Samuel Morse Pavilion

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The Samuel Morse Pavilion was part of a final assignment in an undergraduate course which introduced AutoDesk Revit, an architecture software popular in the architecture and construction industry. The software is known to be useful in design-build firms, which often specialize in planning the structural, mechanical, and electrical systems after the architectural blueprints have been drafted. The exterior shell was made using ‘Conceptual Massing’, which is a ‘sandbox’ feature in Revit that allows the creation of many different unusual shapes. After a mass is formed, walls and windows can then be placed onto the form’s skin.


The purpose of the conceptual building was to act as both a monument to a great American inventor, as well as a place for work. The idea behind the shape was that the plan view would have two major inter-acting petal shapes, connected by a curtain wall atrium. The staggered windows on the shell signify Samuel Morse’s contributions in developing the telegraph, and the fluidity of the Pavilion’s shape represent Morse’s love of nature and art, as he was also known as an accomplished painter.

2014, Nicholas Garaycochea

Friends With Elephants (Pencil)



This sketch was inspired from the opening track of the Midwest Emo band Family Might’s album Floor Connections, titled ‘Friends With Elephants’. I’m not as much into anime/Japanese cartoon as I used to be, so this was a fresh review. There’s that feeling of sympathy, and sacrifice of self – that’s what I love about pets. I wish I had a dog, ha-ha! Last night I had a dream that my late dog Mocha had actually been found alive, and I was able to hold her, again. 🙂

Vintage Flipbook (Circa 1940’s)



Vintage Flipbook (Circa 1940's)

I found this leather flipbook at a resale shop in downtown Omaha back in summer 2012, and thought that it would be nice to keep. Although the identity of this woman is unknown to me, I think her beautiful smile was something of infinite value to whoever first had this book made. The back of the photos indicate the studio was Nelidoff, 721 N. Michigan Ave., Whitehall 5018

Bed Sketch: Shrine

These beds were inspired by my solemn respect for the often disregarded serenity of sleep. I think that sleep isn’t known to be merely a time to give the body a chance to re-energise, but also a time that is immaculate, when no faults or wrongs are committed nor experienced on behalf of those in rest. We should, as a collective whole, learn to spend more time away from our television and mobile phone displays as the late evening hours creep and renew the beauty and vitality sleep brought us in our infancy.