Hey Thyrdrail, you ever been to The Village or are you basing your judgement on the (admittedly attractive) website? (which has the wrong link, btw -- check your other post on the subject for the correct one.)
I have been there, and my visit has coloured my view of the website somewhat. As I said in my post on that other thread, the photos are artfully taken but very misleading. The place is HORRIBLE! Like the worst of 80s British council housing. Squashed together houses like some kind of Legoland nightmare with every window in the house looking straight into someone else's place.
The architect may indeed be up and coming as you say, (although if that's the current standard ... shudder!) but the fact remains he's working to a brief, and that brief, as sure as god made little green apples, doesn't say "design a space for living that will be appreciated for its asthetic appeal while providing elegant open space, de dah de dah..."
More likely it says "We have xxx hectares. How many houses can you cram on to that space?"
Oh, and another thing. It doesn't matter what the architect does anyway -- and if you'd ever been to The Village, or any of the other numerous housing complexes around the edge of Taipei you'd know this. The very first thing a new owner here does, virtually without fail, it to build illegal extensions wherever he can.
Of course, this is not in the original architect's brief, so the construction company usually does it according to tried and tested local methods, using the materials it deliberately over-ordered just for this purpose and augmenting them with materials such as aluminum siding, plastic awnings and far, far worse. I'd go up there one weekend and take some pics of what the place looks like now -- it would open your eyes, I'm sure!
One of my friends lives in a three-story semi-detached in one of these places (not The Village, but similar) and has been trying for months to sue his neighbour who has -- get this -- managed to wrangle an old shipping container up onto his upstairs balcony, where he's apparently using it as a bedroom extension.
I'm not trying to flame you, but just trying to point out the real situation, and it shows no sign of changing, whichever architect you employ.