Robert Cheng

Founder, Design Director


Equipped with a broad experience in working on various scales, programmes and typologies, Robert approaches his portfolio of design work and construction from a craft-oriented position. Taking his understanding of tectonics in construction, specificity of materials and infusing it into his design process, Robert possesses a design principle that is closely related to ‘the making of things’, ensuring the basis for conceptual design discourse and procedure in his work.

Robert graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, and pursued a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University. He spent his formative professional years working at Tsao & McKown Architects in New York City as an apprentice to architect Calvin Tsao, later joining Atelier Jean Nouvel in Paris. In 2012, he founded the multidisciplinary design practice –  Brewin Design Office.

Having travelled extensively around Asia, America, and Europe, Robert’s philosophy as a designer is influenced and informed by a repertoire of knowledge and sensitivities towards various cultures. It is these cross-culture experiences that motivate him to collaborate with makers around the world and cement his vision of the very culture he seeks to inspire within his firm.

In Robert’s 20 years of practice, he has developed a passion for crafting bespoke details for interior design and architecture. Designing luxury residential interiors and later the Cipriani Residences in New York City, Robert worked among some of the best cabinet makers and fabricators in Greater New York to realise complex custom designed interior joinery and furniture pieces.

Robert’s passion for design is also demonstrated through an in-depth understanding of the history of interior design and the ability to discern various western and eastern transformative eras in the field; knowledge which often brings an added richness and academic value into his designs.

As Principal and Design Director, Robert ensures that he personally directs each project from conceptualisation through completion and maintains an active involvement in each step of the design process, ensuring each project is carried out with the excellence and attention to detail for which Brewin Design Office is known.