Kris Yao, Hon. FAIA

Kris Yao is the founder of KRIS YAO | ARTECH. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from Tunghai University in 1975, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978.

Throughout his 30 years of practice, Kris has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005, the National Award for Arts in Taiwan in 2007, and the prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects (Hon. FAIA) in 2014. Kris' works have been widely published in international magazines and architectural journals.

Kris Yao has taken part in many international architectural exhibitions. In 2002, the Hsinchu High Speed Rail Station project was exhibited in the 8th Int'l Architectural Biennale, and continued to be exhibited in the 1st Rotterdam Int'l Architectural Biennial in 2003. In 2004 the Drape House was exhibited in the 1st Beijing Int'l Architectural Art Biennial. In 2008, he was invited to rejoin the Taiwan team for the 11th Venice Int'l Architectural Biennale. In 2013, the project Palace Museum, Southern Branch was exhibited at the International Architecture Showcase (IAS) in London. In 2014, Mr. Yao participated again in the Venice Biennale Collateral event "Time Space Existence". In 2015, "30x30" solo exhibition took place in Beijing, and in 2016, another solo exhibition "WithIn • WithOut" was held in MoCA, Shanghai.

Kris' architecture integrates function with culture and history, presenting a unique approach that celebrates the spirit of the locality. The AIA praised him as an architect who "demonstrates his humanity with the development of physical elements that hold true to human emotion and conditions, cultural and historical context, and a sense of scale and place. His architecture has a poetic nature, using his native eastern aesthetic and spirituality with a sense of natural light, interplay of surfaces and forms and executing all with a high level of innovation and professionalism".

Senior Partner

Willy YungWei Yu, FAIA

Willy YungWei Yu is a Senior Partner in KRIS YAO | ARTECH.  He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Tunghai University in Taiwan in 1975, and a Master of Architecture with a major in Architectural Administration, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980.  He joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 1990. 

He supervises the firm's management and contracts and is the technical director in detail design, construction documentation, technique, and construction administration.  Significant projects of which Willy has overseen include Fubon Banking Center, Continental Engineering Corporation Headquarters, Lite-On Headquarters, Taipei Banking Center projects, and many others.  Recent completed works supervised by Willy include Kelti Center, Taipei Banking Center, Le Meridien Hotel and Office Complex, HTC Taipei Headquarters, and China Steel Corporation Headquarters.  Currently Willy is the Partner-in-Charge for Taipei Performing Arts Center.

Willy is also in charge of creating KRIS YAO | ARTECH's architecture resource sharing program, through a platform where seminars, professional knowledge and construction site visits can be provided online.  This program allows for the sharing of information on architecture and construction among fellow architects; giving various industry professionals more opportunities to learn from each other.

Willy is an AIA member, and is elected as a FAIA in 2017. He is a registered architect in both California and Taiwan.  Prior to joining KRIS YAO | ARTECH, Willy was an Associate at MBT Associates in San Francisco.  Selected projects during his time at MBT include NASA's Automation Sciences Research Center, the Human Performance Research Laboratory, and the Life Science Building Addition for the University of California, Berkeley.


Senior Partner

Xiang Jen Yao

Xiang Jen Yao was born in Taipei, Taiwan. In 1983 she obtained a Bachelor degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising at Los Angeles. Xiang is a Senior Partner in KRIS YAO│ARTECH. She manages the administrative and public relations for the firm. Xiang is also responsible for the Information Technology system and operations in the office. Starting from 2006, she has facilitated the complete data digitization of the firm, both for administrative matters and architectural records. This digital advancement in architectural firm operations has been celebrated for its resonance in environmentally friendly practices.

Xiang also conducts interior, graphic and creative design for the firm's innovative projects. She designs many of KRIS YAO│ARTECH's creative projects, which have been widely and popularly received.

For the purpose of community fundraising, Xiang Jen Yao published book series "Art of Chinese Living" on August 2010, which was composed of four booklets, namely "Spring", "Summer", "Fall" and "Winter". Within the books, she discussed a series of Chinese cultural heritage in response to climatic changes passed down since ancient times, including diet and costume, poem and drama, seasonal health regulation, ecological planting, family management, and family migration; Among which, the chapter "Qi Family Wisdom" stands out to be the most moving piece which investigates family and school education, and promotes family value, Chinese philosophy and cultural integration. The whole book series took five years to complete, with delicate verbal and graphic content, proved to be treasured by readers both locally and globally. The new and revised popular edition of "Art of Chinese Living" has been released in May, 2013, and has again achieved a stunning sales number of the records.

Managing Partner

Wen-Hong Chu

Wen-Hong Chu is the Managing Partner of KRIS YAO | ARTECH in Shanghai, China.  He has a Bachelor's degree from National Cheng Kung University School of Architecture in 1987 and received his Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley in 1993.  Wen-Hong previously worked at Bobrow, Thomas & Associates in the United States, as an Associate Principal of Environmental Design Services (EDS), and as a Principal of Tongji ES Shanghai Office.  He has taught at Tongji University in Shanghai and at National Taipei University of Technology Graduate School of Urban Design in Taiwan.  Wen-Hong joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2009 as a Partner and is in charge of architectural design in China.

Wen-Hong has broad knowledge of Chinese and Taiwanese market, and is highly experienced.  His previous work had received award from Taiwan Architect Magazine and was nominated for the Far Eastern Architectural Design Award.  He is also experienced in large-scale development projects and cultural, medical and biotechnology research facilities.  The projects he has engaged or taken charge of include Wuzhen Theater, Suzhuo Eslite Bookstore Mall, Beijing Sumatai Great Wall Hotels, Nangjing Wetland Museum, Yangzhou Modern Services District 180-meter High-rise Office Tower, California City of Hope Medical Center, California Natividad Medical Center, National Yang-Ming University Library and Research Center, NTU New Chemistry Building, Academia Sinica Agricultural Science Building etc.


Fei-Chun Ying

Fei-Chun Ying is a Partner of KRIS YAO | ARTECH.  He has a Bachelor's Degree from Architecture School of National Cheng Kung University in 1991 and received his Master of Architecture degree in Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London in 1997.  Fei-Chun is a licensed architect in Taiwan, and taught at Spatial Design Department of Shih Chien University in Taiwan.  He joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2000 as a Project Architect, and became a Partner in 2015 in Artech Shanghai Office. 

Fei-Chun has extensive experience for a diverse range of projects, specializing in architectural design and planning for residential, office, commercial, institutional, art and cultural, and transportation buildings; with highly artistic hand sketches which are often used to convey architectural design intent. Completed projects include Suzhuo Eslite Bookstore Mall, Foxconn Shanghai Headquarters, Huanshan Municipal Planning Exhibition Museum, Wushiyuan Museum, Taiwan High Speed Rail Hsinchu Station, Lanyang Museum. His current key projects include Hupan University, The Nanhai Buddhism Academy, Nanjin Wetland Museum, Hefei Central Library.

Managing Partner

Hua-Yi Chang

Hua-Yi Chang is a Managing Partner in KRIS YAO | ARTECH . She Chang graduated from Feng Chia University with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 1991, and she received her Executive Master of Business Administration degree from National Taiwan University in 2017. She joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 1997 and became a Partner in 2010. Hua-Yi specializes in the design of high rise office buildings, Research & Development complexes, cultural facilities, and commercial mixed-used projects. She works closely with the clients to ensure a timely and efficient execution, and has successfully managed/designed numerous projects with a focus on creativity and details she is also a licensed architect in Taiwan.

With considerable experience and an emphasis on clients' needs, the projects Hua-Yi has completed include the Lanyang Museum, Quanta Research & Development Center, Lite-On Headquarters, Shih Chien University Gymnasium and Library, China Steel Corporation Headquarters, Water-Moon Monastery, and SET TV Headquarters, Hua Nan Bank Headquarters, Formosa Television Media Headquarters, and Far Eastern Banqiao Skyscraper. Her key projects in progress include United Daily News Residential & Office Tower, Far Eastern Xinyi Shopping Center, and Formosa Plastic Group Headquarters and Residential Tower Complex.


Xiao-Wen Bao

Xiao-Wen Bao is a Partner in KRIS YAO|ARTECH. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Tongji University in 2000, and is a licensed architect in China. She had previously worked at Smith Group. Xiao-Wen joined KRIS YAO|ARTECH in 2003, and became a Partner in 2017 in Artech Shanghai Office.
Xiao-Wen is specialized in project management and building codes. Completed projects include Huashan Square, Shanghai Haipo Xuhui Commercial and Residence,Shanghai Longhua Airport Lot 1 Complex, Greenland Group Shanghai South Station Road House, Suzhuo Eslite Bookstore Mall , Huanshan City Museum and Yangzhou Modem Services District Complex 180-meter High-rise Office Tower; Her current key projects include Hupan University, The Nanhai Buddhism Academy and Cultural Sub Center of Nanjing Bai Jia Hu.

Managing Partner

Glen Lu

Glen Lu is a Managing Partner in KRIS YAO | ARTECH and is a licensed architect. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Tunghai University in 1985. Glen started his career in architecture and joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH In 1988 and became a Partner in 2000.

Glen specializes in architecture planning, code analysis and project execution. With extensive knowledge on codes and regulations, he has led many projects with results of a greater benefit for the clients. In recent years Glen also extensively involved with the National Architects Association providing inputs in updating the building codes, professional leadership and sharing program that advances the professional practices.

Glen has worked on a wide range of projects with his ability to proactively solves challenges and integrates clients' needs. Completed projects managed by Glen Lu include Luminary Buddhist Center, Silks Palace National Palace Museum, Chiao Tung University Guest House, Tongshan Residential Tower, HTC Taipei Headquarters, Le Meridian Hotel and Office Complex, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Fo Guang Shan Monastery Bussy, and Humble House. His current key project is include China Life Taipei Academy, and Xindian Yulon City.


Kuo-Chien Shen

Kuo-Chien Shen is a Partner of KRIS YAO | ARTECH. He received a Master's of Arts degree in Applied Arts from the National Chiao-Tung University in 2000. In 2001, Kuo-Chien was awarded the Phillips/NTIO Scholarship to study at the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, and received the Master of Excellence degree in Architecture in 2003. Kuo-Chien joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2004, and had previously worked at Peter Eisenman Architects in New York. Kuo-Chien has won numerous prizes including the Far Eastern International Digital Architectural Design Award and Honorable Mention for the Italy's Virtual Museum Design Competition. He has been teaching at the National Chiao-Tung University Graduate School of Architecture and Tunghai University Graduate School of Architecture since 2004.

Kuo-Chien's creativity and avant-garde approach in architecture has led to many successful projects. His completed projects include Kelti Center, Wuzhen Theater, Pingtung Performing Arts Center, Palace Museum's Southern Branch, Taiwan High Speed Rail Changhua Station, and Taiwan High Speed Rail Yunlin Station. He also has led numerous international design competitions including Weiwuying Performing Arts Center, Taipei Performing Arts Center, National Art Museum of China, Beijing etc. Kuo-Chien's current key projects include Museum of Prehistory in Tainan, National Taiwan University Cosmology Center, New Taipei Museum of Art and TSMC Nanjing Fab and Design Center.


Grace Lin, AIA

Grace Lin is a Partner in KRIS YAO | ARTECH. She has a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley, and then received her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. She joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2006. She is an AIA member, registered in New York, and a LEED Accredited Professional. Grace previously worked as a design architect in New York City and Berkeley. She is experienced in internationally collaborated projects, and is leading various international projects.

Grace specializes in concept design, schematic designs, facade designs, and project management. Her completed projects include the Cathay Landmark, and Kelti Center. She has also participated in many design competition projects including the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center, Beijing Qijiayuan Diplomatic Office, West Kowloon Xiqu Center, Shanghai Expo Parcel A09A-02. Her current key projects include Taipei Performing Arts Center (with OMA), Nanjin Wetland Museum, Shanghai Foxconn Headquarters, DunNan Landmark and Fubon Tower (with RPBW).


Albert Liu

Albert Liu is a Partner in KRIS YAO | ARTECH, and is a licensed architect in Taiwan. Albert has a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in 2001. He received the Master of excellence degree in  Architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2018. Joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2007, Albert has comprehensive work experience from schematic design to construction coordination. He specializes in project coordination and execution, codes, construction documentations, residential design projects and school campus planning.

With experiences in solving conflicts between design and construction, Albert had executed various major projects. His completed projects and major participated projects include Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Chiaokuo Residential Tower, Ching Shin Elementary & Middle School Phase Ⅰ&Ⅱ, Hsinchu Bus Terminal, Hung-Sheng Fu Lin Condominium, Humble House Hotel and Tashee Residential Project, United Daily News Residential & Office Tower, Hotel Indigo Taipei, Fubon Linsen S. Rd Hotel, Ching Shin Elementary & Middle School Phase Ⅲ, Shih Chien University Dorm Phase Ⅲ, Rare Disorders Welfare Home, Chingjia Hsinchu Residential Project, Yilan Second Administration Center, Han Po-the Memorial Hall, Hao Ran Shimen Leisure Farm, TPKC Cloud Center, TPKD Research & Development Building, TPKB Headquarters, and Zan Yuan Wushi Port development project.

Consulting Partner

Vincent Chao

Vincent Chao is a Consulting Partner of KRIS YAO | ARTECH.  He received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Tunghai University in 1986.  In 1992, he received the Master in Architecture from Cornell University in New York.  Vincent joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH between 1988 and 1997 as a Senior Project Architect, and was the Project Manager for the Park Hyatt Hotel in Taichung (with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners).  He returned to KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2001 and is in charge of managing architectural projects in China.

Vincent's practical experience and skillful project coordination maximizes the impact of creative design and work performance.  The projects he has completed including Want Want Group Headquarters, Wushin Hueisan Railway station, West Shanghai Holiday Inn, KUST Design and Research Institute, and Huashan Square (2nd place in 2009 Shanghai Engineering Design Award).  His current key projects include Huanshan City Museum, Juan Kong International Business District, Tenjing Yujiapu Financial District lot 03-14, Greenland Group Shanghai South Station Road House, and Shanghai Longhua Airport lot #1.

Senior Principal

Jun-Ren Chou

Jun-Ren Chou is a Senior Principal of KRIS YAO | ARTECH. He received an Architectural Construction degree from the Hwa Hsia Institute of Technology in 1987 and received his Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the National Taipei University of Technology in 2001. He joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2001. Jun-Ren has led a construction inspection team, to not only resolve conflicts between design and construction, but also closely monitor every steps of the way during construction, in order to ensure the best quality in design execution.

Jun-Ren specializes in construction management, site communication/coordination, budget control/planning, and schedule control. The projects he has completed include Lanyang Museum, Taiwan High Speed Rail Hsinchu Station, Shih Chien University College of Design, Shih Chien University Gymnasium & Library, Water-Moon Monastery, Asia University Art Museum, Pingtung Performing Arts Center, and Palace Museum's Southern Branch. Current projects which are under Jun-Ren's monitoring include National Pre-historical Museum Competition.


Naiwen Cheng

Naiwen Cheng is a Principal in KRIS YAO | ARTECH and is a licensed architect. She earned her B. Arch from the Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University in 1995, M. A. from National Chiao Tung University in 1999, and Master of Architecture from Berlage Institute, Netherlands in 2006. She has taught at Ming Chung University, Department of Architecture. She joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2000, and in 2010 she started working for Shanghai office and returned in 2015 to Taipei office.

Cheng has ample experiences with architectural design projects, from schematic design to on-site construction integration. She is highly accomplished at architectural and details designs. Her current works partially focus on schematic design for projects in China and involve office and cultural buildings . Projects she has completed include the Wuzhen Theater, Beijing Simatai Watertown Hotel, Nanjing Mt. BaoHua Karuna Retreat, Vientiane commercial complex in Vientiane Laos, China Steel Corporation Headquarters, Taiwan Life Insurance Financial Headquarters, and the Quanta Research & Development Center. Important projects of hers that are currently underway include the Foxconn Headquarter Shanghai, Arts Center of CRC Shenzheng, Nanhai Buddhist Academy Sanya, Museum of Dzongsar Monastery in Dege and Thangtong Gyalpo Theater in India. 


Tien-Yu Lo

Tien-Yu Lo is a Principal in KRIS YAO | ARTECH. He is a graduate of the Nanya Institute of Technology's Department of Architecture. He joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2004 as a construction inspector. Tien-Yu specializes in coordination between construction and design intent, and is always able to successfully execute the original design into reality and completion.

With focuses on the construction management and construction inspection, Tien-Yu has a strong respect for design and strives to resolve any technical issues. He had overseen the construction for a number of major projects including Lanyang Museum, Ching Shin Elementary & Middle School, The Cypress Court, Taipei Banking Center, Chiao Tung University Guest House, Guangren Catholic Elementary School, Palace Museum's Southern Branch, and Pingtung Performing Arts Center. His current projects include the construction inspection and management for the Taipei Performing Arts Center, New Taipei Museum of Art.

Technical Director

Chu-Yi Hsu

Chu-Yi Hsu, is a Technical Director of KRIS YAO | ARTECH. He has a Bachelor's Degree from the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Dahan Institute of Technology in 1998 and studied in the Graduate Institute of Architecture and Urban Design, Chinese Culture University in 1999.  He joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 1991, specializing in Codes and Construction Engineering.  He returned in 2010 to Artech Shanghai Office.
Chu-Yi specializes in maintaining the design intents throughout the construction via close communication and detail coordination.  The projects that he has been involved with include Wuzhen Theater; the Jiulongcang Hannzou Junxi Project; Suzhuo Eslite Bookstore Mall, Huanshan Municipal Museum, Tenjing Financial District lot 03-14, Taiwan High Speed Rail Hsinchu Station, Core Pacific City.

Principal, Director of Operations

Su-Yi Wun

Su-Yi Wun is the Director of Operations in KRIS YAO | ARTECH. Su-Yi has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, dual degrees from Rhode Island School of Design. She joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 1999 as a designer, project manager and assisting in Public relationship works. In 2002, she re-joined the team and participates in contract management and coordinates public relation works, and has become a Principal in 2018.

Su-Yi is an agile and thoughtful manager with good coordination skills. Combined with her solid working experiences in architecture and interior design, she has strengthened the effective communication between departments to smooth implementation on various operations.  Major projects she participated as a designer or project manager include Hsinchu High Speed Rail Station, Yuanzi University Administration Building, Shih Chien University Library Interior Design, and Eslite Flagship Store Interior Design, Far Eastern Xinyi Department Store, etc.  She has also coordinated the firm’s international exhibitions including “NEXIT” and “the Ninth Column” at the 8th and 14th Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition, “30x30” at Beijing in 2015, and “WithIn•WithOut” at MoCA, Shanghai in 2016.


Winnie Wang

Winne Wang is a Principal in KRIS YAO | ARTECH.  She graduated from the Department of Architecture, University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2007 and obtained her Master Degree of Architecture in 2009.  She joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH Taipei team at the same year, and through the years, she participated in several outstanding cultural projects. Winnie generates great energy in competition projects, and dedicates on project execution quality through the process; she assists on exhibition execution. In 2018, she joined the Shanghai team as a Principal. Apart from managing specific projects, she assists in design quality control and education training in the firm.

Winnie is active and adventurous. Her innovative ideas and enthusiasm impel the design intent to realization Her major participated and ongoing projects are Pingtung Performing Arts Center, Museum of Prehistory, Palace Museum Southern Branch, NTU Cosmology Hall, TSMC Nanjing Fab and Design Center and Hupan University; exhibition executions include “WithIn.WithOut” at MoCA Shanghai in 2014, and the Ninth Column at Venice Biennale in 2015.

Executive Principal

Kathy Chiao

Kathy Chiao is a Principal in KRIS YAO | ARTECH, focusing on assisting Partners in project execution coordination and office management.  Kathy obtained her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  She joined KRIS YAO | ARTECH in 2009, major experiences are in architectural design, international collaboration projects management and public relationship works.  She joined Shanghai Office as a Principal in 2018.

Kathy executes the management works with clear and logical integration.  She is highly experienced in working with international architects, consultants and media, which helps to keep the office’s continuous persuasion in new development of construction technology, owner demand and market orientation.  Her major participated and ongoing projects include Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition, Taipei Performing Arts Center (with OMA), Taipei American School Extensions, Xindian Yulon City (with ZHA), CHC Headquarters Urban Renewal, Joy City Chong Qing, etc.

Associate Principal

Shih-Kuo Yang

Shi-Guo Yang is an Associate Principal in KRIS YAO|ARTECH. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in 1997 and a Master Degree in Architecture in 2000, both from Tunghai University. He joined KRIS YAO|ARTECH in 2002. He specializes in project execution, design development and detail design.

Shi-Guo has extensive experience in residential and commercial design in China, including planning. Completed projects include Zhonghai Zhabei Commercial and Residential Project, Phases 1-3; Haifoshan High-rise Residence, Phases 1-3; Huishan Station, Huning Intercity Railway; Jingheng 88 Square; Dharma Drum Mountain Sichuan Elementary School; and Simatai Hangu Villa Boutique Hotel, Beijing. His current key projects include Shanghai Sino Horizon Anting Residence, Yangzhou Smart Valley Commercial Complex, Shengsi Island Boutique Hotel and Zhenrong Temple Zen Monastery.