Student Look - Victoria Tan

Student Look - Victoria Tan

Victoria Tan talks design approach, initial impressions of the BIA & overcoming challenges faced within her graduation design scheme.

Describe your proposal in 3 key words:
Playful, interactive, and evocative

In what ways do you find you approach design projects?
I usually start a design project with extensive research on the client, site and brief - through this, I try to gain an understanding of what problems need to be addressed from various points of views. From this initial research, I will usually pull out a few key words, concepts or theories which resonate with my design ethos. Based on these, I then start with sketch design, which usually creates the forms carried through the whole project from macro to micro, providing a cohesive integration of every element. I find that sketch design gives me the most freedom in exploration, because it is the easiest "tool" to access (just pen and paper!) at any given time!

First memory / impression of the BIA:
I remember being pretty intimidated but excited during the first week or so in the BIA - the work that they showed us in one of the introductory forums was so amazing and at that time, I marvelled at how I would ever be able to achieve that level of work. In that same forum, I remember a tutor telling us (something along the lines of) this: "Make friends within your faculty and within your degree, because you won't have time for a social life outside the Built Environment." Hilarious, but so true! In saying that, the friendships made during the span of this 4 year degree have really become some of the strongest (more like family now!) as we experienced the good and bad together!

Biggest challenge you have faced throughout the development of your grad scheme? How did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I have faced through this grad project is bringing the conceptual to realisation in the form of architecture. From the genesis of my project, theoretical ideas have surfaced easily, but these tend to get lost in translation during its development into architectural form. To overcome this, I have taken a step backward to understand and address the physical needs and constraints of the space first, and then injecting my conceptual ideas into the site through varying plays of form. I find that considering both theoretical and physical at the same time creates the best possible integration of ideas, without losing its initial interpretation.


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