Interview with Jinghui Ye, Architect of INGREEN, China

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Jinghui is an architect at INGREEN, where his expertise lies in overseeing design and space transformation and be responsible for the whole life cycle design of his projects.

Interview with the 2020 MUSE Design Awards Winner - Jinghui Ye

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your background.

I am a national first-class registered architect. I studied structural science in school, so I have a deep understanding of architectural structure. After graduation, I have been engaged in architectural design, serving some commercial development institutions, and have been constantly improving myself in project practice. In recent years, I want to highlight more "interesting design".

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?

Architecture has always been a comprehensive subject of art and technology. It can make an architect become a magician, you can get something from nothing and, help in regaining its new value.

3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.

At present, the overall design work of the company is mainly architectural design and space transformation, and my role in the company is to lead the architect, responsible for the whole life cycle design of the project.

4What does “design” mean to you?

In my opinion, a designer is like a tailor. According to the needs of customers, he can tailor a suit that fits well and looks good to attend a certain place, or even a suit with higher quality than the customers expected.

5What’s your favorite kind of design and why?

My favorite design is based on the mutual trust between the owner and the architect. After the owner fully expresses the needs, the architect will play the owner's needs to the extreme according to the cost and conditions. Such a pattern can often produce more interesting designs.

6To you, what makes a “good” design?

In fact, design is not imaginary. What I need more is a story background belonging to customers. If the user's story background can be integrated, such a building is often able to have a heavy impact on the soul.

7Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

The simpler it is, the better it is.

8Tell us about your design process.

First of all, we should establish a friendship with customers, fully understand the functional requirements of the owner, and then combine the characteristics of the architectural space for functional and aesthetic design.

9Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?

Every architect needs to have the accumulation of basic culture, and after I accept the culture and education of China, I will subconsciously print some wonderful cultural heritage in my mind, and I have a lot of design inspiration from there. So many people say "design has regional characteristics".

10Congratulations! As the winner of the 2020 MUSE Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

After winning the MUSE Design award, I think this is to give my company and team the recognition of the work results all the time, which also gives us more confidence in the architectural and spatial design of restoration. In the future, we will continue to look for better restoration projects, so that every building can be reborn.

11Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2020 MUSE Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

The project is characterized by that we use a very small budget to transform and build in the way of time for money. In this way, we appropriately retain the original appearance of the project and perfectly embody the theme of fashion and retro.

12What was the biggest challenge with this project?

The original building structure is relatively old, so the biggest challenge of this project is to think about how to make it interesting.

13How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?

I think the award is a summary of my previous design experience and a recognition of my past. And the award is another starting point of my design career, which makes me more confident to face more design project challenges in the future.

14What makes your country specifically, unique in the design industry?

Thousands of years of Chinese traditional culture is the unique capital of our design.

15Where do you see the evolution of design industry going over the next 5-10 years?

The future design will gradually move towards refinement and cultural expression.

16If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring MUSE Design Awards submitter, what advice would you give them?

A good project does not mean that the more you invest, the easier it will be to succeed. Cherish every project that comes from hard work.

17What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the design industry?

Pay more attention to and participate in international design competitions, which helps to improve the design ability of individuals or enterprises.

18Who has inspired you in your life and why?

Mr. Leoh Ming Pei, the master architect, has inspired many architects, including me.

19What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

Treat each project as a new challenge, no matter how hard or easy it is.

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