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CALUM MCLEAN Graduate Architect portfolio

Basic information


calum mcLean E-mail Birthdate

26.03.1988 Australian resident Education

masters of architecture with honours University of Brussels 2013 (2nd year) ETSA Madrid 2012 (1st year) tooLs

adobe design cs6 (photoshop, indesign, ilustrator) autocad, VectorWorks Blender, sketchup, Vray ExpEriEncE

sept. 2012/July 2013 : Foyer Ixellois (social housing property management), Brussels sept. 2012-June 2013 : University of Brussels, Teaching assistant april-June 2012 : Playground Architecture, Intern, Paris summer 2010 : La tour du loup (medieval reconstruction site), Volunteer, south of france summers 2006/07/08/09 : Barnes & Collie Architecture, Intern, St Helier (UK) LanguagEs

French & English Fluent Spanish Proficient

freshly graduated from a masters degree, i am a dedicated and inspired intern architect interested in all the stages of the architectural process, from concept to detailing as well as community engagement and construction. driven by a genuine curiosity and a continuous desire to learn, i like to explore creative solutions in order to reach positive changes in both utility and significance. an international background and broad experiences have contributed to my perspective, making me adaptable and a good team player.



Mail Adress

gray rd, 4101 Qld

E40 coffee shop & Hanging garden


recycle //// public space ////

situated on the eastern edge of the capital, this redevelopment project transforms a disused traffic police station into a distinctive venue. testimony of the late modern movement, the present structure over-hanging the highway forms an interface between the inner and the outer city. By exposing and employing the original structure, plus creating a link with the existing urban public space and taking advantage of this unusual location, the project extends the (meta-) physical boundaries of the city. in this way by turning an iconic, but inaccessible building into a welcoming space, a new asset for the neighbourhood has been created while at the same time the local architectural heritage has been preserved.






(re)Housing units


prefab //// modular //// mobile this project won a competition organized by Brussels’ city council.

With a great part of their estate in a poor state, public housing agencies are in need of a large scale rehabilitation plan. this project tackles part of the process by focusing on the temporary re-housing of tenants. the project is driven by two conditions : 1. Vacant lots resulting from the demolition of industrial sites commonly interrupt the urban pattern of construction. 2. social housing is often poorly adapted to the diversity of family types. the proposition therefore looks at activating vacant urban sites by making use of the plots and their advantageous location within the city. secondly, it aims at empowering the occupants by involving them in the conception of their temporary homes.. inspired by the modernist approach of free plan, every unit is prefabricated, assembled on site and supplied with a set a modular furniture, enabling the occupants to design their own space, free to use it their own personal way. for this matter both side walls are equipped with a technical network enabling the services blocks to plug-in in various positions. once the refurbishment has been completed, units are relocated to other parts of the city.

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Basic unit


8m 4,8m

1-2 persons




services Blocks 10


option 1

option 2 conception toolbox



rammed-earth Housing


diY //// collective

this is a community-living project involving self-construction of the (11) dwelling spaces. it consists of three buildings, separated by two inner streets running at right angles to the existing main street. the inner streets create an interesting intermediate space between public space (the outside street) and the intimacy of each home. in addition, all units open on to spacious terraces, each of which are shared between two or more families. self-construction is achieved by the use of rammed-earth, an affordable and straightforward building technique. rammed-earth construction and the thickness of the walls offer multiple advantages: structural stability, better environmental control (temperature and humidity) as well as fully integrated services. the 1.2m wide walls are designed to contain all of the servant spaces, leaving the entire floor area free to use as served space.



Hotel in the Habous


also referred to as the new medina quarter of casablanca, la citĂŠ des Habous, was built by the french in the early 20th century. By integrating vernacular architecture principles alongside living standards of the period, this artefact is a good example of the french colonial perception of the traditional morrocan style and urban space. the hotel project is designed in the style of Laprade, the architect responsible for la citĂŠ des Habous. it recreates the traditional style by the addition of buildings inspired by various features of the classic morrocan house including a duality between the modest, windowless exterior and the richly detailed and decorated interior; a plan developed around a central square patio and elongated rooms with high ceilings, etc. this addition of similar typologies, carried out over two scales, employs the organic concept of repetition.



House & Wine shop


residential //// urban

the project is located at a crossroad on a very narrow plot of land. to cope with the lack of privacy, the building incorporates a shop at street level with the additional advantage of exploiting the accessibility and visibility afforded by the crossroad location. the upper floors are occupied by the dwelling. all the bedrooms are enclosed in a monolithic concrete block, following the street’s existing pattern, while the various living rooms, being in a lighter core, are open to the exterior and benefit from natural light.



masters’ thesis

institutional architecture & citizen’s architecture: interactions in public protest. the case of the indignados, madrid, may 2011

aBstract in 2011, a recurring phenomenon appeared in various metropoles: a large number of individuals gathered on a square to protest, most often maintaining a presence over a continuous period. although this type of action isn’t unusual (proof of sit-in actions go back to the industrial revolution) the novelty is in the resonance it produced. in a short space of time the Arab spring, Occupy or Indinados protesters controlled the parks and squares of tunis, cairo, athens, madrid, new York, Hong-Kong, Berlin and London amongst many others. making the city the critical zone in which new forms of occupational protest unfolded. our cities, as cultural artefacts, reflect intricate power geometries regulated by institutions. this institutional architecture contains the built environment as well as its negative, namely public space. institutional architecture is our everyday environment, it is planned and programmed. it also hosts another kind of architecture, more temporary, versatile, relying on individuals initiatives which we will call citizen’s architecture. in the way a street performance turns a public square into a stage, citizen’s architecture can at times take over institutional architecture. Likewise, during a protest public space becomes the stage of a message, therefore becoming the strategic instrument through which participants confront each other. this process can be referred to as politics of space. Based on the field study of the spanish Indinados movement as well as relevant literature, the thesis looks at the way protesters use the public space of their cities to demonstrate a political opinion. it focuses on how they take advantage of institutional architecture, using it as a canvas to create their own space, a parallel city with its own architectural expression, hosting its own programs (meeting, living and debating structures). it also explores how the movement mixed street protest, social media and direct democracy to experience a new form of open-source urbanism. to do so, the investigation considers four central themes : Scale, Territory, Textures and Codes (behaviors). at another level, it reflects on the significance and utility of public space within our contemporary cities, reminding us how architecture and urban planning contribute in making our cities democratically controlled and publicly accessible.

107 pages, french. full text available at: issuu/calumclean



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Graduate Architect Portfolio -2014-  
Graduate Architect Portfolio -2014-