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Helen Chen

Helen Chen

Nashville, TN, US

 

About 

• Fluent multilingual language skills allowing me to work well in an English and Chinese speaking environment; Conversational Japanese allowing me to work well in a Japanese speaking environment; and basic French • Dedicated and determined fast learner, self-starter, and team member with the ability to identify, assess, and resolve problems quickly and effectively • Consistently setting challenging goals for self and firm to allow and encourage success of team and global sustainable development • Active community involvement in community, maintaining positive exemplification for company • Motivated by challenge and growth and determined to be an aggressive member of the global sustainable design community.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

97HUA architecture studio (Beijing), Junior Architect

 Reading and translation of precedents, excerpts and descriptions of multiple languages (French to Chinese, English to Chinese, Vice-versa, Japanese to Chinese)
 Team of Chinese architects and city-planners to develop some sustainable development ideas for a small town in Chaozhou, China that meets local zoning and building codes– project incorporates contemporary needs and preservation of existing site conditions, use traditional Chinese architectural methods and new technology
 Introduced new sustainable architectural materials and technology to team
 Produced final presentation slides and materials
 Produced working models

Apr 2009 - Jan 2010
 

QiXin Atelier, Junior Architect

 Translation of written final presentation excerpts and descriptions (Chinese to English, Vice-versa, French to English corrections)
 Team of Chinese, French, and American architects and city-planners that developed simple sustainable design project in Langfang, PRC that meets zoning and building codes of China– incorporates contemporary needs and preservation of existing site conditions, use traditional Chinese architectural methods and new technology
 Introduced new sustainable architectural materials and technology to team
 Produced final presentation slides and materials
 Produced working models
 Translation of some oral French to English/Chinese and vice-versa
 Foreign minister; main communicator with Dutch landscape architect team from Kragh & Berglund

Feb 2008 - Aug 2008
 

Education 

Tsinghua University, MArch, Architecture

THESIS: "ECOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF TRADITIONAL BEIJING QUADRANGLE AND LANE"

Research involves the link between historic/vernacular architecture and urbanization of Beijing with relevance to sustainable development for the future of Chinese Urbanization. Joint collaboration with Arch History Dept. and Green Building Dept. of Tsinghua University. Also involves research of Chinese Landscape and ancient garden designs in pertaining to ancient Fengshui principles and passive architecture design.

Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
 

Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette, Architecture

Exchange program: One-year study abroad, Architecture design courses, Intro to Urban Design, Architecture History and Theory courses, and many European travels.

Aug 2005 - May 2006
 

Georgia Institute of Technology, BArch, Architecture

Architecture Design

Aug 2002 - May 2006
 

Awards 

IFLA Student Team Competition, 2nd Place

"From Tomb to Home: Green Infrastructure to Stop Desert Expansion" (Inner Mongolian Autonomous region)

Main work: Chinese to English Translation

2009
 

InterfaceFLOR Exhibition Space Design Competition, 2nd Place

(in collaboration with Yuta Aida) Paris, France
Concept: Sustainable Development as theme for InterfaceFLOR carpet tiling company in Paris' annual exhibit for carpeting

2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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