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AMIR GHAZANFARI ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO


“If there is no idea in the drawing, there is no idea in the constructed project. That’s the expression of the idea. I make the drawings. I feel I’m making architecture. I believe the building comes into being as soon as it’s drawn.” Lebbeus Woods


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 +1 208 384 7126


AMIR GHAZANFARI amirghaz.com amir@amirghaz.com 4168370408 WORK EXPERINCE: Olson Kundig ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT Seattle, USA Design Development in both residential and large scale projects, architectural Jan 2017 – Aug 2017 representation on high profile projects such as the Space Needle renovation, architectural renderings, laser cutting, model making, and a major role in a confidential architectural competition. Programs: Revit, Autocad, Rhino, Vray, Maxwell, Grasshopper, Adobe CS6

Philip Beesley Architect Living Architecture Systems Group Toronto, Canada May 2016 – Aug 2016

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT Brain performance institute & Nuit Blanche 2016. Intense involvement in the design, prototyping, fabrication and installation of experiential installations, architectural design, immersive textile environments, intricate geometric structures, interactive sound, kinetic mechanisms experimental installations, interactive hybrid assemblies. Programs: Autocad, Rhino, Vray, Grasshopper, Adobe CS6, Makerbot, Fabrication: Thermoforming, Vacuum Forming, 3D printing (Makerbot, Stratasys: Dimension), 3D scanning, Laser Cutting

NBBJ ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT New York, USA Involved in schematic design phase of a major mixed use development in Jakarta and Sep 2015 – Dec 2015 a Women and Children’s hospital in Guangzhou. Essential part of the design team on both projects. Responsibilities extended but not limited to conceptual design, 3D modeling, façade design, interior design, graphical presentation, weekly design meetings, laser cutting and 3D printing. Programs: Revit, Autocad, Rhino, Vray, Grasshopper, Adobe CS6, Makerbot

HLW ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT New York, USA Working directly with the Project Architect and Architect Manager and Interior Jan 2015 – Apr 2015 Designer on the design and documentation of the projects. Highlights: SAP towers in New Jersey, Massing development of 80 & 90 Columbus Towers in New Jersey. Programs: Revit, Autocad, Rhino, Vray, Adobe CS6

OCAD University DESIGN SERVICES MONITOR Toronto, Canada Designed and produced posters, brochures, catalogues, and portfolios. Gaining Sept 2007 – Aug 2009 hands-on experience in every aspect of print production and printed media. Programs: Adobe CS6 on both platforms

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY: Software: Revit, AutoCAD Rhino, Vray, Maxwell, Grasshopper 3DSMax, Google SketchUp Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere) Microsoft Office Mac OS, Windows Fabrication: CNC-routing, Thermoforming, Vacuum Forming, 3D printing (Makerbot, Stratasys: Dimension), 3D scanning, Laser Cutting


AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS: University of Waterloo 2B DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD April 2016 Design Studio Project, Frankenstein University of Waterloo 2A DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD Dec 2014 Design Studio Project, Cambridge Community Centre University of Waterloo EXCELLENT ACADEMIC STANDING Sept 2013 -- Present University of Waterloo, School of Architecture Georges Vanier Secondary School OUTSTANDING VISUAL ARTS AWARD April 2005 In the fields of: Photography, Visual Arts, and Graphic Design EXHIBITIONS: Superposition: Riverside Gallery SARACENO’S CHAIR (ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK) Apr 2017 – May 2017 3B Academic Work Nuit Blanche Toronto OCEAN AT TORONTO’S CITY HALL Oct 2016 Philip Beesley Architects Bearing: Riverside Gallery DEUS EX MACHINA (ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK) Oct 2016 – May 2016 3A Design Studio Project Form & Flux: Riverside Gallery & Bridge Website FRANKENSTEIN (ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK) Apr 2015 – May 2015 2B Design Studio Project Riverside Gallery& Bridge Website CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE (ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK) 2014 - 2015 Academic Year 2A Design Studio Project Cambridge City Hall CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE Mar 2015 – Apr 2015 2A Design Studio Project EDUCATION: Cambridge, Canada UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE Sept 2013 – Aug 2018 Candidate for Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies 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: Design Studio, Visual Communication, Environmental Building Design, Cultural History, AutoCAD, Rhino, Wood work, CNC-routing, Laser-Cutting, 3D printing,

Toronto, Canada CENTENNIAL COLLEGE Sept 2010 – Apr 2012 Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technologies Design of small residential buildings, commercial buildings, and educational centres. 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.


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ACADEMIC WORK: PG DEUS EX MACHINA 10 URBANITY

FRANKENSTEIN PG INSTITUTIONAL/ 22 RESEARCH

OLSON KUNDIG PROFESSIONAL WORK: PG PLASTIC BAG STORE PG OLSON KUNDIG 54 SEATTLE, WA 52 SEATTLE, WA

SARACENO PG FURNITURE/ 36 FABRICATION

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NBBJ PG HOSPITAL 72 NEW YORK, NY

CAMBRIDGE PG COMMUNITY CENTER 92 PUBLIC PROGRAM

DOMINOS PG MULTI-HOUSING IN 118 TORONTO

HLW PG 80, 90 COLUMBUS 76 NEW YORK, NY

CHINESE FINGER TRAP PG OBSERVATORY / 104 COMPETITION ENTRY

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PITSTOP PG AN OFF-THE-GRID 108 PAVILION


DEUS EX MACHINA

URBANITY / PRODUCTIVITY / DOMESTICITY

RECOGNITION: EXHIBITED AT THE ANNUAL EXCEPTION OF EXEMPLARY WORK AT THE RIVERSIDE GALLERY INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK ON BRIDGE WEBSITE

Putting the modern separation of workplace and home under the microscope, gave way to the idea of what if the program was such that allowed for residents to combine the two. Collector spaces that allowed the resident to set up his or her office at home. Tall ceilings that accommodated for the DIY culture. All a while, the ground plane is open to the public. These type of open space is becoming more and more scarce due to the exponential growth of Toronto. Activating the ground plane by leaving it developed and habitable at will. This provides a utopian space for the neighborhood organized programs. Farmers market, festivals, open space for musicians… Narrative through Program: 20% retail: New Bazar: Out that 20%, 10% are smaller spaces which are cheaper to lease. This can tie back to the idea of supporting emerging markets. Through analyzing the current and future developments of area, one thing becomes significant, and that is spaces are easy to rent, cheap to rent and are easily accessible are disperse. This will create a deficiency in the area that my program is providing for. The idea of bazar comes to play, as the site is located near corridors that lead into Old Town, Pan Am Village, and Distillery District. 25% residential: Although the surrounding area is overflowing with residential developments, there’s a deficiency for more loft / collector spaces. By having the building follow a very rational structure, the cost can be brought down. 10

15% residential office: Almost all of the current and future developments are lacking spaces that allow for professionals that set up offices at home. By analyzing the current interior of the most office spaces, and putting that in contrast with our residential places, one can notice that they are both beginning to resemble one another. Idea behind the residential office space is to provide a column free area that There’s also a thought given to maker or DIY generation. 20% office: Deep floors allow for traditional office requirements. At the same time, some of these spaces will be divided into smaller spaces and eventually into desks which are rentable for professionals. 10% Collaborative Spaces/10% light industry: These spaces are shared by all of the commercial spaces to breed cross pollination between different professions. Public spaces: sunken plaza, protected against the element by the fact that is below grade. This is main part of the connective tissue of the building. By analyzing the area, conclusion can be made, the area will be the host to a significant density within the next 5-10 years. Ground plane of the building has the potential to become a great publis space that acts as a node. As a fabric that connects the Old Town to the new developments, it can be the glue of the neighborhood.

TORONTO


TERM: 3A, 2016

STUDIO COORDINATOR: MONA EL KHAFIF / RICK ANDRIGHETTI

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OLD TOWN CORRIDORS / CONNECTIVE TISSUE Heritage interpretation master plan for old town toronto. Plan is in place to turn front st, parliament st and esplanade into enhanced corridors to connect the old town to the toronto fabric. Coincidentally these corridors run alongside the site, intersecting one another. This can create the potential for the site to become a traffic node. 11 Condominium, Institutional, Office, Public Space, Rental, Retail. Raw Design, Giannone Petricone Associates, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects. 22 Office, Retail. Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. 33 Condominium, Retail. Quadrangle Architects, Moshe Safdie. 4 Condominium. Arquitectonica. 5 Condominium, Retail. Arquitectonica. 6 Office. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Adamson Associates Architects. 7 Condominium, Office, Public Space, Retail. Foster + Partners, KPMB Architects, ArchitectsAlliance. 8 Condominium, Institutional, Office, Public Space, Rental, Retail. ArchitectsAlliance, Daoust Lestage Architecture, Ten Arquitectos, MJM Architects. 99 Condominium Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects. 10 Condominium, Hotel, Retail. Saucier + Perrotte architects. 11 Condominium, Office, Retail. KPMB Architects. 12 Office Diamond Schmitt Architects. 12 13 Condominium, Retail. Hariri Pontarini Architects. 14 Condominium. ArchitectsAlliance. 1A CN Tower B First Canadian Place C Trump Tower D Toronto Dominion Centre


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PEELED AXONOMETRIC DOUBLE SKIN WALL DETAIL

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FRANKENSTEIN

INSTITUTIONAL/RESEARCH

RECOGNITION: DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR DESIGN STUDIO PROJECT EXHIBITED AT THE ANNUAL EXCEPTION OF EXEMPLARY WORK AT THE RIVERSIDE GALLERY INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK ON BRIDGE WEBSITE

Paradox on the Don; the conflicting nature of the river Don, gave birth to the logic of the building. Two different programs, water treatment and education are combined inside the building in order to create a center for experiential use of plants in water treatment. The paradoxical nature of the building arose from the parti model, where through the separation of positive and negative two different programs were combined. Flow between the opposite programs is achieved from the overlapping flow through the spaces. Placed in the river Don, the architecture combines two different programs which do not belong to the same category. By doing so a new condition is created where the two programs compliment one another and a new program is juxtaposed. By combining water treatment and education a new center for experiential use of plants in water remediation is created. At the macro scale, the iconic status of the building connects it to the larger context of Toronto. By providing amenities, such as a library, the core of the building is connected to the core of the downtown. By allowing access, the building opens itself to the public realm. Strategically placed at the dense residential area of Dundas, the building capitalizes on the already existing infrastructure. Lastly it also acts as a link to the walking trails along the Don. 22

Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

TORONTO


TERM: 2B, 2015

STUDIO COORDINATOR: LOLA SHEPPARD

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CIRCULATION DIAGRAM: Stage by stage, breakdown, highlighting the complex nature of forces that create the conditions for the circulation. From the grid, onto the imagined parti, circulation is a byproduct of the organs of the building. One of the main functions of the structure is the direct access from the main road onto the pedestrian and cycling trails. 23


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UNFILTERED WATER FROM THE DON

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SARACENO’S CHAIR

RECOGNITION: EXHIBITED AT THE ANNUAL EXCEPTION OF EXEMPLARY WORK AT THE RIVERSIDE GALLERY COLLABORATION: SINAN HUSIC

Saraceno creates environments that on their own are not particularly works of art that could be appreciated through viewing alone. His works are very much geared towards the interaction of the audience and the art work in order to fully be immersed in his made environment. The goal of the chair is to have an object that is a reflection of Saraceno’s philosophy in that his work is nothing without interaction. The chair will be a sculptural element, something that looks like it is only meant to be perceived rather than experienced. While further interaction with the chair reveals that it could be more than just perceived; it functions as a chair would. The function of the chair is non-traditional in that the presence of an audience is required for the chair to behave as we would expect a chair to, but feels like an object that is not intended to be a chair. Tomás Saraceno’s oeuvre could be seen as an ongoing research, informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering; his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. Aerocene, an open-source community project for artistic and scientific exploration initiated from Saraceno’s vision, becomes buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth. 36

FURNITURE


TERM: 3B, 2017

COORDINATOR: ELIZABETH ENGLISH

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TOMÁS SARACENO

Tomás Saraceno’s oeuvre could be seen as an ongoing research, informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering; his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. Aerocene, an open-source community project for artistic and scientific exploration initiated from Saraceno’s vision, becomes buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth. In 2015, Saraceno achieved the world record for the first and longest certified fully-solar manned flight. During the past decade, he has initiated collaborations with renowned scientific institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and the Natural History Museum London. He was the first person to scan, reconstruct and reimagine spiders’ weaved spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection to existence. Saraceno lectures in institutions worldwide, and directed the Institute of Architecturerelated Art (IAK) at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany (2014–2016). 40

Top and Bottom: “Galaxies Forming along Filaments, like Droplets along the Strands of a Spider’s Web”, 2009. In Orbit, 2013. Installation view, Kunstsammlung NordrheinWestfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf.


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Carrying on the legacy of total representation was the beginning of a chair with minimal form and function. We were interested in creating a design that mimics the minimal design repertoire of Saraceno. Through this realization we came up with the idea of the chair that was created out of bare minimums. The three piece idea was the product of identifying the support points of the human body in order for it to be supported in the seating position. Unified body that meanders between the top of the knee to the support point, and eventually making its way to ground, these were the basic principles of our chair. During further research we began to be fascinated with Saraceno’s ability to manipulate stretchy materials to form impossible forms in order provide semi rigid surfaces needed to interact with his installations. As basic design principles of Architecture school, we were aware of Le Corbusier’s Le Modular. We began to take into consideration the mathematical proportions of our design.

One of the most riveting aspects of Saraceno’s work was uncanny photographs of the people who were interacting with the installations. This was extremely similar to the photographs of contemporary dancers wrapped in opaque fabrics that were caught under lighting in manner which they seemed surreal. Defying the physiques of what the viewer had previously conceived of. This was fascinating to us. Basic mixture of elastic fabric had caught the essence of time through photographs. That sculptural quality was the element that brought our design to life.

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02_PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


JAN 2017 - AUG 2017

OVERALL PERFORMANCE RATING BY EMPLOYER: OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

Tom Kundig’s work has always been a great inspiration for me since I started my career in architecture. A Seattle-based design practice founded on the ideas that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives. Led by five owners, the firm’s work can be found across the globe, with projects as wide ranging as huts to high rises, homes—often for art collectors—to academic, cultural and civic projects, museums and exhibition design, places of worship, creative production, urban design and interior design. Olson Kundig has an extensive internship program. During my 6 months internship and 2 months extension I was involved in numerous design developments. Some of those include: Design Development in both residential and large scale projects, architectural representation on high profile projects such as the Space Needle renovation, architectural renderings, laser cutting, model making, participation in design crits, and a major role in a confidential architectural competition. 50

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

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PLASTIC BAG STORE

INSTALLATION / FABRICATION

OLSON KUNDIG CREATIVE EXCHANGE RESIDENCY ROLE IN THE PROJECT: CONCEPTUAL DESIGN 3D MODELING DIGITAL REPRESENTATION

The Plastic Bag Store appears to be any New York City grocery or discount store, complete with signage outside and aisles stocked with colorfully packaged products inside. However, nothing is actually for sale here except packaging itself, packaging packed inside itself, where despondent cashiers with blank stares are endlessly double, triple and quadruplebagging these products. This vibrant installation will be the context for a narrative, woven throughout the store, performed by multiple puppeteers, and actors with original music. The darkly comedic tale explores such questions as: How will our descendants interpret, and misinterpret, our plastic refuse left intact thousands of years from now? Where does the human spirit exist and thrive in a world of disposability?

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IN HOUSE ARTIST: ROBIN FROHARDT

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AXONS: SEQUENCE OF SPACES DET: STACKABLE/MOVABLE SHELF DETAIL 53


RENDERING WORK

ROLES IN THE PROJECT: 3D MODELING MATERIAL TEXTURING GRAPHICAL PRESENTATION

Programs Used: Sketchup AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

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PHILIP BEESLEY ARCHITECT INC

MAY SEP 2015 2016 - DEC AUG 2015

LIVING ARCHITECTURE SYSTEMS GROUP

OVERALL PERFORMANCE RATING BY EMPLOYER: OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

Philip Beesley Architect Inc. is an interdisciplinary design company located in Toronto, Canada. PBAI specializes in architectural design of public buildings, public art and experimental installations. The group is closely associated with the multi-partner Living Architecture Systems Group, the School of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, the architectural practice of Pucher Seifert, and Riverside Architectural Press. Sculptural work in the past two decades has focused on immersive textile environments, landscape installations and intricate geometric structures. The most recent generations of these works feature interactive sound, light and kinetic mechanisms with distributed control systems. Studio research focuses on aesthetics, technology and craft of responsive envelope systems including digital fabrication of extremely light-weight, flexible component arrays containing embedded sensors and actuators. Projects are developed at widely varying scales from urban design to personal couture, using cycles of multidisciplinary experimentation and implementation. The studio’s design methods combine the durable crafts of heavy machining and building with advanced digital visualization, industrial design, digital prototyping, electronics and mechanical engineering. Photograph by PBAI. 56

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

Fabrication: Thermoforming Vacuum Forming 3D printing (Makerbot, Stratasys: Dimension) 3D scanning Laser Cutting Wood Working

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BRAIN PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION

ROLES IN THE PROJECT: PHYSICAL PROTOTYPING DESIGN CHARRETTES CONCEPTUAL DESIGN 3D MODELING GRAPHICAL PRESENTATION

Increasingly, the surfaces, buildings and environments that surround us are embedded with interactive potentials. Capable of sensing and actuation, they make it possible to rethink architecture not as something static, but rather as entities and environments able to respond and adapt to changing conditions, and to engage in active conversations and mutual exchange with their occupants. This research poses new considerations and opportunities for architectural design - how can these ‘living’ systems function, and how can they be designed and adapted within architecture? PBAI’s exhibit includes embedded machine intelligence that allows human interaction to trigger breathing, caressing, and swallowing motions as fronds reach for viewers in a layer of undulating motions. Housed inside these fronds, a flask containing protocells trigger hybrid metabolic exchanges. ‘Living’ chemical exchanges are conceived as the first stages of self-renewing functions that might take root within these installations. 58

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

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NUIT BLANCHE 2016

ROLES IN THE PROJECT: PHYSICAL PROTOTYPING DESIGN CHARRETTES CONCEPTUAL DESIGN 3D MODELING GRAPHICAL PRESENTATION

Located at Toronto’s City Hall, Ocean was part of Oblivion, a three part series of installations. Oblivion was about destruction and forgetting, drowning in the pitchblackness of pure and final absence, and about the possibilities of adaptation and unprecedented renewal. Ocean was an experiential installation, Ocean created a turbulent primal environment in the Rotunda of City Hall. A constantly-changing canopy of recycled textiles induces vast, unstable forces where brilliant bursts of light alternate with dark, surging movements and intense waves of hypnotic sound. A chorus of cries and whispers echoes within rising waves. This dense aggregation of raw recycled textiles from H&M’s Garment Collecting Initiative is transformed into an intricate and undulating mass, evoking the emergence of life in the ocean environment from unconscious realms into living form. This deeply immersive installation questions the hardened boundaries of traditional architecture and evokes self-generation, renewal and adaptation. Photograph by PBAI. 62

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OVERALL PERFORMANCE RATING BY EMPLOYER: OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

NBBJ is an award-winning global design and architecture firm that leverages the power of design to drive performance. Thinking deeper. Pushing boundaries. Fueled by the possibilities of design, ideas and knowledge, the firm has delivered groundbreaking places for clients for more than 70 years. Whether partnering with Google, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, Stanford University, or Cleveland Clinic, NBBJ is an awardwinning global design and architecture firm that leverages the power of design to drive performance. Named among the top 10 most innovative architecture firms by Fast Company two years in a row. During my time at NBBJ New York I was involved in schematic design phase of two major competitions. A major mixed use development in Jakarta and a Women and Children’s hospital in Guangzhou. Essential part of the design team on both projects. Responsibilities extended but not limited to conceptual design, 3D modeling, façade design, interior design, graphical presentation, weekly design meetings, laser cutting and 3D printing. 66

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

NEW YORK


February 9, 2016

To whom it may concern: Amir Ghazanfari worked as an intern with NBBJ in New York from September to December 2015. During this time he supported several projects through production in design, 3d modeling, conceptual imagery and presentation materials. Amir is diligent, intelligent and a team player. Of note, Amir worked extensively with a team on a competition in Jakarta, Indonesia where we challenged him to develop conceptual ideas, concept diagrams, final drawings and beautiful final content for our proposal. The resulting work is exceptional. It is with great pleasure I give Amir a high recommendation. He is a joy to work with, and I would welcome him anytime onto my team.

Kind Regards,

Jay Siebenmorgen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Design Principal NBBJ New York

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WISMA SUDIRMAN

MIXED USED DEVELOPMENT

ROLES IN THE FIRM & PROJECT: MASSING CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FACADE DESIGN 3D MODELING GRAPHICAL PRESENTATION

Inspired by regional material palettes and traditions, the new mixeduse project combines the highest level of international class a office and luxury high-rise residential towers with a state of the art retail center. the form of the building is unique, sculptural, and iconic, yet provides generous flexible and highly leasable spaces.

west entry while a central atrium draws shoppers up to the sky garden and links with the gourmet hypermart in the lower levels. the intimate village inspired f&b on level 4 distinguishes itself from typical food-courts and is designed to provide an upscale dining experience with regionally inspired shops. the sky garden culminates the retail experience, offering a park-like atmosphere with destination dinning and shops.

The project is organized with a clear access for vehicular and pedestrian traffic at ground level with prominent entry points for both the office and retail programs while privacy is retained with and exclusive residential drop-off and lobby. shuttle elevators and a sky lobby create a prominent space under the sweeping forms of the tower bases, while freeing up valuable ground floor retail. large open atriums connect retail spaces through the podium creating visibility and higher traffic-flow to upper level retail.

The 204m, forty story office tower will be an international class a high-rise with a luxurious central lobby providing a prominent address along sudirman. the center core organization provides flexible design for a variety of tenants, while the larger lower floor plates offer desirable tech-friendly units overlooking the sky garden.

The retail podium is designed to provide a unique luxury retail experience that will draw customers, while providing the flexibility to accommodate world-class boutiques, anchor tenants, and smaller designer shops. a linear galleria connects sudirman and the mrt station to the main 68

The residential tower rises 250m (sixty stories) topping the development with desirable luxury units. given the immediacy of the site, the angled tower provides clear unobstructed views while the serrated curtain wall and garden terraces provide privacy and intimacy. the gently sloped faรงade opens to an internal atrium, and amenity floors with health spa, fitness center, garden space, and recreation center.

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ROLE IN THE PROJECT: MASSING CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FACADE DESIGN 3D MODELING

Inspired by the traditional Chinese lanterns, this project aims to bring a new aesthetic quality to the traditional hospital. My role in the project included transferring the conceptual design to 3D realm. Through the use of Rhinoceros and Grasshopper I was able to execute the desired effect. NBBJ takes pride in its health care division: “ With understanding the fundamental challenge facing healthcare today: the need to care for more people at less cost, while upholding high quality and service standards. That’s why we employ not only designers, but also clinicians, medical planners, strategic consultants, and other healthcare professionals who work alongside providers to explore new practices and processes, and to challenge long-held assumptions. NBBJ’s holistic understanding of care addresses physical, mental, and social wellbeing — of patients, staff, and community alike.”

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CONCEPT TO MASSING


JAN 2015 - APR 2015

OVERALL PERFORMANCE RATING BY EMPLOYER: OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

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.

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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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CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER

RECOGNITION: DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR DESIGN STUDIO PROJECT EXHIBITED AT THE CAMBRIDGE CITY HALL EXHIBITED AT THE FORM AND FLUX EXHIBITION AT DESIGN AT RIVERSIDE GALLERY INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK ON BRIDGE WEBSITE

Abstract look at the paradox of public space gave way to an unprecedented insight into what forms our public realm. In depth research put the Galt neighborhood of the city Cambridge under the microscope in terms of potential for a community center. Looking through the scope of city and urbanization, the need for a community center in the Galt was evident. The basic architectonics of the project is the two forms that compliment one another, while creating an implied public space between them. Breakthrough of this project came through the moment created by one of the parti models, where two separate ordinary forms created an extraordinary space between them. By separating the two structures, the project was essentially divided into three major programs categories: public, private, and the in between. One of the forms was designed to feel heavy, monolithical and solid, and it would house the more private programs. The other form had to feel light, open, and light on its feet, which would house the more public programs. 92

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

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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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SITE PLAN: The space between the two forms would be broad placement for the public spaces. For example programs such as pool, auditorium gallery space and community rooms were categorized as more public programs, which meant more foot traffic, more exposure to public and more visibility, hence the lifting, light, cloud like form of the public block. More closed programs such as day care, offices and parking were categorized as private programs. While the gym was placed between the two blocks underneath the ground, and the public space was the final piece that were to bring the two blocks together. 96


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

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6. Office Space 7. Bathroom 8. Break Room 9. Stairs 10. Elevator

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


STRUCTURE DIAGRAM

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SSEF COMPETITION ENTRY COLLABORATION: AARON COTÈ

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

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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

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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Main structure: 40 cm thick cable structure

Communal spaces: Catwalk providing view over Central Park and stairs

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

Canopy: overhead cable structure, providing shade

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PITSTOP

EXPERIENTIAL

AN OFF-THE-GRID PAVILION

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


TERM: 1B

COURSE COORDINATOR: TERRI MEYER BOAKE

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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 selfsustaining natural process repeats all year round and cools the air inside the pit stop.

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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.

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JUNKSPACE TO MULTI-HOUSING

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.

COLLABORATION: JULIA NAKANISHI, YU-CHU SU, KARAM HUNJAN

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Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign


TERM: 1B

STUDIO COORDINATOR: DONALD MCKAY

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MODERN LOFTS; PLUGGING INTO TORONTO’S ST.CLAIR STREET

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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Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign


TERM: 1B

STUDIO COORDINATOR: DONALD MCKAY

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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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Amir Ghazanfari Architecture Portfolio 2017  
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