Payam + Pardeep +1

These photos were taken at Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC on June 30th, 2015.

Payam + Pardeep

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Random Play Gallery


New Gallery posted at the following link:

In this gallery, you will find random photos of my explorations in my city of Vancouver and around the mainland.  This gallery will expand as my photographic seeing eye will capture moments in my life and city. Keep checking back and enjoy the photos!


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To Italy with Love!


I have continued to dream of staying in a villa in Italy to paint and create art, and then wonder the streets of the great Italian cities and countryside for inspiration. During my Architectural studies at Dalhousie University, I was selected to live in Bologna Italy for a summer, along with 6 others students as part of the Rosetti Scholarship. I have missed those days – sketching and studying my surroundings and feasting on Italian Cuisine.

The Rosetti Scholarship Project in 2004:

With professor Terrance Galvin’s guidance, each Rosetti scholar took on the task of researching a particular aspect of the city of Bologna. I was interested in “Vita Quotidiana”, every day life of people. I wanted to study the interaction of people with the more human scale architecture, in terms of how the architecture set a backdrop for activity, gatherings, and business. Furthermore, this led me to question the urban structure and infrastructure of the city. I became interested in studying the waterways and historic fabric of Bologna. The research revealed a system of canals and a way of life that depended on these water systems. Industry and mill houses lined the waterways, and used this natural resource as a source of power to run fourstorey high wheels that spun silk. Only traces of “little Venice” persist in memory and in the hidden layers of the city, only to be revealed through “windows” that looked into the past and street name that mark the path of water. Upon our return to Dalhousie University in Sept. 2004, we were teaching assistants for the M1 cities course, and lead seminars in the second half of the semester. This was a good learning experience for me, and generated an interest in teaching. I worked closely with 6 students, and together we discussed the theme of waterways and industry in order to generate ideas for representing this aspect of Bologna in models and drawings.

For my sketches of Italy, see gallery below:

Italy sketches by MJY

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Some of these drawings are now in a publication by Tuns Press and available for purchase:





Continuation of my Masters Thesis and learning from the Italians:

Canadian Centre for Architecture Power Corporation Award Shortlist 2005

Michelle Yeung’s Project:

“Recognizing Our Industrial Past as our Civic Heritage: Learning from Aldo Rossi and the Lachine Canal”

See project brief here:


Although, I was not selected for this project in the end, I do plan on continuing this research project in Montreal if I am able to receive funding from the Canadian Council of Arts. I am aiming to apply for the Prix de Rome Prize for Emerging Architects next fall 2014.  I need to rally up some support!



To review my Master’s Thesis, go to the following link:

(I apologize that the resolution of the images are very poor because it was scanned from a hardcopy – I will post a gallery of images later).

        NAME(S): *Yeung, Michelle Joyce, 1979-
       TITLE(S):  Manufacturing dreams [microform] : the 
                   re-invention of industrial artifacts to 
                   encourage learning and community 
                   craftsmanship through architectural means
      PUBLISHER:  Ottawa : Library and Archives Canada = 
                   Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, [2006]
    DESCRIPTION:  2 microfiches.

         SERIES:  Canadian theses = Thèses canadiennes.
          NOTES:  Thesis (M.Arch.)--Dalhousie University, 
                  Includes bibliographical references.

STUDENT ABSTRACT: This thesis looks at the reclamation of 
                   industrial land and the proposition of 
                   alternate solutions to clean-slate 
                   development. There are many 
                   opportunities for the re-use and 
                   retention of a fading piece of history 
                   in Canada. The challenge of this thesis 
                   is to salvage some of the remaining 
                   history of a selected site, and express 
                   traces of that history through 
                   architecture. The industrial artifacts 
                   serve as vessels that embody forgotten 
                   landscapes, and their existence remain 
                   as memories and dreamscapes that 
                   transgress time. The proposed 
                   architectural strategy of the thesis 
                   intends to build a place of permanence 
                   and embrace the selected site's 
                   industrial history by re-assembling its 
                   fragmentary elements, exploring 
                   industrial materials, and fostering the 
                   craft of creating useful objects. 
                   Through a palimsest process of 
                   investigation and design exploration, a 
                   collage of time is realized. The 
                   proposed Creative Industrial Arts Centre 
                   will not only be a reminder of the 
                   industrial past, but also provide spaces 
                   for education. It will be a vehicle for 
                   nurturing the skill and craftsmanship of 
                   different trades and provide a place to 
                   meet. The 'school,' in turn, will be a 
                   catalyst for community 
                   development--providing a firm 
                   educational foundation and public 
                   facilities for a collective 
                   place-making. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

        NUMBERS:  Canadiana:  20062071831 
                  ISBN:  0494019905
         COPIES:  NL Stacks - Mic.F. TK- 01990
                  NL Stacks - Mic.F. TK- 01990 - Copy 2


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Spiderman Birthday


It was a wonderful surprise for Jahan and his friends.  Being the SuperMom that she is, my friend Kamal had planned a surprise visit from Spiderman.  Not only a party planner and decor extraordinare, Jahan’s Mom paid extra attention to details from mask-making craft table, photo booth area where kids had super hero props, and a very exciting birthday session with Spiderman.  He surpised everyone with his “spidey moves”.  Demonstrating his super power and trained the kids how to bend steel, break chains, do Spiderman moves, use their spidey senses, and how to capture thir enemies with spiderwebs.

I had the privilege of taking photographs of the event and setting up some fancy lighting to capture all the fun moments. The set up was fairly simple to provide enough light to make sure there was enough light to create bright and vibrant photos in an interior party room.  There was some natural lighting from the windows, but not sufficient enough lighting for where all the activities were happening. There wasn’t too much equipment to set up.  Just a 48 inch softbox support on a c-stand, and a shoot through umbrella on a small light stand. All lighting was sycronized with my Nikon Speedlight system. When the kids where running around with Spiderman, I had a large speedlight on my camera to provide enough light for the action shots!


See gallery below for some snapshots of the super Spiderman birthday.

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Spiderman Birthday

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Archi Kids 1.0

This series of Archi Kids projects by Happy Heart Creative Studio is focussed on learning about Architecture and the living environment for children through arts and craft exercises. Check back later for DIY Archi Kids projects about Architecture. The following are an architecture workshop that I observed and was a guest design reviewer at Moscrop Secondary School in 2009 as part of the volunteer work I did for the AIBC Architecture in Schools program.  This reminded me of the drafting class I took during highschool, where we had to design our own home and build a model of it.  Nowadays, drafting programs have moved towards more innovative design programs about architecture and sustainability. Highschool classes also now offer advanced drafting programs, such as Goodle Sketchup, AutoCAD, and Vectorworks which allows students to model their design in 3D.

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Details about this design project:

Professor Mark Vance, Moscrop Secondary School

King Edward Bay Cabin Design Project (grades 9 – 11)

“Term 3 began with a photo presentation from a waterfront property in King Edward Bay development on Bowen Island.  Each student was then challenged to design a cabin for the property which met the following parameters:

  • Main floor: 700 SF
  • Optional second floor: 350 SF
  • Exterior Deck space: 500 SF

The work flow plan was to design the cabin using Google Sketchup, produce working drawings using AutoCAD, and then build a white model using foam core.  When the students started designing with Sketchup, few of them had used the software, so there was a steep learning curve.  To conclude the design stage, each student output elevation and plan drawings from Sketchup to consider when working in AutoCAD. Three or four weeks into the project, the class began their working drawings in AutoCAD.  Prior to the beginning of January, only two students had any experience at all with the software.  They learned a great deal about the program as they worked on their drawings. As the last month of school approached, it became apparent that the original plan to have everyone build a model was perhaps somewhat ambitious.  We made two modifications to the original assignment in order that they might still successfully realize the goal of bringing their ideas to life:

1. They were allowed to work in groups of two or three, choosing to forward the design of one of the group members.

2. They were allowed to choose between building a model and doing a presentation board.

Despite these changes, the project was still successful in the end, as the original goals of the assignment were met. They were:

  • To provide an opportunity to design a building
  • To further develop their CAD software abilities
  • To develop a design idea into a formal presentation”

If you would like more information about this program, contact Mark at:


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In the Media!

Michelle Yeung from HHCS gets first official publication of photos from the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival!

Details:  Dr. Sun Yat Set Gardens will be promoting Dragon Boat partners in the BC Field Trips Guidebook that will be delivered to every public K-12 school in BC!

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Roots of Ritual and Craft

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

Event Photography

Event Photography

On the weekend of June 21-23rd, 2013, I volunteered as the event photographer for the opening night events of the Dragon Boat Festival.  To view full photo coverage of the event click on this link. The most striking part of the festival to me was the blessing ceremony, where a sacred ritual was performed to awaken the spirit of the dragon.  This involved Taoist priests performing a ceremony – laying out food, tea and wine to offer to the Gods, call on the Goddess of the Sea, lighting of incense, and prayer chanting.  This cleanses and blesses the race course, the boats, and Dragon Boat competitors – instilling the strength of a Dragon in their wills as they paddle on their boats as one.  The priests made offerings to all the cardinal directions and paid homage to the five elements.  At the height  of the ceremony was the dotting of the eye ritual, which awakens the dragon. Ancient Chinese myth states that the Dragon rests in the mountains and when it is awakened travels to the water.

Dragon boat festival usually occurs around the fifth day of the fifth lunar, also known as the Duanwu festival. This festival and dragon boating has its roots in China, and relates to a story of a re-known Chinese poet and royal official named, Qu Yuan. This man was exiled for his beliefs and opposition to the state at the time.  During his exile he wrote alot of poetry, and in defeat committed suicide on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.  The local villagers wrapped zongzi, sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, and threw them into the water so that the fish would eat the rice and not the flesh of Qu Yuan.  The villagers also paddled in boats to scare off the fish or to find his body.  This paddling of dragon boats is now a tradition that occurs every Duanwu.

Traditions keep our history alive and energizes the community at large. The Dragon Boat Festival had over 200 teams from around the world competing in False Creek.  There are other Dragon Boat races happening this summer as well in Victoria, Steveston, and Harrison Lake.  This year, the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival celebrated its 25th year anniversary.  There was a special Dragon Boat demonstration by women cancer survivors in the lagoon of the Olympic Athletes Village. Six dragon boats filled with survivors were bridged together showing the strength and agility of the human spirit. When they were all connected, everyone threw pink carnations into the water.  It was a poetic moment. There was also an amazing show at the main stage – concerts and a fire show by Madskillz Vancouver.  To end the evening, there was an endless display of fire works.

Many Vancouverites and visitors enjoyed the festival. It will be nice to see more festival and events that relate to different cultural traditions. This would demonstrate the true multiculturalism that Canada represents.  We are not just a bunch of lumberjacks that enjoy beer and maple syrup!

The following posts were part of a study of what it meant to be a Canadian, and the construction of “Chineseness” in a multicultural society. This also included a review of cultural elements and symbols that were transferred over to the “New World”.  In Canada, we are encouraged to celebrate the traditions of our countries of origin and share it with the rest of the community.







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