We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Honourable mention winners of our "Museum of Emotions #3" competition – Asiya Mannan and Kiymet Shevket from United Kingdom!

Asiya Mannan and Kiymet Shevket

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 graduates of MA Interior Architecture and Design at University of Hertfordshire. We are both interested in Neuroarchitecture and Environmental Psychology, looking at how space impacts how people feel either through their emotions or behaviour. We are particularly interested in using this data to drive design according to user personas. Asiya Mannan is currently a working as an Interior Architect and Kiymet Shevket is currently a Workplace Consultant at an architecture firm.

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?

We both focus on embodiment and neuroscience while designing or working on a project, from residences and restaurants to large scale architectural projects.

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

To us, architecture is poetry, it’s a story we tell. Architecture means creating place in space, something out of nothing. A place of belonging for different people, a place in life, for life.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions provide an opportunity to advance our ideas and maintain a student's mindset. They allow us to explore our creativity and become familiar with various tools and software that we aim to improve.

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

We say go for it - it’s an opportunity for personal development, and can always go in your portfolio. It shows you’re passionate about the field and are willing to learn.

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