THIS IS ME
Anthony Poon is an award-winning architect with top industry credentials spanning three decades. His Los Angeles company Poon Design Inc. (www.poondesign.com and www.martinpoonarchitects.com), a multi-disciplinary architecture studio serving national and international clients, has completed over 300 projects: residential, commercial, religious, educational, and cultural. The work of Poon Design has been featured in over 100 articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Dwell, The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Magazine, Architectural Record, Architecture, and Interior Design.
Poon Design has received over 50 national honors. For an unprecedented two years in a row, Mr. Poon was bestowed with, the 2005 and 2006 National Grand Prize from Learning by Design, the highest honor in the country given to the best design of an educational building. In 2009 and 2011, Poon Design was awarded the international best restaurant design from The American Institute of Architects (“AIA”). In 2014, Mr. Poon created the best home design in the country, awarded by the National Association of Home Builders. The AIA has also honored Anthony with the 2018 National Design Award for the Best in North American Housing.
Mr. Poon is a multi-disciplinary designer: architect, interior designer and graphic designer. He is also a musician, artist and author. He received his Bachelor of Arts from University of California Berkeley, Magna Cum Laude, for architecture and music. At Berkeley, Anthony was co-editor of Concrete, the journal for the College of Environmental Design. He earned his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University. Mr. Poon is LEED-accredited and a member of the Building Industry Association, the United States Green Building Council, and the International Interior Design Association. Anthony is a member of the Modern and Contemporary Art Council for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and also a member of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles.
Mr. Poon has made keynote presentations at national and regional conferences for the American College and University Institute, and the Society for College and University Planning. In 2004, he served as a “Pop Culture Panel Consultant” to USA Today. Anthony was guest professor and lecturer in 2005 at the USC School of Architecture. In 2008, he was a finalist for Los Angeles Magazine’s World Class Tastemakers. He also performed as solo pianist for the 2012 Architects in Concert, “Unfrozen Music,” and was selected as a mixed-media artist for the 2013 national Beverly Hills Art Show. His visual arts (www.anthonypoonart.com) have been exhibited in Berkeley California, Cambridge Massachusetts, and Los Angeles California. His black and white photography has been published by Van Nostrand Reinhold press.
Mr. Poon’s book, Sticks and Stones / Steel and Glass: One Architect’s Journey, is available here at Amazon. Part essays and critique, part behind-the-scenes, part rants and raves, and part auto-biographical—this book captures the artistic spirit: the nobility, the humility and the creativity. The writing examines the role of architecture in daily life and for social good. Art is shelter.