M AC MCGINN
Due to rapid and dynamic changes in the political, economic, and social environments we live in, the built environment is uniquely positioned to provide solutions to challenges that our world confronts. I am motivated by the power of architecture to be solution-driven by shaping how we think, feel, and set the stage for social behaviors. While my primary passion is in architecture, my previous academic and professional careers have provided me with a thorough understanding of the commercial side of business. I am a mature student, currently enrolled in the second year of the University of Calgary’s Master of Architecture program. I previously completed a Bachelor of Business Administration at Mount Royal University (2012) with a minor in International Business. I have worked in the Calgary business community for five years prior to continuing my education. As a result of my passionate interest in design, I enrolled in the RAIC Syllabus program (2016) while working full time, until my acceptance into the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape. Through the MArch program, I have been awarded a Letter of Commendation on Excellent Academic Achievement. As a result of my hard work and dedication, I was also invited by faculty to participate in the Canadian Architecture Forums on Education (CAFÉ West), alongside a select group of students. Currently, I am employed as a Graduate Assistant Researcher working on the Teaching and Learning Online Network project (TALON). Due to this research I have been awarded the Emerging Scholar Award for the 14th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies in Rhodes, Greece set for May 2021.
“In order to design buildings with a sensuous connection to life, one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction” - Peter Zumthor
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. 2019 - Present DIPLOMA IN ARCHITECTURE (Student) Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Alberta, CA. 2016 - 2019 DIPLOMA IN ARCHITECTURE (Student) Athabasca University, Alberta, CA. 2016 - 2019 BACHELORS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (Student) Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB. 2008 - 2012 Minor - International Business
EMPLOYMENT SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE - UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY Calgary, AB. June 2020 - Present Graduate Assistance Researcher, TALON Project MCGINN ENGINEERING LTD. Regina, SK. 2019 AutoCAD/Revit Technician EPIK CONCRETE DESIGN INC. Calgary, AB. 2018 - 2019 Concrete Finisher ROTHMANS, BENSON & HEDGES Calgary, AB. 2014 - 2018 Business Development Representative NESTLE WATER CANADA Southern Alberta, AB. 2013 - 2014 Retail Sales Representative
Intermediate Architecture Studio 2020 - Salutogenesis Institute: The Joy of Life
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Emerging Scholar Award - 14th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies Letter of Commendation on Excellent Academic Achievement - U of C Indigenous Graduate Award Competition Teamwork, Leadership, Commitment Award - Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Deanâ€™s Honour Roll - MRU
AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, Sketchup, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Physical Modeling, 3D Printing, Lasercutting
Autodesk Certified User - AutoCAD Gold Seal Certificate - Revit
Available upon request
U OF C - M.ARCH Growth Centre Penumbra Complex CoCreateCalgary (CCC) - Artist Co-Housing Prairie Refuge(e)
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE B-Say-Tah Lake House BEMA Autosport BMW/MINI
PERSONAL Modular Cliff Cabin Calgary Wakeboard Cable Park
RAIC SYLLABUS Immersion Dynamic Perception Forming Context
GROWTH CENTRE Horticulture Therapy & Urban Farming FALL 2020
U OF C - INTERMEDIATE STUDIO
PROFESSOR: BRIAN SINCLAIR
LOCATION: 528 EDMONTON TR. CALGARY, AB.
There is a growing need for additional mental health resources outside of hospitals in the Calgary area; at present, the wait times can range from months to a year while private clinics can cost upwards of $180 per session. Following that there is a lack of current resources and increased mental health diagnoses, the Growth Centre begins to fill that gap by providing an innovative and affordable approach. The program is defined by two categories of a Salutogenic Institute and the Art of Horticulture Centre which create a symbiotic relationship. They rely on each other directly and indirectly for the benefit of the users, community, and city. The Salutogenic Institute concentrates on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy while the Art of Horticulture Centre provides community sustainability through urban farming. The result is a patient care plan directed to horticulture therapy which is a process that engages a patient in horticultural activities, facilitated by trained professionals, to achieve specific and documented treatment goals. In an era of rapid urbanization and social fragmentation, horticultural therapy offers innovative pathways for personal and social transformation. The Growth Centre promotes the ongoing personal development of clients and increasing effectiveness of institutions that care for sick, aging, vulnerable, or marginalized people in society. The building design promotes, facilitates, and encourages health and wellness through salutogenic and biophilic architecture resulting in long term well-being for the building users and the existing community. Salutogenic architecture has the power to support and enhance patient manageability, comprehensibility and meaningfulness to help an individual through the natural process of healing. By incorporating biophilic design focused on open spaces, natural light, natural materials, textures, and plants, the Salutogenesis and the Art of Horticulture Institute manifest in the Growth Centre to support long term care for Calgarians.
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Cafe/Market creating economic development. Supply year-round fresh produce to local businesses and the community. Economic attraction to the community.
GREEN ROOF SYSTEMS
Reduce heat gain. Water filtration and collection. Extended community space.
Maintain existing green space. Green corridor between Edmonton Tr. and communities. Community quality of life and teaching skills towards healthy living and a sustainable economy. Hub during potential stress or disasters. Community Gardens.
PASSIVE SOLAR STRATEGIES
Multi-functional building spaces. Designing for current use and for long-term reuse of building and spaces.
Optimized site and orientation. Slope integrated design for natural light penetration. South facing facade with Light Shelf for vertical farm.
NET POSITIVE WATER IMPERATIVE
Stormwater collection. All water on site is collected and not drained onto adjacent sites. Filtration wet land ponds before entering the building. Waste water management. Building use and supply the community in disaster situations.
Optimized site and orientation. Slope integrated design. South facing facade for vertical farm.
NATIVE LANDSCAPING Utilize trees, plants, and grasses native to the area to reduce on irrigation needs.
MAS SING MODEL - 1:200
SECTION MODEL - 1:100
PENUMBRA COMPLEX A Centre for Newcomers WINTER 2020
U OF C - STUDIO II
PROFESSOR: CATHERINE HAMEL
LOCATION: 23 MCDOUGALL CT NE. CALGARY, AB.
Research in this project investigated the contemporary refugeeâ€™s pursuit as part of a larger 20th century project of migration and resettlement. How to house and group the population, how to ensure its welfare and happiness, and how to optimize the potentials of individuals, families and other segments of the urban population have been central urban questions. These questions are addressed through the potential of architecture and consider migration, dwelling, and community. The politics of housing, the family, and the urban collective along with the economies and ecologies of collective dwelling are analyzed to provide insights in design applications. The Penumbra Complex is a transition house for newcomers focusing on community within the urban re-settlement and facilitates a gateway to new beginnings. Temporary accommodations are provided as they begin the resettlement process in Calgary and to assist them in overcoming the many obstacles in adjusting to a new country and city. The primary focuses of this housing project are to provide temporary comfortable rooms for individuals and families. To establish interior community spaces while connecting to the urban fabric through views to the existing community, bow river, and city center. To maximize exposure to natural light through the building by creating vertical voids and are utilized to connect internal spaces. Opportunities for newcomers are created by the World Cuisine Catering social enterprise situated within the structure. It provides meals for commuters, point of sale through a cafĂŠ space and rentable multipurpose room within the complex for tenant and community gatherings. The commercial kitchen facilitates togetherness through the sharing of cultural foods and provides employment for tenants and facilitates community engagement.
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SYMMETRY & BALANCE
FORM TO VIEWS
FLOOR 2 15
PERSPECTIVE SECTION - 1
The parametrically designed facade adapts to the internal and external environments by producing varying types of light and visual penetration. Some suites extend to the outer facade while others are offset to allow the inner facade to be seen through suite windows. It produces dynamic lighting qualities through direct/indirect lighting and surface reflections. It also has levels of visual transparency to be more open and conscious to the existing community.
SECTION - 2
CoCreate Calgary (CCC) Artist Co-Housing FALL 2019
U OF C - STUDIO I
PROFESSOR: DANIEL HAPTON
SITE ADDRESS: 1103 12 ST. SE. CALGARY, AB.
In the Economistâ€™s 2019 Global Livability Index, Calgary was ranked the most livable city in North America. Calgary received a perfect score in all index categories except for Culture and Environment. As a result of this deficiency, a proposed initiative for cultural enrichment called CoCreate Calgary was established. The proposal includes building an artist co-housing residency program where artists compete, and are rewarded, to live and work in this new housing project. The top four artists will be directed to create sitespecific artwork throughout the community. The chosen site for this initiative is located within the Old Brewery Flats district of Inglewood. The land is adjacent to Cold Garden Brewery and Olâ€™Beautiful Brewing Co. on a portion of city owned property. Following a site analysis, a formal system was devised that could be deployed on the site. This was established through a precedence study of three Tony Smith sculptures entitled Cigarette, Light up, and Gracehopper. By using the two primitives of an octahedron and tetrahedron found in the sculptures, I discovered the only angles they can be orientated, in any direction, is 60 and 120 degrees. I then devised a semi-autonomous system which is used in conjunction with the site, buildable area, and program. This architectural monument demonstrates an interconnectedness of voids that are experienced in every floor in a unique way. The voids created are not uniform and become dynamic depending on the perspective of the user. Circulating through the architectural form inspires emotional qualities and stirs the senses. A boundary condition is established that is site specific with a billboard face to showcase artwork and an articulated colonnade.
FLEX / LOUNGE
LE F T ELEVATION
MAS SING MODEL - SCALE 1:50
SITE MODEL - SCALE 1:200
PRAIRIE REFUGE(e) Integration Vessel - Landing in the Regional WINTER 2020
U OF C - STUDIO II
PROFESSOR: CATHERINE HAMEL
LOCATION: 4001 84 ST. SE. CALGARY, AB.
A temporary refuge in the prairie, this project focuses on the design of a small retreat space based on a donated site to the Calgary Catholic Immigrant Society (CCIS) through the YYC Non-Profit Land Transfer Policy. The site is located on the East Calgary city limits providing the iconic mixed views of Canadian prairies, City of Calgary, and the distant Rocky Mountains. The CCIS partners with the community to help immigrants and refugees settle and become contributing members of Canadian society. They ensure that new Canadians are welcomed and they are able to regain and maintain a life of dignity and self-worth. The buildingâ€™s program was determined to contain sleeping quarters for 12 individuals with a centralized shared common area. As this site is located in the Canadian prairies, a focus was maintained on the iconic hay bale as it is an international reference to food and sustenance. The material selection was dedicated to reusable wood sources such as farm fence posts, telephone poles, trees left from clear cutting, and the growing use of hempcrete as a building product. The floor plan is continuing the association of the hay bale through the use of private, semi-private, and semi-public spaces. Food, and food preparation, is a focus for immigrants and refugees as it establishes a sense of community as well as being an activity which facilitates the learning of the English language. This project emphasizes the user interaction with Canadian prairies in order to connect to the new environment and culture.
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MODEL AND MATERIAL EXPLORATION
B-SAY-TAH LAKE HOUSE Renovation & Addition SUMMER 2019
EMPLOYER: MCGINN ENGINEERING LTD.
LOCATION: 40 BEACH LANE, FORT QUâ€™APPELLE, SK. This a contemporary/modern style transformation of a lake front, all season cottage, into a permanent residence. The main floor living space is expanded which includes an added living room area, new glass clear two-story vestibule, and an addition of a new master bedroom with ensuite. The second level expansion includes an addition of the existing bedrooms and the second living room and guest bedroom. There is also an introduction of reverse roof lines for new windows/dormers in the existing bedrooms and reverse roof lines for the additions. Refinishing throughout the home is to be completed with an all new kitchen and open floor concept. I assisted in the preparation of the schematic drawings (Revit). Working along side a Shoukry Tadris, architect (non-registered), within the integrated offices of McGinn Engineering Ltd.
ISO SECTION - B
SECTION - B
BEMA AUTOSPORTS BMW/MINI Renovation & Addition SUMMER 2019
EMPLOYER: MCGINN ENGINEERING LTD.
LOCATION: 607 BRAND CT, SASKATOON, SK.
The BMW/MINI project consisted of a six-bay service shop addition with customer drive through, and new MINI showroom. It includes an upgrade to the existing BMW showroom, combined customer parts and customer service write-up areas, and an upgrade to the existing service shop. My input consisted of corrections to the final review ‘redline’ drawings, together with design and drafting of new details. This facilitated an excellent learning experience with review, coordination and implementation of engineering and architectural drawings. The work was completed in Revit software and was an invaluable opportunity to coordinate between the engineering and architectural disciplines.
MODULAR CLIFF CABIN Designing for Difficult Terrain 2019
LOCATION: OKANAGAN VALLEY, BC.
While living and spending time in the Canadian Rocky Mountains I have witnessed many structures attempting development on difficult terrain such as cliff edges and steep slopes. This is especially noticeable in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia with high demand for unique properties taking advantage of both outstanding views and lake access. As a response, I have created this project as my interpretation of a modular cabin on a difficult site. Given the unique space, I focused on an energy efficient house with minimal disruption to the local geography. It prioritizes a circular economy through the reuse of materials such as shipping containers. The use of solar panels will reduce the ecological footprint and promote sustainable energy. The lower modular section is dedicated to the main living space which has a large open floor plan including kitchen, dinning room, utility room, living room, and large access doors to the deck space. Specifications for the upper modular section includes a full master bedroom with an ensuite, three smaller bedrooms, a large bathroom, and walkout access to the rooftop green space.
CALGARY WAKEBOARD CABLE PARK Visualizing a Business Plan 2019
LOCATION: 10555 114 AV SE CALGARY, AB.
This self-directed project was particularly exciting as it allowed me to combine my to main career interests of business and architecture. While attending Mount Royal University to obtain a Bachelors of Business Administration I wrote a business plan for a wakeboard cable park. I wanted to create a facility that would accommodate families and people of all ages at an affordable price. Due to a limited access to lakes and water sports, the result was to bring the lake atmosphere to the city. Located in Rocky View County, bordering the City of Calgary, this provides a convenient space for competitions, day excursions, or corporate events. The primary facilities include main lake access, spacious club house with dinning, viewing, and gathering areas. Also included are land-based activities such as beach volleyball, horseshoes, and a play structure for children.
IMMERSION Primal Habitat Fall 2018
RAIC SYLLABUS - STUDIO II
LOCATION: REVELSTOKE, BC.
The three elements; window, cleansing, and hearth were the focus of integration for this project. The window, as it pertains to a spiritual connection to the exterior environment and the power to frame a perspective. Cleansing, the purification and ritual of washing away. Hearth, through the visual, physical, and auditory senses. The window and hearth are emphasized by immersing an individual in the external environment within a lowered seating area. Cleansing is strengthened by an exterior glass walled shower. These elements where combined to create a primal habitat approximately 15 square meters of space. The one structure was then duplicated into 12 individual units organized within a circulation system plus gathering space for group activities. The concept is a unique cliff centralized yoga and mental health pavilion designed to be a journey of discovery to secluded accommodations. The change in elevation provides a natural divide and circulation system for unobstructed views between upper and lower units.
DYNAMIC PERSPECTIVE Representation to Abstract Fall 2017
RAIC SYLLABUS - STUDIO I
The project was a study in two - dimensional abstract thinking. The exercise involved selecting a two dimensional image and convert it into an abstract composition. I selected the waterfall image and analyzed the compositional elements of focal point, lines of force, hierarchy, rhythm, and repetition. The final interpretation of the representational image composition in abstract form reflected these elements. The abstract composition was further analyzed as a plan or elevation and convert it into a three-dimensional composition in model form. The concept for this art instillation was to emphasize a perception of depth by utilizing multiple layers. The viewerâ€™s interpretation will invoke a different impression depending on their point of view.
FORMING CONTEXT Discovery of 2D to 3D Form Fall 2017
RAIC SYLLABUS - STUDIO II
This project is a design exercise in two-dimensional form through utilizing five given geometric shapes. Two to three shapes had to be overlapping or touching and needed to consider fundamental design issues. My process involved creating templates of the specified shapes and the maximum size of the composition. This process allowed me to test multiple configurations quickly. Drawing and shading techniques emphasized the fundamental design elements of symmetry, balance, proportion and hierarchy. The composition was then translated into a three - dimensional closed object model reflecting the exact locations as their equivalent two - dimensional forms. Evolving the model further, the closed objects where then manipulated to explore the interplay between solid and void through two steps: first, to alter the ground plane to construct new relationships between solid, void, and external spaces; second, to explore the relationship between internal and external spaces by removing one or more surface from each object in order to reveal the spaces within.
“As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.” - Norman Foster
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University of Calgary - Master of Architecture Candidate 2022