Our design celebrates sustainability and context with an international team who is passionate and diverse.

With over 20 years of experience in architecture and urban planning, our team delivers award-winning buildings and cities. Design is a collaborative process to discover the better ways to live, work and play. As our name Avoid Obvious Architects suggests, we find unique solutions for every project we do.

Avoid Obvious Architects partners with TheeAe to provide one-stop design services. Working with us is like working with investigators and innovators. Together with our clients, we will find and unleash the greatest potential of design. We add value to the most common situation by combining art, context, legality, build-ability and science.

Our team cares about people, history and the environment. The AOA’s passion and design philosophy is not only spreading within the professional world, we are also volunteering to teach local children. In 15 years, Architecture for Children have taught over 5,000 students about collaborative and sustainable designs. In 2016, Vicky Chan lectured in front of 500 global mayors in New Cities Summit in Seoul. Our work has also been featured next to the White House in the US. With both top-down and bottom-up believers in our cities, our future is looking bright.




Together with TheeAe Architecture and Interior Design, we have over 50 building and design professionals to provide integrated design service for urban planning, architecture, landscape design and interior design. Our one-stop solution includes:

  1. Concept Design
  2. Site Assessment and Analysis
  3. Design Development
  4. Construction Documents
  5. Lighting Design
  6. Furniture Design
  7. Specifications and Sourcing
  8. Permits and Licenses
  9. Construction Cost Analysis (for interior projects)
  10. Construction (for interior projects)
  11. Branding
  12. Art
  13. Model Making
  14. Marketing Renderings and Virtual Reality Tours (VR)
  15. Marketing Photography and Videos





We have 37 international awards in urban planning, architecture, landscape and interior design with projects in 36 cities and 22 countries.

2018 A’ Design Award – Gold Award- WeTown – Urban Design Category
2018 A’ Design Award – Silver Award- The Artist House – Interior Design Category
2018 A’ Design Award – Silver Award- The Cloud – Interior Design Category
2018 A’ Design Award – Bronze Award- The Lighthouse – Architecture Category
2018 London Creative Competition – Circle of Life – Shortlisted
2017 15th Designer in the World of the Landscape, Planning and Garden Design Category by WA’C
2017 Jury for Sub+Foam Upcycle Design Competition
2017 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders
2017 AIA Hong Kong Community Citation Award – Architecture for Children
2017 American Architecture Prize – Winner of Commercial Interior
2017 Perspective – 40 under 40 – Architecture
2017 Biomimicry Competition by Eleven Magazine – Circle of Life – Honorable Mention
2017 A’ Design Award 2017 – Bronze Award – Horsetopia
2017 A’ Design Award 2017 – Volunteering Award – Architecture for Children
2017 Shop! Design Award 2017 – Gold Award – Pop-up Store
2017 Shop! Design Award 2017 – Sustainability Award – The Artist Lab
2017 AIA Emerging Professionals – Exhibitor
2017 Lasalle Children Game Design Competition – Winner
2017 New Cities Summit in Songdo, South Korea – Invited Speaker
2017 A’ Desgin Award – Jury
2017 PureHouse Lab – Coliving Netowrk – Founding Member
2016 London Creative Competition – Winner of the Architectural Category
2016 Inspireli Awards – Semi Finalist
2016 Rethinking the Future Sustainability Award – Urban Design Winner
2016 Design:Retail – 40 under 40
2016 Platinum Award for the Replacement of Bronx River Parkway Bridges at Crane Road
2015 ASLA Merit Awards – 14th Street Viaduct
2015 London Creative Competition – Winner
2015 Lasalle Children Game Design Competition – Winner
2012 Outstanding Project Award – Court Square 2
2010 Miami Seaplane Terminal Competition – 2nd Place
2010 Winner of Design+Technical Award – Stantec
2008 Gillette Landmark Design – 3rd place
2008 Wacom’s Vision of the Future – 1st place
2008 Best of Newspaper Design Cover – 1st place
2006 Jeongok Pre-history Museum with Easton+Combs – 3rd place
2005 Unfinished Works AIDS illustration Contest – 2nd place




United: Pedestrianization of Hong Kong

Studio Magazine

Mar 20, 2018

Smart Mobility

ZF Vision

Jan 20, 2018

Shop! Sustainability Awards

Shop! Association

March 29, 2017

The Artist Tricycle


March 10, 2017


AIA Young Architects Forum

Aug 19, 2016

Seun City Walk

International New Landscape

June 16, 2016

40 under 40


May 16, 2016

Mahna Mahna

Creem Magazine

January 16, 2014

Gyeonggi-do Jeongok Prehistory Museum

AIA Center of Architecture

October 23, 2010

Ocean Village

Architect Newspaper

September 30, 2013

Founder’s Valley: Urban Visions


Oct 1, 2017

Upcycle Park

Green Building

April 1, 2017

Co-living Spaces

Pure House Lab

March 13, 2017

The Mobile Lab

Design: Retail

March 21, 2017

Organic Highway


Aug 9, 2016



February 26, 2016

Brooklyn Design Fashion Accelerator

Wall Street Journal

October 29, 2013

Yankee Stadium – Heritage Field

New York Times

March 31, 2011

Oosten – 421 Kent Ave


March 12, 2014

Architecture for Children

Construction Magazine

January 1, 2018


Architecture for Children

AIA Emerging Professionals

March 25, 2017

Smart City

Metro Daily Hong Kong

Mar 25, 2017

Nolo Artist

Houston Chronicle

Aug 12, 2016

East Williamsburg

Curbed NY Most Outrageous Design 2015

December 22, 2015

AlleyWorthy Award


July 14, 2014

Amphibian Seaplane Terminal


October 10, 2012

Cabrini Medical Center


October 10, 2012