In a time dominated by spectacular building forms and technologies, the relationship between social conditions, building, and planning is dictated by forces that seem beyond our control. The politics of land, development, and planning often suggest not only how buildings are meant to be experienced and consumed, but also thought about and designed. These larger political forces are the structural backbone of what constitutes a project, often dictating the site, scale, and program of a proposed building. How can building projects respond to these structural conditions, in order to work more directly on social and political issues?
As I am currently living and working in Hangzhou, China, my goal is to address this question by researching the vernacular and historical structures of Chinese architecture. China’s rapid economic and political transformations provide a unique lens through which to view the affects of modern planning systems on previously craft-based building traditions in rural areas.
After studying architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, I moved to China in 2013. I am currently a graduate student of Wang Shu and architect at Amateur Architecture Studio. My work involves building renovation and preservation, as well as new projects and planning. I also translate history and theory essays as a way to practice my Chinese language.