Diana Tsai

Diana Tsai

Brooklyn, NY, US

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  • Architecturally trained with experience in hospitality, retail, agile offices and event venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and London
  • Award winning Private members club at Rockefeller Center in New York City- winning NYC x Design, Co-working space of the year, 2018 from Interior Design Magazine. Part of Convene’s initial in-house team that established leading standards and brand experience for design. 


Diana's Travel Blog on Archinect:

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.

Kristen Gandy
Ramon Hernandez
Christopher Locke
Rubin Quarcoopome
Salam Rida
Diana Tsai

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Convene, New York City, Associate

Develop program requirements with key stakeholders.
• Prepare and present testfits, project narrative and design to executive team.
• Manage cross-functional project teams with weekly design meetings to maintain schedule
and budget through project timeline. Consultants include architects, lighting design, MEP
engineers, and general contractors.
• Coordinate weekly with internal teams including, operations, marketing, food service and
product, to align with brand standards and typology.
• Collaborate with in house designers to develop brand narrative and client experience.
• Oversee weekly construction progress and verify design accuracy according to contract
documents and brand standards.
• Identify and execute value-engineering opportunities in order to maintain project budget.
• Coordinate with Food Service consultants for specialty event kitchens, bars and retail cafes.
• Develop signage and way-finding strategies to align with brand standards and comply with
code requirements.
• Coordinate with internal teams to develop new products for visitor experience.

Nov 2019 - current

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 - May 2020

Convene, New York city, Designer

Provide site analysis during lease negotiations.
• Design high visibility elements throughout the space including, custom fabricated millwork
and details, with an emphasis on hospitality areas.
• Assist with permit and code consultants to facilitate permit approvals.
• Complete project entirely in-house through concept development, schematic design, design
development, and construction documentation with special emphasis on finish selection and
schedule and execution og construction administration.
• Prepare and produce full construction documents from schematic design, design
development through construction administration.
• Develop FF&E scope, select furniture, and provide full furniture package including furniture
plans and full specifications, to furniture dealer for bid and install.
• Responsible for addressing RFI’s, shop drawings, submittals with internal and external
• Coordinate and prepare punch-list with general contractor, consultants and external vendors.
• Liaise and commission local artists to curate custom art pieces for each project.
• Work with the artists from initial conception through development and installation.
• Design and oversee fabrication of art installations and specialty signage.

May 2017 - Nov 2019

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 - Mar 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

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 - Aug 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 - 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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