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Vicky Chan Designs

Vicky Chan Designs

Today's featured designer is Vicky Chan. Vicky Chan is the creator of iconic designs such as WeTown, The Artist House and The Cloud.

We had the rare opportunity to interview the exalted designer Vicky Chan who was recently announced as the Designer of the Day by the A' Design Award and Competition. Vicky Chan is the creator of iconic designs such as WeTown, The Artist House and The Cloud. We got exclusive answers to our questions about Vicky Chan designs and design philosophy.
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Vicky Chan, how did you become a designer?
Vicky Chan : I was good with math and art as a kid. Architecture seems to be a good combination of the two subjects I like. Helping people in need has always been my passion. I have taught over 5000 children for free in 15 years. Architecture and good design is generally helping people in need and to improve the quality of their live, work and play....
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Vicky Chan, what are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
Vicky Chan : We look at science, history and things that have never been done before. We tried to make sure that our work is responsible in terms of sustainability. Being able to combine solid carbon calculation and environmental assessment with our design is a must for us. We look at history to make sure our building are in line with the adjacent context and heritage. Without that, we are losing the foundation of how people relate to the environment. We also need to be the first of everything we do. Knowing what others people have done helps us to avoid the common mistakes or common solutions. We innovate solutions to be original....
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Vicky Chan, which emotions do you feel when designing?
Vicky Chan : I feel like a magician. Being able to pull together all facets of the problem and come up with one holistic solution is not easy. Sometimes it is hard work and sometimes it is luck. We also feel magical to see the result of our design process. It often surprised ourselves as well....
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Vicky Chan, what particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
Vicky Chan : Having a dual culture makes me see the world a bit different. Eastern and Western thinking are very different in terms of how they approach a problem. Knowing how to think the other way makes me more flexible and more willing to accept different solutions....
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Vicky Chan, what is your growth path? what are your future plans? what is your dream design project?
Vicky Chan : We continue to expand into urban planning and project with huge social impact. We hope to increase the quality of life for people who are less fortunate and with less resources. Our dream project is to do a school in post-war Syria. ...
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Vicky Chan, what are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Vicky Chan : Try new things and be humble. I never think any suggestions are stupid and I tried as many suggestions and new things as I can before I picked one path I like to pursue. Many people are so fixed in terms of what they want to do and how they will achieve it. I see too many failed example. I know what I want to do and become. As long as the path in front of me doesn't deviate too much from that goal, i will still do and try new things to make sure I gain the new experiences along the way. It is kind of boring to be an expert in one field. I would rather be a generalist who are interested in all aspects of life....
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Vicky Chan, you are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
Vicky Chan : I am not truly successful, but I think I am a good architect. If I have to share one quality i like about myself, it will be myr entrepreneurial spirit. I think that mind set push me beyond my comfort zone....
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Vicky Chan, what is your day to day look like?
Vicky Chan : Volunteering to teach, Sketching, Business Marketing, Construction and Academic Research...
Vicky Chan, how do you keep up with latest design trends? to what extent do design trends matter?
Vicky Chan : I look at Tesla and Facebook. I love to know what they are up to. I try to see what I can get from them to inspire the next design trend....
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Vicky Chan, how do you know if a product or project is well designed? how do you define good design?
Vicky Chan : We often do a survey after construction is done. We collected feedback from clients and customers. I don't think there is a perfect project. If the good is more than the bad, I think we did a ok job. We just have to try our best to pull the curves higher and higher. ...
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Vicky Chan, how do you decide if your design is ready?
Vicky Chan : We don't and we never feel it is ready. We see each final building as a beta version of the next building. We continue to improve the current design even after construction is completed. It can be minor touch up or revisions. We like the continuous evolution rather than a one off design....
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Vicky Chan, what is your biggest design work?
Vicky Chan : We are working a city plan in Canada for 40,000 residents. It will take us another 15 years to complete 36 towers. Our initial idea is to keep all residents within a 8 min distance to their work or play. People no longer need to rely on cars. It will be life changing for the residents and the environment....
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Vicky Chan, who is your favourite designer?
Vicky Chan : I like IM Pei. His obsession with geometry takes out traditional concept. He is so talented with presentation as well to convince people to pursue his vision. This mindset and skill is admirable and I hope to attain that one day....
Vicky Chan, would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
Vicky Chan : I live in New York and Hong Kong. I love my urban life. I never own a car and I like to keep it that way. I am promoting more city life that are green. I am advocating my own lifestyle to everyone....
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Vicky Chan, would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?
Vicky Chan : I don't look at the money side too much. It is important to make money but there are certain projects we have to do in order to create significant impacts in the community. We just have to be creative with our spending so that we can afford to work those extra hours and also work extra hard on those significant projects...
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Vicky Chan, what are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
Vicky Chan : We have been teaching for free for 15 years. We taught over 5000 children for free. I am the founder of Architecture for children and we give children knowledge about sustainable design and collaborative thinking. We promote access, equity, equality and sustainability....
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Vicky Chan, what positive experiences you had when you attend the a’ design award?
Vicky Chan : We love the exposure and the international exhibitions they organized around the world....
Vicky Chan, can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Vicky Chan : With over 20 years of experience in architecture and urban planning, our award winning team deliver green buildings and sustainable cities to everyone. We believe design excellence can improve the way we live, work and play. Holistic architecture that combines art and science will make good design for the people and the environment. Our design process will add value to your cities and investment. Our services include urban planning, architecture, interior design and products. We organize our work into 4 studios. A for architecture, B for branding, C for children and D for design. We have 25 awards with projects in 36 cities and 22 countries. Our architecture celebrates sustainability with an international team who is passionate and diverse....
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Vicky Chan, what is "design" for you?
Vicky Chan : It is an artistic and scientific tool to do good for people and the environment...
Vicky Chan, what was the first thing you designed for a company?
Vicky Chan : A Park for the old Yankee Stadium...
Vicky Chan, what is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Vicky Chan : We like social media a lot. We believes in a global and sustainable economy. Social media is helping us toward that vision....
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Vicky Chan, what kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Vicky Chan : We feel amazed that some people believe in our crazy thought and gave us money and time to realize it....
Vicky Chan, how do you think the "design field" is evolving? what is the future of design?
Vicky Chan : We integrate new materials that are biodegradable and new thinking into recycling. I think we are getting very close to cradle to cradle designs....
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Vicky Chan, what are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? how can companies select a good designer?
Vicky Chan : Find one that care about people and the environment. With that in mind, they will always do great work. Style and appearance are so unnecessary in our generation....

Vicky Chan, thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you... To learn more about Vicky Chan and check more designs by Vicky Chan as well as to see more Vicky Chan designs such as WeTown, The Artist House, The Cloud, Horsetopia - Run Fast/Live Slow and The Light House visit
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We hope you enjoyed our interview of Vicky Chan. This interview was made possible by the contributions of A' Design Award and Competition - The World's largest and most influential design accolade. A' Design Award is an annual, international design award open to both concept stage and realized works by designers, artists, architects and brands worldwide. A' Design Award and Competition aims to create a public awareness and understanding of good design by promoting the best designers such as Vicky Chan and their design works worldwide. Visit to learn more.

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