Class of 2013

Lap Chi Kwong MArch ’13 and Alison Von Glinow MArch ’13 Firm Wins New York Affordable Housing Challenge

Lap Chi Kwong MArch ’13 and Alison Von Glinow MArch ’13

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, the firm founded by Lap Chi Kwong MArch ’13 and Alison Von Glinow MArch ’13, was awarded First Prize in the New York Affordable Housing Challenge, an international competition organized by Bee Breeders and New York Build Expo 2017. Their design uses the modular system of a “table top” to produce a highly adaptable affordable housing solution for New York City that works for a variety of lot sizes and unit combinations. “The success of the first place proposal for the New York Affordable Housing competition lies in its use of a few simple modular elements aggregated to create a heterogeneous whole which serves to generate new modes of interaction between the inhabitants, their neighbors, and the public,” writes the jury.

Kwong and Von Glinow presented their winning design at the New York Build Expo 2017, which included a virtual reality rendering of the proposal that allowed visitors to experience the apartment’s courtyard with VR glasses presented by Vividly.

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Photos courtesy of Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

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posted April, 2017

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Lap Chi Kwong MArch ’13 and Alison Von Glinow MArch ’13 Firm Awarded 2016 Chicago Prize

Lap Chi Kwong MArch '13, Alison Von Glinow MArch '13

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, the firm founded by Lap Chi Kwong MArch ’13 and Alison Von Glinow MArch ’13, has been awarded the 2016 Chicago Prize by the Chicago Architectural Club. This year’s competition asked designers to reimagine a site of approximately 18 miles along Chicago’s Lakefront. Kwong Von Glinow Design Office’s proposal, Grand Lattices, transforms Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive by providing pedestrian access to multi-level viewing decks situated at strategic points along the highway’s median. Accessible through underpasses currently designed to move people quickly under the roadway, the steel structures invite pedestrians to pause on their way to the waterfront to take in views of the city, the lake, and the famous highway from a new perspective. The open-lattice design of each viewing deck mimics the city’s iconic post-and-beam construction style.

“Lake Shore Drive is no longer a driving-only experience,” states the project description. “For the pedestrian, it becomes a gateway to access the waterfront, see the city, and admire the Lake.”

Images courtesy of Kwong Von Glinow Design Office.

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KLSD View - Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

posted March, 2017

Aerial Overview - Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

Alums Named to Impact Design Hub’s 40 Under 40

Mia Scharphie MLA '13, Theresa Hwang MArch '07

Mia Scharphie MLA ’13 and Theresa Hwang MArch ’07 were named as Social Impact Design 40 Under 40 by Impact Design Hub. The list recognizes some of the brightest young minds working to design for social good.

posted January, 2017

Impact Design Hub 40 under 40

Karthik Dondeti MDes ’11 and Aurgho Jyoti MDes ’13 Participate in “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” Exhibition

Karthik Dondeti MDes '11 and Aurgho Jyoti MDes '13

Aurgho Jyoti MDes ’13 and Karthik Dondeti MDes ’11 were part of the “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” exhibition in February 2015 at Alliance Francaise, New Delhi. Jyoti and Dondeti showcased their architecture and design research works and were amongst five architects selected to be a part of the three-week exhibition. “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” is an annual exhibition organized by Alliance Francaise de Delhi and Studio IF showcasing the work of Indian designers to facilitate a reading of the emerging trends across various design based creative industries in India. The exhibit attempts to share design philosophies, working methods and future aspirations of the 20 shortlisted designers under the age of 35. Five architects, five graphic designers, five product designers and five fashion designers complete the pool of 20 exhibiting their work. As its premise, it is a platform to communicate with the society at large about the role of designers as makers of cultures and civilizations. The exhibition brings together designers, architects and public in general to establish a dialogue about design.

posted December, 2016


Sophia X. Chang MArch ’13, Shu Lai Talun MArch ’09, and Jeffrey Olinger MArch ’09 Collaborating on Interactive Runway Fashion Show

Shu Lai Talun MArch ’09, Jeffrey Olinger MArch ’09, and Sophia X. Chang MArch ’13

Shu Lai Talun MArch ’09 of CBT Architects and Sophia X. Chang MArch ’13 are collaborating on producing an interactive runway extravaganza, which will also feature music mixes by Jeffrey Olinger MArch ’09 and wearable art by Jessica Rozenkranz who attended the GSD for a year. Slated for Saturday, April 12, 2014 at The Uniun, located in Somerville’s Union Square neighborhood, the public will be invited to try out hair and make-up services and clothing provided by local-area businesses, walk the runway, and have their pictures taken in an installation design by Sophia. The concept for the fashion show was conceived as a response to the Somerville Arts Council’s call for “creative individuals to create, produce and manage cultural events that would reinvigorate the artistic and business landscape in Union Square,” which is in part sponsoring the event. The grant received from the Arts Council will cover the event space rental, but the team is seeking additional funds to cover the cost of materials for the stage and fabric installation piece. Anyone interested in donating may do so on Kickstarter.

February 2014

posted December, 2016

Kawaii-me fashion show

Santa Ana Development Manager, Victor Negrete MUP ’13, Shares APA Achievement

Victor Negrete MUP ’13

Victor Negrete MUP ’13 Downtown Development Manager for the City of Santa Ana in California, shared that the APA recognized Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA) as one of its ‘Great Neighborhoods in America.’  Read more in the Orange County Register here.

Pictured: Victor Negrete, Santa Ana’s downtown development liaison, worked with the DTSA Restaurant Association to start up the DTSA Lunch Trolley.

October 2016

posted December, 2016

Victor Negrete Santa Ana