Share
Project Views
Appreciations
Followers
Following
14
Originally founded in London January 2011 by Alvin Huang, Synthesis DNA is a forward thinking international design firm exploring design at the intersection of Performance, Technology and Craft. Following an appointment as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California,… Read More
Originally founded in London January 2011 by Alvin Huang, Synthesis DNA is a forward thinking international design firm exploring design at the intersection of Performance, Technology and Craft. Following an appointment as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Alvin subsequently relocated the office to Los Angeles where the firm was incorporated in October 2011. Since its founding, the office has expanded to include a team of seven full-time designers with a diverse global background and wide range of experiences. The design trajectory and ethos of the office is rooted in balancing both the experimental and the visionary with the practical and the pragmatic to achieve the extraordinary. Read Less
  • Tenure-track Assistant Professor
    University of Southern California School of Architecture — Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Founder and Principal
    Synthesis Design + Architecture — Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Director
    Amanda Levete Architects — London, United Kingdom
  • Lead Designer
    Future Systems — London, United Kingdom
  • Lead Designer
    Zaha Hadid Architects — London, United Kingdom
  • Designer
    AECOM — Los Angeles, CA, USA
View Full Resume →
Synthesis is an emerging contemporary design practice with over 20 years of collective professional experience in the fields of architecture, infrastructure, interiors, installations, exhibitions, furniture, and product design. Founded in 2011, our work has already begun to achieve international recognition for it… Read More
Synthesis is an emerging contemporary design practice with over 20 years of collective professional experience in the fields of architecture, infrastructure, interiors, installations, exhibitions, furniture, and product design. Founded in 2011, our work has already begun to achieve international recognition for it’s design excellence. Our diverse team of multidisciplinary design professionals includes registered architects, architectural designers and computational specialists educated, trained, and raised in the USA, UK, Denmark, Portugal, and Taiwan. This diverse cultural and disciplinary background has supported our expanding portfolio of internatinoal projects in the USA, UK, Russia, Thailand, and China. Read Less
Our work focuses on the merging of creative and intellectual design processes with intelligent fabrication and construction techniques to create beautifully crafted designs. We like to refer to this territory as “digital craft”, where the exchange between the technology of the digitally conceived and the artisa… Read More
Our work focuses on the merging of creative and intellectual design processes with intelligent fabrication and construction techniques to create beautifully crafted designs. We like to refer to this territory as “digital craft”, where the exchange between the technology of the digitally conceived and the artisanry of the handmade is explored.

As our name implies, we see architecture as the composition of multiplicities to form a cohesive vision – both on a tectonic, conceptual, and ideological level. We view each project as a unique opportunity to integrate diverse and often contending conceptions and constraints into a coherent whole. Our process explores contemporary design as an expression of contemporary society and cultural values that seeks to enhance the way people experience the built environment by capitalizing on the potential of time, space, and form to affect and inspire those who inhabit it.

We believe in design that is driven by integrated performance. Though architecture is by definition static, its visual, spatial, structural, material, environmental, economic and social affects are intrinsically dynamic. Integrated performance, the manner in which a single design actively fulfils the full array of its intentions, defines the performative aesthetic for which we strive. This interest in what we call “Informed Form”, carries forward the legacy of architects like Frei Otto, Antonio Gaudi, and to explore the non-linear relationships between geometric logic (form, geometric organization, variation, optimization, etc), materiality (material composition, fabrication, etc) and performance (structural, environmental, aerodynamic, etc). Read Less
Member since: Aug 14, 2012