Bercy Chen Studio

Bercy Chen Studio LLP is a progressive design/build firm based in Austin Texas, founded by partners Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen. Both Calvin and Thomas are graduates of the University of Texas at Austin with professional degrees in Architecture; Thomas also graduated with a degree in Structural Engineering.

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 greatly influenced by vernacular and cultural precedents. Whether Islamic, Indian, African or Pre-Columbian in origin, the work strives to maintain respect for the local contextual conditions while looking towards the future.

The design work ranges from residential to mixed use commercial, as well as master planning projects. As a member of the City of Austin Green Building Program with certified 3 star projects, Bercy Chen Studio has worked with clients to create designs which are environmentally sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.

Due to this unique approach, the work has received increasing international attention. In December 2006, Bercy Chen Studio was one of 10 firms worldwide named Design Vanguard by Architectural Record, recognizing firms at the forefront of contemporary design. The firm was also selected as Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York in 2006. In 2005 Bercy Chen Studio won 1st place in a national competition for Urban Reserve, one of the first sustainable modern residential developments in the nation. The firm was also selected as lead designer for the new Asian American Resource Center in Austin Texas in collaboration with ERO & Broaddus Associates.

The work of Bercy Chen Studio has been featured widely in international media & exhibitions. Recent publications include The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Architectural Record, and Dwell, as well as books & magazines published in Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Spain, Russia, China, Korea & Saudi Arabia. The firm’s work has been included in several exhibitions including the upcoming Young Americans show at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt. The Annie residence feature in Dwell magazine culminated in a special television episode on the Fine Living Television Network program which discussed Bercy Chen Studio?s design approach in depth.


By: Brian Linder