Our work has been featured in The New York Times / International Herald Tribune, Channel NewsAsia, Architectural Record, 30 Heritage Buildings of Yangon, Myanmar Times, Seven Day News, Myanmar Dhanna, and Esquisses . The following is a selected list of publications and interviews:

"The New Myanmar : Episode 2, Saving Yangon"
Channel News Asia documentary, aired May-June 2013

"Putting Myanmar on the Architectural Map"
The New York Times, 9 August 2012.
Also published in The International Herald Tribune, 10 August 2012

"Yangon Renovations: Successes & Challenges,"
30 Heritage Buildings of Yangon: Inside the City that Captured Time, 2012

"SPINE Architects: An architectural backbone in in a challenging land,"
Architectural Record, March 2009

"Shelter Myanmar,"
Weekly Eleven, June 11, 2008

"Temoinage: Les Toits du Myanmar,"
Esquisses Magazine, November 2006-January 2007, Volume 17, Number 4

"Contemporary Architecture in Yangon,"
featuring SPINE Architects, Daybeds, September 2013

"Wrapping Spaces," and "Mixed-use Residential,"
Daybeds, September 2013

"Amelie Chai, Designer: Union Bar & Grill,"
Myanmar Home & Decor, Vol 2, Issue 4, 2013

 
 

Stephen Zawmoe Shwe and Amelie Chai created the design collaboration SPiNE while studying together at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. After nearly a decade of work experience in New York City, the two began to provide architecture services in Myanmar, where Stephen Zawmoe was born and raised. Combined with local knowledge, experience, and talent, the team at SPiNE strives to bring to Myanmar international-standard architecture that is contemporary, relevant, and integrates current technology and materials.

Stephen Zawmoe Shwe received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of California-Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where he won prominent design awards including the SOM Foundation National Architecture Fellowship Competition and the AIA Allwork Scholarship Award. As an Associate at Tecny Group in New York, Stephen Zawmoe oversaw the design and construction of numerous residential and commercial projects including l'Occitane stores throughout the country and the American Federation of Arts.

Amelie Chai, a US licensed architect, graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in Visual & Environmental Studies and from Columbia University with a Master's of Architecture. Her clients in Myanmar include the US Embassy, British Embassy, Save the Children, Petronas, and Serge Pun & Associates, as well as local businesses and private clients. Ms. Chai has also designed acclaimed renovation/rehabilitation projects in historical buildings such as Union Bar & Grill and the World Bank offices. Interviews with Ms. Chai have been featured in a number of documentaries on Yangon architecture including Channel NewsAsia's "Heritage: Saving Yangon's crumbling Colonial era buildings" and CTI Television News: "Future Cities." Her photographic essay on the Lokanat Building was a prize winning entry at the 2012 Yangon Photo Festival juried by Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

SPiNE is a full service architectural firm offering master and space planning, architectural & interior design, and project management services. We collaborate closely with our structural, mechanical and electrical, curtain wall and other specialty consultants, and are able to provide comprehensive design and engineering services. International clients are attracted by our ability to integrate our work experience in the United States with local practice and our familiarity with international design, codes, and standards, whereas local clients are drawn by our contemporary and unique approach to design. We have worked with prominent local and international businesses, NGOs, and embassies, and our work has appeared in leading media and architecture publications.

 
       
 
 
   
 
 
       
 
YANGON
15A | West Parami Road | 7th Mile
Mayangone Township | Yangon | Myanmar
Tel/Fax: (95)1-660996 | (95)1-667770 | (95)9-420117717
E-mail: design.ygn@SPINEarchitects.com
 
MANDALAY
6 | 24th Street | Between 63rd & 64th St
Aungmyaytharsan Township | Mandalay | Myanmar
Tel: (95)9-91020020 | (95)9-2010014
E-mail: design.mdy@SPINEarchitects.com
 
 
 
The quality of our environment is fundamental to how we live and work.
At SPINE architects, architecture and design form the backbone of the elements that make life meaningful.
Our goal is to work closely with each client to achieve a space that is unique to each project's specific needs.
 
Mya Yamon Residences
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interiors of 4 residences in a housing development: 15,000 sf
Thiri Yeikthar Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interiors of extended family residence: 4,000 sf
Kan Yeikthar Residences
Yangon, Myanmar
Development of 4 high-end properties; site planning, architecture, and interiors: 20,000 sf
Residence @ Palm Court Villa
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interior design, swimming pool design: 6000 sf
BKW House
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture for residence with artist's painting and photography studios
Malikha Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interiors of private residence, pool and water feature design: 7,500 sf
42 Inya Myaing Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interiors of private residence with rooftop lotus pond: 4.400 sf
Golden Valley Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Renovation & interiors of private residence: 5,600 sf
100H Inya Road Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interiors of private residence: 7,300 sf
Belfield Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Creation of two residences on British Embassy compound; interiors: 7,300 sf
Ngu Wha Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interiors of private residence: 4,200 sf
MG Residence
Mandalay, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: 6100 sf
54C Inya Road Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Renovation and extension, architecture & interiors of private residence: 4,800 sf
Residence @ Pyay
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: 7800 sf
Residence @ Dhammazedi
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: 10400 sf
ThitYar Bin Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: 9040 sf
Residence @ Inya Road
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: 6100 sf
Natmauk Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interior design for residence with unique roof terrace
Myanmar Times Offices
Yangon, Myanmar
Conversion of heritage building for newspaper offices, newsroom, presses: 30,000 sf
Eleven Media Group Building
Yangon, Myanmar
8 story office building- architecture & interiors: 26,000 sf
Pahtama Offices & Showroom
Yangon, Myanmar
Showroom & offices: 194,00 sf
MDG Headquarters
Yangon, Myanmar
8 story office building- architecture & interiors: 30,000 sf
City Mart Offices
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture, space planning, and interiors for 250+ offices: 50,000 sf
PSI Offices
Yangon, Myanmar
Interior design, office layout, and custom workstations over 4 floors: 24,000 sf
Max Cement Offices
Yangon, Myanmar
Office building- architecture & interiors: 17,000 sf
U Wizara Building
Yangon, Myanmar
Façade renovation of commercial building: 3,600 sf
Earth Showroom
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: 12030 sf
Max Mobile Petrol Stations
Various locations, Myanmar
Creation of corporate image; architecture & site planning
Save the Children Offices
Yangon, Myanmar
Space planning and office layout, custom partition & reception design: 14,600
Ayerwaddy Banks
Various locations, Myanmar
Creation of corporate image; architectural facade & interior design
United Amara Banks
Various locations, Myanmar
Creation of corporate image; architectural facade & interior design
Superland Offices
Mandalay, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: 3500 sf
Max Head Offices
Yangon, Myanmar
Renovation and interior layout design to transform heritage building into corporate offices: 18200 sf
Merlin Offices
Yangon, Myanmar
Layout and interior design: 5000 sf
Denko Petrol Stations
Various locations, Myanmar
Creation of corporate image; architecture & site planning
FMI Centre
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: renovation of 15 yr old building to provide cafes, department store, supermarket, cafes, and office lobby
King Metal
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interior design for mixed use 6 story building near Shwegondaing intersection
Yoma Bank
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture, interior design, and new corporate image for prominent local bank
World Bank offices
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design: renovation of historical building into modern office facilities, 14,000 sf
Amata Hotel & Resort
Ngapali, Myanmar
Complete resort design including master plan, architecture of all facilities: 100 guest rooms
Bay of Bengal Hotel & Resort
Ngwesaung Beach, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design for all facilities of beachfront resort: 70 guest rooms
Thiri Hotel
Chaungtha, Myanmar
Renovation of reception, bungalows & hotel rooms: 22 guest rooms
Phosein Hotel
Yangon, Myanmar
Exterior renovation of existing building, interior design of public areas & guest rooms: 9,500 sf
Pleasant View Resort
Ngapali, Myanmar
Master planning, architecture and interiors of eco-friendly beach resort: 42 rooms
Bayview Hotel
Ngapali, Myanmar
Architecture and interiors for new reception, restaurant, and additional guest rooms: 30,000 sf
Golden Valley Inn
Yangon, Myanmar
Fence and entry design
Monte Vino Resort
Aythaya, Myanmar
Architecture and master plan for hillside resort overlooking vineyards
Thingyan Stages
Yangon, Myanmar
Design of miscellaneous pandals for water play and dancing during water festival
Bago Monastery
Bago, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design
ISY Library Extension
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design of library extension: 2800 sf
Hay Mar Nay Win Show
Yangon, Myanmar
Stage design for musical performance
American Center Mandalay
Mandalay, Myanmar
Renovation of historical building into library and classrooms: 7,000 sf
Thingyan Stages
Yangon, Myanmar
Design of miscellaneous pandals for water play and dancing during water festival
RENT Stage Design
Yangon, Myanmar
Design for American Center production of Broadway musical
Mandalay Hill Monastery
Mandalay, Myanmar
Architecture of monastery and meditation center built into the hillside: 5,000 sf
Monastery Cyclone Shelter
Various sites in Myanmar
Monastery designed to double as community cyclone shelter with climbable roof: 7,000 sf
Wakema Monastery
Wakema, Myanmar
Architecture of monastery: 2,000 sf
Manaw Hari Development
Yangon, Myanmar
Property development of five 8-story buildings with mixed commercial/condo use: 100,000 sf
Yuzana Tea Residence & Shop
Yangon, Myanmar
Renovation and interiors of historical residence and architecture for new retail shop: 9,700 sf
Bayinnaung Building
Yangon, Myanmar
Exterior renovation of mixed use condo/commercial building: 400,700 sf
SPINE live/work
Yangon, Myanmar
Renovation and extension to create architecture studio & residence: 5,000 sf
Hein Residence
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture and interior design : 15,000 sf
Trinity Club
Atlanta, Georgia
Interior design for bar and night club
Zayet Beach Restaurant
Chaungtha, Myanmar
Architecture & interiors: restaurant and bar at the beach
Kan Taw Min Restaurant
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interiors: extensive renovation and extension of restaurant: 6000 sf
New You Beauty Salon
Yangon, Myanmar
Interior design of beauty salon in shopping mall: 900 sf
Scarlet Restaurant
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interiors of restaurant: 6,000 sf
Technoland
Mandalay, Myanmar
Interior design for computer and electronics retail store: 4700 sf
Café Jaspar
Yangon, Myanmar
Interior design of café and restaurant: 4,500 sf
XoXo Restaurant
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interiors: restaurant and bar with outdoor terrace: 4,000 sf
Technoland Exhibition Booth
Yangon, Myanmar
Design of exhibition booth and display: 1,000 sf
Union Bar & Grill
Yangon, Myanmar
Architecture & interior design for restaurant and bar in heritage building on Strand Road
LIC Townhouse
LIC, NY
Interior design for apartment in historical townhouse
WK Condo
Yangon, Myanmar
Interior design of apartment with custom partitions: 3,000 sf
1600 Broadway Penthouse
New York, NY
Interior design and furnishings for penthouse: 2,400 sf
Ambercrombie & Kent
Yangon, Myanmar
Offices for travel company within the historical Strand Hotel
Yedakun Tower Penthouse
Yangon, Myanmar
Interior design of duplex penthouse with extensive water & landscape features: 9,900 sf
Shwehinthar Condo Penthouse
Yangon, Myanmar
Interior design for duplex penthouse with rooftop pool: 4000 sf
Thaya Day Spa
Yangon, Myanmar
Interior design and space planning for spa located at Junction Square.