Philosophy

CHW DESIGN was founded in Cambridge. It has offices in London, Princeton, Shanghai and Chongqing. Headquarters of Cambridge Office is located on the opposite side of the King's University Church, it is synonymous to the eternal, valuable and beautiful building. CHW has a large number of talented registered architects from American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as well as famous planning and design experts from China. In the field of sustainable development design, urban design, urban renewal and sustainable development research, it has over thirty years of accumulated experience in the world, including planning, education, hotel, residence, administration, commercial office and other types of designs, and has won many important awards in these areas.

Profile

In the 1st Century BC, in his masterpiece De Architectura, Vitruvius said that a structure must have three characteristics - “solid, practical and beautiful”, which are called Vitruvius traits or three elements of Vitruvius. In the 21st Century, the characteristics of CHW are: “culture, inheritance and wisdom”. We insist on, from an international perspective and an integration of multiple cultures, studying the attitude and role of architectural form and urban growth in this day and in China; trying to explain and implement these ideas in practice and research subject by considering users and clients’ needs.

Team-Organisation

  • CO-FOUNDER

    Ling Christina Li

    Founder and Partner of CH&W, Christina is an admirer of western architecture. In her youth she frequently visited USA and UK where she developed a great interest and deep understanding of architecture and artistic creation. She specializes in the impact of architecture on living environment.

  • CO-FOUNDER

    Koen Alexander Steemers

    Professor Steemers is the CH&W chief expert consultant, Expert consultant of the UN's Commission on Human Settlements, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was Dean of the Architecture Institute of Cambridge University, Director of Martin Research Center, Researcher of Wolfson Academy and Research Director of St Edmund Academy. Koen Steemers is a professor of sustainable design and an architectural and built environment scholar with an international profile, concentrating on researching the mutual relationship among city, architecture and environment. Professor Steemers was listed as one of the “50 most influential people in UK sustainability” by Building Design on March, 2012.

  • PARTNER

    Preston Scott Cohen

    Preston Scott Cohen is CH&W expert consultant, the Chair and Gerald M.McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and is the principal designer at Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. of Cambridge, MA. His buildings aim to exemplify an expanding repertoire of architectural form. The firm’s work exemplifies a new, highly disciplined alliance between architectural typology, geometry and digital modeling. Awards and honors include: the Annual Design Review Award for the Amir Building; Progressive Architecture Awards for Ordos Office Complex and Taiyuan Museum of Art; First Prizes in the Datong Public Library competition.

  • PARTNER

    PATRICK J. BURKE

    CH&W Chief Design Partner, MGA chief architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects, Patrick Burke completed his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Illinois and later a Master of Architecture degree at Princeton University. He has extensive experience in hotel architecture design.

  • PARTNER

    William T. Baker

    CH&W Chief Design Partner, the company's strategic development expert consultant, interior design chief consultant, is the founder and principal of one of the foremost residential architecture firms in the United States today. He has achieved an international reputation for high-design combined with a keen sensitivity for plans that live well. William T. Baker enjoys a reputation for the impeccable design of private residences, commercial projects, and historic renovations. Published books: New Classicists, Architectural Excellence in a Diverse World Culture, etc.

  • PARTNER

    Jean-Paul Cassia

    CH&W Chief Design, Partner and CEO of TCG, Consultant Advisory of yoo, member of AIA, graduated with Bachelor of International Business Administration of the American University of Paris and later got a Master of Architecture Degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has participated in a wide range of projects including private residences, commercial, industrial and hospitality complex.

  • PARTNER

    Haohao Chen

    The member of RIBA, BArch, ten years experience of architecture design in UK, specialized in residence and sustainable building design.

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