DAB student spotlight: Chloe Yuen
Chloe Yuen, 2015 Master of Architecture graduate
For the second year running, a UTS Architecture student has taken out the prestigious Architects Medallion awarded by the NSW Architects Registration Board. This year’s winner, Chloe Yuen, was in contention along with an all-female cohort from universities across the state.
Chloe’s portfolio submission featured bold and diverse projects, including her proposal to tackle the ever-increasing societal challenge of helping mental health patients reintegrate back into society.
Her major project, ART/REHAB CENTRE ON RAILS, was designed as a mobile art therapy school for rehabilitating patients keen to explore their creative potential as an alternative treatment option. The art lessons would be taught by students studying an arts or health-based discipline. The service, which would be positioned close to train stations, also includes the option of conducting therapy sessions on existing commuter trains.
Exterior (rendered image) of ART/REHAB CENTRE ON RAILS
The NSWARB board praised Chloe for her ingenuity with board member Milly Brigden commenting that: “The depth of her research into treatment, therapy and rehabilitation; her creative thought process, and her ability to resolve the myriad of complex issues into a cost effective solution, is breathtaking.”
Chloe’s professionalism and talent were recognised early on with the recent graduate being included on the 2013 Dean’s List after her first year in the Masters program. In the same year, the exemplary student was also offered a position of Design Assistant at top agency Terroir, after one of its directors witnessed her presentation from her first Masters Design Studio:
“After the presentation in my first design Masters studio my lecturer mentioned that Professor Gerard Reinmuth, who co-curated the Australian pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, had seen it and was so impressed that he would like to hire me,” said Chloe.
“I didn’t really believe her but after a few days later he contacted me and offered me a five-week internship to work on the exhibition ‘Danish Design at the House’. Then five weeks turned to one year and now I’ve been at Terroir for almost three years.”
Internal (rendered image) of Chloe Yuen's ART/REHAB CENTRE ON RAILS
Her current role has given her the the opportunity to work on a number of projects like house extensions, school masterplans, retail, exhibitions, a function centre and competitions. All projects which Chloe has said ‘has expanded my knowledge and skills as a designer.’
Now with her Masters complete, Chloe is working towards becoming a registered architect and considering undertaking further research into humanitarian architecture:
“As designers we should not lose sight of what exists around us and that we should not be afraid to tackle issues that aren’t widely talked about in architecture, like the humanitarians. We are essentially problem solvers and advocates and can bring life to those types of issues and use design as a tool to achieve and test potentials.”
Models Chloe Yuen built for ART/REHAB CENTRE ON RAILS project
Reflecting on her early professional success, Chloe credits her time at UTS as providing her with ‘unique and deeply rich experiences which have allowed her to develop her capacity to develop conceptual ideas and challenge traditional design approaches’.
“I can confidently say that UTS excels in teaching students how to create new conceptual ideas that break boundaries allowing for new ways of thinking. The best thing I learnt was definitely from my first studio, that design thinking is very important in producing a successful project, to be able to justify our design choices and to have design integrity.”
Chloe was also quick to point out that her fondest memories of the two-year postgraduate program were the two Global Studios tours – on location subjects which are incorporated into the curriculum - her class went on.
“I went to New York for my final studio and then the Japan Study Tour. These were the best experiences in my education as I was able to explore some of the most amazing works first-hand and further expand my knowledge of architecture. The best part was being able to visit some amazing studios, such as Bernard Tschumi, Daniel Libeskind, Kengo Kuma and Tezuka Architects.”
Visit Chloe Yuen's website to learn more about her and her projects.
Ghost in the Machine’ Chloe Yuen’s first UTS Master of Architecture studio project