Vincent McIlduff

Vincent McIlduff

Founding Partner and CEO of ALT-254

A graduate of Belfast School of Architecture, Vincent began his career working in his family company which has been designing and manufacturing marble products for generations. Following that he accepted a position with prestigious architecture firm OMA, relocating to Holland to work on projects such as De Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Fondazione Prada in Milan, The Prada Transformer in Seoul, and TPAC in Taipei.

In 2013 Vincent relocated to Hong Kong with OMA, working on and helping to lead International projects such as the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, Beijing’s internationally renowned CCTV Tower, and SLEC in Shanghai.

In 2015, Vincent left OMA and founded ALT-254. Early clients included Hong Kong’s notorious Ce La Vi and Lombok’s most premium residential development — Selong Selo.

Today ALT-254 is one of Hong Kong’s most well-known architecture and design firms, counting international brands like Pret a Manger amongst its loyal customers. Vincent’s unparalleled knowledge of Japanese property development has led to the firm currently managing over US$40 million in projects in Niseko and beyond, as well as spearheading notable local architecture and design projects such as Ovolo Hotel Group’s industry-disrupting Mojo Nomad Central.

Saul Smeding

Saul Smeding

Partner and Head of Design at ALT-254

He is also a registered architect having graduated from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands

Saul began his career with the prestigious architecture firm OMA, relocating to Hong Kong from the Netherlands in 2011 to work on internationally renowned projects such as the Hanwha Galleria a 50,000 sqm shopping center in Busan, South Korea and Prince Plaza a 106,500 sqm mixed-use building in Shenzhen. He later took a position with OMA in Rotterdam, working on notable European projects like PEX (the Parc des Expositions-Convention Centre) in Toulouse and the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc bridge in Bordeaux.

It was in Rotterdam that he met ALT-254’s Founder, Vincent McIlduff. Saul joined Vincent as a partner at ALT-254 in 2015. To date, Saul has headed up the design and has been responsible for the design of 25 luxury villas on the challenging landscape of Lombok Indonesia, the design and build of Niseko's First nightclub in the chilling north of Japan and most recently completed work on a 22-story hotel for Ovolo Hotels Group on Hong Kong’s Queen’s Road Central.

Lin Xiao

Lin Xiao

Lead Interior Designer at ALT-254

A Wuhan Native, Lin has a Bachelor of Industrial Design Degree from Wuhan University, a Master Degree of Design Practices from the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Diploma of Interior Design, from Hong Kong University Space.

Lin developed her career in Hong Kong, working with Design Icon, and SBFI Ltd before working under celebrated architect Sean Dix at Dix Design + Architect. Under Dix, Lin worked on projects including Belon (a ‘World’s 50 Best’ restaurant), Yardbird 2.0, Sake Central Hong Kong, Okra Bar Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Cricket Club.

Lin joined ALT-254 in 2018 and has spearheaded interior design on projects valued at over USD35 million, such as Pavilions Hotel Interiors, Campfire Co-Learning, Jozankei House and Elevations House.

Andrew McEwen

Andrew McEwen

Andrew McEwen is an accomplished Construction Project Manager hailing from Aston University.

Boasting a vast amount of experience in construction project management, Andrew began his career in his undergraduate degree as a site engineer for the Unite Student Accommodation project.

In 2012, Andrew relocated to Australia with Watpac Construction to work on projects such as the Australian Museum of Contemporary Arts and One Central Park, which was named the best tall building in the world by French design group Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Australia’s PTW.

In 2013, Andrew site-managed the Barnet Hospital just before joining the Berkeley Group, aiding in the making of The Corniche from conception to completion; and then the Edinburgh Tower in the Landmark Precinct of Hong Kong.

Andrew joined ALT-254 in June 2018, one of Hong Kong’s most well-known architecture and design firms, working in project management where he makes sure the physical delivery of projects are of the highest quality. A key project he fronted was Mojo Nomad Central, a pioneering hospitality brand and a sister concept to Ovolo Hotels.

Evonne Tam

Evonne Tam

Senior Architect

A UK qualified architect, Evonne obtained her undergraduate degree from the Architectural Association and her postgraduate diploma in professional practice from the Royal Institution of British Architects.

Prior to joining ALT-254, Evonne held positions in internationally acclaimed offices in London, Beijing and Berlin, completing a vast range of high-profile projects, including leading the Bond Street Crossrail oversite development in London, 6 Bevis Marks, the Mongolian Private Meadow Club, Vanity by Capi Ombre in Geneva and wayfinding design for Hong Kong Taikoo Place. She won first place in international competitions in architecture and urban design which led to the award of impressive contracts with Transport for London and City governments.

In 2015, Evonne relocated to Hong Kong to join as Partner for Make Architects working on Serensia Woods, a 4-hectare property in Zhuhai dedicated to luxury wellness. She was also a part-time lecturer for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.

Evonne joined ALT-254 in October 2018. In her new role, her focus lies in designing bespoke luxury villas for the Selong Selo hotel development in Lombok, Indonesia.

Thomas Morgan

Thomas Morgan

A UK qualified architect, Thomas has earned a first class Masters in Architecture as well as a Masters in Architectural Design with distinction from the Leicester School of Architecture, amongst other prestigious accolades.

Thomas has broad experience in both London and Hong Kong. In the UK he worked with a range of large global clients on noteworthy projects including St Georges Tower, SIG plc global headquarters and the Boden UK’s headquarters. In addition, he has held a number of visiting lecturer roles for several UK universities at undergraduate, MA and Professional levels.

Thomas joined ALT-254 in June 2018 and takes responsibility for the detailed design of projects within the office. He has overseen a number of residential, mixed-use and hotel projects in Japan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Notable projects include a high-end boutique hotel in Niseko for the international hotel company, The Pavilions, and Campfire’s flagship workspace development in Hong Kong.

As part of his role overseeing project delivery, Thomas is leading the adoption of BIM within ALT-254 to drive efficiency and ensure the quality of output from the office.

Wider Team

Wider Team

With Japanese, Hong Kong, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean, Irish, English, Dutch, and even Czech, ALT-254's team are truly diverse helping to bring local knowledge across our Asian Projects.  

ALT-254's unique selling point is that we produce everything in-house reducing cost to the client, speeding up production, and of course, allowing us to control quality at each stage. Because of this our team are experts in a wide range of disciplines including; Architectural Design, Interior Design, Project Management, 3D Visualization, VR Technology, Construction Drawing & Detailing, BIM, Furniture Design & Production, all of which is overseen by our Management Team with 50+ years experience in the industry.

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