Miscellaneous Architectural Projects (school years)

Miscellaneous Architectural Projects (school years)

Sydney Opera House Model Kit (1986) My packaging class was asked to design a model kit for famous buildings. I, of course, chose the most difficult building possible (Frank Gehry wasn’t doing his organic work this early).      Screenwriter’s Row House (1982) My last architectural project at UC Berkeley was a row house (each person in class was given a plot on one of three blocks). We were each given a profession for our houseowner and designed a house to suit their needs and lifestyle. Mine was a screenwriter so I designed a house with two zones. The first (and largest) was a zone representing the “stage.” The second was a narrower side area that functioned as “offstage.” On stage consisted of all of the living areas and places where people would interact. Also, I used open shelves to separate the rooms (figuring that a writer would have many books and manuscripts to store). Off stage consisted of support for the on stage zone, including the bathroom, wall-high shelves running through both floors, and “set” ropes to lower and raise tapestries and background art for the living room. Admittedly, the style was pretty conservative and this was intentional. It served as a kind of blank slate for the activities that happened inside.     Silent Hills Road House (1998) This is a house I designed while in high school for a plot on a hill near where I lived. My aim was to create a house mostly underground so as not to spoil the hill profile and to conserve energy in heating and cooling the house. I designed a pool and Japanese garden to go with...
Long Beach Grand Prix Toyota MR2 Pace Car (school years)

Long Beach Grand Prix Toyota MR2 Pace Car (school years)

In 1987, one of my classes was given the opportunity to redesign a Toyota MR2 as a pace car for the Long Beach Grand Prix that year. We were given an MR2 form Toyota and proceeded to design a much rounder, subtler, smooth body for it. We modeled the clay for the body in the hallway at Art Center and built the new body at Clenet coachworks in Santa Barbara, requiring many long trips up the coast....
Miscellaneous Car Projects (school years)

Miscellaneous Car Projects (school years)

1990 Corvette This was my first transportation project at school in 1984.    1997 Mustang This was my second transportation project at school. I no longer have photos of the clay model, only xerox copies. I did this project in 1985.       Ambulance I think this was the third transportation project I did at school. I was tired of designing the same kind of cars and I wanted a different kind of challenge so I chose an ambulance. It really turned into more of a product design than transportation design. It would have been 1985 as well.        Motorcycle (1984) This motorcycle was a project in my computer graphics class and was designed on an Asthedes computer. Most of the rest of these cars were done while I was in high school (I started early). You can tell I had an architectural background. Some were done for specific friends. Duesenberg Silhouette (1983) Epicurean limosine (1983) GTX Racer (based on the Golf GTI of the time) (1983) Neutron (1984)       Solstice (1984) Talisman (1984) Multi-car Platform (1984)...
Miscellaneous Product Designs (school years)

Miscellaneous Product Designs (school years)

These are some of my school projects, both at UC Berkeley and Art Center College of Design. Trojan Horse (1982) Aftermath Dishes (1983) Aluminum woven light (1984) BioAlarm (1985) The challenge of this school project was to design a new way to wake people up. I chose to use the transdermal technology developed by Alza Corp. to create a natural, chemical timer that releases dopamine into the system of the wearer in order to wake people up reliably and naturally. The timer sits on the skin of the neck and twists to set the time. Nikon Underwater Camera (1985) This was a project I had to design in an afternoon for a model making class. We were supposed to use the product we deisgned in the first half of our product design class but, mine was pretty (the BioAlarm above). This was a video camera for underwater use. The waterproof stereo microphones were designed to extend forward and stay out of the lens’ field of view.    Omnivox (1984) This was one of my projects at ArtCenter. Omnivox is a hand-held device dedicated to translating spoken language (not perfectly, but adequately for traveling). The design is based on two hands shaking and has an LCD display that shows both realtime translation and transliteration based on the speech recognition of rules of two inserted language modules. There are earphones for speech-synthesized translations as well....