About the firm

Alda Ly is the New Zealand–born, New York–based founder and principal of Alda Ly Architecture PLLC. Ly founded the eponymous studio in 2017 after tenures at Rafael Viñoly Architects, HWKN, and Leong Leong, among others. She was one of the original cofounders of MASS Design Group, the award-winning nonprofit design practice dedicated to humanitarian and socially sustainable work.

Alda Ly Architecture PLLC works primarily with entrepreneurs and startups whose ideas for new workspaces, showrooms, and living quarters have few spatial precedents. While the studio’s vocabulary is minimalist and playful, it approaches each assignment as an opportunity to start with no preconceptions and foster a client’s creativity. Ly prides herself on deep listening and hands-on collaboration, and her work achieves a project’s full expressive potential within the constraints of time and budget.

Ly also is a cofounder of Designers Assembly. The 5-year-old organization helps young professionals in the architecture industry navigate pathways to ethical, creatively fulfilling entrepreneurship.

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