Thesis 2012 Who’s Who

The University of Auckland
School of Architecture and Planning

Erica Austin –
Erica was born in China and raised in New Zealand. She is especially inspired by how different creative disciplines work collaboratively. Besides architecture, she has a great passion for photography and dance, from which she draws on for inspiration in her tertiary studies.

Alex Haryowiseno –
Alex was raised in Jakarta, Indonesia until he was 15 years old, then he moved to New Zealand in 2004. He is interested in urban ecology as a design framework, where architecture has the potential of providing spatial innovations that bridge multiple fields of expertise and foster a responsible economy.

Biran He –
Biran was born in China and raised in New Zealand. He is interested in how architecture can be contextual and believes that good designs come from an in-depth understanding of the surrounding environment. Biran spent last semester in Singapore on an exchange program, which was an influential year for him. When he is not working, he finds time to play soccer, hang-out with friends, create photography and plan the next adventure.

Praveen Karunasinghe –
Praveen is originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is interested in how architecture can be instrumental in supporting growing cities by attracting beneficial growth. He believes responsible growth aims to reduce urban sprawl and promote urban densification by attracting educated and skilled individuals into city centres.

Jacky Lee –
Jacky was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan but moved to Auckland when he was 7 years old. He is an aspiring ‘creativist’ who constantly seeks all forms of creativity, may it be architecture, dance, photography or graphics. Jacky Lee has a personal blog:

Khang Phuong –
Khang was born in Rach Gia and grew up in Sai Gon, Viet Nam until he moved to Auckland ten years ago. He is particularly interested in the cross over between structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, and architecture. He has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Unitec, a Bachelors degree in Design from AUT, both in New Zealand. As well he has worked with Young + Richards Architecture in Auckland for two years.

David Zhi Jian Wong –
David was born in Singapore and immigrated to New Zealand when he was 10 years old. He attended Macleans College before starting his studies at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning. He has worked with Hugh Byrd and Janis Birkland on sustainable research projects. As well he worked at DP Architects (Singapore) in 2011/12 on the Thomson Line Mass Rapid Transit project. His passion for architecture comes from understanding the impact it has on society.

Camia Young (Advisor), Khang Phuong, Jacky Lee, Biran He, Erica Austin, Alex Haryowiseno, David Zhi Jian Wong, Praveen Karunasinghe


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