Tell us a bit about yourself and your internship experience!
Hi everyone, name is Pardis and I would first like to start off by acknowledging and expressing my gratitude to the Indigenous Peoples and the land on which, I live-study-work on, as it has been for thousands of years, the traditional land of the Seneca, the Huron-Wendat, and Mississaugas of the Credit, and presently, home still to many Indigenous Peoples across the Turtle Island.
With the guidance of the TSA’s Programming Director, Joël Léon, my initial responsibility was to research buildings, landscapes, and installations within the Greater Toronto Area, that would serve as possible database entries.
Following the collection, categorization and assessment of possible entries, I then worked to coordinate and collect external photographic images, concept drawings, and renderings from architectural studios. I had the wonderful opportunity of partaking, and later on, conducting interviews with principal architects and partners, to gain additional insight on the chosen projects.
To date, I would note that the highlight of my internship experience has been connecting with and learning from Brian Porter and Matthew Hickey of Two Row Architects, Michael Belmore (Indigenous artist, maker and sculptor), Brook McIlroy, LGA Architectural Partners, and DTAH. Our conversations with them have allowed me to gain better understanding of their work. Looking at the bigger picture, I will be employing points of our conversation regarding design philosophy, materiality, worldview, time and design process(es) (and more) in the text of each entry in the database.
While the term of my internship has ended, I have continued to volunteer with the TSA and I am evermore drawn to the work—primarily for the fact that all of the architectural courses I have taken, have excluded any conversation regarding Indigenous architecture, world views, and sustainability (which have been around for +30000 years).
This internship, unlike others, allows for students to initiate networking early on in their educational and occupational journey. As well, it allows for students to “test the waters” so to speak… to experience the varying possibilities and determine what path they’d like to pursue.
I would like to end off by thanking everyone who has been involved and helped and guided me in this process—and more to that, reminding me of my presence everyday on this land and within the holistic time and history.
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