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Welcome to Eleven’s ’11 out of 10 Club’, our official competition Hall of Fame.

Here you will meet all of the winners of our award winning international architecture and design competitions.
Scroll through the club members and get to know a little more about the people behind the winning proposals.

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Adbur Raoof

Rome 2017 People's Choice

Adbur Raoof

Rome 2017 People's Choice

Abdur R. Khan began his journey of architecture from Punjab Technical University in 2009. He earned the Master of City Planning from l.I.T. Kharagpur, West Bengal, in 2015. Later on he established AIMAN Consultants, with the dream to bring it amongst the best multi-national architectural firms. His passion for learning new things, willingness for hard work and his creativity made him jump into this field. Besides as an architect, he also endeavours to serve the local community by teaching architecture at a renowned university of Lucknow.

He believes in the Alvar Aalto saying: “The ultimate goal of the architect is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.”

Alessandro Giorgi

Moontopia People's Choice

Alessandro Giorgi

Moontopia People's Choice

(Italy)

Alessandro Giorgi was born on July 9th, 1989, in Sicily. He joined an exchange program to RWTH Aachen in Germany and received a Master’s degree in Architecture from Scuola Politecnica di Palermo in 2014. His research thesis about sustainable materials was published and has been awarded “Premio Nazionale Divulgazione Scientifica – Architettura ed Ingegneria.

Alessandro has worked as an architect, illustrator and designer in different parts of Europe, thus gaining knowledge and experience in various areas of design, construction and architecture planning. He joined international architecture competitions like:  Periferica – Urban Regeneration Project and Villard 17- Architecture and Urban planning.

Architecture has always allowed him to combine his interests and the strongest aspects of his personality in order to find the best solutions to practical problems.

View his digital portfolio here.

Cai Feng

Moontopia People's Choice

Cai Feng

Moontopia People's Choice

(China)

I’m a Chinese architect in germany, born in Sichuan province, China.

I received my bachelor degree at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou and my master degree at RWTH, Germany.

After graduation, I started to work as a design architect at Ingenhoven architects in Duesseldorf for 2 years and focused on sustainable architecture.

In 2016, I joined gmp Architekten in Hamburg and is responsible for chinese projects specialized in parametric design.

Chen Mengtong

Rome 2017 Winner

Chen Mengtong

Rome 2017 Winner

Chen Mengtong is a postgraduate student at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He graduated with bachelor of Architecture from Henan science& technology university in China. During the period of bachelor studying, he gets a lot of training in not only architecture design but also data analysis and semiotics.

Since 2015, Chen Mengtong is major in Systemic Design in PoliTO. From architecture to design area and after 2 years systemic design training, he has a new view face to both of the two areas.

The Italian studying experience, Roma traveling and even on some extent of the movie La grande bellezza bring him inspiration of this project. With the close cooperation between his teammates, there are different fields knowledge and skill involved in the project.

Chen Shiyan

Shelter 48 Winner

Chen Shiyan

Shelter 48 Winner

Chen Shiyan is an undergraduate majoring in architecture at HUST (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China). He once participated in AA Wuhan Visiting School. Next semester he will exchange to Taiwan University of Science and Technology to continue architecture study.

Besides architecture, he also loves graphic design. He believes that those who master the way of design thinking have the ability to do nearly all kinds of design. However, “design thinking” is supposed to come from our life instead of design itself. Therefore he is always telling himself keep watching, feeling and thinking what life is like from different perspective such as poetry, novels, movies, even video games.

It is his very first time to participate in a design competition. As one of the winners, he feels encouraged to continue the path of design. He is also grateful to his teammates and looking forward to come back the competition with them again.

Chloe Huang

Biomimicry People's Choice

Chloe Huang

Biomimicry People's Choice

(USA)

Chloe Huang is a candidate for the Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma from the Lycee International de Los Angeles, Burbank, California.  Her interest in environmental conservation was first ignited in the classroom; she studied sustainable architectural planning and design at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and visual arts at Art Center College of Design.

Chloe’s first hands-on experience in environmental science was through the Smith Research Lab at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.  There, she participated in cutting-edge research that examined microbially-driven engineered processes for water management.  She later broadened her involvement as an advocate and leader through her participation as a Yale Young Global Scholar in Beijing, China.  In the program, she problem-solved solutions to global issues with other young scholars from around the world.  Chloe currently interns at the NGO Time4Good, a company which establishes communications with global leaders.

The Pavilion marks the culmination of Chloe’s passion for enhancing the environment and honing her design skills.  She generated the idea in Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, with the goal of creating a waterside architecture that resolves a global crisis, produces alternative energy, and interacts with its human surroundings.

Chloe is the founder of EcoYouth United, an organization which empowers young people around the globe with resources to increase environmental consciousness and encourage proactive engagement in creating better environments.  In her spare time, Chloe loves to volunteer, play piano, and is an award-winning dancer at the Abby Lee Dance Company.  She also speaks 7 languages.

Devesh Mani

Rome 2017 People's Choice

Devesh Mani

Rome 2017 People's Choice

A deep inclination towards sustainable thought drove Devesh to specialise in climatology and environmental planning. He established his own consultancy firm ‘ICON Architects’ at Lucknow in 2006. From the time of its founding, passive climate control has been rudimentary in his firm’s designs. Green and vernacular architecture is additionally encouraged through the firm’s work with local projects using local materials. Moreover, he uses every occasion to improve upon his understanding of innovative sustainable building techniques and materials affecting ecologically sensitive clients.

He believes in socially responsible architecture where we consciously design an environment that improves the liveability and safety of communities. Professionally, he has nine years of experience in architectural and interior design of various residential, commercial, office spaces, retail designs, hospital and Institutional building projects in India.

You can view his firm’s website and its work here: www.iconarch.in

Fatima Urooj

Rome 2017 People's Choice

Fatima Urooj

Rome 2017 People's Choice

Fatima Urooj was born in 1991 in India. She received her education in Lucknow, the capital of U.P.

She did her graduation in architecture from Integral University, Lucknow and started working with AIMAN consultants in 2015.

She is greatly inspired by nature which reflects in her designs. She believes in transparency in her designs and strives to create something new every time. She believes that nature should be a part of buildings and buildings should be a part of nature and should have a positive effect on the surroundings and ecosystem, because we need to give back to the nature rather than taking from it.

Huang Shengyu

Rome 2017 Winner

Huang Shengyu

Rome 2017 Winner

This is Huang Shengyu, an Chinses environment and service designer that lives in Italy, currently proceeding a Master’s Degree in System Design at the Politecnico di Torino (TORINO, Italy). He has got a Double degree (Joint culture) of master from PoliTO (Italy)and Tongji University (Shanghai, China), studying system design, service design and social innovation. Based on his undergraduate study in environmental, landscape and architectural design as well as his research on systems, service and social innovation during the graduate class, he draws advantages from both to create his style of architecture from a special perspective of services design. This background also offers him a systematic approach to reconstruct the relationship between architecture and society. Since 2015, Huang has been a member of the “SustainX Lab of D&I”, which specializes in sustainable social innovation. In 2016, jointed with other professionals, he established a design consulting studio in Shanghai named “DREAL-DESIGN”, aiming at solving problems about environmental services design and visual services design. Besides, Huang has a passion for film and television production as well. In 2016, he had the honor to work with the social innovation project “Open Your Space” and displayed his eponymous documentary at 2016 Milan Design Week. Meanwhile, he also set up a design talk show named “Have you designed yet?” in the same year, which is accessible on Apple Podcast.

Inci Lize Ogun

Moontopia Winner

Inci Lize Ogun

Moontopia Winner

(Turkey/Italy)

Inci Lize Ogun born in Turkey in 1992 where she’d studied her first years of primary school until when she moved to Milano in Italy. There she attended scientific high school during which she’d always kept an interest in photography which led her to the choice of getting enrolled in architecture studies in Politecnico di Milano, considering as optimized combination between arts and science.

During her bachelor degree she participated to a couple of photography contests and several international volunteering camps involving environmental and social development works.

Later on, once finished the bachelor, she moved to Sweden for her master studies of architecture in Lund University, where she is actually living and where she worked for Abelardo Gonzalez Arkitekter in summer 2016. She is now also working as free lancer in illustration and studying the swedish language.

Throughout her architecture studies she has thought of her projects with a key of potentially realizable experimentations either for their design in themselves either for the concept with a touch of utopian. Therefore Mooontopia contest from Eleven Magazine was her perfect occasion to put in words and design her ideas with the help of her team.

View some of her work be seen here.

Jingqiu Zhang

Cambodia 2015 People's Choice

Jingqiu Zhang

Cambodia 2015 People's Choice

(Hong Kong)

Jingqiu Zhang is an independent architect and designer, who just founded Yiming Architecture (means anonymous architecture in Chinese) with another experienced architect in 2015.

She has been traveled around Southeast Asia and Northwestern China, writing, sketching and designing. By experiencing local life under different climates, she tries to explore new possibilities for vernacular architecture and traditional materials (bamboo, rammed earth etc.). Her interest lies in the dynamic interaction between natural environment and the way people dwell. Zhang has consistently focused on environmental concerns and tried to promote sustainable idea in her works. One of the recent projects (conceptual) from her studio is a modern rammed-earth village for residents in Qingzang Plateau, China. The project combines solar energy with innovative way of using rammed earth. She also believes that the laws of nature afford an unimpeachable research source for the designer; and a lot of her academic designs related closely to the natural world.

She joined the exchange program to IE University (Spain) with scholarship (2013) and received her bachelor degree in architecture from the University of Hong Kong in 2014 as a first-honor graduate.

Karina Ashrapova

Biomimicry Winner

Karina Ashrapova

Biomimicry Winner

(Russia)

Karina Ashrapova is a student of TIArch Studio, Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Russia. Last year she graduated from KSUAE with bachelor degree, and now she is on her first year of master degree program. Her studio often takes part in international competitions and has their winners from all over the world. Karina often use hand drawing and hand modeling for showing her conceptual and project ideas.

During her studies, she is doing research on: «Ordering of architectural space on a basis of symbiosis of architecture, nature, technology and materials». She believes that nature is able to give us answers to all our unsolvable problems; we only need to listen carefully to it and be inspired by it. Progressive robot technology, development of biomaterials and innovative methods of construction allow us to design sustainable, resource efficient, autonomous, safe and comfortable urban environment through a connection of bio-systems and computer calculations. Solution of sustainable problems, searching the lost language of communication, a channel of relationships between man and environment is the base of her work. She believes that we will be able to create the perfect future for our generations, and that architecture is the greatest way to change the world!

Laura Nadine Olivier

Moontopia Winner

Laura Nadine Olivier

Moontopia Winner

(Germany)

Laura Olivier is 23 years old and from Frankfurt, Germany. After receiving her IB Diploma and graduating from Frankfurt International School, Laura attended the University of Brighton in England, where she completed her Bachelors of Arts in Architecture. She is currently finishing her Masters in Architecture at the University of Lund in Sweden.

Laura’s interest in architecture dates back to her first internships in Germany, after which she decided to start a career in Architecture. During her bachelors, Laura worked for several international architectural firms, both in Frankfurt and Berlin, as well as in Beijing, China. Amongst these firms were Turkali, MOW, and Grüntuch Ernst Architekten in Germany, and Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing. Laura has now begun working on her Master Thesis, to be finished in June of this year, focusing on the fascinating island of Cuba.

During her time abroad, studying and working, Laura experienced architecture from many different angles – from drawing by hand in England to developing skyscrapers in China. While Laura believes that present-day architecture must always demand to cherish the old, it must also strive for new and better ways to design the built environment, taking present-day challenges, social changes and technological advancements into consideration.

The Moontopia Design Competition was an exciting challenge that picked up on these aspects – it posed a challenge out of this world. Coming up with a feasible, autonomous, and aesthetically pleasing design concept for a lunar settlement, was a challenge that Laura and her partners were thrilled to take on.

Selected works by Laura Olivier can be viewed through her digital portfolio here.

Louise Pearson

San Francisco 2016 Winner

Louise Pearson

San Francisco 2016 Winner

(Australia)

Louise is a senior associate at ASPECT Studios in Sydney. She trained as an artist and designer and has worked in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.  She is passionate about detail, texture, honesty to materials and the ability of well-conceived space to help lighten the weight of the world. Louise comfortably transitions across multiple scales from large scale urban design projects the likes of Circular Quay Master Plan to the detailing of architecture including Turruwul Park Pavilions. Her broad perspective leads to the creation of inspiring works that are complimentary to their environment. She is currently working on Darling Square which features a significant new public space and laneways that create a new city neighborhood near Chinatown in Sydney.

Matthew Drury

San Francisco 2016 Winner

Matthew Drury

San Francisco 2016 Winner

(Australia)

Matthew is a Landscape Architect from Sydney having completed his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at UNSW with First-class honours in 2013. Whilst studying, Matthew undertook an exchange semester at the University of California, Berkeley where he gained invaluable experience being part of a dynamic studio. Living so close to San Francisco, Matthew was able to explore the urban condition of the Tenderloin first-hand providing valuable insight to the team.

After graduating he moved to London where he worked on a variety of high profile international projects at WATG for two years. Matthew’s strength lies in the broad scope of his experiences, having worked on projects in over twenty-two countries at a large variety of scales.

Matthew started work at ASPECT Studios in February 2016 and has since enjoyed working on both large and small scale projects, developing 3D models, project analysis and construction documentation. Matthew has been involved in the concept design and development of Sydney’s Darling Square, bringing his clarity of thinking and strong graphic skills to the team. Recently Matthew has been engaged in the Masterplan design of Sydney Zoo, an exciting new attraction in Sydney’s west.

Monika Lipinska

Moontopia Winner

Monika Lipinska

Moontopia Winner

(Poland)

Monika Lipinska is a young architect from Poland. She graduated with Bachelor of Science In Architecture from Wroclaw University of Technology, studying partially at Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Monika was gaining her professional experience working in the architectural offices around the world: Hiroshi Nakamura & Nap in Tokyo, Japan; Cobe in Copenhagen, Denmark and Mork Ulnes Architects in San Francisco, USA. Now she is doing her Master’s studies in Architecture with specialization in spatial experiments (extreme environments) at Lund University in Sweden.

The most important thing for her, as an architect, is the quest for new concepts answering peoples needs and technological and natural constraints. Monika’s passion is space architecture and architecture in extreme environments. As an architect she wants to respond to present and future global challenges, explore and settle new worlds and discover where we, as a civilization, can go.

She beliefs that the best project are created when multiple perspectives are taken under consideration. Not only in terms of original design ideas, but especially in problem solving and technology enhancement.  That is why, besides mastering her own profession, which is architecture, Monika wants to achieve a certain level of comprehension in other sciences. She has certificates from aerospace engineering, astronautics and human spaceflight, rocket science, space mission design and operations courses, held by universities in the United States (MIT)  Spain (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Switzerland (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne).

Visit her website here.

Natthapol Pongplanchai

Cambodia 2015 Winner

Natthapol Pongplanchai

Cambodia 2015 Winner

(Thailand)

Nat graduated with Bachelor of Architecture from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok Thailand. He began his design career in 2010 with Bangkok-based housing design company. He is a registered architect accredited from Architect Council Thailand (ACT) since 2011. And continue his master study with MA Architectural Design from Birmingham School of Architecture, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.

In 2013, Nat joined International Hotel Management & Development Company in Bangkok with focuses on development of tourism and hospitality industry. As a licensed architect, he is responsible for design and planning, mixed-use developments, residential to hospitality projects across Asia.

Phanin Chantalert

Cambodia 2015 Winner

Phanin Chantalert

Cambodia 2015 Winner

(Thailand)

Phanin was born on January 16th, 1987, in Pattani province, Thailand. She graduated from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Bangkok with Bachelor of Interior Architecture. She began her design career in 2010 with Sense Sign Company. She is responsible for design, planning, coordination, loads of working space developments, office space design in Bangkok Skyscraper and other projects around the Globe such as Singapore, Vietnam, India, China, Belgium and Hungary.

In 2014, she becomes a senior designer of this company. Her renowned office design projects in Thailand are The Embassy of Hungary’s office design, The Embassy of Belgium’s office design, Bureau Veritas, Intertek, Newell Rubbermaid (received the Asia Pacific Properties Award 2014-2015), Generali, Novo Nordisk, Elanco Animal Health, Goverment Saving Bank (GSB) and over 30,000 sq.m. office space design.

Porncharoen Oranratmanee

Cambodia 2015 Winner

Porncharoen Oranratmanee

Cambodia 2015 Winner

(Thailand)

Porncharoen is a Thai Architect; he was born on December 16th, 1986, in Chachoengsao province, Thailand. After graduated Bachelor of Interior Architecture from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok Thailand, he starts his design career in 2010 with SH Architects Company. In 2011 he receives the individual achievement honorable award from Thailand Interior Designers’ Association (TIDA) in the competition of Young Interior Designer Award 2011.

In 2014, he was promoted to a senior designer of the company and he is a registered architect accredited from Architect Council Thailand (ACT). His renowned projects in Thailand are as follow: Commercial projects such as MilleMalle Sukhumvit 20, Educational project such as Swimming Arena, Hotel Building and International Maritime College Building at Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus, Governmental project such as Merit System Protection Commission (MSPC) Headquarter Building, and many learning space development and renovation project in King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi.

Pratchaya Lertrucksadee

Cambodia 2015 Winner

Pratchaya Lertrucksadee

Cambodia 2015 Winner

(Thailand)

Pratchaya Lertrucksadee is a native Thai interior architect. He was born on 13 December 1984, in the heart of Bangkok. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Architecture (Interior Architecture), from King Mongut’s University Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). Between the year 2010 to 2014, he had worked for Architect Kidd firm, which is an architect design company based in Bangkok. His designed works at Architect Kidd included housings, retail shops and exhibitions. Along with interior design works, during his time at Architect Kidd, Pratchaya also participated in KlongTakok community design workshop, which was the project held by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage. Moreover, in 2014, the Project Bird Sanctuary in which he had co-designed, the bird tower and meditation pod, with Architect Kidd team had won the Holcim Awards Asia Pacific. From 2014, Pratchaya has relocated to Singapore and is currently working for 2nd Edition, an architect design firm based in Singapore.

PT Group Architects

San Francisco 2016 People's Choice

PT Group Architects

San Francisco 2016 People's Choice

(Italy)

PT Group Architects is an Italian team who live in Pistoia and are interested in architectural and urban design as well as restoration, made up from Paolo Caggiano, Giada Gatti, Fabiola Gorgeri, Alex Catolfi, Massimiliano Pagni, and Giulia Cresti.

Paolo Caggiano is a freelance architect, dealing mainly with diagnostic investigations of civil construction and restoration of historic buildings. He is a regular columnist of twentieth-century architecture itineraries and deals also with computerised architecture censuses.

Giada Gatti studied architecture at Florence and Barcelona University and now is a graduating student in architectural and urban design at the University of Florence.

Fabiola Gorgeri is an architect and phd in architecture. She collaborates in the research and teaching at the Department of Architecture – University of Florence. Her main research interests are the urban and territorial transformation methodologies, especially in historical contexts.

Alex Catolfi is a graduating student in architecture at the University of Florence with experience and aptitude for graphic design.

Massimiliano Pagni is an architect with experiences in several topics of architecture. His main passion: walking through nature!

Giulia Cresti is newly graduated in architecture with interesting in self-construction, stone architecture preservation and sustainable architecture technology.

The team believe in an architecture which can help people to improve their life and personal conditions, providing spaces and facilities that will make their life easier and more comfortable and, in conclusion, happier.

Saman Imran

Rome 2017 People's Choice

Saman Imran

Rome 2017 People's Choice

Born in September 1991, Saman Imran spent her memorable childhood years in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Since then she shifted with her family to Lucknow, India, where she got her secondary and higher education. Saman attended La Martinere Girls’ College, Lucknow where she actively took part in the Gandhi corner club to make a difference in the lives of slum dwellers through community and social work. While an academic inclination in science motivated her to pursue its stream, her interest in arts eventually led her to studying both through architecture.

After completing her Bachelors in Architecture in 2015 from Integral University, Lucknow, she freelanced as a graphic artist to fulfill her proclivity for arts. As a freelancer she worked internationally on a number of projects with Fujitsu Laboratories of America and Pierson Retail Advisors.

After taking a brief hiatus from Architecture to focus on Graphic Art, she joined AIMAN Consultants, where she currently works.  She has continued to discover the crucial principles of socially responsible design with her distinct design style. Her deep interest in the ingenuity of historical architecture and the diversity of contemporary architecture gave her the perfect opportunity to participate in ‘Rome 2017 21st Century River Renaissance Design Competition’ and combine the present and the past to outline the future. Along with her team, she took on the challenge to create a sustainable, original and a visually appealing solution that blended well with the rivers urban context. The proposed design is the modern mirror of the historic thermae which were undoubtedly brilliant architectural feats.

As for now, Saman lets her imagination shape reality. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and spending time with her family.

A selection of her portfolio can be seen here: www.behance.net/samanimran

Shenhan Zhu

Cambodia 2015 People's Choice

Shenhan Zhu

Cambodia 2015 People's Choice

(Hong Kong)

Shenhan Zhu is a post-graduate student of the University of Hong Kong. She received her bachelor degree in architecture from the University of Hong Kong in 2014 and went on working for Aedas Ltd. during 2014-2015. During undergraduate study, she was awarded with full scholarship (2012, 2013, and 2014) and J H Kinoshita Prize for outstanding performance in examinations (2014). She joined an exchange program to Tsinghua University (2011) and worked as intern in Jiakun Architects (2011) in Chengdu and Priestman Architects (2012) in Chongqing.

Her academic interest largely lies in how architecture can be designed to improve people’s life, especially with genuine care for the poor, which is very much the reason why she and her partner decided to participate in Cambodia 2015 Competition. Previously she was engaged with a heritage village renovation project in a rural village in Yunnan, China. She and her colleagues were trying to revitalise the site into a tourism destination, while at the same time remain local life and tradition as much as possible, saving villagers from the trouble of resettling and creating opportunities for them to get benefits from the development.

Siyuan Pan

Moontopia People's Choice

Siyuan Pan

Moontopia People's Choice

(China)

Siyuan Pan was born in  inner Mongolia, China. She is a chinese architecture student in the Bauhaus-city dessau (Germany) at the anhalt University of Applied Sciences.

She describes herself as skilful, and likes sketching during her travels and compare the distinct architecture from the different culture.

Siyuan Pan’s student project focus on designs based on an urban context and in the direction of sustainable development.

Thea Harris

San Francisco 2016 Winner

Thea Harris

San Francisco 2016 Winner

(Australia)

Thea is a Landscape Architect from Sydney and has been at ASPECT Studios since graduating with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of New South Wales in 2012. Thea has worked on a range of projects in the public domain including parks, schools, universities, playgrounds and mixed used developments.

Thea’s passion in sustainable and interactive landscapes has led her to be involved in several high profile projects within the studio, including an award-winning project The Goods Line – an elevated linear park in the heart of Sydney.

More recently, her strengths have been utilised in the design and detailing of the Children’s Wild Play Garden in Centennial Park, Sydney. Her interests in landscape architecture have broadened to include ecological values and meaningful play spaces through the exploration of adventure and nature play.

Wang Ding

Shelter 48 Winner

Wang Ding

Shelter 48 Winner

Wang Ding is an undergraduate from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China, and major in Architecture. Before he started learning architecture, he was a student in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2015, he transferred to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning and set out for the journey of architecture. He thought it was his luck to meet the charm of architecture.

Travelling, painting and music are also important parts in Wang Ding’s life, they provide much inspiration for his design. He has been to many countries around the world, and in these trips, he finds that it is fascinating to feel the diverse cultures and architectures. People from different places think in quite different ways based on their cultures, and to some extent, design is based on the way people think.

Think more, think diversely, and amazing designs will be born.

Wei Lifeng

Rome 2017 Winner

Wei Lifeng

Rome 2017 Winner

My name is Wei Lifeng and I am a student and a designer from Nanjing, China. Now studying in POLITO, Italy.

Attracted by the charm of cross-cultural communication, I choose to further my study in Turin, Italy, and thus gain the opportunities to travel all across the countries, especially in this case – Rome, so that we can have better understand the local context.

From a bachelor of Interior design to a master of Systemic design, I’ve been working on projects related to various of Social, Ecological and Economical issues such as design for new working spaces, urban slum, sustainable farmland systems, etc, I’m always thinking design in a way that not only focusing on structures but also why the design was needed by users.

With more knowledge of systemic thinking, I hope to contribute more to the design field.

Wu Wenhao

Rome 2017 Winner

Wu Wenhao

Rome 2017 Winner

Wenhao Wu is a Chinese landscape designer. He was born in Shanxi Province, China. Wenhao graduated with a Landscape Architecture from Tianjin academy of fine arts.

Now he is studying master degree at Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and his major is system design(Ecological design).

He interest using the systematic mind to create a products which combine the person, architecture, landscape and other elements of a harmonious ecological system.

He likes to read different disciplines such as semiotics, psychology, ecology ,He believes that the future direction of the development of design is Multi-professional joint, Organize different professionals to work together such philosopher, psychologist, ecologist, designer, etc. The knowledge of these different disciplines can be used together to design the whole, making the design more scientific and more sustainable.

Yiran (Vicki) Li

San Francisco 2016 Winner

Yiran (Vicki) Li

San Francisco 2016 Winner

(Australia/China)

Yiran (Vicki) Li is a Sydney-based landscape architect. Yiran graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Nanjing Agriculture University in China and a Masters of Urban Design from the University of Sydney in Australia. She joined ASPECT Studios in 2014.

Yiran is dedicated to creating meaningful and sustainable spaces that connect people to environment through their experience of landscape. She is interested in the design process, utilising hand sketching, paper models and 3d modelling to rigorously test concepts and effectively communicate design intent. Her versatile skill-set has allowed her to contribute to many of ASPECT’s projects from conceptual master plans to documentation stages. She has a particular interest in large-scale public domain master plans. Recent projects include Port Moresby Master Plan (Papua New Guinea), Lindfield Community Hub (Sydney) and other high profile public realm projects in Australia.

Zhou Songzi

Shelter 48 Winner

Zhou Songzi

Shelter 48 Winner

Zhou Songzi was born in China in 1998.She switched her major from Marine engineering to architecture in her second year in college, because she found that designing seems more interesting. She has spent 2 years in HUST for her bachelor of architecture. During the period of studying, she gets a lot of training in not only design but also research and analysis. She appreciates the time being with her interesting friends and supportive professors. She does well in her studies and has won scholarship in her school. Also,she has great passion in designing and her professors are very supportive of her idea so she has won some prize luckily.

She believes that “The more I see, the less I know” because she thinks every touch of something new is like walk into a whole new unknown world, and she feels curious and awe for it. That’s why she wishes to go abroad for master’s degree and to see what others are doing, to see what is happening in the world. In her opinion, the architect has a considerable part of social responsibility, which is different from artists or engineers. Although she is still learning and practicing, not an architect yet. She hopes that one day she can contribute to her nation.