Ken Ong


Principal, Director of Architectural Design

“Design excellence in architecture maximizes the outcome found in the program, materials, budget and dreams of the client and turns it into a sustainable experience of space, light and movement. Better solutions are achieved when design professionals listen carefully to clients and engage in a dialogue.”

Inspired by the successful architectural practice of his brother, Ken followed the family footsteps and began his own design career in San Francisco, determined to achieve superior design solutions fashioned by the vision of the client.

As the Director of Architectural Design, Ken brings over two decades of professional experience as well as an impressive body of work, which includes international high-rise projects as well as mixed-use retail, commercial office and K-12 academic buildings. In every project, Ken strives to provide thoughtful and sound design solutions that remain attentive and responsive to the client, context and end-users.Ken’s projects have won numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, PCBC Gold Nugget, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Coalition for Adequate School Housing and Savings by Design. A LEED Accredited Professional, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Asian American Architects and Engineers Association and Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat.

Ken has worked with talented architects throughout his career, including James Stewart Polshek, Art Gensler and Brian Lee. His favorite work of architecture is Saintes-Chapelle in Paris, a gothic chapel with such a magnificent proportion of stained glass that Ken describes it as being inside a Faberge egg. Ken’s dream project is to work on a church, which he believes uniquely accommodates a range of human experiences that few other architectural typologies do.A family man who enjoys cooking and watching Formula 1 racing, Ken can be found spending time at home with his wife and children. He awaits the day when his kids will be able to enjoy his childhood collection of Spiderman, Batman and X-Men comics, still well-preserved in their mylar sleeves at Grandma’s house. Apart from home, his ideal trip is to engage in a completely silent seven-day meditation retreat.

Advice Ken Still Lives By:
“Work smarter, not harder.”