Albert Chao

Albert Chao

New York, NY, US



Albert Chao holds both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University at Buffalo's dual degree program in Media Architecture Computing.


He is a designer working at the intersection of technology, art and architecture.



Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, NY, US, Intern

Collaborating on the design and implementation of a citizen distributed air quality
sensing network with the Urban Research Group.

Jan 2012 - current

Liminal Projects, Buffalo, NY, US, Research and Design Assistant

Developed schematic proposal for Elmwood Franklin School extension that emphasized sustainable strategies.

Jan 2011 - Oct 2011

Border Town, Toronto, ON, CA, Selected artist and designer

Participated in a ten week studio with other artists, architects and writers to discuss pertinent border issues. Created individual project for group exhibition.

Jun 2011 - Sep 2011

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant for Architectural History I and II. Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. Professor Hadas Steiner.
-Taught and led discussion sessions. Developed lesson plans and administered grades.

Teaching Assistant for First Year Architecture Studio. Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. Professor Joyce Hwang, Shadi Nazarian, Nicholas Bruscia and Christopher Romano.
-Taught model building and drawing techniques. Guided students in developing conceptual
ideas and design proposals.

Teaching Assistant for Contemporary Architecture Theory. Fall 2009. Professor Jean LaMarche
-Assisted in leading discussions in graduate seminar. Administered grades.

Aug 2009 - May 2011

Jordan Geiger of Office Ga-Ga, Laura Garafalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Collaborator and designer on Land Art Generator Initiative Competition

Submitted entry focused on new interactions with energy harvesting technologies.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

asap/ adam sokol architecture practice, Buffalo, NY, Construction Assistant

Worked on light carpentry, window and water drainage details and installation of HVAC systems in a new built house. Coordinated with different contractors.

May 2009 - Aug 2009

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellow. Co-editor of Intersight

Designed the layout of Intersight, an annual UB School of Architecture and Planning publication. Coordinated meetings with students, professors, advisors, and printers.

Aug 2008 - May 2009

CannonDesign, Shanghai, China, Intern

Coordinated communication between offices of Shanghai, Boston and Los Angeles. Design collaborator on plant wall installation for office in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

Artvoice, Buffalo, NY, US, Columnist, Polis Scholarship

Published weekly column entitled “Design Matters” in Artvoice, a local alternative publication. Topics range between art, architecture and design.

Aug 2006 - May 2007

Pirkkala Sculpture Symposium, Pirkkala, Finland, Artist Assistant

Jun 2003 - Jul 2003


University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, MArch, Dual Architecture and Fine Arts Masters Degree

Graduated from the Media Architecture Computing program:
Part of the Situated Technologies Research Group.

Aug 2006 - Aug 2011

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, BArch, Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Honors College

Aug 2001 - May 2005


Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research, Award


Eleanor Allwork Scholarship, Center for Architecture Foundation in NYC, Award


Buckminster Fuller Scholarship, UB School of Architecture and Planning, Award


Design Excellence Award, UB School of Architecture and Planning, Award


Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellowship, UB School of Architecture and Planning, Award


Skerker Scholarship, UB School of Architecture and Planning, 1st Place


Polis Scholarship, Award


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