Programs: Rhino, Vray, Illustrator, Photoshop Instructor: Phil Vandermey
The Military is a massive and far reaching institution, concerned with national security and protection that is sometimes fought for violently. It therefore wraps itself in a veil of secrecy, with information purposefully being kept from the public. Covert/hidden agendas shape what can be represented, and oftentimes only a fragment of the whole can be perceived, negating one’s ability to question both agenda and authority.
The project, a military museum entitled REVELO, is built upon a methodology that aligns models of urbanization with militaristic themes and strategies in order to critically engage a system that manifests beyond what is readily apparent to the public. In Calgary, the model of continuous and unstoppable suburban sprawl is a palatable but aggressive act; strategically maneuvered for quick consumption by capitalizing on generic ideals. This model is unsustainable and can no longer be executed without question.
The design proposal subverts common architectural expression by placing the bulk of the project underground, reversing visitor experience while echoing the military’s unseen influence. This embeds a subtly critical layer into the architecture—of both the military as an unquestioned and opaque institution, and of urbanization as an accepted and widespread application. By revealing the depth of the project, REVELO exposes the interconnected nature mobilizing the military and urbanization.
This semester was based in Barcelona and involved designing a master plan for a derelict but gentrifying neighbourhood block in Poble Nou.
The studio work intensified around the development of a residential building, concerned with high density urban organization and circulation. The residential building needed to signify a morphous social identity, be bold and unique in order integrate with Barcelona’s avant garde community. The project is charged with creating viable outdoor space, commercial opportunities in addition to the residential units for an emerging community. This project took the idea of void space and reconsidered it as inflatable, voluminous space. To intensify the density of the city, the Bubble House branches between the residential units with bubble-like balconies, creating unique semi-private circulation patterns while modifying the signature Spanish balcony.
Global Viral Centre
PHARMAKO embraces contentious medical politics to engage the public in an educational center with the goal of demystifying common misconceptions. The program serves as a safeguarding vault, cataloguing and preserving inactive viral specimens to ensure viable research and the development of future vaccinations. Borrowing from Plato’s concept of pharmakon—the idea that what is the poison is also the cure—is applied to the building ethos theoretically and architecturally. The fear associated with viruses is overturned as users experience the building, learning about current research and seeing viruses on display in a compelling and new artistic way in the gallery space. Architecturally, pharmakon is expressed by creating an unexpected user experience via an interplay between daunting thick walls and light ephemeral facades, rectilinear overlaid with curvilinear, demonstrating the inherent duplicity that exists in all things.
Comprehensive Studio, focus on systems integration: mechanical, structural and lighting. Project evolved to working drawings.
strata(metiric) is a robotic design project based in the heart of the downtown core. The nature of the project is that of a spectacle, re-imagining the operating processes of the architectural field, seeking to draw people in to expose them to a higher resolution of urban texture with an extreme architectural skin. Machines are vectors of narration, producers of rumor, and at the same time are directly operational, with an accurate efficiency of production. This project signifies a fragment of the potential for human and robotic synthesis.
The development of the project focused on simulating a specific material effect and utilizing parametric modeling techniques in order to explore design potential.
Competition entry for the Arts and Architecture Warming Hut Design in 2014.
The competition calls for an easily transported and built project, as all materials are brought down the frozen Forks River and assembled on site. Lightweight laminated veneer strips would be cut beforehand and simple bolts would hold the structure together.
oil drum playground
-Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
Group Project: Maren Sears and Lea Nicklaus
Entry for the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF) Design Competition. The theme this year was Recycle, so the project utilized re-purposed steel oil drums to build a playground, thus re-imagining what recycling can provide for us.
Group Project: Grace Thiel
the weave is an exploration in parametric design with an intention of integrating structural and
Rhino, Grasshopper, Photoshop, Indesign
Group Project: Kailey O'Farrell, Rodrigo Mendes and Stephanie Anne Clark
Paracusia is an auditory halucination. The project seeks to muffle sound according to different program needs.
Physical modeling resulted in accurate and viable results
Diagramming study of Toyo Ito's Sendai Mediatheque.
Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator
The muti family unit brought together an array of programmatic uses: temporary refugee women housing, a bakery and a firehall. The project required sensitive and careful attention to massing due to the nature of the project, and was heavily influenced by research into women's housing, refugee immigration policies and firehall regulations.
Man and Boat
Acrylic on canvas 12" X 14"
Charcoal drawing 24"x 24"
Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator
The charette focused on designing a space for users to focus on the sky. Two opposing domes work in opposition to one another, as one blocks sunlight while the other received it. The closed dome has punctured windows to allow daylight to stream in, creating a kaleidescope star-like pattern on the interior space during the day. The underground, open dome welcomes natural sun, providing visitors with an experience of the brilliant day time sky in juxtaposition to the simulated night sky effect.
-Grasshopper, Rhino, Vray, Illustrator, Indesign
Para-trooper is an exploration in control and expression of parametric modeling. Even slight adjustments to the algorithm used produces nuanced degrees of development.