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Interviews with Our Team

By Hansy Better Barraza

Iris Kim

Interview 01

  1. What is your role on the team?

    ​I joined Studio Luz full-time from 2018-2019 and worked as an Architectural Designer and Project Manager. Prior to joining full-time, I also worked as the Project Coordinator on the Tilt-Down Fence installation in the summer of 2016. I am now in graduate school at Harvard Graduate School of Design, so I am currently working freelance as Project Lead on the firm’s upcoming Mission Rock Street Room Design competition entry.

  2. What is your favorite built work in Boston and why?

    My favorite Studio Luz work is the Tilt-Down Fence installation because I got to see the project’s realization process. Looking back, it was a much more rewarding and fun experience/project than I had realized at the time. To be honest, I haven’t (yet) seen many built works in Boston, though if I had to choose from the ones I have seen thus far, my favorite would be the MIT Chapel by Eero Saarinen. The interior of the chapel is really a timeless calming space.

  3. What do you think the future of architecture looks like?

    I think the future of architecture will involve more cross-disciplinary collaboration. I think new, innovative architecture and urban offices/organizations will continue to emerge as a future “type” of architectural practice that will differ from the traditional architecture firm structure. On another note, I think the discipline of architecture will see more empowered women and people of color in leadership roles. I think the profession at large will have to rise to address questions around the role of architecture in achieving equity (social, political, cultural, and healthcare).

  4. How do you spend your free time?

    Cooking, Netflix, hiking, and sleeping-in have been my go-to hobbies during my free time. But most recently, Nintendo Switch and occasional golf rounds!

Reishan McIntosh

Interview 02

  1. What is your role on the team?

    ​I am the graphic designer.

  2. What is your favorite built work in Boston and why?

    I tend to gravitate towards contemporary buildings that have to find ways to work in a historic city. One such building is the Tozzer Anthropology Building by Kennedy & Volich Architecture. For Studio Luz, I really appreciate the new Piedmont Park Square multi-family residential project. Maybe I just appreciate when brick facades are done really well.

  3. What do you think the future of architecture looks like?

    I feel that we are at the point in the architectural discourse where we must confront issues of inequity and intersectionality. We can no longer pretend architecture is a single-issue topic!

  4. How do you spend your free time?

    I feel lucky to be working remotely in California with lots of nature and good weather, so I try to be outside as much as I can and explore places I took for granted when I was younger.

Jae Hoon (Jason) Jang

Interview 03

  1. What is your role on the team?

    ​I’m a designer at Studio Luz. I’m mostly responsible for assisting with the design and production of the projects.

  2. What is your favorite built work in Boston and why?

    It’s not strictly in Boston, but my favorite is Gropius House in Lincoln, MA. I’m a huge Bauhaus fan. It has given me so much inspiration and has been a huge influence on my decision to study architecture. Gropius House is a modest building and that is why I like it so much. Gropius’ modern interpretation of rather traditional local building materials is something to be admired.

    I think the facade design of the Mass Ave Residence by Studio Luz seeks that modern interpretation of the traditional or historical context of Boston and has successfully blended in with the context while incorporating modern materials. To me, it’s subtle, which I think is an outcome sensitivity where good design comes from.

  3. What do you think the future of architecture looks like?

    A lot has been discussed about the pandemic and its impact on many aspects of our lives, but I think it has also brought attention to how we think of the relationship between us and the space we occupy. Not so much in response to the disease itself, but the pandemic has shown the possibility of remote living and working conditions in the future. As more can be done without moving to a different place, I think that the space we physically occupy becomes more of an extension of our body. I’m curious how architecture makes a closer – or perhaps more intimate relationship – between users.

  4. How do you spend your free time?

    I like to play golf on the weekends. I love to cook as well – mostly Korean food. And I like to play games, even though I’m terrible at it.

Damian Bolden

Interview 04

  1. What is your role on the team?

    I am a Project Manager at Studio Luz.

  2. What is your favorite built work in Boston and why?

    Piedmont Park Square is one of my favorite Studio Luz Architects projects. I enjoy the way the project manipulates scale – with shifts in form, rhythm in surface, and brickwork detail – to bridge between the historic low-rise context and nearby large infrastructure. I also like that the wood-wrapped roof terrace provides the opportunity to see the city from a different perspective.

    I haven’t traveled around Boston around as much as I would like to, but currently another favorite of mine is the courtyard space at the Isabella-Stewart Gardner Museum. I recently visited for the first time and despite all the photos I’ve seen of the courtyard, I was still surprised by the encounter and scale of the space. Surprise and disruption are both elements I wish were manipulated with greater skill and acuity within architecture.

  3. What do you think the future of architecture looks like?

    Hopefully, a hell of a lot more racially diverse – and by that, I mean Black. The discourse and profession are both recognizing the voices and perspectives that historically have lacked acknowledgment. I’m excited by the potential that our lens and life perspectives can bring to the discourse. I’m also excited for the moment when the nuances and diversity of the Black perspective become more present in architecture.

  4. How do you spend your free time?

    I spend a lot of time with my two daughters, so free time is difficult to come by. I love being outside and moving, and lately roller skating has been my biggest hobby. When I’m stuck inside during the early mornings and late nights, I enjoy reading, writing, and sketching.

Ivan Tae

Interview 05

  1. What is your role on the team?

    I am a project designer/manager at Studio Luz Architects.

  2. What is your favorite built work in Boston and why?

    I personally enjoy the MIT Chapel, especially the threshold between the basement and the chapel. I enjoy the change in experience when you walk up from the low ceiling basement up to the lit chapel area as you vaguely begin to see the warm light coming from the chapel. The curved stairs within this threshold are surrounded by curved bricks and you begin to feel as if the bricks are embracing you.

    My favorite Studio Luz work is Piedmont Park Square because of its use of brick patterning on the facade. I particularly enjoy the brick corner detail and the detail of how the bricks meet the exposed steel beam.

  3. What do you think the future of architecture looks like?

    I think architecture will develop along various routes. Today more than ever, the agency of architecture is being focused more as different architects develop specific lenses through which they look at the world. From the many schools of thought that exist today, I want to see architecture that focuses on spatial experience.

  4. How do you spend your free time?

    I either like to just lie down and do nothing for a bit or travel and experience new spaces.