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B R E N DAN O N S TA D 2014 - 2018 Selected Works



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This portfolio features the architecture and design work of Brendan Onstad. The work is of a variety of scales and mediums. It features academic work from the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Toronto. There is an exploration into different typologies, forms, spaces, and urban design strategies and the implications they have on human interaction.


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Master of Architecture University of Toronto 2018 (expected)

Graphic Designer & Production Assistant Fast Signs Surrey Summer 2017 & 2016 As a member of the graphic design and sign production departments, I worked closely with clients to establish design concepts and physically manufactured customers signs. As a graphic designer, I paid attention to clean and impactful marketing for a variety of private and commercial projects.

Honours Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies University of Toronto 2018 Bachelor of Arts, Visual Studies (completed 7.5 credits) Simon Fraser University 2010 - 2012

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE Head Teaching Assistant Design Studio 2 (Professor Jay Pooley) Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto Winter 2018 Teaching Assistant Drawing and Representation I (Professor Brian Boigon) Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto Fall 2017

Downsview Park Seasonal Staff Arcturus Realty Summer 2015 Completed landscaping, horticulture, and forestry duties while also maintaining athletic and office complexes at a 294-acre mixed-use park.

Teaching Assistant Representation II (Professor Tom Ngo) Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto Winter 2017 Teaching Assistant Drawing and Representation I (Professor Jennifer Davis) Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto Fall 2016

Landscape Construction Assistant Vertical Landscape Architects Summer 2014 Assisted with the construction and design of both residential and commercial properties. The company specializes in the design and construction of landscapes, green roofs, and living walls.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Design & Layout Editor Shift Magazine Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto 2015 Building Team Paper Orbs Nuit Blanche Art Project Toronto 2013

REFERENCES Adrian Phiffer, Architect - Office of Adrian Phiffer 647 838 7991 Richard Janzen, Owner - Fast Signs Surrey 778 834 9555 Maria Denegri, Principal - Denegri Bessai Studio 648 892 4533


New Generics Option Studio

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Architectural Design Studio 4

Design Studio 2

HOTEL NAVY PIER New Generics - Option Studio Advisor Adrian Phiffer What has happened to generic architecture in contemporary cities? This project explores the topic of “generic” implied as a radical sobriety of form which was addressed by Rem Koolhaas in “Our New Sobriety”. The term generic in architecture defines buildings as lacking individuality becasuse of its repeated architectural elements amongst buildings within a local context. Too many buildings seek to establish a subjective-individualistic presence rather than an objective-collective identity. It seems that buildings tend to either have a sculptural symbolic gesture or lack any valuable architectural expression due to developer constraints. This project uses Ludwig Hilberseimer’s “Grobstadtarchitektur” or “Metropolisarchitecture” as a starting point for determining a healthy form of generic architecture; a generic that is not ordinary or vernacular. Situated at the east end of the Navy Pier in Chicago, the 1,000 room hotel is halfway between live and work, leisure and business, public and private, generic and specific. A common quality that all buildings have but is typically hidden or enclosed by an envelope is the structure. The grid formed by concrete columns and slabs is a basic structural building principle and sets up a standard methodology for organizing a building. By employing the structure as form, it creates an anonymity in its design, which is something that is needed in contemporary metropolis life.



PROCESS IMAGES 1:10 Room Model, 1:500 Site Model, 1:500 Hotel Model



Hotel Room Interior Model 1:10 Scale

Hotel Ground Floor Render


Typical Floor Plan

HOTEL South Elevation

Atrium Perspective Looking west from the atrium elevators, one can see the study space, amenity level elevator, atrium bridges with Navy Pier as a backdrop. 11 xx

South Section There are several circulatory elements within the hotel taking guests to their rooms and different amenity spaces. The layering of elevators, walkways, and escalators creates a spectacle of moving parts and people through the spaces.

Rooftop Amenities

Pier Perspective



TORONTO HISTORY MUSEUM Toronto History Museum and Archives - Comprehensive Advisor Maria Denegri With Mohammad Abdulridha In an attempt to redefine the public and private programming of a typical museum layout, Toronto’s History and Archival Centre creates a theatrical experience for exhibiting artifacts and research into the conservation of objects and information. The choice of integrating archival and restoration work into the center of the museum experience illustrates a motive to merge exhibit and research space for a more active participation into Toronto’s history. To achieve this, the archives is a large figural gesture that crosses through the entire site. It is giant truss that stands 25 metres high and extends 140 metres through the museum spaces and houses archival practices behind a glass wall. Although the archive is such a dominating space that organizes all of the museum programming, it also functions as a subtly active backdrop within the museum space that reinforces the idea that Toronto’s history is never stagnant.


Floor 2


Floor 3

Floor 4

Floor 5

Atrium Perspective

Gallery Perspective


Structural Axonometric

West Section


MICRO MANUFACTURING CAMPUS Rail Deck Park Urban Plan - Superstudio 2016 Advisors Dina Sarhane & Mark Sterling With Aidan Loweth, Nilou Makaremi, Vicky Pilles, Vincent Javet In the heart of downtown Toronto, our group’s project seeks to redefine the domicile (home) and common (garden) by designing an urban environment that facilitates a new generation of makers and small scale manufacturing businesses. This area includes parts of the ‘King-Spadina’ and ‘City Place’ Districts and an active rail corridor which is also the site of the proposed “Rail Deck Park”. Large developments are forcing small scale businesses out of the city and are erasing diverse cultures that have grown over the last hundred years. Through a hyper-localism approach, our project efficiently maximizes a commitment to creating a diverse socioeconomic community that operates and grows through small-scale manufacturing. Several blocks feature micro-manufacturing studios and shops at ground level with different scales of residential units above. The central concept is for the architecture to remain a flexible space, one where business can frequently open and close depending on trends in the economic market, technology, and the environment.






UNIT SIZE: 50m2 - 200m2

UNIT SIZE: 300m2 - 2100m2

UNIT SIZE: 1000m2 - 3000m2

POTENTIAL USES: Artist Studio Live-Work Units Student Residence Photography Studio Jewlery Studio


POTENTIAL USES: Light industrial Shared workshops Greenhouses Carpentry workshop Fashion studio

POTENTIAL USES: Medium-scale factories Industrial bakeries Large fabrication shops Breweries Textile workshop


POTENTIAL USES: Market College campus Art school Incubator spaces Offices








Proposed West-Side Development 26

Front-Spadina Looking South-West

North-South Pedestrian Corridor


INSIDE-OUT HOUSE Split/Twin Houses - Design Studio 2 2016 Advisor Adrian Phiffer Two people who live separate lives in identical houses are connected through a trellis that provides privacy and a structure for customizable furniture. The foliage that grows on the trellis during the summer months provides a natural divide between the residences. During the winter, the foliage is less dense and the occupants are reminded of their close proximity to their neighbour. This project anticipates the growth of the trellis through the house. It is meant to infiltrate living spaces by using the modular pieces to construct furniture.



PARA-SITE MICRO RETAIL The Future of Retail - Architectural Design 2 (Undergraduate) Advisor Edward Broeders With Jessica Misak At the corner of Bathurst and Bloor in Toronto, a historical department store called Honest Ed’s will be replaced by a residential and retail building in the near future. In a materialist consumer culture, our project is a shift in retail trends towards an experiential based market. The city is overpopulated with residential condos sitting on podiums that are filled with big box stores and franchises. Quite often, these large scale developments alienate street culture and create monotonous interior environment. The microarchitecture stalls are a sustainable approach for the future of retail by creating a demand for cultural capital through local retailers, artists, performers, and education centres. Designed to introduce dynamic modularity into informal spaces, these units are fabricated from 4 wooden frames which are sequentially repeated. Their simplified rhythmic structure can be clustered to create multileveled, interlocked, or tunneled spaces. This flexibility in structural combination makes the units ideal for street front, alley or parking lot installation.



Modular Framework




LOST VILLAGES MUSEUM Lost Villages Heritage Museum - Design Studio 2 2016 Advisor Mason White The Lost Villages Historical Society is seeking a new facility for their expanding archives and a future artist in residency program In Ault Park, Long Sault, Ontario, a small heritage site consists of 10 buildings that were moved and restored by local residents, who themselves and many others were displaced by the creation of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1958. This proposed museum will create a new centre for restoring and displaying the Lost Villages existing and future artifacts and will provide living and interactive work spaces for the artists in residence. The museum is designed to function as an active archive, which requires a high level of flexibility to allow museum curators to easily transfer and restore artifacts. As an alternative to a typical museum setup of numerous walls creating separate exhibition rooms, the space is divided up through a series of moveable half walls and shelves. Artists can move a wall to work privately or open up their space and put their work on display. Following tracks sitting in the floor, the sliding shelves and walls continuously redefine the museum space and create a spectacle of moving artifacts through the room.




Interior Perspective



Threshing Fields Turned Digital Parallelism and Play - Visual Communications 2015 Advisor Shane Williamson

Through an interpretive process, the Cubist painting Harvest Threshing by Albert Gleizes was designed as a three-dimensional relief model. Using T-Splines, the model was then developed to explore alternative and expressive means of representing the relief model and then rendered in Maxwell Studio.


Bent Pipes Pavilion Non-standard seriality - Visual Communication 2 2016 Advisor Brady Peters


Shift Magazine Undergraduate architecture publication Role: Design/Layout Editor With Alexandra Hovis, Alexander Kershaw, Emily Suchy, Jessica Misak, Mubashir Baweja, Suzanne Marchelewicz


Thank you.

Brendan Onstad Architecture Portfolio 2018  
Brendan Onstad Architecture Portfolio 2018