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SAMEERAH AUMJAUD architecture + design portfolio 2018


SA-MEE-RAH (sā-mĭ-rā)

n. 1. Young aspiring architect, fond of art, graphics, books, photography, and anything that fosters creativity. 2. bearing an ultimate career goal that goes far beyond the sole purpose of designing for aesthetics. 3. aiming at using architectural skills to contribute in enhancing the lives of the less fortunate and to reduce social inequalities. syn. Hungry for challenges, adaptable, self-motivated, down-to-earth dreamer. current location. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada origin. Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius ref. “Sameerah is very diligent, hardworking and professional. She has been able to contribute to the architectural team during her work term, both technically and intellectually. A pleasure to have in our office.” ~ Alistair Macbeth, Macbeth Architects & Designers ref. “Sameerah’s unique ability for producing graphics has changed and influenced our design and working process. From the first week in our office, Sameerah has continued to bring a positive energy into our office that cannot be measured and that is only contagious. This makes for a working experience that one wants to be a part of, therefore sharing work with Sameerah is not only fun, it is easy.” ~David James, DIALOG - Edmonton Office

Contact info: (+1) 226-505-4364 sameerahaumjaud@gmail.com


I desire to build: I desire to build forms, space. I desire to build people, to shape their lives. Yes, I desire to build life. I desire to feel: to feel the gust of wind shaped by buildings and outdoor green spaces, rushing through my ears, blowing my hair away, blowing my mind away. Feel the wind give me shivers, feeling good. I desire to hear: the incessant cars, the subway rush, the cliquing of footsteps. Birds chirping melodious songs, leaves whistling against one another. A unique mix of sounds, music to my ears. I desire to smell: morning coffee, like a rush through the day, blooming flowers, the moisture after the rain, the scent of wood piercing through my nose, invading my lungs. I desire to see: to see harmony, balance and happiness. I desire to see the perfect cooperation of nature, buildings and people. This is architecture, my architecture.


PROFESSIONAL

ACADEMIC

CONTENT 6|

Curriculum Vitae

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Navigating through peaks and valleys

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All the world’s a stage

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The Canadian Cultural and Spiritual Centre

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At the Dawn of Dusk

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Uplifting Informality

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Fragmented Motion

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The Grand Blues

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Telus Spark

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ICE District

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Kinistinaw Park

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Anahita Real Estate Villas

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Coastal Residential Duplex

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Sampling


CURRICULUM VITAE EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Master of Architecture | Sept 2016 - Sept 2018 Thesis research topic: Public space and water infrastructure as intervention tools for urban regeneration in Kigali, Rwanda.

University of Waterloo | Sept 2017 - Dec 2017 Facilitated learning for the PD ARCH 2 course, which mainly involves carrying out mock interviews and resume critiques, advising students on their professional behaviour towards getting their first co-op job, as well as marking assignments.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE

BSc. (Hons) Architecture | Sept 2012 - Jul 2015 RIBA Part 1 : First Class with Honours Preston, United Kingdom COLLEGE SAINTE MARIE, MAURITIUS

Cambridge A Levels | 2009 - 2011 Mathematics: A*, Physics: A*, Chemistry: B French: A (ranked 9th nationally), General Paper: A COLLEGE SAINTE MARIE, MAURITIUS

Cambridge O Levels | 2007 - 2009 Mathematics:1, English: 1, French: 1, Additional Maths: 3 French Literature: 1, Physics: 1, Chemistry: 1, Design & Communication: 1 (ranked 5th nationally)

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

DIALOG, Edmonton| May 2017 - Sept 2017 Mainly involved in the design phases and working drawings of different urban projects, namely the ICE District (Edmonton),the Kinistinaw Park (Edmonton), the Belvedere Transit Centre (Edmonton), and the Telus Spark (Calgary). ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

Macbeth Architects & Designers, Mauritius | Oct 2015 - Aug 2016 Worked on a range of high-end villas (Anahita Mauritius: villas of market value of $ 4,000,000 and above) and hotels, through the use of 2D and 3D visualisation softwares. Also worked on a national competition (ranked 2nd), as well as construction and tender drawings. ARCHITECTURAL INTERN

GRAPHICAL AND DIGITAL SKILLS Revit Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign AutoCAD Adobe Illustrator SketchUp + V-ray 3DS Max + V-ray

ARC 3 Architects, London, United Kingdom | Aug 2015 - Sept 2015 Worked on the development of site appraisals, site and building surveying, ammendment of contruction drawings and dealing with planning applications within the UK construction system.

ARCHITECTURAL INTERN

VISIO Architecture, Mauritius | Aug 2014 Assisted in the development of a master plan for a residential area in Grand Baie, Mauritius, and diligently worked on producing concept drawings at the early design stages.

Rhinoceros + V-ray Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe After Effects Microsoft Office Suite

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REPLACEMENT TEACHER

College Sainte Marie, Mauritius | May 2012 - Jun 2012 Substitute teacher for the subjects of Design and Communication and Mathematics at high school level.


PERSONAL INVOLVEMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

PUBLISHED WORK

3-MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION - 2018

GALT PUBLICATION - 2018

Winner of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture 2018 edition of the 3-minute thesis competition, which involved pitching one’s thesis research to a non-architectural audience in a 3-minute time span.

Article entitled: ‘Questioning degrees of renewal: The Case of Kigali, Rwanda’ published in the first edition of the University of Waterloo Architecture students’ magazine.

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO ADMISSION PANEL - 2018

Part of the interview panel for the admission of 1st year undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. RACE-TO-ZERO STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION - 2018

Ranked 1st place in the attached housing category - Part of the 2018 University of Waterloo team for the Race to Zero competition organised by the U.S. Department of Energy.

IDEA EXCHANGE GALLERY - 2018

In-progress thesis research featured at the “Questioning the established’ exhibition at Idea Exchange Gallery in Cambridge, Ontario. EDMONTON JOURNAL - 2017

Featured renderings in the Edmonton Journal, on behalf of DIALOG Edmonton, for the promotion of the upgrading of public transportation across Edmonton, and for encouraging the activation of the public realm. ANTI-ARCHITECTURE AND DECONSTRUCTION - 2017

Involved in the organisation and setting up of the festival. Developed strong team management and cooperation skills.

Collaboration with Professor Nikos Salingaros (ranked 11th best urban thinker of all times and ranked among the 50 visionaries changing our world) to publish a French version of his book Anti-Architecture and Deconstruction.

TEDx PLAINES WILHEMS - 2016

MEMENTO MAGAZINE - 2017

Involved in the organisation and setting up of a main TEDx event in Mauritius, which was held on the 20th May 2016.

Featured in Memento magazine (Mauritius) for thoughts on sustainable design practices in a tropical climate.

EDMONTON FOLK FESTIVAL - 2017

PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION - 2011

L’EXPRESS NEWSPAPER - 2017

Finalist of this competition organised by the English Speaking Union of Mauritius, with a speach entitled ‘Change’ .

Article entitled ‘Patrimoine, richesses et metiers’ (english: “Heritage, riches and craftsmanship”) in collaboration with Zaheer Allam for L’Express newspaper in Mauritius.

OMNICANE AWARD - 2009

LE MAURICIEN NEWSPAPER - 2016

Group presention on “Sustainable Mauritius – What are the major challenges facing this vision and what strategies are needed to ensure its successful implementation?”

Article entitled ‘Rouge, Bleu, Jeunes, Vert - Cultiver la flamme’ (english: “Reviving the flame in Mauritius’ youth”) in collaboration with Zaheer Allam for Le Mauricien newspaper in Mauritius.

COLLEGE SAINTE MARIE AWARD 2009

For outstanding devotion and involvement in the school community, as well as participating in a wide range of activities.

LANGUAGE SKILLS ENGLISH 100%

FRENCH 100%

MAURITIAN CREOLE 100%

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01 - NAVIGATING THROUGH PEAKS AND VALLEYS Public space and water infrastructure as intervention tools for urban regeneration in Kigali, Rwanda. Design and research thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Architecture in Engineering

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO ~ Sept. 2017 - Aug. 2018 Location: Kigali, Rwanda Project type: Urban and landscape infrastructure / integrated water management Supervised by: Lola Sheppard Current methods of urban regeneration, more specifically economy, biodiversity, and sustainable development. The as practiced in Rwanda, are totally devoid of socially inclu- framework is explored through three nodes and a fourth sive approaches, and highly lack contextual adaptability. potential site, each with their own specific challenges, and focusses primarily on restoring water quality and wetland Through the critique of current methods and proposals of ecology through a decentralised, human-centric set of inurban revitalisation, this thesis advocates for a more inclu- terventions. The work also showcases how the framework sive approach to urban planning, and promotes urban de- allows for continuous growth in the medium and long velopment lying in the interest of every strata of Rwandan term, remaining in complete synchronisation with the alsociety. The interventions presented through this thesis are tering dynamics of Kigali’s emerging society. In contexts focused along the edge of informal settlements and wet- like Rwanda, where peace and conflict are sensitive and land valleys, which constitute a huge part of Kigali’s under- controversial matters, this thesis demonstrates how design can not only build communities and trigger tenacious soestimated assets. cial relations, but also how it can act as a gentle and subverThe design strategy proposes a framework supporting sive form of questioning the status quo. enhanced livability based on the dimensions of society,

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MAPMap OFofRWANDA WITH provinces UPDATED PROVINCES AS OF JANUARY 2006 Rwanda with updated as of January 2006

With a population of over 12 million for an area of 26,338 km2, Rwanda is the second most densely populated country in the African region. At a population growth rate of 2.46% over the past year, the country is currently facing some arduous challenges regarding inhabiting its exponentially expanding urban population. The population of Kigali is currently estimated at 1.1 million and is projected to expand exponentially over the course of the next few decades. Kigali is currently at a stage where the rate of population growth has overly outweighed the provision of services, and where the rate of urbanisation exceeds economic growth. Informality is amplifying and is deeply rooted in the urban fabric: informal dwellers now constitute 66% of Kigali’s population.

MAP OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS ACROSS KIGALI, HOUSING 66% OF THE POPULATION 10


Fact Sheet: Plot area: 230 sqm Sanitation and water: 1 pit latrines, shower, infrequent piped water distribution Residents: 2 owners, 3 renters Household income: RWF 75,000 per month (CAD 113)

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INFORMAL DWELLING TYPOLOGIES, WITH CONSTRAINT SPACES AND LIMITED PROVISION OF SERVICES

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AND FORMAL BUILDINGS

INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

WETLANDS

KIGALI’S TOPOGRAPHY DISTINCTLY DISPLAYING THE GRADIENT OF SOCIAL STRATIFICATION: THE FORMAL BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS ARE REPEATEDLY LOCATED ON THE HILL-TOPS, THEN GRADUALLY FADE INTO INFORMALITY, AND FINALLY INTO THE DEGRADED WETLAND VALLEYS.

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INFORMAL HOUSES OVERLOOKING AGRICULTURE IN CURRENT STATE OF WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AS THE WETLANDS PUBLIC SPACE IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

MATRIX OF EXISTING USED-WATER DISPOSAL SYSTEMS IN KIGALI 12

In regards to sanitation, Kigali is not equipped with a central sewage system. Building owners need to take care of their waste on site and periodically use trucked services. This poses a problem in low-income neighbourhoods where residents cannot afford such services. The grey water and storm water of these low-income neighbourhoods flow in open channels into the wetlands mixing dirty water with the clear water streams in the fields. Toilets in these neighbourhoods are usually constructed as pit latrines shared by two to four families. Pit latrines are usually not emptied but once full, they are sealed with dirt and replaced by another pit latrine nearby.


generates financial revenues that could be re-invested in the development of the city

waste collection wetlands as a source of water through wells to deserve the community

consolidation of informality

engagement in fostering community activities

Incremental DESIGN urbanism: FRAMEWORK The Blueprint

generation of malleable and sustainable landscape infrastructure

sustained growth over time

ecological rehabilitation

data about the city’s ecology collected by scientists, researchers, students

eg: creation of bio swales, retention ponds, sustainable prosperity of agriculture and other cultural practices

re-establish water cycles and systems of vegetation

mapping tools required to identify sensitive areas

architects as the mediators, facilitators of triggering a community in action

The essence of socially inclusive design approaches in emerging cities lies in cultivating the unique intricacies of the urban realm. The idea of the “Make+shift� city was established by Alexander Vasudevan, who asserts that informal urban life is made up of a dense matrix of practices that are central to how squatted spaces and communities are pieced together. To speak of a makeshift urbanism is therefore to acknowledge the constantly changing role of materials and resources in the making of such spaces. It is also to shift attention to aspects of urban life that serve as a platform for rethinking how we, as architects and urban planners, understand the city as a site of endurance and social transformation. This thesis hence favours a design tailored for impermanence and con-

devise tools that will enable members of the community to rehabilitate wetlands

stant renewal over time, bearing in mind the perpetual fluctuation of the types of activities that take place within pockets of informality. The above framework cultivates those makeshift relationships by providing design strategies that capitalise on landscape infrastucture, integrated water management and ecological rehabilitation. The proposed framework constantly advocates for members of the community as the main protagonists of the planned developments. The framework primarily focusses on the inter-relationships between the informal life and other major components of the urban structure, towards providing spaces that only seek to complement and reinforce the existing urban dynamics. 13


Site 2: Nyabugogo Node - Polyvalent market canopy - Crafters booths - Furniture repair booths - Washing basin - Water storage - Water cleaning and dispensing - Moto-taxi drivers resting point - Community centre - Vocational training centre - Terraced access - Enhances mobility along canal

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proposed inter-wetland pedestrian network for enhanced pedestrian mobility throughout the city

Site 1: Kimisagara Water Stations - Water storage - Water cleaning and dispensing - Clothes washing basin - Bridge across canal - Garbage disposal facility - Public space along canal

Site 4: Gikondo Park - Community Park - Extension of Kimihurura M - Strategic planting for soil, w versity remediation - Craft hub for local crafters a ism - Moto-taxis drivers washing -

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OPOSED NETWORK OF INTERVENTIONS ACROSS KIGALI, CENTERED AROUND INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS AND WETLANDS

run-off water movement pedestrian network informal residential areas

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Site 3: Agatare Agricultural Weltand - Run-off water filtering though bio-swales - Water storage through water retention points - Water filtering and dispensing - Irrigation - Composting gardens - Boardwalks to facilitate pedestrian mobility through wetland

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SITE 1 - KIMISAGARA WATER STATIONS The proposed design for this site is a network of 5 water purification stations, all located along the main canal separating the Kimisagara informal settlement. The primary infrastructural role of the canal is to carry runoff water from both sides of the hills into the Nyabugogo wetland. But the canal also serve a major social role for the inhabitants of Kimisagara, who collect the run off water flowing into the canal for domestic purposes. Most of the informal dwellings in Kigali do not have running water, and dwellers have to walk fairly long distances to buy water from a water pumping station. Hence, the proposed design aims to provide accessible water infrastructure for better water quality in the informal settlement. The water stations are each equipped with a clothes washing basin, to provide adequate infrastructure for the already existing activities. The water station acts like a bridge, linking both sides of the informal settlement, while providing better access along the canal through a continuous public path. The water station works as follows: the walls of the canal are used to build a water tank that traps the run-off water from the canal. The water is then pumped through a solar powered pump into water filters. Those water filters are bucket-like structures equipped by a hollow-fibre membrane technology, devised by the organisation Uzima Water Filters.

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MAP SHOWING NETWORK OF WATER STATIONS

WATER STATION 4 - AXONOMETRIC

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ARTISTIC IMPRESSION OF THE WATER DISPENSING STATION, ALONG WITH THE CLOTHES WASHING BASIN 18


EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC OF THE WATER STATION SYSTEM 19


SITE 2 - NYABUGOGO NODE The main aim for this site was to re-define the idea of the market as a vehicle for public interaction. Every major informal settlement of Kigali hosts a market, but the spaces are unfortunately of poor quality, with bad lighting, lack of air, and are very hard to circulate. The proposed market is divided into 4 main parts: the fruits and vegetable market, the food stalls, the flea market and the craft market. The market canopies, and the roofs of the proposed buildings capture rainwater into 2 given tanks. To combine the need for water with the existing canal, the centre space of the market is defined by a plaza designed for washing purposes. This plaza will be used by 3 sets of people: 1. the moto-taxi drivers, 2. the flea market sellers, to wash the second hand clothes before selling them again, and 3. the inhabitants of the surrounding informal settlement.

Water stations from site one have been added to the canal, to provide clean water. Just like on the previous site, the canal captures the run-off water and is dispensed through the water stations. To complement the main elements, a community centre has been proposed for meeting spaces and to house the management of the informal settlement. Opposite the community centre a vocational training facilty has been proposed to train Kigali’s expanding young population and to increase their employability. Finally, a series of canopies have been suggested for the sofa-repair workers, to provide shelter during harsh weather conditions. The path across the canal enhances mobility from and to the Nyabugogo bus terminal. This even creates an opportunity for the revitalisation of the bus terminal along as the wetland edge for a better transition between the city and the wetland. 20


SITE RESPONSE DIAGRAM

SITE 2 - AXONOMETRIC 21


COMMUNITY CENTRE AXONOMETRIC

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SECTION THROUGH FOOD MARKET, WASHING PLAZA AND FLEA MARKET

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spatial qualities centered around community interaction

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ARTISTIC IMPRESSION OF THE WATER STATION (LEFT), PUBLIC SPACE ALONG THE CANAL, THE WASHING PLAZA (RIGHT)

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BLOW-UP OF ONE NODE SHOWING THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS

The nodes are located within 400m of each other to maximise walkability. The above diagram shows the enhanced access through the boardwalks, and the connectivity through the nodes.

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SITE 3 - AXONOMETRIC

Site 3 is located in an agricultural setting, which is the main pillar of Rwanda economy. The section here shows the relationship between the informal settlements on both side and agriculture in the wetland valleys. The site is primarily surrounded by informal settlements, with the only public space available being the wetland. The proposed design consists of 7 nodes across the site. A constructed wetland belt all around the site to provide a primary filtration, before the water is directed into water retentions ponds across the 7 nodes. Each node is equipped with a solar powered pump and a water dispensing station to provide water to the inhabitants of the informal settlement. A system of boardwalks has also been design to enhance access to, and within the wetland. The nodes are also comprised of composting gardens, which help manage organic waste, reduce the use of fertilisers in the fields, and also serve as a community building exercise. Care has also been taken to maximise the user-interaction with the wetland with seating pods and platforms.

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SECTION ILLUSTRATING THE PHYTO-REMEDIATION SYSTEMS FOR THE SITE

informal settlement

seating platform constructed and boadwalk wetland

SITE 3 - LONG SECTION 28

composting gardens

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cemented canal

wetland agriculture

water retention pond

constructed wetland boardwalk clothes washing space

water dispensing station and platform

informal settlement

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ARTISTIC IMPRESSION OF THE WATER DISPENSING STATION AND COMPOSTING GARDEN OVERLOOKING THE FIELDS

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CLASSIC MORNING SCENE AT THE TORONTO RAILDECK PARK 32


02 - ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO - MArch Winter 2017 Location: Toronto, Ontario Studio Instructor: Andrew Levitt CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE AS DRIVERS TOWARDS THE ACTIVATION OF PUBLIC SPACE

The present-day urban realm in Toronto, as well as in many North American cities, can be perceived as dull, lifeless and uniform. Urban sprawl is creeping at breakneck speed and Downtown Toronto’s population is gradually increasing day by day. While the need for accommodation and office infrastructure is reaching sky-rocketing demands to service and sustain this population, it is also crucial to provide outdoor public spaces that will foster social interaction provide a better, healthier, mental and emotional environment for the inhabitants of Toronto. Through several visits to Toronto, it was perceived that the city lacked identity, almost

asking for a way to express itself. Culture and art are one of the major drivers of identity, as it is through those aspects that one is able to claim, affirm and express their identity at the fullest. Through the design of the Toronto Rail Deck Park, the aim was to create a stage, for the city and its people to freely express themselves under different forms of performance, culture and art, whether active or passive. The park will serve for people of all ages to identity themselves in their own unique ways, and will also be a means of painting the multicultural palette that shapes the city of Toronto.

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1. Children playground 2. Cafe and pavillion 3. Covered park seating 4. Interactive fountain 5. Dog park 6. Apple picking garden 7. Carousel 8. Graffiti wall area 9. Circulation axis 10. Jazz cafe 11. Installation plaza 12. Space for crafters 13. Sculpture park 14. Water bodies wrapped by trees 15. Amphitheatre 16. Overhead bridge over Bathurst St. 17. Ramp 18. Seating space 19. Food market 20. Main entrance 34

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SECTION AT THE EDGE OF FRONT STREET

APPLE PICKING GARDEN

INSTALLATION PLAZA AS A STAGE FOR VARIOUS PERFORMANCES AND JAZZ CAFE IN THE BACKGROUND 36


PROGRAMMING DIAGRAM THE DRAWING BELOW ILLUSTRATES THE CONNECTION OF THE RAIL DECK PARK TO OTHER PARTS OF TORONTO’S URBAN REALM. THE PARK ACTS AS A HUB FOR PARADES, FESTIVALS AND OTHER CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, WHOSE ROUTES HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTED ON THE STREETS

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COURTYARD DURING DRUM CEREMONY 38


03 - THE CANADIAN CULTURAL & SPIRITUAL CENTRE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO - MArch Fall 2016 Location: Cambridge, Ontario Studio Instructor: Val Rynnimeri The scheme presented is a Canadian Cultural and Spiritual Centre based upon Aboriginal Cultural and Spiritual practices in the area of Downtown Cambridge, ON. The whole idea behind this project was to build a community hub truly for all Canadians, regardless of their faith or spiritual belief. The Aboriginal aspect of the scheme was chosen firstly to pay tribute to the real custodians of Canadian land, and due to the broadness of Aboriginal Spiritual Values, values to which people of any faith or no faith can relate to. Aboriginal values entail that spirituality is more a worldview than a set of specific cultural practices. In this worldview, sacredness is interwoven through all dimensions of life; humankind strives for a holistic, balanced, harmonious existence. There is no dichotomy between “religion� and regular daily life—it is not seen as separate from the overall human experiences of living, knowing and learning. This scheme also aims at raising awareness about the tremendous injustice and persecution that Aboriginals suffered from throughout the past centuries, and an aim towards embracing ethnical and cultural differences and encouraging social inclusion.

focuses is the closeness and intimacy to nature, rammed earth hence being a perfect fit due to its raw natural beauty. When experiencing the building, one is surrounded and embedded by the earth, hence creating a true connection and intimacy to mother nature herself, to enhance the spiritual aspect. The rest of the building is made out of a glulam timber post and beam construction, also due to the natural and raw feel wood brings. The rammed earth envelope also makes the building extremely energy efficient, with a complete annihilation of air conditioning requirements, and a considerable reduction for heating requirements due to its high thermal mass, which slows down heat transmission through the walls. Rammed earth is one the most readily available materials in almost every building context, since its primary component is soil which is available everywhere, and hence significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the material.

The scheme is also comprises of solar water heating and The main material chosen for the building is rammed earth rainwater harvesting systems, as well as a sustainable landdue to the fact that the material is able to inherently depict scaping (porous paving and rain garden) for sustainable a natural feel in the building. One of the main aboriginal water drainage.

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EXTERIOR VIEW OF THE CULTURAL CENTRE WITH THE TRANSLUCENT CONCRETE PANELS LIGHTING UP THE BUILDING, LIKE A BEACON OF LIGHT

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ABORIGINAL ART AS FALSE CEILING PANELS

SKETCH OF COURTYARD

INITIAL SKETCH OF BUILDING

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CAFE

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MEDITATION SPACE

The primary element of the building is the main circular courtyard located at the centre of the building. The courtyard sets the scene for various spiritual activities like the sun dance, smoking pipe ceremony and sweat lodge ceremony, among others. It can also be used for other general activities like concerts or other representations. The rest of the building is gathered around the courtyard, with a café, exhibition spaces (for various forms of Aboriginal art), meeting room, workshop room on the ground floor. The main staircase is wrapped around the courtyard leading onto the first floor with the main meditation hall, healing room, resource room and offices.

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Translucent concrete has been used for the exterior cladding of the courtyard. For this particular project, the material has been sourced from the manufacturer LUCEM, and comes as 1200x600x30mm panels. The specificity of this type of concrete is that the panels are embedded with optic fibres, hence enabling the passage of light through the material. The panels are then connected to a panel of LED lights that hence light up the façade at night and makes the courtyard shine like a beacon in the middle of downtown Cambridge, a real focal point. For this project as extra feature has been added to the translucent concrete cladding, namely a pattern embedded lasercut metal sheet that would imprint on the façade once the panels light up. The interior of the courtyard is clad with a stone tile veneer, preserving the raw natural aspect of the building. The poetry of the assembly of the different materials really aims at translating the various facets of the Aboriginal culture, as well as creating a real spiritual haven. The Canadian Cultural and Spiritual Centre empowers people through cultural exchange and community-building activities. The building is a real celebration of cultural identity, an invitation to engage into cultural and inner fusion, and to embrace the beauty of us. SECTION THROUGH COURTYARD, MEDITATION SPACE, AND EXHIBITION SPACE

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EXPLODED STRUCTURAL AXONOMETRIC

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DETAILED RAMMED EARTH WALL SECTION

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COURTYARD SLOPED GLAZING ROOF DETAILS

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COURTYARD FOLDING PANELS (TOP) AND TRANSLUCENT CONCRETE DETAILS

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04 - AT THE DAWN OF DUSK UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO - MArch Winter 2016 (INTRO 2 WEEKS PROJECT) Location: Albion, Black River, Mauritius Studio Instructor: Andrew Levitt THE ART OF NARRATING A STORY THROUGH AN INSPIRING LANDSCAPE, A RITUAL AND A VISIONARY

Dive into the stunning cliffs of Albion through this tailor-made piece of architecture, creating a mesmerising threshold between the edge of the cliff, the sea and the horizon. The concept is all about breaking boundaries within the landscape and on every other aspect related to the scheme. The house has been conceived for sunset watching where every level provides a limitless view of the horizon, both from the interior and the exterior of the house. John Todd’s ideology of the ‘Living Machine’ have been re-interpretated, by providing an environment that will make people truly feel alive and awaken their senses. The steel staircase will allow for moss and algae to freely grow, hence creating a moss shaft and the house itself presents possibilities of physical evolution over time, due to it’s unique environmental conditions. The building itself is then translated into a real ‘Living Machine’, aging gracefully with time, just

as a living human. The house is also self-sufficient concerning water supply, with a rainwater harvesting system incorporated into the scheme. The natural and raw aspect of the site has also been maximised, by optimising the interaction between the people, the cliff and the sea. The traditional Mauritian Colonial style has been incorporated into the building through the large balconies and overhangs, as well as the pitched roof and the ornamented balustrades. The aim was to pay tribute to the rich history dwelling in Mauritian land, as well as creating a house perfectly suited to the vernacular of the site. The house fully embraces the landscape, setting the scene for a full communion between the user and the site.

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WEST ELEVATION EVOLUTION OVER TIME

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SECTION THROUGH HOUSE AND SITE, PERPENDICULAR TO THE CLIFF


TAKING THE DIVE INTO THE HOUSE

SUNSET WATCHING SPACE

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EXTERIOR VIEW FROM BOTTOM OF THE CLIFF 52


05 - UPLIFTING INFORMALITY Cases of Nairobi and Jakarta UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO - MArch Fall 2017 In collaboration with Bianca Weeko Martin Course instructor: Elizabeth English This project proposes a solution to the problems caused by flooding in informal settlements, a solution that is multi-fold and adaptable to various contexts around the world. The exploration initially started by analysing different ways in which slum dwellings could be amphibiated and it was found more effective to propose a solution that, instead of amphibiating one unit at a time, would be more productive, in terms of time, cost and resources. This proposal proposes a versatile arrangement of 8 dwelling units on an amphibious platform, where the dwellings possesses the ability to be shifted around, extended or shrinked, depending on the users and the purpose. The centre of the platform provides a space for communal living, a space that would inhabit the customs of the place, product

selling, clothes washing, children playing etc. The communal space could also be used as a storage space for motorcyles and other possessions in case of a flood. Through this project, two differences buoyancy systems were explored: the plastic barrel system and the plastic bottles system. This strategy explores the proposal in two context: Nairobi and Jakarta. It hence shows the adaptability of the proposals and also how the amphibious platform can be built by the residents themselves, through locally available materials, at a very minimal cost.

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Roof line Permanent wall

Possibilities: - laundry / drying - motorbike parking - chairs/ tables - communal pond Services: - 1 collection tank - 2 compost / disposal bins - 2 latrines

Possibilities of wall arrangements to accomodate for different programing according to context

CONTEXTUAL STUDY: COMMON COMPONENTS FOUND ON SITE IN MOST SLUM HOUSING

Metal barrel barrels Metal Raised housing Raised housing Plastic barrels Plastic barrel

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Wooden crates Wooden crate Concrete raised Concrete floors raised floor

Corrugated met Corrugated sheets metal shee


tal ed ets

VIEW OF THE COMMUNAL LIVING SPACE

Rocks Rocks

Cotton fabric Cotton fabric

Plastic utensils Plastic Soil Soil

Metal sheets Metal sheets from barrels from barrels

utensils

Fabric bag Fabric bag

Wooden poles poles Wooden from trees from trees

Wooden planks Wooden planks

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Housing arrangement

Plywood platform

Vertical guidance posts

Plywood grid, attaches to barrels with mesh

55 gallon plastic barrels or mesh tied plastic bottles

AMPHIBIOUS HOUSE DURING FLOODING

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OPTION 1: PLASTIC BARRELS BUOYANCY SYSTEM

OPTION 2: PLASTIC BOTTLES BUOYANCY SYSTEM

ASSEMBLING THE BUOYANCY SYSTEM: Step by step guide to the amphibious informal house model:

1. Assemble buoyancy system (bottles or barrels)

3. Place vertical guidance posts in the ground (telephone poles)

4. Assemble wooden floor

2. Dismantle existing informal units

5. Re-built informal units using original materials on new structure

Materials palette:

existing materials

additional materials available on site

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INTERIOR LOBBY OVERLOOKING RIVER 58


06 - FRAGMENTED MOTION: SKIPPOOL YACHT CLUB AND HOTEL UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE - BSC. Architecture - Winter 2015 Location: Skippool, Lancashire, United Kingdom Studio Instructor: Ronny Ford Upon reading the book of Lineaments by Leon Batista Alberti, I was able to extract some very interesting ideas that proved to be extremely relevant to the direction I was going with my scheme. Ultimately, Alberti claims that “the whole matter of building is composed of lineaments and structure.” The main function of lineaments is to find the perfect way to join the lines and angles that make up and enclose a building. Using this principle and applying it to my scheme, the different line patterns of the fields around the site have been broken down and re-arranged in order to generate forms that would eventually shape the building. The string art technique was a starting point for this process as it generated the idea of fragmenting

and breaking down the areas around the site using lines, as suggested by Alberti’s concept of lineaments. Effectively, this concept has been executed by transposing the lines and angles around the site to constitute the yacht club and its surroundings so that the scheme is a true representation of the stunning area that is Skippool and so as to give the building a real identity and its own unique relationship with the site.

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Skippool is a rural area part of the town of Poulton-le-Fylde. It was initially a very busy port, one of the most flourishing ports in the North West. This project aims at reviving the area and bringing back the activity that once made the name of the Skippool area, hence showing the crucial and determining impact architecture can have on an area, its activity and economy. This project deals with regenerating the yacht club to expand its social status in terms of its communal functions. The new yacht club aims to more clearly define the architectural interaction between the river and the boat repair yard. The scheme also includes a short term accommodation for those awaiting repairs or with vessels temporarily moored up in the

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creek. Inspired by the stunning fragmented characteristics of Skippool, the scheme is based upon the concept of fragmentation. The shape of the yacht club has been inspired by the different fragmental shapes of the fields surrounding the site. Indeed, the most striking characteristic of Skippool Creek in my opinion was the fragmented aspect that the area gives away. The boats in decay, the raw, untouched landscape presented a crude beauty that was palpable from within. String art was used as a representation technique as it was thought a perfect fit to illustrate that fragmented aspect, and at the same time, honour the materials present on site, namely the countless ropes and timber.


“All the intent and purpose of lineaments lies in finding the correct, infaillible way of joining and fitting together those lines and angles which define and enclose the surfaces of the building.� ~ LEON BATISTA ALBERTI

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RESTAURA

ACCOMOD

CONCEPTUAL SECTION REPRESENTING FRAGMENTATION

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ANT INTERIOR

DATION INTERIOR

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GROUND FLOOR OUTDOOR PATIO 64


07 - THE GRAND BLUES UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO - MArch Winter 2017 Location: Kitchener, Ontario In collaboration with Jennifer Jimenez, Snober Khan, Amir Abousadi and Raymond Fan For the CSC Design Competition The redevelopment of 48 Ontario Street in Downtown Kitchener has been visualized as a new social hub in the heart of the city’s tech cluster with a focus on special events, food and local art. It covers a total area of approximately 22,500 sf (2100 sqm) including a restaurant, multi-functional banquet/seminar hall and an art gallery. With existing and upcoming innovation centers in the downtown core of Kitchener, “The Grand Blues” is imagined as a breakout zone and socializing spot for the local and tech community. Careful attention is laid to create a place that maintains a fine balance between sophistication and tranquility; a place that is refined but where you can also unwind and relax.

The new building program serves as a support facility for the rising startup culture, acting as a hub for sharing ideas, as well as a place of recreation and interaction. A front court / plaza is designed as a public space that leads on to a semi-public outdoor seating in the alley. The ground-floor is visualised as a large restaurant with different dining options ranging from formal style to casual café. The second-floor features an extension of the casual dining into a lounge space to enjoy a game with colleagues, friends and family. Also, the multi-purpose hall on the second floor is designated for use as a banquet/ seminar hall. Special care has been taken in the design toward preserving the historical identity of the site as a cultural icon to Kitchener Blues Community.

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EXTERIOR PERSPECTIVE OF THE GRAND BLUES

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

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SHORT SECTION

GROUND FLOOR CAFE ELEVATION

SECOND FLOOR BAR ELEVATION

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EXTERIOR RENDER OF EXISTING TELUS SPARK Property of DIALOG

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08 - TELUS SPARK EXPANSION DIALOG Edmonton - Work term May 2017 - Sept. 2017 Location: Calgary, Alberta Project type: Institutional Project phase: Schematic Design Tasks assigned: - Production of sets of architectural drawings (floor plans, sections and elevations)with AutoCAD - Production of renderings with SketchUp and V-ray - Compilation of graphics and layout for Schematic Design report - Assisting in team and client meetings TELUS Spark is a juxtaposition of two very simple and contrasting formal gestures: a folded bar and an undulating plate - both elements originating in the site context and the natural landscape of southern Alberta. The proposed expansion respects the existing architectural language, celebrating and extending the line of the folded bar and the iconic scrim. Continuity and a single unified Spark is created. This project consists of two expansions both positioned along the site’s North/South axis allowing controlled connections to the existing first and second floors of Spark. Translucent and transparent volumes rise above the parapet lines. They push out through the scrim structures to form gathering, creative and fine dining volumes in both the North and South expan-

sions. These playful extrusions provide increased daylight and expansive views of the Spark site throughout the day, transitioning to glowing lantern beacons at dusk and on into the night. The expansion design is developed with a continued over-arching commitment to environmental sustainability and science education - building on the use of regional building materials, compact building massing, low window-wall ratios, solar shading strategies, water and energy management plans and a fully integrated landscape solution. In addition, the expansion is an opportunity to educate visitors on the environmental issues that shape the design process and methodologies utilized throughout the targeted LEEDÂŽ Gold construction process.

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SOUTH EXPANSION BUILDING SECTION

SOUTH EXPANSION FLOOR PLAN - LEVEL 2

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1 Bridge 2 Laboratory 3 Laboratory Preparation Room 4 Storage 5 Creative Maker Space 6 Classroom 7 Communications / Electrical Room 8 Storage 9 Open to Gathering Area below 10 Lockers 11 Existing Lab 12 Existing Classroom


NORTH EXPANSION BUILDING SECTION

1 Restaurant Forecourt 2 Restaurant Entrance Vestibule 3 Restaurant Lobby 4 Catering Kitchen 5 Freezer / Food Storage 6 Loading Area 7 Garbage / Recycling & Storage area 8 Custodial Closet 9 Communications / Electrical Room 10 Existing Kitchen 11 Existing Loading

NORTH EXPANSION FLOOR PLAN - LEVEL 1

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AXONOMETRIC RENDER OF ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Property of DIALOG

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PLAN OF CENTRAL PUBLIC PLAZA SURROUNDED BY THREE MIXED-USE PODIUM STYLE BUILDINGS

09 - ICE DISTRICT DIALOG Edmonton - Work term May 2017 - Sept. 2017 Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Project type: Mixed-use and Public Realm Project phase: Design development Tasks assigned: - Production of sets of architectural drawings (floor plans, sections and elevations), and construction documents with Revit - Compilation of graphics and layout for design development report - Assisting in team and client meetings 73


SUMMER EVENTS LAYOUT

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RENDER OF MARKET IN PUBLIC PLAZA Property of DIALOG


WINTER EVENTS LAYOUT

RENDER OF ICE RINK IN PUBLIC PLAZA Property of DIALOG

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PLAN OF THE PARK - WITH AND WITHOUT THE RED CANOPY Property of DIALOG

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF URBAN PARK Property of DIALOG

10 - KINISTINAW PARK DIALOG Edmonton - Work term May 2017 - Sept. 2017 Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Project type: Landscape / Public Realm Project phase: Design development Tasks assigned: - Production of sets of architectural drawings (floor plans, sections and elevations) - 3D modelling and production of graphics with V-ray - Assisting in team and client meetings 77


GROUND FLOOR PLAN OF VILLA Property of Macbeth Architects and Designers

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Tinted Rocksand Render with sponge finish.Plastic levelling strip to be included to ensure accuracy of overflow level.

400

200

1065

300

200

865

1250

400

WATER DEPTH 1200mm

1200mm WATER DEPTH

680mm WATER DEPTH

200

50

200

630

370

Waterproofing

PEBBLES ON REMOVABLE STAINLESS STEEL PERFORATED PLATE ON METAL FRAME

TO BE ADVISED BY SPECIALIST

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100 420mm WATER DEPTH

920 260

125

100

70

1050

165

Water film overflowing

1100

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200 x 200 Zerra Green Tumble Finish

POOL DETAILS

Modelled by Macbeth Architects and Designers Rendered by XWorx Ltd. Property of Macbeth Architects and Designers

EXTERIOR NIGHT RENDER OF VILLA

11 - ANAHITA REAL ESTATE VILLAS Macbeth Architects and Designers - Work term Oct. 2015 - July 2016 Location: Beau-Champ, Mauritius Project type: Residential Project phase: Design development Tasks assigned: - Producing / amending two-dimentional drawings design and construction drawings (plan, sections, elevations) with AutoCAD - Three-dimentional modelling with Revit - Calculations of room dimensions and surface areas - Producing construction details and specifications - Preparing documents for client presentations 79


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SL+ 10.430 SL+ 9.080

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G

F

E

D

HIGHER ROOF LEVEL

A

LIFT

2980 FFL - u/s of ceiling

Main Bedroom

Balcony

SECOND FLOOR LEVEL

1% FALL

FFL+3.400 SL+ 3.350

Main Bedroom

2585 FFL - u/s of ceiling

SLIDING

2800 FFL - u/s of ceiling

Stair Landing

3000 SL - u/s of slab

2200

LIFT

2585 FFL - u/s of ceiling

1050

FFL+6.650 SL+ 6.600

3180 SL - u/s of slab

Stair Landing

LIFT

2765 FFL - u/s of ceiling

2200

980

LOWER ROOF LEVEL

B

Min . 50mm Rockwool Insulation or Similar Approved .

MAIN ROOF LEVEL

SL+ 9.600

C1 C B1

FIRST FLOOR LEVEL

Covered Balcony

LIFT

Living

3150 SL - u/s of slab

2500

600

1% FALL

Covered Verandah

GROUND FLOOR LEVEL

SECTION THROUGH ONE UNIT OF THE DUPLEX Property of Macbeth Architects and Designers

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EXTERIOR WATER BODY DETAIL

SKYLIGHT DETAIL

RENDERED NORTH ELEVATION

12 - COASTAL RESIDENTIAL DUPLEX Macbeth Architects and Designers - Work term Oct. 2015 - July 2016 Location: Pereybere, Mauritius Project type: Residential Project phase: Construction Tasks assigned: - Producing / amending two-dimentional drawings design and construction drawings (plan, sections, elevations) with AutoCAD - Three-dimentional modelling with SketchUp - Producing construction details and specifications - Attending site visits and meetings 81


13- SAMPLING - SKETCHES & PHOTOGR

Chorley, UK

Bras d’Eau, Mauritius

Ponte della Costituzione, Venice

Door details, Castle Howard, York, UK

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai


RAPHY

Jewish Museum, Berlin

Venice, Italy

Albert Mermorial, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Coliseum, Rome, Italy

Gargoyles & Details, Notre Dame de Paris, Paris

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Cover image: Old traditional colonial house Port-Louis, Mauritius Copyright to Sameerah Aumjaud, 2017

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