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AUTHOR Dan Johns

CONTACT

0439874387 johns.w.dan@gmail.com

ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIENCE JOURNAL


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CONTENTS

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Concepts Unlimited

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Undergraduate Work

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Torino

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Solo Work Hassell

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Masters Page 12 Page 13


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CONCEPTS UNLIMITED 2009-2013 as a Draftsperson & Designer Specialising in Residential design & Client relations

Residential design at Concepts Unlimited was my first major testing ground for new ideas and skills. While working with Dan Harry and the team, I was able to become involved with a large amount of new home and renovation projects within the Greater Brisbane region. My role saw me gaining experience in technical documentation was well one on one client management.

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Work with Concepts Unlimited would start for me just prior to completing my Building Design Diploma and would span 3 years from October 2009. Work finished for me in November 2012 when I would embark on a student exchange to further pursue my design aspirations. Concepts Unlimited is a small 6 person office that works primarily on housing within the greater Brisbane area. The office environment allowed me to build solid foundations in the technical aspects required for the design and documentation of a residential project.

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My interests in developing new work techniques and services meant I was often tasked with some of the more odd jobs. This would see me managing website development, preparing visualizations and proposals towards alternative work as well as representing the company at home shows. A highlight of this work was the direct contact with the clients that could then be used to inform the quality of work and development of the project. 4

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Fig Tree Pocket Visualisation

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Norman Park Home

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Studio Fitout

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Dakabin Development

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As a project would progress so would the kind of contribution I would make. This particular project offers an example of the various responsibilities I would have on a typical project. This project was the renovation of an old hill side Queenslander. The client was a builder who had worked with us on several projects in the past. This was to be his new family home.

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The initial stage I became involved with was a client meeting on site to discuss the design intent as well as document the existing structure. These measure up client meeting sessions allowed me to get to know both the client and the site prior to commencing design work. Designs were sketched by the lead designer and I would use these along side my site documentation to prepare a 3d model that documented demolition and proposed works. This Initial design model would act as the starting point for a fairly collaborative design process.

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This design model is then detailed into working drawings in preparation for approvals and consultant work. It was my responsibility to amend documents, attend client meetings and manage quality assurance. The home was completed mid 2012.

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Site sketch of existing

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Demolition documentation

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Proposed documentation

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Completed Project

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UNDERGRADUATE WORK 2011-2016 as a Student of QUT Developing a Design comprehension & Emerging technology utilisation

Undergraduate study was a way for

me to increase the scope of my design capacity and expand on the roles available to me. I would complete this study while working between 2011 and 2015. The course provided a platform to test ideas as well as emerging preproduction and presentation technologies.

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Alongside understanding the fundamentals of architectural design, I was also able to use electives in industrial design to gain broad comprehension of manufacturing techniques and their impact on the design outcome.

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Cinema massing model

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Augmented reality demonstration

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Cinema planning

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Laser cut model

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Student accommodation complex

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POLITECNICO DI TORINO 2013-2014 as a Student of POLITO Developing an International perspective & team management

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Student Exchange formed part of my

undergraduate studies. I spent 2013 on exchange in Tuin, Italy enrolled in there Architecture program. Studying overseas was valuable for the exposure to alternative teaching techniques and the collaborative sessions with students of diverse backgrounds. Design work was team based and my industry experience allowed me to take on leadership roles within the studio. I also ran some small lectures to introduce methods of sustainable design for sub tropical environments.

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Being based in Europe for a year gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in some of the world’s best design and design events. Turin showed me the value in design that deals with it’s era in a direct and succinct way.

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River Po Pavilion

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Small house proposal

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SOLO WORK 2015-2017 as a Designer Developing skils in Project management & small business

Home renovation

Managing my own jobs was something that grew from relationships I have maintained with various builders and industry people. These projects were completed in personal time outside of the firm where I practiced. Over the past few years I have designed and documented carports, renovations & partition layouts. These projects were small in scale but the main take away from them was taking on the responsibility and the risk of an entire project. The process of completing these projects allowed for insights and experiences not offered within the firms I have worked at. 1_

Queenslander addition

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Carport documentation

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Partition plan Bathroom renovation

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HASSELL 2014-2017 as a Student of Architecture Specialising in Commercial design & documentation

Commercial design & documentation was key to my various roles

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at Hassell. I was employed part time as a Student of Architecture while I furthered my education at QUT, this role quickly grew in hours & responsibility giving me great hands on experience on a diverse range of local and international projects. This has included master planning projects, commercial architectural bids, facade system prototyping, interior documenting and all in varying settings of both team & independent work.

During my time at Hassell I was able to work with and learn from a range on talented designers. While my primary role was within architecture I also had the opportunity to work within the graphics, planning and interior teams in the Brisbane office. I also was able to travel and work on site at UNSW in Sydney where I worked with a Principal to survey users and equipment to better understand the functions of both teaching and research labs. This user interaction was valuable in growing my understanding of the what needs have to met when delivering a large education based project. 1_

Facade system design

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Urban study model

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Diagramming design intent

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Masterplanning a site and then resolving the buildings within it became a valuable insight into the fundamentals of precinct scale architectural work. At the beginning of 2016 I joined a bid team for $1.1 billion master planning project on a complex 50, 000 m² Brisbane site. I joined the project at a preliminary sketch design stage and worked through to the final submission. Which in August of 2016 was announced as successful. The scale and complexity of the project meant constant testing and revision of ideas. My role in this process was to conduct and visualise the testing through plans, physical and digital models. My work was primarily focused around parking, apartments and heritage structures. As the project progressed my role shifted towards preparing for the final submission. My responsibilities in this required me to prepare plans and sections of both the site and single structures.

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I was also required to assist the visualisation team by building and coordinating the digital model required for the outsourced renders and apply graphic finishes to key pieces of documentation. Being involved broadly over the project allowed me to continue to grow coordination and team management responsibilities within the team of students I was involved with. The bid process was extensive but ultimately rewarding through the acknowledgement of the hard work. For an additional perspective on this work please see the reference from Andrew Currie. 1_

Foam Massing model

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Initial site layout plans

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Presentation Elevation

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Height study diagram

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Interior Design work allowed me to

become involved with a different side of what Hassell produces. The multi disciplinary nature of Hassell Brisbane meant I was able to expand my experience to include more than just architecture. The interior team at Hassell allowed me to work on projects of differing scale and dynamic to the architectural work. The scale of the interior projects I worked on required me to take on more responsibility as far as coordination and quality assurance. And the nature of the work allowed me to gain a better understanding of the details needed to complete an interior based project. My responsibilities on the interiors team required me to complete tender documentation floor by floor for an ongoing office tower project. I had also assisted a larger team deliver joinery details for science and education based projects. As well as the documentation work, I also worked on bids where I would complete floor plate analysis sketch proposals and graphical presentations. Working from the perspective on an interior designer expanded my understanding of spacial requirements architectural work needs to facilitate on a commercial project. For an additional perspective on this work please contact Sally Bostock Senior Interior Designer at Hassell SBostock@hassellstudio.com 07 39144189

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Foyer revitalisation visualisation

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Kennigo Street is a small heritage sensitive

office building designed in Fortitude Valley. Working closely with two senior architects I would work with this project from DA documents through extensive design development to a detailed set of tender documents. My responsibilities on this job were to assist with the production of the documents, participate in design discussions and consultant meetings.

The particular challenge of this job was to work within the existing DA and heritage constraints of the site. A positive take away from working on this job was the knowledge of BCA and code compliance gained from working through these issues one on one with a senior designer.

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Parking & ground floor plan

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Rear elevation

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Section

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Street perspective

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Courtyard perspective

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Competitions and bid work contributed to a lot of the experience I gained at Hassell. These quick intensive projects would often last under a month and involve a small team of two to five people. The nature of this work required me to take on varying roles to meet the demands of a specific project. Design, digital modelling and graphics were the primary skills developed through this work. All refined to be able to efficiently deliver a high standard of work.

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Design at Hassell was highly collaborative and would often bring in specialists from other studios or disciplines to further refine ideas. My role in design was to participate in these discussions verbally, graphically and with the construction of massing models. Digital modelling was used to test ideas as well as output documentation and the framework for graphic presentations. Revit, Rhino and Sketchup were used interchangeably for their various advantages. Through the process of competing in various bids I have been able to hone my skills to a point where I can efficiently produce 3D models and BIM documentation to a competitive standard.

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As the bid progressed my role would shift towards preparing the final graphics. This would involve either assisting a dedicated graphics team or individually preparing documents for both digital and physical presentation. Coordination of outsourced resources as well as managing internal teams were essential to my role at the final stages of a bid. 3

For an additional perspective on this work please see the reference from Chris Richardson Associate at Hassell 0403 99 44 00

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1:1 Facade prototype

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Commercial workplace

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Riverside proposal

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University campus visualisation

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Hotel massing model

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Streetscape DA submission

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE 2016-2017 as a Student of QUT Developing a Design focus & better relationship to urban context

In 2016 I began my Masters of Architecture at QUT which I would complete alongside work at Hassell. Masters at QUT is one year of study with two Design projects. 2

The first studio for me was run by Peter

Roy and Ian Mitchell and we were tasked with designing a 1500 seat addition to South Bank’s QPAC. A primary challenge of this was to house a performance space of this capacity on the small site. This technical challenge required a strong knowledge of theatre seating for optimal sight lines and acoustics. The other main challenge was the way our proposal would interface between the heritage of QPAC and the streets of South Bank.

The aim of my proposal was to make the arts more approachable through a re-representation of the key players in an performance. The structure has two key components, the transparent glass scaffolding representing the audience and the coloured concrete form representing the performance. The scaffolding acts as the public interface inviting observation and inspection of the what lies within. The performance form mimics the material of the existing QPAC but implies new growth with an alternate form.

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Sectional perspective

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Theatre documentation

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Visualisations

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The second studio began with an opportunity to visit Jakarta and work with the local university to make a proposal on the historic Dutch origins of the city. The studio run by Paul Sanders encouraged exploration and interpretation of the needs of the city. Jakarta has a hot and somewhat hostile urban environment that’s home to an friendly resourceful population. Visiting the city gave me the opportunity to study both people and place. The result of this research was to propose the construction of a mediatheque within the reconstructed shell of a heritage building. The mediatheque would be focused around art; offering ways to make, exhibit and criticize. The aim of offering a space focused around amenity was to practice more of an urban acupuncture than total renovation. It is hoped that by empowering the people of Jakarta that they can build upon their already strong social infrastructure.

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Project site visit

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Heritage facade reconstructed

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Project section

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Ground floor

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Level transition

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Canal scape

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Architectural Experience Journal  

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