Two BCIT students recognized as top performing students in architecture and design by Metropolis Magazine 2023

Congratulations to BCIT Bachelor of Architectural Science student Matthew Keller, and BCIT Bachelor of Interior Design student, David (Yu) Kim, for being named in The Future100 by Metropolis Magazine 2023!

The Future100 recognizes the most talented young designers graduating from North America’s architecture and design schools each year. Recipients not only proposed beautiful, well-designed spaces or buildings of all types but also pushed the discourse forward with an emphasis on community, inclusivity, and sustainability.

Matthew Keller, BCIT Bachelor of Architectural Science

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Matthew Keller

As a recipient of The Future100, Matthew is applauded for his thoughtful and careful work. His commitment to ensuring maximum efficiency and usability, and his deep knowledge about the context and history of the spaces he designs for, distinguishes Matthew from his peers.

Matthew’s portfolio includes a design and plan for an embedded nursery to provide additional childcare facilities, a covered community space on Granville Island, and more.

“What makes Matt truly exceptional is his unwavering commitment to best practice, in all these efforts: architecturally, academically, interpersonally. Matt goes the extra mile to ensure consistently high professional standards,” says Jody Patterson, Program Head, Bachelor of Architectural Science.

Matt was also first runner-up in the 2023 CaGBC Andy Kesteloo National Student Sustainability Award and recipient of the 2023 Architects Institute of BC Graduating Achievement Award for top student.

The Bachelor of Architectural Science at BCIT

Architectural Science is a bridge between design theory and building technology. The purpose of the Bachelor of Architectural Science program is to equip graduates with highly relevant knowledge and skills that emphasizes the holistic and critical thinking at the intersection between living systems, culture, and technology. BCIT students graduate industry-ready – individuals who are capable of sustainable thinking and building in the real world.

David (Yu) Kim, BCIT Bachelor of Interior Design

A headshot picture of David (Yu) Kim wearing a black shirt
David Yu Kim

Having held multiple prestigious awards prior to this recognition, including an Award of Merit in Innovation in Design Thinking from Interior Designers of Canada, and as part of a team First Place (2021) and Third Place (2022) in the Interior Designer Educators Council (IDEC) Student Design Competition, David has proven to be a force in creative innovation.

David’s portfolio includes a design and plan for a multi-purpose culture lab facility, an inclusive living senior’s community, and a re-imagined retail space for living, working, and gathering.

“David has consistently produced in-depth research and well-developed concepts for a wide variety of project typologies,” says Tiia Manson, Program Head, Bachelor of Interior Design. “His understanding and execution of detailed interior construction drawings and specifications are exemplary.”

The Bachelor of Interior Design at BCIT

Interior design is an exciting and rewarding career that draws upon creative, technical, and problem-solving expertise to improve the function and quality of interior spaces. The BCIT Bachelor of Interior Design program prepares students with the tools they need to become catalysts for the enrichment of human experience and stewards of the natural environment. Graduates of the program are forward-thinkers and innovators who advocate for thoughtful, meaningful, and ethical designs.

Interested in a career in architecture or interior design? Learn more about programs available at BCIT.

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