Wendy Sun is one of only a handful of people to have licenses to practice architecture in both the United States and China. Originally from Shanghai, Sun has been living in Las Vegas for more than 15 years, and she uses her professional experience and native language of Mandarin to explore commercial opportunities in China, manage TSK’s project portfolio there and foster relationships with Chinese developers in the U.S.
Sun appreciates the dynamism of architecture and values the encouragement to foster lifelong growth and the learning that it provides her. “Knowledge and theories from other fields are openly welcomed within architecture, and these sources could be as varied as social work, psychology, sustainability, philosophy and economics,” she said. She encourages young women entering the workforce to continue learning, too. Leadership is defined and built by learning from peers and mentors and improving skill sets.
Sun also cares deeply about giving back to the community and is heavily involved in education. She’s an active member of the PTA at Vanderburg Elementary School and has served as a judge for NEF Design Drafting Competition, which exposes high school students to the creativity and problem-solving skills necessary in the construction and architecture industries. Sun also volunteers on the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, where she champions and inspires Asian business owners. “In the future, I hope to be afforded an opportunity to help further the education of the next generation of talented architects, designers and leaders in our community,” Sun said.
Finding balance between career and family is another important endeavor for Sun. She loves being a wife and a mother and is always striving for “that magic balance.”