Arthur Huang

Co-founder and CEO, Miniwiz

 

Arthur Huang, co-founder and CEO of Miniwiz, turns trash into high-performing materials

Arthur Huang is a structural engineer and architect who specializes in turning consumer trash into sustainable and high-performing materials. He grew up in the United States and studied architecture in ivy league universities such as Cornell and Harvard. He is known for turning discarded plastics, apparel, and cigarette butts into Nike store interiors, sailboats, and even skyscrapers.

He co-founded Miniwiz in 2005, a company dedicated to upcycling and industrial waste reuse innovation. Through his leadership, Miniwiz was recognized as a technology pioneer in the fields of energy, environment, and infrastructure. Miniwiz’s most famous work in Taiwan is the 2010 Taipei Flower Expo where they used 1.5 million recycled PET bottles to build the Far East Huansheng Ark, the world’s first carbon-neutral building.

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Awards


2016

Emerging Explorer, National Geographic

2015

Technology Pioneer, World Economic Forum

2014

Nike Aerostatic Dome, Milan

2013

IDEA GOLD Award, Chicago, USA

2012

Mayor Bloomberg's New York Venture Fellowship, New York, USA

2012

Make a Difference (MAD) Award, Ministry of Cultural Affair, Hong Kong, China

2011

Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, Hong Kong

2011

40 under 40 Design Talent Award, Perspective, Asia

2010

Earth Award, Winner (Industrial Product), Financial Times, London, United Kingdom

2002

Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal, Cornell University, USA

Did You Know?


Arthur Huang has collaborated with Nike for various innovative projects. They made Air Max Ultra 1.0 sneakers and shoeboxes out of recycled paper boxes and coffee cups, designed the clothing line Move to Zero, and built the NikeLab MA5 flagship store in Tokyo from old treated shoes.

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