Matthew Bunza is currently an advanced Masters of Architecture degree candidate (2013) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent several years working as a designer at Allied Works Architecture in Portland and New York City, has worked with Patkau Architects in Vancouver, British Columbia; and is currently a teaching assistant at M.I.T. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University, where he studied architecture and environmental science, and has studied in Spain and China. He was an Adjunct Professor at Marylhurst University where he taught design studios, and has taught architecture in Portland’s public and private schools. His interests have included the interaction between architecture and landscape, passive and natural energy systems in buildings, human inhabitation of extreme environments, the relationship between craft and fabrication technology, and he is currently researching new typologies for building on steep slopes that mitigate mudslide risk while harnessing natural slope energy. Matt was born in Boston and grew up in Massachusetts, Arizona, and Oregon.
Born in France and raised in Europe, North Africa and Asia, she has worked for Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris and Steven Holl Architects in New York, collaborating on projects such as the Quai Branly Museum and the Citee du Surf in Biarritz. She also worked as a junior architect for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York on the NY Jets Training Facilities. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in architecture from Parsons the New School for Design in 2006 and is currently attending MIT for her Master’s degree in Architecture.
When they were still very young, my grandparents were forced to flee Spain during the Civil War, and start a new life in the Soviet Union, a country that welcomed exiled republicans after Franco’s victory. In Spain, we call those children ‘niños de la guerra’. Born to a Spanish dad and a Russian mum, I spent the first ten years of my life in Russia, moving back to Spain when I was ten. I have studied Architecture at the ETSAB University in Barcelona, as well as having spent a year at RMIT, in Melbourne, and a semester at Waseda University, in Tokyo. I am currently preparing for my thesis project. I was in Tokyo when the earthquake hit Japan, and I guess it was the experience, along with my interest in thinking urban alternatives for metropolises, that so strongly pushed me to join this workshop. Besides architecture, I deeply enjoy good design, especially that of furniture, clothing and jewelry. I love Nature, I appreciate art and good literature, and I am passionate about travelling and exploring those old and new landscapes of our planet.
Hung Fai Tang is an architecture student in Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is studying in the M.Arch program and going to complete his studies in year of 2013. Before going to MIT, he studies architecture in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) for his undergraduate degree. After he finished his undergrad studies in 2006, he worked as a teaching instructor and a research assistant in the architecture department of CUHK. Then, he moved to Beijing in 2007. During that time he worked in Atelier FCJZ as an intern architect for a year. Fai is optimistic and passionate designer, he loves design and architecture very much. Since his undergrad, he has formed a design team with other young designers to participate in many local and international design competitions. Now Fai is concentrating on researches and designs related on sustainability and energy issue for his architectural interests. He hopes his architectural design will make a better world.
Yihyun will be starting her second year of M.Arch program at M.I.T. She grew up in both Seoul and Warsaw until she moved to Berkeley, California to pursue studies in architecture and city planning at UC Berkeley. She received her Bachelor of Arts in architecture with honors in 2005, and worked in San Francisco and Seoul as architectural and lighting designer. She participated in several workshops with the Architectural Association in parametric urbanism. She recently completed Gradated Field, an installation project of cast plaster inhabitable landscape, with two other students for MIT 150th anniversary Festival of Arts Science and Technology. When not in architecture studio, she enjoys travelling. Past summer, Yihyun completed the Salkantay Trek hike that leads to the Macchu Picchu in Peru. Besides exploring nature and historic sites, her passion is in experiencing different urban forms of cities around the world.
Emily is currently in her last year of the Master of Architecture program. She has an undergraduate degree in architecture and French from Columbia University, during which time she escaped to study in Paris and Beijing. These months abroad – along with 2 years of international work prior to MIT – combined her love for architecture, travel, languages, and good food. The interdisciplinary nature of design has always intrigued her, with hands-on building projects in Cambodia and El Salvador solidifying her interest in international development and local building processes. Emily’s thesis, on the ecological reuse strategies for rubble in post-disaster Haiti, explores similar issues addressed in this workshop. Although she may not stop traveling, she will still always be true to her native Philadelphia, PA at heart.
Yushiro Okamoto is currently in his final year at MIT completing the Master of Architecture program. Before coming to MIT, he has studied architecture and landscape design at Keio University in Japan. This spring, he was selected to design a pavilion celebrating MIT’s 150s anniversary and completed the ICEWALL in front of the dome at Killian Court. ICEWALL has flower seeds frozen inside each ice blocks and as the ice melts, the seeds are left behind in the ground to germinate, and eventually bloom. Yushiro is interested in the ephemeral nature of things and how they change through time. Being a windsurfer, his architectural principle roots in the ocean, sensing the fine tension between body and nature.
I am a doctoral course student of the Department of Urban Engineering, Tokyo U. I am studying urban planning policy, disaster risk management and risk evaluation method, and especially focusing on flood risk in zero-meter area. In the future, flood risk is estimated to be increased because of climate change. And the existing flood control measures like levee and dam will not be able to prevent floods. So we have to introduce resilience strategy in preparation for future floods. Resilience strategy means minimizing flood impacts and enhancing the recovery from impacts. Resilience strategy should be also introduced in the restoration plan from 3.11 disaster because the devastated cities have to prepare for next tsunami disasters. I hope the resilience strategy for next tsunami disaster will be suggested in this workshop and I believe it will help devastated cities in the future.
Miyagi University student participants
Takanori Watanabe / Teaching Assistant
Mihoko Katsumura, Yuka Kikuchi, Chika Sato, Chinami Shibata, Yu Suzuki, Takahiro Sunada, Kenji Soma, Yuka Haga, Nami Yoshida, Kaori Ishida
Keio University student participants
Rei Koizumi / Teaching Assistant
Asuna Segawa / Student Assistant
Yutaro Muraji, Rosyuke Kawamori, Yuka Kaneko, Nobuhiro Shimizu, Chikako Ishikawa, Kosaku Yamamuro, Akiko Noguchi, Naoyuki Sasaki, Charles Lemonnier, Takahiro Sasaki, Miki Urano, Asuka Kohno, Takayuki Kosugi, Sayuha Nagawa, Yuying Shang, Sogen Lee, Hitoshi Ishikawa, Yuri Kitamoto, Sho Kurakawa, Yumi Goto