YEAR 3 & 4

Tatiana Estrina—Fiberglas Canada Inc. Award

About the Award
A notable contribution to professionally-related student activities within the Department of Architectural Science.

Tatiana has been a part of several student organizations and initiatives through DAS. Starting from being on the Year-End-Show committee for three years, she was able to first help with the arrangement of several displays, to even single handedly setting up the extra-curricular display when her help was needed at the last moment. In 2019, she was the projects executive for the arc.soc, through which she not only played a part in the student group’s meetings and decision making process but she was also one of the arc.soc representatives on the department’s Extracurricular Committee. Over the course of the few years within the program Tatiana played various roles within the other two student groups as well, serving as an ACU mentor as well as leading the Rhino Tutorials for first years through AIAS.

Within the Department Tatiana was able to be a part of several departmental activities, most notably she served as a student assistant for the 2019 CACB Accreditation visit. Helping Professor Vincent Hui with the PPC exhibit and Professor Cheryl Atkinson with the faculty display, she was not only tasked with complying data and imagery, but also writing and creating images and posters to represent the content. Along with another student, she was able to set up and curate the PPC exhibit throughout the architecture building. In addition, she has been a student volunteer for various events including fall orientation and open houses, admissions sessions, Science Rendez-Vous, and alumni events. In the Fall of 2020, she became one of the Co-Op Peer Advisors, tasked with helping third year students improve their portfolios.
In addition to academic activities and design work, Tatiana participated in a multitude of architectural competitions, the number totaling to 25 over her time at Ryerson thus far. These competition proposals ranged from housing, to steel, to urban planning, to more conceptual ideas about architecture. She had some success in these competitions, especially with the ACSA/AISC and CISC competitions, having been awarded 1st and 2nd places four years in a row for her steel designs but also having named semi-finalist in the annual CTBUH Student Design Competition and a honorable mention in the Archasm Tokyo Library competition. Participation in these competitions not only gave her the opportunity to expand her design ideas, but also help Ryerson University’s name be listed among winners of international competitions.

Over the course of her studies at Ryerson, Tatiana had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for both Professor Terri Peters and Professor Vincent Hui. For professor Peters, she developed a script in grasshopper and python which is able to generate building forms based on daylight, while for Professor Hui she worked on the design of an VR enclosure for a longhouse exhibit at the Whitchurch-Stouffville museum. Additionally, Tatiana was able to co-write 6 papers for conferences in the US, Turkey, and Spain, and present the papers, both at international in-person conferences abroad, such as the ICERI and the HUIC ASHE conferences, and virtual conferences during the COVID pandemic.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.