Tsz Yan Ng joined the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in 2007 as the Walter S. Sanders Fellow. Prior to coming to Michigan, she taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level at McGill University and the State University of New York at Buffalo where she was the Reyner Banham Fellow in 2001-2002. She is the principal of an independent design practice Tsz Yan Ng Architecture|Design since 2004. The studio focuses on experimental design/research for architectural commissions, competitions, and installations.

Recent commissions include work for the NY fashion label Lafayette 148, for their global headquarters/manufacturing facility in Shantou, China and their retail shops in N. America and China (in collaboration with Mehrdad Hadighi). She has received awards and recognitions for her creative work in architectural competitions and installations. Recent installations and design work have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Ithaca, Montréal, Buffalo, and NYC.

Her design work, research, and teaching are closely related in that they probe the questions of perception in architectural production by exposing the artifice of social, cultural, and political construction.

Shuttling the Grid

Group exhibition entitled Un-Privileged Views
WUHO Gallery, Woodbury University Gallery, LA
March 2012

Whenever we fly from or into major metropolitan centers, we are often compelled to stare out the window as the plane takes off or lands. Especially at night, these moments afford the passenger a spectacular overhead view of the city. From above, the city's logic is at once decipherable, from the layout of the modern gridded city to the identifiable landmarks that pinpoint familiar places. Focusing on freeway interchanges, a clear landmark from high above not worthy of contemplation except during traffic jams, this project attempts to highlight the ubiquity of infrastructure regardless if you’re in North America or Asia. Car culture has, from the early part of the 20th C. to the present, come to represent a certain 'image' of prosperity and growth for the city and its inhabitants. The highway spaghetti that one passes through each day is a testament to not only a civil engineering wonder and urban planning triumph, but is the exaltation of what constitutes a modern city. The woven image here are two exemplary places in our psyche, the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange in Los Angeles and the Puxi Viaduct Exchange in Shanghai – the former belonging to the rise and effects of the car’s influence on the city in the 20th C and the latter a symbol and ultimate reification of car ownership and rise to the middle class in the 21st C.

Year: 2012 Location: US Type: Installation Scale: Medium