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Retreat Center Design Competition
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Shin Thant Htet

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Hsu Yin Htway

Woman in Swimsuit

Nay Win Aung

Team Details:
Shin Thant Htet, Hsu Yin Htway & Nay Win Aung

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Shin Thant Htet:

Hsu Yin Htway:

Nay Win Aung:

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Nay Win Aung

Nay Win is studying architecture at Mandalay Technological University, Myanmar.Actively participating in architecture workshops and competitions. Greatly interested in sustainable design and simple, clean and organic concepts.

1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
Hello guys, my name is Nay Win Aung and I'm from Myanmar. I'm an Architecture student at Mandalay Technological University. Currently, universities are closed because of COVID-19 and the coup but I’ve been joining online classes and workshops as a way to continue my learning. I am also working as an intern at a local architecture firm. In the future, I plan to finish my degree in architecture and join more competitions as well.

2. What is your design philosophy?
I believe a good design can bring comprehensive and innovative solutions to the given challenges which also respect the context and culture of the community.

3. Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
To my understanding, retreat centre would be a space that facilitates mindful conversation but also accommodates self-reflection and relaxation. It would be a place to take a break from the stressful cycle of day to day life. While choosing the site location, we wanted this project to take place where the concept of healing the mind is not well explored yet and where people who really need it would benefit most from this kind of facility. As part of the concept, we came up with the idea to create a collection of spaces that have a strong connection to nature and context of the site. Then, we explored locally available materials and local-familiar building techniques and forms to create an unimposing but welcoming atmosphere.

4. When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
I have always liked the style of vintage houses and colonial buildings as a kid. They gave off a vibe very different from the newer buildings around us. After high school, I joined architecture school pursuing the childhood dream of designing homes but I’ve learned that it’s so much more than that.

5. What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture is a very powerful language that can be used to express the ideas and values in the form of built environment. It is my greatest passion and I love the challenging but fulfilling nature of the profession as well.

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