Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Jason Kuan

Jason Kuan

Lotus Academy

We can only change the world together as communities, and communities are the sum of their relationships with one another.

In a country vulnerable to poverty and exploitation, the Lotus Academy combines the typology of a school and a community centre to educate the young and develop the people of Chiro village, a rural community in central Cambodia. It presents a bespoke learning and natural environment where the children learn, the community flourishes, and a positive level of well-being conceived.

This project will challenge (and heighten) my perception of architecture for vulnerable and developing communities.


Jason Kuan

Organisation for Basic Training #2

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21

This is a project which complements the built environment of Chiro village through an understanding of a different culture, its people, and sensitively manifest a sense of place and belonging for the local children’s development. 

This is an approach that uses architecture to create a dialogue between contemporary techniques and rich local vernacular knowledge. 

This is a notion that encourages individuality, independence, and beauty by magnifying the intrinsic qualities and characters of the people and community of Chiro village. 

It was a commitment, on my part, to explore and identify a place where community relationships matter, and to hypothetically contrive a humanistic built environment in a compassionate manner.

This is School of Hope.