We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Honorable mention winners of our "Workplace Reimagined" competition – Alice Vasile, Rosalina Vogli, Camilla Coltelletti and Giulia Bacco from Italy!

Alice Vasile, Rosalina Vogli, Camilla Coltelletti and Giulia Bacco

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.

Our group is made up of four Interior Design students, enrolled in the third year at the Institute of Applied Arts - IAAD in Turin. We come from different backgrounds, having pursued artistic, scientific and humanities paths. However, what we have in common is the interest and passion for the world of interior architecture, which allowed us to get to know each other during our university journey.

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 submitted project was developed during the academic course Space Systems Design held by Professor Walter Nicolino, coordinator of the Interior Design Department, which has allowed us to broaden our horizons for future career experiences. Certainly, our common interest in adhering to sustainability criteria was a guiding principle when choosing the theme of urban redevelopment. In addition, a focus was placed on creating a sense of community within both indoor and outdoor spaces, leveraging the use of small rustic buildings.

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

Architecture is a multidisciplinary field that analyzes various aspects of society to arrive at designs beneficial to the user. It reflects cultural, social and environmental developments, as well as portraying the history of our world. The role of the architect requires being informed about the latest needs, embracing new technologies and searching for ideas that already surround us.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions are an important step in developing personal skills, expanding one's knowledge in a specific field, and having the freedom to experiment without particular constraints or obligations. Furthermore, engaging in these competitions with a team of people who share your interests is a smart way to foster team building and highlight the peculiarities of each member. For our group, this collaboration was very efficient and allowed us to get to know each other personally and professionally.

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

Contests are an excellent opportunity to take advantage of, especially at the beginning of one's career, to improve methodological and design skills. These experiences allow progression in the field of architecture and design in various contexts and by interacting with numerous targets. Additionally, it can be an excellent solution to create new contacts with other professionals in the industry and increase one's networking.

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