Having studied and worked in many countries, won many awards for his designs, and designed in many different fields, Johnny Chiu, the founder of J.C. Architecture, not only completed a number of eye-catching design works, but also pursued academic advancement. He participated in and initiated many projects. He is energetic, has the ability to take action and create, and has the determination to execute so that he makes the design so exciting and diverse.
邱柏文 Johnny Chiu／柏成設計創辦人，紐約哥倫比亞大學建築系高階建築設計碩士，目前為墨爾本皇家理工大學博士候選人。曾於日本東京、美國紐約等知名事務所任職。2010 年回台創立柏成設計，設計作品多元，涵蓋住宅、商業空間、公共建築、飯店、展覽空間等並屢獲設計大獎。
‧ 北美館藝術商店「A Little Musuem」榮獲 2022 IFI GAP 金獎
‧ JCA 生活實驗所 JCA Living Lab，獲 2019 世界建築 / 室內設計節住宅類住宅類首獎及年度大獎、2020 IIDA Annual Interior Design Competition 年度室內設計大賽優選，及多個獎項。
‧ 鳴 日 號 觀 光 列 車， 獲 2020 日 本 設 計 大 獎「Good Design Award」。
‧ 2022 基隆城市博覽會主展場、2022 新一代特調展設計。
邱柏文 Johnny Chiu／He is the founder of JC Architecture and OUT Scholarship, and holds a master’s degree in advanced architectural design from Columbia University in New York and a Ph. D. degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has worked for leading architectural firms in Tokyo, Japan, and New York, U.S.A. He returned to Taiwan in 2010 to found JC Architecture, and has won numerous design awards for his diverse works in residential, commercial spaces, public buildings, hotels, and exhibition spaces.
‧ “Not Just Library”, a renovation of a Japanese bathhouse in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, won the Taipei Old House and Taipei Design Awards’ Judges Special Award.
‧ “A Little Museum”, a Taipei Fine Arts Museum art store, won the 2022 IFI GAP Gold Award.
‧ “JCA Living Lab”won the first prize and annual award World Interior Of The Year at WAF/INSIDE Award 2019, and the selection of the 2020 IIDA Annual Interior Design Competition, as well as many other awards.
‧ “Taiwan Railway’s Railcar”Project received the Good Design Award at the 2020 Japan Design Awards.
‧ Main exhibition hall of 2022 Keelung City Expo design and 2022 Young Designers’ Exhibition design.
薈萃世界之大成，在台灣開花 Gathering the Best of the World, Blossoming in Taiwan
深覺從事建築、設計的人，都應該住過世界最偉大的城市，邱柏文 18 歲離開紐西蘭，到雪梨求學，接著趁在瑞典求學並教書的機會，遊歷整個歐洲，看到建築轉變的歷史，又為了學習建築與地震的關係來到日本，在代謝派大師黑川紀章麾下工作，接著來到哥倫比亞大學，這一路對自己的挑戰與歷練，成就了邱柏文深厚的設計底蘊，卻因為僵直性脊椎炎的發作，讓他無法工作，回到台灣養病時，因緣際會在前老闆廖國誠的邀請下參與了一個競圖的案子，他坐在病床上拿了一張黃色的紙開始畫，這一畫，種下了日後在台灣成立柏成設計的種子，也開啟邱柏文在台灣十多年的設計經營之路。
He moved to New Zealand when he was in elementary school, and during his growth, he went to different countries to study and work. For Johnny Chiu, these experiences have become different nutrients in his blood. Although he has been greatly influenced by Western education and aesthetics, Taiwan has always been his home country in his heart. What fascinates him is also the variety of things that come from Taiwan, whether it is the temple vocabulary or the vibrant energy of the markets. He has repeatedly confirmed that he can never leave this place.
Because he deeply felt that people who are engaged in architecture and design should have lived in the world’s greatest cities, Johnny Chiu left New Zealand at the age of 18 to study in Sydney. Afterwards, he studied and taught in Sweden, and took the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. He saw the history of architectural . Later, he came to Japan to learn about the relationship between architecture and construction, and worked under the Metabolism master Kisho Kurokawa. He then came to Columbia University. The challenges and experiences along the way have made Johnny Chiu’s profound design expertise, but the onset of Ankylosing Spondylitis has kept him from working. When he returned to Taiwan to recuperate, he was invited by his former boss, Guo-Cheng Liao, to participate in a architectural competition. He sat on the hospital bed and took a piece of yellow paper to draw. This drawing planted the seeds for the future establishment of J.C. Architecture in Taiwan, and also started the path of Johnny Chiu’s design business in Taiwan for more than ten years.
用不同材質，玩出屬於自己的論述 Using Different Materials to Create His Own Discourse
說話不疾不徐且條理分明，遇到問題總是積極尋求解決方案，在邱柏文的字典裡，似乎找不到「放棄」兩個字，或許是父母開明的教育方式，造就了他的快樂特質，讓他永遠活力滿滿且充滿正能量，但他也坦承，剛回台灣的前三年自己其實很痛苦，業主口頭上的期待，與最後做的選擇，往往大相逕庭，而過去所學西方論述的經驗，碰上講求便利性、暫時性的在地文化，以及 asap 的快速要求，似乎有點難以招架，但是邱柏文將正面思考力發揮到極致，思考如何善用台灣講求便利性、暫時性與快速的特質，以及因此可以快速取得並進行實驗的素材，化阻力為助力，在有限的時間與預算下，玩出最有趣的精神。
He speaks in an unhurried and well-organized manner, and always actively seeks solutions to problems. The word “give up” seems to be impossible to find in Johnny Chiu’s dictionary. Perhaps it is his parents’ open-minded education that has created his happy nature, making him always energetic and full of positive energy. However, he also admits that the first three years after he returned to Taiwan were actually very painful for him. The clients’ verbal expectations were often very different from the final choices they made. His experience in Western discourse seemed to be a bit difficult to cope with the local culture that emphasizes convenience and temporariness, as well as the ASAP requirement. But Johnny Chiu has taken his positive thinking to the extreme. He considered how to make the most of Taiwan’s emphasis on convenience, temporariness and speed, as well as the materials that can be quickly obtained and experimented with. He turned resistance into assistance and designed with the most interesting spirit within limited time and budget.
“Happier Cafe” is a symbolic case. At first, due to funding and time constraints, client almost gave up the project. But later, he folded, stacked, and scrolled rolls of kraft paper to form walkways and niches, cleverly creating a highly distinctive short-term business space within the budget. Since then, Johnny Chiu has been inspired by the materials he can find in various factories in Taiwan. He makes good use of the characteristics of different textures, not only having fun and enjoying himself in the project but also demanding to design with delicacy and meaningfulness.
找出屬於自己的可能性 Find out Your Own Potential
從事設計多年，作品涵蓋建築、住宅、商業空間、飯店、展覽空間，邱柏文甚至參與了台鐵鳴日號的設計規劃，於 2020 年奪得日本設計大獎（Good Design Award），更進一步完成了「鳴日廚房」，在火車上打造了高級餐廳；身為設計師，邱柏文認為設計師最需要具備的就是正面思考、解決問題的能力，只要想做，沒有什麼是不能完成的。除了比國外多好幾倍的案子量之外，他更積極推動年輕一輩的教育與養成，在柏成設計提案時，他要求工作夥伴一定要提出三個方案，第一個是最無聊的，也可能是業主最有可能接受的；第二個是最瘋狂、最有趣的；第三個則是中庸的，最有創意的東西，不見得是最可行的，但是一定要有想法，有了想法之後，才能從實際面思考，進行實驗與驗證，找出更多可能性，做出更有趣的空間。
邱柏文更創立了「出走旅遊獎學金 OUT Scholarship」，結合多個公司合作贊助，鼓勵設計人多出國有目的的走走看看，看看別人的好與不好，再回過頭來省思我們如何可以做得更好，他更希望設計人出去看了之後產生自己的信心、自己的論述，把台灣設計的思想也傳達出去。
As a designer for many years, his works cover architecture, residential, commercial spaces, hotels, and exhibition spaces. Johnny Chiu even participated in the design planning of Taiwan Railway’s Railcar Project, which won Japan’s Good Design Award in 2020. He has further completed “The Moving Kitchen” and created a fine dining restaurant on the train. As a designer, Johnny Chiu believes that the most important thing designers need is the ability to think positively and solve problems. If you want to do it, there is nothing you can’t accomplish. In addition to the number of cases that are several times larger than those in foreign countries, he actively promotes the education and development of the younger generation. In J.C. Architecture’s design proposals, he asks his partners to propose three solutions: the first is the most boring, the second is the craziest and most interesting. The third is the middle of the road. The most creative idea is not necessarily the most feasible one, but we must have an idea first. After we have an idea, we can think practically, experiment and verify to find out more possibilities and design more interesting spaces.
He also founded the “OUT Scholarship”, a joint sponsorship with several companies, to encourage designers to go abroad more often to see the good and bad of others, and then reflect on how we can do better. He further hopes that the designers will have their own confidence and discourse after going abroad to see the world, so that the ideas of Taiwan design can be florished.
After the Railcar Project, The Moving Kitchen, and the Keelung City Expo project, his dreams include furniture, boats, and even rockets! He will build more interesting things with his endless energy and creativity, and create more diverse and enriched designs.
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