Zhifei Chen

Zhifei Chen

Los Angeles, CA, US

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My name is Zhifei Chen, I am from Sichuan, China. I received my master architecture degree at SCI-Arc in 2018 and I currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

I start my architecture journey at University of Minnesota Twin Cites in United States since 2011 and received Bachelor of architecture degree. During the years, I worked for various offices both in China and United States to gain my experiences including: China Southwest Architectural (中国西南建筑设计院),Andrew Zago architect ,Globe Architecture LLC.

I am a structured thinker and use a methodical approach when accomplishing tasks. I pay close attention to the details to ensure my work is accurate and thoughtful. At SCI-Arc, I am known as a highly efficient and detailed person. I take direction well, complete all projects on time with high quality, always open to taking on extra hours, and willing to help out with additional tasks. I am confident in critical thinking to not only improve myself but also support the growth of my team. I am also a fast learner and willing to learn new technology and software. In addition to the technological skills, I am also confident in freehand sketching, painting, and adept at physical modeling with different types of materials, freehand cutting, laser cutting, CNC milling and 3D printing. I am mostly self-taught but am also a strong team player. I am a very optimistic person in general, easy to communicate via phone, email and in person, good at management, listening to people’s opinions and am able to negotiate with my team members to settle any disputes.



Zago Architecture, Los Angeles , Architecture Principal

Summer internship

Main task: 3D modeling and rendering. Making physical model including lasercuting, CNC milling, 3D printing, Powder printing, foam cutting and wood cutting.

Participated project: 2017 Chicago Biennial installation,
VPAC (The UIC Visual and Performing Art Center) Building design

May 2017 - Sep 2017

China Southwest Architectural 西南建筑设计院, Sichuan, China, Architecture designer

Summer internship program includes Sketchup, Rhino modeling and physical model.

Participated project: Qingdao airport,
Chongqing tea garden culture and art center.

May 2014 - Sep 2014


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2015 - Sep 2018


Evolo Skyscraper competition, Honorable Mention

eVolo 2018 Skyscraper Competition

Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

The competition is an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. It is also a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures?

eVolo Magazine is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a contemporary skyscraper, its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.


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