Synthesis Design + Architecture

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Asian/Pacific Islander owned

Los Angeles, CA


Merry Christmas and Happy 2017 from Synthesis Design + Architecture!

Alvin Huang, AIA
Dec 23, '16 12:40 PM EST


2016 has been a rough year in terms of politics (#NotMyPresident) and passings (#RIPZahaHadid)...but it still has had more than a few highlights worth sharing....and, of course, we want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year and thank you for being a part of ours. We've been blessed with fantastic clients, amazing collaborators, and a global network of supporters -- thank you all. Here's a quick snapshot of highlights from the year showcasing what we've been up to in 2016 and what we have planned for 2017...

Thanks once again for your continued support of forward-thinking design research and innovation...We wish you all a blessed and prosperous 2017!!


We are now entering our 6th year of existence -- and learning to deal with the ups and downs of practice. This year unfortunately saw a number of significant projects paused or canceled for various economic and political reasons, however we were very pleased to complete the design and construction of the following projects:



In 2016, we were blessed with continued recognition from our peers in the form of multiple awards at the local, national and international levels. This year's honors included:


2016 provided us with a number of opportunities to share our work through both publications, publicity features and exhibitons! We are grateful for the opportunity and interest in our work. Here's a small selection of press features and exhibitions from the past year:  


2016 brought us around the globe and back as we were honored to participate in a number of lectures, panel discussions, and symposia around the world. We want to thank the many people, institutions and organizations who have invited, hosted and supported us:


In addition, we were able to publish a number of articles and papers about the design research and design experimentation we are conducting in the office. Design as a form of research is the fundamental way in which we work to innovate. Here are some of the book chapters and peer-reviewed papers published in 2016:


This year also brought about a couple unique and very fun media opportunities to share our ideas and experiences. Alvin had a great time in conversation with the fantastically charming and intelligent crew of archi-geeks on the Archinect Sessions Podcast.  Check it out here:

In a truly unique opportunity, Alvin was featured as a "Chinese American Original" along with many other talented Chinese American creatives. Check out the video feature here:


2016 marks the 5th year of teaching for Alvin Huang at the USC School of Architecture, where he is a Tenure-track Assistant Professor. This past fall, Alvin co-taught an advanced graduate design studio with Ma Yansong of MAD Architects which focused on the design of experimental skyscrapers of over 500m in height in NYC and Shenzhen that challenge the conventions of the traditional hi-rise typology as a symbol of power and economic prosperity through the integration of nature and humanity. Many thanks to the all-star jury including Thom Mayne, Neil Denari, Heather Roberge, Wendy Fok, Patrick Tighe, Doris Sung, and Cliff Pearson.



Finally, if you aren't already following us on InstagramFacebookYouTube or Twitter - here's your chance to follow our feeds and keep up to date with images, videos and information about our projects, research and experiences -- both inside the studio and out. We try to stay active on social media as a way of not only sharing our work but also as a means to share the things that inspire us and the way in which we view the world around us.

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With 2016 in the rear view and 2017 on the horizon, we are working hard to keep the momentum going in the New Year through new design projects, research and ideas. We're excited to announce that construction has started on our largest project to date, the Hakka Performance Center, a 2000 Seat Performance Hall and 80 Room Boutique Hotel in Yongding, China. We remain committed to continue to produce innovative design work that not only challenges convention through technological, material and computational innovation, but also work that purposefully enlivens the public imagination and makes a case for the role of innovated architecture in our contemporary creative design culture. If you are interested in finding out more, please check out our 2016 SDA Profile.