Ho Wai Kit
Senior associate, DP Architects (SINGAPORE)
Ho Wai Kit graduated with a master of arts (Architecture) from the National University of Singapore in 2011. At DP Architects (DPA), he focuses on the ideation and conceptualisation of projects varying in typology and scale and is responsible for leading design competitions in and around Southeast Asia.
Notable projects that have been awarded through his direct involvement include Sengkang General Hospital in Singapore (awarded 2012) and Singapore General Hospital Elective Care Centre (awarded 2015).
Major projects he has conceptualised include the Melaka Gateway Masterplan, launched in 2014 and now part of the Malaysian government's Economic Transformation Programme. He was also involved in the zero-waste Archifest Pavilion 2016, which was nominated for a President's Design Award 2017 in Singapore.
In 2015, Ho founded A Whispering Campaign as a platform for creative community collaboration. His independent projects often involve mentoring youths through non-profit organisations, such as the National University Hospital's Project Dreamcatchers for children with chronic illnesses, in 2016 and 2018.
Co-founder & managing director, One Bite Design Studio (HONG KONG)
A graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a registered architect in Hong Kong, Alan Cheung previously worked for Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York and London, and Benoy in Hong Kong.
Since 2015, he has been a core member of the Hong Kong Architecture Centre's (HKAC) Archi-Platform, which promotes architecture to the public through talks and workshops. One Bite has curated a number of community events as part of HKAC's Play to Change series at Oi Street, recently awarded the Good Design Award 2017 for Regional/Community Development and Social Contribution Activities.
As current co-chairman of the Chinese University Architecture Alumni Association (CUAAA), he helped curate its first exhibition in Hong Kong last year. He is also a guest critic at UCSI University and Taylor University in Kuala Lumpur, and was shortlisted for the Young Architect Award by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 2015.
Principal, GroupGSA (BEIJING, CHINA)
Born in 1986 in Havana, Cuba, Alina Valcarce began her career in Spain before moving to China in 2011. Initially working as lead architect for Sure Architecture, Valcarce joined GroupGSA in 2016 as principal of the Beijing Studio and design creative leader for the region. She is currently working on a series of projects including Fulong Exhibition Center in Chongli for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing; currently under construction, it has already won the award for the Country's Best Public Service building at the 2018 Asia Pacific Property Awards and is a finallist in the WA Awards 27th Cycle.
Inspired by Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid and Ben van Berkel, Valcarce has developed an architectural language that she calls "the poetry between architecture and landscape".
Shuyan Chan, Kevin Siu & Bob Pang
Co-founders, AaaM (HONG KONG)
Shuyan Chan, Kevin Siu and Bob Pang are the co-founders of AaaM – Architecture as a Medium. Chan, also the firm's design director, initially joined the Dutch design office UNStudio Amsterdam in 2008, going on to launch UNStudio's offices in Shanghai (2010) and Hong Kong (2016). At UNStudio he was responsible for guiding project teams, working on the designs for Dalian Football Stadium, Dalian Sports Centre, Qingdao Expo Pavilion and the Hangzhou East Station Master Plan.
Managing director Kevin Siu has been architect/designer on a wide range of projects, from institutional architecture in Hong Kong such as the Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Kowloon Baptist Church and the Elderly Centre for the St James' Settlement to national venues like the Guangdong Museum. Siu has also led AaaM to actively engage the public with art curation, exhibitions, research and print and online publications.
Design director Bob Pang previously worked under Arata Isozaki in Shanghai as a Project Architect, leading the design and coordination work for the Suzhou High Speed Rail Master Plan. He has won a number of awards including Best Residential at MIPIM 2014 for the Gemdale Xian Nanhu residential development Lot3, 5/6, and is currently leading AaaM's team designing and building Vanke's new office tower in Hangzhou.
Co-founder, Superposition (HONG KONG)
Donn Holohan is a founding partner of Superposition and an assistant lecturer at The University of Hong Kong. His work, research and teaching are primarily based on the potential of emerging technology as it relates to the practice of architecture and to social and environmental sustainability. Holohan has worked in rural China with local craftspeople, governments and NGOs on a range of projects, from products to small-scale experimental structures and architecture. Recently he collaborated with the V&A Museum in London on its Culture in Crisis podcast series, and with Hong Kong developer Sino Group on projects examining the potential integration of robotics and construction.
He is currently working with local government and community-sponsored agricultural associations in Ireland to develop a new model of co-housing for declining rural areas, and with local government and community groups in rural Fujian, China, to develop a living museum of craft within an ancient village centre.
Oscar Ko & Gu Yunduan
Co-founders, Interval Architects (SHANGHAI, CHINA)
Oscar Ko and Gu Yunduan co-founded Interval Architects in 2012. Based in Shanghai, the firm has received awards and nominations including a HKDC Design for Asia Award (Merit Recognition), a Rethinking the Future Award (Honorable Mention), and a nomination at The 3rd China Architecture Media Awards (Best Architecture Award).
Ko has exhibited work at Milan Design Week, Beijing Design Week and the China 1000 exhibition, with international media coverage in Perspective, d+a, Dezeen, ArchDaily, Architecture & Culture, Taiwan Architecture and Gooood. Ko is actively involved in academia and has been honorary lecturer at The University of Hong Kong since 2017.
Gu graduated from Tongji University, China and is a Class 1 Registered Architect. She has previously worked in international firms A S Architecture-Studio (France) and SBA Architects (Germany). Her contribution to Interval Architects ranges from management of the office to design development of projects, and on-site supervision of constructions.
Founder & principal, EKAR Architects (BANGKOK, THAILAND)
Ekaphap Duangkaew founded NOTDS, an architecture and interior design firm in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and ran the company from 2009 to 2014. In 2014 he co-founded breakthrough architectural firm EKAR Architects, and was selected as one of only four architects in the Young Blood Architects of Thailand honours organised by the Association of Siamese Architects Under Royal Patronage and Wallpaper* magazine Thailand.
EKAR's recent work includes renovations, mixed-use and commercial projects, and private residences, focusing on user experiences and requirements, and celebrating a simple lifestyle, clean forms and spatial design. Its Multi-Place project was a finallist in the Mixed-Use category of the Architizer A+ Awards 2016 in the United States, the 2017 WAF Awards in Berlin and the 2017 WAN Awards in London.
Founder, gad∙Line+ Studio (HANGZHOU, CHINA)
Even before launching gad∙Line+ Studio, founder Meng Fanhao was involved in exploring the urban residential environment and urban renewal. In the process of counter-urbanisation, he is devoted to the practice of rural rejuvenation, choosing to break away from formulaic styles and responding instead to contemporary culture to adopt appropriate design strategies. His projects have been published by journals such as Domus, SPACE, NJU SA, id+c, The Architect and NEW architecture.
His firm and projects have won various awards, including Jury Winner at the 2017 Architizer A+ Awards, and from the 2016 Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China. Meng has also participated in academic activities including the UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress and the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.
Design director, Benoy (HONG KONG)
An award-winning architect, teacher, mentor, published writer and internationally exhibited artist, Gregory Kovacs joined Benoy in 2017 as a design director. Having gained his master's degree as an architect and engineer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Kovacs further developed his skillset at the Architectural Association in London as the 2007 winner of the prestigious RIBA Goldfinger Scholarship.
The Fosun Foundation in the Bund Finance Center in Shanghai, complete with moving facade, sits within his award-winning portfolio, taking the prestigious Gold Prize at the 2017 Hong Kong Design Awards.
He recently ran a week-long intensive design studio as part of a Master's dissertation project for KU Leuven university in Brussels as visiting design studio master for its Masters of Architecture programme.
Founder & architect, Studio RYTE (HONG KONG)
Dennis Cheung is a Registered Architect and founder of Studio RYTE, a multi-disciplinary design practice dedicated to harnessing technology and craftsmanship to reuse and redefine mundane urban objects, materials and space. Studio RYTE is the youngest firm to have achieved a Merit Award and Sustainable Design Award from the Hong Kong chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Cheung graduated from MIT and The University of Hong Kong with a focus on digital fabrication, material innovation and novel construction techniques. He has received various accolades, including an MIT Merit Award with full scholarship and a KPF Travelling Fellowship. In 2016 he was awarded the ARCASIA Travel Prize, a fellowship given to young Asian architects to conduct design and travel research into humanitarian architecture.
Cheung, who previously worked with firms such as Kengo Kuma & Associates in Japan and China, is a parttime lecturer at the Hong Kong Design Institute and has taught at The University of Hong Kong.
Isabel Van Haute
Partner & artistic director, CAAU (PARIS)
A licensed architect in Belgium, Isabel Van Haute has served as artistic director at CAAU since 2006, and became partner in 2016. Her previous experience includes positions at Richard Meier & Partners (New York), Patrick Berger (Paris), SCAU (Paris) and Dominique Perrault Architecture (Paris).
CAAU designed the Hong Kong Design Institute and, under principal Thomas Coldefy, has now opened an office in Shanghai. Van Haute believes that the design of a building should be innovative, change habits and push back boundaries, and demonstrated this with the Bao'an Public Culture and Art Center in China, which breaks from traditional institutional codes. Van Haute's project methods involve extreme consideration of the site, with urban culture treated with the appropriate density and diversity, as well as a conceptualisation process in which various factors in regard to the project are continually brought together to the point of overlap.
Founding partner, QUAD Studio (HONG KONG)
Kelvin Chu co-founded QUAD with Wai Tang and Charles Ho in 2017 and the studio has grown from just three people to a team of 20 staff, with a range of projects including urban planning, a high-rise tower, a cultural centre, luxury residential work and an eco-tech park.
Before QUAD, Chu was an associate director at Aedas Hong Kong, where he led numerous award-winning projects in China, including the Taichung Bank Headquarters, the Hongqiao World Centre in Shanghai, the Centralcon Shangsha redevelopment in Shenzhen, Shenzhen Luohu Friendship
Trading Centre and Chengdu Greenland East Village Complex. Before moving back to Hong Kong in 2011, he worked in London at practices such as FOA, ACME, plasma studio and Information Based Architecture. He studied at the Architectural Association London and subsequently taught there after graduating in 2005. He is also a former adjunct assistant professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong's School of Architecture.
Founder & director, Lucy Humphrey Studio (SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)
Award-winning architect Lucy Humphrey works across the fields of architecture, art and design, with a focus on the innovative use of materials, site-specific installations and the intersection between built forms and environments. She is also co-founder of non-profit design organisation Archrival, which specialises in collaborative and interdisciplinary design projects.
She teaches as a casual academic at the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney's faculties of architecture, and has written for ArchitectureAU, Architectural Review Asia Pacific and Architecture Australia. Trained at the University of Sydney, Humphrey founded her practice in 2009 and has been recognised with multiple awards including the Sculpture by the Sea People's Choice Prize and Kid's Prize (2013 and 2017).
Last year she won the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship and was selected for The Arctic Circle residency in Svalbard, Norway.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Recently worked with Aedas as an associate, Minsu Kim was involved in a variety of projects including high-profile mixed-use developments and offices. He was a key member of the team on the Unilever HQ project from the beginning, through detailed design development to the tendering stage.
Kim's interest in a computational design approach currently sees him working on a new design methodology using parametric design tools such as Grasshopper and Revit. With a master's degree in architecture from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London, Kim previously worked at Junglim Architecture from 2004 to 2011 as a project architect. During his 12 years of professional experience he has won four national awards and six architectural competitions, and completed 13 projects as a lead designer.
Associate, 10 DESIGN (HONG KONG)
Zhang Ruizhao graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2010 and with distinction with a master's degree in architectural design from the University of Sheffield in 2011. He has since worked for a number of world-renowned architecture firms, including Atkins and now 10 DESIGN.
Zhang has led design teams participating in a number of domestic and international architectural competitions, and creating landmarks such as Hengqin MixC World, Jinwan West Business Center, Huarong Tower in Zhuhai, and KL Gateway. In Hong Kong, he has participated in the architectural competition organised by the West Kowloon Cultural Authority, winning the first phase of the contest.
He has also participated in a UNESCO project studying low-cost sustainable housing in Africa and Asia. After graduation, Zhang devoted himself to exploring the intersection of architectural practice and sustainability, parametric-aided design, and moveable and interactive architecture research.
Director, studioplusthree (SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)
Since Simon Rochowski co-founded studioplusthree in 2014, the firm has received accolades such as the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Award for Small Project Architecture and the 2017 Australian Interior Design Award for Installation Design. Rochowski has worked across installation, exhibition and theatre design in tandem with his architectural career. Before studioplusthree he worked on cross-disciplinary design projects with institutions in London such as the Science Museum, the V&A and the Natural History Museum (with Nissen Richards Studio), and independently with Design for London, Spacemakers Agency, the Architecture Foundation and London Design Festival.
He has also been involved in community-based projects across London dealing with regeneration, community and social enterprise, as well as participating in community-build workshops in Japan and Portugal. He has been a creative mentor for the Shoreditch Trust, and a guest speaker at the University of Westminster and Sydney Design Festival.