We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "MICROHOME / Edition #5" competition – Romana Dariana Benea from Romania!

Romana Dariana Benea from Romania

I am a curious young architect from Romania who is constantly exploring different areas of architecture.

During my studies, I have found the social aspect of architecture, strategies to integrate marginalised groups through urban planning and inclusive architecture to be meaningful. I am also passionate about landscape design, with nature being my greatest source of inspiration.

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?

Over the past two years I have worked as a junior architect in Germany on a variety of projects of different scales, starting with a tiny house, individual and community housing, restorations, and most recently a larger project, a school.

My big scale project now is to expand my education in sustainable design, further my creative side through competitions, and learn more about different cultures and architectural practices around the world.

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

I ask myself this question very often, and I have not yet found an answer. I believe that architecture is about finding the simplest solution to the most complicated questions.

In my opinion the most significant architecture is when the design is focused on people, considers social issues, is aware of the impact on the environment, and is executed well.

The role of the architect is constantly changing, and it depends on each individual. Today, I often see it as a mediator between people, ideas, and a long list of decisions, while maintaining ones core beliefs and principles.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

What fascinates me about architecture competitions is the creative process. From the eager exploration of new cultures, sites and history to the absolute freedom to express oneself fully without constraints. Nonetheless, it's a great exercise for me to build confidence, express my ideas and engage in dialog with other architects around the world.

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

Give yourself the time to play and be creative without expectations!

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