Why did you choose the University of Virginia?
I enjoy studio a lot, however I also wanted the freedom to explore liberal arts in my undergraduate architecture education, as opposed to the more intense five-year architecture programs. I think the way UVa has structured its undergraduate curriculum makes it a great liberal arts school, with an inspiring yet very intense architectural education program.
How did you become interested in Architecture?
I studied Hebrew for a year at Peking University, China in 2007 before switching to Architecture. While learning Hebrew, I was auditing Architecture classes in Tsinghua University, and became more interested in the classes that I was auditing than the classes that I was officially enrolled in. Also both of my parents are architects; I have been influenced by them, and through our travels together, ever since I was little. This has been a fabulous choice so far.
What do you like best about Charlottesville?
The great accessibility of gorgeous nature surrounding the city, as well as the friendly population in the community.
What is the most exciting/interesting project you've worked on?
It is difficult to decide because I enjoyed all my studio projects, and I learned different things from each. But the most recent one is the most revolutionary one. It was my Architecture 302 studio project this past semester with Prof. Robin Dripps. We redesigned Carr's Hill, through the lens of extensive field study, incorporating parametric design methodology.
What have you learned that surprised you?
The amazing opportunities UVa provides its students. I came here as an international student, knowing there was no possibility of applying for a University-wide scholarship or federal financial aid. However, Architecture school taught me that as long as one is devoted and truly loves his/her work, there are many opportunities waiting for you. Aside from the amazing travel fellowships/scholarships for both citizen and international students and the School’s study abroad programs (Vicenza, etc.), there are also enthusiastic professors who are always willing to provide guidance and suggestions. I did not realize these opportunities existed when I first entered the School.