RESUME An organized self-starter, passionately pursuing an architectural degree.
Sales Associate for the Lumber and Building Materials Department at Home Depot (Summer 2019) Approached and chatted with both contractors and DIY customers, helping them collect all materials they would need and suggest methods of construction; Used store software to design decks and sheds to create and close the complex sales quotes of customers; Often worked as a team with one or two other associates to efficiently run the department in the busy summer season;
EDUCATION Pursuing a Bachelor of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, Toronto (going into 3rd year). CGPA (first + second year) of 3.78. Acquired a spot on the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Deanâ€™s List of top students in the Architectural Science program.
Collaborated with other departments, such as hardware and millwork, to further assist customers and expand my sphere-of-knowledge. Sales Associate at Pet Valu (Summer, 2017) Established good relationships with shoppers and encouraged a welcoming atmosphere; Advised customers in their purchases;
SOFT SKILLS decisive
Independently ran the store; leader
Regulated money transactions, including cashier work, keeping track of income throughout the day, and filling out paperwork when closing.
Rhinoceros 3D + V-ray, Revit, THERM, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Office
Volunteer at the AMMCS-CAIMS 2015 Congress at Wilfrid Laurier University (June, 2015) Assisted in the preparatory processes of the congress; worked at the registration desk; greeted attendees.
Received the Ledcor Architecture Scholarship worth $1000, in 2018, for the highest combined average in four technical, firstyear courses.
Won 3rd place in the 2018 AIAS Elevate Your Pitch Competition.
Achieved the highest attainable score in College Boardâ€™s 2017 Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Awarded Highest Achievement in Grade 12 Physics and Visual Arts (2017). Was among the top 5 artists in the 2017 Junior Brush Off painting competition in Kitchener-Waterloo. Fluent in English and Russian. Speak French at an intermediate level; obtained a level B2 certificate for the internationally recognized French DELF exam.
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Steve McQueen is a British film director and screenwriter, famous for directing and producing 12 Years a Slave, and for his many achievements such as being the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. An inquisitiveness for McQueen’s visual stories can grow a clearer understanding of human nature. He exposes the duality of our world; sometimes merry, sometimes bleak. Time is an event which cannot be stopped and a concept which cannot be removed from the consciousness. McQueen’s meditation on the essence of what it means to be human is expressed in the gallery through simple forms. The circle and the square act as the cores of the gallery. Visitors begin their journey at the top floor and spiral down through these cores, accentuating the heavy matters found in McQueen’s films. The gallery is to hold both his cinematography work and his more tangible exhibitions.
“Five Easy Pieces”, a short film which switches between a bird’s eye view and a worm’s eye view, is projected onto the ceiling and floor.
A theme that I found McQueen often exploring through his art is the theme of “discovery”. He shows us how every story is multifaceted, and thus, a sense of curiosity is imperative for understanding any condition. In this gallery, this theme of “discovery” is translated into architectural language as “conceal and reveal”. A perforated, bronze envelope, a strategic use of solid v.s. glass walls, and sharp contrast between light and dark spaces all help emphasise this theme.
STEVE M Site Cast Concrete Floor Slabs
Precast and Site Cast Concrete Structure
Temporary Collection Permanent Collection
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ADELAIDE ST. WEST ELEVATION
ADELAIDE ST. EAST ELEVATION
Standing firmly in the Don Valley Brick Works of Toronto, this research field station accommodates two diligent botanists. It is a balance of refuge and wilderness, serving both as a place to live and work. Raised up on stilts, it is as sensitive to the site and reduces the chances of flooding. With an ambition of combining the industrial history of the location with the surrounding nature, the station spreads its long arms of corten steel, wrapping around the warm stone of its body.
To reduce the overall energy consumption by heating, a pair of Trombe walls stand on its southern side. Each one comprises a double-wythe brick wall and glazing spaced ten centimeters from the brickâ€™s surface. The air between the brick and the glass collects the sunâ€™s energy, heating the house by the method of convection and radiation. To avoid overheating in the summer, an overhang of the same corten steel rests above the southern window, blocking the rays of the sun when it is at its zenith.
LIVING South Elevation
1st Floor Plan
2nd Floor Plan
3rd Floor Plan
Located off of a main street in the Entertainment district of Toronto, this site witnesses different sorts of activities depending on the time of day. At night, the area is especially lively, with visitors coming from all over the GTA. During the day, it is much quieter, with locals passing through on their lunch breaks. This observation pushed forward the idea of a cafe with two peculiar atmospheres.
As the morning sun rises from the east, the peachy brick and earth tones of the interior decor emanate a warm tone. In the summer, the patio on the second floor can be opened to give a clear view of the CN tower.
At night, the back of the cafe, an area with no windows and a half-level underground, could be used in addition to the front. A small stage gives the option of hosting small gigs and performances. Since the site is not located directly on the main street, dramatic, bright lights are used to attract pedestrians. Aluminum cubes are found throughout the building creating an interesting theme that expresses the architectural design as an art form, not simply a building. Aluminum cubes are found throughout the project, expressing the building as art, not simply form. Some cubes have LED strips, most do not. At the front of the cafe, the cubes hang behind the frosted glass, dispersing and softening their light. In the middle of the cafe, they can be found piercing the peach brick walls, framing the paintings inside.
At the back of the cafe, LED cubes sit on a suspended, perforated metal ceiling.
STATION AT BILLY BISHOP
North West Elevation
Billy Bishop Airport is a small international airport that shares Toronto Island with several public parks. These parks provide the ideal spot for observing planes come and go. This observation deck is situated as close to the airportâ€™s runways as one could get.
South East Elevation
South East Section
The observatory is a combination of two materials: glass and concrete. The glass feels light for the eyes; the concrete heavy and rough. The intersection of glass and concrete symbolises our connection between sky and earth granted through the invention of the airplane.
LEARNING EXPERIENCING LIVING
This building is about opposing ideas. Each idea is unlike another, yet the ideas are not detached. Rather, they perceive and embrace one another. We can observe this in the building’s public (institutional) versus private (residential) components, which through their contrasting architectural expressions exhibit different intentions, and yet, are carefully linked. The public program is of a contemporary look, utilizing a diagrid structural system to create a unique, twisting form. It includes a library, a study floor, and a performance hall. Meanwhile, the residential portion is to temporarily house twelve international scholars. Accordingly, it hints at tradition and nostalgia, mimicking the houses of the neighbourhood through its brickwork and style of windows. As the front-facing brick wall turns the corner, it morphs into an interior wall, bringing the public’s attention to the adjacent residence. This link between public and private may be comforting for visitors, knowing they are so close to the safe spaces of others. Similarly, with a public realm within their reach, international scholars may feel gently eased into the unfamiliar, local community. The awareness between the two realms - public and private - helps establish a sphere of respect and consideration. A ribbon joins these realms. With its arms sprouting from the ground, it hugs its guests to form the building’s most unique spaces.
View from 3rd floor
View of 3rd floor
The pink ribbon emanates a warm glow and casts playful shadows on the walls and floors.
The ribbon wraps around the residenceâ€™s top communal floor, with a large window cut out to watch the trains as they pass on the railroad below.
In addition to this communal floor, each floor in the residential block has its own smaller communal space. A glass curtain wall connections all these communal spaces and lets scholars observe the public realm.
In the performance hall, the ribbonâ€™s arm swoops down to direct the attention onto the performer and to show off a stunning view of the sky.
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Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio by Sofiya Makarova