Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40, 2012

, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Project Little Dream

Formed by 15 university students (Little Dreamers) in 2008 with a common dream to build schools in underprivileged areas around the world, Project Little Dream (PLD) has collaborated with local NGOs to build three schools in Takeo, Cambodia, providing education to more than 350 local children. Each year, more than 60 volunteers participate in school-building projects organised by PLD, which is a registered charity in Hong Kong. Currently, core members for the research and development of architecture include James Charles Mak, Francis Wong, Nelson Huen, Anthony Chu and Alison Cheng.
, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012

A multi-disciplinary, award-winning design studio, Farm aims to create a holistic spatial experience in which every element is considered and designed for, from the architecture spaces to the objects specific to the space, right down to the visual branding. Farm aims to experiment continually to find a position in design dialogues where disciplines are blurred, taking on a wide-ranging scope of projects. Apart from interiors, the company also works on architectural buildings, interiors, graphics and branding, product-making, and sculptural installation. 『Farmers' include Tiah Nan Chyuan, Torrance Goh, Selwyn Low and Peter Sim.
Annette Chu, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Annette Chu

Annette Chu earned a BA (Hons) from the Department of Architecture at Cambridge University, England, in 1999, going on to achieve an MA from King's College London and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association UK. In 2006, she became a Registered Architect in Belgium, where she worked at MDMA. Five years ago, she established Chu Design in Hong Kong, and in 2011, co-founded Eureka with Raymond Leung, and is currently working on the conversion of a factory in Kowloon Bay, among other projects. Chu also co-founded Bees (Blue Eyes Entity), a charity enterprise, with Manfred Yuen and Stephen Suen of YS Groundwork, and K P Suen, to focus on improving elderly homes and house painting workshops.
Au Fai, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Au Fai
O Studio Architects

Born in Guangzhou, Au Fai received a Master's degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a BA (Hons) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Prior to founding O Studio Architects in 2009, Au practiced as senior designer at OMA in Rotterdam and was the founding director of Adarc Associates, where he practiced from 2005 to 2008. O Studio's most notable recent work is Church of Seed, which won the 2011 World Architecture Community Award. Au is a registered architect in Hong Kong and a member of Hong Kong Institute of Architects. He was the champion at the 2007 Hong Kong Young Architects Award, and a nominee for the 2010 China Architecture Media Award, Young Architect prize.
Bryant Lu, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Bryant Lu
Ronald Lu & Partners

Cornell University graduate Bryant Lu joined Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP) after working for Fox & Fowle Architects in New York. Since joining the RLP management committee in 2002, he has been instrumental in leading the changes and development of the firm, which has grown from 110 staff and one office, to 500 staff across five offices within 10 years. Lu also serves in the business facilitation advisory committee under the Secretary of Finance of the Hong Kong Government, and is on the board of the Hong Kong Spirit Ambassador Awards and a member of the PRC Shenyang Municipal Committee of CPPCC.
Chris Bosse, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Chris Bosse
Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Chris Bosse founded Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (Lava) with Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck in 2007, and is also adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. Educated in Germany and Switzerland, Bosse was previously associate architect at PTW Architects and a key designer of the Beijing Olympics Watercube. He has designed everything from pop-up installations to furniture, from homes made out of PET bottles to retrofitting aging 』60s icons, from masterplans and urban centres to hotel rooms, houses and airports of the future. Lava won an international competition to design the centre of Masdar, the world's first zero-carbon city in the UAE, and the UN partnered Zeroprize for 『Tower Skin', the 『reskinning' proposal of the UTS tower in Sydney.
Giambattista Burdo and Samuele Martelli, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Giambattista Burdo and Samuele Martelli
Oobiq Architects

Oobiq Architects handles projects in more than 25 cities in mainland China, from masterplanning to architecture, interior design to project management. Through the years, Oobiq has been engaged in a large number of different interior design projects: retail and commercial spaces, business spaces, showrooms, hospitality, villas and showflats. Co-founders Giambattista Burdo and Samuele Martelli both graduated from the University of Florence, with a focus on conservation and restoration. Burdo has also been a teaching assistant in Architectural Design in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence, while Martelli, has been involved in research and architectural projects for the University of Florence in Eastern Europe and China, and has also lectured for the Nanjing Forestry University.
Hilla Rudanko and Anssi Kankkunen, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Hilla Rudanko and Anssi Kankkunen
Architects Rudanko+Kankkunen

Hilla Rudanko and Anssi Kankkunen formed their Helsinki-based architectural practice in 2010, following a trip to Cambodia where they had worked with local NGO Blue Tent to build a vocational school in Sra Pou, the first public building in the impoverished community. In the process, their team became part of Finnish humanitarian architecture NGO Ukumbi. Rudanko has also collaborated with architectural firms in New York and studied in Zurich, while Kankkunen has worked for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel. Their Sra Pou school has won several accolades, including the World Architecture Festival awards and the Real World Redux award in 2011.
Jason Pomeroy, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Jason Pomeroy
Pomeroy Studio

Award-winning architect and academic Jason Pomeroy founded Pomeroy Studio, specialising in the study of the Asian green built environment agenda. His passions for designing zero-carbon buildings and greening the urban habitat have been developed early on. Prior to Pomeroy Studio, he worked at Broadway Malyan since 2005 to lead the sustainable agenda in London, and was relocated to Singapore in. In 2010, he founded Broadway Malyan's research and development studio to bridge the gap between academia and professional practice by applying academic research to commercial projects in the interests of sustainability and innovation. Pomeroy is also the author of Idea House: Future Tropical Living Today.
Jason Tang, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Jason Tang

Jason Tang joined Aedas in 2005. He has received numerous honours and awards for his design work for both built and conceptual work, including being named as the winner of the Young Architect Award 2009 by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. One of the few to receive a full scholarship for his postgraduate studies through the British Commonwealth Department and the British Council Chevening Scheme, Tang was also on the Dean's Honours List at the University of Hong Kong, where he earned his architecture degree. In 2010, he was selected among the Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders, and today serves as a design lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Design Institute.
Jennifer Liu, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Jennifer Liu
Sir Hudson International

Jennifer Liu graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and has worked at various firms such as Manfredi and Weiss Architects in New York City, Wailee Design Architects Hong Kong and Wong Tung & Partners Hong Kong. When Sars hit Hong Kong in 2003, she launched her own coffee and dining group, Sir Hudson Hospitality, with brands such as Habitu, Harakan S and Suzuki under its umbrella. Liu has continued to be hands-on in terms of design, with her F&B outlets showcasing different styles and characters, matching the neighbourhood in which the venues are located. Liu's architectural background also plays a role in selecting locations for outlets, as well as materials in constructing certain elements, such as the coffee bar/service counters.
Kevin Lim, Edward Yujoong Kim, Eddy Man Kim, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012 Kevin Lim, Edward Yujoong Kim, Eddy Man Kim, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012 Kevin Lim, Edward Yujoong Kim, Eddy Man Kim, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Kevin Lim, Edward Yujoong Kim, Eddy Man Kim

Acclaimed design research laboratory OpenUU was awarded two Best of Year awards by Interior Design Magazine for Platform (1x2), a reclaimed space turned gallery, and ModelScape, a prototype model-stand. Founders Kevin Lim, Edward Yujoong Kim and Eddy Man Kim together operate OpenUU as a 『virtual design studio', from their homes in the US via email, phone, and video communication. The studio has now cooperated with Hong Kong architecture and interior design firm CL3 on a total of four projects, including a private gallery and studio for William Lim, Kevin's father, who is head of CL3. OpenUU's work also includes ProjectionOne, an interactive installation exhibited at Harvard Design School, and Zzt, a design consultation for a stadium shell.
Kristof Crolla, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Kristof Crolla
Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design (LEAD)

Kristof Crolla is co-founder of LEAD and an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong. After graduating from Ghent University and practicing in Belgium, he moved to London in 2005 and attended the Architectural Association's master programme Design Research Laboratory. He worked as lead architect for Zaha Hadid Architects while teaching in parallel at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and other institutions worldwide from 2007-2010. He is the founder of the International Workshop Series (IWS), which organise workshops worldwide exploring digital design and fabrication in architecture. Recent LEAD projects include the award-winning Shine fashion store in Hong Kong, and the Dragon Skin Pavilion for the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.
Leo Yeung, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Leo Yeung

Cutting his teeth as an interior designer after returning to Hong Kong from Canada in 1997, Leo Yeung worked at interior design firm Topone Design before setting off on his own in 2004. His design company Mon Deco mainly focuses on residences, and takes pride in contemporary design and manufacturing expertise. Yeung's talent has been recognised in the industry through international design awards, which include Perspective Awards (2010 and 2011) and the TID Taiwan Interior Design Award (2011). Last year, he was invited to showcase his projects at the Inno Design Tech Expo, Hong Kong.
Mia Feasey, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Mia Feasey
Siren Design Group

Mia Feasey's first job in the design industry was, in her own words, 「at the bottom, for a foot in the door」. Starting at Geyer as a librarian, she worked up to a junior designer, before moving to a smaller architectural practice to further her skills and understanding of small business. At 24, she teamed up with a builder to establish a design and construct company and in 2006, created Siren Design Group. Siren is now a firm of 12 staff specialising in commercial, hospitality and retail design, with the headquarters based in Sydney. Siren's clients spread across New Zealand, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, with clients such as Accenture, Yahoo and Greenpeace. In 2010, Feasey won the National Association of Women In Construction Businesswoman of the Year award
Thomas Letourneux, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Thomas Letourneux
Boutique Design

Thomas Letourneux studied product design in Paris and London, where he completed a Master's degree at the Royal College of Art under the leadership of Ron Arad, working alongside some of his generation's most respected designers. A move to Tokyo in 2006 gave him the opportunity to design interiors for luxury brands such as Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton. Now based in Hong Kong, he established Boutique Design in 2006, specialising in residential and commercial design. Most recently, he returned to his original passion for product design, teaming up with Jeremy Guedez and Baptiste Guedez to launch the Memento watch.
Timothy Cheng, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Timothy Cheng
Tiron Interior Architecture

Timothy Cheng studied architecture in UK, where he also worked for Foster + Partners. After completing his Bachelor degree in architecture, he returned to Hong Kong and worked with a number of award-winning firms as senior designer, responsible for project administration and maximising project practicality. Through years of innovation and incorporating the latest technology into his designs, Cheng has worked on projects for financial firms, residential projects, public facilities and educational centres in Hong Kong. A full member of the Hong Kong Designers Association and the China Institute of Interior Design, Cheng has been chairman of public relations for the Hong Kong Interior Design Association since 2010. He has also been a part-time lecturer for the Hong Kong Design Institute and the VTC.
Tris Kee, Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Tris Kee
Community Project Workshop, Faculty of Architecture University of Hong Kong

Tris Kee's work focuses on projects related to architecture, urban planning, interior design, architectural conservation and the community. Advocating a community participatory approach in the practice of architecture and design, she holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo, where she received an Outstanding Thesis Award. Tris is active in the larger architectural community and is a curator for the 2012 Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale Exhibition for Urbanism and Architecture, the editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Journal and a member of the executive committees of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association and the Hong Kong Architecture Centre. At the 2011 International Design Alliance Congress in Taiwan, she was an invited speaker on the subject of architecture, community and education.
Wesley Liu , Architecture / Interiors, 40 under 40 2012
Wesley Liu
PplusP Designers

After receiving his Master's degree in design from the University of New South Wales, Wesley Liu founded PplusP Designers in 2009 after having worked with a number of other celebrated architectural firms. His works have received numerous accolades, including the Best Interior Design of the Asia-Pacific Awards of the UK International Property Awards in 2011, Successful Design Award of China's Most Successful Design Award in 2011 and the Annual Award for Elite Designer of the Modern Decoration International Media Award in 2011. Liu serves as the executive committee board of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association as well as the advisory board of the Retail Asia Expo 2012.