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Andrew GIPE

Andrew completed a Masters degree in Architecture at Harvard University in 2015 and is currently conducting PhD research at the National Technical University of Athens. He is an award-winning professional English writer and accomplished portfolio designer. He has worked for the Harvard University Admissions Office, as a Teaching Assistant with Pritzker-Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas, and for five years as a private, professional English tutor for non-native speakers. Over the course of his academic career, Andrew has used his professional writing and portfolio design skills to secure over $90,000 in scholarships and financial awards.

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Kangil JI

Kangil received his Masters in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelors of Architecture from the Korea National University of Arts (RIBA Parts I & II). During his studies, he won several awards, scholarships, and grants, including Best Prize in the Seoul Urban Design Competition (2013), Finalist of the Norman Foster Travel Scholarship (2011), Korean Minister's full scholarship (2010), and various travel grants funded by TU Delft (2010), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2004), NC Soft (2003), and the Daum Foundation (2003). Kangil is currently a design partner at Terminal7 Architects in Seoul, South Korea.

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Carolyn MURASKIN

Carolyn completed a Bachelors of Science in Architecture at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in 2010. She worked for several firms in the Washington D.C. area before leaving her drafting desk to start an architectural tour company (DC Design Tours), so she could "talk about buildings rather than draw them." Her exceptional communication skills and passion for design make her one of our most influential and creative academic consultants.

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Phi NGUYEN

Phi studied at the Budapest Technical University in Hungary in 2009 after winning the Ballard-McConnel-Willis Mathematics Award. She received a Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) from Berea College in 2011, majoring in Mathematics and Studio Art and minoring in Art History. In 2016, she completed a Master in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Phi is an exceptionally talented artist and designer; she has exercised her professional skills in her home country of Vietnam (NQH Architects), during an archaeological exploration of Sardis in Turkey, and at Kengo Kuma and Associates in Tokyo, Japan.

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Wilson Rui QIAN

Wilson won the Best Thesis Prize while completing a Bachelor of Engineering at Beijing University in 2010. He went on to complete a Masters of Urban Design from TCAUP, University of Michigan, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Wilson was recently nominated as the International Research Associate of China's National Research Center and serves as the VP of the UM Beijing Alumni Association. He has worked as an urban designer at Cooper Robertson & Partners and Goody Clancy & Associates. He is now collaboratively establishing China's first urban design program and serving as overseas editor of several professional Chinese magazines.

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Mahmoud RIAD

Mahmoud graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt in 2006. And in 2009, he graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture and a Certificate in Urban Design from the School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation at the University of Maryland in the United States. He won numerous awards including the Dean’s Thesis Prize & the 2009 AIA Maryland Graduate Design Award. After graduating, he moved to London to work at world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects. In 2012, Mahmoud assumed the full-time design responsibilities of his family's architecture firm Riad Architecture.

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