed diagrams, data visualizations, and vibrant renderings. The portfolio includes work completed during studios and courses led by Michael Bell; Galia Solomonoff; Joseph Brennan and Phillip Crupi; Erica Goetz; Mark Tsurumaki; Josh Uhl; David Benjamin; Danil Nagy; Mark Bearak; Nico Kienzl; Sarrah Khan; Craig Schwitter; Richard Plunz; and Nora Akawi.

Matthew Davis (‘18 M.Arch)

Title: Super Original Specifications: 2 books, 201 pp ea, Paperback, Perfect binding, Rubber enclosure
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 2.75"

Two books encased in a squishy, custom-cast rubber enclosure are filled with saturated renderings, immersive views, and numerous material experiments. The portfolio includes work completed during studios led by Joshua Jordan; Andres Jaque; Ziad Jamaleddine; Dong Ping Wong and Oana Stanescu; Philip Crupi and Joe Brenner; Hilary Sample; Mimi Hoang; Farzin Lofti-Jam; and Karla Rothstein.

Kutay Biberoglu (‘18 M.Arch)

Title: On Infrastructure
Specifications: 204 pp, Paperback, Perfect binding
Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 0.75"

Kutay Biberoglu’s selection of thirteen projects curated around the topic of infrastructure includes an insert documenting the fabrication of a 1:1 scale metal prototype for a custom envelope system proposed for a Brooklyn library. The portfolio includes work completed during studios led by Jose Araguez; Trevor Watson and Paul Sanderson; Mario Gooden; Michael Bell; Vishaan Chakrabarti; Nahyun Hwang; Phillip Crupi and Joseph Brennan; Marc Tsurumaki; Michael Rock and Leigha Dennis; and Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia.

Arianna Deane (‘18 M.Arch)

Title: On Infrastructure
Specifications: 180 pp, Hardback, Perfect binding
Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 0.5"

Arianna Deane’s portfolio enclosure features a grid of components, models, and diagrams extracted from her project selection. The portfolio includes work completed during studios and courses led by Hilary Sample; Tei Carpenter; Mimi Hoang; Adam Frampton; Trevor Watson; Mark Bearak; Marianna Rentzou and Konstantinos Pantazis; Joshua Jordan; and Giancarlo Mazzanti and Carlos Medellin.

Mai Abusalih (‘18 M.S.AAD)

Title: Contextual Narratives
Specifications: 86 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.25"

Three projects are organized and discussed in regards to each respective geographic location: Lanzarote, Spain; Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; and New York City. The portfolio includes work completed during studios and courses led by Karla Rothstein, Andrés Jaque, Mario Gooden, and Enrique Walker.

Zibo Zhou (‘18 M.S.AAD)

Title: Contextual Premise
Specifications: 42 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.25"

Black and white cartoon-like drawings are coupled with speculative designs such as “Vest Tour,” a project which investigates the national and cultural consciousness of foreign visitors within the border of the United Nations Headquarters. The portfolio includes work completed during studios led by Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge; Jimenez Lai; and Laurel Broughton.

Mengze Chen (‘18 M.Arch)

Specifications: 150 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 8 x 11.5 x 0.5"

Mengze Chen’s selection of six projects includes housing for 1000 workaholics, an innovation hub for 2030, thermal bath, botanical garden, culinary monastery, and comedy club. The portfolio includes work completed during studios led by Laurie Hawkinson; Christoph Kumpusch; Adam Frampton; and Kersten Geers.

Cheng Chang (‘18 M.S.AAD)

Title: The Edge Specifications: 134 pp, Hardback
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 1"

Cheng Chang’s portfolio begins with a selection of high-detailed axonometric drawings for a project sited on Rockaway Beach followed by model photographs, fabrication experiments, and a façade prototype constructed as part of the Transitional Geometries course. The portfolio includes work completed during studios led by Andrés Jaque, Junya Ishigami, and Juan Herreros.

Zachary White (‘18 M.Arch)

Title: Events & Functions Specifications: 254 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 9 x 11 x 1"

Five chapters – infrastructures, algorithms, exhibitions, phenomena, and assemblages – document a wide range of multidisciplinary projects such as “No Stop Shopping,” an immersive culinary syntax engine. The portfolio includes work completed during studios and courses led by Mark Wasiuta, Laura Kurgan, Farzin Lofti Jam, Tatiana Bilbao, Danil Nagy, Vishaan Chakrabarti, David Benjamin, Ryan Johns, Brian Smith, Mary Mcleod, Mario Gooden, Mabel Wilson, Mark Wigley, Douglas Gauthier, Trevor Watson, Rory O'Neill, Ralph Ghoche, Gerald Bodziak, and Kenneth Frampton.

Tonia Sing Chi (‘18 M.Arch)

Title: Slow Architecture
Specifications: 372 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.75"

Tonia Sing Chi states, “slow architecture is a probe into other ways of doing architecture… the projects consider architecture as a continuum of time, as a condition of collective stewardship, as a mnemonic device, as a subject to subject relationship, as a mode of empowerment, as an intergenerational experience, as an expansive arena in which ‘experts’ and ‘non-experts’ operate.” The portfolio includes work completed during studios and courses led by David Benjamin; Norman Weiss; John Walsh and Joan Berkowitz; Jorge Otero Pailos; Andrés Jaque; Scott Marble; Robert Marino; Tei Carpenter; Bika Rebek; Galia Solomonoff; Andrew Dolkart; Tatiana Bilbao; and Erica Avrami.

Wenjun Yu (‘18 M.S.AAD)

Specifications: 114 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.25"

Spreads with alternating black and white backgrounds transition into highly saturated renderings developed during a studio led by Bernard Tschumi focusing on the design of a musical incubator for young artists. The portfolio includes work completed during studios and courses led by Enrique Walker; Bernard Tschumi; Nahyun Hwang and David Moon; Hilary Sample; Joseph Brennan and Phillip Crupi; and John Lee and Brian Lee.

Seda Oznal (‘18 M.S.AAD)

Title: As If
Specifications: 146 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 0.5"

Essays and studio projects are interwoven as a collection of “words, wonders, and works.” The iridescent mylar cover contains a fold-out poster completed during the Interim Urbanism Studio led by Nahyun Hwang and David Eugin Moon. The portfolio includes work completed during studios and courses led by Troy Therrien; Mark Wigley; Steven Holl; Mary McLeod; Nahyun Hwang and David Eugin Moon; Mabel Wilson; Enrique Walker; Hilary Sample; and Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen.

Christopher Gardner (‘18 M.Arch)

Specifications: 112 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 1"

Christopher Gardner presents four projects in which everyday frameworks (materials, codes, clients, infrastructures) operate as a conceptual foundation. He states, “With Schist and the Shingles, The NYC Parks Department and material economies are the framework which my proposal mutates. Zoo Zones examines the most basic, but slippery, concepts of space: property. Culture Culture utilizes labor and material (again) to interrogate sustainability. Keys plays with keys. Road Work works only with the road itself.” The portfolio includes work completed during studios led by Ziad Jamaleddine, Andrés Jaque, David Benjamin, Hilary Sample, Garrett Ricciardi, and Julian Rose.

Nika Mo (‘18 M.S.AAD)

Title: Architecture Self-Confidence
Specifications: 6 books, Paperback
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.25"

Niko Mo states, “Good design is based on an architect’s rational and emotional ability to penetrate the world.” Each book is dedicated to a separate project and supplemented with a stapled zine-like pamphlet. The portfolio includes work completed during studios led by Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge; Richard Plunz; and Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia.

Xiao Wei Lim (‘18 M.Arch)

Title: Infra-Structure
Specifications: 156 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 9 x 12 x 1"

Eight chapters – soil, water, food, housing, civic space, scaleless, drainage, and history – are documented with intricate drawings and model photographs on double-page spreads. The portfolio includes work completed during studios led by Juan Herreros, Caitlin Taylor, Hilary Sample, Mimi Hoang, and Tei Carpenter.

Khoi Nguyen (‘18 M.S.AAD)

Title: 5 Texts, Projects
Specifications: 178 pp, Paperback
Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 0.5"

Documentation of several studio projects, essays, objects, and a video installation divided by crisp blue inserts and monochrome graphics. The portfolio includes work completed during studios and courses led by Juan Herreros; Mark Wigley; Andrés Jaque; Jonah Rowen; Hilary Sample; Mary McLeod; Nahyun Hwang and David Moon; Enrique Walker; and Dominic Leong and Chris Leong.

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