Bercy Chen Studio LP is an architecture & urban planning firm with design/build capabilities based in Austin, Texas founded in 2001 by partners Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen.
Bercy Chen Studio LP is committed to collaborating with clients in identifying design solutions and planning strategies to create innovative designs based on environmentally sustainable and financially viable business models in both the public and private sector. Having experience as a design/build operation, the firm’s first hand knowledge of construction & finance is crucial in ensuring successful project implementation. The firm is a member of the City of Austin’s Green Building Program and USGBC with certified 3 Star projects.
Thomas is from Belgium and Calvin is from Taiwan by way of Australia; the partners’ European and Asian backgrounds form a design philosophy of unique perspectives. The work is influenced by vernacular precedents from various cultures- whether Islamic, Indian, African or pre-columbian, while maintaining respect for the particular contemporary contextual conditions.
Due to this unique approach, the work has received national and international attention. Bercy Chen Studio won the prestigious “Emerging Voices” prize from the Architectural League of New York in 2006. Every year the League selects 7 of the most innovative designers from Europe and North America for this award. In the same year the firm was profiled in Architectural Record’s December 2006 “Design Vanguard” award issue, selected as one of top 10 emerging design firms in the world.
Despite their international achievements, Calvin & Thomas remain active participants of the local community. Calvin serves on the City of Austin’s Design Commission and participated on several initiatives, including the “Create Austin” Cultural Masterplanning project. Both he and Thomas serve on the board of advisors for the Austin Museum of Art.
In 2012 the firm announced an expansion into Mexico, with David Potes at the helm of Bercy Chen Studio’s offices in Monterrey.
David Potes studied architecture at the ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2008, he was awarded first place (office buildings category) for the state of Nuevo León´s first Student Biennale and second place (student commercial building category) in the International Design Awards in Los Angeles. He has previously worked with GLR Arquitectos and Vidal Arquitectos. He now heads Bercy Chen Studio’s office in Monterrey, as part of the firm’s strategy to increase its commercial presence in Mexico.
Daniel Arellano holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and a Post Professional degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Daniel’s Master’s thesis focused on researching advance material technology and fabrication systems. His work at Bercy Chen Studio is focused on 3D modeling systems and advanced parametric designs. He is also the head BIM specialist at Bercy Chen Studio. Daniel also enjoys doing photography, making black and white silver gelatin prints using traditional darkroom techniques.
Dan Loe holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota and a Master in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. His extensive project experience includes site planning, new construction and revitalization projects. This includes private sector work such as the Eurasia Tower in Moscow, the 3rd highest building in Russia at the time of design, and a feasibility study for the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York. His civic projects include the restoration of The Surrogate Court Building at 31 Chambers Street and the Home Life Building in Lower Manahattan with the City of New York and the Preservation committee of New York. Mr. Loe also oversees all LEED projects in the office.
Brad Purrington is the building systems engineer instrumental in formulating Bercy Chen Studio’s ideal of a wholistic strategy in sustainble building systems. His research includes using swimming pools as a heat sink to aid climate-control and growing strawberries in a self-irrigating vertical garden. When not saving the world one wholistic building system at a time, Brad enjoys panning for gold in the waters of the American Southwest.
Bercy Chen Studio has been featured in publications from over 20 countries worldwide, including the leading San Francisco based publication on creative modern design: Dwell magazine. HGTV also featured the firm’s work in June of 2006.
Austin Museum of Art, Board of Advisors (Thomas Bercy), January 2008-2010
Art in Public Places ( AIPP), Advsior, 2008
The City of Austin Design Commission, Commissioner (Calvin Chen), January 2007-2008
Chair of Civic Arts Committee, 2007
Create Austin Task Force, Cultural Masterplan for Austin, 2007
Awards and Competitions
2nd place, Xing-Tai Master Plan Invited Competition (Hebei, China), October 2010
Designer of the Year, 7th International Media Prize (Shenzen), January 2010
Five to Watch, Form Magazine, AIA (Los Angeles), September 2009
Short listed (Riverview), Barbara Cappochin Prize (Padua, Italy), September 2009
European Union 40 Under 40 Prize, August 2009
Short Listed, Mexicarte Museum, March 2009
Finalist, LifeWorks Headquarters, January 2009
Honorable Mention, Seoul Design Olympiad (S. Korea), September 2008
Invited Participant, Design Zone Qatar ( Doha, Qatar), August 2008
Winner (Riverview), UTSOA Student’s Choice Award, November 2008
Short listed, Giorgio Armani Resort, Invitation by Emaar Properties (Indonesia), June 2008
Proposal, Green Water Redevelopment, Collaboration with Foster & Partners, May 2008
Finalist, Dallas Asian American Culture Center, September 2008
Finalist, First Unitarian Universalist Church (Austin, Texas), December 2007
Finalist, UTSOA Students‘ Choice Award, Annie Residence, October 2007
Green Good Design Award, European Center for Architecture, June 2009
Design Vanguard Award, Global Top 10 Cutting Edge Firms, December 2006
Finalist, Best Plot in the World (Vienna), September 2006
First Place – Masterplanning, Asian American Resource Center Competition, May 2006
Emerging Voices 2006, The Architectural League of New York, March 2006
First Place Winner, Urban Reserve open national competition (Dallas), July 2005
Finalist, Self-Sufficient Housing (Barcelona) July 2005
Panel Discussion, Dallas Architecture Forum, November 2010
Austin Museum of Art, November 2010
Leadership Austin, November 2010
Alpha Rho Chi Lecture, University of Texas School of Architecture (Austin, Texas), September 2009
AIA Dallas Sustainability Showcase, July 2009
University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, February 2009
University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Architecture, January 2009
Texas A&M (Fred Hubnik), January 2009
School of Architectural Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, March 2008
SAARQ International Architecture Congress (Monterrey, Mexico), November and October 2007
Texas Society of Architects, October 2007
Umlauf Sculpture Garden, May 2007
Pecha Kucha Austin, June 2007
AIA State Convention (Little Rock, AK), November 2006
National Building Museum (Washington D.C.), March 2006
The Urban Center (NYC), March 2006
TSA (Austin), September 2004
Seoul Design Olympiad (Seoul, S. Korea), September 2010
AIA Austin Homes Tour (Austin, Texas), October 2010
Epoxy Green Design Center (LA, California), AIA LA/ Form Magazine, Five to Watch Exhibition, September 2009
The Contemporary Space (Athens, Greece),Green Good Design Award, January 2009
Ministry of Culture (Quito, Ecuador), 26th Panamerican Architecture Bienal, December 2008
Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami, Florida), December 2008
City Hall of Gdansk (Poland), The Solidarity Museum, 2008
E.A.S.T East Austin Studio Tour (Austin, Texas) October 2008
The German Architecture Museum, Group Exhibition as part of the Young American show (download) July 2007
The Lawndale Museum, Rice University (Dallas), Group exhibition of new design talent, May 2007
The Loisium Museum (Vienna), Best Plot in the World group exhibition, September 2006
The AIA Dallas Gallery, Urban Reserve Project, September 2005
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Interventionist Show (in collaboration with Spurse), May 2004
Austin American-Statesman, The East Village, April 2010
World Architectural News, Peninsula Residence, December 2008
Austin American-Statesman, Modern Homes Tour, December 2008
The New York Times, Peninsula Residence, March 2007
Austin American-Statesman, Riverview Gardens, October 2007
Corriere Della Sera, Casamica (Milan), Firm Profile, January 2007
El Universal (Mexico City), Firm Profile, September 2006
Architect’s Newspaper, Firm Profile, March 2006
CDC News (Houston), Cover Story, November 2005
Austin American Statesman, Factory People, March 2005
Austin Chronicle, Factory People, January 2004
KCBS Los Angeles, Constellation Outdoor Theaters, April 2009
CNN, E. 11th Street, November 2008
What’s up with this house?, January 2006
HGTV, Annie House Profile, May 2005
Dwell TV, December 2004
Fine Living Network, Annie House Profile, November 2004