Bianca Weeko Martin Selected Works
I root myself in reality: in storytelling, and the contexts it reveals; in memory and history and the ways in which they are intertwined; I am interested in transnationalism and I am committed to love. I have lived in four continents, and in each I have tried to grasp what it meant to find my sense of place. Of the tools at my disposal my favourites are research, conversation, and notebook sketches. I like mythology and maps. I want to learn languages and colloquialisms. I believe that poetry is our utopian marginal resistance.
Bianca Weeko Martin e: firstname.lastname@example.org t: (647)-822-8629
Work JAN 2018AUG 2018 SEPT 2016FEB 2017 JAN 2016MAY 2016
Architectural Intern Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) New York, New York Architectural Assistant nkA (Nelson Kwong Architect) Toronto, Ontario Architectural Assistant Drawing Room Architecture Melbourne, Australia
Candidate for Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Honours, Co-op University of Waterloo Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Erasmus Exchange Program, Faculty of Architecture Czech Technical University in Prague Prague, Czech Republic
â€˜Design Immersion Daysâ€™ Summer Program Southern California Institute of Architecture
Awards 2015, 2016, 2018 2014-
International Experience Award University of Waterloo Excellent Academic Standing (Average of 80% or higher) University of Waterloo
President’s Scholarship (Admissions average of 90% to 94.9%) University of Waterloo
Visual Arts Scholarship Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts
Exhibitions JAN 2017
‘Portraits of Toronto’ Zine Launch, Roncey Hotel and Art Studios 1521 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ArtCOP21 Exhibition, BRIDGE Pop-Up Storefront 37 Main St., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
United Nations Environment Programme Exhibition Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Rhino 3D, Revit, Maxwell Render, V-Ray, SketchUp, Grasshopper
AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, AfterEffects), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Physical Modeling, Hand Drafting, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Traditional Woodshop Tools, Painting, Drawing, Sculpting, HTML, CSS
BRIDGE Waterloo Architecture, Global Education Leader University of Waterloo
Languages Indonesian, Malaysian, Basic French, Learning German
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Page 1 of 1 August 31, 2018 Dear Sir/ Madam, ONE PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016 TEL 212 967 5100 WWW.RAMSA.COM
I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Bianca Weeko Martin. Bianca worked as a student intern under my direction at Robert A.M Stern Architects, completing her stay earlier this month. During her stay here she made significant contributions to a large district master plan for Rutgers University, concept design for a library and learning center in South Bend, Indiana, and Page 1 of 1 preliminary design work for an arts camp for the Fresh Air Fund in upstate New York. August 31, 2018 I found Bianca to be one of the most mature and talented student interns I have mentored over the past 20 years. She joined into and at times led project teams and I came to rely on her to complete Dear Sir/ Madam, a wide variety tasks quickly and accurately, and with the tech savvy of many of her millennial peers. Bianca also has a very pleasant personality and works well a team environment. I have worked further as a I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for in Bianca Weeko Martin. Bianca been student impressed by her seeking out a wide range of work and travel experiences, which will provide intern under my direction at Robert A.M Stern Architects, completing her stay earlier this a good basis for her further work. month. During her stay here she made significant contributions to a large district master plan for
Rutgers University, concept design for a library and learning center in South Bend, Indiana, and Respectfully, preliminary design work for an arts camp for the Fresh Air Fund in upstate New York.
I found Bianca to be one of the most mature and talented student interns I have mentored over the past 20 years. She joined into and at times led project teams and I came to rely on her to complete a wide variety tasks quickly and accurately, and with the tech savvy of many of her millennial peers. Bianca also has a very pleasant personality and works well in a team environment. I have further been impressed by her seeking out a wide range of work and travel experiences, which will provide Alexander FAIA a goodLamis, basis for her further work. Partner Respectfully,
Alexander Lamis, FAIA Partner
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3B Design Studio In Collaboration with Genna Kalvaitis Supervised by Lola Sheppard
RENARD RESEARCH VILLAGE Ivujivik
My 3B academic design studio course was focused on the development of new mining communities and vernacular architectures in Northern subarctic Canada. We began by doing an intensive geographic, programmatic, and infrastructural study of the entire province of Quebec, which indicated that the particular area to which we were assigned would benefit from a “hub” that would close the already-existing matrix of ecological research stakeholders.
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The master plan of he Renard Research Village leverages the economic resources of the town to extend ecological networks in surrounding research and monitoring stations operated by Cree communities and organizations with interests in forestry, climate change, geology, and water. It is formed on the premise that the town and the mine will change over time. While the town pop-
ulation is projected to be its largest and most varied in the 20-30 year operational life of the mine, its features and infrastructure will be able to support an influx of researchers and Cree specialists in this transition period, eventually allowing the Renard Research Village to take on its second life as a dedicated research center. Throughout this process, a central
OPEN PIT MINING UNDERGROUND MINING COMMENCES COMMENCES
research- and community-based “armature” remains at the core. While the metal-clad research blocks provide the facilities and unique programming for visiting researchers, the softer, wooden-clad buildings contain community activities such as dining and entertainment, which build friendships and provide moments of intersection between researcher and miner.
PROJECTED MINE CLOSING DATE
SATELLITE EDUCATION CAMPUS OPENS
UNDERGROUND MINING OPEN PIT MINING
POSSIBLE EXTENSION OF MINE LIFESPAN
Exterior Night Perspective POSSIBLE EXTENDED MINE CLOSING DATE, URANIUM MORATORIUM LIFTED
TOWN CONVERTS TO DEDICATED RESEARCH CENTER
Section Detail 1: Research laboratory
Interspersed between these two main â€œbuilding typesâ€? are more temporary interventions that guide one through the landscape and its significant topography changes, providing shelter, way-finding, and at times, interfaces with the elements of the North. And finally, radiating from the armature of the center, small pre-fabricated bungalows built suitably to the cold climates form a series of neighbourhoods oriented towards the townâ€™s core. Section Detail 2: Community dining hall
â€?Although the Arctic and the sub-Arctic winter have many disadvantages, the crisp clean air of spring, the brilliant sun on the snow, the northern lights, are all appreciated as much by northerners as by southerners... Instead of the science fiction city under a dome, other, more subtle, building forms should be devised with sheltered outdoor walkways open to the sky, the sun and the falling snow, interlocked within a system of enclosed, heated and daylit streets for bad weather.â€?
2B Design Studio Supervised by Scott Sorli
WALKING ON WATER
Walking on Water is a riverside lodge and laboratory for the reinsertion of endangered Great Lakes fish species, stuated in Northern Ontario French River Country.Looking to explore the capabilities of the wooden boat dock typology, the project hinges on a network of wooden dock-bridges that spans across the site, bordering along the rocky riverside and connecting the various buildings and their programs. Conceptual Sketches
WATER CIRCULATION: BRIDGE-PATHWAYS
GROUND CIRCULATION: PATHWAYS
SITE: TOTEM POINT, FRENCH RIVER COUNTRY
Section through main lodge and bridges
The bridge network is anchored down on either side by the laboratory and by the main lodge building, which provides rooms for thirty. Along the path, there are two separate bunkies which essentially slide along the bridges, each building divided into two separate areas, one for privacy and one for public gathering. One bunkie is hinged into the rock and the other one floats freely out on the water. At the center of all this is the public fire pit, which sits on the middle-most cliff providing views out to the water and buildings.
Section 22 through bridges
Also found on the site are a floating sauna and a more isolated residence for employees. The dock protruding from the laboratory is lined with fish farms. As visitors and residents travel across the bridges, they will experience an ebbing of natural and manmade conditions through the site, as the path guides them along and through ground, out far into the water, under roof tops, and up a cliff to the fire pit.
Plan: Bunkie, water
3A Exchange Studio in Prague (CTU) In Collaboration with Guillaume Bourven Supervised by Atelier Kordovsky-Vrbata On my 3A exchange term at the Czech Technical University, I and a design studio colleague focused on the development of a suburban plot of land south of Prague that is to be the site of a major metro station for the future D-Line in Prague. We were tasked with first laying out an urban-scale scheme including building types, paths, forestry, parks, parking, etc., and then further detailing the most prominent buildings, which in our case were the ones facing the main square connected to the metro station.
KRC METRO STATION - URBAN PLAN
Perspectival Section Through Main Square
Urban Scale Plan
The principle of the urban scheme we designed was to bring people into the natural and residential surroundings of the area from the city of Prague which they are leaving via metro. Paths and greenery connect the square to the surrounding
parks and the lake across the road; the existing garden residence radial plan is extended in the upper quadrant of the scheme. The perimeter buildings reflect the character of the prominent hospital block to the south and the housing blocks.
PATHS AND PARKS LOBBY AND RESTO
UNDERGROUND SQUARE TO METRO
Ground Floor Plan of Lobby, Market Hall, Mall and Office Block
2B Design Studio In Collaboration with Kelsey Dawson, Genna Kalvaitis, Eric Oh, Amanda Reyes-Martin, Jeff So
O.S.P. (Oriented Strand Playscape) was a design-build project that occupied an interstitial space on the perimeter of the School of Architecture building. The installation was conceived with the intention of creating modular 2ft x 2ft x 2ft ‘blocks’ that would be able to stand alone as furniture or storage pieces after the eventual disassembly of the installation, thus prolonging the project’s lifetime and lessening the environmental impact significantly. As a fully assembled installation, the playscape facilitates the experience of walking through a sculpturally articulated canal, and provides spaces for moments of play, climbing, crawling, sitting, and interaction with other people.
O.S.P. - ORIENTED STRAND PLAYSCAPE
Exterior View: Assembled 29
Plan and Elevation 4 units
As stand-alone modular blocks, the OSP takes on four forms: the space frame, the fully enclosed cube, the slope, and the step. Each of these can facilitate various everyday pastimes such as sitting, reading, eating, meeting with friends, and storage for books or plants.
Exterior View (Disassembled)
In Collaboration with F_RMlab Toronto, Ontario
CUSHION FOR NUIT BLANCHE
The contemporary city is a space of sensory overload. On this night in particular, crowds emerge to roam amongst a cacophony of stimulation: from imagery and noise, to movement and smell. This project seeks to provide a cushioned media-womb where visitors can reflect in isolation and comfort. CUSHION was installed in the alley next to the Bata Shoe Museum for Nuit Blanche 2016. F_RMlab is a design collective from the University of Waterloo exploring digital fabrication and interactive technology through installations. I assisted in this installation mainly throughout the assembly/ take down, site documentation, and in its promotion through social media channels and distribution of flyers.
Section through Alley
Photograph of Installation in action
8-month 2018 Internship New York, New York
ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS
Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) is a large American architecture firm based in New York City. As a practice that places heavy emphasis on the educational and precedent-based aspects of architecture, RAMSA presented me with a great opportunity to further my regional research interests and explore a particular intersection of theory and architectural design. As an intern in Alexander Lamisâ€™s studio, I contributed to several institutional projects in concept design over the course of my eight-month internship including the Rutgers University College Avenue precinct plan in New Jersey, the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Arts Center for the non-for-profit Fresh Air Fund in Fishkill, New York, and the St. Joseph County Public Library extension in South Bend, Indiana. I utilised a variety of computer software to produce the necessary presentation materials - Revit, SketchUp, Rhino and AutoCAD.
Overall Site Plan for Rutgers 2030 Campus Master Plan
Sun Studies from the College Avenue Precinct Plan
I was a team member on the Design Development phase of a large residential project on West 22nd Street, which would overlook the Hudson River in New York, and throughout this time was responsible for assessing various brick patterning studies and carefully detailing the materials at the building’s base. I also contributed to rendering post-production and the preparation of presentation materials for clients, project partners, and high-profile developers. Working heavily with Revit as a team, I was quickly integrated into the work processes of BIM collaboration, exporting, etc.
Detail: Diaper Pattern 2
ENLARGED BRICK DETAIL
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Detail: English Bond 3
In adition, I assisted with RAMSA’s mass planning and architectural projects in rapidly urbanizing China, including a residential and retail district in Tianjin, China, and a renovation and restoration project to a large convent in New Jersey.
ENLARGED BRICK DETAIL
Detail: Clinker Brick 4
ENLARGED BRICK DETAIL
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WEST ELEVATION DETAIL
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ELEVATION - DIAPER PATTERN BRICK - 2 STORY STONE 07/11/18
RELATED COMPANIES ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS SLCE ARCHITECTS
Exterior Render of Building in Context
Fall 2016 Internship Toronto, Ontario
WORK EXPERIENCE: nkArchitect
nkArchitect is a small Toronto-based architecture office with a focus on local boutique residential and commercial projects. In the position of architectural assistant, my contribution to the firm included work across multiple projects ranging from producing exterior and interior renderings for client presentation, building 3D models from existing floor plans and sections, and drawing floor plans based on measurements gathered at site visits. Exterior Render; Elevations as Reference
Spring 2016 Internship Melbourne, Australia
WORK EXPERIENCE: Drawing Room Drawing Room Architecture is a young architecture firm with a focus on sustainability in small-scale builds. As an architectural assistant, I worked closely with the head archtiect to assist in all things needed to design, document, present, procure and build residential and commercial architecture. I produced drawing sets and renders for a variety of projects including an extension on a house in the Macedon mountain ranges and in the suburb of Brunswick.
Macedon - Exterior Perspectives
Mapping Marker on paper/Digital 2018
My Last Self Portrait Oil on canvas 2016
Public Space VS. Private Space (If Youâ€™ve Never Been In Love I Feel Bad For You) Oil and acylic on canvas 2017
Kanda Pencil crayon on paper 2015