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Bryant Nguyen

Bryant Nguyen

Boynton Beach, FL, US

 

About 

I’m interested in decoupling predictability from technology and reconnecting architecture back to life. In present times, architects stand at an interesting intersection between human culture and technology. Before, architects were the master shapers of cultures where our creations far exceeded the technology of the time (think cathedral). Now, it is the tech companies who have become the master innovators of technology.  But, in their effort to render the world measurable and predictable they have created systems that not only provide great affordances but also constrain people. 


There is an opportunity for architects to position themselves above technology as the cross-disciplinary alchemist that studies, cultivates, and steers these dynamic flows of information. We can become the arbiters of culture who reject technological determinism and re-embrace the exuberance of life. It is not simply technology that we need to engage with but digital culture. This is the key to designing for people, by understanding how they communicate and what they value.

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Employment 

Arrowstreet, Boston, MA, US, Design Research Intern

Worked on a self-led 10 week design research project envisioning the revitalization of public space through connecting architecture to digital cultures—specifically internet memes. Process began by asking key questions relating to how people engage in conversational exchanges, connect with one another while crafting their own identity, notions of public and private spheres affecting the way we dwell, and what the new triggers for gathering are in the digital era. Research consisted of a historical audit on public space, pop culture, meme evolution, meme morphology, and meme ornament comparisons. Also interviewed various “thought leaders” who are experts in smart cities, data driven design, and digital cultures. The research then resulted in a methodology capable of taking digital cultural ephemera (internet memes) and transform them into architectural languages for the development of public space. This methodology was further refined in my thesis project and yielded 5 distinct public spaces designed from a total of 25 internet memes with the process documented through drawings and 3D printed models. Research was presented and defended in the Harvard GSD fall thesis reviews among a panel of guest and faculty critics (Mack Scogin, John McMorrough, Jenny Wu, Dwayne Oyler, Michelle Chang, Victor Jones, and Megan Panzano).

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017
 

Populous, Boston, MA, US, Design Research Intern

Worked on a 12 week design research project envisioning future systems in a three part module: city transit, airport, and logistics. Research included alternative and smart methods of last mile travel, resilient underwater cities, PPP project deliveries on funding public projects, the real price of airline tickets, airport terminal paradigms, e-commerce, omni-channel business strategies, future warehousing, drone deliveries, and future logistics with Amazon. Also conducted interviews with various “thought leaders” representing different key players in the design process from investor and developer all the way to consumer and public interests. Work culminated in a 300 page book and presented to Populous headquarters and Boston School of Architecture as a project brief for their summer program.

May 2016 - Aug 2016
 

Studio Tack, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Co-designed and branded a 149 room hotel as well as produced drawings for design and development phase. Worked on the design of common rooms in hotel such as lobby, roof bar, dive bar, conference rooms, and other hotel amenities to achieve the look and feel the client had expressed interest in. Produced brand book, material specs, renderings, rhino models, plans, sections, elevations, and millwork documents. Project scheduled to be completed in 2018. Designed and branded the interior and storefront for Brooklyn based clothing store The Hill-side. Custom furniture (free and built in), signage, and material specs were included in the overall design. Client expressed interest in having the design capture the essence of the clothing brand which was met through multiple iterations of the design. Project featured in GQ, Women’s Wear Daily, Cool Hunting, Highsnobiety, and Hypebeast. Worked on branding, renders, and tender drawings for a ski hotel converted from an existing motel. Branding for hotel included cooperation with graphic designers for the purpose of creating logos, hotel stationery, signage, and various other components which add to the hotel’s look and feel. Project scheduled to be completed in February 2016.

May 2015 - Aug 2015
 

Aedas, Singapore, SG, Architectural Trainee

Collaborated with a team of 8 designers for a large scale mixed-use development consisting of retail, commercial, residential, and hotel programs. Generated 3D models in Rhino and Sketchup for spatial studies, 3D printing, rendering, presentation boards, and physical model for submission to client. Assisted in the design of overall master plan of project. Produced diagrams, plans, sections, elevations, layout, and front/back cover of presentation for submission to client. Project was a 4 week closed competition held by Indonesian developer Ciputra Group for future development of Ciputra City. Project bid won by AEDAS and currently in design development phase. Project is estimated to be completed in 2033. Participated in a 48 hours intensive BIM Competition partnered with ARUP Engineering Consultants Singapore for the redesign of the Singapore Expo Center. Produced diagrams for final project submission, intermediary submissions, and two A0 final competition boards. Aim of competition was to demonstrate how BIM software could enhance the synergy between architects and engineers while providing results efficiently and of a higher quality. Team AEDAS/ARUP awarded 2nd place.

May 2013 - Aug 2013
 

Aedas, Singapore, SG, Architectural Trainee

Assisted in the design and development of Thompson Line MRT (Mass Rail Transit) package for Singapore LTA (Land Transport Authority). Authored and developed grasshopper scripts for use in design phase of 8 MRT stations as parametric canopies, facades, interior elements, and structure. Generated 3D models in Rhino and Sketchup for use in rendering, 3D printing, CAD, and intermediary submissions to LTA. Produced CAD drawings for construction documents phase. Project scheduled to be completed in 2018. Co-designed a 5,000 SQM rooftop bar/restaurant and luxury penthouse apartment within a large scale mixed-use development for Shwe Taung Development. Generated 3D models in Rhino, Sketchup, and grasshopper for spatial studies, form generation, façade studies, rendering, presentation, 3D printing, and CAD. Project currently in construction document phase.

May 2012 - Aug 2012
 

Education 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Masters of Architecture I

Sep 2014 - Mar 2018
 

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, Bachelors, Bachelor's of Design

Aug 2009 - Dec 2013
 

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Skills