|Eugene Tsui bio
Dr. Eugene Tsui (AIA, NCARB, APA, UIA) is an architect and contractor,
city and regional planner, author, industrial designer, fine artist,
professor, inventor, performing musician, competitive athlete and publisher.
He is president of Tsui Design & Research, Inc. China/USA and chairman
of the Telos Foundation, a non-profit Foundation for design education.
He is the first architect in history to profoundly and scientifically
study, analyze and implement the working principles of natural phenomena
as a basis for design at all scales including the development of new
construction materials and methods. Tsui originated the term, "evolutionary
architecture", which applies an interdisciplinary and emergent approach
to design. His seminal work vastly expands and extends beyond the paradigm
of ecological design and sweeps us into the 21st century to show us
the ineffable and fantastic intelligence of nature and the compelling
possibilities of an architecture that aligns itself with nature s genius.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Dr. Tsui's parents came from mainland
China in the 1940's to study physics and physical therapy. They settled
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eugene attended the University Elementary
and University High Schools, the laboratory schools of the University
of Minnesota. During several summers, he attended the Minneapolis Institute
for Talented Youth where he studied music theory, composition and performance.
At age seven, Eugene began lessons in classical piano. His teacher was
the Grand Prize winner of the Paris Conservatory. At 12 years of age
he taught himself to play the drums and began performing at 13. He also
began lessons in martial arts and holds a black sash in Praying Mantis
Kung Fu. During this time he took up competitive swimming, becoming
the city champion and state finalist.
He became interested in Flamenco dance later becoming the principal
male dancer of the Minneapolis Flamenco Dance Company. He continues
to be involved in Flamenco as a performing guitarist and has never stopped
training as a competitive athlete. At age 17, he won an Honorable mention
for "ost Exciting Design"in an American Institute of Architects competition
as well as a Gold Medal from the American Craftsman's Guild. Upon high
school graduation he won a scholarship to Brown University and was invited
to attend Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Planning, both
of which he turned down to find work in architecture. His family moved
to Montreal, Canada. He was an intern architect at age 19, and at 20,
was the youngest member of the Organizing Committee of the 1976 Montreal
Summer Olympics design team, as assistant to the senior coordinator.
Eugene Tsui was apprenticed to the renowned American architect, Bruce
Goff, from 1976 until Goff's death in 1982. He was an adjunct professor
of architecture at Washington University in 1982-1983 and at San Francisco
State University from 1989 to 1991 and was an associate professor at
San Francisco Institute of Architecture from 1992 through 1998. n 1999
he was a visiting professor of architecture at Shenzhen University in
mainland China. He began his independent architecture office, Tsui Design
and Research, Inc., Emeryville, California, USA, in 1990. In 1999 opened
a second office in Shenzhen, China.
Tsui speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and has a working knowledge of German.
He holds four professional degrees in architecture and city and regional
planning, having attended the University of Oregon, Columbia University
Graduate School of Design and the University of California, Berkeley,
where he received an interdisciplinary doctorate in architecture and
education. He has won numerous scholarships and professional research
grants including those from the Graham Foundation and The National Endowment
for the Arts (Canada). In 1996, 1997, 1998 , 1999 and 2000 he was awarded
the Presidential Sports Award by U.S. President Bill Clinton and is
the current three-time Senior Olympics Gymnastics All-Around Champion.
He is married with three children and resides in Emeryville, California,
USA and Shenzhen, China.
Eugene Tsui's work has been published in major newspapers, magazines
and books worldwide. He has been featured on numerous international
television programs and networks, including McNeil/Leher Report, The
Discovery Channel, The Disney Channel, BBC Television, ABC and CBS World
News, NBC and Fox Television, China Television, Hong Kong Television,
CNN World News, the PBS Broadcasting Network, the Home and Garden Channel
and Nippas Productions in Tokyo, Japan. A PBS Canada documentary entitled
VISIONARIES features Eugene Tsui, his life and work. Shenzhen Television
in mainland China is also preparing a documentary devoted to Tsui's
work and philosophy. A multiple volume series of books, in all color
format, will be published in China by China's largest publishing company
and available beginning October 2002.
Tsui always does his own developmental drawings and renderings by his
own hand. Computers are used for construction drawings only. In addition
to overseeing his numerous projects in China and the USA, Dr.Tsui is
also engaged in developing clothing designs, product inventions, furniture
and various industrial designs. He lectures and exhibits internationally
with presentations in Hong Kong, the Philippines, the Netherlands and
in the USA. He is also frequently invited to perform as a professional
He has authored three books presenting different aspects of his design
work, philosophy and research. His first book, EVOLUTIONARY ARCHITECTURE:
Nature as a Basis for Design, published by John Wiley & Sons, New York,
has received recommended reading critical reviews from the Royal Institute
of British Architects and the American Institute of Building Design
and five star ratings from the general public. His second book,
The Urgency of Change, was released in October 2002. His third book,
The Shenzhen Ecological Theme Park Concept Book, presents 41 concepts
of a new kind of education/recreation/technology tourist park. WORLD
ARCHITECTURE REVIEW magazine, June/July issue, is a monograph devoted
entirely to Tsui's architecture work. Tsui's productivity, diversity
and far reaching interdisciplinary outlook in work and life have given
him a singular and extraordinary place in architecture, design, art,
science and technology and his combined achievements make him a promethean
figure in the world.
Eugene Tsui Resume
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