+ Yulun Liu 🇨🇳
Honourable Mention of the Market 2.0: Circular Economy Hub
1) Could you briefly introduce yourself?
Yulun Liu is an interdisciplinary designer with a keen passion for melding the realms of architectural design and structural engineering. Holding a Master of Architecture degree from the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, Yulun has also earned a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Tianjin University. Currently, she is dedicated to her role as a full-time architectural designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Chicago. Her extensive educational and professional journey has been marked by active participation in a diverse array of architectural and structural design projects, as well as competitive ventures. She will remain committed to the pursuit of pushing the boundaries between architecture and structural engineering, shaping a promising future in this dynamic field.
2) What inspired you for the Market 2.0?
As an architectural designer, I recognize the importance of designing spaces that not only function effectively but also contribute to local sustainability and the resilience of communities, especially in drought-prone regions. The market aims to address not only economic needs but also water conservation and resilience. My inspiration is driven by the urgent need for sustainable solutions.
3) Can you describe any particular challenges you faced during the design process and how
you overcame them?
One significant challenge we faced was addressing the water scarcity issues in a region prone to drought while adhering to our sustainable design principles. To overcome this, we integrated recycling, composting, and efficient waste management into the market’s design. In addition to this, we carefully selected drought-resistant plant species. Our goal was to ensure their survival and also enhance the market’s aesthetics and sustainability. This dual approach allowed us to balance water conservation and ecological harmony within our design.
4) How do you think your educational background or professional experiences influenced your winning design?
My educational background at the University of Pennsylvania provided me with a strong foundation in sustainable architectural design principles. My professional experiences further refined my practical skills. Together, they influenced my design by enabling me to create a project that combines theory and practicality, emphasizing both aesthetics and sustainability.
5) What advice would you give to students or young professionals looking to excel in architecture competitions?
When considering architecture competitions, my advice is to first define your goals. Assess your commitment level, choose competitions wisely, and seek mentorship for guidance. Start small if you’re new, budget carefully, and actively network for valuable connections. Always view participation as a learning experience and periodically reassess your progress.
6) What are your future aspirations in the field of architecture?
My future aspirations in the field of architecture include continuing to design innovative and sustainable spaces that have a positive impact on communities and the environment. Additionally, I’m interested in exploring emerging technologies and materials to push the boundaries of architectural design and construction.