Students from the Department of Architecture received multiple accolades at BIM AWARDS Korea 2016
Altogether five teams from the Department of Architecture won various prizes including the “Minister of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award (MMLIT)” (first prize overall) and the “buildingSMART KOREA Award” (top prize in architecture), two third prize winners and two fourth prize winners in architecture.
BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a process of creating 3D computer geometry representation of buildings and structures entirely from design to construction. BIM AWARDS Korea is the largest annual BIM competition open to public in Korea.
“Became interested in gentrification through class”
Students Ki-min Bae (Architecture, ’09), Yoo-jin Joo (Architecture, ’14) and In-soo Jin (Architecture, ’16), whose team won the MMLTI award, submitted “International Yeosu the Living Naeil Hotel” focused on the gentrification of deteriorated city areas. Student Bae said, “Through classes and lectures on civil planning and engineering I came across the issue of urban deterioration that plague many Korean cities, so I naturally took an interest in urban renovation and gentrification.” Students learned that utilizing the BIM tools enabled them to identify problems early on and optimize the structure design in the planning stage that resulted in more efficient overall design and seamless actual construction process. But it also led them to be aware of the contentious roles between humans and machines in the process. Bae said, “The computer-aided digitalization and modelling such as the BIM tools are now a ubiquitous and indispensable part of any large construction project, and the professors in our department introduced us to new innovative ways to use computer programs for such purposes. But, through the course of this project, we encountered many points in which we struggled to decide exactly how much we should listen to the analyses and suggestions of computer. We wanted to neither ignore the computers nor become mere executors of their advice. Sometimes we found it difficult to arrive at an ideal compromise between our design philosophy and the computer analysis.” Student Joo also commented, “While it is convenient to have computers find problems and make recommendations to us on how to fix them, I think it is still more important for us to have a clear design philosophy that fits well into a given context rather than blindly following computer suggestions.”
“Learned how to find alternative answers and solutions on our own”
Students agreed that, while studying architecture is very challenging, the soundness of course design at the Department and the enthusiasm of faculty members greatly supported them in their study.
Student Jin said, “Up until the end of high school studying to me was mainly just taking down dictation. But when I entered the Department of Architecture I was taught how to tackle a problem and to derive a solution with my own initiative. Through this I discovered that architecture is a means of communication and expression as well as a journey to discover myself. It’s been an immense pleasure.”
Student Joo concluded, “The future career paths of architecture students are largely divided between design and the rest, and the professors who teach the design courses seem to significantly influence our future career. The eagerness and enthusiasm of our faculty members encouraged us on through this difficult but rewarding study in architectural design.”