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02/27/24 LAUREN JIAN WINS SOM FOUNDATION 2023 ROBERT L. WELSEY AWARD

 

LAUREN JIAN WINS SOM FOUNDATION 2023 ROBERT L. WESLEY AWARD


Lauren Jian, B.Arch student, is a winner of the SOM Foundation 2023 Robert L. Wesley Award! Each recipient receives a $10,000 award in addition to a yearlong mentorship program that connects the students with leading BIPOC practitioners and educators. 


The winning project “SunSTU” is a co-op featuring affordable housing in South Central, Los Angeles that mitigates the heat island effect through several strategies. “Function along with creativity spill from Lauren Jian’s work,” stated juror Debra Ahmari. 


SunSTU includes a green courtyard, a climate-responsive facade, and an elevated green terrace. It features a responsive shading device that expands and contracts as necessary to allow light to pass through. Residents within the studio are able to adjust their individual shading devices, enabling them to have autonomy over their space. 


Lauren Jian is a LEED AP BD+C certified designer in the Bachelor of Architecture program at USC School of Architecture. “As an undergraduate student, I balance a full course load with community engagement on top of a part-time job. The Robert L. Wesley Award enables me to focus on my advocacy work for equitable design and education,” says Lauren. 


“I believe Lauren Jian’s nonprofit work and social activism approach will be very beneficial to the future generation of architectural designers. Lauren is very engaged to produce work that challenges the future of socially engaged and impactful architecture,” says Wendy W Fok, Adjunct Associate Professor at USC School of Architecture.


Jian served as the President of USC American Institute of Architecture Students in 2022–2023. Currently, Jian is the Freedom by Design Director for USC’s AIAS chapter. Additionally, she is the Director of Programming at Architecture + Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Within A+A, she collaborates with local community partners to create workshops that engage high school students in community design. 


Jian is an artist who has work set to be featured at the 2024 Venice Biennale. In her spare time, she plays tennis, wheel throws, and hand-builds ceramic sculptures. 


See her award-winning design here: 

https://somfoundation.com/fellow/lauren-jian/



 

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