Fourteen of the Asia Pacific’s most lauded, experimental and socially conscious practitioners came together for this one-day symposium that explores the innovative thinking and transformative projects that are creating new world cities for the emerging Asian century.

The speakers reflected the diversity of the countries, cities and people of the Asia Pacific and the breadth of its architecture. They addressed the way communities from across the region are responding to the demands of the future and the pivotal role that architecture plays.

Briar Hickling and Alex Mok are founding partners of Linehouse, an interdisciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China established in 2014.

Briar (New Zealander) received a Bachelor of Interior Design at Massey University, Wellington. Alex (Chinese-Swedish) received a Diploma of Architecture from the Bartlett, London. Both were senior associates at Neri & Hu, one of China’s leading architectural and design practices, where they uncovered a kindred design sensibility and motivation. Before coming together at Linehouse, Alex worked on notable projects in China such as Le Meridien Zhengzhou Hotel and the Camper Showroom Shanghai. Briar worked on hospitality projects in Asia, Australia and the UK for acclaimed chefs such as Jean-Georges and Jason Atherton, and hotel projects in China and London.

In 2015, Linehouse was awarded Emerging Interior Practice of the Year by World Interior News and numerous other awards in the region.

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