April 10, 2023
Future100 Architecture Undergraduate Winners
These are the top architecture undergraduate students in the United States and Canada as selected by the Metropolis team. View the full 2023 Future100 cohort here.
Ashaykeen Abedin | Drexel University
NOMINATOR: Jacklynn Niemiec, Assistant Professor
Ash’s design work is fueled by curiosity and forward-thinking ideas about affecting positive change in the world.
Shravan Arun | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
NOMINATOR: Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, Director of the School of Architecture and Clayton T. Miers Professor in Architecture
Shravan’s ideas are consistently of the highest quality, his intellectual potential is laudable and his conceptual command clearly advanced in comparison with his peers.
Caius Cowgill | Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
NOMINATOR: Stephen Phillips, Professor, PhD., FAIA
As one of our top students, he was selected to best represent Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Department of Architecture; he has my full support.
Andreea Dan | Tulane University
NOMINATOR: Iñaki Alday, Dean
Andreea understands architecture as a technical object, with precise development of the materiality and structure as means of architectural expression.
Minghao (William) Du | Cooper Union
NOMINATOR: Hayley Eber, Acting Dean at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, Principal of Studio Eber
William’s work straddles the intersection of traditional building techniques and the technological evolution, where he demonstrates independent thinking with high levels of rigor and persistence.
Alden Gendreau | California College of the Arts
NOMINATOR: Antje Steinmuller, Associate Professor and Chair
Alden’s work combines urban ecological and social concepts with elegant formal approaches. His design process consistently reflects thoughtful curiosity and humor in equal measure as rigor, skill, and the confident use of digital technologies.
Yun In Jeung | Louisana Tech University
NOMINATOR: Will Doss, Assistant Professor, School of Design
Yun In Jeung’s process and final deliverables exemplify exceptional range, savvy, and virtuosity in craft and conceptualization. The way in which he speaks about each project, asks discerning questions, and delivers the highest quality of project is a testament to the maturity of his perception, unique to his status as an undergraduate student.
Matthew Keller | British Columbia Institute of Technology
NOMINATOR: Jody Patterson, Program Head, Bachelor of Architectural Science
What makes Matt truly exceptional is his unwavering commitment to best practice, in all these efforts: architecturally, academically, interpersonally, Matt goes the extra mile to ensure consistently high professional standards.
Ryan Lew | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
NOMINATOR: Nathaniel Hudson, AXP Supervisor, Member – American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, National Organization of Minority Architects
Ryan has already demonstrated great dedication and promise as a strong future leader within our profession. His professional commitment, early in his career and deep intellectual capacity combine to form a well-rounded early career professional capable of coalescing his abilities and leveraging them toward a positive and impactful outcome.
Ethan Lewis | Tulane School of Architecture
NOMINATOR: Juan Medina Revilla, Adjunct Lecturer in Architecture
Ethan’s ability to deliver quality projects and weave a compelling narrative has impressed me. He presents his projects professionally while not being afraid to challenge the brief and deploy unconventional design strategies.
Changxin Li | Pratt Institute
NOMINATOR: Kenna Suh, Associate Professor
Changxin is talented, intelligent, and focused. She can explore complex and detailed design through rigorous, iterative, and methodical processes, balanced with intuition and play, to generate creative and unique designs. She is adventurous in exploring ideas, techniques, and strategies and is fully dedicated in her endeavors through her independent spirit but it always open to dialogue and feedback.
Rizwana Lubis | California College of the Arts
NOMINATOR: Janette Kim, Associate Professor
Rizwana finds powerful and specific examples in her research, communicates her insights with power, and translates her findings into powerful design concepts. Her work has a dedication to form-making that transgresses boundaries, relating soil, water, and social life in powerful and inventive ways.
Mackenzie Luke | Rhode Island School of Design
NOMINATOR: Nancy Nichols, Critic at the Department of Architecture
Mackenzie is known amongst RISD architecture faculty and students for the quiet intensity she brings to her work. Her openness to experimentation in technique and her dedication to answering big questions through architectural research sets her apart as a uniquely gifted and promising student.
Chenhao Luo | Syracuse University
NOMINATOR: Daekwon Park, Undergraduate Chair
Chenhao tackles each project with an extraordinary rigor and unrivaled productivity. His body of work is primarily rooted in the urban domain, yet his approaches are as meticulous and precise as it is all-embracing and systematic.
Emma Mangels | New York Institute of Technology
NOMINATOR: Dongsei Kim, Assistant Professor of Architecture and thesis coordinator
Emma is an excellent, personable, energetic leader with outstanding potential who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the built environment.
Jonathan Marcos | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
NOMINATOR: Adam Dayem, AIA
Jonathan is clearly a very talented, enthusiastic, and hardworking student. His designs and drawings often led the way for other students in my classes. He also brings a wonderful spirit and energy to our school community, and I know he will go on to great success in further academic and professional endeavors.
Zephyr Martin | Drexel University
NOMINATOR: Jacklynn Niemiec, AIA, LEED AP, Assistant Professor
Zephyr is a force in our program and consistently raises the bar for design and visual representation among her peers. She stands out as a leader and always vocal with her design critique, in-class discussion, and peer support.
Ryan Del Poso | Woodbury University
NOMINATOR: Matthew Gillis, Professor
I’ve always been impressed by Ryan’s know-how—from how to design with principles of daylighting lighting to detailing and fabricating a restorative approach to a neighborhood justice center. The hallmark of Ryan’s character is his rigor and dedication. This extends from those areas where we easily see it (in graphic presentations and modeling capabilities) to integrity of thought.
Emily Ta | California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
NOMINATOR: Alexander Pang, Adjunct Faculty
Emily’s work is always thoughtful and demonstrates a care for people and places. She has been a ubiquitous presence within our school community, as teaching assistant, as gallery assistant, as mentor to younger students. Her skill and sensitivity as a designer are exceeded only by her willingness to be of help to all those around her.
Meghana Tummala | University of Michigan
NOMINATOR: Stratton Coffman, Studio Instructor
Meghana brings a great deal of care to the development of design ideas, in multiples senses. She is adept at identifying the primary moves that define a project, refining them to cultivating variation and produce subtle complexity.
Hsin (Audrey) Wang | Pratt Institute
NOMINATOR: Keena Suh, Associate Professor
Audrey has excellent abilities to respond to and lead in academic, social, and professional settings through her open-mindedness, optimism, and empathy. She is passionate about the value of human interactions and designed environments that support them. Through her amiable and trustworthy character as well as her tireless dedication to supporting teamwork, she quickly garnered the respect of her peers.
Alysia Williams | Mississippi State University
NOMINATOR: Karen Cordes Spence, Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP, Director and Professor of the School of Architecture
Alysia approaches her education with an energy that communicates her desire to get everything she can out of her experiences. Her work is reflective, comprehensive, and goes beyond what is required. She understands what is critical and continually moves the conversations toward pursuing excellence in all architectural endeavors.
Angelina Yihan Zhang | Syracuse University
NOMINATOR: Daekwon Park, Undergraduate Chair at Syracuse Architecture, Registered Architect, LEED AP
Ranging from a modular mobile housing proposal for Makoko, Lagos to a speculative design workbook for Amazon Fulfillment Center employees, Angelina tackles the contemporary issues of climate change, extreme habitation, social inequality, and technological influences through a systematic modular design approach.
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