We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Honorable mention winners of our "Los Angeles Affordable Housing Challenge" competition – Dae Yeob Lee, Seon Lee, 혜린 임, Jong Yun Won from South Korea!

Dae Yeob Lee, Seon Lee, 혜린 임, Jong Yun Won

Please tell us about your company (when it was founded, where it is based, how many employees, etc) Alternatively, if you do not have a company, please give us some insights on your own professional/academia background.

We are colleagues who met at the Studio L.A.P lab at Korea National University of Transportation.

Lee Dae-yeob is an architecture student at Korea National University of Transportation and is entering his final year. In order to change the somewhat stale architectural style, he pursues various experiences, such as participating in many domestic and international competitions and working as an intern at an HK architectural firm.

Won Jong-yoon obtains various learnings from his seniors through laboratory activities and pursues continuous learning to expand the scope of his architectural style.

Lee Seon is studying architecture according to the school curriculum and seeks to acquire knowledge through various experiences such as contests and laboratory activities.

Lim Hye-rin seeks to explore various solutions individually or as a team, create special ideas, and increase her knowledge of architectural design according to the problems presented in the project.

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?

As architecture students, we are involved in various projects.

Lee Dae-yeob is interested in architecture for local communities and has carried out an urban regeneration project through the development of areas near subway stations. In addition to this, he also conducted studies on village communities and master plans for disaster situations.

Won Jong-yoon carried out projects for single-family homes, art galleries, apartments for local communities, and eco-friendly complex cultural facility projects in cities. While working on these projects, I became interested in architecture for local communities.

Lee Seon has worked on design projects for private homes and art galleries through school architectural design. Through Sanji's building design process, we pursue the development of the architectural market through various attempts to break away from the existing framework.

Lim Hye-rin designs spaces that meet the needs of various clients and designs to restore the image of underdeveloped areas, and is learning how to deal with architectural problems from a wide range of perspectives, from the individual to the social.

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

Architecture is a product of relationships. When you discover relationships between the context of the land, the environment, and people, you will find the answer to architecture. Architects must understand their limitations and strive to overcome them.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

This is because the contest is an opportunity to broaden one's perspective on architecture and contribute to society.

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

Rather than worrying too much, it is important to take on challenges with confidence. Only when there is investment and effort can growth be achieved.

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