We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st prize winner of our “Monte D'Oiro Wine Tasting Room” competition – Evin Johann from France!

Evin Johann from France

I am a 29 year old French architect. I have studied in Paris and gained work experience in different offices in France and overseas.

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?

Lately I have been working mainly on residential projects, which is a scale that I personally like. It is a special typology that requires a lot of attention to where the building sits and how it relates to its context, and that is what I tried to do for this project. But I also focus on how to curate spaces to make them special for the needs and lifestyle of the client.

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

To me, architecture embraces individuality, style, and creativity. You can create something unconventional while preserving the authenticity and uniqueness of a site. The architect is part of history. His lifetime’s work can remain way after he is gone. He also improves the lives of countless people.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

I like to think of myself as a creative person and I need to create things. Participating in architecture vision competitions allows me to explore the productive side of my personality. It’s inspiring and stimulating.

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

Dare to try. If you feel inspired by a competition, put your ideas on paper, develop your style, immerse yourself in the project. Be the creator, but also think like the user, the consumer of what you’re trying to create, so it can be innovative and ingenious.

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