LARA ISAAC UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE SECOND YEAR BACHELOR’S PROGRAM
My name is Lara Sophia Jing-Yen Ip Isaac. I am a second year student from University of Waterloo School of Architecture. I am a designer and a performer; being serious, passionate and excellent at the things I love most is my mantra. This is my portfolio of academic and independent projects. I hope to hear your feedback.
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Fluent speaking English and French
Music, sketching, cooking, reading
University of Waterloo,
Candidate for Bachelor of Architectural studies, term 2A President’s Scholarship
Thomas A Blakelock High school
Graduate on Dean’s List; 4.0 gpa Achievement in Technological Design Award Achievement in Fine Arts Award
Phil and Eli Taylor Young Artists’ Performance Academy Violincello Performance Graduate Performance Scholarship
Oakville Symphony Orchestra
Young Artists’ Scholarship, 2010, 2011 Jose Shapero Cello use, 2011
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Youth Orchestra Cellist, third desk 2010-2012
Royal Conservatory of Music
ARCT in Cello Performance Diploma, first class honours Grade 7 in Piano Performance, first class honours
Kenneth Isaac Architect Inc, Rose Marie Ip Barrister and Solicitor
Receptionist for phone, clients, deliveries
Cool Licks D-Lite Gelato Parlor
Server, janitor, gelateur
Sesame Strings Ensemble
Gig manager and cellist
Oakville Suzuki Association
Summer camp head counselor Orchestral soloist Private tutor for junior cello performance
ACADIA Conference 2013: Adaptive Architecture Event Photographer Entertainer
Waterloo Student Association Junior Treasurer
Teens Organizing Local Events for Seniors Performer, cello, piano, voice
Experienced AutoCAD Revit Photoshop Word Powerpoint
Indesign Rhinoceros V-Ray Excel Other Skills Hand Drafting Hand modelling Oral presentation Writing
TABLE OF CONTENTS ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN GEAR-SHIFT HOMES PINWHEEL LOFTS URBAN TOWN HOME
STAR PAVILION: FAIRBANKS TINY TEAHOUSE: CASA DALLAS 2013 NINE SQUARE GRID ITINERANT FAIR: SSEF 2013 MANUAL DRAFTING: THE SHELTER DIGITAL MODELING: THE THRESHOLD
A FIGURE IN SPACE ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE: ACADIA 2013 APPLE, BOWL, CANDLE INSIDE MY HEAD GENERATION
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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN GEAR-SHIFT HOMES JUNK: INFILL HOUSING URBAN TOWN HOME
GEAR- SHIFT HOMES 1B Studio, supervised by Don McKay, Independent. Completed April 2013.
This is an urban intensification project sited on a 189msq parking lot near Moss Park, Toronto. This cluster of loft apartments each has a generous balcony and window scheme to maximize light and views. Spacious bicycle storage and a coffee shop on the ground floor welcome the cyclist culture of Queen and Sherbourne. With the additional proximity to transit, this is a modern loft for young city dwellers. These drawings were executed with Revit and the model constructed of foam core and basswood.
Context Plan, site:189 msq
9 2 Drawing 7
Second Floor: one apartment 1 Drawing 7
Br itain St ree
Ground Floor Plan, Revit and Illustrator 1:100
Typical two bedroom
Typical two apartment
B Section Elevations and Sections, Revit, Illustrator, Photoshop, 1:250
Axonometric and Structural Axonometric, Revit 1:200
PINWHEEL LOFTS 1B Studio, supervised by Don McKay, Collaboration with Will Fu, Alex Gontarz and Chris Hacala. Completed March 2013
This is a multi-unit residential project sited in downtown Galt, Cambridge Ontario. This building is a form of urban intensification and is sited on what is currently a backalley parking lot. The atrium provides a democratic and transparent space as punctuation to the opacity of downtown Galt. A pinwheel pattern enables prefabrication and gives each loft a balcony and view. The project was executed on Rhinoceros, Auto CAD and V-Ray.
v West, South, East and North Elevations
^ Ground Floor Plan, Auto CAD > Exploded Axonometric
Sections, Auto CAD, 1:200
^ Balconies seen from Northeast > Atrium staircase
URBAN TOWN HOME 1A Studio, supervised by Val Rynnimeri, Independent. Completed Novermber 2012.
This is a live/work semi-detached town home designed for the needs of a family of musicians. The double height living room receives the most natural light and serves also as a music studio or recital room with a feature diffusing wall. The spaces are arranged in an open concept so music may permeate the shared space and not disturb the private ones. This was the first formal â€˜buildingâ€™ studio project. The drawings were done by hand and the model built from foam core.
Side (east) Elevations, Pencil on Mylar, 1:200
Master Bedroom Kitchen/Dining
Ground floor plan
Upper floor plan
Plans @ 1:150, Exploded Axonometric, Pencil on Mylar Partie collages, mixed media
Sections, Pencil on mylar, 1:150
ARCHITECTONICS STAR PAVILION: FAIRBANKS
TINY TEAHOUSE: CASA DALLAS 2013 NINE SQUARE GRID ITINERANT FAIR: SSEF 2013 MANUAL DRAFTING: THE SHELTER DIGITAL MODELING: THE THRESHOLD
STAR PAVILION: FAIRBANKS 1B Environmental Design, supervised by Terri Boake, Independent Completed April 2013
Alaska, USA 64.82ËšN, 147.87ËšW, This is an off-grid star gazing pavilion in a remote and challenging environment. This pavilion is sited near Fairbanks, Alaska and driven by the igloo type. The form was generated by tectonic experimentation with icosohedron geometry in physical model and passive strategies of sun shading.
Variable shading to maximize heat gain Shades closed: retain heat Shades open: gain sun and view
Fairbanks Solar Exposure and temperature chart
^Star Pavilion beneath the tundraâ€™s night sky. >Sun ray diagrams: Winter solstice, noon sun Summer solstice, noon sun <Roof: triangulated skylights and occulus
TINY TEAHOUSE: CASA DALLAS 2013 1B Independent Compeition, Unsupervised. Model: Rhino, Renders: V-Ray and Photoshop
This is an entry for the CASA Dallas: Life of an Architect Playhouse Competition 2013. The competition called for a children’s playhouse that could be constructed for display at a mall and reassembled in a buyer’s backyard. The chashitsu is an icon of the garden and informed the play house’s design. Giant teacups act as stools and storage and the shoji double as rolling blackboards. The floor is elevated on concrete feet and the roof and walls are permeable to minimize weather damage.
THE NINE SQUARE GRID 1A Studio, supervised by Val Rynnimeri, Independent. Completed October 2012.
This pavilion plays with steps and lines of sight. Vertical slivers of views cut across the diagonals and horizontal slivers separate the planes of the roofs. It is loosely inspired by Mies Van der Roheâ€™s Barcelona Pavilionâ€™s orthogonal language. This is an individual drawing and physical model building exercise for the design of a pavilion with no site and no program, a variation of a design exercise developed by Professor John Hedjuk in the late1960s and guided by a ninesquare plan.
This is a group design composed of elements from three Nine Square grid pavilions. Each level loosely reflects one pavilion; the steps on the third floor and the tiered roof are derived from my Nine Square Grid pavilion. The model is made from foam core and wood dowels.
ITINERANT FAIR: SSEF 2013 1B Building Construction, supervised by Terri Boake, Collaboration with Terry Huang. Completed April 2013.
The Itinerant Fair is a submission to SSEF 2013: Pop-Up. The itinerant fair is a temporary vendor stall designed for complete facility of assembly, disassembly, transportation and storage. It locks easily so it may be installed for several days or be a safe mobile storage unit. Due to spring latch and drawer rail connections, the stall assembles smoothly and easily in a few simple motions. Steel details: spring latch connection detail, rolling blind and aluminum rail mechanism details
Stainless steel hollow core beam Steel angle plate Rolling blind (back) Stainless steel hollow core beam Aluminum sliding rail Aluminum roof plate Aluminum plate Hollow core stud Aluminum sliding rail
Aluminum counter plate Stainless steel hollow core beam Aluminum sliding rail Abrasive padding Stainless steel plate Latch Hollow core post Aluminum plate Perforated stainless steel floor plate Hollow core beam
Structural Wall Section
HAND DRAFTING: SHELTER STUDY 1A Building Construction, supervised by Tammy Gaber, collaboration with Angela Leung and Rachel Li. Completed December 2012
Drawn entirely in pen on mylar. A study of the construction and insulation of a basic, unserviced wood frame shelter. 1-12 Wood shingle roof assembly 13-16: Wood door assembly 17-23: Wood stud wall assembly 24-30: Slab on grade floor assembly 31-40: Foundation Wall assembly 41-42 Wood deck assembly
Cut away axonometric, pen on vellum
Insulated Interior space
Cut away axonometric, pen on vellum
Site plan, pen on vellum
DIGITAL DRAFTING: THE THRESHOLD 1B Studio, supervised by Don McKay, Independent. Completed March 2013.
This is a design for a simple vestibule between an apartment and a hallway. Using a fountain and translucent light panels, light sound and air quality sculpt the transition between public and private. This threshold was modeled in Rhinoceros, rendered in V-Ray, drawn in Auto CAD and finalized in Illustrator.
<Exploded Axonometric Plan, Section, Elevation>
A FIGURE IN SPACE ACADIA: ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE APPLE, BOWL, CANDLE INSIDE MY HEAD GENERATION
A FIGURE IN SPACE 1B Studio, supervised by Don McKay and 1B Visual Communication, supervised by Mark Cichy, Independent Completed February 2013
This is an exercise in sculpture: a self-portrait grounded in space. This is a model at 1:5 in clay, wood dowels and aluminum foil. It was developed through various iterations and media before this final form. It is documented in ink on mylar and rendered into an environment with Photoshop. The form of this self portrait was heavily influenced by the GrecoRoman Cultural history course at Waterloo.
ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE: ACADIA 2013 Independent photography, Completed October 2013
Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture: Adaptive Architecture conference, 2013, was hosted at University of Waterloo School of Architecture. The presenters were acclaimed professionals and masters students. I was asked to provide photographic documentation of the presentations, exhibits, people and events.
Christiano Ceccato of ZHA presenting the Japanese Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
The lecture spectators, composed of accredited professionals and students
A Bartlett master studentâ€™s steel sculpture
Professor Philip Beesleyâ€™s Hylozoic Ground
A computer controlled sound and light exhibit
APPLE, BOWL, CANDLE Series: pencil, pen, pencil crayon Independent
INSIDE MY HEAD Pencil on Paper Independent
GENERATION Acrylic Paint on Canvas and plaster cast, Independent
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