30 Jan 1985
Australian Chinese background
English / Mandarin
0430 986 767
Profile During more than four years of experience working in the architectural profession in Australia and overseas, I have gained sound knowledge on international and local projects of varying scales.
Working with award winning practices (PTW Architects, Studio 505) and well experienced architects has given me the chance to develop innovative design skills together with drafting efficiency from design to documentation stages.
My involvement spans from architectural design, conceptual urban planning, through to construction documentation. I bring attention to details to all aspects of my work in addition to working well in a collaborative team environment. From practices I have developed a keen interest in approaching design with various digital techniques, often spanning various disciplines.
I have had many opportunities working on local residential projects in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, allows me to familiarize myself with the practice of BCA and Victorian planning scheme.
While studying and working in the Netherlands and China, I have to learned and adapt to different culture and design approaches. The overseas experiences not only prepared me to adapt quickly, they have also extended my design knowledge and have trained me to cooperate with very different opinions during a design process.
Qualifications + Bachelor of Design in Architecture University of Sydney 2005 to 2008 Honors Degree invited + Master of Architecture Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2010 to 2012 Nomination of the Best 10 Graduate Projects of 2012 + Exchange study in the Netherlands Technology University of Delft 2011.09 to 2012.02
Software + Graphic Adobe Suites (Photoshop / Illustrator / Indesign) + 2D AutoCAD + 3D and rendering ArchiCAD / Revit / SketchUp / Rhino / V-Ray + Administrative Microsoft Office
Professional Record + 2012.05 to 2012.12
+ 2009.10 to 2010.06
Design Subdivide & Build, Melbourne
Josephine Oâ€™Brien Architect, Sydney
Referee: Michael Sheppard, 0407 312 052
Referee: Josephine Oâ€™Brien, 0438 663 832w
- Concept Design
- Concept Design (residential)
- Preparing town planning applications
- 2D documentation
- Council and client coordination
- Preparing town planning applications - 3D rendering presentation
+ 2010.07 to 2011.08 Studio 505, Melbourne
+ 2007.11 to 2009.10
Architectural Assistant (part time)
PTW Architects, Sydney
Referee: Dylan Brady, 03 9670 2322
Architectural Assistant (full time) Referee: Kimberly Everette, 02 9232 5877
- Concept Design (Architectural and urban planning) - Design documentation - Client coordination - 2D and 3D drafting - Preparing design reports (Architectural and urban planning)
- Research on materials, public building typologies etc. - Concept Design and Design Development (Architectural and urban planning) - Design documentation (public buildings) - 2D and 3D drafting - Preparing design reports (Architectural and urban planning)
+ 2010.05 to 2010.08 Kate Harrison Architect, Melbourne
+ 2005.11 to 2006.3
Z+H Architects, Beijing, China
Referee: Kate Harrison, 0418 519 865
- 2D documentation (residential)
- Design specifications (residential)
- 2D and 3D drafting
- Preparing town planning applications
- Preparing design reports
- 3D rendering presentation
- Office administration
Selected projects + ARCHITECTURE Jurong Hospital Singapore
+ URBAN PLANNING Cube Society Hybrid Community Chengdu, China
Lotus Park Conference Centre Wujin, China
Garden Street development Wujin, China
Cube Society Hybrid Community Chengdu, China
Hainan Island Resort Hainan, China
Wibautstraat Public Library Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Cambridge St Townhouse. Brisbane, Australia
Balmoral Residential Redevelopment Sydney, Australia Cotec Blue Sapphire Vung Tau, Vietnam
Ozeki Supermarket Tokyo, Japan Pop Music Centre International Competition Taipei, Taiwan Petro Vietnam Mixed-use Competition Hanoi, Vietnam
Busan Resort Centre Busan, Korea Ho Chi Minh City Financial CBD HCMC, Vietnam Cape St Jacques Mix-use development Vung Tau, Vietnam Al Ariam Mixed-use development Abu Dhabi, UAE Wibautstraat Plaza and Park Amsterdam, the Netherlands Waterfront Redevelopment Rio Janeiro, Brazil
master plan public
Lonsdale St apartment
17 master plan 21 residential
Pop Music Centre
31 residential tower
Luxford St Public housing
Ben Luk Masterplanning
master plan mix use
master plan cultural
Josephine Oâ€™Brien Architect
residential planning application
- A hybrid project of modern structure and traditional city spaces, the vernacular lifestyle survives with in a densified urban cube. -
The project begins with a criticizing position on projects currently happening in Chengdu as the decision makers addiction to the ubiquitous mixed use high rise type. Chengdu is building a completely new city centre at the south edge of the existing city centre, this development is named Century City. The entire existing urban fabric has been removed to make place to the new. Is Chengdu going to be another duplication of Beijing or Shanghai after this fierce urbanization? The project tries to answer one urban question :How can we bring together the essence of the unique Chengdunese life style and a model of centralized organisation? So that vernacular culture survives within a large scale and highly densified new urban environment. The project focuses on exploring the interactions between outdoor spaces and how the different programs are driven by the connection between them. It aims to introduce a new typology that cultivates differences allowing the coexistence of multiple types through hybridization and develops a strategy for maximizing the intensity between local, metropolitan and global conditions.
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In order to make the project not just a generic mixed use building, all the programs need to interact with each other. This interface increases the potential link between activities by making them spatially and functionally interdependent. The interface spaces in this project are original spaces from the existing city fabric, which are the most characteristic spaces in Chengdu famous life style. They are proven to work well under the climate and cultural conditions, people are familiar with them and they are part of the cityâ€™s lifestyle.
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- Different urban conditions are intentionally created and divided, then they are all connected again by a public library in the form of a bridge. -
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To improve the connectivity of the site and a sense of space, the new hybrid building maximized its service area to Wibautstraat by placing a long line of recreational programs occupying the street frontage. This line of restaurants, bars and retail shops together with the monumental building and plaza alone Wibautstraat form a formal urban space, while thereâ€™s a huge area of landscaped park behind them to give a suburban and natural space to the surrounded residential areas.
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The proposal intends to extend beyond the linear north-south connection to Wibautstraat, and create a new connection across the street, from the western side where the Amstel River lies, to the eastern residential area. The new library is in a form of bridge, connecting the park and the river side, providing an elevated connection over the wall of buildings and traffics. The library bridge will be an urban boulevard itself, with public realm on the planted roof top where people can walk across anytime without entering the functional level within the bridge. The library is a boulevard of books with an open plan. Programs of art displaying, multimedia interaction and cafes will be injected into the plan to drive circulation.
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- How can programmes work as generative forces on city morphology? -
This model maps a radius of force from a point on a grid. The greater the distance from the point, the greater the radius of the circle. The second model uses points from the site programme mapping we returned to the original grasshopper model. Creating a spline through the programme points we used the points of other programme to exert force on that line. The force could be negative (away) or positive (towards). We then added an upwards vector to the force. A loft was created between the original line and the new line to create a surface and this was extruded down to the ground plane to give volume we called a programmatic corridor.
In this project our design team experimented in using Grasshopper to trace the bands of existing programmes and the affect of an attracting or repelling grid of forces to strengthen the bands and create various thicknesses that begin to interact. We have attempted to map out these discovering of the city of Rio and how they are affected by adjacencies to create woven pathways through the city. The forms created by the model are representative of these imagining and are then open to the further interpretation of the designer.
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The radial grasshopper mapping applied to a grid on the site (using offsets of the shoreline) and splines generated from the programme mapping as the attraction or repulsion force.
Programme, material and colour may link these pathways, peaks can be interpreted as points of attractions and site of convergence as focal hubs for public transport, commerce and recreation. Voids between corridors may be left undeveloped or function as open space areas.
After research, our interpretation of the programmatic corridors is as a suggestive mapping of where programme can grow within the site. Sections reveal more of the interaction of the newly generated forms with the site. A new topography is formed and threads of programme run through that overlap and interact with each other. Corridors push both into the elevated ground inland and into the water. Using the Rhino model in cad we mapped out the programme corridors in plan and intersected them with the existing grid to create a new grid based on the road structure and block size.
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The project site is located on Lonsdale Street, in the middle of Melbourne city centre. The area is filled with shopping destinations, recreational facilities, cultural centres, and tourist attractions. It is vital for the project to respond to the exciting city life around it and to blend into the vibrate atmosphere. The project consists of mix functions including video shop, book store, travel agent and pancake restaurant. How would a building success with drawing people in and providing them an atmosphere that is isolated from the chaotic outside world? And how would it fit into the surrounding urban context with contemporary architecture style without being a contradictory structure?
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- I call architecture frozen music. J.W von Goethe The undulations of the Mountains and the meandering of the river guides the conceptual arrangement of the design elements. To celebrate the Taiwanese pop music culture and to further integrate the musical element into the Taipei Pop Music Centre, six iconic singers were selected from Taiwanâ€™s pop music history to represent the six live houses in the design. We digitally mapped each sound wave, the most characteristic beat of each tune is highlighted in red which serves as the base for the design.
The beat cells excerpt of each songâ€™s sound wave is digitally stretched, and each wave is lofted with other cells to form the basic undulating framework of the landscape skin. The landscape skin is a multi- faceted element of the design, which encapsulates the site and the design as a whole. It is a floor and a roof; a decorative and utilitarian element; and a physical and conceptual representation of the Taiwanese pop music culture. After testing a series of loft, the conceptual technique produced numerous forms. After rationalizing the patterning across the site, we found this wave to best fit within the site and its context in a powerful and aesthetic way.
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The outdoor performance space aims to have a dual purpose in providing a large outdoor space to cater for up to 16000 people for large concerts and festivals and to provide and sizable urban green space. The back of house support is positioned next to the Chunghwa Telecommunication Equipment Machine room and is serviced via the Nangang Road, the concept is to have large screen either side of the stage with the indoor auditorium providing a large quantity of the amenities required, although additional accommodation can be located in the back of house building. The concept design of the live house is based on visibility and creating a unique atmosphere to play and listen to music. The stage can obviously viewed from within the venue but by providing an open able glass faĂ§ade to the back of the stage we introduce the idea of a two way stage. This also give the public an insight to the various performances happening within the live houses. By shifting the support services to one side of the building and bar/ cafĂŠ to the other side this creates arms of amenities surrounding a small public plaza, ideal for generating contained atmosphere before after and during performances.
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With a current population of 7 million and strong projected economic growth, Ho Chi Minh City is starting to develop as a polycentric city and Ben Luc as a satellite city. The design focuses on three main nodes aligned along the main ridge of the site. This defines the spine of the development By concentrating the denser developments such as offices and residential apartments further inland and the recreational activities along the river, the design takes into account the impacts of climactic variations that the site is subject to throughout the year to shelter the economic base of the development.
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STUDIO 505 Melbourne
- The future iconic cultural attraction symbolizing the growth and prosperity of Wujin. -
The Lotus Park involves a series of iconic projects in a new cultural precinct in Jiangsu Province in China. The 3.5 hectare Lotus Park has been designed to be occupied throughout the year with festivals and functions throughout the day and night. The design establishes a clear and active programme of functions. Projects include the W Gallery, the Lotus Conference Centre, and Phoenix Valley Community Centre. The themes of environmental sustainability, education, recreation and community focused arts programmes are key to the establishment and success of the park programme.
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The W Gallery is a new museum of contemporary art and many new entertainment and restaurant venues. The themes of environmental sustainability, education, recreation and community focused arts programmes are key to the establishment and success of the park programme.
Phoenix Valley includes the Wujin Grand Theatre and Youth Palace. A new cultural icon and hub housing the new Wujin Grand Theatre for 1000 patrons, a cinema complex, sports halls, and educational youth palace for 4,000 students. The complex is covered with a green roof and solar panels and is targeting Chinaâ€™s highest rating in sustainability.
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