Professional sworn in by Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design
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. Now that she is licensed, Chen is 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 on 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.
Established in 1986, LGA is a cross-disciplinary, client-centered consulting firm that brings together the disciplines of architecture, sociology and sustainability using a collaborative, participatory and community-based process.
LGA has been a longtime advocate of green design and green living. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the firm is best known for its work on the LEED-certified Springs Preserve master plan; the Desert Living Center at the Springs Preserve — at the time, one of only a handful of Platinum LEED-certified buildings in the world — and, most recently, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, constructed with smart building techniques.
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