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Sonja Vangjeli | Design Portfolio Harvard Graduate School of Design MLA I AP Candidate 2015


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RELATIONAL URBANISM: A Framework for variability MArch Thesis 2013 AGENTS OF OPPORTUNITY Landscape Core Studio III 2013 THE UNITED STATES OF GUARANI Theories Mapping Project 2013 TORONTO: HARBOUR CITY 3B Design Option Studio 2009

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EGLINTON WEST LRT STATION STREETSCAPE

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2015 PAN AM GAMES STADIA LANDSCAPE 2011 Internship at regional Architects / planning Alliance

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URBAN HOUSING 2A Design Studio 2007

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STOA: A contemporary space of contemplation 4B Comprehensive Design Studio 2011

CONTENTS

SULPHUR DELL MARKET DISTRICT ULI Hines Urban Design Competition 2014

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CHORA: Performative installation 2B Design Studio 2008

OAKVILLE ARTS DISTRICT

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UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART 2010 Internship at Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects

soundSCAPE:Experiential installation 3B Design Studio 2009

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PHOTOGRAPHY Travel photographs

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FINE ARTS Paintings & Conceptual Art

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TRAVEL SKETCHES Rome 2010

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MUSEO TEVERE 4A Design Studio 2010

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COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

PROFESSIONAL WORK

DESIGN STUDIOS

LANGLEY TOWN CENTRE MASTER PLAN 2010 Internship at Folio Resort & Hotel Architecture FLEMING COLLEGE SKILLED TRADES CENTRE 2009 Internship at Perkins + Will Toronto


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RELATIONAL URBANISM MArch Thesis, 2013 | Advisor: Adrian Blackwell DESIGN STUDIOS | COMPETITIONS, PROFESSIONAL WORK | INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

Urban Political Ecology

Participatory Urbanism

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built form rules

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public participation

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analysis

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Ecosystems Thinking

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In a context of rapid urbanization and increasingly standardized built environments, urbanism must find new methods of creating appropriate conditions for the variability of contemporary urban life. The city, understood as a system of interconnected processes in constant change, offers a relational way of thinking about urban design. This thesis explores the concept of Relational Urbanism through a strategic design approach that engages the complexity of the site to create variability in the built environment by relating built form to landscape elements. This relational approach has particular potential in post-industrial sites, where challenging existing conditions and processes of remediation resist conventional methods of redevelopment.

Rule-based Urbanism

Parametric Urbanism

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The thesis focuses on the Toronto Port Lands as a testing ground for this design approach, drawing on the site’s built heritage to develop a landscape framework and a set of relational rules that will guide the emergence of a diverse urban environment able to change over time. A series of design strategies— remediation parks, urban delta, adapted industry, and differentiated fabric—rethink the challenges of the site as opportunities for public benefit, creating a variegated landscape for built form to respond to. In contrast to a singular static master plan, this method favours multiple flexible strategies that can be deployed incrementally, breaking down the scale of development and allowing it to be realized by a wide variety of stakeholders. Through this approach the thesis seeks to enable the city to intentionally but subtly guide its urban landscape toward diversity and allow its citizens to participate in its continued adaptation.

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DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Site & concept sketches | sketchup + psd 2 River canal section | AutoCAD + psd 3-6 Views of phases of transfromation | psd


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adapted heritage public realm public green space

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9 1 Remediation Parks| illustrator 2 Urban Delta | illustrator 3 Adapted Industry | illustrator 4 Differentiated Fabric | illustrator 5 Composite Landscape framework | illustrator 6-9 Views of each framework | photoshop


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Coop Apartments Publicly accessible shared courtyard Freehold Duplex Rowhouses 5HQWDO2É?FHDQG Retail Rental Apartments

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1 Sample Variable Sections | CAD 2 Adjacency Rules Matrix | illustrator 3 Sample Block | sketchup + psd

Change of Use: residential to commercial and live-work units and retail at grade


Amidst a rapidly changing climate, ecological disasters are emerging as substantial threats to national security. This project shifts the emphasis from coastal resilience to the interior, focusing on the consequences of drought – a condition that has tremendous impact on the ground, causing widespread damage to vegetation and human health. Interpreting the ground surface as a product of subterranean and atmospheric forces, the project re-appropriates current technologies to capitalize on the adaptations of opportunistic vegetation, thereby gaining agency over the negative effects of drought. This strategy provokes unlikely future tools, methods, and collaborations, challenging cultural perceptions of military technologies and socalled invasive vegetation. Rather than fighting change, this approach repositions the perception of drought, shifting the response from a reactive to an adaptive approach, and enabling design by landscape architects.

changing climate 1. changing climatic patterns with consequences on the parameters of the abiotic environment (i.e. temperatures, precipitation, soil moisture etc.) and subsequent effects on distribution of flora and fauna 2. changing conditions are normal rather than the exception

drought 1. subterranean phenomenon characterized by reduced precipitation and soil moisture, resulting from changing climatic conditions and exacerbated by incompatible land uses 2. negatively impacts the quality of the soil and the flora and fauna that depend on it

surface 1. interface between atmospheric and subterranean pressures 2. medium for gaining agency on otherwise uncontrollable subterranean conditions i.e. drought

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AGENTS OF OPPORTUNITY Landscape Studio III, 2013 | GSD 1211 | Professors: Pierre Belanger & Rosetta Elkin | With Brad Howe & Marissa Angell 10 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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AGENTS OF OPPORTUNITY Landscape Studio III, 2013 | GSD 1211 | Professors: Pierre Belanger & Rosetta Elkin | With Brad Howe & Marissa Angell 11 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Agents + Collaborations | rhino, illustrator 2 Agricultural Scenario | rhino, illustrator, psd 3 Forestry Scenario | rhino, illustrator, psd 3 Military Base Scenario | rhino, illustrator, psd 4 National Transect | rhino, GIS, illustrator


An aquifer, hidden below ground, cannot be understood—or owned—until a map lifts up the earth above it and reveals it to the world. The map becomes an instrument of power to control the future of the resource. The Guarani Aquifer covers an area of 1.2 million square kilometers, and spans across Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. With a volume of nearly 40,000 cubic km, it has enough water to “supply the world’s population for 200 years”.

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THE UNITED STATES OF GUARANI Theories Term Project, 2013 | DES 3241 | Professors: Pierre Belanger | with Nuith Morales & Wenling Li 12 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Global Water Trade Map | GIS + illustrator 2 World’s Largest Aquifers | illustrator


As legal definitions of water vary from country to country, the Guarani is especially at risk of exploitation and future political conflicts. Privatization has taken hold in many places in Chile and Argentina, but it has also been met with resistance, in Cochabamba, Bolivia and Uruguay. In order to rid the Guarani from internal conflict that hinders its protection, the aquifer and its watershed must be mapped as one region. This mapping project proposes a redrawing of jurisdictional boundaries with the aquifer as the central agency defining patterns of urbanization of the future Guarani region. This remapped aquifer economic zone (AEZ) can help avoid risks of contamination, overexploitation, and political conflicts, by reorganizing surface boundaries along subterranean conditions that will shape the region’s future.

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L.M. Araújo draws “The Giant Aquifer of the Mercosur”

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Study by universities of the four countries halts due to lack of funding

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Public protests in Cochabamba, Bolivia reclaim water rights from Bechtel corporation.

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The four governments ask the World Bank for a loan

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World Bank takes over the mapping of the Guarani

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Referendum in Uruguay declares access to water a basic human right

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The United States opens a military base in Paraguay

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Paper mills feared to pollute the aquifer

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George Bush purchases 100,000 acres in Paraguay on top of Guarani aquifer.

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The four countries refuse to renew the World Bank’s Bank’s license

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THE UNITED STATES OF GUARANI Theories Term Project, 2013 | DES 3241 | Professors: Pierre Belanger | with Nuith Morales & Wenling Li 13 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Proposed Guarani AEZ Map | GIS + illustrator 2 Timeline of Guarani Mapping


This master plan proposal re-imagines the larger archipelago of the Toronto Islands as an urban park system that connects existing recreational networks and reclaims the Toronto harbour as the city’s central public space, reawakening Toronto’s original identity as a harborcity. A fixed inner urban edge with programmed nodes around the harbor concentrates the energy of the city within, allowing for a much more natural threshold between the city and Lake Ontario along the wild transient outer edge of the sandbar.

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LEGEND 1 Pedestrian Bridge 2 Ward’s Market & Village 3 Pier Boardwalk 4 Lagoons 5 Harbour Boardwalk 6 Wild Piers 7 Hanlan’s Point 8 Yacht Club Marina 9 Island Airport 10 Tunnel

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TORONTO: HARBOUR CITY 3B Design Option Studio 2009 | ARCH 393 | Professor: Andrew Levitt 14 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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1 Parti | illustrator 2 Large Parks Scale Comparison | illustrator 3 Site Plan | illustrator + photoshop 4-7 Views | photoshop


Phasing Existing | Patchwork - Succesfully operating airport - Seasonal ferry access - Dispersed private yacht clubs - Cut grass, high-maintanance landscaping -Fragmented Parkland - public / private Islands + destination beaches

Phase 1 | Infrastructure - Reconfigured airport runways - Continuous harbour boardwalk with integrated stormwater management system - Martin Goodman Trail extends to island through pedestrian swing bridge - Urban Nodes established by new buildings: Hanlan’s point Hotel & Restaurant Centreville Natatorium & Urban Beach Ward’s Island Market

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Phase 2 | Wilderness - Yacht clubs consolidated in new marina - TTC LRT harbour line extends to Hanlan’s point via tunnel, and to Cherry Beach bridge - Island interior renaturalized with hiking / canoeing & cross country skiing trails - Breakwater piers extend out to catch sedimentation encouraging a transient shore - Native species reintroduced to restore wilderness and reduce maintenance - Existing buildings on wild edge relocated to urban edge to activate harbour boardwalk

Phase 3 | Appropriation Nodes activated with new+moved buildings emerge as new cultural public city centres: - Airport | City gateway - new terminal -Hanlan’s point | Arts district - galleries, theatre -Centreville | Entertainment district: cafes, bars -Ward’s | Vacation retreat - bed&breakfast -Portlands | New sustainable neighbourhood

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TORONTO: HARBOUR CITY 3B Design Option Studio 2009 | ARCH 393 | Professor: Andrew Levitt 15 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Phasing Diagrams | illustrator 2 Boardwalk Section A | CAD + photoshop 3 Boardwalk Section B | CAD + photoshop


A reinterpretation of the traditional museum typology, this proposal for a museum of the Tiber River in Rome offers a public site that reinhabits and reframes the Tiber. A bold excavated cut in the riverbank, creates a series of public spaces, that reinhabit the space of the river, while allowing it to overtake them when it floods leaving marks of its annual rise and fall on the surfaces of the cut ground. Old port infrastructures are highlighted as the artifacts of the permanent collection, while providing spaces within which to express more contemporary and transient interpretations of the river. A circulation sequence connects the artifacts into a musem experience that allows viewers to create their own interpretations of the Tiber in its historical and contemporary context. The design and drawing responsibilities were shared equally with my partner. LEGEND 1 Sublicio Bridge 2 Tiber Library 3 Tiber gallery 4Arsenale installation room 5 Tiber workshops plaza 6 Outdoor theatre 7 Tiber pedestrian lookout bridge 8 River cruise to Ostia 9 Old Roman Port

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MUSEO TEVERE 4A Design Studio 2010 | ARCH492 | Professor: Lorenzo Pignatti | with Catherine Westgate 16 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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1 Flooded Tiber view | Sketchup + photoshop 2 Site Plan | CAD + photoshop 3-6 Rendered Views | Sketchup + photoshop


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Testaccio District

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MUSEO TEVERE 4A Design Studio 2010 | ARCH492 |Professor: Lorenzo Pignatti | with Catherine Westgate 17 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

8 1 River Context Map | Illustrator 2 Workshop Section A | Sketchup+photoshop 3 Site Section B | CAD + photoshop 4 Site Section C | CAD + photoshop 5 Site Section D | CAD + photoshop 6-8 Model views | Card + stone


LEGEND 14 1 Public Square 2 Gallery 3 Main lobby 4 Bathrooms 5 Cafe 6 Food Service 7 Public Dining Space 8 Outdoor theatre 9 Seminar rooms 10 Classroom 11 Admin offices 12 Lecture rooms 13 Library 14 Reading rooms 15 Green roof

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1 This multicultural language centre in a downtown site in Toronto, is made up of three stacked volumes - a public dining court, a school, and a library - interconnected by a continuous loop of circulation. Dynamic sectionally as well as planimetrically, the massing responds to the particularities of the individual spaces and addresses views from prominent streets. Floors tilted for lecture rooms create rooftop theatres, and facades oriented to face important streets frame a public square on Queen St. West.

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MULTICULTURAL LANGUAGE CENTRE 1B Design Studio 2007 | ARCH 193 | Professor Lola Sheppard 18 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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1-3 Floor Plans: Ground, 2nd, 3rd | CAD 4 Exterior Plaza View | photoshop + model 5 Interior Dining Hall | photoshop+model 6 Sections: A, B, C | CAD 7 South Elevation | CAD


PARTI 1. opaque surface + transparent contents 2. program organization: introverted interactive

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MULTICULTURAL LANGUAGE CENTRE 1B Design Studio 2007 | ARCH 193 | Professor Lola Sheppard 19 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Morphological Parti | ink sketch 2-3 1:100 Model | card + plexi 4-5 1:50 Sectional Model | card + plexi


LEGEND 1 Master Bedroom 2 Bathroom 3 Kids’ Bedroom 4 Loggia 5 Student Bedroom 6 Office 7 Living room 8 Kitchen 9 Dining Room 10 Entrance

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The interior design of an apartment unit to accomodate the complex schedules and needs of a large family with kids, a university student living at home, and a home office, based on a free plan and layering of screens. A custom, flexible system of screens that slide, fold and stack frames the spaces of the unit, creating variable layers of privacy while maintaining interconnection between the spaces and occupants.

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DENSITY : URBAN HOUSING 2A Design Studio 2007 | ARCH 292 | Professor: Kathy Velikov 20 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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1 Unit Plan | ink on mylar 2 Unit Section/Elevation | ink on mylar 3 Unit Axonometric + Screen system | ink 6 Facade Detail | CAD on vellum + pencil 4,5, 7 1:20 & 1:50 Models | basswood + plexi


LEGEND 1 Public Court 2 Private Court 3 Neighbourhood park 4 Artisan Alley 5 Retail 6 Community Pool 7 Lobby 8 Studio Apartments 9 Mid-size Apartments 10 Large Family Apartments

An urban housing complex of 4x density in an emerging downtown Toronto site, provides a wide range of living and work/studio spaces for families, couples, single professionals, and artists, arranged along the site to provide various levels of privacy and exposure to the urban street. Privacy and interconnection are moderated by layering, both at unit scale - through a system of moveable screens - and at building scale - with rows of single-loaded glazed units accross the site. The complex enhances the urbanity of the neighbourhood by providing a pedestrian lane lined with artists’ studios and a landscaped public space bounded by a public pool, restaurants and shops.

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This project takes on the archetypal courtyard form to create a contemporary space of spiritual contemplation. The presence of the courtyard as symbolic sacred space, connected to the sky and the earth, is felt all around the building, in its programmed rooms oriented and opening onto it, as well as in the circulation space around it with its moments of pause and gathering. The experience of walking around the courtyard, finding a quiet place to rest looking onto the garden, and enjoying the still haven of the personal rooms overlooking the roof garden and tree canopies encourages personal philosophical contemplation and meaningful conversations in search of a deeper understanding of our place in the world and a closer connection with our own spirituality.

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STOA 4B Comprehensive Design Studio 2011 | ARCH493 | Professor: Andrew Levitt 22 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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L2 - WOOD DECKING

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STOA 4B Comprehensive Design Studio 2011 | ARCH493 | Professor: Andrew Levitt 24 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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Sustainability

WINTER PREVAILING WIND FROM NORTHWEST

The building’s good energy performance is a result of a combination of passive heating, cooling & ventilation strategies that benefit from the natural conditioning effects of the courtyard, and a selection of high efficiency active systems that take advantage of renewable ground source energy. The building’s massing and orientation, centred around the courtyard, opening to the south and east and protected from the north and west optimize passive heating, cooling, and natural ventialtion, allowing the building to operate without the help of mechanical systems for most of the year. The well insulated thermal envelope (R30 walls, R40 roof, U1.1 Glazing), improved further by the insulative properties of the green roof and vines, ensures heat is not lost in the winter or gained in the summer, improving energy efficiency and making passive heating/cooling more effective. Energy Performance 99 kwh/m2/yr

ROOFING + CLADDING + DRAINAGE + SHADING

STRUCTURE + MECHANICAL + RADIANT COOLING

WINTER SOLSTICE SUN ANGLE ~ 23

HEATED WOOD DECK

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CLADDING + DRAINAGE, GREEN ROOF, COURTYARD & BACK GARDEN

SUMMER SOLSTICE SUN ANGLE ~ 70

STRUCTURAL FRAMING + COORDINATED MECHANICAL & RADIANT COOLING SUMMER PREVAILING WIND FROM SOUTH CONCRETE SLAB + RADIANT LOOPS, FULLY & SEMI-HEATED SPACES

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Part of the new Light Rail Transit line along Eglinton Ave. currently being implemented in Toronto, the Eglinton West LRT station is a new transit hub at the intersection of the University subway line and the new LRT. The underground station and entrance pavilions are being designed by HDR architects, with regional Architects taking the role of Urban Design consultants to design the new streetscape improvements, as well as ensure the new transit station fits well within the existing community and facilitates future urban development in the area. My primary responsibility was to create and keep updated a digital Rhino model to develop rendered views of streetscape improvements and future potential development using the City’s Avenues & Midrise Development guidelines. As a full member of the project team my involvement on this project has also included assembling context analysis diagrams, coordinating CAD plans and developing rendered drawings for various City and Toronto Transit Commission presentations.

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EGLINTON WEST LRT STATION STREETSCAPE Internship work at regional Architects 2011-12 | Supervisor: Paul Kulig 28 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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One of three new venues being built the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, the new athletics stadium at York University will host games events in 2015 and later serve the University and community in legacy mode. As one of three competing teams shortlisted for the design by Infrastructure Ontario, regional Architects collaborated with Populous Architects (stadium building architects) and an extensive consultant team on the design of two new stadia and a velodrome. Regional Architects’ involvement was to provide context planning consultation and develop the landscape design. My responsibilities as a member of the project team have included iterative design of the landscape for three formal design presentations, AutoCAD and rendered drawings for biweekly submissions, as well as the detailed final drawing set, and Sketchup modeling and rendering of the landscape.

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PAN AMERICAN GAMES YORK UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS STADIUM Internship work at regional Architects 2011-12 | Supervisor: Drew Sinclair 29 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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This was a speculative project initiated by one of the design partners of the firm, trying to envison the potential future development of a prominent site in downtown Oakville presently occupied by the Centre for the Arts. The project proposed adding a convention centre, retail, a new theatre and premium residential development to the site, making the area into a popular Arts district and centre of the city. I worked closely with the design principal developing his vision for the site through iterative foam massing models, and a digital sketchup models to test out materiality and patterning in more detail. I also developed early AutoCAD drawings for presentations and more detailed calculations of parking, unit counts, and density.

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OAKVILLE ARTS DISTRICT Internship work at Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects 2010 | Supervisor: Thomas Payne 30 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Digital Model View | Sketchup model 2 Site Elevation | Sketchup model 3 Site Section | Sketchup model 4-6 Iterative models | foam + card


This new infill project integrated existing History Department heritage houses into a new Arts building for the University of Ottawa. The project was in the early stages of conceptual design when I joined KPMB. The design architect had just sketched the first iteration of plans and elevations and was looking to test out and develop the ideas three dimensionally. My responsibility for this project was primarily to create a detailed sketchup model of the project and use it iteratively to develop the design. I worked closely with the design architect to develop the massing and interior spaces in more detail, and create rendered views of key spaces for client meetings and presentations. I also worked closely with the project team coordinating the model with CAD drawings and producing coordination diagrams for consultants during the design development phase.

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UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART Internship work at Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects 2010 | Supervisors: Thomas Payne & Andrew Dyke 31 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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A community master plan project for a new mixed use development in Langley, British Columbia, this was one of my first large scale urban design and planning projects, and was a great learning opportunity for phased development and the planning process. My involvement included CAD plan options, phasing diagrams, and iterative modelling of mixed use block typologies. I was also involved in tabulating development areas , unit and parking counts for the various design options, and collecting precedents for client and city presentations.

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LANGLEY TOWN CENTRE COMMUNITY MASTER PLAN Internship work at Folio Resort & Hotel Architecture 2010 | Supervisor: Ron Lea 32 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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1 Phasing Diagram| CAD + photoshop 2-4 Mixed-use block type sections | sketchup


This project was a new educational facility at the Fleming College campus in Peterborough, Ontario. I worked closely with the project architect starting from early conceptual design to the beginning of design development, exploring design iterations through physical massing models and a more detailed digital model. I also produced AutoCAD and rendered presentation drawings for client meetings, as well as a final basswood and plexiglass presentation model. Before the end of my coop term, I set up the AutoCAD working drawing package to be used for the design development phase of the project.

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FLEMING COLLEGE SKILLED TRADES CENTRE Internship work at Perkins + Will 2009 | Supervisor: Duff Balmer 33 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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1 Rendered Section N-S | CAD + photoshop 2 Rendered Section E-W | CAD + photoshop 3 1:200 Model | Wood/plexiglas 4 Floor plan | CAD 5-6 Interior views | Sketchup model


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This project is currently a finalist in the ULI Hines Urban Design and Real Estate Competition, which is focused this year on the redevelopment of an underused industrial area near downtown Nashville. Our project proposes Sulphur Dell Market District as a healthy lifestyle community that catalyzes the revitalization of the city of Nashville and is prototypical of resilient urbanism for similar midsize American cities. Based on the idea that a healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy landscape, the proposal is based on a landscape framework of layered strategies of ecology, mobility and food. Drawing from the existing heritage and identity of the site, the framework creates the conditions for a diverse and resilient urban district that will continue to change and mature over time.

SULPHUR DELL MARKET DISTRICT ULI Hines Urban Design Competition Finalist, 2014 | with PG Smit, Aliza Sovani, Mikhail Grinwald & Wajeha Qureshi 36 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Nashville Farmer’s Market | rhino + psd 2 Site Plan | CAD + photoshop 3 Flood Analysis | GIS + psd 4 Demographics Analysis | GIS + psd 5 Mobility Analysis | GIS + psd


The project not only creates a series of iconic public places that will catalyze the redevelopment of the Sulphur Dell District, but also establishes typological strategies that can be applied beyond the site to the rest of the city as part of a larger scale vision for revitalizing Nashville. Sulphur Dell will be a destination for food, health, and iconic public open space, providing prime real estate for offices and institutions, and drawing suburban dwellers back to the city to experience the benefits of urban life. The district will be a prototype for resilient urbanism of America’s mid size cities, offering a diverse and adaptable urban environment that facilitates a healthy urban lifestyle.

SULPHUR DELL MARKET DISTRICT ULI Hines Urban Design Competition Finalist, 2014 | with PG Smit, Aliza Sovani, Mikhail Grinwald & Wajeha Qureshi 37 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Stormwater swale greenway | rhino + psd 2 Aerial Perspective | rhino+ psd 3 Phasing Diagrams | rhino+ illustrator


A contemporary production of the story of of Daeadalos and the labyrinth, CHORA was a material, light, and sound experiential installation which led the audience through a sequence of spatial and performative conditions, allowing them to participate in the primal sensory experience of Daedalos’ journey, through his creative mind. The making of CHORA was an intensive two week design - build workshop meant to quickly generate and test out ideas at full scale. I led a group of 10 classmates as artistic director for the final scene, leading the conceptual development and taking an active role in the production of the artifacts and lighting sequence of the installation. From early light, material, and movement experiments in the photo studio, we quickly moved through design, production and site installation of our set, costume, and lighting, simultaneously developing the movement, lighting and sound sequences, with frequent presentations and discussions with our professors and peers.

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CHORA 3B Design Build Studio Installation, 2008 | ARCH 192 | Professors: Geoffrey Thun & Kathy Velikov | with 2B class 38 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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1 -3 Lantern during performance 4 Early experiments with light & fabric 5 Lantern Production 6 Lighting controls during performance


An experiential installation based on the instincts of a whale, soundScape was an experiment in spatial perception through sound and touch - through the simple elements of a blindfold, groundcover, and sound. The blindfold removes the primary sense at the entrance imparting vulnerability, slowness and sensitivity as a sensory shift takes place. The groundcover encourages the discovery and reliance on the tactile sense. The soundscape, made up of a variety of sounds of different characters, from different heights and orientations creates the sense of an audible boundary and perceptions of pressure and release, allowing the body to sense space without relying on the primary sense of sight.

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soundSCAPE 3B Studio Installation, 2009 | ARCH 393 | Professor: Andrew Levitt | with Catherine Westgate, Parisa Kohbodi, Jessie Towell 39 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

1 Occupied Installation 2 Sound sequence 3 Empty installation 4 Entrance into soundspace 5 Groundcover | dried leaves 6 Blindfold | hand sewn felt


I have been interested in photography for many years and continue to practice it avidly. Since taking photography courses in high school to learn to use a film SLR and develop film and prints in the darkroom, I have continued to practice both analog and digital photography throughout my university years and travels abroad.

1 Manhattan Bridge NYC, 2008 B&W Film Photography developed in darkroom

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2 English bay Vancouver, 2010 Digital colour Photography 3 Havana Blue Havana, 2005 Digital Colour photography 4 Duomo shadow detail Parma, 2010 Digital Colour Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY 40 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK


I was a visual arts major in the Claude Watson Arts Program throughout highschool and produced artwork in a wide range of styles and media - from traditional drawing and painting techniques to conceptual contemporary art. My artwork was exhibited every year at the annual Claude Watson Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. I continue to draw and paint in my spare time since then.

1 PHOTOREALISM 2005 Acrylic on canvas 2 ABSTRACTION I 2006 Plaster + acrylic on canvas 3 CONCEPTUAL LINE PROJECT Timeline of a sequential National Geographic subscription, punctuated by the subscriber’s personal markmaking 2005 Scanner photography

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VISUAL ARTS 41 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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Most of my four month study term abroad in 2010 was spent travelling throughout Italy, and walking through the many neighbourhoods and streets of Rome. My observations are all recorded in two sketchbooks filled with vignettes of urban conditions and armatures of public space.

1 Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

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2 Arcades, Mantova 3 Rome roofscape from Gianicolo hill 4 Trastevere roofscape from my window 5 Rainy piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere from studio 2

TRAVEL SKETCHES Italy, 2010 42 DESIGN STUDIOS | PROFESSIONAL WORK | COMPETITIONS, INSTALLATIONS & ARTWORK

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Thank you for viewing. Sonja Vangjeli MLA I AP Candidate 2015 Harvard Graduate School of Design Email: vangjeli@gsd.harvard.edu Phone: 857-285-0564

Sonja Vangjeli Portfolio 2014  

Portfolio of academic, professional and independent work