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  • 1. NICOLE LEBLANC 341 Indian Pt Rd Halifax, NS Canada B3Z 2S8 +1 917 4O7 2363 neleblan@dal.ca DESIGN PORTFOLIO
  • 2. IMGS: Image of final sand wall shelter on site. Detail of roofline. Sketch model of sand wall shelter. Sketch model of sand and fabric screen [1:1 scale model shown on cover]. PROFESSOR CATHERINE VENART DESIGN-BUILD COURSE TWO WEEKS S2OO7 FABRIC EARTH STRUCTURES A fabric shelter which used minimal material [thus transportable] and took advantage of material available on site to complete its structural integrity. The final form consisted of two layers of reclaimed fabric held together by wooden slats, threaded rods and nuts. The result was a thin structural wall mainly composed of sand. Exploration into fabric trusses, screens, columns and arches was also completed.
  • 3. IMGS: Site model of Lower Prospect [Card and Fabric]. Plan of community centre [Graphite on Vellum]. Final model [Wood and Wire Mesh]. ARCHITECT KEVIN REID LOWER PROSPECT,NOVA SCOTIA S2OO7 PROSPECT COMMUNITY CENTRE Lower Prospect is a small fishing village on the south shore of Nova Scotia. With urbanization,community activity has become dormant; traditions and stories have been taken to the grave. A community centre placed on site, facing back towards the community and the fishing sheds it mimics, would encourage traditions to be kept. The large deck space and great hall offers protection and areas for workshops, concerts, celebrations and other community traditions.
  • 4. private entrances birthing rooms death preparation IMGS: Diagrammatic plans/sections of program. [Ink and Watercolour on Paper] Model of final main entrance building design. [Plaster, Wood and Paper] community rooms ARCHITECT ANNE SINCLAIR HALIFAX,NOVA SCOTIA W2OO8 NATURAL BIRTH AND DEATH CENTRE The main focus for this project was on development of the sensitive program. Existing birthing and death ritu- als within Halifax were studied. The objective of this project was to create a centre, which could be embraced by people of every culture, religion and belief, while promoting natural alternative techniques involved in such ceremonies.
  • 5. IMGS: First and second floor plan. [Oil Pencil and Pastel on Vellum] Section. [Oil Pencil on Vellum] Personal representation of common birth and death rituals. [Photoshop Collage] ARCHITECT ANNE SINCLAIR HALIFAX,NOVA SCOTIA W2OO8 NATURAL BIRTH AND DEATH CENTRE Birthing rooms, clinics and preparation rooms, were screened by meeting spaces and services, and further con- nected to circulation space. Position of the building was crucial on site, allowing the birthing rooms to receive indirect sunlight from the north and is suspended above ground for air circulation. The death prepara- tion room to be well lit from the south, sunken, utilizing the thermal qualities of the earth.
  • 6. IMGS: Final balloon and fabric formed concrete. Hnging fabric form in frame. Pouring of concrete into form with water balloons. ARCHITECT SUSAN MOLESKY DESIGN-BUILD COURSE TWO WEEKS S2OO8 FABRIC FORM This was a design-build course exploring and inventing textile concrete forms. Textiles were built into wooden frames to work as a tensile form for the concrete, easily creating interesting surfaces. Textile was also used with concrete to create impervious shells for floating concrete forms and twisting concrete columns.
  • 7. IMGS: Representation drawing of land sections and river water tables. [Illustrator Collage] Representational models of reclaimed earth composition and structure. [Card and Paper] Initial tectonic project model. [Card] PROFESSOR CATHERINE VENART DUISBURG,GERMANY F2OO8 LAGERPLATZ STOCK PILE Duisburg houses the largest inland port in the world. Located on the Rhein River, land bordering the river becomes flooded through the year. This project started as a analysis of a piece of land which becomes inhabitable once or twice a year. Located between two strong residential communities, the land is an ideal place for a community space as residents have very few moments to interact with the dynamic rise and fall of the river water.
  • 8. E IN SP IMGS: Legend showing proportion of programmatic components. Master plan of flood land. [AutoCad 3D] Model of circulation connection to bridge and to main circulation spine. [Card, Cardboard and Wood] CO NN ECT PROFESSOR CATHERINE VENART DUISBURG,GERMANY F2OO8 LAGERPLATZ STOCK PILE The land is rebuilt using vertical cargo containers, which have been refurbished to interlock into each other and form a new floating ground plane. When, the water levels are low, the elevation difference of the contain- ers is slim, whereas, when the river is flooding, the topography of the land becomes more diverse. Three new connections are made back to the residents and to the bridge which crosses the tip of the land.
  • 9. IMGS: Site model of Long Island. [Wood Veneer, Card and Paper] First and second floor plan of winery. [Graphite on Vellum] Study models of program and form. [Ink, Card and Wood Veneer] SUSAN MOLESKY LONG ISLAND,NOVA SCOTIA S2OO8 GRAND PRÉ WINERY Located in the wine region of Nova Scotia, Grand Pre is a place rich with Acadian history. The shoreline belongs to the Minas Basin which boosts some of the highest tides in the world. The gradient of the shoreline causes a one kilometer wide exposure of the sea bottom, greatly expanding the habitable land around the vine- yard. Transitions and layers referencing the planted vineyard surrounding the winery.
  • 10. ON ID OM BL PE CA IMGS: Site plan of vineyard. [Oil Pencil and Trace Paper on Paper] 3D Model of winery looking to Cape Blomidon. [3D AutoCAD and Photoshop] SUSAN MOLESKY LONG ISLAND,NOVA SCOTIA S2OO8 GRAND PRÉ WINERY Traveling to the site means crossing the Acadian dykelands, which are below sea level, and arriving at an island boosting rich soil and rolling hills. The winery production area digs into the soil to use the thermal qualities or the land, while the public community room over looks the Minas Basin. The wine shop is located at the front of the building, seprated by a space of threshold showcasing the movement through the building.
  • 11. EDUCATION 2OO8-Present Dalhousie University [Halifax, Canada] Masters of Architecture 2OO8 Fachochschule Düsseldorf [Düsseldorf, Germany] International Exchange Program 2OO6-O8 Dalhousie University [Halifax, Canada] Bach. of Environmental Design Studies 2OO3-2OO6 Acadia University [Wolfville, Nova Scotia] Certificate of Applied Science 2OOO-2OO3 Sir John A. Macdonald High School EMPLOYMENT Oct-Dec 2OO7 REX Architecture PC Intern Architect [New York City, USA] REX, an international architecture and design firm based in New York City. While employed at REX I was introduced to a broad scale of architectural design. I had the opportunity to work with students and architects from across the world with various backgrounds and experience. My work at the firm was mainly focused on the Museum Plaza project in Louis- ville, Kentucky. I was involved heavily in model making, both working and presentation, presentation packages, drafting revisions, marketing material and renderings. I was also given design assignments, which were presented to the team and principles. I had the opportunity to attend and participate in meetings of all levels while at the firm. Dec 2OO6 WHW Architects Intern Architect [Halifax, Canada] WHW is a medium sized firm in Halifax, NS. I worked on a bid for a facade restoration of the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. I was involved in documentation and initial design sketches. While at the firm I also participated in a Revit training workshop. I was involved in the creation of presentation packages and also worked on marketing mate- rial for various projects. 2OO5-2OO6 Elections Canada Revising Agent [Halifax, Canada] Responsible for electoral revision and registration during a provincial election. 2OO4-2OO7 St Margaret Sailing Club Manager [Halifax, Canada] Responsible for operating the sailing club during the boating season. I was responsible for clubhouse and property maintenance. I participated in committee and executive meet- ings. I helped to organize various regattas, weddings, club and private events. SKILLS Very computer literate; Win 95/98/XP, Mac OS/OS X, Autodesk AutoCAD 2D/3D, Autodesk Revit, SketchUp, Solid Edge, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Some experience in C++, Html. Experience in freehand drawing, painting, photography. Experience in small building construction and carpentry. Currently learning written and spoken French and German. EXPERIENCE PLANO8 Conference http://www.plan-project.com [Köln, Germany] Volunteer Draftsman Waterfront Development, St Margaret Sailing Club [Halifax, Canada] Member of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, St Margaret Sailing Club, Indian Point Tennis Club, Young Liberals Association of Canada Graphic design experience; mainly logos, brochures and presentations. REFERENCES Available Upon Request NICOLE LEBLANC 341 Indian Pt Rd Halifax, NS Canada B3Z 2S8 +1 917 4O7 2363 neleblan@dal.ca CURRICULUM VITAE

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