January Portfolio Challenge Winner is a project that was submitted to the Paris Affordable Housing Competition

December was a month full of top notch projects ranging from collective housing to a design for a Surf School to a new KFA HQ, but January is a new month and a new year with projects ranging from public housing in Paris to Equestrian spaces for practice to centers for environmental education.

With 8 artists’ work being presented throughout the month on all of our different platforms, we have the final winner with the most likes on Instagram!!

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The winner of the $30 Amazon Gift Card for this month, the month of January is Mujung Ryan Chiu’s Paving the Palimpsestwhich garnered the most likes on Instagram with 38 likes in January!!

Mujung Ryan Chiu joined the Architect-US Job+J1 Visa Program, and is now working in Chicago with Wheeler Kearns Architects. She created Paving the Palimpsest and submitted this great work to the Paris Affordable Housing Competition.

Due to the concentration of large populations in large bandeliue structures in the perimeter of Paris, it makes the standard of living lower and commute times much higher. Not only this, but opportunity tends to be concentrated downtown, and thus require making the effort to reach the city center to make a living. The competition that Chiu was part of “…seeks unique ideas for cities around the world facing housing shortages, and the corresponding exacerbation of social and economic imbalances.”

What were your favorite projects from January?!?! Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below!! 👇👇👇

If you want to see more by Ryan Chiu, scroll down to the bottom to find the rest of his project, Paving the Palimpsest.

Thank you to everyone who had their work presented in the month of January!! 😁😁 We want to make sure that they all get more exposure! 👀👀

In second place was Theodor Harasim’s Center for Environmental Research & Education, which garnered 37 likes on Instagram. After graduating from Polytechnic School of Madrid (ETSAM) in 2017, he started working with the Romanian Green Building Council as a Program Specialist. He has always been interested in contributing to the sustainable transition of new building practices and implementation. During his time studying and working with the Council he created the Center for Environmental Research & Education, which provides a holistic approach to the designing, planning, and creation of a Center for the Sustainability movement in Romania.

In third place was Andrés Conejero Conesa’s Auroville Urban Axis, Urban Densification and Architectural Strategies in Southeastern India with over 36 likes on InstagramConesa was in the midst of his Master of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid when he got the opportunity to travel to India to work with Anupama Kundoo Architects. The project is Conesa’s Master Thesis, but it began as a collaboration with Anupama Kundoo.

In fourth place was Diana Ghervas’s Student Hub, which won over 28 likes on Instagram. Student Hub represents the next step for her transition from the study of a simple program to a much more complex and interesting one. The project was based on the study of how architecture can be not only for individual people but also can contribute to the formation of communities. The project represents the way how the presence and organization of public and private spaces can coexist together and have a major impact on people and social relations between them. The Student Hub was a final project for her 3-rd year at the University of Architecture and Urbanism ‘Ion Mincu’ in Bucharest.

In fifth place was Syed Azaz Mustafa’s Martesana Social Housing which garnered over 24 likes on Instagram, received top scores at the Politecnico Di Milano in Italy. Syed was able to get the chance to work as an entry-level architect at Gianluca Milese Architecture Studio in Milan during his studies where his style was largely influenced. The Martesana Project is designed according to the needs of neighbourhood and to integrate better with the community. Different blocks of the projects are designed according to the specific target groups and their needs so the project can be integral part of urban fabric.

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In sixth place was Nieves Andrea Calvo’s Viaje a BCN won over 20 likes on Instagram. This new project she published for the Portfolio Challenge called Viaje a BCN was for the Miró Foundation and it aims to display her sketching and design skills to create a space for the community. Nieves writes notes around the sketches that define the axonometric projection of the buildings and how they should be understood by tying the functionality with the structure and materials used.

In seventh place was Marta Espinosa’s Territorial Planning and Equestrian Facilities, which garnered 19 likes on Instagram. Her inspiration is drawn from her love for Equestrian. Marta has been a horseback riding instructor for over 3 years, and now she is in Los Angeles taking on her Career goals. Marta has been working at Torrence Architects for just under a year now, and she loves the opportunity to be able to work with some top notch architects in Los Angeles.

In eighth place was Toshinosuke Matsuki’s Queens Plaza Tower, which won over 17 likes on Instagram. Toshi previously worked at Pelli Clarke Pelli in Tokyo, before moving to the USA to purse his career dreams with Marvel Designs. For the Portfolio Challenge Toshi has presented us with Queens Plaza Tower, a project that he worked on during his time at Marvel in New York City, and which provides us with a glimpse into his mind and how he approaches the design process.

Images by Mujung Ryan Chiu

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