Architecture / 40 Under 40 2016

Alex Shrestha, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Alex Shrestha
Managing director, Wonaw & Associates | Kathmandu, Nepal

Alex Shrestha is a new generation of Nepali architects who is striving to make a positive impact in Nepali architecture. Having completed his studies in architecture and urban planning, he also has an MBA degree. Striving to achieve excellence in design within the local context, he enjoys challenging design principles, materials and technology limitations to produce beautiful and functional architecture.

His latest creation the Pavilions Himalayas, is a unique and first of its kind self-sustainable eco resort project in Nepal and probably one of the very few environmentally-friendly resorts in the SAARC region. The eco-friendly design sets an unprecedented new standard in the hospitality industry with many environment friendly features and will be an inspiration for future resorts to come.

Darren Zhou, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Darren Zhou
Principal, Skew Collaborative | Shanghai, China

An adjunct assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong Shanghai Study Center and is a LEED accredited professional, Darren Zhou obtained his Bachelors from Columbia University, where he was awarded the top departmental honours, and his Masters from Princeton University.

Each project at SKEW aims to interrogate both the city it is located in – research into typology, history, theory, and form are translated into designs that attempt to situate the projects within larger disciplinary and social discourses. Zhou has won accolades from Blueprint, LEAF, Green-Dot, WIN and Perspective Awards, and his works have been published internationally.

Besides lecturing at HKU-SSC, he is also the co-director and co-founder of the Cities in Asia programme, an accredited summer studio that brings international students to different Asian cities, in order to understand the complexities of Asian urbanism.

Ferdinand Cheung, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Stephen Chow, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Ferdinand Cheung & Stephen Chow
Directors, Benoy | Hong Kong

Ferdinand Cheung and Stephen Chow are both award-winning designers at the Hong Kong office of Benoy.

Cheung, whose 17 years of experience cover a diversity of typologies from concept to design detail development, spearheads Benoy’s Asia portfolio in large-scale, mixed-use projects, which include the high-profile International Finance Square (IFS) projects for Wharf Group. His award-winning work includes Chengdu IFS, Parc 66 Jinan and ‘Skyhigh’ at 10 Pollock’s Path in Hong Kong, for which he was awarded the HKIA Medal of the Year.

Chow’s portfolio of work spans the retail, commercial, mixed-use and transit-oriented sectors across the region, and he has been the leading force behind Benoy’s expansion into Japan. He has helped grow the firm’s Hong Kong studio from 70 staff to its peak of over 300, and was awarded first prize for his revitalisation of the Tai O District in Hong Kong and 2nd prize for his redevelopment of the North Point Promenade.

Zong De-Xin, Su Yun-Feng & Chen Jun, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Zong De-Xin, Su Yun-Feng & Chen Jun, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Zong De-Xin, Su Yun-Feng & Chen Jun, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Zong De-Xin, Su Yun-Feng & Chen Jun
Founders, IDO (Init Design Office) | Chongqing, China

IDO (Init Design Office) was founded by Zong De-Xin, Su Yun-Feng and Chen Jun in Chongqing in 2012. Works designed by IDO range from large complex buildings to small private clubs, and from urban landscape to interior furniture. In the process of practice, IDO maintains the keen insight and independent thinking about city, culture and society of contemporary China, mindful of the relationship between modern and traditional architecture, as well as sustainability and eco-sensibilities.

IDO’s 7-Meter Limit Housing Experiment’, designed and built in 2013, drew broad attention from media. The three founding partners gave a speech titled Limit of Residence —Small, Smaller at the TEDxChongqing meeting in 2014. The project was a finalist in the 2014 WA Design Experiment Award, WA Housing Award and WA Social Equality Award.

Mohamad Ghamlouch, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Mohamad Ghamlouch
Founder & creative director, Minus Collective | Hong Kong

With a Master’s degree in digital tectonics from the Institute of Advanced Architecture in Barcelona, Mohamad Ghamlouch’s design explorations have been primarily focused on ‘place making’ through computational modelling methods and material systems.

After working for multiple international studios in Beirut ,Shanghai, Dubai, Barcelona and Hong Kong, he started Minus Collective, a collaborative platform focused on various aspects of design, with projects such as Denmark’s Fab House and Osaka’s urban renewal masterplan.

He also experiments with robotics and its influence on architecture, whether it’s 3D printing and prototyping or hacking a milling machine into making design decisions. Ghamlouch’s work has received multiple awards, including the AIA Merit Award for unbuilt projects.

He is also involved in architectural workshops with the Architectural Association and University of Hong Kong, focusing on digital tooling and its architectural applications.

Philip Fung, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Philip Fung
Founding principal, Elsedesign | Hong Kong

The founding principal of Elsedesign, Philip Fung holds a Master’s degree in architecture from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has worked with Yungho Chang in Beijing and Herzog & de Meuron in Basel from 2002-2006. Elsedesign won several national design awards, including second prize at the 2007 Shanghai Young Architects Award, the Merit Prize for Spatial Design at Hong Kong Global Design Awards 2012 and in 2013, he was a finalist for the Young Architects Award at the China Media Architecture Awards.

Fung has taught as guest professor at Nanjing University, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and was an associate at Cheung Kong School of Art and Design, Shantou University, from 2008-2011. Currently, Philip is an adjunct assistant professor at the the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Architecture.

Stanley Siu, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Stanley Siu
Founder, Daydreamers Design | Hong Kong

Stanley Siu received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from in New Zealand’s UNITEC School of Architecture before returning to Hong Kong. In 2014, he received the Young Architect Awards 2013, organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, where he is currently chairman of the Community Development Committee.

In 2012, he founded Daydreamers Design, participating in the 2013 Lantern Wonderland competition organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, for which he won the Gold Award. The winning design, Rising Moon, was exhibited at Victoria Park, and was a combination of large-scale public art and sustainable architecture.

In 2015, Siu was appointed by HKIA as chief curator for its first overseas architecture exhibition in Taiwan, Past, Present & Future — Tracking Hong Kong Architecture, and the 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, Stratagems in Architecture, Hong Kong in Venice.

Seah Chee Huang, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Seah Chee Huang
Director, DP Architects | Singapore

Seah Chee Huang joined DP Architects in 2003 and was appointed director two years ago. He completed his Master of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2003, where he received top academic honours including the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) medal, and the Board of Architects (BOA) medal, and went on to become the top candidate in the 2006 BOA Professional Practice Examination. An active member of SIA since 2006, Seah has led various key events such as the Singapore Architectural Biennale in Sao Paulo, and chaired the organising committee for ArchiFest between 2009 and 2011. A council member since 2010, he currently serves as its second vice-president.

Seah has served as an adjunct design tutor at the NUS’ Department of Architecture since 2006.