SKY YUTAKA is a professional architectural practice led by the two founding directors Sky Lee and Yutaka Yano. The studio provides design consultancy services offering innovative design solutions for a range of projects from urban planning, landscape, architecture, interior to exhibition design and bespoke installations. Always working in close collaboration with the client, the studio strives to deliver good quality design solutions within the constraints of each and every project.
Design research is an important part of SKY YUTAKA’s design practice: The studio invests great deal of effort in analysing the unique context arising from the background of every project. Often there is continuation of thought process amongst different projects linked by the studio’s ongoing preoccupation and subject matters on history, culture, technology and materiality. Testing design ideas through making things and prototypes are another integral part of the studio’s practice. The studio continuously build on the crafts and skills in architectural creation with every new project and design opportunities.
Both directors are members of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and Royal Institute of British Architects (UK) and registered with the Architects Registration Board Hong Kong and United Kingdom.
SKY (Sarah Kwok Yan) Lee (HKIA, RIBA, ARB HK/UK):
Sarah is a British trained architects, a graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London where she was awarded a Commendation for her extended study into the semiotics of space and formation of spatial identity. As a Founding Director of SKY YUTAKA, she is interested in exploring the culture of the city through small scale projects and exhibitions in Hong Kong as well as being engaged in her design and research teaching at local academic institutions. Committed to improving the built environment and its engagement with the public realm, Sarah has developed her architectural skills during practice in London and Hong Kong working on a diverse variety of award winning international projects from small-scale through to challenging large scale mixed-use building typologies.
Yutaka Yano (HKIA, RIBA, ARB):
Yutaka moved to UK from Japan, where he was born, at a young age and studied Architecture at The Bartlett, University College of London; his passion for process and research-led work resulted in receiving the prestigious RIBA Bronze Medal and “Sergeant Drawing Prize” from Royal Institute of British Architects. Post graduation he gained professional training while working at architectural practices in London, where he developed technical and design skills, managing various private and commercial projects from concept inception to completion. Yutaka moved to Hong Kong in 2005 to join international multi-disciplinary architecture office where he expanded his skills and experience in key sectors including large scale Master Planning, High-Density Residential Planning, Commercial Offices, High-Rise and Mixed Use Projects in Asia, China, India and UAE. Yutaka is passionate about the design process and the quality of built environment.
List of past and present studio personnel:
Leung Tak Mei, Lilly, KT, Cheung Lok Hang Henrik, Yeh Yi Hsin Celia, John Lau Kai Yin, Janice Lam Yuen Sze, Kira Lo Hoi Yau, Lara Lee Lok Yee, Nisham Limbu, Elaine Shi, Gloria Chui Ying Ha, Allan Au, Audrey Chan Kai Qing, Dorothy Kan Kin Leung, Wing Kiu Lau, Aaron Yu Ka Long, Matthew Ho Chi Yan, Viola Sze Wing Poon, Deedee Pun Tik Chung, Roy Ip Tsz Wan, Hijiri Nagasawa, Cheng Nga Ki Katie, Yvonne To, Benny Chun Lok Ng, Kyle Jinwook Jang, Ivan Hung, Tommy Lam Chun Chung, Milky Choi Ying Fung, Yip Wing Siu, Redelle Lee, Karen Kwok Nga Lam, Tammy Lee, John Lau Kai Yin, Wing Wu Tsz, Venus Lee Chuen Fan, Zero Yip Chau Kit, Margaret Chang, Bree Cheuk Ning Law, Yuen Ling Ho, Angelica Kwok, Winnie Fan Wing Sze, Jeun Diane Lam, Winnie Wai Han Lam, Jocelyn Wong, Shawwin Wu Yijun, Man Li, Amber Shen Huijun, Ray Lam