Interview with Te-Hsin Hsieh, Fu-Hsin Trade & Arts School, Taiwan

Kátia Bello | MUSE Design Awards
Interview with Kátia Bello, CEO of Opus Design, Brazil
January 27, 2021
Massimo Mercurio | MUSE Design Awards
Interview with Massimo Mercurio, Founder of Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l., Italy
January 29, 2021

Te-Hsin Hsieh

Hsieh is a fledging art student based in Taiwan, where he hopes to use his architectural talents to better the spaces he works with.

Interview with the 2020 MUSE Design Awards Winner - Te-Hsin Hsieh

1 Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.

I’m a senior high school student. This art piece for the competition was done in my second year of high school.

2 What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?

I’m honored to study at the most famous art high school in Taiwan. To be taught by prestigious teachers and to be emerged in the knowledgeable environment, it truly opens up the horizon of the architecture world for me.

3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.

My school has nurtured many well-known social figures. In school, the daily exercises are varied, such as watercolor, sketch, model, software application, color configuration, space planning etc.

4What does “design” mean to you?

To me, design is a spiritual enjoyment. Also, it’s an important factor to improve people’s life.

5What’s your favorite kind of design and why?

I like natural and interesting designs. It can follow my mood. It can be rough, delicate, elegant, or exaggerated, just like I can change the volume of architecture from Transformers to any form that I like.

6To you, what makes a “good” design?

A good design is a design that meets the needs of the owner and has a high degree of completion. Design with heart and soul.

7Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

My design style is to use natural, simple lines and colors to express the ideas.

8Tell us about your design process.

The design process take some time and it has certain difficulties when thinking about it. After I sketched out my ideas, the design became a matter of course, which comes very naturally. Only the details are left. The real design framework only takes a few minutes from the start to completion.

9Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?

My school and my mother have a profound influence on my design education.

10Congratulations! As the winner of the 2020 MUSE Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

Because I am a student, the biggest impact on me is the recognition, which makes me more confident that I can become an excellent architect when I grow up.

11Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2020 MUSE Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

This is one of my sophomore homework. I chose this work because I think the concept of this work should be recognized by many seniors.

12What was the biggest challenge with this project?

The biggest challenge has two parts. The first is when the concept is developed, because it is not in line with the concept of my teacher, I chose to complete it according to my own idea under a bit pressure. The second is that when the model is cut, it is necessary to take into account the beauty and proportion of the curve, which takes a lot of work.

13How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?

This is the first international award that I am ever rewarded, also I’m the first student in my school to ever received an international award, it really affected my school and me in a positive way. Personally, winning the award has given me great inspiration in my studies and a firmer understanding of design.

14What are your top three (3) favorite things about our industry?

Design the process, investing on the work and completing.

15What makes your country specifically unique in the design industry?

Because I’m still a student, I’m not so familiar with this industry yet.

16Where do you see the evolution of design industry going over the next 5-10 years?

I think future design will focus more on environmental protection and improving life.

17If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring MUSE Design Awards submitter, what advice would you give them?

Be confident, don't be afraid that your work is not good enough, then ended up adding a lot of redundant design. Less is more.

18What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the design industry?

To see more works from all the famous designers, also watch more films and novels, keep my authentic self and never to be limited.

19Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

I think I’m quite good-looking but I don’t know why I don’t have a girlfriend yet!

This award is my first time to receive in the field of design.

20Who has inspired you in your life and why?

My toy battleships and Transformers, as well as my favorite science fiction novels, give me a lot of inspirations. Starting from the things I like the most, so that there are more works that people will like as well.

21What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

To be in control with the soul to design, do the work wholeheartedly.

22Do you have anything else you would like to add to the interview?

Many thanks to the Muse Design Award for giving me the opportunity to win and opening up my international vision. And the affirmation given to me by the organizer.

Winning Entries

Architecture and Poetry | 2020

Interview with Te-Hsin Hsieh, Fu-Hsin Trade & Arts School, Taiwan

I am a high school student. I’m very passionate about architecture and design. I use this model to express the concept of...
(read more at MUSE Design Awards)

Te-Hsin Hsieh

Hsieh is a fledging art student based in Taiwan, where he hopes to use his architectural talents to better the spaces he works with.