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Kelvin Ho

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Kelvin Ho is the founding director of Akin Atelier, a spatial communications practice based in Sydney, Australia.

A graduate of architecture at the University of Sydney, Ho founded Akin Atelier in 2005. Akin Atelier is a multi-disciplinary practice whose clients and collaborators include Merivale (Bert’s, Tottis), QANTAS, AGNSW, Dion Lee, Saturdays NYC, bassike, Camilla and Marc, and The Australian Ballet.

Akin Atelier’s body of over 600 works greatly varies in typology, spanning retail, hospitality, hotels, resorts, public space, set design, and private residential projects. At the centre of Ho’s approach to design is a curiosity for bringing spaces to life, with a commitment to shaping meaningful experiences and positive impacts on the people who inhabit and occupy these spaces.

Creatively driven by skate, art, film, and fashion, Ho’s style is characterised by a deep knowledge of client and brand, a dedicated focus on concept, and meticulous planning. Ho believes successful spatial design merges a narrative with contextual, historical, and social reference points with physical spatial qualities, whilst expressing the DNA of a brand and creating an emotional response or connection for the audience.

Kelvin Ho leads a studio of 17 staff spanning architects, interior architects, interior designers, design strategists and brand specialists to provide a comprehensive spatial communications offering.

Ho actively contributes to the local Australian design community by presenting at creative conferences and design discussion panels, delivering university lectures, and serving as a judge on panels for design awards.

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