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Thinking back to Toronto this time two years ago! Thought I’d share some photos from the trip…

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Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum

Interior  - new meeting the old

Interior – new meeting the old

Exhibition

Exhibition hall

At the facade

Striking facade structure and natural light piercing the space

Hanging exhibits above the void with slit of natural light at the facade

Hanging exhibits above the void with slits of natural light

Royal Ontario Museum

Shaded public space outside the Royal Ontario Museum

Aslop Architect's floating Sharp Centre of Design with CN Tower in the distance

Aslop Architect’s floating Sharp Centre of Design with CN Tower in the distance

Approach to Frank Gehry's Art Gallery of Ontario

Approach to Frank Gehry’s Art Gallery of Ontario

Douglas Fir Clad Spiral Staircase bursting through the space and glass ceiling

Douglas Fir Clad Spiral Staircase bursting through the space and glass ceiling

Moving through

Moving up the spiral staircase

Glulam at the sculpture corridor

Glulam structure and glass facade at the sculpture corridor

View out from the staircase

View out from the staircase

View up!

And finally the view up!

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GSA Masters Group 38 Exhibition

Group 38 Exhibition, GSA.

Its the last day of 2011, I’ve returned home and I’ve been reflecting on one crazy year.

After finishing up with university I was worried about the current climate in the UK, thinking about unstable jobs, even worse, unemployment, but after this year, I’m thinking its not all doom and gloom if you use it to your advantage…it’s a chance to do different things and look outside the box. I have spent the year meeting many interesting people in the field, been to Toronto and had a chance to see great architecture, met a few starchitects, had time to visit and take part in exhibitions, completed my first book, graduated with masters, worked with 3DReid, spoke at a conference representing Glasgow School of Art, designed a small house in Pakistan, produced the drawings for a book with Robert Mantho from GSA, went to Beijing for an internship with Pansolution International, made connections with people from Tsinghua University and lastly I’ve started this blog which I’m really loving doing …not had a moments spare! I’ve earned a living while doing what I have chosen to and what I enjoy. I’ve had a variety of experience, which has kept the year interesting and exciting.

So to all the architecture students graduating in 2012 looking ahead and worrying, don’t, it will be ok, you just need to get up and go for it!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Here are some of my favourite pictures from the year.

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GSA Degree show party

GSA Degree Show Party – last with the Foulis & Newbery Tower buildings before new Steven Holl & JM architects addition.

Toronto

Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Graduation 3

Graduation, University of Glasgow.

with Zaha Hadid

Meeting with Zaha.

Glasgow Transport Museum

Opening of Zaha Hadid’s Transport Museum, Glasgow.

Glasgow Transport Museum 2

Opening of Zaha Hadid’s Transport Museum, Glasgow.

Velodrome Glasgow

3DReid construction site, Velodrome arena for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hutong 2

Looking at hutong life, Beijing

Hutong 1

Looking at hutong life, Beijing

George Square

Glasgow’s George Square turned Philadelphia for Brad Pitt’s movie, World War Z.