EC3 is a cross-disciplinary, minority-owned architecture firm designing projects that establish new paradigms where the arts, culture, communities, businesses and the environment thrive.
The Los Angeles-based firm prioritizes tactile, timeless experiential design over abstract theoretical trends, while balancing creativity with practicality to create cost-effective and impactful architecture that resonates with diverse communities in different contexts.
Founded by Edwin Chan and building on his more than 25 years of experience on world-class projects for ambitions clients, EC3’s award-winning portfolio ranges from net-zero buildings and workplace interiors to live-work housing, contemporary art exhibitions and installations.
Recent projects include True North, the firm’s first ground-up project constructed at $100 per sq-ft in less than one year in Detroit; CHALET at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas; the concept design for Atlassian Central, a 39-story net-zero tower in Sydney’s Technology Precinct; and “Crystal Barn”, a high-performance mixed-use development currently underway in Idaho’s emerging Treasure Valley.
During the pandemic, EC3 completed two offices for Atlassian in San Francisco and Sydney, establishing a new workplace framework for the global tech company.
Projects under construction include Core City Habitat, a second ground-up residential project in Detroit, and a cast-aluminum stair sculpture at an international art collector’s Beverly Hills estate.
Working closely with clients and consultants from concept to execution, EC3’s collaborative studio uses physical models to lead an interactive hands-on design process to develop, evaluate and finalize design scenarios while leveraging digital and virtual technologies to visualize, optimize, build consensus and fundraise around project’s designs. The firm has a strong track-record in streamlining project delivery and achieving long-term sustainability.
In 2021, Atlassian Central (currently under construction) became the first Australian project to win a major award from the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. In 2018, True North was one of six finalists for the prestigious Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).
EC3 is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, a certified minority-owned business and a registered small business enterprise with licenses in California, New York and other states.