Edwin Chan received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley, and Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Between 1988 and 2012, Edwin was a Design Partner at Frank O. Gehry and Associates in Los Angeles, where he led a team of over one hundred architects and oversaw the design, coordination, and execution of over three million square feet of construction.
Edwin Chan has been instrumental for many of Gehry Partner’s internationally awarded projects, including: Opus, a 12-unit luxury residential development featuring flexible column-free floor plans and continuous balconies that open to the panoramic views of Hong Kong harbor; Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ Human Resources Building, an open, collaborative work environment in Basel, Switzerland, complete with custom furniture system by Vitra A.G.; the refurbishment of an existing 1908 building into an inviting, natural light-filled Counseling Center for the Danish Cancer Society.
Edwin Chan's commitment for designing building for the arts culminates with the Fondation Louis Vuitton for Creation, a contemporary art center set within Paris’ historic park Bois de Boulogne; and the groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, celebrated for its innovative architectural design that revitalized the economy of the historic Basque city by placing it on the global cultural map, and established a new paradigm for contemporary art museums.
In addition to professional practice, Edwin Chan has lectured in the US and internationally; and has served as visiting professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Southern California, UCLA, and was appointed the Howard Friedman Visiting Professor of Architectural Practice at University of California at Berkeley in 2012. Among Edwin’s many awards and distinctions is the honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France. Edwin Chan is licensed in California and New York; and is fluent in English, Chinese (Cantonese), and French. He has travelled to all seven continents.
Matthew Fineout received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.A.) from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a Masters of Architecture (M.A.) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Upon graduation in 1990, Matthew joined Frank O. Gehry and Associates (FOG/A) where he was a Senior Associate in Edwin Chan’s design team on the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis MN, the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Since 2000, Matthew continued to develop his interest and expertise in the strategic application of digital technologies to solve complex building issues and deliver large-scale building projects at exceptional value. Working as a principal of the Pittsburgh-based EDGE Studio and as an independent consultant through SMART, Matthew has been instrumental in the execution of a number of iconic projects world-wide; including the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City Mexico; the Entisar Tower - a one-hundred-and twenty-one-floor, mixed-use tower in Dubai UAE; and most recently the New International Airport at Mexico City - 10 Million SF Passenger Terminal Building designed by Fernando Romero EnterprisE (FR-EE) and Foster + Partners.
In addition to his professional practice, Matthew has continued to research and write extensively on the application and implementation of digital technology in architecture, presenting papers at conferences in the U.S. and internationally. Matthew is licensed in the State of California and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Alex Sexsmith is born in Calgary, Canada but educated in the US. Alex received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History with Honors at Northwestern University in 1999; and Masters in Architecture (M.A.) from Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) in 2005. Upon graduation, Alex worked as a designer at The Jerde Partnership on a number of mixed-use projects internationally; as project architect for Hodgetts and Fung on the Frost Theater Renovation; and most recently as senior project manager at Johnson / Fain overseeing the Great Wall Winery Hotel and Visitor Center in Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China and the Christ Cathedral Renovation in Garden Grove, CA. During graduate school, Alex spent one semester in Japan studying traditional Japanese architecture, and from 2006-2007 working for internationally renowned artist Ai Wei-Wei in Beijing, China. In addition to architecture, Alex is also a devoted yoga practitioner. Alex is a dual US-Canadian citizen; and is LEED certified and licensed in the State of California.
Jordan Squires received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts (B.A.) from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2012, and Masters in Architecture (M.A.) from Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) with Thesis Merit Award in 2014. Eight months before his graduation, Jordan began his carrier at the Los Angeles design studio of the multi-national architectural and engineering practice AECOM where he completed over fifty master planning and feasibility studies on commercial, tall buildings, institutional, and professional sports including the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. In 2016, Jordan joined EC3 where he has worked closely with Edwin Chan on the studio’s cultural and residential projects, including the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Masterplan, and award-winning True North in Detroit, MI. Currently, Jordan is the project team leader for Google Inc. in Mountain View, CA. In addition to architectural practice, Jordan’s interest also includes photography, teaching, and research on architectural theory; his independent work has been featured in many exhibitions and publications.
Ryan Baum received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University in 2002; and Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from University of Connecticut in 2008. Ryan worked in custom marketing and sales for ESPN/ABC Sports, as a hedge fund analyst for Greenwich Alternative Investment, and as business manager for Apple Inc. before attending the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) for his Masters of Architecture (M.A.) degree. After graduation in 2017, Ryan was a junior architectural designer at Mayes office in Los Angeles and subsequently at the Rockwell Group in New York City, working on high-end residential and hospitality projects. After joining EC3 in April 2019, Ryan is a member of the design team to reimagine the workplace experience for Australian software giant Atlassian.
Peter Biggart received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.A.) in Painting from University of Colorado in Boulder in 2011; and Master of Architecture (M.A) from Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) in 2017. During his graduate studies, Peter was an intern designer at Roto Architects in Los Angeles, where he worked directly with architect Michael Rotundi on the winning design of the competition for a Research Incubator Complex in Shaoxing, China. After graduation, Peter worked at the international gallery Hauser and Wirth on the exhibition design of “Mike Kelly : Kandors 1999-2011”; and at the Los Angeles studio of internationally renowned artist Thomas Demand. After joining EC3 in March 2019, Peter is a member of the design team to reimagine the workplace experience for Australian software giant Atlassian.
Kyle Onaga received his Bachelor of Architecture (B.A.) at Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) in 2013; and his Masters in Architecture and Urbanism (DRL) from the Architecture Association in London, United Kingdom in 2016. During his undergraduate study, Kyle was an exchange student at the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria (Die Angewandte). Kyle has also worked at the Beijing studio of MAD architects on advanced 3D modeling and digital visualization for a number of concept design and master planning proposals, and at the Sydney office of LAVA, the full service multi-national architectural firm specializing in large scale sports, hospitality and urban master plans. After joining EC3 in 2017, Kyle has been a member of the design team for Google Inc. in Mountain View, CA, and the DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION 1 to 8 Exhibition at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, FL.
Lucas Tingyang Li received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (thesis in Chinese Gardens) from Suzhou University of Science and Technology in China in 2014; and Masters in Architecture (M.A.) form University of Southern California (USC) in 2018. During his undergraduate study, Lucas was a Third Prize winner for the International Landscape Architecture Graduation Project Competition; and Second Prize for the “Green Life” Urban Sky-farm Design Competition. Since joining EC3 in the summer of 2018 as intern designer on the Dalang Cultural and Sports Center Competition in Shenzhen, China; and most recently on the Atlassian Tower and Technology Precinct in Sydney, Australia.
Erik Valle received his Bachelor of Architecture (B.A.) (graduate with distinction) from Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) in 2019. During his undergraduate studies, Erik organized the exhibition “Victor Jones: Infrastructural Etiquette” in 2016, participated in the Archinect publication “Social Media v. Architectural Discourse – a Conversation” in 2017, and is awarded the Julius Shulman Emerging Talent of 2018. Erik joined EC3 in the summer of 2019 as a junior designer for the Atlassian Workplace Experience projects.
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