Hsu Myat Aung
Co-founder / Board Director
Hsu is a Board Director of Human Scale where she does project development. She is also an architectural designer at a residential and commercial firm.
Hsu has been passionate about volunteering since she was ten years old when she participated in design build projects in Myanmar and Thailand. She knew that she wanted to study architecture when she was the creative director for an orphanage library project that focused on illiteracy in Mae Sai, Thailand.
During her architecture studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Hsu took the opportunity to go to Port Au Prince, Haiti for the AA Visiting School Workshop where she took part as the group's project leader. The project focused on designing a core house using local materials such as bamboo to teach the natives about the benefits of bamboo and how it can help solve Haiti’s deforestation issue. Other things that were taken into account were incorporating local labor, and preserving the cultural aspects of the village. Hsu's group core house project was chosen and built by the Unite De Construction De Logements Et De Bâtiments Publics (UCLBP) as a prototype.
Hsu was the Freedom by Design Director of the AIAS student chapter at UIC, she then went on to serve one term as vice president in 2016. In that same year, she took part as an Election Committee Member for the national forum in Boston, helped organize the Snafoo Midwest Quad Conference, and coordinated chapter events for students to excel in their architectural studies.
Hsu graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. In 2017 she was awarded the School of Architecture Pella Prize for best undergraduate project. In 2016, she was also a runner-up for the Chicago Women in Architecture scholarship award.