Marian Chen holds a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA School of Art and Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design and Analysis from University of California, Irvine.
Her academic studies awarded her the honor of Cum Laude upon graduation. Her passion and pursuits earned her nomination and induction into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society in liberal arts and sciences.
In architectural practice, she has worked on large scale projects such as hospitals, cancer centers and master plans for schools. Her time with a firm specializing in museum designs brought her experience with shaping an exhibition at the Temporary Contemporary (now The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA) for a curated show featuring prominent artists such as Cindy Sherman, Ed Ruscha and Dennis Hopper.
Prior to joining AUP, Marian began delving into the world of education- particularly in the realms of special and gifted education. Working with learners on both ends of the spectrum required her to think outside of the box, connect with students as individuals and motivate their learning by targeting their strengths.
She believes that education is most invigorating when it seeks to incite thought provoking discourse while true understanding becomes solidified from creating and producing. Art and architecture for her is about the expression of self and thought by construction.
Currently, she is teaching architecture, visual art and global study courses at AUP where she enjoys engaging and creating with her students.