Garrett Wong was raised in Maui, Hawaii and graduated from Yale College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in architectural design. Following graduation, he was awarded a Richard U. Light Fellowship for a year of study at the Kyoto Consortium of Japanese Studies where he focused on Japanese language and architecture. Garrett’s focus on architecture in Asia includes conducting historical preservation field research in Phnom Penh for the Vann Molyvann Project and practicing architectural design in Tokyo at Atelier Bow-Wow and in Kyoto for Eastern Design Office. Since 2011, Garrett was a project design architect in New York at Steven Harris Architects where he contributed to a range of private residential projects from Manhattan to Taipei while working concurrently to establish the Building Roots Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping immigrants strengthen ties to their countries of origin through economic development, international exchange, and community outreach. With the Building Roots Project, Garrett directed immigrant remittances to develop a community center in Apirede, Ghana. Garrett is returning to Yale to pursue a joint-degree program in global affairs and business with a focus on integrating global corporate expansion with the economic needs of local communities.