architectural design

Textile Museum of Canada

The design inspiration stemmed from the idea of a loom and the dams of the Grand River in Waterloo Region.  The building is designed as a passage thorough various rectilinear spatial conditions and built volumes that begin from the main road and run to a public courtyard flanking the Grand River. The courtyard’s public garden connects to the Grand River trail, which runs along the Grand River Green Belt, and acts as the roof for the main textile galleries below. The design creates dialogues between public, private, exhibition spaces and the broader Waterloo Regional community.
The project was taken from preliminary design phase to costing and considerations to building science & specifications.  The final design was a silver LEED accredited building.

SCSRi

SCSRi was a design ideas competition entry to RARE charitable reserve. The competition asked for a facility that combined two Waterloo region organisations: Musagetes Foundation (an urban arts organisation) and SiG@Waterloo (a research initiative for Canadian social innovation).
The design proposal incorporated the existing historic building and its surrounding natural preservation landscape. A complementary dialogue was created using simple materials and forms between old and new components of the property. The two programs encircled a four season pavilion centrally located in the design which extended into the landscape.

In collaboration with Derek McCallum + Lisa Rajkumar-Maharaj

Renzo Piano’s IRCAM

This project examines and iterates the sonic/user experience of Renzo Piano’s IRCAM in Paris, France.

The physical wood based model is an analysis of the textural and spatial experience of descending from Platz Stravinsky at ground level into the research office tower, through the atrium  and into the main acoustical chamber.

In collaboration with Sara Navrady

Rome Performing Arts Institute

The Rome Performing Arts Institute was created, both in program and building design, while studying in the University of waterloo School of Architecture Rome Studio. It was inspired by the city’s highly sensorial, organic and cinematic urban experience. The project incorporated the site of the derelict Mausoleum of Augustus Imperatore. It created both indoor and outdoor performance spaces open to the public. The centre of the mausoleum was re-approprated as the foundation for a rectilinear main flex theatre clad in a layered mesh facade. The complexity of the site was addressed using an undulating wood composite landscape that both engulfed and exposed the mausoleum. Within the landscape dance rooms and practices spaces opened onto street elevation. With the use of textured and coloured glass these spaces were showcased to the public.