EL Questionnaire 2015


Name: Peining Lu
Company: Tsoi Kobus & Associates
Concentration: Healthcare, Life Science and Higher Education
College/University: Master of Design in Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, RI and B.A. in Interior Design, Glasgow School of Art, UK
Year(s) of Graduation: Graduate School- 2014 College- 2011

As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?: A fashion designer.
If you could keep only five possessions what would they be?: My Computer - loaded with all the programs that I’m using, My Shoes - which are going to take me to all the beautiful places, My Watch - a phone could never be the replacement, My Perfume - a good smell always give you a good memory, Frame Magazine - this is my modern design bible
What is a skill you'd like to learn and why?: Interactive Media Design skill set - New space experience is a lot about integrating the elements of audio, images, words, data, and sense for the delivery of interactive content through different media. The perceiving image, the smell, the texture, the touch and how it makes you feel are all essential to the transformation of the design, from a design object to a designed experience.
If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?: Carlo Scarpa - But I have to speak Italian first I guess :)
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?: Salar de Uyuni
What accomplishment are you most proud of?: Graduated from RISD, and now doing something with the skill set given by my study.
Lesson learned that has benefited you most in your career: When you have no idea where to start, then start from the history. And it always helps you with the story.
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: We built then we demolished, we created then we forgot. Buildings do get aged, but they never die if they are well alternated. A well-adapted interior architecture design can bring the space a new life by preserving its unique history. We’re not only helping the users, we are helping the history. It's a big idea, and it's a legacy.
Most significant inspiration: You can do complexity, but it has to be in a form of simplicity.