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Architecture in the Land Down Under, Chinese Applicant Personal Statement Sample

XXXX in Australia is my first choice for graduate school because I see it as the cutting-edge in design and representative of the many wonderful things that Australia stands for, as a leader and innovator in world-wide development, especially as concerns our part of the world, the South Pacific. I earned my BS in Architectural Studies at Curtin University in Australia, graduating in December of 2016. Returning to Australia for graduate school at XXXX would provide me with the optimal springboard to pursue and continue to build my career as an international architect with a broad experience base covering the best in architecture from Sydney to Hong Kong, my home.

I earned my first Bachelor’s Degree at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013, in Architectural Science. I also earned an Associate Degree in Environmental Conservation. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Curtin University in Australia in December of 2016 and since that time I have been gearing up for your Master’s Program at XXXX. Sustainable, environmentally-friendly architecture stands at the center of my interests and I feel strongly that my education so far as given me a solid preparation on which to excel in your program. I am extremely favorably impressed with the intellectual and professional strength and diversity of your program at RMIT. I also very much like the location of your Institute. I appreciate how RMIT Architecture is renowned for its extensive, long-standing links with industry. Thus, I see RMIT as the perfect springboard upon which to launch me on a highly successful career for many decades to come working as an architect in my native Hong Kong, Australia, and points in between.

After completing your program, I look forward to working as a registered architect for the balance of my professional life. I could not be more passionate about sustainable architectural design and my dream is to inspire countless others, stirring the imagination on the cutting-edge of sustainable design, creating better living conditions for all - one structure at a time. I want to have a life-improving impact on many communities, especially in Australia and Hong Kong. I feel strongly that Hong Kong has much to learn architecturally from Australia and vice versa.

Nothing excites me as much as the process of designing practical solutions and achievements that help to better living condition for mankind generally speaking as well as at the local level. I pay close attention to changing or evolving understandings of the nature of 'luxury' within architecture since I place a priority on comfort, convenience, and aesthetic appeal, especially when accomplished in complete harmony with our natural environment. I am giving my life to sustainable architecture because of its most positive, life-changing impact on people and communities.

Both Australia and Hong Kong are experiencing a housing shortage. Thus, the need is urgent to rethink and retool to meet the escalating demands of society in such a way as to preserve natural beauty and resources for generations to come. It is time to rethink – imagine- new forms of contemporary housing in accordance with the exigencies of our day, especially with respect to the environment. Fully fluent not only in Cantonese but also Mandarin, I will be an architect with a broad communicative reach and capacity that will help me to excel throughout our part of the world, from China to Australia. Most people in Singapore and Malaysia, for example, speak either Cantonese or Mandarin.

I thank you for considering my application to your competitive program at XXXX.

Heroines of Architecture

There are some very impressive female architects alive today. They come from all over the world, and make our buildings gob-smackingly cool. Here are just a few of the many that deserve space on this page.

Rocio Romero

A pioneer on the trail of affordable and sustainable housing, Rocio Romero is a Chilean-American architect. She is best known for her minimalist prefab homes, which arrive flat-packed and can be constructed in as little time as one month.

Dwell Magazine called Romero’s “LV” homes “the perfect $100,000 house,” which must be true because there are now more than 300 of them across the world (mostly the U.S., France, Chile, and Canada).

Romero’s work, which also includes a line of home accessories and furniture, has been featured in a number of publications and museum exhibitions, including the Walker Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Triennale di Milano and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Zeynep Fadillioglu

Zaynep Fadillioglu is a Turkish architect who began a career in computer science only to eventually realize she loved architecture. Her initial success came as a designer of restaurants. In fact, Fadillioglu has designed over 20 establishments that can still be found in such cities as London, New Delhi, and Abu Dhabi.

Fadillioglu is best known as the first woman to design a mosque. Fadillioglu received international acclaim when she unveiled the Sakirin Mosque in Turkey in 2009.

Fadillioglu made sure that the mosque honored women by ensuring that both the men’s and women’s upper galleries were equal in terms of both size and beauty.

Over the course of her career, Fadillioglu has been awarded a number of honors, including the House & Garden International Interior Designer of the Year (2002), the Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year Award (2002), Modern Designer of the Year Award (2005), and The Wifts Foundation International Visionary Award (2011).

Victoria Meyers

Victoria Meyers is a founding partner of the firm Hanrahan Meyers and she has led the design of a number of award-winning projects including the Won Buddhist Retreat, Infinity Chapel, White Space, and the Digital Water i-Pavilion. Meyers is especially well known for her residential projects, urban master plans, and her public buildings.

She has received a number of awards over the years, including an American Institute of Architects award for her Buddhist Retreat. She was named one of Buildblog’s “Women Making an Impact.” Meyers is also the author of the popular architectural text “Designing With Light”.

Itsuko Hasegawa

After receiving her degree in architecture from Kanto Gakuin University, Japanese architect Itsuko Hasegawa was invited to take the prestigious position of assistant to Kazuo Shinohara at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

In 1979, Hasegawa formed her own firm, Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier. She has since been responsible for the design of a number of award-winning buildings in Japan. Her most famous projects include the Sumida Culture Factory, the Niigata City Performing Arts Centre, and the Himi Seaside Botanical Garden.

Hasegawa is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and in 1986, she was awarded the Design Prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan. She has also been the recipient of the Avon Arts Award and in 2000 she received the Japan Art Academy Award.

Yasmeen Lari

Yasmeen Lari was the first accredited female architect in Pakistan. At age 15, Lari left Pakistan during a family vacation in London, and ended up enrolling in school there. She was initially rejected from architecture school for not being able to draw. However, after two years of art classes, she was accepted into the Oxford School of Architecture.

At the age of 23, Lari returned home and opened Lari Associates in Karachi, Pakistan. Though she initially faced challenges because of her gender, she soon became president of the Institute of Architects in Pakistan in 1980.

Her most notable projects have all been in her native country. They include Naval Officers Housing, the Taj Mahal Hotel in Karachi, the Finance and Trade Center, and the Pakistan State Oil House. In 2011, Lari received the Pakistani “Wonder Woman of the Year Award.”

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Sample Statement for Admission to a Master’s Degree Program in Architecture.

Having completed the RIBA Part 1 and gained lots of experience in design and associated work, I now wish to take the next step towards my ultimate goal of becoming a qualified architect and see your programme as being the ideal means of doing so. Thus, I hope very much to earn the Master’s Degree in Architecture at XXXX University.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the work that I have undertaken to date but, naturally, hope to progress to the full role of professional architect. My work has involved several projects, roles and tasks including, design, preparation of plans, interior, time spent on the construction site, and liaison with clients and regulatory authorities. I believe that this experience, with my undergraduate degree, provides an excellent foundation for success in the programme and beyond.

The meld of aesthetic, engineering and computational skills and knowledge are an ideal fit for my talents and interests which I hope to apply to achieve my own personal and, I believe considerable, professional potential and to provide an excellent service to my future employers and clients.

I am very much excited by the way that rapid advances in technology have increased public expectations regarding their communities and the buildings constructed in those communities. One expects buildings to be designed and constructed according to rigorous standards of workmanship and safety. Thus, I shall always labour to account for those features that may enable financial efficiency and enhance user satisfaction.

I’m particularly interested in the free-form possibilities permitted by the CAD software change not only the method of designing but also the design itself. Digital design has had a direct influence on the vocabulary of forms used in architecture. Free form models are realized into building-creating design. Without computer simulation and the use of precise CNC manufacturing, these forms could not have been realized. Frank O. Gehry is a good example, a pioneer in the application of digital information to the representation and realisation of complex buildings and the further potential provided by the digital revolution.

I have particular skills in making physical models and also the latest CAD software including AutoCAD, 3D’s Max, Rhino and Revit. I am currently learning how to use Grasshopper as I intend to incorporate parametric design in future projects.

I regard the responsibilities of an architect are quite breath-taking, combining as they do so many disparate skills and taking into account the needs of so many with direct and indirect interests in a project. Architecture is fundamentally important in everyone’s life, it impacts on the daily environment of many and its fruits will stand perhaps for generations. I am particularly excited at the rate and kind of developments being achieved in tools, materials and techniques and I devoted part of my undergraduate research to such ideas. I see architectural research as fundamental in improving the well-being of all in its scope. I also note that the skills and characteristics of an architect overlap considerably with those called for in effective research. These include critical thinking, exceptional ­planning skills, the setting of challenging but achievable goals, collaboration, originality and creativity. I certainly hope to play a part in future advances in the field. 

I seek a highly challenging but supportive programme and regard yours as the ideal ‘fit’ for my purposes. I am drawn by the prestigious reputation of the department and its faculty, the opportunity for involvement in real projects and the connections with prominent practitioners and firms. I am also impressed by the ‘cutting-edge’ teaching facilities, the professional success of faculty members and graduates and the curriculum content. As an Iranian who is well-travelled, I am aware of the importance of cultural norms and expectations in building design, I am also drawn by the emphasis on such considerations in the curriculum. I feel that I shall certainly be able ‘add value’ to the programme in the matter of cultural considerations as well doing so from my professional exposure and experience of digital applications.

To summarise: I hold a relevant degree and have acquired broad relevant experience; I have experience of successfully applying the most recently developed digital tools; and I have research experience which I am very keen to extend. However, my main recommendation is my genuinely passionate interest in architecture and the exciting developments both in progress and ahead of us.

Thank you for considering my application to Architecture at XXXX University.

Help With Your Statement in Architecture

There are two principal challenges in Architecture today that stand at the forefront of academic concerns: sustainability, on the one hand, and environmental friendliness on the other. Over the last 15 years, I have had the privilege of helping dozens of architects from around the world to be accepted to graduate studies in architecture, most at the Masters level. I especially remember the statements that I worked on for Koreans and Saudi Arabians as well as Europeans and Latin Americans. An architect from Dubai was special, given the accomplishments of that city. For each one, sustainability and environmental friendliest stood at the forefront of the themes that we worked through the statement, each in the context, of course, of that applicants’ particular career context and trajectory.

The opportunity to help an Iranian man with an application to Berkeley will forever stay with me, due to his experience in Bam as a volunteer, within 24 hours of one of the most devastating earthquakes in Iran’s history. It is a special honor for me to help you; together, we are building tomorrow by helping you to get accepted, based on an eloquent explanation of your long term plans concerning your contribution to humanity in the field of architecture. After you fill out my Online Interview Form, I will ask you some specific questions by email if I need any further information. Please also send your resume/CV and or rough draft if you have one.

Maya Lin

Maya Lin is best known as the designer of the haunting Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Since then, this daughter of Chinese immigrants has designed a number of other notable structures, including the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Wave Field at the University of Michigan. She has also exhibited several other design projects across the world. Throughout her career, Lin has won several awards and honors for her work, one of the most recent being the National Medal of Arts awarded by the President of the USA. In 2013, Lin completed her largest work to date, “A Fold in the Field”. It is part of a sculpture park in Auckland, New Zealand.

Statements of Excellence for Admission to Graduate School in Architecture

Architecture has the potential to be especially noble work. According to the World Bank, for example, educating all children worldwide will require the construction of 10 million new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms are in serious need of repair and refurbishment. I would like to encourage designers and architects to partner with students and teachers to envision the classroom of the future.

Another special interest that I have in this area deals with the way in which buildings are a major source of global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG). The raw resource extraction, manufacturing, transportation, construction, usage, and end-of-life stages of building products each generate significant GHG emissions. Slowing the growth rate of GHG emissions and then reversing it is the key to addressing climate change and keeping global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid is easily most famous female architect in the world. Hadid was born in Iraq, and educated at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon (mathematics) and the School of Architecture in London. Throughout her career, Hadid has continuously experimented with new spatial concepts and designs. This professional strategy that has resulted in multiple prestigious awards.

In 2004, Hadid became the first woman to receive the coveted Pritzker Prize for a pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain. She followed this with back-to-back Stirling Prizes in 2010 and 2011.

Some of her most famous works include the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland; the aquatics center for the London Olympics and the Guangzhou opera house in China. Hadid is currently working on the Hadid Tower for CityLife in Milan, and a building that will reportedly be a centerpiece for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Kazuyo Sejima

Kazuyo Sejima is a Japanese architect known for her clean and modern designs. Her career began in 1981, when she graduated from Japan Women’s University with a Master’s degree. After short stints with two other firms, Sejima established SANAA with colleague Ryue Nishizawa.

SANAA’s work is characterized by clean and modern elements, and often include large windows, glass, cubes and marble. Over the course of her career, she has designed several projects throughout Japan, the USA, and Europe, including the New Museum in New York and the Glass Pavilion for the Toledo Museum of Art in Spain. Sejima has received more than twenty-two prestigious awards throughout her career, including the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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