Aural Architecture Design Competition
– Top 3!

Canada

Woman in Swimsuit

Woman in Swimsuit

Woman in Swimsuit

Introduction.
My name is Jia Yi Jennifer Zhu and I am currently going into my 3rd undergraduate year of architectural science at Toronto Metropolitan University in Toronto, Canada.


When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
Growing up I had always taken an interest in art and design as it was all around me. Motivated by my interest, I took an exploring technologies course when I first started high school. It led me to take technological design courses that were architecturally focused, sparking my curiosity of how great spaces are designed.


What is your design philosophy?
I believe that the design of a space reflects the designer’s ability to empathize with the future occupants and address challenges. The design solutions should be conscious of the user experience and the impact on the existing context and environment.


What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture for me is a problem solving tool in the built environment that responds to spatial needs of groups and individuals. It expresses cultural context and beauty through spaces while addressing functionality and comfortability. I think as stewards of the earth, architecture has an important role in shaping the impact of the built environment on the natural environment and social issues as well.


Briefly explain your design process and your perspective on sensory architecture.
Analyzing the music and connecting the emotions felt to familiar architectural themes and elements helped me solidify a design intention. The intention guided the entire design process of the project from materiality to form. My partner and I also wanted to include sustainable features to our design that connects with the music to further explore the aural aspect with architecture.

I think that architecture has always been a sensory experience whether or not it is consciously designed with sensory in mind. Sound, touch and smell have always affected the user's experience of a space. There are different emotions felt in a quiet, musky, cozy space from a loud, anosmic, large space. For me, sound and smell can evoke emotional memories and all in all are prominent aspects of my experience of a space. Realizing this, I intend on being more considerate of the variety of non-visual senses, further exploring the roles senses play in the built environment.

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The Cistern of Light ©Jennifer Zhu, Bernadette Galingan

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The Cistern of Light ©Jennifer Zhu, Bernadette Galingan

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The Cistern of Light ©Jennifer Zhu, Bernadette Galingan

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The Cistern of Light ©Jennifer Zhu, Bernadette Galingan

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