Chin-Yu Tsai

Chin-Yu Tsai

New York, NY, US



Prior to my latest situation being as a master degree candidate of Ms.AAD, GSAPP, Columbia University, I had 4+ years architectural profession professional experiences (6 months junior designer, 3 years project designer, 1 year self-employed while preparing for application of graduate school). Through my past experiences, I had been exposed to various types of design projects from interior renovation, building façade to residential mixed-use. The different projects that I had participated in helped me gaining many different design skills and problem solving abilities from design development to project management. 

I'm a fast learner and creative problem solver. 
I'm always highly interested in testing new methodologies, techniques, technologies as design solution. What I do is to integrate the selected items among what is available within the given constrains and integrate them into my own solutions. 

I’m a efficient and organized team player.
With my strong logical thinking, I’m good at organizing. I see architectural projects heavily relying on good organization. Especially having sense about the chemical reaction of team work, schedule and budget is the most important ability that I’m good at. 


Noiz Architects, Tokyo, JP, Project Designer

Hermes 2016 Spring Window Display, Taiwan
Chang Residence, CA, USA
SONY Osaki office, Bridge Terminal Share Office Interior Renovation, Tokyo, Japan

Dec 2015 - Apr 2016

Self Employed, Taipei, TW, Freelance Designer

FOURDESIRE office renovation, Taipei, Taiwan
Wake Bakery renovation, I-Lan, Taiwan
TFAM X-Site competition, Taipei, Taiwan
Kuo House renovation, New Taipei, Taiwan

Jun 2014 - Nov 2015

Noiz Architects, Taipei, TW, Project Designer

Winsing Neihu Residential Building Facade and Landscape, Taipei, Taiwan
ITRI Research Complex Facade Construction, Nantou, Taiwan
ITRI Public Art Installation, Nantou, Taiwan
MoNTUE museum renovation and exhibition design, Taipei, Taiwan
Private apartment renovations

Dec 2011 - May 2014

Straightsquare Design, Taipei, TW, Junior Designer

Taiwan Tower Competition, Taichung, Taiwan
LungYen Eternal Land-Pet Memorial Park, Taipei, Taiwan
MingJien Township office facade renovation, Nantou, Taiwan

Jul 2009 - Nov 2011


Columbia University, New York, NY, US / Morningside , Masters, MS.AAD

2016 Summer Adv. Studio IV - Met a Morphic, Critic: Mark Rakatansky
2016 Fall Adv. Studio V - Unsteadium, Critic: Mabel O. Wilson & Zachary D. Colbert
2017 Spring Adv. Studio VI - Extraterrestrial, Critic: Jing-Liu

Extra Course taken: Hotel Transaction, Integrated Project Delivery, Surface Screen & Structure, Encoded Matter

The Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design is a three-term program consisting of Summer, Fall, and Spring terms. The objective of the program is to provide outstanding young professionals who hold a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degree the opportunity to enter into an intensive, postgraduate study that encourages critical thought in the context of design speculation.

The program is viewed as a framework in which both academic and professional concerns are explored. Overall, the program emphasizes an experimental approach to research and architectural design rigorously grounded in multiple, complex realities.

Jun 2016 - current

Tunghai University, Taichung, TW, BArch, Department of Architecture

For over five decades, the Tunghai University Department of Architecture has been a leader in defining and piloting the discipline of architecture in Taiwan. It has long been regarded as the best architecture educational institution on the island.

The department was established in 1960 as the Department of Architectural Engineering. It was then a four-year undergraduate program offering a bachelor’s degree in architecture. In 1974 it evolved into a five-year professional program offering a bachelor’s degree and was renamed the Department of Architecture.

Sep 2005 - Jun 2010


Abstract, Award

Studio projects of Studio 2016 Summer Adv IV & 2016 Fall Adv V selected.
(To be published in 2018)

Abstract is the yearly printed publication of student work from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The catalog is produced through the Office of the Dean, Amale Andraos. The archive of student work, containing documentation of projects selected by faculty at the conclusion of each semester, is utilized in the making of Abstract.


Areas of Specialization