AMIR GHAZANFARI ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
Hello, my name is Amir Ghazanfari. Iâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org +1 416 837 0408
AMIR GHAZANFARI amirghaz.com email@example.com 4168370408
WORK EXPERINCE: NBBJ Head Office ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT New York, USA During my time at NBBJ New York I was involved in schematic design phase of two Sep 2014 – Dec 2015 major competitions. A major mixed use development in Jakarta and a Women and Children’s hospital in Guangzhou. Design Team: 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. My involvement in the projects allowed me to participate in the daily design meetings and contribute to the design of the building. Programs: Revit, Autocad, Rhino, Vray, Grasshopper, Adobe CS6, Makerbot
HLW International ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT New York, USA Design Team: Involved in numerous projects within the office. Working directly Jan 2014 – Apr 2015 with the Project 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 Sept 2007 – Aug 2009 hands-on experience in every aspect of print production and printed media. Programs: Adobe CS6 on both platforms
TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY: Revit, AutoCAD Rhino, Vray for Rhino, Grasshopper 3DSMax, Google SketchUp Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Microsoft Office, CNC-routing, Laser-Cutting & 3D printing. Mac OS X, Windows 4
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 Riverside Gallery & Bridge Website ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK 2015 - 2016 Academic Year 2B Design Studio Project, Frankenstein Cambridge City Hall & Riverside Gallery ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF EXEMPLARY WORK 2014 - 2015 Academic Year 2A 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 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: 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 Conception and design of small residential buildings, commercial buildings, 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. 5
ACADEMIC WORK: FRANKENSTEIN PG08 INSTITUTIONAL/RESEARCH
CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER PG22 PUBLIC PROGRAM
CHINESE FINGER TRAP PG34 OBSERVATORY / COMPETITION ENTRY
PITSTOP AN OFF-THE-GRID PG38 PAVILION
GREEN SLOPES MULTI-HOUSING IN PG42 CAMBRIDGE
DOMINOS MUTLI STORY HOUSING UNIT IN PG48 TORONTO’S ST.CLAIR STREET
PROFESSIONAL WORK: NBBJ PG58 NEW YORK, NY
NBBJ GUANGZHOU WOMEN & PG64 CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NEW YORK, NY
HLW 80, 90 COLUMBUS PG68 NEW YORK, NY
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. 8
Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
TERM: 2B, 2015
STUDIO COORDINATOR: LOLA SHEPPARD
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. 9
L: SECTION PERSPECTIVES R: VIEW FROM THE DUNDAS BRIDGE
NORTHEAST AXONOMETRIC VIEWS
LVL 2: LVL 1: 1. Study Area 2. Book Shelves 3. Library Lounge 4. Entrance
1. Eating Area 2. Kitchen 3. Event Space 4. Classroom 5. Auditorium 6. Greenhouses
LVL 3: 1. Entrance 2. Balcony 3. Computer Lab 4. Projector Room 5. Auditorium 6. Administration 7. Classroom 8. Greenhouses
WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM DIAGRAM
UNFILTERED WATER FROM THE DON
Water Soldiers (Stratiotes)
Bur Reed (Sparganium Americanum)
FILTERED WATER RETURN TO THE DON
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
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. 22
Programs Used: Rhino Grasshopper AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
STUDIO COORDINATOR: ADRIAN BLACKWELL
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.
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. 26
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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. Kidâ€™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. Staffâ€™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)
6. Stairs 7. Elevator 8. Dressing Rooms 9. Auditorium 10. Arts Floor (Gallery Space)
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3RD FLOOR: 1. Stairs 2. Elevator 3. Reception 4. Conference Room 5. Storage
6. Office Space 7. Bathroom 8. Break Room 9. Stairs 10. Elevator
11. Storage 12. Auditorium 13. Projection Room 14. Open Concept Community Space
CHINESE FINGER TRAP
SSEF COMPETITION ENTRY COLLABORATION: AARON COTÈ
COURSE COORDINATOR: TERRI MEYER BOAKE
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
View from Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir
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. Bolted connection b. Solid steel infill c. Bolted connection d. Circular joint to adapt to unique joints
a. 40 cm thick cable b. Threaded rod c. Fork End d. Bolted connection e. Eye end connection welded to the structural member
Jacqueline Kennedy Reservoir
PARASITIC STRUCTURE DIAGRAM
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
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 thereâ€™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.
DESIGNED IN COLLABORATION WITH CLIMATE DATA
Programs Used: Rhino, AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop HEED Climate Consultant
COURSE COORDINATOR: TERRI MEYER BOAKE
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.
SUN SHADING CHART
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.
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
Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
STUDIO COORDINATOR: DONALD MCKAY
LEVEL_03 N 0
EAST PEDESTRIAN APPROACH
DETAILS | 1:20
WALL SECTION| 1:50
MODERN LOFTS; PLUGGING INTO TORONTOâ€™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.
Programs Used: Rhino AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
STUDIO COORDINATOR: DONALD MCKAY
Access to public transport
Site is ripe for potential future developments
Potential residential developments
Parks, public amenities & low rise residential complexes
NORTH ELEVATION RENDERING
Program 2 Bedrooms 1 Bedrooms 2 Bedrooms Circulation Spaces 3 Bedrooms Retail Space
TOP: CIRCULATION DIAGRAM BOTTOM: EAST ELEVATION
ACRYLIC BLOCKS MODEL
SEP 2015 - DEC 2015
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 Childrenâ€™s hospital in Guangzhou. Essential part of the design team on both projects. Responsibilities extended but not limited to conceptual design, 3D modeling, faĂ§ade design, interior design, graphical presentation, weekly design meetings, laser cutting and 3D printing.
Programs Used: Rhino Grasshopper Revit SketchUp AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
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.
Jay Siebenmorgen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Design Principal NBBJ New York
MIXED USED DEVELOPMENT
ROLE IN THE 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 60
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.
RESIDENTIAL OFFICE RETAIL
PUBLIC STREET AT NORTH SUDIRMAN CANAL RETAIL CANAL VISTA SOUTH WEST VIEWS
GUANGZHOU WOMEN & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
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.”
HOSPITAL / RETAIL
CONCEPT TO MASSING
JAN 2015 - APR 2015
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 Googleâ€™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.
Programs Used: Rhino Revit SketchUp AutoCad Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign
CONDOMINIUM PROGRAM RENTAL PROGRAM
STATUE OF LIBERTY
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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.
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 clientâ€™s need and requirements for a space onto the final building.
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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