Design affordable housing solutions for Australia’s fastest-growing city
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to an Honourable mention winner for our “San Francisco Affordable Housing Challenge” competition - Thomas Melville from the United States.
Thomas Melville from the United States
I am a Project Architect at Perkins & Will in Boston and have a master's of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. I have been actively participating in architectural competitions since school, to continue exploring and developing design thinking.
In a large office, projects last years and involve many stakeholders. Competitions are an opportunity to quickly explore smaller projects. Recently, I have designed bridges, benches, and pavilions.
Architecture at any scale is a profound act of optimism that bridges the gap between what was and what will be. It is a collaborative act of consensual wish fulfilment shaping our buildings and cities.
Architecture is about constant learning and development. Competitions allow me to test and explore new ideas, responding to different briefs for sites around the world. As experiments, they’re useful as a way to evaluate my own thinking about a site, program and form; more importantly, though, they serve as a forum to explore and evaluate the ideas of other talented designers.
Every act of design improves your skill as a designer. Always test yourself.