Design affordable housing solutions for Australia’s fastest-growing city
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winner of the 2nd and Student prize of our “Silent Meditation Forest Cabins” competition - Marko Simsiö from Finland!
Marko Simsiö from Finland
I am an architecture student in the University of Oulu in North Finland, and at the moment I am doing my final thesis and my plan is to graduate in May 2019. For the last few years I have been living and working in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. In 2017, I was working in OOPEAA (Office For Peripheral Architecture) and in 2018 for Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. Just recently I have also started my own practice.
I have been mostly doing design on housing and architectural competitions. In the future I am interested to work especially on smaller scale projects. I also wish to work with the themes of sustainability and humanitarian architecture.
I feel that the architect still has an influential role in society, but the role is changing. Today an architect needs to be able to answer the questions and needs of important themes such as climate change and immigration.
I feel that architectural vision competitions are important in improving your creativity, and also a good way to improve your skills in using different software and making visual presentations. In general, it is a good way to present your new ideas about the topical issues on architecture to a broader public.
It might take some time for you to do the competition entry, but that investment is small compared to the benefits that you will gain. And if you are a creative person, you will enjoy the process of making the competition entry anyway.