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About Studio UNIT


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About Studio UNIT


WHO WE ARE

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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.  

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Vivien Liu


Vivien Liu


BIOGRAPHY

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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 her work is trusted by a wide range of clients including Nikon, Jack Daniels, American Express, Huawei, Samsung, Leica, and The Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Vivien Liu, Studio UNIT 事務所的創辦人,在美國,加拿大,英國,香港及中國就業建築設計超過八年 。她的廣泛經驗包括辦公室,商業,酒店,住宅和各種機構,涉及室內設計到城市規劃和基礎設施的各種規模。在創立Studio UNIT之前,Vivien曾在Rem Koolhaas的OMA事務所和Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates(KPF)擔任建築設計師。 Vivien畢業於在加拿大滑鐵盧大學並在美國哈佛大學獲取建築學碩士,就讀時獲得了著名的Clifford Wong房屋設計獎。

六年前,Vivien發現了對攝影香港和世界各地城市密度和建築的熱情。她在社交媒體Instagram平台上吸引了超過21萬的追隨者看她對城市的獨特觀念。此後,她的風格已經擴大到人像,自然景觀和產品攝影。她於2017年被#legend授予最佳女攝影師獎, 而她的工作受到尼康,傑克丹尼爾斯,美國運通,華為,三星,徠卡,香港旅遊局等廣泛客戶的信賴。

 

SELECTED PRESS

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Features:

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

Shutterstock - "100 Photographers from Around the World You Should Follow Right Now", Dec. 2016

Unrated - "Hong Kong From the Favellas to the City Captured by Photographer Vivien Liu", Nov 2016

SCOOT - "Grit over Glamour" In-Flight Magazine, Issue 19, Aug-Sept.2016

Fathom Way To Go - Head in the Clouds in Zhangjiajie, Sept 2016

Adobe - "Architectural Photographers to Follow on Instagram", Jun 2016

Cathay Pacific Discovery Magazine - "The Tastemakers", Mar 2016

DigitalRev - "How an Architect Became Instagram Famous", Mar 2016

ArchDaily - "25 Architecture Instagram Feeds to Follow Now", Oct 2015

SCMP - "Smart Phone vs Film: Two HK Photographers go head-to-head", Jul 2014

Architizer - "The Architects you need to Follow on Instagram Now!", Jan 2014

Instagram - "Chasing Density with @vdubl", Jul 2013

 

Feature / Documentary:

Infiniti - Director's Cut, Feb 2017

Adorama - Through The Lens | S03E12 - @vdubl, Feb 2017

 

Interviews:

Llamas Valley - "Former Architect Snaps Fleeting Moments",Apr 2016

Converse - Made by You: Vivien Liu,May 2015

Mr. Porter - "The Skyliners", THE PORTFOLIO by Mr.Porter,28 May 2015

MISSBISH - The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Vivien Liu,Jun 2015

 

Talks and Seminars:

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

 
 

Photograph by Ruby Law