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NC Design & Architecture (NCDA)

NC Design & Architecture (NCDA)


  • Practice: NC Design & Architecture (NCDA)
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  • Firm Location: Hong Kong
  • Country: China
  • Year: NA

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Nelson Chow

Raised in Hong Kong and Canada, Nelson is a New York State licensed architect. He received his Master of Architecture from The University of Waterloo (Canada) in 2004 and, after completing a Menswear Tailoring Certificate at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 2005, joined the international design and concept firm AvroKO at their New York City office. With experience working on critically acclaimed projects such as Steelworks Lofts, and the W hotel, he relocated to Hong Kong where he joined the award winning Edge Design Institute specializing in the design of luxury homes and yachts. Since establishing NCDA in 2011, Nelson has emerged as one of the region’s most innovative design studios with a collection of head-turning projects around the region. His highly inventive, sophisticated work with its finger on the pulse of commercial design has also caught the attention of leading media around the world including Wallpaper*, Dezeen and ArchDaily.

Practice Ideology

NC Design & Architecture Ltd. (NCDA) is a Hong Kong-based architectural design firm specializing in residential, commercial and hospitality projects. We cover the full design remit encompassing interiors, bespoke furniture and innovative products, through to graphic design and the development of exclusive brand narratives. We’re interested in developing creative projects that reinvent the experience of space through meaningful connections. We focus on engaging through storytelling, developing new ways for people to interact with their world and each other. For us, storytelling is the art of inspiration. Our projects exist at the intersection of art and architecture and help start creative collaborations, stimulate interesting conversations, and deliver projects with their own visual identity that tell a unique story. At the heart of this is our hands-on research-based approach that brings an expressive consideration of details, integrating everyelement of the design process to elevate the ordinary in extraordinary new, refreshing ways. This means reframing the everyday, reworking old and new forms, considering local and global strategies, while focusing our designs around simplicity in form, materials and sublime details with functionality always at the core. NCDA works at many different scales, an approach that supports provision of a complete design service from architecture and furniture to tailored details like signage and uniforms. You’ll see no two projects look the same. That’s because we are not about imposing our style but instead look to define yours.

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