Established in 2016, aona architects is an architectural practice led by Charles Lai and Ricky Suen. The practice seeks to challenge conventional approaches to architectural design by paying attention to history and historicity, material and materiality, as well as details and tectonics. The practice places its focus on research, curatorial, exhibition design, installation design, and heritage consultancy services. 


Charles Lai Chun Wai | 黎雋維

Charles Lai is a British Architect and a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He graduated from the University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture and AA School of Architecture in London. He established the studio, a o n a, in 2016. He participated in projects worldwide, including Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and Nepal. He is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture specialising in history of modern architecture in East and Southeast Asia.


Ricky SuenWai kuen | 孫煒權


Ricky Suen is a registered architect in the UK. He has more than 10-year of solid architectural and urban design experience and executed a wide range of scales and typologies, including competitions, infrastructure, mixed-use, cultural facilities in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Prior to aona, he was a senior architect / project leader at OMA, he led competitions and commissioned projects in the Asia Pacific. He has taught architecture and urban design studio at the University of Hong Kong and as design critic in varies institutes including HKU, CUHK, PolyU, HKU Space Architecture and HKDI. Ricky was graduated from the Architectural Association in London with an AA Diploma, holds an Advanced Diploma (Dist.) and Chartered Membership from the Royal Institute of British Architects.