Alex, Chuan Hao, or 陳雋昊,
is a MD/PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. He holds a Master in Design Studies, concentration in Risk and Resilience, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.
His projects explore how space, culture, and health interplay to create new understandings and criticisms of modern biomedicine. With an overarching emphasis on illness and access to care, his areas of interest include power relations, communities, digital media, epistemologies, and space-body relations. Running different disciplines into each other, Alex draws upon textual and visual techniques to construct new narratives in the pursuit of these goals.
He has worked for the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at the Harvard Divinity School and the Health and Places Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He also works as a freelance designer.
A Catalog of Habitual Contours is a collection of Alex's projects. Habitual refers to both Pierre Bourdieu's concept of everyday cultural practices as well as the continuous refashioning of thought that occurs in the works. Contours refer to the making of lines (words and images) in the attempt to understand phenomena, including practices such as architectural diagrams and analytical essays. These two highlight the ethos and methodology of the portfolio, one to always remember the human condition and subjectivity as the point of departure, and two to always be critical, constantly shifting analytical lens to not take "knowing" for granted. ACHC also references Alex's initials.