Architecture for People: Building Homes for Victims in Disaster Zones in Asia

Architect Hsieh Ying-chun


Hsieh Ying-Chun, whose house design will be presented in Helsinki Design Week 2017 will give a presentation at the University of Helsinki. Hsieh is an international award-winning architect from Taiwan. He will share his experience of building more than 3.000 homes with local people in natural disaster zones in Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia.


Date: September 13, 2017

Time: 10:15-11:45

Venue: Metsätalo, sali 6 (Unioninkatu 40), University of Helsinki




Speaker: Hsieh Ying-chun (in Mandarin)

Interpreter: Prof. Chen-Yu Chiu, Department of Architecture, Bilkent University, Turkey


11:15-11:25 Comments by Prof. Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and former professor of architecture and dean at the Helsinki University of Technology.


11:25-11:45 Q & A


Short biography of Hsieh Ying-chun

In his socially engaged work, Hsieh Ying-chun has been helping people rebuild their homes since the devastating earthquake in Taiwan 1999, when his reconstruction project for the Thao Tribe gained him international recognition. Hsieh organized the reconstruction of housing and communities in disaster-struck areas while faced with two challenges: to build houses within an extremely tight budget (25%-50% of the market price) and to base the projects on the notion of sustainable construction, green building, cultural preservation and creation of local employment opportunities. Hsieh has played a key role in rebuilding communities for Taiwan’s tribal communities. The Curry Stone Design Prize 2011 was awarded to Hsieh Ying-Chun to champion the designer as a force of social change building more than 3.000 homes with local people in natural disaster zones in Taiwan as well as in China.

More info: Architecture for People

This event is organized by Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki.

Post-disaster reconstruction at Yangliu village in China