Architectural Design

We design thoughtfully detailed bespoke projects ranging from residences, work environments, flexible spaces and community places. We work globally with design commissions in New York City, Australia and the Philippines. Particularly interested in the relationship between human behavior and architectural space, our work reflects the unique character of each client and context. Invested in a clarity of flow within spaces, light and the honest crafting of materials, our designs realize a tactile engagement of architecture. 


Through our research initiatives, we seek to explore new ideas and a more comprehensive understanding of architecture in the social realm. Integral to actLAB’s process is to be engaged in the current discourse of Architecture through teaching, competitions and publications. actLAB’s principal, Aya Maceda, is a studio critic and lecturer at Parsons School of Design SCE, and a former adjunct asst. professor at Columbia University GSAPP. Studios such as City of Play and Micro-Macro Living allow for the investigation of current urban phenomena and addressing them through design. actLAB’s recent research agenda is produced and disseminated through collaborations with HardWorking GoodLooking publishers. 

Social Advocacy

We dedicate time as a practice towards projects of social significance, bringing design to communities in need and those unable to access architects for their development causes.  We believe in the positive impacts of design and that it should be provided to all. In 2013, actLAB principal, Aya Maceda was awarded the Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellowship by Columbia University GSAPP which enabled the conceptualization of our first project,  Active School for disaster-stricken areas of the Philippines. We are currently designing a Community Kitchen and multi-purpose community center in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Woodside, Contact us to support our work.                    …