2015 Design Award for Residential Architecture : Apartment of Perfect Brightness
    American Institute of Architects : Buffalo/WNY

    2015 Citation Award for Commercial/Industrial Architecture : The Emperor Hotel
    Beijing Qianmen American Institute of Architects : New York State Chapter

    Jenny S. Reising, “Raining Supreme”
    Boutique Design, November 2015, pp.140-148

    “Updated Renderings for DTLA Hotel Tower”
    urbanize.la, November 17, 2015

    Bianca Barragan, “First Look at the Skinny 28-Story Hotel Headed For Downtown’s Historic Core”
    www.la.curbed.com, October 19, 2015

    “Rendering Revealed Slim DTLA Hotel Tower“
    urbanize.la, October 19, 2015

    Bianca Barragan, “Skinny, 28-Story Hotel Headed For Historic Core Parking Lot”
    www.la.curbed.com, June 22, 2015

    “Emperor Qianmen Hotel”
    Modern Decoration Magazine, May 2015, pp.72.79

    “Emperor Qianmen Hotel in Beijing”
    www.earchitect.com, 7 January 2015

    “Charity - Beijing Qianmen The Emperor”
    www.id-china.com, 7 January 2015

    “Emperor Qianmen Hotel in Peking, CN”
    MADEby, January 2015, pp.116-119

    “The Emperor Beijing Qianmen Hotel”
    ID+C, January 2015, pp.54-63

    “Oda al Agua”
    Diseño Interior, 2015, pp.30-36

    “Emperor Qianmen Hotel in Beijing”
    Designer & Designing, September 2015, pp.70-73

    2014 Honor Design Award for Commercial/Industrial Architecture : The Emperor Hotel Beijing Qianmen
    American Institute of Architects : Buffalo/WNY Chapter

    Christopher DeWolf, “Entrepreneurs Pursuing Their Passion are Leading a trend in Innovative Hotels and Restaurants”
    South China Morning Post, 19 September 2014

    “Emperor Hotel Qianmen, Beijing, China”
    Domus Israel, September 2014, pp.60-67

    “Emperor Qianmen Hotel”
    www.architizer.com, 15 September 2014

    “Emperor Qianmen Hotel”
    www.gooood.hk, 5 September 2014

    “Emperor Qianmen Hotel”
    www.archilovers.com, 3 September 2014

    “Experience Water in the Desert : Emperor Hotel”
    heimtextil-theme-park.com, 29 August 2014

    “Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap”
    www.archdaily.com, 28 August 2014

    Daniela Walker, “Going With the Flow: Chinese Hotel Finds Beauty in Water”
    www.lsnglobal.com, 14 August 2014

    Will Georgi, “Make it Rain”
    Frame, August 20,2014, pp.136-139

    Will Georgi, “Emperor Qianmen Hotel by ASAP”
    www.frameweb.com, 8 August 2014

    “Temptation in the Pool”
    Harper’s Bazaar, August 2014, pp.208-213

    “Urban Infill House in Buffalo Captures the Light”
    www.residentialarchitect.com, 9 July 2014

    “13 Beautiful Asian Boutiques”
    www.travelandleisureasia.com, 9 July 2014

    Wei Xi, “Boutique Hotels Emerge”
    Global Times, 17-18 May 2014, p. 11

    Zhao Guori, “Telling a Story with Design”
    Success, May 2014, pp. 80-83

    2014 Illumination Award: The Emperor Qianmen
    Illuminating Engineering Society, Toronto Section

    “Royal Baths”
    Architectural Digest, April 2014, pp. 49-51.

    Zhang Xiao, “Cultural Convergence: Total Design in Qianmen”
    Space, April 2014, pp. 142-145

    Shen Duo, “The Seduction of Water”
    Cosmopolitan China, March 2014, pp. 116-127

    Zho An, “Imperial Reflections”
    Elle Decoration, March 2014, pp. 86-87

    “Water Hotel in Beijing Qianmen”
    Home For You, February/March 2014, p.22

    “Rain Alley in Qianmen”
    City Life, 15 February 2014, p. E04

    “The Emperor Qianmen : Indoor Rain Garden”
    China Culture Daily, 18 January 2014, p.7

    Sun Yuanqing, “The Emperor arrives in Qianmen”
    China Daily, 11 January 2014, p. 13

    Sun Zao, “Rebirth Strength”
    Home For You, August 2013, pp. 26-31

    Mark Byrnes, “Birdhouse Residence by Adam Sokol”
    www.dwell.com, 1 April 2013

    “Re-Awakening of Buffalo Architecture”
    Business First Buffalo, 2012

    2012 Design Excellence Honor Award: Birdhouse
    AIA Buffalo/WNY Chapter

    “Buffalo Residence, NY, USA : Birdhouse”
    www.e-architect.co.uk, 8 October 2012

    Qingye Song, “Birdhouse Case Study”
    Trendshome, October 2012, pp. 152-54.

    Yalu Cheng, “Black Diamond”
    iHome, October 2012, pp. 52-59.

    David Steel, “Sweet ‘Renos’ on Tracy Street
    www.buffalorising.com, 14 August 2012

    Shelley D. Hutchins, “light plan”
    www.residentialarchitect.com, 24 April 2012

    Jana Eisenberg, “Contemporary Drama on Bird”
    Buffalo Spree Home, Spring 2012, pp. cover, 52-59.

    David Steel, “Birdhouse Unveiled”
    www.buffalorising.com, 21 November 2011

    Jennifer Mogensen, “Remaking Chippewa”.
    Artvoice, 6 July 2011

    David Steel, “Faces of Allentown”.
    www.buffalorising.com, 25 May 2010

    Annemarie Franczyk, “Eco-friendly Homes”
    Business First Buffalo, 5 June 2009, pp. 27,31.

    David Steel, “Whoa! A plastic house I like!”
    www.buffalorising.com, 8 April 2009

    Julie V Iovine, “The Memorial Roads Not Taken”
    The New York Times, 1 February 2004: section 2, pp. 32-33.

    “City Lights” competition proposal
    Museum of the City of New York, 21 October - 7 November, 2004

    Suzanne Stephens with Ian Luna, Imagining Ground Zero.
    New York: Rizzoli/Architectural Record, 2004.

asap/ is a collaborative design practice founded in 2007 in Buffalo, New York, USA, with a second office located in Los Angeles. We seek to identify and advance design opportunities to develop the art and craft of design at all scales — from tableware to entire cities, while also reinterpreting and re-energizing programmatic imperatives. Our work is devoted to understanding and contributing to existing cultural and architectural contexts while deploying advanced design and construction technology in ways appropriate to contemporary life.

Our design team comprises a talented group of professionals from diverse backgrounds with advanced professional degrees. We frequently collaborate with some of the world’s top specialist consultants in fields such as engineering, water features, and lighting design.

Adam Sokol is a graduate of Columbia and Yale universities and has also studied at Harvard University and the Université-Paris IV Sorbonne. He was visiting assistant professor of architecture at the State University of New York, Buffalo for 2006-11. His work has been featured in The New York Times and publications by Rizzoli among others, and has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York. He is a registered architect in the States of New York and California, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.


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We are currently seeking a full-time architectural designer to be based in our Los Angeles office. Candidates should have strong design and graphic skills, an M.Arch. or equivalent degree, and should be eligible to work in the United States. Please submit a cv and portfolio in pdf format, not exceeding 10mb, to: jobs@asap.pro


We are always seeking full- and part-time interns in both Buffalo and Los Angeles.

For consideration please submit a cv and portfolio in pdf format to interns@asap.pro