with Diana Koncan

Toronto constantly struggles with the challenge of designing for polar extremes. The inaugural 2015 Winterstations competition picked 5 designs to reanimate the lifeless lifeguard stations and underutilized beaches in the winter.
Snowcone’s design is one that is temporary (easily deployed on a snow-covered sandy beach in -15 C weather), that looks enticing enough to bring visitors out to said -15 C snowscape, and that is warm enough to keep them there...with no heat or power! It strategically captures the warmth of the sun like a stained glass greenhouse, utilizes the insulative properties of snow to contain visitors’ body heat, blocks off the lake’s harsh winds, and turns an eye-catching face toward the boardwalk.
Rhino 3D modelling
CNC programming + milling
Cut + hydraulic press + drill holes + deburr
Heat bending
Installation in -15 weather
It takes a village!
Repetitive, modular units were fastened with simple nuts + bolts and zip-ties for speedy assembly and disassembly.
Shielding wind from the lake (South face)
Opening up to the boardwalk (North face)

    Kew Beach, Toronto

    Built with friends and volunteers from TMU’s Deptartment of Architectural Science & Design Fabrication Zone. Special thanks to Caleigh Kinch, Kate Myers, Lisa Boulatova, Nate Mendiola, Frank Bowen, Naveed Khan. Awarded the Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence.

    Photos & Videos:

    Remi Carreiro
    Ashley Seale
    Amina Lalor
    Lisa Boulatova
    Farah Elmajdoub
    Lily Jeon


    CP 24
    Toronto Star
    Globe and Mail

    Design Boom
    Fast Company


    Toronto Metropolitan University

    Nanotecture - Phaidon Press

    TMU Mind and Action video
    Timelapse video
    Opening day video

    • Ripple

    • with Diana Koncan, Tim Fu, Haya Alnibari, Amina Lalor, Kate Myers, Lisa Boulatova, Nate Mendiola, Tiffany Zhang


    Ripple is a playful embodiment of the notion that we can achieve more together; that every action causes a ripple effect. It was an interactive experience that invited visitors to move through a thicket of suspended droplets, making music by tugging on them; synchronizing movements and harmonizing sounds with those of other visitors.
    It seeks to empower visitors to engage with and affect their environment in a playful way, and offers a different experience with every visit - at the beginning of the night when crowds line up for Nuit Blanche, your note mixes with many others, while late at night you may have the whole keyboard to yourself.
    Rhino 3D + Grasshopper parametric modelling
    3D printing + vacuum forming
    Soldering & wiring
    Spray frosting
    Team work!!!!!

    2016 / 2015

    Gladstone Hotel / Queens Quay Terminal, Toronto

    Built with the help of friends and volunteers from TMU’s Department of Architectural Science & Design Fabrication Zone. Special thanks to Stanley Sun!

    A special sponsored independent project at the 10th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto (thank you Subaru), then exhibited again at Come Up To My Room.

    Photos & Videos

    Remi Carreiro
    Amina Lalor
    Michael Banate
    Lisa Boulatova
    Lily Jeon


    Nuit Blanche
    The Eyeopener
    Toronto Metropolitan University
    Nuit blanche 2017 ad
    Nuit blanche 2018 ad
    Nuit blanche 2019 ad

    Rock the Boat

    with Amina Lalor and Stanley Sun

    Rock the Boat was an interactive installation in Vagsbunnen public square in Bergen, Norway. The project was awarded Honourable Mention in the 2014 Bergen International Wood Festival Competition.
    More than just a seating element, Rock the Boat acts as a catalyst for members of the community to interact. Users are encouraged to loosen up at coordinate their movements to cradle the structure back and forth. The rocking motion is reminiscent of boats floating on the pier just steps away from the square.
    Woven completely out of 2x2 lumber, the stepped detailing of wood members allows users of all ages to climb aboard, catering to the wide demographic of the festival.
    Cutting 2x2’s out in the square with portable power tools
    Building outdoors with the elements
    The competition challenged industry professionals and students to design and build a public installation outdoors from scratch using only 2x2 lumber within the span of 5 days. It was displayed as part of Norway’s Constitution 200th year anniversary celebrations.

    Vagsbunnen public square, Bergen, Norway

    Part of the International Bergen Wood Festival, honorable mention award

    Photos & Videos

    Stanley Sun
    Amina Lalor
    Lily Jeon


    Bergen wood

    • Antiprism


    An “antiprism” is a triangular prism that is twisted upon itself. Its dynamic form and ability to manipulate light embodies the idea that things are relative, unstable... whereas a prism disperses light, an antiprism disperses, then re-focuses it.
    The exhibit consists of 2 mirror image spaces. You begin in a stark white entryway, that shocks your retina and represents a mind that is overwhelmed with inputs, goes blank, and becomes paralyzed. 
    Upon removing their shoes and stepping into the cushioned floor, visitors are funnelled into a low curtained doorway, to emerge out the other side... a larger mirror image space that is warm with colour, filled with calming ambient music, soft hanging textiles gently swaying in the wind.
    The space represents the excessive inputs in one’s head, all dispersed and exposed, and encourages visitors to address, dance with, and get comfortable with them, in a sensory environment that is activated through their movement. The goal is to have a conversation with oneself, their physical body and the space as the facilitators.
    The project was part of the “Flight Mode” exhibition on Toronto’s waterfront, curated by Prachi Khandekar, and taking place alongside the inaugural Toronto Bienniale of Art. Two immersive installations housed in shipping containers invited pedesterials to reflect on what we readily give up in pursuit of constant connectivity.
    With so little time in our modern, capitalist culture to tend to our needs; to listen to our bodies, the installation was sa reminder of the palpable impacts on the world that we can have, and in turn on ourselves.
    Velostat sensors to drivers for LED strips, Arduino tells it to pulse
    Corruplast prism
    Sewing velostat pads
    Support rail for curtains
    Community support
    Vinyl lettering prompts

    Waterfront, Toronto

    Part of the exhibit Flight Mode curated by Prachi Khandekar. Built with support from dear friends, with special thanks to Mike Yam and Louis Lim.

    Photos & Videos

    Remi Carreiro
    Lily Jeon


    Canadian Architect
    Prachi Khandekar
    SAVAC - South Asian Visual Artists Collective

    • Make Room

    • with Naveed Khan


    "Make Room" was an interventional space part of CUTMR, an annual interactive art exhibition. It was an interactive, light-hearted satirical space, addressing issues around the act of designing and making. The name is a play on the fact that it is a chaotic room for mass making, and a commentary on what we should move aside and what we should make room for.
    At first glance, it is the ultimate arts and crafts room gone wild. Crafting materials are provided within a blank cardboard canvas room lined with empty shelves and hanging hooks, so visitors could become artists of the exhibition themselves, creating and displaying their work.
    Rapid advancements in new technology are changing the way we design. With new materials, digital fabrication machines, and an infinite online knowledge base becoming more and more accessible every day, designers are using our plentiful resources to create consumable objects in vast quantities. With so many people aggressively adopting the occupation of "maker" and entering into the realm of design under the “DIY” label, the disparity between the quality and quantity of made objects is becoming increasingly worrisome. Consideration towards the intention for designing is being displaced with a tacitly undesirable need of the masses to make, consume, discard, and repeat.
    The installation was created with The Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) at Ryerson, an incubator that cultivates and supports experimental design/fabrication project work, and design-based entrepreneurial ventures.
    Amongst the crafts, a collection projects produced by members of the DFZ were displayed around the room, with descriptions of “Who”, “What”, “Where”, “When”, and “How” they were created. They serve as exemplifiers of purposeful design, and serve as motivators to guide users to question and answer the most important factor: “Why”.
    After making their works of "art", we invited the users to start asking the basic questions about making, hopefully leading to more responsible and honest intentions for the future of design.
    • 2019

    • Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

    built with support from friends and volunteers from TMU’s Design Fabrication Zone

    Photos & Videos

    Gladstone Hotel
    Dominik Haake
    Andrew Davy
    Lily Jeon

    • Toolbox Initiative


    Toolbox is a program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys, and to challenge gender stereotypes. Our aim is to support the development of self sufficiency and confidence: experiences that we, as members of Toolbox, had when we first learned to work with our hands. The program is led by the women identifying folks such as myself. After learning various skills such as woodworking and electronics, participants design and build their own project with our assistance. As a curriculum coordinator and instructor, I developed and taught the woodworking classes, as well as supporting the electronics & craft classes.

    2018 - 2023
    Scarborough, Toronto

    One of the 3  staff of the core team, working part-time as the Curriculum Coordinator and a Woodworking Instructor. Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Special thanks to Leevalley and TMU’s Design + Technolology Lab for your support!


    Toolbox Staff


    Toolbox website
    • Living in House Plant Time


    Choa Magazine asked the question - what does it mean to “Age in Place”? In an article called "Tree Time'', the writer, Sumana Roy, revels at the natural pace at which trees grow—unmoving and unbothered by frivolities of societal pressures that we as humans face; rooted, secure, and thriving in their place. While working from home, switching around the house plants and artwork became a routine hobby for me. I became attentive to how much moving a plant from one spot in my small home to another affected its growth. Unlike a tree in the ground, these houseplants, since being plucked out from some tropical soil, have been constantly displaced and forced to adjust to varying pressures inflicted by the sporadic circumstances of me, their owner. They’ve been stunted in growth, growing leggy and uneven from fluctuating growth tactics corresponding to their changing environment.
    Having moved thirteen times within thirty years on Earth, I’ve learned to keep my belongings minimal and well contained, to not get too comfortable too fast. The plants I have with me today have survived through turbulence, being stuffed into moving vehicles, withstanding periods of low sunlight in less-than-optimal transitional homes, and periods of drought while in storage—never in one place long enough to comfortably set down their roots. 
    After experiencing several seasonal cycles in this current abode, the plants and I are finally starting to feel at home and settle into a comfortable equilibrium. Roots are climbing out of their pots, new growths are emerging, and plants that I didn’t know could flower are flaunting their blooms in the summer! My partner and I also began to really feel rooted and secure in our home, spending lots of energy personalizing it, fixing it, or learning to love all its quirks. But as we did so, we realized it was time again to move on to our next home. It’s a bittersweet feeling to be moving out of this home we grew into so comfortably. And of course, one of the most challenging things to move again will be our many, now overgrown houseplants! This is a miniature scale model of a corner of our beloved home.


    for Choa Magazine Volume 3: Aging in Place


    Lily Jeon


    Choa Magazine
    • Parcade

    • a project by Daphne Chan, Lisa Cumming, Fiona Kenney, Lucy Wowk, Emily Skublics


    I had the great pleasure of supporting the “Parcade” design team - Daphne Chan, Lisa Cumming, Fiona Kenney, Lucy Wowk, and Emily Skublics - through design, fabrication, and installation phases. I was invited to be a mentor for the Ryerson ShapeLab design challenge, a weekend hackathon event from which 4 winning teams of students were selected to design public installations to be set along King street for the summer as part of King Street Transit Pilot Project. I was paired with the “Parcade” team as a technician of the Design Fabrication Zone, and wee hard worked together over a few months to bring their whimsical design to fruition.
    Each "Parcade" cabinet has an interactive analog game that connects visitors to St James Park which the cabinets are located next to, teaching them about the native tree species in the area, encouraging them to count the number of bikers and animals in the area, and navigating a squirrel through a siteplan of the park. The arcade cabinets double as planters, appearing to have been overtaken by plants growing out from within them. Step stools pull out from below to accommodate users of all heights.
    CNC cut details
    CNC cut arcade cabinets designed to be easy to put together and take apart for temporary installation
    Laser cut logo
    I was also able to offer some assistance for another team's project, Caravanserrais. This design speaks for itself! It is a seating element that seats 20 in the same footprint that a single car would take up on the street.
    • 2018

    • St James Park, Toronto

    Part of Shapelab TO’s competition; Everyone is King”. For the King Street Pilot Project. Provided close mentorship, supervision, and support while working at TMU’s Design Fabrication Zone.


    Tanya Mok
    Alyssa Katherine Faoro
    Fiona Kenney
    Lily Jeon


    • World’s Longest DNA Model

    • a project by IdeaMosaic

    I had the great pleasure of supporting the creation of the “World’s Longest DNA Model” by team IdeaMosaic. It was IdeaMosaic’s first ever project, and as a technician of the Design Fabrication Zone I assisted them in ideating, prototyping, and deploying the most efficient way of creating something temporary yet beautiful and holding its structure such a large scale. It was displayed at Dundas Square as part of Science Rendezvous, where they broke the Guiness World Record for the longest DNA model at the time at 43.5m in length.
    The community was invited to participate in the making of the installation. Visitors had their polaroid photos taken which were assigned a letter A, T, C, or G. The assigned photos were attached to the backbone structure of the model to signify DNA base pairs.
    It was a fun challenge, and the design consisted of repetitive modules of laser cut structural “rungs” with flexible veneer backbones, with dowels locking them together through friction to be easily assembled on the spot. The team coordinated an event called the Science Rendezvous, for which other elements were fabricated for maximum visitor interaction. 
    The larger goal of IdeaMosaic is to increase awareness and excitement for science at large, by creating high impact installations and experiences that engage the public in science. The start-up combines the principles of crowd-creation, creativity, and attractive design with science, to interact with people of all ages and interests.

    Dundas Square, Toronto

    Part of Science Rendezvous event. Provided close mentorship, supervision, and support while working at TMU’s Design Fabrication Zone.

    Photos & Videos

    Lily Jeon




    The base graphics and layouts offered by were rather limited at its inception, so I took to illustrating my own, mostly using my iPad. Very little coding was involved, but the spaces required basic “programming” using gathertown’s interface to make interactive objects that link to embedded whiteboards, videos, games, shared google documents, etc.
    I was part of Sketch Working Arts’ pilot program called Next Up! Leaders Lab ( professional development training focused on mentorship and education and networking) as a participant. This was the kind of program that would typically rely heavily on co-learning and organic human interactions that occur between the amazing people in the room, so in an attempt to recreate that kind of environment, I facilitated a “beach party”.
    Instructions in static PDF form for using to help those who are less technologically experienced and wouldn’t be able to understand the built-in interactive instructions within the site. 
    I designed, illustrated, laid out, and “programmed” a speed-friending exercise among other activities. It was the first time many of us were able to have one-on-one or smaller group intimate conversations, and was incredibly valuable.
    In a “room” full of many people, you can emulate “breakout” conversations in a more comfortable fashion than Zoom breakout rooms, because you’re able to see “where” the other participants, who aren’t in your conversation, are up to. This reduces the fear of missing out or anxiety or discomfort caused by being in isolated breakout rooms. having something to do asides from just starting at the camera, namely “moving” your avatar around and exploring the space (including interactive objects and whimsical illustrations) also helps put folks at ease and in a playful social mindset.
    At my workplace, students would be graduating and not have any ability to socialize with each other - the convocation ceremony offered by the school was to be a video presentation, because allowing hundreds of students to mingle in a socially distanced way is unmanageable. I had built a virtual recreation of our Faculty’s buildings for students to take classes in and hang out in (in an attempt to help recreate some of the spontaneity and charm of studio culture that is so central to architecture school). So for convocation, I added some additional convocation-themed flourishes and an after-party was held there.
    Music DJ’ed by students played in every room, photo booths, yearbooks, and more, adorned the “hallways” of the virtual building. Hundreds of attendees, mostly graduates but also younger students, joined in the successful celebration.
    I also used heavily for personal gatherings like birthday parties or large group games nights.
    It was also used as a platform for showcases and exhibitions of work - visitors would be able to walk through a space, see pieces laid out and curated spatially, then click into various interactive objects to look through.


    During the COVID-19 lockdowns, I came to the unexpected realization that I am an extrovert and crave social interactions more than I realized. I lived for the doorstep care package deliveries from my friends, the Romeo-and-Juliet balcony-to-street level conversations, the video calls and virtual pictionary hangs, but this kind of interaction was limited to happening between my already existing close friends. Not many lockdown-appropriate options were able to fill that void of spontaneous ad-hoc conversations with not-so-close friends at a party, at a large gathering, etc. Then I was introduced to the platform I then started implementing into everything I could!