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Portfolio Architectural explorations Hana Nihill


About/// Hana Nihill +61 407 730 145 225 Flemington Road, North Melbourne, 3051

I have recently commenced my postgraduate studies in architecture at the University of Melbourne. My undergraduate years, also at Melbourne, saw me complete my Bachelor of Environments degree majoring in Architecture. Throughout my time as an undergraduate I spent two years living at Ormond college, a residential college affiliated with the university, where I held various leadership positions including editor of the college’s annual academic journal and faculty representative. Living at college meant that during college breaks I was able to return to my family in London whereI have been living intermittently for the past three years. My main architectural interests centre themselves around the concept of agency in architecture and how it can be parcelled out to the architect or users respectively. I am particularly interested in the way the transition from design to fabrication can mediate this process and assist in creating systems rather than spaces. The projects that follow represent some of the key moments from my architectural education so far, be they representations of skill acquirement or a step forward in the way my design process works. I hope they are as illuminating for you as they were for me.

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Domenic Trimboli /// Proffessional

MArch Unimelb (Commencing 03.03.2015)

Architecture Tutor at Ormond College and University of Melbourne


Previous Work Experience


Community service trip to Borneo where

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a group of students and I helped to


design and build a school in a remote

John Harris /// Personal


History and English tutor

Urbis Consulting Company

PhD candidate University of Melbourne

Worked as an intern in International


Property Economics, Urban Planning and

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Landscape architecture divisions.


Tutoring For Excellence maths and english tutor

2013-2014 Private Tutor in high school maths Architectural Visualisation Consultant 2015 Leadership Positions 2011 2013

School Prefect Designer of and contributor to Ormond Papers


Environments Faculty Representative


Paper Lanterns

This wearable lantern represents one of the first architecture projects I attempted at university. I soon came to realise that it falls into a longstanding architectural tradition that concerns itself with the way architecture reacts with the human body but at the time, trying to get the previously untried software (Rhino) to produce a model that would somehow fit around my neck felt like impossible alchemy. Regardless, the design process took me through an exploration of the natural errosive process -that reccurs throughout nature- and introduced a series of digital fabrication techniques that eventually produced the latern to the left. Intended to create an immersive experience, the lantern is worn around the neck so the light falls directly onto the face and becomes the definitive component of the wearers immediate context.


1 /// Sketched design development

2 /// Digital itterations


3 /// Model Experimentation

Generating Change This proposal was developed in response to the L(and)A(rt)G(enerator)I(nitiave) in 2014 when the competition was based in Copenhagen. The design was pursued through an itterative process that began with concept sketches and developed into grasshopper models and physical models. One of the key factors influencing the design was its efficiency in generating electricity. This then had to be weighed against the amenity being provided to the residents of Copenhagen and the design’s potential for re-vitalising the greenfeilds site it was situated on. Using this workflow allowed for a rigorous assessment of each of these paramaters, as seen below in step four where the energy efficiency for several different itterations is explored to find the most efficient outcome.

4 /// Digital design justification


First Floor

Ground Floor

Basement 01

The New Normal

The New Normal is a proposal for a new achives building at the University of Melbourne. The building references a cloister to induce a meditative quality in the centre of the space. The walls facing brunswick in Melbourne are solid, moving into a much more porous, glazed area in the interior. Throughout the building there is a constant visual connection to the archives, or to archival activities, reinforcing the importance of the buildings central function to the whole program.



The combination of a gallery, cafe and bookstore made for a challenging brief. The solution in this proposal was to design furniture for the space that was moveable and modular so that each of the spaces could be reconfigured to suit the needs of each program. The central bench, as seen above, serves as a coffee station, a seating area and a space for book and 3D art display. This idea permeated the rest of the store with the shelving above able to become seating towards the base and then art space above. The

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1_ Designing the joint

2_ Assembling the planar system

3_ Designing the gallery

Ben Quilty_ Gallery This project was one in a series of art galleries designed for “Gift to the City”, a studio loosely based around Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground. This model proposed a ‘wicked space’ that challenged the autonomy of the architecture and the agency of the architect in an attempt to create a more liberal space for the art to express itself. Instead of designing a traditional gallery space with prescriptive ciculation, patterns of opening and the like, a system was designed whereby the subject could arrange the model themselves and create a ‘mindscape’ of sorts. Drawing heavily on Derrida’s critique of Plato’s pharmakon, the space was intended as a language that engendered an imaginative process that would create an internal architecture that would be more subjectively meaningful than any more defined space.

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