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Sun Shuairan | Architect in Training

Sun Shuairan

Sun Shuairan studied Architecture for five years in China before moving to Arizona in 2015. Passionate about the environment, the move to the desert was a natural fit. Since one of the main goals of architecture is to protect people from the elements, living in these conditions also serves as a valuable opportunity for Sun to gain experience and knowledge on how to design and work with the climate. After a 7 year journey, he learned the importance of creating designs that are driven programmatically functional and environmentally sustainable while keeping the client’s vision in mind.  The essence of architecture for Sun is being inspired to design and committed to creating carefully with a craft.

Sun earned his Masters of Architecture from Arizona State University in 2017. He won the Fall 2015 Design Excellence Award from ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The following year, the Design School nominated him for the Design Excellence Award.

One on One with Sun:

Did you have any nicknames growing up?

Growing up, my mother and my grandmother always called me “ran ran” which is the last Chinese character in my first name. The literal meaning of it means slowly in Chinese. If I could find a similar word to “ran ran”, it would have to be slowpoke. I was given this nickname because I was born later than expected.

What do you do in your free time?

I am a huge sports fan and that tends to take up most of my free time. Basketball, soccer, and football are the sports that I enjoy watching with friends. The rest of my free time is dedicated to volunteering.  I also like to watch videos about American history and other modern histories as well. I find history extremely fascinating.

What architect do you admire?

I admire Wang Shu because he is dedicated to building timeless works of art that interact with the environment while making use of available materials in an efficient manner. One of his signature projects called Ningbo Museum perfectly presents his powerful design concept. The museum was impressively built from rubble by local artisans and craftsmen as a way of honoring and preserving traditional construction methods.

Do you have any pets?

I have never owned any pets before.  I have been considering the possibility of getting myself a puppy. My mother tells me I need to feed myself first, but, I think it’s time!


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