Architecture students named to Metropolis magazine’s “Future100” list


Kristabel Chung ’22 and Coumba Kanté ’22, both fifth-year undergraduate students in architecture at the School of Architecture, have been selected for “Metropolis magazine’s Future100, an elite group of architecture and interior design students from the United States and Canada.

Launched in 2021, the award recognizes the top 100 graduate students in North America who, as emerging leaders, are interpreting and reinventing the fields of architecture and interior design.

Selected from a diverse pool of applicants, Chung and Kanté are two of 44 architecture students to receive this honor, selected based on the creativity, rigor, skills and professionalism demonstrated in their portfolios and applications.

“We have been blown away by the quality of work you and your peers have submitted, and we believe you represent a bright future for our industry – beautiful, thoughtful, innovative, sustainable and inclusive design,” said Avinash Rajagopal, Editor. in chief of chief of the magazine, in the letters of attribution.

Kristabel Chung

Kristabel Chung

Integrating architectural and anthropological research methodologies, Chung design portfolio shows an equal commitment to his original motivations as a visual artist and a phenomenological connection to experience.

In “Eroding Topographies,” Chung’s proposal seeks to repurpose the abandoned Skytop quarry in Syracuse to serve the recreational and counseling needs of refugees living in the area. Using the “water temple” designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando as a precedent, Chung’s project transforms the harsh landscape of the quarry into various spaces that can be used for storytelling, sports, education and gardening.

And in “Stored Labor,” Chung reflects on discriminatory labor laws and their impact on the design of private housing estates to design accommodation for migrant domestic workers in his mother’s native Hong Kong. By conducting in-person interviews and quantitative surveys asking workers to assess and design their own spaces, her study offers an alternative understanding of gender relations, rooted in a post-colonial urban context in Asia.

“Thoughtful, rigorous and creative, Kristabel is an ideal student with a bright future in both the profession and the discipline,” said Lawrence Chua, associate professor in the School of Architecture, who nominated Chung.

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In “Stored Labor”, Chung reflects on the impact of discriminatory labor laws.

In addition to receiving the Future100 award, Chung was part of the student design team of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students chapter of the school that won first place in the Barbara G. Laurie 2019 for their mixed income housing proposal. Additionally, she won the Gold Key Scholastic Art and Writing Award, as well as second place in the Southern California Regional Art Competition for her acrylic painting, “The Paradox of the Individual.”

“Over the past five years I have struggled tremendously trying to truly understand my passion within architecture. I have worked on many projects alongside my academics to design more than just buildings and follow my passion in making and researching,” says Chung. “Presenting my portfolio to the ‘Metropolis’ jury with works outside, but still tangent to, the field of architecture, is a real honor.

After graduation, Chung will work at Perkins&Will as Designer 1.

"Eroded topographies" representation

In “Eroding Topographies,” Chung’s proposal seeks to repurpose the abandoned Skytop quarry in Syracuse to serve the recreational and counseling needs of refugees living in the area.

Coumba Kante

Coumba Kante

Coumba Kante

At Kante design portfolio reflects a wide range of design interests and skills, from large-scale urban and landscape speculations, to product and graphic design, to pragmatic urban design interventions, such as “Layers of Skin, Scales of Segregation” , a proposal focused on fundamental issues within the 15th district of the city of Syracuse through the context of a skin, central factor of injustice.

Having previously worked at Elkus Manfredi Architects, Kanté’s portfolio also shows a deep understanding of construction drawing, 3D modeling and construction technologies. His work on the Volpe Development Project, completed during his internship with the company, included parametric prototyping of facade designs and 3D additive manufacturing for the 3 million square foot master plan in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Coumba’s work demonstrates a unique sensibility that allows him to address the many social and ecological challenges that define contemporary living without compromising his very high standards of design,” says Michael Speaks, Dean of the School of Architecture. , who nominated Kanté for the program.

At Kante "Layers of skin, scales of segregation" proposal.

From Kanté’s “Layers of Skin, Scales of Segregation” proposal.

While at the School of Architecture, Kanté was a member of numerous school and university organizations, including the American Institute of Architecture Students, the African Students Union, and the European Union, and served as an officer for the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. and the Organization of Architecture Students. In 2021, she was named one of 15 winners of Gensler’s inaugural Rising Black Designers Scholarship and Design Challenge, a prestigious national scholarship for young black designers.

“To be selected for the Future100, among so many strong and passionate designers, is surreal to me,” says Kanté. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come as a designer and find it a wonderful and proud expression of my undergraduate progress. It also showed me my own potential and how far I can push myself and my work in a positive and responsive direction.

After graduation, Kanté hopes to spend the summer working in West Africa, particularly the Ivory Coast, to experiment and understand different means of design that reflect a more global perspective outside of the academic realm. . She also wants to explore the possibilities of studying urban planning.

three dimensional view of buildings

Kanté’s work includes a 3 million square foot master plan for the Volpe development project in Massachusetts.

As part of the Future100 honor, Chung and Kanté’s work and credentials have been shared with architecture and design firms across North America to encourage professional relationships and career opportunities, and are displayed on the “Metropolis website and in the magazine’s March/April issue, on newsstands now.

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