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isabella suppa | portfolio 2017


My name is Isabella Suppa. I am a second year architecture student at the University of Waterloo. I was introduced to the world of architecture through my fascination with gothic cathedrals. It was my avenue to more curiosities such as the way spaces influence interaction, the history of the spaces mankind creates, and the countless possibilities of design. These curiosities influence my work. I often become fascinated with an idea, an action, or a potential interaction within a space and thus, a project is born. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it. email: phone:

ifsuppa@edu.uwaterloo.ca 416 801 9920


contents cv ................................................................................................ pg 4 MBTW | WAI cover letter ....................................................... pg 5 wall[ed]..................................................................................... pg 6 stepped .................................................................................... pg 14 oasis .......................................................................................... pg 22 panther pass ........................................................................... pg 28 personal works........................................................................ pg 34


education

CV

09.2016 - present

University of Waterloo School of Architecture Candidate for Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Honours Co-op (BAS)

09.2015 - 08.2016

University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design Candidate for Bachelor of Arts (BA)

work experience 05.2017 - 08.2017

The MBTW Group | W Architect Inc., student intern

06.2015 - 12.2016

J.Crew Factory, sales associate

03.2013 - 08.2016

Wodbridge Art School, art instructor

volunteer experience 09.2017 - present

Waterloo Architecture Student’s Association, vice president

01.2017 - 09.2017

University of Waterloo Orientation Week, orientation leader

01.2017 - 04.2017

Waterloo Architecture Student’s Association, facility coordinator

05.2014 - 10.2014

Maple Health Center Alzheimer's Unit Murals, designer & painter

06.2013 - 06.2015

York Secondary Catholic Presidents' Council, president

05.2012 - present

Meagan's Walk, social media representative & student ambassador

achievements 2017 2016 2015 2015

University of Waterloo, Dean’s Honour list University of Toronto, Dean’s Honour list

University of Toronto, Book Award winner Schulich Leader

skills

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digital

adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, adobe indesign, google sketchup, rhinoceros 3d, autocad, maxwell render, microsoft office

manual

hand drafting, model making, architectural collage, drawing, sketching, painting, 3d printing, laser cutting


October 23, 2017

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Letter of Reference for Isabella Suppa

Dear Sir / Ms: I am writing to you as a reference for Isabella Suppa. As the Vice-President of W Architect Inc. I employed Isabella as a summer student last summer and I was very pleased with her performance. During Isabella’s term with us she assisted our Architects and staff in the area of our practice that is concerned with architectural design guidance and architectural design review. Our office provides architectural design coordination between multiple design consultants for multiple buildings within large development projects. As a summer student Isabella assisted in the coordination of our reviews of architectural designs and the accurate digital filing of drawings and correspondence. As part of her daily work Isabella sat in on design reviews with our architects, demonstrated a keen interest and asked us pertinent questions about the reviews and the design reasons for our comments to our clients and their architectural consultants. Over the summer Isabella assisted in coordinating the materials and colours for the exterior remodeling of the private home of a prominent Toronto developer. Isabella attended all client and site meetings. Isabella demonstrated both resourcefulness and creativity. Isabella made effective use of the physical and collegial resources available to her in the office to learn the basics of various software packages for drawing and graphics, allowing her to increase her general knowledge and to broaden the scope of work assigned to her. Isabella was very diligent, arrived early for work and consistently asked her colleagues and supervisors if there was anything else that needed to be completed before she left at the end of the day. Isabella demonstrated superior to outstanding English language oral and written communications skills. I have no hesitation in recommending Isabella Suppa and believe that she demonstrated the qualities of character that I have come to expect from a good student. I base this recommendation on my professional work and on my time spent as a past adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and a current occasional outside thesis reader. Yours truly, W Architect Inc.

Michael C. Hannay B.E.S., B.Arch., MRAIC, MCIP, LEEDÂŽ AP Principal The MBTW Group Vice President W Architect Inc.

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wall[ed]

design studio group project | february 2017 with Adil Dharshi, Rushali Patel & Erin Yabsley

This low-income housing complex is located at the edge of a residential area in Galt, Ontario beside the local Salvation Army. A continuous wall defines both indoor and outdoor space in plan, and, in some moments, continued upwards in section. The wall becomes a utility wall on the inside, while morphing into a bench, a pathway, a planter or a railing on the exterior. The wall interacts with the roof of each unit to create a three storey complex with an open courtyard in the middle. The units are compact in order to promote social interaction outside of the units and within the service units. Our aspiration was to create a diverse community, providing services, social spaces and short-term shelter for residents in need.

image: axonometric of complex 6 | is


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render of interior courtyard

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building footprint

surrounding buildings

salvation army

green space

sidewalk


level 3 site plan

level 2 site plan

level 1 site plan is | 9


single unit

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double unit


family unit

service unit

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exterior render

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section of complex

parti model of complex

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stepped design studio final | april 2017

This studio project was my first attempt at exploring the realm of public buildings. In the high density area of St. Clair Avenue West and Bathurst Street, a library that promotes conversation and group work could act as a retreat for nearby condo dwellers and high school students. The main method of organization is through shifts in the floor plates, providing means for bookshelves to nestle into the structure and allowing views to pass over taller stacks. Most shelves are multi-functional, such as a shelf that also acts as a desk, or a shelf that wraps around a ramp. I was interested in designing not only the building, but also the interaction produced within it.

image: interior vignette 14 | is


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bathurst street

raglan avenue

st clair avenue west

raglan avenue

site

N st clair avenue west

site

site map

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focal area

green space

surrounding buildings

residential zones

commercial zones


front elevation

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short section

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L2

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B1 bookshelf condition diagrams

selection of floor plans is | 19


long section

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exterior vignette

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oasis

1b environmental design final | april 2017 with Sarah Mason

The Managua Research Station is an offgrid volcanic research center located in the Chiltepe Peninsula Natural Reserve in Nicaragua. The station is designed to combat the hot humid climate by maximizing air circulation via an exterior breezeway, a raised structure and high pitched roofs. The two units are accessed via a courtyard that acts both as a micro-climate to let in diffused light as well as an exterior space to live and work. Taking advantage of the easterly winds, the longest part of hte units are facing East to maximize ventilation. The roof and slightly sloped porch act as collectors of sunlight and water, thus making the building entirely independent from the grid.

image: exterior render 22 | is


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lake managua

site

chiltepe peninsula natural reserve

chiltepe volcano

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solar collection diagrams

water collection diagrams

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section

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panther pass cisc competition submission | april 2017 collaboration with Sarah Mason

The Panther Pass is a solution for panthers to cross safely over the highway in Florida’s everglades. The bridge is designed in a series of parts that can be prefabricated and assembled on site. Native plants make up the final layer of the structure, allowing for a seamless transition from natural habitat to the man-made bridge. Commuters using the parkway get to experience the bridge in a different way from the panthers, making it a unique experience compared to the typical highway overpass. Panther Pass was designed to prove that man and mammal can coexist. This is emphasized by the v-shaped columns __ representing bipedal man __ which support the four pronged armatures __ representing quadrupedal panther.

image: underpass render 28 | is

image: underpass render


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i-75 everglades parkway

big cypress national preserve miami, florida

the everglades

proposed sites for panther pass along i75 highway

site map

section perspective 30 | is

gulf of mexico

atalntic ocean


elevation

worms-eye

birds eye render is | 31


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exploded structural axonometric 1 | tensile connections 2 | earth 3 | concrete subfloor 4 | metal decking 5 | steel i-beams 6 | concrete foundations 7 | v-shaped columns 8 | armatures 32 | is


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connection detail axonometrics 1 | fence to concrete 2 | i-beam to armature 3 | cable to v column 4 | armature to v column 5 | cable to i-beam 6 | i-beam to i-beam 7 | i-beam to concrete foundation 8 | v column to concrete foundation 9 | metal decking to i-beam is | 33


personal works selections | 2015-2017

In this series of work, I embodied my conflicting passions for arts, sciences and geography. Art was my avenue into the world of architecture, introducing me to the possibilities of professions in design, while also discovering the beauty in three dimensional structures. This series of work represents how I uncovered this love, and am now actively pursuing it through my architectural education. This collection of drawings and paintings were my exploration of buildings, maps and structures in drawing form, which I later explored in architectural school through different kinds of orthographic drawing. Art, art history and architecture history will always be something I am passionate about, and these paintings and drawings manifest this passion into two dimensional works.

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living space I, pencil crayon on paper, 650 mm x 495 mm

illumination, acrylic on birch wood, 914


mm x 609 mm

living space II, conte on canson, 650 mm x 495 mm


isabella suppa 416 801 9920 ifsuppa@edu.uwaterloo.ca

Isabella Suppa Architecture and Design Portfolio 2017  

Hi, my name is Isabella Suppa. I am currently in my second year at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Hope you enjoy this se...

Isabella Suppa Architecture and Design Portfolio 2017  

Hi, my name is Isabella Suppa. I am currently in my second year at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Hope you enjoy this se...

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