Mentor: Dr. Lisa Huang
College of Design, Construction and Planning
"I applied to the USP because I'm interested in figuring out a solution to the Slums problem that are present in countries like Brazil. Through this research I hope to learn about alternative ways to design a small spaces. My goal this academic year is to be able to apply what I learn in my studio work to my research."
- Finding ways to increase the quality of living through the use of cost-conscious architecture
Bright Future Scholarship(2008)
Hobbies and Interests
- Designing and building furniture
- Spending time with friends and family
Limited Volume: A Research of Maximizing Space
The purpose of this research is to investigate small spaces in a different way. How can we maximize the space we have and utilize the spaces that are not commonly used? One example of a very successful small space is Architect, Gary Chang's tiny 330 square foot apartment in Hong Kong. His single room apartment has the ability to transform into 24 different rooms by a sliding wall system. The research will be conducted on spaces that are between 100 to 1,000 square feet which will allow for a more unambiguous exploration. The process of the research will be by analyzing different characteristics that are successful in Gary Chang’s apartment and precedents. I will focus on use of materiality, itinerary of light through the spaces, program, functionality, and spatial relationships between different rooms. The ultimate goal of this project is to apply the information learned from the research into the humanitarian effort to improve the architecture in areas like the "Favelas". Improving disadvantaged environments will impact their outlook on life. This goal will be achieve by finding new ways to build small homes and utilizing every space possible through its materials that are most economical depending on location of the aid-need community.