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Chung Q.B. Nguyen, AIA, LEED AP
Partner
Registered architect: Texas


For a designer, travel is the best education you can give to yourself. Every culture, every city, every person, every street, and every corner that you experience holds incredible lessons to be learned.

To not just experience different cultures, but to be able to work in them is an incredible gift I've received. After I completed my master's degree at Columbia University in New York, I had remarkable opportunities to work with two renowned contemporary architects. The first was a two-year engagement with Emilio Ambasz, in New York. After that, two additional years with the acclaimed Gino Valle in Udine, Italy gave me a crucial perspective on architecture. Those years taught me about connection and how construction and design are parts of one process. I learned that it is necessary to feel the spirit of the materials and work with it, almost like a sculptor, making design only a small part of the building process. They taught that the materials are part of the building, the building is part of the city, and all the parts make up the whole, creating the canvas on which the architect builds.

The opportunities I've had manifest themselves in our designs, consciously and subconsciously. These experiences have personally enriched my life in the way they help shape the manner in which our designs respond to our clients' needs and aspirations.

education
Columbia University, Master of Architecture | 1987
University of Houston, Bachelor of Architecture | 1985

professional experience
Co-founded MC2 Architects, Houston, TX | 1995-present
Gino Valle Studio, Udine, Italy | 1990-1992
Emilio Ambasz & Associates, New York, NY | 1988-1990
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Houston, TX | 1985-1986

teaching
Guest critic, College of Architecture, University of Houston
Adjunct professor, College of Architecture, University of Houston | 1995-2000

lectures
Architectural Journey, University of Texas, San Antonio | November, 2008
Small Practice, AIA national convention, Boston | October, 2007
Design/Build, AIA national convention, San Antonio | October, 2006
Current Works, Universidad de Las Americas | August, 2005
Current Works, Texas A&M University | November 19, 2004
Current Works, University of Houston | November, 2003
Community Development, AIA national convention, Chicago | October, 2004
Young Architects: MC2 Architects’ works, Texas Tech University | April 2000

 

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