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 Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui / Founding directors  Born in Paris, Lorène Faure is a fully qualified French DESA (hmonp) architect and UK ARB RIBA architect. She studied under British renowned architect/critic Sir Peter Cook at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, where she graduated with honours and was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President's Silver Medal. Lorène's talent in producing inventive drawings has been a key driving force to her workplace and personal exploration in art and architecture. Lorène worked in London between 2008-2013, she was an associate and senior designer for CRAB studio (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau) and architectural assistant at Yael Reisner studio, before setting up Bean Buro in Hong Kong. Lorène has been nominated for the 40 Under 40 by Perspective in 2017.  Born in Hong Kong, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui is half Chinese and half Japanese. He studied at UCL The Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and is a UK ARB and RIBA chartered architect. Kenny has been actively engaged in the British design industry in London between 2003-2013 - He received various prestigious awards as a student, before becoming an assistant at Richard Rogers Partnership, and project architect at Urban Salon Architects to work on award winning projects. Kenny was also a lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, The Royal College of Art, Oxford Brookes, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture and London South Bank University. He co-founded Bean Buro in Hong Kong to continue his cross-cultural expertise. Kenny has been nominated for the 40 Under 40 by Perspective in 2017.

Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui / Founding directors

Born in Paris, Lorène Faure is a fully qualified French DESA (hmonp) architect and UK ARB RIBA architect. She studied under British renowned architect/critic Sir Peter Cook at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, where she graduated with honours and was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President's Silver Medal. Lorène's talent in producing inventive drawings has been a key driving force to her workplace and personal exploration in art and architecture. Lorène worked in London between 2008-2013, she was an associate and senior designer for CRAB studio (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau) and architectural assistant at Yael Reisner studio, before setting up Bean Buro in Hong Kong. Lorène has been nominated for the 40 Under 40 by Perspective in 2017.

Born in Hong Kong, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui is half Chinese and half Japanese. He studied at UCL The Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and is a UK ARB and RIBA chartered architect. Kenny has been actively engaged in the British design industry in London between 2003-2013 - He received various prestigious awards as a student, before becoming an assistant at Richard Rogers Partnership, and project architect at Urban Salon Architects to work on award winning projects. Kenny was also a lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, The Royal College of Art, Oxford Brookes, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture and London South Bank University. He co-founded Bean Buro in Hong Kong to continue his cross-cultural expertise. Kenny has been nominated for the 40 Under 40 by Perspective in 2017.

Together they are a brilliant combination: both highly intelligent and quick-witted. Both having a sophisticated charm: but both humane and understanding of people as well.
— Sir Peter Cook, English Architect, Lecturer and Writer on architectural subjects
  Hannah Wang / Operations Manager   Hannah grew up and studied in Hong Kong and the United States. Prior to joining Bean Buro, Hannah had worked in the Fortune 500 multinational corporation in managing the office and dealing with clients and external partners. At Bean Buro, Hannah is responsible for business development, fees proposals, and contractual liaison with clients and external partners. Hannah also assists in the finance administration, human resources and the day to day management of the studio. Her friendly and trusting nature keeps clients and our colleagues at ease. Hannah loves to spend time with family and friends when she is not reading up. 

Hannah Wang / Operations Manager

Hannah grew up and studied in Hong Kong and the United States. Prior to joining Bean Buro, Hannah had worked in the Fortune 500 multinational corporation in managing the office and dealing with clients and external partners. At Bean Buro, Hannah is responsible for business development, fees proposals, and contractual liaison with clients and external partners. Hannah also assists in the finance administration, human resources and the day to day management of the studio. Her friendly and trusting nature keeps clients and our colleagues at ease. Hannah loves to spend time with family and friends when she is not reading up. 

  Pauline Paradis | Senior Interior Designer   Originally from France, Pauline studied interior architecture and furniture design at the École Camondo. Pauline has collaborated with Annabel Karim Kassar in Beirut, Laurent Deroo Architecte in Paris before moving to Hong Kong. After a year with Parallel Lab working on competitions and micro architecture, she joined Bean Buro in 2015 and has since led a number of high end residential and workplace projects such as the luxury cosmetic brand L’Oréal. Pauline also worked on a co-working space for The Work Project. She is best known for her friendly approach to client interfacing and dedicated coordination with the wider design team.

Pauline Paradis | Senior Interior Designer

Originally from France, Pauline studied interior architecture and furniture design at the École Camondo. Pauline has collaborated with Annabel Karim Kassar in Beirut, Laurent Deroo Architecte in Paris before moving to Hong Kong. After a year with Parallel Lab working on competitions and micro architecture, she joined Bean Buro in 2015 and has since led a number of high end residential and workplace projects such as the luxury cosmetic brand L’Oréal. Pauline also worked on a co-working space for The Work Project. She is best known for her friendly approach to client interfacing and dedicated coordination with the wider design team.

  Lelia Ku | Senior Architectural Designer   Lelia is a dedicated UK architect and worked for reputable practices in London including Patalab Architecture, and Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing. With analytical and design capabilities acquired through qualifications and experiences in Architecture and Design, she has strong design and coordination skills, and has great attention to details. Lelia was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Architectural Association and the University of Westminster in London. During her spare time, Lelia loves to spend time with her family and explore the city. Lelia has most recently led a luxury residential project in Repulse Bay, and a creative workplace for the creative company WilliamsLeaTag.

Lelia Ku | Senior Architectural Designer

Lelia is a dedicated UK architect and worked for reputable practices in London including Patalab Architecture, and Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing. With analytical and design capabilities acquired through qualifications and experiences in Architecture and Design, she has strong design and coordination skills, and has great attention to details. Lelia was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Architectural Association and the University of Westminster in London. During her spare time, Lelia loves to spend time with her family and explore the city. Lelia has most recently led a luxury residential project in Repulse Bay, and a creative workplace for the creative company WilliamsLeaTag.

 
  Kirk Kwok | Senior Architectural Designer   During his time working as a UK architect at AHMM London, Kirk had engaged in high profiled mixed used development at technical design stages, pre-planning stage of a high profile commercial scheme and an office refurbishment where he gained valuable experience in detail design and coordination between suppliers and contractors. He has always had an interest in smaller scaled vernacular interior architecture with a personal touch. The translation of architecture between the individuals and global/cultural perspective is particularly interesting to him.

Kirk Kwok | Senior Architectural Designer

During his time working as a UK architect at AHMM London, Kirk had engaged in high profiled mixed used development at technical design stages, pre-planning stage of a high profile commercial scheme and an office refurbishment where he gained valuable experience in detail design and coordination between suppliers and contractors. He has always had an interest in smaller scaled vernacular interior architecture with a personal touch. The translation of architecture between the individuals and global/cultural perspective is particularly interesting to him.

  Philippine Vidart | Interior Designer   As a French designer brought up in an artistic household in Hong Kong, Philippine picked up the art of doodling from an early age, which has led to a keen interest in observing spatial compositions and creating environments, and ultimately enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States to study Interior Design and Illustration. At Bean Buro, she draws from her mixed cultural background to explore narratives, and has most recently led the design of a luxury workplace project at IFC2, and branding identity works for advertising company. Philippine is also our in-house DJ with a great taste in music.

Philippine Vidart | Interior Designer

As a French designer brought up in an artistic household in Hong Kong, Philippine picked up the art of doodling from an early age, which has led to a keen interest in observing spatial compositions and creating environments, and ultimately enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States to study Interior Design and Illustration. At Bean Buro, she draws from her mixed cultural background to explore narratives, and has most recently led the design of a luxury workplace project at IFC2, and branding identity works for advertising company. Philippine is also our in-house DJ with a great taste in music.

  Jay Jordan | Architectural Assistant   Jay graduated with a First Class BA in Architecture from the University of Arts London in 2017. Having lived in South East Asia for over a decade, he appreciates both the value that alternate cultures bring to design, and the merit of researching ‘Peripheral Phenomena’ - those (non-architectural) practices and processes that enrich our lives and spaces. His passion for the investigation and formulation of Architectural Narratives was reflected in his Graduate Project ‘197 Farm Road’, a Community proposal which explored the power of Storytelling. The scheme won Departmental and SELSA RIBA Awards, and gained a Bronze President’s Medal Nomination. 

Jay Jordan | Architectural Assistant

Jay graduated with a First Class BA in Architecture from the University of Arts London in 2017. Having lived in South East Asia for over a decade, he appreciates both the value that alternate cultures bring to design, and the merit of researching ‘Peripheral Phenomena’ - those (non-architectural) practices and processes that enrich our lives and spaces. His passion for the investigation and formulation of Architectural Narratives was reflected in his Graduate Project ‘197 Farm Road’, a Community proposal which explored the power of Storytelling. The scheme won Departmental and SELSA RIBA Awards, and gained a Bronze President’s Medal Nomination. 

 
  Savannah Wilkins | Junior Interior Designer   Originally from South Africa, Savannah has a unique outlook on life having spent her formative years in England, Dubai and Hong Kong. Savannah graduated with a BFA in Interior Design at SCAD Hong Kong and excelled as a finalist in a collaborative project with Hong Kong’s MTR.  With an acute style, Savannah has a diverse and rounded understanding of Art, Design and Architecture that continues to drive her creative passion. In her spare time Savannah explores her personal style through working in textiles, creating graphic prints and drawing.

Savannah Wilkins | Junior Interior Designer

Originally from South Africa, Savannah has a unique outlook on life having spent her formative years in England, Dubai and Hong Kong. Savannah graduated with a BFA in Interior Design at SCAD Hong Kong and excelled as a finalist in a collaborative project with Hong Kong’s MTR.  With an acute style, Savannah has a diverse and rounded understanding of Art, Design and Architecture that continues to drive her creative passion. In her spare time Savannah explores her personal style through working in textiles, creating graphic prints and drawing.

  Abby Liu | Architectural Assistant   Abby was born and raised in Hong Kong, and studied Art & Design in the UK prior to her BA in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. During her studies, she has developed an interest in experimenting with different materials and exploring her ideas through physical models. Since joining Bean Buro in 2016, Abby has worked on multiple commercial and residential projects, as well as producing several conceptual artworks for the office. Besides design production, she is also responsible for liaison with press and publications. Abby enjoys looking after her plants in the office and hiking with her friends in her spare time.

Abby Liu | Architectural Assistant

Abby was born and raised in Hong Kong, and studied Art & Design in the UK prior to her BA in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. During her studies, she has developed an interest in experimenting with different materials and exploring her ideas through physical models. Since joining Bean Buro in 2016, Abby has worked on multiple commercial and residential projects, as well as producing several conceptual artworks for the office. Besides design production, she is also responsible for liaison with press and publications. Abby enjoys looking after her plants in the office and hiking with her friends in her spare time.

  Isaac Tam | Architectural Assistant   Isaac studied at the University of Bath, with his final project about abandoned villages in Dorset and its majestic landscape history. During his brief stay in the UK, Isaac spent almost a year working at FCB Studios and Allies and Morrison. After realising how much he missed Hong Kong, Isaac decided to come home. Since joining Bean Buro in 2017, Isaac has helped with multiple office projects while focusing on residential projects. He is also the guy who makes sure everyone tidies their stuff at the end of each week. Outside work hours, he enjoys regular music jamming with his band, and chill evenings gaming with friends.

Isaac Tam | Architectural Assistant

Isaac studied at the University of Bath, with his final project about abandoned villages in Dorset and its majestic landscape history. During his brief stay in the UK, Isaac spent almost a year working at FCB Studios and Allies and Morrison. After realising how much he missed Hong Kong, Isaac decided to come home. Since joining Bean Buro in 2017, Isaac has helped with multiple office projects while focusing on residential projects. He is also the guy who makes sure everyone tidies their stuff at the end of each week. Outside work hours, he enjoys regular music jamming with his band, and chill evenings gaming with friends.

 
  Brian Yau | Operations Officer   Brian was raised in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Hong Kong. With previous experiences working in a multinational online company, Brian is fluent in handling clients enquiries, maintaining customer relationships, and collaboration with the studio’s many suppliers and external partners. He also assists in the management of finance and human resources matters, staff recruitment, and manages the daily operation of the studio. Brian loves to listen to pop music not only in his spare time, but also in the studio.

Brian Yau | Operations Officer

Brian was raised in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Hong Kong. With previous experiences working in a multinational online company, Brian is fluent in handling clients enquiries, maintaining customer relationships, and collaboration with the studio’s many suppliers and external partners. He also assists in the management of finance and human resources matters, staff recruitment, and manages the daily operation of the studio. Brian loves to listen to pop music not only in his spare time, but also in the studio.

 
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Recognition

We could not be happier with our beautifully designed home. What mattered most to us was that we felt heard every step of the way during the creative and actualization process. Thank you to the amazing Bean Buro team for your passion and professionalism!
— Jennifer & William
We wanted to thank you for designing and making our dream home a reality. Although it’s only been a week, we already know that this will be our home and sanctuary for a long time to come. The kids seem to have adjusted well to the new environment, and hearing (our son) express ‘wooah’ when first discovering the place was a sure sign of approval.
— Family of four at Baggio Villa
We were impressed by Bean Buro’s narrative design approach and how they had carried their initial concept all the way throughout the design development stage until the completion of construction. Despite the ambitious development target goals to begin with, Bean Buro was very engaging and has accommodated all of our spatial arrangement needs, plus our tight timing and budget criteria. The project outturn meets beyond our expectations. The design is very human-centric, practical but sophisticatedly done. Most importantly, we are all delightful and proud to be working in this new workplace. It was a pleasure to have Bean Buro as part of our team and helped us completing this very first LEED & WELL certified Gold office interior project of Hong Kong.
— Gary Wong, Senior Project Development Manager, Grosvenor Limited
We are very grateful to you for creating a beautiful home. It is exceptionally stylish, playful & comfortable. We shall cherish it for the years to come.
— Family of four at Bel Air
Although Bean Buro is relatively a small establishment in Hong Kong, they uniformly stepped up to the plate and delivered all Critical Design components comparative to larger firms in a tight deadline.

The entire Bean Buro team work ethics and commitment to Client Satisfaction and overall Project Delivery is second to none.
— Wai Chan, APAC Programme Manager, CBRE
Bean Buro were the only firm of architects who truly understood what we were trying to aspire to. They did a brilliant job of guiding us from our rudimentary idea into a truly impressive reality. The design phase and building project went very smoothly, due to their incredibly high level of service throughout. I cannot recommend Bean Buro highly enough.
— Simon Robson, President of Asia-Pacific, Warner Music
Bean Buro has delivered our new Hong Kong office outstandingly within a very short time and limited budget, while still maintaining a very high integrity of design and quality finishes. I am really happy with the awesome results and would definitely recommend Bean Buro for my other projects as well as my other peers in the industry.”
— Martin Rollyman, Workplace Manager Uber
Bean Buro are the only architects who could have brought our dreams to life. Their passion for revolutionizing workspace design is truly unique and inspiring. Working with them has been a true pleasure and an unforgettable experience.
— Junny Lee, Founder of The Work Project
Working with Bean Buro has been an inspiring and great collaboration. They have put every ounce of their energy, heart and soul into this project. The result speaks for itself. We couldn’t be happier!
— Brian Ma, Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett Hong Kong

2018

Herman Miller Liveable Office Awards 2018 Finalist - The Work Project

2018 - BUILD Review Architectural Innovation Awards - Most Innovative Contemporary Commercial Design - The Work Project

Silver A’ Design Award Winner  - Workplace - Grosvenor HK

Silver A’ Design Award Winner  - Workplace - AstraZeneca HK

Silver A’ Design Award Winner  - Living - Curvy Chambers

Silver A’ Design Award Winner  - Living - Black Beans

Silver A’ Design Award Winner  - Living - Terrace Chalet

Iron A’ Design Award Winner  - Living - Valley House

Runner-Up A’ Design Award - Retail - Cetec Showroom

2017

Perpsective A&D Trophy Award - Uber 

Perpsective A&D Trophy Award - The Work Project

40 Under 40 Perspective Award - Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui

INDE.Awards “The Prodigy” People’s choice for emerging talent in Asia Pacific - Nominee Finalist

INDE.Awards Shortlist Finalist - Workplace - The Work Project

INDE.Awards Shortlist Finalist - Living - Disappearing Corridor

Silver A’ Design Award Winner  - Art & Culture - Cumulus

Silver A’ Design Award Winner - Hospitality - Swirl

Golden A’ Design Award Winner - Art & Culture - Flock

Golden A’ Design Award Winner - Workplace - UBER HK

Silver A’ Design Award Winner - Living - Disappearing Corridor

Golden A’ Design Award Winner - Workplace - The Work Project

Bronze A’ Design Award Winner - Living - Cabinet of Curiosities

Silver A’ Design Award Winner - Workplace - Warner Music HK

Architizer A+ Special Mention Award - Workplace - The Work Project

Architizer A+ Special Mention Award - Workplace - Warner Music HK

Archdaily China Architecture Awards ‘17 Nomination - Workplace - UBER HK

Archdaily China Architecture Awards ‘17 Nomination - Workplace - The Work Project

Archdaily China Architecture Awards ‘17 Nomination - Living - Disappearing Corridor

2016

Longlist for WIN Awards Emerging Interior Practice 2016

APDC Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards For Elite Silver Award - Workplace - Warner Music HK

Golden A’ Design Award - Workplace - Leo Burnett HK

Silver A’ Design Award - Hospitality - Tasty Chengdu Flagship restaurant

13th Modern Decoration International Media Award - Workplace - Leo Burnett HK

2015

10th Macau Design Biennial Spatial Design Award - Tasty Chengdu Flagship restaurant

Silver Winner Asia Pacific Interior Design Award APIDA - Workplace - Leo Burnett HK

Silver A’ Design Award Winner - Living - Boathouse

Bronze A’ Design Award Winner - Workplace - Bean Buro Studio 

Iron A’ Design Award Winner - Workplace - Cheil HK

A+ Award Finalist People’s Choice - Living - Boathouse

2014

Silver A’ Design Award Winner - Products - Bean Table Series 2

Iron A’ Design Award Winner - Products - Curly (Bean Table)

2013

‘Best 10’ Asia Pacific Interior Design Award APIDA - Living - Boathouse