|The Nineteenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2017|
Jan Doroteo Bio
Jan is an inquisitive student completing an undergraduate degree in Architecture with a minor in Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design. He was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 2008.
His interest in architecture stems from his childhood experience of seeing his family home in the Philippines undergo multiple renovations to expand its beauty, program, and efficiency. Influenced by his academic curriculum at UofT —which involves rigorous exposure to theory and history— Jan sees the architect as the witty problem solver who is able to bring together various forms of knowledge in order to solve complex issues. Building is a way of bringing theoretical ideals into physical reality. In turn, the study of tectonics is a worthy tool with which to unpack abstract thoughts. As a designer, he aims to design buildings that are rooted in cultural observation and commentary whether that is through high culture, pop culture or mass culture. Finding its importance being equal to design and building itself, Jan is highly interested in the appraisal of buildings and writing about the built environment. His previous professional experience includes editorial internships at ArchDaily.com and his faculty’s communications department. His writing and reflection on the built world gravitate towards composing rich cacophonous discussions—constantly seeking to mediate what might initially seem to be discordant voices. While his immediate plans involve pursuing a professional M.Arch degree, his goal is to pursue further studies and follow a career in the teaching, research, and curatorial practice of architecture. He believes subversion and narrative writing as critical to the discipline.
His other interests include furniture up-cycling and restoration, running, and “la dolce di far niente” (the art of doing nothing.)
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