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Woman in Swimsuit

Woman in Swimsuit

Woman in Swimsuit

Introduction
My name is Bernadette Galingan, an undergraduate student studying architectural science at Toronto Metropolitan University. Currently, I am working to achieve my bachelor’s degree, with an interest in both architecture and building science streams. I am eager to continue my learning journey to develop my technical skills, including design, communication, and computer literacy. My hope is to apply my collective knowledge and refined skills with confidence to create a meaningful impact within this field of practice.


When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
I was first formally introduced to the architecture field in my first year of university at the architectural science program. This was where my initial understanding and idea of architecture was broadened to the much more complex and intricate topics which it encompasses. Although, in terms of my first experience where I truly began to observe and become interested in architecture was in my childhood when I visited local churches and became encapsulated by their extravagance and detail.


What is your design philosophy?
My design philosophy is based upon evoking emotion through the creation of atmosphere, which is experienced by observing, entering, and moving through a space; thus, giving it meaning.


What does architecture mean to you?
For me, architecture is an expression of ideas and intentions in the form of space and volume, with deep consideration towards the human experience.


Briefly explain your design process and your perspective on sensory architecture.
When translating sound and music into architecture it is vital to listen closely to the melody as well as background noise and draw upon the emotions and images that may appear in your mind. These thoughts can then be translated into various spatial elements that coincide with what you have felt. In terms of the music composed by Guilherme Bernardes, we first found it to be lonely, wet, cold, and made us anxious; however, there is a point in the piece where the key changes, making it sound positive as we feel a glimmer of hope. We then translated these feelings into varying architectural expressions including light, shadow, and materiality. This ultimately led to the idea of water and a pure ray of light piercing through the darkness of the performance hall, while the stone and cool toned materials respond to the cold feeling and loneliness. When evolving your design, one key thing to do during various stages in the process is to constantly relisten to the music piece. This will ensure that you keep a constant and direct connection to the mood and atmosphere of the music; thus, enforcing your architectural intent.

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The Cistern of Light ©Jennifer Zhu, Bernadette Galingan

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The Cistern of Light ©Jennifer Zhu, Bernadette Galingan

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The Cistern of Light ©Jennifer Zhu, Bernadette Galingan

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The Cistern of Light ©Jennifer Zhu, Bernadette Galingan

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