Leon Yi-Liang Ko
Architectural Designer, Contemporary Architecture Practice, New York

MSDMT, Taubman College, University of Michigan

2019-2024 Selected Works Portfolio
2009-2019 Selected Works Portfolio


Leon Yi-Liang Ko is a Taiwanese architect with expertise in digital design and fabrication. His master's thesis, "Precise Imprecision" in Digital and Material Technologies (DMT) completed at the University of Michigan, garnered recognition at the esteemed 2019 ACADIA Conference, a leading international forum for digital design researchers and professionals. Additionally, his research has been featured in the 2020 Construction Robotics publication by Springer.

As a researcher, he always interrogates the emerging relationships between architecture, engineering, material, and computation in the digital era. His research and practice center on developing manufacturing methodology between advanced technology, material performance, and computational design as they relate to the built environment.

Prior to attending DMT, he possessed BArch and MArch from Tamkang University and acquired 2-year Junior Architect experience at Fieldscape Design (fa+p) in Taiwan. Since 2009 he has worked in multidisciplinary design offices, including construction, landscape, architecture, and academic areas. Leon is currently an architectural designer at Contemporary Architecture Practice New York Office (CAP_NY/Shanghai).

/ Education

Taubman College, University of Michigan, USA
Master of Science in Architecture concentration in Digital and Material Technologies (MSDMT), 2019
Tamkang University, Taiwan
Master of Architecture, 2014
Tamkang University, Taiwan
Bachelor of Architecture, 2012

/ Experience

Archiectural Designer, Contemporary Architecture Practice, New York
Sep 2019 - Present
Spring Intern, SITU, New York
Mar 2019 
Junior Architect, Fieldscape Design, Taipei
Nov 2015 - Oct 2017
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Architecture, Tamkang University, Tamsui
Sep 2012 - Aug 2014
Project Research Fellow, National Taiwan Museum, Taipei
Summer Intern, Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo
Jun 2011 - Sep 2011

/ Honor

ACADIA 2019 Conference Selected Project
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2019
Taubman College Alumni Council Award
Taubman College, University of Michigan, 2019
Taubman College Merit-based Scholarship
Taubman College, University of Michigan, 2018
Architectural Award Excellence in Master's Thesis
Architectural Institute of Taiwan, 2015
Tamkang University Graduate Honor Award
Tamkang University, 2013 - 2014
Tamkang University Special Academic Award 2007-2012
Tamkang University, 2012
Da Yu Citation Academic Award
College of Engineering, Tamkang University, 2011 - 2013
Student Project Competition, the 3rd Prize
Taipei Architects Association, 2011

/ Symposium & Workshop

ACADIA 2019 Conference, Ubiquity and Autonom , Speaker
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2019
ACADIA 2018 Conference, Re/calibration: on Imprecision and Infidelity
Iberoamerican University, Mexico City, 2018
Flexible Formwork for Concrete Curves
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, 2018
TKUA the 1st CAAD Robotics Workshop
Tamkang University, Tamsui , 2015
Architectural Institute of Taiwan the 27th Symposium of Research, Speaker
National United University, Miaoli, 2015
TKUA Python Workshop
Tamkang University, Tamsui, 2015 
General Headquarters of the Air Force Future Development Workshop, Instructor
TAF Innovation Base, Taipei, 2014
TKUA the 3rd CAAD Grasshopper Workshop, Lecturer
Tamkang University, Tamsui, 2014
TKUA Portfolio Editing Workshop, Instructor
Tamkang University, Tamsui, 2013
The 3rd Overseas Academic and Cultural Exchanges Workshop
Tsinghua University, Beijing, Chin, 2013

/ Exhibition

Robotic Fabrication Workshop Review, Exhibitor 
Tamkang University, Tamsui, 2015 
TKU M.Arch the 32th Thesis Design Exhibition : Awchitecture
URS21 Art Gallery, Taipei, 2014 
Yilan Green EXPO Pavilion, Exhibitor
Wulaokeng, Yilan, 2014 
Digital Fabrication Exhibition : Furniture Design 
Tamkang University, Tamsui, 2013 
TKUA the 44th Thesis Design Exhibition : Re Archi-Tetris 
URS21 Art Gallery, Taipe, 2012

/ Publication, Essay & Article

Future Offices, Graphic Designer and Editor
New York: ORO Editions, April 2024, ISBN-13: 978-1954081581
Under Pressure Essays on Urban Housing, Editorial Assistant
London: Taylor and Francis [Routledge], September 2021, ISBN-13: 978-0367465032
Future Airports, Graphic Designer and Editor
New York: ORO Editions, July 2020, ISBN-13: 978-1951541002
“Impact” Architectural Design, Vol 90, No 5, September October 2020, Cover Designer and Editorial Assistant London: Academy Editions/John Wiley and Sons Inc., September 2020, ISBN-13: 978-1119651581
Construction Robotics Volume 4, Issue 1-2, June 2020, “Precise Imprecision: Flexible construction with robotics”, p.85–95, Article Author
Springer, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1007/s41693-020-00032-x
Ubiquity and Autonomy Project Catalog, 2019, “Precise Imprecision”, p.62-67, Article Author
Projects Catalog of the 39th Annual Conference of ACADIA, 2019, ISBN-13 : 978-0578578729
Taiwan Architecture Magazine Vol.274, July, 2018, p.68-79, Article Author
Taipei: Taiwan Architecture Magazine, 2018, https://www.ta-mag.net/ta/News.php?id=1434
Taiwan Architecture Magazine Vol.252, September, 2016, p.56-57, Article Author
Taipei: Taiwan Architecture Magazine, 2016, http://www.ta-mag.net/ta/News.php?id=1055
Interpreting Nature by Digital Tectonic, Thesis Author
Tamsui, New Taipei City: Tamkang University, 2014, U0002-2708201419381700
TKUA Document 2012-2013, Executive Editor
Tamsui, New Taipei City: Tamkang University, 2014, ISBN-13 : 978-9865982478
Architecture Youth in 1960-1970, Editor
Tamsui, New Taipei City: Tamkang University,2014, ISBN-13 : 978-9865982669

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