Alvin Huang to lecture at the USC School of Architecture on Wed Jan 22, 2014

Alvin Huang, Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and a Tenure-track Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture will be giving a lecture at 6pm Wednesday January 22, 2014 at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles.  Entitled “Coincidence/Incidence/Interference: Exploratory Practice & Moiré” the lecture will chronicle the recent design work of […]

Pure Tension is named as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2013 by Time Magazine!

We are beyond honored to announce that our Pure Tension Pavilion for Volvo Car Italia has been named as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2013 by Time Magazine! “When Volvo challenged designers to create a showcase for its new V60 hybrid, the winning entry, by the firm Synthesis Design & Architecture, was a spectacular […]

We are pleased to announce that Filipa Valente has been promoted to Associate!

We are very pleased to announce that Filipa Valente has been promoted to the level of  Associate at SDA.  Filipa has consistently been an invaluable design team member  making significant contrbutions to a number of our projects and will now assume a leadership role within the office.  Filipa  joined SYNTHESIS as an Architect (Dutch Architect […]

PURE Tension Pavilion launches in Milan!!

On Wednesday, October 9 2013, the PURE Tension Pavilion was unveiled at a private press event hosted by Volvo Car Italia in Milan Italy.  The opening event was the culmination of months of design refinement, research, and engineering after SDA won Volvo’s Pure Tension competition this past summer. The striking pavilion is a portable, solar-powered […]

SDA Lecture at the University of Bologna October 7 2013

On Monday,  October 7, 2013 Alvin Huang of Synthesis Design + Architecture gave a talk at the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest institute of higher learning.  The lecture was organized by Università di Bologna DA (Dipartimento di Architettura), Architettura e Composizione Architettonica 3.  Many thanks to Professor Alessio Erioli for the invitation and the hospitality!

SDA has a new home!!

SDA has officially changed addresses and moved to a new office in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Gallery Row!  We’re very sad to leave our amazing space and friends in the iconic American Cement building, but we are very excited to join the vibrant creative culture of DTLA.  Our new home is on the […]

[C]Space Pavilion earns a 2013 AIA California Council Design Award!!

We are very pleased to announce that the [C]Space Pavilion, designed in collaboration with Nex Architecture and completed in 2008, has been honored with a 2013 AIA California Council Design Award!  The [C] Space Pavilion is one of 26 projects to receive the Merit Award, projects which are recognized for their merit in elevating  public awareness […]

Articulated Tensions II @ Popup Beakerhead

We have recently been commissioned by Popup Beakerhead as one of 5 teams of international designers installing temporary experimental structures as part of the Beakerhead Festival in Calgary, Canada.   To support the project please click here. Articulated Tensions II: Projected Moiré is a free-standing temporary public pavilion designed by SDA | Synthesis Design + Architecture for Popup Beakerhead as […]

Alvin Huang to lecture at Tsinghua University

On Wednesday July 22, 2013, Alvin Huang of Synthesis Design + Architecture will be giving a talk entitled “The Grey Area: The Synthesis of Exploratory Practice and Applied Research” at Tsinghua University School of Architecture in Beijing, China. The lecture is part of the annual one week  Parametric Design Workshop organized by Professor Xu Wei […]

Collaboration with Silhouette Eyewear featured on Wallpaper* Magazine

Architecture vs Eyewear: Form, Fabrication & Performance – Architect Alvin Huang and Silhouette pair up Our recent collaboration and visit to Silhouette Eyewear in Linz, Austria is covered in the August 2013 issue of Wallpaper* Magazine.  The article by Simon Mills is accompanied by a short video produced by Laurence Lennard and photography by Laurence […]

SDA wins the “Switch to Pure Volvo” Pavilion Design Competition!

We are very pleased to announce that Synthesis Design + Architecture has been named the winner of the “Switch to Pure Volvo” International Design pavilion competition sponsored by Volvo Car Italia and The Plan Magazine. Volvo’s “Switch to Pure Volvo” competition, organized by international architecture  magazine THE PLAN, called for an innovative and original design […]

SYNTHESIS to present at PechaKucha x PingPong!!

Join us for a unique night of PechaKucha and PingPong hosted by deLaB as part of the Los Angeles Design Festival!  Curated by Santino Medina of Gehry Technologies, SDA is just one of many in an exciting lineup of designers and deep thinkers invited to share their work, thoughts, and insights in a rapid-fire casual […]

Alvin Huang awarded 2013 AIA Committee on Design Knowledge Scholar

We are pleased to announce that Alvin Huang has been awarded as the 2013 AIA Commitee on Design Knowledge Scholar.  The annual award is given by the Committee on Design of the American Institute of Architects to commend a young Architect who has been licensed for less than 10 years and exhibits outstanding design, leadership, […]

SDA selected for the WAN 21 for 21 2013 Longlist!

We are very pleased to announce that we are one of fifty offices that have been long-listed for the WAN 21 for 21 Award for 2013!  There were over 150 submissions from around the world, and we are very honored to be included in the talented selection of 50 long-listed entries along with our friends […]

SDA Shortlisted for Public Art Installation for the City of Denver!

We are pleased to share that we have been selected by the City of Denver, Colorado as one of five artists (out of a pool of 302 applicants) to submit proposals for the South Broadway: Arizona Ave. – Yale Ave. Public Art Call. “The selection panel seeks a unique, one-of-a-kind artwork for this commission that “embraces […]

Synthesis featured in the March/April issue of Surface Magazine!

We are pleased to share a recent feature in the March/April 2013 issue of Surface Magazine!  Synthesis was selected as a featured architectural talent in “The Endorsements”, Surface Magazine’s 2nd annual survey of rising design talents. Special thanks to editor Spencer Bailey, writer Julia Cooke, and photographer Claudia Lucia for their great work! Issue 99 […]

Synthesis to present @ SIMAUD 2013

Alvin Huang has been invited to speak at the 4th annual Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) on Tuesday April 08, 2013 in San Diego, California.  More details available via SimAUD.org.  Many thanks to Liam O’Brien for the invitation to speak. “This venue provides a fantastic opportunity for bringing together the brightest researchers and […]

Chelsea Workspace named a Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards!

We are pleased to announce that our Chelsea Workspace project is one of five Finalists for the Architizer A+ Awards in the category for Residential Interiors.  We are competing for the Jury Award and Popular Choice award. Please vote for us by clicking on our project here: http://awards.architizer.com/public/voting/?cid=5 You will need a facebook, google, twitter or linkedin […]

SYNTHESIS @ the University of Calgary!

This week SYNTHESIS will be presenting and exhibiting their recent work  as part of the Design Matters Lecture Series at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design.  Other speakers include Bruce Mau, Tom Wiscombe, Nader Tehrani, and many more.  In addition, Alvin Huang  has been invited to lead the 2013 Taylor Seminar – a […]

Chelsea Workspace Shortlisted for AJ Small Projects Award!!

Our Chelsea Workspace project is one of 24 projects selected from 233 submissions shortlisted to compete for the Architects Journal Small Projects Award 2013!! Additionally, our project currently has the 2nd most views out of 233 entries.  There is an additional award for the most popular project, so please click here to support our entry! […]

SDA wins 1st prize for the Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza design competiton!

Synthesis is pleased to announce that the consortium of Synthesis Design + Architecture and Shenzhen General Architectural Design Institute have been awarded first place in the invited design competition for the Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza.  The design of the 180,00 square meter mixed-use office, hotel, and retail development also  houses the Shanghai headquarters of developer […]

Central Plaza Lampang opens to the public!

We are pleased to announce that the construction and fit-out of Central Plaza Lampang has been completed and the project is now open to the public!  Restricted by a very tight budget, SDA was commissioned to design the primary facade and communal interior areas for this 60,000 sqm shopping center in Lampang, Thailand.  The shopping […]

SDA named to RG Holland’s 30×30 List of Cultural Pioneers!

We are honored to be included on the list of 30 designers in the Rami George 30×30 Year End Review: 30 Cultural Pioneers By Year 2030! “The Rami George 30×30 Year End Review celebrates, in no particular order, 30 of the most culturally invested, relevant and emerging designer names of 2012 who will doubtlessly have a […]

Synthesis shortlisted for Prospectus #220 @ Spaceport America!!

We are pleased to announce that Synthesis is 1 of 5 artists and designers selected from a pool of 166 applicants as finalists for Prospectus #220.  We will be competing for the commission to design a public art installation at Spaceport America (designed by Foster + Partners) in New Mexico.  We will be travelling to New […]

Informed Form @ DesignMatters Gallery

We would like to formally extend an invitation to  ”Informed Form” at the Design Matters Gallery  for the final reviews and end-of-year exhibition showcasing the work of the Post-Professional Graduate Design Studios at the USC School of Architecture led by Alvin Huang. The review will include student presentations of architectural proposals which challenge the relevance […]

Alvin Huang to present @ USC SoA Pecha Kucha

On Wednesday November 7, 2012, the USC School of Architecture hosts 20 Images x 20 Seconds – Faculty Pecha Kucha Night. You’ll hear from ten faculty members, both new and long time faculty in architecture, building science, landscape architecture and heritage conservation. Participants will have only six minutes and 40 seconds to present and discuss […]

AAC Shanghai 2012 Exhibition

AAC Shanghai 2012 Exhibition, Lower Rosendin Gallery, 1-5 October Delirious Shanghai Hour, 6pm, Friday 5 October AAC 2012 took place over 8 weeks in Shanghai, China, in collaboration with Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. It consisted of the XXL International Conference on Super Tall Buildings involving Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid […]

Mock-ups: The Architecture of Spatial Art opens on August 3, 2012

Synthesis would like to invite everyone to attend the opening of “Mockups: The Architecture of Spatial Art” @ the MOCA Shanghai at 6:30pm on August 3rd. This exhibition features a canopy and landscape installation on the roof terrace of the museum restaurant designed and installed by a team of USC Architecture students led by Neil […]

SYNTHESIS @ UCLA JumpSTART July 25th, 2012

On Wednesday June 25th, 2012* Alvin Huang will give a lecture on the design philosophy and recent work of Synthesis Design + Architecture as part of the summer JumpSTART Lecture Series at UCLA.  Other invited lecturers include Elena Manferdini of Atelier Manferdini, Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture, Andrew Holder of the Los Angeles Design Group […]

SYNTHESIS lecture at Shanghai Tongji University July 09, 2012

Alvin Huang, Founder and Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture will be giving a talk entitled “Embedded Logic: Integrating Digital Materiality” at the Shanghai Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning.  The lecture will showcase the recent work of SDA and the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary […]

SYNTHESIS to present at the China Shanghai Architectural Design Research Institute

On Thursday 5, July 2012 Alvin Huang of Synthesis Design + Architecture will give two lectures at the China Shanghai Architectural Design Research Institute 中国建筑上海设计研究院有限公司.  These lectures will focus on the use of associative design and parametric modelling techniques alongside digital fabrication protocols as methods for conceiving and realizing architecture.  The first lecture will be […]

Join us for a studio Open House on June 21, 2012!

Synthesis Design + Architecture would like to invite you to our home, the iconic modernist American Cement Building for a Studio Tour and Reception hosted by The Architects Newspaper.  Other participating offices include: DRDS, Kelly Architects, Platform for Architecture + Research, Stayner Architecture, Studio Bonner, VA Design, and WROAD. The American Cement Building, 2404 Wilshire […]

SYNTHESIS in Shanghai this summer.

As part of the USC School of Architecture’s AAC (American Academy in China) in partnership with Shanghai Tongji University  - Alvin Huang will be leading a design workshop focusing on recursive towers. The AAC will run from June 16 – August 4 and will include a two day design conference featuring USC alumnus and Pritzker Prize […]

We are hiring…

Position:  PROJECT MANAGER / ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER (2 positions)  – Research, plan and design building projects utilizing knowledge of design and programmatic applications, construction procedures, zoning, building and life safety codes, as well as building materials to achieve design excellence. Consult with clients on a regular basis to determine functional and special requirements of proposed structure […]

SYNTHESIS to participate in the LA Forum Pecha Kucha #30

We are pleased to announce that  Synthesis Design + Architecture has been invited to share the Xiamen Dream City and Quanzhou Ocean City projects at the LA Forum’s Pecha Kucha #30 – LA ->China: Los Angeles Architecture and Urban Design Firms Designing in China on Wednesday May 9 2012.  More details Below.   LA Forum Events […]

We are looking for summer interns!

SYNTHESIS Design + Architecture is seeking talented, motivated, and personable interns to join our Los Angeles team for the summer. We are an enthusiastic and emerging design office with a growing portfolio of projects.  Current comissions include a 5,000sqm visitor center in Quanzhou, China, a 12,000 sqm lifestyle center in Bangkok, Thailand, and a 64,000 […]

Synthesis @ Dwell on Design

Synthesis is pleased to announce that we are one of 25 firms selected to participate in the annual “Meet the Designers” event at Dwell on Design 2012 at the LA Convention Center.  Sign up here to meet us on June 24!!  Dwell on Design will run from June 22-24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center […]

SYNTHESIS to participate in the Serial Series at Woodbury University

On March 26 2012 Alvin Huang will be participating in the Serial Series at the Woodbury University School of Architecture alongside a stellar lineup of young practitioners pushing the application of technology in design.  Many thanks to David Freeland of FreelandBuck for the invitation. From Woodbury University: Woodbury School of Architecture is excited to announce Serial […]

Chelsea Workspace completed!

We are very pleased to share the recently completed Chelsea Workspace home office installation.  Composed of an array of CNC milled birch plywood panels and interlocking horizontal spacers deployed in a graphic representation of a world map, the project integrates a work station, concealed storage, and task lighting into a fluid and dynamic form.  The […]


On Monday 24 October David O. Wolthers of Synthesis Design + Architecture gave a talk at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles as part of the Visual Studies Course run by Volkan Alkanoglu. The talk centered on the methodology of Synthesis Design + Architecture, specifically the use of Grasshopper as an integrated part […]

SYNTHESIS is recruiting!!

SYNTHESIS Design + Architecture is seeking talented, motivated, and personable designers to join our Los Angeles team. Recently founded in January 2011, we are an enthusiastic and emerging design office with a growing portfolio of projects. Requirements: B. Arch or M. Arch degree Excellent design sensibility, communication skills and personal initiative are desired. Expertise in […]

AJ New Practice #83: Synthesis Design + Architecture
SYNTHESIS profile in The Architects Journal

SYNTHESIS is pleased to share a recent practice profile published by The Architects Journal, featuring a short interview with Alvin Huang discussing the founding of the office, current projects, and future ambitions.   Many thanks to Richard Waite for the write up! AJ Subscribers can check it out on the AJ website here, everyone else […]

SYNTHESIS at the London Design Festival

At 5pm 22 September 2011, SYNTHESIS will give a presentation of recent works alongside design visionaries such as UNStudio’s Ben Van Berkel and Alejandro Zaero Polo as part of the SuperBrands Talk Series at the London Design Festival. SYNTHESIS will be represented by architect Thomas Jensen who will be presenting some of our recent works […]

SYNTHESIS launches new Los Angeles office!

SDA is pleased to announce the opening of our new Los Angeles headquarters in the iconic American Cement Building, designed by DMJM in 1960.  Our new contact details are: Los Angeles: Phone: +1 213 438 9967 2404 Wilshire Blvd.  Suite 9e, Los Angeles, CA  90057 USA London: Phone: +44 207 193 7263 Unit 2.6, Rockwell House, 10-14 […]

DigitalFuture exhibition features SYNTHESIS

23 July 2011 SYNTHESIS is very pleased to invite everyone to attend the opening of the DigitalFuture exhibition in Shanghai, China on the 13th of August.  The work of SYNTHESIS will be exhibited alongside other pioneering design practices from around the world including: Zaha Hadid Architects, UN Studio, Plasma Studio, Greg Lynn FORM, SPAN, Kokkugia, […]

www.synthesis-dna.com goes live!

21 July 2011 SDA is pleased to share our new website at www.synthesis-dna.com.  Since our founding in January of this year we have been hard at work and are happy to share some of those efforts with you.  We are still in the process of uploading images and project details…please check back for news and […]

SDA lecture at the AA DLAB, London

21 July 2011 Alvin Huang gave a lecture to the students of the AA DLAB  program of the Architectural Association in London, which experiments thoroughly on the possibilities of parametric tools and rapid prototyping techniques as highly integrated systems of design development. An inten­sive ten-day studio will create a vibrant atmosphere through its rigorous studio […]

SDA Keynote Speaker at Digital Future Forum Shanghai

27 June 2011 Alvin Huang gave the Keynote Lecture as the finale to the inaugural year for the Shanghai Computational Geometry and Fabrication Conference 2011. This years’ theme, “Digital Future” was focused around the discussion about the transference of hyper-dynamic digital making to the realm of fabrication in our built environment. Other invited speakers included: Patrik […]

AH on the jury for the ACADIA design competition.

15 June 2011 The competition explores proposals for experimental projects that digitally pursue the discovery, appropriation, adaptation, and alteration of methods, processes and techniques of fabrication and assembly. Proposals should exhibit ingenuity in creating a novel system of production that explores the cross-section of digital forms and the fabrication process. Designs should demonstrate an experimental […]

AH joins the Faculty of Architecture at USC

1 June 2011 Alvin Huang was appointed as a Tenure-Track Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, Los Angeles. He will be teaching a graduate design studio focused on advanced digital design techniques, material performance, and digital fabrication.  Click here for more information on the USC Master of Architecture program.

SDA lecture at the USC School of Architecture

22 April 2011 Alvin Huang gave a lecture to the students and faculty of the USC School of Architecture. Many thanks to USC Arch Dean Qingyun Ma and Vice Dean Amy Murphy for the invitation to speak!

SDA lecture at the Bartlett, UCL

15 March 2011 Alvin Huang gave a lecture to the students of the Adaptive Architecture and Computation graduate program, which aims to take generative, emergent and responsive systems and place them into the grasp of adventurous architects and designers, so they are fully able to use these techniques, both with the knowledge of the practicalities […]

SDA lecture at LTH, Sweden

2 Feb 2011 Alvin Huang gave a lecture and two day master class to the students of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics, which explores visionary, experimental architecture, in areas from urban planning to the use of materials. Their research is directed towards artistic methods in architecture and design, and how art in today’s […]