While ALA’s projects range from those with multi-million dollar construction budgets to start-ups building their very first headquarters, they all share ALA’s minimalist and playful design vocabulary, and seamlessly combine biophilic design principles to affect occupants’ wellbeing.
To arrive at these thoughtful designs, ALA starts an assignment with no preconceptions, and treats each as an opportunity to foster a client’s creativity. Because the studio gives form to services and business models that have few spatial precedents, it starts each project with a discovery phase in which an organization’s founders, team members, and users share their individual experiences with that brand; ALA’s ethnographic research becomes the basis of programming, as well as concepts for layouts and finishes.
Ly personally prides herself on deep listening and hands-on collaboration in this process, and the studio is committed to expressing every commission’s potential within the constraints of time and budget
Alda Ly Architecture (ALA) was founded in 2017, when groundbreaking coworking platform, The Wing, tapped Alda Ly as the architect of its East Coast and California locations. ALA has since grown to serve innumerable entrepreneurs and startups; the New York–based studio’s long list of disruptor clients also includes functional medicine provider Parsley Health, the retail platform Bulletin, and social-action technology firm Blue State Digital. While ALA’s projects range from those with...