About Me

Hi, my name is Alexis! I'm an intern architect currently working towards licensure. I learned how to code just over a year ago as a hobby. I was able to integrate it to my research and for a while, was working as a full time web developer at my previous job. I'm happy to finally turn it back into a hobby again after landing an intern architect position to pursue my ultimate dream of becoming an architect (like a real architect, not a software architect). I have a ton of passion in this profession and would like to someday help shape our cities for the better. I have a ton of interest in the way we can leverage technology to improve the way we design and build. I'm passionate about architecture and technology, and my motivation for pursuing architecture is to see their integration contribute to building sustainable smart cities.


Building a web app for viewing building permits in Vancouver. (Click here to visit the app)

As a self-taught developer, I enjoy learning about new technologies and understanding the various tools available, aiming to build projects that are not only interesting but also have the potential to introduce useful concepts. In this post, I am experimenting with data from the City of Vancouver's Open Data Portal. Writing the front-end code in JavaScript using React, and react-map-gl to work with the GIS datasets from the portal, as it is a nice wrapper around Mapbox GL JS. I'm also using Deck.gl to load GeoJSON layers. This project is still in progress and you can view the source code on my GitHub.

*Feel free to interact with the demo by clicking on the image to the right to initialize it. Hold the right mouse button to tilt and view a 3-dimensional representation of building heights. Click on a red dot to view a building permit.


Resonant Currents II

After the successful unveiling of Resonant Currents and the Light Keeper ceiling installation for the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) at Carleton University, Impact Hub Ottawa requested Professor Manuel Baez to deliver a similar installation for their social space. The result was a collaborative effort between Professor Baez and a group of undergraduate students to put together a wooden ceiling installation. I worked alongside Yana Kigel to design and build the installation's main centrepiece. The installation comprised long, thin wooden planks, bent and curved, glued and weaved together. Yana and I experimented and challenged the flexibility of each wooden piece by bending it in extraordinary ways. We also added a golden mesh reminiscent of Diluvio: Teatro delle Ombre, another project led by Professor Baez in which Yana and I participated.



Ottawa Food Pantry

A new service to help address food insecurity, called Public Foods — Your Community Fridge and Pantry, has opened in Ottawa’s Centretown in a structure designed and built by students from the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. I took part in the wooden envelope preparation of the outdoor cupboard and fridge. Unlike food banks, it is accessible 24/7. People are invited to “take what you need, leave what you can.” On opening day, it contained dairy, fruit, vegetables, eggs, and dry goods such as pasta and peanut butter.



Guest Lectured at Imagine Architecture

Imagine Architecture is an architectural workshop led by Carleton University designed to prepare students interested in pursuing architecture. The course discusses fundamental drawing and model-making techniques to help them acclimate to architectural studies, additionally introducing students to useful digital tools that will aid them with producing architectural drawings. I was invited to introduce the students to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I talked about the differences between the tools and showed the extent of their usability through a hands-on workshop.



Imagining Canada's Digital Twin

Imagining Canada's Digital Twin is a national initiative for addressing the challenges and opportunities surrounding the creation of a "digital twin" of Canada. I created the branding for this initiative as well as helped create the website using WordPress.



Playing in a Country Band

I joined Erica Brighthill's band as a drummer from late 2018 to 2020. I decided to leave to focus on my Master of Architecture degree at Carleton University. Erica Brighthill is an up-and-coming country singer from Ottawa and has already released three singles titled "Still Small Voice," "Girls Don't Need a Guy to Dance," and "Bodies in the Basement." At the time, she was forming a band to perform with her on stage as she wanted a group she could rely on, get to know personally and communicate with.

I had only been playing rock music, so making a shift to learn and play exclusively country music was surprisingly challenging as the genre is filled with sophisticated nuances that are difficult to get right. Before Erica released her first single, "Still Small Voice," we were mainly performing covers of popular country songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gretchen Wilson, Marren Morris, and others, but we also mixed it up with songs such as "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles and "Dance Monkey" by Tones and I. Dance Monkey was fun as I got to try and play drums and keyboards at the same time.