Comprehensive studio, Spring 2016
In this studio, we were asked to re-conceptualize the new VAG located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The proposed site opens up a world of opportunities to connect to the surrounding buildings and public transit system. Thus, we focused on creating a public connection between the Georgia corridor, which houses the public library and Queen Elizabeth Theater, to Stadium Station on the corner of Beatty and Dunsmuir. This is accomplished with a large central courtyard that cuts through the entire building. The courtyard is inhabited by three large deciduous maple trees which provide natural shading to the art gallery space above and ties into our heavy timber structural system. Our project is one which tries to encompass both natural and artificial lighting. We believe that not all art have to be experienced in a black box. Thus, we’ve designed our gallery such that exhibition spaces have the ability to open to the city outside, creating a more transparent art gallery and building that interacts with the city.
partners: Cavan Liao
Vertical studio, Spring 2015
In this studio, students were asked to design a single family house and a stable in the Southlands neighborhood. Southlands is a unique area not only because it houses equestrian activity, it also rests on a floodplain. It’s location beneath the hills of Vancouver’s West side and it’s adjacency to the Fraser River allow it to remain concealed from the rest of the bustling city. It possesses a rural topography that is not found any where else within the urban footprint of Metro Vancouver. This project tries to express the hiddenness of Southlands through its program and form. By creating a mirror of themselves, the identities of the house and stable becomes obscured. This project was awarded top in studio.
Undergraduate engineering competition, 2011-2012
The EERI Seismic Design Competition is an annual undergraduate contest where engineering students from different universities across North America compete in designing and constructing a seismic resistant commercial skyscraper. The opportunity to participate in this competition originated from an advanced structural analysis course at UBC, where my team’s proposal was chosen amongst the rest of the class. Our design team consists of six undergraduate civil engineering students. The scope of this project includes designing a seismic resistant structural system for an office building and constructing a scale model of the design using balsa wood. Our final design entails 29 floors measuring five feet in height, with 4593 square inches of rentable floor area. The 9th Annual competition was held in Memphis, Tennessee, where our building was subjected to ground motions simulating a series of earthquakes. Performance was measured by calculating the annual income, which is a function of building cost, structural damage, rentable area, and conformity to competition rules. Of the 27 teams that participated, UBC placed 5th based on annual income, and 13th overall.
team: Stanley Chan, Tommy Fung, Sandra Au, Dominique Guverra, Jake Plut
Summer studio, July 2015
The theme of this summer studio revolves around the use of wood as a building material. Students were asked to design a rest-stop pavilion somewhere along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Students worked in groups in collaboration with the Southeast University in Nanjing. We choose to design a wooden bridge that spans from the pier at Porteau Cove to an extenstion that houses an elevated viewpoint. Our project is manifested by triangulating three glulam beams to which smaller members attach to at different angles, which give the impression that the bridge is woven together.
team: Sandy Liao, Michael De Luca
Revit modeling course, Summer 2016
Students were required to conduct a case study of an exising building as part of this introductory Revit course. I choose to study and model the O’sulloc Tea House Pavilion designed by Mass Studies Architecture located in South Korea. Revit was used to produce a complete drawing set which included everything from conventional drawings to diagrammatic representations and renderings.
Selected assignments and personal projects
I have an interest in parametric design and the possibilities it entails. Ever since it was introduced to me during the first year of my M.Arch degree, I have been fascinated by the forms and designs that can be achieved through grasshopper and have continued develop and improve my grasshopper knowledge.
Vertical Studio, Winter 2015
Work from select design studios
Physical modeling is a big part of my design process. The following is a showcase of some of the models I've built throughout school.
Vertical Studio, Spring 2014
Robson Square is a civil landmark centrally located within Vancouver's downtown core. It's three block footprint houses the Provincial Law Courts, UBC's Robson Square campus, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. However, as it exists today, a lot of its public space is under utilized. Furthermore, UBC's downtown campus is hidden away underground and it's presence is greatly diminished despite being sited directly below the heavily traveled Robson Street. It's midway location between the VAG and the Law Courts, and relationship with Robson allows or an immense opportunity for the university to reconnect with the street level above.
Drawing has been a part of my life since I was little. It provides a means to transfer the creations of my imagination onto paper. Furthermore, its ability to capture the essence of existing objects is an invaluable tool amongst creative minds.
Civil engineering community service project, 2009
Groups of civil engineering students collaborated with different community organizations within the city to deliver a special project as defined by their organization. Each group had an unique project tailored to their organization’s needs. This learning project allowed students to gain real-world engineering experience.
I had the pleasure to work with the Terra Nova Schoolyard Society, a non-profit organization that focuses on teaching young children the significance of sustainability through means of agriculture. My group was asked to develop an energy generating pelton wheel that could produce enough energy to power a small fan. Our solution be portable and see-through, such that its operation can be easily observable. Furthermore, we were to use as much recycled material as possible to reinforce the idea of sustainability.
The result is a simple six blade design. We were able to fully fulfill our client’s criteria, using recycled plexiglass for the casing and empty soup cans for turbine fins.
Short portfolio, Spring 2017
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