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nina wang

selected works spring 2014



• Motivated and efficient 3D Modelling & Rendering: • Avid team player • Rhino • Critical thinker • Sketchup • Excellent verbal, • Revit written, and graphic • VRay communication skills • Fast learner Image Editing & Presentation: • Eager to acquire new • Photoshop skills • Illustrator • InDesign Drafting: • AutoCAD

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS Sept 2011 - Present Aug 2013 May 2012 Sept 2011 Dec 2010

Permanent Address: 3 Milos Road Richmond Hill, ON Canada L4E 0J9


• Hand drafting • Physical modeling • Vignettes and perspectives (watercolour, ink, etc)


• Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese • 9 years of education in French • Beginner Cantonese, Korean, Spanish, Japanese, and Dutch.


• Design Studio • Principles of Structures • Steel, Concrete, and Timber Construction • Environmental Building Design • Acoustics and Lighting • HVAC • Visual Communications • 15+ years of experience in fine art and design

Excellent Academic Standing, University of Waterloo ONE Prize Green Design Competition Finalist (Group), Terreform ONE SSEF Architecture Design Competition Award of Merit ($2000), Steel Structures Education Foundation President’s Scholarship Award for entrance average above 90%, University of Waterloo Winter 2010 Gallery Exhibition, Varley-McKay Art Gallery

Local Address: 28 Blair Road Cambridge, ON Canada N1S 2H7

NINA ZHUORAN WANG +1 (226) 338-9295


ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT at Parkin Architects and Interiors Limited • Taught team members VRay rendering • Collaborated with team members in space planning and hospital reception design • Updated PSOS, interior finish schedules, and construction drawings • Created and updated 3D models using Sketchup, rendered using Kerkythea and Vray • Created interior finishes boards; designed interior wall finish patterns

Jan 2013 – Apr 2013

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT at Nelson Kwong Architect • Collaborated with principals in making design decisions regarding architecture, landscape, and interiors • Created 3D models based on drafts using SketchUp • Created drafts, sun studies, and related documents for public hearings • Created presentation material including renders and drafts for discussion during client meetings

Feb 2010 – Apr 2013

ART TEACHER at Ester’s Private Art School • Used expertise in visual arts to create weekly lesson plans according age group and skill level • Effectively communicated with children and parents regarding students’ progress • Managed two classes of up to 12 students per session


Sept 2011 - (June 2016) Sept 2007 - June 2011

Candidate for Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies Co-op, University of Waterloo O.S.S.D, Arts York Visual Arts Major, Unionville High School

Hello, my name is Nina. I am a third year Honors Bachelor of Architectural Studies student at the University of Waterloo.This portfolio is a selected collection of my thoughts and ideas about the way that space shapes the various aspects of our lives. I am constantly in pursuit of bettering my understanding of the world, and the relationships between the large picture and my tiny self. I hope to contribute the same passion and drive to your office.



nkArchitect | JAN - APR 2013 PARKIN | SEPT - DEC 2013









Jan - Apr 2013 | Coop Internship


All images modeled in SketchUp 8.0, rendered with VRay, edited in Photoshop 5.5


Responsibilities at nkArchitect included two major projects, one of which (233_d) is shown above and on the following pages. Creative duties included looking at the design of the sunken backyard lounge, the relationship between the interior family room and the outside pool deck, the front landscaping of planters and stairs, the fenestration and cladding materials of the front facade, and the landscaping of the side entry sequence, among many others.


14Modeled in Sketchup 8 Pro, rendered in Kerkythea, edited in Photoshop


15 Sept - Dec 2013 | Coop Internship


Erinoakkids Centre for Treatment and Analysis, Oakville17


Erinoakkids Centre for Treatment and Analysis, Oakville19

Interior Design Explorations, New Oakville Hospital

A palette of various possible tiling patterns for the swimming pool was created. Iterations are inspired by rainfall, waves, and ripples. 20

Finalized Designs: Rainfall (top), Soft Tides (bottom). 21

Drafting of floor plans and functional space analysis for St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener. 22



Can a space provide a luxurious getaway? Can a space be constructed from only recycled materials?


SSEF Architecture Design Competition 2012 Award of Merit $2000

April 2012 | Building Construction | Visual Communications in conjuction with Jennifer Lim



Crude Oil Production Rates from Canterell




Distribution of Existing Offshore Oil Fields in the Gulf of Mexico



2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Canterell Oil Field and the Proposed Rennovations


Pre-Existing Canterell Oil Platform

In recent years, crude oil supply has been depleting rapidly around the world, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico. The Cantarell oil field, which in the past was mexico’s largest source of crude oil, has harvested almost all of the available oil in the area. It is predicted that thousands of offshore oil platforms like the Cantarell oil field will be abandoned in the near future. The process of demolishing the abandoned oil platforms will cause dire consequences to the surrounding environment and ecosystems. Moreover, these oil platforms are excellent sources of strong industrial structure, and the demolishing of these resources would be both wasteful, expensive, and illogical.

The offshore project proposes to renovate the the defunct oil platforms into resort hotels, taking advantage of the warm equatorial climate and panoramic ocean view that the pre-existing structure offers. Approximately 150km away from the shores of mexico, the Canterell platform is easily accessible by boat, cargo ships and ferries. The unique design of the box frame truss, recycled from the derrick and flare towers of the oil platform, mimics the movement of the ocean waves and symbolizes the transition from the rigid, industrial structure to the fluid, organic architecture that can be appreciated both for its


First Floor Plan

Registration desk, lobby, employee living quarters


Second Floor Plan

Hotel suites, entertainment rooms, lounges

Drafted using AutoCAD, edited in Adobe Illustrator CS5.5

Third Floor Plan

Hotel suites, entertainment rooms, lounges

Fourth Floor Plan

Hotel suites, entertainment rooms, lounges

Top Floor Plan

Open plan atrium, swimming pool, restaurant, exterior deck

Sheet Metal Roof Cladding

Recycled from unrolled oil tanks

Steel Framed Glazing

Steel recycled from miscellaneous components of defunct oil rig

Box Frame Truss Roof Truss system cut and rewelded from abandoned derricks and flare towers

Structural Section

Box Frame Elevator Shaft

Box truss cut and rewelded from cranes

Crane Platform Jacket

Derrick Flare Tower Oil Tank

Steel Framed Facade Glazing

Components Axonometric

Steel recycled from miscellaneous components of defunct oil rig

Pre-Existing Components of a Typical Oil Rig 29

W254x100 Header Window Frame Sealant

Double-glazed Window With Argon Fill

Steel Sill

Spacer Sill Plate Flashing

Metal Cladding Tyvek 12.5mm Osb Exterior Sheathing 25mm Air Space 38mm Rigid Fibreglass Insulation W254x100 Wide Flange Studs With Poly Urethane Sprayfoam Insulation @ 400mm O.C. Poly Vapour Barrier 12.5mm Gypsum Board

Wood Flooring Plywood Suboor Poly Vapour Barrier 95mm Concrete Topping 70mm Celluar Decking W254x100 Wide Flange Joists With Polyurethane Sprayfoam Insulation @ 400mm O.C. Gypsum Board

W1000x500 Wide Flange Joists With Polyamide Epoxy Coating Oil Platform Jacket

30 Wall Section


Can a space be flood resilient without stilts?

AMPHIBIOUS HOME August 2013 | Architectural Research

In conjunction with Jonas Chin and Dr. Elizabeth English 32

In the fall of 2013, two sisters, working in different cities, had independently contacted us simultaneously with interest in retrofiting their father’s home in Breezy Point to become floodproof. They desired a system other than the conventional lifting on stilts, as it would pose a great inconvenience to their elderly father. Under the lead of Dr. Elizabeth English, the founder of the Buoyant Foundations Project, we analysed existing one-storey home and designed a method to make the house behave amphibiously.

The Site and Situation: Breezy Point is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, located on the western end of the Rockaway peninsula. Surrounded by water on three sides, the location is periodically vulnerable to floods. This neighborhood was one of the hardest hit during Hurricane Sandy, resulting in more than 2,000 damaged and destroyed residences. FEMA’s new preliminary maps now require homeowners to permanently raise their houses over 10 feet high in most of the neighborhood as a flood prevention method. The entire first floor structure (floor and floor joists) must be above 13’ and the home must be supported on a flood resistant foundation. The owners of properties built three feet above the flood line could end up paying $427 for annual flood insurance, while those with homes that have their ground floors located four feet below sea level will pay up to $9,500.


South East View

Northwest View

West View

House when not flooded

34 Drafted using AutoCAD, edited in Adobe Illustrator

The House and Client:

Crawspace under existing framing and foundation

3 Utica Walk is a traditional single-storey home with a small basement addition. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, FEMA listed Breezy Point as a Zone V flood zone, and raised the base flood plane by 3 to 6 feet, bringing the total required permanent elevation of the house to 13 feet. The sisters do not want their old aged father to climb up 13 feet everyday, and decided to look into alternative solutions. Like many of the traditional bungalows in the community, the foundation of the house was originally built from transom boards and wooden piers, but was later replaced with cinder blocks all around. There is a 3 feet high crawl space under the house and a 10 foot deep basement addition at the east side of the house, with concrete block walls.

Proposed Amphibious System: The proposed retrofit introduces a system consisting of buoyant blocks (to elevate the house only during floods) and vertical guidance posts (to secure the house as it floats). As the waters recede, the house lowers back to its foundation, and can be occupied normally.

House during flood

Due to the small size and relatively insignificant function of the basement, we proposed to detach it from the main house during floods. In addition, the ramp and the west portion of the deck will be detached from the main house due to the difference in framing method and to make the floating floor area more symmetrical and balanced.


One Storey House

Proposed Sheathing Box

(to protect vertical guidance posts from debris)

Wood Decking 20x100

Wood Joists 76x184

Wood Beams 152x203 Proposed Steel C Channels C200x28 (attached to inside faces of wood beams)

Proposed Steel T Beams 640x52 (attached to underside of steel C channels)

Proposed Vertical Guidance system, with Steel Sleeve (attached to steel T beams) around vertical guidance posts 244x488

Proposed EPS Foam Blocks (attached to steel T beams)

Concrete Block Foundation Piers Concrete Walls

(forming crawlspaces under the house)

36 Construction Axonometric (Southeast)

Desiging Component Sizes: House Area:

Area to be floated up: 7.32m x 12.88m = 94.28m2 = 1015 sq ft

House Dead Load:

Bungalow with basement and crawlspace dead load on first floor, ceiling not plastered = 10lbs/sq ft = 48.82 kg/m2 = 0.48kpa=0.48kN/m2 0.48 x 94.28 = 45.25kN 48.82 x 94.28 = 4603kg dead load of partitions = 20 lbs/sq ft = 97.65 kg/m2 = 0.96kpa 0.96 x 94.28 = 90.51kN 97.65 x 94.28 = 9206kg dead load of attic floor, not occupied = 10lbs/sq ft = 48.82 kg/m2 = 0.48kpa=0.48kN/m2 0.48 x 94.28 = 45.25kN 48.82 x 94.28 = 4603kg dead load of roof for wood shingle construction = 10lbs/sq ft = 48.82 kg/m2 = 0.48kpa=0.48kN/ 2 m 0.48 x 94.28 = 45.25kN 48.82 x 94.28 = 4603kg total dead load of house = 50psf= 2.39kpa

House Live Load (using live load codes for New York):

live load for private rooms and corridors serving them 40psf = 1.92kpa (use this for entire footprint of house as estimate) We have decided to half this value and use 20psf (0.96kpa), as the house will not be occupied with people during flooding. total live load for house = 0.96kpa = 20psf

Sizing Beams (for buoyancy load):

Load of house = 70psf =3.35kPa Fy = 250MPa Fb = 166.7MPa l=7.3m w=(3.35kpa)(3m)=10.05KN/m dmax = l/360 = 7300/360 = 20.28mm Sreq=m/Fb=134kNm/166.7MPa = 803.8 x 103 mm3 Try W460x52 with Sx = 942 x 103 mm3 dtotal=5wsl4/384EI=[5(10.05KN/m)(27.3m)4]/[(384)(200KN/mm2)(212 x 106mm4)] =8.765mm dtotal 8.765mm < dmax 20.28mm therefore W460x52 is acceptable After designing our buoyancy system, we realized that there would be some difficulties fitting the foam blocks in between the flanges of the I beams. For the ease of attachment of the EPS blocks, we will be using T beams of the same dimension instead of I beams (we require thicker blocks than what would fit between the flanges of the I beam). Since both the section modulus and the deflection allowance of the calculated I beam significantly exceed the actual conditions, a T beam of the same dimensions is expected to be strong enough.

Sizing EPS Foam Blocks:

980kg/m3 = 2161lbs/m3 70psf for house x 1015 sq ft floor area = 71050 lbs 71050 lbs house total/2161lbs buoyancy per m3 foam= 32.88m3 of foam needed arrange for foam to be fitted between piers, beams, etc. total available area for placement of foam (cannot place in basement, where foundation piers are, where vertical guidance posts are, etc) = 53.29m2 32.88m3/53.29m2 = estimate EPS blocks to be 617mm tall

House Total Load: = 70 psf total load

Attachment of EPS blocks to steel T beams detail

Attachment of vertical guidance system to steel T beam detail


In the summer of 2013 our class collaborated to produce a play based on the tales of Captain John Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expedition to the Arctic, and Mary Shelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Frankenstein. From scripting to set design to lighting to acting, everything was student-directed. Teamwork was crucial, as we had extremely imited time and budget. My key roles included fundraising, costume design, and makeup design.


August 2013 | Cultural History Play


In collaboration with the class of 2016 and Dr. Tracey Eve Winton



PERSONAL ENDEAVORS In my spare time, I like to engage myself with various creative pursuits, including illustration, clay sculpting, sketching, and 3D modeling. I also enjoy singing, Chinese folk dancing, cooking, and learning new languages. 41

+1 (226) 338-9295 merci. 谢谢. thank you.

Nina Wang Architecture Portfolio Winter 2014  

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