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tianyi huang

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My name is Tianyi Huang and I am a third year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. My architectural interests are in projects that are initiated through social and cultural change. I am an enthusiastic, competent and self-motivated person that works equally well independently and on a team. I strongly believe that my adaptive and eager nature makes me suitable for any architectural internship. I look forward to meeting with you.

Tianyi Huang E: tianyi.huang T: +1 226 978 5834

SKILLS Digital

Rhinoceros 5 / Grasshopper / AutoCAD / Maxwell Render / Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)


/ Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) Hand Drafting / Model Making / Laser Cutting

EDUCATION Candidate for Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Honours Coop, University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Cambridge, Ontario, September 2015 – Expected Graduation August 2020 Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, September 2014 – April 2015

WORK EXPERIENCE WXY Architectural Intern, New York, United States, September 2017 - December 2017 Kengo Kuma and Associates Europe Architectural Intern, Paris, France, January 2017 - April 2017 Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries Gallery Attendant, Cambridge, Ontario, May 2016 – September 2016 School of Architecture, University of Waterloo Office Attendant, Cambridge, Ontario, May 2016 – August 2016 Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo Research Assistant, Waterloo, Ontario, May 2015 – August 2015

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS Outstanding Design Work in 2A and 1A, April 2017, April 2016 2A Final Project Featured in 2017 Projects Review, April 2016 - May 2016 1A Final Project Featured in 2016 Projects Review, April 2016 - May 2016 Term Dean’s Honour Lists, Waterloo Engineering, September & February 2017, February 2016 Excellent Academic Standings, September 2015 - September 2017 International Experience Award, December 2016 President's Entrance Scholarship for Civil Engineering, March 2014


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KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES CitĂŠ du figuier, 104 rue Oberkampf 75 011 PARIS - TEL +33 (0)1 44 88 94 90 FAX +33.(0)1 42 46 23 55 E-mail

Recommendation Letter To Whom it may concern, It is with great pleasure that we write this letter on behalf of Tiany Huang. He has worked with us as intern from 03/01/2017 to 28/04/2017. In this period, Tiany was has worked as an integrated team member for the following projects: 1Hotel in Paris, France - Competition 1st prize New Hans Christian Andersern Museum in Odense, Denmark - Project development, Programming Revision and Skematic Design phase Tiany has joined the team of the 1Hotel Competition in the last month and he was rapidly integrated in our team. He proved great skills in providing high quality and perfectly coordinated documents, taking essential role in the delivery of the project. He was entirely in charge with drawing the sections and facades. His high precision, curiosity and great understanding of the constructive system, together with his enthusiasm and high motivation has positively contributed to the success of the competition. For the New Hans Christian Andersen Museum he was involved from the beginning of the Project Development where he showed high creativity in specific studies (for ex. the entrance reconfiguration, geometry modification, program reconfiguration etc). In this project he also took the lead part in conceiving the parametric script to control the very complex geometry of the building and thereby solved a most challenging part of the skematic design, helping to establish a solid base for the project development. In his short time in our office we had the chance to observe his great skills, motivation and interest for architecture. He has constantly exceeded our expectations and we would be very pleased to work with him anytime in the future. He is a trusty, autonomous, accurate and hard-worker person. His positive attitude and precise comunication skills are assets that complete his high performance. We are confident of his professional success and ability to take part in any challenging teams and perform in creative environement, and we would confidently recommend him to any Architecture firm.

Yours sincerely, Miruna Constantinescu Chief Project Manager for Kengo KUMA KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

W X Y architecture + urban design 224 Centre Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013 Tel 212.219.1953 Fax 212.274.1953 Web

February 28, 2018

RE: Tianyi Huang, Letter of Recommendation To Whom it may Concern: Tianyi spent his Fall 2017 work term with the WXY team. I received extremely positive feedback from senior staff whom he worked under. Tianyi consistently performed at a very high level and was a great asset during his four-month period here. Tianyi worked predominantly on 2 projects during his time at WXY: design development for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan; and design concept development / visualization support for a large-scale, mixed-use development and rezoning proposal on a prominent Long Island City waterfront site. Tianyi worked directly with design leads and project managers on small teams. As such, he was independently responsible for developing design studies and making revisions based on team feedback. Tianyi met these tasks with consistent enthusiasm and an affirmative attitude ---keeping complex design tasks moving through intensively iterative processes under closesupervision. For BNY, tasks included developing illustrative designs for 4.5M sf of vertical manufacturing development and 7 acres of open space which would serve industrial tenants and the public. Concepts were developed iteratively through 3D models, visualizations, and physical model making. Tianyi worked directly with third party model makers to coordinate the production of a presentation model. For the LIC rezone project, Tianyi assisted the design team in developing illustrative faรงade treatments and interior fit-outs for 4.5M sf of high-rise, mixed-use development. This was an intensive effort that required quick edits from a large client and consultant team. Seeing through tasks, Tianyi willingly worked extra time to complete on his own accord, working well independently and as a part of larger project teams. Tianyi has a good work ethic and was a collaborative team member. He is a dedicated individual who understands and appreciates the value of challenging projects. Tianyi was a pleasure to work with and would be a valuable addition to any architectural team. Sincerely,

Claire Weisz, FAIA WXY architecture + urban design


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disclosing commons Featured in 2017 Projects Review of UW Architecture 2A Design Studio Coordinated by Adrian Blackwell, 2016 Toronto, ON, Canada

The migrant workers are one of the most exploited labour forces in Canada. It is stated that such an issue is not only caused by on the employment level, but also on the policy level. Migrants, upon arriving in Canada, are often refused the recognition of their previous identities and education back in their original countries, thus being forced to participate in laborious jobs that would prevent them from integrating into Canadian society. As a response, the project superimposes immigrants from different ethnic backgrounds into a co-operative to try to promote understanding and appreciation of different cultures via production of culturally affiliated commodities, allowing the residents to explore the identity of immigrants in the larger social context. Common spaces at different scales ranging from the community centre down to domestic spaces such as the kitchen, are exposed to the circulation within the building to promote engagement as opposed to the typical condo typology that discourages communication and the idea of a densified urban neighbourhood. The project acts as both a work cooperative as well as a housing one. Transforming the units into production spaces, it becomes the anchor for immigrants to reflect on their own cultural identity. Programmable social spaces are concentrated at the overlapping parts of the volumes, providing a platform for sharing and learning. The above ground level as the output for the production of the residents, is yet another common space that extends its services beyond the community to the city at large. The public is invited to interact with the residents and to look at their activities while not necessarily interfering.


co-op history in Canada

live-work mechanism

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disclosing commons

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interlace, OMA

gifu apartment, SANAA

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disclosing commons

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2nd floor plan

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7th floor plan

disclosing commons

program axonometric

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detailed section AA

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disclosing commons

east elevation

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section BB

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unit floor plans

unit axonometric

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disclosing commons

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In Collaboration with Matthew Dlugosz 2B Design Studio Coordinated by Lola Sheppard, 2017 Toronto, ON, Canada

Inspired by Ontario and Canadian landscape architecture in general, which tend to remediate destroyed or exploited land with an artificial construction and always with infrastructure embedded, also precedents like Parc de la Villette proposal by OMA and Sugar Beach by Claude Cormier, Stripscapes, the Ontario Place Masterplan, tries to celebrate the artificialness of landscape which also acts as a camouflage for urban infrastructure. Three urban axis are identified from the two nearby TTC public transit terminal with a secondary one that connects to the downtown, bridging the city directly to Ontario Place. Using the iconic pods as a reference, four distinct landscape bands are decided and superimposed on the site: “lawn”, which serves as an extension of the Exhibition Place up north and houses a stage with a rotating screen to reveal or conceal depending on usage; “forest”, a visual and sound barrier from noise and development from the city as well as those from the “lawn”; “marsh”, a water filtration system that supports the bath and pool in the site; and finally the “beach” which serves as the public waterfront, a decked platform with extrusion and excavation that acts as playful elements as well as wave barriers and aquatic rehabitation in the lake. The urban axis pierce through the strips as well as branching off to provide visitors more in depth experience of the different landscape types. Programs are deliberately positioned at the borders of the strips to engage with the different spatial and programmatic opportunities the landscapes can offer. With the principle concept of submerging buildings into landscape, sectional opportunities are investigated to enhance such qualities.


site strategy & program sections

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soak, steam, dream 2B Design Studio Coordinated by Lola Sheppard, 2017 Toronto, ON, Canada

What could be architecture’s role in framing nature, more than just windows? A bath house is a perfect medium for people to intimately interact with nature, as the human body is exposed to its surroundings at maximum, with all social identities erased, and being forced to use all senses to feel the environment. The perception of individual identity is further obliterated as people submerge themselves into water, which could be either relaxing or enhancing the body. Due to the artificiality of the given site, the project takes the opportunity to manipulate and curate views, temperature, landscape and ground to elevate the experience of a natural bath. Inheriting from the Ontario Place masterplan, the spaces are linearly partitioned and organized to gradually lead people from the ground to the shore, as the temperature also goes from hot to cold and program shift from extreme private to fully public. The different ways land mediates shore and water are thus explored within each strip. Another focus of the project is the constructed nature of the environment the building is interacting with. Water used in the project is naturally filtered and regenerated by plants. All the mechanical and supporting systems are also hidden or embedded into architectonics and landscape, mingling the nature above ground and the machine below. Architecture thus actively engages the artificiality of our living environment and allows new perceptions of nature.


site plan

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soak, steam, dream

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floor plans

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soak, steam, dream

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diagrammatic axonometric

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soak, steam, dream

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soak, steam, dream

section AA'

section BB'

section CC'

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towards a non-isolated architecture WORK IN PROGRESS Masterplan in Collaboration with Charlotte Damus and Aamirah Nakhuda 3A Design Studio Coordinated by Adrian Blackwell and John McMinn, 2017 Toronto, ON, Canada

The interest of 3A studio is the long-lasting tradition on infill architecture in Toronto urban planning history. With the new north extension of TTC line 1 and future construction of Finch LRT, a previously isolated and one of the poorest area of Toronto is now exposed to the city at large, facing huge challenges of gentrification and further infringement of current residents as well as new potentials. The site given is located at the end of Finch LRT, connecting to TTC Line 1. It is also at immediate vicinity to York University, with a high demand for community programs from the neighborhood. The project thus tries to harden the edges of Finch Ave and Keele Ave as the major commercial axis while the inner courtyards of the blocks are programmed to the community, both within and at large. The formal strategy then is tracing the existing conditions into geometric open spaces and building footprints and derive programs and typologies based on the atmosphere and usage desired. The building to be studied further in the next phase is the community hub designated at the northern block. Bridging line 1 and Finch LRT, the building acts as a frontier where finch corridor community engages with the larger city. The building explores the synchronization of bio-physical energy and social energy through a play of stacking of programmatic volume and logical insertions of negative spaces to break up the rigidity of the massing.


existing figure ground

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towards a non-isolated architecture

proposed figure ground

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towards a non-isolated architecture

section AA'

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north elevation - Aurora, Paris, France

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kengo kuma & associates europe

During the 4-month internship at Kuma and Associates Europe, I engaged mainly in two projects: one competition winning proposal of a hotel in Paris, France and the revising of H.C. Anderson Museum proposal in Odense, Denmark. During the competition, the team worked at a tight schedule and a very fast pace. My main responsibility is primarily the production of elevations and sections with construction detailing in AutoCAD. I also assisted in some representational materials and updates of study models. In the H.C. Anderson Museum, I am assigned with graphic materials for indoor discussion as well as client meetings. I am also involved in producing floor plans and ramp designs using parametric design tool Grasshopper. Š All Rights Reserved to Kuma and Associates Europe


sections - 1 Hotel, Paris, France

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grasshopper assisted schematic studies - The H.C. Andersen's House of Fairy Tales, Odense, Denmark

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During the 4-month internship at WXY, I participated primarily in some of the most ambitious urban design projects at WXY: Brooklyn Navy Yard Vision 2030 and a masterplan in Long Island City, both located in NYC. I mainly focused on the outreach phase and contributed to both virtual and physical models, including some of the visual identities in the renders, through a very rigorous iterative process and with high level of details involved. I took primary lead in developing the physical model of the intervention of BNY Vision 2030, namely the graphics, assembly and 3D prints. Š All Rights Reserved to WXY and Bloom Images

Tianyi Huang E: T: +1 226 978 5834

Selected Works 2018  
Selected Works 2018