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Jiayi Wang

Q: Where are you from?

I’m from Chengdu, China -- The city of giant Panda and Hotpot.

Q: Where did you go to school?

Kansas State University. I started at Engineering major and then switched to Art. Finally, I settled down with Architecture.

Q: Tell me about your family.

I’m the only child in my family. My dad is a philosopher and a writer. He used to give lectures in college. Many times I found myself fall into endless discussions about the intangibility of existence with my dad. My mom has been retired for quite a while – she used to be a commercial manager. Luckily, both of my parents are very good chefs. Going to the market, cooking, and discovering new food with them taught me quite a lot about life, nature, and balance.

Q: What is the most interesting aspect of architecture to you?

That’s a hard question. The way I understand architecture keeps changing. Maybe the dialogue between architecture and the consistently changing world attracts me. Also, I find the intimate connection of space between experience and the senses interesting.

Q: What makes our office unique?

Definitely the people in our office.

Q: Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?

I learned to skateboard!

Q: What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?

I like projects that give me the chance to challenge traditional thought.

Q: What’s your favorite part about coming to work?

After WFH for a looooong time, I really have been enjoy coming to the office and taking a walk around the neighborhood during my lunch break with my 28mm camera.

Q: What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Attend a concert in Pompeii, go diving in Carriacou, and visit my family when Covid finally calms down. Get rich, lose all the money, and get rich again.

Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?

A gracious outdoor space, a city view, a music studio, plants, and for sure, a nice full bar.

Q: Where are you most excited to travel next?


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