The California Department of Motor Vehicles is getting a makeover. Today, more and more people, especially in urban communities, are getting away from the need to drive or even owning a car. Yet the need for the DMV has not diminished. This is because it represents more than just the ability to drive. It embodies the freedoms associated with adulthood, the romances of travel and, quite literally, gives residents a sense of identity. Open Road + will be a DMV franchise for local communities. The new aesthetics, brand, space, process and overall experience will finally be representative of the inherent qualities of the DMV.
Every neighborhood has a unique and distinct personality. By incorporating local flare and retail into each branch, Open Road + will serve as the identification of a local community. If the licence itself is an emblem of personal freedom, identity, and empowerment, Open Road + will do the same thing but on a much larger scale. The flagship location will be Open Road + Arts District, located at 542 S Santa Fe Ave in downtown Los Angeles.
Architects for Animals "Giving Shelter" for Fixnation
Created to compliment existing K–8th grade food education programs in New Orleans, most notably the Edible Schoolyard, the concept for the Grow Dat Youth Farm grew out of the strong partnership between the Tulane City Center and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network.
Tulane City Center is a founding partner of Grow Dat, creating the vision and developing both physical (our Eco Campus) and programmatic plans for the project. Grow Dat provides an exciting real-world learning context for Tulane faculty, students, and staff. In turn, there is broad interest and support throughout the University for Grow Dat and multiple departments provide technical assistance.
-Grow Dat Youth Farm
Role: Wayfinding Lead, Spacial Design Lead, Day-of-Event Coordination Lead
‘Systems by Design’ explores the unseen connections between people, places, and ideas—particularly the disruption of systems that haven’t yet adapted to the modern needs of society. It is a call to action that aims to inspire the innovative thinkers and communicators of tomorrow. Immerse yourself in a captivating and collaborative environment at Art Center’s iconic Hillside Campus, and find out how you too, can become an influencer of tomorrow.
Special Olympics World Games 2015
Role: Project Manager of Overall Design Guidelines
The first 4 months of this project were devoted to ideation, mission and design. In the beginning there were 5 teams that spent weeks complying study models and concepts, testing each one’s potential. By midterm, we had divided up the class into two main groups, Team Bruisers and Team Orange. Team Bruisers focused mainly on fractals and facets while Team Orange focused on circles and curves. This culminated in a full scale, proof of concept build which took up two full outdoor lawns at Art Center’s Pasadena, Hillside Campus. We even had fabricators help us with the scaled mock-ups.
The later months were dedicated to production and execution. With a mostly new team of students, the fresh eyes brought many new insights into the project and provided the fine tuning needed to see it through until the end. Overall, we as students learned how to work together as a team as well as working one-on-one with the clients. We are honored to be able to say that we were part of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.
Completing the Cycle
While we as students spend countless hours a day improving our minds, we spend very little time improving our souls. Most colleges around the world have areas known as “quads” which is where students and faculty gather just to simply be. People use them to study, to interact with the community and to be outside in nature. They provide the perfect break from the everyday grind. We, here at Art Center, do not have any social hub such as that.
My goal is to create a modernist, sustainable landscape that provides the whole school with a beautiful and relaxing gathering area. The site will also double as an event space for the ever growing number of fundraisers, benefits, shows, CSE events and galas we host host here at Art Center. It will help create a better outdoor and indoor quality of life while promoting healthy lifestyles and habits for all on campus. But this project is not just about a cool, new lounging place for the community. It is a fully self-sustaining habitat that will set the new eco standards for the campus and maybe one day, the city of Pasadena.
Ease is a learning and reading center specifically designed for the dyslexic brain. Children between the grades of kindergarten and fifth can come and use our state of the art facilitie to create a custom learning profile. The students can then use that profile to help customize spaces for their optimal reading environments as well as print popular books in a style suited only for them.
Art Center Dots
I was honored to be asked to take part in this highly conceptual advertisement project. Presenting, the Fighting Dot's and their new Art Center football stadium.
The Missing Piece is a gaming experience that promotes itelligence and wellness through “brain training.” Through a five stage brain obsticle course, college students can gain a better understanding of the brain. Like any other muscle, the brain needs excercise...everyday.
An all inclusive retail store and performance garage that caters to the high-end motorsports enthusiast.
Nomad is a Moleskine sharing gallery. It is a store for the modern day man to bridge the gap between real life and the creative mind by allowing people to inspire and to be inspired. Artists, both famous and not alike, are invited to share their Moleskine creations with the viewing public.
Here at Nomad, we strive to help shape a better tomorrow by providing every individual with the appropriate materials to help express themselves. By using our products, one is better equipped to fully explore their own creative thoughts and ideas in hopes of enhancing true identity. We provide a number of services to our customers that include two, long gallery spaces, an airy double height cafe, a large sketching lounge, and a rentable event space on the rooftop. The galleries are rotating in the sense that each month a newly curated Moleskine showing will take place. The best individual piece chosen will appear as a mural on the large 15’ high wall in the cafe for all to see. This will all be culminated in the monthly gallery opening event to showcase these beautiful works.
While Moleskine is well known for having world wide competitions to promote their product, Nomad is to be the first permanent location fully dedicated to this concept. People from around the world are invited to enter their own works of art as well as come and view the works of others. We hope to enhance the artistic community in Santa Monica by giving people an space to hopefully spark inspiration and innovation.
The Chronograph is a boutique hotel brought to you by Breitling watches. This hotel, located on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega Blvd in the heart of Los Angeles, is a machine that offers relaxation and a piece of mind to the hard working professionals that keep this world running.
The hotel is itself a huge machine. Like a watch, the smooth and shiney exterior holds a series of complex machanics together.
As the day passes, lightwells within the hotel slowly light up one by one until the whole building is well lit. Like a watch, the building itself slowly changes with time.
The Chronograph is the prefect combination between a productive business trip and a cozy, pleasure getaway.