31 Mar Student profile: Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee of Vienna, Virginia is a fourth year architecture student. His favorite part about his major is having the flexibility to explore different mediums, concepts, and overall architecture. He hopes to travel more after he graduates in order to see Asian and European architecture, but ultimately wants to receive an architecture job prior to working on licensure.
What is your favorite color?
Orange. Growing up, I was always under the impression that I didn’t have a favorite color. It wasn’t until middle school that I realized I always had an affinity for metallic or burnt orange.
What led you to your major?
My father is an architect, so I was exposed to the field of architecture growing up. My older brother also recently graduated from the architecture program at Tech.
What made you choose Virginia Tech?
My brother actually studied architecture at Virginia Tech, so I got the opportunity to actually see the studio environment whenever I visited him. Seeing the atmosphere and studio culture and Tech plus the fact that Tech’s architecture program was one of the top programs in the nation led me to choose Tech.
Tell me about your most recent project.
I was in a collaborative studio led by Chip and Nathan King that worked on the conceptual design of an Ecopark for the Prince William County Landfill. We initially worked individually to create our own proposals, but gradually we combined overall concepts and designs to compose three uniquely different proposals for our Prince William County Landfill clients.
What was your favorite part about working on this project?
Working collaboratively with my peers and actually meeting with the clients to ascertain their needs and desires for the facility. Working collaboratively because I got the opportunity to learn specific skills from some people that really excelled in specific design areas. Meeting and working with actual clients because it reminds me of the fact that architecture had a human dimension that cannot be ignored. Most architecture should be people-oriented, because of the fact that they are to be inhabited, utilized by, or studied by people.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Typically, I would say Taiwan because I love vacationing in my parents’ home country, but right now I would say Braunschweig, Germany because I am actually studying abroad at TU Braunschweig this upcoming semester. I’m going with some of my architecture friends, and ultimately it’s because I want to experience German architecture firsthand, in addition to receiving an architecture education from a different culture and environment than what I am used to.
Is there anything else you’ve worked on that you’d like to share?
One project I recently worked on and completed was the phase 2 of the Sharon Baseball Fields with Virginia Tech’s design/buildLAB from 2014-2015. The design/buildLAB was a project-based experiential learning program where Virginia Tech architecture students designed and actually constructed two baseball fields, a press box, four dugouts, and two backstops for the Alleghany County Little League. This project was one of the most influential experiences in my architectural education because I not only learned more about the practical nature of architecture, but I also experienced the entire design and construction of a project intended to revitalize the local community through architecture.