We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "Painters' Lake House" competition – Flynn Lewer from Finland!

Flynn Lewer from Finland

I am an architect currently living and working in Finland. I graduated from the Melbourne school of Design in 2010 and since then have been working as an urban designer, architect and researcher. This work has been mostly concerned with sustainability through many different guises.

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 have worked on various residential, commercial and public projects internationally with an interest especially in housing and issues surrounding urbanity, ecology and equality.

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

Architecture to me is the opportunity to test alternate futures, and it is the responsibility of architects to listen to others’ needs and present such opportunities for improvement in our shared living environments.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Competition work is an opportunity to engage with often interesting narratives and contexts outside of your everyday experience.

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

It is not always easy to have the time to do competition work if it is unfunded, but even smaller briefs can produce useful outcomes for developing / testing design capacities.

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