On the occasion of the annual President’.s Medals 2014, Mike Lim of the Royal College of Art, London, received the SOM Foundation Traveling Fellowship. The award is given to a student who has completed the Part 2 Course of Study at a school of architecture in the United Kingdom. Mike received the award for his thesis project, “Untitled, 2014, Mixed Media.”
Described by Mike as a critical design project that interrogates the United Kingdom’s dependency on its Creative Economy, the work questions whether the continued application of financial mechanisms to the Creative Arts and the increasing co-alignment between economic and cultural sectors is ultimately devaluing their inherent worth. By projecting a massive shift in trusted creative values, the thesis offers a cautionary tale of over-cultural quantification.” Mike hopes to use his Travelling Fellowship to continue to investigate this emerging narrative in other international cultro-mega-cities.
Originally from London, Mike spent three years working with OMA in Hong Kong before returning to complete his Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Art. Mike joined the firm of Matheson Whitely in London in 2015, where he is currently employed. Mike’s career aspirations as an architect include one day setting up his own practice, but figuring out how to do it first.