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Jing Liao


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hello, My name is Jing Liao and I am currently finishing my 3rd year of undergraduate studies. I believe the design process should be as playful as it is thoughtful and I am interested in the stories that emerge from spatial explorations. I look forward to making your acquaintance!

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+1 226 606 6282 jingliao@yahoo.ca

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professional and personal





education 2015 – 2020

University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Canada —— Candidate for Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies, 2020 —— Dean's Honours list for all semesters to present

experience May - Aug 2018

Architectural Intern at Burton Hamfelt Urban Architecture, Amsterdam —— conceptualized key design schemes and produced renders for winning competition submission of a school in the Bijlmermeer

Sept - Dec 2017

Architectural Intern at WXY Architecture + Urban Design, New York —— produced graphic assets and marketing material using rhino, illustrator, and hand sketching for final concept presentation of significant revitalization project in East Harlem

Jan - Apr 2017

Architectural Intern at plusClover, Hong Kong —— produced construction drawings and coordinated between English and Chinese parties on and off-site during contracting process, ensuring project intent and progress remained on track for renovation

distinctions 2018

3A Outstanding Design Award, University of Waterloo —— highest academic standing in third year design studio


OAA Second Year Prize, University of Waterloo —— achieved highest GPA in terms 2A and 2B


2B Outstanding Design Award, University of Waterloo —— highest academic standing in second year design studio

2017 – 2018

First in Class Engineering Scholarship, University of Waterloo —— achieved highest class term average in terms 2A and 2B

2016 – 2018

Exhibition of Exemplary Student Work, University of Waterloo ——



1B, 2A, 2B, 3A projects selected for annual gallery exhibition

1B Outstanding Design Award, University of Waterloo —— highest academic standing in first year design studio




—— Autocad —— Adobe CC Photoshop Illustrator InDesign After Effects Premiere —— Rhinoceros 5 —— V-Ray —— Grasshopper

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hand drafting sketching wood working model making

English Mandarin

a suburban u r b a n i t y.

What if we were to capitalize on the in-between, proximities, and energies of spaces? This project attempts to imagine the intersection of the domestic, public, and production realms not as moments of dysfunction but as opportunities to endorse alternative social and energetic relationships only possible from the programmatic vicissitudes. One of the main spatial manifestations of this idea is by treating the circulation as an exploded core. By providing many means of access and routes, spontaneous interactions can take place between different user groups, enhancing the sense of a non-isolated urbanism. This idea of explosion is present in three types of “social streets� within the project. A loop formed out of the interstitial space mediating between the factory and live work units becomes a social terrace where the community may gather, play basketball, garden, or simply find a place to break and eat lunch. The service lane doubles as outdoor seating spillover space and is activated as a lively food scene in the evenings by small kitchen incubators that front to the space. The single loaded corridor exteriorized from the residential slab apartments provides climatic tempering and enables a system of vertically connected filtration gardens that purify collected rainwater for use in the textile factory below. As a symbiotic response, the waste heat from the factory is collected using an air to water heat exchanger and delivered to offices and homes above as radiant heat energy. Featured in 2018 Projects Review Exhibition. 3A Design Studio coordinated by Adrian Blackwell Finch and Keele, Toronto, Canada



to York University


towards Humber College

future LRT station existing figure ground

Arch 392: Extensive and Intensive Urbanism Hannah Carmichael, Jacob Drung, Ethan Duffey, & Jing Liao


I - Existing Site Analysis

towards Downtown Toronto (17 stops)

In the Greater Toronto Area, older residential districts have been economically and infrastructurally fragmented from the gentrifying urban core and the sprawling peripheries, creating islands of isolation in the city fabric. With the advent of both the Yonge-University subway extension and Finch West LRT, the area surrounding Finch and Keele is primed to become a significant transportation nexus in the future. How can the existing suburban area densify into the quasi urban node it is primed to become?


Zoning Mosaic like zoning fragments the site into divisions


Streets & Blocks Too few vehicular-oriented streets slice site into large blocks unsuitable for pedestrians


Lots Improperly large lots equal little incentive for developments to build to street fronts





Built Form Large buildings of homogeneous use result from divisive zoning, too large blocks, and too large lots

1 utility light industry commercial / office residential institutional

layered site analysis





Nakano City FAR 2.8

Greenwich Village FAR 4.8

Near Technische Universität Mßnchen FAR 3.4




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Lessons from Diverse Urban Fabrics & City Blocks Flagpole shaped lots in Japan emerged from sale of subdivided lots due to high inheritance tax in the 1980s. Each lot was regulated to have at least 2m frontage to the street. This structure offers a strategy for increasing urban density by building in the mid block. New York has a general block size of 60 x 100 meters. Lot sizes are long and narrow with building frontages of 8 meters. Building typology is determined by adjacent roadways. Larger lots and buildings are along avenues while more an array of smaller storefronts face more intimate streets. A typical Munich block consists of a solid, mid-rise perimeter facing the street which buffers smaller structures which were in-filled in the interior courtyard over time. The internal spaces are accessible via tunnels in the outer shell.


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II - Proposed Masterplan

new figure ground

This master plan calls for turning the divisive, fragmented zoning into a gradient - to superimpose residential and commercial program on top of the existing employment zone. This is in order to arrive at a compact scheme that mitigates the displacement of industry typical of new urban developments. The question left unanswered is then how to deal with the multitude of programmatic collisions this gesture implies? 4


Zoning Gradient zoning allows light industry to be preserved on site with residential commercial are superimposed


Streets & Blocks Diverse street types carve out smaller blocks with unique edge conditions


Lots Lot sizes are to be determined by frontage onto streets: large lots front larger streets and vice versa. The mid-block is to be in-filled with ‘flagpole’ lots.




Built Form Each block is to have 3 typological forms of building minimum. This physical mix creates a diverse neighborhood by accommodating social, economic, and programmatic mix.


layered site operations


III - Building Details









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III - Building Details

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east - west section


ground level


terrace level


tower level

social “streets”



a machine for swimming.

What if infrastructure was a more visible and celebrated aspect of our lives?

a machine for swimming

A Machine for Swimming is a collision of three distinct elements which together become a public pool complex to celebrate infrastructure. On the ground, a productive, works to filter and purify lake and A R Cterraced H 293: LAND/ landscape LAKE/ SHORE storm water for the natural pool through phytoremediation. J i n g Ya o Liao Traditionally, filtration is spatially condensed to be hidden but the expanse soft system willbeargue Thefrom drivingview, force behind this project is the of ideathis that infrastructure should a visible celebrated aspect of our lives. A Machine for Swimming is a collision forand a new attitude - that landscape can be used as a visual of three elements which together become a public waydistinct of disseminating information to pool thecomplex publicthatasstrives visitors to honour this idea. On the ground, a productive, landscape works toinfilter are encouraged to explore andterraced witness changes water andquality purify lakedescending and storm water from for the natural pool throughwalkway. phytoremediation. the elevated A large Traditionally, this technology is spatially condensed to be hidden from view, but machine tower acts also as the primary lobby and vertical the expanse of this soft system will argue for a new attitude - that landscape can circulation into the pool complex, bringing swimmers be used as a visual way of disseminating information to the public as they are down ato winding storage tanks. encouraged explore and tour observearound up close pumping the changes and in water quality. The The form public donut formfloating maximizesdonut visibility on both houses physical andresearch metaphoricallabs levels.and Visitors capturesviews views laboratory research are amenity offered unobstructured acrossofandsport into theand courtyard and can circulate around the building observing research, machine processes, and sport.through The third the in its inner courtyard, activities only possible element extendsof from the megastructure of the masterplan and connects the ground heroism natural and mechanical machines.

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and donut. A heroic pumping and tank tower also houses the vertical circulation which allows vistors to descend on a winding path toExhibition. view the machines powering Featured in 2018 Projects Review the complex, access that is typically restricted and hidden from view.

2B Design Studio coordinated by Lola Sheppard Ontario Place, Toronto, Canada




ground floor plan


first floor plan


section through machine tower

Stratiotes aloides “water soldiers”

Hydrocharis morsus-ranae “european frogbit”

heavy metal removal



Sparganium eurycarpum “bur reed”

Lemnoideae “duck weed”

nutrient removal

Typha “cat tails”

Eichh cras “water h


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section through diving pool

pondmussel habitat & fine filter



diving/sport pool

public pool

lake ontario

clean section through productive landscape and pools



site plan


topography and circulation axonometric


scaffolding social.

What if housing could adapt to our changing human lives? Inspired by its namesake, scaffold housing is informed by the temporary and ever transforming aspects of public and domestic life. The project aims to provide flexible multigenerational housing for new Canadian families, with a three dimensional grid consisting of cubic modules of 3 by 3 by 3 metres becoming the organizational logic of a megastructure. Pre-fabricated panels can then be added and rearranged to the scaffold-like megastructure to redefine space and accommodate changing lifestyles and new residents as needed. The public spaces house varying seasonal pop up events using the same system to prevent off season stagnation. Human lives are dynamic and challenged by constant change and so should the buildings they inhabit.

Featured in 2017 Projects Review Exhibition: Superposition 2A Design Studio coordinated by Adrian Blackwell Bloor St and Bartlett Ave, Toronto, Canada


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wi The prefabricated modular system allows groups of users to customize their dwellings to suit their shared and personal needs and budget, encouraging neighborly familiarity and coordination. This also allows the building to expand upwards as families of the original residents immigrate in the future, intensifying at the pace of its urban surroundings making scaffold housing sensitive to changes in the lives of the residents and the city itself.

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kit of prefabricated modular parts



sample unit plans - upper floor

sample unit plans - lower floor


program axo


private bedroom

shared terrace


a floating l i b r a r y.

What happens when a library is lifted? This vision of a new library for the Toronto neighborhood of Parkdale is governed primarily by two concepts seeking to improve upon typical typologies of public buildings and to create a more engaging building section. The first operates on how the building interfaces with its site, physically lifting the library up to open the ground plane for public activity. The second deals with the creation of more exciting relationships between different levels in the interior by using shifted floor plates and volumes of program.

Featured in 2016 Projects Review Exhibition: Bearing 1B Design Studio coordinated by Lola Sheppard Parkdale, Toronto, Canada



typical typologies of public space...

-space inefficient


...a new typology


+accessible +space efficient

typical building section...

-same ceiling heights

...a new building section

expand / compress

sever platforms

-no cross relationships

+different ceiling heights +cross views & relationships




5 - adult education - classroom and language

4 - children’s library - stacks and tutoring

3 - quiet zone - group and individual study

2 - general library - stacks

1 - general library - media

0 - public space


north elevation


west elevation


section looking south


section looking east


professional and personal.



Professional Work: Burton Hamfelt Urban Architecture Supervised by: Youri Vijzelman & Burton Hamfelt

During my internship at Burton Hamfelt Urban Architecture in Amsterdam, I worked closely with the project lead on a design study for a new residential development in Rivium as well as a winning competition submission for a new international school in the Bijlmermeer. For both projects, I was primarily responsible for creating, developing, and supervising the 3D modelling work. The models served as a critical tool from which major design decisions were confirmed and from which both working and presentation diagrams and renders were generated for client meetings and final competition submissions.


Above: Exterior and Interior renders for Amsterdam International School. (Bijlmer, Amsterdam) Left: Axonometric of potential residential development, design study for DeMeeuw. (Rivium, Rotterdam)


Professional Work: WXY Architecture + Urban Design Supervised by: Cristina Ungureanu & Rob Daurio

During my internship with WXY studio in Manhattan, I worked closely with the project leads on La Marqueta for EDC which seeks to revitalize the historic market and food scene that occupies the underside of the Park Avenue viaduct in East Harlem. One special task I was privileged with was that of creating a diagrammatic axonometric that captures the spirit of the project for a brochure that was to be publicly circulated. I experimented with graphic ideas and independently streamlined my workflow in Rhino and Adobe Illustrator to accommodate revisions and deliver two fully colored illustrations on schedule. 50


Grasshopper & Digital Fabrication Exploration

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South West View



Photos showing what passersby experience as they walk through the structu

final model.

Assembly Process. The two orders of the members were sorted and slowly weaved to self support.

South View

North East View


North View

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