spatial practice is a collaborative partnership for architecture & art installations formed by Dora Chi and Erik Amir committed to forming spatial experiences and strategic concepts.
spatial practice believes in greatness. We strive to realize desires and dreams. We love the unexpected and embrace the unknown. We have no style or preconceived ideas, our designs are generated from a focused playful path rooted from the urgency of delivering innovative design. Since its formation, we have paid particular attention to materialize the concept by confronting the necessary constraints along the way. We devote equal rigor and criticality to every project stage, regardless of scale.
We believe in the joy of spatial experiences. Our ability to realize and create unique & original spaces has been recognized by completed projects around the world, and the users of the space, our clients & collaborators.
Current and selected built projects include a private residence in the hillside of Los Angeles; fine-dining restaurant in Taiwan; interactive art Installations in Hong Kong and Japan; residential towers in Taiwan; headquarters for a high-tech company in China; several fashion showrooms and boutiques in Paris; among others.
Creative Director, Founder
Erik Amir is DPLG Registered Architect (France). He received his Bachelor of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Master of Architecture at École Nationale Supérieured’ Architecture de Paris La Villette (France), and Master of Science in Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology (US).
He approaches each project with passionate curiosity, navigating projects goals and challenges to establish a creative strategic direction. He leads the design process with magnetic enthusiasm while navigating between project goals and site challenges.
Erik’s work has been internationally recognized and awarded in the United States, Asia and Europe. He previously worked with Michael Arad on the World Trade Center Memorial for the victims of 9/11 in New York City. He also collaborated with Rem Koolhaas at OMA New York and Beijing to lead visionary projects such as the design of Taipei Performing Arts Centre and Singapore’s Interlace residential complex that was awarded with the 2015 World Building of the Year. Erik has taught at school of architecture Paris La Villette, Tsinghua Beijing & Hong Kong University.
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Managing Director, Partner
Dora Chi is an AIA Registered Architect in New York State (US) and LEED Accredited Professional (US); she received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.
She leads projects to built completion, collaborating and coordinating between client partners, external consultants and the Spatial Practice team. Her passion for sustainably built environments has her advocating the realization of ecological design.
Dora was awarded with research grants from Cornell University and the American Institute of Architects to conduct research on massive urbanization in China. She has been recognized as a creative leader in Asia for her work in Architecture by Perspective Global 40 under 40 Award. Previous experiences with I.M. Pei Architect, Handel Architects, and Foster and Partners include prestigious international projects ranging from large scale high-end residential buildings, international cultural and mixed-use buildings in the United States, Middle East, and Asia.
pc: Inga Beckman
Ideas are derived from our collaborative partnerships with our clients to deliver unique built environments through a creative focused explorative process.
spatial practice is an accumulation of ideas, people and circumstances.
We believe that true design is about bringing order into complexity – a dynamic complexity – the essential feature of human beings, a culture, or a society. We look beyond basic conditions and restrictions – such as site, zoning, program and budget – to identify the essence of each spatial intervention. We catalyze architectural and formal thinking into a deeper context that concerns human interactions in specific cultural, social, and economic settings. Committed to creative-thinking and thorough decision-making, we design as a team. We collaborate with some of the best creative minds from different fields to create a dynamic and open platform that confronts and addresses spatial issues with a wide spectrum of insights.
Currently we are seeking for creative individuals who are self-initiative, like to explore the unconventional, and willing to design in a collaborative work environment that is beyond the typical. We have positions available from Intern to Intermediate Architects with 0-5 years of experience.