Calvin Tsao is a recognized and leading voice in contemporary architecture whose work draws from a lively engagement with a variety of art forms. He serves on the Board of The American Academy in Rome, and is an active board member and President Emeritus of The Architectural League of New York. In 2012 Tsao received a Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Legacy Award and in 2009 the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Award for Interior Design, along with his partner Zack McKown. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Cooper Union, Syracuse University, and Parsons The New School for Design, and has also served as guest critic and lectured at universities internationally.
Tsao & McKown’s current work includes a wellness and educational center in Suzhou, a community center plus urban farm in Shanghai, an urban farm prototype in Singapore, an office tower in Tokyo, the corporate headquarters for the Glen Raven Textile Company in North Carolina, the renovation of the permanent collection galleries in New York’s Jewish Museum, and numerous residences.
Harvard University / Master of Architecture
University of California, Berkeley / Bachelor of Architecture