â€œsimplicity is the ultimate sophisticationâ€? - Leonardo da Vinci
personal statement Filip is currently in his final year at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, enrolled in the Master of Architecture program. Having enjoyed success both academically and professionally, Filip has acquired numerous leadership roles and awards for his academic and extracurricular achievements. Filip strives for the best, and provided the opportunity, he will provide a sense of resource and creativity to your architectural practice while enhancing both the knowledge and skill built up during his academic and professional career. Filip enjoys team collaboration, participating and sharing his passion for design and would love the opportunity to work for a fantastic residential design studio! Go further down to see why Filip is the designer you need to hire! work experience
0.3 Moncur Design Inc.
june. 2011 - sept. 2013
Prior to Graduate School, Filip spent 2.5 years designing at the world-renowned firm Yabu Pushelberg. There he worked on projects for Ports 1961 retail store in Hong Kong & Shanghai, the Waldorf Astoria Beijing, the Four Seasons in New Delhi, and the Siwilai concept store in Bangkok. Filips skill set allowed him to be involved in the Concept & Design Development stages of various projects, along with completing Construction Documentation, 3D Visualization, Presentation and FF&E + Detail Packages.
sept. 2013 - present
While attending Graduate School, Filip was also given the opportunity to complete freelance design and visualization work for multiple architecture/ contracting firms in Toronto. There he designed and consulted on various private residences and townhouses across the GTA. His specialties include Design Development, 3D Modeling and Visualization with quick turn-around.
may. 2014 - present
While attending Graduate School, Filip works part-time as a student intern at the Toronto office of the multi-disciplinary architecture firm, Dialog. He has worked on concept & design development for various retail stores, hotels in Edmonton & Calgary, and multiple construction and furniture packages for ongoing projects within the firm. Filip has also contributed his 3D visualization & sketching skills for multiple competition proposals for projects around Toronto & surrounding area.
may 2010 - august 2010
While attending Ryerson University, Filip obtained a summertime intern position at the award-winning hospitality firm, Moncur Design Associates. There he worked on projects for Marriott Hotels in California & Scaramouche Restaurant in Toronto. Filip was sent to San Francisco, California for a week to complete site-checks and design development with other two designers.
University of Toronto
Bachelor of Interior Design, Deanâ€™s List September 2007 to May 2011
Currently pursuing a Master of Architecture September 2013 to Present
AutoCAD 3DS Max Revit
Hand Sketching Rendering Photoshop Illustrator Indesign
adobe photoshop adobe illustrator adobe indesign autodesk autoCAD rhinoceros 5 google sketchup revit architecture 3DS Max vray render laser cutting
Articulate innovative solutions & critical thinking Ryerson University. Toronto.
Faculty of Communication and Design Deans List High academic standing Ryerson University. Toronto.
Student Committee Chair
Simantha McGugan Memorial Award
Student Committee Graphics Director
Dennis Mock Leadership Award
M.Arch Student Representative
Kelly Wright Memorial Award
Ryerson School of Interior Design Year End Show Ryerson University. Toronto.
Ryerson School of Interior Design Year End Show Ryerson University. Toronto.
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design University of Toronto. Toronto
High academic standing in all professionally related subjects. Ryerson University. Toronto.
Outstanding voluntary extracurricular contribution Ryerson University. Toronto.
Academic excellence & school spirit Ryerson University. Toronto.
language & reference
Moncur Design Associates www.moncur.ca
second year - master of architecture studio
hansel & gretel
second year - master of architecture studio
first year - master of architecture studio
fourth year - bachelor of interior design studio professional
retail concept - dialog - toronto
commercial concept - dialog - toronto
hotel development hospitality - dialog - edmonton
retail - yabupushelberg - hong kong
retail - yabupushelberg - seoul independent
forest hill residence residential - makow architects - toronto
residential - mazenga group - toronto
preserving pyramiden competition - 120 hour competition
connection through green space
allen expressway The William R. Allen Expressway is at a point in its history where it is in a state of despair and its future is uncertain. The city of Toronto is faced with determining how much re-investment should be made for the Allen Expresswayâ€™s repairs in its existing configuration. Its declining condition presents the opportunity to rethink what this piece of the infrastructure could become. My proposal decks over the allen expressway, allowing for a natural landscape to be created to allow for a new connection between the adjacent neighbourhoods. A more enhanced street infrastructure is proposed to force traffic to spread throughout the area, while allowing access to key features in the neighbourhood. A strong emphasis was placed on natural landscape to allow cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy a space that is essential vehicle free. This new landscape would create cycling routes that would connect to a central core that originally did not exist. This natural landscape would also attract developers to increase residential and commercial development in this already scarce area of the city. With one of the lowest population densities in Toronto, this area could become a new and bright example of what future city planning could look like.
expanding cycling paths
visualizing the void
figure ground diagram
perspective - urban context
detailed urban plan
perspective - park
hansel & gretel The analysis work from the previous project would help define the vehicle for design for this comprehensive studio. Working alongside my partner, Devin Braun, the design of a new arts and community centre, labelled Arts-Bridge, would be created to connect communities on both sides of the Allen Expressway. This project provides insights into the context for its design, both locally, in terms of site within the Lawrence Allen redevelopment area, and international design culture, represented by the precedents we examined throughout the early part of the twentieth century to the contemporary. This project begins the process of defining architectural ideas that will be the foundation of this comprehensive studio in multiple aspects of the architectural education. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Conceptualization & Design vision Structural System Design Life-Safety & Accessibility Construction Detailing
Conceptually, this studio project would visually represent these two divided characters that struggle with a sudden split of dependency. There is this urgency to coalesce, and in their separation, an introverted void and extroverted figure were embraced within the community through the arts and expression. The undeniable dependency of these characters forces a pressure within their separation (Allen Express) that will soon be sewn. Not only do they represent the yearn for each other but the success and wholeness necessary for their communities. A harmony in wholeness of these two characters brings the communitythe privilege to come an integral part in both developments, the performing arts centre and the centre for innovation. Programmatically, this studio project required spaces for multi-faceted studios, a multi-purpose theatre space, rentable office space (called the centre for innovation) alongside additional program added such as the daycare centre, all-day restaurant and community gallery spaces. These two visually monolithic, seemingly identical buildings, in the urban context urge the surrounding community to explore and meander through the various spaces and connect to both the inside and out. Attention will be focused on my design contributions from this project on the next few pages.
ground floor plan
building construction sequence
building section model - 1:20
building section model - 1:20
stadium The use of paper in modelling structures has brought both opportunity and challenges to the formation & design of architecture. Various forms can serve as both structural and aesthetic elements to a particular part of a design. In this studio, the encouraged experimentation with paper would conclude with a design of an architectural piece that would serve multiple purposes in any chosen environment. By experimenting with planar, curved and conic surfaces, the design of a space would evolve as certain shapes were given certain purpose. The use of planar surfaces as structural elements while conic surfaces as aesthetic would become relevant as design progressed.
Three major design criteria were also proposed at the beginning of this design studio: 1. The structure must have multiple levels, both above and below grade. 2. The structure must include only forms that could be created through the use of paper modelling. 3. The program of the space would include 3 ping-pong tables. My project would create a space for spectators to enjoy small scale sporting activities - such as ping-pong alongside larger sporting events such as soccer, football.
sectional detail - bleacher seating
physical model - ping-pong
physical model - seating
slice A residential design studio, this project would look at the use of minimal space and how architecture could shape and even manipulate the way a user activates and experiences a home. Located in New York City, Greenwich Village at 75 1/2 Bedford Street, this home had an overall plan of a 9 1/2 feet wide by 30 feet deep space. The project was inspired by a research assignment on the Kobe Layer House by Hiroaki Ohtani. The project architect uses intelligent space planning in a confined area to create usable rooms for the owners to live in. I wanted to create the same experiences within my residential project. This design would create spaces that would allow the user to â€œsliceâ€? their life, their to-do lists, and help focus their daily routine on one task at a time. The home is also divided into three areas, the public realm on the ground floor, semi-public, and private at the top level.
top level provides private terrace (roof) access from bedroom master ensuite (3rd level) - bedroom - walk-through closet - ensuite bathroom lounge & office (2nd level) - hidden room underneath office space main level (ground level) - corridor functions as stairwell - guest bathroom - kitchen basement (storage)
design development sketching
hidden room under office
staircase design development
kitchen design development
guest bathroom design development
shoeme Shoeme.ca is one of Canadaâ€™s fastest growing ecommerce companies. Their mission is to constantly challenge, innovate and deliver new and better ways to shop. They apply technology and fashion experties to enable customers to discover leading, boutique and exclusive brands worldwide. With customer service being their primary goal, they wanted to create a physical retail space to display their merchanise to the public. The concept for this store revolved around three major key words/phrases; tribe, click to brick & makers movement. By providing a space for fashion-forward shoppers to hang out, relax and grab a coffee - you encourage interaction with both the store and surrounding urban context. When a digital company wants to create a physical space, unique features such as a coffee truck - are inserted to provide a focal point to draw users in. Finally, an interest in local materials and crafted objects, this space would provide an authentic experience for the everyday shopper. This project was a week long exercise to present a conceptual idea to the client.
· featured display · general seating · hidden storage
· general & featured display · general & private seating · feature display · hidden storage · feature display · private seating · ordering plinths · private seating · coffee truck
· general item display · general seating · hidden storage · ordering plinths
· back of house · washroom
initial design schematic
Located in the downtown core of Toronto, 33 Yonge is a multi-story office complex that hosts a variety of shops, restaurant, retail and office spaces. The clients requested a proposal that would display the potential for such a large and open space and provide the citizens of Toronto with a new public realm to explore & benefit local businesses. Five key phrases that would articulate the defining principles of this project are: 1. Give the Building Presence 2. Timeless 3. Make public space Work 4. Strengthen engagement with Retail 5. Inside Outside & Outside Inside These relationships and design ideologies were manifested in the projects conceptual design. One of the most important elements of the design was the natural curves within the floorplan. The concept of â€œcollector & expresswayâ€? were used to provide quick access for employees to access their desired office spaces - while also providing an interesting space for the public to explore and enjoy. The use of natural material and vegetation provides a more open and desirable space to be in. Finally, Claude Cormier & Associates were responsible for designing Berczy Park, adjacent to 33 Yonge, so visual cues were taken and adapted to the designed space to seamlessly connect to the outside park.
hotel development During my time at Dialog, I have had the privilege of working on various hotel design concepts & development. Hotels are fascinating design challenges, for the designer must understand varying aspects of the industry - retail, hospitality, residential and the service industry. The initial schematic phase of a hospitality project brings out the most interesting perspectives on human interaction, comfortable zone and the organization of usable space. Visually representing and designing these projects allows for an exploration of ideas - and that exploration can come in the form of computer-aided design or hand sketching. I donâ€™t know which one I prefer, but I do enjoy them both. The following pages show a couple of projects and my visual & design explorations throughout the course of my time at Dialog. I hope I continuously have the opportunity to express my design language in both pencil & computer form.
main lobby area
main bar area
main bar area
all day dining
ports 1961 Ports 1961, also known as Ports, is a fashion house originally founded by Canadian entrepreneur Luke Tanabe in Toronto in 1961. Ports specializes in luxury ready-to-wear and accessories for both men and women. Originally, the flagship store was located in Toronto, but the company has now moved their headquarters to Asia. This project was a small retail kiosk located at the Hong Kong International Airport. At YabuPushelberg, we had a few Ports projects being developed in tandem, but I was personally responsible for the completion of this kiosk. From concept through design development and finally construction documentation, I was granted the opportunity to have complete understanding and control of the project from start to finish. Shown here was my favourite concept presented for the kiosk, one that was not eventually built.
fixture design details
plan - kiosk
perspective - kiosk
perspective - kiosk
shinsegae Shinsegae is a South Korean department store franchise, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. As a company, Shinsegae pursues up-scale branding culture. This store, located in the heart of Gangnam, the subcenter of Seoul south of Han River, Shinsegae Gangnam often has the highest sales record of any single store in Korea. Offering a variety of products and a premium shopping experience, this project was one of my first completed retail projects during my time at YabuPushelberg. My contributions to the project included conceptual development, design development alongside a furniture package and construction documentation. I personally designed a few furniture pieces and architectural details, alongside specifically being responsible for the design of the treatment facilities within the department store. It was a pleasure being able to design another project from concept to completion.
treatment area - fixture elevations
furniture design development
treatment area perspective
forest hill residence During my first year of study at the University of Toronto, I was fortunate enough to get a call from a small residential architecture firm, Makow Associates Architect Inc, and help visualize and design develop a small residential townhouse
kitchen / living area
in Toronto. The timeline and duties during this project consisted of working with a head designer and designing / consulting with them to produce a set of visuals for a sales brochure. The resulting renderings were used on the company website and sales brochure.
dining room / foyer
midtown retreat After completing the initial residential project with Makow Associates Architect Inc, the principal would connect me with a contracting company, Mazenga Building Group. The private contracting company would require my expertise to complete a smaller-scale visualization project. Basic finishes and thumbnail sketches were sent, and these were the resulting renderings.
preserving pyramiden Open for students from all over the world, this competition is 120 hours of intense work. The concept for our submission was designed with the help of my fellow friend and student, Tim Smith. The impulse to preserve has always been driven by our sincere affection for memory. As such, we find ourselves challenged by the more continuous reality and thus, paradox of the present moment. Indeed, what is it that we are trying to preserve? An object? An idea? As was pointed out by Victor Hugo, the preservation of an idea is far more achievable than the preservation of “the Edifice”. But who’s idea? As stories are passed on from generation to generation, there is a richness to be seized in the multiplicity, and incongruent nature of history. No tale can be expressed in a single elevation. Cutting a path from the mountain, through Pyramiden and into the sea, we propose an excavation of the town’s memory, and a meditation on time itself.
Starting from the foot of the mountain, the visitor is invited to walk the meandering trench. A walk that offers perspectives both above and below grade, creating moments to reminisce upon how things were, or how things might have been. As the trench winds through the town, the rising and falling coal-coloured path spills out of the mountain and into the sea. The visitor is brought face to face with the universal relationship between economy and the environment, a reality that both was, and is. The visitor, now standing at the water’s edge is invited to gaze out upon the sublime, and reflect on moments past before returning to the once-abandoned town of Pyramiden.
The impulse to preserve has always been driven by our sincere affection for memory. As such, we find ourselves challenged by the more continuous reality and thus, paradox of the present moment. Indeed, what is it that we are trying to preserve? An object? An idea? As was pointed out by Victor Hugo, the preservation of an idea is far more achievable than the preservation of “the Edifice”. But who’s idea? As stories are passed on from generation to generation, there is a richness to be seized in the multiplicity, and incongruent nature of history. No tale can be expressed in a single elevation. Cutting a path from the mountain, through Pyramiden and into the sea, we propose an excavation of the town’s collective memory, and a meditation on time itself. Starting from the foot of the mountain, the visitor is invited to walk the meandering trench. A walk that offers perspectives both above and below grade, creating moments to reminisce upon how things were, or how things might have been. As the trench winds through the town, the rising and falling coal-coloured path spills out of the mountain and into the sea. The visitor is brought face to face with the universal relationship between economy and the environment, a reality that both was, and is. The visitor, now standing at the water’s edge is invited to gaze out upon the sublime, and reflect on moments past before returning to the once-abandoned town of Pyramiden.