Hua Chen is a designer, learner, collaborator, and sometimes writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She works on identities, print, and digital applications for clients in cultural and educational spaces.
She is also deeply interested in co-learning (teaching, cooperative pedagogy), urban planning/urban policy, and permaculture.

Portfolio and CV on request.

Gaiwan Storytelling (盖碗故事)is the personal practice of Hua Chen, centered around storytelling through craft.

Recent Stories

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A continued exploration into how to be self-reliant.
(Coming Soon)

Recent Work 

on design and learning

An ongoing writing project and compilation of personal thoughts on pedagogy, design, and practicing. An extension of critspace. Additional research and process can be found here.

Spring 2020


Spring 2020

Base Design gets out of the studio and into the world! Sketches and identity work for Base Design NYC’s outing series. With Gabriela Carnabuci.

Material Lab at Pratt
Pratt Institute
July 2019 –
Dec 2019

Identity work for the Pratt School of Design’s newly established Material Lab, a space for students across disciplines to experiment and learn. In collaboration with Ian Griffin.

Prattonia 2019
Pratt Institute
May 2018 –
May 2019

Creative direction, design, and execution of Pratt’s yearbook for the Class of 2019. We decided the only way to understand our graduating class was to try and shake the hands of everyone in it. With Aitana Cantú, Basia Kurlender, Lulu Johnson, and Stephanie O’Byrne.

Pratt Institute
Aug 2018 –Ongoing

Research on modes of critique.

Displacement, Ethics
Pratt Institute
Aug 2018 –
Dec 2018

Research and personal experiments related to personal displacement.

Poster-A-Day Summer 2018
May 2018 –
Aug 2018

Exercise in persistence and experimentation. A poster (almost) every weekday each with Basia Kurlender, Lulu Johnson, and Molly Dauphin.

The Prattler
Pratt Institute
Mar 2017 –
May 2018

Creative direction, rebranding, design, execution of Pratt Institute’s student newspaper.