Kar-Hwa Ho Head of Interior Architecture Dip.Arch. (Hons), M.Arch
Kar first worked with Zaha Hadid Architects in 1985 following his studies with Zaha Hadid at the Architectural Association. After completing his studies in the UK and USA, Kar worked on projects around the world with a focus on interior architecture, commercial developments and retail design before re-joining ZHA as Head of Interior Architecture in 2014. His residential interiors, in particular, have won numerous awards and have been widely published.
Before re-joining ZHA in 2014, Kar spent eleven years with Kohn Pedersen Fox, where he led design teams responsible for the design conception, development and implementation of mixed use, commercial and retail projects in the United States, China, Singapore, and London. He then spent eight years with Louis Vuitton Malletier, leading the design planning, development and implementation of Louis Vuitton retail stores in the Asia-Pacific region, including Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.
At ZHA, Kar has worked on the teams for the Vitra Fire Station and the Monsoon Restaurant and now leads the practice’s interior architecture team, drawing on his expertise in retail, commercial, and residential interior design to allow the practice to offer a complete design service from masterplanning through to architecture, interior architecture, and product and furniture design.
Education & Teaching
Kar began his studies at the Architectural Association in London, where he obtained his diploma in architecture with honours in 1985 and was also awarded the AA Diploma Prize. He subsequently studied at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, graduating in 1990, and qualified as an architect in New York in 1993.