Our work is being exhibited at Beyond the Build Environment, a platform that celebrates the contributions of diverse designers and advocates for equitable built environments and communities. The work will also be exhibited at the A’23 AIA Conference on Architecture as part of the “Say it Loud” Exhibition.

Melissa will be speaking at the “House to Housing Colloquium” at UCLA AUD with Kevin Daly, FAIA and Roger Sherman, FAIA as part of a 1st year graduate studio symposium speculating on SB-9 and other recent California housing initiatives.

Melissa will be lecturing at the Texas A&M University School of Architecture as part of the Spring 2023 lecture series “Plan Check”. 

Check out our CAKE US Headquarters project featured in Wallpaper*!

Melissa will be participating in a panel discussion at the Helms Design with Andrew Atwood for the exhibition “Small Infrastructures” - curated by Rudabeh Pakravan and Michelle Chang, moderated by Frances Anderton. 

Check out some great ADU tips from Melissa and several other LA architects in the LA Times!


AN Interior announced us as one of the Top 50 Architects and Designers of 2022! Read more about the list and our fellow honorees here, online and in print in the Fall/Winter 2022 issue. 

We are honored to receive the “Emerging Practice Award” from The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIALA). The Emerging Practice Award recognizes notable, innovative achievements in design, community service, education, and service to the profession. Join us on 10/27 to celebrate at the AIA Design Awards Ceremony.

Excited to be a part of the UCLA AUD Summer Lecture Series! Melissa will be speaking (in person) alongside Kevin Sherrod on July 19.

We are honored to receive an AIA Los Angeles Residential Architecture Merit Award for Peach Pit in the Additions/ADU Category. Thank you to the jury and the AIA Los Angeles!

Melissa will be on the jury for the The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition (KRob) - KRob honors hand and digital delineation by professionals and students throughout the world.

Melissa will be on the jury for the 2022 Best of Practice Awards from the Architect’s Newspaper.

Mouse House was featured today in Dwell Magazine! Check it out on their website and instagram @dwellmagazine.

Join us today for a lecture at the NOMAS Chapter of the Princeton School of Architecture.

Mouse House was featured today in the LA Times! Check it out online, or grab a print copy on Saturday.

Melissa will be on the jury of the ACLA 2x8: Assemblies Exhibition/Scholarship Program, the exhibition showcases student work from architecture & design institutions across California.  

Melissa will be a speaker at the AIA Women in Architecture Powerful Conference, register here to claim your spot!

Shin Shin has a print exhibited in “Room(s): Yale School of Architecture Graduate Women Alums 1942-”. On view at the Yale Architecture Gallery through December 10. 

Check out this video that covers the launch of the Wide Rainbow Libraries aka “Book Towers” at the Jacob Riis Center Neighborhood Settlement in Queens, NY. So honored to be a part of this amazing project!

We are honored to be named “Best New Architecture Firm” in the West by the Architect’s Newspaper! Check out all the winners here.

We received an honorable mention for our proposal “Fifty Fifty” in the “Low Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles” competition out of almost 400 entries! The competition was organized by the Mayor’s Office and Christopher Hawthorne, the Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Check out all the winners here.

We’ll be presenting our research project “Demo Detroit” at the annual USCA Research Symposium, register online here.

Check out the “Linee Occulte: Drawing Architecture” show at Citygroup NYC. The exhibition is designed and curated by Studio Ames and includes drawings from a group of very talented architects - we are honored to be included! Opening Saturday April 10th from 4pm - 8pm.

Presenting some work today at Taubman College for De Peter Yi’s Graphic Communication class....and forever, GO BLUE!

Check out “Four Corners, Redux”, our Virtual Exhibition + Q&A that just opened at USC School of Architecture as part of the Faculty/Student Exhibition Series (and our attempt to LiDAR scan the models from the Four Corners exhibit). On view through 4/10.

This spring, we will be adjunct faculty at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. We will jointly be teaching the 4th year Integrated Design Studio (the final studio in the undergraduate program) and Amanda will also be teaching 1st year design studio.

Check out Melissa’s first year studio work in the USC School of Architecture Virtual Expo. Very proud of the students for getting through an unprecedented remote semester!

We are fundraising! The Architects Foundation is creating a scholarship specifically for Black Women earning their degree in Architecture. We are proud to be a matching sponsor of this effort - every dollar you donate here will be matched by a women-led design firm.

“Retired Column: Jimmy” will be available for purchase at Design Yard Sale. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the Bail Project and Colloqate, two organizations leading the fight against racial injustice and inequity. (Update: Sold!)


Melissa was awarded a USCA faculty research grant for a study of demolished buildings in Detroit. Check out the press release here.

“Retired Columns” will be available for purchase at Pop Up In Place. Proceeds will support the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Check out Melissa’s first year studio work in the USC School of Architecture Virtual Expo. The studio “Paloma to Rose: Primitives, Curiosities, Collage” explores geometric primitives and hybrids through a series of pavilions and interventions on an existing section of Venice Beach.

During Frieze Week LA, Shin Shin will be exhibiting 2 pieces at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show as part of a group show entitled “Twofers”, curated by Patrick Geske and Cody Miner. Check it out February 14-16 at the ROW DTLA, more info here. You can purchase our pieces here!

Thank you to the Architect’s Newspaper for the great write-up on “Four Corners” - read more about our exhibition at the Wedge Gallery here. The show is on view during limited hours until March 6.

Shin Shin is excited to present our first solo exhibition “Four Corners” at the Wedge Gallery of Woodbury University Burbank. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday February 7, 6:30-9:00pm. Read more about the exhibition here.

Shin Shin will be exhibiting our project “Up Close” at Detroit Design 139, a biennial exhibition organized by Bedrock, City of Detroit, Design Core, and others. DD139 will host a variety of events, lectures and discussions throughout the month of September that focus on the future of Detroit’s built and natural environment. We’re honored to be included!

Melissa will be joining the faculty of USC as a part-time lecturer. This year, she will be teaching 1st year undergraduate design studio and a visualization course.

Shin Shin has been featured in Detour Detroit, a website and newsletter dedicated to Detroit architecture and culture. Read a little about the office and some of our recent work in Detroit here. Thank you for the interview and feature!

“Somersault Terraces,” a proposal for affordable housing in London, is featured in a new publication from Archhive Books. The publication focuses on new ideas and platforms that are enabling people to own or purchase homes. Purchase your copy here!

Shin Shin will be closing out the LA Design Festival with Dopium LA, a one night only installation featuring our project “No Vacancy.” Stop by and check out the project along with several local artists, tickets available here.

Swing by and support the A+D Museum by purchasing one of Shin Shin’s “Retired Columns” from theImpermanent Collection, a curated space within the museum featuring a rotation of local artists and designers.“Retired Columns” are custom 3D printed vases inspired by the Japanese art of ikebana, also available for purchase here.

Melissa is excited to be speaking on the “Designing Products for All the Senses” panel hosted by Zendesk in San Francisco. See you there! Tickets available here.

Shin Shin received an Honorable Mention for a proposal to create new affordable housing strategies in London, UK. View the proposal, “Somersault Terraces,” here and interview here.

Shin Shin received an Honorable Mention for a proposal that reimagines the future of housing in the Virginia Park Historic District of Detroit. View the proposal here.

Shin Shin is a finalist in the “Design Center in a Box” Competition, an opportunity to activate vacant storefronts in our hometown of Detroit. In Stage 2 we will be developing our proposal for a public presentation, where two winners will be selected for construction. Design Center in a Box is a collaboration between the City of Detroit Planning & Development Department and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at UD Mercy. It is funded by the Knight Foundation’s Cities Challenge.

Shin Shin received a Directors’ Choice Award for "Tether", our proposal for a housing development along the Mumbai coastline. View the proposal here

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