about Chien Dao Studio.

Architecture and Development that creates beautiful and inspirational buildings. Our work is based on ideas studied in the studio as well as in the field and with clients to not just fulfill the basic architectural needs of space - but to give more back to people and their environment. Each project uses both lessons from the past, contemporary ideas, and forward thinking to inspire people to a good present and better future.

We are influenced place, philosophy, local and regional context, clients, fashion, and market forces. CHIEN DAO STUDIO approaches each project from the ground up, from pure abstraction to built structure and space. But in the end we want to see beautiful architecture that inspires ourselves and others to be the best people we can be.





Chien Dao knew early on he wanted to be a leading force in Architecture and Design.  At the age of 14, Dao worked under the apprenticeship of Jim Bond, leading architectural historian as a draftsman in his SIPRO Restorations. Soon there after, at only 18, Dao became Job Captain at Flag Renovations, design development and constructions for new and restoration of  historic 1920's-1960's hotels. 

Dao's eagerness to gain experience and design expertise began his formal education at the University of Florida, receiving a Bachelor in Design. Soon after that Dao was selected to to study at the prestigious Italian Vincenza Institute of Architecture, in which he graduated with the highest honors. A product of UC Berkeley - Master of Architecture, receiving an AIA Scholarship and CEO Fellowship, Chien Dao focused his studies on Planning, Development and Architecture including Berkeley Eco-House, winner of 2002 Berkeley Design Advocates Award For Sustainable Construction in which Dao received many awards, including the prestigious 2001 Real Estate Challenge against Stanford University.   During school, in 1998, Dao was recruited by Flad & Associates, winner of "Facility of the Year," IIDA First Place Design Award, and Special Recognition Award. 

With a passion for city architecture and design, in 2002, Dao moved to New York City to start his own firm, Chien Dao Studios.  Since arriving in New York City Dao has been the architect of such restaurants as Casa la Femme, Delicatessen, Gin Lane, and D'esspresso which received a national award for best casual restaurant. He currently oversees architecture and design for the Crown Group, including Crown and The Lion.  In 2010 Chien Dao collaborated with Matt Levine on the design of Lower East Side hotspot, Sons of Essex.  Other notable projects by Chien Dao studios include Jade Jagger Pod Living, NY and the MoMA Curator Loft.  

Dao most recently orchestrated the architecture and design for Levine and indieFORK's SoHo restaurant, Chalk Point Kitchen and cocktail lounge, The Handy Liquor Bar.  He is inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Tadao Ando.