Research Assistants

 

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Kristen Forward
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Education: B.Comm. | M.Arch Candidate

Profile: Kristen Forward is a student in the final year of the Master of Architecture program.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria and has worked as an insurance broker, project accountant, as well as provided support for wealth management.  Her interests lie in the area of systematic interfacing between multiple design tools and designers. When not in the lab, she can be found dancing, playing with food, exploring green spaces, or supporting local business ventures. She is currently working on projects related to developing infrastructural efficiencies by codifying architectural design tools.  Special skills include: parametric design, digital fabrication, data visualization, and model making.

 

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Alex Wilton
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Education: B.A. Hon. Architectural Design | M.Arch Candidate

Profile: Alex Wilton is a student in the final year of the Master of Architecture program.  He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto, and has worked as a junior architect for Northgrave Architects Incorporated before moving to Calgary.  His interests lie in utilizing digital techniques to explore new methods of fabrication. When not in the lab he can be found bouldering in the gym, cycling, or developing film from his Pentax K1000.  He is currently working on projects related to the development of coding techniques that will influence an array of fabrication techniques and methodologies. Special skills include drafting, model making, diagramming, as well as 3D modelling dynamic structures that explore form through specific parameters.

 

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Ivan Au
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Education: B.A. Hon. Architectural Design | M.Arch Candidate

Profile: Ivan Au is a student in the final year of the Master of Architecture program.  He holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta and has worked as an industrial designer, graphic designer and photographer. His interests lie in the field of experiential and user centered architecture and design. When not in the lab he can be found skiing, reading, and attempting to be a chef. He is currently working on projects related to developing infrastructural efficiencies by codifying architectural design tools. Special skills include: parametric design, digital fabrication, model making and architectural visualization.

 

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Seyi Arole
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Education: B.Arch | M.Arch Candidate

Profile: Seyi Arole is a student in the final year of the Master of Architecture program.  He holds a degree in Architecture from Caleb University and has worked as a research assistant with the LID since summer 2016. His interests lie in the area of design and fabrication, When not in the lab he can be found playing his saxophone.

 

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Hayden Pattullo
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Education: BCmm | M.Arch Candidate

Profile: Hayden Pattullo is a student in the final year of the Master of Architecture program.  He holds a Bachelor of Communication and Mixed Media degree in Information Design from Mount Royal University, and has worked as a graphic designer, web designer, and photographer.  His interests lie in the area of affect and experientially-driven architecture and design. When not in the lab, Hayden can be found doing freelance photography, snowboarding, mountain biking, and cooking. He is currently working on projects primarily relating to digital fabrication and parametric design. Special skills include architectural visualization, diagramming, imaging, and modelmaking.

 

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Kim Tse
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Education: B.Arts Hon. | M.Arch Candidate

Profile: Kim Tse is a student in the second year of the Masters of Architecture program.  He holds a degree in Architectural studies from the University of Toronto and has worked as a studio assistant for Pr. David Lieberman developing modular tea houses based on tatami mat proportions.  His interests lie in the area of parametric design and fabrication. When not in the lab he can be found trying out new recipes at home and trying new activities with friends.  He is currently working on projects related to parametric design and digital fabrication. Special skills include model making, parametric design, digital fabrication, and architectural visualization.

 

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 JP Hammill
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Education: BFA | M.Arch Candidate

Profile: JP Hammill is a student in the second year of the Master of Architecture program.  He holds a degree in Fine Arts from NSCAD University and has exhibited in Nova Scotia, Toronto, Switzerland, and Venice. His interests lie in the area of digital fabrication, generative design, and digital techniques. When not in the lab he can be found climbing or skiing in the mountains. He is currently working on projects related to parametric design, coding, robotics, and digital fabrication. Special skills: Colour theory, parametric design, architectural visualization, animation, Robotic coding, and digital design.

 

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Nicolas Hamel
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Education: B.Eng | M.Arch Candidate

Profile: Nicolas Hamel is a student in the second year of the Master of Architecture program.  He holds a degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Calgary and has worked as a Mechanical designer.  His interests lie in the area of modular design and how it can be a tool for recontextualizing existing infrastructures. When not in the lab, he can be found working on his VW Van, shooting film photography or bouldering at the climbing gym.  He is currently working on projects related to the walkability of cities and how urban installations can affect the definition of a street.  Special skills include: parametric design, digital fabrication, drafting and modeling making.

 

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Guy Gardner
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Education: MArch |
Profile: TBD

 

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Logan Armstrong
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Education: BA UBST [Distinction] | M.Arch | Architectural Tech. [Hon]

Profile: With eight years of combined educational and professional experience in the architectural world, I have been involved in projects in a variety of conceptual styles, scales, budgets, and construction techniques. Projects include new build flagship retail stores, a renovation/infill of the historic landmark Maple Leaf Gardens, a high-end home renovation, and multiple medium and large scale commercial projects. My involvement in projects extends from the design team, to the creation of construction drawing sets, to site inspections and reports. Recently, my experience has expanded to the exciting world of digital fabrication research and design as part of the team at the L.I.D.

 

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Matt Parker
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Education: MArch | MEDes
Profile:
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Christina James
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Education: BA Communications Studies [Distinction] | M.Arch

Profile: With five years experience working with a general contracting company, I have been involved with the financial tracking and reporting of a number of residential projects, ranging from small scale renovations to large-scale custom homes. I joined the LID in the summer of 2015 and have leveraged my previous experience towards a project management role on the 2015 Beakerhead Project (The Ministers) and the Light Shells Workshop, while also serving as part of the design and fabrication team for these projects and the RAIC Pavilion. My recent experience includes work with a focus on digital fabrication, design, and research.

 

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Mehdi Einifar
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Education: Master of Architecture – University of Tehran, Iran  | Bachelor of Architectural Engineering – IAU Tehran Central Branch, Iran

Profile:  Mehdi Einifar is a PhD student at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design, supervised by Branko Kolarevic. His current research focuses on the topic of ‘transforming architecture’. His topics of interest include: time and change in architecture, sustainable architecture, flexible architecture, and adaptive architecture. Mehdi is a registered architect in Tehran, Iran and has worked for architectural firms in Tehran and Calgary. He has experience in teaching architectural design studios and theory courses in Iran and has been a teaching assistant for a design studio at the University of Calgary.

 

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Peyman Poostchi
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Education: Bachelor of Architectural Engineering – Azad University of Central Tehran Branch, Iran | Master of Arts in Architecture and Performative Design (APD) – Städelschule (SAC), Frankfurt Germany

Profile: Peyman Poostchi is a Ph.D. student and Research Assistant at the I-Lab, Human-Centered Design for Creativity & Curiosity, in University of Calgary. He finished the post-graduate Master of Arts in Architecture degree at the Städelschule (SAC), Frankfurt, with a thesis in the Architecture and Performative Design (APD) specialization in 2013. Peyman finished his Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering from Azad University of Central Tehran Branch, Iran in 2011. Since then he has practiced architecture in offices in Iran and Germany. His current academic interests lie in the digital fabrication of knit natural fiber composite (NFC) surfaces for architectural applications.

 

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Farzan Baradaran Rahimi
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Education: PhD student – University of Calgary, Canada | M.Arch. – Islamic Azad University, Iran | B.Arch. – Islamic Azad University, Iran

Profile: Farzan is a PhD student in Computational Media Design graduate program, studying virtual reality and hybrid spaces. His work integrates different fields of knowledge such as experience design, game design and neuropsychology into architecture. Prior to coming to University of Calgary, he spent five years in a large architectural firm of Iran as a registered architect. Besides his PhD studies, he is the current director of Gallery FM at University of Calgary.

 

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Jennifer Payne
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Profile: Jennifer is an MSc student in the Computational Media Design program.

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Cody Kupper
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Education: M.Arch | BA UBST | Architectural Tech. [Hon]

Profile: Cody Kupper is a graduated M.Arch Student from the University of Calgary. Through his post-secondary career, he has developed a background in building systems, technology and the urban realm. This knowledge has been expanded upon within his current studies and has developed into an interest in material effects enabled by the use of digital fabrication techniques. The use of digital fabrication has become an important aspect within the workflow of his projects, providing an invaluable resource for discovery and investigation. Cody looks to delve further into this field of interest through the end of his M.Arch and into his professional career.

 

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Stephen Holman
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Education: M.Arch | BFA Jewellery + Metals

Profile: Stephen Holman is a graduated Master’s of Architecture student in the faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. Previously Stephen attained a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, in Jewellery and Metalwork, at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Shortly before the end of that program, Stephen became preoccupied with the disciplinary ramifications of digital modes of fabrication on traditional handcrafts. Since then this interest has expanded out to technology (defined broadly) and its ramifications on humanity (also defined broadly.) As it stands now, the primary permutation of this interest is in the production of devices to remove agency from humanity.

 

Past Research Assistants:

Adam Onulov
Alyssa Haas
Andrea Patry
Brett Osness
Janet Tam
Jodi James
Kailey O’Farrell
Kevin Spaans
Kurtis Nishiyama
Lauren Dynes
Mackenzie Nixon
Matthew Knapik
Max Senini
Mike Kryski
Neal Philipsen
Nicholas Perseo
Nickolas Dykstra
Richard Cotter
Sadaf Rabani
Salman Khalili
Steven Rowe
Todd Freeborn

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