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Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Te-Chen completed a BArch at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), and a MA in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL); he is currently a PhD candidate in Architectural & Urban History and Theory at UCL. Since childhood, Te-Chen has devoted himself to the study of biodiversity and ecology; of birds and butterflies in particular. As a professional photographer, he has consistently carried out thematic/documentary photography series on the social life of architecture worldwide since 2012. He once initiated an art proposal to work with the inmates at a juvenile correctional school using portrait, audio-visual and image workshop, and held an exhibition with public forum at eslite R79 Underground Book Street in Taipei (2017-2018).

Research Summary

Te-Chen’s ongoing PhD research, working title, 'Living House' in the Present Age: The Changing History of Indigenous Self-builders and Slate Culture among the Kacalisian Communities of Southern Taiwan since the 1980s, is concerned with how the self-builders of Kacalisian (the Paiwan and Rukai) groupings utilise their indigenous knowledge systems and practices of slate house-building as strategies for identity and cultural revitalisation in the context of an ongoing returning homeland movement. This research is co-supervised by Dr Clare Melhuish (UCL Urban Lab) and Dr Ludovic Coupaye (UCL Anthropology), and funded by the Government Scholarship from Ministry of Education, Taiwan; jointly funded by The British Museum's Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP), UK. Project title, Becoming Kacalisian: Documenting the Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Techniques of Slate Houses in Southern Taiwan (Collaborator: Mr Ljavuras Kadrangian).

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