HSIEH Ying-Chun 謝英俊
" We wanted to encourage local people to join the reconstruction…The best therapy is activity. House-building takes a lot of energy as well as a lot of cooperation. Being involved in such an activity helps to eliminate the suffering caused by the disaster."
Ying-Chun Hsieh, architect of post-disaster reconstruction
Interviewd by Chen-Yu Chiu.
The article "Architecture for People; Two architects from Taiwan" was published in Arkkitehti – Finnish Architectural Review 6/2015.
Ying-Chun Hsieh (b. 1954) studied architecture at Tamkang University near Taipei, Taiwan, graduating in 1977. In the beginning of his career, he worked for many years in construction before returning to the field of architecture. Following the massive 1999 earthquake, which killed almost 2,500 people in Taiwan, Hsieh took his office to the village of the indigenous Thao people to facilitate reconstruction work. Since then his studio, Atelier-3, has been working on several catastrophe sites as well as rural areas to promote cooperative, sustainable and social building methods. Ying-Chun Hsieh has been internationally recognised for his innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues.