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sheelah tolton

designer, builder, drawer, maker

2013


SHEELAH TOLTON email: sheelah.tolton@gmail.com phone: 226-789-8685

EXHIBITIONS Brockville Arts Centre

Dec 2013, Jewellery 2011, Digital illustrations, paintings and photography

WORK

Brockville Public Library

Kobayashi+Zedda Architects

2011, 2009, Digital illustrations and jewellery

Sept-Dec 2012, Whitehorse, YT

sayigh-duman VOLOUNTEER Instructor- Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club 2006-Present

Junior Badminton Coach

Sept-Dec 2012, Whitehorse Badminton Club Junior Coach May-Aug 2011, Assistant Coach-SLC Summer Badminton 2010, Brockville Collegiate Institute

Industrial Design of the Week Moderator 2010-Present- Conceptart.org

Jan-April 2012, New York, NY Both terms included work such as: • basic working drawings- as builts, single room cabin, adjustments to existing drawings • small design assignments- installations, office layout • presentation materials- renders, sections, written articles • modelling- physical and digital

EDUCATION Candidate for Bachelor of Architectural Studies University of Waterloo. Sept 2010 - Present

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

SKILLS

Carribean - 2012, personal New York, NY, USA. - 2012 work Rajasthan and Punjab, India - 2010, personal France - 2008,2009 Language Exchange Other: China, New Zealand, majority of Canadian territories and provinces.

Excellent physical modeling and hand drawing. Hardworking, intelligent, reliable, creative and innovative.

Software

Skilled in: AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, VRay, SketchUp. Familiar with: Revit, Maxwell for Sketchup

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Kobayashi+Zedda Architects Whitehorse, YT

sayigh-duman New York, NY


internships


presentation material firm: Kobayashi+Zedda location: Inuvik, NWT, Canada client: Children's First Centre date: Sept-Dec 2012 tools: AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop, Maxwell4SketchUp

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The Children's First Centre in Inuvik was chosen at KZA to be the office's submission to the 2013 Canadian Architect Awards. It was my task to put together the initial presentation matieral. Once we had won the award, I created the final images to be in the Magazine.


CANADIAN ARCHITECT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

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In the process of working on the submission material, I was absorbed by the activity and discussion surrounding its design. I learned a great deal about construction in the North, including issues such as building on permafrost, effect of temperature on product installation, and designing with shipping difficulties in mind. In addition to presentation materials, I was also involved in finish seletion and research.

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support details firm: kobayashi+zedda location: Whitehorse, YT, Canada client: City of Whitehorse date: Sept-Dec 2012 tools: AutoCAD

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The new plan of the Whitehorse waterfront included the raising of a totem pole- a tradition of the indigenous Kwalin Dun. I was lucky enough to be able to help raise the totem pole after drawing the fabrication details for the support. The original design included a pin joint approximately 4' up to facilitate the raising.


WHITEHORSE WATERFRONT TOTEM POLE

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new ofďŹ ces firm: sayigh-duman location: New York, NY, USA client: C.F.D.A. date: January-April 2012 tools: AutoCAD, laser cutter

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I created a laser cut, plexiglass model for the schematic stage of the the design of the new Noho ofďŹ ce of the CFDA. The pieces of the model were scored to show plan details, and the entire model was underlit by LED lights to illuminate these details.


COUNCIL OF FASHION DESIGNERS OF AMERICA

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schoolwork


botanical garden class, term: Studio, 2B location: Don Valley, Toronto, ON, Canada date: May-August 2012

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Mushrooms+Mycelium is a project focused on the research on fungi; a basic, yet little understood and mysterious family of organisms with a multitude of uses to human society. Each chamber works as a laboratory for different growing substrates which are byproducts of industry or human activity. Each substrate`s inherent form becomes the building block shaping the architecture of each space.


THE DON VALLEY FUNGI GARDEN + RESEARCH CENTRE

MUSHROOMS

+MYCELIUM

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STAFF PARKING SUBSTRATE RECEIVING AND STORAGE

WARM STORAGE

MECHANICAL

COOL STORAGE

STERILIZATION

KITCHENS

RESTAURANT

ACTIVITIES ROOM

ADMINISTRATION ENTRY

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SUBSTRATE PROCESSING


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the ghost forest Skeletal pine logs lean ominously like a deathly forest haunted by eerily glowing `jack-o-lantern`, or Pleurotus ostreatus, mushrooms.

A CHAMBER IN REVIEW: Below is a room designed to host fungi on trees killed by invasive pine beetles. The wood from these trees is useless to the lumber industry as it is riddled with holes. The logs are sterilized (to prevent unwanted decomposition), drilled and innoculated with spore plugs, then fit into place where they will grow for 3-5 years before replacement. To reach their laboratories, scientists must cross the catwalk and be surrounded by their subjects.

9. Aman

Toxicity: 3 Research n

10. Bole

Toxicity: 2 Research n

11. Ama

Visually st white spo Research n

ground level

12. Psilo

Research n

13. Cyan

level -1

Visually st black egg Properties Research n

14. Pleu

Toxicity: 1 Visually st Properties Research n

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11. Amanita muscaria - Fly Agaric

Visually striking: 1/3, bright red cap with white spots Research not yet conducted: 1/3

12. Psilocybe semilanceata - Liberty Cap Research not yet conducted: 1/3

A CHAMBER IN REVIEW: The underground world of mycelium, the actual `body` of the orgamism, lives unseen totally underground. The entry to the labyrinthine, alien world of the garden starts with the descent into this chamber where you are surrounded by not only darkness and cool, damp air, but thousands and thousands of mushrooms. Passages to further rooms are carved through the walls, and visitors are welcome to climb into the display.

13. Cyanthus striatus - Bird’s Nest

Visually striking: 3/3, mini, hairy “brids’ nest” with black eggs Properties of interest: rain spore dispersal system Research not yet conducted: 3/3

14. Pleurotus ostreatus - Jack-O-Lantern Toxicity: 1/3 Visually striking: 3/3, glow in the dark Properties of interest: glow in the dark Research not yet conducted: 3/3

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plan and section class, term: Studio, 3B location: Toronto, ON, Canada date: February, 2013

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Designed by Moriyama & Teshima, the George Var Computing and Engineering Centre is part of Ryerson University`s Toronto campus. It contains a multitude of lecture halls and classrooms, and is fronted by an angled, undulating fritted glass facade. The building`s main circulation runs behind this, and parallel to the road on all oors, mimicking and looking down upon the streetscape below.


GEORGE VARI COMPUTING AND ENGINEERING CENTRE

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the urban oasis class, term: Studio, 2A location: Cambride, ON, Canada date: January-Aprl 2011

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Located in the heart of downtown Galt, Cambridge, the Water St. Hotel seeks to provide a refuge from the less than pleasant local streetlife. The hotel is centred around an open, full height central atrium which creates a sense of inner community among the guests. It is sided with a lush green wall and hosts a dining area oating in a pool of water. The top level provides a spa and gym with views overlooking the area's beautiful historic buildings and river.


WATER ST. HOTEL

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West Elevation

East Elevation

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North Elevation

South Elevation


SW corner

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

Seasonal variations in exterior greenwall sedum

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Model of atrium/restaurant

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UP

DN

Ground Floor Plan

General Floor Plan

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DN

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Gym Floor Plan

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bicycle station place: Award of Merit, (3rd place) competition: 2011 Biomimicry, Steel Structure Education Foundation partner: Jeremy Jeong term, date: 1B, Spring 2011

The fritted pattern on the glass canopy mimics the texture and pattern of fern spores. In addition, the dappled shadow pattern projected by the glass enables a sense of the fern’s habitat of forested shade.

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THE FROND is a structure that is designed to provide both a bicycle rental system and public bicycle storage. We chose the beautiful and efficient structure of the fern to inspire the form of a station that would be graceful, quickly produced, and easily configured to ideal size. It would work in both the cramped quarters of urban life and leave a small footprint in a rural landscape.

The fern’s structure of stem and two rows of leaves is echoed in the branching organization of the bicycles inside the shelter. The two halves of structrure arch over one another like two neighbouring copses of ferns growing over a shared path of rhizomes.

Mimicking the way tips of ferns curl up to protect new growth, the ribs of The Frond curl up around the bicycles, creating a place safe from the elements. The rental bicycles are housed at the base of the canopy as they require more long term protection.


THE FROND

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independant


always learning... why: enjoyment/challenge how: self-taught (now teaching) date: 8+ years (both)

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PYSANKY: is a traditional Ukranian wax resist art dating from pagan times. Every symbol has a meaning, creating a visual vocabulary which is extremely intriguing to work with. JEWELLERY: is a skill I have worked hard to excel at. I design, create, and teach. I use any material ranging from semi-precious stones to construction hardware.


PERSONAL WORK

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Sheelah Tolton - Spring 2013 Architecture Portfolio