Doug Chiang

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Doug Chiang (Chinese: 江道格; born 16 February 1962) is an American film designer and artist. He currently serves as vice president and executive creative director of Lucasfilm.

Doug Chiang
Born (1962-02-16) February 16, 1962 (age 60)
OccupationFilm designer
Years active1990–present
EmployerLucasfilm (1995–present)
TitleVice president and creative director of Lucasfilm

Early life[edit]

Chiang was born in Yilan County, Taiwan.[citation needed] His dad had gone to Michigan in the United States for college, and moved the family to Dearborn, Michigan when Chiang was 5 years old.[1][2] His parents encouraged him to assimilate into American culture by speaking more English, which Chiang described as one of the ways the family tried to fit in. Chiang therefore lost his ability to speak Chinese over the years.[2] Nonetheless, he characterized his lifestyle as "still very culturally Chinese", citing the strong work ethic imposed by his parents.[2]

Chiang was inspired by the original Star Wars film and the accompanying art design book.[3] He studied industrial design at the College for Creative Studies until 1982.[4] He 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 (1991) and Forrest Gump (1994). In 1995, he was hired to lead Lucasfilm's art department;[3] he was the design director for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002).[5] 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[6] 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.[citation needed]

Chiang returned to the Star Wars franchise as the concept artist for The Force Awakens as well as production designer for Rogue One. His other Star Wars includes the films Solo and The Rise of Skywalker, and the television series The Mandalorian.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]




  • Robota (2003) (co-Writer, illustrator)
  • Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction with Doug Chiang (2008, 2015) (writer, illustrator)[7]
  • Star Wars Art: Concepts (Star Wars Art Series) (2013) (introduction, concept artist)
  • The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (concept artist)

Video games[edit]

  • Card Soldier Wars (2008) (artist)
  • The Looking Glass Wars Card Game (2009) (artist)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Former Bruin brings artistry to "˜Star Wars' prequels". Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  2. ^ a b c ""There is a Strength in Asian Culture": A Conversation with Lucasfilm Legend Doug Chiang". 2021-05-19. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  3. ^ a b Chiang, Doug (2016). The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. New York: Abrams. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4197-2225-7.
  4. ^ "Doug Chiang". College for Creative Studies. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  5. ^ Christopher, James (12 April 2000). "Greetings, Earthlings; Arts". The Times. p. 16.
  6. ^ "Doug Chiang Studio".
  7. ^ "Book". ArtistsNetwork.

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