Lillian Lin

Lillian Lin

New York, NY

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I'm a fervent chefitect (architect + chef) with a lifelong passion for designing hospitable spaces and cooking comfort food for individuals all over the world.

Over the years I've learned that creating comfort food, decorating the dining table, and designing hospitable spaces were essential components to make the lifestyle of an individual and community brighter. Thus, I pursued to study architecture at USC's School of Architecture. I saw the parallels between what I was learning in the studio and cooking in the kitchen. Just as architecture diagrams narrate the process of creating a building, recipes provide step-by-step instructions to create delicious meals.

From this, I approach cooking the same way I approach architectural design. As a designer who is passionate for comfortable spaces, crisp colors, clear and refined linework, I draw constructive diagrams for my recipes to make cooking more enjoyable and the resulting experience of eating more delectable. Likewise, I construct drawings for buildings to be built and users to comfortably inhabit.

After working over 2 years in Tokyo as an architect and interior designer, I've relocated to Los Angeles for one year and am now in New York City studying UX Design. You can find me cooking, baking, photographing, and diagramming recipes to fuse my architecture and culinary passions together for my food blog: The Chef Charette. (


Arquitectonica, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architect

Projects involved:

•2100 Market Street
•655 Folsom
•San Bao Temple

Developed designs from design development
through construction documents for luxury
mid/high residences and cultural institutions in
San Francisco. Worked on Revit modeling and
drafting, exterior and interior detailing, while
coordinating with manufacturers and clients.

Aug 2016 - current

Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Japan, Tokyo, Japan, Interior Designer

Projects involved:

• Apple R&D Center Yokohama
• Nayabashi Higashi Residential Tower
• Kashiwanoha Park City Residential Tower
• HDC Shilla Duty Free

Worked on a variety of projects from local, private residences to large commercial and international luxury projects. SketchUp modeling, interior design consulting, FF&E and DD document preparations, preparing mateiral boards, meeting reports and translations for foreign clients and manufacturers.

Mar 2015 - Jul 2016

Itoya, Tokyo, Japan, Interior Designer and Product Designer

Project involved:
• Cafe Stylo

Interior style consulted for Itoya’s Cafe Stylo, a rooftop cafe in their flagship store in Ginza. Produced and presented schematic and architectural diagrams / renderings, handmade physical models of the cafe for the CEO, and instructive diagrams of the waiters’ aprons to be factory made.

May 2014 - Feb 2015


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

Aug 2009 - May 2014


2012-2013 Gamble House Scholar in Residence Fellowship, Scholarship


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