Poyao Shih is a Taiwanese architectural designer and explorer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is interested in combining advanced spatial ideas with existing urban condition. He considers architecture’s theoretical discourse of form, program and representation to be as important as its concerns for social context. Currently, Poyao is developing his research on renovation/preservation architecture.
Poyao began his architectural journey at Tamkang University in Taiwan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2016 and a Master’s degree in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design with scholarship in 2019.
Since 2011, Poyao has worked for various well-known offices all over the world, including, Kengo Kuma Association, Olyer Wu collaborative, Coop Himmelblau and Morphosis. He previously served teaching assistant at SCI-Arc, research assistant at Harvard GSD and Lab manager at SCI-Arc Shanghai program respectively. He was a lecturer for several workshops in Taiwan and was a final jury for Chung-Yuan University. His academic works have been widely published in Suckerpunch Daily, Archidog, the International Exhibition of Architecture Graduation Design, Taiwan Architecture and Architect Magazine in Taiwan.