Curators: Juhani Pallasmaa i Chun-Hsiung Wang
Sheng-Yuan Huang was born in 1963 and grew up in Taipei. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tunghai University in Taiwan, and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University in the United States. After graduating from Yale, he worked in Eric Owen Moss Architects as a Project Associate and taught at North Carolina State University before returning to Taiwan in 1993.
In the 1990’s, Yilan, a rural area two hours away from Taipei by car, was striving to find its local identity through architectural reform movement. Contrast to Taipei where urban development made it the ideal laboratory for architects, Sheng-Yuan found Yilan in a unique position and decided to move there in 1994 to realize his architectural ideology and establish his office.
In the following 20 years, Fieldoffice developed designs with Sheng-Yuan’s firm believe that architecture is rooted in life itself, and life’s true form is not one of static and tangible qualities, but of dynamic and ephemeral, constantly in change. This resulted in design and forms that are rather ambiguous and whimsical in nature, making Fieldoffice’s works one of a kind in the realm of architecture.
Sheng-Yuan’s concepts of creation and his unique perspective on the process of architecture design have inspired many like-minded designers to voluntarily joining him. Hence, it contributed to the progressive development from Sheng-Yuan Huang Architect as an individual to Fieldoffice as a group, forming an alliance of will that is rarely seen in the architectural practice.