Firm

Overview
After years of practicing architecture throughout the United States and around the globe with international firms HOK and SmithGroup, Clay Vogel formed Kazia Design Collaborative in 2006. Based in Chicago, Kazia Design Collaborative found quick and lasting success in China’s growing market. After two years of collaboration with Li Chunguang in China, Clay and Li founded KaziaLi Design Collaborative (KaziaLi). We are a unique design firm that has true integration between our United States and China offices. Our research-based, cross-cultural design approach allows us to design and complete successful large-scale projects within China. Selections of KaziaLi’s work have been showcased in a variety of architectural magazines, including BD+C (USA), FUTURARC (Singapore), and Chicago Architect. In 2008, Clay Vogel was chosen a “40 under 40” superstar by BD+C.

Firm Vision
As a young international design company, our interests lie in creating great buildings which exceed our clients expectations. In so doing we are specifically interested in defining a memorable and appropriate form for the building: a form which solves the program – satisfying the questions of spatial organization and functional adjacencies, budget, schedule, and technology – in an elegant and refined manner, yet within a framework that is responsive to the local culture, the urban or suburban patterns, the natural environment, and the socioeconomic setting.

We believe a building’s details are just as important as a powerful, overall vision, and we are innovative and cutting-edge in the use of technologies in our designs, as well as in the organization and delivery of services. Through our collaborative arrangements with firms in China, India, and the United States, we are a 24/7 operation willing to be anywhere in the globe on the shortest of notice – to work on any project which is challenging and contributes to improving the quality of the environment. Our projects include hospitals, museums, hotels, office buildings, educational facilities, luxury villas and clubs, and range in scale from thousands to millions of square meters. We actively nurture cooperative relationships with local firms in the global environment, and use our knowledge of design and technical expertise to provide insight and support to the native company. We create unique solutions for challenging commissions for global clients in the US and China, as well as the Middle East, India, Korea, and Vietnam.