MISSION

 

We are Architects who use our design to connect people. From nurseries to universities, from hostels to co-work spaces, our designs find innovative ways to share resources, maximize utility, and bring people together. Every project and client is unique, and our iterative and integrative design strategy allows us to build consensus and find the best solution to every situation.

Continuity is a central thesis in our work. In the context of design, formal, spatial, tectonic, technological and material continuities fascinate us. In research, a persistent debate of problems, hypotheses, and critique fuel our creativity. And in practice, we treasure the continued relationships that we have cultivated with our clients, partners, and end users.

Continuity, as defined above, backs up our firm believe in social responsibility and sustainability, for the purpose of design is to serve the people and elevates our community. As we grind along with our investigations and discoveries, we will continue to set loftier goals of instigating social changes and inspiring the people we reach.

Our areas of expertise:

  • Architectural Design
  • Urban Design
  • Interior Design
  • Exhibition & Interactive Design
  • Creative Strategies
  • Community Engagement
  • Implementation

TEAM MEMBERS

Rick Lam

Rick Lam
Co-Founder and Director

Rick started his architectural career in HKU and went on to Harvard University for his masters. Rick has worked on projects at all scales from master planning to product design, in various regions from Hong Kong, Tokyo, Boston and New York.

Rick represents Architecture Commons in Hong Kong. He is also an architecture design studio critic in Chu Hai College of Hong Kong. In just the past 2 years in Hong Kong, Rick has been engaged in over 20 projects with various non-profits and NGOs tackling a mixture of deep rooted social issues, from alienated youth, elderly care, environment, to health and education. Rick was recently selected as one of the winners of the “40 Under 40” Award recognizing creative young talents.

Eric Ho

Eric Ho
Co-Founder and Director

Eric received his education in architecture from University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. At Harvard he was the recipient of the Faculty Design Award and studied thesis under Herzog & de Meuron. He has extensive work experience in Hong Kong, Boston, and most notably in New York.

Eric is a licensed architect representing the US presence of Architecture Commons. Eric was the recipient of Grand Prize of Architecture for Humanity Open Mic New York, winner of $300 House competition, and winner of One Prize selected by a jury chaired by New York Council Speaker Christine Quinn. He has recently appeared on the New York Times for his community work in the Lower East Side, for which he was named “The LES Activist”.

Co-Founder

Eugene Chang

Team
Bettina Chow
Dyrus Hau
Etain Ho
Travis Lam
Doris So
Hokan Wong
Sin Yee Wong

Former Commoners
Janice Lau
Yvonne Yuen
Owen Lam

AWARDS

2015
WINNER
“Ten Outstanding Designer”
HKADF
WINNER
“40 Under 40”
Celebrating Young Design Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
2012
WINNER
“Made in Lower East Side”
One Prize by Terreform, jury headed by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
INNOVATION EXCELLENCE
“The Core Project: A study to vitalize the city of Sebastopol”
American Institute of Architect, Redwood Empire Chapter
2011
WINNER
“The Unfinished Grid: Design Speculations for Manhattan”
Architecture League of New York, Architizer & Museum of the City of New York
1ST RUNNER-UP
“Pop-Up Retail Store Competition”
Design By Many
GRAND PRIZE
“Architecture for Humanity Design Open Mic New York”
Architecture for Humanity
WINNER
“$300 House Challenge”
Vijay Govindarajan & Christian Sarkar
WINNER
“How might we use social business to improve health in low-income communities Challenge”
Open Ideo, Grameen Creative Lab & Holistic Social Business Movement of Caldas

OUR CLIENTS

Client-MILES
HKFYG
True-Light
Client-NPMPS
Client-FAIRCHILD
Client-HSH
Basic CMYK
Client-TSUNG TSIN
Client-HKU
Client-CUHK
Client-DBIS
Client-HKCS
Client-YO
Client-FCA
Client-MOTHER'S CHOICE