Akshay Heranjal, Architecture, 40 under 40 2017
Akshay Heranjal
Co-founder and principal architect The Purple Ink Studio, Bangalore

With a BArch from the BVB College of Engineering & Technology in Hubli, Akshay Heranjal co-founded The Purple Ink Studio in 2011, a multiple-award-winning practice that believes in constantly exploring the parameters of design and blurring the boundaries between architecture, landscape and sustainability. The studio works closely on each programme and situates its projects within a wider research context; it believes in an integrated approach that moves beyond digital techniques. The studio engages in the practice of 'regenerative architecture', focusing on conservation and performance through a focused reduction on the environmental impacts of a built structure.

Heranjal previously worked for Mumbai-based firms Sanjay Puri Architects and SP+A before setting up on his own.

Anubhav Gupta, Architecture, 40 under 40 2017
Anubhav Gupta
Chief design officer and head of CSR and sustainability at Godrej Properties, Mumbai

Anubhav Gupta works for one of India's fastest- growing developers with more than 120 million sq-ft under development in 12 cities across 50 projects in the country. His global real-estate consulting project portfolio spans several sectors including regeneration, retail/entertainment, healthcare, workplace, science/technology, education and transportation.

Having lived and worked in the US, Europe, China and India, Gupta is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He received his masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is currently a fellow and part- time doctoral scholar at the University of Cambridge in Applied Real Estate Finance & Economics. A regular speaker at conferences, Gupta has taught at MIT, Harvard, Tsinghua University and Columbia University, among others.

Camiel Weijenberg, Architecture, 40 under 40 2017
Camiel Weijenberg
Founder, Weijenberg, Singapore

Camiel Weijenberg’s passion for design came from his sculptor mother and engineer father. He learned from an early age to always question aesthetics in a functional way, but it was his foundation in Wood & Carpentry from College Amsterdam that solidified his fascination with creation and form. Camiel started his career working at Zaha Hadid Architects and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. In 2013, he founded Weijenberg, an award-winning design firm whose signature aesthetic, ‘crafting the traditional’, fuses cutting-edge technology with traditional methods and materials. Its designs are fuelled by a passion to create inventive spatial experiences combined with ingenious functional solutions.

Currently conducting research at the Singapore University of Technology and Design on high-rise sustainable design, Weijenberg is a regular public speaker, recently lecturing at the Global Tourism Cities Conference and Singapore Institute of Architects.

Charles Chu, Architecture, 40 under 40 2017
Jonathan Kong, Architecture, 40 under 40 2017
Charles Chu & Jonathan Kong
Director & design director, James Law Cybertecture, Hong Kong

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

Charles Chu was born in Hong Kong and has an architecture degree from City University and worked at 724 designstudio as graphic designer and later at S&D interior design firm. He joined James Law Cybertecture at the end of 2006, working on projects including the Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza food court area and cinema/shopping complex.

After completing his post-graduate course at Bartlett School of Architecture in London, Jonathan Kong worked for Foster + Partners and other international architecture firms in the UK for more than 10 years. Kong works closely with James Law on the design and execution of a diverse range of projects, from conceptual design and project implementation to practical completion.

Woon Chung Yen, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Woon Chung Yen
Associate director, DP Architects, Singapore

Upon receiving a Master of Architecture from the National University of Singapore, Woon Chung Yen joined local architecture practice W Architects, working on projects including the Pathlight School, the first autism-focused institution in Singapore. Woon then worked in New York for Rafael Vinoly Architects (RVA) as project architect on the University of Pennsylvania Translational Research Center. His other projects with Vinoly included the Salon 94 Bowery art gallery, and the Harlem Academy school for gifted children from underserved communities.

In 2011, he returned to Singapore and joined DP Architects, where he was assigned to work on the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Overseas projects include the Acropolis and Southpark mixed developments in Dhaka, and the Muong Hoa Cultural Park in Sapa, Vietnam.

Dora Chi, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Dora Chi
Managing director, Spatial Practice, Hong Kong

Dora Chi’s work with Spatial Practice has been internationally recognised for its creative and innovative designs. She leads the firm to create built environments that serve society better by combining the requirements of regulations while understanding client desires. Her designs focus on creating public spaces that encourage informal user interaction to generate a better urban environment and private spaces that allow comfortable healthy environments. Chi received her BArch from Cornell University and her passion for sustainable built environments has her advocating ecological designs. She relocated to Asia 10 years ago when awarded research grants from Cornell University and the American Institute of Architects to conduct research on urbanisation in China. Projects currently under construction and recently finished include Indigo Waterfall installation in Japan, and One More residential tower and the Fleur de Sel restaurant in Taiwan.

Kenrick Wong, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Kenrick Wong
Founder & director, Orient Occident Atelier, Hong Kong

Kenrick Wong graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor and Master of Architecture, and believes that architecture is a powerful tool for volunteer, cultural and education projects.

After gaining seven years of volunteer and design experiences, Kenrick co-founded Orient Occident Atelier (OOA) and Adventurous Global Schools (AGS) charity to explore the modern interpretation of Eastern and Western aesthetics while focusing on the integration of nature, function and the community. He directs the design, construction and management of the prototype school, educational tours, and integrates village development with research into local construction and materials. The first self-initiated village school is scheduled to be completed in Cambodia in 2017.

In 2016, Wong and his partner were selected as venue designers for the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Reveal II exhibition at Artistree. Other projects include an installation at the 2016 Colorama Urban Art Festival in Shenzhen.

Ian Hau, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Ian Hau
Founder & director, XLMS, Hong Kong

Architectural design studio XLMS has been responsible for instigating design concepts across significant regeneration projects in Asia, including Shanghai Lujiazui Qiantan ES4 Precinct, Hangzhou Xixi Wetland Park and the Tanjung Aru Eco Development in Kota Kinabalu.

Ian Hau’s professional experience includes leadership positions for several globally recognised consultancies at the forefront of changing how cities are designed, including Benoy and Woods Bagot. He specialises in developing architectural concepts for knowledge- based communities, transport-oriented mixed-use and sustainable developments.

Hau acted as a founding and council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design and assistant professor at the Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong.

Jane Luk, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Jane Luk
Project leader, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo

Building sustainability expert Jane Luk joined Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo in 2013 and leads an international team for overseas projects. Her major initiatives include the House of Hungarian Music project in Budapest, L’anbre Blanc Residential Tower in Montpellier, the Ecole Polytechnique Learning Center in Paris, and the Omotesando Branches project in Tokyo.

Luk won the Jirou Murofushi Prize Award at the Japanese Tea House Competition in 2016. The architect also contributes articles to architecture and design magazines and was shortlisted for the Joint Publishing Young Writers Competition in 2017 for her musings on Tokyo. Having worked in the profession for eight years, Luk is currently setting-up her design studio and developing a design ideology.

Stanley Pun, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Stanley Pun
Associate partner, Foster + Partners, Hong Kong

Graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, Stanley Pun is currently associate partner of Foster + Partners’ Hong Kong office. Pun’s design strength lies in geometry, computational modelling and facade detailing: he was the facade and building envelope team leader for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal project from 2009 to the building’s completion in 2013, being responsible for the design of the entire facade. Pun was second runner-up in the professional group for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai- Macao Bridge Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) Competition in 2010. He has also lent his expertise to charity, being the key designer for the build of a learning kiosk at IDEA Cambodia 2013.

Architectural works aside, Stanley has previously been involved in creating works of art for the Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture exhibition in Shenzhen.

Vicky Chan, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Vicky Chan
Founder, Avoid Obvious Architects, Hong Kong & New York

Vicky Chan founded Avoid Obvious Architects in 2012, with offices in Hong Kong and New York. Under his leadership, the firm has been designing sustainable buildings in cities globally with a focus on combining art with green technology. His projects can be found in 36 cities in 17 countries. His Smart City design is included in exhibitions in Germany and South Africa; this year he will give lectures in the Netherlands and South Korea on healthy city planning.

Chan has additionally founded a voluntary organisation, Architecture with Children, which has educated more than 3,000 students about sustainability and architecture via weekly workshops in Hong Kong and New York.

Han Wenqiang, Architecture, 40 under 40 2016
Han Wenqiang
Founder & principal architect, Arch Studio

Han Wenqiang studied at China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), where he has lectured since 2005. He founded Arch Studio in 2010, and it was singled out as one of China’s Most Influential Architecture and Design Elites in 2015 by AD100. Han was also honoured as Most Outstanding Designer of the Year by CBDA in 2014.

Han’s projects have garnered recognition from many other awards, including Design Vanguard’s Best of Year, the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards and the CIDA Interior Design of China Residential Award.

One of the architect’s most celebrated projects involved transforming traditional hutongs into a stylish tea house in Beijing. He has been invited to participate in the China Design Exhibition, Kwangju Art Biennial and an Exhibition of 100 Architects for the 10th Anniversary of UED (Urban Environment Design) with this work.