Brenda Shivanandan is an Interior Design student at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design. She is an intelligent designer, who strives to create contextual designs and cohesive concepts. For her 2nd year technical course, she proposed a reimagined threshold for an existing building: the Terrence Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto. The threshold takes inspiration from scientific studies of embodying cells and cell division. The undulating wooden panels of the proposed hallway work to promote circulation and exploration of the Toronto Medical Science Building. As a whole, the project is a reflection of the curious nature that is typical of a research department.
As seen in her threshold project, Brenda is a strong advocate for repurposed spaces, and strives to revitalize overlooked areas within communities. She is highly concerned with social aspects, and portrays all elements of a community through her design concepts and spatial planning. Currently, Brenda is involved with Urban Arts, a company that works to reinvigorate underserved neighborhoods in Toronto with arts and culture. She has designed a mural for the underside of a bridge located at Runnymede and St. Clair, which brought art and inspiration into an underdeveloped space. Overall, Brenda sets a great example for other designers as she continues to promote social change through her work and within communities.