DOSU Studio Architecture is an award-winning firm that specializes in innovative building practices, both domestically and internationally. Upon opening its doors in 1999, clients interested in unusual design sought proposals and installations that would differentiate their commercial space from others. Dot.com and marketing companies became ideal laboratories for testing new and innovative designs and details, later receiving several AIA and ASID awards.
In 2001, Doris Sung, principal of DOSU, was awarded the AIA's prestigious Young-Architect-of-the-Year award. The same year the office opened its Los Angeles branch and expanded its repertoire to include public art, monuments, hospitality design and material research. Over time, the firm has focused more on research and bringing active systems to sustainable design far beyond the simple "greening" of a building. With the belief that buildings can be more sensitive to the changing environment and the human body, DOSU seeks ways to make the building skin dynamic and change our traditional perception of facades. Through grant-funded research, DOSU is developing smart materials, such as thermobimetals, to self-ventilate, to sun-shade and to pre-tension surfaces in response to changes in temperatures--all with zero-energy and no controls.
Doris Sung, principal of DOSU, graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Architecture and from Columbia University with a M.Arch. degree. She worked in Boston at Walter Gropius' firm, The Architectural Collaborative, before completing her internship in Washington, D.C. She has taught at the Catholic University of America, University of Colorado, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and University of Southern California (USC), where she is presently. She lectures and exhibits internationally.