Alex Yuen is an architect and urban designer hailing from Hong Kong and San Francisco. He is a founding partner of Collective Operations, a young practice dedicated to the improvement of the built environment through the combined capacities of design, research, and development with ongoing work in the US and New Zealand. Yuen received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University where his work was published, exhibited globally, and received numerous awards including the William Ward Watkin Fellowship and the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. He subsequently received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD), with Distinction, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received both the Award for Excellence in Urban Design and the Urban Design Thesis Award for his research and design proposal for a new platform for innovation in the American Rustbelt.
Yuen has previously brought his emphasis on multi-scalar design and representation to the faculty at the California College of the Arts and the University of Virginia. Prior, he was an architectural and urban designer at the New York offices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) where he worked on a range of public, private, and research projects including the third phase of the Highline, an environmental resiliency plan for the city of Hoboken, and the competition winning proposal for the 11th Street Bridge Park. Yuen is a registered architect in the State of New York.