Studio UNIT is a Hong Kong based studio for Architecture, Interior Design and Photography. Establishing itself as a unit – a singular component of a larger, more complex whole - it bears an open and malleable mind to take on unconventional circumstances and latencies during the new information age. It acknowledges the rising development of the Visual Culture and the importance of proliferating images through mass communication, in particular, social media.
An “image” is an impression; it is a physical and/or psychological experience, and it can be visceral and emotional. It tells stories and preserves memories. Our mission is to make images with an impact and to craft the spaces in which powerful images are made.
Grounding this philosophy is a passionate commitment to apply user-oriented sensibilities toward function and form. With the photographer’s eye combined with creativity and clarity in design vision, we traverse the boundaries between image and place making.
Studio UNIT was founded by Vivien Liu on 11 November 2016. She has been practicing architecture for over 8 years in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China. Her experience comprises a wide range of building typologies, including office, retail, hotel, residential and institutional, involving architectural design at various scales from interior to urban planning and infrastructure. Prior to founding Studio UNIT, Vivien worked as an architect at Rem Koolhaas' OMA and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF).
Vivien attended the University of Waterloo, graduating with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, and went on to study at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the prestigious Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design.
Vivien discovered a passion in photographing the urban density and architecture of Hong Kong and around the world. Her photography on Instagram has attracted more than 240,000 followers who check in to see her unique view on Hong Kong everyday. Since then, her style has broadened to include portraiture, natural landscapes and product photography. She was awarded Best Female Photography Award by #legend in 2017, and work is trusted by a wide range of clients including Nikon, Jack Daniels, American Express, Huawei, Samsung, Leica, and The Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Nikon France - "Hong Kong, the Vertical City", Jul 2018
Cathay Dragon Silkroad Magazine - "Tribes of Hong Kong", Mar 2018
Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide - "6 Tips from Sucessful Female Entrepreneurs On How To Start A Business", Oct 2017
#legend - "Hong Kong's Award Winning Social Media Stars / On Reflection", Aug 2017
HK Tatler - “10 Hong Kong Instagram Photographers to Follow”, July 2017
Culture Trip - “10 Up-and-Coming Hong Kong Photographers”, July 2017
Landmark Mandarin Oriental - "Hong Kong Eye", Platinum Magazine Issue 4, Mar 2017
Fathom Way To Go - Head in the Clouds in Zhangjiajie, Sept 2016
Cathay Pacific Discovery Magazine - "The Tastemakers", Mar 2016
DigitalRev - "How an Architect Became Instagram Famous", Mar 2016
Instagram - "Chasing Density with @vdubl", Jul 2013
Infiniti - Director's Cut, Feb 2017
Llamas Valley - "Former Architect Snaps Fleeting Moments",Apr 2016
Converse - Made by You: Vivien Liu,May 2015
HKTDC InnoDesignTech Expo 2016 - A Dialogue with Creative Minds, Dec 2016
Business of Design Week (BODW): Detour - Talk! 2015 - Retake,Dec 2015
General Assembly - #Instasavvy: Meet Hong Kong's Top Instagrammers,Dec 2014