Day 41 - Tina

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Day 41 - Tina (4th person I approached)

February 10, 2014 - Tina was born and raised in Montreal. She’s spent most of her adult life in Europe, living in Holland, where her mother is from, and then Belgium. After what sounds like an extensive research project, Tina moved to Dundee, in Scotland, to attend University. (RANDOM COINCIDENTAL FACT: my family are from Dundee). “I can’t believe you know about Dundee!” Tina told me. “Most people haven’t even heard of it, let alone know where it is!” Tina has one sister, who followed her to Scotland for her own schooling, graduating with a degree in psychology.

Tina has been in Vancouver for two years and is an Intern Architect. It turns out that Dundee University’s School of Architecture is considered to be the number one school in all of Scotland, for Architecture. (FACT CHECK: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/architecture/). Tina had looked at a number of campuses in her research, and for some reason, felt that she just had to go to Dundee. Tina spent six years living there. “The Scottish people are so incredible, and friendly. I really loved the time that I spent there.” The first two years she lived in student Halls of Residence, and then moved into a new complex beside the River Tay, the longest river in Scotland. Tina and I spent some time sharing stories of our mutual interest in architecture and favourite architects. We both share an excitement about the Bjarke Ingels ‘twisting tower’ that will be constructed at the north end of the Granville Street bridge. There also is an gallery show of the same architect’s work coming to Vancouver that Tina will be going to see. This really was one of those chance encounters where we talked about a lot of mutual interests. It’s always exciting when you meet someone you don’t know and you discover common interests!

During her internship here in Vancouver, Tina has been working in the design of retail spaces. “One of the things that I love about Vancouver is it’s mixed-use spaces; combining retail and housing, or hotel, office, and residential. I like retail spaces as well, but I really would like to get into the mixed use design.” We chatted about the styles of certain buildings in Vancouver. “Vancouverism” - where tall buildings are often built above a platform that is shorter, adding to the human scale - is an architectural style that is being replicated around the world.

I noticed Tina had what looked to be a ski pass on her coat, and when I asked about it, Tina told me “I went snow-shoeing. It was our office’s annual group snow-shoe day. There were about ten of us, and we went to Cyprus Mountain for a two hour snowshoe excursion.” A good team-building activity, I noted. “Yeah, it is. We also went in for the apres after-snow-shoeing at the lodge. That’s really were the team building happens!” #notastranger