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Environmental Design

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“My thesis is a speculative critique of the neighbourhood placed atop Toronto’s most socio-economically exclusive hotels. Having stayed briefly in these kinds of hotels during the pandemic, I became aware of, and thus fascinated with the idea of Toronto’s upper class living vertically separated from the city, in the condos above said hotels. I’ve directed my research scope from the top down, finally zeroing in on the absurd penthouses of 3 five star residential hotels: The Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La, and The St. Regis. My research has shown me that this typology functions as a figurehead for Toronto’s self-destructive housing market bubble, as well as a protective barrier for the upper class, to further class division.”

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Jocelyn Hernandez is a Designer & Artist born and raised in Toronto. Using both physical and digital means, Jocelyn is interested in researching and understanding the impact of the built world on socio-spatial interactions and the potential for cyclical relations of power and injustice.
OCAD U - Faculty of Design
Environmental Design
Major In progress, 2023
Toronto Metropolitan University
Architectural Science
Major Transferred

Architectural Design Speculative Design Hand Drafting Adobe Suite

2023, GradEx 108
2023, Bursary
Nexus Investment Management
2016, Gold Key for Excellence in Photography
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards