Kendall Mann

What Difference Does it Make?

UG Thesis 2022 ++
*      Thesis Prep
*      Diagrams and reseach
*      Drawings I
*      Drawings II
*      Model photographs

Architecture in the Expanded Field

Vertical Studio 2021 ++
*       Models and research
*       Drawings and models I
*       Drawings and models II


Advanced Project Delivery 2021 ++
*       Construction documents
*       Wall sections and details

Museum as Accumulation

Design Studio 2020 ++
*       Diagrams and models
*       Drawings I
*       Drawings II
*       Plan animation

Matters of Congestion

Design Studio 2020 ++
*       Research
*       Drawings and models I
*       Drawings and models II

In the Field

2020 - 2022 ++
*       Photography and videography

Kendall Mann —

  1. Graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc] with a B. Arch. Proficient in Rhino, Vray, Revit, Adobe Suite, AutoCad, Fabrication, et al. Strong leadership and communication skills with a design-oriented approach to architecture.


*Drawings II

01. Rotated plan oblique with superimposed volumes and circulation in site condition


This thesis takes on the Recent Prado Museum competition in Madrid, Spain. The competition calls for a surface-level architectural rehabilitation of the Hall of Realms, which extends the museum complex into a 6th building. Formerly a 17th-century private seat of power destined to become a public container of culture, the Hall of Realms competition falls into the all too familiar trope of a palace-to-museum conversion that produces a building we know how to occupy and relate to. Most competition entries attempted to restore the original palace, subtracting all the additions made throughout hundreds of years. This mentality prioritizes a chosen history that’s deemed to be more significant than other histories based on a false sense of originality. It ends up perpetuating a regressive idea in architectural restoration where the few are able to write the history of the many. Not only an educator but also a tool that upholds institutional power, the museum's architecture is encoded with a hierarchy. In order to transgress this building’s past burden of traditions, we misused iconic architectural characteristics to reorient an expected encounter into an unforeseen discovery.

02. Exploded worm’s eye drawing depicting suspended volumes and carved ground conditions

03. Developed drawing showing datums of ground, levels, and symetries 

Produced with Tamara Birghoffer
Instructed by Russell Thomsen