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Nicholas Frayne

Design Portfolio

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Natural Union




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curriculumvitaep. 4 - 5

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I am currently a second year architecture undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo in Cambridge, Ontario. I am originally

from South Africa, but grew up in Canada and several African coun-tries including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique. I am passionate

about music, as I play guitar and trumpet, and I sing. I view design in the world as a way to make a positive imapct; a way to be part of the

buidling of a better world.

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nicholas frayneemail. [email protected]. 226 791 1434adress. 219 Hiawatha Dr. Waterloo, ON

Honors Bachelor of Architectural Studies University of Waterloo

Waterloo Collgeiate Institute


- Rhinoceros with V-Ray

- AutoCad

- Adobe InDesign

- Adobe Illustrator

- Adobe Photoshop

- Sketchup

Awards & scholarships

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Excellent Academic Standing Average above 84%

University of Waterloo President’s Scholaship Entrance Award Entrance average of 89.9% - 94.9%

Elizabeth Alarie Memorial Scholarship Promising Waterloo Region architecture student

Waterloo Collegiate Institute Honors Roll Academic excellence

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SSEF Steel Span Design Competition Building Construction 2, University of Waterloo

NKA Foundation Mud House Competition Independent Competition

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- Basswood modeling

- Laser cutting

- Hand Drafting

- Microsoft Office


Competitions & projects

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work & volunteer experienceEating Well Organically health store - Cultivated a positive customer experience through excellent product knowledge and strong salesmanship. - Engaged and fostered customer loyalty through support and attention to their needs - Improved accessibility of goods through an appealing reorganization of shelving based on customer needs.

University of Waterloo Open House

- Participated in and dealt with the orgaization of the event - Ensured the smooth running of campus tours - Helped answer prospective students’ questions effectively and efficiently.

Cooper International Tennis Tournament

- Ran and organized teams to function in high-pressure situations. - Developed collabortive teams to pefrom in international games - Improved efficiency and effectiveness of rotation and handling.

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Chicago architectural study visit

New York architectural study visit

Resident of Maputo, Mozambique

Resident of Cape Town, South Africa

Resident of Nairobi, Kenya

Resident of Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia

Resident of Windhoek, Namibia

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international experience

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The Artist’s Residence was a proj-ect given on a real site just outside of Cambridge. I chose a valley with a small stream running through it as the site of my project. The pur-pose was to design a refuge for an artist; a place where they can be to-tally free to create.

I chose to place my building right over this stream, embacing the clear focus of the site. The main studio is the ‘bridge’ between two wings - the living and sleeping wings.

2013studio project

The studio is a place of light, with clerestories and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize the views up and downstream. The wings are darker, acknowledging that the art-ist would spend most of their time in the studio. The eastern wing is angled, following the topography of the bank.

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1. Floor Plan2. East West Section3. North South Section4. Experiential Section

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5. North Elevation6. East Elevation7. South Elevation8. West Elevation

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On a ‘junk’ site in Cambridge, On-tario, a multi-unit dwelling or group of dwellings had to be created. Giv-en a random selection of class-mates’ ideas on various aspects of dwelling (light, roofing, stairs, etc.), the task was to use these elements to develop a project that reacts to and improves upon the given site; to transform the junk space.

The site was divided in two by a service route to a garage that had to be maintained. Additionally, the site was a well used through-way between the two access routes.The solution was to create a path-way framed by autonomous units linked by a trellis system.

The units frame a pathway which is sheltered by a trellis system that weaves the units together. The ground floor looks out to this path, helping create a sense of communi-ty. Due to the placement of the en-trance and the windows in relation to the path, the units are almost all different in a slight way.

The parking to the north of the site is covered with trees; an extension of the green space to the south. The basic concept behind the project is the path and the journey. The units are offset to create different spac-es as the residents travel the path zones before entering the residence.

JunkSpace2014studio project

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Service Route

PathService Route


Path and Units

1. Ground Floor Plan2. Second Floor Plan3. View from Pathway4. View from North 4.


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East - West Section

North - South Section

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An oasis is a place of refuge from the world around. In a chosen envi-ronment, the project had to embody this concept of Oasis, and have as close to zero environmental impact as possible. The concept behind the Oasis project was to create this place of refuge. It is meant to be a temporary reprise from the trails of life; a place where you can relax in peace.


My chosen site was Lamu, a humid tropical town on the coast of Ken-ya. By using screening on the east and west sides of the building and no full walls, ventilation was maxi-mized. The roof was made from two pieces, with space between them for warm air to dissipate.

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1. Plan2. North Patio View3. East-West Section4. View from North5. Interior View

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naturalunion2014independent competition

The central idea behind the design is the fusion of two ideas: tradition and modernity. Mud architecture is a traditional material, used to build homes and palaces across Afri-ca for hundreds of years. Today it is replaced by modern building materials and designs that ignore a vast history of building in Afri-ca. Building a modern home out of earth is by nature a merging of two concepts that are so often placed as opposites.The design uses the courtyard ty-pology native to traditional Ashanti architecture to create a home that embraces the past while still em-bodying the principles of modern life.

The NKA Foundation Mud House Design Competition, based in Gha-na, asked all current or past grad-uates of architectural schools to participate in the design of a single family residential home that aims to undo the negative stereotype that exists around mud architec-ture. The issue is that mud archi-tecture is seen as an architecture for the poor, yet it is a local and highly inexpensive material that has been used for centuries in Africa.

Natural Union takes this mindset and references the great past of Ghanainan architecture while us-ing a contemporary design.

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Two volumes create a partial courtyard.

Join volumes, creating areas of compression and expansion.

Push the bottom of the volumes, creating a sense of movement.

Change roof line at point where the volumes meet.

Expand the volume into the courtyard.

Floor Plan

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1. Front Elevation2. Right Elevation3. Back Elevation4. Left Elevation

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Zinc Connector Piece for Rainproofing

Corrugated Zinc Roofing

2 x 4 Wooden Beam

Rammed Earth Column

Window with vertical reed shading

Rammed Earth Wall

Polished cement-laterite mix flooring

Roofing Details

Interior Renders

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Architectonics was a project re-quiring the design of a pavillion using only walls, floors and roofing to create an experience and leading to a place of repose.

My project played with interlock-ing planes that shape the way light leads the visitor through the pavil-lion. The vertical strips of light lead the visitor down the first hall and the roof is angled so that a shaft of light illuminates the landing just below the place of repose on the roof.

Architectonics2013studio project

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Given on a real site in Toronto, the 1B studio final project was to design an apartment block that was site re-sponsive and relevant to the prob-lems surrounding urban housing.

The site was a small parking lot between a day care and a church, just off St. Clair Ave. West. The main problem posed by the site was that many people used the parking lot as a waiting place and thorough-fare between the daycare and the road.

The overall shape of the design was driven by an attempt to max-imize the natural light of the units while still allowing sun to reach the northern properties.

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The bottom floor is open to the pub-lic and has space for a commercial enterprise, while the floor above acts as a common area for the res-idents. These two floors are open to the street, welcoming both the resi-dents and the public into the build-ing. Above these floors are the resi-dential units - four single units and 8 family units. Due to the shape of the building, each floor is slightly different to the one above and be-low, giving variance to what is oth-erwise very similar floor plans.

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1. Ground Floor Plan2. 2nd Floor Plan3. 3rd Floor Plan

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4. East Elevation5. North Elevation6. West Elevation7. South Elevation8. Section

4. East Elevation5. North Elevation6. West Elevation7. South Elevation8. Section

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tel . 226 791 [email protected]

291 Hiawatha Dr. Waterloo, ON