Last Thursday evening, AIA Houston's Young Architects Forum (YAF) hosted this year's exhibition and presentation of Design Make Residency projects. The Design Make Residency is an annual, innovative program that bridges the gap between theoretical design and physical production. Throughout the program cycle, residents develop their selected project and area of study, culminating in the production of an object or objects which are then displayed at the Architecture Center Houston. The program provides support for up to 3 residents annually in the form of workshop space and access to tools (via TxRx Labs), and connection to other resources such as materials and mentors.

Austine Yu, together with Aziz Alshayeb and Edward Hidrogo, presented their project, Spatial Activity.
Spatial relationships in architecture are typically defined as the relationships between objects. These relationships, while simple, can grow to be complex through overlapping layers of walls, partitions, steps, ceilings, and other surfaces. Rather than change the relationships in a space through the movement of objects, could the space change through the movement of the static? Our project begins to study the inverse relationship of objects and spaces and how the spaces can react to the objects.

Any good designer knows that collaboration is critical in any successful endeavor. With the help of fellow Kirksey colleagues Camila Castro and Catalina Valencia, Austine was able to get the help she needed to complete the presentation. We're so proud of Austine for all of her hard work and can't wait to see the great things she'll be doing in the future.

The future of design is bright with young and talented minds like this leading the charge.​