Member Profile: Binh Lam, Assoc. AIA
Growing up in Vietnam, Binh Lam had a passion to change his city into a better place to live. In moving to the United States in 2007 he turned his life into new chapter. The first time he landed in San Francisco, he knew that this was the right place for him to fulfill his dream to become an architect.
He spent his first year studying English and learning American culture. He started his first class in architecture at Laney College spending two years studying and exploring architecture with pencil drawing, drafting table and model making. He graduated with an Associate’s degree in technical architectural drawing. In 2011 he transferred to the Newschool for Architecture and Design to finish his architecture degree. During three years at the Newschool he joined the local chapter for AIA Students in San Diego. During this time he participated in a number of community services.
He spent one summer before his thesis year to do an internship with a professor from UC for a small residential remodel project in Berkeley. After that, he got back to school to compete his thesis about afford- able housing for young professional workers who begin working in San Francisco. In the last year of his thesis, he had a chance to work with Gilbert Cooke who is a Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In 2014 he graduated from Newschool for Architecture and Design at the Salk Institute, which was designed by Louis Kahn.
After getting his degree in architecture, he moved back to Bay Area to continue developing his career. He joined MAC design, a small interior design firm. After working there for six months he moved to the LDA architecture firm in San Francisco. Working at LDA, Binh has been undertaking tasks related to every phrase of architecture including schematic design, design development, and construction design for a variety of projects types.