January 15, 2014 | The Metropreneur 
At Work: Becoming Part of a Community in Multiple Ways

A home office is often a great way to begin a business, but moving into a separate office space can be a wonderful way to grow it. When Tim Lai was let go from a job at a bigger architecture firm in 2010, he saw it as an opportunity to start his own practice. His wife, Eliza Ho, was able to help it get started.


November 4, 2013 | Designboom 
Tim Lai and Brad Steinmetz Collaborate on Willow Theater

‘Willow Theater’, a temporary and fully recyclable stage, has been has been constructed at the royal welsh college of music & drama in cardiff, wales. The project, the collaborative work of Tim Lai and Brad Steinmetz, has won the 2013 world stage design award. The theater will function as an important local venue, hosting performance pieces, exhibitions, seminars and workshops, seating up to 150 guests.

October 23, 2013 | Archdaily 
Willow Theater / Tim Lai Architect + Brad Steinmetz Stage Design

Wining entry of World Stage Design sustainable theater design competition 2013, Willow was constructed at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, Wales for the 10-day international festival of theater, opera, and dance. A major art installation and venue for different performances, lectures, and conferences, the Willow is fully functional and can seat 150 people.


October 8, 2013 | The Lantern 
Ohio State Professor Designs Sustainable Theater

Situated in the center of an antiquated courtyard in Cardiff, Wales, a flurry of white fabric strips waved like pennants in the breeze. Making their way through the fluttering fabric, awe-struck visitors carefully wove through a forest of translucent panels artfully suspended from metal scaffolding before entering the interior of this impressive performance space.

September 2012 | Columbus Monthly 
Tim Lai & Eliza Ho - Dining by Design

As the designers, operators and proprietors of the Franklinton food truck cafeteria, he and his partner, Eliza Ho, are constantly multitasking. The two-person boutique architecture firm partners with some of the city’s tiniest dining institutions with a feisty and bold initiative: to use design to make their Columbus better, one food truck, bird mural and vegan diner at a time.


Apr 10, 2012 | Columbus Business First 
Dinin’ Hall to Give Gathering Point for Food Trucks in Franklinton

It’ll be a food truck festival every weekday at a new dining destination in Franklinton. Dinin’ Hall is scheduled to open April 30 at 400 W. Rich St., an industrial project converted into an artist community.

Apr 10, 2012 | Columbus Business First 
A Derelict North Columbus Corner is on a Path Toward Revitalization

Perhaps the most visible symbol of the area’s revival is a mural that since last summer has covered a wall once continually tagged with graffiti. An arts nonprofit organization and some neighborhood activists led the way for cleaning up the wall, a selling point at the time for Best.

January 10, 2012 | The Columbus Dispatch 
Architect-Designer Couple See Food Trucks Drawing Diners to Struggling Areas

Murals can perk up urban neighborhoods, but so can a cluster of food trucks. Architect Tim Lai and his wife, designer Eliza Ho, will showcase the idea in an exhibit called “Good Design in Hard Times,” which they say should inspire struggling neighborhoods.


August 9, 2012 | Columbus Alive 
People to Watch 2012: Tim Lai and Eliza Ho

Tim Lai and Eliza Ho are an architect and designer who started their boutique architecture and design firm two years ago and have created beautiful, streamlined spaces for Grandview’s Glass Axis, a multiuse art studio and gallery, and the local business Candle Lab. They are currently designing Clintonville’s City Beet Cafe next to Pattycake Bakery.


October 4, 2010 | Columbus Business First 
Old Area Theaters Still Showing Movies a Rare Gem

Lai and Ho devised three ideas for future use of Clintonville Theater– a mixed-use development, a park and a community market – each using part of the theater building in some capacity.