BriarGill

 

curriculum vitae

How it began:

29.10.1991
Born in Calgary, Canada and raised in the Rocky Mountains is likely the root of my connection with the natural world. Travelling European metropolitans sparked a fascination for the dynamics of urban life. The desire to be a part of and contribute to a cities energy brought me to Toronto in 2015.

Traits:

An active mind and sociable personality allows me to flexibly embrace new endeavours. I’ve been called intuitive, considerate and informed. I would describe myself as resourceful, intentional, and highly observant.

I can use:

Adobe ID, AI, PS, AE, Rhinoceros, Fusion350, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Microsoft Office, Social Platforms and the World Wide Web. I’m very comfortable in shop settings and have familiarity working with most machines. Bonus, I can compile cohesive presentations and have given public talks about my work. 

Interests: 

Product Development, Design Research, Materials, Sociology and Human Behavior, Ecology, Interiors, Dwellings, Art Direction, Furniture, Urban Planning, 3D Printing, Sustainability, Visual Communication, and of course the design process, thinking and methodology.

Statement: 

I’m thankful to have studied industrial design. A wave of excitement washes over me as I consider all the possibilities and opportunities ahead. I am committed to continuous learning, open collaboration and inquiry of ideas and exploration of tools. 

 

Education

Bachelor of Design
Industrial Design
Ontario College of Art and Design University. Toronto, Canada.
09 . 2015 - 05 . 2019


Exchange Program
Product Design Specialization
OsloMET University (formally HiOA). Oslo, Norway.
08 . 2017 - 12 . 2017


First year Bachelor of Art
Painting and Sculpture
Alberta College of Art and Design. Calgary, Canada.
09 . 2014 - 05 . 2015


 

Related Experience

09 . 2019

Volunteer Coordinator
Canadian Art MagazineSocial 2019 Fundraising Auction
Toronto, Canada

Assembled and organized 10 volunteers for the annual event that hosts over 400 guests. Acted as liaison between art and audience and facilitate silent bidding using Givergy tablets. Assistant to Uma Vespaziani the program coordinator. 

06 . 2019

08 . 2019


Curator and Correspondence 
The Rooms: An exhibition of designed objects.
Toronto, Canada

In collaboration with Thomas Kim (under the title TheTheThe), we brought together unique works by 12 designers and artists to stage an empty apartment. The creative direction of this project is a representation of my obsession for how materiality and forms come together in spaces. Fellow designer Adian Taylor and I also created a standing table for the exhibition. 


06 . 2019

08 . 2019

Design and Development 
Artsite  X BIG Bloor Improvement group 
Toronto, Canada

Asked to return for a second year at BIG on Bloor: Arts and Culture Street Festival, our team was tasked with zero waste. All the interactive pieces that were to be apart of the one day event were constructed out of found objects and transformed. Additionally we assisted the artists with fabrication logistics and installation.


02 . 2019

03 . 2019


International Research Competition
Oxford University's Map the System
Toronto, Canada

External of our school projects, myself and four others ventured an extensive research project on how e-commerce and automation will influence the last mile for a public company like Canada Post and all actors involved. The result of this work is a report and a series of visual maps that display the findings. In reflection the thesis could be perceived as an overview. This learning outcome has us fired up to tackle more research projects.  


06 . 2018

08 . 2018





Design and Development
Artsite  X BIG Bloor Improvement group 
Toronto, Canada

A summer placement for the planning and execution of a street festival of 100,000 visitors. I worked directly with the director Darren Christopher, developing concepts into sketches, contacting local material suppliers and sponsorships, and lots of prototyping. The most notable piece is the main stage ‘clamshell’ that was conceived on a budget, required on-site iterations yet was positively received by the musicians.


11 .  2017

12 . 2017


Dynamic Project Management
OsloMET University x Karlstad University for NorgesGruppen
Oslo, Norway

A rewarding project that allowed us, leaders, to implement previous years of education to guide the 1st and 2nd year students through the design process. I enjoyed sharing observational research methods from the social sciences and synthesizing the data through storytelling and personas. Constant collaboration with other team leads allowed us to maintain a healthy group dynamic. Conclusively the students produced a series of design solutions that the client were excited about.


01 . 2017

05 . 2017


Student Monitor OCADU
Material Innovation Center
Toronto, Canada

Overlooking the MIC was a fascinating job that reflected my interests in tactility and material innovation. The job required me to be knowledgeable about the plethora of materials within the collection as well as samples to bring in. Students, primarily from the environmental design program would inquire about various things that we would sit down and research together. If they just needed to borrow a sample, I fulfilled the logistics and reached out when the lone was overdue.