Meet Y. David Chun, Co-Liv’s US Ambassador

The Co-Liv Network

How do you currently define yourself, and what drives you?

I’m an architect and have been interested in housing since I was a student. I believe our built environment has a tremendous influence on peoples’ lives and well being. I’m excited about the architecture of coliving, particularly at an infant stage with so much yet to be realized. I’m proud to be in a position to help create a new building type and design new spaces specifically to enhance and enrich coliving experiences.

What makes you passionate about coliving, and why are you actively promoting the coliving scene?

I believe that coliving is good. It’s efficient, sustainable, urban, more affordable, diverse and creates opportunities for people from different backgrounds to connect. It’s a solution and I want to help people understand what it really is.

What are your visions and thoughts on the future of coliving for the year to come?

All the factors people talk about, like job growth in metropolitan areas, density, housing inaffordability, the immense size of the Gen Z and Millennial markets (and their debts), which will inevitably create a robust demand for this real estate asset class of coliving. I see it as a necessity - this will be more evident once we get past the pandemic.

You joined Co-Liv as “US AMBASSADOR - which opportunities do you want to create for the country you represent, the organization, its members, and the coliving industry?

I’ve been very involved in operations and answering inquiries to our properties. The majority of the general public have no understanding of what coliving is. Most people find it interesting but it’s “out of their comfort zone.” I want to help bring awareness about coliving and its potential as a positive force.  

I also believe I can help shape future standards of coliving spaces. 

How did you get into coliving?

I discovered coliving when I was working on a student housing development and studying this housing type. It dawned on me how this could work for everyone. Unfortunately, I’ve never had a personal experience of coliving, but have traveled and spent quite a bit of time in hostels, which I guess would be the closest thing.

Thank you for being part of this movement! How can people reach out, and what can you mostly help them with?

I have a pretty diverse skill set and experience as a real estate developer, architect, and coliving operator. I’ve got a very specific approach to coliving so perhaps I’d be a good person to bounce ideas off? Email me at :

With lots of co-love,

The Co-Liv Team

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