Architectural Design Portfolio

Daniela Rodriguez Philadelphia University

Table of Contents

1 Harvesting the Future Urban Farm, 2 SIENA Internship Summer 2011, 3 Ludoteca in Trastevere, 4 Walnut St Prison, 5 S:CREEN Riverfront, 6 Sustainable Design School, 7 Sauna Pavillion Wall Section, 8 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, 9 Live-Work Rowhouse, 10 Residential Rowhouse, 11 Community Hill Cemetery, 12 The Gamble House Study, 13 Design Exercises
Rome, Italy Philadelphia, USA Philadelphia, USA

Philadelphia, USA

Fall 2011 Summer 2011 Spring 2011 Fall 2010 Fall 2010 Spring 2010 Spring 2010 Spring 2010 Fall 2009 Spring 2009 Fall 2008 Spring 2008 Fall 2007

Quito, Ecuador

Philadelphia, USA Philadelphia, USA Philadelphia, USA

Philadelphia, USA Philadelphia, USA Norristown, USA


Pasadena, USA

Architectural Design Portfolio 2007-2012
D a n i e l a Rod r ig u ez Philadelphia University

Contact Info

Tel 484.624.9600 3617 Gypsy Lane Philadelphia, PA United States

Harvesting the Future
Urban Farm

HF-Urban Farm serves as the model for urban growth by blending technology with natural growing methods. While vertical farming is a generic methodology for all cities, HF-Urban Farm draws deeply from the specific site and historical contexts of Philadelphia. Therefore, the concepts of shifting density and the subsequent need for interweaving spaces have emerged to inform the design approach for the project.

Concept Model

Race St

Form Evolution

2nd St

Growing vertically provides social, environmental, and economical benefit to the expanding urban community.

Sun Forces Guiding the Building Form

As each element evolves, the project challenges the limits of technology to accommodate the increasing need for farming in the city.

Site Forces Guiding the Building Form

Form Evolution

Race St Elevation

2nd St Elevation

Parametric Definition for Diagrid Facade

Longitudinal Section

Typical Crop Distribution

A market space carves itself into the grade plane to lend itself to become owned by the community through allocated vendor spaces.

Interior Market

In the levels above, interior parks are created by weaving planes of hydroponic planter systems with light and circulation.

Crop Growing Systems

Integrated Building Systems Detail

Detail Sectional Model

SIENA Internship

Exterior Rendering

Main Entrance

These images are a collection of work from 2011’s summer internship. The construction company EDECONSA S.A. (Quito, Ecuador) requested renderings for the building overall, highlighted areas of the project and renderings for each specific apartment unit that was going to be sold. These images were put together in a sales folder to be distributed to clients, they were published in brochures and were included in different advertisement banners to showcase the project.

Main Entrance Detail

Main Lobby

Ground Level Plan

Typical Floor Plan


Suite Rendering

Apartment Rendering

Duplex Apartment Rendering

“Ludoteca in Trastevere”
Children’s Play-Center in Rome

Site Plan

Terracotta Panels

Located in Trastevere, one of the most well known neighborhoods in Rome, the project has a playful appearance with its terracotta panel facade and varying ceiling heights. The main focus is the playground which has its own unique character.

East Elevation

Cross Section

South Elevation

First Floor Plan

Playground Design

The plaground is based on the idea of a continuous ramp that will promote vertical and horizontal movement through the space. There are two main suspended platforms where the main activities will take place.

Playground Plan

Playground Location

Longitudinal Section

Interior Views

Walnut St Prison

Located in Center City Philadelphia, the Walnut St Prison is an inconic building. Even though it is specifically designed to accommodate the activities of a penitentiary, the building still blends into its surrounding context. The project consists of three main towers that are interconnected by sky bridges. The towers are elevated off the ground for security purposes. The vertical connecting element is the structural concrete core devoted to circulation in every tower.
Structural Model

Section A

Section B

West Elevation

Site Plan

View of Common Recreation Area

The prison has a rotating system for the use of the common areas. This prevents the inmates in each pod from having contact with other pods to avoid conflicts among them. The inmates spend half of the day in their own pod and the other half rotating between activities in the prison.

Daily Schedule for Inmates

View from entrance looking up

Common Areas

Pods sharing spaces at a time

Entrance Floor Plan

Education Area Floor Plan

Typical Pods Floor Plan

Main Entrance View

Concept Model

Education Area Bridge View

Typical Desk Panel Layout

Typical Bed Panel Layout

The facade consists in thick metal panels with different configurations. They also serve as desks and beds for the inmates’ pods. There are 4 main configurations that give variety to the facade and the interior pod layouts. The recreation areas have curtain walls to allow more light in the space.

Pod With Desk Panel View

Sectional Model

S:creen Riverfront


This public recreational complex, located along the banks of the Schuylkill first floor plan River, consists on a series of piers influenced by the strong horizontals composed by the most prominent structures in the city grid: the four main bridges. A louver system wraps around the south and west facades of each structure, therefore acting as a passive shading system.

Longitudinal Section

Main Access View

Sectional Model

Ground Floor Plan

Sustainable Design School

second floor plan Second Floor Plan

Site Plan

First Floor Plan

The building is based on the idea of having a slopping site completely immersed in nature. The structure therefore flows through the site. As the visitor experiments the building he or she encounters two basic nodes: the cafe and the gallery space.

Circulation Plan Diagram

Circulation Section

Detail Section

Section A Structure Diagram

Section B

North Facade

Going with the concept of nature, the building has wood as its structural system along with a series of loadbearing masonry walls. These walls are positioned so they can block harsh eastern and western sun. They also give the opportunity to have open north and south facades.

Detail Section

South Elevation

East Elevation

Winter Sun Path

Summer Sun Path

Sauna Pavillion Wall Section

Wall section model showing interior granite slab

Wall section model showing exterior copper sheathing

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Headquarters

Site Conditions

Site Plan

Habitat Philadelphia is a non-profit entity that focuses its efforts in building multiple homes in a community for low income families. As Habitat Philadelphia continues growing, the hopes for the near future are to increase the number of built and rehabilitated homes and to get a Re-Store. This component will create the possibility for more donations to be accepted and obtain as much help as possible.
Structural Model

Cross Section A

Sectional Model

Third Floor Plan Broad St Facade Third Floor Program

Ridge Ave Facade

Section Diagram

First Floor Program

Structure Diagram

Ground Floor Plan

Section B

Re-store Interiow View

Section C

Warehouse Interior View

The main dividing element in the project is the stone masonry wall that is part of an existent building in the site. This wall is being reused in the HFHP Headquarters and acts as the division between the warehouse and the re-store. The wall’s structure is reinforced by concrete “bracing” elements that are also part of the overall structural system of the building.

Broad St Elevation

Ridge Ave Elevation

The facade is influenced from the various colorful murals around the site. The three primary colors are used to create various panels that provide shading to the interior spaces of the re-store and the common lounge space on the third floor. Some of the panels are attached to the curtain wall behind them and some others are inset between the mullions. This allows for depth variation on the facade and different shading conditions for the interior spaces.

Third Floor Interior View

Live-Work Rowhouse
south st

16th st

Sun and Wind Analysis

Site Plan

The building combines personal living space and professional workspace in such a way that neither is compromised. the organizing principle of the edifice is its load bearing wall structure going across the site which gave the opportunity to open the front facade for daylight and ventilation.

Section A

Second Floor Plan

The design of the facade relares to how light is required to enter certain spaces but should be blocked from entering other areas.

16th St Elevation

First Floor Plan

Residential Rowhouse
The design of this single family rowhouse is based on the idea of breaking away from the typical rowhouse design and treating the facade differently by stepping it inward. In order for this to be possible the top floors are supported by diagonal columns that are present throughout different parts of the house like the living room and the back yard.
Axonometric Drawing

Concept Sketch

Front Facade Street View

Sectional Model

Living Room View

Community Hill Cemetery
The masterplan of the Community Hill Cemetery was based on the rigorous site analysis that was done before the design of the project. This analysis included studies about topography, drainage, vegetation, surrounding site context, among other criteria. The masterplan’s main elements are three prominent burial plot structures, a crematorium, a mausoleum, a ceremonial building as well as a big pond for meditation actitivites around it.

Initial Site Conditions

Site Analysis Diagrams


Masterplan Model

Burial Plots
The burial plots design was influenced by the Aztec Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico. The burial plot area contains stepped looking structures that are open to the outside. The roof is held by numerous thin columns which represent each of the grave markers. water leads the entrance and also surrounds each structure to give a sense of peacefullness once the visitor is inside.

Burial Plots Plan

Burial Plot Sectional Model

Sun Studies

8 am

10 am

12 pm

2 pm

The Gamble House Study

Recreation of the Gamble House (1909) designed by Charles and Henry Greene.

West Elevation

North Elevation

The project was focused in understanding the architectural language of plans, sections, elevations and perspectives by hand drafting the blueprints of the house. Additionally a model of the house was built to scale.

Second Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Cardboard Shoes

Mondrian in 3D

Experimenting and understanding the idea of a”section cut” by recreating a shoe with layers of cardboard.

Side Elevation

Piet Mondrian New York City I 1941-42

Horizontal Layers

Based on Piet Mondrian’s paintng New York City I, the project consists in “extruding” volumes from the 2D panting to create a 3D model. The concepts of depth and hierarchy are studied through 2D and axonometric drawings as well as through 3D models.
Vertical Layers

About Daniela Rodriguez
Experience Education
Summer 2010,2011 Architectural Intern EDECONSA, SA. Quito, Ecuador
Worked closely with licensed architect in client meetings at the end of the design process of their most recent project SIENA. Created the renderings of the overall building and of each residential apartment unit that was advertised for sale. Designed the marketing products of the project including the sales folder, two banners and a brochure for a construction fair.

Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Architecture Graduation: May 2012 Business Management Minor Concentration

Spanish Tutor

Provided academic assistance for students taking Spanish courses with topics like grammar, vocabulary and writing. Practiced conversational skills with the students helping them with their pronunciation and reading in Spanish.

Philadelphia University, Philadelphia PA

Aug 2009 - Dec 2009

Architectural Intern

Contributed to the design of floor layouts and picked wall colors for the office building TORRE BOSSANO. Visited present and past job sites, and learned about the construction phase of projects while assisting with office tasks.

CR Constructora, Quito, Ecuador

Summer 2009

Study Abroad, University of Arkansas Rome Center, Rome Italy

Lived and designed within the historical context of Roman architecture for the Spring 2011 semester.

Tennis Instructor

Taught tennis at a summer camp to groups of children of different ages ranging from 10 years old to 14 years old. Got promoted to take care of the advanced level group after the second summer.

Rancho San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador

Summer 2007,2008,2009

Adobe: Photoshop, InDesign Autodesk: AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max Microsoft: Word, Excel, Powerpoint Rhinoceros: Grasshopper

Academic Achievements
Spanish: Native Speaker Italian: Intermediate Cumulative GPA: 3.77 Dean’s List 9 of 9 semesters CACC All-Academic Team 6 of 6 semesters in tennis team


Site: Planning, Documentation, Analysis Design: Sketching, Model Building Presentation: Technical Drawing, 3D Modelling, 3D Rendering, Graphic Design

Selected Courses
Design IX
Comprehensive studio structured around working in teams to integrate structural, building, and environmental systems in the design and documentation of a vertical urban farm.

Advanced Modelling

Computer-aided design course that focuses on complex three-dimensional modeling, photorealistic rendering and virtual reality. Interactive media and digital imaging were used in order to increase the effectiveness of design presentations.

Archived work for NAAB exhibit Most Valuable Player
Projects chosen to be archived for the NAAB exhibit: HFHP Headquarters, S:CREEN, Walnut St Prison, Vertical Urban Farm. Selected MVP for the Philadelphia University Women’s Tennis Team.

2009, 2010, 2011 May 2009, 2010 May 2009

CACC Player of the Year

Selected Player of the Year among 9 tennis teams in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

Philadelphia University Women’s Tennis Team: Member and team captain Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center: Volunteer for community service and tournament planning Student-Athlete Advisory Committee: Member Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia: Volunteer for the construction of a single family house Latin American Student Organization: Member Aug 2007- May 2011 2010, 2011 2009,2010,2011 Jan 2010- May 2010 2008,2009,2010

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