• Single Family Residence

    New detached house in midtown Toronto for a couple who loves cooking and hosting dinner parties. The kitchen inevitably becomes the hearth of the house, and the open floor plan on the main floor provides naturally lit and well-ventilated living spaces.
  • The Creek That Is Not

    A century after the burial of Garrison Creek, Toronto continues to experience urban floods and unpleasant sewer problems as a result of the unsettling creek. And as gentrification spreads westwards in the city, the neighborhoods where the former creek flowed through, are subject to commercial development dissecting the Victorian neighborhoods into fragments of polarized places resulting in the lack of continued public spaces for play. This thesis is conceived based on Michael Hough’s theory of holistic design and draws design inspirations from landscape architects such as Kongjian Yu and Michel Desvigne to mediate the tension between city and nature by using localized strategies. Additionally, the writings of Aldo van Eyck and Jane Jacobs further anchor the thesis’s strong belief in the intimate relationship between public life, ecology and the urban environment.

    Combining the concerns of ecology, stromwater infrastructure and urban public space, this thesis proposes a series of design interventions centering on the Fred Hamilton Park at the College and Shaw neighborhood. The proposal is aimed at converting the area’s current open spaces including parks, street corners and school yards into multi-functional public spaces that bear both environmental and social responsibilities. A water playground, programmed earth terraces, and stromwater retention basins form the central hub of the neighborhood—while a school wetland garden, a street corner square and an all-can-accessible park extend opportunities for play and environmental education into all corners of the neighborhood. Three scales of exploration—entire watershed, local neighborhood and detailed construction assembly—are executed in the design to create a composite network of public spaces that re-establishes the function and life of the former creek.

  • Field Guide

    F_RMlab was selected to exhibit at the Gladstone Hotel's inaugural GrowOp exhibition in 2014. As the project manager, I was involved in all aspects of the installation project, including schematic design, hardware selection and site coordination as well as components making and the final install. The project started as a learning vehicle for the collective to explore digital tools and further our individual thesis research. The process of peer-to-peer learning has enabled us to engage in computational design that currently lies at the periphery of the graduate curriculum. This method of collective research has allowed us to examine the potentials of digital tools in traditional architecture design. Field Guide was also exhibited at Civic Action's 2013 fundraising event and Cambridge Unsilent Night 2013.
  • Saskatoon Police Headquarter

    I was in the project team which produced the submission package for this design build competition from March to May 2011. After the contract was awarded to the firm, I continued to contribute to the design development and construction documentation phases as a key member. My responsibilities included millwork design and detailing, construction detailing, and consultant coordination in mechanical and electrical work.
  • Origami Lamp

    A little project made to explore tessellate geometries and origami techniques. Exhibited at Open Eyes Toronto 2012.
  • Nelson Mandela Public School and Community Center

    I was involved in the schematic design phase of this project.  My role was to assist the design director with massing, space planning, sectional design and presentation drawings.  I also participated in several community design sessions where I had open discussions with community members of Regent Park.
  • Auto-City

    I worked closely with the design director on this large scale master planning project to generate experiential sections, massing, and organizational diagrams. I was actively involved in design discussions and was fortunate to have my own ideas incorporated into the design.
  • Interfaith Chapel

    This project explores the idea of urban porosity and uses it as a strategy to create a platform for open dialogue among a community of various demographics and values. The ground plane is an urban foyer, where one can experience the interfaith chapel without having to step inside the building. Various individuals gather in these public spaces and create opportunities to exchange different cultures and beliefs. Programs of the chapel are arranged according to a hierarchy of spaces. Sacred spaces are the spine of the complex and the supportive programs such as library and administration space are placed in four towers attached to the side of the spine. The two chapels contrast each other in both functionality and character; directly under the reflecting pool and open to the sky, the main chapel is a horizontally oriented space where daylight floods the space and group meditation and prayer is encouraged. On the contrary, the private chapel is vertically oriented and only a sliver of sunlight is revealed in the confined space of self-contemplation.
  • High Tide

    Inspired by West 8, this installation was aimed at creating a space within a space through establishing a place defined by its ceiling and ground.
  • Toronto Island Park

    As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto needs an urban landscape that identifies its uniqueness and value. The multiculturalism of the city offers an opportunity to integrate global food cultures into urban park-scape. The design proposes a large productive leisure landscape on the Toronto Island to promote the city’s involvement with its food culture in terms of production, processing as well as tasting. Divided into three main zones, the design provides a recreation landscape on its west shore; community gardens supporting individual city growers on the east shore, and farming fields sandwiched in between. The fields are divided among international farmers according to Toronto’s ethnical demographic ratio. These production fields not only support a market on the island, but also provide essential produce and ingredients to a variety of international restaurants, cafes and bakeries located on the pier immediately east of the island. Torontonians and visitors would travel down to the island for a complete day of food experiences through hands-on activities in food productions while enjoying the taste of international cuisines prepared with locally grown produce.
  • Ellsworth Kelly Chair

    In American contemporary artist Ellsworth Kelly’s world, the presence of the canvas is more interesting than the marks on it. The ordinary rectangles and triangles present themselves in bold colours and as you stare into their bodies, they start to turn and dance on the floor of the canvas. In other cases, a simple shape is engaged to its negative space, either white or a complimentary colour. The mind, then, is drawn into the spaces of a multi-dimensional world. It is amazing how one single shape and colour could evoke such imaginations. Ellsworth Kelly is a master of shapes and colours. The chair, therefore, is designed to translate the magic of Kelly’s work. It is a play of geometry from a two dimensional surface into a three dimensional world. It is a gesture that provokes imagined perspective. And finally, it is a celebration of the dancing forms. Assembling and Collapsing of the Chair
  • College Park Towers

    This Project is focused on exploring the design, construction and space assembly of a large scale commercial building sited in downtown Toronto. The design is organized through several pedestrian circulation cores to allow public gatherings and interactions throughout the podium retail levels. The office tower features a central atrium space that provides a communal space as a buffer zone between leased office spaces. Located on the 4th floor, the social institution of communication effectively marks the separation between the podium retail area and the office tower with its iconic gesture on the south east corner
  • Lusthaus- A Dining Pavilion

    This project was constructed at Cruickston Park in Cambridge, ON. Knowing the park’s biodiversity and cultural significance, our team of 6 designed a space that makes minimal disturbance to the natural landscape. To fulfill such intention, we decided to create a dining experience that solely relies on the force of suspension. A scaffolding frame is set up to be the bones of the pavilion, then the curtain seats are hung from above, hugging the guests. A table full of pickled vegetables, steamed fish and wine is suspended from the scaffolding beams as well. A stove, making made-to-order flat bread, banks the end of the table. The entire platform is elevated from the ground. While the guest is embraced by tall trees and wild flowers, his/her toes are dangling and his/her hands are free, it was a dining experience like no others.
  • House

    A two story single-family house was designed for a narrow lot in a neighborhood of downtown Cambridge, ON. By carving out and inserting volumes to an original block, rooms and spaces are distinguished from one another. The wood exterior cladding and its front façade makes the house relatable to its surrounding housesand streetscape. The back yard becomes an extension to the residence and provides a space for outdoor activities, while leading an exquisite view to the Grand River.