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Langer Hsu

Langer Hsu

Boston, MA, US

 

About 

Langer Hsu

Originally from Taiwan. Langer received his M.Arch degrees from UCLA and NCTU. His project experience ranges from infrastructure facilities to residential halls in major universities in the US. He is currently working on an advanced timber technology project at University of Arkansas. Langer is also interested in cross-disciplinary integration and moves freely between the disciplines of urbanism, architecture and technology. Before joining LWA, Langer was working with Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne at The Now Institute on Haiti Now and Cap-Haitien Now projects which was initiated in 2012 as a cross-disciplinary research and design projects dedicated to contemporary urban issues and design potentials in Haiti and the city of Cap-Haitien. The research works had been published as the first comprehensive resource to build a common foundation of knowledge and understanding to unite a broad collection of professionals including planners, politicians, aid workers, artists, and other cultural investigators.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Boston, MA, US, Designer

Aug 2014 - current
 

The Now Institute, Los Angeles, CA, US, Urban Researcher

Participated in Haiti Now and Cap-Haitien Now projects which was initiated in Fall 2012 as an cross-disciplinary research and design projects dedicated to contemporary urban issues and design potentials in Haiti and the city of Cap-Haitien.

Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
 

U.TECH / United Technical Group Engineering Consultant Ltd., Taichung, TW, Jr. Architectural Designer

Mar 2013 - Jul 2013
 

National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, TW, Project Assistant

Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
 

Architerior Architects & Associates, Taipei, TW, Jr. Architectural Designer

Jun 2008 - Dec 2008
 

Education 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, SUPRASTUDIO / Studio Thom Mayne

Haiti Now Project /

The Haiti Now Project was initiated in Fall 2012 as an intensive cross-disciplinary research and design program dedicated to contemporary urban issues and design potentials in Haiti. The two-year project encompasses an comprehensive critical analysis of Haitian modern history and politics, a data-driven research investigation of planning, infrastructural and social issues and a set of collaborative design proposals developed in concert with Haitian governing and community partners. Differing from other humanitarian organizations, emergency response groups and purely academic institutions, the Now Institute is firmly committed to a rigorous sand comprehensive course of research that investigates the region’s most relevant social and cultural issues and translates a coherent understanding into design and policy proposals to meet specific community needs.

Cap-Haitien Now Project /

In 2013, The Now Institute brought the focus of the study to Cap-Haïtien, the historical and former capital of Haiti, which has experienced dramatic growth in population and commercial activity in the past 20 years. These changes have fueled an uncontrolled growth in informal settlements and strained the capacity of the city’s roads, utilities and the ecology to meet and mitigate the burgeoning demand. As a result, the operations and locations of the city market, the quality of residential neighborhoods and access to cultural centers have diminished. According to studies by the Word Bank, the population of the city has more than doubled between 1995 and 2005 and its area has increased tenfold in forty years. The Institute’s aim is to respond to these conditions and recognize Cap-Haïtien’s existing cultural and natural assets as opportunities for urban development, economic growth and community enhancement.

Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
 

National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, TW, MArch, Architecture

with Distinction

Feb 2010 - Jun 2012
 

National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, TW, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2004 - Jul 2008
 

Awards 

Urban Courtyardism: A Typological Exercise for Density, 1st Place

2011
 

Academic Achievement Award, 1st Place

National Chiao Tung University

2010
 

YouTal: Young Talent Architectural Design Award, Honorable Mention

2008
 

Areas of Specialization