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DANIEL

MCNAB

Architecture and Design Portfolio

Master of Interior Architecture Graduate Wellington, New Zealand 2013


ABOUT CV - PORTFOLIO

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Daniel McNab daniel.paikea.mcnab@gmail.com NZ +64 27 3252852 08th May 1989 Wellington, New Zealand

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Qualifications Master of Interior Architecture

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Skills CAD and Digital 3D Modelling experience

Victoria University of Wellington - 2012

Revit, 3Ds Max, AutoCAD

Bachelor of Design - Interior Architecture (First Class Honours)

SketchUp

Rendering and Presentation Skills

Victoria University of Wellington - 2008 - 2011

Photoshop, Illustrator,

Work Experience

InDesign, 3DsMax, Revit

Interior Architecture Tutor - Victoria University

Physical Modelling and Detailing

4th Year Course INTA 411

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2013

Laser Cutting, CNC Router

3rd Year Course INTA 311

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3D Printing

2nd Year Course INTA 212

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2013

Hand Drafting Technical Drawings & Mixed Media

Architecture Tutor - Victoria University

1st Year Course SARC 111

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2013

Hotel Manager

Halswell Lodge - Wellington 2011 - 2013

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Pen, Pencil, Graphite, Watercolour

Awards Artichoke Magazine Prize for Design Communication - 2011

Victoria University - Wellington, NZ Recipient

Faculty Excellence Award in Architecture - 2011

Victoria University - Wellington

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CONTENTS PORTFOLIO

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Design Research interior | music | architecture

MIA Thesis interior | social | architecture | landscape

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Rome - Field Trip

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Pavilion

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Firstlight Store

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Boutique Hotel

drawing | photography

design | film | architecture

sustainable | conceptual | architecture

commercial | public | architecture

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DESIGN RESEARCH LEVEL 400 DESIGN

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Design Research - The Pilgrimage of the Virtuoso year

2011

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Victoria University of Wellington

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INTA 412 Interior Architecture Design Research

lecturer John Daish

• Winner of the ‘Artichoke Magazine Prize for Design Communication’ - Victoria University recipient 2011 • Awarded ‘Best Final Interior Architecture Design’ 2011 - Victoria University • Selected for the 2011 End of Year ‘Best of’ Exhibition at Victoria University • Featured in ‘Artichoke Magazine Issue 38’ This studio involved establishing a design research project based on a personal theoretical proposition. The aim of this course was to propose an architectural response based on a personal research position, using an existing building as the framework for this conceptual design. The proposal chosen for this project was to design a Musician’s in Residency Complex. Basing this on the idea of an artist retreat, the aim of this architectural response was to conceptualise a place in which musicians could retreat, be inspired and further their art through the architecture and spatial propositions. Using an existing building, the Columbia Private Apartments in Cuba Street, Wellington, the design intervention were separated into four distinct spaces: Performing Space, Studio Space, Living Space and Practice Space. Using these four programmatic requirements, a narrative connection relating to music was also sought into helping further the ideas of this design. The conceptual design was manifested as a response to the existing architecture of the building. Incorporating a modern design that speaks to the Edwardian architecture of the existing building helped bring together a coherent and elegant concept. In a sense, the architecture functions like an instrument, in which the musicians can relate to an interior which will further the art of music.

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MIA THESIS MASTER OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

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ABSTRACT A mental illness is a social disease which is gaining momentum within our society, characterised by a severe conditioning of the mind causing disastrous consequences for people who suffer from this disease. Yet as a mental illness wreaks havoc on our society, there is a disturbing trend of this disease affecting young gay men. Statistically, gay men are most at risk in our society of suffering some form of mental illness, due to many unfortunate reasons such as discrimination and loss of identity. This research will propose a possible solution to this situation. How can the notion of a mental illness within young gay men, be prevented and cured, using architecture as a primary tool of therapy and identity? From here, two strands of research, Queer Space and the Architecture of Therapy, will be combined to create an architectural proposition that will help the inhabitor prevent or help cure his mental illness. It is hoped that the design that will be proposed, through interior architecture, will help the sufferer gain a clear sense of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical strength, through the search of identity within queer culture. It is anticipated that combating his mental illness through architecture, the sufferer will restore his sense of identity and place within our modern day society.

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MIA Thesis - Closets of the Mind year

2012-2013

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Victoria University of Wellington

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INTA 591/592

supervisor Philippe Campays

For this Interior Architectural Masters course, students were asked to select a topic of unique topic of research relating to the field of architecture. The thesis proposed for this course was undertaken as a response to a very important social issue within our society, that is, a disproportionate number of gay men are suffering unnecessarily from mental illnesses due to a number of different issues and factors. Therefore the question proposed for this research was that young gay men suffering from a mental illness can be helped and prevented with the guidance of architecture as a tool of therapy and identity. For this thesis, two strands of research were undertaken (Queer Space and the Architecture of Therapy) to design a conceptual facility in which it could perform to the idea of ‘The Architecture of Queer therapy.’ Using an existing building, The Wellington Trades Hall in Vivian Street,’ as the vehicle for this design, the proposed complex helps young gay men suffering from a mental illness, to identify themselves and heal in a private and safe architectural environment. An emphasis also was to integrate the gay community in this design, in an effort to bring queer people together in an less dangerous sexual space, and into a more safe sociable area. The final interior architectural intervention called for a dramatic and masculine space, where the natural and the artificial merged together to create a healing queer space. Through this it is hoped that this concerning social issue is achieved through the proposed conceptual design, and that the idea of ‘The Architecture of Queer Therapy,’ can hope to help such a problem.

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ROME LEVEL 400 COURSE

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Rome - Field Trip year

2011

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Roma, Lazio, Italia

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SARC 484 - Special Topic

lecturer Daniel K. Brown

This course was undertaken as an on-site exploration of Rome’s architectural history. Stemming from the classical, to the renaissance and the modern, the purpose of this course was for students to examine and engage with the most fundamental design examples of our architectural history. The course, taking place over two weeks, consisted of students responding to different building sites by drawing and critically examining their architecture, political, social and cultural history. By engaging physically with different sites, a deeper understanding and appreciation of architecture helped students understand their cultural importance. Through this, an understanding of how architecture has impacted on our history, was thus obtained in this course.

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PAVILION LEVEL 400 DESIGN

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Pavilion year

2011

place

Victoria University of Wellington

course

INTA 411 Interior Arch. Design

lecturer Daniele Abreu e Lima

For this course, INTA 411, students were asked to select a country and study a particular narrative to the country’s culture and history. Students were asked to make a 01 object and 02 Pavilion. From the smallest object, to the largest structure, an exploration of a culture was explicitly explored to construct a Pavilion that embodies a particular country; From the spoon to the City. For this project, the chosen country here is Germany and is primarily focused on the reunification of East and West Germany. 01 object is a study of how the German people brought themselves together after the reunification of the country. It is explored through a transparent puzzle piece with three layer, in which users are asked to piece together the puzzle as he may wish. Through this, the act of piecing together the history and future, conforms to the narrative of reunification of Germany.

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02 Pavilion is the culmination of research from the previous project. Using this as the primary guide, an architectural pavilion was developed in response to the culture of Germany. The main narrative of this pavilion was to embody the cultural division of a country (East and West Germany) into a the sense of reunification. The project was designed to fit into an existing building, the former Wellington Overseas Terminal. Here the conceptual design is an architectural intervention, in which the pavilion has an almost sculptural and minimalist form, separate from the main structure. Patrons descend from the upper level through two paths, reunited on the ground floor and ascend up reunited. This act conforms to the architectural narrative of Germany’s reunification; an attempt for outsiders to understand the struggles and hopes for a country with a divided history.

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FIRSTLIGHT STORE LEVEL 300 DESIGN

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Firstlight Store year

2010

place

Victoria University of Wellington

course

INTA 312 Interior Arch. Design

lecturer John Daish

This project consisted of designing a conceptual store for a emerging and sustainable brand. The brand chosen was the Firstlight Competition:; a project commenced by Victoria School of Architecture and Design, in one of 20 university teams to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 – the only entry, ever, from the southern hemisphere. The task was to design a store which would advertise sustainable lighting solutions relating to the Firstlight Competition.Using an existing building in Wellington, the Cubana Apartments on Cuba Street, was selected as the vehicle for the proposed store. The ground floor space was transformed into a conceptual architectural intervention, which exhibited different LED light solutions and sustainable products. Through this a new concept in sustainable energy sources was successfully produced in this project. In collaboration with Tanya Mazurkiewicz, Anna Harvery and Wei Fing

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL LEVEL 300 DESIGN

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Boutique Hotel year

2010

place

Victoria University of Wellington

course

INTA 311 Interior Arch. Design

lecturer Daniel K. Brown

This conceptual project was an opportunity to design a Boutique Hotel which would be integrated into an existing building in Wellington. The chosen structure, The John Chambers Building on Cable Street, was already earmarked as a building to be fitted out as a boutique hotel and apartment complex (The Watermark Hotel) during the commencement of this project. Using this as a guide as well as an conceptual narrative, the task was to design the necessary requirements of a hotel, consisting of a lobby, bar, restaurant and hotel room. The John Chambers Building provided an opportunity to design an architectural intervention on a difficult site and structure. The triangular constraints of the building gave rise to an intervention which is both architecturally expressive and ‘chaotic.‘ Through this concept of a boutique hotel architecture was developed into this final form.

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Thank You

daniel.paikea.mcnab@gmail.com

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