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Meet Chi-Yi CHANG

Chi-Yi CHANG is the current Chairman of Taiwan Design Center, President for General Affairs and Professor in the Graduate Institute of Architecture at the National Chiao Tung University, as well as Vice Chairman of Xue Xue Foundation. He has served a 4-year term as the Deputy County Governor of Taitung County. He received his M.D. from Harvard Design School in 1994 and Master of Architecture from Ohio State University in 1992. In addition, Chang has previously acted as the director of the Graduate Institute of Architecture in National Chiao Tung University and the director of A+@ Architecture Studio.

Chang has also published several books including “Contemporary Architecture: the Concept of Aesthetic”, “European Charm: New Architecture”, and “Contemporary Architecture of North American in Focus”. He believes the key to fostering architecture appreciation is not only through dedicated educational courses but also promoting this aesthetic to earn more public attention. In this aspect, Chang has contributed much to nurturing architecture aesthetic in Taiwan by systematically documenting thousands of contemporary architecture projects, hundreds of architects, and close to hundreds of cities around the world over the past 10 years.

Academic Background

1994

M.D. from the Graduate School of Design,
Harvard University

1992

Master of Design, Graduate School of Design

1987

Bachelor of Architecture, Tamkang University

Current Position

2018-present

Chairman, Taiwan Design Center

2016-present

President, General Affairs, National Chiao Tung University

2011-present

Professor, Graduate Institute of Architecture, Chiao Tung University

2015-present

Vice Chairman, Xue Xue Foundation

2014-present

Convener, Guideline for Arts in 12-year Basic
Education, National Academy for Educational Research

Statement of Intent


I have long been promoting “aesthetic education” in Taiwan, the core plan of which is not only applying the concept of “aesthetic education” in schools but also in our society, which includes working places and the public sector. Taiwan is a small island but each of its cities and counties embrace a diverse and rich heritage. My aim is to heighten the people’s sense of aesthetic appreciation while retaining each district’s own unique characteristics.

In 2014 I returned to my home district of Taitung on the east coast of Taiwan when Taitung County Governor Justin Huang selected me to serve a 4-year term as the Deputy County Governor and “aesthetics CEO” of Taitung County. With this position, I brought the idea of “aesthetic education” back home to enhance the district’s social system and design and formulate policies. As an example, I drafted the law “Autonomous Management Ordinance for Taitung County-Owned. Property”, which provides more specific guidelines for the local government when implementing more aesthetics in local development. Moreover, during this term of office, I co-worked with TDC in organizing and bringing the well-known and highly esteemed Taiwan Design Expo to Taitung in 2014 as well as arranging the first ever Taiwan International Balloon Festival, which was voted one of the Top 12 most popular festivals in 2017. This annual international balloon festival now attracts millions of visitors every year, which has not only stimulated local economic development but has also put Taitung on the international stage. In addition, I originated the founding of the Taitung Design Center (TTDC) and became its CEO in 2017, and was getting Taitung listed as one of the 10 new emerging tourist cities in 2018 offering a slow-paced and relaxed atmosphere suitable for all, with its unspoiled natural scenery, renowned unwinding hot springs, and historic temples.

I have also served as Vice Chairman of the Xue Xue Foundation since 2015. Xue Xue provides aesthetic education and instruction on cultural colors for underprivileged children in Taiwan. However, I have also been promoting “aesthetic education” for many years not only in schools but also in our ; society as a whole.

Over the past decade, the TDC has built up a strong relationship with WDO, in particular, an effective cooperation was established to co-organize the 2011 IDA Congress and a successful bid was secured for World Design Capital Taipei 2016. TDC currently continues to carry out its fundamental function to promote continuous innovation but with an additional twist-promoting a strategy for country development using design by transforming TDC to become Taiwan’s first design research based organization-Design Research Institute (DRI). DRI will focus its efforts in three main areas: “design for public sector innovation”, “design innovation for industry upgrading”, and “design innovation for social benefit,” providing a platform for government collaboration and connecting with UN’s SDGs.These strategic areas embrace a vast range of social, industrial, and economic design issues, such as an ever growing ageing population, increase in leisure time, congested cities with already limited recreation areas left in neglect, and the continued need to improve people’s livelihood and living standards. With this in mind, social design and design for policy are becoming established solutions to solve these problems. And industrial innovation has ushered in Industry 4.0 with robotic development, smart machinery, advanced wearable digital devices, and so on, blazing the trail for the future digital age.

The UN’s 17 SDGs cover everything from eliminating poverty to forging partnerships to realize the goals, and worldwide collaboration is the key that will ensure success. And collaboration means cross-disciplinary integration in which design intrinsically plays a pivotal role. My diverse background as an architect, educator, aesthetic education promoter, and policy maker has given me the skills to serve as such an integrator between the many stakeholders involved. Moreover, contributing to the solutions economy is a part of this, which is why the DRI has been established to foster government collaboration and be a factor in achieving UN’s SDGs. I believe what I have achieved through my work experience can help design connect with more people worldwide and enhance the impact aesthetic education can have on the mindset people have towards design as part of our lives.

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Taiwan Design Center (TDC)

Taiwan Design Center is the only national level design-based organization in Taiwan, and as such enhances industrial and social innovation. Since its founding, TDC has been deeply involved in the global network for creating innovative industrial values, as well as additionally offering a full range of services to assist designers and their undertakings throughout their creation process. To internationalize designs created in Taiwan, TDC holds regular domestic and international design events, as well as hosting conferences and design theme projects such as the IDEA Congress in 2011 and World Design Capital Taipei 2016, to name but two. The TDC also organizes professional design award events, facilitates collaboration between designers and industries, and constructs platforms to showcase Taiwan’s designs. Over the years, TDC has built up relationships with around 40 global partners based on design related issues.

Design Research Institute (DRI)

2020 will see the next phase of TDC when it is upgraded to become the Design Research Institute. The main goal of DRI is to create national design policies for inter-ministerial associations to drive industrial innovation and to develop large-scale innovative platforms. Our expectation is that DRI will cultivate professional cross- disciplinary specialists to enhance the country’s competitiveness by “design-driven innovation”, as well as strengthen Taiwan’s policies, enterprise innovation, public services, and social issues, in addition to establishing an international network for design and open-innovation. Through such an integrated solution, DRI will assist industries to link design policies and global resources to accelerate the development of design power. One of DRI’s other goals is to enhance the soft power of social design and build up an innovative test base with rich design power in Taiwan.