Erioseto Hendranata (known as Seto) is the Recipient of the SOM Foundation 2014 SOM Prize. Seto will travel to regions on three continents, in carrying out his winning Research Proposal on the notion of “Risk and Crises in the field of architecture and landscape as a natural or man-made event or process which impacts both the society and the territory it inhabits.”
Having grown up in a small coastal town of Cirebon, West Java – Indonesia, at age 12, Seto traveled outside the country for the first time, visiting Europe, where the cities made a strong impression on him. Following his studies at a local high school in Cirebon, Seto took further High School Level studies at St Andrew’s College, Cambridge UK, where he was inspired by his course in Arts & Design and the classical sculptures at the Cambridge Archaeological Museum. As his Father and Mother both have degrees in Chemistry and Management, and with a Brother who is a computer scientist, Seto notes that he is, “definitely the odd one in his family.”
Seto commenced his initial Architectural training at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University (2005-2008), where he received a BSc in Architectural Studies (RIBA Part 1), and was honored with a First Class degree. Following receipt of his degree at Cardiff, between 2008 and 2012, Seto gained practical work experience at offices in both London and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Enrolling at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010,Seto served as a TA in both the undergraduate and graduate schools while earning his M Arch degree, received in February 2014. He was awarded the Avery Leadership Award, and full-merit Scholarship Awards for his academic achievements at MIT.
Seto’s career aspirations include “learning and contributing as much as possible at the office of Diller, Scofidio & Renfro,” in New York, where he has been employed since February 2014. In the immediate future, he wants to be “a designer with a small atelier of 5-10 persons, with works which can address cultural and social issues.” Having had the opportunity to be a TA at MIT, he is also interested in being involved with teaching, as well as the practice of architecture.
Max Wong is the Recipient of the SOM Foundation 2014 Travel / Research Fellowship.
For his winning research topic, “Finding Common Ground in the Open Plan,” Max posits that the proliferation of the open plan raises questions regarding the relevance of architectural specificity in today’s culture and economies…The project will attempt to leverage the open plan’s capacity to “bridge between traditionally separate modes of architectural production andto cope with a constantly fluctuating present.” Max will visit projects on three (3) continents to study social, cultural and technological conditions in the open plan of three different use types “to establish common ground between them.”
Max grew up in the Bay Area town of Piedmont, California, where he graduated from Piedmont High School and attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where in 2010 he received his BA degree with a double major in Architectural Studies and Art.
Travelling East, Max earned his M Arch degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in May 2014. Awards received during his study at the GSD include the Araldo A. Cossutta Prize for Design Excellence in 2012, awarded annually to “a student of merit who hassuccessfully completed the core program for the professional degree of Master in Architectureand whose design work consistently shows outstanding promise,” and in 2014, Max received the “Faculty Design Award” given to the graduating student who demonstrated “significant achievement throughout the Master of Architecture I program’s design sequence.”
Influential professors during Max’s time at the GSD include his thesis advisor, Professor Preston Scott Cohen, and Rem Koolhaas, professor and academic advisor with whom Max participated in a year-long research project, “ Elements of Architecture”, which culminated in an exhibit at the Venice 14th International Biennale and a book titled “Elements.” Participation with Professor Koolhaas in the research project included study abroad at the AMO/OMA in Rotterdam, Netherlands, during the initial phase of the research project and subsequent continued work as a remote researcher afterward.
Employed at the Boston firm of Howeler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio, Max notes that his career aspirations are “ ... to gain a deeper understanding of the architectural discipline by both practicing and teaching design.”
Allison Halpern is the recipient of the SOM Foundation 2014 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship.
Having grown up in Columbia, Maryland, Allison graduated from the McDonough School in 2004, and in 2008 received a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Architectural Studies from Tufts University.
Allison continued her studies at Princeton University, where she worked with Professor David Billington in the study of the bridge designs of French Structural Engineer, Michel Virlogeux, earning an MSE in Civil Engineering in 2010, and an MA in Civil Engineering in 2012. Allison received her PhD from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton in June 2014. Working with Professor Sigrid Adriaenssens, her PhD research focuses on the use of computational form-finding and deterministic optimization methods for improving the stability and serviceability performance of pedestrian bridges constructed for the urban environment.
Allison received the SOM Foundation’s $10,000 2014 Fellowship for her award winning Essay, “Learning from Footbridges: Improving Urban Structural Connections.” In response to the 2008 National Academy of Engineering’s document, “Grand Challenges for Engineering,” and the 2013 ASCE Report Card which classified bridge design in the US as “mediocre,” Allison believes that to change this rating, it is necessary to define what is considered to be a “good” bridge design.
Building on Dr. Billington’s definition that “good” bridge design is exemplified by the tenets of efficiency, economy, and elegance, Allison would like to search beyond the definition of “good,” to identify the criteria of “exceptional” bridge designs through research in the sustainability and design of footbridges in the urban environment.
Following graduation, Allison plans to commence her career in structural engineering, with aspirations to become a bridge designer.
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.