Talking Fine Arts with Rachel Yiu, Class of '12

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We recently caught up with Rachel Yiu, who graduated in 2012 from the Fine Arts department.

Tell us, what you’ve been up to since graduating?
After graduating in Fine Arts, I wanted a job that allowed me to broaden my cultural experiences, and I had an opportunity to began my career as a landscape architecture practitioner in Japan. I enjoy that in this field I can work globally while using architectural language to connect people in the community. I am now living and working in Bangkok.

What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced?
There are many challenges:
1. How to pursue and sustain a good career in the long run?
2. Gender inequality in the architecture field – long working hours, very little flexibility.
2. How to be self disciplined when you are independent?

What classes or projects in school have helped you prepare/overcome some of these challenges?
I think the diversity of classes is important. Studio lessons gave us the freedom and liberty to explore different ways of being creative. And I always appreciated art history class, it is so fun to browse and learn in museums.

How did Paris inspire you as an artist?
I think Paris is always the best place to be when you are young and hungry. Paris is a place that nurtures me.

Where do you get your inspiration or motivation from?
Traveling, walking, taking a shower, reading, social media and meeting new people.

What advice would you give to students thinking of starting their own businesses/projects?
Find a good professional partner!

See Rachel’s latest project GOLD COAST PRECINCT PROJECT.

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Alumni.

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Fine Arts.