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05/17/24 CLASS OF ‘24 SPOTLIGHT ON LAUREN JIAN

 

Graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture, Lauren Jian pursued her interest in design advocacy through her final project and on-campus involvement. She served as the president of the USC American Institute of Architecture Students and co-founded Architecture + Advocacy, a student-run non-profit organization. Through her final project, Lauren explores how LA street vendors provide informal resources and serve as an agent for urban renewal, using technology to reconstruct and reimagine these in-between built spaces. 


Through USC Architecture, Lauren was awarded with Magna Cum Laude distinction, the Renaissance Scholar, Global Scholar, Discovery Scholar, and the Thomas Byerts Social and Community Design Award. 


Learn more about Lauren’s journey.


Q: Tell us briefly about your background and why you chose your program at USC Architecture.


I am a LEED AP BD+C certified designer in the Bachelor of Architecture program at the University of Southern California. I served as the President of USC American Institute of Architecture Students from 2022-2023. I am an artist showcasing at the 2024 Venice Biennale. I chose USC Architecture for its engaged student community and diverse faculty perspectives. 


Q: What is the title and short description of your final thesis project?


City of Play explores Los Angeles as a food desert, and how food vendors provide an informal resource. They become an agent for urban renewal to create equitable pedestrian friendly third spaces. This enables pedestrians to take back the street as a public, communal space through community led design.


Q: What have been your best experiences during your program?


I had the incredible opportunity to co-found Architecture + Advocacy, a student-run 501(c) non-profit with my peers. Within A+A, we create workshops that engage high school students in equitable design and partner with community partners to execute design builds.


Q: What are you hoping to pursue after graduation?


I plan to continue my work in design advocacy. 


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