Student Spotlight: Meet Henry

Image provided by Henry Wen

Image provided by Henry Wen



Give us a little background about yourself.

A: Born in southern, rural Taiwan and immigrated to Brisbane, Australia at the age of 5. Grew up spending most of my time on videogames and sports. Honestly, I chose to pursue architecture for fairly trivial reasons and came to the States for my Bachelor of Architecture degree. I still annually visit my family in Australia and Taiwan.

why did you join Solar Decathlon?

A: The sun is a wonderful source of energy, yet to be fully harnessed by man. As a humble student, I strive to be part of the pioneers driven to revolutionize humanity; to truly live as part of Mother Nature’s creation. The Solar Decathlon is a perfect opportunity to participate and adsorb the way of thinking towards a sustainable future; a future where nobody suffers.

what is your role in the UT-TUM team?

A: I believe everybody’s role is to pave the way to a greener future. As a mere individual, I seek to help the team in any way. In the past, I have contributed to the Building Information Modeling work and minor tasks as an assistant to the Construction Management led by Megan Recher.

what have you enjoyed most about your experience so far?

A: Working as a team, all people of different backgrounds coming together to accomplish something that could not have been done as an individual.

how did you like living in Munich?

A: It was a safe, extremely clean and extremely organized place to live. There were no complaints, especially with the delicious Bavarian beer.

where do you see yourself in five years?

A: Working on a design-build gig for low-tech public interest projects in Eastern Asia.

Are you a cat or dog person?

A: Cat. Definitely a cat, especially when equipped with lasers.

What’s your favorite color?

A: Burnt orange, because Hook’em.

Who is your favorite architect?

A: Sverre Fehn’s work for the subtlety and serenity in the way his projects meet the earth and sky. I also admire architects that work with sustainable indigenous materials such as Simon Velez, TYIN, and Ibuku.

What is your favorite city that you have been to (thus far)?

A: Istanbul due to the stunning mosques as well as the delicious sweets like Baklava!

Where do you want to visit most?

A: Iran, to visit the remnants of the Persian empire, especially for its beautiful mosques.

Aug 14, 2015 by in NexusNews

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