Sheng-Yuan Huang

Living with the Sky, Water and Mountains: A Path towards Freedom

Series: New Canonical Histories
Date: Thursday 17 October 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 66 mins

Youth can always be found in the landscape.

For 25 years, Fieldoffice Architects has been based in Yilan. Taking inspiration from the rivers, mountains, seas as well as the local communities, they approach their architectural practice with patience; reflecting on the natural and cultural landscape.

Recently, Fieldoffice have taken opportunities to work outside Yilan and experience the differences between places in northern Taiwan, as well as work proactively with the challenges that arise through local bureaucracy.

Fieldoffice believe in enduring collaboration, finding partners in Japan, Europe and East Asia and celebrating these relationships through shared core values - nature, equality and unity - in their journey towards freedom. 

Huang Sheng-Yuan, born in Taipei in 1963, 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. In the early days he worked at Eric Owen Moss Architects as a Project Associate, and before returning to Taiwan, he taught at North Carolina State University. 

He firmly believes that the root of architecture lies deeply within life itself, and life’s truest form is not one of static and tangible qualities, but is dynamic and ephemeral, or constantly in flux. This acute perception has led him in a direction that is rather ambiguous and whimsical in nature, making Huang, and the work of his practice Fieldoffice Architects, one of a kind in the architecture realm.

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The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

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