Mix StudioWorks, founded by Brian Honda in 2005, embraces the belief in the exponential powers and virtues that come out of a true collaborative mix of all players, other designers included. Bonded in the shared creative spirit of the open studio environment, unique ideas for each project are optimally born and crafted into unique works
With over 30 years of global experience in mixed-use developments, retail, hospitality and gaming, Brian and the MIX studio team continue to share and apply their unique collective insights drawn from the diverse range of countries, cultures and conditions to projects in the US and abroad. From Los Angeles-based projects in the ’80s, including the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the original 7th Street MarketPlace, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and numerous notable projects across the greater US, Brian was a part of the initial wave of US-led expertise drawn overseas by Japan during their expansive ’80s. The subsequent regional expansion of Southeast Asia and China in the ’90s, and the Middle East in the latter ’90s broadened global experiences to be shared and cross-pollinated as uniquely applicable, including in the ever evolving US market. From ground up mega-urban centers of existing and expanding cities, to crafted infill and adaptive re-uses of matured cities, to 15-18 levels of extreme vertical retailing spurred by ultra high-densities of Asia that have successfully defied gravity, Brian has applied his passion and craft towards creating iconic solutions to unique challenges across the globe that have proven to be enduring for years to both themselves and their greater context. Prior to founding MIX, Brian served as Senior Vice President at the Jerde Partnership where for 20+ years he was central to the firm’s global development and growth. Among key projects Brian directed were Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka, Japan, an early benchmark for mixed-use development in Asia; Roppongi Hills, the globally acclaimed mega development in Tokyo; and Langham Place in Hong Kong, now a benchmark for ultra-vertically challenged urban developments.
Stephen Sheng is Mix StudioWorks’ leading Design Principal. After more than ten years of experience working closely with Brian at MIX and in the past, Stephen now serves as the Director of the MIX/Hong Kong office. He continues to lead the design process while liaising directly with our clients and project teams in Asia.
With his past experience as Vice President and Design Principal at the Jerde Partnership, Stephen focused on large scale, urban mixed-use projects from concept through construction. Important built projects he worked on included the widely-published Roppongi Hills in Tokyo and the award winning Dubai Festival City Waterfront Centre. Other project experience includes the Arcade at Cyberport in Hong Kong and the Jing’An mixed-use Development planned for the heart of Shanghai.
Stephen received his Master of Architecture degree with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania. Stephen has served on numerous academic juries in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
Kaori Honda brings nearly two decades of development experience working for Fukuoka Jisho Co, Ltd (FJ), a progressive entity which engaged dozens of internationally acclaimed architects for their unique projects.
Her involvement as liaison and coordinator on many of FJ’s projects both in Japan and Asia included those such as Nexus World, the acclaimed housing project which involved designers such as Arata lsozaki, Rem Koolhaas, Steven Holl, Christian de Portzamparc, and Mark Mack; several hotel and residential projects with Michael Graves; and one of the earliest mixed-use benchmarks in Asia, Canal City Hakata.
Kaori was an integral part of FJ’s growth, both as developer and operator. Her responsibilities also included extensive international tenant negotiations and project operations management.
Her vast knowledge and unique experiences from the other side of the table are an invaluable resource. Kaori balances business with genuine warmth and generosity of spirit.
Kaori received her Bachelor of Economics degree from Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, including a year at Baylor University in Texas.
Duncan is a key team leader and designer, with a particular focus on MIX’s major projects in Asia. He has been instrumental in placing MIX at the forefront of architectural project delivery through the implementation of BIM (building information modeling) technology. Duncan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and attended graduate school in his home state at the University of Florida.
Steven is MIX’s key communicator for client coordination and for our project teams in China. With his dual role as manager and designer he effectively bridges the gap between the two for both clients and our studio. With his special interest in sustainability, Steven brings professional, detailed knowledge and passion to this important aspect of our work. A native of Taiwan, Steven graduated from the University of Southern California (USC).
Monica is one of MIX’s design team leaders and manages many of MIX’s key projects in China. Her intensive experience with large mixed-use projects from concept through completion combined with her attentive and disciplined nature has made her an invaluable member of the MIX team. Born and raised in Los Angeles and a University of California, Berkeley alumni, Monica is an extensive traveler and is the first MIX team member to hug the pandas in Chengdu, China.