Perspectives 05.19.2020

Conversations with Colleagues: Krystn Rilloraza

Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Krystn is a designer in our New York studio
Concept sketch for a Mountain Film Institute in Norway (university)
These four programs determined the design of the whole proposal. From the form to the circulation and the sustainable strategies that were implemented.
What drew you to the design profession, and what is keeping you here? 

Both of my parents were architects in the Philippines. As a young girl, I looked up to them. They always included me in their work (site visits and even coloring floor plans). That was the root of my interest. From there, I was intrigued by how architecture can reflect the culture of its surrounding communities and how it can respond to the local climate. There is still so much to learn and new technology to discover, I look forward to learning more about climate responsive design and how we can design to prioritize user comfort while having low impact on the environment.   

Detail sketch of an existing building in Champaign, IL (university). This was a study on construction details.
Model of a completely passive and adaptive studio in Winnipeg, Canada (university).
Model shows the multiple layers of the envelope system: double glass vacuum layer, air buffer zone, and wall of water for thermal mass. The whole structure is transparent which allows for 360-degree views around and illuminates at sundown.
Daylight and exterior shading study for classrooms in Toronto, Canada (internship). This is an iterative process for deciding the dimensions of the exterior shading fins to optimize the amount of daylight and reduce glare into these classrooms.
As a leader in the design industry, what steps do you take to expand professional design opportunities to members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities? 

I like to share my experiences by teaching an online workshop on design tools to students. I’ve also shared opportunities I felt were difficult to come across on your own to other designers in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.