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06/15/23 A+D Museum Design Awards Name Shaun Rankin ‘23, Thomas Wang ’23, Paul Tang ’88, And Wendy Fok

 

The A+D Museum Design Awards have been announced, naming USC Architecture students, faculty, and alumni among the winners. Congratulations to Shaun Rankin ‘23, Thomas Wang ’23, Paul Tang ’88, and Wendy Fok!

 

The A+D Design Awards are a platform to showcase excellence across disciplines. Jurors are experts from a vast array of fields, and the categories are designed to encompass and celebrate an interdisciplinary collection of work that expands the breadth of knowledge typically represented in awards.

 

Taking home the win in the A+D Museum Design Awards are:

 

IN SCHOOL CATEGORY WINNERS

 

“Footwear to Façades”

Shaun Rankin, M.Arch 2023

Advised by Ryan Tyler Martinez

“I examined the relationship between architecture and footwear through an aesthetic and tectonic lens. I critically analyzed the process of creating footwear art and how it is derived. Through specific techniques of footwear design, such as stitching, weaving, and branding, I aim to develop new ways to generate architecture. By using these techniques, I hope to encourage the discipline to design and think more creatively about how we enclose our spaces, develop spatial relationships, and consider materials.”

 

“Limits of Nature”

Thomas Wang, B.Arch 2023

Advised by Wendy Fok

Limits of Nature offers an alternative perspective that alters the top-down human-led design process to a bottom-up nature-led design process where biomaterials such as Borax Crystals grow into the architecture shells, growing, adapting, and evolving the human living environment alongside nature.

 

BIGGER THAN A STREET, SMALLER THAN A CITY CATEGORY WINNER

 

“Thirty 75 Tech”

Paul Tang, B.Arch 1988

Verse Design LA

The project explored the dialectic relationship between performance and expression in architecture. The intent was to seek an architectural response to the market demand of a Class A office building that is typically defined by glass and transparency and an architectural narrative that can embody the technical agenda to reduce heat gain and glare from direct sun light.

 

 

ON THE DESK + REALTIME/INTERACTIVE CATEGORIES RUNNER-UP

 

“digitalSTRUCTURES”

Wendy Fok

Adjunct Associate Professor

digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future engages with digital property and data infrastructures, and explores new modes and impacts of data collection affecting architecture, supply chains, and urban infrastructure. Using a mixed-media approach, this book couples a novel exploration of XR (mixed-reality) and AR (augmented reality) into several parts of the book.

 
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