Fake Metal Bands

Recently, at the Columbus Museum of Art, there was an interactive exhibit to design your own original metal band logo using the themes and motifs common in these designs. So we did that.

Fuzzy Kitten, drawn by me

Fuzzy Kitten, drawn by me

Dark Space Walkers, drawn by Rebecca

Dark Space Walkers, drawn by Rebecca

Design proposal for a roof top garden


Ford & Associates Architects | Columbus, Ohio

The client for this project is constructing a new mixed use, luxury co-op building. They expressed interest in the possibility of creating a roof garden and asked for a design solution. The criteria were a space for a formal dining table, a cooking and prep station, an area for viewing football games on a big screen TV, a fire pit, ample storage, and space to entertain guests.

planbOne of the challenges of this project was to design a space to house all the activities within a limited footprint. The garden takes up less than 20% of the available space on the roof. Another problem was the need to screen nearby mechanical units both visually and due to noise. Finally, nothing built on the roof could extend beyond the height of the stair enclosure.



I designed a series of outdoor rooms organized by planter boxes. The shrubs, ferns, trees, and ornamental grasses would screen the mechanical units from view and help muffle sound (both from the HVAC system and the city noise below). A cedar wall also helps reflect the noise at the cooking station which is closest to the mechanical units.


Starting with the dining area, the focal point is a large rustic farm table to seat up to 10. Built in cedar-topped benches surrounding the perimeter of the dining area provide extra lounge seating for guests and storage for cushions underneath. This space is great for casual conversation and drinks with a beautiful skyline view.


Large comfortable outdoor furniture to was used to define a “living room” space; anchored by a modern-style gas powered fire pit. The big screen TV is tucked into a large built-in which provides even more storage options as well as framing in the access stair. With this configuration, no space was wasted.


Finally, a wrap around outdoor kitchen let’s you barbeque without missing a moment of action on the TV. It also features a small sink, mini fridge, cabinet space, and handy access to the trash chute.


Our client was really pleased with what we came up with. The final design is open but also has plenty of cozy nooks. We were able to pack a lot of program into an organized plan that feels bigger than it actually is.


Sketches of views from The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte by Louis Le Vau and André Le Nôtre in Maincy, France, southeast of Paris.

The Van Nelle Factory (Van Nellefabriek) by architects Johannes Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Page of Alvaro Siza sketches from Portugal. Aveiro University Library, and the Boa Nova Tea House, with a sketch of the Portugal seaside.

Notes and sketches of MVRDV’s Porter’s Lodges in Otterlo, The Netherlands. (I know these look like poorly drawn houses, but they’re actually well-observed! They really look that way 🙂

Quick sketch of the Château de Fontainebleau. Didn’t have much time for this one because I was instructing others. Still happy with the result though!

Cathedral and church facades from across Spain and France (and London!). Here we have the Cathedral of Avila, Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, Barcelona), Notre Dame, Laon Cathedral, Basilica of St Denis (Paris), Reims Cathedral, Abbey of Saint-Remi (Reims), and Westminster Abbey (London).

Another little tutorial page. This time, for 2 point perspective tricks. Basically, the idea is to draw lightly, and try to avoid the “diamond drawing”.

Last year, I taught sketching on the Knowlton School of Architecture’s European study abroad tour. This is a little how-to for 1 point perspective that I doodled up to help teach people the tricks of converting 3D objects to the 2D plane of the paper. A lot of people were having trouble with the technique; most often their drawings looked too “floaty”. This came in handy when I was explaining things.

A dramatic interior space of Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany. The floor was littered with thousands of cast-iron faces. In order to cross the room, you had to walk on the faces. With every step, they clang and bang together as if crying out.

Sketches and notes from Schloss Belvedere in Vienna, Austria. It was so hot outside, so I tried to stay as long as possible in the air conditioned foyer, which was held up by these atlas columns.

I was supposed to be sketching the interior of the Berlin Philharmonic by Hans Scharoun, but I was having a hard time at it, so I started drawing the orchestra. I’ve had a long time obsession with cellos…