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alex okuka


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Artscape Gibraltar Point

is an international live-in artist residency on Toronto Island, occupying a former schoolhouse. It is located on a site that is both ideal to its program and extremely vulnerable to environmental conditions. This thesis explores architecture's adaptability over time, the dualistic relationship between building and environment, as well as the programmatic relationship between solitary and communal. It proposes an environmental solution to coastal erosion in the form of a groyne field, incorporating the architecture of the redesigned artists' commune within this system.


erroded shoreline 100 year projection

proposed groyne field

site plan





live-in studio/groyne section

site section


424 Wellington is a heritage building constructed in

1888. Demand for housing in Toronto has changed the way we see the single family home in the urban area. The tower is predominantly compromised of spacious, double storey, stacked maisonettes configured with a skip-stop corridor. The deep setback and south facing orientation provided a unique opportunity for a forecourt/lobby to the new design. The residential units, mixed use podium levels and the entry atrium are all united by a sloping, glazed faรงade. The commercial pavilions continue the street face and the 1888 duplex becomes the heart of the building, both programmatically and symbolically.


level B1

level 1

street elevation / cross section


Centretown Blocks is a building designed from the

inside, out to promote the well being of the dweller. A multi-unit building that does not sacrifice lighting, cross ventillation or community space. Attached to an urban greenhouse, each resident will have access to their community garden to grow their own food year round. The city block in downtown Ottawa spans between a commercial and residential condition. The block is divided lengthways by a pedestrian street creating a quaint community within the dense urban environment.


courtyard elevation

cross section


block plan

typical floor plan

3 bedroom unit

1 bedroom unit



Theatrical Pavilion is a dynamic, operable enclosure

that incorporates the movement of performance into the architecture of the structure. Over 100 hinges allows the wood slats to close onto themselves and retract in front of the audience inside.



Down to Earth is a project that fuses two transit

lines with the addition of a transit museum for the city of Toronto. Incorporating a sunken courtyard that connects to the subway level of the existing Arthur Erikson station, which has been sliced open to reveal it's sectional workings. The museum visitors have many possible paths-up to the roof garden, through the display of streetcars, or directly down to the courtyard, all through a series of linear ramps.



level B2 (subway level)

level 1 (street level)



cross section

courtyard section


Colonnade Park

fronts the newly retrofitted Tower Automotive Building, now housing the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto. It is centered within a new mixed use deveopment in the Lower Junction. The land has a long industrial history which is emphasized in the design of the graffiti forum. The iconic lollipop columns are replicated as a series of raised planters, the rythym of columns continues into the sculpture garden as a collonade of poplar trees, terminating in an urban forest of trees adjacent to the rail path.



cross section

longitudinal section


My post-scholarly work has been largely focusing in

hospitality projects. This sample project: GIBCA Hotel & Residence, is a 40 storey tower on the coast of Sharjah, UAE. My focus was in executing the 3 dimensional design of various interior spaces as well as producing visual renderings & construction drawings for said spaces. These designs include: Hotel Entrance Lobby, Elevator Lobby, Spa Reception & Lounge and a Sample Hotel Suite. I have also concentrated in vertical circulation, including stair calculation & modeling and elevator/stair detail drawings.


*all images courtesy of QBS architects


thank you.

2018 Alex Okuka Portfolio  

University of Toronto M. Arch

2018 Alex Okuka Portfolio  

University of Toronto M. Arch