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AMIR GHAZANFARI ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

2015

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Hello, my name is Amir Ghazanfari. I’m an architecture student at the University of Waterloo. The following is the collection of projects that reflect my passion and appreciation for architecture and design. I hope to contribute the same passion to your firm. Thank you and enjoy. amirghaz.com amir@amirghaz.com +1 416 837 0408

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AMIR GHAZANFARI amirghaz.com amir@amirghaz.com 4168370408

WORK EXPERINCE: HLW International Architectural Assistant New York, USA Design Team: Involved in numerous projects within the office. Working directly with the Project Jan 2014 – Apr 2015 Architect and Architect Manager and Interior Designer, around the clock, in the design and documentation of the projects. Highlights: Contributed to development of the new SAP towers in New Jersey, Massing development of 80 & 90 Columbus Towers in New Jersey and many other projects. Strategy and Development Team: Worked directly with the strategy development team in order to secure clear communication with important clients. An essential process which ensures smooth translation of client’s ideas and needs into real life solutions. With clear communications, these are then carried on and integrated into Schematic Design. Programs: Revit, Autocad, Rhino, Vray, Adobe CS6 OCAD University Design Services Monitor Toronto, Canada Designed and produced posters, brochures, catalogues, and portfolios. Gaining hands-on Sept 2007 – Aug 2009 experience in every aspect of print production and printed media. Programs: Adobe CS6 on both platforms AWARDS: University of Waterloo Design Excellence Award Dec 2014 for Design Studio Project, Cambridge Community Centre University of Waterloo Annual Exhibition of Exemplary Work, April 2015 Design Studio Project Georges Vanier Secondary School Outstanding Visual Arts Award Apr 2005 In the fields of: Photography, Visual Arts, and Graphic Design. 4


EDUCATION: Cambridge, Canada University of Waterloo School of Architecture Sept 2013 – Aug 2018 Candidate for Bachelor Honours of Architectural Studies Honors Study of design as a synthetic activity which has to include Design, Culture, Technology and Environment through critical thought and presenting the results through architectural representation. Notable Courses: AutoCAD, Rhino, Wood work, CNC-routing, Laser-Cutting, 3D printing, Design Studio, Visual Communication, Environmental Building Design, Cultural History. Toronto, Canada Centennial College Sept 2010 – Apr 2012 Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technologies Conception and design of small residential buildings, commercial buildings, shopping plazas, and educational centres that were in accordance with the building code often under tight schedules. Notable Courses: AutoCAD, Revit, Design & CAD project, Architectural Graphics, Construction Health & Safety, Materials & Methods, Builders & Contractors. Toronto, Canada OCAD University Sept 2005 – Apr 2009 Bachelor of Design in Advertising, Study of critical design and communication through major media outlets. 8 months thesis in strategic development of an advertising campaign for hearing aids. Notable Courses: Adobe Creative Suite, Editorial & Publication Design, Typography, Advertising and Marketing Strategy, Photography. TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY: Revit, AutoCAD Rhino, Vray for Rhino, Grasshopper 3DSMax, Google SketchUp Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Microsoft Office, CNCrouting, Laser-Cutting & 3D printing. Mac OS X, Windows 5


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ACADEMIC WORK: CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER PAGE 06

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PITSTOP An off-the-grid pavilion Designed in Collaboration with climate data PAGE 20

CHINESE FINGER TRAP SSEF Competition Entry PAGE 16

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GREEN SLOPES Multi-housing in Cambridge PAGE 24

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DOMINOS Modern Lofts; Mutli story housing unit in Toronto’s St.Clair Street PAGE 32

PROFESSIONAL WORK: HLW INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK CITY, USA PAGE 42

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CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER Awarded Design Excellence Award for Design Studio Project Exhibited at the Cambridge City Hall

Basic architectonics of the project is two forms that compliment one another, while creating an implied public space between them. By separating the two structures, the project was essentially divided into three major programs categories: public, private, and the in between. The form on the left was designed to feel heavy, monolithical and solid, and it would house the more private programs. While the form on the right was introduced to feel open, and light on its feet, which would house the more public programs. The space between the two would be general placement for the public spaces.

Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

Exhibited at the Form and Flux exhibition at Design at Riverside Gallery

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Paradox Diagram: Abstract look at the paradox of public space gave way to an unprecedented insight into what forms our public realm. Looking through the scope of city and urbanization, the need for a community centre in Galt was evident.

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Sectional Perspective

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PARTI DIAGRAM

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Underground:

1. Stairs 2. Elevator 3. Bicycle Parking 4. Vehicle Parking 5. Yoga/Dance Studios 6. Gymnasium 7. Stairs 8. Elevator 9. Lifeguard Room 10. Female Change Rooms 11. Male Change Rooms 12. Rock Climbing Room 13. Kid’s Pool (0.6m) 14. Paddling Pool (0.8m) 15. Pool (4m) 16. Storage/Mechanical/Filtration Room

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Ground Floor:

1. Stairs 2. Elevator 3. Play Room (Day Care) 4. Bathrooms 5. Staff’s Room 6. Reception 7. Lobby 8. Library 9. Outdoor Playground 10. Public Space 11. Community Eating Area 12. Community Kitchen 13. Elevator 14. Stairs 15. Pool Viewing Area

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STRUCTURE DIAGRAM

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2nd Floor:

1. Stairs 2. Elevator 3. Bonding Room (Day Care) 4. Play Room (Day Care) 5. Quiet Room (Day Care)

6. Stairs 7. Elevator 8. Dressing Rooms 9. Auditorium 10. Arts Floor (Gallery Space)

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11. Storage 12. Auditorium 13. Projection Room 14. Open Concept Community Space

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CHINESE FINGER TRAP SSEF Competition Entry Collaboration: Aaron Cotè

Programs Used: Rhino Grasshopper AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

Chinese Finger Trap is a toy which uses tension to create a tight, strong weave of materials; the more its members are pulled, the stronger the membrane becomes. Building off this concept, our structure uses pinned tensile members to achieve a web-like space frame. This frame can be expanded upon by weaving more cables into the existing framework and anchoring them to the ground, existing structures, or a monolithic column. This parasitic structure has a variety of applications: it could be deployed in nature as an observatory walkway, or in cities as a way to make up for lost space. A three-anchor approach allows it to achieve this.

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View from Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir

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40 CM CABLE TO STRUCTURE CONNECTION ASSEMBLY.

40 CM CABLE TO 10 CM & 40CM CABLE TO 40 CM CABLE CABLE CONNECTION ASSEMBLY

40CM CABLE TO MONOLITH CONNECTION ASSEMBLY

An important part of the assembly. This connection will be connected directly to the steel structure of the building, while additional support is provided to minimize the sway.

Most common connection in the structure. Minimal look allows for the connection to blend well with the structure. Circular steel assembly allows for the connection to be rotated depending on the unique connections. Using only nuts and bolts, and standardized sizes, connection becomes: easily interchangeable, less labor intensive, and allows for quick assembly.

Certain degree of rotation will be tolerated through the connection. The end piece will be welded to the steel monolith.

a. Reinforced connection to steel frame b. Wire rope fitting c. 10cm thick steel cable d. 50cm hallow steel tube connected to structure e. Bolted connection f. Fork End g. Threaded rod h. 40 cm thick cable

a. 40 cm thick cable b. Threaded rod c. Fork End d. Bolted connection e. Eye end connection welded to the structural member

a. Bolted connection b. Solid steel infill c. Bolted connection d. Circular joint to adapt to unique joints

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Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir


Main structure: 40 cm thick cable structure

Secondary structure: 10 cm thick cable structure installed on top of the main

Communal spaces: Catwalk providing view over Central Park and stairs

Canopy: overhead cable structure, providing shade

Overall structure

PARASITIC STRUCTURE DIAGRAM

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PITSTOP

An off-the-grid pavilion Designed in Collaboration with climate data

Programs Used: Rhino, AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop HEED Climate Consultant

An Oasis in Egypt, designed in collaboration with environmental data. Being one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, Egypt has an annual average of 12 million visitors. The current infrastructure of Egypt does not fully support this number of people, hence there’s a need for a sustainable, off the grid, traditional yet modern architecture to provide a comfortable experience. Pitstop, is a prototype pavilion, where the goal is to have minimum reliance on fossil fuel energy. The hot arid temperature calls for maximum shading and cool air.

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SITE PLAN

Section: Traditional Middle-Eastern windcatchers. By aligning the intake grill to the North West (at this site, North West gets the most breezes) , the windcatcher catches the air and directs it through the tower and onto

the ground floor. The hot air is then turned into cool air when it is blown over the body of water. This self-sustaining natural process repeats all year round and cools the air inside the pit stop.

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Faiyum

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Wind Wheel Climate consultant’s data for Faiyum, Egypt introduced an essential need for cool air. Part of the strategy behind the location of the structure was finding natural water. Lake Qaroun, a small lake near Cairo, provided that. A small opening into the lake channels water underneath the building’s wind catcher. Temperature range

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GREEN SLOPES

Multi-housing in Cambridge Collaboration: Julia Nakanishi, Yu-Chu Su, Karam Hunjan

Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

The challenge to the group was to convert a junk space in Cambridge into a housing complex, which was capable of providing shelter for 100 people, parking and a communal hub. The team began with a typical modern courtyard complex, which would occupy most of the site. Each end of the building was then opened up, to introduce an open feeling to the courtyards. After each wing was raised or lowered depending on its relation to the sun in order for it to allow more light in. The response to this challenge was to create a complex, which would in essence be looking inward onto itself. Community goal was to provide a green space for the residence to enjoy.

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SITE PLAN

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DOMINOS

Modern Lofts; Mutli story housing unit in Toronto’s St.Clair Street

Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

The need for a fresh urban building type drove the core of this project. Located on the south side of St.Clair, the challenge was to take advantage of its close proximity to public transport and already existing biking infrastructure. As a result, significant thought was given to bicycle storage. Being close to street, meant developing a dual entrance for both commercial use and private use.

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Access to public transport

Site is ripe for potential future developments

SITE PLAN

Potential residential developments

Parks, public amenities & low rise residential complexes

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NORTH ELEVATION RENDERING

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PARTI DIAGRAM

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Program 2 Bedrooms 1 Bedrooms 2 Bedrooms Circulation Spaces 3 Bedrooms Retail Space


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EAST ELEVATION

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Programs Used: Rhino Revit SketchUp AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

HLW is an international architecture, engineering, and design consultancy, headquartered in New York City, with offices in New Jersey, Los Angeles, London and Shanghai. It is one of the oldest surviving AE firms architectural engineering firms in the United States, tracing its beginnings to 1885 in New York. During my 4 months coop I was involved in a verity of projects including Google’s headquarters in New York City, 70 and 50 Columbus Street Towers, 1285 Avenue of the Americas among many. I was involved in schematic design for office towers and interiors, design development, tending drawings for 70 and 50 Columbus Street Towers, and construction details for various projects. My breadth of work also involved in creation of various renders made in varying styles, along with presentation diagrams. 44


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CONDOMINIUM PROGRAM RENTAL PROGRAM

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Massing study for brand new multi use towers in New jersey. Plans done in AutoCAD, massing done in Rhino, edited in Photoshop and Illustrator.

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Strategy and discovery team. Visualizing the different components which have to come together in the course of the design development and construction. This process is necessary in order to ease the client’s need and requirements for a space onto the final building.

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Rendered floor plans and interior elevations for the brand new SAP headquarters in New Jersey. Massing, planning and rendering done in Revit, edited in Photoshop.

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AMIR GHAZANFARI WWW.AMIRGHAZ.COM AMIR@AMIRGHAZ.COM +1 416 837 0408

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