Shin Siek LEED AP
Shin learned about architecture when working as an assistant editor for an architecture magazine in Singapore in 2001. She attended press conferences, interviewed architects about their local projects and read a great deal about architectural products. Her "turning point" was an interview she conducted with a Canadian landscape architecture professor at a sustainability conference held in Singapore.
Shin explains, "The concept of sustainability was still quite new in Asia 15 years ago. He opened my horizons in sustainability and I felt Asian countries in general had a lot to catch up with in term of sustainability." This motivated Shin to bring about positive changes to the environment. Today, her professional philosophy is the design of architecture should be integrated into its natural environment, contribute positively to its community and minimize its environmental impact.
One of her favorite quotes is from Buckminster Fuller, an architect, engineer and futurist: “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”
Shin earned her Master's in Architecture at the University of Oregon, which has a focus on sustainability. Today, she lives in the DVM (DC Virginia Maryland) metropolitan area.