The Storage T
Hong Kong Remodel


Grand Lattices Viewing Deck
Lake Shore Drive, Chicago


#013 S-M
The Table Top Walk-Up
New York, New York


#013 XL
The Table Top Super Block
New York, New York


House XYZ / Installation
Suburban Home


Tower within a Tower
Hong Kong, China


In the Loop: ADA Ramp
San Antonio City Hall, Texas


The Primitive Pavilion
Hong Kong, China


Chinatown Gateway
New York, New York


Pop-Up City
Storefront for Art and Architecture


Our Team:
We make architecture together.


Alison Von Glinow
Design Principal

Prior to opening Kwong Von Glinow in 2017, Alison’s prior work includes collaborations with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, SOM in both Chicago and New York, Toshiko Mori Architect in New York, and Svendborg Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Alison is a selected 2017-2018 Forefront Fellow with New York’s Urban Design Forum. Working with key leaders in housing, Alison is developing an holistic design approach to the creation and delivery of co-living housing units with her cohort.

Alison is a Chicago native. Alison earned her Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a Board Member of the Chicago Architectural Club and a Part-Time Professor of Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lap Chi Kwong
Design Principal

With over seven years of professional practice, Lap Chi has spent his time designing internationally acclaimed projects at Pritzker-Prize winning offices of Herzog & de Meuron and Amateur Architecture Studio, including: the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the K Residence & Gallery, and the N Residence both in California. His work in single-family and multi-family residential design as well as cultural design has empowered him with the knowledge of working on both small and large-scale projects.

Lap Chi grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Seattle for his undergraduate education. He earned his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Lap Chi is a Board Member of the Chicago Architectural Club and a Part-Time Professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Our Experience:


Our practice has selectively chosen to merge the design values our principals have learned during their time at Pritzker-prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron with that at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, curating what we believe to be values that create the strongest, smartest, and most accessible design solutions.

From Herzog de Meuron:

  • Unique Concepts

  • Experimental Material Usage

  • Smart Construction Techniques

  • Uncompromising Beauty

From S.O.M.:

  • Efficiency As Strategy

  • Systematic Solutions

  • Integrated Design Agenda

Named as one of the top 20
Emerging Architecture Practices in the World by Wallpaper* Magazine

Wallpaper* Magazine

The July 2017 Issue of Wallpaper* Magazine featured their pick of the top 20 emerging architecture practices in the world. We are honored to be among this impressive group.

CNN Style writes that Towers within a Tower
“offers a bold vision of vertical space in a city
whose skyline has been defined by it.”


After winning 1st Prize for the Hong Kong Housing Challenge, CNN Style interviewed Lap Chi Kwong, where he shared his experience growing up in Hong Kong and how the design of Towers within a Tower allows each resident to experience verticality in the city.

Viewpoint Magazine features
Tower within a Tower in their issue
covering design initiatives for City Futures.


Brilliant article featuring the forefront of design initiatives for the city of the future. We are proud to have Towers within a Tower among their pick!



Rotch Traveling Fellowship Finalist

House, Some of This, Some of That

Graham Foundation Grant to Individual, Stage 2

Smuggling Architecture

New New York City Souvenir, Storefront for Art and Architecture

Pop-Up City Souvenir

1st Prize Hong Kong Pixel Housing Challenge 2017

Towers within a Tower

1st Prize New York Housing Challenge 2017

Table Top Apartments

People’s Choice, AIA New York Awards 2017

Table Top Apartments

1st Prize, 2017 Chicago Prize, Chicago Architectural Club

Grand Lattices





University of Washington
Department of Architecture

“Enjoy Architecture”



Urban Design Forum

Alison speaks on Fellowship Project
Design For Arrival: Arrival House




Hong Kong Biennial

Towers within a Tower is exhibited as
a Virtual Reality Experience



MAS Context
at the Art Institute of Chicago

Lap Chi and Alison speak at
Tracing/Traces event



Storefront for Art and Architecture

Alison speaks at
New Iconities event



Chicago Architectural Club at Chicago Cultural Center

Kwong Von Glinow speaks on their
Under the Dome exhibition design



Harvard GSD Alumni Association
at AIA Chicago

“Enjoy Architecture”



Chicago Architectural Club

“Enjoy Architecture”



NY Build 2017

Kwong Von Glinow presents
1st Prize Table Top Apartments



Chicago Architecture Foundation

Kwong Von Glinow presents
1st Prize Grand Lattices



Chicago, USA

Office Launch!!!

We would love to:

Work / Collaborate / Talk with you.




+1 (847) 431 - 2222


3201 N.Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, 60657



For Employment Opportunities:

Full-time architectural designer:

Please write to hello@kwongvonglinow.com and include your CV and Portfolio (as attachment or google link). Please state your interest in a full-time position at our Chicago Office.

Summer Internship

Please write to hello@kwongvonglinow.com and include your CV and Portfolio (as attachment or google link). Please state your interest in a summer internship opportunity.

Our Mission:

To create architecture for all to enjoy.

Since setting up our office, our working motto has been Enjoy Architecture. Is this a command, a salutation, or a mantra? It is a little bit of all of these things. We started our practice because we enjoy making architecture. As we’ve designed housing that looks like stacked Table Tops, viewing decks that have taken a few formal liberties with the Chicago Frame, and and public spaces like ramps and pavilions built of familiar primary geometries, we’ve realized people get what we are doing. While this is a design method we are still defining, for us it is the start of how we are sharing Enjoy Architecture.