Siqi chen

Siqi Chen

Siqi Chen has been working on her doctoral thesis at the Department of Architecture, in Urban Health Research Group (UHG) since January 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Qingdao University of Technology, China, and a master's degree in Architecture from DIA, HS Anhalt, Germany. After her graduation, she worked as an independent researcher and architect coder in China, where she was responsible for the work of practical investigations, urban planning, and structure construction. Having done her master thesis on “the Banana Case – a preliminary study on space design and unique requirement of the teenage immigration group from China to Germany”, she built her academic interests include human-computer interaction, space-related design, and user-oriented play. She also extended a further exploration of issues such as integration, socio-perception or urban related space. Her work focuses on the design and evaluation of multi-interaction techniques that could associate with the existing space for minority groups.

PhD Project

Socio-Spatial Interaction (SSI): Design Strategies on promoting Wellbeing of “Wartezustand” Elementary School-aged Refugees in Berlin

Germany is the most teenage refugee accepting countries globally. To cope with this situation, the government formulated specific asylum application procedures named as Drawer-Asylsystem for these children. But on the other hand, since the limited resource of accommodations forward, they are trapped in initial reception (Erstaufnahmeeinrichtungen) period for more than expected, most of them are living in tents or community accommodation with shared rooms, where “free-playing” is an attribute of luxury. Meanwhile, the uncertain transit/waiting period, atmosphere, noise and daily conflicts in these accommodations interfered with children’s development and formed disadvantageous playing or learning environments. The ironic aspect is that the design of refugee’s special accommodations should be functional enough to provide the opportunities for their social participation, appropriate education, and leisure activities. Apparently, the supportive measures to fulfill their unique, child-specific needs are missing in these built environments at present.

In this project, the researcher plans to investigate children’s utilization, and perception of existing shared spaces in initial receptions, such as playing or learning spaces, those spaces are indispensable to the components of “Ideal City” for these young fugitives. The supportive academic focus will be on movement promotion, urban perception and the potentiality of digital technology. Above mentioned also divides the research questions into three areas, which also intends to illuminate the feedback hypothesis of “Socio-Spatial Interaction (SSI)”: 1. the specific emotional, physical and social requirements of elementary school-aged refugees in their built environment; 2. the qualities and deficiencies of their perceptions to the existing space; 3. the fields of design and action for architects and urban planners. How to actively motive all participants in a short time and to create/augment spaces with limited sources will become the primary challenge of this project as known so far. The aims of this project are not only to optimize the accommodation but also to offer safe shelters for them to learn, to play and to with other companions.

University Studies and Degrees

Since 01/2017 Doctoral Studies (Fachbereich Architektur, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)
09/2013-06/2015 Master of Art in Architecture (Dessau Institute of Architecture, Hochschule Anhalt, Dessau, Germany)
09/2008-06/2013 Bachelor of Architecture (School of Architecture, Qingdao University of Technology, Qingdao, China)

Professional Experiences

Since 09/2015 Junior Researcher, Original Design Habitat Society Institute, Beijing, China (work remotely)
07/2015-09/2015 Teaching Assistant, ASW studio, Beijing, China
11/2014-04/2015 Internship, Peter Ruge Architects, Berlin, Germany
05/2014-11/2014 Technical Support, Another Architects, Berlin, Germany
10/2012-02/2013 Technical Support, XD Architects, Beijing, China
07/2012-10/2012 Internship, AM Progetti, Beijing, China

Scholarships and Awards

Since 09/2017
China Scholarship Council | Ph.D. Fellowship
2016 Top 10 Design of the year: the 6th IDEA-KING International Human Settlements Planning and Design Competition, business project
2016 3nd Prize: 2016 Chinese Architectural Art “Young Designers Prize”, business project
2015 2nd Prize: Haalth Logo Design Competition
2014 2nd Prize: Woodcut Competition, Dessau, Germany
2013 2nd Prize: the 3rd Architectural Design Graduate Exhibition of China-Korea Cooperation Program, Qingdao University of Technology
2012 1st Prize: the 2nd Architectural Design Exhibition of China-Korea Cooperation Program, Qingdao University of Technology, Grade 4 Group

Talks and Conferences

• 8th International Ph.D. Academic Colloquium of Peking University: Landscape as Media | 24-25 August 2017 |Beijing, China

• Towards Urban Resilience – International Workshop for young Researchers, Master- and PhD-students | 23-24 May 2017 | Barcelona, Spain