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WORK WITH KATHLEEN KURTIN ARCHITECT

February 20, 2017

Have accepted a job with Katie, at Kathleen Kurtin Architect. We’re at the intersection of Queen Street West and Ossington Ave., in Toronto. Here is our website: http://kurtin.ca, although the best way to get ahold of us there is to give us a call!  


KITCHEN RENOVATION PHOTO SHOOT

November 21, 2016

Just got the photos in the mail from Lara Shea of Shea Studios. They look great! Am in the midst of picking and choosing from the best shots, and trying to load them onto the website as fast as possible to show them off.

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WORK WITH COOLEARTH

November 12, 2015

Just signed on for a short term contract with Coolearth Architecture Inc., a firm in Toronto that specializes in sustainable practice. Here is a photo by Geoff Christou of Coolearth. See me on their website.

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ON EMPATHY

July 18, 2015

Goat and I will be in Cambridge, Ontario, this Friday, July 24th, with our friends from On Empathy. There will be stories, and cold tea under the trellis outside the Melville Café entrance to the Waterloo School of Architecture, at 7pm.

Melissa Shea University of Waterloo Architecture On Empathy lecture

 


* For more information about the On Empathy gatherings, please see a post by Amrit Phull, on the Bridge website for the Waterloo School of Architecture: view post.


WORK WITH RAW DESIGN

May 30, 2015

I’ve accepted a position at RAW Design, a Toronto architecture firm.

See their website here.


AN AUDIOBOOK!

March 1, 2015

Michael Bootsma and I are making an audiobook of The Adventures of Goat. Or, at least, of the first third of the book. We are done the recording phase, and now just have to do a bit of editing! Expect great things, because from our initial clips, I imagine it’s going to turn out really well, and I’m excited to hear the full Adventures when it’s done.

Here is a rough-cut preview of the first chapter, as read by Michael Boostma, in February 2015:

Michael Bootsma and I first met ten years ago during our undergraduate degrees, and he has gotten up to all sorts of interesting things since then, in design, film, and audio recordings! He currently works as a designer & intern architect, in Toronto.


* For more about Michael Bootsma, you can see his Masters of Architecture thesis defence notice, for his “The City Delimited,” here:

https://uwaterloo.ca/architecture/current-graduate-students/thesis-defences/notice-march-thesis-defence-spring-2014


AN ESSAY, “THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE IMAGINATION,” AND COMPETITION

February 15, 2015

Terri Meyer Boake, a University of Waterloo Architecture professor, has posted some of my work on her website. I have posted a couple of links below, if you’re interested.

My competition entry for the Blank Space competition can be seen here, on Terri Meyer Boake’s website:

http://www.tboake.com/competitions/2014/shea.html

My research paper titled “The Architecture of the Imagination,” which I wrote after the competition and in explication of the intention of the project, can be read here:

http://www.tboake.com/competitions/2014/Final%20Essay_M.Shea.pdf

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THE GOAT, HIMSELF

November 5, 2014

Thank you again to Mark Zupan, a.k.a. Capitano Goldstar, who performed & played as Goat at my thesis defence.

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* Mark Zupan’s website: http://www.zumania.ca

* Mark Zupan’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/capitanogoldstar/

* Mark Zupan in his Pearl Palace, with puppetry: 

http://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/20130818-FIGMENT-Festival-Toronto-2013-0140-Photo_by_Corbin_Smith.jpg


THESIS DEFENCE

November 4, 2014 

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My thesis, The Adventures of Goat, was accepted on October 28, by my thesis supervisor Robert Jan Van Pelt, by my committee members, Donald McKay and Dereck Revington, and my external reader Bernice Eisenstein, with commendation.

Here is a photograph of me at the defence.

The man standing beside me in the photograph, and telling a very good story, is Robert Jan Van Pelt.


* For more information on Robert Jan Van Pelt:

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/robert-jan-van-pelt/

* A lecture by Robert Jan Van Pelt (the English part begins at minute 12:15), on the worst crime architects have ever committed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTS5Pk_agDg


NOTICE OF DEFENCE

October 22, 2014

The thesis defence notice for “The Adventures of Goat,” my Masters degree thesis, as posted on the University of Waterloo School of Architecture website:

https://uwaterloo.ca/architecture/events/thesis-defence-melissa-shea

As posted on Bridge Waterloo Architecture website:

http://waterlooarchitecture.com/bridge/blog/2014/10/24/thesis-adventures-goat/

My external reader is Bernice Eisenstein, the author of I Was The Child of Holocaust Survivors.


* Please find some information about Bernice Eisenstein here:

http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/208400/bernice-eisenstein-plumbs-memory-in-genizot/

http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/authors/68685/bernice-eisenstein


RETURN TO CAMBRIDGE

May 15, 2014

I’m back in Cambridge after my trip, and en route to thesis completion. See some pages from my sketchbook, and some photographs on my website under the Imaginary Space project.


PAMMUKALE

April 15, 2014

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I’ve arrived at the resort of Ancient Romans, to enjoy the water patterns on the travertines of Pammukale.


OF MAZES, AND MINOTAURS

March 13, 2014

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A panorama of an ancient palace, where the Greek language was first written.

Have arrived in Crete, and am certain I am close here to the maze of the minotaur. . .


ATHENA AT THE ACROPOLIS, ATHENS

February 22, 2014

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I am in Athens, at the beginning of an odyssey of field research. I have finished my brief foray into Italy, and am now going through Greece, and afterwards, the coast of Turkey.

This is a photo of the Temple of Athena Nike, goddess of victory, from the Acropolis, in Athens.


* I will be posting photos of the trip on Instagram:

http://instagram.com/melissagwendolynshea


LIFE IN CAMBRIDGE

October 14, 2014

I’m back at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and working on completing a Masters Degree in Architecture: I have a thesis in-process called The Adventures of Goat.

See the school’s website here.