Ao-Di Grand Land Architecture International Project
1. PRESS RELEASE
2. THE PROTAGONISTS OF NEXT-GENE20
3. AN OVERVIEW OF THE EMERGING THEMES
4. IMAGES AVAILABLE TO THE PRESS
5. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
1. PRESS RELEASE
NEXT-GENE20, the project aimed at realizing 20 villas designed by 20 architects from all over the world on the island of Taiwan, presents its first results: drawings, images, and models show and describe the ideas developed by the invited designers.
A multiform and faceted language emerges. The striking landscape of the Northeast Coast National
Scenic Area is getting ready to host a variegated array of buildings and living models. Among the varied design solutions, the theme of the relationship with the natural surroundings stands out.
In view of the conclusion of the project, the protagonists of NEXT-GENE20 have started a dialogue in order to constitute a hybrid environment, one where some among the most notable voices of international experimentation in architecture can express themselves.
NEXT-GENE20. THE PROJECTS OF THE 20 PARTICIPATING ARCHITECTS ARE NOW DEFINED.
Following an intense program of site visits with each of the 20 architects who have been invited to design a villa in the beautiful Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, the projects are now ready. The architects presented their ideas in the course of a meeting that was held recently in Taipei. The projects testify a variety of tendencies and approaches. And it's the very energy that derives from this linguistic heterogeneity that will define the distinctive character of NEXT-GENE20.
Now it's time for a dialogue. The western model explores the eastern one, and vice versa. The 10 Taiwanese architects -Shu-Chang Kung, David Chun-Tei Tseng, Kris Yao, Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu, Kyle Chia-Kai Yang, Hsueh-Yi Chien, Irving Hung-Hui Huang, Ray Chen, Sheng-Yuan Huang, Yu-Tung Liu- and the 10 architects coming from outside Taiwan -Yung Ho Chang (China/USA), Julien De Smedt (Denmark/Belgium), GRAFT (Germany/USA/China), Akihisa Hirata (Japan), IaN+ (Italy), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Fernando Menis (Spain),Toshiko Mori (Japan/USA), MVRDV (The Netherlands), Hailim Suh (Korea)- mix their ideas together, have a dialogue, question each other. These are the premises for a true intercultural project.
The relationship with the natural surroundings has been interpreted by Yu-Tung Liu, coordinator for the project, as a field where the single architects could develop a series of antinomies: built/natural environment, architecture/landscape, vertical/horizontal, modified/intact. Integration between landscape and architecture, low density, design quality are the first interpretive keys for a design laboratory that aims at describing a sustainable scenario, one which ensures an equilibrium between man's work and nature.
The NEXT-GENE20 project, initiated by Tai-Nien Lu (Chairman of Genuine Development Asset Management Co. Ltd.) and coordinated by Yu-Tung Liu (Professor at the Graduate Institute of Architecture of National Chiao Tung University), aims at the definition of a body of projects that match the several voices of Taiwanese and international architectural experimentation
2. THE PROTAGONISTS OF NEXT-GENE20
NEXT-GENE20 (http://www.next-gene20.com) is the project promoted by Genuine Development Asset Management Co. Ltd. and aimed at the realization of a qualified residential complex located in the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, 50 minutes from Taipei, Taiwan. In order to reach its objective of maximum quality, NEXT-GENE20 involved 20 architects coming from Taiwan and from the rest of the world. By means of this operation, Tai-Nien Lu (Chairman of Genuine Development Asset Management Co. Ltd.), with the coordination of Yu-Tung Liu (Professor at the Graduate Institute of Architecture of National Chiao Tung University), intends to set the premises for a productive dialogue between real estate development and architectural experimentation. Started in the fall of 2007, NEXT-GENE20 has scheduled the beginning of construction for July 2008. The houses will be ready and up for sale by December 2009.
Kengo Kuma, Japan
Akihisa Hirata, Japan
Hailim Suh, Korea
Toshiko Mori, Japan /USA
Yung Ho Chang, China/USA
MVRDV, The Netherlands
Fernando Menis, Spain
Julien De Smedt, Denmark/Belgium
Shu-Chang Kung, Taiwan
David Chun-Tei Tseng, Taiwan
Kris Yao, Taiwan
Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu, Taiwan
Kyle Chia-kai Yang, Taiwan
Hsueh-Yi Chien, Taiwan
Irving Hung-Hui Huang, Taiwan
Ray Chen, Taiwan
Sheng-Yuan Huang, Taiwan
Yu-Tung Liu, Taiwan
Tai-Nien Lu, Chairman of Genuine Group
Yu-Tung Liu, Professor at Asia University and at the Graduate Institute of Architecture of National Chiao Tung University
Marco Brizzi (iMage)
Lily Choi (Archiworld)
Nobuyuki Yoshida (A+U)
Alicia Yeste (La Vanguardia)
3. AN OVERVIEW OF THE EMERGING THEMES
The twenty projects proposed for NEXT-GENE20 outline a multifaceted array of formal solutions.
The diversity of the design approaches, of the linguistic choices, of the representational methods define a plurality of residential proposals, each of which shows a precise identity while at the same time connecting to the others thanks to a common denominator: an investigation of nature, of the landscape and of the earth.
The interaction between built and natural environment, the will to embrace the panorama and to strongly connect, almost symbiotically, with nature are characteristics shared by most projects, which then decline,these relationships in a unique way, thus declaring their uniqueness.
Kengo Kuma, for example, works with transparencies. His proposal describes a scenario ruled by a light, almost airy, atmosphere where architecture is capable of revealing itself and, at the same time, of blurring among the scenes of nature. His villa is called Aimai, a Japanese word that indicates something mysterious.
"Aimai is the main concept for the house. It is a Japanese word that describes an ambiguous condition and matter. Since there is no definite boundary between interior and exterior, natural and artificial, the house and nature blend gradually into each other. By following the rich landform of the site and creating an edgeless roof, the existence of the house almost disappears."
The work of Spanish architect Fernando Menis conveys a sense of tension and energy. Two strong, severe stone volumes confront each other. Between them a waterfall slides down which brings into being a system of interferences between solid and liquid matter, between immobility and dynamism, between opacity and transparency. "The house is composed by two stone volumes embraced by the landscape. Between them water slides down a golden wall. Water and rocks, fluidity and geometrical power. "Dancing and swinging with the undulating hills," the villa designed by the Taiwanese Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu, The Elf on the hilltop, "appears as if it is an elf living in the mounts and the prairie. Crystal, clear, visible and transparent." House Q by Kyle Chia-Kai Yang lives a "condition as a state of reverberation."
Toshiko Mori, in turn, is the author of a villa made of three pavilions, each defined by an extroverted volume, permeable to the surroundings. The roof is a rarefied plane, an irregular meshed surface that describes new areas in between the interior and exterior spaces of the house. "The three pavilions allow great flexibility in function and adaptation to landscape. The house promotes a healthy lifestyle by connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces. Integrating the dwelling and the landscape facilitates an ecological way of living."
Chinese architect Yung Ho Chang is very sensitive to the idea that architecture can become a sort of telescope onto the landscape. His three glass towers offer the user three different places for meditation. The objects he designes are light, basic, almost bare, and are surrounded by the Ocean and by the mountains on all sides. "Triptych House is about having a panoramic view of Ao-di in every room of the dwelling. To achieve such a goal, the house is organized into three glazed towers with a singular space on each of the three levels. In any location in the Triptych House, one is embraced by the mountain and water from all sides."
Julien De Smedt -who recently moved his headquarters from Copenhagen to Brussels- ties architecture to the landscape by means of a spatial system where rooms are sort of artificial waves. Concave elements host living spaces, while convex ones become the support for uncontaminated landscape. Each wave transforms itself into now into a room, now into a panoramic viewpoint onto the natural surroundings. "We have decided to create architecture out of nature. We have designed a house that manipulates the landscape without adding anything to it. A house in symbiosis with its environment. A house that celebrates views and protects itself from being viewed." IaN+ retrieves the model of the Palladian villa. The reference to classical architecture is meant as a strategic, not formal, starting point in the search for a renewed formula for a dialogue between landscape and architecture. "Our proposal represents an "ecological" evolution of the Palladian villa, in the sense that it looks for a way to blur architecture into the landscape without establishing hierarchies. Both house and landscape constitute the true living spaces within the project, and have the same value."
Kris Yao, in turn, conceives the villa as a continuous interaction between sheltered and exposed spaces, between introvert and extrovert spaces. His house "embodies spaces from personal to communal."
GRAFT, the group based in Berlin, Los Angeles and Beijing, presents a villa that is conceived as a stratification of levels that simulate a spiral around the landscape. They envelope it and absorb its moods. "Three vertically layered experiences are interlocked by a spiraling move of integrated architectural landscape."
The Radix house by Taiwanese architect Shu-Chang Kung "is composed of five objects that touch on the ground gently. Basing on the mathematical grammar of radix, the house represents natural flows and temperaments with different dimensions."
Akihisa Hirata wants architecture to sprout from the earth as if it was a plant. His villa has an organic outline, which is defined by concavities and convexities that appear to be almost fortuitous. The house looks like a flower, made of glass and concrete; each of its petals opens up to the landscape, receiving the surrounding light and matter. "I would like to make an architecture just as life forms itself in the environment. Here we have tried to rise up a house like a plant, adopting a specific rule that we named "pleat principle". According to this principle, we can produce a new landscape, which is both natural and artificial."
4. IMAGES AVAILABLE TO THE PRESS
01. Kengo Kuma - Aimai house
02. Kengo Kuma - Aimai house
03. Akihisa Hirata - Architecture Farm
04. Akihisa Hirata - Architecture Farm
05. Hailim Suh - Ridge House
06. Hailim Suh - Ridge House
07. Toshiko Mori - FlexiVilla
08. Toshiko Mori - FlexiVilla
09. Yung Ho Chang - Triptych House
10. Yung Ho Chang - Triptych House
11. MVRDV - Observer
12. MVRDV - Observer
13. IaN+ - Villa Palladio
14. IaN+ - Villa Palladio
15. Fernando Menis - House Aurum
16. Fernando Menis - House Aurum
17. Graft - bei-lin = shell under copious rain
18. Graft - bei-lin = shell under copious rain
19. Julien De Smedt - The Twirl House
20. Julien De Smedt - The Twirl House
21. Shu-Chang Kung - Radix House
22. Shu-Chang Kung - Radix House
23. David Chun-Tei Tseng - Terra Vista
24. David Chun-Tei Tseng - Terra Vista
25. Kris Yao - COCOON
26. Kris Yao - COCOON
27. Wen-Chieh Chiu - The Elf on the hilltop
28. Wen-Chieh Chiu - The Elf on the hilltop
29. Kyle Chia-Kai Yang - The House Q – In Phrase of Stratus
30. Kyle Chia-Kai Yang - The House Q – In Phrase of Stratus
31. Hsueh-Yi Chien - Chromosome-H
32. Hsueh-Yi Chien - Chromosome-H
33. Irving Hung-Hui Huang - Z-HOUSE
34. Irving Hung-Hui Huang - Z-HOUSE
35. Ray Chen - Floating Courtyard
36. Ray Chen - Floating Courtyard
37. Sheng-Yuan Huang - Monsoon and the earthworms
38. Sheng-Yuan Huang - Monsoon and the earthworms
39. Yu-Tung Liu - Calligraphic House
40. Yu-Tung Liu - Calligraphic House
5. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
THE CLIENT AND PROJECT DEVELOPER
Tai-Nien Lu (http://www.leisure.com.tw)
Chairman Tai-Nien Lu established the PhotoFast Photo Express with 22 branch stores in 1980. In 1984 he established the Dreyer's Ice Cream Chain Store. With rich entrepreneurial experience Chairman Lu established Genuine Construction Company, Ltd. which, in 1988, was recognized as Top Ten Excellent Construction Company and was awarded the Architecture Golden Tripod. In 2004, he established Genuine Development Asset Management Company, Ltd. Besides his many activities, his awards and prizes, Chairman Lu served as the President of Taiwan Investment Enterprises Association in Weihai city, Shandong province (2005), and was nominated as the Chief Municipal Counselor of Taipei County Government (2007). In 2007, he established De-Nian International Development Company, Inc., expected to be a listed company in Hong Kong or Singapore in 2011. Genuine is especially interested in quality control on the construction site. "Don't find excuses for the failures, only seek for methods towards success" is one of Chairman Lu's sayings.
THE GENERAL PRINCIPAL
Yu-Tung Liu (www.arch.nctu.edu.tw)
Yu-Tung Liu received a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard in association with MIT. He is the founding professor of the Graduate Institute of Architecture at National Chiao Tung University. Also, he is Vice President and chair professor at Asia University, Taiwan. He has been devoting himself to the digital developments of architecture and the international collaborations for architecture in Taiwan. He has lectured in several countries, including Japan (at the Architects Association), the USA (at UC Berkeley, at Iowa Sate University), in Australia, in Italy and in Korea. He was invited to address keynote speeches at conferences in Asia, Europe and the US. He was the president of Computer Aided Architectural Design and Research in Asia Association (CAADRA) from 2002 to 2004. He has been awarded the 2003 Ivan Petrovic Prize in Europe, selected as Architect of the Month (the first Taiwanese Architect) by "Archiworld" magazine, Role
Model by "Global Views Monthly," Future Leader by "GQ" magazine. He was recognized as Contemporary Chinese Construct Expert by the Ministry of Construction in China in 2005 and was named by the Who's who in Asia in 2007. He had been interviewed by the Associated Press in the US, L'est Républicain, Le Républicain Lorrain and M6 Nancy TV in France, La Vanguardia in Spain, Florence TV in Italy, Santiago de Chile TV in Chile, NHK and Nikkei Shinbun in Japan. He was invited to establish the Far East International Digital Architectural Design Award in 2000, Acer Digital Award in 2003, and the first cross Taiwan-Mainland
Far East Architecture Award in 2007. He was invited to produce the 2050 Vision Taiwan white paper by the Ministry of Culture in 2005. He invited Peter Eisenman to collaborate on the design of the Hsinchu Museum of Digital Arts in 1999. He invited Tadao Ando to design the NCTU Museum of Arts and Architecture College in 2003 and Design Art Museum of Asia University in 2007. Among his publications can be mentioned the following: Distinguishing Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Digital Architecture and Eastern Experiments, Glocalization: New Taiwan Architecture 2000-2005 (First Page), Destruction and Construction: 921 Earthquake Architecture Award, Demonstrating Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Diversifying Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Developing Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Defining Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Emerging Digital Architecture, Reality and Imagination of City, Understanding Architecture, Restructuring Shapes: Design cognition and computation (Proctor). He is also invited to write columns on newspapers and magazines, such as: "China Times," "Economy Daily," "Global Views Monthly," and "DFUN."
Kengo Kuma (www.kkaa.co.jp)
Kengo Kuma was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, in 1954. He received his Master's Degree at Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo in 1979. Between 1985 and 1986 he was Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Columbia University and at the Asian Cultural Council. In 1990, he established Kengo Kuma & Associates. He was a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Information in Keio University. In 2001, he was a Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology in Keio University.
Akihisa Hirata (www.hao.nu)
Akihisa Hirata was born in Osaka, Japan. He received his Master's Degree at the Graduate School of Architecture, Kyoto University in 1997. Between 1997 and 2005, he worked at Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects and participated in many projects including Tod's Omotesando Tokyo, Japan. In 2005, he established Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office. Now he is also visiting Lecturer of Nihon University, Tokyo University of Science, and Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Hailim Suh (www.himma.co.kr)
Hailim Suh was born in Seoul, Korea. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She also studied at the Cooper Union School of architecture as an exchange thesis student. She has worked at a number of architectural firms in New York City and has taught design studios at Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute. Returning to her homeland in 1994, she began her practice in Seoul as well as teaching design studios in diverse universities. Since 1997, she has been a principle at himma Architecture Studio, winning a number of competitions and awards including KIA awards and Seoul Architectural Work Awards. She served as member of the Architectural Committee for the City of Seoul. In 2004, she was a Kenzo Tange visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
Toshiko Mori (www.tmarch.com)
Toshiko Mori, FAIA, studied at Cooper Union School of Art from 1970 to 1971, then transferred to Cooper Union School of Architecture B. Arch and graduated from it in 1976. In 1996, she got her Master's degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Hon. M. Arch.). She is a principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, and she is the Chair of Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is also the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was invited to join the Pritzker Prize Jury Committee in 2006
Yung Ho Chang (www.fcjz.com)
Yung Ho Chang, Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture, came to MIT in September 2005 from Peking University where he was Head and Professor of the Graduate Center of Architecture. He received his Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and taught in the US for 11 years before returning to Beijing to establish China's first independent architecture firm, Atelier FCJZ. He has exhibited internationally as an architect as well as artist, including four times in the Venice Biennale, and is widely published, including the monographs Yung Ho Chang / Atelier Feichang Jianzhu: A Chinese Practice and Yung Ho Chang: Luce chiara, camera oscura. His work has received a P/A citation in 1996, a UNESCO Promotion of the Arts award 2000, a Business Week / Architectural Record design award and an Academy Award from American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006.
MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 1991 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. Winy Maas was born in Schijndel, the Netherlands. He studied landscape architecture at RHSTL Boskoop, and Architecture and Urbanism at Technical University of Delft. Since 2007, he is a professor in architecture and urban design, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Delft. Jacob Van Rijs was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He majored in architecture at Technical University of Delft. Nathalie De Vries comes from Appingedam, the Netherlands. She majored in architecture at Technical University of Delft, too. They are all co-founders and co-directors of MVRDV in Rotterdam.
Established in 1997, IaN+ materializes around its three core members with different professional backgrounds and experiences. This multi-disciplinary agency is a locus where the theory and practice of architecture overlap and meet. IaN+ works on different scales, from interior design to larger public commissions, landscape design and urban projects. Their projects were exhibitied in Italy and abroad: from ArchiLab to the Valencia Biennale, from the Venice to the Beijing Biennale. In 2007 the FRAC Centre (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain, Orléans - France) devoted a monographic exhibition to their works titled New ecology of the living system.
Fernando Menis (www.menis.es)
Fernando Martin Menis was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1951. He studies Architecture at ETSA in Barcelona. In 1981, he forms a team with architects Felipe Artengo Rufino and José María Rodríguez Pastrana Malagón. Their collaboration results into Artengo, Menis, Pastrana Architects. From July 2004, Menis is working independently with his own studio.
GRAFT was established in 1998 in Los Angeles by Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit, Gregor Hoheisel and M. Alejandra Lillo and opened an office in Berlin, Germany in 2001 and Beijing later. GRAFT was conceived as a 'Label' for Architecture, Urban Planning, Exhibition Design, Music and the "pursuit of happiness". The firm won numerous awards in Europe as well as in the United States. Lars Krückeberg and Wolfram Putz received their Master's Degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1998. Thomas Willemeit and Gregor Hoheisel received their Diploma Engineer Arch at Technische Universität Braunschweig in 1997 and 1996. M. Alejandra Lillo received her Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Julien De Smedt (www.jdsarchitects.com)
Julien De Smedt was born in Brussels, Belgium. He received his Diploma in Architecture with commendation in technical studies from the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He also studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles in 1999 as an exchange student. During 1997-1998 and 2000-2001, he worked in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rotterdam and participated in several projects. Since 2001, he had been a principal at PLOT Architects winning a number of competitions and awards including the Young Architect of the Year Award 2002 and a nomination for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2004. In 2005, he was a visiting professor at Rice University, Houston, USA. Now he is the Principal of JDS / Julien De Smedt Architects
Shu-Chang Kung (www.auradesign.com.tw)
Shu-Chang Kung is the Principal of AURA Architects and Associates. He received his Master of Design and his Master of Architecture at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, in 1993. After graduating from Harvard, he returned toTaiwan and established AURA Architects and Associates. Currently he is the Visiting Assistant Professor at the Graduate Schools of Architecture of National Chiao Tung University and of Tung- Hai University.
David Chun-Tei Tseng (www.citicrafts.com.tw)
David Chun-Tei Tseng is the Principal of CitiCrafts. He received his M.Arch. Degree from the Graduate School of Design of Havard University in l987. Between 1987 and 1988, he worked at Leers, Weinzapfel architects & associates in Boston. In 1999 he was selected as one of the Emerging Talents by the Taiwanese Institute of Architects. He began teaching at Tung-Hai University in 1993 and was Head of the Department of Architecture between 2001 and 2004. Currently he is Professor and Program Director of M.Arch I at the Department of Architecture, Tung-Hai University.
Kris Yao (www.artech-inc.com)
Kris Yao graduated from the Department of Architecture of Tunghai University, Taiwan, in 1975. He received his Master's Degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1978. In 1985, he established Artech Architects in Taipei. The firm now employs over 100 professionals, and has offices in Taipei and Shanghai. Projects range from corporate/institutional, residential, cultural, educational, to medical, hospitality, retail, transportation, industrial and interior. Completed buildings are located in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, India, Sikkim, etc. In 2002, he represented Taiwan at the 8th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia. In 2003 his Hsinchu High Speed Rail Station was invited to participate in the 1st International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam.
Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu (www.abplus.com.tw)
Jay Wen-Chieh Chiu is a Registered Architect in the State of New York. He received his Master's Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University in 1990. Between 1990 and 1992 he worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York City and was involved in the Tokyo International Forum Project. Between 1992 and 1993 he worked at Stone, Marriccini and Patterson Architects in Los Angeles. He returned to Taiwan in 1994, and founded F & E Architects & Associates. Currently he is the principal of A+B Design Group and lecturer at the Graduate School of Architecture of National Chiao Tung University as well as at the Department of Architecture of Tam-Kang University.
Kyle Chia-Kai Yang (www.arctangent.com)
Kyle Chia-Kai Yang is a Registered Architect in the State of New York. He is the Principal of Arctangent: Architecture design Atelier. He received both the Master of Architecture and the Master of Science of Civil Engineering at Columbia University. Between 1992 and 1993 he was designer at Kolatan / Mac Donald Studio in New York. Between 1993 and 1995 he was designer at Polshek & Partners Architects in New York. Currently he is Lecturer at the the Graduate School of Architecture of National Chiao Tung University and at the Department of Architecture of Tam-Kang University. Also, he is Visiting Assistant Professor at Tung-Hai University.
Hsueh Yi Chien was born in Pingtung, Taiwan in 1954. He graduated from the Department of Architecture at Tunghai University in 1980. Chien Architects & Associates was founded in 1995; it was formerly Chien Architecture Design Atelier (1987-1992) and Chien Architects (1992-1995). Major projects include Eslite Bookstore in Chungshan (1989), Ying-Ge Ceramic Museum (2000), Commune by the Great Wall (2002), and Yilan 228 Memorial (2004). The firm is currently undergoing design and construction of the National Taiwan History Museum. In 2004 and 2006, Hsueh Yi Chien was nominated for the 8th and 10th NCAF National Award for Art. Important lecture topics include "The Positivity of Nature and Inactivity" (1990), "Beyond the Representational World" (1993, 1994), "Memorandum for the Next Generation of Great Architecture"(2004) which demonstrate his main concepts and theory on architecture.
Irving Hung-Hui Huang
Irving Hung-Hui Huang, the renowned Taiwanese architect, is also Principal at Irving Huang Architecture & Associates. He graduated from the Department of Architecture of Tam-Kang University in 1987. His works have won many national awards including the National Golden Award for Architecture of "Taiwan Architect" magazine, the China Golden Stone Award, 2007 Best Writer of "Better Life" monthly magazine, etc. He is specialized in the design of residential complexes, hotels, and resorts.
Ray Chen graduated in Architecture from the Tokyo Designer Institute in 1986. He established Ray Chen Architectural Research Studio in 1991 and later founded JRV International with two friends. In 2002, he founded Ray Chen International and his major works have been extended to Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Ray Chen believes in the principle of subtraction, and has a talent in dealing with plain materials, and simple, elegant elevations. The monument he designed for Dr. Lu Xiu-Yi was selected in 2003 as one of the 84 most significant architectural landmarks in Taiwan over the past century. His works include public spaces, such as the Taipei Fine Arts Museum's lobby, and the teaching and administrative building of Shih Chien University. He has also designed the residences of several celebrities and entrepreneurs.
Sheng-Yuan Huang (http://fieldoffice.myweb.hinet.net)
Sheng-Yuan Huang graduated from the Department of Architecture of Tunghai University in 1986. He received his Master's Degree in Architecture with Honors from Yale University in 1991. He was project associate at Eric Owen Moss Architects. He was visiting assistant professor at the Department of Architecture of North Carolina State University in 1993 and Associate professor at Chung-yuan Christian University. Currently he is principal of Sheng-Yuan Huang Architects & Planners.
Yu-Tung Liu (www.arch.nctu.edu.tw)
Yu-Tung Liu received a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard in association with MIT. He is the founding professor of the Graduate Institute of Architecture at National Chiao Tung University. Also, he is Vice President and chair professor at Asia University, Taiwan. He has been devoting himself to the digital developments of architecture and the international collaborations for architecture in Taiwan. He has lectured in several countries, including Japan (at the Architects Association), the USA (at UC Berkeley, at Iowa Sate University), in Australia, in Italy and in Korea. He was invited to address keynote speeches at conferences in Asia, Europe and the US. He was the president of Computer Aided Architectural Design and Research in Asia Association (CAADRA) from 2002 to 2004. He has been awarded the 2003 Ivan Petrovic Prize in Europe, selected as Architect of the Month (the first Taiwanese Architect) by "Archiworld" magazine, Role Model by "Global Views Monthly," Future Leader by "GQ" magazine. He was recognized as Contemporary Chinese Construct Expert by the Ministry of Construction in China in 2005 and was named by the Who's who in Asia in 2007. He had been interviewed by the Associated Press in the US, L'est Républicain, Le Républicain Lorrain and M6 Nancy TV in France, La Vanguardia in Spain, Florence TV in Italy, Santiago de Chile TV in Chile, NHK and Nikkei Shinbun in Japan. He was invited to establish the Far East International Digital Architectural Design Award in 2000, Acer Digital Award in 2003, and the first cross Taiwan-Mainland Far East Architecture Award in 2007. He was invited to produce the 2050 Vision Taiwan white paper by the Ministry of Culture in 2005. He invited Peter Eisenman to collaborate on the design of the Hsinchu Museum of Digital Arts in 1999. He invited Tadao Ando to design the NCTU Museum of Arts and Architecture College in 2003 and Design Art Museum of Asia University in 2007. Among his publications can be mentioned the following: Distinguishing Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Digital Architecture and Eastern Experiments, Glocalization: New Taiwan Architecture 2000-2005 (First Page), Destruction and Construction: 921 Earthquake Architecture Award, Demonstrating Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Diversifying Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Developing Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Defining Digital Architecture (Birkhauser), Emerging Digital Architecture, Reality and Imagination of City, Understanding Architecture, Restructuring Shapes: Design cognition and computation (Proctor). He is also invited to write columns on newspapers and magazines, such as: "China Times," "Economy Daily," "Global Views Monthly," and "DFUN."
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