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BEAUTY. TRUTH. ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO

Zubair Zulfiqar Ali Bhaidani


PREFACE

Seeking Beauty. Practice Truth. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois Institute of Technology accumulating honors and awards, including the STEM Plus Scholarship & Samuel Horowitz Memorial Award. Since then, I’ve continued to develop projects inside and outside the traditional scope of architecture into other mediums of art, design, and media. I share my talent and skillset as concept developer, designer, and strategist not only with the firm but also with local Chicago based artists, creatives and designers.


ARIA Group. Compiled Work

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Osito’s Tap. 1500 SQFT Tavern

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Maison Marcel. 5000 SQFT Restaurant

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YEEZY LIVING. Concept Development

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Personal Projects. Multi-Media.

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ARIA GROUP

16.03 - 18.05

Architectural Designer & CAD Technician Restaurant & Hospitality Projects Team: Joe Vajda Studio

Aria Group Architects has a keen focus on telling the story/ brand narrative of client and restaurant, with aims to serving an audience eager to be transported and treated to an experience that is nothing less than extraordinary. With a focus of stretching the imagine in design realized and details fully worked through, Aria Group excels in seamless execution.

ARIA GROUP

To enter into the European market, P.F. Chang’s developed a unique look to their brand to respond to the European market and clientele. Developed various design concepts and mood boards that could be used as a starting point for a project’s location with the thought that each location would be unique but united by a common thread. The thread is the story of how P.F. Chang’s was founded through Philip Chiang and the influence of his mother, well known restaurateur Cecilia Chiang. For the first location in Convent Garden in London, UK, a mix of the various moods came together to best fit within the unique space. Inspiration was taken from Philip’s artistic background and Cecilia’s formal hospitality service while embracing the rougher qualities of this ground & sub-level space.


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P.F. Changs International Table. London, UK. 5,000 SF Interior Design, Material Selection, and CD Drawings.


ARIA GROUP

16.03 - 18.05

Limitless Coffee. West Loop, Chicago, IL. 2,500 SF Schematic & Interior Design

Panera Bread; Downers Grove. 5,000 SF. Schematic & Interior Design, Construction Drawings.


True Food Kitchen. San Diego, CA. 5,000 SF Finish Selection, Construction Drawings.

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Cooper’s Hawk; Ashburn, VA. 8,000 SF. Permit & Construction Drawing Set


16.03 - 18.05 ARIA GROUP

Bonci Pizzeria. West Loop, Chicago, IL. 1,250 SF Project Designer, Technical & Detail Drawings.


Bacci’s Pizzaria (shown left) is an Italian pizzeria in the West Loop of Chicago. Here, I worked as project designer for the interior buildout. The design continues the clean concept with industrial touches that was featured in their flagship store. However, planning and coordination of equipment with the existing building needed careful consideration. The intent of the design was to make the pizza the center and the star of the show, but also to create a rustic environment by exposing natural finishes of the building. Millwork was thoughtfully detailed to not only highlight the food, but work with compressed spatial conditions.

Project List (expanded):

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Cooper’s Hawk; Coconut Creek, FL Cooper’s Hawk; Palm Beach Gardens, FL Cooper’s Hawk; St. Charles, IL Cooper’s Hawk; Oak Park, IL Dave & Busters; Daytona, FL Dave & Busters; Louisville, KY Hacienda; Denver, CO Panera Bread; National Remodeling 10+ Stores P.F. Chang’s; El Segundo, CA P.F. Chang’s; Los Cerritos, CA True Food Kitchen; Arlington,TX True Food Kitchen; Austin, TX True Food Kitchen; Woodlands, TX True Food Kitchen; Jacksonville, FL True Food Kitchen; Kansas City, MO True Food Kitchen; Las Vegas, NV True Food Kitchen; Oakbrook, IL Village Tavern; Greensboro, NC Village Tavern; Scottsdale, AZ


OSITO’S TAP

OSITO’S TAP

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Project Manager & Designer Interior Design & Renovation Jurassic Studio

Project manager and designer for the interior design and renovation of a tavern in an existing masonry building. With the support of a City of Chicago Neighborhood Fund Grant, Osito’s Tap is a new local nexus in the Little Village community of Chicago. As a tap room serving craft beers, whiskey, and tequila, the tavern aims to elevate and energize the Mexican-American, Hispanic, and Latino culture of the neighborhood by progressively blending old and new through design. The existing masonry building has a history as a speakeasy and hideout for mobsters to which we paid tribute by exposing the original masonry wall, using dark and detailed millwork at the bar, and by providing deep set booths at the perimeter. Its Mexican-American roots are also reflected in the ornate pattern work derived from the traditional talavera tile that erodes the walls and mirrored surface behind the bar. Beyond this, the aging building also needed life safety and structural updates. Structural framing was replaced to support the new occupancy load of the first floor. Establishing a new fire wall separation from its adjacent retail space was created by select masonry infill and a series of fire doors. Much like its unseen mobster activities in the past, the unseen renovations may not be recognized by visitors but they are an integral piece of the space.


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Osito’s Tap Existing Conditions Prior to Work


OSITO’S TAP

18.05 - PRESENT

North Interior Elevation 1/4”=1’-0”


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South Interior Elevation 1/4”=1’-0”


MAISON MARCEL

MAISON MARCEL

18.05 - PRESENT

Project Manager & Designer Interior Design & Renovation Jurassic Studio

Xavi and his brother have started a successful pastry cafe in Lakeview Chicago, with a mission to expand throughout the city. What is immediately noticeable is its eclectic furniture, soft-edged bohemian flare, giving a home-like atmosphere. Working as project manager and designer for their second cafe in a raw storefront at the Residential Moment Tower in Streeterville Chicago, the 5,000SF concrete space with 20’+ ceilings presented a considerable challenge. It being how to transform this extensive, cold storefront into a cozy atmosphere while recreating the recognizable aspects of Maison Marcel’s brand. We expanded their program from pastries and coffees to include small tapas and mixed drinks, thereby giving us the opportunity to divide the space by service function. We created zones catered to the program with areas to flex and transition in order to maintain cohesiveness. Dropping soffits, changing materials and tones, and, more than anything, creating moments to keep the patrons’ interest, enough to move through the space as the day progresses. This being a Jurassic Project, we created moments to explore pattern, ornament and composition.


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Maison Marcel Streeterville Existing Conditions (TOP); Maison Marcel Lakeview (BOTTOM)


MAISON MARCEL

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Maison Marcel Floor Plan AutoCAD


MAISON MARCEL

18.05 - PRESENT

Open Kitchen, Pastry and Formal Dining North Interior Elevation 3/16”=1’-0”


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Front Entry, Mixed Dining and Bar South Interior Elevation 3/16”=1’-0”


YEEZY LIVING

YEEZY LIVING

18.10 - 18.11

Concept Development Client: Kanye West Team: Zach Walters (BIG) & Jennifer Park (Jurassic)

My contact info was passed onto Jason Peterson (CCO of Havas at the time), who worked with Kanye on the “WE LOVE” Campaign, and would help him assemble local teams for projects. Next frontier for Kanye: Architecture. He called it Yeezy Living an updated dwelling which supplies the functions one would like to have in housing ranging from GoKarting to Recording Studios. Kanye sought a local team to drive his initial ideas into a developed concept. Developing this concept began by looking at all the variables to transform this obscurity into space realized. The first challenge was placing these programs into spatial conditions. In its simplest, truest form, these spaces would mimic nature therefore placing the World into the Warehouse (the site that Ye had proposed). Conditions of the landscape would determine the programs that would function to create a new ecology - Yeezy Living. Though the conditions of the environment would have to be built or preexisting, a study of wrapping material to contain the Yeezy Home would be the next step. It would be a modular simple skin/ exoskeleton. Ye’s vision was to deploy this architectural feat around the world while being capable to set up/ infilate/ build in a day. As he put it, “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the Yeezy Living will be”. Last Kanye told us he  was  working with Jacques Herzog of Herzog & De Mueron.


Aquaponics Arcade Basketball Beds Design Studio Dining Farm Garage Go Kart Greenhouse Guest Rooms (Suites) Gym Kitchen Lazy River Library Playground Prototyping Workshop Racquetball Recording Studio Rock Climbing Skate Park Tennis Theater (Omnimax) Virtual Reality Water Slides Waterfall Shower Wave Pool Wine Cellar

CAVE

CLIFF

FOREST

FIELD

HILLS

MOUNTAIN

WATER

CONCEPT

PROGRAM ECOLOGIES

World

World In A Warehouse

Structures Deployed Throughout World

(Sky, Land, Structures)

(Sky, Land, Structures)

(Orphanages, Yeezy Supply, Etc.)

CONCEPT

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WORLD BUILDING


FOREST

FIELD CAVE

FIELD

MOUNTAIN

GARAGE VIRTUAL REALITY

FARM

CLIFF

GREENHOUSE

RACQUETBALL

KITCHEN

CLIFF

BED

ROCK CLIMBING LIBRARY WATERFALL SHOWER GUEST SUITES

LAZY RIVER

FOREST

CAVE

BED

WINE DINING CELLAR BED

MOUNTAIN

WATER

OMNIMAX THEATER

WAVE POOL

FIELD (CLEARING) TENNIS

HILLS ARCADE

GYM

DINING

FIELD

FOREST

FIELD

WATER SLIDE

HILLS

BED

AQUAPONICS

YEEZY LIVING

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SKATEPARK

FIELD BASKETBALL

WATER

PROTOTYPING WORKSHOP DESIGN STUDIO

CONCEPT

PROGRAM ECOLOGIES CONCEPT

Program Ecologies

GO KART LOOP

Concept Ecologies ECOLOGIES

WAVE POOL

BASKETBALL


DESIGN STUDIO

WORK PROTOTYPING WORKSHOP

VIRTUAL REALITY

DWELL

LIBRARY

GARAGE

SHOWER

SLEEP OMNIMAX

LIVE

GUESTS DINE KITCHEN GREEN HOUSE

BASKETBALL

SKATE PARK

PLAY

TENNIS GYM

WATER SLIDE

SWIM

WAVE POOL AQUAPONICS

CONCEPT

CONCEPT

Program Zones

Concept Plan

SLEEP

PLAN

DWELL

DESIGN STUDIO

GO KART LOOP

Concept Section Blending of Worlds. Illustrator

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PROGRAM ZONES


18.10 - 18.11

Interior Rendering of Aquaponics adjacent to Wavepool Rhino and photoshop

YEEZY LIVING

Concept Section Rendering Rhino and Photoshop


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“This is what a phone used to look like, this is what it looks like now, this is what a home used to look like, this is what it needs to look like now�- Kanye West


PERSONAL PROJECTS

16.10 - PRESENT

Fashion Design Concept Development Chicago Creatives Shoot the Sh*t

As part of many projects where I delved into various mediums, my next venture was into fashion. Particularly keen on silhouette, I transformed sketches into fully developed pieces, focusing on their design and pattern. Growth in this practice came from experimentation as well as consulting with a tailor and pattern-maker to construct my pieces. Admittedly, branding and market strategy quickly became the focus of my work as opposed to designing more clothing.

PERSONAL PROJECTS

Well-designed architecture and the use of the right materials can create atmosphere, influencing mood. Likewise, the right fabrics and patterns take on a persona to achieve the same. Reimagining 2 Patterns that traditionally cause me to take on new persona: the Indian/Pakistani shalwar kameez and the Japanese kimono. Architectural material: Roman Travertine from Mies’ work. Photography concept  exhibits the  artists relationship with their work, progress made through process and reflection.


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Contemporary Interpretation of the Shalwar Kameez Piece 1


PERSONAL PROJECTS

16.10 - PRESENT

Piece 2 Contemporary Interpretation of the Kimono


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Few of the creatives on the Podcast; Stylist, Designer, Photographer, and Architect


CONTACT

currently on break. @zu_bhaidani zu.bhaidani@gmail.com

MISSION Asking local Chicago Artists/Creatives/ Designers, what they’re doing, what they’d like to do, and their take on their industry in the context of our city. Asking local Chicago Artists/Creatives/ Designers, what they’re doing, what they’d like to do, and their take on their

Asking local Chicago Artists/Creatives/ Designers, what they’re doing, what they’d like to do, and their take on their industry in the context of our city .

Asking local Chicago Artists/Creatives/ Designers, what they’re doing, what they’d like to do, and their take on their indus-

try in the context of our city.

CHICAGO PEOPLE

CHICAGO CREATIVES SHOOT THE SH*T CHICAGO PODCAST

PERSONAL PROJECTS

16.10 - PRESENT

CHICAGO CREATIVES OT THE SH*T

@CCSS_PODCAST

41.8781° N, 87.6298° W

“SOHO”


Post-graduation I spent a year on many short but fun projects ranging in multiple mediums: photography, videography, illustration, editorial design, and fashion design. Despite the fun I had independently diving into these mediums, a critical component missing from learning and becoming better in any one particular field was the lack of a knowledgable network from which I could acquire feedback. The best, most constructive aspect of studying Architecture was the Studio program, where a brutally honest critique would follow every presentation, thereby offering the opportunity to learn. To obtain and work towards what I was missing, I had to begin creating a network, offering the incentive of sharing their perspectives alongside my peers of respectable local creatives. The information shared on the podcast not only displays individuals’ stories and their accomplishments, but also helps listeners discover which field they would like to explore while receiving insider information about what the industry looks like. The podcast became an effective way for me to build a network of professionals that could critique any future work of mine, regardless of medium, while also giving essential insight to creative industries.

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Chicago Creatives Shoot the Sh*t. Asking Artists/Creatives/Designers about their process, what’s next, and their take on their industry in the context of Chicago.


Beauty.Truth.

CONCLUSION

Seeking Beauty. Practice Truth. The greatest accomplishment Architecture can achieve, is creating lasting beauty. I believe that the focus in every design practice should be the process; iterations, critiques, brutal honesty - to unveil truth. We are drawn to it, the body and eye wants it.


Thank you


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Zubair Bhaidani Portfolio 2019  

Architectural Portfolio. Zubair Bhaidani. 2019. Architecture.

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Architectural Portfolio. Zubair Bhaidani. 2019. Architecture.

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