WithoutWalls Ltd

Internship | Thunder Bay, Ontario

(Site: http://withoutwalls.ca/)

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Overview

At Without Walls Limited, I was hired as a junior architectural designer to oversee the company’s ongoing projects: from pro-bono for non-profit organizations to a multi-phase 60 acre brownfield redevelopment. Working closely with the principal- in-charge, I oversaw all processes involved: conducting initial site analysis, researching relevant information and precedents, iterating multiple options, and finally presenting the proposal that best suited the client’s needs.

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As the project lead, I developed my design methodology and management skills. When the principal-in-charge was on leave during the final stages of the brownfield revitalization project, I organized my time around a hard deadline. By balancing what was ideal versus what was achievable, I advanced the design while maintaining great emphasis on visual presentation.

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My efforts proved instrumental in landing the company’s first big client: TBT Engineering. Without Walls was initially asked to pitch a concept vision for the client’s new office headquarters in a former warehouse complex. Being aware of the budget concerns, I proposed a design scheme that recycled majority of the existing building structure and façade, achieving a simple yet elegant aesthetic that is reflective of the client’s engineering heritage. This approach also gave headroom to invest in the interior fit-out and hence improve the actual working environment.
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At Without Walls, one of the challenges was assimilating into the society of Thunder Bay. As an external business enterprise from Toronto, it was imperative that the company establish a familiar identity within the new community. Hence, the company dedicated itself to pro-bono projects: from a business incubator pod for the public library to an office interior fit-out for a non-profit organization. I even had the chance to be part of a team cooking for the 150 members of Women’s Nordic Ski Club.

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