WCAAD student Ray Yang has been admitted to Syracuse University for the Fall 2022 in the Architecture program！
Ray has been a student at our academy majoring in Architecture. Ray has demonstrated focus determination and commitment.
His ability to focus and enhance technically proves his determination, commitment, and drive. He has shown proactive qualities and leadership. When I ask him to finish projects he will never disappoint. I am always impressed with ray’s solutions as he is a risk taker and a designer who brings modernity in his work.
As far as outside studies: this last summer, Ray applied for two UCLA Summer courses - Introduction to International & Area Studies, as well as An Introduction to Cities and Planning as he learned about architecture with a professor who tutors Doctors from Cornell University. Ray has done extensive research and is exposed to many articles from famous writers. Through this learnt knowledge from all areas of study has led him closer to his dream - the construction industry strengthens his passion. I see him bring this experience to all his work.
As a child, Ray demonstrated interested in architecture, as his father’s profession gave him the insight of the design world. After the completion of his father graduate studies, he began his career as an architect. He owns a construction company, has developed, and patented a product for construction, and has built many facilities. Every time, he would introduce various kinds of architecture and knowledge to his son, inspiring his future endeavors- to create something meaningful and provocative.
Here at WCAAD Ray has created independent work and really has come to maturity and individuality. He has improved on his fundamentals in all areas not only in architecture.
He has realized the competition and strived to be unique in his work. For Ray: “A building site expresses a sense of belonging and a close spiritual connection between people and the building. I think the essential natural relationship of architecture is the integration of the appearance of the building with the local atmosphere.” I know his concerns for future design buildings include sustainable materials and the connection between space and resident to increasing the sense of relationship with natural light, sense of warmth, spectacular aesthetics, and a sacred functional space.
Ray has held art exhibition in Los Angeles for Live Charity Sale for Autistic Children held on March 17, 2021. As Vice-chairman of online auction, he collected more than $10,000 for children with autism by holding a virtual painting auction and received a certificate of congressional recognition. All proceeds were donated to a variety of hospitals or children's homes. Other online auction hosted was a virtual painting exhibition and successfully raise S2000 USD for Animal of World Foundation by auctioning paintings last October 2020.
Extracurricular activities include: Tennis team (4 yrs.) and participated in team in the Crestview League and Century Conference honor in CIF in 2019. He participated in Swim winning Silver Medal Club 2016 2018 (4 years). In his spare time experiences include Art Learning Mission. He has also provided free art courses to children, including creating comics, anime, and painting, winning the President's Volunteer Service Award (Gold). (Volunteer: 250 Hours). For Student League LLC August 2021- As chief Human Resources Officer, Ray oversaw human resources management of online art tutoring service. (Volunteer: 100 Hours). Ray has my full support and our school as he ventures to his bright future.
Syracuse University is a private research university in Syracuse New York. Established in 1870 with roots in the Methodist Episcopal Church, the university has been nonsectarian since 1920. The large campus features an eclectic mix of architecture, ranging from nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival to contemporary buildings. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". Alumni and affiliates include three Nobel Prize laureates, one Fields Medalist, 36 Olympic Medalist, 13 Pulitzer Prize recipients, numerous Academy Award winners, two Rhodes Scholars, four Marshall Scholars, 46th president of the United Stated Joe Biden, and various governors and members of the US. Senate and House of Representatives.
(By Omar Gallegos, WCAAD Vice Principal and Director of Education)