Kelvin Ho – Design Canberra Festival

Kelvin Ho

Kelvin Ho is the founding director of Akin Atelier, a spatial communications practice based in of Sydney, Australia.

A graduate of Architecture at the University of Sydney, Ho founded Akin Atelier in 2005. Akin Atelier is a multi-disciplinary practice whose clients and collaborators are truly global, and include Merivale Group, QANTAS, Dion Lee, AGNSW, Saturdays NYC, bassike, A.P.C., Camilla and Marc, Rag & Bone, The Australian Ballet, Amilla Fushi, and TRANSIT Group Japan.

Akin Atelier’s body of over 400 works greatly varies in typology, spanning retail, hospitality, hotels, resorts, public space, set design, and private residential projects. Creatively driven by skate, art, film, and fashion, Ho’s style is characterised by a deep knowledge of client / brand, a dedicated focus on concept, and meticulous planning.

At the centre of Ho’s approach to design is a curiosity for bringing spaces to life, with a commitment to shaping meaningful experiences and positive impacts on the people who inhabit and occupy these spaces. Ho believes successful spatial design merges a narrative with contextual, historical, and social reference points with physical spatial qualities, whilst expressing the DNA of a brand and creating an emotional response or connection for the audience.

Currently operating between Sydney and New York City, Kelvin Ho leads a studio of 17 staff spanning Architects, Interior Architects, Interior Designers, Design Strategists and Brand Specialists to provide a comprehensive spatial communications offering.

Ho actively contributes to the local Australian design community by presenting at creative conferences and design discussion panels, giving University lectures and serving as a juror on judging panels for design / architecture competitions.

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