Ta-Chiun CHOU   周大钧

Managing Director/Owner
Design Determination



 Through my company Design Determination, I’ve led numerous high-end residential, retail and corporate interior projects. Current highlights include a 180-unit condominium in New York City, a high-end townhouse development in Greenwich Village and retail space for a premium luxury brand across their North American locations. Additional to interior architecture, I am currently launching a line of lifestyle products for major retail distribution. These signature hardware pieces merge classic functionality with modern design aesthetic. Finally, as I look towards 2016, I am excited to be collaborating with key business partners on large scale residential and commercial development projects in top regional markets. My work takes me across the globe from my home base in New York to San Francisco, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, and Los Angeles among other locations around the world.         

What books are currently on your bedside table?

My favorite books are too big for my bedside table as my library is filled mostly with art books from the masters such as da Vinci and Klimt.  However my favorite book right now is on Cristobal Balenciaga… a true style icon.

When do you feel most free?

When I’m doing the things I love: traveling, gardening, cooking, painting, and creating.

What was the last gift you gave someone?

I gave a monthly floral bouquet for a year to my husband from a local Brooklyn florist, Sage.  They have beautiful artistic designs with unique flower choices and they design them to match the vases I give them.


What is your view on money?

Money is like water - it is a necessity and keeps you hydrated, but it lacks the nursing substance of food.

What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?

Icy Strait, Alaska.  The majestic glaciers and coldest rain forest in the world were unforgettable as was the 1,300 foot vertical drop down the world’s longest zip line.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I trained as a paratrooper.  The first time I was in a plane, I jumped out of it.