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GABRIEL GEFTER

514-582-4553 gabriel.al.gefter@gmail.com

Architecture Portfolio Selection of Works


GABRIEL GEFTER

Hello! I am Gabriel, and in April 2019 I am graduating from the McGill University Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture with a BSc. Arch. I am now looking to take my first steps into the professional architecture field as a full-time junior position at your firm. I bring to the table a strong vision of conceptual clarity and attention to technical details. I am always looking to distill my ideas to their core and to manifesting them effectively in the built environment. If you are in need of a dedicated worker who learns quickly and thinks critically, I will be ecstatic to take up the challange!

Contact: 514-582-4553 gabriel.al.gefter@gmail.com 456 Ave Des Pins W, Montreal,QC, H2W 1S3


CURRICULUM VITAE McGill University BSc Architecture Montreal, QC Thornhill Secondary School Highschool Diploma Vaughan, ON

Education Sept. 2015-Apr. 2019

Sept. 2011-Apr. 2015

EUS Open Air Pub Furniture Design-Build Project Design team leader, Furniture construction, Site planning McGill University Building Envelope Software Technologies 3D curtain wall and hardware component modeling, Graphic design Toronto, ON Freelance Photographer Dance Recitals, Weddings, Public Functions General Architectural Design|3D/Physical Modeling|Rendering Graphic Design|Technical Drawing|Analysis

Experience June - Aug. 2018

2014|’15|’17

2013-2018 Skills

Software Rhino|Revit|3DS Max|Photoshop|Illustrator InDesign|Premiere|Ms Office|AutoCAD Languages English|Russian|French Hobbies Photography|Trumpet|Piano Intercollegate Ultimat Frisbee Scholarship Sheila Baille Scholarship in Architecture McGill University Awards Silver Medal, Canadian University Ultimate Championships

Achievements 2015-2018

2018


CONTENTS

This portfolio contains three studio projects from September 2017 - December 2018 and excepts from my photography practice which I use to enhance my understanding of various architectural concepts.


The Undercut Community Pool Comprehensive Design

Intervention V Mixed-Use Residential

A Structured Gradient Abstract Exploration

Photographic Exploration Light, Movement, The Fleeting Experience

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2 Pages 11-18

3 Pages 19-30

4 Pages 31-39


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THE UNDERCUT

Entry Ramp Exterior Render


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Studio Focus: Comprehensive Design September - December 2018 Instuctor: Andrew King Partner: Eymen Hakki-Ă–zkan

The Undercut is gives life to a subterranian community aquatic center on the Lachine Canal. The project explores the concept of landscape continuity and the gesture of tectonic shear by using a green roof and ramped entry sequence which both start at ground level and extend out at soft angles from the existing public park adjacent to the site.


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Site Plan 1:500

Location: Montreal, QC, Canada


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How can a community pool be integrated into the public landscape on the banks of Lachine Canal? How can the public domain of Parc Square Saint-Patrick be augmented? How is universal accessibility promoted? How is a unique, attractive architectral gesture be achieved to disrupt the rectalinearity of the city? The scheme for The Undercut proposes to solve all the design objectives by imagining the building as a direct extension of the adjacent Parc Square Saint-Patrick. The archiectural gesture is developed through a “tectonic action� that immitates a shear between connected pieces of earth. The roof is laid flush with the ground and lifting the South and West corners. This shearing creates a green roof as a public continuation of the park and suggests an entry point to the subterranian space that will house the pool hall and adjacent programs. For full accessibility, the roof is equipped with a ramp. The need for universal accessibility is taken as a design opportunity to create a dynamic entry sequence into the underground space. A 60-meter long ramp extends from ground level and slowly guides the visitors down, augmenting the experience of the shearing tectonic gesture. A secondary, traditional entry with elevators and stairs is created by raising the East corner of the roof. The Undercut houses the pool hall underground, thus the descent into the pool hall mimics an entry into the Lachine itself. The green roof creates an extension to the domain and program of the public park. The angular gesture and triangulated roof disrupt the rectangular regularity of the city and creates a powerful and fully accessible ramped entry sequence.

Context Render Exploring Gesture and Site Presence


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In the context of this studio the program is mostly predefined, with only the roof program and cafe chosen as additions. The project is submitted with a full set of technical drawings. The First Floor program includes a recreational and athletic pool, bleachers, lifeguard posts, infirmary, two fire escapes, men’s change-room, women’s change-room, universal change-room, sauna, offices and club rooms, public bathrooms, a cafe and seating area, and welcome desk. A public gym, which overlooks the natatorium, and second entrance are located on the Mezzanines above the First Floor. Mechanical rooms for filtration and dehumidification are in the Basement level. The Roof is built to exist like a public park with bleacher style seats and a public stage. Skylights align with sun-paths for ideal natural lighting. Roof Plan

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8 A composite steel and concrete structural strategy is developed. The strategy includes considerations for a long-span roof, adequate foundation, shear-resisting structures, and detailed wall and roof assemblies. The roof is divided into a grid with spans not exceeding 7m and a 30m x 60m long span structure. 400mm W-Sections and cusomized steel members are used for the short span and long span structure respectively. The roof is built up using a steel and concrete composite decking system.

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Landscape Continuity Render

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Natatorium Natural Lighting Render

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INTERVENTION V

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Studio Focus: Mixed-Use Residential Janurary - April 2018 Instuctor: Prof. Avi Friedman Partner: Kaloyan Kalev

Intervention V is an exercise in the analysis of the urban fabric of a portion of the CĂ´te-des-Neiges neighbourhood close to the Vendom Station. Intervention V proposes an residential tower and commertial building that caters the needs of the local medical industry, passing commuters and provides a protected green space for local residents.


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How will future urban development and increasing residential density be controlled? How can local commuter traffic be softened or reduced during peak hours? How will a public park be protected from noise polution and urban development? How will the growth of the local medical industry be accomodated?

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Urban Plan: Analysis and Proposed Intervention

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The approach to Intervention V stems form an analysis of the existing urban program, noise and transportation traffic conditions (shown right top). In addition a prediction for development spanning the next 30 years is made (shown right bottom). A progam is divised to serve the various needs of the community. The need for cheaper and rentable housing, the needs of the expanding medical industry, the function of the Montreal Children’s Hospital as a residency and research institute, and the need for commerce and food services near a busy commuting locus are all accounted for programatically.

The dense residential, commercial and medical program is arranged around a large public park and is shaped to create a haven protected from noise and traffic.

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10 Years: Urban desity creates need for more housing and a commercial element

15-20 Years: Existing office building expands, Secondary pedestrian path to Hospital is made.

30 Years: Metro is redesigned and integrated into the built environment.

30 Years - Ideal Development: Communicability between elements and a functional green space is maintained.


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Residential Walkway to Green Roof Intensive Green Roof Fitness Center Offices Elevator Fire Escape Shaft

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Intended for medical industry professionals such as nurses without families.

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Library-Cafe Residential Public Park Elevated Landscape for Privacy Stage/Skating Rink Walkway to Adjacent Park Restaurant Farmers’ Market/Cafeteria Cafe Retail Public Bathrooms Undergound Parking Entrance i ii iii iv v vi vii viii ix x

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Intended for temporary research staff working at the hospital for an extended stay who bring along their families.


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A STRUCTURED GRADIENT


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Studio Focus: Abstraction Exploration September - December 2017 Instructor: Clothilde CaillĂŠ Levesque Independent Project

Abstract Plan (Detail)

The Structured Gradient project seeks to convert the concept of gradients into an expansive and scalable architectural system. Irregular pentagonal tessellation is chosen as the guiding geometric logic of the system. The formal expression of the system is discovered through the exploration of abstract forms.


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Can a pentagon be tessellated and scaled indefinitely? Can fluidity be introduced into a strict geometry? How is fluidity expressed in plan and in elevation? Can the 2-dimensional expression of fluidity be mapped into 3 dimensions? A mesh 3D scan of a random household object was used to produce an abstract plan and elevation. In the plan, a single objects at various stages of unfolding is mapped onto a pentagonal tessellation pattern. In elevation all of the stages of unfolding are expressed simultaniously. These two drawings are used as the basis for the creating of a 3D object. This object seem to resemble a flower at various stages of bloom and decay. A pentagonal tessellation is imperfect and creates gaps between elements. However, if each element can represent different densities, the combination of elements can create a fluid gradient. Once this gradient is expressed vertically a natrual connection is drawn to the image of an unfolding flower, with gaps between petals.

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Abstract 3D “Flower” Combining Plan and Elevation


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The abstract “flower” form is arranged into a pentagonal array mimicking the tessellation logic of the abstract plan. The internal spacial experience of these forms is explored in a series of renders in order to find an approach to simplify and rationalize the form.

“Flower” Array Explorations

The visual sensation created within the “flower” array similar to that of vaulted roofs. This similarity is used as a guide for creating a rationalized system. The rationalized pentagonal vault system is used to model a pavilion with a varrying roof height, creating fluid form and a smooth gradations between open and confined spaces.

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Site Plan: Long Island City, New York, NY

Site Analysis: Categorization of Lines and Areas of Interest

3 Areas of Interest (Black), Critical Physical Boundatires (Grey), Site (Orange)

System Reaction: Aversion from Waterfront, Highway Exits, Train Tracks, Heritage Sites

System Reaction: Appropriation of Underpasses

New Vault System Plan

A vast industrial site in the Long Island City borough of New York is chosen to explore the potential implementation of the pentagonal tessellation for large-scale planning. The site conditions are analyzed and predictions are made about how the system will behave. Based on these predictions two grids - controlling the density and directionality of the system - are generated.

Tessellated System Site Plan

The site introduces irregularity and a dynamic variation of scale into the pentagonal tessellation. A portion of the plan is modeled using the pentagonal vault system.


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Site Influence Grids Overlap

Site Influence Grid 1 Type: Radial Focal Points: Existing Residential Zones Effect: Dictates Density of Tessellation

Site Influence Grid 2 Type: Linear Orientation: Street Network Axes Effect: Dictates Size of Tessellated Elements

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Exploded Isometric: Site Influence on System Tessellation

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New Vault System Section 1

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New Vault System Section 2


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PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS

View of Small Town From Mount Orford (2016)


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Focus: Light, Movement, The Fleeting Experience 2013 - Present

In our daily lives architecture is never experienced digitally, which is the way most architects experience it while designing with their graphic toolkits. I use photography to explore a more human experience of space and architectural elements and seek to discover ideas about the built environment that remain hidden with exclusive use of digital tools.


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My introduction to the world of photography began when I made the transition from a dancer to dance photographer. I first saught to find beautiful form within the variety of contortions created by the human body. My first direct experiments with body and architecture took place in a rehearsal hall with a 10m-tall window. In the series of photos, the same window was used in two distinct ways: fistly, to explore an extreme relationship between the ungrounded body and the grid and secondly, to explore the sensation of the body in negative space in the presence of a singular light source.

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Jumping Silhouette 3 (2013)


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This page: I believe that our most personal and memorable experiences of architecture occur in two modes: through movement and at sharp angles. The two photos on the right and the left explore extreme expressions of these two modes. On the right: a photo taken from a crouched position gives dynamic character to a regular factory building. On the left: a photo taken while shifting the lens upwards mimics the experience of looking up towards the peak of a cathedral. Next page: Sometimes nearly identical architectonic elements play vastly different roles in our preception of architecture. A window is a good example of such an element. When taking photos of buildings I continually ask myself: is a window a framed view, a surface pattern, a reflective surface, or an element casting a shadow?


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Left: St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna (2018) Right: Solin Hall, Montreal (2016)


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Minaret on Temple Mount, Jerusalem (2018)

Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna (2018)


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Sun Reflection from McGill College Avenue, Montreal (2016)


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Autumn Sunset on Aylmer, Montreal (2016)


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Thank you for your consideration!


Gabriel Gefter 514-582-4553 gabriel.al.gefter@gmail.com

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