davidverbeek David Verbeek architecture architect OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture urban design Toronto Rotterdam design research 35mm Prix de Rome
Somewhere between the plausible and the surreal, A Speculative Archipelago exploits the act of drawing as an artifact of exploration. Pivoting at the point where pervasive urbanism meets the desire to naturalize the mouth of the Don River, this thesis identifies an eventual archipelago in Toronto’s constructed port lands as grounds for invention in the future megacity.

With Associate Professor John Shnier at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.


Thesis Research — 2016

Built in a Day investigates territories of hypergrowth through drawing. The challenge of accommodating millions in rapidly urbanizing environments has seen the rise of the vertical city – often, an environment of terrible beauty. By questioning the role of the earth as a datum, this project explores the disruption of the high rise typology central to the megacitiy. The architecture proposed in Built in a Day is an architecture at the scale of the city, perhaps as imaginable or unimaginable as the context to which it responds.

With Associate Professor John Shnier at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Design — 2016


The majority of Toronto’s central waterfront is defined by a hard edge that separates lake and city. Pier House is a project that grows from the landscape - an investigation of how a continuous edge can be broken, integrating the permeable, growing, and sometimes submerged with the hard and static.