Studio Zung is a modern studio integrating architecture, design and the artistry of living.
We are a team of architects, thinkers, designers and makers inspired by a holistic lifestyle and sensuous, luxurious design.
Our approach is immersive; a fluid union of ideas and aesthetics that combines the physical and sensuous storytelling of architecture and design. We believe that every project starts with a smart, visionary idea, and ends with a beautiful, sustainable, and memorable human environment.
If our mind was a room
Tommy Zung | B.Arch | Principal
With over 30 years of experience in the design world, starting in hospitality management, delving into fashion, and his most recent endeavor: an eponymous architecture and design studio, Tommy Zung has transformed what it means to be a designer in today’s world. His unique and balanced perspective - a mix of professional experience countered with years spent surfing, negotiating the oceans unpredictable and formidable nature, gives rise to his commitment to an authentic and holistic lifestyle, and modern, and essential design.
Zung had the privilege of growing up among some of the world’s greatest architects and thinkers. His father, Thomas T.K. Zung was a partner and friend of the visionary R. Buckminster Fuller (their firm aptly named Buckminster Fuller, Sadao and Zung Architects), in addition to working with architectural luminaries, Eero Saarinen and Edward Durell Stone. Intelligent and intuitive, Zung’s approach to architecture, and life, is informed by his unusual background, world travels, philosophy, and -- not least of all -- surfing. Ask him about his work and he’ll comfortably discourse on the humbling nature of the ocean -- as well as theories about proportion, scale, and materials.
Zung’s multi-disciplinary approach began with his early studies in Hotel and Restaurant Management, eventually leading Zung to become a key collaborator and assistant general manager of the celebrated Moomba Restaurant and Lounge in NYC.
Intent on branching out and exploring different areas of design, Zung established his own clothing label and ready-to-wear line which sold to over 300 accounts internationally. The success of the label received praise from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Arena, L’Uomo Vogue, GQ, The Face, and i-D magazine. In addition to his clothing line, Zung designed and created clothing lines for Mitsubishi Corporation, Itochu Fashion, and Sebu as well as creating and guest hosting design segments featured on the Fox Network, F/X.
Starting his architecture firm Zung Design in 2001, Zung went on to evolve and rebrand as Studio Zung in 2013, expanding further on the design principles and environmental integrity of his godfather, Buckminster Fuller. Studio Zung, a multidisciplinary architecture, design, and holistic lifestyle studio, harnesses Zung’s hands-on experience from his various successful and creative business ventures. His architectural work focuses on boutique contemporary design, blending worldly elements with a mindful and integrated approach.
Howard Collinge | Associate
Howard Collinge was born in Hong Kong to a Chinese mother and a British father. He was raised in Australia, but has spent most of his career between London, Asia and New York City.
His advertising and branding work has garnered numerous international awards, including thirteen Gold Lions at the Cannes Festival, as well as numerous Clio’s and One Show awards. He has created campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands, including Uniqlo, Levi’s, MTV, Jetblue and Heineken. His attention-grabbing ideas have lead to a “most watched” viral video as well as an award-winning branded content series for MTV.
Howard has one of the most diverse creative and entrepreneurial portfolios in his field, founding the fashion and culture blog, The Unique Creatures, which garnered praise from the likes of Vogue, Net-a-Porter and Blackbook Media. He is also the author of Beautiful Economics: How Art, Design, Beauty & Unicorns Will Save the Universe. The book can be found in leading gallery bookstores such as The Gagosian NY, and LACMA (LA Contemporary Art Museum).
Through Howard’s multi-disciplinary cross-pollination approach, he has developed a reputation as an astute creative director across a spectrum of industries, from travel and fashion, hotels and hospitality, wellness and health.
With a passion for “beautiful economics” and environmental sustainability, Howard was invited in 2013 to become an associate of Studio Zung, a multidisciplinary architecture, design and branding firm associated with the visionary R. Buckminster Fuller.
You can view Howard's website here.
Thomas T.K. Zung | B.Arch, M.S. Design Science, AIA | Associate
Thomas T.K. Zung, president of Buckminster Fuller, Sadao and Zung Architects was a student of Buckminster Fuller. Prior to joining Fuller, he served as principal designer and project architect to the internationally renowned architect, Edward Durell Stone for many years. While associated with Edward Durell Stone, Zung worked on such notable designs as the New Orleans International Trade Mart; the Master Plan for the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; the General Motors Headquarters building in New York; and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Zung established Thomas T.K. Zung Architects, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio and the following year, 1968, designed the first elongated geodesic dome in association with Buckminster Fuller Synergetics organization. Thomas T.K. Zung Architects and R. Buckminster Fuller merged to form Buckminster Fuller, Sadao and Zung Architects designing numerous Geodesic domes, tensegrity structures, vector equilibriums, museum exhibitions, publications, and Fuller’s last invention, ‘Hang It All’. A founding member of Buckminster Fuller Institute and SNEC, he is a Distinguished Senior Fellow to the Stanford University Libraries, and author/editor of Fuller’s Anthology for a New Millennium published under St. Martin’s Press.
Buckminster Fuller, Sadao and Zung Architects is a member of The American Institute of Architects.
Kupal Fontaine | B.Arch | Senior Architectural Professional
Kupal Fontaine received his Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology in 2010. Kupal started architectural drawing at the age of 15 and has since advanced through the field. Kupal’s assets lay in design build projects and is responsible for all aspects of schematic design, design development, and working drawings. Kupal’s exacting command of drawing enables him to simultaneously design bridging plan and section without compromising the architectural form.
Mr. Fontaine is currently pursuing his ARE to become a licensed architect.
Phillip Yang | B.Arch | Junior Architectural Professional
Phillip received his Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Southern California School of Architecture in 2017. Prior to Studio Zung, Phillip spent a semester abroad in Japan and various part of China including Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. As a Los Angeles native, Phillip originally fell in love with painting and drafting in high school leading him to eventually pursue a path in architecture.
His past work includes large-scale installation projects to residential renovations with the Los Angeles firm Paragon Architects.
Hugues De Blignierères | M. Interior Architect
Architect of Interior & Designer (graduated from ESAG Penninghen - Excellent Mention)
Hugues went through internationally renowned agencies such as Gilles & Boissier, India Mahdavi and Joseph Dirand. With these experiences he defines the interior architecture as elegant and timeless. He motivates his creations by the perpetual search of the beautiful in order to sublimate at every moment the facts and gestures of everyday life. Fascinated by the hand of Man, his projects are part of a desire to preserve an authentic know-how.
Talley Carlston | BA | Graphic Designer
Talley received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Portland, where he studied Advertising and Graphic Design. With a strong interest for graphics and fashion, he spent a semester abroad in Paris where he studied luxury brand management developing a strong understanding of high tier branding and design. Since graduating he has worked at Baron & Baron, Laird+Partners, Love&War as well as other notable advertising agencies building his expertise as a multi disciplinary designer in branding, graphic layout, and visual design.
Mr. Carlston’s work has been instrumental as a graphic designer for Studio Zung through visual graphic collateral and visual brand material.