Episode 9

As Built Interview with Yen Ong, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP / Partner at 5G Studio Collaborative

March 2, 2023

Architect Yen Ong is a partner and co-founder in the award-winning, international architecture and interior design firm 5G Studio Collaborative. Since 2005, 5G Studio has produced a significant body of work across the world as well as skyline-defining projects like the Omni Dallas Hotel, The Stack office tower in Deep Ellum, and Virgin Hotels Dallas in 5G’s headquarter city.

In this episode, Yen gives a candid behind-the-scenes view of what it took to take his firm from four architects working on their first healthcare project to a multi-faceted studio with a special projects division focused on new kinds of work. With perspective as a co-founder, a designer, and a firm leader, Yen provides valuable insights for anyone in an architecture firm, regardless of role or title.

Shortly after this episode was recorded, Yen was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in recognition of the body of design work that he has produced. Congratulations, Yen, on this well-deserved recognition.


  • The creation of 5G Studio Collaborative
  • The growth and transition from a small firm to designing large-scale, global projects
  • Design approach and vision
  • Supporting collaborative ideas and design processes as leaders
  • Creating and preserving company culture

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