Student
Carolyn Tam

Carolyn is an architectural designer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her work stretches across the fields of architecture, art, and product design. Educated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, Royal College of Art and the Imperial College of London, her interest lies in reshaping how we relate to our environment, by incorporating design with smart materials.

Carolyn has gained experience in built projects at LAAB (Hong Kong) and Amanda Levete architects (London), where she specializes in housing, retail, community and exhibition design. In addition, Carolyn also has substantial experience in product design at Tangent Design and Invention (London).

Carolyn's personal work has been internationally published, including Archdaily, Dezeen, Domus Magazine, Co. Design, Design Insider and Mashable. Her works have received numerous awards and recognitions, ranging from New York Young Ones ADC Portfolio Awards to Dezeen's Innovative Material of the Year 2018.

Areas of Interest
Art and Technology, Building Energy, Building Materials, Computation

Education

- 2014
BSc Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture
- 2018
MSc Innovation Design Engineering (Joint Course), Imperial College London
- 2018
MA Innovation Design Engineering (Joint Course), Royal College of Art

Academic Experience

- Present
Research Assistant, MIT
- 2020
Researcher, CURA / Senseable City Lab

Professional Experience

- Present
Curation Assistant, Hashim Sarkis Studios
- 2017
Product Designer, Tangent Design and Invention
- 2016
Architectural Designer, LAAB Architects
- 2014
Architectural Assistant, Amanda Levete Architects
- 2012
Summer Placement, Team 73 Landscape Architects

Awards

- Present
Merit Based Scholarships, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 2020
Green Concepts 2020 / Winner, Green Product Award
- 2019
Consumer Product Category / Winner, Good Design Award
- 2019
Young Ones Portfolio Awards / Winner, New York Art Directors Club
- 2019
Architecture Categories / Silver Winner, International Design Award
- 2019
Product Design Categories / Honorable Mention, International Design Award
- 2019
Architecture in Perspective Student Competition / Student Juror Award, American Society of Architectural Illustrators
- 2019
Global Creative Awards / Winner, YouFab Competition
- 2019
Radical Innovation and New Technologies Design Category / Silver Winner, A' Design Award & Competition
- 2019
Interaction Design Category / Silver Winner, A' Design Award & Competition
- 2019
Architecture Categories / Silver Winner, NOVUM Design Award
- 2018
Graduated with Distinction, Imperial College London
- 2018
KI Awards: Innovations for working & learning spaces of the future / Grand Winner, Royal College of Art
- 2018
Innovative Material of the Year 2018, Dezeen
- 2018
BioArt Competition / Winner, FASEB
- 2018
Venture Catalyst Challenge / 3rd Prize, Imperial College London
- 2018
Creative Hack Awards / Finalist, WIRED
- 2017
BioDesign Challenge / Finalist, Royal College of Art
- 2011
Upper School Scholarship, Oakham School

Exhibitions

- 2020
Finite / Futuro Sostenible, Bilbao Exhibition Centre
- 2019
Spherical Shell / 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT, MIT Museum
- 2019
Finite / 100% Design Exhibit, London Design Festival
- 2019
The Testbed / AIP 34 Exhibition, WUHO Gallery
- 2019
Ceramic Work, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
- 2018
TechniChrome / Innovations for working & learning spaces of the future, London Design Festival
- 2018
TechniChrome / Final Degree Show, Imperial College London
- 2018
Finite / Material for Architecture, ILEC Conference Centre
- 2018
Finite / BioDesign Here Now, London Design Festival
- 2018
Finite / Screen Shot’s yearly Tech Expo, TECHSHOT
- 2018
Finite / Imperial Festival, Imperial College London
- 2018
Finite / Science Evening, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
- 2018
Finite / SustainLab , Royal College of Art
- 2018
Finite / Venture Catalyst Challenge, Imperial College London
- 2017
Touchology / Sound Check Exhibition, Science Gallery
- 2017
Touchology / WIP Show, Royal College of Art
- 2017
Mycotopia / Food Future, BioDesign Challenge
- 2017
Mycotopia, Hello Tomorrow Global Summit
- 2017
GoGlobal / Future of Chile's food systems, Innovation Centre UC
- 2014
The Test Bed / Bartlett Summer Show, University College London
- 2013
Sweat Building / Bartlett Summer Show, University College London
- 2012
London Fields Kite Library / Bartlett Summer Show, University College London
- 2011
Annex(ed), Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery