Di Le

Di Le

Tucson, AZ, US

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I am a recent graduate from the University of Arizona (May 2018) with a Bachelors of Architecture. My interest in architecture began with the love of story-telling, drawing, and making growing up in rural Vietnam.

In research, care for the environment, and choreography for human experience, architecture happens. I believe in rigorous research of site, exploration of materials, and conceptual ideas. The creative and intellectual process is part of the story. The environment plays a crucial role in architecture design because it influences the conceptual ideas and the human experience. The concern of environment entails respect to the existing place, responding to natural forces, and restraints. Additionally, humans understand the world we live in through our bodies and senses, and fundamentally our buildings must respond to the body. 


University of Arizona, College of Architecture+Planning+Landscape Architecture, Tucson, AZ, US, Research Assistant

Architectural History and Theory (2016 - 2018): Facilitated test preparation sessions, proctors quizzes, and reviews assignments for class of 50+ students

Design Communication (Fall 2017): Guided 3rd year architecture students with using digital programs and tools. Assists in integrating technological knowledge and practice into architectural design

Jan 2016 - May 2018

SmithGroup, Phoenix, AZ, US, Architectural Intern

As summer intern collaborated in providing drawings, diagrams, and physical models for projects including Phoenix Sky Harbor Terminal 4 Proposal, Northern State University, and Phoenix Metro Mall renovation, and Caterpillar Regional Office

May 2017 - Aug 2017

University of Arizona, College of Architecture+Planning+Landscape Architecture, Tucson, AZ, US, Research Assistant

Faculty Aletheia Smith: Cooperated with faculty in understanding new materials by producing three-dimensional electronic models, diagrammatic drawings for prototypes.

Faculty Beth Weinstein: Constructed three-dimensional digital models and illustrations for future book Architecture + Choreography: Projects at the Seam between Spatial Practices.

Mar 2015 - May 2016


University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2013 - May 2018


School of Architecture Achievement Award: Architectural History + Theory, Award

By vote of faculty, this award recognizes exceptional achievement in history and theory studies


Design Fellow Council (DFC) Scholar by Design Intelligence, Nomination

Awarded to promising students of senior standing within the College of Architecture who exemplify leadership in design, attention for sustainability, and collaboration


Rick Joy Prize - Architectural Mind, Award

Awarded to senior capstone project that ensures the Building Form, Details, and Materiality support the broader conceptual thinking as related to multi-sensory user experience


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship awarded for students to study abroad by the United States Department of State


Richärd and Bauer Prize – Human Experience Category, Award

Top 3 for Health and Wellness Center studio project best narrates the project and its experiences


Arizona Assurance Scholarship, Grant

Awarded to dedicated low-income and first generation students in the State of Arizona


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