PROFESSIONAL STATS

Alexia Chen, AIA

Alexia Chen is a project manager with LGA. Before receiving a Master of Architecture at UNLV in 2013, Alexia studied Design and Technical Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also worked as a graphic designer and photographer during her undergraduate years at UHM. Her background in humanities and experience working with large groups of people gave her unique insights in the collaborating nature of architectural practice. For her graduate professional project, she led a multidisciplinary team of students to design, build and to eventually win 2nd place at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The project is called DesertSol, a solar-powered, energy-efficient home for the Mojave Desert. As Desert Sol’s project manager, she was instrumental in the proposal-writing, design, communication outreach, and construction phases for this complex project – all while working as an intern at LGA. She worked closely with engineers, contractors and inspectors throughout the project, earning a first-hand understanding of an integrated process.

Alexia joined LGA full time in 2013, is a member of AIA, the Urban Land Institute and is an Ambassador/Presenter with the International Living Future Institute. She is active at UNLV as a guest lecturer and juror. Other notable experiences include speaking at the National Clean Energy Summit in 2012 as well as many media interviews both in print and on screen.

IN HER OWN WORDS

I was raised in the urban center of Taipei, Taiwan, where people experience architecture and spaces very differently. For me, the greatest pleasure is to wander along the streets encountering shops and discovering hidden places full of cultural or natural beauty. Parts of Las Vegas is heading that direction and I hope to contribute to making it a more enjoyable place. Growing up, I went to a special class with art-concentration from 3rd grade to 9th grade and was trained in various drawing and painting media. Now I enjoy oil-painting and photography on the side, as well as reading, cooking, and hanging out with my pet bunny.

FAVORITE PROJECT INGREDIENTS

Daylight, translucency, texture, ambience, culture, research, details, functionality within aesthetics, & dedicated people.

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW

I am a huge fan of Chinese martial arts novels and secretly want to write one.

FRIENDS & FOES

FRIENDS – Bunnies, books, beaches, clear blue skies, chocolate and my camera.
FOES – Negative attitudes, suburbia, fast-food, cold weather and typhoons.

PARTING WORDS

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso