Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1968, Soo-Hwa Yuan emigrated to the U.S. in 1982. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 with a B.A. in Architecture. Subsequently he studied under Michael McKinnell, Imre Halasz, and Maurice K. Smith at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Master of Architecture in 1998.
Inspired by fabric architecture, Yuan began to sculpt space with fabrics and light in 2002. His explorations range from small sculptures to large site-specific installations. He has shown work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Velvet da Vinci, Limn Gallery, 111 Minna Gallery, American Institute of Architects Gallery, The Lab, Indie Collective Gallery, South By Southwest, and others. In addition, he has executed numerous commissioned works for architectural and interior projects.