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Interview with our design counselor: Kristoffer Roxas.
Kristoffer is originally from Manila, Phillipines and will be entering his third year as an architecture major at Ohio State this Fall.
What are your greatest design/architectural accomplishments thus far?
My favorite has been a Dance Performance and Art Center I designed for a project. It was theoretical and designed with specifications. The park that is adjacent to the building was made to flow onto to sloping roof to have a whole continuous landscape. The shape of the building is produced by making it seem that the structure is being pulled off the site making it seem to float and still appear sublime.
What types of spaces do you hope to design/or projects do you hope to take on when you graduate?
After I graduate, I want to become part of an architecture studio, and I want to teach to further hone my skills. Then I want to hopefully design buildings in large cities like New York, London, and Abu Dhabi, focusing on the postmodern style of architecture and developing a new style as well.
How do you hope your work will make a difference (or impact others)?
The main purpose of architecture and design is not just to feed people’s eyes, but to affect their lives. In my designs, I want something more green, and more of a focus on the ecosystem. How we can make gray civilizations and nature harmonize. I want to design using simple parametric movements that accommodates nature, not destroy it. I also want to learn more about caring for the planet and how to actually live with it, not just cut down trees and build more things for humankind. Green is relaxing. New York is all gray, but they combat this by creating parks, such as the Central Park. I want nature to compliment civilization.
What or who inspired you to become a designer?
I have always been into drawing. Both of my parents were engineers and taught me to question how things work. I put that curiosity into focus onto design. I was inspired from the very start. From childhood, I have always had a knack for designing. I got into architecture because I was told I am good at drawing and when I took the first few classes enjoyed it and learned to respect it.