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Architecture Faculty and Staff

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Administrative Staff

Academic Advisor

Graduate Coordinator




Chiu-Shui Chan

Professor, Architecture

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-8326
Office: 482 Design


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

On the Web

Supporting Files

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
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