Brian Tien Selected Works 2018
1-647-921-7763 16 Luba Ave, Richmond Hill, Canada btiendesign.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, my name is Brian Tien and I am currently a third year architecture student at the University of Waterloo. My Architecture and Design work seek to encourage healthy development in the community. My belief is that thoughtful design is a reflectance of a thoughtful lifestyle, which I pursue through improving my skills, knowledge and new experiences. I hope the following works depict so. Thanks!
Project Coordinator Duffy and Associates Design Build Limited Toronto, ON, Canada, Sept 2017- Dec 2017
Worked directly under Project Manager to detail and edit construction drawings, organize building of projects and coordination of overall constructino progress. Performed tasks such as demolition, carpentry and finishing.
Architectural Intern HLW International LLP New York City, NY, United States, Jan 2017- April 2017
Involved with several commercial projects during design development and construction document phases tasked with updating revit and cad files, client presentations and renderings while providing design insight
Volunteer English Teacher AID (Assisting Individuals with Disabilities) Ruifang, Taiwan, July 2016
Taught English to a class of eighth-grade students at Ruifang Junior High School through interactive activities, field trips and games. Designed lesson plans, worksheets and tests prior and during teaching period to cater to studentâ€™s abilities.
Canditate for Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Honours Co-op
University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge, Ontario September 2015- Expected Graduation May 2020
Ontario Secondary School Diploma, International Baccalaureate Diploma Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario September 2011- June 2015
Rhino 3D, Revit, AutoCad Grasshopper, Houdini Maxwell, Vray Render
Adobe Creative Suite (Ps, Ai, Id,Pr) Microsoft (Word, Excel, Ppt) Laser cutting
Hand Drafting Sketching Model Making Power tools trained
English French Mandarin Chinese
Finalist- Eating: Alternative designs for restaurants
Non Architecture, December 2017
Honorable Mention- Nuclear Landmarker For A Waste Isolation Site competition, arch out loud, October 2017
Excellent Academic Standing
University of Waterloo Faculty Engineering, Cambridge Ontario, January 2016-April 2016
Recipient of the Presidentâ€™s Scholarship University of Waterloo, September 2015 4
Not a city of angels But we can build a city of man -Jesus, Godspell
Academic Bathing Zen Parkdale Library
Competition Re(leaf ) 24 THE MAZE
Project: Landscape/Masterplan Location: Ontario Place, Toronto Tools: Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator, Model making
Naturally filtered plunge pools
The objective of this design to provide unique contemplative bathing programs for relaxation and healing was inspired by the existing landscape of hills which creates private pockets in Ontario Place. During my time in Kyoto, I was fascinated by the unique ambience created in rock gardens through their framed views and paced circulation. I integrated a variety of floating and constructed wetlands which not only naturally filter water for the buildingâ€™s aquatic activities, but also can be interpreted as a western interpretation of the Japanese rock gardens using local vegetation.
early concept: physical model
early concept: bath typologies
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From the very start, I was driven by the design of a park which incorporates bathing, walking and other paced activities to inspire active meditation for the community of Toronto.
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1. entrance 2. garden 3. physiotherapy gym 4. therapy offices 5. cafe 6. garden 7. pool reception 8. pool washroom 9. pool changeroom 10. lane pool
11. hot washroom 12. garden 13. saunas 14. plunge pool 15. garden 16. hot baths locker 17. hot baths 18. plunge pool 19. entrance to wetlands
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Different combinations of natural, constructed and floating wetlands not only create a natural escape from the city, but also create a walking experience that forces the user to constantly adapt to its surroundings.
1. boardwalk 2. reflexology path 3. upland buffer 4. subsurface constructed wetlands 5. hor. subsurface flow constructed wetlands 16
6. walkway 7. seating 8. floating filtration plants 9. floating constructed wetlands
I integrated the traits of traditional japanese paintings with landscape systems to convey my wetland system inspired by the cha-no-yu: the Japanese tea ceremony.
10. natural filtered foot pool 11. stone seating 12. filtration system
13. informal seating 14. tea ceremony tools 15. viewing platform 16. hearth
Parkdale Graphic Novel Library Project: Library Location: 1303 Queen St W, Toronto Tools used: Rhino, Maxwell, Photoshop, Illustrator
The Parkdale Graphic Novel Library offers a wide variety of comics and visual-based literature. To reach out to the community and encourage interaction with the books, the libraryâ€™s floor to ceiling shelves provide a new adventure at each corner. In addition to a variety of public and private reading areas, a computer room and a meeting room, the library offers a comic book studio where people of all ages from the community can come to draw and create their own comics. The design of this building was based on three principles inspired by the criteria of a successful graphic novel: visibility, layers and approachability.
studio space flexible seating private reading rooms hidden structure floor to ceiling shelves computer room conference rooms
wood shelf facade curtain wall
Competition: Bee Breeders Architecture Cannabis Bank 2016 Location: 4 Boswell Ave, Toronto, Canada Collaborators: Brandon Lim, Nicole Yip, Ruth Lee Tools used: Rhino, Maxwell, Photoshop, Illustrator
With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushing for legalization recreational cannabis, its arrival seems to be inevitable. However, a significant amount of resistance against this topic is still present, and legalization must undergo a series of social and political obstacles. Thus, a dispensary designed to counter the stigmatization of marijuana in Canada, and other countries around the world, should cater to its transitional time period prior to legalization.
consulting room hallway
group counselling space
education room- axonometric study
Transitional Space The legal status of marijuana of Canada is unpredictable, thus the spaces of the dispensary are designed to reflect the evolving politics concerning legalization. In American states where recreational cannabis is legal, restaurants have demonstrated that using weed-infused cuisine to reach out to different members of the community have been extremely successful. The kitchen area seeks to achieve this, but is also part of the education room which can be divided to oneâ€™s desire with a moveable partition wall.
A: planter detail • soil • filter fabric • reservoir layer • moisture retention layer • aeration layer • thermal insulation • drainage layer • root barrier • waterproof membrane • concrete slab
B: wall-section detail • triple glazed fiberglass window • wood stud • sill • air space • tie • waterproof membrane • sheathing • rigid insulation • batt insulation • interior finish
C: ground detail • concrete slab with mesh • rigid insulation • coarse sand • crushed hardcore
D: footing detail • rebar • sill plate • filter sheet • waterproof membrane • rigid insulation • masonry wall • drainage pipe
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detailed wall section
Competition: Nuclear Landmarker for a Waste Isolation Site Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico Collaborators: Zihao Wei, Thanh Tran Tools: Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator Awards: Honorable Mention
view from the sky
The Maze experiments with the concept of intimidating with architecture in order to keep away curious explorers unaware of the hazardous nuclear waste containing underneath it. The structure lures and taunts one explore it, only to become further trapped into its gradually constricting walls. This project accepts the reality that architectural forms changes meaning over time, and instead is designed to be an incubator for horror and isolation. Those fortunate enough to escape, will weave its narrative for the generations to come.
Spanning over almost a kilometer in diameter, the maze stands over nuclear waste , deterring curious travelers from venturing near its hazardous contents. Clad of weathered steel, the maze embraces decay, yet its durability will last for millennia.
SPAN At the center of the immense landmark lies a tall monolith, indicating the importance of its site. Explorers will try to solve the mazeâ€™s mystery, but with its vast distance and constant exposure to the elements, it becomes impossible to solve.
FORM Thus, the maze acknowledges what makes us human: curiosity. Like the Minotaur, it is a combination of the beast and its containment: an artificial structure which slowly fuses with the changing nature for millennia to come.
The maze creates a claustrophobic and impossible journey to reach the core. By stimulating these traumatic experiences, the maze develops a legend: a mysterious eternal landmark forever indecipherable to humanity, regardless of how we evolve. 34
What would the Maze look like in 200/500/1000/2000/10,000 years?
Project: Eating, Alternative Designs for Restaurants Tools: Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator Location: Anywhere Awards: Finalist
BuggyBox high rise structure
Families can buy a single BuggyBox for their apartment in Manhattan, or a small community from a remote town in Nunavut, Canada can invest in multiple units to create a sustainable protein farm. With the BuggyBox, the act of consuming food is no longer restricted by climate, location nor economics. The BuggyBox combines the farm, factory and the kitchen into one fully automated, mobile insect farm, thus giving customers the role of farmer, manager and chef.
Instead of relying on a single large corporation producing meat of questionable quality and then transporting it to a local supermarket/restaurant, protein production sources can be dispersed throughout the city, existing quietly alongside its citizens. Depending on its use, customers can modify the BuggyBox with additional features, such as all-terrain robotic legs or a robotic kitchen system with its own recipe database.
rearing/ reproductive pod
multi-jointed robotic hands customizable kitchen set
battery nitrogen freezer
disposal box perspective section
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axonometric- remote village
Insects such as crickets don’t require light to survive, thus can survive in tightly insulated spaces. Community members can construct custom building envelopes around units so they can produce protein in areas where it is unsuitable for raising typical livestock.
Due to insects’ effective protein conversion, low carbon emissions and lack of land/space requirement, the BuggyBox’s size is minimized to fit in the parameters of a typical scaffolding system, so it can be installed onto existing buildings. 42
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HLW International LLP
Intern- January 2017 to April 2017
Type: Commercial, Educational
Location: New York City, United States
Tools used: Revit, AutoCad, Photoshop, Indesign
Canadian Consulate: Collaboration spaces
During my time at HLW International LLP I was involved in both interior design and architectural projects ranging from designing and updating presentations for the renovation of a WTW office and the Fordham University. Working in primarily the design development and construction document phases, my responsibilities consisted of design development, 3D modelling, rendering and presentations.
Canadian Consulate: phone booth plan and section
Waiting room and Lounge for Willis Tower Watson
7th floor finish plan for Fordham university
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University of Waterloo