Grand Lattices: Kwong Von Glinow wins 2017 Chicago Prize from the Chicago Architecture Club for their proposal Grand Lattices along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

  Smuggling Architecture at Volume Gallery: retraces crown molding of the typical suburban home to create sculptural multi-purpose objects.

  MoMA PS1: Kwong Von Glinow participates in the invited 2018 PS1 MoMA competition with their entry Beach Party.

  Table Top Apartment: Kwong Von Glinow awarded 1st Prize for New York modular housing scheme Table Top Apartments.

  Towers within a tower: Kwong Von Glinow awarded 1st Prize for Hong Kong modular housing scheme Towers within a Tower.

  House XYZ Tokyo Installation proposes a living environment without boundaries.

  Ardmore House in Chicago gains permitting approval!

  Grand Lattices: Kwong Von Glinow wins 2017 Chicago Prize from the Chicago Architecture Club for their proposal Grand Lattices along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

  Smuggling Architecture at Volume Gallery: retraces crown molding of the typical suburban home to create sculptural multi-purpose objects.

KWONG    VON    GLINOW

KWONG    VON    GLINOW

#001
The Storage T
Hong Kong remodel

#001

#004
Grand Lattices viewing deck
Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

#004

#013 S-M
The Table Top Walk-Up
New York, New York

#013SM

#013 XL
The Table Top Super Block
New York, New York

#013XL

#024
House XYZ / installation
Suburban Home

#024

#027
Tower within a Tower
Hong Kong, China

#027

#028
In the Loop: ADA Ramp
San Antonio City Hall, Texas

#028

#029
The Primitive Pavilion
Hong Kong, China

#029

#031
Chinatown Gateway
New York, New York

#031

#035
Pop-Up City
Storefront for Art and Architecture

#035

#036
MoMA PS1
Young Architects Program

#036

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Ardmore House

#037

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Crowns

#038

“Our ultimate ambition is to create beautiful architecture that all people can relate to and enjoy. We design spatial experiences to uplift daily life.”

-Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office is an award-winning architecture practice founded on the belief that architecture is meant to be enjoyed. Based in Chicago and working internationally, the practice builds the thoroughly enjoyable from the slightly familiar. By re-purposing and re-imagining the seemingly ordinary, Kwong Von Glinow has developed design solutions to the most pressing issues of our time: from underused infrastructure to housing innovation. Known for re-imagining public and domestic space, the work of Kwong Von Glinow spans large scale public design to.

For their work, Kwong Von Glinow has received numerous awards since inception. Named one of the top twenty emerging practices in the world by Wallpaper*, they are also a recipient of the 2018 New York Architectural League Prize for Young Architects. Kwong Von Glinow won the 2016 Chicago Prize for Grand Lattices public viewing decks along Lake Shore Drive; 1st prize in the 2017 New York Housing Challenge for Table Top Apartments; and 1st prize in the 2017 Hong Kong Housing Challenge for Towers within a Tower.

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office is led by Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow, both Master of Architecture graduates from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The duo holds 15 years of professional experience, including collaborations with Pritzker-Prize winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, Pritzker-Prize winner Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio, and SOM in both their New York and Chicago offices.









Our Team:
We make architecture together.

lapchi&alison

Alison Von Glinow
Design Partner

alison@kwongvonglinow.com

Alison is a registered architect in the States of New York and Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Prior to opening Kwong Von Glinow, Alison’s work includes collaborations with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, SOM in both Chicago and New York, Toshiko Mori Architect in New York, and Svendborg Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark. She contributed to notable projects from these offices, including the Chelsea Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, England, Zhong Hong Tower in Beijing, China, and Novartis Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alison is a Forefront Fellow with New York’s Urban Design Forum, working with other leaders in housing to develop an holistic design approach to the creation and delivery of co-living housing units. Alison earned her Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Barnard College. She is a Board Member of the Chicago Architectural Club. Alison has taught at Harvard University Graduate School of Design Career Discovery Program and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lap Chi Kwong
Design Partner

lapchi@kwongvonglinow.com

With over seven years of professional practice, Lap Chi has spent his time designing internationally acclaimed projects at the Pritzker-Prize winning office of Herzog & de Meuron, including: the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, the Vancouver Art Gallery, One Wood Wharf Residences in London, England, the Kramlich Residence & Gallery in Oakville, California, and a private residence in Napa Valley, California. Lap Chi has also worked with Pritzker-Prize winner Wang Shu of Amature Architecture Studio and Schacht Aslani Architects on institutional projects. His work in single-family, multi-family residential, institutional, and cultural design has empowered him with the knowledge of working on both small and large-scale projects.

Lap Chi grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Seattle for his undergraduate education at University of Washington. He earned his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Lap Chi is a Board Member of the Chicago Architectural Club and an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.









TEAM: PAST AND PRESENT
Winee Lau, Chieh Chih Chiang, Raven Nan Xu, Eric Shichen Li, Jimmy Carter, Adam Botao Sun

CLIENTS
Storefront for Art and Architecture, Swiss Architecture Museum, Chicago Architectural Club, PS1 MoMA, the Architectural League of New York, Hong Kong Biennial, Next Home Seoul, Volume Gallery, Enjoy Architecture

Our Experience:

HdM X SOM

Our practice has selectively chosen to merge the design values our principals have learned during their time at Pritzker-prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron with that at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, curating what we believe to be values that create the strongest, smartest, and most accessible design solutions.


From Herzog de Meuron:

  • Unique Concepts

  • Experimental Material Usage

  • Smart Construction Techniques

  • Uncompromising Beauty

From S.O.M.:

  • Efficiency As Strategy

  • Systematic Solutions

  • Integrated Design Agenda

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office Featured in FRAME Magazine in their issue on High Density Housing for how we will live tomorrow.

Kwong Von Glinow awarded the 2018 League Prize for Young Architects by the Architectural League of New York

2018 League Prize for Young Architects poster

DEZEEN X MINI LIVING featured two of our projects Towers within a Tower and Table Top Apartments.

Named as one of the top 20
Emerging Architecture Practices in the World by Wallpaper* Magazine

Wallpaper* Magazine

The July 2017 Issue of Wallpaper* Magazine featured their pick of the top 20 emerging architecture practices in the world. We are honored to be among this impressive group.

CNN Style writes that Towers within a Tower
“offers a bold vision of vertical space in a city
whose skyline has been defined by it.”

CNN

After winning 1st Prize for the Hong Kong Housing Challenge, CNN Style interviewed Lap Chi Kwong, where he shared his experience growing up in Hong Kong and how the design of Towers within a Tower allows each resident to experience verticality in the city.

Viewpoint Magazine features
Towers within a Tower in their issue
covering design initiatives for City Futures.

Viewpoint

Brilliant article featuring the forefront of design initiatives for the city of the future. We are proud to have Towers within a Tower among their pick!

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Awards:

The Architectural League Prize of New York 2018 for Young Architects: Objective

One of the 6 recipients

Rotch Traveling Fellowship Finalist

House, Some of This, Some of That

Rotch Traveling Fellowship Finalist

House, Some of This, Some of That

Graham Foundation Grant to Individual, Stage 2

Smuggling Architecture

New New York City Souvenir, Storefront for Art and Architecture

Pop-Up City Souvenir

1st Prize Hong Kong Pixel Housing Challenge 2017

Towers within a Tower

1st Prize New York Housing Challenge 2017

Table Top Apartments

People’s Choice, AIA New York Awards 2017

Table Top Apartments

1st Prize, 2017 Chicago Prize, Chicago Architectural Club

Grand Lattices

Events:

2019

APR

LECTURE

Southeast University, Nanjing, China

“Enjoy Architecture”

MAR

LECTURE

NEW YORK BUILD 2019 at Javits Center

“Designing Affordable Co-Living”


2018

DEC

LECTURE

Lake Forest Library

“Borrowing the Familiar”

OCT

EXHIBITION

Illinois Institute of Technology, ART X Architecture Gallery

Summer Travel Studio Exhibition “Swiss Assembly” taught by Lap Chi

JUL

LECTURE

Housing Futures at Design Speaks, Sydney, Australia

“Enjoy Architecture”

JUL

LECTURE

University of Illinois Chicago

“Enjoy Architecture”

JUN

LECTURE

League Prize 2018 at Parsons The New School

“Enjoy Architecture”

APR

LECTURE

University of Washington
Department of Architecture

“Enjoy Architecture”

JAN

PRESENTATION

Urban Design Forum

Alison speaks on Fellowship Project
Design For Arrival: Arrival House

2017

NOV

EXHIBITION

Hong Kong Biennial

Towers within a Tower is exhibited as
a Virtual Reality Experience

NOV

LECTURE

MAS Context
at the Art Institute of Chicago

Lap Chi and Alison speak at
Tracing/Traces event

OCT

LECTURE

Storefront for Art and Architecture

Alison speaks at
New Iconities event

OCT

EXHIBITION

Chicago Architectural Club at Chicago Cultural Center

Kwong Von Glinow speaks on their
Under the Dome exhibition design

JUN

LECTURE

Harvard GSD Alumni Association
at AIA Chicago

“Enjoy Architecture”

MAY

LECTURE

Chicago Architectural Club

“Enjoy Architecture”

MAR

PRESENTATION

NY Build 2017

Kwong Von Glinow presents
1st Prize Table Top Apartments

MAR

PRESENTATION

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Kwong Von Glinow presents
1st Prize Grand Lattices

JAN

WORK

Chicago, USA

Office Launch!!!

We would love to:

Work / Collaborate / Talk with you.

Email:

hello@kwongvonglinow.com

Call:

(847) 431 - 2222

Visit:

3201 N.Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, 60657

Instagram:

@kwongvonglinow

For Employment Opportunities:

Full-time architectural designer:

Please write to hello@kwongvonglinow.com and include your CV and Portfolio (as attachment or google link). Please state your interest in a full-time position at our Chicago Office.


Summer Internship

Please write to hello@kwongvonglinow.com and include your CV and Portfolio (as attachment or google link). Please state your interest in a summer internship opportunity.

Our Mission:

To create architecture for all to enjoy.

Since setting up our office, our working motto has been Enjoy Architecture. Is this a command, a salutation, or a mantra? It is a little bit of all of these things. We started our practice because we enjoy making architecture. As we’ve designed housing that looks like stacked Table Tops, viewing decks that have taken a few formal liberties with the Chicago Frame, and and public spaces like ramps and pavilions built of familiar primary geometries, we’ve realized people get what we are doing. While this is a design method we are still defining, for us it is the start of how we are sharing Enjoy Architecture.