• Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Eco friendly
  • University
    Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Lead Designer
    Gabriel Velasco
  • Location
    Hunting Island, SC

The architecture offers spaces that frame and emphasize the site, resulting in multiple moments for reflection. The research center studies the overlap of microecosystems in the marsh environment, exploring how land, vegetation and animal life coexist in one habitat.

The architecture response provides a contrast of scale as the approach on the site, to amplify the perception of the microecosystems. Cabins distributed on the approach to the research center provide moments of connection with the horizontal landscape. Approaching the research center, the project’s distribution incorporates a perforated plaza that acts as a net, exploring its closer scale surrounding the marsh, highlighting the vertical strokes of Spartina grass.

Marooned by time, Hunting Island reinforces emotions surrounding seclusion and human scale. The project’s location is as a pulsating tissue, taking long deep breaths as the tides shift with time.

Architecture awakened new
senses in my ability to reason,
with culture, language
and art as the main factors
for communication. With
that, learning how to express
myself through design
cooperating with the
environment/landscape has
been a lifetime experience.

Other prizes
Winner - 2023 Built Design Awards - Emerging Landscape Architect of the Year Winner - 2023 COTE TOP 10 Student Awards Winner - 2022 AIA GA Design Awards Winner - 2021 AIA SAR ASPIRE Student Design Award Merit Award - 2022 AIA Savannah Student Design Award Merit Award - Lyceum Fellowship Design Competition 2021 Honorable Mention - 2022 Terraviva Competitions Honorable Mentions - 2021 International Design Awards Honorable Mentions - 2022 International Design Awards Nominations 2022 Senior Project Sustainable Design Award Architect’s Newspaper 9th Annual Best of Design Awards Architect’s Newspaper 10th Annual Best of Design Awards AIA GA 2021 & 2022 Design Awards Dean’s List - Fall 20/21, Winter 20/21 & Spring 22