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VANESSA SMYTH


VANESSA SMYTH

Work Experience TUTORING | LIGHT-RAIL COMPETITION | 2015 + I tutored high school students over the course of two days for a light rail design competition

0408264486 | vsmyth14@gmail.com

+ Role was to help guide students in their response to a brief, as well as teach them about the design

Education

process

MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE | 2016- 2017 (EXPECTED) | UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA

ROOM ASSISTANT | DEAKIN SCHOOL FOR EARLY LEARNING| MARCH 2013- DECEMEMBER 2015

+ Currently studying full time at the University of Canberra.

+ I was a casual room assistant at an early learning center.

WHITE CARD GENERAL CONSTRUCTION INDUCTION COURSE | 2015 | CANBERRA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

+ Responsible for the care of up to 18 children at a time, ranging in age from 6 months to 5 years. + Assisted room leaders with scaffolding learning and development of children through a framework of

+ White-card worksite health & safety certified in ACT

games, tasks and activities. BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ARCHITECTURE | 2015 | UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA

+ Day-to-day running of the room, including cleaning, feeding, basic first aid and nappy changes FREELANCE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER | PUBLIC PRIVATE EVENTS | 2013- PRESENT

+ Bachelor of Architecture, with a focus on design, aesthetics and business at the University of Canberra.

+ I have been a primary event photographer for a range of events, from small birthday parties and work

SUMMER ARCHITECTURE SKETCHBOOK | 2015 | IED ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN

gatherings with 20-100 guests to a larger scale end of year formal events, with 400+ guests

+ Intensive, month-long short course on sketching & model making that took place in Rome, Italy.

+ Used a Nikon D40, with a 15-50mm lens and a Nikon sb-700 External flash, producing up 500+ high quality photographs, curated, edited and published online.

YR 12 CERTIFICATE | 2012 | CANBERRA GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL

WORK EXPERIENCE | FJMT ARCHITECTS | 2010

+ Year 12 Subjects: Maths, English, Photography, Psychology, Graphics

+ As part of my school's work experience program, I spent a week in a leading architecture firm.

Attributes + Patient, calm and friendly

+ Punctual and reliable

+ Good personal and professional time management skills

+ Keen eye for detail

+ Good written and verbal communication skills

+ Currently valid Working With Vulnerable People check

+ Solid leadership skills and works well in a team

+ This involved on-site quality control, workers' briefings, data input and research for upcoming projects.

Volunteering MEMBER OF THE ARCLUB COMMITTEE | 2015

+ Current full car license and car

+ As a committee member of Arclub I was responsible for acquiring sponsors, raising funds and photographing for the end of year exhibition and design faculty ball. DESIGN CANBERRA 1:1 DISPLAY | GAREMA PLACE | 2014

Skills

+ As a part of the design Canberra festival, I and a group of practicing architects and students built an

+ Photoshop

installation in the Center Point Arcade. This installation then served as a bar, awards and exhibiting

+ Illustrator

space, for the Australian Institute of Architects for the rest of the festival.

+ InDesign

BIG DRAW | NATIONAL PORTAIT GALLERY | 2014

+ CAD

+ Working with Ann Cleary, and a small team we built an installation for the big draw completion

+ Revit

GROOVIN THE MOO TRAFFIC CONTROL | 2014

+ ArchiCad + SketchUp

+ Helped direct traffic and parking for a large music festival

+ Microsoft Office Skills

Referees

+ Model-Making

Evelyn Callaghan Deakin School for Early Learning Director | Principal 0408417727 | deakinschool@netspeed.com.au

+ Hand Sketching Skills

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Ann Cleary University of Canberra Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Design (02) 6201 2095| Ann.Cleary@canberra.edu.au


DESIGN MANIFESTO

TABLE OF CONTENTS

These are a set of rules or guidelines that i formed as a design manifesto. I aim to apply these to my day to day, as well as my design process.

On the following pages i have included a representative sample of images from projects i have completed in course of my studies. These pages don’t present the entire set of drawings associated with each project, but are intended to give an overview of my skills.

1 LITTLE HEDGE PRECINCT THE CITIZENS HOLD THE QUESTIONS AND THE ANSWERS.

EXPERIENCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN AESTHETICS

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

2 SOMATIC HARMONY 3 DICKSON APARTMENTS

BE ORGANIC BUT RATIONAL

DON’T BE SCARED OF CHANGE

ASK FOR HELP

4 CITY WEST LIBRARY 5 LERIDA ESTATE WINERY

INNOVATE.

HAVE OPINIONS.

COMPACT.

6 SPACE OF LIGHT 7 ROME SKETCHBOOK

DESIGN FOR OTHERS NOT YOURSELF

NOTHING IS EVER FINAL

SIMPLIFY EVERYTHING.

8 PHOTOGRAPHY


LITTLE HEDGE PRECINCT FOURTH YEAR | 2016

This studio project was focused on the creation of urban terraced public space. Located at the end of City Walk in the center of Canberra’s CBD, the site acts as a natural termination point of the city. The brief was left largely open, giving me the opportunity to design what I felt would best suit the site. By creating a new social precinct, this scheme focused on re-activating an otherwise underused part of the city. Reconnecting the city, and focusing on the fluidity of circulation, the scheme reinstates itself within the city fabric. Informed by an intuitive response to the aggregate plaid hexagon terrace, and a need to introduce fluid circulation throughout the site, the scheme became a highly public space, rather than an overbuilt private development. A theater, gallery, artist’s workshop and bar found in the undercroft space, with micro hotel proposed for the protruding hedge like tower.


FRONTAGE STUDY

PUBLIC NODES STUDY


ACTIVITY STUDY

BALLUMBIR STREET

CITY WALK

LONDON CIRCUIT

VERNON CIRCLE

AKUNA STREET

CITY FOUNTAIN

PETRIE PLAZA

GAREMA PLACE


SOMATIC HARMONY

FOURTH YEAR | 2016

The aim of this project was to design a small architectural interlude within the Canberra context. Focusing on the ephemeral nature of architecture over the form, I designed an interlude that delivered a visual experience as an auditory one. Moving away from the ocularcentric nature of architecture and highlighting the experiential nature of it. Informed by Juhani Pallasmaa’s readings and a workshop that took place during the unit, I was able to create an interlude that could be easily integrated into the Canberra context, giving not only purpose but an attraction to City Hill.


The sensory experience of being a citizen is a rich and complex one. In the course of our everyday lives, we are exposed to variations in colours, light intensity, sound, music, space, shadow, warmth, cold, tactile and haptic feedback, texture, contour and smell. These sensory inputs not only shape and deepen our experiences, but also become the fabric of our familiar and comfortable lives and an important aspect of the internal concept of home. The complexity of this sensory experience, however, is often not addressed by architecture and design. Architecture generally, and in Canberra in particular is very ocularcentric and focus on visual impact, light, colour and form. Juhani Pallasmaa talks of the contemporary city as the ‘city of the eye, detached from the body’ (Pallasmaa, 1996, 29). By reducing the architectural experience to a singular sense, it denies the other sense. Introducing a degree of interaction gives the user a change to become an integral part of the experience, and therefore they are no longer a mere observer but a part of the space. In this we create a specifically personal quality to the space. In acknowledging and delivering the

‘multiplicity of an experience into an

indivisible whole’ we are able to better experience the multi-sensory modalities. Whether it be touch, sound,

sight or smell.

It is important for design to address, not only the other available sense, but ensure that it draws links across sense modalities. Senses are not standalone, but part of an integrated perceptual system and is it the task of contemporary design to ensure that the use experiences invoked are mapped across modalities, in an integrative manner. Pallasmaa suggest that ‘the sense of sight may incorporate and even reinforce, other senses modalities’(Pallasmaa,1996, 26), while sight is necessary to keep up the ‘astonishingly increase in speed in the technological world’(Pallasmaa,1996, 21), it should not be the only sense that is stimulated through contemporary architecture. Instead it should ‘open up new realms of vision and thought’ (Pallasmaa, 1996, 35) through integrative process of design. While comparing the visual ques of colours with the auditory sense, we can imagine a musical

‘Musical piece is an experiential atmospheric entity without factual or unambiguous physical and formal features’. Whereas Steven Holl suggest that

quality. Juhani suggest that a

a ‘combination of tone in a harmonic unity or the dissonance that reflects another side of consonance have architectural parallels’(Holl, 1989,12), through an application of these notions we can gain a new appreciation and a higher quality of space. Looking at design as a means to involve the community is vital to producing successful and advantageous architecture. A space that invites the public, and aims to promote social interaction, while maintaining the geometric and plan of a given city can create a positive atmosphere, reflecting ‘the magic of things and the magic of the real world’(Zumthor, 2006,13). A temporal interface amplifies the constant, by juxtaposing a fleeting moment with a constant structure, creates an ephemeral quality to a space. It connects us with the nature of the space, but it also connects us the landscape. As such, it is important for new additions to an existing, complex city such as Canberra ensure they address these criteria. Designs need to invoke multiple sensory modalities, preferably in an integrated manner. They need to be publically accessible and promote community and interaction. They need to provide a unique experience, while simultaneously ensuring no disruption of the existing geometry or the fidelity to the planned city. They need to address dynamism and temporality, while also providing the security and strength of a permanent structure. Finally, it is crucial, in a city driven by ‘Garden city’ ideals, to ensure that and design not only allows, but promotes a connection with nature and the natural environment.


LIGHT INTENSITY STUDY

LIGHT TO SOUND STUDY


COLOUR INTERACTION


DICKSON APARTMENTS THIRD YEAR | 2015

This was my graduation studio project. The aim of this project was to design an apartment block, that was intergritive to Dickson fabric. My scheme is focused on blurring the line between public and private spaces. By creating breaks in the building it not only acted as a way to provide light to the southern courtyard but also reconnect the tenants with the public eye. Providing 26 apartments, 5 three bedroom, 15 two bedroom and 6 one bedroom, my scheme was targeted at the young professionals that are found in similar apartment blocks in the area. This studio was focused on the apartment design and public connection.


ACTIVITY

REGULATING LINES

PEDESTRIAN

CAR

BIKE

SITE ANALYSIS


LEVEL 3.5 LEVEL 1

LEVEL 3

LEVEL 2


CITY WEST LIBRARY THIRD YEAR | 2015

The City West Library project was focused on creating a design that followed a strong conceptual basis. My concept was derived from the idea of immersion, similar to the feeling of being immersed in a book. It was this premise that drove the push and pull of the form. This was my first public building design, this gave me opportunity to explore ways to design for the public rather than a specific client.


CIRCULATION STUDY


READING ROOMS

BOOK STACKS

DIGITAL SPACES

FLEXIBLE SPACE

PUBLIC SPACE AND CAFE

DAYCARE

AUDITORIUM

PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

CONCEPT TO FORM BREAKDOWN


LERIDA ESTATE WINERY SECOND YEAR | 2014

This project was very much focused on integrating the public experience with the wine-making process. I took a very empathic approach to the landscape, integrating and highlighting it as a key feature of the form. This project pushed me to think programmatically rather than aesthetically. Highlighting the influence that program and it organisation can have on a design.


CONCEPTUAL PROGRAM AND FORM STUDIES

KEY FLOOR PLAN


ZINC STANDING SEAM SHEETING 1500MM SPACING

WATER PROOFING MEMBRANE

STRUCTURAL PLY WOOD

R 5.0 RIDGID INSULATION BOARD

PERLONS @900 mm SPACING LVL RAFTERS 4000mm SPACING CONCRETE DISH DRAIN

BULK HEAD 10mm SINGLE GLAZING BULK HEAD ENGLISH BOND 110mm BRICK FLEMISH BOND 240mm BRICK GRANULAR FILL 200MM CONCRETE SLAB REINFORCED CONCRETE BLOCK WORK REITAING WALL190mm

100mm SHS STEEL COLUMN REINFORCED CONCRETE BLOCK WORK REITAING WALL 190mm WALL TIES @ 500mm SPACING

200mm CONCRETE SLAB 20mm DOWEL

EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC DETAIL


SPACE OF LIGHT FIRST YEAR | 2013


PLAN

SECTION AA

EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC


ROME SKETCHBOOK THIRD YEAR | 2015


AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY DSLR - - - FILM - - - DIGITAL--I AM A KEEN HOBBY PHOTOGRAPHER AND HAVE WORKED AS AN EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER FOR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC EVENTS.


VANESSA SMYTH | VSMYTH14@GMAIL.COM

Vanessa smyth porfolio july 2016  

Architectural portfolio of my Bachelors and Masters work.

Vanessa smyth porfolio july 2016  

Architectural portfolio of my Bachelors and Masters work.

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