Stories of Architects

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October 2, 2018 at The Center for Architecture and Design.

5:00 | Reception

5:30 | Presentation

Come and enjoy an hour of storytelling from local architects and learn all about what the Diversity by Design committee and what we do.

Featuring: Tim Lai, AIA, and Eliza Ho

Tim Lai is a licensed architect (State of Ohio) with 15 years of professional experience. He received a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), a professional school in Los Angeles and moved to Columbus to develop his career. Since 2001, he has worked on various commercial, institutional and health care projects in the U.S. and overseas. In 2010, Tim started his own practice to focus on local and regional projects. He has since built a reputation for his creative, elegant and functional design.

An advocate for design and architecture, Tim has served the board at Center for Architecture and Design since 2014 and is currently Center’s treasurer of Board of Trustees. During his tenure, he initiated Design Talk, a program to engage architects, designers, and the general public on topics related buildings and built-environments in Columbus. In 2016, Tim and Design Talk team produced an 18-minute short documentary, Stories of Architecture, that features well-beloved buildings in Columbus. It was followed by a second documentary with the same name in 2017.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Eliza Ho came to the United States for graduate studies at The Ohio State University in 2000. After receiving her Master’s degree in Art History, Eliza, in addition to continuing her doctoral studies, ventured into curating exhibitions, publishing, and organizing community art projects. In 2010, she joined forces with Tim Lai to establish Tim Lai ArchitecT. Since then, her primary focuses are client relations, interior design, and product procurement.  

In 2011, Tim and Eliza co-founded a community-based organization, ALTernative (ALT), to promote the use of art and design to enhance the community’s quality of life. In 2014, their neighborhood beautification project, Ohio Birds Mural, won the President’s Award from Columbus Landmarks Foundation. has since partnered with ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Franklin County) on multi-year mural program. Its mission of using public art to open up conversations on individual’s and community’s well beings has resulted in 6 community murals located in Columbus, Westerville, Dublin and Whitehall. In addition to mural art, ALT also collaborated with community groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs and Local Matters in designing and implementing neighborhood gardens.

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