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Famous Chinese Americans Architecture and Interior Design

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Maya Ying Lin

b. 1959, Athens, OH

Architect and sculptor. Won national design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC She was then 21 and still a student at Yale. Although her simple and stark design was initially controversial (it wasn't the heroic monument many expected of a war memorial), the "wall" has come to be greatly admired and a major tourist destination. Other works include the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL. and a landscape sculpture called "The Wave Field." She also authored "Boundaries," where she describes how she goes about her creating her designs. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2005.

I. M. Pei

b. 1917, Guangzhou
d. 2019

World-renowned architect. He studied architecture at MIT and Harvard. He founded the architectural firm of Pei, Cobb, Freed, and Partners . His designs are characterized by sharp geometric shapes. Among the best known buildings he designed are the  East Building of the National Gallery of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Pyramide du Louvre , Hong Kong's Bank of China. Pei was awarded the Pritzker Award, the world's most prestigious architecture award, in 1983.

Billie Tsien

b. 1949
Architect. Billie worked as a painter and teacher after receiving her degree in Fine Arts from Yale. She obtained her masters in Architecture at UCLA in 1977. She is admired for various architectural project created with her partner and husband Tod Williams. Their work, which is known for blending of art and architecture, include the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, and the Museum of Folk Art in NYC.
Vern Yip

b. 1968, Hong Kong
Interior decorator. Although best known as an interior designer, Vern first received a BA in Economics and a BS in Chemistry before graduating with an MBA in Architecture. He gained national attention as one of the designer of The Learning Channel's Trading Spaces, an interior design reality TV show. His new project is the NBC prime-time show Home Intervention. He also runs his own design firm and website.