JJA / Bespoke Architecture (JJ/ABA) was founded in 2016 by Creative Director, James JJ Acuna. A graduate of Cornell and Columbia University Architecture programmes, for more than a decade Acuna has worked on a wide range of lifestyle and workplace projects in Hong Kong, China, and the Asian region at large for a roster of select blue chip clients, such as Swire, Sun Hung Kai, and Hong Kong Land under well established Hong Kong-based Architecture firms, RLPHK, Woods Bagot, and LWK. Additionally for the past five years, Acuna has also founded and runs a social media platform, titled Wanderlister.com, aimed at reporting on various design trends in travel, architecture, art, and interior design for the region.
With the establishment of his Hong Kong and Manila based studio, Acuna's aim is to help formulate bespoke design solutions for lifestyle-oriented clients via his lens and insight as not only a skilled designer, but as a thought leader on current global trends in relation to design, service, and operation.
Within the year, the studio has already achieved a "Silver Award" Delegation with the Hong Kong Design Awards for his work on the Elephant Grounds Restaurant on Star Street in collaboration with Kevin Poon. JJA/BA has also had the distinguished opportunity designing restaurants for two of "Asia's Best Female Chefs", Chef May Chow of Little Bao located in Bangkok’s Thonglor Area and Chef Vicky Lau of TATE Dining Room located in Hong Kong’s SOHO District. JJA/BA’s work has been featured in various international publications like Wallpaper* Magazine, HYPBEAST, High Snobiety, IndesignLive, and The Contemporist. For more Press Coverage click here.