Chei-Wei Tai

Senior Associate

Architect AIBC, B.Arch., M.Arch., OAA



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A design should be simple, clean, and functional—with flavor!

I’m known for my attention to detail and rigorous work ethic, with over 30 years of international architecture experience. I thrive on complex projects, and deliver clear and effective design solutions that meet client needs with logic, simplicity, and elegance. My notable projects include the Surrey Civic Centre, Willoughby Town Centre mixed-use development, as well as the Pemberton Field Office and GM Shrum Generating Station for BC Hydro. There are many elements my team and I can play with to make a project outstanding, and we’re here to bring our clients’ dreams to life.

 

My Sectors: Arts & Culture, Commercial Mixed-Use, Education & Research, Government Administration, Industrial, Military, Public Safety & Justice, Utilities, Workplace

My Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Master Planning & Urban Design, Planning, Design & Conformance (PDC)

 

We Asked, Chei-Wei Answered:

 

What makes a great design?

“A great design just fits. It fits to the environment and to the people who use it. When I see a really great building, I feel like my body is actually connected to it. The scale and the lighting are right, the material and the space, the other people moving through it—it’s a part of you. Of course, there’s the intellectual part, too: it all just makes sense. It’s not always even necessary to have a huge budget. Sort of like cooking: the $50 meal can taste better than the $100 meal if the chef is good!”

 

How would you describe your leadership style?

“I’m a hands-on guy who takes full responsibility for my team. I’m a big fan of teamwork because architecture might start from a single idea, but you quickly need many more ideas and insights and areas of expertise to bring that idea to life. Without teamwork, that can never happen. You have to fully respect and trust the people you work with—because you can’t do it alone!”