I am a final-year architecture undergraduate at the National University of Singapore and will graduate in July this year. This summer vacation will see me embarking on my dissertation that will eventually culminate in a thesis for my postgraduate Masters studies. In school, my architectural studies have taken the path of a specialisation in design technology and sustainability, which essentially entails climate-responsive design and also architectural detailing at the micro scale that critically addresses particular user needs, poetics, construction techniques and green issues. Beyond school, my interests lie in design journalism where this competition and a maiden article recently published in the “Singapore Architect” – the principal local architectural journal – has been a blessedly encouraging start. Through this vehicle of design journalism I hope to pursue my twin passions in design and writing, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of the role of architecture in my society and its value, a place where the architect is still very much a misunderstood and mysterious vocation.