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B.A.S - University of Waterloo

table of contents projects / ambitions / ideas built works work experience


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summary of skills

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research: wind patterns wind patterns - program trials casa della citta “a house for the city� winery : talking threshold slotting house urban veil

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industrial design: light explore design pavillion landscape design: ooo o_garden hub

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mccallum sather architects inc. kpmb architects hicks partnership ltd.

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art work contact information

kimberley marta adamek bachelor of architectural studies - university of waterloo work experience

summary of skills

experience in 01/’12 - 04/’12 individual as well as group design projects architectural intern one on one client coordinatiion and discussion KPMB Architects consultant coordination meetings toronto, ontario creating basic building concepts 05/’11 - 08/’11 organizational skills architectural intern highly motivated worker in both team and individual environments alfaterv 2000 kft manual rendering capabilites zalaegerszeg, hungary physical modeling capabilities 05/’10 – 09/’10 LEED knowledgable architectural intern strong work ethic hicks partnership always professional oakville, ontario reliable 09/‘09 – 12/’09 architectural Intern 01/’09 – 04/’09 mccallum sather architects 02/’07 – 08/’07 hamilton, ontario computer skills 04/’08 – 08/’08 research & development intern sobotec limited architectural wall systems stoney creek, ontario page 3 | kma |

research: wind patterns drawings: hand-drafted with photoshop/illustrator editing

Is it possible to utilize the wind and its characteristics to make something invisible - visible and physical? May we better understand these things that affect us? Can we use them instead of simply leaving them outside? ground


As we build the city, we change the pattern of the wind. What if the wind dictated the grid in the first place?


Monthly average wind statistics: Toronto ON





Extracting the data of wind direction and speed, an abstracted “grid� of wind was created for each month (only 4 seasons are displayed). This grid’s spacing is based on speed and direction. The faster the wind, the closer the spacing; the slower the further apart.

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Wind levels



The areas in between this grid are moments of pause within a grid of movement. Initial direction is the color white, while speed is shown by density of lines.

Site used for analysis

Overlapping of a year’s wind patterns

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program trials - city grid drawings: rhino modelling with photoshop/illustrator editing models: blue foam carved with wire-cutter

Is it possible to utilize the wind and its characteristics to place program (seasonally) and suggest movement on a site?

Grouping and investigating these “areas of pause” from previous studies, all 3 levels of wind patterns were lofted together to create enclosed areas. These areas change in plan and in section as the wind patterns change.

White areas are “areas of pause” - turn into built space

As development occurs, the patterns would once again change since each built element would alter this “wind grid.”

Physical model photoshopped - Within the new city grid shaped by the wind

North-south section (Toronto site) (Plan on pg.7)

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1:500 site plan

10 knots


9 knots

program trials - serverfarm/trainstation

drawings: hand-drafted/rhino modelling with photoshop/illustrator editing

understood by being combined with

virtual (invisible) connection to other areas virtual connections

al (invisible) connection to other areas

physical connection to other areas physical connections physical connection to other areas

The internet - it is something that we are all connected to, yet understand very little of. Server farms are the power behind the internet. They require intense cooling and power to run, and are therefore always placed outside cities and near water. But what if we could start to understand this invisible network that surrounds us, by placing it within the city? powered and cooled by

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What if this invisible network could be combined with a physical one? Maybe we could begin to understand what is happening around us. A person at a computer is static while their virtual self travels, while a person on a train physically leaves while thier “heart� remains. Coincidentally, a serverfarm and a train station both either produce alot of wind or need ventilation so why not wind utilize the wind from the trains and the city to power the servers? 12 month wind direction & speed 12 month wind direction & speed

9 knots


9 knots

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3d model

site plan Heat from within the server masses would be drawn out and directed into the train station, while the wind collected as the trains move through the station would be used to cool the servers.

Cross-section across all platforms, view of all floors

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casa della citta - “a house for the city� the piazza as a portal to the city - rome, italy drawings: autocad/rhinoceros photoshop/illustrator editing models: millboard, plexi, foam

Is it possible to express the way a person moves through the entire city of Rome within a smaller site, so we may begin to understand how we are moving?

elements that make up a piazza:




archaeological ruins

Following the investigation of meandering around a directional axis through the city on a large scale, this idea was taken to a smaller scale.The piazza is a portal to the past, present and future Rome. Piazzas are made up of fountains, churches, monuments and archaeological remains, which are four elements which expose Rome’s conquests and ambitions. These four elements have much to do with the sort of piazzas that have been created, whether everyday, institutional, archaeological or green. In fact, most piazzas have all four elements. Less successful piazzas would not.

river entrance to archaeological piazza

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section of street / river entrance into archaeological piazza

1) Site as a solid mass (one large piazza connected to other piazzas) Describes the surrounding context Research surrounding context for program placement Retail


Residential Food

everyday piazza

Religious Institutional

2) Context begins to form site: Offset perimeter Cut route for via giulia Existing program of surrounding area informs creation and placement of 3 piazzas (everyday, institutional and archaeological) Surrounding building heights inform height of areas


3) New program Placed in relation to existing program Placed along skeleton of motion through site


institutional piazza

archaeological piazza 4) Skin and program combined Central circulation core added to connect spine in elevation Program punctures skin when new program calls for new boundaries (breaks context rules)


plan showing movement between piazzas (small scale site vs. large city scale)

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a - archaeological piazza b - parking c - entrance d - elevator/ w.c e - cafe f - book store g - gallery h - residence i - food j - everyday piazza k - lecture room l - lecture room m - main lecture room n - residence o - library p - institutional piazza q - studios r - residence s - library t - offices u - meeting room v - meeting room w - residence x - labs y - archives z - skin


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main entrance

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The central stair is the place in which the surrounding context and the new building collide. The programs are layed out in relation to the context and in between where the core happens, a physical manifestation of the characteristics of the site are revealed.

central stair

via giuilia

institutional piazza


everyday piazza

longitudinal section

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winery: “talking threshold�

drawings: autocad and pen on vellum with photoshop & illustrator post-processing models: millboard & plastic and bass wood, plexi & plastic knitting grid

Is it possible to understand the process of making wine through use of the facade? Can we blur the boundary between inside and outside?

Following an investigation, it was discovered that no two programs of a winery are in use at the same time. since the process of making wine is what creates the history of each bottle, how can this change in program be shown to the public?

The idea to have a dynamic facade that changes as the program changes, holding behind it the various programs arranged per elevation, enables the program to be made visible through the facade. Every position within the winery enables the user to interact with the dynamic facade

detail of system of panels

1:50 moveable model of winery entrance

longitudinal section showing connection through to private dining area

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1:500 model -this dynamic facade opens and closes according to the programs in use

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slotting house

drawings: pen on vellum with photoshop/illustrator post-processing model: whitecard and cedar wood Is it possible to create a space in which the user has control by interacting with one central core? Goal was to have a small footprint with a structure easily assembled and maintained by the user. One moves in a spiral motion up and down and around a core that provides all necessary functions.

1st/2nd floor plan

exterior diagrammatic illustration model: view of heart/core interlocking with dining table and circulation

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3rd floor/roof plan

section through core

axonometric of central core

Core also penetrates through the top to support solar panels for harvesting energy

solar panels

glass panels

axonometric view of exterior

glass/wood panels

Facade also works by the method of slotting to allow for easy replacement of panels as well as to allow for many different exterior appearances. Instead of placing program along the perimeter of the space it is enclosed within a central core. Enables the user to control views, heating, circulation and the placement of necessary objects needed for living from one centralized area. Concrete blocks creating this core alternate between solid and void to create; storage space, the kitchen counter & table, the floor slabs (which were molded into an “L� shape to create a counterbalance)

perspectival section / 1:20 model

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urban veil

drawings: formz with photoshop post-processing model: copper tubing and foamcore Is it possible for a space to change although it remains the same? To create different atmospheres, smells, amounts of light? A collaborative design for the Think Toronto Spacing Competition that integrates the existing subway entrances of Toronto with the green network of the city while also providing a comfortable seating environment that connects both of the above and underground users.

beginning stage / winter

mid stage / spring and fall


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last stage / summer


public transit

“the feeling of being under a tree in the city�

Regarding a subway entrance, its main users are regulars; people going from point A to point B at least 5 days out of the week. in toronto, it can be hard to make time to escape the city or to see something other than the regular things one passes everday.

Introducing a green aspect that connects the street and underground levels, provides the people with a varying experience as the weather and seasons change. The colors, amount of coverage, smell as well as shadows will always be changing.

longitudinal section showing movement and pause united by growing greenwall

copper and foamcore model showing an overall view

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light; shadow transformer

model: laser cut bass wood, wood dowels

Challenged to create a light which prior to assembly, would fit into an A4 sized envelope. Desired to create a light which gave the user the ability to change the lighting conditions and patterns; a light that transforms.

A repeating curved form that rotates on a pivot was used to imitate the motion of a transforming wave.

assembly close-up; showing varying light openings The configuration is set up to be symmetrical and easily fabricated using pre-cut wood dowels and a slotting system. the final result has several configurations which create different shadow effects.


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fully expanded

fully enclosed

initial assembly form demonstrating shadow effects and assembly

explore design pavillion

competition / exhibition 3d model: sketchup, maxwell rendering with photoshop post-processing 1:1 scale built: pvc wood, plexi and metal piping joints

Working in a group of 10 students, our main idea was to create a rigid and easily constructed “Z” structure. The “Z” shape was created to suggest movement through and around the pavilion that would also showcase the university work.

final setup for exhibition

conception: original rendering The proposal for the 2009 Explore Design Pavilion strives to meet the marketing and program intentions in order to successfully showcase Waterloo Architecture to prospective students. The pavilion endeavours to engage students through an experience that they could not get from the school website or from a tour. Through the application of “hands-on” elements and the use of visual aids, the pavilion creates an interesting experience that lives up to Waterloo’s acclaimed reputation as the best architecture school in Canada. It is believed that the pavilion will allow students to take away valuable information with them regarding what the school has to offer and what it means to be an architecture student.

The white acrylic sheets lit from behind promoting the university suggest a horizontal movement while the black, heavy masses displaying student works suggests vertical movement.


Together these two masses create a continuous display which the user’s eye and body can follow.

backside of display showing image panels

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ooo o; garden hub

project: landscaping project in cambridge ontario; community garden site (group of 5) drawings: hand-drafted with photoshop/illustrator editing 1 day construction, permanent installation Challenged to create an installation on site. Proposal to create an installation that was useful that would be an extension of existing properties of the site.

initial concept vs . final construction

construction phases

wooden slats placed close together to provide shade and place of rest

existing water tanks raised up to utilize gravity to water surrounding gardens

assembly axonometric

from old gathering spot to new

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By placing the seating and water tanks together, as well as placing units together, a microclimate is created. these units are also mobile so they can change and adapt as the site does.

“Form is a tool for making nature visible.� - Dan Kiley (Landscape Architect)

After inspection and analysis of the site it was evident that this community garden had 3 key features: shelter, water and the garden, the only problem being that they were separated. by uniting these features orthogonally across from the existing lunch bench, we created a strong connection from one side of the garden to the other. current location

shelter / shade

water / cooling

use of installation to cool down/gather water

higher ground locations site plan; current location vs. beneficial alternate locations

garden / gathering

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mccallum sather architects

project: lynden library renders: revit with illustrator and photoshop post-processing

Idea was to create a new community library where the exterior windows would tell a story of the activities within.

street elevation including surrounding area

rear perspective A small library done in a very tight-knit community in ontario. The task was to investigate the surrounding community and create the final presentation images for the client to review.

entrance perspective

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project: hamilton general hospital pharmacy addition/renovation renders: form-z with illustrator and photoshop post-processing Taking part in the design of this renovation, the concept was to create a ceiling and floor effect that would encourage passage from the entrance to the new pharmacy. The client was very interested in viewing all aspects of the renovation, coming from all areas inside as well as outside.

perspective of pharmacy from staff entrance

exterior view

from conception to reality The outcome of the proposal was a much simpler solution: to keep the bulkhead simple in the waiting room, but to create the circular bulkhead over a reception desk that would hopefully insinuate motion toward the pharmacy.

perspective of pharmacy from patient entrance

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kpmb architects

project: globe and mail renders: revit with photoshop post-processing models: foamcore, plexi, wood dowels - all hand cut




revit/photoshop renders of 3 stages of interior venue

Floors 8-20 = open lease, each floor plate is unique due to torquing of facade Floors 1-7 designated for globe and mail

1:1000 scale model - foamcore/plexi

Idea was to intertwine public and private spaces, and to also create an iconic building. Green gardenlike path leading from ground entrance to globe and mail roof terrace (surround private programs with public green areas)

model courtyard

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rendered courtyard

1:50 scale model - foamcore/plexi

hicks partnership inc.

Prokopetz boathouse Design/renders using sketchup with illustrator and photoshop



Idea was for the new boathouse to be an extension of the site, while enabling and framing existing views.



perspective from house looking out over boathouse

Client looking for a new boathouse which would make use of existing water house.

Proposed versions of boathouse Angel wings: motorcyle/gear shop Design & sketchup/photoshop renders



Curves were utilized to suggest motioning toward entrance. Purposeful juxtaposition between the “moving” auto-display and stationary clothing display in behind to emphasize the importance of both areas Painted exterior in metal and black paint for a clean look (similar to alternate dealership asked to mimic.



bird’s eye view of new proposed boathouse option

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charcoal- life drawing, 10 min.

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pen - roman forum

pen and graphite - church, 15 min.

charcoal- life drawing, 30 min

marker/whiteout-detail, 10 min.

charcoal- life drawing, 30 min

graphite - bottle city

pen - shadow study, 5 min.

pen - crumpled mountains

graphite - abstract doodle

pen - building study, 20 min.

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