Founder, Design Principal
Co-founder and design principal, Arthur has cultivated a wholly singular approach to design that is derived from the narrative process of story-telling. Beginning with client aspirations, the process delves into the broader context of a project in search of important themes and motifs that will resonate with the people who ultimately experience the finished design.
Through research and consultation with design counterparts all around the world, Arthur examines everything from geography, climate and sustainability to local infrastructure, architectural heritage and cultural tradition. The result is projects which look and feel authentically rooted in their locations. Arthur’s expertise extends also to the conception of branded environments that reinforce a strong, seamless image for clients with global reach. This can be seen in his signature projects for Fortune 100 companies that include The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Ferrari and Dentsu.
Prior to founding 5+design, Arthur was a design principal at The Jerde Partnership. He attended San Antonio College and the University of Texas at San Antonio. His rich history and understanding of the built environment has led to the creation of several high-profile projects across the world.
Chris joined 5+design in 2006 bringing expertise in large, mixed-use and luxury waterfront projects to the team. He also has extensive experience in master planning and retail, office, entertainment and institutional architecture.
While developing a project and guiding his design teams, he strives to always provide highly creative design solutions. Whether working in Asia, the Middle East or elsewhere around the globe, he looks to the site and context for his inspiration. He believes in blending architecture with the local landscape to create environments that look appropriate, draw people together, and provide unique experiences.
A Los Angeles native, Chris received a bachelor in architecture from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Before joining 5+design in 2006, he worked at Johnson Fain, Gensler, MCG Architecture, Westfield Corporation and The Jerde Partnership.
Sue Yingzi, China regional director of the Shenzhen office, is responsible for supervising client relations, coordinating design consultants and assisting in business development. An accomplished architect and manager, and one of 5+design’s chief representatives in Asia, Sue handles immediate problem solving in China by communicating with the design team in Hollywood to ensure that projects move forward in a timely and decisive manner. Sue is experienced in working on projects as diverse as shopping centers and schools and is also knowledgeable about American and Chinese design methods and building codes. This allows her to provide strong leadership for the studio’s multinational, multicultural design teams.
Born in China’s Hunan Province, Sue received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Shenzhen University, then moved to the United States in 2000. After receiving a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles, she worked at Altoon Porter Architects and HOK before joining 5+design in 2009. Sue is a designer who is LEED accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.