Yuet (Karbi) Chen was born in Beijing and graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a bachelor of arts (architectural studies) with honors. After graduation Karbi remained in China for a year to work on a number of large scale developments before going to London to work in architectural practice. During her year and a half in London she also worked as a museum program coordinator and as a theater set and costume designer.
Work experiences at international offices such as OMA and Kengo Kuma & Associates on diverse international projects extended Karbi's perception of design and working systems of the field. Professional experience as researcher and visiting critic at numerous departments and organizations has trained her to be in constant pursuit of knowledge. Shortly after graduation, Karbi started her own design office to pursue her interest in small-scale design and makings along with architectural design. The experience has been rewarding, as it provides her with another perspective to understand the business.