Alexia Hsin Chen of Las Vegas architecture firm LGA was sworn in as an architect by the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

Originally from Taiwan, Chen has served since 2013 as a designer at LGA, where she uses her fine arts background to influence her architectural work. She has been instrumental in the design, project management, proposal-writing and communications outreach for many complex projects. Chen is now LGA’s third on-staff architect. Her passion is pushing the envelope of beautifully designed, high-performance buildings that belong in their cultural and environmental context. She is an ambassador presenter for the International Living Future Institute and an active member of the local chapters of International Code Council and Urban
Land Institute. She has recently joined the Committee of the Environment with AIA Las Vegas.

Chen earned her master’s degree in architecture with honors in 2013 from the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas. For her graduate professional project, she led a multidisciplinary team of more than 60 UNLV students to design and build a net-zero solar-powered home, for which they eventually won second place at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The project, coined DesertSol, is on permanent public display at the Las Vegas Springs preserve. She earned her bachelor’s degree in technical theatre and design, with a minor in English, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007.