The daughter of a NASA scientist who emigrated from Taiwan to the United States, Dara grew up in multi-cultural surroundings influenced by living in places like Tokyo, Basel and New York City. With an artistic background in mixed media and sculpting, Dara graduated with her BA in Architecture, Summa Cum Laude and received her Masters Degree in Architecture at Harvard University, where she subsequently taught studio that summer.
Dara has gained invaluable experience at Pritzker Prize winning firms, honing her skills at Herzog de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, Asymptote Architects in New York City, and Foster + Partners in London. She has been the recipient of various awards including: The Clifford Wong Prize, The KPF Traveling Fellowship, The Young Architects Award, First Place in The AIAS National Design Review Competition and the 2013 RIBA Forgotten Spaces Competition. Her studio is currently exhibited at the Somerset House and was recently showcased on BBC Inside Out London.
Previous to setting up her own practice, Dara contributed to the new Tribeca skyscraper, 56 Leonard Street in New York City; The New Tate Modern Museum in London; Manolo Blahnik stores worldwide; and was personally invited to compete for the design of the Samsung Pavilion for the London Olympics 2012.
An admitted life-long student across disciplines, today Dara’s designs reflect a cross between contemporary art, fashion, and industrial and modern architecture. In November 2012, she created DH Liberty Ltd. to fulfill her lifelong dream of running a design firm which combines art, materiality and space. Today, Design Haus Liberty is run as a studio-environment, always seeking new talent and open to creative design ideas.