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Thomas Zhang

Portfolio architecture + design

Hi! My name is Thomas Zhang. I am a second year undergraduate student at the Peter Guo-hua Fu school of architecture in McGill University, Montreal, Canada. As a student, I am passionate to explore different geometries and how they can contribute to optimize our conception of form, scale and space. Contextual interactions, spatial exploration and functionality are my main focuses in each design, because I believe they will help me discover the best designs. I am, of course, very open to learn all aspects of design, since my architectural journey has only just begun and I hope I could be a great addition in your enterprise. Phone number: 1-514-583-9760 E-mail: Address: 512, Rue Andras. H9B 1R8. Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QuĂŠbec, Canada.



| DESIGNS 3 R 5 A cabin design adaptable in various rough terrains.

Sidewalk Baptism 9 Parvis design in front of the Saint-JeanBaptiste Church. Motion 13 Creation of an abstract structure by exploring the capacities of Grasshopper.


Hex 17 A youth hostel design inspired by an exploration of tessallations. | CRAFTS Trinity A cardboard chair design.


Simulacrum 25 Model representation of the tidal pools of Leรงa de Palmeira by รlvaro Siza. Modular Transparency 27 Tile design as an exploration of different materials. | HAND DRAWINGS






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ARCH 202 | Winter 2017 Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture Instructor: David M. Covo R3, or Residence Cube, is a cabin design fitting within 30 m2 for a temporary shelter for a single person. It is designed to be easily removable and adaptable to different types of rough terrain site contexts. Since it is designed inside such a small area, the living room can be extended to the outside, thanks to the wooden deck. The marriage between the two environments is facilitated by the sliding glass doors that separates them.


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Sidewalk Baptism

ARCH 375 | Fall 2017 Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture Instructor: Marc HallĂŠ Partners: Jorrina Cheng, Christina Mahut, Matt Poole Sidewalk Baptism is a parvis design in front of the St. Jean-Baptiste Church in Montreal. After two weeks of studying the historical and the physical context of the site, we opted for a simple design that would elevate the themes already developed by the church itself. Indeed, this particular church is known for the various musical events already taking place. It also derives its name from John the Baptiste, the Prophet who baptized Jesus in the river of Jordan. The design for our space draws parallels to baptism sites and the movement of the descent into the water.

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RUE RACHEL EST WAVY BENCHES replace the fences around the old tree and the monument to reproduce the gesture of steps and to continue the them of descending into water while providing a comfortable space for the community.

Because of the crowded context the church, the design is kept simplistic to limit the number of physical obstacles in order to allow pedestrians to circulate freely through the parvis. As such, the parvis is suitable for various events that are not only flexible, but also encourage the community to come together. Sidewalk Baptism can become a real center of attraction for the whole neighborhood to come around for their communal activities, such as bake sales or barbecues, with the fountain being the main rally point. The fountain could be used for actual baptismal events, for families who prefer a more open and more modern approach to the practice. The streets can also be closed during winter to allow musical events, that the church is known for, to be taken outside.

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THE FOUNTAIN draws parallels to baptism sites along the Jordan such as the Al-Magthas and emphasizes on the significance of baptism for the St. Jean-Baptiste Church.

BLUE MOSAIC TILES create a sense of water and mimic the stairs leading into the Jordan by placing mosaics of blue tiles on the stairs and the sidewalk in front of the church.

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ARCH 342 | Fall 2017 Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture Instructor: Clothilde CaillĂŠ-LĂŠvesque Partner: Sophie Laberge-Chamberland This is an exploration of the capacities of Grasshopper and its features, how to create arbitrary chaos from an order of logic. As we selected a single line of an ornament, we put it through a set of commands to come up with something abstract, yet truly organic. Our ornament in question was the work of Canadian artist Murray McDonald, Passus, situated in the mezzanine of McGill metro station. Loosely based on the form of a sea anemone, we isolated one line from its door frame and arrayed it around its central axis while extruding its parts. The end result is something that looks random, but yet follows an undeniable logic.

Initial ornament (McGill metro Station)

Line chosen

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CURVE Extracted from the frame of the arched door, this curve is the basic element used to create the final object.

POINT PARAMETER Controling point of all vectors. This parameter affects how the object behaves when the position of the point is changed. It directly changes the directions of the vectors.

VECTORS Starting from the point, the vectors indicate directions to follow for the curve fragments.

LENGHT PARAMETER Multiplies the vectors in order to affects their lenght. It has a direct impact on the spikes’ lenght of the final object.

DIVISION PARAMETER This parameter affects the number of fragments the initial curve will be divided into.

MOVE Displaces the fragments to the location that was calculated by the vectors.

REVOLUTION Gives a thickness to the spikes by rotating along the z-axis. This revolution creates a curved volume.

LOFT Creates a surface between the initial curve and its fragments; creating the spikes of our object.


There were three variables in play in the Grasshopper script: the length of extrution, the number of branches of extrution and also the point from which the branches are extruded. The matrixes above show the results of the interaction of these variables together. By randomizing these parameters, we were able to create different properties of the wings, which, once stuck together, created a very organic feeling to the overall structure.

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ARCH 303 | Fall 2017 Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture Instructor: Erika Branton Mouton

Elevation Perspective

The main design focus of this youth hostel is to create a housing program that minimizes private space, without cutting down on the comfort, in order to encourage travelers to go to the outside world to explore and socialize.

Top View

As an exercise in finding a logic in geometric tessellation, we were tasked to design a youth hostel based on a geometric shape of our choice. The site chosen was Roosevelt Island in New York City. The form that I decided to explore was a hexagonal prism extruded into multiple triangular prisms of different lenght.

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In order to keep a reasonable scale and length, the long extruded triangular prisms are used as sleeping pods. The rest of the hexagonal prism thus becomes a semi-private space, where the occupants of the room can gather and socialize. Section

Floor Plans

Medium size room (6 people max)

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XL room (18 people max)

The rooms are stacked on top of each other like blocks to create an overall wall-shaped structure. Since it takes only a fraction of the whole area of the site, a public plaza occupies the remaining space, which benefits the many housing programs nearby. Quiet programs are chosen for the rest of the public spaces to promote a socializing environment. Although there are conventional stairs and elevators on both ends of the building, there is an intricate circulation system that could lead the occupants from the first floor to the tenth in a very playful path.

GREEN SPACE The inclusion of a green space offers an open public space to the occupants, just like a park.

MEDIA ROOM Including libraries and small film screenings, the media room offers entertainment for occupants that like quiet spaces.

LOBBY The lobby includes the reception, as well as a cafĂŠ.

RESTAURANT The restaurant is located on the second floor, as an extention to the cafĂŠ.

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First Floor: Lobby

Second Floor: Restaurant

Third Floor: Media Room

Fifth Floor: Media Room/ Private rooms

Tenth Floor: Green Room

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The floor plans are designed with lots of wall separations to offer more enclosed and quieter spaces for the occupants. Also, it helps to keep the hexagonal shape for the outside façade.

The usage of wood as the main material helps create a cozy and comfortable environment for the occupants. The tainted glass gives the occupants a sense voyeurism towards the outside world.

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ARCH 201 | Fall 2016 Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture Instructor: David M. Covo Partner: Rebia Sofia Haidar A chair needs to be resistant and strong, but also elegant and void of any unnecessary parts. Trinity is a carboard chair formed by three seperately cutout pieces joined together to form only one entity to make its assembly faster and easier. This continuous piece then circles around itself three times to create a sum: a comfortable chair supported its own parts.

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ARCH 250 | Fall 2016 Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture Instructor: Ricardo Castro Partners: George-Étienne Adam, Jeth Guerrero The tidal pools of Leça de Palmeira is a very elegant architecture design by Álvaro Siza. One of its most intriguing aspects is how well the building blends with its natural context. This model is a representation of the building that aims to celebrate the site where it lays ground.

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Modular Transparency ARCH 240 | Winter 2017 Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture Instructor: Abraham Friedman Partner: Jeth Guerrero


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Hand Drawings

Summer 2017 Haishangyihao Institution of Education, Shanghai Instructors: Cai Hong, Lin Mei Haishangyihao is an institution of design based in Shanghai that has as primary goal to prepare architecture students in China for their master’s admission exam. Its courses primarily train its students to draw accurately in perspective and to represent quickly their designs through usage of line weight and colours and also to come up with fast and elegant design solutions. During summer 2017, I had the chance to take its two-weeks intensive drawing courses as well as its two-weeks intensive architecture design courses. I am very grateful to have learned the basics of pen drawing and touch markers drawings and to come up with basic designs in under six hours with Haishangyihao’s excellent instructors. Here I have displayed some of my most successful works.

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Curriculum Vitae |Education University: Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture (B. Arch) CÉGEP: Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Science-Litterature-and-Arts program High School: Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf

2016-present 2014-2016 2009-2014

|Awards Double distinction student award Haishangyihao Institution of Education, Shanghai Winner of the Megadeth design poster competition Gu-Gu Center, Beijing Winner of the Footprints cover design Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Montréal

August 2017 September2015 May 2014

|Workshops and Competitions Intensive Drawing and Design Classes Haishangyihao Institution of Education, Shanghai

August 2017

Walking Practice Research Course, a Survey Analysis Workshop ASA X The University of Edinburgh, Yuncheng

July 2017

Architecture Design Contest 120 Hours Contest, Montreal

May 2017

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|Employment General Aid Mini House Hostel, Shenzhen

June 2017

Busboy Petinos Restaurant, Montreal

July - August2016

General Aid Maxi & cie, Montreal

August - September2015

|Softwares Rhinoceros Grasshopper Adobe Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Autodesk AutoCad 3DS Max |Languages French (Written, Spoken) English (Written, Spoken) Mandarin (Spoken)

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Hi, my name is Thomas and I'm a U2 undergraduate student from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.