I'm Stephanie Koltun, a graduate student at NYU ITP. Prior to making and studying interactive technologies, I designed buildings (big and small), developed urban plans, created online tools for architects, published a sporadic email newsletter, among other things.
Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship
Studio Design Award, Aug 2011
I designed and developed the Glazing and Winter Comfort Tool, an online aid for architects and engineers to evaluate occupant comfort based on glazing selection. I conducted user testing and rapidly implemented various design solutions. In 2016, the tool won the AIA/TAP Innovation Award.
I worked on all phases of the Amherst College’s New Science Center (230,000 GSF) with a focus on user research and the design of the formal and informal teaching spaces and research laboratories. Additionally, I coordinated with the MEPFP consultants and ensured the design and implementation of the infrastructure supported the architectural intent.
I designed, developed, and implemented an intra-office network, Tom’s List, for spontaneous connections: mentoring, skill-sharing, lunch clubs, etc.
As Fabrication Shop Manager, I trained new employees, serviced equipment, researched and recommended new tools and assisted team in model building techniques and best practices.
I led the construction documentation for a new-build residential project; coordinated with consultants and the City of Vancouver Building Department. I also maintained the office website, and created project visualizations.
I researched and illustrated a regional guideline for siting electrical vehicle charging stations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region. Additionally, I contributed to the research, production, and stakeholder engagement of the East River Blueway Plan.
I developed the Siting and Design Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment report for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The report expands on existing industry standards and proposes strategies for siting EV charging stations in various urban conditions. It won the Meritorious Service Award from APA New York Metro and has featured by Fast Company. The graphic language I developed was used in further studies including proposals for Green Loading Zones and Accommodating Garage Orphans.
I also contributed to the East River Blueway Plan through research and visualizations. The study proposed a series of educational and recreation opportunities along Manhattan's waterfront while improving storm resiliency.
I assisted in urban design studies and planning reports. I created physical models for iterative studies and public presentation, illustrated presentation graphics and designed graphic packages for proposals.
I created construction drawings for the East Scarborough Storefront, a renovation and addition to a community resource center. The project embraced community members, including a weekly mentoring program for youth which engaged them in the design process from schematics to specifications.
A web-based experience for performing Terry Riley’s “In C” composition using manipulated bird songs.
An architectural proposal for a regional agricultural and utility network to provide year-round food security, develop local economies, and foster community through shared service houses.
A walkable terrain of cardboard tubes derived from Toronto’s building heights. Designed and fabricated with Taylor Davey, Samantha Eby and Katherine Kovalcik.
A landscape proposition for an urban zoo composed of ribbons of ecosystems with flexible boundaries, growing and contracting in response to seasonal water levels and vegetation.
An online journal for emerging media and technology, published by New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
A newsletter concerning design, technology and their cultural impacts. Published at sporadic intervals, each issue acts as a timely record of my interests.
Design-research trip to Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, to investigate the ecological, social, and infrastructural conditions of the arctic.