Prior to starting his own practice based in Los Angeles, Steven Song was the Associate Partner for MADA s.p.a.m. based in Shanghai, China. He has also previously worked for reputable architecture firms in New York City including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Arquitectonica and Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates. During this time, Mr. Song lead the designs of many successful mixed-use projects for respected international clients including American International Group, Extell, Revel Entertainment Group, AJU Group, Serim Corporation, Luneng and China Construction America.
Serving also as the CEO of Axle Companies, a real estate investment company, Mr. Song has invested in and successfully repositioned hospitality properties through operational improvements as well as renovations.
Mr. Song is also a member of the board of the Hammer Museum, the board of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the Executive Council of the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative.
Mr. Song holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Robert Aitcheson brings fifteen years of diverse professional experience to his role at SCAAA. As a leader in the firm, he encourages responsible management, practice and development. He is committed to striving for a high standard of quality and design excellence in every project.
Prior to joining SCAAA, Mr. Aitcheson worked for many years in Arquitectonica’s New York office where he contributed to the design of numerous mixed-use residential and hospitality-focused developments for distinguished international corporate clients.
Mr. Aitcheson is a registered architect in New York State and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Studies degrees from the University of Waterloo.
Young Hwan Choi leads the design studio at SCAAA. His enthusiastic approach to design is based on careful understanding of the unique challenges and interrelationships posed by each client’s program, site and aspirations. Mr. Choi has led SCAAA’s design teams on an array of complex projects in South Korea, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the United States.
He is known in the design community for Urban Umbrella, his winning entry in the UrbanSHED international design competition. Launched by New York City in 2009, the competition challenged entrants to create a new, higher standard for the ubiquitous sidewalk construction shed and to develop a prototype worthy of a progressive New York City. In December 2011, the first prototype of Urban Umbrella was installed at 100 Broadway. Urban Umbrella has since been realized in Toronto, Canada and at other construction sites.
Mr. Choi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Architecture and Korea University with a Bachelor of Architecture.