Terry GUEN   阮坤慈

President, Principal
Terry Guen Design Associates, Inc., Chicago, USA


Terry Guen, FASLA, is President and Founder of Terry Guen Design Associates, located in Chicago USA.  She is a recognized Site Architect and Ecological Urban Designer, and was appointed by President Obama as Advisor to the United States Federal Government on matters of cultural heritage preservation. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Terry is chief designer and planner for many famous large, complex urban redevelopment projects, including Chicago’s Millennium Park, New York City’s 5.5 mile Hudson River Park and Boston, and Massachusetts’, Charles River Basin. “Design for Life” is Terry’s company ethic, to integrate nature into urban design, and transform the harshest environs into highly desirable, financially and environmentally sustainable places to live.
In July 2016, Terry will be in China as international advisor to China-based firms on Sponge City initiatives. Interested firms are requested to contact TGDA directly.

What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. My first job was as a volunteer teaching swimming to small kids when I was 12. After this, my sophomore year high school summer, I 1) Learned to sail a small boat on the Charles River, 2) volunteered to tutor new Chinese immigrants for the US Citizenship test, and 3) worked part time in my Aunt’s shop in Chinatown. This pretty much mirrors my life balance; a love of nature and sports, giving back to the community, and working in fine arts and design.

What books are currently on your bedside table?

A non-fiction book on bees. I aspire to read this book, but always fall asleep first.

What was the last present you received?

A bouquet of flowers, from my three sons, for my birthday! They thanked me for sending them across the seas.

What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?

I climbed the stairs up inside the Duomo (cathedral), Florence Italy. You can see the master fresco paintings inside the ceiling dome at close range. At the top you go outside and can walk around for a panoramic view of the city and countryside. Florence is so un-commercial. It is gorgeous.

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

I play piano, but generally not in public!