CHIAWEI LIAO 4528 Walnut Street Apt.D31 • Philadelphia, PA19139 267-266-2863 ChiaWei.V.Liao@gmail.com
EDUCATION University of Pennsylvania School of Design Philadelphia, PA, USA
National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu, Taiwan
Master of Architecture May 2011 - September 2008
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering June 2007 - September 2003
EXPERIENCE Bower Lewis Thrower Architects Philadelphia, PA, USA
Architectural Intern November 2011 – Present
- Worked on construction development completion phase for a large scale casino complex project. - Aided in building code review submission to Department of Community Affairs. - Worked on schematic design and design development phase for hotel renovation and addition projects. - Met and worked with structure consultants and MEP consultants
Minifie van Schaik Architects Shanghai Office Shanghai, China
Axis Mundi Design Studio New York City, NY, USA
Architectural Designer August 2011 – October 2011
- Communicated with clients and consultants. - Produced digital models, diagrams , renderings and architecture drawings. - Offered computer software (Scripting, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper) trainings.
Architectural Intern June 2010 – August 2010
- Produced computer renderings as an in-house renderer. - Aided in conceptual stages to production of a competition. - Produced digital models, diagrams and architecture drawings.
RELEVANT SKILLS SOFTWARE
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe Premiere Adobe Flash
Autodesk AutoCAD Autodesk 3ds MAX Studio Autodesk Revit Autodesk Maya
Rhinoceros SketchUp Grasshopper
COMPETITIONS / FELLOWSHIP
BOOKS / PERIODICALS
2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition eVolo Magazine
AIA West Jersey Student Design Competition AIA West Jersey Section
E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship University of Pennsylvania School of Design
eVolo Limited Edition Finalist February 2011
Meiji Jingu Gaien Tokyo, Japan
PennDesign Work 10 -11 Concept Korea
Beyond Hong Kong
Award Winner January 2010
EXHIBITIONS Tokyo Design Week:
Architecture : University of Pennsylvania School of Design
B-1 Magazine Thailand
Green, Urban, Global:
Architecture and Design by Philadelphia's Design Schools February 7 - March 3, 2011
Urban Swirl August, 2011
ARCH 701 Rahim Studio: Urban Swirl August, 2011
Cathedral Fold Vol. 149, pp 86 - 89, 2011
Whiteny Museum Downtown Vol. 005, pp 48 - 53, 2011
Cathedral Fold Vol. 4, Issue 45, pp 44 - 45, 2011
Whiteny Museum Downtown in Context
pp 154 - 157, 2010
ONLINE PRESS Architizer USA
November 1st - 6th, 2011
Philadelphia Center of Architecture Philadelphia, PA, USA
Vray Renderer Mental Ray Renderer Maxwell Renderer
Top Projects 2010: Whitney Museum of American Art by Axis Mundi December, 2010
Conceptual extension to Whitney Museum of American Art by Axis Mundi December, 2011
Whitney Museum Downtown Conceptual Extension Project with Axis Mundi Design director: John Beckmann / Design team: Andy Van, Dennis Pereira / Rendering: Chia Wei Liao
The existing museum is a 1960s concrete building by Marcel Breuer and Axis Mundi claim the extension’s exposed concrete frame would be a continuation of Breuer’s brutalist aesthetic. The extension would have an irregular ﬂoor plan conﬁgured around sight lines that look towards landmarks such as the Empire State Building. A desire for column-free galleries led the architects to create a perimeter superstructure to contain the staircases, escalators, elevators, and mechancal rooms. this structural lattice allows the galleries to ﬂoat freely, suspended like bridges, unimpeded by a typical grid structure. the lattice allows light to ﬂood the building in unexpected and dramatic ways, heightening the visitor’s perception of the artwork and the city.
LIGHTWRIGHT CONCRETE PANEL, BOLT ANCORED ON TUBE STRUCTURE RUBBER WATER PERTECTION METAL COPING ALUMIUM GUTTER
STONE FINISH BENCH
PRECAST HOLLOW CONCRETE S-1 2.2
ROOF DETAIL 1/2” = 1’ - 0”
DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOW
MINERAL WOOL INSULATION + VAPOUR RETARDER PRECAST HOLLOW CONCRETE
DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOW
ADJESCENT CONCRETE WITH MINERAL WOOL INSULATION
TUBE WINDOW DETAILS 1/2” = 1’ - 0”
LEVEL 6 103’ - 0”
O F F I C E
LEVEL 5 83’ - 0”
LEVEL 4 53’ - 0”
G A L L E RY 2
LEVEL 3 33’ - 0”
G A L L E RY 1
LEVEL 2 12’ - 0”
P L I N T H
LEVEL 1 0’ - 0”
G R O U N D
SC-1 SECTION A-A’ 1.1
REINFORCED CONCRETE FLOOR WITH INTERGRATED UNDER FLOOR HEATING
INSULATING CONCRETE WITH CONCRETE PRIMER
TYPICAL WALL SECTION 1/8” = 1’ - 0”
EDU-PLAYGROUND 2011 Cleveland Design Competition Design Team: Chiawei Liao, Ben Lee
The new proposal for the Cleveland International School is a rethink of how the learning environment can be designed to engage and stimulate students throughout their education through their surroundings. By dissolving the walls between spaces and from interior to exterior, we allow students from different classes and years to come together and work together, which reﬂects the collaborative philsophy of the school. The openness of the school allows the students to explore and engage their surounding environment, which increases their learning potential, awareness and concentration, as well as encouraging physical activity. In addition, this openness allows the school to expand and adapt to program changes quickly in response to different needs.
The school is designed as a large contiguous space without walls, to mirror the school’s philosophy of an open learning environment. This allows students to wander freely and engage the environment as part of their learning experience, as well as promoting interaction between different groups of students. The open circulation also allows movement between the school and the landscape roof above, through stairs and slides into the courtyards and the front yard.
The new Cleveland International School becomes a green anchor on CSU’s masterplan, connecting to its ﬁelds, buildings and corridors to encourage exchanges and usage between the 2 institutions and the wider city.
Open School + Landscape Roof = Edu-Playground
Flexible Learning Centers
Traditional classrooms are ďŹ xed in size, program, and limited in connection to the outside.
Learning Centers are fully customizable, allowing for a variety of conďŹ gurations based on the number of students and the activity, as well as control on the openness of the space.
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Entry K-5 Learning Center 6-8 Learning Center 9-12 Learning Center Visual Arts Music Rooms & Auditorium Family & Consumer Science Technology Education Media Center Special Education Student Dining Area Building Services & Food Prep Student Lockers Administrative Spaces Greenhouse Interior Courtyards/Playground Front Yard WC & Custodial
Philadelphia Coner Storefront Located at 13 street and Drury Street, a vibrant neighborhood in downtwon Philadelphia, Philadelphia Coner Storefront is a 4-story building with two basement ﬂoors designed to serve a mix use purpose. With a long rectangular site like a typical Philadelphia townhouse, ﬁrst and second ﬂoor is designed for a small cafe, with dining area in the front and service area in the back. Optional basement spaces can serve as additional seating area or storage space. Third and forth ﬂoor have large bay windows and skylight which make it a suitable space for design studios or galleries.
LOADING AREA plastic flashing 2" insulation
4 geotextile layer protective layer concrete curb to cap layers 8" layer top soil for heavy plants drain 1/2" layer of sand layer of gravel
waterproof membrane bituminous vapor barrier breather layer lightweight sand screed
grass & plant
8" reinforced concrete slab
1/2” = 1’ - 0”
1/2” = 1’ - 0”
OUTDOOR SEATING AREA
CAFE SEATING AREA
8” CONCRETE SLAB & BEAM
4” BRICK WALL 2” CAVITY 2” INSULATION SPRAY ON WATERPROFFING STEPPED FLASHING AND WEEPHOLE
1 WOOD STILL STEPPED FLASHING AND WEEPHOLE 8” CMU BACKER WALL WIRE CAVITY TIES SPRAY ON WATERPROFFING
FIRST FLOOP PLAN 1/16” = 1’ - 0”
BAY WINDOW DETAIL 1/2” = 1’ - 0”
WALL SECTION 1/16” = 1’ - 0”
The Folded Church Conceptual C onceptual P Project roject with A Axis xis M Mundi undi The folded church is an conceptual proposal for an Christrinality church located at a historical public square. Inspired by folded paper, seven folds stand on a traditional imprinted mideavel cathedral footprint. A ramp slowly sinks down into the ground and guides people into the sublime space. Inspired by natural geography of basalt columns, the altar creates a city of god and also a solemn space for people to worship and pray. Design director: John Beckmann / Design team: Chia Wei Liao, Masaru Ogasawara / Rendering: Chia Wei Liao
Nes sted Urban Formations
Public Plaza Outdoor Theather Metro Station
Business Culture Shopping
In a metropolitan context like Tokyo ,Urban Swirl seek to provide various experience through space in different architectural form, and yet different forms are synchronize in a larger scale to complete the ‘whole’. Urban Swirl examine the opportunity to connect the vertical with the horizontal space by building connections in between towers, as well as building connection between the towers and the site plane. In such way, it allows the building complex to be more connected with the rest of the city. In this project, we offer a design of a ‘cluster’ of buildings which compose of three major towers and the connections between them. On a site size of 360,000 square feet, it serves multiple programs including cultural, recreational, business and residential. The complex itself is in fact a ‘mini city’.
Swirling Progra ms Instead of traditional categorized program organization, we propose a new concept of “Program Intensity”. The “Program Intensity” that we deﬁne in this project refer the intensity of the program activities. The new concept creates swirling programs and tie up the program with the overall site organization. Starting from the edge of the site, the program intensity gets stronger as the program swirls into the buildings. The program intensity change in accordance to the rotation speed as it speeds up or slows down.
Nested Urban Formations
Urban Swirl The connections between the buildings and the site serve as a buffer between the towers and the cities. It provides a smooth transition from vertical space in the tower to the horizontal space on the site. It creates a new multi-layered experience of city life. In such a vast building complex, monolithic experience should be avoided. In particular part of the building complex, different formal language is applied to accommodate program needs. Urban Swirl seek to provide various experience through space through different architectural form, and yet different forms are synchronize in a larger scale to complete the ‘whole’. The part to whole relationship is a major emphasize in this project.
At the top, the smallest diameter of the building becomes an observatory to view out the city.
More vigorous rotation, partitions are built along with the space. Individual rooms are created.
Space starts to tighten up, public space shrinks, level of ﬂoors become more distinguished
LEVEL 45 476’ - 0”
LEVEL 26 256’ - 0”
LEVEL 14 168’ - 0”
LEVEL 4 48’ - 0”
The bottom of the building is more ‘loosen’ and space is opened up to accommodate public programs.
Engineer: Sam Pan
Kinetic Lamp is a lamp designed with dynamic surface to create ﬂuid lighting effect. Powered by electric motor, the lamp can create ﬂuid lighting effect like water by undulating the countour of the surface. We designed the machanic system and also the circuit speciﬁclly for this project. We also explored the surface expression which can be aplied to the surface.