Betty Ng

The architect behind numerous iconic projects, Betty Ng brings an academic and concept-driven approach to design


Betty Ng is the founder of architecture firm COLLECTIVE. The firm is research driven, employing academics alongside architects, generating designs based on abstract conceptualisation with functional clarity.

After graduating from Cornell University and Harvard University in the US, she started her career with OMA New York, Massimiliano Fuksas’ Studio in Rome and later Herzog & de Meuron in Basel. She then went on to OMA Hong Kong, Beijing and Rotterdam, where she was design director, working closely with legendary founder Rem Koolhaas on projects including Beijing’s CCTV Headquarters, the Axel Springer Media Headquarters in Berlin, the Hermitage Museum Art Repository in St. Petersburg, Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District masterplan, and other projects.

Betty Ng founded COLLECTIVE in 2015, inviting OMA colleagues Juan Minguez, Katja Lam and her classmate Chi Yan Chan to join COLLECTIVE from Herzog and de Meuron; the firm now has offices in Hong Kong, Madrid, and San Francisco.

COLLECTIVE works with clients internationally, including Valextra Honolulu, ONS New York, Bar Penicillin and retailer Kapok in Hong Kong, as well as museum exhibitions and biennales including M+ Museum’s Things, Spaces, Interactions, Taipei Biennale 2021’s New Diplomatic Encounters with Bruno Latour & Martin Guinard and Shanghai Project: Seeds of Time with Hans Ulrich Obrist & Dr. Yong Woo Lee. COLLECTIVE won a distinction for Best Futura Project at the MIPIM ASIA Awards, which recognises excellence in the property industry in Asia Pacific with New World Development’s King Lam Street Commercial Development.

Betty Ng is an adjunct associate professor at the School of Architecture at Chinese University of Hong Kong and has previously taught at the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.

(Photo: Affa Chan)

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