Zip-Up House Research


Sketch Image by Richard Rogers

The Zip-Up House was a radical concept of its time when Richard Rogers first conceived it in 1967. Many would know Richard Rogers for his part in the renowned Centre Pompidou in Paris, but not many know what its predecessor was and the concept that drove towards the projects success. The Zip-Up House was an experiment of how dwellings in the modern age could be easily customizable and adapt to the owners needs and surroundings. Rogers’s interest of adaptable, affordable housing has always been a part of his practice for the past three decades of practice. The notion of adaptability and energy efficiency was not only limited to the residential but could be applied to the commercial and public realm as well. In some early renderings, Richard Rogers envisioned electric plug in cars and wind-powered energy, which now can be seen everywhere in modern times. Even though it was never built, it lead to a whole new perspective and it has made its mark on his future projects. The Zip-Up House paved the way for Richard Rogers’s future projects where traces of the Zip-Up House can be seen either in ways of spatial concept, materiality, or modularity.

For my thesis project, I will be analyzing the weaknesses of the Zip-up House and design my interpretation of it for modern times.


For my report on this project, you can read it here: Expanding the Modular

Architectural Geometry

This assignment was to help us explore landscape, masterplanning, and architectural elements as an abstract design. Model is 3D printed and base is plywood CNC milled with a hexagonal script done in grasshopper.

Arch-564 Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry taught by Professor Dr. Gerber

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Studio Final Presentation. Big thanks to professors Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai for a great semester.

The Nest is a combination of housing for single mothers and a nature center for the community of Blair Hills. The vision is to provide safe and convenient housing for the single mothers as well as increase the communities’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural environment through building materials, design strategies, and outdoor communal areas. The center also caters to the active users of the future “Park to Playa Trail,” which will have a designated trailhead that provides an overlook of the city to the North and the community center to the South.

Outcome of Surface Tectonics

Here is the final product of our Project 1 in ARCH518 Advanced Surface Tectonics; Methods in Material Enclosure. It is a connection detail and facade techniques of the IAC Headquarters by Frank Gehry. The display was custom built by myself using the materials that is used for an architectural storefront at a glazing education center.


A Community Center for Blair Hills, Ca.

The start of the spring 2016 semester and I am just now posting one week before mid-reviews. Our project consist of a community center for the neighborhood of Blair Hills, Ca. The program also must include any type of designated housing and the community center was left for us to interpret what it meant to us. Along the site runs the future section of the “Park to Playa” trail that connects multiple parks and ends at the Pacific Ocean. My vision for this community project is a community environmental nature center (CENC), trailhead, and most importantly, housing for single mothers in the area. I have chosen to make the focus on the single mother housing (SMH) because the rate for the area is more than double the average in the surrounding neighborhoods. I want to provide a safe,sustainable, and communal environment that allow for the residences to be able to thrive. There is also a connection to the surrounding neighborhood so that there is a sense of belonging.

I will keep updating as I develop further.

Early program diagramming:

single mother data hierachy

Site conditions and Possible Strategies:


Conceptual Parti:


Site and Program integrations:

Program diagrams for SMH :

Section Diagrams for CENC:


Primitive Renderings:


More to come.

Osseous Terrain

COURT TO ATRIUM FadeThe institute must be an educator itself by demonstrating alternatives to sustainable strategies, alternative design, and technology. The future of the Center for Advanced Environmental Study needs to have a strong connection between the inhabitants and the surrounding context views. It is to help the two engage each other physically so that both may benefit from one another and to be proformative and inspirational. It must celebrate the island context as well as the dedicated researchers who inhabit this environment. Creating a social hub that withdraws the stress and returns to a simple tranquility, which is the land itself. Throughout the campus, there is a water collection system that will collect the rain runoff of the roof and the exterior spaces into a cistern located in the main lobby of the institute. The buildings facade is also acts as the structure and an example of future facade systems using ETFE. The structure is inspired by the variable density of a bone structure and uses this effect to control the amount of direct sunlight that enters yet allowing indirect light to limit artificial lighting. Natural ventilation is also utilized on the upper levels with operable partitions that allow the westward wind to naturally ventilate the building.


J Section


Final Board Layout