Kang Yi-yeon, a fifth year student at the College of Architecture of Hanyang University (HYU), was a member of the gold prize winning team at the 11th Steel Construction Architectural Design Competition. The team was comprised of Kang and Lee Eun-hee, a fellow student. The competition was organized by Steel Construction Center at Korea Iron & Steel Association, and the award ceremony was held on July 23. This year's competition saw participation of as many as 540 teams from 84 universities.
"The topic of the competition was 'Sustainable Metropolitan Collective Residence'. Eun-hee and I focused on sustainability of structure which can to be utilized even in the near future. It was named 'The CITY in the city' and was in form of a residential block which would be able to pacify the lifestyle of the residents," said Kang, about her team's project. "I think the most important consideration for the success of the project was to understand the requirement and meaning of the theme of the competition."
"There were no problems as to the progress of the work. But Eun-hee had to leave for her language study course and we had to complete the work well before the submission date. Also, while other teams normally consisted of three members, there were just two of us," said Kang of the hardships faced in completion of the work. "We spent five sleepless nights to finish the model and I think that was the hardest part of the project."
Kang was able to meet students from many other universities during her participation, and compare the advantage of different universities. On being asked what is needed for students at the College of Architecture of HYU, she said, "Through this competition, I interacted with many students from different universities and while doing so, I got an impression that at College of Architecture of HYU, the effort to sow pride in one's college is comparatively lower. For other university's architecture students, it is the college who instigates the pride, and at HYU, it is outsiders tell us of HYU's College of Architecture reputation. Also, I felt the facilities provided to students for making models are not up to its reputation as one of most prominent Architecture College."
Talented as she may seem winning an award against heavy competition, Kang had not always dreamt of becoming an architect. But her will and the enjoyment in her works are what are now leading her to pursue that dream. "As a freshman, I chose architecture without being particularly passionate about it. But as I studied, there were many who could not enjoy or adapt to this field, but I was fortunate and was able to derive pleasure from what I was doing," said Kang. "I may not have been an excelling student, but the feeling of achievement was what chiefly attracted me to architecture and drove me. Architecture students do many projects during the semester and have a semester concluding project, which is exhibited. Finishing such projects gave me happiness of accomplishment." Now, Kang's main aim is to do what gives her professional contentment. "As a graduating student, I am chiefly concerned about getting employed, but I hope to find a work in which I can apply my major and also find delight."