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Practice : Winter 2010
Henrietta Oy ula’s diversit y of life experiences has galvanized how she views the world as a designer. She has lived in a variety of built environments and her socio economic statu s has varied. She was raised in Kenya where she lived in the rural countryside and was a n occupant of a middle cla ss government housing project. She moved to the United States to study Architecture in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Boston, Ma ssachusett s. As an architecture student, Henrietta has insightf ully found value in an eclectic collection of built environments. “We learn from our pa st. It it is thus important to look at where we h ave come from, to learn from our cultural past and to look at the reasons why we lived the way that we did and what it is that works today. How we c an combine these ideas and techniques to formulate a solution for our current problems?,” she a sk s. Henrietta is a 2003 graduate of the University of Utah, where she received a Ba chelor of Science in A rchitecture, a nd a 2009 graduate of the B oston A rchitectura l College’s Ma ster of Architecture program. She is the recipient of the 2008 Roy Viklund Schol arship, a nd the 2009 Thesis Commendation, a s wel l a s the Edwin T. Steffian Centennial Thesis Award. She also wa s awarded the 2009 President’s Award. Henrietta used her thesis a s an opportunity to investigate the synthesis of building techniques and cultures and its application a s a solution to address the living c onditions of underser ved communities in developing nations. Drawing from her own life experienc e in Kenya and her education and design work at CBT Architects, and E.R . Racek Associates, Henrietta seeks to provide a system of design a nd construction techniques de veloped from a succ es sful synthesis of fea sible vernac ular a rchitectura l elements, a nd modern building techniques, that c an be the driving force for change in substandard housing conditions. Henrietta returned to her home c ountry of Kenya upon graduation to f urther her research in this semina l endeavor. henrietta oyula ’09 henrietta oyula It is important to learn from our cultural past and to look at the reasons why we lived the way that we did and what it is that works today. How can we combine these ideas and techniques to formulate a solution for our current problems? alumNI NEWs ] fEaTuREd alumNI 41 pRacTIcE