EC3 is a cross-disciplinary architecture and design studio founded by Edwin Chan, the veteran design partner of world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. The nine-person design team draws from Edwin Chan’s extensive experience in arts and cultural program; and engages in projects of all scales from urban design, institutional buildings, to exhibition designs and sculptural commissions. Since its inception in 2012, the Los Angeles-based studio has developed a portfolio with private and mixed-use projects in California and across the US; as well as in Latin America, Europe and in Asia.
EC3’s design approach prioritizes tactile timeless experience to abstract theoretical trends; and aims to balance creativity with feasibility from concept to execution. EC3’s design team uses physical models extensively to promote a hands-on interactive design process in close collaboration with clients, expert consultants from other disciplines, as well as artists and curators; while leveraging digital technology as a tool to evaluate design scenarios and optimize the most effective approach to organizing program, streamline project delivery, and achieve long-term sustainability beyond energy efficiency.
EC3’s recent designs include True North, an internationally awarded live/work community for creative entrepreneurs and urban pioneers in Detroit (2017); the DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION 1 to 8 exhibition at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, which presents all eight of the Deste Foundation’s fashion capsules for the first time in the United States (2018); and the Dalang Cultural & Sports Center, a finalist in the competition for a two million square-foot mixed-use project for the developer Vanke in Shenzhen, China (2018).
EC3 and Edwin Chan have been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions, including the honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France, a recipient of a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies for the Arts, winner of a 2017 Progressive Architecture P/A Award, winner of the 2017 AN Best of Design Award in the Residential/Multi Unit category; and most recently named one of six finalists for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) 2018, awarded biannually to the most distinguished and impactful project in North and South America.