Poster of Current Topics in Architecture

Current Topics in Architecture 2020

It is a lecture series in Spring 2020 offered by all GIA faculty members to portray the landscape of critical and emerging topics in contemporary Architecture—i.e. Current Topics in Architecture. It is a required course for first-year master students so as to build up and expand their vision in this rapid-changing era.

Lecture 1: C. David Tseng.
(No recording for this lecture, please refer to Prof. Tseng’s talk in GSD of a related topic.)
Lecture 2: Jen-Hwang Ho
(Skipping video, but the sound is OK.)
Lecture 3: Shu-Chang Kung

Final Review week & Open Studio Fall 2019

Here is the schedule of the Final Review Week Fall 2019. And all the studio works will be presented to the public on Open Studio Day on the following Saturday.

  • 1/2 (Thu.)
    • 09:30 HA109
      Core Studio I (MArch I 1st-yr)
      Space of Automatum — Tien-Ling / Hsin-Yi Ho
  • 1/6 (Mon.)
    • 10:00 HA109
      Core Studio III (MArch 2nd Year)
      Green Boulevard Community Building Project — Chi-Yi Chang / Ling-Li Tseng / Juo-Hao Wu
    • 14:30 人社一館HA105
      Option Studio B
      Future Housing — June-Hao Hou / Nai-Chun Chen / Sheng-Kai Tseng
  • 1/7 (Tue.)
    • 10:00 HA105
      Option Studio A
      Redefining the Role of Architects After the 3rd Industrial Revolution — Jessica Lee
    • 10:00 HA109
      Option Studio D
      Untitled — Wei Tseng / Thomas Tsang
    • 18:00 HA101
      Option Studio C
      Robotic Glass Fabrication — Shih-Yuan Wang

12/16 Peter Russell Lecture

Peter Russell (TU Delft) Lecture

The Big BIM Theory – Why digitization will save architecture and the planet

Time|2019.12.16 (Mon.) 19:00-21:00 (Check-in starting at 18:30)
Venue|JUT Lecture Hall


18:30-19:00 Entry (Waiting entry at 18:50)
19:00-19:05 Opening Remark by Prof. David Tseng
19:05-19:15 Introduction by Prof. June-Hao Hou
19:15-20:15 Peter Russell Lecture
20:15-21:00 Dialog and Q&A

Shape Computation and Shape Machine Symposium

Shape Computation and Shape Machine Symposium @ NCTU

Time: 2019.12.14 (六) 09:00-17:00
Venue: HA105, Grad. Inst. of Architecture, NCTU


  • Athanassios Economou, Prof.
  • Heather Ligler, PhD candidate
  • Tzu-Chieh Kurt Hong, PhD student
  • James Park, PhD student


The symposium presents the current state-of-the-art of the Shape Machine, a new computational, visual and disruptive technology, to leading experts in various fields including AI, engineering, computer science, mathematics and design to review, discuss, and envision the field of shape cognition and computing at National Chiao Tung University. The Shape Machine is currently developed at the Shape Computation Lab at the School of Architecture, College of Design, in collaboration with the Schools of Mathematics and Interactive Computing at the Colleges of Science and Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology.


09:00 – 09:10 Opening | Director June-Hao Hou
09:10 – 10:00 Introduction to Shape Computation and Shape Machine with demonstrations. | Dr. Athanassios Economou & Tzu-Chieh Kurt Hong
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 12:00 Shape Machine Workshops

  • Group 1: Shape Machine & Architecture
  • Group 2: Shape Machine & BIM
  • Group 3: Shape Machine & Computer Vision
  • Group 4: Shape Machine & Programming Language
  • Group 5: Shape Machine & AI

12:00 – 02:00 Lunch
02:00 – 02:30 Lecture: Shape Computation | Dr. Athanassios Economou
02:30 – 03:00 Lecture: Shape Signature | James Park
03:00 – 03:15 Break
03:15 – 03:45 Lecture: Shape Machine and Interpreters | Tzu-Chieh Kurt Hong
03:45 – 04:15 Lecture: Shape Machine and Architecture Research | Heather Ligler
04:15 – 04:30 Break
04:30 – 05:00 Discussions


Limited seats, up to 30. Members from architecture, applied arts, and computer science are most welcomed. Sign up by 22:00, Thursday, 2019.12.12.

Sign-up Form:

Bring your own laptop, with Rhino v5 or v6 installed.


12/9 Hwa-San Kwan Lecture

[GIA Talk]

What is Architecture? How to conduct researches?

Speaker: Hwa-San Kwan
Ph.D. in Architecture, Michigan University
Former Director of Dept. of Architecture, Tunghai University

Time: Monday, December 9, 2019. 19:00~21:00

10/31 Thomas Daniell Lecture

[GIA Talk Lecture Series]

An Anatomy of Influence: New Directions in Japanese Architecture

Time: 2019.10.31 (四) 7-8:30pm
Venue: HA105
Speaker: Thomas Daniell, Professor in Architecture Theory and Criticism

About “Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism” in Kyoto University:

As the increasing sophistication of design and construction technologies removes almost every limitation on what we build, there is a corresponding need to develop an intellectual and conceptual basis for why we build. Based on close readings of texts, images, and buildings, our research is intended to produce a theoretical understanding and critical positioning with regard to developments in contemporary Japanese architecture, placing it within a wider context of art, culture, politics, and economics. Student output comprises both critical writing and experimental design.

About the Speaker:

Current positions

  • Professor, Kyoto University (Japan)
  • Visiting Professor, Kyoto Seika University (Japan)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Saint Joseph (Macau SAR, China)

10/7 Roy Lin Lecture

[YA Talk]

Urban data & location intelligence: Value Proposition for Public Sector, Private Sectors, and General Public

Roy Yu-Ta Lin (MAUD, Harvard GSD)
Co-Founder & CEO, CVI (Civic Intelligence), Shanghai

Time/Date: 6:30~7:30, Mon., 10/7/2019

About the Speaker

Roy Yu-Ta Lin is an architect, urban designer, and urban strategist. Roy holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). He founded IVC InVisibleCities, an urban research open community, and is now the Co-founder & CEO of Civic Intelligence (CVI), an urban data analytics technology firm based in Shanghai. Having worked across countries for international firms such as AECOM, OMA, frog, and WeWork, Roy gained solid expertise in spatial design, urban knowledge, data analysis, experience design, and design research. Roy excels in tackling cross-disciplinary, complex design challenges ranging from micro to macro scale, from the tangibles to the intangibles.

Onoda Lecture Feature

Yasuaki Onoda Lecture, Nov. 17

GIA Talk Series

Yasuaki Onoda Lecture: Pre-Design Thinking of Architecture—Something Required for Embodiment of Worthy Architecture

Yasuaki Onoda Lecture19:00-21:00, Mon., Dec. 17, 2018
Graduate Institute of Architecture, NCTU

Yasuaki Onoda, Professor
Department of Architecture, Tohoku University

Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong — 2015
Architectural Institute of Japan, Committee Member (Director of Enterprise) — 2013-15
Good Design Award — 2011
Architectural Institution of Japan Prize for Design — 2003

1963年金沢市生まれ/東北大学大学院 都市・建築学専攻 教授/同 災害科学国際研究所 教授/博士(工学)/一級建築士/建築のソフトとハードを繋ぐ「建築計画者」として、せんだいメディアテーク(設計:伊東豊雄)、横須賀市美術館(設計:山本理顕)、流山おおたかの森小中学校(設計:小嶋一浩、赤松佳珠子+CAt)等に関わる/東日本大震災以降は、釜石市復興ディレクター、石巻市復興推進会議会長、七ヶ浜町復興アドバイザーなど、良質の復興に貢献/近年は、英国の手法を取り入れた質の高いデザインビルド(小田原市民ホール)など新しい建築発注方法開発に注力/建築作品に、くまもとアートポリス苓北町民ホール(日本建築学会賞作品2003)、東北大学百周年記念館萩ホール(公共建築賞2016)(以上、阿部仁史と共同)/著書に『集合住宅の新しい文法-東日本大震災復興における災害公営住宅』(2016年、新建築社)『プレ・デザインの思想』(2013年、TOTO出版、日本建築学会著作賞2016)

Tezuka and Kakudate Lecture

Takaharu Tezuka & Masahide Kakudate Lecture

Tezuka and Kakudate Lecture

Takaharu Tezuka & Masahide Kakudate Lecture

10:00-12:00, Tuesday, 2018.9.11 
EA CoWorking Space, NCTU

Architects Takaharu Tezuka and Masahide Kakudate were invited by the USR Project and TDIS, NCTU, to an international forum and workshop in lighting up the Hsinchu City, especially the old town center. We invited them to stop by and give a talk sharing their experience with kids (human)-friendly space design and lighting to bring back the city life.

Takaharu Tezuka, Architect

Takaharu Tezuka is a Japanese architect. In 1994, he and his wife Yui Tezuka founded the Tokyo-based firm Tezuka Architects. Projects by Tezuka Architects include the Roof House, Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science, Fuji Kindergarten and Woods of Net. Their recent awards include Japan Institute of Architects Prize (2009), Association for Children’s Environment Design Award (2011) and OECD/CELE 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities (2011).

Masahide Kakudate, Lighting Architect

After completing postgraduate architectural studies at Nihon University, he worked first for TL Yamagiwa Laboratory Inc., then Lighting Planners Associates Inc. then LIGHT FIELD ARCHITECTS, before establishing his own firm, Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates, Inc., in 2000.
Doctor of Engineering, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University in 2009. He has collaborated with Takaharu Tezuka in various projects, including the world renown Fuji Kindergarten.