Chiu Yeh Huang

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Chiu Yeh Huang
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Born(1933-09-23)September 23, 1933
Tainan, Taiwan
DiedJuly 14, 2018(2018-07-14) (aged 84)
Tainan, Taiwan
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Master of Engineering in Urban Engineering
  • PhD
Alma mater
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • University of Tokyo
  • Architect
  • Urban Planning Scholar
  • Historic Building Renovation Expert
Spouse(s)Jung Chung Sun

Chiu Yeh Huang (Chinese: 黃秋月, 1933–2018) was born on September 23, 1933 in Tainan, Taiwan. Throughout her childhood and adolescence, Huang demonstrated a strong interest in academics and architecture.[1], which led her to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan in 1956 and a Master of Engineering in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo in Japan in 1968. Huang was not only successful in her profession, but also was adept in breaking societal norms. She was among the first generation of female architects in Taiwan after World War II and also the first female chair for the Department of Urban Planning[2] in her undergraduate alma mater. She also expressed a strong commitment in female leadership, as evidenced by serving as the first president for the National Tainan Girl’s Senior High School Alumni Association[3] and second president for the Tainan Branch for Zonta International[4]

During the 1960s-1970s, Huang’s research focused on urban planning. Huang was asked to design churches for the Christian community, such as the Tainan Holiness Church (1966)[5][6] and the True Jesus Church-Kaiyuan Church (1976)[7]. Her design represented the Christian principles of belief and appreciation. When the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act was enacted by the Presidential Order in Taiwan in 1982, Huang started to participate in the conservation of historic buildings. Since 1993, she renovated Taiwan Fu Cheng-huang Temple (1993-1995), Six Piles of Great Queen of Heaven Temple (1993-1995), Tainan Kai-yuan Temple (1993-1997), Dueiyue Gate (1993-2008), the Great South Gate (1996-2001), Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (1996-2002), Tainan Taingong Temple (2004), Hai San Hall (2005-2009), and Zhong Gan Temple (2007-2010). These edifices were originally built over a century ago and serve to preserve the history of the city and society during that epoch.

Huang spearheaded her own team of architects, who researched the traditional craft of historic temples and churches in the central and southern regions of Taiwan. She also educated countless pupils at the National Cheng-Kung University in architecture, urban planning, and historical restoration. As an accomplished architect and educator, Huang served as the epitome of a maverick in the architectural community.

Huang passed away peacefully on July 14, 2018 at the age of 84 in Tainan, Taiwan surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by Jung Chung Sun, her husband of 61 years, five daughters, six grandchildren, and two great grandchild.

Experiences related to restoration of Historic Architecture

Historic Architecture Planning Design and supervision Repaired work record
Haishan Hall October, 2005 April, 2006 – August, 2009 January, 2010
Great South Gate April, 1996 June, 1997 – May, 2001 September, 2002
Kaiyuan Temple[8][9] October, 1993 October, 1996 – January, 1997 June, 2000
Zhong Gan Temple[10] June, 2007 – August, 2010 July, 2011
Duiyue Gate August,1993 October, 1995 – November, 2008 April, 2009
Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception September, 1996 – August, 2002 June, 2003
Wind God Temple and historical reception archway[11] June, 1993 – November, 1995 June, 1996
Old Tainan Magistrate Residence September, 2010
Grand Matsu Temple June, 2009


  1. WOMEN in Architecture Taiwan (2018-11-15). "【WAT her-story project: 好敘】追憶前輩建築師:黃秋月和她的時代".
  2. Department of Urban Planning, NCKU. "About UP".
  3. 南女風華一世紀. "熱忱奉獻的美麗團隊——南女校友會".
  4. Zonta International Tainan Club. "Zonta International Tainan Club".
  5. "Holiness English Church Tainan". tnhc. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  6. "南聖大衛藝廊 - 戰後的開拓與復興 (in Chinese)". Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  7. "永康教會洪純德弟兄 (in Chinese)". Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  8. "National Cultural Heritage Database Management System (in Chinese)". Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  9. "Kaiyuan temple history (in Chinese)". Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  10. syming. "[府城古蹟]總趕宮門神彩繪由國寶級畫師陳壽彝現場作畫中". MTMD 2003-2019 又是小明小惠小萍網站 (in 中文). Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  11. "Wind God Temple (in Chinese)". (in 中文). Retrieved 2020-06-07.

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