We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "Portugal Olive Guest House" competition – Chang Gyeong Oh from South Korea!

Chang Gyeong Oh from South Korea

I was born in South Korea and am currently studying interior architecture. I am in my fourth year of studies and have received several awards in domestic architecture competitions. This will be my first time participating in an international competition hosted by Buildner.

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 few years, I have been involved in several projects, both collaboratively and individually, during my university design studio. Some of the most memorable projects include a joint preservation repository for addressing the lack of storage space in libraries in South Korea, a lodging cultural facility conceptualized around a well, and a Digital Heritage Center that reinterprets traditional Korean architecture through digital means. I always strive to undertake innovative projects that incorporate new programs and ideas.

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

I make an effort to travel and visit various architectural structures. When I see well-designed buildings, it fills me with excitement. Additionally, I find joy in transforming many people's lives, making them more pleasant and vibrant. If I become an architect, I want to design cheerful buildings that can make people happy and lead enjoyable lives.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Participating in an architecture competition is an opportunity to introduce myself to the world. Additionally, through participation in the contest, I receive an objective evaluation and an indicator that my design is heading in the right direction. Moreover, it boosts my confidence too!

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

Participating in architecture competitions is beneficial because it allows you to develop your design skills and build your portfolio through diverse and creative themes and the process of solving various global issues.

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