project 3 ( MOCCA) Osvaldo & Sanjana



For our pavilion what inspired us the most was creating something that embody movement. in doing so, it could become interactive but also communicate in a higher level about the importance of the Museum. We were very interested in the aspect of making space withou taking away from the court yard, this lead to the pillars that we created to be suspende in the air, since it would not take space and it would cause it to be seen from all driferent corners around MOCCA.  We were also interested in the idea of movement and creating a space that can be transformed unpredictably by the movement of visitors of the museum.




PROJECT THREE- Hamidreza Aghashahi & Stefan Stjepanovic

Design Proposal:

Our Module concept is a structurally stable 40 degree angled pyramid with triangular base made from shiny white marble hoisting it self up from the ground. Each module is 150 inches high in reality. The module is arranged by placing one beside another to create space and height. The arrangement of these modules organizes space by creating a place for congregation and contemplation, as well as shelter from the elements.
They make room for the newly arrived, watch and offer their reflections to any others who happen to be in the space. However, modules are aggressive and powerful for public space but they offer a nice welcoming and organized direct path leading towards the MOCCA entrance, creates a presence for the building from Queen Street west, and will interest visitors to spend time within the courtyard.

3.3 Project Three: Jenny, Ryan

Mocca Module process

Mock ups:



Site Model:

1:50 module (made of metal sheet):

front view:

top view:


back and front of the module in site model:

Full scale:

Jenny’s drawings:


Our concept:

The concept of the module is to create space by repeating simple geometric shape.The module is only constructed in metal to emphasize the form of it. Also the shininess of the material reflects the surrounding views and the people that pass by in the space.Holes are drilled in the different areas of the triangles deliberately to generate a harmonic pattern.The arrangement of the holes not only decorates the module, it creates the same pattern in the negative space on the ground when there is strong light shooting on the module.

Project Three: Module/Pavilion; Miranda Lee & Chris Wan


The module concept is a simple triangular shape bent into a talon-like form and repeated throughout the designated space. The feature of this module is that it takes up little amount of space yet it also effectively organizes space. The module divides the space where plants are grown and where people can walk. This module specifically creates space for people to congregate outside and inside of the module. It can also be used as an extension of the art gallery where artworks can be hung inside the module to be exhibited, allowing people inside the module to contemplate.

1:50 Site Model:


Module Ideas:


Final Model; if a name is necessary for the modular space, I call it Fishbone:

3.3 – Project Three: Modular Design By: Emily Pope + Henry Zhang


When walking down the lively Queen Street West, MOCCA is unfortunately not the first thing to get noticed. As the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, it deserves to have a space that draws Torontonians, and even tourists in. Along with the projects prerequisites, our goal, and concept of our space was to “weave” MOCCA into Toronto culture, quite literally. Our module, although simple, creates complex shapes and patterns when repeated. Each area that utilizes our module focuses on creating congregation, contemplation, and shelter as a whole, rather then separate these functions. Overall the visual impact draws viewers in, but its having functional space created that makes them stay.

















Project 3: Space (Mansi and Kasandra)

MOCCA Courtyard Model:

Mock up Sketches (6):Mock ups (1):

Mock ups (2):

Artifact 1:50 Scale:

Artifact in model: 


The concept for our module was to create a structure using repeating triangles of the same size. The guests in this space and those surrounding it, can see through the structure and can enjoy the view of the multiple triangles from various directions. As well it creates a great light experience at any time of the day. By resting on three points, our artifact creates a vault-like structure with three arches which creates a clear threshold at each entrance/exit of MOCCA. This artifact creates a complicated space out of a simple form.

Life size (1:3 scale) of Artifact:


Introduction: Sanjana Chokshi

Hi, My name is Sanjana Chokshi. Just like everyone in class, I am also studying Environmental design. Being a student at a post secondary level, most of us might have our aspirations figured out, and may have also figured out some sort of plan on how to get there. In 10 years time, I see myself being an architect, who designs structures for the public’s entertainment. I am inspired by different types of architecture, ranging from different time periods. For example:

This roman catholic chruch is commonly known as the Sagrada Familia. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, and is located in Barcelona, Spain.







Another one of my favorite would have to be:

In English this is known as The Crooked house but in polish it is known as the Krzywy Domek. This building is located in Sopot, Poland.




And last but not least, I hope to create architecture like this:

This house is designed by architect Bernard Morin and his wife Joyce Labelle. Located in Quebec, it is inhabited with the architect’s family. It encourages green living. The name really explains it all: Shipping Crate house.

Workshops on Structure

This week I am away at Acadia 2011. In my place will be Shabnam Hosseini, an architect and structural engineer who will be delivering a workshop on structure in anticipation of Project Two. Project Two will engage with a substantial structural problem: the design and construction of a chair out of cardboard. You will tackle a similar problem during the workshop session.

There will be two workshops. one on Wednesday, October 12 at 08:30 in 161 and one on Friday, October 14 at 12:00 in 284. Based on my surveys in class last week, I have assigned you  into workshop teams. Note that the composition of these teams was updated on October 11 at 13:00.

You must attend one of the two sessions. Shabnam will be taking attendance, and this attendance will be factored into your Participation evaluation. If any changes are required, you MUST email me before Tuesday, October 11 at 12:00 so that I can make any necessary adjustments. Note that it would be extremely helpful if three to five people scheduled for Wednesday’s session switched to Friday.

Each session will be run like a design competition. You should bring your cutting mat and your Olfa knife. You will also need to purchase one item during your session: a single 32″ x 40″ sheet of single-ply corrugated cardboard. These are available at Aboveground for $1.85. Shabnam will show you a sample sheet at the start of the competition.

Lastly, note that I will be launching Project Two on the blog at noon on Wednesday, October 12. Note also that the first part of this Project — mock-ups of three chair ideas —  is due when I get back on October 19. In the workshop you were arranged in teams of four. Split the larger team into two teams of two. This will be your team for Project Two. Do not leave the workshop without a team, and do not fail to produce the required mock-ups for October 19 or you will not receive any feedback from me.

Have a good week, and see you on October 19th!

Project One,Part Three: Grace Miller House (Richard Neutra, 1937)

By: Ernestine Aying, Emily Pope and Henry Zhang


The Grace Miller Houses’ main idea is the balance of function and aesthetic qualities, shown in the formal model and emphasized in the conceptual model. The Miller house, designed by the acclaimed architect Richard Neutra focuses on creating balance between modern architecture with a return to nature and the harmony of work and home life. The home follows an “L” shape design and is broken into sections, which serve separate functions yet work together to create an efficient order. Miller and Neutra worked closely together to create a home that created this balance, while serving Miller with her specific needs.



The Grace Miller home is an extraordinary piece of architecture that uses the surroundings to its advantage, enhancing the home. The house incorporates natural elements, which add softness to an otherwise extremely modern form; this also gives it a sense of belonging in the environment. The layout of the home, which underwent many changes from the preliminary drawings, suited the needs of Miller, giving everything in the home purpose and practicality. Overall, the balance within its environment and the layout specifically suited to Grace Miller are the most successful aspects. An area that could be improved upon is the addition of warmth and feel of comfort to the house. The high amount of glass leaves the house feeling exposed, together with the vast emptiness of open field it creates a strong sense of isolation. The place for social gathering and human bonding, like that of a dining room is strongly suggested.

Project 1.3: Farnsworth House by Subbadra, Ryan and Osvaldo

The Farnsworth House was designed and built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 -51. It was built as a weekend retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth in rural Plano, Illinois. With this house, Mies meant to explore the relationship between people and nature, therefore the house resembles a glass box allowing the surrounding nature to enter the living space. Mies also wanted to show that industrial steel and glass could make for beautiful architecture. Our conceptual model uses cork (a very natural and sustainable material used extensively by people) and basswood (creating subtle contrast with the cork) to create a tree-like sculpture to encompass the main concepts of the Farnsworth house.

Project One Part three: Kasandra, Hamid & Chris (Gwathmey Residence)

Main idea:  The Gwathmey residence constitutes of various different and “minimals geometric forms, that appear to be carved from a solid volume rather than constructed as an additive,” ( The house was constructed in 1967 by Charles Gwathmey. It was originally built for Gwathmey’s parents. Although out of the ordinary, the residence was constructed to be a house and thus has a kitchen and living room, bedrooms and many other common rooms. Besides the geometric form of the house that are supposed to make it look like a sculpture, this building is a simple house and does not have any specific main idea.

Critique: The Gwathmey residence is conveniently located in New York as well as in a open space. The yard is really big and the studio is very convenient for visitors. The style is very modern and different. Although the house itself is not very big, the interior is well divided. I would like to live in a house like this but I would be a little uncomfortable with the big window at the front even though the house is well surrounded by trees and bushes. On the plus side I would love to lounge on the roof.


Subbadra Venkatesan: Project 1.2

My Planar Construction is based on Ernestine Aying. The sculpture focuses on three features of Ernestine: her love for architecture, travelling and history. The sculpture specifically represents a trip Ernestine took to Florence, Italy. I allowed this trip to influence my sculpture because it epitomizes all three features. The main structure is a dome shaped object made of multi-colored squares of paper. It is a representation of a building called the Duomo. The general shape is derived from the external aerial view of the dome. I also chose the Duomo because Ernestine has had the opportunity to climb it. I used multi-colored squares to convey many different places as Ernestine loves to travel. The squares also echo mosaic tiles which are found in abundance in Italy. Extending in all four directions are cobblestone streets. These are also taken from Italy and they again are meant to give the impression of travel. Ernestine indicated that she liked cobblestones as they exude a historical quality which is quite attractive. I used an East-West, North-South orientation in relation to the phrase “all roads lead to Rome”. On top of the dome sits a fleur de lis which symbolizes the city of Florence.


Ryan Lee: Project 1, Part 2


Laura is very much inspired by everything around her, art, photography, and especially nature. She greatly admires architectural photographer Julius Shulman – whose work is often displayed in black in white. My piece was in pursuing of creating an avant-garde sculpture, representing that of a tree and its natural characteristics of irregular branches. Thus, my piece was developed working around three concepts of her inspirations, spending time with people who matter most to her, nature addition to Julius Schulman’s black and white photography concept. I created an abstract representational tree with over exaggerated branches, made from a deck of playing card, an iconic game played with friends and family. The tree symbolizes her inspiration from nature, while the branches symbolize the branches of her life, and exploration. I specifically chose a deck of black and white playing cards and primarily used only the black suit cards to represent Shulman’s photography style. Moreover, I stylized the top of the tree with the two cards in red – the Queen of hearts and ace, representing her femininity and kindness.

Komal Jamal: Project 1, Part 2

The following abstract piece is a depiction of my partner Casey Pereira. During the interview process, I noticed a lot of contrast in her character. Her love for traveling has almost become a part of her life and although she loves taking grand voyages to many parts of the world, at the end of the day Casey likes to relax at home. While most individuals her age prefer to go out and party with a bunch of friends, Casey would much rather hang out with a few close companions. She has a difficult time trusting people, which is why she chooses her friends wisely. Her strong exterior contradicts with who she really is from within—a very kind hearted, down to earth individual. She is an independent woman that has her own set of regulations, morals and values. She almost reminds me of the cosmos and its own ordered system with the universe. I used geometrical shapes to display simplicity in her personality. The squares represent her independence. This particular shape has a strong structural built that reflects Casey as an individual. Also, each corner of the square, symbolizes the four natural elements that Casey possesses. Earth ,to symbolize her life.  Fire, to personify the charm in her personality.  Water to  represent purity and a sense of tranquility when she speaks. Air, because of the warmth in her presence.  The circles are placed in the centre to signify femininity and calmness. The squares around the circle exemplify imaginary barriers from the world. One can also distinguish the movement in the piece to show Casey’s journey around the world. The choice of color, black and white, was a to depict opposition in her persona.

Henry Zhang: Project One, Part Two

My partner is Hei Sek Wan, as know as Chris. Chris is humble, yet full of knowledge. He values family and relationship over money and success. The most important sense for Chris is the sense of touch. He also believed the pursuit of knowledge is best demonstrated by trial and error, therefore he has a particle-mindset. Chris always strike for strong individualism. Lastly, his favorite colour is purple.

Hei Sek Wan: Project 1, Part 2

My partner is Henry Zhang. I made this with newspaper is because he said “I walk through a lots of different things, and everything in my life i like a lots of different story.” and newspaper is exactly the thing that obtain a lots of daily live storys, it also represent that he is very knowledgable. Henry is also a very straight forward person, he doesnt like to hide any of his feeling in front of people, so i made his “skull” with straight tube-like newspaper, that represent that he wont hide anything in his head and also represent that his head is fill with knowledge.

PS. the hair style on this model is actually Henry’s hair style for the first 3weeks of class.



Kasandra Comeau: Project 1, Part 2

The main theme for my design is the mouths.  I chose this because my partner, Sanjana, speaks many different languages—nine in total.  Thus the mouths represent some of the main languages that she can speak.  Moreover, the various objects attached to the mouths represent the things that characterize her.  For example the cat-like mouth represent her love for animals.  As well the white lips show that she is against animal testing and thus doesn’t wear make up.  To arrive to this design, I had to do many prototypes and I changed my idea constantly because I have never really been interested in abstract art and though it was difficult to choose my planar material. When I completely out of ideas I realized I had to go much simpler.  Therefore, I went back to paper, the easiest and most basic planar material that came to mind and I decided to try origami and go with the idea of being polyglot.

project 1 part 2: Osvaldo Sales

This piece derived from a consultation with my partner Stefan Velimir Stjepanovic. We met and began a question and answer interview proces, where i was very impressed with Stefans passion for body building and athelitic sports.  Throughout the interview my partner revealed his passion for body building and gym activities, to quote him “if i a day without going to the gym, i feel like something is wrong” said Stefan.  After much research into the subject of body building, it became clear that the piece had to embody, a great sense of movement and growth just as the body of a body builder.  Further research into my partner’s child hood hero “Azyzz” a professional body builder, and into the subject of body building itself lead me into the world of ancient Gladiators.  It is believed that the Gladiators in some away were the first official body builders, and their fight to the death championships are still somewhat relevant today.  In sports such as mixed-martial arts also known as Ultimate Fighting Championship, one of the activities my partner Stefan enjoys very much.  I also found out very early in the interview stages that my partner is very protective of his brother and his friends; this piece of information is what gave shape to the sculpture.  Since, I was looking for a way to show a protective attitude through the symbolic use of shields.  Gladiators and various military forces have used metallic shields as means of protection and due to its utility it has become an iconic image for a protective attitude. Some of the shields I looked into were carved and beautifully decorated, giving the impression of something strong, protective, but also soften by its decoration. This discovery lead me into finding materials that could have being used to reflect my partner Stefan’s protective attitude towards his brother and friends. 






Mansi Kohli: Project 1, Part 2

My partner was Subbadra and everything on the head is a representation of her personality.  The snowflakes show that her favourite season is winter and they also help to show her actual physical characteristics.  The black is used to represent the colour of her hair and the white snowflakes make it look like she has snow in her hair.  The little black snowflake, in place of an eye, represents her love for pirates.  The colours green, blue and yellow represent Brazil, the country where she was born and the colours of her favourite soccer team.  The braided red and black crepe paper represent her lips in a formalist way.  Red and black also represent maroon, her favourite colour.  Each little piece of green, blue and yellow paper represents Subbadra’s personality and when they are put together it allows her to come together as one.  I wanted to keep the pice visually interesting, so i tried to represent facial features in a unique way with different types of papers.  Finally, the shape of her head was inspired by her love of soccer.  I wanted to make it fun because soccer is a fun and exciting sport.  I also thought it would be neat to have a piece you can pick up and have fun with. 

























Concept Explained

What is a concept?

Understanding the concept of concept (repetition intended) is one of the core challenges of environmental design. It will take you some time to learn to recognize a defensible and fruitful concept. Three pertinent definitions to get you started are as follows:

  • Something conceived in the mind; a theoretical construct
  • The main organizing idea, theme, process or pattern
  • “The idea becomes the machine that makes. . .” -Sol Lewitt

Whenever faced with a design, get in the habit of asking yourself: what is its concept?

Metric (Unitless) Scale Explained

Confused by metric scale? First, remember that so-called metric scale isn’t really metric at all: it’s unitless. Second: memorize the following.



One unit on the (drawing, model, map) is equal to fifty units in reality.

To reverse the relationship (i.e. to determine how big something will be when scaled), simply divide the dimensions by the number that isn’t 1.

Project One, Part Three: Form (Solid and Void)

Click here to download Project One, Part Three: Form (Solid and Void).

Please note that this document was revised on October 1, 2011.

Your building assignments are as follows:

  • Group 1: Villa Rotunda
  • Group 2: Schroder House
  • Group 3: Villa Savoye
  • Group 4: Villa Muller
  • Group 5: Grace Miller House
  • Group 6: Farnsworth House
  • Group 7: Gwathmey Residence

Stefan Stjepanovic: 3.1.2 – Project One, Part Two

After sitting down and meeting with my partner, I left with a sufficient amount of knowledge about his past and present life, interests, qualities, and traits. When it was time to start building this project, I was forced to put a great amount of thought into the construction of the piece. It is a representation of my partner, Osvaldo Sales. I was unable to build a structure which held every aspect of my partner but this piece represents a few important characteristics. I chose to build the model out of cardboard because of his mentality. Cardboard is a hard material and I used it to represent Osvaldo’s mental strength. He is very tough mentally. He moved out of his home at an early age and, currently, owns his own business. I believe that it takes a great amount of mental strength to achieve something like that, which is why I used cardboard to represent his mental toughness. My model also includes an image of a clock. I chose to show this clock in my model because of Osvaldo’s time management skills and ability to perform under pressure. He is someone who gets everything done on time. If he is given a schedule, he will follow through with the plan. If something goes wrong and the pressure rises in a situation, he is able to stay calm and come up with a resolution for the problem.

Casey Marques Pereira: 3.1.2 Project One: Form(Plane and Volume)

Komal has a big personality she is very adventurous, but is also emotional, laid-back ,and calm. I made a construction that represents these characteristics. I tried to create something beautiful to represent her physical characteristics as well, including her mysterious eyes.My construction is made of felt material. I chose felt because it is a soft, delicate, but a simple material. Komal said she can sometimes be contradicting, so I chose to use layers, and color to represent these different aspects of her character. Her outgoing personality, and adventurous nature is shown through the inner bright pink area. I wanted to make something standout in the construction to show her big personality, and this is shown through the beige center part. I used texture in the inner most center to show mystery, and adventure. The outside layers are easy going, and calm. I tried to avoid sharp edges throughout, because she is a kind person, and the soft nature of the construction exhibits this.





Jenny Lin: 3.1.2 Project One: Form (Plane and Volume)


       The person that I’m trying to interpret through the art piece is Roza Ak. I emphasized her hobbies and personalities in the artwork. In the portrait, I select her most beautiful features , the nose and eyelashes, as the key structures. The eyelashes are elongated and become part of her hair or eyebrow. Also, I intentionally build the hair into curvy keyboards to represents her hobbies of playing the keyboards and ice skating. In order to show her open-minded and initiative characteristic, I only created part of her head.


Photography Tips and Tricks

The three-dimensional world is often only ever seen in two dimensions: the documentation of your work is very important. Every designer should learn a thing or three about photography. The list of tips and tricks below will help you improve the photography of your work.

  • Use a tripod. This permits precise framing and will keep your photos from being blurry.
  • Use a decent camera. This isn’t as essential as you might think, but cheap cameras (and camera phones) can be hard to use on a tripod. Sign a DSLR out from the AV Help Desk.
  • Don’t delay. Work gets broken. Don’t wait for the ideal opportunity. Shoot your work now while it’s still alive.
  • Don’t distract. Eliminate all background distractions. If possible, set up a seamless backdrop using some stiff card or plain fabric. White, black or grey works best. If the work is large, place it in as plain a room as you can find.
  • Light evenly. In the absence of studio equipment (and knowledge), your primary concern should be even lighting. Conveniently, most OCADU classrooms feature relatively even illumination. Exterior light can also work well, though the light in the middle of the day can be very harsh and flat.
  • Highlight selectively. If available, experiment with an auxiliary lamp or side-lighting to throw shadows and enhance definition. But don’t get too fussy with the lighting: focus on clearly presenting your work.
  • Learn some basic Photoshop. You all have Photoshop on your computers. Start to use it. Play with everything found under the Image>Adjustments. But don’t overdo it: if I can tell it’s been Photoshopped, you’ve probably overdone it.
  • Learn to manually set your camera. You’ll want to learn more about these settings one day, but for now (assuming you’re using an OCADU DSLR) try the following. Set the mode dial to Av. Turn the control wheel until the screen reads F9. If you can’t see this information on the screen, press the Info button until it shows up.  Set the white balance — WB — to the type of light you’re using, likely either tungsten or fluorescent. Set the ISO to 100. Set the self-timer — a symbol that looks like a watch — to 2s. Press the button. When you have a chance, learn more about each of these settings so that you understand why I’ve recommended them.
  • Take only what you need. You could try to shoot anything and everything about your work. Don’t. Instead, determine which images best represent your work, and maximize them. I typically ask for three images, and that’s all I want. Two distinctly different angles and a detail generally works well. But every piece is different, so give the choice some thought.

Introduction: Stefan Stjepanovic

I could not find a clear picture of myself alone but that is me on the left.

Hello fellow classmates. My name is Stefan Stjepanovic and I am studying Environmental Design at OCAD University.  I cannot say where I see myself in 10 years because I do not know. I am unsure of what exactly I wish to do and become in the future. I chose to study Environmental Design because it is an interesting subject that covers a variety of fields that appeal to me. I have always been highly interested in architecture and urban design but I am undecided about which subject I wish to pursue for my future. I am hoping to narrow them down to one that truly suits my interests, personality, and passion.

These are a few of my personal favourite and inspirational examples of environmental design:

Allianz Arena

The Allianz Arena is a soccer stadium in the north of Munich, Germany. It was built on April 30, 2005 and designed jointly by Alpine Bau Deutschland GmbH and the Swiss architects Herzog and Meuron.

School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University

The school is one of the most amazing green roofs in the world. It was built in 2006 and designed by CPG Consultants Pte Ltd.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is Paris’s most famous symbol. It was built in 1889 and designed by Gustave Eiffel.

Introduction: Komal Jamal



My name is Komal Jamal (pronounced Ko-MUL), and I’m very excited to have joined OCAD U for Environmental Design. I attended Sheridan College to study Accounting ( the program of death in my opinion) and dreaded every minute of it. That is one of my many major regrets in life but from this I have learnt to always go for what you are most passionate about and not what others want you to pursue. In ten years, I anticipate to gain enough experience and knowledge to become a professional Interior Designer. Specifically, I would like to work at a large design firm for residential and commercial areas. I have always had an eye for space, color, and design and wanted to bring this skill set into the lives of others. As a designer, I also want to be able to create a safe haven for individuals and provide them with a contemporary ambience, suiting their personality and vision. In the future, I also want to be able to custom make my very own interior space. There is so much to learn and experience, so in time my paths might change but until then, this is the vague vision I have for myself.

My inspiration first came from Debbie Travis, a famous self taught Interior designer. Watching her show, “Debbie Travis’s Painted House”, allowed me to elude myself from reality and enter the creative world.

 Other inspirations also include:

Alex Haw’s London based atmos studio- Sculptured Staircase








Tapumes-Casa dos Leoes 2009 by Henrique Oliveira  









Bodega O. Fournier by Bormida & Yanzon

Introduction: Hamidreza Aghashahi


Hi everyone, I am excited and happy to be around all of you with different talents and
I think we have a wonderful teacher for this course. All the best.

{ My Future }
I am creative, positive, goal oriented, passionate, and highly motivated with a strong personality. I have passions for Art & Design and I am eager to become an Interior designer in future. I have confidence that I can make a difference in people’s life after finishing my studies.

{ My inspiration }
At first. One of my favorite Architecture towers in the world is The Eiffel Tower which is a puddle Iron lattice tower located in Paris. Built in 1889 by designer Gustave Eiffel . The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world. Eiffel is an Icon for me and it inspires me a lot towards Architecture.

Second, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Third, I have passion about Hotel design, especially a Puerto Rican landmark like
La Concha  which was Originally designed by Osvaldo Toro and Miguel Ferrer, with an eccentric but utterly lovable seashell-shaped restaurant by Mario Salvatori.

Introduction: Jenny Lin

    😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 🙂

I’m name is Jenny, and my major is Environmental design. I can’t really see myself in 10 years since I’m not sure which area of design I’m most passionate of. 😛 However, within 5 year, I hope to have a good grasp of architecture and interior design, and become more of a professional in  those fields. I also want to travel around to be inspired by other cultures, landscapes, and buildings.

I’m not really inspired by any particular architects, but there are many works around the world that I love:)

By Tom Wright, Burj Al-Arab, finished in 1999

This is the fourth talles hotel in the world, and it’s a iconic building on the Jumeirah Beach. I hope I get to travel to Dubai to see the real building:)

by Edouard Francois,Tower Flower, completed in 2004

it’s located in Paris. I heard that the building is “dying” 🙁

Tadao Ando’s awaji yumebutai, built from 1993-1999

It’s a conference center and memorial in Japan.




Introduction: Henry Zhang

In 10 years……

In ten years, I see myself making a difference, contributing and serving.  These might seem like very grand wishes for some, but they are practical goals for me. I truly believe in the irreplaceable power of knowledge and the indefinite potentials of our human minds, so OCAD would be a place for me to equip the necessary knowledge to unlock some of those potentials.



Church on the Water


1985-1988, Yufutsu, Hokkaidao


Church of the Light


1987-1989, Ibaraki, Osaka


Dee Charles Wyly Theatre


2006-2009, Dallas, USA

Introduction: Ryan Lee



My name is Ryan and I have a very strong passion for interior design. In 10 years time I hope to see myself as an interior designer working at a design firm that is founded between my friend and I. We both strive for optimum intergration and we strongly believe that we would be the ultimate team.


I am inspired by many influential people and buildings. I always get inspirations from my close friends and family. Here are two of my inspirations from around the world:  



Remarkable design by Nakayma Achitects, Japan.


A project situated in the heart of Toronto.

Introduction: Mansi Kohli

Where do I see myself in 10 years?

Hey guys, I’m Mansi and in 10 years I see myself as an interior designer.  I would like to open up my own interior design firm, and hopefully become business partners with my close friend, who is currently studying architecture.   I would like to be a residential designer, helping the environment and allowing people to live a better life.  I can also see myself working for a design magazine, perhaps designing homes and photographing them for the magazine.


I am inspired by many different designers, artists, spaces and photos.

Everingham Revolving House

This is the Everingham Revolving Home, designed by Luke Everingham for his family and is located in Australia.  This home inspires me because of it’s unique, creative, modern design.  It is environmentally friendly and is not like anything you have ever seen before.  This is the kind of space I would like to design myself.

Skywood House

The Skywood House was created by Graham Phillips in 1999.  It inspires me because it is very modern and is not like anything we are used to seeing.  It has a very sleek design and the concept behind it is very interesting and creative.

L'etoile (The Star)

One of my favourite artists is Edgar Degas, and L’etoile is one of my favourite paintings by him.  He inspires me because his work captures the beauty of people (dancers) in a simplistic way.  His work is beautiful and I love the techniques he used to capture movement in all of his paintings.

Introduction: Osvaldo Sales

Osvaldo Sales and Architect Thom Mayne

I am interested in architecture, fashion, and other forms of design. I see myslf in 10 years hopefully working as an architect for Renzo Piano, Daniel Libskind, or if I am really lucky Oscar Niemeyer. from there after open my own design studio and work with developing economies in various parts of the world, developing and updating their infrastructures.

I am inspired mostlty by the people behind the work and their process of creation, i am moved mostly by the way these architects respect and are passionate about design in a human context.




 Renzo Piano







Oscar Niemeyer




Daniel Libskind

Introduction: Miranda Lee

Heyy, it’s Miranda here, typical OCAD Environmental Design student.

Where do I see myself in 10 years;

Nowhere special, actually. I was kind of hoping to be a great landscape decorator/ interior designer. I would love to work on residence, especially those that are near water or cliff or some bizarre environment of some kind. That was job wise, but personally, of all honesty I would prefer that in 10 years I would be married and I don’t really have to work! Either that or maybe open a small online business that I can handle from home. That would be ideal 🙂

My Inspirations;

No doubt Frank Lloyd Wright if my favourite when it comes to architecture. His famous Falling Waters has inspired me to always try something new.

Another architect that I absolutely adore would be Robert Konieczny. This Polish architect is super inspiring to me, and I probably would not have gotten into OCAD without his inspirations for my portfolio. I learned to “hide” houses and buildings into the nature itself to conserve space as well as enhancing the security of the building. He is awesome. Please do check out the site linked to his name, and you will see how awesome he is.

Art and Design Material Suppliers

Below is a list of art and design material suppliers in or near Toronto. This list is slightly out of date. If you have any suggestions or corrections, please post a comment.


  • Aboveground (74 McCaul)
  • Architect’s Supply (199 Church)
  • Curries (various locations)
  • Gwartzsman’s (448 Spadina)
  • DeSerres (130 Spadina)
  • Toose (229 College)
  • Woolfit’s (1153 Queen)


  • Fairbank Lumber
  • Home Depot (various locations; St. Clair at Keele)
  • King Lumber
  • ML Lumber & Building Supplies (Dundas at Bathurst)
  • New Canadians Lumber
  • Ossington Plumbing & Building Supply


  • A&M Wood Specialty (Cambridge)
  • Commonwealth Plywood
  • General Veneers
  • K&M Bamboo Products
  • McFadden Hardwoods & Plywood
  • Oliver Lumber
  • Robert Bury & Sons
  • Unicorn Universal Woods


  • Exclusive Paints
  • Goudey Manufacturing
  • Paint Colours Unlimited
  • Water-Based Finishes


  • Plastic World
  • Johnston Industrial Plastics
  • Warehoused Plastics


  • Metal Supermarkets
  • Access Metal
  • Skara Metal Foundry
  • Solway Metal Sales


  • Brafasco (Mississauga)
  • Canadian Tire (various locations; Yonge at Davenport)
  • Lee Valley (King at Bathurst)
  • Dayvan Wholesale
  • Genco Marine
  • Jacob’s Hardware
  • Spaenaur Fasteners
  • Summerhill Hardware
  • Trans Canada Hardware


  • MacDonald-Faber
  • The Brand Felt
  • Capital Findings & Leather
  • Designer Fabric Outlet
  • Textile Importers


  • Reno Source
  • ReUze Building Centre


  • Active Surplus
  • Princess Auto
  • Adanac Glass
  • National Bearing
  • Noah’s Boat Building
  • Rotblott & Sons
  • Toronto Gear Works
  • Supremetronic
  • Paul Woolf Electric & Lighting
  • BC Saw & Tool
  • Used Tool Depot
  • TNT Used Tools

The Critique

The critique is a systematic inquiry into the conditions and consequences of a set of concepts, and an attempt to understand their limitations. Criticism in general means a democratic evaluation of the suitability of a subject for the intended purposes, as opposed to an authoritarian judgment: criticism is always open for debate. In politics, criticism almost exclusively refers to disagreement, while in an academic, artistic, or literary context, it refers to the activity of subtle interpretation or analysis. The first question is always one of like or dislike: the critic’s responsibility is to deconstruct this first response.

Our critiques will always be constructive. Constructive criticism is offered with the intention of helping the designer improve, and is a crucial element of participatory learning. Whether critiquing or being critiqued, communicate your thoughts and feelings about how the work affects you in a clear way. We are critiquing the work, not the person.

Some constructive questions you might ask or be asked in a critique:

  • Can you see the time and thought put into the work?
  • Is the artifact well crafted? If not, is this intentional? If yes, can you describe what attributes make it well crafted?
  • Is the lighting natural or artificial? How is light employed?
  • How are point, line, plane and volume employed?
  • How are positive and negative space employed?
  • How is colour employed?
  • How are materials employed?
  • How is scale employed?
  • How is texture employed?
  • What mood does the work create?
  • Does the work have a structure? Is it organized or disorganized?
  • Are there successful transitions in the work from one space, colour or material to another? How does the work make you move your eye?
  • Does the work draw you in? Repel you? Is the author moving you physically?
  • If employed, does the integration of sound or text add or detract from the work?
  • If employed, does the designer’s verbal presentation add or detract from the work?
  • Does the physical presentation add or detract from the work? What about the juxtaposition with other work, if any?
  • Does the work have a message? Are there other possible messages in the work?
  • What is the cultural, social and/or political content of the work?
  • What does the work reference? What does the work remind you of?
  • How do the author’s biases affect the work?
  • How do your own biases affect your response to the work?
  • How could the work be improved?
  • What future directions does the work suggest?

Ultimately, you are in control of your critique. Use it to your advantage.

Introduction : Hei Sek Wan (Chris)

My name is Hei Sek Wan(just call me Chris), and I am studying Environmental Design. In 10 years I hope that I will be working as an architect, designing different types of buildings. One day, i hope i can design a house specially for my family~~~~

Three visual examples of environmental designs:

Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollyhock House, 1917, California







Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater, 1935, Pennsylvania







Ieoh Ming Pei, Bank of China Tower,1985, Hong Kong

Introductions:Laura Riches






 In ten years I hope to be working as an interior designer somewhere other than Canada. I want to travel to explore what it means to be a designer in other parts of the world and to gather inspiration from architecture and design. I hope to one day be involved in a project from the ground up, from the first drafts of the building to the paint colour on the wall, who knows if this job exists for me but I do know for sure that in ten years I will be happy to be involved in any career that has to do with design.








This beautiful architectural piece was added to rest stops in Norway to enhance the tourist experience. Upon seeing this I immediately wished I could go to Norway to experience it for myself, the beauty of nature combined with simple structures is probably one of my favourite  “types” of architecture.








This space in Vienna, Austria is called a Flederhaus and literally stands for bat house, its an amazing building that is full of hammocks for people to hang out in. I think this is an extremely successful piece of environmental design because it created a great space for people to be in and enjoy being in. The building was designed by architects Herri&Salli.










Surprisingly this building is a local bank in Tokyo, this is far more interesting than any bank I have ever been to and that’s what I love about this building it not only serves a mundane purpose as a bank but creates a space that people enjoy being in even if it is only a bank. It was designed by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture and Design located in Tokyo.

Introduction: Casey Marques Pereira.

     My name is Casey Marques Pereira, and I am studying Environmental Design. I’m not really sure where I see myself in 10 years. I hope to be an Interior Designer, and continue my life after school in Europe. I love to travel , so I hope to one day incorporate this passion into my career.

Three inspirational designs: Alavo Siza Viera, Concrete Slab. Parque das Nacoes, Lisbon, Portugal.


This is one of my favorite pieces of Architecture. It inspired me to pursue this field.

Tezuka Architects, Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan.


I love Japanese design.

Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain.


Frank Gehry is amazing. This Museum is beautiful.

Os Gemeos, Lisbon, Portugal.


I am inspired by a lot of Street Art. These twins do really interesting pieces.




Project Zero: Introductions

Your first task is to perform a number of administrative tasks that will help our section of Environmental Design One run smoothly.

1) Log in to the blog. I have given all of you access and authorship permission on our course blog. Go to the blog, and log in with your OCAD username and password. We’ll go over the blog interface together in class next week if there is any confusion.

2) Make a post to the blog. Include the following.

  • Your full and (if different) your preferred name.
  • A photograph of you that clearly shows your face. This is so that your colleagues and I can identify you.
  • A brief description of where you see yourself in 10 years. You may want to be a corporate architect, the next Frank Gehry, an interior designer in New York City, or a set designer in Hollywood  — or perhaps you don’t see yourself as an environmental designer at all. Be honest, be bold, and be concise. Your answer to this question will help me tailor this course to your aspirations.
  • Three visual examples of environmental designs you find inspirational. These may be drawn from architecture, landscape, the cityscape or a perhaps a virtual world. Please include some explanatory information: the author, title, and date of the design, and if possible, a link to more information.

3) Format your post. Presentation is always important in design. Publish the post and
see what it looks like. If you’re not happy with the font, the composition or the image
quality, revise it. Please appropriately format all blog posts you make in the future.

4) Use the correct title and category. Please title your post Introduction: [your
preferred name]. For example, my post would be titled Introduction: Jesse Colin
Jackson. Please check the box beside the 2.0 — Introductions category provided. Please
consistently follow these conventions for titles and categories in all blog posts you
make in the future.

Please make your “Introductions” blog post as soon as possible!