Chris Chien is a concept designer who has spent the last decade working on entertainment projects such as theme parks, video games and movies. Chris has contributed to projects such as Universal Studios, Sesame Street Land, SeaWorld, Kennedy Space Center, Ferrari World and many more.
While Chris primarily works in Photoshop, his background in traditional mediums such as charcoal, watercolor and oil painting help gives his digital art an authentically “hand-painted” look. In addition, Chris often uses 3D software such as SketchUp, Unreal Engine and Planet Coaster to help him design environments at an even more immersive level.
In 2010, Chris graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelors in Industrial Design and a minor in Theater. During his time in college, Chris designed and built many award-winning Carnival Booths, which sparked his interest in themed entertainment. Afterward graduating from Carnegie Mellon, he moved to Los Angeles to study at the prestigious Concept Design Academy, studying under Hollywood’s finest professionals from Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Lucasfilms, Marvel, and Blizzard.
Chris’ passion for themed entertainment and storytelling comes from exploring different countries. With his desire to learn and explore, he backpacked around the world, visiting the continents of Europe, Asia and South America - seeing castles, jungles, and temples in their natural context. Chris’ mission in themed entertainment not just to entertain, but to also provide education and inspiration to people around the globe.
• 10 years of concept art and design experience
• Creative, detail oriented, resourceful problem solver
• Experienced in building Concept Design Packages
• Experienced in showset design, fabrication, scenic painting
• Highly familiar with ride manufacturers and vendors
• Languages: English (Native), Chinese (Proficient), French & Spanish (Conversational)
Completed Projects (Click to view Video)
Sesame Street Land, SeaWorld Orlando, Florida
Benno's Great Race, Ferrari World Theme Park, Abu Dabi
Simpson's Land, Universal Studios Hollywood, California
iMagic Park, Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico
DeepSEE VR: Ocra 360, Seaworld San Diego, USA
LA Kings Science of Hockey Exhibit, Discovery Cube Los Angeles. California
5 Springs Aqua Park, Hurgata, Eygpt
Whiskers Harbor Play Area, Ocean Park Hong Kong, China
Funderland Amusment Park, Sacramento, California
BRPH Architects and Engineers
Falcons Creative Group
Goddard Group (Now Legacy Entertainment)
Miziker Entertainment Group
Zeitgeist Design & Production