Research Abroad with TUDarmstadt: Seeing Soundscapes

In Summer 2019, I had the very enriching opportunity to collaborate on urban design research at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany as a visiting research student. I conducted a study to examine the relationship between soundscapes, urban design, and mental health and produced a research poster to illustrate my findings.

Final Project – Safer Buildings for Birds: a GIS Analysis

Buildings are the main anthropogenic cause of death for birds in cities, with approximately 16 to 42 million deaths in Canada each year, and around 10,000 deaths at UBC. To investigate this issue as a final project in my Advanced Issues in GIS class, I created a model to identify core institutional buildings of high bird collision risk at UBC. The project aims to recommend UBC operational staff where to target bird friendly design retrofits.

The title of poster which reads "Cultural Appropriation: a spectrum"

Final Project – Cultural Appropriation as a Spectrum

In order shed light on the complexity of cultural appropriation, I worked on a group project to present a variety of commonly discussed examples from popular media and daily life as a spectrum. Through the project, we hope to engage people to think beyond "is this appropriation?" to "if this is appropriation, who benefits and who doesn't?"

A poster of the environmental education in downtown Vancouver findings with a map of the community centres and boxes of text explaining the methodology of research, findings, challenges and needs, and recommendations.

Cultivating Environmental Education in Downtown Vancouver

As a term-long project, I worked with a group of 4 students as consultants for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and CityStudio with the goals to: Investigate existing environmental education (EE) programming in community centres and identify opportunities for the Parks Board to expand them.

The banner of the @canrasrilankanplus Instagram page with an icon of the storefront sign and a short bio about the location and account purpose for HIST 483

Documenting Asian-Canadian Experiences: Canra Sri Lankan Plus

Food isn't just food, it's nourishment, culture, community, and a livelihood! This is the idea my teammates and I had in mind when we first started this project to document and narrate the stories of Canra Sri Lankan, our favourite food court stall in the International Village Plaza mall.

A wall covered in sticky notes with drawings used in the stop-motion video "Ombre"

Documenting Asian-Canadian Experiences: Ombre- a Stop-Motion Animation

As the first assignment for my HIST 483 - Asian Migrations to the Americas class I was given the "simple" task of "representing a class partner in video, text, or sound". I chose to make a stop-motion draw-my-life style video! This assignment mostly gave us the chance to experiment with video-making and interviewing subjects for later assignments.

A thematic map of Oregon Spotted Frog Population and Recovery Programs in BC 1998-2010 showing populations of frogs in their habitats

Final Project – Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery in BC

For the final project of my GEOB 372- Introduction to Cartography course, we were tasked to make a thematic map on any issue we were interested in. As a volunteer for educational programs at the Vancouver Aquarium, I decided to use my cartography skills to make an educational proportional symbol map that would summarize the current state of Oregon Spotted Frog populations and recovery programs in BC from 1998-2010.