Tin Awarded Annual KPF Traveling Fellowship

Architectural site plan drawing with descriptive text

CoCo Tin's project, Magic Hedge 2.0, was included in her portfolio submission to the 2019 jury for the KPF Traveling Fellowship. drawing / CoCo Tin (B.Arch. '19)

April 25, 2019

Bachelor of architecture student CoCo Tin (B.Arch. '19) has been selected as one of three recipients of the prestigious 2019 Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Traveling Fellowship. The firm presents the award annually to students who are in their penultimate year at one of the 27 partner design schools. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year of school.

"This year's award will benefit CoCo Tin, a student whose talent and dedication to the study of architecture set her apart," says Andrea Simitch, department chair and professor of architecture. "CoCo is unstoppable — she is deeply committed to learning and pursues every opportunity available to her. [Assistant Professor] Leslie Lok and I were excited to support the remarkable portfolio that she developed around her proposal to investigate the critical topic of health and ideas about curative spaces."

The fellowship will support Tin's eight-week itinerary for travel to sites that will inform her project titled Architectures of Alternative Care: Repurposing Sanatoriums Across Cultures and Climates. The scope of her study is specific to 20th-century sanatorium buildings in Finland, Poland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Japan. Following site visits in these locations, Tin will study for three weeks at the Wellcome Library in London, with a focus on health and medical histories.

"Changes in human activities that overlap with contexts of nature, technology, economics, and politics promote the reemergence of infectious disease, a condition that highlights the need for public spaces of health to be reinserted back into society," states Tin in her proposal. "We live in an age of antibiotics, improved sanitation, information, hyperconnectivity, and the globalization of cities. Yet historic welfare-state policies promoting good health as a social right of every citizen have been increasingly transferred to individual responsibility — and the sanitorium, one of the most celebrated building types of the last century, has seemingly disappeared from public memory and left to decay. This fellowship will allow for an investigation of functioning sanatoriums as a model in Western medicine and how it has been adapted by other cultures for the development of alternative spaces of care."

The KPF award includes $8,000 to support summer travel, and an additional $2,000 to support a final report — in Tin's case, an exhibition including drawings that situate the sanatorium buildings in their social, political, and cultural contexts; photography; and written narrative.

In addition to Tin, Peteris Lazovskis of Harvard GSD and Jack Isles of The Architectural Association also received awards, and Isabel Branas Jarque (M.Arch. '20) is the first master's student at AAP to receive one of two honorable mentions. The other went to Haesop Shin of MIT. This year's jury included Erika Hinrichs, chair of the department of architecture at Pratt Institute and principal at FBEH viaArchitecture ; Steven Hillyer, director of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive at Cooper Union and cofounder of Arkanjel Productions; Maria Hurtado de Mendoza, associate professor of architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and cofounder of Estudio.Entresitio; as well as KPF principals Jeff Kenoff and Hugh Trumbull.

By Edith Fikes

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