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Guest Speaker David Tseng Architect, Dean & Chair Professor, National Chiao Tung University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduate Institute of Architecture

ゲストスピーカー デヴィッド・ツェン 建築家, Dean & Chair Professor, National Chiao Tung University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduate Institute of Architecture

C. David TSENG [曾 成德], Chair Professor at Faculty of Architecture and Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Tseng was educated at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he received a Master of Architecture degree.

Tseng served as a member of Sustainability Education Task Force Committee and is the Director of Curriculum Reform Initiative Taskforce of Art and Design Education for Ministry of Education, Taiwan. He also served as the Consultant General of the Built Environment to the Mayor for the city of both Taichung and Taipei city; and more recently, Architectural Consultant for the City of Taoyuan and Hsin Chu. The significance of his appointment has been show-cased in public projects such as Taichung Metropolitan Opera House (Toyo Ito), Taipei Performing Art Center (OMA/Rem Koolhaas), Taipei Popular Music Center (RUR/Reiser and Umemoto), Taoyuan Museum of Art (Riken Yamamoto and Field Shop) and Taichung Gateway Park (Stan Allen).

Tseng founded CitiCrafts upon his return to Taiwan where he was selected as one of the Emerging Talents by Taiwanese Institute of Architects. The houses he designed, Op.2/1 and House WW consecutively won top prizes in the first and second biennial Taiwan Architecture House Award. The work he involved appeared on international journals, such as Architecture+Urbanism, Plan, Architecture and Progressive Architecture, Dialogue and Taiwan Architecture.

In 2014, Tseng led his National Chiao Tung University team Unicode to win Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 in Urban Design, Innovation and Energy Efficiency categories. Along with his Lab, Transdisciplinary Design Innovation Shop, Tseng joined Venice Biennale 2016, representing Taiwan. Again in 2018, Tseng, TDIS and NCTU college students’ work was distinguished with Creative Solution award. These projects, “Orchid House”, “CAB: Creative Action Base” and the exhibit “Everyday Architecture: ReMade in Taiwan”, showcased his commitment to sustainability and innovation as well as the achievement in excellence of design.

In 2017, the French Government bestowed upon Tseng one of the most distinguished title, Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, for his contribution to art, architecture and culture.