SKEW Collaborative is an architecture and research practice that started in 1999 in the city of New York, and currently based in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Facing the need to reconcile these triangulated geographies, the cultural disparities between the cities became the raw material that feeds the studio’s work. Through an analysis of culture and the city, SKEW seeks to create architecture that is elegant and relevant, but more critically, architecture that can increase awareness about our cities and natural environment. In every project, SKEW will examine architectural artifacts produced by different cultures in order to design architectural strategies that can bridge, critique and translate between cultures and systems.
Through various professional, research and academic platforms, the design principals of SKEW are committed to inventive and culturally sensitive design practice. The design principals are currently teaching at the University of Hong Kong in Shanghai and Hong Kong. They have also taught at Columbia, Yale, Princeton Universities, NYU and Pratt Institute. SKEW’s work has been featured at acclaimed design events and forums such as the 2004 Venice Biennale, 2004 Singapore Art Festival, 2004 SENI Contemporary Art Exhibition, 2005 ERA05 Copenhagen World Design Congress, 2005 Harvard Asia GSD Tsunami Design Conference, 2007 & 2009 Shenzhen Biennale, 2008 Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s YOUprison Exhibition, 2010 Beijing Architecture Biennale, 2011 Chengdu Biennale, and 2011 Singapore Hub-to-Hub Public Art Exhibition.