Hamid Shahi

Behind the scenes of our winter station

A video documenting the installation of the steam canoe winter station on the edge of Toronto’s Woodbine beach. 

OCAD U Design & Build during Toronto Winter Stations Design Competition 2016.

A collaboration with Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Lambert St‐Cyr, Jaewon Kim, Jason Wong, Hamid Shahi, and Mark Tholen from OCAD University as well as NUCAP Technologies.

Special Thanks to: Bruce Hinds, Jana Macalik, Walter Moffet, Mariano Martellacci, Marc Weersink, Henry Zhang, Sanjana Chokshi, Helena Park, Dieter Janssen, Sarah Fahmy, May Rizkana, Shengjie Qiu, Zico Q He, Alison Fok, Samantha Tam, Cyndi Zhang, Kangmin Lee, Ryan Li, Jessica Huynh, Petar Pilipovic, Aruvi Rajasingham, Supreetha Guntur, Ais Babu, Sarah Rose Woods, Tom Doughty, Ähmed for all of their support.

Documented by Hamid Shahi
Edited by Hamid Shahi 

The Steam Canoe is complete

I am honoured to announce that our winter station is complete and the steam canoe will be on the edge of Toronto’s Woodbine beach until March 20, 2016 to keep all the lovely visitors warm. 

A collaboration with Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Lambert St‐Cyr, Jaewon Kim, Jason Wong, Hamid Shahi, and Mark Tholen from OCAD University as well as NUCAP Technologies.

Special Thanks to: Bruce Hinds, Jana Macalik, Walter Moffet, Mariano Martellacci, Marc Weersink, Henry Zhang, Sanjana Chokshi, Dieter Janssen, Sarah Fahmy, May Rizkana, Shengjie Qiu, Zico Q He, Alison Fok, Samantha Tam, Cyndi Zhang, Kangmin Lee, Ryan Li, Jessica Huynh, Petar Pilipovic, Aruvi Rajasingham, Supreetha Guntur, Ais Babu, Sarah Rose Woods, Tom Doughty, Ähmed for all of their support.

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Photo Credit: Alison Fok

Winter Stations Design Competition

With an absolute privilege taking part of 2016 Winter Stations Competition along with some of the great talents from OCADU, I am pleased to announce that our proposed design “The Steam Canoe” is going to be shaped into reality on Toronto’s waterfront during February 15 until March 20. 

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Community Works Around Us

With the serious crisis and the horrific terrorist attacks around the world, we are facing a real insecurity.  As an architectural designer I still feel that there is hope to create a safer and more collaborating environments around us. Aim of this post is to remind my self and my friends that developing a passion for helping others and giving back to communities should be our number one priority. During my internship in Japan, I also took part in a volunteering opportunity to build a community house in Kamaishi, a city north east of Japan that was damaged intensively by 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This was a very important learning experience for me in a way that made me realize the communities’ problems even four years after a natural disaster, and learn how architects and other professionals are playing an important role in re-introducing those cities to recover a new life for those who lost their families, homes, and jobs. 

Therefore, I believe no matter where we come from and what we do, we need to effectively contribute after a tragedy by donating some of our precious resources that are our time, our attention, our influence and our creativity- all of which, when done well, can prove more beneficial than charitable donations. 


Hamid Shahi in Kamaishi

Hamid Shahi in Kamaishi

Future of Retail Workshop

“As a consumer what should the futures of retail look like in 2040”. This was the main question being asked through out a 3 day workshop where co-creation attempted to unravel the question using the Team Syntegrity protocol. With high interest in future of architecture and design, I had a great opportunity to collaborate and contribute on different topics of the Futures of Shopping and experience being part of a foresight workshop directed by Stephen Davies and his team at OCAD University. 

Interview with Japanese Newspaper

“Nikkan Iwate Kensetsu Kogyo Shinbun” is one of the Daily Iwate Construction Engineering Newspaper that they interviewed me while I was volunteering at a community house in Kamaishi, Japan. This article focuses mostly on interior repainting part of it and it introduces the non profit organization, their team members and their mission as well as Japan Paint Manufactures Association. 

During a short interview they asked me about my overall experience, and they stated “One of the volunteers, Hamid Shahi, an architectural designer, said although we don’t know each other very well and we are meeting here for the first time, but we really enjoyed working together. This is not the first time for me to repaint but there are enough materials and tools that our work went very smoothly.” This experience was definitely something above and beyond my journey to Kamaishi and I wish continuous future developments for Kamaishi and its lovely people. 

Thanks a million to Kiyomi Sakai for sending me this newspaper and Madoka Furuya for translating it.

Hamid Shahi

Hamid Shahi

Canadian Alumni China Reunion

I had the pleasure meeting The Consul General of the People’s China in Toronto, Mr. XUE Bing and Mrs. XUE, his wonderful team as well as some of the talented lovely Canadians, who participated in studying and researching in China.  It was a wonderful event and I appreciate their great hospitality. In addition, I would like to send a special thanks to Dr. David Wood and his team. Also it was amazing meeting the most famous Western personality in China’s media industry, Dashan (Mark Rowswell). I believe working together would lead towards strengthening our bonds of friendship. As they say “Traveling thousands of miles is better than reading thousands of books”. Therefore, I wish everyone to visit East Asia and China soon. 

Christine Keene, Mr. Xue, Mrs. Xue, Christina T and Hamid Shahi

Hamid Shahi , Dashan and Christina T

Hamid Shahi , Dr. David Wood and Friends

Hamid Shahi and Canadian Alumni Reunion

My Internship In Japan

I am really grateful to God to be able to experience an amazing opportunity living and working in Japan for period of four months. Working as an Intern Architect in one of the top Architectural Firms such as Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop was a great learning experience for me. Not only about world of archietcture but also my vision and perspective about life and humanity has been changed ever since. I hope I can create more great design works based on my inspirations from Japan. Moreover, It was a great pleasure working with every talented architects in Riken Yamamoto’s office and a great honour to work for Mr. Riken Yamamoto himself. I am thankful for every minute of it and I wish them the best.

Hamid Shahi and Mr. Riken Yamamoto

Volunteering in Kamaishi, Japan

I had a pleasure to connect with some awesome people that are spending most of their time helping Kamaishi to regrow. Unfortunately Kamaishi was heavily damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in which 1,250 city residents were killed. Although city has been recovered partially but Kamaishi citizens still need more support. Government along with architects and engineers have helped many communities to move into temporary housings. One can argue that although these houses are built fairly well, but people still wish to have their own homes to get rebuilt in near future. Earlier in august, I met an architect, who presented her project in Pecha Kucha Tokyo. Ms. Yoko Takaike, worked for Toyo Ito San for many years. She currently along with her team, is working on an interesting community project in Kamaishi. This project is unique in a way that promotes horse therapy by bringing two horses into the community centre. Because of my high interest to give back to communities that have been experienced some tough times before and connect with amazing people, who are volunteering their time, I planned to support this mission. For a full weekend, I travelled to North East of Japan to help the process of a new family/community house that is getting renovated. Kamaishi is located 5 hours away from Tokyo. The city has been situated in a beautiful nature. There are many beautiful mountains filled by tall trees around the city. On the east side, city can access North Pacific Ocean. Moreover, I had an amazing experience working with everyone and I am happy that I got to get connected with many lovely people who travelled from all over the Japan to support this cause. These are some images that I am very happy to share it here. 

Hamid Shahi Volunteering

Hamid Shahi and Elina

Hamid Shahi and other wonderful volunteers

Mount Fuji is Full of Inspirations

My friends and I climbed the highest mountain in Japan on saturday morning, July 25th. Mount Fuji, having an altitude of 3,776 meters, is the highest mountain in Japan. The conical-shaped independent peak is beautiful from every angle. This inspiring mountain is a world cultural heritage site and the pride of Japan. This was an incredible experience for me to be able to make it all the way to the top. The whole journey took 16 hours (8 hours going up and 8 hours down). Although, it was difficult but being among other climbers with high dedication and ambitious, made my journey much enjoyable. I believe Mount Fuji is a place where life’s lessons, memories and values are certain to be treasured. I certainly never forget my experience. These are some of the photos that was taken by my team. Yours in health

A perspective from Mount Fuji

Hamid Shahi

Mount Fuji

Hamid Shahi

Hamid Shahi and His Friend Mehdi

My Journey to China

I had an absolute pleasure to meet and work along many talented international designers during the Social Innovation Design Program hosted by Jiangnan University. This was a reason to visit historical and amazing country such as China. China is a vast, beautiful country with a lot of lovely people. I discovered and learnt a lot in every minute of my journey. People were super friendly and incredibly humble. As they say, “the journey of thousand miles starts with a single step”, and my journey was just a short powerful introduction as it contained getting to know some of the most talented Chinese artists and designers, exploring the cities and their history. Therefore, these are all the main factors that I look forward to go back to China to learn, explore and and collaborate with their artists and designers. These photos are some of the highlights of my trip and currently I am editing a few videos along with my ceramic project as well as our final proposal. Regards

Hamid Shahi

Hamid Shahu

Hamid Shahi

Hamid Shahi , Shannon Power and Their Professors

Visiting a Local Farm

Hamid Shahi is presenting

Hamid Shahi during his presentation

“Feeding the Planet, Rebuilding the Trust”

The theme of Innovation design program that I am participating in China is same as Milano Expo 2015. Food and agriculture is a fundamental part of everyday life of human society and these are emerging fields of design intervention. The declining of food safety, quality and diversity in modernization brings major challenges to people’s health, quality of life and their environment. It’s been about 8 days that I along other talented designers from around world are working towards rediscovering the new quality of relationship between people and agriculture in China. 

Innovation Design Program Scholarship in China

I have delighted to announce that I have been awarded a full scholarship to participate in Summer Innovation Design program in Wuxi, China from June 26 to July 10. I am very grateful to join this program along with other local/international designers and students. I thank Jiangnan University committee for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to this amazing learning experience in China. 

As one of the universities that Chinese Ministry of Education directly administrates, Jiangnan University provides an intercultural and inter-disciplinary platform to explore concrete local challenges and problems with a  global vision, employing the new design principles and approaches. 


I had the privilege of attending the 20th anniversary symposium of Osanbashi pier designed by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi in Yokohama, Japan. There was a series of fascinating lectures by famous architects and engineers who were involved this spectacular project. Osanbashi pier is a spectacular architecture that is considered as one of my favourite projects. Therefore, today after 20 years since its competition began, this symposium was a reason to inspire me more about the world of architecture. I also had a pleasure of meeting some of my favourite award wining architects such as Kazuyo Sejima San, Kengo Kuma San, Mr. Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto San as well as grand master Arata Isozaki San. These pictures show a few highlights of my day. 



Hamid Shahi and Yokoham Port

Hamid Shahi and Kazuyo Sejima San

Hamid Shahi and Kengo Kuma San

Hamid Shahi and Mr. Jesse Reiser

Hamid Shahi and Nanako Umemoto San

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