JET at its core, believes in a transfer of cross disciplinary technologies. Our designs seek to improve and add value to our contemporary environment. Environmentally sustainable design is an integral part of our design process.
Our design is often inspired by nature, both in terms of pattern and ecology. Natural elements such as the sun, the wind, the earth and the oceans contain universal beauty. We strive to infuse our designs with nature.
At the same time, we embrace technology and are invigorated by the sense of progression it brings. We have a keen interest in the automation of architectural fabrication. Available to us are design tools from the aerospace, nautical and automotive industries.
We like to explore the ethos of the future in different concepts of time, retro-futuristic in a sense. Our inspiration ranges from the pictorial representation of metaphysical time and space that exists in the modern futurist paintings and sculptors, to the fantastic world of the Jetsons, the animated cartoon.
In all our designs we ask fundamental questions and provide precise solutions with a high level of clarity and appropriateness.
The principals of JET, Jeff Leung, Michael Forte and Tynnon Chow have over 50 combined years of professional experience. They have carried out projects ranging from master-planning to interior in a wide range of sizes, types, and locations.
JET has collaborated with sustainability leaders such as Turenscape and Transsolar.
Recently, JET in collaboration with VPANG and Lisa Cheung have won the West Kowloon Cultural District International Competition for the Arts Pavilion.
Awards and Recognition
2010 Honorable Mention
JET in joint venture with CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group received an honourable mention for the Kaohsiung Port Terminal International Competition in December 2010. Their entry “Openair” was one of 5 projects shortlisted from 94 entries.
JET in joint venture with REX and AIM was shortlisted as one of 5 firms in the Shenzhen CBD Tower and Minsheng Financial Tower International Competition in July 2011. The competition had 75 entries?
2011 AZ International Awards Competition “People’s Choice Award"
2012 AZ International Awards Competition “People’s Choice Award"
2012 WoodWORKS! Award
2013 Winner of Hong Kong West Kowloon Arts Pavilion International Competition JET in joint venture with VPANG+Lisa Cheung won first place amongst 100 entries.
Jeff W. N. Leung, Principal | B.Arch, MRAIC
Jeff Leung is Principal of JET. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Architecture program in 1997 and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is in charge of JET’s design and Asia business development which has become one of the key factors for JET’s growth. Jeff was invited by the Government of Ontario to participate in the past 4 Green Trade Mission to China which helped to increase JET’s international profile as a sustainable design firm resulting in a growing number of international projects. He played a key role in managing the Taiwan Kaohsiung Port Terminal International Competition and the China Shenzhen Two Towers Competition where finalists. These two projects were finalists and earned JET two Azure Magazine’s International A-Z Awards. Prior to founding JET, Leung worked with an architecture firm based in Hong Kong and gained international experience. During his career, he has collaborated with various renowned artists, interior design, engineering, landscape and architecture firms. Leung volunteers his time with seniors groups and is an advisor to autistic children organizations in Toronto. He is also active in the Asian arts and culture community through the organizing of various events and publications.
Michael P. Forte, Principal | OAA, LEED, AP
Michael is a Principal of JET. Previous to joining JET, he co-founded MHT and was a senior architect and associate with Cohos Evamy integratedesign, a national architecture and engineering firm (now known as DIALOG) where he led a national team of architects and engineers for a large corporate and government clients. Michael brings to JET his hands-on approach to project delivery combining design, project management, and technical abilities with excellent interpersonal skills to deliver projects on time and on budget. His commitment to sustainable architecture is evidenced by his LEED accreditation and by his extensive LEED project experience over the years.
Tynnon Chow, Principal | B.Arch., Msci. AAD
Tynnon is Principal of JET and in charge of the design and BIM implementation. He received his bachelor's degree from University of Toronto and completed his post graduate study at the Columbia University of New York. Tynnon had the privilege of working at offices such as Steven Holl in New York City, OMA Asia in Hong Kong and Gehry Technologies' in Beijing and Seoul. His experience at these internationally renown firms has had fundamental influence on his work. Parallel to professional practice, Tynnon also taught design studios and conducted extensive research on fabrication and construction at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also taught at the Art Center of Hong Kong.
OAA Award Winner: JET's collaboration with Studio JCI and Terraplan won the 2017 Best Concept Award.
JET wins ACCE Award for Best Asia Pacific Business Award.
Grand Opening of the Hong Kong West Kowloon M+ Pavilion
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Hong Kong and witnessed the official signing of the Hong Kong International Competition Win for the M+ Arts Pavillion.
JET was invited to participate in a competition to design Fuye Headquarters, one of Hangzhou China's largest companies. JET teamed up with Toronto firm, Sweeny &Co and BIAD (Beijing Insitute of Architectural Design) to produce a new sustainable office building for China.
Winner of the Hong Kong West Kowloon International Competition for the Arts Pavilion. JET in joint venture with VPANG architects ltd.+ Lisa Cheung will work with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority ("WKCDA") to design and deliver an exhibition and event space for artists, designers and various organizations in the Cultural District. For More Info Please Visit: http://www.westkowloon.hk/en/newsroom/news/wkcda-announces-the-results-of-the-arts-pavilion-design-competition/page/1
JET shortlisted to participate in a Toronto based architecture competition for the Berkeley Bicycle Club Condo. Other invited firms were Teeple Architects, RAW Design, Wallman Architects and Daniel Karpinski Architect.
JET invited by Turenscape to Beijing as guest critics for Dr.Kongjian Yu's Harvard Studio review and also to collaborate on China projects in Hebei and Zhejiang China.
JET wins WoodWORKS Award for Metropolitan Pharmacy. Wood WORKS! is a national, industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council that promotes and supports the use of wood in all types of construction.
REX+JET+AIM win 2012 AZ Award for Shenzhen Two Towers
REX+JET+AIM won the first stage in the Shenzhen Two Towers International Competition. There were 75 entries. Other shortlisted firms include Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP, Urbanus+ADEPT ApS + Beijing CCI Architectural Design CO., LTD, Wilkinson Eyre Architects + Getdd Architecture Design Institute and Rocco Design Architects Limited + RBS Architecture Engineer Design Associates + China Railway Engineering Design Institute Co.
JET+CXT+Archasia win 2011 AZ Award for Koahsiung Port Service Centre
JET+CXT+Archasia receive Honorable Mentions in Koahsiung Port Service Centre International Competition. Reiser Umemoto won the competition. The competition jury consists of Hitoshi Abe, Maximiliano Fuksas, Hisao Kohyama, Shengfong Lin, Victor Y. Su, Yuan L. Tsai, Minghung Wang.
JET in joint venture with CXT Architects won the first stage of the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition in September 2010. Their entry "Openair" beat out 89 other International Firms to win the shortlisting. Other firms shortlisted include Asymptote, Reiser & Umemoto, HMC and Ricky Liu.
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JET Design Architect Inc.
220 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 316
Toronto, Ontario M3B 3J5
tel: +1 416 398 9774
fax: +1 416 490 9383
Hong Kong Office
Flat B, 18/F Hoover Industrial Building,
26-38 Kwai Cheong Rd., Kwai Hing, N.T.
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