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Doug Chiang (Chinese: 江 道格, born 16 February 1962) is a Taiwanese-American film designer and artist. He currently serves as vice president and executive creative director of Lucasfilm.


Early LifeEdit

Chiang was born in Yilan County, Taiwan[citation needed] and grew up in Michigan, United States.[1]

He studied industrial design at the College for Creative Studies until 1982.[2]

Chiang later studied film production at UCLA and graduated in 1986. During his time in college, he was an illustrator and art director for the Daily Bruin and involved with the Association of Chinese Americans.[1]


During the late 1980s, he worked at various production studios including Rhythm and Hues. Chiang eventually joined Industrial Light & Magic as a creative director where he worked on films such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Forrest Gump. During the late 1990s, Chiang served as design director for Lucasfilm on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones.[3] Afterwards, he was a production designer on Robert Zemeckis' The Polar Express. Outside of film, he collaborated with author Orson Scott Card on an illustrated science fiction book called Robota.

He founded DC Studios[4] in 2000 with his creation, Robota, as a primary project. Along with Sparx Animation Studios in Ho Chi Minh City, he created several animated shorts depicting the world of Robota in action.

In 2004, Chiang co-founded Ice Blink Studios and worked for Zemeckis on Beowulf. Ice Blink closed in 2007, becoming the core of the facility for ImageMovers Digital, a pioneering performance capture animation studio.

Recently, he has returned to Star Wars franchise as the concept artist for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as production designer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Chiang has won numerous awards throughout his career, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Death Becomes Her, a BAFTA for Forrest Gump, a FOCUS Award for his independent film Mental Block, a Clio Award for his work on a Malaysian Airlines commercial and The BrandLaureate Award.



  • Robota (2003) (co-Writer, illustrator)
  • Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang (2008, 2015) (writer, illustrator)[5]
  • Star Wars Art: Concepts (Star Wars Art Series) (2013) (introduction, concept artist)
  • The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (concept artist)


  1. ^ a b "Former Bruin brings artistry to "˜Star Wars' prequels". Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  2. ^ "Doug Chiang". College for Creative Studies. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  3. ^ Christopher, James (12 April 2000). "Greetings, Earthlings; Arts". The Times. p. 16.
  4. ^ "DC Studios: About Us".
  5. ^ "Mechanika: Revised and Updated".

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