Leong Leong is a minority-owned architecture firm and creative agency that uses the power of design to advance visionary social agendas within the built environment for institutions, cultural enterprises, and forward-thinking clients.
Founded in 2009 in New York, Leong Leong works globally and at many scales including buildings, interiors, exhibitions, and furniture. As both architects and creative thought partners, we synthesize vision, design, and execution to generate projects with cultural resonance for diverse clientele.
The studio has been the recipient of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Award, the AIA New York New Practices Award, and has been recognized as a Design Vanguard by Architectural Record.
In 2014, Leong Leong designed the U.S. Pavilion for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and has been exhibited in The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and MoMA. Notable buildings include the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus in Hollywood, California and the Center for Community and Entrepreneurship in New York. Other current projects include the Eaton Workshop, a ground-up, co-working and hospitality project in San Francisco, and several private residences in Los Angeles. Leong Leong has worked as creative thought partners for The Wing, Sweetgreen, Block, Everlane, and Google.
Christopher Leong, Founding Partner
Christopher received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. As partner at Leong Leong, he has overseen the direction of multiple mixed-use projects including the Anita May Rosenstein Campus of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the AAFE Center for Community and Entrepreneurship, and the City View Garage. He is currently on the board of Triple Canopy, a publication that encompasses digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, and books. He has also served as the co-chair of the New Practices Committee and the Occulus Committee at the AIA New York Chapter at the AIA Center for Architecture. Chris is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches an Advanced Design Studio. Previously, he has taught at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and he has been an invited critic Yale University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, City College of New York, Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, and The Cooper Union.
Dominic Leong, Founding Partner
Dominic received his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, graduating with Honors, and his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has lived and worked in Shanghai, Paris, and New York. In 2007, he was awarded the Architecture League Prize by The Architectural League of New York. Dominic has received recognition for his work that includes a Graham Foundation Grant for his interest in the role of research in contemporary architectural education and practice. Dominic is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches Advanced Design Studio. He has been invited to speak about Leong Leong’s work at a wide range of institutions, including Columbia University, Princeton University, UCLA, Yale University, American Institute for Architects, and the US Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale. Dominic serves on GSAPP Alumni Board. Dominic is a registered architect in the State of New York and Florida.
Jessie Baxa, Creative Director
Since joining Leong Leong in 2015, Jessie has worked on design and strategy on various projects including Everlane, The Wing, Betaworks Studios, Eaton Hotel San Francisco,, and the AAFE Center for Community and Entrepreneurship. She works closely with design teams in the studio to research and develop narratives supporting a range of projects, from publications to installations to buildings.
Jessie received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Presentation, and her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with honors from Davidson College. Jessie teaches at Columbia University with Christopher and Dominic as an Associate of Architecture in the Advanced Architecture Studio series.
Gabriel Burkett, Project Director
Upon joining Leong Leong in 2013, Gabriel worked in both a design and project management capacity on the U.S. Pavilion for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. He has since served as Lead Designer for the newly-completed Anita May Rosenstein Campus at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and most recently lead design and production for Float Tank 01, commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Gabriel teaches at Columbia University with Christopher and Dominic as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Advanced Architecture Studio series.
Gabriel Burkett received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude. Following the completion of his undergraduate study, Gabriel conducted research on architecture, urbanism, and post-Soviet identity as a Fulbright Fellow in Riga, Latvia. At Columbia, Gabriel was awarded the William Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize for postgraduate research, allowing him to travel to Norway to study coastal urbanism and resource extraction patterns.
Christopher Lee, Associate
Since joining Leong Leong in 2015, Christopher has served as Project Manager on various projects including Eaton Hotel San Francisco, the AAFE Center for Community and Entrepreneurship, and Everlane retail stores in San Francisco and New York City.
Before Leong Leong, Christopher worked at a variety of architecture offices including Michael Maltzan Architects, Shubin and Donaldson, Pickard Chilton, and SHoP Architects, where he was a lead designer for the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. Christopher received his Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, where he graduated with the Herman D.J. Spiegel Scholarship, and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Yu-hsiang Lin, Senior Designer
Yu-hsiang joined Leong Leong in 2013. He works as a senior designer on a variety of projects including The AAFE Center for Community and Entrepreneurship, the Anita May Rosenstein Campus for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Eaton Hotel San Francsico. Yu-hsiang brings extensive technical knowledge to each project and works with design teams to develop comprehensive and detailed construction sets.
Yu-hsiang received his Master of Urban Design from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Architecture from Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan.
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