- Dr. Eugene Tsui’s lecture presentations at the following locations and times:
- Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts – May 14 through May 20, 2012
- Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York – May 20 through May 23, 2012
- California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California – May 24 through May 27, 2012
- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, University of California Berkeley, California – June 21 and June 22, 2012
A list of current and forthcoming projects:
- The Dave Bayer Residence – Oakland, California
- The Korie Edises Residence – Hillsborough, California
- The Nuno Ricardo Company and residence Buildings – Baldios, Portugal
- The Telos Satellite Visitation and Demonstration Residence – Orland, California
- The Telos Plaza Residence and Work Studio Building – Mount Shasta, California
- The Shenzhen Tower – Shenzhen, China
- The Strait of Gibraltar Floating Bridge, – Tarifa, Spain and Punta – Cires, Morocco
INTERNSHIPS: TSUI DESIGN AND RESEARCH, INC. (TDR,Inc.)
Emeryville, California, USA
HISTORY OF INTERNSHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS
Since 1990, students and professionals from around the world have come to study with Dr. Eugene Tsui and the special learning environment he has created and developed. Students have come from nearly every major continent of the world; from the picturesque oceanic horizons of the Azores Islands to the dusty urban density of Gujrat, India; from the alpine forests of Kalinin, Russia to the sweltering jungles of Comayaguela, Honduras. Individuals have come from China, Japan, Korea, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico and many other countries. TDR, Inc. also invites experienced professionals to engage in educational internships. These have included architects from NASA and research scientists from major American and European universities. Through the years over 350 eager designers, craftspersons, scientists and educators have come to study at TDR, Inc. Why? Because Dr. Tsui has garnered a global reputation as a pioneer of ecologic design that began in 1976, long before the terms, “ecology”, “green”, “sustainability” and “biomimicry” appeared in print. He is unique in the world for rigorously studying the workings of nature as a basis for human design and for questioning and providing solutions for the age old problems that plague humankind; problems such as overpopulation, social conformity, neglect and destruction of the natural environment, destructive consumerism and unquestioned collective religious assertion.
And his work still remains at the forefront of these issues due, in part, to the interdisciplinary approach that his designs implement, his rigorous study of nature’s organisms and processes and his integration of this knowledge in every day life. His outlook is an all encompassing paradigm that is a way of life not merely a design attitude. In addition, he consistently refuses to conform to the assumptions and expectations of architectural academia and the profession. He is a polymath that defies labeling and description.
One of Dr. Tsui’s outstanding and commendable qualities is his personableness. He is a simple man that makes everyone feel at ease and is always questioning—the trait that makes for a great educator and rebel and that’s why individuals come; to learn, to experience and to find out how to be themselves. Exceptionally accomplished in multiple fields, i.e., music, competitive athletics, education, the sciences, oriental medicine, nature study, poetry, writing, clothing design, architecture, ecology, industrial design; Dr. Tsui is able to communicate at many different levels and immediately relate with people regardless of their background, their culture and education. The environment is one of awakening each person’s distinctiveness and strength of character; of inventing new possibilities and means. Many former apprentices visit, telephone and e-mail every year—a sure sign of affection, support and precious memories of time in one’s life when everything was an act of wonder and nothing was impossible. Come and join us!
The offices of Tsui Design and Research, Inc. are located in Emeryville, California, USA, population of 8000 persons, one square mile in area, which is a small city on the waters of the San Francisco Bay nestled between Berkeley and Oakland, California. Emeryville is a dense urban city with shopping malls, movie theatres, restaurants, bookstores, schools, small parks, beaches, marina and immense number of apartments and condominiums. It is home to the renown movie making studio, Pixar, the international biotechnolgy company, Novartis, and many international companies. Walking, busing, underground train (BART) and bicycling are the preferred mode of transporation but the city is largely planned for automobile traffic. Tsui Design and Research, Inc. currently shares a three storey building with the engineering firm of Clausen Engineers.
Nearby are the renown universities of the University of California, Berkeley, The California College of the Arts, the Art Academy College, Expressions Music, Film and Digital College and Stanford University
All internships are full time, 5 days per week, 9am to 5pm daily with 1 hour lunch. Minimum internship is 3 months. Preferred internships are 1 to 5 years in duration. 8 years is required to complete the state and national minimum architectural licensing requirements without university training. Apprentices are encouraged to stay as long as possible.
All interns receive 100% credit (NCARB) towards architect licensing requirements for a continuous stay of minimum 3 months, full time. Where applicable, individuals can also receive 100% State Contractor requirements for hands-on construction. In conjunction with educational institutions interns can receive 100% academic credit as an educational intern. Dr. Eugene Tsui is a licensed architect (NCARB/AIA), Licensed Contractor and City and Regional Planner (APA). Interns may receive 100% credit in all three areas simultaneously if properly prepared.
Internships are voluntary and experiential. Students and professionals must pay their own travel expenses, lodging, food and transportation expenses while they stay in the San
Francisco Bay area of California, USA.
Interns will be engaged in one or more of the following tasks:
1) Ecological and technologies research
2) Publications and promotional preparation and formatting
3) Preliminary design development
4) CAD drawings
5) Working drawings for permit application
6) Permitting research
7) Public hearings for Planning Review
8) Color renderings
9) Scale model building
10) Nature study research
11) Hands on construction
12) Materials and methods of construction research and estimation
13) Construction management/supervision
14) Business plan development
15) Public presentation development
TESTAMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS INTERNS – DESIGNING FROM THE UNEXPECTED
Working with Eugene Tsui is a unique experience. His work is highly unusual and his approach to design is just as different. As an intern I’ve found myself working on a model for several days and then tromping around in thigh high snow to get a good shot of a possible building site the next day.
The day after that, I found myself sitting in a cave, deep underground in pitch black darkness, discussing with Eugene possible concepts for the school he was planning in Mount Shasta, California.
That’s the way he approaches the design process, one has to feel the concepts and live them, not just know about things in an intellectual way. Some of the discussions we have around the office would baffle many people who might not realize that it’s architecture that we are talking about.
While working on projects we talk about all kinds of concepts and approaches that most traditional architects would never consider or would be scratching their heads trying to figure out– what do flowers, seashells or indigenous insects of a particular site have to do with designing a building?
As an intern/apprentice there is no idea that is too “crazy” or bizarre to bring into the conversation and Eugene is open to all kinds of different ways of looking at things. There are moments of hard and sometimes tedious work but being exposed to the radically different way that Eugene develops the building design process and, as an extension of that, life in general, and a possible different way of living, is well worth it.
Mr. Michael McQuate, San Francisco, California, Intern Architect and Building Contractor, 2007-2008–
FAREWELL BUT NOT GOOD BYE
This is the last day of my internship surely I will miss the people that I have worked with but I know that I will continue to have professional and personal relationships with them. I will miss having so many exceptionally gifted and morally upright human resources to draw upon; and I will miss this safe and secure sandbox laboratory to experiment in.
But I don’t feel as though I am leaving. I feel as if I am graduating as an intern and joining a guild of alumni that will always be tethered to this place and these people. We can and will return to TDR as a source of support and to share with our colleagues, our comrades, what we’ve learned, where we’ve been and what we’ve done.
The reason for these feelings, wholly uncharacteristic to the field of architecture, is that Eugene Tsui has consciously crafted a work environment that encourages cooperation, not competition. He challenges each and every person in the office including himself to strive to be more skillful, more knowledgeable, more wise, more honest, every single day.
I have encountered no other institution, no permanent forum that is such a potent incubator of our glorious ecological and social visions. We spend days drawing drawings, modeling models and building buildings, our feet rooted on the ground, our hands calloused and dirty.
And we spend lunches debating utopias and dystopias, weaving blueprints for a sustainable civilization: with our hearts and minds we reach for the stars. Our battle cry: No Gods, No Masters! We fight for a better tomorrow as though all of our lives depend on it and of course, they do. Because if you live living as much as we at TDR do then a council seat on a Gaia Shadow Cabinet isn’t just a day job; it’s our whole lives. This evolution of energy and architecture this is the revolution that we dance to.
–Mr. David Sheen, 2004-2005, Tel Aviv, Israel and Toronto, Canada
INTERNSHIP IS AN APPRENTICESHIP
On the whole I really had fun with this internship; the creative projects, the lunch time poetry and discussions, the ski trip, picnics, Halloween party and the hugging. It provided a wonderful and necessary space in my life for creative endeavor which I always made a point to continue in the future through writing poetry and designing projects of my own. I would say the concrete skills I will take away from this internship are more detailed knowledge of wood construction cutting, hammering, gluing, drilling and construction as well as putting together scale models and scaled architecture drawings. I enjoyed the the general knowledge I gained here, from lunchtime videos and interesting articles to weighty conversations about architecture and social equity issues.
I think the best way to view this experience is as an apprenticeship… as perhaps a better way to describe our interactions. on a day-to-day basis. Apprentices learn from their teacher, absorbing the teacher’s lessons and learning through practice. learning through those projects how the teacher is good at what he/she does.
because your work is so creative and intelligent and one-of-a-kind, ideas like yours NEED to be out there and I have definitely been inspired to step to my own drummer and do what needs to be done regardless of how things are “normally” done in a socially accepted context, i.e., more people need to put forth their own ideas for making this world a better place.
I sincerely want to thank you for your support and encouragement of my own ideas and dreams and really appreciate the time I spent here.
–Ms. Brooke Ray Smith, University of California, Berkeley, Joint Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning Graduate School,
MEMORIES OF A GREAT EXPERIENCE
The first thing I remember is that I entered the studio for the first time to deliver some printed materials for the office.
I thought I was dreaming.
I asked to see Eugene Tsui with great difficulty pronouncing his last name. Tsui’s assistant lead me to him. As I walked from the entry through the space to the back areas I experienced spaces I had never seen or imagined before! There were flowing curves and weird materials, models of buildings, posters of different designs and many other great things. It was exciting.
There were about 10 to 12 people there and I was introduced to them all. Then I finally met Eugene Tsui, a fairly tall, well built man who didn’t look like your typical architect, but who was very nice. I was so excited about the place that I asked him if I could work as an apprentice in his office.
Lucky for me my first experience in architecture was with some of the most talented people in the business. The people in the office were great! Aside from work, there were Thursday night lectures with guest speakers from Fortune 500 companies, professors of biology and zoology, globe traveling yurt builders, world class musicians and many more. This was one of the best things in the office. It really opened my eyes to a whole new universe of perspectives, styles and approaches to getting the job done.
Eugene Tsui has always refused to design anything less than from his full capabilities. He has never compromised his designs to conform to conventionality even in the face of extreme economic pressures.
I must mention the round table. It was literally an enormous solid wood table 8 feet diameter round and very heavy. It could fit 12 to 25 people comfortably. It was where we discussed, voted and solved office problems. We were like the Knights of the Round table in old English folklore, putting forth our ideas to change the world.
Overall, the office environment was one-of-a-kind in the world. It deeply affected and contributed to the success and design identity of most everyone who worked there.
Personally, I greatly admire Eugene for his talent and persistence. He has had a major influence in my own work and in the way I view architecture. He is responsible for most of my architectural experience and long lasting friendships and acquaintances in the world of unique architecture. Good things come to those who wait, but great things come to those who persist. For the great things to come…
–Mr. Kaneshka Saheli, Kabul, Afganistan, former student, Harvard University School of Architecture, presently, a building contractor in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 1994.
“The Eugene Tsui Lecture was absolutely fascinating . People are still talking about it two months later. We had the most turnout and the most engaging question and answer session in memory. We went beyond the allotted time and people were still on the edge of their seats. In fact the monitor had to intervene or we would have stayed another few hours. I’ve never been to anything like it. The lecture has raised the level of expectation from our audience to new heights. NASA’s lectures will never likely be the same”
Dr. Jack Farmer, SETI Institute
Ames Research Center, NASA
Moffet Field. CA
“I have never seen our lecture hall so packed with students and professors. Eugene Tsui’s lecture and slide presentation was an event. People were exploding with questions and the broad scope of the talk was a breath of fresh air. I have never witnessed students lining up for autographs and continuing to ask questions well into the night even after the lecture was officially ended. We displayed some of Tsui’s published portfolios and posters and they were sold out before the lecture began. Eugene Tsui’s message of aligning human potential and creativity with nature’s intelligence is inspirational and exciting. I can’t wait for his next talk”
Jan Krishoff, Lectures Coordinator
Urban Design Department, Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
“Eugene Tsui’s lecture was extraordinary. It’s like witnessing a great play where subject matter and personality fill the room. The wonderful insights into nature and technology and the power of Tsui’s creativity are mind-boggling. I never thought that nature could help us understand and build better environments. It makes so much sense! His way of presenting the subject filled my mind with all sorts of questions and possibilities. There were numerous Nobel Prize laureates in the audience and they were practically cheering!”
Dr. Ray Pestrong
American Association for the Advancement of Science
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA