Category Archives: Portfolio

Supermarket 2.0

In today’s fast paced urban lifestyle, we often need to go to several different places every day. This can create problems when our lifestyle prevents us from doing such (sometimes necessary) activities. Architects, city planners, and developers can help minimize the back and forth by synthesizing different programs into one. Not only can the combination of different programs create new design possibilities and typologies, it may become a sustainable solution in architecture and planning.

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Painted Canvas

An old project I did back in 2008 at Chabot College. It was a short project where we had to design the facade of a paint/pigment store. Although the brief was almost entirely program-less, I added an education component to the building that would bring in the community to “learn” art (techniques) as well as a gallery to showcase local artists. The painted wood panels was placed to evoke an image of paint “dripping” from the roof. The roofline tapers down to connect the difference scales of the adjacent buildings. Additionally, the tall floor-to-ceiling glass near the entrance presents a glimpse at the local art scene.

Although it was simple project, I am quite pleased with how this one turned out. In hindsight, I could change a million things in the design (the facade is a little bit too flat, for one) but I will stay my hand for this one. I just added some subtle reflections in the glass to the render, which made it look roughly 21 times better. 🙂

To do list for this project:

  • construction detail wall section
  • detail of facade elements

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover?

A small update on the portfolio: new cover. This cover uses the Tiger in Snow color swatch and I’m liking it so far. The grid of circles in the background is from a  project in ARCH 160 (Construction) where we had to design+build a coffee cable made of steel. Our concept was a light box table that had a perforated sheet metal skin that would allow light out in a brilliant way. To laser cut the perforations, I created the grid pattern using Rhino and the Paneling Tools plug-in to shift the size of the perforation through a set of curve attractors.

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Tiger in the Snow

One of the first things I am tackling with the portfolio is the choice of colors. After picking a color palette, hopefully I can begin the rough draft of the general page layouts . Revisiting old projects will be one of the longer processes in making this portfolio and once I have a rough layout of the projects, I can just insert my edited projects into my portfolio and begin to finalize everything.

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The Making of a Portfolio

Aloha, my name’s Joval. I have just finished my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley with in Architecture and a minor in Envionmental Design and Urbanism. Getting restless from the post-graduation vacuum of today, I’m just starting to think of how I will tackle the heavy task of creating my portfolio. I made a quick cut-and-paste portfolio for an optional studio (ARCH 101), but it was more plopping down renders and images onto the page rather than designing a portfolio.

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