Architectural design by SCUT alumnus wins Archiprix Internatinoal
February 27,2017 09:09:24 readCount:546
Jin Yuan's design Through Thick and Thin is one of the eight winners of the Archiprix International 2017
This February, after reviewing 385 entries submitted by worldwide universities, the Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards announced eight winning projects of 2017, including Through Thick and Thin: a celebration of spatial experiences, a graduation project designed by Jin Yuan, a SCUT alumnus graduated from Rice University last year.
According to the jury of the awards, Jin Yuan’s work was selected for its “exploration of the language of architecture”, and “it challenges the whole idea of how we usually process our architectural spaces”.
“My inspiration came from movies. The angles of view and variations of frame cuttings in movies are spatial arts in absolute terms, which are desires that many architects are after,” said Jin Yuan, who now works at Carlos Arnaiz Architects (CAZA), a Brooklyn-based design studio in New York.
Archiprix International, now in its 9th edition, is a biennial event that showcases the best graduation projects of students from all over the globe in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, presenting an incredible collection of brilliant ideas for the future.
As one of the eight Archiprix winners around the world of 2017, Jin Yuan is also the only award recipient from universities in the US. After graduated from SCUT a few years ago, he was admitted to Rice University, where he passed the oral defense of his graduation design, Through Thick and Thin, in last January.
Then in last May, he received William D. Darden Award from Rice University because of his outstanding work on the graduation design, along with an entry form of competing for Archiprix.
After having an advanced study at Rice University, he believes his winning also benefited much from SCUT, where he laid a solid professional foundation on architecture.
“My alma mater built various platforms for us to communicate with the world and to broaden our international vision. For me and many of my classmates, it has provided lasting sources of innovation to support our further study and work.”
It is worth to mention that Jin Yuan is actually a SCUT people in double senses, since his parents are also teaching at the SCUT School of Civil Engineering and Transportation and the School of Mathematics.
“They are my examples and my greatest proud. Their lives are fulfilling and filled with wisdom. I thank them for giving me a thinking soul.”

Source from the University News Center
Translated and compiled by Xu Peimu
Edited by Xu Peimu