MIT Architecture presents Chris Leong “Informal to Formal:” Reflecting on ten years of Leong Leong’s practice and the studio’s ongoing research into informal and formal collectivities. Organized by MIT NOMAS chapter.
Christopher Leong, Founding Partner of Leong Leong, received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley. Chris is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches Advanced Design Studio. He has been invited to speak about Leong Leong’s work at a wide range of institutions including, Princeton University, Yale University, American Institute for Architects, and the US Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale.
Leong Leong investigates the ways in which form, organization, and materiality shape our lives and social institutions. The office designs buildings, masterplans, furniture, interiors, and exhibitions across a range of geographies from NY to LA and from Europe to Asia. The firm’s work has been exhibited and commissioned by international institutions including the Guggenheim Museo Bilbao, MoMA, the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Sharjah Biennale, and the MAK Center. Leong Leong has received wide recognition including the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Award, the AIA New York’s New Practices Award, and Dezeen’s Emerging Architect of the Year Shortlist in 2019. The Anita May Rosenstein Campus was awarded 2019 AIA|LA Presidential Honoree for Community Contribution, AIA New York’s 2020 Design Award in Architecture Honoree, and was named Architect’s Newspaper’s 2019 Design Awards Public Building of the Year and Finalist for Building of the Year.