About us:


A full service registered architectural and interior design firm, SPiNE Architects has been practicing in Myanmar for over 12 years. Our many completed projects demonstrate a proven track record of outstanding design, experience, and capability. This diverse body of work, including residential, commercial, and hospitality, has been recognized by international media and design publications and continues to attract prominent clients such as the World Bank, Petronas Myanmar, Nokia Networks, US Embassy, British Embassy, Serge Pun & Associates, PTTEP, and City Mart Co., Ltd. Our work has been featured in Channel NewsAsia’s The New Myanmar, Architectural Record, and the New York Times/International Herald Tribune.

With a strong team of architects and designers headed by principals and directors with both foreign and local experience, SPiNE is among the most prestigious architectural firms in Myanmar capable of handling multiple projects of varying size and scope. We have offices in both Yangon and Mandalay, allowing us to design and oversee projects throughout the country. Completed projects include Myanmar Distribution Group offices, the World Bank Offices, FMI Centre/Parkson Department Store, Korean Embassy, Aya Banks, Union Bar & Grill, and Bay of Bengal Hotel & Resort. We are currently the design architects for such high rise projects as Royal Sayarsan Condominiums, Sky Suite Condominiums, 3 Pyay Tower, and local architects for Pyay Towers (DP Architects Singapore) and the Leaf Residences (DWP Bangkok).

Associations

  • Registered and licensed with Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA)
  • Principal elected to Myanmar Architect Council
  • Principal licensed and registered in the United States (New York)
  • Directors selected as National Counterparts

 

Philosophy:


The quality of our environment is fundamental to how we live and work.

At SPINE architects, architecture and design form the backbone of the elements that make life meaningful.

Our goal is to work closely with each client to achieve a space that is unique to each project’s specific needs.

 

Our team:


Principals

01 KZM

Mr. Stephen Zawmoe Shwe, Principal
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, the University of California-Berkeley
Master of Architecture, Columbia University
Treasurer of Myanmar Architect Council, Senior Licensed Architect

While at Columbia University,Stephen Zawmoe Shwe won prominent design awards including the SOM Foundation Architecture Fellowship and the AIA Allwork Scholarship Award. Prior to establishing SPiNE, Zawmoe Shwe worked for seven years as an Associate at Tecny Group in New York, where he oversaw the design and construction of numerous residential and commercial projects including 15 l’Occitane stores throughout the United States and over 20 residential, commercial, and institutional projects including the American Federation of Arts headquarters and Morelle (Equipment) showroom in New York City.

In 2003, Stephen Zawmoe Shwe started out the SPiNE Architects office in Myanmar. Since then he has been in charge of projects for clients such as City Mart, Golden Flower, Myanmar Distributing Group, Eden Group, Max Myanmar, Htoo and many other major companies of Myanmar. He now has 20 years of experience in architecture design and project management and has completed well over 100 projects through construction.

As a member of the Association of Myanmar Architects since 2003 he has been contributing to the profession by providing seminars to young architects. He was one of the first architects involved in response action after Cyclone Nargis in 2008. A few cyclone shelters he designed were built throughout the delta area. He has donated his time and knowledge towards the design of new contemporary monasteries and meditation centers. He has been elected an EC member of the recently formed Myanmar Architect Council and currently serves as its Treasurer.

Stephen Zawmoe Shwe is known to be a pioneer of contemporary architecture in Myanmar.

 

02 AC
Ms. Amelie Chai, Principal
Bachelor of Arts in Visual & Environmental Studies, Harvard University
Master of Architecture, Columbia University
Registered and Licensed Architect, New York, USA

Amelie received her degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. Prior to establishing SPiNE, Amelie worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and at design-build firm Tecny Group in New York City. At SPiNE Architects, Amelie has over twelve years of proven experience in design and construction in Myanmar. She has been in charge of projects for clients such as the World Bank, Australian Embassy, Marga Landmark, Petronas, PTTEP, US Embassy, British Embassy, Serge Pun & Associates, Nokia, and Ooredoo. Amelie has also headed many renowned interior design projects such as Union Bar & Grill, FMI Centre/ Parkson Department Shopping Center, and Gekko Restaurant & Bar, which successfully unite engaging contemporary design within a historical context.

An avid photographer, Amelie was awarded third prize at the 2012 Yangon Photo Festival by a jury headed by Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi for her photo essay on the Lokanat Gallery Building, a 1906 colonial era building. Her interests include working to find a feasible solution to preserve the best of Yangon’s heritage architecture while allowing vibrant new designs to carry the city forward. She has been invited to participate in numerous seminars and symposiums on subjects ranging from the emerging real estate sector in Myanmar to sustainability and infrastructure. Amelie was also featured in Channel News Asia’s 2013 series on Myanmar: Saving Yangon.

 

Directors

03 AMS
Mr. Aung Myat Soe, Design Director
Bachelor of Architecture, Yangon Technological University
Senior Licensed Architect, National Counterpart CQHP

Aung Myat Soe originally joined SPiNE Architects just after his graduation and worked from 2003 to 2006. During that time he work closely with Principals for notable projects including Amata resorts, Bay of Bengal Resort, Eleven Media office Building and Shan Kan Restaurant. After that he worked at Architects 61 Singapore for seven years, where he concentrated on architecture and conceptual design of mixed-used development projects, commercial project and large scale residential projects included Capitol redevelopment, Bedok point shopping mall, NV Residences.

Aung Myat Soe rejoined SPiNE Architects as Design Director in 2013. He has over 12 years of experience in architectural design and he is currently in charge of a wide range of design projects including Royal Sayarsan Condominium, Sky Suite Condominium, Fully light Hotel, Hotel Kabaraye, Lilies service apartment, The Leaf sales gallery, Tony Roma @ Strand square and some private residential projects.

 

04 TZM
Mr. Than Zaw Myo, Project Director
Bachelor of Architecture, Mandalay Technological University
Senior Licensed Architect, National Counterpart CQHP

Than Zaw Myo worked at A12 Design for two years after his graduation in 2003 and then worked at SPiNE Architects between 2005-2008. From 2008 to mid 2013, he worked in Singapore for five years at P&T Consultants and DCA Architects where he focused primarily on technical requirements and authority submission for mixed use high-rise projects.

Since mid-2013, Than Zaw Myo rejoined SPiNE Architects, where he manages coordination and authority submissions for large commercial and residential projects, often in association with international architecture firms and consultants. His projects at SPiNE include Dagon City 1, Pyay Towers, the 23 story Zealax Hotel, 22 story Sky Suite Condominium and 24 Story Royal Sayarsan Condominium.

 

05 SM
Mr. Sai Zayar Myo Thant, Project Director
Bachelor of Architecture, Mandalay Technological University
Senior Licensed Architect, National Counterpart CQHP

Sai Myo has over 11 years of experience in professional architecture field. He joined SPiNE Architects in January, 2007 after his practice in Mandalay from 2003 to 2006. He involved several projects such as Pleasant View Resort, Bay View Resort, Phoe Sein Hotel, 87 Pyay Residence and 62B U Tun Nyein Street Residence.

In mid-2008, SPiNE had to set up a satellite office in Mandalay and Sai Myo was the chief of SPiNE Architects Mandalay office. Some of the completed projects in Mandalay are MG Residence, MMK Residence, UAW Residence, UAS residence, Crystal Tomato, and Platinum Diamond Shop and some design proposal of development projects. He is now currently taking part in the commercial projects such as Sein Sein Hotel, Hotel 111, ibis hotel and 6th Mile Water Park.

A member of Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA) since 2003 and has been elected as a Central Committee Member of AMA in 2014. In 2015, Sai Myo volunteered to Mandalay Technological University as a Visiting Lecturer.

 

05 AKARI

Ms. Akari Nang, Design Director
Bachelor of Architecture,Mandalay Technological University
Specialist Diploma in Interior and Landscape Design, BCA Academy(Singapore)
Registered Architect, Association of Myanmar Architects

Akari graduated from Mandalay Technological university as an Architect in  2003. After 2 years of working in Myanmar, she moved to Singapore and worked at Wilson Associates, one of the top hospitality design firm in the world , as an interior Design Manager.

As a design manager, Akari has managed projects from conception till completion . She has more than 12 years experiences in designing luxury 4-5-6 stars hotel, restaurants , commercial building ,spa ,high end residential and casino ,including  Mulia Café (Jakata, Indonesia), Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort (Zhejiang, China) , F&B of Conrad Koh Samui Resort hotel (Thailand), Huafa Serviced Apartment(Zhuhai, China) , Polo Club Clubhouse(Tianjin, China) & etc.. She joined spine architect as Design Director in July 2016.

 

 

Managers

07 SDO
Ms. Sandar Oo, Project Manager
Bachelor of Architecture, Technological University (Thanlyin),
Licensed Architect, Member of Myanmar Engineering Society

Sandar Oo joined SPiNE Architects in year January 2008. Her projects have included City Mart Headquarters, Maharsi Yeiktha Housing development, 180 Thit Yar Bin Residence, 38 Nat Mauk Lane Residence, Golden Flower Residential Building @ Pyay Rd, Bo Cho Street Residence. With over seven years of architectural work experience, Sandar Oo manages and coordinates projects from design development through construction. Some of her current projects under construction are Awba Office Building,4 5 Taw Win Road Residence, KHL Eastern Tower Penthouse @ Lay Daungkan Road.

 

08 LL
Ms.Lai Lai Tun, Project Manager
Bachelor of Technology (Architecture)
Technological University (Thanlyin), Member of Myanmar Engineering Society

Lai Lai Tun joined SPINE Architects in June 2008. She is responsible for architectural project management and coordination. Her projects have included many branches of Ayarwaddy Bank and United Amara Bank, Yoma Bank Headquarter, King Metal Trading Headquarters, and a number of private residential projects. With over seven years of architectural work experience, Lai Lai Tun manages and coordinates projects from design development through construction.

 


Ms. Zin Mar Kyaw, Project Manager
Bachelor of Architecture, Technological University (Mandalay)
Registered Architect, Association of Myanmar Architects

Zin Mar joined SPiNE Architects directly after graduating from university. With over six years of work experience, she is responsible for architectural project management and coordination. Her projects have included MMK Residence, UTW Residence, UAS Residence, UMT Showroom. She also coordinates with the Yangon office, providing support for various projects.

 


Ms. Chaw Su Aye, Project Manager
Bachelor of Architecture, Technological University (Mandalay),
Licensed Architect, Association of Myanmar Architects

Chaw Su joined SPiNE Architects directly after graduating from university. With over six years of work experience, she is responsible for architectural project management and coordination. Her projects have included Mobile Mother Showroom, UAW Residence, Sakura Platinum Shop. As with Zin Mar, Chaw Su coordinates with the Yangon office.

 

12 YM
Ms. Yin Mon Ye Naing, Project Manager
Specialist Diploma in Interior and Landscape Design, BCA Academy(Singapore)
Bachelor of Engineering (Information Technology), Technological University (Hmawbi)
Member of Association of Myanmar Interior Designers

Yin Mon joined SPiNE Architects in June 2012. Previously she had worked for four years in Singapore as a designer and quantity surveyor. At SPiNE, Yin Mon primarily focuses on interior design projects. Her completed projects include Nat Mauk Yeikthar Lane Residence, 45 Taw Win Road Residence, Hintha Business Centre, Nokia Offices, Ooredoo’s On the Go (Retail Truck, Van & Kiosks) and Dagon City 1 Sales Gallery show flats.

 

13 KKS
Ms. Khine Kywe San, Project Manager
Master of Architecture, Technological University (Thanlyin)
Registered Architect, Association of Myanmar Architects

Khine Kywe San graduated a Master of Architecture in Technological University (Thanlyin). She worked at Dream Modeler Company prior to SPiNE Architects, which she joined in 2012. With over 2 years of work experience in SPiNE Architects, Khine Kywe San is responsible for both project management and coordination. At SPiNE architects, some of her under construction projects are Ko Kyi Soe Residence @ FMI City, DHS Residence @ Kyun Shwe Myaing (Thuwanna), Pahtama Group Office @ North Dagon, Wah Wah Win Single Family Home @ Botahtaung and KMMH Residence.