With 16 other students, I helped design and build ELEVATE for the TED2016 conference in Vancouver. Inspired by high-alpine shelters and the backcountry winter experience that BC mountains offer, the ELEVATE huts provide a special platform and a unique point of conversation for TEDsters to share ideas between various sessions of the conference. The ELEVATE shelters – each 16 feet by 30 feet long – were designed using LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber), a mass timber product donated by METSÄ. The structures were fabricated with CNC technology and erected on site in two days.
Design Build Research (DBR) is a registered non-profit organization facilitated by MGA. It is independent from academic institutions, and provides hands-on design experience for students, recent grads and retired architects from architecture and interior design.
Analysis Through the Designer Lens, led by Professor Daniel Roehr and Douglas Paterson, brought graduate and undergraduate students on a 6-week journey of learning how to represent the "magic" of Berlin, Germany. The course provided the opportunity to explore and analyze the historical and cultural context of Berlin using sketching, diagramming and mapping to see/read, study, and graphically visualize its historic and contemporary urban design and planning, architecture and landscape architecture at the single lot, neighbourhood and city-wide scale. Below are a sampling of drawings from the several sketchbooks I filled throughout the trip.