School of Architecture College of Design

Lisa Hsieh, Assistant Professor

Lisa Hsieh

Assistant Professor


Lisa Hsieh



• Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton University (Dissertation: "ArchiteXt: The Readable, Playable and Edible Architecture of Japanese New Wave")
• Master of Arts in History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton University
• Master of Architecture, University of Michigan
• Master of Arts in Mathematics, Indiana University
• Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, National Taiwan University


Lisa L. Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, and a founding design principle of Butterfly (ar-ch) Studio. In 2003, Hsieh won the Young Architect Award sponsored the Architectural League of New York. She also received a special mention in the 13th Takiron International Design Competition sponsored by The Japan Architect (with Jr-Gang Chi), and was a finalist in the e2 International Design Competition in Paris.

Her design work has been exhibited at the Urban Center Gallery in New York City, Pavilion de l’Arsenal in Paris, and Butterfly (ar-ch) Studio’s “Toy Talk: Unplugged Architecture by Jr-Gang Chi and Lisa Hsieh” took place at the Banvard Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Hsieh participated in the exhibition “Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines” (a collaborative research project by a team of Ph.D. candidates at Princeton led by Prof. Beatriz Colomina), which toured over a dozen cities worldwide, including the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City , Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and Disseny HUB in Barcelona.

Hsieh’s writings, which range from research to fiction and non-fiction work, have been published in Young Architects 5 (Princeton Architectural Press), Thresholds (MIT Press), New York Times, New City Reader, and Clip, Stamp, Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X - 197X, among others.

She is a frequent juror in design competitions, including AIA MN Merit Awards, Young Architect Forum, Portman Prize Jury at Georgia Tech, and Gui Competition at the Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, where she also held a Baumer Visiting Studio Professor in 2008-2009. 

Areas of Expertise

• History and Theory of Architecture
• Design Research and Pedagogy
• New Wave Japanese Architecture



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