Chia-Shan Hsu

Chia-Shan Hsu

Los Angeles, CA, US

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My interest in architecture began in my home country of Taiwan while I was a still a young child. My family traded in our old apartment building for a newer, more modern complex, and this move proved to be a life-changing experience. Juxtaposing a technologically advanced building next to a primitive one was like comparing day and night. I was riveted by the differences.

My interest in architecture continued to develop as I got older. I became more observant and educated about the power of architecture to transform people's lives, and how buildings could make a world of difference in the advancement of an entire country.  Ever since those formative childhood years, my dream has been to become an outstanding architect. I wanted to ensure that my friends, who still lived in those old substandard buildings, could someday enjoy the more progressive facilities that I was lucky enough to inhabit.  I felt that everyone, regardless of social class, was entitled to feel secure in their homes.

While my studies at SCI-Arc advanced my know-how in computer technology as they related to architecture design and drawing, there was little focus on the research aspect of this extraordinarily fluid field.

As an MS.AAD graduate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and with professional design experience, I am confident that I have the education and experience necessary to be a successful and valuable addition to architecture firm.


Studio Chinyu, Taipei, TW, Design Partner

Prior to enrolling at Columbia's graduate program, I worked as an Interior Architectural Designer for six months at Studio Chinyu Architecture and Design in Taiwan where I gained exposure to both conceptual and design processes. As an integral part of a small staff, I collaborated with a skilled team to develop design options for various projects. For example, I participate design process from schematic design to construction administration for Fourdesire New Office project. I also prepared, developed and edited drawings and models related to the project using programs such as AutoCad, V-ray, Rhino and Revit.

Apr 2015 - Sep 2015

Jenesse Center, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, US, Volunteer

In 2015, I volunteered to help renovate a three bedroom apartment at the Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention center in Los Angeles. Over the past two months, I was part of the team-work designing a viable architectural drawing for the premises as well as helping in its overall renovation. It was a rewarding and fulfilling experience working on a project that provides practical and utilitarian housing for victims of domestic violence.
This 3-bedroom unit will house women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse. It's our hope that our unit renovations will also help these deserving families in the healing process and provide a safe and nurturing environment.

Jan 2015 - Feb 2015


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Advanced Architecure Design

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.

Jun 2016 - May 2017

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

The program is focused on the discipline of architecture in terms of its history, theory, and techniques, and on the practice of architecture in terms of building technologies, innovative means of construction, and professional practice. The program’s core is the design studio, where students build visual literacy, learn design skills, test ideas, and receive continuous, personal feedback on their work from faculty.

Jul 2010 - May 2014


Abstract, Award

Abstract is the yearly publication of work and research from Columbia GSAPP. Produced through the Office of the Dean Amale Andraos, the archive of student work contains documentation of exceptional projects, selected by faculty at the conclusion of each semester.


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