business card for Mary Jane Kwan

MJ Kwan is the youngest of five sisters. She grew up in Austin, and has lived in Houston, San Francisco, Paris, and Beijing. Curious and observant, she is always seeking inspiration and seeks to inspire others. She is 29 years old now, living in Chicago.


... enjoys making MUSIC and teaches piano and cello to children and adults at the Old Town School of Folk Music (Dec 2013 - present).

... plays keyboard in a rock band called Hey Hey Think Think (Jul 2015 - present).

... performed as solo pianist in multiple concertos with the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra (2010-2013).

... performs CHAMBER MUSIC with her classmates at violin making school, coached by Stephen Houser. In Beijing she played in the Phoenix Quartet. In her childhood she and her sisters formed a string quartet, playing at weddings and events.

... writes and records original songs and demos for two annual SONGWRITING / COMPOSITION challenges, FAWM and 50/90 (2010 - present).

... played in an experimental band called The Social Insects during college.

... began studying PIANO at age 4, with Eun Young Lee and Dr. Bradley Bolen. She began studying CELLO at age 7, through UT-Austin's String Project program, and with Betsy Sanders.



... draws CARICATURES, PHOTOREALISTIC PORTRAITS, and has been tapped for ILLUSTRATION of album covers, logos, posters, and more.

... handled GRAPHIC DESIGN and WEB DESIGN responsibilities for several of her employers and herself. She is largely self-taught in HTML, CSS, & PHP PROGRAMMING.



... received a Bachelor's degree in ARCHITECTURE from Rice University in Houston, Texas (May 2010). The 6-year program included a year-long internship with Skidmore Owings & Merrill (2008 - 2009) and a semester abroad in Paris, France (Fall 2009).

... worked / freelanced for Spatial Practice, Vector Architects, and Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing, China (2010-2013). She was especially valued for her representational media skills, including RENDERING, DRAWING, and MODELMAKING.



... combines her background in design with WOODWORKING skills from violin making to hand-make tools and furniture for herself, and gifts for others.

... completed a course and NIMS certification in CNC MACHINING and QUALITY ASSURANCE at Symbol Training Institute (Aug 2014). She worked part time manufacturing and inspecting high-end transmission parts for Andrews Products (May 2014 - October 2014).

... developed an interest in LUTHERIE during architecture school, when her studio built mandolins under the guidance of Stephen Marchione. She then built a bass guitar on her own accord. (2007)

Last updated: October 2016