We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st prize winner of our "Architect's Sugar Architectural Visualization Award" competition – Adrian Vindedal from Norway!

Adrian Vindedal from Norway

I took a master of architecture degree at The Oslo School of Architecture And Design, here in Oslo Norway. I finished my degree in 2020, with a master thesis titled "EyeLikeTheSky - Towers for looking at the sky". This work focused on the phenomenological relationship between humans, architecture and the sky.

My master years in AHO gravitated towards how we as humans perceive things, surroundings, humans, nature etc., and how we interact with these things. In addition to working with architecture I have always tried to keep photography close, and let it interact with my work as an architect.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

I currently work for a company focusing on housing projects in and around Oslo, Norway. In my spare time I like to work with photography, 3D modelling, sketching and explore architecturally related matters through these media.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architecture can be everything from bare necessities to vague ideas, emotions, or simple gestures. In the end architecture to me is found somewhere in the simple interaction between man and nature. The role of the architect is to manipulate our surroundings in a way that keeps us safe, engages us, motivates us, and puts us in a position to give back to the surroundings we dwell in.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

I participate in architecture competitions because it can give a work direction, focus and a set time frame. I find this gives me a space and an arena to bring forward ideas that otherwise might continue to float around without ever reaching their full potential.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Pick competitions that engage and motivate you, but at the same time challenge you. The motivating aspects of a project will stay throughout the process and lead you on, the challenges will give learning and new knowledge once you reach the end of the work. Competitions can be that little extra motivation that finally lets you bring out that idea you have been carrying.

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