About

Practice

Our approach is multifaceted because we adapt our design strategies to each project, while striving to create the internal harmonies that add up to a coherent sense of place. Our collaborations with museums and curators have given us an intimate insight into the nature of exhibition space, not as an architectural tour-de-force, but as an influential channel of communication.
Our renovations of historic landmarks have stimulated an ongoing discourse with overlooked histories and unseen landscapes. Our role as educators and our projects at school sites have collectively enriched our understanding of spatial interactions and the conduits into effective teaching and dynamic learning. A desire to expand the role of technology lies at the core of our design philosophy. Indeed, many of our projects owe a debt to our ongoing familiarity with cutting-edge materials and methods.
We have built our design philosophy on the holistic view that every aspect of our surroundings, from tableware to thoroughfares, is a participant in the human experience, and that the architect has a right and an obligation to employ this arsenal of experience in the creation of a compelling environment. Governed by the eye of the viewer and the dynamics of motion, our aim is to design spaces that impel physical interaction, injecting users into environments that re-animate the senses.

Hodgetts + Fung is a studio made up of architects and designers with special expertise in the design of unique places for learning, cultural events, and civic functions. With complementary backgrounds in urban design, architecture, and industrial design, partners Craig Hodgetts and Hsinming Fung have a singular ability to integrate divergent needs in order to create memorable designs for significant projects. Their approach to this work is multifaceted - embracing visitor experience, technology, and iconic presence in a disciplined process resulting in a bold, uncompromising architecture. This method has been instrumental in achieving a fusion of architecture and contemporary culture which advances the objectives of our clients as well as their communities.

Studio

The warehouse at 5837 w. Adams Blvd was the former home of the Bohemian Biscuit Co., a chocolate and biscuit making factory. The space has since been transformed into an eclectic, energetic space providing a creative, collaborative working atmosphere. The versatility of our work is mirrored in our spatially intimate and colorful workshop. Natural light fills the Culver City studio we call our creative home, with wood beams and skylights extending above, digital renderings and pencil sketches co-mingling on drawing tables, and vernacular discards enlivening our walls and reawakening as our furniture. We work out of our warehouse with a workshop where we can test and confirm what we create digitally.

Principals

craig hodgettsFAIAfounding principal and creative director

Craig Hodgetts is known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and story-telling to invigorate his designs, producing an architecture that embraces contemporary ideology, information culture and evolving lifestyles. With a broad ranging background in automotive design, theater and architecture, Craig brings dramatic concepts to life by means of an uncompromising application of construction methodology.

Craig is presently a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and previously was a Founding Dean of the School of Design at the California Institute of the Arts. With HsinMing Fung, he has twice held the Eero Saarinen Chair at Yale University, and served as a visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University and the University of Arizona. Known for his enthusiasm for interdisciplinary studies, he has also been active in curriculum development at the Art Center College of Design, where he created a prototype classroom for advanced studies in the Department of Environmental Design.

hsinming fungAIAfounding principal and director of design

With a lifelong commitment to the arts and education, Hsinming Fung brings a sensibility distilled from her background as an émigré to a design practice energized by her search for meaning. Fluent in five languages, she brings an acute sense of cultural relevance to the work of the studio, lending important perspectives to a profession which all too often is dominated by practical concerns. Having lived in several countries, Ming’s comprehension of the human experience in various urban environments adds a unique insight to her designs, facilitating accessibility without compromising intellectual integrity.

Following an eight-year relationship with the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) as Graduate Programs Director and Design Studio faculty, Ming was appointed to the new position of Director of Academic Affairs in the fall of 2010. Awarded an AIA Gold Medal Award in 2006, Ming also served as Presidential Appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts Council in 2001. In 1994, Craig and Ming were Honorees of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Ming was a 1991 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Advance Fellowship. She is currently serving as the 2014 President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education.