THIS IS ME
Anthony Poon, AIA, is an award-winning architect with top industry credentials spanning three decades. His Los Angeles company Poon Design Inc. (www.poondesign.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. See his video about the creative process and storytelling.
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 their highest accolade, the 2018 National Design Award for the Best in North American Housing.
Mr. Poon is a multi-disciplinary designer: architect, interior designer, graphic designer, and a member of The American Institute of Architects. He is also a classical musician, mixed-media artist and published 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 and the United States Green Building Council. He is also a member of the Modern and Contemporary Art Council for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a member of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. He is a certified Feng Shui professional, and holds membership with the International Feng Shui Guild.
As a frequent public speaker, Anthony presents at national and regional conferences, as well as schools and universities. In 2004, he served as a “Pop Culture Panel Consultant” to USA Today. He also performed as solo pianist for the 2012 Architects in Concert, and was selected as a mixed-media artist for the 2014 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 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.
Available at Amazon, the hardcover book on our work. Live Learn Eat is internationally published by ORO Editions and edited by acclaimed architectural critic, Michael Webb. For this fully illustrated, large format, 232-page book, Webb states, “Anthony Poon’s passion for music inspires a vibrant architecture that engages its users and the environment. This monograph explores three fields in which Poon Design have excelled: housing, schools and restaurants. . . Here you can track the creative process from concept sketch to model, plan to completion.”