spatial practice believes in greatness. We strive to realize desires and dreams.
spatial practice is an accumulation of ideas, people and circumstances. We believe that true design is about bringing order into complexity - a dynamic complexity - the essential feature of human beings, a culture, or a society.
We look beyond basic conditions and restrictions – such as site, zoning, program and budget – to identify the essence of each spatial intervention. We catalyze architectural and formal thinking into a deeper context that concerns human interactions in specific cultural, social, and economic settings.
Committed to creative-thinking and thorough decision-making, we design as a team. We collaborate with some of the best creative minds from different fields to create a dynamic and open platform that confronts and addresses spatial issues with a wide spectrum of insights. In constant operation, the office’s research arm, spatial tactics, strategically nourishes this platform through continuous investigations, lecture series, publications by playing with polarities and differential, from ordinary to extraordinary.
Since its formation, spatial practice has paid particular attention to materialize the concept by confronting the necessary constraints along the way. We devote equal rigor and criticality to every project stage, regardless of scale.
spatial practice is formed by Dora Chi & Erik Amir as a collaborative international office for architecture, urbanism and design. Previous to opening spatial practice, we collectively have worked for some of the best and creative architects in the world including I.M. Pei, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, Michael Arad, Jean Nouvel, and Rafael Vinoly. Projects include several residential towers in Taiwan; iconic towers in Harbin West Rail Station master plans in China and Taiwan; eco-spine twin towers in Beijing CBD; a maritime and pop center in Kaohsiung; a mixed use urban redevelopment complex in Parramatta, Australia; an arts center in Maribor, Slovenia; a renovation of a corporate headquarters in Beijing; several fashion showrooms and boutiques in Paris; an interactive installation for Montblanc in Beijing; private residences in Beijing and Israel; among others.
Erik Amir is an Israeli, DPLG ( (FR) registered architect. He began his academic venture at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), continued to Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette for a Master of Architecture, and then to the United States at Georgia Institute of Technology receiving a Master of Science. His work has been recognized and awarded by the Emerging New York Architects Committee, AIA-NY and the French Institute for Architecture. Erik previously worked with Michael Arad on the World Trade Center Memorial for the victims of 9-11 in New York. He started his collaboration with Rem Koolhaas at OMA New-York and continued to Beijing to participate on prestigious international projects in Taipei, Tianjin and Shenzhen. He is a visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Dora Chi is an American, New York State registered Architect and LEED accredited professional; she received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Her passion for sustainably built environments has her advocating the realization of ecological design. She was awarded with research grants from Cornell University and the American Institute of Architects to conduct research on massive urbanization in China. Previous experiences with I.M. Pei Architect, Handel Architects, and Foster and Partners include prestigious international projects ranging from large scale high-end residential buildings, international cultural and mixed-use buildings in the United States, Middle East, and Asia.