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C P r Andrew o e Courts r r a c t t h f i i o v t l e e& i c W o t o u r r k e

About Me Hello, my name is Andrew Courts, and this is a selection of my creative work. I am interested in design which creates a unique experience that overall conveys a theme or a central story. I am passionate about design, photography, theatre, film, poetry, and entertainment in general. Creating entertaining designs is my main carrer goal. I have experience working in design, lighting, sound, propmaking, scriptwriting, set design, set decorating, and photography. On top of this, I have professional experience refereeing and lifeguarding which have, among other aspects, increased my ability to work under pressure and teamwork skills. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the work I have displayed here. Facts About Me: Age: 20 Email:

Software I have experience with are Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Ladybug, Karamba, MS Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, InDesign, Audition, After Effects), Autodesk (Inventor, Revit, AutoCAD), Processing, Designbuilder, and SketchUp.

Education: Third year pursuing a Specialist Bachelors Degree in Technology of Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design and a Major in Cinema Studies at the Univeristy of Toronto.

Contents Analysis Driven: pg.1

Thematically Driven: pg. 3 Projects in this section are driven by a thematic desire and only utilize software like Rhinoceros in its capacity as a digital design tool.

Technologically Driven: pg. 7 Projects in this section are driven primarily by what can be achieved using software like Grasshopper and technology like laser cutters and 3D printers, while also striving to convey a central concept.

Non Architectural Creative Work: pg.13

Area Study: Woodbine Racetrack for Prof. Scott Norsworthy, April 2018

This set of nine drawings aims to represent and investigate a 2 km by 2 km square of western Toronto, a sizeable portion of which is the Woodbine Racetrack. The first three drawings, of which two are on this page, aim to describe the site. For the next three drawings I explored the potential use of the green spaces and how people could interact with them. The final three drawings discuss how I observed the green spaces being used, as most of their primary functions seem to be collecting strewn waste. One of each set is displayed on the next page.


Programless green space

Programmed green space

Green space with pathways

Most Trash Least Trash

Largest Area

Smallest Area

Most Trash Least Trash

Farthest from a Trash Can

Closest to a Trash Can

Most Trash Least Trash

Farthest from the Main Entrance of the Racetrack

Closest to the Main Entrance of the Racetrack

Trash Can

Easy to access

Hard to access

Unable to access


Thematic Study: Chord for Prof. Kristin Beites, September 2017

The next three projects are all studies in designing spaces that embody a theme word or idea. The criteria for this space was that it be seven connected spaces each fitting within a specific square footage window, made entirely with vertical elements on a predetermined column grid. The theme word of this project is chord, specifically guitar chords. Each space is based on the shape a guitarists fingers make when playing the four most common chords: G, C, D, and Em. The composition of the spaces, while also being symmetrical, is a section of the Green Day song “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)�. The height of each space is based on how many strings are played when playing the chord. The way the columns are integrated with the thin walls is to suggest guitar frets.


Thematic Study: Upheaval for Prof. Kristin Beites,

October 2017 The criteria for this space was to use horizontal elements, creating seven different leveled spaces connected with stairs and/or ramps, also to be made on a preset column grid. The theme word for this is upheaval, aiming to suggest a central impact which has caused an upheaval in the ground, fracturing the column grid in the process. Each fragment radiates out from the impact point in the center, with the tight center space aiming to emphasize the dynamic nature of the space, drawing people out and up as the whole space suggests this upward movement.












Thematic Study: Immersing for Prof. Kristin Beites,

December 2017 The criteria for this project was to design a study space adjacent to the Goldring Centre on the U of T campus. It was to be made of seven connected volumes and must have multiple levels. The theme word for this was immersing, which was explored on three levels: making a visitor feel immersed underwater, having the spaces immersed into each other, and creating an environment that allows a student to immerse themself in thier work. The project relates to its context as the west bridge lines up with an existing pathway and the rectilinear forms were inspired by the shape of Goldring. Along with the large reflecting pool that takes up most of the ground of the site, each space has its own unique water feature that serves to define the space.

The three water features outside are at ground level, and the four underground have the water above and around the inhabitants.The exterior spaces use frosted glass with frits to reduce outside distractions.Only one of the underground spaces allows natural light in, and it does so through a ceiling of water.



Parametric Tower: Wayfinder

for Prof. Nicholas Hoban, April 2018 This assignment was an investigation into rapid prototyping and parametric design, explored through the task of designing a twisting tower to be placed on a site near Corktown Commons in east Toronto. The tower geometry is completely generated through a grasshopper script and is fully parametric. The facade components are also generated with the aid of a grasshopper script that is tethered to a base geometry. The tower model was made largely with the aid of a laser cutter, and a small portion of the facade was made with a 3D printer. The concept behind the design is that it offers a unique look from all sides, and thus could be used as a wayfinding object in the city. The concept also contains elements suggesting spinning compass.

North West Isometric Scale 1:300


Context Scale 1



Market Hall: Juxtaposition

for Prof. Nicholas Hoban, December 2018 This assignment was an exercise in employing various different technologies to create a large scale structure, in this case a market hall. The project site was an area just south of OCAD University in Toronto. The site is surrounded by fairly standard brick buildings, as well as a few other buildings prominent unique designs. So, I decided to design a curvy brick built building which would juxtapose the surroundings. The logic of juxtaposing also went into deciding to feature the slip canyon type space between the two open summer market spaces on the east and the closed winter market spaces on the west, empasizing the juxaposition of inside and outside. I used Grasshopper to create a brick laying program which would follow a curved NURBS surface I generated, as well as a program to create the structure pieces.



The site model was produced as a group effort. My contribution was the St. George the Martyr Church digital and physical model, which sits directly west of our site. In the end my model was made using laser cutting and 3d printing to create as much detail as possible. The site model employed both of these techniques along with a CNC milled base plate.




Go forth and challenge the great blue expanse, catch waves, and ride while they last.

These Snowbirds never fail to bring out the wonder in their earthbound crowds.


Other Art Work

“My Home and Native Land of the Free” Made completely out of cut and painted maps of my two homes: Toronto, Ontario and Orlando, Florida. Where the stars should be, I have made maple leaves, as a combination of the flags of Canada and America

“Never Let It Die” Made of cut duct tape on cardboard. Inspired by the quote “we fight the hatred with the light, and when they think we’ll fold and wave that bright rag, we won’t surrender, we’ll wipe the blood up with the white flag” from a poem which follows the song “Never Let It Die” by George Watsky


“The Climber” Made of cut duct tape on cardboard.

“A Manifestation of Wasted Time” Made of cut duct tape on cardboard.


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Andrew Courts Architecture and Creative Work Portfolio  

Andrew Courts Architecture and Creative Work Portfolio