Many students of Pyongyang University of Architecture have won the university student scientific search prize by studying hard, coming up with valuable inventions and creative ideas and introducing new technologies.
All of them cherish a precious dream to guarantee the development of the country’s architecture by dint of science.
To become competent building-materials expert
Kim Kwon Rim, fifth-year student of the faculty of building materials engineering, was awarded the university student scientific search prize last year.
Though he had dreamed of becoming a famous architect in his middle school days, he decided to major in building-materials science.
It was because his father who works in the construction sector always told him that the quality of architectural structures could be improved only when high-quality building materials were used.
As he saw the neighbours applying new paint on the exterior of the apartment house in spring every year two years ago, the idea of making a good-quality paint suddenly came into his mind.
After doing in-depth research into this field, he succeeded in making a paint with resistance to detergency from diatomite which is abundant in the country.
His research results were rated as the best at the national collegiate exhibition of information science and technology achievements held in 2022, and the paint is winning favour with a wide range of customers for its low production cost and good quality.
It is his dream to become a competent architectural scientist and contribute to the development of building-materials science.
With deep thinking, persevering practice
Jong Yong Gyong, fifth-year student of faculty of architecture No. 1, received specialized vocal music training at Pyongyang Music School No. 1.
Though she dreamt of becoming a successful vocalist at that time, she also had a special liking for architecture. So she decided to major in architecture and enrolled at Pyongyang University of Architecture.
Her entering the university surprised both her teacher and friends.
As they congratulated her on the admission, she made up her mind to become an excellent architect.
In the class, she was called the “eager beaver” as she studied hard so as not to lag behind other classmates and, at the campus, she was known as the “nightingale” as she sang songs beautifully at university art performances.
She published an essay titled “Study on the method of color harmonic design of public building exteriors”, which was highly appreciated by the examiners.
Jong, who won the university student scientific search prize last year, often advises her friends to “think deeply and practice perseveringly”.
Towards high peak of science
Mun Jin Chol, fifth-year student of the building-materials engineering talents course, is highly rated for his outstanding creativity and keen power of observation.
Such an excellent reputation of his is well illustrated by his research work.
Two years ago, he attended a practical training at a stone processing factory with his classmates.
As he looked carefully around the workshop, he noticed that much stone dust was produced in the course of stone processing and a considerable amount was piling up every day.
He wondered if it was possible to make the stone dust useful as a building material.
He returned home with a handful of stone dust and analyzed its components.
After repeated experiments and research, he published a paper titled “Study on improving the properties of natural stone joints and artificial stone crack filling agent using stone waste”. His research findings were highly appreciated by building-materials experts and won the first prize at the national collegiate exhibition of information science and technology achievements last year.
“If all students climbed up the high peak of science by studying hard and conducting researches making effective use of their university time, the architectural science of our country would develop more rapidly,” said Mun Jin Chol.