Dana Shores

Mentor: Dr. Albertus Wang
College of Design, Construction, and Planning
"In the design process there are many theories of how to approach truth in innovation. The linear nature of process should be nonlinear, and the fluidity of creating knowledge should be continuous and internalized. Questions should be created in the actions, making the research unconscious as much as it is conscious. Architecture is open to this inspiring questioning, and through travel and observation I hope to spark research that will allow one experience the merit in the liberated choice process."





Research Interests

  • Architecture Theory
  • Art History
  • Tectonics in Architecture

Academic Awards

  • College Drive Scholarship
  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016


  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
  • Meditation Club


  • Beach Clean Up
  • A.R.T.S Camp Teacher
  • Habitat for Humanity

Hobbies and Interests

  • Sustainability
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Futbol

Research Description

Essence of Exploring East Asia, History & Theory Reacting with Urbanism
Looking at Xie He’s writings architecturally, there are direct correlations in his "Six Principles of Chinese Painting" with the design process. Architects touch upon each of these principles consciously or unconsciously when developing a visual language. His last principle states the importance of copying, this repetition in teaching is typical in eastern philosophy. The student must draw/paint/design over and over again until the movement becomes that of instinct. It becomes embedded in the body and the essence is more pure. I will be analyzing the architecture, how the future of china with it's growing urbanism drives it's roots from tradition specifically through Xie He's principles. The nature of the sketching will in itself embed the essence of my experience along with the analyzation into a visual nature which will stem off directly to Influence the design process. Expanding on He's theories I will juxtapose how different cultures abide to the principles differently and what happens when these traditions meet hyper density living situations. The sketches will accompany a writing that seeks to discover this theory of He and it's impact on current Chinese architecture along with how I communicate an essence of it in design and thought.