Sylvia Kwan

Sylvia Kwan  -  Survivor: Fiji Contestant



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 Sylvia Kwan - CBS Bio


Sylvia Kwan was born in Hong Kong, where she lived for eight and a half years before moving with her parents and five siblings to Los Angeles. After graduation from high school, she relocated to the Bay Area where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kwan is the founder and Chairman of a renowned architectural firm located in San Francisco. As Chairman, she is responsible for strategic planning and development for her award-winning firm. She has resided as the Board Chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of a number of Bay Area non-profit and for-profit boards. She is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Kwan is especially proud of designing the interiors of Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park), home of the San Francisco Giants.

Kwan describes herself as creative, energetic and determined, and according to her husband, holds the unofficial title of “Ultimate Consumer.” In her spare time, Kwan plays tennis, skis, hikes and plays golf. She’s also happy that she finally learned how to swim, because it was sink or swim as a Survivor contestant. Kwan's never met an exercise routine she didn’t like, keeping in shape with Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, and any new type of gym equipment introduced.

Kwan resides in Marin County with her husband of 26 years, Denis Henmi. They are currently building their dream house, a mid-century modern creation that was inspired by years of designing homes for their clients. Kwan and Henmi have two children, Drew, 18 and Derek, 15. Kwan was born on August 18, 1954.


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Colors: Pale green, gold, purple, light blue
Scents: Lavender, amber, verbena, patchouli, jasmine
Flowers: Dahlia, lily, tube rose
Board Games: Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Clue, Jeopardy
Video Games: Jeopardy
Sports to Play: Tennis, golf, skiing
Sports Teams: San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers
Outdoor Activities: Hiking, jogging, running
TV Shows: Jeopardy, The Apprentice, Shark
Movies: Out of Africa, Akeelah and the Bee, The Sound of Music
Music: Jazz, classical, rock, reggae
Magazines: Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Simple Living, Architecture Record
Books/Authors: Joyce Carol Oates, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf
Cereals: GOLEAN
Fruits: Mango, grapes, apple, banana, guava, cherries, pear
Snack Foods: Almonds, mixed nuts, whole wheat crackers, peanut butter toast
Cookies: Chocolate chip--sugarless
Candy Bars: Anything sugarless, dark chocolate
Alcoholic Drinks: Red wine, white wine, low-carb beer, vodka
Non-Alcoholic: Iced tea, sparkling water


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