About the firm

The firm’s founding principal is Alda Ly, a New Zealand-born, California-raised, NYC-based architect and designer. She has led projects ranging from conversions of new tech/start-up workspaces in industrial buildings to high-end fashion showrooms and retail stores.

Alda brings a minimalist, playful style to her work, while championing a collaborative approach that channels her clients’ own creativity. She views architecture as a process which begins with a vision and an endeavor, and ends with a built space that expresses those aspirations in a functional form. Her goal, as an architect, is to help her clients along that journey, from the first step to the last.

Alda has over 10 years of experience prior to founding her own firm. She’s worked at award-winning architecture firms in New York City, Boston and London, including Rafael Viñoly Architects, HWKN & Leong Leong. She was also an early co-founder of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award winning MASS Design group.

Additionally, she’s a co-founder of Designers Assembly, an organization that empowers young design professionals in the architecture industry to be motivated, entrepreneurial, and business savvy.

Alda received her professional architecture degree from Harvard University and her undergraduate architecture degree from UC Berkeley. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York, the District of Columbia, and New Jersey (pending), and is available for projects nationally.

You can reach her at al@alda-ly.com.