Jr-Gang Chi

Jr-Gang Chi established the Jr.Gang (ar-ch) architectural lab in 2002 in New York City and relocated it to Taipei in 2009. Chi conceives architecture as everyday actions, instead of the backdrop for them. His design foregrounds the playful dynamism in architecture in today's everything-connected world. Chi's research work (and forthcoming book), Operative Theory, aims to integrate design with theory. Inspired by Tafuri's critique on "Operative Criticism," Chi conceives Operative Theory as a productive form to decipher history. Acting as an interface, Operative Theory selects and remixes certain theories to generate them anew.

His design work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, the New York Times, and was featured in Future (Spain), Portable Houses (United States), Taiwan Architecture, Time + Architecture (China), and Shikenchiku (Japan), among others. Chi has taught at Ohio State University, Tunghai University, National Chiao Tung University, and Tamkang University.

Chi received a B.S. degree in atmospheric science from the National Taiwan University and a master of architecture from the University of Michigan.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4101/4102/5101 Option Studio: Unfolding Elements: Scripting a New Architectural Totality
  • ARCH 3308/6308 Special Topics in Theory: Operative Theory

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Toy Talk: Unplugged Architecture, with  Lisa Hsieh, Banvard Gallery, Ohio State University (2009)
  • Motile Space, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2007)

Publications (Selected)

  • Heterogeneous Taipei, Garden City Publishing (2013)
  • "New Taipei City Museum of Art — Taiwan," Future 33|34, Madrid, Spain, pp. 72–73 (2012)
  • Young Architects 5: Inhabiting Identity, pp.80–87, 94–97, Princeton Architectural Press (2004)