Hello, my name is Rikako Sho. I am graduating from Otis College of Art and Design in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors (A/L/I).
Academically, I have developed my background and skills through several competitions as well as my coursework. My studio projects have been selected to compete in the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter's 2x8 Exhibition:Taut and the International Interior Designers Association's LA City Center Student Design Expo, as well as featured in several A/L/I Department Exhibits. My Studio 4 project was selected to complete and won a 2019 $30,000 Angelo Donghia Senior Student Scholarship, in the largest interior design scholarship competition in the United States. Most recently I received the 2020 Academic Excellence Award in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors. This award is given to one graduating student in each program at Otis College each year. I am highly experienced in the Autodesk Suite (AutoCAD and Revit), and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and Lightroom ) as well as SketchUp, Rhinoceros 3D, Lumion, and V-ray. My focus is on architecture and my approach revolves around how much versatility, flexibility, and variable capacity a space can have.
Interior Rendering of Modular Housing Unit, Type 2
Studio 4 Urban Arboretum-Commune
Series of Exploded Isometric Diagrams
Interior Rendering of Shared Dining Room
Materials: Polished Concrete (Floors), Concrete (existing columns and beams), Frosted Glass (modular wall panels), Oak Plywood (modular wall columns), Carbon Steel (window frames), White MDF Board (table), Croton, Mint, Goldchild ivy, Irish ivy, Japanese ivy, Perslan ivy, Benjamin Fig, Rosemary, Milk Bush and Areca Palm (plants)
Bridge Housing Prototype
This proposal for housing Venice’s homeless teens is functional while allowing the guest to create personal space. Located in a re-purposed quonset hut, multiple mechanisms allow creation of a private space and provide human essentials. The main vertical circulation is an elevator (to accommodate guests with physical disabilities) within a central wood and glass structure. Furniture, partitions, and floating curtains made of various inexpensive and readily available (and replaceable) materials surround the central elevator.
Bridge Housing Prototype
A homeless teen may freely manipulate their curtains to create a personal space, a solitary space, a space to to share with a friend, or a space for everyone. Traditional institutional and utilitarian elements were eliminated as much as possible to make a warm and comforting environment. There are no full-height, rigid, cold, or heavy walls. Every element is fabricated from a light, soft and/or transparent material. A teen, if he or she chooses, can be aware of the presence of friends or the entire space between gaps in their curtains while reading alone. Instead of predetermined, rigid spaces, the teen can control perception of or engagement with other spaces from the comfort of their own secret lair.
Venice Social Popup
As a temporary facility being built in Venice, this building can fulfill many roles. Using the “box” form factor of the double wide modular, the limits of possible changes in interior design were tested.
The goal of this elementary school located in Broadway 3rd is to properly function as a modern school in a downtown community where its relationship with the area has thinned out over the years by being left out from rapid urban densification--a Void in the City.