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Architecture Faculty and Staff

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Administrative Staff

Academic Advisor

Undergraduate Coordinator

Graduate Coordinator



Professor Emeritus

Chiu-Shui Chan PhD

Professor Emeritus, Architecture

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-8326


PhD, Department of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 1990
MArch, Department of Architecture, University of Minnesota, 1982
French Linguistic Diploma, COFI De Levis, Montreal, Canada, 1978
BS, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 1974

On the Web

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Research Interests

Virtual reality in design; cognitive modeling of design thinking processes; artificial intelligence in architectural design; simulation of style and creativity, parametric modeling in design; design cognition.

Current Projects

Project: Google Earth ISU Virtual Campus Project.

Journal paper: Study of phenomenology through spatial cognition.

Book: Style and Creativity in Design. Studies of Applied Philosophy, Epistemology, and Rational Ethics (SAPERE) Series, Volume 17, Springer Press, Switzerland, ISBN: 978-3-319-14016-2.

Book: Style and Creativity: A Cognitive Theory, China Architecture and Building Press. in print.

FPDA research project: Parametric Modeling in Stylistic and Functional Form Generation.

Current Scholarship

  • Style and Creativity in Design, 03/14/2015