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Design is not a job for a living, it is a lifestyle...

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OTTAWA CITY BLOCK, BOX STORE COACH HOUSES

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Response to New Zoning By-law for Backyard Houses in Ottawa

Adaptive Re-use Library; New Conference Building

CANADIAN/WELLINGTON MUSIC CENTER

Proposal for a Communal Living Space for Artists & Photographers

Proposal for a New Canadian Music Center in front of the Parliament

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COLLINGWOOD RESORT

VICEROY MALDIVES HOTEL

Private Design Residence Interior Design & Renderings

Proposal for Public Library Design in Viceory Maldives’ Resort

Instructor. John Cook 1.5 Months/ 2011

4 Weeks/ 2011

Intern Interior Design

Firm. Yabu Pushelberg

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OTTAWA PHOTOGRAPHY RESIDENCE & SCHOOL Firm. Yabu Pushelberg

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4 Months/ 2014

M.Arch Studio Project

4 Months/ 2014

M.Arch Studio Project

Instructor. Paul Kariouk

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4 Months/ 2015

Graduate Comprehensive Design Studio

7 Months/ 2016

M.Arch Thesis Project

Advisor. Janine Debanné

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CASCADE LANDSCAPE PROPOSAL

MARFA: THE HOME FOR PURE ART

Response to Development Proposal of the Chaudière Falls

Gallery Space for Artist Architect. Barry Hobin

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RETREAT ON GEORGIAN BAY/ ONTARIO

QUEEN ELIZABETH CUSTOM RESIDENCES

4 Weeks/ 2016

Contracted Work

4 Months/ 2013

M.Arch Studio Project

Instructor. Yvan Cazabon

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2 Months/ 2015

M.Arch Studio Project

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M.Arch Studio Project

Instructor. Maurizio Varratta

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LE’ METAGE HOTEL SUITES

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Proposal for New Hotel Suites Design & Rendering

Gallery Space and Artist

3 Months/ 2015

M.Arch Studio Project

3 Weeks/ 2010

Intern Interior Design

Firm. Yabu Pushelberg

Instructor. Bud Brannigan

Development of Interior Design and Renderings of Units in Ottawa

Proposal of Architecture Responsive to the Site’s Tree Parallax


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OTTAWA CITY BLOCK, BOX STORE COACH HOUSES

Response to New Zoning By-law for Backyard Houses in Ottawa Maxwell Taylor Scholarship Winner 2016

This project is a response to a recent amendment to the City of Ottawa By-law that makes the construction of small houses within the lot lines of existing private yards legal. Prefabrication is a conventional form of production that can combine traditional materials with contemporary aesthetics in order to create innovative solutions and still be affordable. How is it relevant to today’s practices? Prefabrication offers economic benefits under controlled factory manufacturing, without disrupting a promised aesthetic expression. This thesis addresses the process of making architecture in controlled industrial setting and argues in favour of the off-the-shelf architectural artifact for affordable construction. It explores the possibility of building components of kit-built houses in a place where off-the-shelf materials abound: the Home Depot hardware store. Out of this research a proposal is made demonstrating how the kit-of-parts home as a prefabricated solution conforms to the zoning proposal of the coach housing requirements in Ontario.

images from left to right, Ottawa current residential density within the Green Belt are, diagram of the main house proportion and the coach house, and analysis of Ottawa south residential block.

M.Arch Thesis Project 7 Months/ 2016

Advisor. Janine DebannĂŠ


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images from left to right, analysis of new Ottawa south residential block and analysis of Old Ottawa south residential block.


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Simply explained, Box Store Coach Houses uses modular prefabrication methods that can be customized to suit the needs of various family structures and lot types. Individual modular “pods” can be arranged in a variety of configurations, allowing for a high level of flexibility and individual customization. These modules are fitted with flexible pod furniture; when more space is needed a bed “cavity” can be hidden away (Murphy bed), kitchen storage and dining table can be pushed back. Dwellers can also take advantage of wall surfaces for a variety of uses. Each house would also include a central core that holds all the mechanical systems. An exterior wall contains all the plumbing. While the kitchen and bathroom are usually placed against this exterior wall, these rooms can also plug into the mechanical core in cases when they are located internally, in the floor layout.


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The system here presented refers both to Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer’s Toerten-Dessau system and to Kristian Gullischen and Juhani Pallasmaa’s sistema moduli. The system proposes a set of modular blocks that are developed based on basic living requirements for example: the entrance, mailbox, and the coat closet with the bike rack is one group. The blocks are limited in size to a modular size combination of (4 feet wide x 8 feet long x 8 feet high, 8 feet wide x 8 feet long x 8 feet high, 12 feet wide x 8 feet long x 8 feet high, & 8 feet wide x 8 feet long x 16 feet high). The size configuration of the modules is confined to the standard measurements of a flat-deck trailer of (8.6 feet wide x 48 feet long) and allows for an overload capacity of (48,000 lb). So, in essence, this thesis proposes a ‘building block’ system of standardized, prefabricated materials.


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STAGE ONE: For the purpose of illustration, a corner lot located on the Southgate block was chosen. In this stage, the lot is excavated to be connected to the City water pipe and sewage system. The foundation system is put in place after and site is prepared for modules’ deployment. STAGE TWO: During this stage, a truck is required to deliver the modules. To access the lot, a crane is used to lift the modules and place them into the lot. A lift jack is used to move the modules around the lot, reducing the need for physical effort. STAGE THREE: The modules are assembled and located on the lot with proper orientation and required setbacks. The orientation of the modules is very crucial to determine elements such as access to sunlight, privacy, and public entry.


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images (row) from left to right, connection details between prefabricated modules showing steel clip detail – water seal is slipped in between modules (overlap), structurally Insulated Panels (SIP) used as a wall framing system – connection detail between the two modules with a gasket on the exterior perimeter of the module in between to ensure air seal, and prototype (using the Computer Numerical Control CNC machine) of the connection detail between the two modules where the male components and female components join in a compression manner.


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PROGRAMS USED SKETCHUP PRO PODIUM RENDER AUTOCAD ILLUSTRATOR/ PHOTOSHOP CNC MACHINE/ LASER CUTTER SCOTCH TAPE


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images (row) from top to bottom, section perspectives illustrating the flexibility of the interior and exterior modular system and rendering view of the row coach houses creating micro cities for social activities – fences between backyards and the coach houses are removed but maintained halfway between the main houses.


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DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE Adaptive Re-use Library; New Conference Building Building 22 Publication/ Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

Founded in 1900, the Dominican University College (DUC), the current location of the college on Empress Avenue/ Ottawa dates more than a century. Since 1967, the DUC has offered a range of academic programs in philosophy and theology. In 2012, the DUC became affiliated with Carleton University, changing the future use of the facility.


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image, view of new main entrance to the DUC building addition.

Graduate Comprehensive Design Studio 4 Months/ 2016

The project aimed for strategic addition to the the DUC, the program included new performance halls, library, etc. The proposed design aimed to respect the existing program of the DUC, but create a wrap around space that connected the old building to the new addition, enhancing the the existing architecture of the DUC, while introducing a new type of architecture.

Instructor. John Cook

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image, view of the terrace area leading from the outdoor amphitheater to the DUC building addition.


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PROGRAMS USED SKETCHUP PRO PODIUM RENDER AUTOCAD ILLUSTRATOR/ PHOTOSHOP


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images from left to right, view of the library (reading area) DUC building addition, section detail of the new building facade, and side section.


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images, conceptual facade analysis and placement of the wood slots (shading system & ventilation).


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images left top to bottom , west elevation and south elevation.


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images right top to bottom , longitudinal section and section details.

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images from top right to bottom, conceptual sketches of design proposal, study models of design, and diagrams of program analysis.


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images, axonometric building systems diagrams, structural diagrams, and program diagrams.


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top left, site plan of the DUC bottom left, first floor plan images from top right to bottom, second floor plan, third floor plan, and fourth floor plan.


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M.Arch Studio Project 2 Months/ 2015

Instructor. Maurizio Varratta

Response to Development Proposal of the Chaudière Falls

The project aimed for strategic urban and landscape development design proposal of the Domtar Lands in Ottawa. The proposed development aimed to create an underground artery through a central axis overlooking the Chaudière Falls. The tunnel design aimed to create spaces for the public used in the summer and winter as well as activating the above surrounding streets & the river.

VIEW TO THE TUNNEL ROOF/STREET

LONGITUDINAL SECTION

VIEW TO THE TUNNEL GARDEN


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PLAN VIEW OF TUNNEL

SITE PLAN VIEW OF TUNNEL

VIEW TO THE TUNNEL CAFETERIA

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SITE DIAGRAM

CROSS SECTION 1


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PROGRAMS USED SKETCHUP PRO PODIUM RENDER AUTOCAD ILLUSTRATOR/ PHOTOSHOP 3D MAX MODELING ILLUSTRATOR/ PHOTOSHOP

CROSS SECTION 1

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MARFA: HOME OF PURE ART Gallery Space for Artists

Marfa, Texas is an unlikely art oasis in a Desert Town. This tiny town perched on the high plains of the Chihuahua desert. It is famous for the Chinati which is an internationally known contemporary art museum founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd. Artist Donald Judd was drawn to Marfa’s empty, light-soaked plains in the 1970s. This project is inspired by its site-specific concrete blocks in the middle of the desert of Marfa, creating a linear architecture with aperture spaces that overlook the landscape.


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OTTAWA PHOTOGRAPHY RESIDENCE & SCHOOL Proposal for a Communal Living Space for Photography Artists John Ruddy Scholarship Winner, 2015

The project aimed to create a residential communal space for residents with shared interest. This concept is taken from the Babayaga in France: communal living, a feminist alternative to old people’s homes, in Paris. The project proposed a residence/ school for photographers. The situation of the building aimed to create controlled views of the site, creating the effect of the camera obscura.

M.Arch Studio Project 4 Months/ 2014

Instructor. Lucie Fontein


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CANADIAN MUSIC CENTER ON WELLINGTON Proposal for a Canadian Music Center in front of the Parliament The project aimed to explore performance as architecture within the restrain of the site across from the Parliament building. The proposed design explored architecture geometry as music and performance within as well as recognizing the surroundings.

PROGRAMS USED AUTOCAD ILLUSTRATOR/ PHOTOSHOP 3D MAX MODELING MENTAL-RAY FOR 3D MAX

M.Arch Studio Project 4 Months/ 2014

Instructor. Paul Kariouk


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RETREAT ON GEORGIAN

M.Arch Studio Project 4 Months/ 2013

Instructor. Yvan Cazabon

BAY/ ONTARIO Proposal of Architecture Responsive to the Site’s Tree Parallax

The project aimed to create an escape retreat away from the urban city lifestyle. Located in the deep landscape of Georgian Bay, the architecture fades into the natural “grid” parallax of treelog forest. The proposed architecture is meant to create another layer of man-made parallax that blends into the forest; very much like the idea of movie-montage scenes. The program is formed of multiple platforms. The kitchen interchange into a surface for food preparation & dining - into an outdoor swimming pool with a fire-pit gathering space. The changes of platforms indicates division of spaces arranged for privacy.

PROGRAMS USED AUTOCAD ILLUSTRATOR/ PHOTOSHOP 3D MAX MODELING MENTAL-RAY FOR 3D MAX


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images top to bottom, view of the library and the storage and view of the media unit and living area.


PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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images top to bottom, east elevation, south elevation, north elevation, west elevation.


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QUEEN ELIZABETH CUSTOM

Contracted Work 4 Weeks/ 2016

Architect. Barry Hobin

RESIDENCES Development of Interior Design and Renderings of Units in Ottawa

An exclusive collection of just eighteen luxury residences located on the banks of the World Heritage designated Rideau Canal, The Queen Elizabeth Custom Residences provide the ultimate in exclusive living in the center of Ottawa’s most exclusive neighbourhood. Architectural concept is designed by Barry J Hobin Architects.

PROGRAMS USED AUTOCAD PHOTOSHOP SKETCHUP PRO PODIUM RENDER


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COLLINGWOOD RESORT Private Design Residence Interior Design & Renderings Intern Interior Design 4 Weeks/ 2011

Firm. Yabu Pushelberg

This private residence is located between Collingwood & Blue Mountains for a private upscale clientèle. The concept proposed a space that frames the natural scenery of the mountains. I was involved in space design, creating the render scenes, choosing and applying the finishes, choosing the Furniture, and modeling all the details.

PROGRAMS USED AUTOCAD PHOTOSHOP 3D MAX MODELING V-RAY FOR 3D MAX


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VICEROY MALDIVES HOTEL Proposal for Public Library Design in Viceroy Maldives’ Resort Intern Interior Design 1.5 Months/ 2011

Firm. Yabu Pushelberg

On one of the leading luxury resort destinations in the world, the Maldives. Yabu Pushelberg designed 32 Water Villas, resembling the hull of an inverted dhoni, a traditional islands fishing boat. Splaying out from the beach into the lagoon, significantly separated to ensure intimacy and space for guests, the one- and two-floor bungalows include private plunge pools just off the view deck and public spaces. Similarly to the shapes of the Villa, the shapes of the public spaces imitated the look of the dhoni. In this design, the rendering illustrates a view of the public library in the resort. I was involved in space design, creating the render scenes, choosing and applying the finishes, choosing the Furniture, and modeling all the details.

PROGRAMS USED AUTOCAD PHOTOSHOP 3D MAX MODELING V-RAY FOR 3D MAX


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LE’ METAGE HOTEL SUITES Proposal for New Hotel Suites Design & Rendering Intern Interior Design 3 Weeks/ 2010

Firm. Yabu Pushelberg

This proposal was for a competition to redesign the suits for a brand hotel located in Beverly Hills. I was involved in creating the render scenes, choosing and applying the finishes, choosing the Furniture, and modeling all the details.

PROGRAMS USED AUTOCAD PHOTOSHOP 3D MAX MODELING V-RAY FOR 3D MAX


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