2018 January

Senyai project wins the 2017 LIT Design Awards in the Hotel and Restaurant Design category. LIT Design Awards was created with the belief that lighting is an art and a science, and it is one of the most important elements of design.

2017 December

Aisha Han writes about Senyai in The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon’s student newspaper.

2017 November

Senyai project wins The American Architecture Prize, read more in the CMU news article.


| Manlius, NY | Summer 2013 |

| Single Family House | Proposal |

The Waterfall House is a proposal for a complete renovation of the existing single family house near Syracuse, New York. The house is perched above 70 foot waterfall, with incredible views of its surroundings. Originally designed as a modernist composition of cubes, the house lacks desired connectivity of internal flow between spaces, and the building envelope is under-performing thermally due to non-adequate heating and cooling systems. Experientially, the goal was to ameliorate a hard line contrast between hot and cold, dark and light interior spaces produced by the cubical composition. Using parametric day-lighting simulation we explored various geometric wrapping strategies that would enable such softening effects, as well as mediate the weather fluctuation. The day-lighting effects caused by the saw-tooth geometry expanding the roof surface area toward solar gain would minimize the use of energy resources, as well as allow for the creation of gradient fields of experiential lighting qualities to support new interior spatial flows of proposed organization.

| DESIGN PRINCIPAL: Dana Cupkova | DESIGN TEAM: Travis Fitch, Michael Esposito, Chris Ryan, Sonny Eric Xu, Yeung Shin | TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: Andy McDonald CCC&M, LLC |