At 5’ 4” and only 110 pounds, Christina Tuong is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Our 2015 I Like Design winner— a junior at Marymount University in
Arlington, Va., and employee with a local construc-
tion company—beat out more than 115 students
(including five of her own classmates!) to grab this
year’s top prize: a summer internship with Studio3877 in Washington, D.C.,
and paid housing costs for the duration of it.
For the 2014-2015 competition, Studio3877 asked entrants to design
the next great lobby concept. Tuong decided to go with a hyper-local focus,
integrating a pop-up shop where various vendors can rotate their wares,
a children’s play area to accommodate families, and a Wi-Fi corner for
“It’s constantly changing,” she concluded, as Tuong’s class based their
precedent study for this project around the question: “What makes a city?”
She wanted to provide an answer for another all-important question that
many guests enter a lobby with: “What does this city offer?” She hopes her
pop-up shop gives them that.
So we turned the question on this budding designer to find out what she has
to offer now, as well as in the future, in order to get to know our winner better.
Tuong always knew she was interested in design and more recently decided
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By AnnMarie Martin | Renderings courtesy of Christina Tuong
There’s no lackadaisical millenial stereotyping necessary
when it comes to this year’s I Like Design winner.