We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge” competition – Katherine Lo, Jeralyn Tseng, Loc H Nguyen and Ho Ming Chau from United States!

Honorable mention from United States

Our entire team are graduates from the Master of Architecture program at UC Berkeley, having all come from different backgrounds for our respective undergraduate degrees, including physics, technology, and engineering. Currently, we are all pursuing careers in architecture and related fields.

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?

The main bulk of our members’ work has been in academic settings, ranging from urban scale to installation and residential projects. Past that, each of us have a different focus on which kind and parts of a project that we prefer.

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

Every single object in modern society, whether explicitly manmade or not, has undeniably been subject to the human process known as design. While the role of the architect is usually simplified to only mean the individual building, it is important to remember the integrated network of design choices that ripple out to affect all other aspects of modern living.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture can exist in many different contexts, and while the predominant one that we have worked in has mostly been academic, with some industry experience, it is always beneficial to push in new directions. Competitions such as SKYHIVE provide us with an opportunity to work outside traditional requirements, while also with constraints that challenge us to be innovative in creating solutions.

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

Our advice would start with the fact that the act of doing something has its own worth, and that the world of architecture competitions is its own ecosystem of design practices and values. Being able to recognize and follow through on the requirements of a competition submission pays in its own rewards in other projects.

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