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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Stephanie Lai Shan Siu

Show RCA work

  • Pre-Extinction Animal Pavilion

    Pre-Extinction Animal Pavilion

  • Pre-Extinction Animal Pavilion

    Pre-Extinction Animal Pavilion

Major project:

Pre-Extinction Animal Pavilion

According to recent data, 200 of the world's animal and plant species face extinction every day. Scientific evidence points to the fact that we are now living through the sixth mass extinction and that as a consequence, some of the world's most significant and popular animals will soon be lost.

Set in 2022, this project focuses on three animal species who currently inhabit Antarctica and who are at extreme risk from climate change and human activity. The exhibition is designed without signage and instead sends the narratives to visitor’s phones as they move through the space. The focus is on using immersive and empathic design to engage visitor’s emotions, through exposure to the horrors these animals are facing each day in order to survive.

This exposure works beyond shock tactics, and is instead intended to encourage compassion and empathy in the hope that it will galvanise the public to act in order to save some of these species from extinction.


  • Previous degrees

  • BA Interior Architecture, Middlesex University, 2014
  • Experiences

  • Assistant interior designer, AGC Design Ltd, Hong Kong, 2014-16; Interior designer, LAAB Architects, Hong Kong, 2016-17; Interior designer, Andy Martin Architecture, London, 2018
  • Awards

  • 'Excellence' Student Category, Asia Pacific Interior Design Award, 2012; M Moser Associates Interior Design Award, 2012
Royal College of Art