Chi, Ti-Nan was born in Taipei. His parents were immigrants from Manchu after WWII. He received architectural training from Tunghai University in Taiwan.
In 1988, He completed his graduate study at Yale University in the United States, under architect Frank Gehry and philosopher Karsten Harries .
Currently he is the principal of Chi Ti-Nan Architects in Beijing.
Considered as one of the innovative architects in Asia, his drawing of the Style for the Year 2001 won the 2nd price in the Shinkenchiku international competition in 1985 and Z house project won him Asakura Award of SD Review in 1995 in Japan.
Since 1999, as the founder of Human Environment Group NGO, he has been the curator of a series of Urban Flashes workshops, conferences and exhibitions held over Euro-Asia continent, as part of his research on Micro-Urbanism.
He taught at State University of New York at Buffalo and Tunghai University .
Since 2004, he joined the faculty of Bergen School of Architecture in Norway . Since 2006, he has been invited as visiting professor to schools in Maharashtra area in India.