Friday, April 22, 2011

SSEF and ACSA Competitions

For those who want to enter either their studio project, their biomimicry project or both in these competitions, the deadlines are as follows:

SSEF: May 2nd

ACSA: June 8th

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Progress Report P4B - 5

I know we've submitted this project and I present tomorrow but I jut wanted to post a short series of photos I took of the sectional model I produced for this part of the submission which shows some of the simple, yet flexible, reconfiguration options of the small performance area.

Image 1 - Performance area from within the facility. The glazed wall on the ground floor is the internal facade of the cafeteria and as can be seen in the model, the panels move to open the cafeteria to the courtyard in good weather. The hold in the model here represents the edge of the pool. The second floor glazing looks into the performance area and would make use of "smart glass" (glass that becomes opaque when an electric current is passed through it) in order to make it darker when necessary.

Image 2-5

These images show the interior of the performance space and if you pay attention to the seating podiums, you'll notice they sit on a rail and can be adjusted to accommodate a small variety of show types. of course, during nice weather periods, the glazing overlooking the courtyard with the pool could be opened and shows involving the pool might be exhibited or shows involving the large polycarbonate wall of the training center opposite the performance venue.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

That's a wrap...

With our final studio project done, I have a question: Which is more of a mess? Me or our studio space? Funny thing is, I wasn't intentionally trying to close my eyes for the photo...

We are now only 1 presentation away from finishing our undergraduate education!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Post your design work to ArchGrad

Though the deadline has passed and many of you have switched your focus from rendering/drafting to sleeping/relaxing, it would be worthwhile for you to upload your projects to  It is a free hosting service for your design projects and allows you to get your work out there for everyone in the world - including potential employers.  Better yet, the search optimization puts your name atop Google searches and provides you a personalised URL with unlimited project upload capacity.  Best of all, there are opportunities that will once again provide a platform for students to win national design awards and citations as there will be a national competition based on entries from Canadian schools.

As described on their website, here are a list of services this organization offers:

  • unlimited uploading of Projects and Images

  • personal URL address ie:

  • avoid sending large attachments to professional architectural practices when you are applying

  • expose your work through a minimal, professional and unique presentation page

  • upload, share and connect with students and employers around the world. Your work, your talent, your turn!

  • monthly prizes to be won
It is easy, accessible, and worthwhile.  You have already done the work - get some mileage out of it!

Alternate Fourth Year Studio Presentations

As soon as the other studios make their presentation schedules and rosters available, they will also be posted on this site so you may plan your next week.  It is expected that students will visit other studios' work and reviews in this final week.
Just to reiterate the Spectacle and Subtlety Studio reviews will be as follows:

WEDNESDAY, April 20th beginning at 1 PM [Resource Centre]
Adryanne Quenneville
Michael Suriano
Kara Green
Razmig Titizian
Jordan So
Perry Low
Mitch May
Tricia Arabian

THURSDAY, APRIL 21st beginning at 9:30AM [Resource Centre]
Serouj Kaloustian
Andrea Vettoretti
Marcella Au
Dov Feinmesser
Jessica Stanford
Sam Ghantous
Joey Sin Loi
Ashley Biren

This is the anticipated schedule for Professor Arthur Wrigglesworth's studio reviews:

Tuesday April 19th, 2:00-6:00 (PIT)

Yekaterina Mityuryayeva
Zachary Trattner
Marcin Chmura
Kathleen Narbonne
Sebastian Lubczynski
Behzad Sabbaghi Banadkooki

Wednesday April 20th, 2:00-6:00 (PIT)
Ekaterina Issaeva
Marcin Czoraj
Jameel Mulani
Dorian Resener
Paul Kim
Nicola Reid

This is the anticipated schedule for Professor June Komisar's studio reviews:

Wednesday April 20th  9:00 to 12:00 (PIT)

Jason Baker
Arkadiusz Zjawin
Matt Dietrich
Nedim Karabegovic
Aaron Hendershott
Kais Al-Rawi
Tomor Sodnompil

Thursday April 21 2:00 to 6:00 (PIT)

Miryam Doshin
Shirdokh Paymani
Madiha Hafeez
Darryl Rahim
Salina Ramsaran
Zohra Akbari
Raymond Lai Fan
Katrina Cristobal

The reviews for Professors Miljana Horvat and Vis Ramasubramanian will be held later this month in the Architecture Building at:
Tuesday April 26th, 2:00 to 6:00 (PIT)
Wednesday April 27th, 2:00 to 6:00 (PIT)

Computer vs. Architect

On one computer I've got this...

Apparently I don't exist on the network anymore? Early graduation?

And on the other I've got this...

(not responding...)

Computer always wins.

Excuse me as I go panic.

Game Time