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Suzan Ibrahim

Portfolio 2010 University of Waterloo


Like the nature around us, homes and spaces are in constant need to be taken care of and regularly changed. I try to understand the material around me; stones that split in various ways, plants that are planted first as seeds and then harvested, how bees shape their honeycombs -anything that can be broken down into new shapes and create new patterns of function in themselves. Study of materials and its uses can help ground architectural concepts and ideas to allow each person form their own pattern of experience.

Work Experience

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MUTOPIA Arch., Copenhagen

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Burlington City, Burlington

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Concord Adex, Toronto

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HSB Turning Torso, Sweden

Brook McIlroy|Pace, Toronto

Projects and Studies

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Settlement- Rythm

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Urban Hotel- The Promenade

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Installation- Box Vortex

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House- Focus

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Productive Landscapes


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I O D Ve n i c e B i e n n a l e Study and proposal, T h u n d e r B a y, C a n a d a

“Architecture has graver ends: Capable of the Sublime...” Le Corbusier This was a proposal for the 2012 Venice Biennale worked in a team of members at BMI. The original proposal involved preserving some of Thunder Bay’s industrial waterfront but transform it into a public culture space with parks and recreation. It is an opportunity to repurpose some of these historic structures and engage opportunities for a reinvigorated community identity.

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Canadian Venice Pavilion Plan

Thunder Bay 1945

Proposed Installation for Venice Biennale

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Landscaping for Downsview

Building Facades

Together with landscape and urban planning architects I got to help design two winning proposals for the landscaping of Carl Hall Rd in Downsview Toronto (completion July 2011) and the upgrade of Williamsville St. in Kingston. I helped conduct public space studies as well as getting familiar with different plant species and their different necessary uses for a landscape.

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Kingston Street Study

Proposed Public space Development

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Kalundborg Sports & Community Centre Denmark

This was a project done in a group of four at MUTOPIA Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark 2010. City of Kalundborg has a beautiful landscape but a troubled suburb where youth have nowhere to spend their free time after school. The city wanted a building that would engage the youth with the community and its nature.

Topography and model

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Spacial program design

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C a r v e d To w e r s , Multiuse building Mongolia

This was a project done in a group of four at MUTOPIA Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark 2010. It is a competition proposal still waiting for approval from the client of a multi use high rises that include offices, residential apartments, hotel and a sports facility. This was the first part of the design process; the facade was inspired by the Icelandic Soljebasalt mountains and their vertical character.

Facade Studies

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The Bird Benches, Burlington, Canada

This was a winning competition entry with the artist Ibrahim Rashid where we were inspired by creating social and public spaces along a long road in the suburbs of Burlington. It was inspired by everyday details in nature, such as leaves and bird’s nest to bring them into awareness in the isolated suburban community. Construction in June 2011.

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Bench locations along street

Burlington Suburbia

Leaves Study

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The bench is powerful with its direct connection to us and our relation to public spaces. A bench provides comfort and a space for repose. It becomes a node of interaction with community members and can improve public interactivity. It is a starting point for the development of parks and recreational spaces which is most often forgotten in suburbia neighborhoods.

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Spadina Underpass, To r o n t o , C a n a d a

This project was installed for the revitalization of a part of Toronto Downtown by Concord CityPlace. This lighting piece was a collaboration with the international artist Maha Mustafa and was recently completed in summer of 2009.

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Around Me

Malmo, Sweden

During the completion of the public and residential building, Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden, by the architect Santiago Calatrava, Maha Mustafa was one of the few artists to be picked for the public artwork comission in the building. The main artwork involved two large sculptures that would enhance the aesthetics of the lobby space of the tower. The collaborative result was an eyecatching installation and became almost interactive with the residents and visitors who experienced it through the every-day passage in the building.

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Projects and Studies

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Rythm

This project is sited along the Grand River in Cambridge, Canada. The proposal tackles suburban lifestyle while adopting the area as housing enclaves in an unspoiled landscape. It was inspired by the heritage area of Cambridge’s Amphitheatre.

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Diagonal Cross Section of Parcel

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E Back Elevation

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W Front Elevation

Parcel Plan and Elevation

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The Promenade

Site Plan

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Ground Floor Plan

This project was a challenge to study a large empty parking lot and transform it into an urban hotel for Cambridge city in Ontario. City-, cultural-, and massing studies were the main focus to create a revitalizing project that engaged the small city with its people.

Site Section and Parti Model

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Courtyard Shadow Study and Visualization

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B o x Vo r t e x

This group project explored the structural and spatial potentials of unconventional building materials -in this case, a food take-out box. In groups of five, we designed a structural system by reconfiguring the connections of the box without altering its original structure. The installation brought an active play in the flow of the space as people walked around and by it. Box Assembly

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Focus

This conceptual space involves the contrast and transition of materials and light as the visitor moves through the house. It takes one through an engulfing experience from darkness to light, concrete to grass which in the end is revolving around turning strangers to friends in the small but intimate space.

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East Section

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Roof Plan

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Program Circulation

Agricultural Distribution

Productive Landscape Production/Ditribution/Consumption

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This was an individual large scale project where an open field in Ontario, Canada was studied. The final proposal involved to design a Rehabilitation Hospital by implementing the use of farming and creating a public space for a market for the harvested food. The planning of this proposal was held within ontarios Green Belt and repurposing the White Belt.

Large Scale site within Green Belt

Van Gogh

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Program Circulation

Agricultural Distribution

Production/Ditribution/Consumption

Farming and Teaching

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Farming and Healing

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Resume

SUZAN IBRAHIM Year 3A

suzan.ibrahim@hotmail.com +2263399284 18-2 Water St. N, N1R 3B1, Cambridge, ON, Canada

University of Waterloo School of Architecture Candidate for Bachelor of Architecture 2013 Study of concept and design development, visual communication, cultural and social studies, building construction and environmental design

Skills AutoCad Google Sketchup Podium Render Form Z Adobe Creative Suite Microsoft Office Windows and Mac

-Always smiles -Excellent Craftmanship -Works well independently and in teams -Good at multitasking -Hand Drafting and Physical Modeling -Fluent in Swedish, English, Arabic

Work Experience 2010 Intern Architect Brook McIlroy|Pace Architects, Toronto, Canada MUTOPIA Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009 Artist Assistant Concord Adex, Artist Maha Mustafa, Toronto, Canada 2008 Architect Assistant Philip Beesley Architects Inc. Toronto, Canada 2006 Artist Assistant HSBC Turning Torso, Artist Maha Mustafa, Malmo, Sweden 2004 Student Training NCC Construction, Malmo, Sweden

Awards & Recognition Final Review Exhibition (2009) -Cambridge Gallery Work Review (2009) -Cambridge Gallery University of Waterloo Merit Entrance Scholarship (2008) University of Waterloo Architecture Portfolio Award (2008) Phoenix Cities International Young Artist Award (2008)


Suzan Ibrahim's 2011 Portfolio