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EVAN SHIEH

Director

evan.shieh@emergent-studio.com

Evan is an architect, urbanist, researcher, and educator who is the director of Emergent Studio. He founded the studio following a decade of professional working experience in the architecture & urban design fields, in both the private & public sectors.

In addition to directing Emergent, Evan was recently appointed to the full-time faculty at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) where he teaches as an Assistant Professor of Architecture. Prior to this appointment, he previously taught at a variety of other academic institutions including at the University of Virginia (UVA), Parsons School of Design, and the City College of New York (CCNY). As an emerging educator, he was recently awarded the 2023 Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award by NYIT, and the national 2023 New Faculty Teaching Award by ACSA/AIAS, in recognition of demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.

Evan’s interdisciplinary research investigates the urban and environmental crises that our mono-functional infrastructures and technologies are implicated in, with a particular focus on the spatial impact of mobility infrastructure and new mobility technologies on design, planning, and other key aspects of the built environment. He is the author of Autonomous Urbanism: Towards a New Transitopia (ORO Editions/AR+D Publishing, 2024), a two-volume book monograph that explores the latent & transformative impact autonomous vehicles will have on the future of cities. His research & design work has been curated & exhibited at venues around the world, including at the 2023 and 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism, the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture, and the 2020 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture.

Evan was trained as an architect & urban designer at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (GSD) from which he holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction, and at the University of Southern California (USC) from which he received a Bachelor of Architecture Cum Laude. He is the recipient of Harvard GSD's graduating Thesis Prize in Urban Design, the Prize for Academic Excellence in Urban Design, the Award for Excellence in Urban Design, and the Irving Innovation Fellowship Grant.

​Prior to founding Emergent, Evan contributed to a range & scale of diverse projects (from large-scale district masterplanning, civic & cultural buildings, to residential & commercial projects) while working at various renowned design firms including as an urban designer at Henning Larsen, as a project leader & architect at UNStudio, and as a researcher at NYC’s Dept of City Planning, amongst several others. A selection of these professional contributions are listed below by scale:

Professional Works
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DOWNSVIEW
MASTERPLAN

Henning Larsen

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HARVARD
ERC CAMPUS

Henning Larsen

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18-STEPS
GUOCOLAND

UNStudio

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LYRIC
THEATRE

UNStudio

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LOGAN COVE
MARINA

UNStudio

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PACE
GALLERY

Standard
Architecture

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BLOOM
INSTALLATION

Do|Su Studio
Architecture

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TRACHEOLIS
PROTOTYPE

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CURRENT TEAM MEMBERS (Research Assistants, 2024-2025):

   Juan Ramirez

   Natalia Orellana

   Carolina Flores-Iglesias

   Kendal Eastwood

   Elise Park

   Melanny Rodriguez

PAST TEAM MEMBERS (2022-2023):

   Agostina Portabales

   Jenny Li

   Cara Hu

   Xinwen Cao

   Sun Park

   Su Su Soe

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