MAYU Architects

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Ma Lone Chang

Ma Lone Chang graduated in 1979 at the Architectural Department of National Cheng-Kung University, and received his Master’s degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1983. While collaborating with various architects, he received Doctorate of Philosophy in Architecture from NCKU in 1999, and founded Ma Lone Chang Architects in the same year. In 2010, together with Yu-lin Chen, he founded MAYU architects, an interdisciplinary practice based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Ma Lone has been teaching in various institutions for more than 25 years and is currently visiting professor at National Cheng-Kung University and Shu-Te University. He has been invited to several workshops, review panels and lectures. Malone’s built projects includes: Pingtung Public Library, Tainan Public Library, Kaohsiung American School, Beignag Cultural Center, Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church among others.

Ma Lone was Awarded the 10th Taiwan Outstanding Architect Award from the Construction and Planning Agency Ministry of the Interior in 2009.

Yu-Lin Chen

Yu-lin Chen received his professional degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Master of Architecture with distinction) in 2002, and founded Yu-lin Chen Architects in 2006. In 2010, together with Ma Lone Chang, he founded MAYU architects, an interdisciplinary practice based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

In Harvard, Yu-lin was awarded The Araldo Cossutta Annual Prize for Design Excellence in 2000. His graduate thesis project proposed a dialectic Urban-Architecture strategy for contemporary urban conditions and was nominated for the Harvard Thesis Prize. Yu-lin worked for Francisco Mangado Architects (Pamplona, Spain) on the competition team of Zaragoza Olympic Village and Pamplona San Fermins Museum; and for William Rawn Associate, Architects (Boston, USA) on the design team of Williams College ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, and Loomis Chaffee School Performing Arts Center.

Yu-lin is visiting design critic at National Cheng-Kung University since 2006 and is invited to several workshops, review panels and lectures. He is registered architect both in Taiwan and in Massachusetts, USA.

Ya-yun Wang

Ya-yun has been with MAYU as an architect since 2010 after receiving her master’s degree in architecture from National Cheng-Kung University. She also received her bachelor’s degree form the same school in 2004. 

Highly experienced in developing design visions, Ya-yun showed her leadership by leading design teams of several prominent projects, including: Beigang Culture Center, Traditional Industries Innovation Center MOEA, 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition-Blossom Pavilion, Pintung Public Library, and most recently the New Wing of Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum. Ya-yun became the first Associates Architect of MAYU in 2019.

Practice Ideology

MAYU architects, founded in 1999 as Ma-Lone Chang Architects, later as Ma-Lone Chang and Yu-lin Chen Architects, is an interdisciplinary practice based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The scope of MAYU architects’ works spans from large-scale civic projects to small scale ones. The studio recognizes the importance of teamwork in the creation of architecture, while maintaining the individuality and artistry of each project. Therefore an architectural approach balancing the interdisciplinary cooperation and artistic inspiration is applied. The studio’s conception to a project avoids presumption of fixed style and dogmatism, in favor of a dynamic and organic process. The dialogue between site, context, programs, time, materials, users, and clients constantly contributes to the forming of architecture. Organizational logic of physical buildings, holistic experience of spaces, and the changing characteristics of materials are priorities of the studio.

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