Architecture / 40 Under 40 2015

Edwin Chuang, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Edwin Chuang
CEO and founder, sáv Hospitality

Graduating in architecture, interiors and urban planning from the Parsons School of Design in New York, Edwin Chuang founded sáv Hospitality Group, a new lifestyle hotel brand based in Hong Kong, to reflect a new generation in style, attitude, and vision. The group’s flagship property, Hotel sáv, is making its name via a number of innovative concepts, including seven sáv colours in décor and services to induce a spiritual healing effect among its guests. The sáv portfolio also includes sáv Residence in Taipei, sáv Resort & Spa in Xiamen, and Pacific Cebu Resort in Cebu. Before he established sáv Hospitality, Chuang founded his own architecture and interior design consultancy, EDesign Studio, under which he headed various design projects in Taiwan, Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Alvin Huang, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Alvin Huang
Founder and design principal, SDA Synthesis Design + Architecture

As an award-winning architect, designer and educator, Alvin Huang, AIA, specialises in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architecture practice. Huang’s body of work and teachings have had a profound impact throughout Asia. Completed projects include the Groove at CentralWorld (Bangkok, Thailand), Central Plaza Lampang (Lampang, Thailand) and the Pure Tension Pavilion for Volvo at the Guangzhou Auto Show (Guangzhou, China). Currently, he is working on a number of new projects in Asia, including a 2,000-seat performance hall in Yongding, China. Huang has lectured, taught and exhibited widely in Asia, including the Hong Kong Pavilion at the International Architecture Biennale (Venice, Italy), Tongji University (Shanghai, China) and Kyoto Institute of Technology (Kyoto, Japan).
Michael Kokora, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Michael Kokora
Partner, OMA/AMO Asia

Michael Kokora joined OMA in 2007 and is based in Hong Kong. In 2009, he established OMA/AMO Asia together with OMA partner David Gianotten, and now leads the Asia-Pacific office. A judge at this year’s A&D Trophy Awards in the Professional/Architecture category, his achievements include overseeing the design and construction of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange from 2007 to the building’s completion in 2013. Other projects include the conceptual masterplan for Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, an office tower in Kuala Lumpur, a residential project on The Peak in Hong Kong, a masterplan to regenerate areas in Jakarta, and an airport in southern China. Kokora is an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches in the Master of Architecture programme.
Dr Stefan Krakhofer, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Dr Stefan Krakhofer

Dr Krakhofer is a registered architect, qualified building engineer, and enthusiastic educator, whose work has been published worldwide and exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, and the Architecture Centre Vienna. Recently, Dr Krakhofer presented his lecture in digital craftsmanship at the World Architecture Festival, and he currently holds an assistant professor position at the City University of Hong Kong. Here, he teaches architectural design with a focus on digital design technologies, computational design/BIM and digital fabrication. His research is concerned with new models of design thinking, and emerging modes of practice that are transforming due to the pervasive role of information. He is also a judge in the Students/Architecture category at the A&D Trophy Awards 2015.
Christine Kwan, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Christine Kwan
Director, DLN

Christine Kwan joined DLN in 2005 and is currently the director of its design team. She has led the design of numerous projects of varying scales across Asia, including Shenyang New World Centre, the Taipei Metro Dome and the West Kowloon Cultural District Park Design, as well as private houses such as the residence of the PRC Minister of Foreign Affairs (HK). Kwan has worked with local governments, international developers and clients throughout China. Other current projects include the multi-purpose Taipo Sports Complex for the HKASD, and masterplanning for a mixed-used development of 630,000 sq-m in Chongqing for Hutchison Whampoa Property. At the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the Hong Kong Green Building Council, Kwan actively participates by taking on multiple roles and responsibilities.
Magic Kwan, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Magic Kwan,
Architect, Kengo Kuma & Associates

A graduate of UC Berkeley and University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong-born Canadian Magic Kwan’s design exploration has been related to geometry, computational modelling methods, building detailing and material properties. He was the recipient of the Malcolm Reynolds Fellowship, Department Fellowship, Mortimer Fleishhacker Scholarship, Sciobereti Scholarship and was awarded First Class Honours for his Bachelor’s degree. Post-graduation, he relocated to Tokyo to join the office of renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, where his roles span the entire design process: conceptual, schematic, design development, construction drawing and construction management. He has been involved in the following projects: the Køge Nord Station in Denmark, the Yunnan Folk Culture Exhibition & Sales Center in China, the Six Senses Resort in China, the Murray Building Hotel in Hong Kong, and the Kinmen Nature Village Hotel in Taiwan.
Rick Lam, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Rick Lam
Co-founder and director, Architecture Commons

Rick Lam has worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Boston, and New York on projects ranging from residential renovations to masterplanning, and these jobs have endowed him with a keen aesthetics acumen, knowledge in dense urban operations, and social awareness across cultures. A licensed architect currently running the Hong Kong office of Architecture Commons, Lam also teaches architecture at Chu Hai College of Higher Education. In just the past two years in Hong Kong, he has been engaged in more than 20 projects with various non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations, tackling a mixture of deep-rooted social issues, from alienated youth and elderly care to the environment, health and education. Architecture Commons operates with the belief that architecture is the vessel within and around which innovation thrives and relationship strengthens, making design a potent catalyst for interaction and social progress.
Professor Keat Ong, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Professor Keat Ong
Founder and managing director, Nota Design Group

Keat Ong set up Nota Design Group three years after he graduated from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, going on to establish offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and China, specialising in masterplanning, architecture and interior design. Recently, he was named one of Asia’s Top Designers 2014 by Design Business Chamber, Singapore. This year, Ong will be appointed as the chief executive officer for the upcoming Singapore Design Centres that will make their China debuts in Changsha, Chongqing and Kunming. He is currently the chairman of the Singapore Interior Design Accreditation Council (2013- 2015) and the chair for Accreditation in Interior Design Confederation, Singapore. Ong has also been appointed honorary president of the Yunnan Interior Design Industry Association, as well as the international academic advisor to Chongqing Interior Design Enterprise Association.
Olivier Ottevaere, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Olivier Ottevaere
Principal, Double (O)

Originally from Belgium, Olivier Ottevaere has practised in New York, Lisbon and London, and has taught at design studios in Denmark and the UK as well as at the EPFL in Switzerland for five years. An assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong since 2011, he continues developing design works under his Double (O) studio. At last year’s A&D Trophy Awards, Ottevaere won the top prize, the Best of the Best, for The Pinch, a library and community centre in Yunnan province which he designed in collaboration with John Lin. More recently, he was awarded Best Residential Project by the Architectural Review/MIPIM Future Project Awards for House Me Tender, an open precast cell system for individualised housing in Hong Kong.
Sunny Yung, Architecture, 40 under 40 2015
Sunny Yung
Co-founder, Cocoon Architecture

Starting off his career by working for renowned local firms such as Rocco Design Architects, Cocoon Architecture co-founder Sunny Yung specialises in dealing with local situations and constraints, enabling him to incubate conventional problems to devise innovative solutions — hence the name of his company, Cocoon. He has won multiple awards, including a Perspective Award in 2009 for XS Residential Apartment, and an HKIA Annual Award 2012 — Urban Design for Integrated Teaching Complex at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. These projects dealt with Hong Kong’s cramped apartments and its hilly terrain respectively. An artist as well, Yung’s drawings have been published in the book 16 Lessons in Line and displayed at an exhibition titled Reveal in ArtisTree. He recently curated Hong Kong Culture Part I — Laisee Design at PMQ, and is now teaching at HKU SPACE.