Calvin Chua

South Korea

A graduate of London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture, Calvin Chua is the founder of Spatial Academy, a Singapore-based design practice working at the intersection of architecture, planning, and advocacy. Established in 2016, it engages with some of the most significant challenges in the region, from building trust in the Korean peninsula to designing middle-income housing in Myanmar. Clients include Singapore Airlines, Design Singapore Council, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and the British Council. Calvin previously worked for the architect Cecil Balmond in London and for the Fundación Metrópoli in Madrid, advising on innovation in cities in Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America. He has also organized exhibits at the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism in 2017 and 2019, and at the Korean Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. We featured Calvin when he and Dongwoo Yim reconstructed the inside of a Pyongyang home. Visitors could walk through the apartment to get a sense of what life could be like in the homes of their North Korean counterparts.