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Office

“Our ultimate ambition is to create beautiful architecture that all people can relate to and enjoy.”

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office is an award-winning architecture practice based in Chicago founded on the belief that architecture is meant to be enjoyed. The practice builds the thoroughly enjoyable from the slightly familiar. Their work translates forward-looking architectural concepts into playful designs with broad appeal. Taking an optimistic and explorative approach, KVG focuses on creating innovative living environments, places for cultural engagement, urban public space, and contemporary workspaces. The office was founded in 2017 by Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow and has delivered projects ranging from single-family homes to multi-family residential buildings, public and cultural spaces, exhibitions, and designed objects.

The firm’s current projects include the renovation of a 12,000-square-foot Howard Van Doren Shaw home in Highland Park, IL for an art collector family; the inaugural Designing a Better Chicago Riverwalk pavilion to be built in summer 2021; and a community center and housing project in New York. They recently completed both Ardmore House—a single family home in Chicago—and the new Swiss Consulate Chicago at the Hancock Tower.

Select Awards
2019 Inaugural winner Designing a Better Chicago
2019 Graham Foundation Grantee
2018 Architectural League Prize of NY
2017 Wallpaper* Magazine’s list of top Emerging Practices

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Team
Lap Chi Kwong

Lap Chi earned his Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. Before co-founding Kwong Von Glinow, Lap Chi worked with the Pritzker Prize-winning offices of Herzog & de Meuron and Amateur Architecture Studio on cultural projects, single-family houses, and multi-family residential buildings, including the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Kramlich Residence & Gallery in California. Lap Chi spent his early life in Hong Kong before moving to Seattle for his undergraduate education. He is an adjunct professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Alison Von Glinow

Alison earned her Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College. Before co-founding Kwong Von Glinow, Alison worked with internationally acclaimed practices around the world including 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. A Chicago native, Alison is a Board Member of the Chicago Architectural Club and Chair of the Burnham Prize. She is a licensed architect in the states of Illinois and New York and a member of New York’s Urban Design Forum.

Present
Lap Chi Kwong
Principal
Alison Von Glinow, AIA
Principal
Eric Shichen Li
Junior Designer
Yue Liang
Architectural Assistant
Jean-Francois Goyette
Marketing Director
Past
Chieh Chih Chiang
Junior Designer
Amanda Darmasoputro
Junior Designer
Jimmy Carter
Junior Designer
Junfu Cui
Architectural Assistant
Winee Lau
Architectural Assistant
Tammy Phan
Architectural Assistant
Tanil Raif
Architectural Assistant
Prim Rattanathumawat
Architectural Assistant
Adam Botao Sun
Architectural Assistant
Ziqi Wang
Architectural Assistant
Raven Nan Xu
Architectural Assistant
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Clients
The Architectural League of New York
Canadian Center for Architecture
Chicago Architectural Club
The City of Chicago
Design Museum of Chicago
The Gonkas
Hong Kong Biennial
India Home
The MART
Next Home Seoul
PS1 MoMA
Storefront for Art and Architecture
Swiss Architecture Museum
The Swiss Federation of Buildings
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Bulletin
Tune in for our upcoming lectures listed below. Check out our past events, awards, and publications.
10.2020
Lecture

KVG will share the development of Ardmore House with LIGA as part of their series La Casa Del Vecino / Our Neighbor’s House.

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10.2010
Award

KVG is named “Next Progressive” by Architect Magazine.

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10.2020
Teaching

KVG coordinated 6 2020 graduates who presented manifesto “Defiant Optimism” for the Architectural League of New York’s Reimagine dialogue.

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10.2020
Lecture

KVG with chat with John McMorrough about Ardmore House for the series Practice.Architecture.Talks.

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8.2020
Award

KVG is selected as one of 32 Pre-Qualified Design Services Firms for Chicago’s Invest South/West Initiative.

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8.2020
Press

KVG is interviewed by Dennis Rodkin of Crain’s in his article on Ardmore House titled “In Edgewater, a house unlike any other.”

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8.2020
Press

Dennis Rodkin of Crain’s discusses Ardmore House on Crain’s Daily Gist and deems Kwong Von Glinow “a firm to watch.”

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5.2020
Writing

KVG write a piece titled “Sharing Architecture Perseveres” for A+U’s Architecture, Hope & COVID-19 series.

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3.2020
Lecture

Alison is a panelist for Alternative Modes of Practice moderated by Reed Kroloff at IIT.

11.2019
Award

KVG’s design is selected for the inaugural Designing a Better Chicago Pavilion.

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11.2019
Exhibition Opening

KVG’s Smuggling Architecture installation opens at the Swiss Architecture Museum (SAM) in Basel, Switzerland.

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11.2019
Award

KVG’s Towers within a Tower receives 2019 HK DRIVEN X DESIGN Award.

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9.2019
Event

KVG host Chicago’s first Dinner with Designers - hot pot style - and give a tour of Ardmore House under construction.

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8.2019
Jury

Alison serves on the AIA Arizona jury for 2019 Design Awards.

7.2019
Award

KVG is named as IIT College of Architecture’s summer Artists in-Residence for 2019.

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5.2019
Jury

Alison serves on the Jury of the Art Institute of Chicago’s 2019 Schiff Foundation Fellowship.

5.2019
Press

KVG is interviewed by South China Morning Post: “High-rise housing designed to battle urban loneliness” featuring Towers within a Tower.

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4.2019
Award

KVG are selected as Graham Foundation Grantees for their project Smuggling Architecture.

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12.2018
Press

DEZEEN X MINI LIVING feature Towers within a Tower and Table Top Apartments.

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6.2018
Award

KVG are awarded the 2018 League Prize for Young Architects by the Architectural League of New York.

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4.2018
Press

KVG is featured in FRAME Magazine in their issue on High Density Housing titled How We Will Live Tomorrow.

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