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Curriculum Vitae LIGHTFORM Urban Residence Urban Retreat
Hello, my name is Chris and I am a first year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. I am an ambitious and detail oriented worker that’s always looking to learn from my experiences. I approach challenges with a positive attitude, as I believe working through these difficulties is the most effective way to improve as a designer and individual. The following is a collection of the creative works I’ve done over the past half a year. It is a product of all the work I have done to better my skills, and where I am as a design student.
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Education University of Waterloo School of Architecture • •
Candidate for Honors Bachelor of Architectural Studies Honors Co-op
Holy Trinity School • •
Honor Roll for all four years OSSD Diploma
Awards and Achievements 16
Royal Conservatory of Music •
Grade 10 Certification
Holy Trinity School •
Conspicuous Artist Award
Duke of Edinburgh Award •
Bronze Level Certification
University of Waterloo • •
Excellent Academic Standing 1A President’s Scholarship ($2000)
December 2017 June 2017
CLUE Lighting Competiton •
Student design competition participant
ideasforward Architectural Competitions •
24 hr competiton participant
CLUE 04 Lighting Competition Janruary 2018 As population becomes denser within major cities, itâ€™s time we examine how effective the public environment is at facilitating social interaction. This competition asks to propose a solution to redesign the urban landscape so that social connections are facilitated primarily by the user. Additionally, the solution must incorporate the usage and relationship of light and one of four other senses as the focus.
The Grand River flowing through urban Cambridge, Ontario now lies dormant. What once was a central tool used for trade, transportation, and interaction, remains vacant. This phenomenon is seen around the world in many cities with urban rivers. To revitalize the urban riverbank and encourage people to interact, Light in Motion takes the form of a podium for interaction on an individual and community level. It mimics a bowl, half submerged into the river, with walls lined entirely with LED panels under layers of diffusers and protective glass. Motion sensors detect the position of the user relative to all sides of the walls and use that data to operate the lighting structure. The strength of the LEDs will grow as the user approaches the benches on the perimeter and the LEDS will mimic these movements of the user, a simple “light shadow”. Furthermore, the user doesn’t need to physically touch the design to observe the effect. The design visualizes the proximity of their surroundings by providing interactivity solely based on the user’s movements.
The â€œUrban Residenceâ€? asks to design a communal student residence located within the historic downtown district of Cambridge, Ontario. The site is 20 meters long and 5 meters wide at its widest end, wedged between two brick buildings. Additionally, it provides a music practice space, used by the inhabitants and community alike. This concept focuses on a large skylight that illuminates the living room. This central atrium serves to connect the communal spaces within the house and provide natural light through the center, into the surrounding program. The atrium is angled so that it takes advantage of the afternoon sun when inhabitants use the living room most. The atrium also integrates the music practice space, transforming the first floor into an open plan when all doors are open. In contrast to the flexible space below, the private quarters are static, taking on the appearance of a cloud, providing privacy while looking over the communal areas.
December 2017 1A Studio Final
GROUND PLAN FLOOR 1
When the details and technical components of a building is stripped down, whatâ€™s left are the fundamental elements: the walls, openings, structure, and material. This project is intended for an individual to relax and take a brief pause from their busy lives. The program sends the user through a journey, a relationship between them and the outside world through space and light. A secluded entrance sunk into the ground leads into a shaded environment different from the outside. Gradually, the user moves through the space as it becomes increasingly brighter and larger, finally reaching an open patio. This provides a generous view of the exterior and returns the individual back into reality. The faĂ§ade, a product of the circulation, reflects the quality and atmosphere of each space. The program emphasizes the patio, but doesnâ€™t force the individual to always reach the end, as they may stop anywhere along the path and a comfortable space is provided.
November 2017 1A Studio Project
The home is considered by many to be a part of oneâ€™s identity. To be homeless is in a sense, to lose a part of yourself. Using concepts of prefabrication to create affordable housing, â€œSalvageâ€? is an exercise that asks us to design a home, situated on an unappealing site, for two unrelated, homeless people. Urbs, the Latin term for a walled city, imposes the idea of order and rigidity among chaos. The steel frame disrupts the harsh facets of modern life with the intention of supporting domestic cohabitation. The grid structure serves as a starting point, forming a single, rectangular volume, representing normality. Voids were introduced into the volume, creating the central lightwell. This subtraction was continued throughout the house, becoming core to the physical program. The floor and walls of the building are made of prefabricated panels, easing construction and reducing cost. Although the structure remains rigid, circulation throughout the house is smooth, weaving back and forth between columns and openings. The program for each floor is completely different, despite sharing the same massing. While the lightwell joins the two sides of the building on the ground floor, it acts as a separation for privacy on the second.
1B Studio Project - Salvage February 2018 In collaboration with
Ryan Fanseda Riling Chen Byron Cai
SITE MAP 1:1000
GROUND PLAN STEP ONE
Designing this bathroom was an initial exercise to the entire project, introducing the idea of prefabrication. The elevated floor allowed the bathtub to be flush with the floor. A cover permits the user to stand on top to use the sink, conserving floor space. The space below serves as storage and access to plumbing components.
Published on Mar 11, 2018