Wei-Che Chiang (David)

LEED GA, Assoc. AIA

Wei-Che Chiang has a Master's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois with a background in civil engineering and is currently working at PDI Design Group as an architectural designer. Wei-Che views practical functions, spatial experience, and architectural constructability as the foundations of his designs because they are easily comprehensible to the general public. He also integrates his designs with collective memories, site conditions, and sustainable features. In addition, he is passionate about graphic design also. He would put initial realistic renderings into a post-rendering process to create postmodern stylish images, seeking another possibility of special experience. 

Work Experience

Oct. 2014 - Nov. 2015

Aug. 2019 - Now

Jan. 2013 - May. 2014

Architectural Designer

PDI Design Group, Minneapolis, MN

  • Developed details based on rough ideas from Project Manager, such as space, forms, facade design, site, and urban planning

  • Prepared both physical and digital model with renderings for presentation via AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit and Lumion 

  • Produced construction documents in accordance with local building codes and real estate

Graphic Designer

Tourism and Travel Bureau of Taichung City Government, Taiwan

  • Created maps and graphic works in Photoshop related to tourism needed for tourism guide book and map of bicycle paths

  • Spoke to 500+ citizens regarding tourism information, including maps, hotels, attractions and specific events

Testing Assistant

Center of Quality Assurance for Civil Material, NCU, Taiwan

  • Tested stress resistance of 3+ asphalt materials a week for general contractors in accordance to code ASTM D1075

  • Assisted 8+ college students per week with Multi-speed Automatic Compression Tester as part of their lab experiment

Education

Master of Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign​, USA

Aug. 2016 - May 2019

Introduction to Architecture Studio

Columbia University, USA

Jul. 2014 - Aug. 2014

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

National Central University, Taiwan

Jun. 2014

Competition

Timber in the City: Urban Habitat Competition

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, team of 4

  • Designed a wooden structure to test the limit of timber technology in order to address the future trend of sustainability

  • Won the Third Place over 238 design submissions (ACSA website)

May 2019

Re-School Architecture Competition

Volume Zero, team of 3

  • Designed the school with building/curriculum to allow students without access to education system to learn through practice

Jan. 2019

Marsception Architecture Competition

Volume Zero, team of 2

  • Conceptualized the research center for the first dwellers on Mars by developing self-sufficient system to make it a livable planet

Jul. 2018

Steel Bridge Stress Resistance Competition

Civil Engineering Department, NCU, team of 6, runner up

  • Analyzed stiffness and stress influence line through SAP2000 software and constructed scale model of steel bridge

Dec. 2012

Additional Experience

Program Director

Taiwanese Student Association, UIUC

  • Managed a team of 7 to develop outreach programs for Taiwanese students on campus

  • Coordinated a system of roles within a team of 10 for the preparation of the Chinese New Year Celebration which involved 150 people

Aug. 2017 - May. 2018

Jan. 2014 - Jun. 2014

Editor of Department

College Yearbook, NCU

  • Collected photos and produced a school publication serving as the record of activities on campus

  • Collaborated with the other 22 departments to establish the general graphic standard for the yearbook