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CALLUM A O'CONNOR
ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING GRADUATE

Perth Creative Commons

YEAR 5 | 2020

Perth Creative Commons aims to redevelop Perth’s rail line into a new urban corridor and develop several sites along this route, establishing a diverse and creative community. It is achieved through a vision driven strategy that enables ‘collaborators’ to contribute through a self-build framework. The project aims to attract young professionals and entrepreneurs from across multiple disciplines, from traditional arts to tech and engineering. The proposals success relies on establishing a condition which enables and incentivises creatives to contribute to the community and fully realise their aspirations without hindrance.

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Enabling Innovation

YEAR 5 | 2020

The following document acts in conjunction with Part I: Creative Innovative Cities (Sustainable Cities) helping inform a creative strategy for the City of Perth, Scotland. Part II focuses on several key topics in the form of three separate essays.

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Creative Innovative Cities

YEAR 5 | 2020

The paper begins by defining the creative innovative city from the holistic scale down to the individual. It investigates the benefits of nurturing and enabling a creative community and goes on to examine the conditions needed to allow such a movement to take root and achieve success. It also address the challenges related to a new found identity and examines some of the renowned cities adopting the creative brand. The paper acts as part 1 of a wider study into creative innovative cities which informed the creative strategy for the city of Perth, Scotland.

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Perth Statutory Planning

YEAR 5 | 2019

The Statutory Planning Report was developed by myself and three other students. I focused primarily on developing the master plan, researching precedents, producing visuals and analysing policy and economic factors. This report informed many aspects of the proposal for Perth.

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Personal Reflective

YEAR 5 | 2019

The report is a critical reflection focusing on my performance during semester one in relation to the statutory planning module. It is achieved by evaluating myself across six scenarios against the RTPI Competences, addressing my strengths and weaknesses and how I can improve my understanding and skills going forward through a thorough plan of action.

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Property Development

YEAR 5 | 2019

The report explores the development process of the Hudson Yards scheme in New York City, specifically the development of phase one. The report investigates and assesses risk and examine the techniques to mitigate failure in the pursuit of success, primarily through front-end planning.

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Vicenza Art College

YEAR 4 | 2019

The Vicenza Arts and Craft School was designed to generate 4200 sq metres of multi-purpose space and offer a path to education in traditional Vicenzan techniques of jewellery design and production as well as contemporary courses in graphic and technology based design. The complex was also designed to accommodate a portion of the Vicenzaoro Expo during out of term times, as well as other major events and gatherings. The site is situated within a five minute walk of the city centre.

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DRU ( Design Research Unit )

YEAR 4 | 2018

The purpose of the DRU was to define an investigative approach to, and a theoretical position in architecture, which could lead to inform the current design project (Vicenza), through both writing and making. The unit starting point was the title wall + from that point it was open to interpretation. The end goal was to produce an artifact in the vain of an artistic piece expressing the conclusions or ideas of the investigation or as a tool used within the investigation.

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Venice Biennale (S4A)

YEAR OUT | 2018

I worked on much of the design work, model making and Photoshop for the Biennale project over the course of the first 5-6 weeks of my internship.
"We were immediately drawn to room 215, a space that could easily be described as a corridor with no destination. We started our journey by focusing on the individual and on how to guide the visitor’s experience within the narrow space. Our desire was to create a moment of intimacy within the room, away from the collective context of Palazzo Mora and the city of Venice." - S4A

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Losbates School (S4A)

YEAR OUT | 2018

My time was spent on producing drawings and renders and helping with the layout of the final submission.
"The new Losbates school is an opportunity to give the community of Louňovice, Štíhlice, Babice, Thovec and Svojetice a new magnet center for social interaction, where learning, arts and sports share common grounds in a dynamic and interactive way. The organic shapes of both the individual function volumes as well as the central ring connecting them, allows for flawless circulation, guaranteeing inclusiveness of all parts into a single, new cultural hub." - S4A

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Chengdu (S4A)

YEAR OUT | 2018

I worked on producing the drawings for the competition and helping out with the renders and layout.
"S4A was inspired by the context of the site. The circular forms of the design create a continuous relationship between land and water, allowing the visitor to engage and fully experience its position in the middle of the lake. These interconnected circles have reflected roofs, which act to eliminate boundaries between water, sky, and land, strengthening the connection with the surroundings." - Arch Daily

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Barrilla (S4A)

YEAR OUT | 2017

I worked on producing drawings and renders and helping with the layout of the final submission.
"Our concept is inspired by both nature and the industrial process of the Barilla production. By elevating the surrounding fields into different stacked planes we created a vertical pathway of vast open-air cultivated fields, sporadically interrupted by greenhouses allowing for sensitive cultivation, as well as by the assembly, exhibition and training areas." - S4A

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Leith Dance Studio

YEAR 3 | 2017

The brief was to design a facility for the charity WASPS which offers space to artists, in this particular scenario dancers. However, the brief expanded into several different arts as the area called for a multi functional design. The existing site houses an abandoned movie theatre and dilapidated community centre. It was decided early in the project that the existing derelict building was to be demolished.

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Vertical Project

YEAR 3 | 2017

The assignment was completed in the space of a week between projects as a group of four. The aim was to propose a design for the church steeple as the initial plan was incomplete due to loss of funding during construction. The proposed design drew heavily on Scandinavian architecture and the idea of a light insert reducing impact on the existing structure.

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Student Residence

YEAR 3 | 2016

The student accommodation project filled a gap right at the heart of Cambridge at one of its most prestigious Colleges, Christ’s College. The brief included 12 residences, two flats, lobby, offices, reflective space, library and several other amenities. The final design consisted of two main blocks pushed to the periphery preserving the courtyard typology.

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Primary School

YEAR 2 | 2016

The proposed school sits on the banks of the river Alyth, a small town in Scotland. It would accommodate children from primary 1-7 plus a nursery. It was important to divide the play ground into two halves, younger and older children (1-4/5-7). This led to a form with a central divide holding the fixed classroom space and against the northern boundary the flexible program and gymnasium.

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Terraced House

YEAR 2 | 2015

The terraced house project came about as a result of a significant redevelopment of the Dundee Waterfront. This was also in conjunction with a trip through Holland, Belgium and France in which we focused on European terraced house design and studied several precedents. Each lot came together in a master scheme following universal rules such as height restrictions.

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First Year Architecture

YEAR 1 | 2014 - 2015

The following is a collection of work from my first year of architecture studies. The first project featured is a culinary school designed for a walled garden site in Fife. The second is a library project in Queensferry, situated underneath the Forth Road Bridge. This is then followed by several sketches as part of an urban analysis assignment.

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Photography Posters

PERSONAL PROJECT | 2018

Photography is a skill I have developed over time through architecture and has developed into a personal interest. I am lucky enough to call travel a hobby and I enjoy documenting those experiences in creative ways. Instead of collecting souvenirs to mark my travels around the US I produced several tailored posters.

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Armour

HIGH SCHOOL | 2012 - 2014

This is the earliest project documented on the site and consists of two iterations. (Year 5 Higher Art & Design - Year 6 Advanced Higher Art & Design) The second iteration won the rotary club youth award for Art and Design in Scotland. The project is a good example of my early design and technical skills outside of architecture and a whimsical addition to my body of work.

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About | Experience

I am a 23 year old architecture and urban planning graduate who recently completed five years of studies at the University of Dundee, Scotland achieving a Masters Degree in Architecture with Urban Planning (with distinction). I have previously worked in New York City at Space 4 Architecture and DGJ Architektur in Frankfurt.

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