Professor[Secondment] President, Taiwan Design Research Institute
Chi-Yi CHANG is the current President at Taiwan Design Research Insititute, Board Member of the World Design Organization, and Professor at the Graduate Institute of Architecture at the National Chiao Tung University. He is also the Vice-Chairman at Xue Xue Foundation, CEO at Taitung Design Center. He was Deputy Governor of Taitung County Government. Previously Vice President for General Affairs in National Chiao Tung University, the director of the Graduate Institute of Architecture in National Chiao
Tung University and the director of A+@ Architecture Studio, he has published several books including Contemporary Architecture: the Concept of Aesthetic, European Charm: New Architecture, and Contemporary Architecture of North American in Focus. He received his Master in Design Studies (MDes) from Harvard Design School in 1994 and his Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) from Ohio State University in 1992.
TDRI, an interdisciplinary value-added design service platform, leading industrial innovation with national design policy to develop high-value design knowledge and applications. Design is taking the world by storm. It plays an increasingly important role in the economy, culture, and society of a country. Meanwhile, more and more industries are treating design as a core competitive advantage. With this in mind, the government is establishing the “Taiwan Design Research Institute” (TDRI) in 2020. The aim of this project is to capitalize on Taiwan’s strengths in design to drive industrial development and overall economic growth.
The TDRI plans to consolidate public resources from a wide range of government agencies with “the power of design,” promoting design as a central governance value and as a national defense strategy. The Institute is expected to guide the sustainable development of industries and society, which should in turn improve the living quality of the general public. It can assist the government in making national design policies and increasing governance efficiency. In addition, through an integrated interdisciplinary approach, the Institute will introduce design-based thinking into government administration, drive talent cultivation in the private sector, and build businesses that lead the design industry.