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. The studio promotes innovative design solutions which are culturally progressive and environmentally responsible. Built work includes restaurants, private residences, public spaces, and art installations. 

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

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.