Aural Architecture Design Competition
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United States

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Yifan Deng

Self Introduction
I’m Yifan Deng. I’m working as an architectural designer at Asymptote Architecture in New York. I graduated from South China University of Technology with a Bachelor degree of Architecture. Then I finished the Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design in Columbia GSAPP.


When and how were you first introduced to architecture?
Although I was not officially introduced into architecture until my first day of my Bachelor’s studies, I was somehow attracted to architecture long before even knowing what it was. It started from those sketches and fantasies of living environments, mock-up models crafted with daily objects, the admiration of sculptural spaces, composition, light, materiality, and so on.


What is your design philosophy?
In my opinion, design is ultimately about its experiential quality. Understanding how hard-won it is for a building to be brought to life from sparks of ideas all the way to project completion, I believe that design is a process of intelligent problem solving which mediates conceptuality and practicality.


What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture has literally become part of my everyday life. I enjoy encountering unexpected moments of when architecture is actively connected to human life and becomes part of the urban experience.


Briefly explain your design process and your perspective on sensory architecture.
The topic of sensory architecture provided great flexibility to decode then interpret the music to architectural space. As always, music can be interpreted so differently among the mass audience. For us, the music piece has a few chapters with distinct nature. It’s telling us a thrilling emotional change from Suspecting, Encountering, Struggling, Fighting and eventually, Elevating.

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The Sentients Palace ©Tianjian Li, Yifan Deng

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The Sentients Palace ©Tianjian Li, Yifan Deng

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The Sentients Palace ©Tianjian Li, Yifan Deng

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The Sentients Palace ©Tianjian Li, Yifan Deng

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