Alvin Huang, AIA is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design. He is an award-winning designer and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary design practice. This exploration of "digital craft" is identified as the territory where the exchange between the technology of the digitally conceived and the artisanry of the handmade is explored. His wide ranging international experience includes significant projects of all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to bespoke furnishings.
His work has been widely published and exhibited and has gained international recognition, including being selected to represent the UK at the Beijing Biennale in 2008 along with numerous awards including a 2014 ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, 2014 ACSA Faculty Design Award (Honorable Mention), 2014 AIA Small Projects Award, 2014 Autodesk Small Business Innovation Award, 2013 Time Magazine's 20 Best Inventions of the Year, 2013 AIA|LA NextLA Design Award, 2013 AIA California Council Merit Award, and 2009 D&AD Award for Environmental Design.
Alvin received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (2004) in London and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California (1998) in Los Angeles. Prior to forming SYNTHESIS, he gained significant professional experience working with Amanda Levete Architects, Future Systems, Zaha Hadid Architects, and AECOM.
In addition to his work at SDA, Alvin is currently an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles, Co-director of the Architectural Association Visiting School Los Angeles, and Co-chair of the 2014 ACADIA Conference. He has also taught design studios and master classes at the Architectural Association (London), University of Texas (Austin), University of Calgary, Tongji University (Shanghai), Tsinghua University(Beijing), University of Lund (Sweden) and Chelsea College of Art (London). He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Japan and China.