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 as an 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 dialog between architecture and the consistently changing world attracts me. Also, I find the intimate connection of space between experience and 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? (in person or virtually)
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.
Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?
A gracious outdoor space, a city view, a music studio, plants, and a nice full bar is a must.
Q: Where are you most excited to travel next?