About us

Hou de Sousa is an award winning New York based architecture and design office with domestic and international experience designing and managing projects from initial concept through construction. Built work includes restaurants, private residences, public spaces, and art installations. The studio promotes innovative design solutions which are culturally progressive and environmentally responsible.

Each new project begins with fresh eyes and in-depth research. A detailed analysis of the unique constraints and nuances is conducted in order to streamline the design and construction decisions that follow. Hou de Sousa optimizes the layout of spaces, tailors the aesthetic character of each project and closely stewards construction and craftsmanship.

Press & Awards

The office's work has been featured nationally and internationally in hundreds of print and digital media outlets as well as radio and television broadcasts. Recent examples include Architectural Record, Interior Design, Dwell, Domus, Cultured, The Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CBS, Dezeen and Designboom. Press samples are available via Hou de Sousa's official InstagramFacebook and Pinterest pages.

Recent awards and honors include Hou de Sousa's selection as the winners of the 2016 Socrates Sculpture Park Folly Competition, the winning entry for the Re-ball! International Design Competition, selection as Finalists for Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year Awards, selection as Finalists for Arch Out Loud's Tokyo Vertical Cemetery Competition, selection as Finalists for the 2015 City of Dreams Competition, a Notable Entry in the 2015 Socrates Park Folly Competition, and the Winning Restaurant Design for the IIDA's 2015 Best Interiors of Latin America and the Caribbean Awards Competition. 

Nancy Hou 

Originally from Shanghai, Nancy grew up in Quito, Ecuador and went on to receive her B. Arch from Cornell and her M. Arch from Harvard. Nancy has designed commercial and residential projects in both New York and Quito, including several Michelin star awarded restaurants. Prior to founding Hou de Sousa, Nancy worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox and Slade Architecture. Nancy is the Creative Director of HAAUS (Harvard Alumni Architectural and Urban Society) and a professor at Parsons School of Design.

Josh de Sousa

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Josh also received his B. Arch at Cornell and M. Arch at Harvard. He has designed residential, public, education, and commercial projects, including GreenPIX, a sustainable media wall in Beijing. Before founding Hou de Sousa, Josh worked at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Joel Sanders Architect, and Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Josh also teaches at Parsons School of Design.