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Select professional & school works. Shahal Ahmed 2019


Hello, I'm Shahal Ahmed, a 4A student at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture currently in the Rome Program. I am seeking an internship/co-op opportunity from January to April 2020. Thank you, +39 349 882 7701 (Rome, Italy)

Shahal Ahmed experience summer '19 nyc

HLW Interior Design Intern

winter '19 toronto

Quadrangle Architects Architectural Intern

summer '18 nyc

HLW Architectural Intern

fall '17 toronto

Kearns Mancini Architects Architectural Intern

fall '17 toronto

Greaterthan Vis Architectural Freelance

winter '17 copenhagen

Phoam Studio Architectural Intern

education class of '20

University of Waterloo Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Candidate), Rome Program

skills Revit, Rhino, AutoCAD, Grasshopper, V-Ray, Maxwell, Lumion, Houdini, After Effects, Premiere, Vegas, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Bluebeam, laser cutting, hand modelling, shop tools

awards President's Scholarship, International Experience Award, Rick Haldenby Rome Award, Excellent Academic Standing, YRE national 1st prize


HLW New York City, USA During my second co-op here, I engaged in various corporate office interior design projects in New York City and Jersey City. I used Revit to generate constructions details, fixed red lines for permit submissions, rendered using Enscape (Revit) and created presentation materials ranging from graphics to client meeting packages. I also took part in coordinating finish sample orders and specifications. During my first co-op here, I was able to engage in a variety of tasks for base buildings projects ranging from physical models to schematic 3D modelling and construction drawings.

Gateway to Chinatown Laser Cut Model


Samsung I modelled the existing building on the right. Render by HLW.

Jane Street Planter Wall Detail

Jane Street Bike Shed Poster Elements

Jane Street Finish Plan


TD Ameritrade Executive Office Options

IFF Atrium Options


Phoam Studio Copenhagen, Denmark During my winter co-op here, I was able to engage in a variety of tasks ranging from schematic 2D plan iterations and 3D detailing of site contexts to final presentation 3D models and illustrations. I modelled this villa in Rhino from CAD elevations and sections.


Input, Process & Output 3A Design Studio Albion Centre is at the intersection of Albion Road, Kipling Avenue and Finch Avenue in Etobicoke. The site was developed post-war as a suburb of Etobicoke to accommodate for a housing shortage city-wide. Now, postcode discrimination results in a relatively unappealing place to live, as poverty moves to the edges of the city. A high concentration of low income and poverty, people from racialized groups, high immigrant status, low concentration of health and social services, limited mixed housing, high population of predatory businesses like pay-day lenders all serve as barriers to health, sustainable community and economic development of social capital. In response to the City of Toronto's proposal of a light train transit on Finch Avenue, I propose the introduction of mixed income communities and social spaces that consider the inhabitants of the site and engage their struggles. This is carried through to the building proposal in the corner of Albion and Kipling.






2 3

1. family (3-4 people) 215 m2 2. family (3-4 people) 215 m2 3. single (1-2 people) 88 m2 4. multi-generation family (4-6 people) 335 m2

Possible Unit Plan Floor Area: 800 m2


Residential Towers

Wood Structure Lower Embodied Energy than Steel/ Concrete + Renewable + Recyclable!

Energy in Building Form 1. Sun Room 2. Ventilation Shaft 3. Screen for Southern Summer Sun 4. Sawtooth: Ventilation + Diffused Light



3 Shared Spaces (Top to Bottom) Left: Gym + Laundry, Cafeteria, Leisure, Cafeteria Right: Gym + Laundry, Classrooms + Lecture + Library, Classrooms




1 Ground Plane 1. Milling Shop 2. Soundproofed Private Working Pods 3. Storefronts on Tracks 4. Lobby 5. Park + Workspace 6. Mini Skate Park





Unit Section





The Way It Is... 3B Design Studio “With average life spans increasing, and with the rise of degenerative diseases, the period of time in which we deal with end-of-life processes has extended and with it, our exposure to the architecture of hospitals, hospices and care homes.” -Alison Killing, 2014 Venice Biennale How can architecture allow for a better process of death, for the dying and the grieving? Increasingly, many with terminal illnesses choose to avoid institutionalized hospitals in their last days. With limited support available in their homes and the stigma attached to deaths in homes, my design looks at the story of architecture and death and proposes a new architecture dedicated to the dying and grieving, with nature and in solitude and/or with family. Riverbluffs Park in Cambridge, Ontario provides three unique conditions of nature, a river, a pollinator garden, and a forest, while being connected to the facilities of a city. The strategy was to give space to each context connected to a hospice for the patient and the family. The patient rooms are all in the ground plane while their family can live directly upstairs, should the patient choose to, where the possibility of living in isolation from the family can be accommodated for. Each patient has access to a shaded outdoor patio, a private courtyard and a garden with a water fountain. A large common space is in the centre, where everyone can come and gather. Patients and family can then choose to connect to 3 different natural conditions, river, garden and forest led by a pathway mimicking each as their journey progresses. This pathway also allows the patient to rest in solitude or with family in nature, whether it be sunny or snowy. The materials of this project (wood and copper) are picked so that they age, displaying life’s ageing nature like Peter Zumthor’s material choices in the Home for Senior Residence. “All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.” -William Shakespeare, Hamlet Realizing death is a part of life will only make us happier and having the choice of the space for our last moments will provide us with dignity. Knowing we must all die, what does the space of your last moments look like to you?





Look Out! Around! Above! Below! 2B Design Studio Toronto’s population is ever-growing and is estimated to double in the next 50 years. With the dramatic increase in apartments and condos and the rise of housing prices, the need for ‘’backyard’’ or leisure spaces are and will be more crucial then ever. This destination in the park can be described as being an intervention aiming to re-engage the Ontario Place pods. A floating deck creates fixed programs such as swimming pool/ ice rink and many possibilities of connecting platforms and smaller pods to arrange to daily needs. Hanging from underneath the pods lie bird houses and fruit/ flower plants, together creating a bird ecology. Above the pods lie a serene garden of tall grasses moving with the wind. Around the pods exist a wind veil which harness the flow of the wind and converts it to electricity supplied to the programs below. A ramp rises from the deck all the way up to the roof.



Indoor Amenities @ Toronto's Waterfront

Outdoor Amenities @ Toronto's Waterfront



unused / used


movie screening / concert


shop / heating station


1. platform below pods 2. platform on deck 3. movable pod 4. enclosed water

swim / ice-skate


Intensive Green Roof

A path cuts through a plane of tall grass. 20 cm thick roof (top to bottom): growing medium, filter fleece, drainage layer, insulation layer, waterproof membrane, structural support

Wind Energy (red)

The kinetic energy from the moving aluminum pieces in the facade will be converted to electrical energy.

Water Dispersion (blue)

Water from the Lake will be dispersed to the plantations.

Bird Ecology

Extending the existing sparrow habitat underneath the bridge, the intervention consist of two components, birdhouses, bird feeding plants and outdoor areas to feel more intimate with the birds.


The existing bridge underneath the pods will be covered with one mirrors to ensure one can view birds in am undisturbed condition while a ramp rising 22m from the deck to the roof ensures connectivity all around the pods.

Program + Structure

Specific program are fixed while the rest of the programs can be defined to meet a more desired need. Amphibious strategies of hollow concrete and vertical guidance systems will allow this design to remain afloat amidst rising water level. Possible programs include: 1. hot air balloon launch 2. canoe storage/rental 3. stage 4. sauna 5. change room/washroom 6. wine tasting 7. shop 8. pool 9. seats 10. pod/platform storage and service

Thank you, +39 349 882 7701 (Rome, Italy)

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Portfolio 2019  

Portfolio 2019