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Challenging Global Architecture


Patrick Ngo (’05) started his career well prepared for collaborating among the professional architecture world. But when it came to communicating complex project details with vendors in a foreign country, that became a whole new challenge in itself.

Luckily, the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors department at Otis prepared him to work with people from all different backgrounds, a skill he utilized at acclaimed architecture and design firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro. It was there that Patrick began developing Rio de Janeiro’s new Museum of Image and Sound, building small detailed models to showcase the architectural features including a “Vertical Boulevard” path stretching from the Copacabana promenade up to the sky.

In Brazil, Patrick had to adapt quickly to understand cultural differences and find solutions that maintained his firm’s high level of building and design execution. His expertise in architecture and design, as well as experience in the dimensions of universal team dynamics helped to move the highly anticipated project along to a successful completion.

Patrick’s keen understanding of design and collaboration were key in the construction of Rio’s new landmark, and in the modern residential projects he designs at his architecture and design firm, DIG:A.

At Otis, you learn meticulous design skills and build global connections that will help you construct lasting impact all over the world.

“The A/L/I department covers all aspects of the field while maintaining a cohesive way of thinking and being creative. The department and the school provides students with strong principles.” —Patrick Ngo

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