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  • Abigail Tosto
    Certified Passive House Designer, Intern Architect AIBC,  M. Architecture, B. Fine Arts


    After  graduating from Emily Carr University, Abigail worked with a  number of fine art institutions including Frieze contemporary art  magazine in London, UK, galleries around the world, and Magnum Photos in London and Brazil before pursuing her interest in architecture.  Her experience working in the art world included curating photography exhibitions, compiling material for book publications,  public speaking, and portfolio critique. Abigail relocated from Brazil  to Vancouver, Canada, to attend University of British Columbia's School of Architecture. She  worked with ASIR Studio before opening RT Architecture Studio with her  father, Garth Ramsey. Together at RT Studio, Abigail and Garth believe  that architecture is art and their buildings offer imagination and  surprise to their surroundings.

  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:                                                                        current – 2012                                                                                                R.T. Architecture Studio, Vancouver, Canada
  • position: Intern Architect
  • projects:                                                                      Light Artwork, Freighter Series                         Lori and Urbanski Residence, Vancouver.  Granville Hospice, Vancouver, Renovation.     10th and Discovery, Vancouver, feasibility study and conceptual design for C2 building.                                                           Waldmeier Residence, Vancouver.              DCM Music Management, Recording Studio, North Vancouver, Renovation.                                              2012 – 2011                                                            ASIR Studio, Vancouver, Canada.
  • position: Intern Architect
  • duties: develop proposals for new projects, document projects: create 3-D models and perspectives (hand drawn and digital), design charrettes, concept design development.                                                           2006 – 2003                                                  Magnum Photos, New York, USA.
  • position: South America Representative 
  • duties: based in Salvador, Brazil and reporting to New York Office. 
  • initiate and coordinate photo assignments, books, exhibitions, and commercial projects in South America, employ and supervise assistants, fundraise from private and public sectors, manage press and media relations for Magnum in region.                     2003 – 2001                                                  Magnum Photos, London, UK.
  • position: Cultural Department Assistant
  • duties: collaborate with curators for new exhibitions from the Magnum archive, generate new cultural projects and publications for commercial clients and book publishers, advise established and new collectors on their photo collections, tour Magnum exhibitions to public and private galleries and museums in UK, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa.         2001 – 1999                                                Eyestorm, London, United Kingdom.
  • position: programmes manager
  • duties: initiate and coordinate events including exhibition openings at Eyestorm gallery in London and New York, develop sponsorship opportunities for corporate partners, select and negotiate sponsorship agreements, assist with marketing and media campaigns.                                       1999                                                                  Frieze Magazine, London, United Kingdom.
  • position: Intern 
  • duties: assist editing exhibition reviews section of magazine, process magazine subscriptions, compile exhibition listings from galleries across Europe, assist with administration duties in office, review press releases.


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:                                                         2018  Passive House Designer Certified                                   2018  Passive House course 120 B                                                           2018  Passive House course 120 A                                             2017  Intro Passive House course             2013  VIVA competition winner                    2012/ 11  UBC S. of Arch. -  Teaching                         Assistant                                                                      2012  UBC S. of Arch. -  Critic                      2011  UBC S. of Arch. -  Critic                        2003/ 05  Syndicated 4 stories by Brazilian                          photographers to UK press (Condenaste) 2004  Guest critic, portfolio reviewer,                          and lecturer at ‘Foto-Arte’ photo fair. Brasilia, Brazil.                                                      2003  Magnum representative at ‘Foto                          Paris’ international photo fair. Paris, France.                       2000  Eyestorm representative at ‘Art                          Chicago’. Chicago, USA.                                   1999  Contributor and creative liaison                          for San Francisco based multi media collaborative 'M.E.D.I.A.T.E.', Vancouver, Canada.      


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