Diana Tsai

Diana Tsai

Los Angeles, CA, US




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The Architectural Imagination Exhibition Fellows : The U.S. Department of State selected University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to organize the exhibition of the U.S. Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (May 28-Nov. 27). Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are Co-Curators of the U.S. Pavilion, The Architectural Imagination (

Six Taubman College M.Arch students were selected to assist the curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale in installing The Architectural Imagination. The students will travel to Venice for one month as Exhibition Fellows. They will serve as docents for the opening days of the exhibition. This blog is about their experience working on the 2016 U.S. Pavilion and in Venice.

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The Architectural Imagination - 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale U.S. Pavilion Exhibition, Venice, IT, Fellow

One of six Master of Architecture Exhibition Fellows designated to assist the curators, Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon at the US Pavilion during the 2016 Venice Biennale. They traveled to Venice, Italy to install the twelve projects of The Architectural Imagination, organized by Taubman College, and also served as docents at the opening of the exhibition.

May 2016 - current

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant for Assistant Professor of Architecture Thomas Moran. Assisted in the research, prototyping, and fabrication of the Research Through Making project "Post Rock"; which studies the opportunities of a new geologic material, plastiglomerate; a material formed by combining polymer plastic pollution and post-consumer plastics with natural materials. Also assisted in the design and installation of the exhibition in March.

Dec 2015 - Aug 2016

CannonDesign, New York, NY, US, Intern

A week long internship at Cannon Design in NY in collaboration with Taubman College's spring break externship program. While there, I prepared presentation materials for client meetings, assisted in the design of an interior office space for clients’ new corporate office as well as render the interior space.

Mar 2016 - Mar 2016

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Communications Assistant

Assisted the Communications Manager, Deniz McGee in all matters relating to Taubman College's social outlets and student relations as well as assist in various school wide events as well This includes managing Taubman College's social media accounts, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Website.

Jan 2013 - Jan 2016

SPAN Architecture, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Intern

Produce construction drawings and renderings for SIVA remodeling project as well as build scale model for competition project.
Utilize Rhino to design and model parametric glass wall for Shanghai Insititute of Visual Art (SIVA) remodeling project.
Design and edit promotional publications for the firm as well as use InDesign to edit and layout contents of SPAN’s book for publication.

May 2015 - Aug 2015

AgencyEA, Chicago, IL, US, Intern

A week long internship at AgencyEA in Chicago, IL in collaboration with Taubman College's spring break externship program.
Design tile wall for financial conference, including structural truss systems and lighting.
Digitally 3D model necessary venue spaces, systems and installations as well as create renderings for client meetings.

Mar 2015 - Mar 2015

University Productions, University of Michigan School of Dance and Theater, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Production Assistant

Fabricate custom items for University Theater Productions using various materials and explorations from wooden cages to wax props. Create visual scenery to enhance theater productions and performances. Facilitated set up and take down of theater sets throughout duration of show.

Jan 2014 - May 2014

Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

A week long internship at Ball Nogues Studio in Los Angeles in collaboration with Taubman College's spring break externship program. Assist in the fabrication of several ongoing projects as well as generate rendering for the Manhattan Beach Bench project.

Mar 2014 - Mar 2014


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architrcture

Jun 2013 - May 2016

University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, US, Bachelors, Business Economics

Sep 2007 - Jun 2011

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