At 16 years old, Helene Huang realized the magic of design and started to see it as a new language. Since she decided to study Architecture at the ArtCenter College of Design in California interested in the Environmental Design Department. Helene won the Emerging Interior Design of the Year in Eating space prize at the First Edition of the LIV Hospitality Design Awards.

Could you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from?

Hi, I am Helene Huang, a human-centered spatial experience designer. I am from Foshan, Canton, China. I have interned in Penda Architecture and HBAarchitecture. Recently, I just gained my Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design with distinction from ArtCenter College of Design.

I have been studied abroad in France, the United States, and Japan. Growing up in a multi-cultural environment, I see design as a language to create meaningful connections. So, if design is a language, empathy would be the grammar — to create a bridge of understanding, honesty, and empowerment.

How did you discover your passion for Design and decided to study at Artcenter College of Design?

I started to realize the magic of design at the age of 16 when I exchanged to France. However, from all the cultural and language barriers, I felt disconnected. What grounded me back is going to the theaters. Actors perform and sing with no language, but everyone understands totally.

Therefore, I see design as a new language – a visual language that breaks physical and social boundaries and creates meaningful connections for people with different cultures, generations, and points of view.  This is how I discovered my passion for design.

I decided to study at ArtCenter College of Design because of their high reputation of “professionalism” and the spatial approach of their Environmental Design Department – to fuse elements of architecture, interior design and furniture design to focus on the total spatial experience.

What kind of questions do you ask before beginning designing “ Dim. Boutique Restaurant for Dim-sum? What piece of information is of utmost value?

I started to choose the food served in the restaurant – that is, dim-sum. I asked myself: How might we bring the essence of authentic dim sum experience from Cantonese culture?

The answer for me is the freshness of the rainy atmosphere from Canton, various delicious dim-sum windows as a feast for the eyes, and the unexpected dim sum cart coming to your table.

Since my goal is to create new social connections under the pandemic, I also asked: how might we elevate the intimacy for a group of customers while maintaining social distance for different groups of people?

Then, I asked: How might we introduce and explain various dim-sums in an elegant way to Los Angeles foodies who have little knowledge of dim-sum? How might we reinvent the experience of dim-sum cart?

My approach is to create a hologram dim-sum hallway as an exhibition and a menu wall. I also recreated the floor pattern as if clouds and fogs in traditional Chinese ink painting and use the copper inlay pattern as the trail for floating dim-sum boats.

I value the unique experience and sequence the most. I aim to provide a staged dining experience that can be revealed layer by layer. Foodies will be welcomed by the rainy facade, which introduced them to the humid Cantonese atmosphere. While foodies can learn about various dim-sum on the dim-sum wall, projected bamboo grows as they order. When the day is finished, a bamboo forest will be created by all the customers of the day.

Dim. Boutique Restaurant for Dim-sum


What do you see as the strengths of your winning project and what does this award mean to you personally?  

I think my strengths would be creating an innovative immersive sitting experience and renovating a cultural dining experience in a poetic way. When foodies sit down at the sunken booths, they are surrounded by copper inlay patterns of the floor, as if surrounded by clouds. Lowering their eye levels and using low floor lights and candles on the tables creates a new dining experience and brings intimacy to a group of customers.

This award means a lot to me because I have a dream of hospitality design. I use design as a tool to create honest connections to my audience and I have spent days and nights creating the innovated, elevated and poetic dim-sum experience with Dim. Boutique Restaurant. LIV Design Award gives me strong confidence to further chase my dream in hospitality design and create new experiences!

Dim. Boutique Restaurant for Dim-sum


How do you think your own culture and environment have shaped your personal and professional creative vision?

I think my own culture, Cantonese culture is the ultimate reason to inspire me to create a boutique restaurant for dim-dum. Waiting for a dim-sum cart with hundreds of bamboo steamers to come to the table is one of my best childhood memory!

The pragmatic and down-to-earth quality of Cantonese culture has deeply inspired me to be an honest and non-pretentious designer. Growing up with two mother languages, both Cantonese and Mandarin shaped my interest in languages and inspired me to study new languages like English, French, and Japanese. Also, overcoming all the cultural and language barriers taught me the power of empathy — it will always be my lens to approach a new challenge and my ultimate design goal.

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With his love of natural and rustic materials, Yongquan Yang found the inspiration to design ‘An Introduction of the Unique Bamboo Lodge’ from the natural beauty of the city of Yibin and its neighboring bamboo forest. Winning the 2020 Interior Design of the Year – Living Space award, Yongquan shares with us his passion for design. 

Could you tell us a little about your professional journey?

This year is my 11th year in the design industry. I feel like I’m just getting started and have developed my own design ideas. I love natural and rustic materials and I am fond of architectural design, cherishing things, and learning from nature as a design concept. In my opinion, a house is a world!

I think design is creation; every design is a creation, and every design is a world. My design philosophy is natural, rustic, and environmentally friendly; I try not to destroy but respect nature, which is why I like natural materials. I still hold to a belief of one thought, one space, one world.

How/when did you discover that you wanted to work in design?

I have enjoyed painting since I was a child and I studied art throughout high school. When the time came to choose a subject for University, I thought for a long time and finally chose to study design. This is my ideal career.

What led you to build a lodge with bamboo as the main material?

Yibin is one of the earliest and oldest cities on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and was called “Bo, “Rongzhou” and “Xuzhou”, which is well-known as “Southwest Half Wall Ancient Rong State”.

The first time I arrived in Yibin I was drawn to the bamboo covering the hills and I was even more impressed when I visited the magnificent verdant momentum of the famous bamboo forest in southern Sichuan. From this point in time, I developed the idea of building a world of bamboo in “Southwest Half Wall Ancient Rong State”. A world where I could make a pot of tea over bamboo charcoal, appreciating each of the ten virtues of tea, while listening to the arrival of the wind and admiring the beauty of the bamboo waves, rising and falling. I believed this would be wonderful!

An Introduction of the Unique Bamboo Lodge

What was most important for you when planning this project? What were the biggest challenges you and your team faced?

“Source” is the root of all things and the root source of No.10 Bamboo Lodge is, unsurprisingly, bamboo. I spent a year investigating the bamboo industry, both in China and also in some foreign bamboo industries. I discovered and researched other buildings made of raw bamboo, at home and abroad, and learned no one had made a whole space with bamboo as the sole decorative material. Therefore, I accepted the challenge: to create a world made solely of bamboo and sought out breakthrough applications for the material, hoping to encourage further use: with its strength, ability to swiftly regenerate, and environmentally-friendly applications.

Throughout the design and construction processes, the hardest problems to solve were the issues of mildew, corrosion prevention, and insect growth on bamboo; it took two years to study and solve these problems.

Where do you get your motivation and inspiration for your work?

Following a career in design is perfect for me; it has always been my favorite discipline, and having the opportunity to persistently work in design makes me very happy, while also providing a great sense of achievement. My inspiration comes from my adherence to traditional Chinese culture and my understanding of interior space. For interior design, I have the drive to solve the problems of function and space, rather than simply decorate.

An Introduction of the Unique Bamboo Lodge

What are you working on now? What is in the pipeline for you?

I am still engaged in design, which makes my life more meaningful. I hope that through my design work, I can continue to contribute to this industry and create solutions for clients, making people happy.

Lastly, what would be your best advice to young talented interior designers?

Design is creation and each creation is unique. As designers, we must consider environmental protection and nature, ensuring we are ecologically friendly, avoiding destroying nature at all costs. What interior design needs is to solve the problems of function and space, not simply decoration.


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The program is one of the most highly anticipated acknowledgments in the Hospitality Architectural and Interior Design industry.

LIV Hospitality Design Awards is open to architects and interior designers around the world who have created incredible projects in Hospitality. The LIV Awards program is an inclusive platform, pursuing exceptional projects within the living and eating spaces, from co-living, boutique hotels to beach resorts, from fine dining restaurants, lounges to pop-up bars.

Winning the LIV Hospitality Design Awards is an exciting opportunity for both established and new talented designers, architects, owners, operators, and students.

The program will close on March 18th, 2022.


From Malaysia, Edwin Khai Vun Ho studied Architecture at the University of Newcastle in Australia; he has recently won the “Emerging Architect of the Year” prize for his project Farewell to Life. Concerned with the loneliness of the end-of-life, his design brings back families and life in auspices.

Could you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from?

I grew up in a small town in Tawau, Malaysia, and then crossed the border to attend Taylor’s University for my undergraduate. I earned my first degree in architecture and spent one year working at 29 Design in Malaysia.

How did you discover your passion for Design and decided to study at the University of Newcastle, Australia?

My interest in architecture developed during my foundation year at the university, where I realized that architecture could change or give a better environment to people. I believe the role of the architect extends beyond designing a building itself but to benefit the people and the surrounding. To achieve that, I decided to continue my education in a different country, gaining experience from another culture as well as practicing in the field. This has helped me sharpen my design skills and prepare me to take a role in shaping better living conditions for society.

What was your design process when working on “Farewell to Life”? What did you want to achieve?

“Farewell to Life” was my final year thesis project. My concern with architecture is dealing with the idea of loneliness through death and the process of the end-of-life.

By bringing people together, by bringing the families in, but not isolating them, where people feel connected to their family or feel connected to the place in order to combat the idea of loneliness to death which is by nature is a very lonely, isolated process. This led me to create a kitchen and dining room in a hospice so that families could come and cook together, rather than just sit around the bed and watch their sick loved one. This was my original idea when I started to develop architectural responses as to why it is important and how all the problems associated with loneliness can be solved.

In order to promote health, well-being needs are associated with fulfillment, quality of life, and psychological health. People prefer to be in a place where food is served, helping to develop relationship bonds. Living in a natural environment is also therapeutic, simultaneously creating an intimate sense of feeling protected.

Farewell to Life

Farewell to Life

Can you please share with us what becoming the winner of the “Emerging Architect of the Year” prize means to you?

I am very honored to receive such a valuable award. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work. I worked my hardest to be here, but someone always outperformed me. In retrospect, I have experienced a number of hurdles, but each one has only strengthened me. I think winning this prize is a good thing; I gained the courage to push myself and improve my performance at each step. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to make a special mention of my tutors Peter and Rebecca who have been my mentors throughout my thesis and guide me to drive the design process and find better solutions.

What are you working on now? When will you finish your study?

I graduated with my master’s degree recently. I am currently working as a freelancer for several projects. I know many graduates have been impacted by the pandemic in job hunting, and I was no exception. I hope to continue working as a freelancer, looking after small-scale projects that keep me moving forward to achieve my goal and gain more experience in architecture practice.

What can we wish you for in the future? 

I hope this recognition can become a helpful connection to my future career.

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Founders of Minarc, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson have settled in Santa Monica in California; far from their native Iceland. Top winners of the first edition of the LIV Hospitality Design Awards; Erla and Tryggvi shared with us their connection to nature and guiding design principles.

Could you tell us a little about your professional journey? Where are you from?

Prior to settling in Santa Monica, Southern California, we grew up surrounded by the striking beauty and distinct realities of the Icelandic countryside. This upbringing fostered within us a deep-seated love and profound respect for nature, coupled with a highly focused and beautifully pragmatic approach to our life’s work: Always do better.

What was the project design brief for “Northern Lights Bar at ION Adventure Hotel”?

The most important focus of this project was to take full advantage of the connection to nature.

What was most important for you when planning this project?

Incorporating the atmosphere and creating a mood of integration, not interruption, was most important. There may be no better way for the modern adventurer to relax and enjoy Iceland’s natural beauty, while viewing the otherworldly phenomenon known as the aurora borealis, than from the bar and lounge named for nature’s ethereal light show – the Northern Lights bar and lounge at the Ion Hotel.

Perched atop a series of high-seat pillars in the midst of a remote lava field where Mount Hengill and Thingvellir National Park converge, with its double-height floor to ceiling windows, it offers unobstructed views of the breathtaking Lake Thingvallavatn and, when conditions are just right, the intensely vivid dancing lights of the north.

The modest decor of the Northern Lights bar and lounge, with its use of natural light and panoramic views, creates a sense of harmony with the world outside. There are no boundaries between the modern adventurer and the many wonders of this mystical place we call Iceland.

Northern Lights Bar at ION Adventure Hotel

Northern Lights Bar at ION Adventure Hotel

What were the biggest challenges you and your team faced? Can you tell us more about the logistics when building the property?

Designing and building on protected land presents its own challenges. Working on a remote property calls for innovative solutions for material deliveries and installation, without disturbing the natural graded land. Prefabricated panels were created off-site and delivered, having to keep in mind the size of the panels needed was limited by our delivery options.

Can you please share with us what winning the “Architectural Design of the Year” prize means to you?

We are truly honored and humbled to be recognized for this award. We are proud of this project and thank you for your continued support.

In general, what is your guiding design principle?

We derive inspiration from the unassuming, austere beauty and otherworldly natural features of our native Iceland, the land of fire and ice. An appreciation for the absence of barriers and respect for open and integrated spaces are key elements of each project.

Throughout our career, we strive to have a continuous dedication to improving the environment and our communities, by bringing innovative ideas forward with a clear connection to sustainability, through employing innovative materials and technologies, while adhering to sustainable practices and design standards. Through this approach we are able to provide a healthy environment, offering natural light and space that flows.

What are you working on now? What is in the pipeline for you?

We always focus on our companies and striving towards a better future of building. Minarc Group is a collective group of subsidiaries that bring thoughtful, modern design to an international landscape. We pride ourselves in being trailblazers in the creative minimalism movement, by continuing to craft spaces that not only bring the outdoors in, but inspire intentional living and conscious lifestyles. Under the umbrella of Minarc Group, our studio comprises Minarc, mnmMOD  Plús Hús and ERLA Construction, which seamlessly translates into a holistic, environmentally aware approach, perfectly tailored to the needs of our clientele.

mnmMOD is our prefabricated panel system that provides the structure and insulation (replacing traditional wood framing), which you can clad with any exterior and interior finish you want. Using mnmMOD speeds up the building process and, in the long run, you’ll save on energy bills and maintenance since mnmMOD panels don’t mold, support fire, get termites, or warp. Utilizing prefabricated panels also allows for a minimization of waste on the construction site.

Plús Hús is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) design service that offers a simple, efficient, multi-purpose structure designed to let anyone add an environmentally responsible space to their property.

ERLA Construction is our full-service general contracting firm. Our values are founded on integrity, dedication to clientele, and an unconditional commitment to the highest quality in the implementation of projects. By forging relationships based on teamwork and smooth project execution, we hope to offer a unique hands-on approach resulting in the success of our projects and continuously strive to be a forerunner in the interest of sustainability.

What can we wish you for in the future? 

Health, happiness, and a successful future continuing doing what we love.

Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson photo credit: Asta Kristjans

A student at the ArtCenter College of Design in California, USA; Irene Lee is originally from South Korea. She has recently won the LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2020 in the Interior Design Category, for her project entitled “GoodDay & GoodNight”. Here, Irene shares with us her passion for design and creating space that improves quality of life, experience, and lifestyle for professionals in their 20s and 30s.

Could you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from?

I am from South Korea. I came to the U.S. after college to follow my passion for Interior Design. I studied Environmental Design with an emphasis on Spatial Experience at ArtCenter College of Design. Before ArtCenter College, I studied my undergrad degrees in English & Law. It was a big challenge for me, to move to a different country to study a new major. Growing up being curious about the environment around me, I explored the world and was especially in love with places that made me connect with new people and experience new cultures.

How did you discover your passion for design and decided to study at ArtCenter College of Design?

I discovered my passion for design as a little child when I saw my family running a real estate business, transforming homes from old to new. I was impressed by how design could change the quality of life significantly. I decided to study at ArtCenter College of Design when I was studying Interior Design at Pratt Institute back in 2018. I visited ArtCenter during my winter vacation of 2019 and was impressed by the students’ work and how the school inspired and motivated students to be professional. I was also captivated by the beautiful campus, located at the top of the Pasadena hills and surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.

What was your design process when working on “GoodDay & GoodNight”?

My design process is from conceptual development to 2d drawing to 3d visualization. For ‘GoodDay & GoodNight’, I designed a residence that offers a holistic hospitality experience for wellness, with a focus on sleep and a healthier lifestyle, to young, hardworking professionals who have different schedules. I researched behavioral psychology and circadian rhythm to enhance wellness, along with strategies such as incorporating nature into the space, in order to support my goals and design concepts. Then I selected colors, materials, furniture, and fixtures, with inspiration from nature, ensuring the whole is sustainable. I then worked on space planning to reach my goals, designing schematics through a series of explorations, and subsequently building 3D models and renders.

GoodDay & GoodNight – Hotel Design

What do you see as the strengths of your winning projects and what does this award mean to you personally?

I think the strengths of my winning project are how my project addresses issues currently present in society, such as burnout, insomnia, sleep disorder, etc, creating a solution to these. As a designer who strives to create spaces that improve the quality of living, experience, and lifestyle for professionals in their 20s and 30s, I feel acknowledged by LIV Hospitality Design Awards globally recognized excellence in Hospitality Architecture, Interior Design, and Guest Experiences. Receiving the LIV Hospitality Design Award means a lot to me, and I consider receiving this award one of the greatest achievements in my career. After having my project recognized, I now feel more confident in taking on bigger challenges. I am greatly appreciative of the opportunity to connect with designers around the world through the LIV awards.

What do you think are the biggest challenges and opportunities in your career/industry now?

For the architecture and design industry, there are significant obstacles looming. Most of these obstacles have grown out of the ongoing pandemic and the strain it has put on our health, economy, and communities. Others stem from historical/long-term issues like systemic inequality and global warming. Opportunities are present to develop sustainable design, demonstrating we care deeply about the Earth and propose ways to remedy our environment.

What can we wish to see from you in the future?

I will always remain a designer who creates positive impacts on the mind and body and continues to inspire, connect, and heal others through design. My main goal is to become an interior designer who can be empathetic with others. making an impact on others’ lives and contributing to society as a designer. In the future, I am looking to travel around the world and see many more great designs and connect with people.

GoodDay & GoodNight – Hotel Design – more information on the project. 


Born and raised in The Netherlands,  Eelco Böhtlingk spent the first two decades of his life living in both your typical idyllic Dutch village and the seriously design-cool city of Rotterdam.

His career in hospitality first started in The Netherlands, where he worked in various (Michelin awarded) fine dining restaurants. Next up was a degree in hotel management and the pursuit of new horizons and experience leading teams. He spent a decade living between the Middle East and Southeast Asia, managing F+B operations and opening hotels. Over the years, his career has given him the opportunity to live in Abu Dhabi, Langkawi, Bali, Bangkok, and Hong Kong, where he is currently based.

Eelco Böhtlingk joined the LIV Hospitality Design Awards Jury panel in 2020.

What has inspired you to work in the Design field?

At first, a passion for creating smarter hotel spaces for the associates that work in them. Passion is an overused word, but when working alongside over a hundred associates in your team who serve five times that number of guests daily, an efficiency compromise becomes an enormous burden over time. I wanted to become part of the solution; hence I joined the corporate office in my current role.

My focus then grew into ensuring that those efficiencies resulted in better put-together designs where all design disciplines coordinate. This is still a significant challenge today, achieving that holistic design where everything from aesthetics, acoustics, audio, lighting, operational efficiency, sustainability, and ultimately, purpose and creativity work together.

What are your primary responsibilities as Senior Director, Design Development Operations, Asia Pacific?

We have a broad responsibility. The most important one is to ensure that the hundred+ hotel projects that I am responsible for have compelling restaurant & bar concepts, functional public spaces, ergonomic back of house designs, and experiential interior design. I spend a lot of time ensuring that all design elements work towards a clear & united goal, from a comfortable chair to acoustic reverberation.

Element Hotels Asia Pacific –  F&B Concept book

Moxy Hotels Asia Pacific – F&B Concept book

What are you working on at the moment, and do you have any upcoming projects or collaborations that you’re able to tell us about?

Working with our wonderful team, I led brand design strategies for St. Regis, Courtyard by Marriott, Aloft Hotels, Moxy Hotels, and Element Hotels. From detailed design prototypes for select-service hotel brands to a highly detailed design guide for world-class St. Regis bars.

In addition, I am championing sustainable design solutions for our Asia Pacific continent. Sustainability is such an essential quality of the work that we do and, at the same time, an ambiguous one. I am bringing substance to this by working across all teams in our organization to help them integrate sustainability into their work.

The St. Regis Bar design guide

The St. Regis Bar Hong Kong

How do you integrate “Sustainability elements and process” when starting a project?

First off, sustainability, the environment, and what it does to marginalized communities worldwide is not only something I am personally deeply concerned about, but it is also deeply troubling to the hospitality industry as a whole. Ethical operators accept both this responsibility and opportunity. The hospitality industry offers experiences designed to make people feel better. On the other hand, the fact that this economic activity is also affecting our communities negatively is a troubling consequence. In terms of opportunities, almost everyone consumes hospitality experiences. We have the power to influence what visitors get exposed to and whether that has a lasting positive effect on the communities in which we operate.

The way I work with sustainability has mostly to do with the design & development of hotels. It starts with owner engagement, where we arm ourselves with compelling case studies to promote sustainable solutions and introduce a route to green certification and our standards to improve the sustainable quality of our work.

I help owners and design consultants make sense of the myriad of sustainable solutions out there during the design phase. Case in point; what might be sustainable in Hokkaido needs an entirely different approach in the Maldives. All angles are looked at, i.e. electrifying operations, renewables, circular construction, or waste management, while not compromising other qualities like space efficiency or guest experience.  It’s an uphill battle, but seeing the scope of the work I do, the urgency of the climate crisis, and its human rights aspect, this must stay top of mind – both in my projects and when supporting our organization in implementing sustainable solutions.

Sustain – Sustainable Design Asia Pacific

What do you feel is the most challenging part of working in Hospitality – Restaurant Design today?

I feel that the manifested interests of business owners and consumers are growing further apart. With consumers taking a more active role in consumption and its ethics, business owners are not always ready to accept and shift design and development practices to anticipate this trend.

Another challenge would be an experiential restaurant or bar design. There seem to be too many moving parts in the complex F&B design discipline that most designers are not ready to integrate. Restaurants are incredibly dynamic, and the requirements are underestimated. Beyond what you see on a rendering, there is routing, comfort, service functionality, durability, acoustics, lighting, and temperature that guests will all appreciate over pure aesthetics. Yet, we are often disproportionately interested in space renderings.

Do you mind sharing what are your passions outside of the design world?

I feel best when in nature or at a restaurant – both at my doorstep here in Hong Kong or traveling to exotic places worldwide. I love participating in Burning Man, a yearly community event in Nevada, and other demanding and musical experiences. This year has been somewhat different, but locally here in Hong Kong, there are many stunning opportunities. Like collaborating with universities and mentees on various topics, including interior design, diversity & inclusion, and sustainability.

The soon to open Aloft Bali Kuta – adopting the Asia Pacific design prototype

Moxy Taichung Taiwan – adopting the Asia Pacific design prototype

Students at the National United University in Taiwan, Yu-Chia Lin and Yu-Hao Chen have designed a new type of hospitality, where the geographical location brings a new sense to the property. These emerging designers of the “Feathery Snowflakes” were awarded a top prize at the first edition of the LIV Hospitality Design Awards.

Could you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from?

We are a team from D&A Lab; the Digital Design of Art and Architecture Laboratory at the Department of Architecture from the National United University Taiwan. Our members are Lin Yu Chia and Chen Yu Hao, and our advisor at D&A Lab is  Professor Wu Shi Yen. We joined D&A Lab in our senior year. It is a laboratory that combines digital and artistic research. In the laboratory, we have come into contact with different areas. Our teacher also spends a lot of time with the students, which allows us to grow and learn a lot.

How did you discover your passion for design and decide to study at National United University in Taiwan?

We found that we were interested in architecture in high school and, therefore, both of us chose the Department of Architecture. The reason we chose National Union University was that one of our relatives was an alumni of the University. They recommended their alma mater to me, which became the main reason why we chose here. Furthermore, it has all kinds of equipment and good teachers, as well as courses for exchanges with foreign countries. It provides a great opportunity for the students here.

What was your design process when working on “Feathery snowflakes”? What was the brief?

Feathery snowflakes project was designed to reflect the natural, seasonal elements of the valley. The scenery changes along the pedestrians’ paths, allowing travelers to experience different atmospheres and interact with the ever-changing environment. The hotel is well integrated into the landscape and offers panoramic mountain views.

Feathery snowflakes

Can you please share with us what becoming the winner of the “Emerging Architect of the Year” prize means to you?

We believe this award will reflect how important this project is and the experience it brought us. There were a lot of struggles during the design process and later, from concept to reality: we made a lot of revisions and adjustments. We are very happy to have won the Emerging Architect of the Year award title. Although it is a pity that the award ceremony was online due to the epidemic this year, we were still very excited because it was the first time we participated in this type of international competition. We are very grateful to the LIV Hospitality Design Award and the jury for giving us this opportunity to have our work seen by the world, which means a lot to us.

What are you working on now? When will you finish your study?

We are now working on our graduation project; this is a one-year personal design plan. For this process, we need to look at our life experiences and develop different designs. Finally, we will showcase our five-year study projects with an exhibition. We are excited and look forward to seeing the results of our projects. We hope the epidemic will be under control, allowing us to celebrate and end our university year.

What can we wish to see from you in the future?

We are currently planning to pursue our master’s degrees and one of our goals is to study in the UK and the US, in order to broaden our horizons and experiences. We also hope to enter the workforce as soon as possible and have the opportunity to study in a well-known architectural firm. We are passionate about architecture, we will continue to add energy to our design and showcase our work globally.

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Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Josh Chaiken shared with us the strengths of the Park Hyatt Suzhou; winning project in Architectural Design – Living Space category.

Could you tell us a little about your professional journey?

My formal training started in architecture school and has, over time, been transformed by design considerations drawn through experience.  Contrary to my expectations as a student, I’ve found that a large studio like KPF can offer limitless opportunities for creative endeavors.

How did you discover your passion for Architecture?

I always enjoyed making things from a young age and also remember liking modern buildings – especially when they suggested something futuristic.

What do you see as the strengths of your winning project “Park Hyatt Suzhou” and what does this award mean to you personally?

The project melds a response to a historic context with a nuanced, modern language. The building is designed around a hospitality experience specific to its location. I would like to think that the project was appreciated for these qualities.

Park Hyatt Suzhou

What was most important for you when planning this project and what were the biggest challenges you and your team faced?

At the start, the client and the hotel operator had somewhat different visions for this project.  Our challenge was to synthesize these ideas into a single expression.

In general, what is your guiding design principle?

I’m usually looking for elegant design solutions, which achieve their objectives with the most concise gestures.

Where do you get your motivation and inspiration for your work?

From my colleagues and experiences while traveling.

Park Hyatt Suzhou

What are you working on now? What is in the pipeline for you?

Some interesting urban projects in China are in design, a hotel in Tel Aviv is under construction, as is a mixed-use, four-block development in Shanghai.

Last, what would be your best advice to young talented Architects?

Make sure you enjoy the process.

Park Hyatt Suzhou

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