Founding partners, Atelier Alter (CHINA)
Zhang Yingfan and Bu Xiaojun both received master's degrees in architecture from Harvard University. Zhang's theoretical research focused intensively on the interdisciplinary nature of the Silk Road's cultural heritage and its impact on architecture. Her ongoing research explores the architecture and urbanism of rural China that initiates parts of the Silk Road. Prior to starting Atelier Alter, she worked for Atelier Raimund Abraham and RMJM North America. She won an Excellent Designer award in 2014 from the China Interior Designer Golden League. Bu Xiaojun focuses on parametric design and construction.
Founding partners, EDITECTURE (HONG KONG)
Founded in 2014, EDITECTURE provides architecture, interior, branding, product and uniform design for commercial and residential projects. Trained as an architect, Jacqueline Chak supports sustainability and has observed a huge amount of construction wastage in Hong Kong, especially with the massive number of pop-up events and installations. She searches for sustainability solutions in her designs as well as creating reusable products, furniture and installations.
Genevieve Chew works closely with the EDITECTURE team to design furniture and homeware products. She also works with suppliers on research and development regarding sustainability in the manufacturing process as well as recycling and up-cycling fabrics and materials.
Co-founders and design directors, HIR Studio (HONG KONG)
HIR Studio's team has a passion for creating unique and inspiring spatial design and exploring the public realm with local flavours and characters. Key projects include The Curious Horn, public installation at Pacific Place; Gameup Pixel to Hyper Reality, public installation at K11 Hong Kong; the Michael Wright Memorial, HKIA Young Architect Award Winning Entry by Irene Cheng; and Sha Tin Town Hall Public Space Rejuvenation Design.
Irene Cheng graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London and the University of Hong Kong, and has worked with Aedas and Foster + Partners. Howard Chung graduated from the Delft University of Technology and the University of Hong Kong, and worked with Foster + Partners and Adjaye Associates London.
Founder, JC Architecture (TAIWAN)
Johnny Chiu believes that design is a tool for creating change in society; a building, whether for a cafe or offices, should improve the lives of its inhabitants. He cares about creating accessible buildings that have a voice in the community and tailors design, furnishings and assembly in forms that have a strong local sense. The friendliness of his designs inspires everyday users to engage with design and see it as he does – as a means of creating change. JCA welcomes international collaboration and encourages other companies to interact with the international design world.
Founder, Continuation Studio (CHINA)
Fan Jiujiang served as a visiting tutor at both the School of Architecture and Art of China Academy of Fine Arts, and the Graduate School of Architecture of Southeast University. His awards include the APIDA Asia Pacific Interior Design Award (Work Space category) 2017, the Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA), and both the Golden and Silver prizes of A' Design Award.
Fan participated in the exhibition Much in Little held at Zhejiang University, and the joint exhibition by Asia Designer Communication Platform (ADP) held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was also invited to be a designer by the Jiangsu Urban and Rural Planning and Design Institute.
Co-founders, Yushe Design (CHINA)
Shanghai-based Yushe Design (YSD) provides integrated architecture, interior and landscape design and focuses on urban regeneration, creative cultural spaces, and tourist and residential projects.
Yushe Design believes strongly in research, and each project begins with a rigorous study and analysis of a site's specific composition: the obvious and the hidden, the natural and the social environment, and how people involved want to live, work and play. All this is synthesised so the outcome appears obvious and inevitable with a balance between aesthetic ideals and pragmatic function, simplicity and variety, individual artistry and social concerns, globalism and regionalism.
Founding partner, Studio Symbiosis (INDIA)
Amit Gupta graduated from London's Architectural Association and joined Zaha Hadid Architects. He started his own practice in Delhi in 2010 and his projects cover various scales and sectors. He believes computational design and sustainable design solutions can achieve rich spatial landscapes and performance-driven spaces.
Studio Symbiosis has won a number of International awards including a German Design Award, Iconic Award, International Property awards, and A' Design Award. Key projects include the 200-room Double Tree by Hilton Ahmedabad, Hilton Kathmandu, an eco-park in Delhi (set to be the biggest man-made biodiversity park in India), Gwalior Railway Station, Bangalore Train Station and Punjab Kesari Headquarters opening in 2019 (winner of International property awards for Best Office Project).
Architect, Studio Lagom, (INDIA)
Studio Lagom is involved residences, retail spaces, sustainable furniture, experiential restaurants and inspiring institutional spaces. The practice believes in architecture that gives importance to the beauty of materials by creating the right balance between less and more. It believes that form should not only follow function, but create spaces for lifestyles and cultures. Each project demands care
because each building is unique for its users, setting and function. The studio likes to infuse natural elements into spaces and every process is followed rigorously to create something that is in harmony with nature. The process involves a keen eye for detail, with each element of the plan detailed before moving to on-site execution.
Principal director, Groundwork Architects & Associates (HONG KONG)
CY Lau received his architectural training at the University of Hong Kong and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London. After graduation, he joined Future Systems, London with Jan Kaplický and Amanda Levete, where he was involved in the realisation of futuristic and landmark projects around the world.
Lau returned to Hong Kong in 2005 and joined Aedas and MLA Architects, where he served as an associate partner and witnessed the growth of the office. He joined Groundwork Architects & Associates as a partner in 2014. He is also the founding partner of Groundwork Design (Shenzhen).
Design director, BREAD studio (HONG KONG)
Benny Lee is a UK Registered Architect and co-founder of BREAD studio, a practice that has won more than 20 international design competitions including the Hong KongZhuhai-Macao Bridge Boundary Crossing Facilities International Ideas Competition, Wan Chai Community Green Station Design Idea Competition, and the Design Your Airport Competition.
After working with Foster + Partners and Arup Associates, he joined Ronald Lu and Partners in 2011 where he established and led the Design Communication Specialist Group.
BREAD works on big buildings, interiors, artworks and products, and is currently working with ArchSD on a Community Green Station building in Wan Chai and rejuvenating numerous performing venues including Kwai Tsing Theatre, Sha Tin Town Hall and Hong Kong Coliseum.
Co-founder and design director One Bite Design Studio(HONG KONG)
Sarah Mui holds architecture degrees from Hong Kong and London and worked with London's Studio8 and Hong Kong's AD+RG and the Oval Partnership before setting up One Bite Design Studio.
Her most recent design projects include the Zetta Bridge Creative Cluster in Qianhai, Shenzhen, and the Salisbury Garden public space outdoor furniture design in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. The Hong Kong project won a Gold Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architecture and Merit Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.
She is an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and received the Young Architect Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 2016.
Co-founders, New Office Works (HONG KONG)
New Office Works (NOW) was founded by Paul Tse and Evelyn Ting, who seek to build upon the vocabulary accumulated 'then' while satisfying the needs and desires of 'now'. The office won first prize in the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition for a pavilion in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and second prize in the Busan Opera House Competition. NOW works across all scales, from architecture and art installations to writing and exhibitions.
Design director, Atelier Global (HONG KONG)
After graduating, Larry Tsoi began his career in OMA and HOK in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2011, he partnered with Atelier Global in his practice in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. He searches for common ground and universal values through work that ranges from pragmatic public infrastructure to highly articulated, well-crafted buildings and spaces in cultural and commercial sectors.
He has won numerous architectural competitions and designed award-winning projects in both China and Hong Kong including YouArt Center in Changde, Shenzhen Longhua Archive Library and the Changsha Din Din Creativity Centre. Tsoi was involved in the 2007 ShenzhenHong Kong Bi-annual Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and the Hong Kong pavilion in the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
President and design director, Archimorphic (UNITED STATES)
Luoya Tu started her professional practice in Beijing after graduating from Tianjin University. In 2007, she moved to the United States and gained a master's degree in architecture from UCLA. Cutting-edge design methodologies played an important role in her work at amphibianArc, where she served as partner and design director.
In 2015, Tu founded Archimorphic in Los Angeles, a collaborative architecture practice committed to creating structures that seek to inspire the minds of the future. The firm believes that successful design is a synthesis of both artistic expression and problem resolution. Innovative architectural design in the digital realm has resulted in numerous commissions and design awards.
Founder, BLEND (HONG KONG)
BLEND's projects in Dongguan – including the Innovation Valley No. 1 and No. 3, Dogness Headquarters, Dong Chen Huangqi Mountain Sports and Cultural Park, and the Dongguan Civic Center – have contributed to the city's revitalisation and explore novel urban and architectural types.
Prior to founding BLEND, she worked at J. Mayer H. Architecture Design and Research, Foster + Partners, OMA, and Gensler. Wang studied at the National Cheng Kung University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was an assistant professor in urban design at the University of Hong Kong from 2010 to 2014 and is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Founding partners, ATAH (CHINA)
At their five-year-old independent practice, Xu Guang and Wang Dandan, who both studied and worked in China and the United States, have merged owners' demands with reality in designs that bridge relevance and architectural gestures. Their Heli-stage in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, part of the design of an all-season ski resort, involves a spiral form, blurring the boundary between floors and connecting the exterior space with the interior, creating continuity for the exhibition area. Users shuttle through both indoor and outdoor landscaping via the access staircase without being aware of the transition due to the blurring effect of the floors.
Partner and deputy chief architect, Lacime Architects (CHINA)
After graduating from Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, Zhao joined Lacime Architects. During his 15-year career in design, he has developed his own design philosophy: simplification of materials and a return to origins. His work, distinguished by conciseness and experimental elements, includes the Qin II Dynasty Relics Museum (2011) in Xi'an and the Waterfront Art Gallery (2018) in Nanchang.
As a collector and curator, Zhao attempts to combine fine art with design practice and explores the possibilities of architectural expression. In 2018, he held the exhibition Re-factoring Traditional Architectural Components in the Original Identity Gallery in Shanghai, which showed his own collection of wooden beams.
Chief architect gad•line+ studio (CHINA)
Zhu Peidong's professional research-based explorations result in a delicate balance between the background, quality, efficiency, economic value and human scale. His methods enable him to respond to complex and changeable design needs while taking 'boundary' as the main theme of thinking in public buildings of different types and scales, such as Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Hangzhou Gudun Road Primary School, and the Inventronics Tonglu Production Factory.
In a dialogue between residents, communities, cities and nature, he seeks to resolve diverse topics including tradition and contemporary, place and experience, material and structure, and function and trend. His projects have won a series of international and domestic prizes including the China Architectural Design Award and Perspective's A&D Trophy Awards.