OCEAN CN Design Consultants
Gao Yan is a registered architect in the United Kingdom (ARB, RIBA), and a Professional Member of The Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modelling. Since 2006, Yan has worked with OCEAN CN and OCEAN D in various roles, both in London and in Hong Kong and Greater China. He is Assistant Professor of architecture at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), teaching MArch seminars on synthetic computational design, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and a design studio. In 2010, he co-founded dotA Architectural Design Ltd Beijing, leading teams work on projects ranging from interiors to urban scales. Yan’s expertise is in computational and parametric design, within an inter-disciplinary approach to social, economic, environmental, political, professional and technical aspects related to vernacular and contemporary architecture.
Mohamad Ghamlouch, Hong Kong
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Mohamad Ghamlouch is a registered architect in Lebanon. He studied architecture at L’École National des Beaux Arts in Beirut, and received a masters of Digital Tectonics from the IAAC in Barcelona. He has worked in Beirut, Barcelona, Dubai, Shanghai and Hong Kong, accumulating over 10 years of experience on various scale projects ranging from Museums, educational, mixed use projects and master plans. He has won several competitions and awards including the AIA unbuilt projects award in 2012. His work has been published in various magazines and platforms. He taught various expert computational workshops, including the AA Visiting School and The University of Hong Kong.
Nathan Melenbrink has worked with OCEAN CN on numerous projects, and his his previous professional experience includes UNStudio Shanghai and Playze China Co. Ltd. Nathan is a fulltime practicing Architect at the East China Architectural Design & Research Institute in Shanghai and a part-time Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Shanghai Study Centre. He earned a professional BArch degree from Virginia Tech and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to working on several projects with OCEAN CN, Previous academic experience includes parametric urbanism research at the University of Hong Kong, as well as a visiting tutorship at the University of Nottingham (Ningbo, China), the Architectural Association’s Shanghai Summer School, and an Adjunct Faculty position at Virginia Tech.
Felix Robbins is a registered architect in the UK (ARB) with an extensive experience of architectural practice – combining an understanding of the complexities of large-scale urban regeneration, built experience of private and public projects with limited budgets, and the innovation of advanced digital design processes, architectural interventions, speculative proposals, and published design research. Felix gained a Diploma in Architectural Design from the Bartlett, University College London in 2002, an MArch in 2003 and qualified professionally in 2006. Felix has worked in collaboration with OCEAN since 2000, and has also worked for dECOi architects in Paris and Make Ltd. in London. He is a currently conducting a PhD by Design at UCL. Felix established a-project in December 2013 as a design practice to provide a flexible architectural service that responds to the complexities of contemporary life. It focusses on an open approach to design problems and the complex and multiple factors that shape the process of designing – from social, economic and physical environmental challenges to historic, material and personal narratives.