a9a office is a young international architectural practice established in Chengdu (China) and Dubai (UAE). It was founded in 2014 by two partners: Asif Agha and Jiojio LI in China Before founding a9a office, both partners have forged their experience and skills in regional and internationally renowned practices. Through this collaboration, they acquired an in depth experience in complex buildings, ambitious realisations and high design standards. a9a office is a small sized office developing an international profile with projects in Turkey, China, and UAE.
At this point it feels unnecessary to define our thinking (if there is one) of a9a. We feel no urge, nor motivation, to write a philosophy of the office. We prefer to avoid talking explicitly about what we do and how we think, and rather stay free from a frame of mind that could compromise the freedom necessary to work on completely different things at the same time, to evolve as quickly or slowly as necessary, to rethink established principles all over again, and to continuously challenge and question ourselves.
We are part of a team, but most importantly we enjoy working with anybody who shares our belief that architecture can make a positive, inspirational but never overbearing contribution to the world around us. We offer forward-thinking clients a design that is finely tuned to the place it is sited, the people who will occupy it, and the culture that surrounds it at the time.
We are interested in doing what we have not done before and our aim is always the same, to satisfy the mind and touch the heart. We believe in projects that give something back to the city. By changing the hierarchy between what is public and what is private we can open a way to an architecture based on interaction, dialogue and exchange.