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  • June You

  • [education]Master of Architecture _05 2014_GPA 3.75university of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, uSa

    Business Administration _Undergraduateuniversity of Windsor, Windsor, ontario, canada

    International Business _Bachelor of EconomicsWuhan university of technology, Wuhan, Hubei, china

    05 2011_current

    09 2007_12 2008

    09 2004_06 2008

    [experience]Woodshop Technicianinstructing and assisting students in using woodworking equipment; demonstrating safety pro-

    cedures in using power tools; offering recommendations and help to precision in architectural

    model making; cleaning and maintaining tools and the woodshop work environment.

    School of architecture, university of Kansas phone: 785_383_8265

    Studio 804 Warehouse Management Helperbeing familiar with building materials, especially inventive, sustainable and affordable mate-

    rials that Studio 804 focuses on, creating new floor flans for electric outlets and shelves layout,

    moving materials and cleaning the warehouse.

    School of architecture, university of Kansas phone: 785_383_8265

    Baristain charge of daily business and customer service, providing excellent service, using interper-

    sonal skills and networking

    House of cha, 21 West 9th Street Lawrence, Kansas phone: 785_856_6688

    Assistant to the Fashion Designer taking online orders, sewing clothes

    taking photography, doing graphic design, sketching basic fashion design drawing

    http://wikstenmade.com phone: 785_580_8318

    08 2012_current

    06 2012_08 2012

    05 2010_12 2010

    01 2009_06 2009

    June YouResume

    juanyou@ku.edu

    issuu.com/juneyou

    1016 ohio St. Lawrence, KS, uSa 66044 phone: 785_580_8767

  • [SKiLLS]Computerrevit

    autocad

    3d Max

    Sketchup

    photoShop, indesign, illustrator

    Microsoft Office

    HandWoodworking

    Blacksmithing

    Welding

    Laser cutting

    LanguageMandarin _Fluent

    english _Fluent

    [HoBBieS]Furniture making

    upholstery

    Sewing

    Knitting

    photography

    Scrap booking

    chinese brush painting

    chinese calligraphy

    chinese poetry

    Fashion

    cooking

    [reFerenceS]Academicchad Kraus assistant professor ckraus@ku.edu 785_864_4129

    denton nichols Lecturer dnichls1@ku.edu 785_864_3087

    ProfessionalJenny Gordy Fashion designer jennygordy@gmail.com 785_580_8318

    [puBLication]Frozen Moment of DramaKiosk magazine issue 47

    [invoLveMent]Volunteer and MentorBig Brothers and Big Sisters of douglas county

  • [ about Me ]

    even as a five-year-old, i learned that a house could mean a lot more than mere shelter to a

    family. in a small village in southeastern china in 1991, an unusually long rainy season created the biggest

    flood in village history. Like all the other poor villagers, my family was living in a house built of adobe with

    a wood and rice-straw roof. one afternoon, the rain was pouring down like a waterfall, and a boom

    sound, much greater than the thunder, broke through the heavy rain. We hurried outside to see hundreds

    of adobe bricks fall into the deepening pond in our yard. our kitchen, which was a separate hut, had

    collapsed. After the flood subsided, my father used his knowledge of furniture-making to rebuild. This time

    he constructed the house with strong wood and fired bricks.

    Growing up in an undeveloped area in china, i had never even heard of the word archi-

    tecture until the age of ten when I first saw the modern skyline of Shanghai. Dreaming of becoming

    someone who was able to build something great, i learned furniture making from my father and clothes

    making from my mother when i was a kid. Because my father believed international business to be chinas

    future, he thought it should be mine too and hoped i would help expand his successful paper recycling

    business. though i could not study architecture as i wanted, i was able to develop strong communication,

    mathematics, planning and management skills through business school in china and canada, which are

    valuable assets in todays competitive architecture design world.

    Having lived in three different countries, i valued the opportunities to experience cultural differ-

    ences in architectural design, which is often derived from considering responses to climate, technology,

    culture and site. charles eames said: design is the appropriate combination of materials in order to solve

    a problem. along with the aesthetic side to design, i have also understood the more logical side. this was

    due to an internship with Jenny Gordy, an independent fashion designer who has gained a lot of attention

    and business on the internet (http://wikstenmade.com). through the fashion design profession, although

    not exactly the same as the world of architecture, I found confidence in my creativity and design skills.

    although i have witnessed the many challenges of being a creative designer, such as demanding clients,

    late hours and the need for efficient business management, I have also found it extremely rewarding.

    Still dreaming of becoming someone who was able to build something great, i decided to

    go to university of Kansas to study architecture. i learned, however, architecture is about enhancing the

    quality of everyday life. Having been brought up in a densely populated nation like china, i have become

    especially curious about environmental and sustainability issues and have developed an interest in their

    application through architectural design. after my education from the School of architecture at the uni-

    versity of Kansas, i hope to take part in building a sustainable, living environment for future generations to

    make place and memory. Since growing up in an adobe brick house, never have i doubted that, beyond

    the obvious fact of shelter, architecture makes life better.

  • design is everything. design is passion, discipline, and skills. as architects, we dont design for

    one single purpose. For me, design is one, it is not many different ones. the discipline of architecture design

    is one and can be applied to many different subjects, regardless of style. design discipline is above and

    beyond any style. all style requires discipline in order to be expressed. very often people think that design

    is a particular style. nothing could be more wrong! design is a discipline, a creative process with its own

    rules, controlling the consistency of its output toward its objective in the most direct and expressive way.

    architecture is about experience and expression. to achieve the desired outcome, i believe a creative

    process with a discipline to be the generator.

    throughout my educational and professional life, i always like to find opportunities to diversify

    my design interest: from architecture to interiors, from furniture to drawing, from wood to pottery to plastics,

    from printing to packaging, from clothing to costumes and more. From working in the wood-shop of the

    architecture school at the university of Kansas, i have developed design and build skills. during the summer

    of 2012, i helped to work on the warehouse management for Studio 804, which is a not-for-profit organiza-

    tion for graduate students entering the final year of the Master of Architecture program at the University of

    Kansas (http://studio804.com). i became familiar with building materials, especially inventive, sustainable

    and affordable materials that Studio 804 focuses on. i have also enrolled in a blacksmithing class at the

    university of Kansas to expand my interest in design and build. to truly understand and master how things

    work together as parts of architecture is always enticing to me.

    For me, everything is a tempting challenge to test the interaction between intuition and knowl-

    edge, between passion and curiosity, between desire and success.

    [ design is one ]

    05

  • Indexdesigns

    A SYSTEM OF NODES

    AGING IN PLACE

    CRACKING

    08

    12

    26

    50FT0 100FT

    50FT0 100FT

    40RETREAT

  • WOODWORKING

    DRAWINGS

    FASHION

    48

    52

    PHOTOGRAPHY 54

    44

  • architecture is place making. Before

    focusing on developing a cohere architecture

    project the Monarch institute, we explored the

    site located in the river market neighborhood of

    downtown Kansas city-through diagramming as a

    form of thinking. My specific filter was public space,

    and through site visits, interviews and careful anal-

    ysis, i crafted a diagram of public space study of

    downtown Kansas city. Bounded by towering sky-

    scrapers in the new central Business district to the

    south, and with the Missouri river to the north, the

    river Market neighborhood is a common ground

    for urban social activity. My investigations of how

    some public spaces work better than others were

    mainly carried out around the river Market area

    and the downtown freeway loop.

    river MarKet

    Site

    diagramming of public space // kansas city, missouri, fall 2012

    a System of nodes

  • 09

  • CITY MARKET PARK

    12TH ST

    11TH ST

    TS NI

    AM GRA

    ND

    BLV

    D

    LOCU

    ST S

    T

    WA

    LNU

    T ST

    OPPENSTEIN PARK

    E 5TH ST

    E 3RD ST

    500ft 0 1000ft

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    PARKINGS/GARAGES

    PUBLIC SPACES

    GREEN SPACES

    RIVERFRONT TRAIL

    When comparing different open and

    public spaces such as parks, plazas and trails,

    I find small urban spaces that are more inte-

    grated with surrounding communities are used

    more often than large spaces. For instance, the

    city Market park, occupies only half of a block,

    but has a higher person to area usage than the

    riverfront Heritage trail. this is also true of the

    oppenstein park in the business district. a vari-

    ety of people can regularly be seen in this small

    and intimate urban park. to account for ame-

    nities that help make public spaces successful,

    i compared all three places based on Kevin

    Lynchs five key elements of the urban form:

    path, district, edge, node and landmark.

    the path for the desired public

    space should be constructed with natural ma-

    terials such as brick and stone, instead of con-

    crete or asphalt. Food available in the nearby

    district attracts people to use the space more

    often. Less well-defined edges such as planters

    or sculptures, which the individual perceives

    as a barrier, are more desirable than physical

    boundaries like iron fences. places to sit help

    create a node where people can gather.

    Landmarks like the sign for the entrance of the

    river Market or even a tree in oppenstein park

    can attract locals.

    a SYSteM oF nodeS

    50FT0 100FT

    50FT0 100FT

  • planters todefine edges

    trees toprovide shading

    path woven into other

    components

    city market front entranceas a local landmark

    planters edgefor sitting

    a street-cornerhangout node

    brick & stone as paving materialsincreased attractiveness & distinctiveness

    of the pedestrian paths

    concrete & asphalt as paving materialslack of distinctiveness

    from the surrounding vehicle paths

    11

    CITY MARKET PARK

    12TH ST

    11TH ST

    TS NI

    AM GRA

    ND

    BLV

    D

    LOCU

    ST S

    T

    WA

    LNU

    T ST

    OPPENSTEIN PARK

    E 5TH ST

    E 3RD ST

    500ft 0 1000ft

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    PARKINGS/GARAGES

    PUBLIC SPACES

    GREEN SPACES

    RIVERFRONT TRAIL

    in consideration of these

    amenities, i think that a sys-

    tem of small public spaces

    distributed throughout the

    urban fabric works better

    than a few large parks or

    plazas isolated from neigh-

    borhoods.50FT0 100FT

    50FT0 100FT

    50FT0 100FT

    food location

    citY MarKet area

    oppenStein parK

    riverFront traiL11

  • architecture in service of life. after the

    previous exercise of site analysis, i started to en-

    gage in the formation of design strategies and un-

    derlying concepts for the Monarch institute Build-

    ing. the Monarch institute (20,000 naSF) will serve

    the river Market neighborhood, downtown Kansas

    city, and the larger metropolitan community. the

    building will contain a butterfly vivarium, a black

    box theater, a reading room, a butterfly garden, a

    cafe and research areas.

    architecture is about experience. archi-

    tecture has the capacity to act upon our imagi-

    native faculties beyond what may be captured

    through strictly analytical methods. architecture is

    experienced through the senses, memories, beliefs

    and desires. In this project, the butterfly vivarium

    is an open space to accommodate thousands of

    butterflies accompanied by elements of their nat-

    ural habitat. Well designed natural and artificial

    lighting is essential. What is more important, this

    space should provide a full sensory experience to

    visitors and a living laboratory for researchers.

    river MarKet

    KanSaS MiSSouri river

    doWntoWn KanSaS citY

    crackingThe Monarch Institute// kansas city, missouri, fall 2012

  • 13

  • Summer

    Solstice

    Noon

    Winter

    Solstice

    Noon

    Summer

    Solstice

    Sunrise

    Winter

    Solstice

    Sunset

    adjacent buildings

    site mass

    cracking space

    butterfly vivarium SunLiGHt StudY

    MateriaL StudYcracKinG ForceS

  • 500ft 0 1000ft

    RIVER MARKET

    TS NI

    AM GRA

    ND

    BLV

    D

    TS TSUC

    OL

    WA

    LNU

    T ST

    E 5TH ST

    E 3RD ST

    500ft 0 1000ft

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    100ft 0 200ft

    800FT

    800FT

    810FT

    820FT

    830FT

    830FT

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    C

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    8

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    BaSeMent LeveL 1

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    1. theater2. mechanical3. administration4. reading5. butterfly vivarium6. lobby / cafe7. research dry lab8. roof garden9. research wet lab

    LeveL 2 LeveL 3

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  • 19

  • architecture is about making. to strengthen the

    overall design through a careful consideration of

    tectonics, materiality, and building systems, details

    for the Monarch institute needs to be developed.

    i created an axonometric wall section that cuts

    through the reading room and the research labs

    with roof top garden. the axonometric drawing of

    the building illustrates the proper address of struc-

    tural, life safety, and environmental response sys-

    tems.

  • paving stonesand for levelingcompacted gravelfilter fabricrigid insulationwaterproof membranestructural concrete slab

    concrete formwood chipsplanting soilinsulation & filter fabricweeping tile

    8 concrete wall3 wood wool acoustic board3/4 plywood panel3 insulation membrane4 concrete floor slab2 protection boardmembrane

    fluid-applied waterproofing gravel drain pipe

    2 concrete floor finishing4 concrete floor slab2 protection boardmembrane3 mud slab6 gravel bed

    rooF SLaB

    pLanter

    BaSeMent WaLL

    BaSeMent Foundation

    perForated MeSH MountinG

    21

  • metal mesh screen cladding to reduce heat gain from west sunlight

    LEED certied polygal sheets for better thermal insulation

    green roof garden

    1

    2

    36'

    environMentaL SYSteM

    StructuraL SYSteM

    eGreSS SYSteM

    23

  • 25

  • the client is a Field research Station who

    requires three houses for their researchers and a

    grounds keeper/maintenance person. the site has

    a slight southern slope, and is populated by wild

    grasses and a small forest of early-successional de-

    ciduous trees. the ecosystem here is an ecotone, a

    transition space between forest and prairie. there

    are three existing buildings on the facility, but the

    houses will be located about 500-100 feet away,

    and shall be connected by a path.

    aging in placehome for field station re...