NormLi GameChangers

Check out the July 2015 issue of Canadian Architect magazine to read how imaging technology is changing how architects communicate their design ideas.  Norm provided insight on how our studio uses gaming technology (UDK and Unity) to create interactive environments and virtual tours as an extension to still renderings and animations.

In addition to helping the public understand design, Li says that the use of gaming technology is forcing architects to pay closer attention to the design of interior spaces.

“At one point, architects just designed based on the sketch of the exterior,” he said. “Now, if they can use these tools and explore the spaces interactively, there’s a more comprehensive thought process that goes into reviewing the interior design of the building.”

“The gaming technology allows you to really examine the nitty-gritty parts that you don’t normally think of,” he adds.

Read the full article here:

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Do blinking blue lights excite you?  We have a new opportunity to join our team…and you don’t have to be an illustrator.

We are currently seeking a productive and personable IT/Network Technician.  As you can see, life with our team is fast-paced, results-focused, and fun. If you are a creative thinker and highly motivated individual in the Toronto area with the skills below, give us a shout!

Here are the details:

Job Title: IT/Network Technician
Job Type: Full time
Job Description — The IT/Network Technician provides hardware/software/network maintenance and recommendations about future planning and development.

Responsibilities:
– Administer, support and troubleshoot all studio hardware (computers, printers, monitors etc.), software and network operating systems
– Unbox and install PC hardware components as required
– Manage hardware and software inventory and generate inventory reports for software licenses, hardware and network equipment
– Monitor and maintain technology to ensure maximum user support
– Train and provide recommendation for staff on existing technology
– Research and make recommendations about purchase of technology
– Maintain log and/or list of required repairs and maintenance

Requirements/Essential Skills:
– Minimum 2 years experience in user support (computer population of 30+ users and
120+ renderfarms)
– In-depth technical experience with PCs, laptops, tablets
– Excellent knowledge of Windows 7 or higher and Windows Server 2008 or higher
– Knowledge of TCP/IP communication protocol, latest trends in video cards and high-end PCs
– Knowledge of MAC hardware and OSX an asset
– Knowledge of batch scripting in a Windows environment an asset
– Knowledge of RAID arrays and storage devices
– Knowledge of Enterprise level Layer2/3 switches

Other Skills:
– A positive “can do” attitude
– Team spirit and ability to work autonomously
– Ability to lift up to 30lbs
– Bandwidth to handle multiple projects at one time and manage
– Knowledge of 3D rendering software (3D Studio Max, Sketchup, Rhino etc) an asset
– Knowledge of renderfarms used for rendering animations/stills an asset
– Service-oriented personality is vital, as is the proven ability to successfully work with multiple personalities in a team environment

Salary: $45,000-$55,000/commensurate with experience and skill level
Application Deadline: Friday July 31, 2015

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and your background matches the experience required, please send Cover Letter and Resume to jobs@normli.ca. We thank all applicants for your interest, but only suitable candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

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Looking for something better?  We work hard, laugh hard, and eat a lot.  Our studio is a safe haven for rendering jokes and useless knowledge.  We believe in collaboration, honesty, and fried chicken.  If you are a creative and highly motivated individual in the Toronto area with the skills below, give us a shout!  Here are the details:

Job Title: Architectural Illustrator/3D Modeler
Job Type: Full time
Job Description: Create a variety of exterior/interior models and images for conceptual visualization, construction documentation, and presentation material of architectural design
Skill Requirements:
• 1-3 years experience working with 3DS Max in the visualization field
• Proficiency using Photoshop, Lightroom, SketchUp, and Revit
• Ability to read architectural drawings
• Service-oriented personality is vital, as is the proven ability to successfully work with multiple personalities in a team environment
• Bandwidth to handle multiple projects and strict deadlines
• A positive “can do” attitude
Other Requirements: MUST BE eligible to work in Canada
Start Date: Immediately
Salary: $40,000-$50,000/commensurate with experience and skill level
Application Deadline: Friday July 31, 2015

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and your background matches the experience required, please send Cover Letter, Resume, and Portfolio to jobs@normli.ca. We thank all applicants for your interest, but only suitable candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

 

 

When I joined the team in 2011, we were only a gang of 11.  To date, we’ve more than doubled to 27!

 

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And we’re hiring again!  If you are a creative and highly motivated individual with an architectural background and rendering skills, here are the details:

Job Title: Intermediate 3D Modeler/Architectural Illustrator

Job Type: Full time

Job Description: Create a variety of exterior and interior models for conceptual visualization, construction documentation, and presentation material

Skill Requirements:

  • 3-5 years experience working with 3DS Max in the visualization field
  • Proficiency using Photoshop, Lightroom, SketchUp, and Revit
  • Ability to read architectural drawings
  • Service-oriented personality is vital, as is the proven ability to successfully work with multiple personalities in a team environment
  • Bandwidth to handle multiple projects and strict deadlines
  • A positive “can do” attitude

Other Requirements: MUST BE eligible to work in Canada

Start Date: Immediately

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: Friday September 12, 2014

How to Apply:  If you are interested in this opportunity and your background matches the experience required, please send Cover Letter, Resume, and Portfolio by email only to jobs@normli.ca.  Note the position in the subject line and indicate in your cover letter where you saw this job posting.  We thank all applicants for your interest, but only suitable candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications are considered confidential.

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Located in the heart of Bloor-Yorkville is 7 St. Thomas, a 93,000-square-foot luxury office condominium – one of the first of its kind in Toronto.

Designed by award-winning architecture firm Hariri Pontarini, 7 St. Thomas will be a masterful combination of six existing heritage buildings, fully restored and modernized. 

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The heritage buildings will be complemented by a new contemporary nine-storey glass tower allowing light to penetrate the space. The glass will feature a frieze motif derived from elements found in the original buildings. 

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For more information, please visit www.7stthomas.com

We are seeking a creative and highly motivated individual to join our studio of visualization experts based in downtown Toronto. Here are the details:

Job Title: Intermediate 3D Modeler/Architectural Illustrator
Job Type: Full time
Job Description: Create a variety of exterior and interior models for conceptual visualization, construction documentation, and presentation material

Skill Requirements: 

  • 3-5 years experience working with 3DS Max in the visualization field
  • Proficiency using Photoshop, Lightroom, SketchUp, and Revit
  • Ability to read architectural drawings
  • Service-oriented personality is vital, as is the proven ability to successfully work with multiple personalities in a team environment
  • Bandwidth to handle multiple projects and strict deadlines
  • A positive “can do” attitude

Other Requirements: MUST BE eligible to work in Canada
Start Date: Immediately
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Friday January 31, 2014

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and your background matches the experience required, please send Cover Letter, Resume, and Portfolio by email only to jobs@normli.ca. Note the position in the subject line and indicate in your cover letter where you saw this job posting. We thank all applicants for your interest, but only suitable candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

We are seeking a creative and highly motivated individual to join our studio of visualization experts based in downtown Toronto. Here are the details:

Job Title: Shader Programmer
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description: Create shaders for video game based visualization systems. Ideal candidates have a game development background, experience with Unity scripting and creative problem solving skills.

Skill requirements and responsibilities:

  • Experience with Unity a must
  • Experience in writing shaders for UDK an asset
  • Experience with any of HLSL/GLSL/Cg shader languages
  • C++ knowledge an asset
  • Experience with C# programming for Unity
  • Familiar with latest techniques in 3D
  • Experience with writing shaders for mobile platforms such as iPad and Android
  • Comfortable reading and implementing techniques in whitepapers from Siggraph, IEEE and similar conferences
  • Understanding of modern rendering strategies (Forward, Deferred, Raytracing)
  • Good understanding of the entire visual effects process, from shooting to modeling to texturing, animation and lighting and rendering
  • Experience with HDRI, Global Illumination and SSS is a plus
  • Some understanding of 3D Studio Max, VRAY and Adobe CS
  • Service-oriented personality is vital, as is the proven ability to successfully work with multiple personalities in a team environment
  • Bandwidth to handle multiple projects and strict deadlines
  • A positive “can do” attitude

MUST BE eligible to work in Canada

Start Date: Immediately
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: January 30, 2014

How to Apply: If you are interested in this opportunity and your background matches the experience required, please send Cover Letter, Resume, and Portfolio by email only to jobs@normli.ca. Note the position in the subject line and indicate in your cover letter where you saw this job posting. We thank all applicants for your interest, but only suitable candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

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