KRIS YAO | ARTECH is an Asia-based architectural firm comprised of more than 160 professionals with offices in Taipei and Shanghai. Our projects are mainly located in the Greater China area, but are also found in the United States, Europe and South Asia. Established in 1985 by Kris Yao, Hon. FAIA, the firm is one of the most influential architectural professional practice in Asia, as well as an internationally renowned firm. Using a creative and critical design process supplemented with extensive professional experience, our mission is to deliver high quality projects. Although architecture is at the core of our practice, our involvement in projects often extends to feasibility studies, master planning, and programming. Our firm's portfolio demonstrates years of practice in cultural, corporate, commercial, hotels, performing arts centers, transportation, education, residential, spiritual spaces and urban design.
Our design philosophy strives to achieve excellence in design, by respecting and incorporating the needs of the clients, exploring the originality of the site context, and finding ways to employ innovative yet appropriate technologies, to create architectural works with cultural significance and poetic expression, without being preoccupied in expressing the architect's stylistic signature. The variety and breadth of projects in our portfolio convey that the range and depth of experience at KRIS YAO | ARTECH is one of its greatest assets. At the start of a project, a project team is formed and is actively involved in the design process through construction to maintain optimum consistency. In addition, a principal and an associate engage in every project to ensure quality and expert execution. We choose qualified consultants with a wide knowledge base and an emphasis on accountability to the client. We also often collaborate with renowned international professional consultants to execute large or complex projects. Here at KRIS YAO | ARTECH we understand that great design is most important in the success of our firm.
KRIS YAO | ARTECH's selected works have been widely published in international magazines, architectural journals, and various monographs. The major ones are: the 2001 published "Kris Yao/ Artech- Selected and Current Works", the 2011 published "Architecture of Kris Yao," and the 2015 published "KRIS YAO | ARTECH 30x30.