“When interdisciplinary thinking happens, creativity is generated.”

Graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied & Computational Mathematics, Wenyue Qiu transferred to USC Architecture to explore her interest in art and design combined with mathematics. With this unique interdisciplinary approach, Wenyue approaches architecture with humanistic concerns and scientific thinking. Her final thesis project investigates transformative and versatile architecture that responds to changes in time, space, and need in order to create engaging atmospheres.

Through USC Architecture, Wenyue graduated with Cum Laude distinction. Learn more about Wenyue’s journey.

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

As a child, I always had a strong interest in art and design. So I transfer to USC Architecture School for a B.Arch degree. Through the past five years, I grew an interest in spatial quality and experience in architecture. At the same time, I continued pursuing a degree in mathematics which helped me think about architecture in a scientific way. When interdisciplinary thinking happens, creativity is generated.

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

Falling in the Rabbit Hole: a journey of time and space in elementary school | Scaling as a transformative operation evokes extraordinary potential for redefining the ordinary through reassessing the materials, structure, space, and function. Through scaling, this project aims to design an elementary school that uses the architecture itself as an educational tool to provide a constantly evolving experience of time and space. This project further explores the adaptation of a single-family housing block into an educational facility through custom reconstruction methods informed by the Montessori framework for each age group. By experimenting with the integration of classroom design and single-family housing typology, a living room could be transformed into a classroom, a library, a garden, etc. Across the project, students will experience a parallel educational universe of elementary school, fostering a learning atmosphere that is more cohesive, interactive, and engaging.

Q: What are you hoping to pursue after graduation?

I will continue pursuing my interest in experience and spatial quality while combining my scientific thinking to design.



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