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I-Cheng Chou 周益成 email@example.com +1 646 683 9538 (USA) / 886 9 5357 3868 (Taiwan)
Profile I-Cheng Chou is a driven and dynamic designer who has made great strides in the fields of architectural, theatrical, interior and landscape lighting design. He holds a BFA from Taipei National University of the Arts majoring in Lighting Design, with an emphasis in theatrical lighting design and technology. He began his career as a design assistant and, his ambition, skill, and creativity led to his promotion to lighting designer at the Concept Lighting Design Consultants Inc. (CLDC.) This industry is exactly his field of interests, and he looks forward to continue working on it in and after graduate studies.
Experience 2011 Lighting Designer │ / 2013 Design Assistant
Lighting Designer (Theatrical)
Concept Lighting Design Consultants Inc. CLDC is a ligh1ng design consultancy company working with architects, interior designers, landscape architects on a wide range of commercial and residen1al projects. Suspending Crystal Wellspring Theater Taipei, Taiwan Choreographer: Danceology
Love Letters NTU ArCest Na1on Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan Director: Cheng-‐Ju Shan
The Other Side TNUA B402 Experimental Theater Taipei, Taiwan Choreographer: Zheng Hao Tristan and Isolde TNUA T305 Experimental Theater Taipei, Taiwan Director: Zhu-‐Xian Wang A Stranger of Mine TNUA Dance Theater Taipei, Taiwan Director: Tien-‐Heng Kao
Assistant Dsdigner (Theatrical)
Chung-Yuan Putu Guling Street Avant-‐Garde Theatre Taipei, Taiwan Producer: Elsewhere The Butterfly Lovers Na1onal Dr.Sun Yat-‐Sen Memorial Hall Taipei, Taiwan Ligh1ng Designer: An-‐Huei Tsao Classmates TNUA Experimental Theater Taipei, Taiwan Ligh1ng Designer: Chih-‐Heng Chuang
Education 2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Lighting Design │ Taipei National University of the Arts 2010 The department of Theatrical Design and Technology Skill
Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator / Flash Autocad 2D/3D , Sketch Up Light Wright Wysiwyg(What You See Is What You Get) ETC express System, High End Wholehog System With great passion in ligh1ng, I am highly interested in the Master of Professional Studies in Interior Ligh1ng Design program at the New York School of Interior Design. I would like to create a more appropriate and aYrac1ve ligh1ng environment in which people can reside. I wish this Master’s program would give me the opportunity to gain more skill, knowledge, and experience. My experience with ligh1ng design can be traced back to college, although my major of study back then was only indirectly relatable. AdmiYed to both the Department of Architecture and the Department of Theatrical Design, I chose the laYer, believing I was able to follow less conven1onal paths and learning methodologies in order to pursue my unconstrained ideas of design. During my junior year, I narrowed my interests down to ligh1ng since it was where my passion lies. Due to the diverse incoherencies of theatrical ligh1ng design, I was given the opportunity to work on many diﬀerent kinds of projects, such as regular stage performance, avant-‐ garde theatre performance, outdoor space, exhibi1on, and sta1c or dynamic ligh1ng environment designing and achieving. I have highly diversiﬁed hands-‐on project experience with space, methods of expressions and demands. The most signiﬁcant take-‐away from this experience is my capability in atmosphere management and emo1onal emphasis, that will 1e the environment to people’s life. This, overall, builds the founda1on of my skill set which will support my future studies in interior ligh1ng design, that will be congruent with my client’s lifestyle. A^er all, the purpose of interior illumina1on is to create a beYer environment for humans to live and work in. A^er gradua1on, I commiYed myself to professional ligh1ng design projects by joining the ligh1ng design consul1ng company, Concept Ligh1ng Design Consultants, Inc. (CLDC). This company works with architects, interior designers, and landscape architects on a wide range of commercial and residen1al projects. Beyond my exis1ng knowledge in this ﬁeld, I also have many good quali1es that make me a good candidate for this Master’s program. For instance, I love to learn and use new technologies as suppor1ng components of my projects. Applied with great precision, this quality has helped me enormously with my previous works at CLDC. In the bigger picture of the architecture ligh1ng design industry, this skill has brought me greater poten1al for career development than previously an1cipated. One example of my success within this industry was during a project for a museum exhibi1on to improve their problema1c ligh1ng system. There were glares from ﬁxtures and unexpected shadows everywhere. Making things worse, there were too many diﬀerent types of ligh1ng equipment. A^er an ini1al on-‐site review followed by a thorough evalua1on report, I proposed a modiﬁca1on plan under great 1me constraints, which was only made possible by the new technologies I was using. In the end, I executed a new ligh1ng system for the museum that sa1sﬁed the client’s demands perfectly and also reﬂected my own aesthe1c taste, an environment with cozy ligh1ng as well as clear circula1on. I would most deﬁnitely be able to u1lize this quality, and many others, in my future studies. NYSID’s Master’s program in interior ligh1ng design ﬁts me perfectly as it is a ﬁeld in which I have made previous progress, and hope to con1nue to pursue in the future. It oﬀers the exact type of skill set that will allow me to achieve my career goals. This program will strengthen my interior ligh1ng designing skills, familiarize me with inter/intra-‐industry rela1ons, and deepen my understanding of this occupa1on. My eventual career goal is to become a master ligh1ng designer who can combine aesthe1c values, cugng-‐edge technologies as well as human engagement in his works, bringing new life to the environment he is crea1ng. To achieve this goal, a Master’s degree is the most desirable path. I am hoping to take this path with NYSID.
Concept Lighting Design Consultants Inc.
CLDC is a lighting design consultancy company working with architects, interior designers, landscape architects on a wide range of commercial and residential projects.
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Lighting concept sketch
Residential apartment building Taipei, Taiwan Façade designed by Norihiko Dan and Associates
Project Wave is located in an old and prosperous neighborhood in Taipei. Since the area is considered noisy, the building focuses on introducing a new view that illuminates a different environment: an environment that is quiet and comfortable for residential purposes. The biggest lighting challenge was to prevent the exterior design from affecting the tones of the interior, but the final plan overcame this challenge with great aesthetic values. The narrow angel LED lights project on the aluminum decks of different lengths on the façade, creating a fluent rhythm like that of the ocean waves but only with lights and shadows.
Residential apartment building Taipei, Taiwan Façade designed by INTENTIONALLIES ていしゅわ
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Façade lighting concept rendering Landscape lighting concept rendering
Façade fixtures installation details
Landscape fixtures installation details
至恒美 (chii-hun-mei) is a residential unit located in the middle of a business district in Taipei. Following the principle of simplicity, the designer of this project focused on two major tasks: creating quiet and peaceful exterior lighting and delivering aesthetic ground floor and landscape illumination. The tenants of 至恒美 would find the overall environment cozy and comfortable. Additionally, the selection of lighting equipment strongly distinguishes this project from others. All materials used were energy efficient, environmentally friendly and easy to maintain.
Residential apartment building Taipei, Taiwan Façade designed by Norihiko Dan and Associates
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Regular floor lighting plan Lighting sketch rendering
Façade lighting concept rendering
Landscape lighting concept rendering
Driveway lighting concept
聚 (juu) is located in the center of an up-rising business area in Taipei, with lower floors functioning as commercial units and upper floors as residential units. The lighting design evolved around the large balconies of the residential units, the most essential elements of the exterior. A flow of lights connects floors with distinctive functions, bringing commercial and residential units into one harmonious environment. It also fits perfectly into the city scale lighting environment, connecting 聚 to surrounding spaces such as department stores, cinemas and MRT stations.
Lighting sketch rendering Façade lighting plan
Residential apartment building / house communities Taipei, Taiwan designed by LKPdesign
Ankeng is a residential real estate project built along mountains in the suburb of Taipei. It consists of two villa areas, an apartment building, a country club and a central square garden. The designer of the project focused on details of the architecture and landscape in order to utilize the diversified surface luminosity and color temperatures, creating a layered exterior lighting environment. This design creates a comfortable environment for pedestrians and a sense of rhythm among different project components. But even more importantly, together with the road lightings from the nearby highways, Ankeng’s exterior provides the essential elements to the beautiful skyline of the entire area.
Lighting sketch rendering Façade lighting plan Fixtures installation details
FAR EASTEN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Lighting sketch rendering Lighting sketch rendering
Health Care building Taipei, Taiwan designed by C.C.Hsu & Associates Architects
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital is a medical center located in a busy neighborhood in New Taipei City. The project focused on the Hospital’s extension, which is significantly taller than its surroundings. Using the building’s potential, the designer hoped to make the extension a landmark through exterior lighting. To connect with the building’s purpose, the designer also tried to create a relaxing and healing atmosphere with fluent spatial planning. He united diverse areas on the ground floor to create a streamlined space that reduces anxieties that may develop from condense planning.
STORK FERTILITY CENTER
Lighting sketch rendering Façade sculpture lighting sketch
Health Care building Hsinchu, Taiwan designed by Frances Yeh
Stork Fertility Center is located in the urban area of Hsinchu, providing services of artificial insemination and postpartum care. Thus, the architect used many elements that symbolize life and fertility. In relation to lighting, the designer chose special edition lighting fixtures that match the theme of the Center to deliver the overall dynamic concepts between architecture and space, creating an environment that is both interesting and cozy. Especially focusing on the art displays inside and outdoors, the lighting designer also tried to utilize the lights and shadows to emphasize the underlying aesthetic values. In general, the selection of equipment and materials successfully extends the energy of the Stork Fertility Center during the day into nights.
CHII LIH HOTEL
Lighting sketch rendering Landscape lighting plan
Commercial building Taitung, Taiwan Façade designed by Da Lin Architects and Associate
Chii Lih Hotel is located in the east side of the island of Taiwan, surrounded by beautiful sightseeing attractions and natural ecology. Therefore, the exterior lighting of the hotel acts as a guide for tourists to find their way back at night. Furthermore, in order to minimize the lighting impacts that may affect the nature landscape, the lighting designer simply outlined the fundamental architecture elements and avoided using any highpowered equipment. The atmosphere created an environment with layers, both elegant and cozy.
LEA LEA HOTEL
Lighting sketch rendering Landscape lighting plan
Commercial building Nantou, Taiwan Façade designed by Da Lin Architects and Associate
Lea Lea Hotel is located in Nantou, on the bank of Sun Moon Lake. The exterior of the hotel symbolizes the shape of a cruise, featured by streamlined lineaments and ornaments. Since the surrounding area is quite dark at night, the designer only used exterior lighting to emphasize the roof and ground floor of the hotel. The main body of the building is decorated with lightspots. The lighting plan maintains the identification of the hotel without affecting the nature landscape.
NANSHAN HIGH SCHOOL
Lighting sketch rendering Ground Floor Lighting sketch
Education building Taipei, Taiwan Façade designed by Z.Z. Liu Architects and Associate
Nanshan High School is a private high school that offers daytime as well as night courses. The school board wanted to create a diversified, energetic, and safe campus environment for its students. In order to achieve their first goal, the lighting designer chose to utilize the vertical space on the façade and install LED lighting systems to create layers. Depending on different events or national holidays, the school will be able to change colors of or even display images its exterior. To achieve the last two objectives , the ground floor was emphasized with stronger lighting displays.
PARK LAND BY SPLANDOR
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Commercial building, include a mall and hotel Taichung, Taiwan Façade designed by Ray Chen Partners Architects
The Park Land by Splandor is situated in the heart of Taichung and was originally a high-end hotel. Today, it is a synthesized commercial building consisting of a department store and a hotel. With exterior renovation, business owners sought a complete revision of its exterior lighting plan, and a brand new street scale façade to match with the ever-evolving surrounding streetscape. The lighting designer highlighted the lineaments of the building but focused more on creating suitable ambience for commercial spaces. Through abundant use of indirect illumination, he managed to create an outstanding elegance on the street of Taichung that is both modern and unobtrusive.
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Rush hour lighting rendering Later night lighting rendering
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Commercial building Taipei, Taiwan Designed by Hsuyuan Kuo / EHS International Co.
The Twin Residential Unit is located in New Taipei City, a recently developed area outside of urban Taipei. There is a natural competition in its surroundings as many of the Twin’s near-by buildings are of similar heights. Its exterior lighting designer hoped to let it stand out with high aesthetic values and energy efficiency instead of using brightness and high-powered lighting fixtures. He applied LED strips and indirect illumination techniques extensively on the façade, enhancing the quality of the lighting environment without affecting the interior ambience.
Residential apartment building Taipei, Taiwan designed by Jian-Syun Lyu
Lighting sketch rendering Muck up sample
Façade fixtures installation details Façade fixture details
The Twin Residential Unit is located in New Taipei City, a recently developed area outside of urban Taipei. There is a natural competition in its surroundings as many of the Twin’s near-by buildings are of similar heights. Its exterior lighting designer hoped to let it stand out with high aesthetic values and energy efficiency instead of with brightness and high-powered lighting fixtures. He applied LED strips and indirect illumination techniques extensively on the façade, enhancing the quality of the lighting environment without affecting the interior ambience.
Lighting Designer for Theatrical and Dance Productions
THE OTHER SIDE
Modern Dance TNUA B402 Experimental Theater, Taipei Choreographer: Zheng Hao Â Â
The Other Side is a dance production with elements from ancient Greek theatrical styles. Combined with dramatic theatrical stages, the stage lighting required special devices to create effects of flames and starry nights.
A STRANGER OF MINE
Drama Play TNUA Dance Theater, Taipei Director: Tien-Heng Kao
A Stranger of Mine is a live theatre comedy based on a Japanese movie. The biggest lighting challenge was the rotating stage and the complex dynamics between different stage components, which makes it very difficult for static lighting sources to capture.
Drama Play NTU Artfest, Nation of Taiwan University, Taipei Director: Cheng-Ju Shan
Love Letter is a well known live theatre show based on the lesson of life: “Your loss originates at the exact moment of your gain.” Upon the request of NTU ArtFest, this show was performed on the NTU School of Literature’s outdoor lawn.
Modern Dance Wellspring Theater, Taipei, Taiwan Choreographer: Danceology
Suspending Crystal is a dance production that integrates many multi-media technologies and interactive devices into one complete performance. With mirrors, lighting and digital images, the audience was able to experience an illumination that altered between reality and illusions.
TRISTAN AND ISOLDE
Drama Play TNUA T305 Experimental Theater, Taipei Director: Zhu-Xian Wang
Tristan & Isolde is a live theatre show re-arranged from Wagner’s opera with the same title. It mainly relies on elements from body theatre, and is accompanied by a chamber ensemble. Under an already poetic context, the stage lighting enhances the theatrical background, leaving space for imagination.
TRISTAN AND ISOLDE
Comedy / Drama Play Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre, Taipei Producer: Elsewhere
Inspired by the Chinese traditional ceremony releasing souls from suffering during Chung-Yuan festival, Chung-Yuan Putu is an original comedy in the form of an entertaining talk show performance. With special effects made possible by stage lighting, the show is transformed into a magical environment.
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Published on Feb 23, 2014
I-Cheng Chou is a driven and dynamic designer who has made great strides in the fields of architectural, theatrical, interior and landscape...