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Yen Ong

Yen Ong


Founding Partner

Yen is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects under Object One: Design, an honor that is granted to architects who have produced extensive bodies of distinguished work that has been broadly recognized for its design excellence at the national level.

Yen advances the architectural practice at 5G, a responsibility he fulfills as the principal architect overseeing the entirety of 5G’s widely published award-winning portfolio, covering projects in the United States, China, and Indonesia.

One of the founding partners, Yen codified the firm’s operational methodology, establishing protocols ranging from the definition of design content to the management of fluid collaboration and communication among project characters. He directs 5G’s architectural research and is a contributing author to numerous design publications. Leading a practice culture that promotes curiosity, celebrates inclusivity, and empowers personal autonomy, Yen enables the discovery and the application of the extraordinary in project conditions.

Born in Jakarta, Yen’s design perspective is interculturally informed through his studies in Indonesia, Singapore, and Italy prior to earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University in 1997. Since then, he has been honored as a 2012 ENR TX/LA Top 20 Under 40, a 2016 Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader, and the opening keynote speaker to the 2016 AIA Central States Conference. Yen has twice led 5G, in 2017 and 2018, to be ranked 31st in the Design category among the Top 50 US Firms in the ARCHITECT 50 program run by the official publication of the American Institute of Architects.

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