Name: Rugui (Ruby) Xie
Hometown: Changsha, China
Favorite spot in your city: Orange Isle
Q: What’s your vision for the world of Architecture and Design? How does lauckgroup make a home for that viewpoint?
A: I think architecture is a human centered space, so humanized design and functionality should always be the prime goal when we design space in my opinion. By participating in the process of a few projects, I think lauckgroup always takes their first step by analyzing the space user, so the design can be more centered and customized based on the user’s setting and preference.
Q: What’s your favorite part about interning at lauckgroup?
A: The vitality of the team; everyone is very friendly and willing to help. Because of this vitality, the collaboration and production of the team can also be very dynamic and creative.
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures when it comes to design in your home / apartment?
A: Playing loud music from speakers in my apartment while I am drafting or designing. Sometimes loud music can stimulate my brainstorming process, and some weird and creative ideas will come out after that.
Q: Favorite (or least favorite) design trend? What was the evolution of the trend? Where do you see it going?
A: Scandinavian design is my favorite among all the latest design trends. As a modern style that emerged from the minimalist philosophy. Scandinavian style focuses on both functionality and aesthetics. It meets people’s need for the beautiful design, quality, and affordable products in many fields of design. I think it is always an easily accessible design style to reference in all walks of life.
Q: What’s your ultimate goal after you graduate?
A: I hope to be a diverse architect. My goal is to experiment with various categories of architecture design, it could be exhibition space, amusement park, transportation center (airport or train station) or private residential house design. I believe each of these experiences will help me approach a design problem with a more comprehensive solution in future.
Q: What advice would you give other students looking to intern at Architecture and Interior Design firms?
A: Always be precise with your work. Architects always take huge responsibility on the accuracy of construction documents for each project. I think even as an intern, you should be as professional as possible during your early career stage. Be mindful of every little detail on the drawings or construction site, and ask questions if you don’t understand. I think being OCD can be a good characteristic of a designer.