Howard Chen

Howard Chen

Los Angeles, CA, US



Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Quan Chen and his family moved to Taichung City in 1994. His knowledge and experience of playing music directly contributed to his strong passion for creating. He graduated and earned a master’s degree in architecture from University of Southern California in 2012 with the honor of Tau Sigma Delta Award. His academic research interests are strongly related to the relationship between architecture, urban space, and subculture phenomena issues. His professional experience includes architecture design, interior design, renovation projects and project management. He was an architectural designer at Jiang Wen-Yuan Architects, in which he has completed various residential and retail projects in Taiwan. From 2008 to 2009 he served as a project manager at the Department of Construction under the Ministry of National Defense in Taiwan. He has overseen and supervised a 7 million major renovation project and been responsible for all phases of project design and management.


HGA, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Temporary

-Barlow Respiratory Hospital (Health Care) Studied and designed building façade and interior spaces, materials and lighting studies, collaborated with design team members, built 3D model, created renderings, diagrams and presentation materials

Sep 2012 - Nov 2012

JIANG WEN YUAN ARCHITECTS, Taichung City, Taiwan, Architectural Designer

- Mansion Wen (Residential) Solved project conflicts and coordinated with design team, built 3d model
- Ruo Shui Guild Hall (Commercial) Solved project conflicts, built 3d model and created renderings
- Guocheng Community (Residential) Calculated Envelope Load and integrated sustainable design method into elevation design to reduce energy consumption, coordinated with design team, built 3d model, solved design conflicts, developed construction drawings, created renderings

Dec 2009 - Jun 2010

MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE, Houli, Taiwan, Architectural Project Designer

- Houli Base (Military) Developed master plan, project proposals and CAD drawings, built physical model
- Qixinggang Barrack Renovation (Residential) Responsible for all phases of project planning and design, incorporated clients’ needs and requirements into the design and construction plans, developed project proposal, designed drawings and construction drawings, conducted market research, managed project budget and schedule, integrated water and electrical systems, presented and explained the project to the community board, supervised construction site and collaborated with contractors to ensure specifications adherence

Jul 2008 - Jul 2009

CITICRAFTS DESIGN OFFICE, Taichung City, Taiwan, Designer Intern

- THU International Education & Programs (School) Supervised construction site and collaborated with contractors
- Mansion Xu (Residential) Developed schematic design, CAD drawings, built 3d and physical models
- Sji Community (Residential) Developed elevation designs, CAD drawings and built physical models

Jan 2007 - May 2007


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

GPA: 3.72/4.00

Aug 2010 - May 2012

Tunghai University, Taichung City, Tqiwan, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2001 - Jun 2006


Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts, Award


W.H. Hung Annual Memorial Award, Tunghai University, Honorable Mention


W.H. Hung Annual Memorial Award, Tunghai University, 1st Place


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