Hello world, I am Jessica B. Dan
I design both real and virtual spaces.

 

From architecture to UX design

I am a T-shaped designer. What's a T-shaped designer?
T-shaped people have two kinds of characteristics, hence the use of the letter “T” to describe them. The vertical stroke of the “T” is a depth of skill that allows them to contribute to the creative process... The horizontal stroke of the “T” is the disposition for collaboration across disciplines. - Tim Brown
For the last decade, I have been honing my creative and practical design skills in the field of architecture. Yet I have another story to tell - well before finding architecture, as a teenager I discovered a passion for all things web design. I started out by tinkering around in Photoshop and learning HTML, and over the years I have developed my skills by learning CSS, PHP, and Javascript and taking on freelance projects.

I like to craft things - whether it be a snippet of code or an architectural detail. I find beauty in the details, and I love to troubleshoot and find solutions that integrate harmoniously into the overall design. To me, just as much as architecture, coding is ultimately a creative challenge, and the more I can learn the better.

More about me

I am currently based out of the beautiful city of Montréal. I moved here in 2004 to study architecture at McGill University, and found my home! Before Montreal, I had a fairly nomadic existence - growing up in several northeastern American cities and living in Madrid, Spain and Mexico City as well.

When not designing, I am likely renovating my home. I also have a dog, and I love my dog, but I cannot tell you what breed he is because we do not know. Perhaps he is a terrier? Check him out over on Instagram and tell me what you think. If you would like to work together, send me a note.

Experience

  • Marosi Troy Architectes

    January 2013 - present

  • L'OEUF Architectes

    January 2012 - January 2013

  • Anderson Architects

    June 2009 - January 2012

  • Education

  • McGill University

    Master's of Architecture
    2010 - 2011

  • McGill University

    Bachelor's of Science (Architecture)
    2004 - 2009

  • nomad/monad
    Graduate thesis, McGill University, 2011
    Design of a hotel for "neo-nomad" travellers. Located at the tip of Cité du Havre, Montreal.

    ABSTRACT This project considers the “spheres and networks” of the modern neo-nomad, Leibniz’s trope of the monad providing a perfect image for the basic spatial unit of contemporary life, simultaneously independent and interconnected.

    As a windowless space with a view on the world, the monad “is a mirror of the universe according to its point of view and is accompanied by a multiple of other monads.” The monadic room thus becomes a mere unit in a much larger, light mass of independent environmental bubbles. Such architectural foam supplies the project’s infrastructure, rendering vivid and concrete the abstracted pathways of hypermobility, allowing for the interconnectivity of the independent monadic cells, and ultimately, reconciling the nomadic and monadic.

    breezeway
    Winning competition entry, Billes Architecture Home Design competition, 2009
    A post-Katrina sustainable house design for New Orleans designed in collaboration with Hamza Alhbian.

    ABSTRACT Our proposal abstracts the New Orleans vernacular. It slices the traditional gabled roofs and lifts up sections for the passage of air and light. A breezy corridor that articulates the public and private spaces softens the rigor of the shotgun house plan while maintaining its simplicity.

    In accordance with post-Katrina residential by-laws, the main floor of the house is raised up 8 feet, providing for parking space, storage, a rainwater tank, and access to the composting toilet. The design is intrinsically environmentally responsible and adaptive to numerous conditions. The footprint of our house is 24 feet by 76 feet, allowing it to fit in many lots. The design also incorporates offsite fabrication and modular construction to minimize costs.

    House in Four Fields
    L'OEUF Architects, 2012
    A rural farmhouse for the Bronfman family.

    Collaborated on the conception, detailing, and coordination of the architectural interiors. Put together winning proposal for 2012 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence.

    House in Four Fields in the news:

    CÉGEP renovation
    Marosi Troy Architects, 2015
    Renovation of several spaces at a Montreal CÉGEP, including an update of the main hall.

    Responsible for production of renders for client approval, and the design, detailing, and material selection for all built-in furniture and flooring.

    UX design work


    L'OEUF Architects

    architectural portfolio website


    CityGuru

    hackathon / website design


    LuminoSpa

    hackathon / product design


    CS Design

    lighting design portfolio website


    Anderson Architects

    architectural portfolio website