As co-founder of Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects, Chiu Man has presided over the evolution of WOW since it was established in the year 2000, building a network of multidisciplinary award winning practices with a significant body of work in the Asian region and beyond.
Leveraging on 30 years of international industry experience, Chiu Man spearheads the business development and design direction of WOW. Dedicated to investigating and developing new design paradigms and research-driven innovation.
Combining a unique mix of Asian heritage with international design experience, Chiu Man has led the way, completing prestigious hospitality, commercial, residential, and retail projects in China, India, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the UAE, Nepal, Philippines, Tanzania and Australia. Chiu Man leads projects from Business Advisory and Master Planning, to Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design.
Chiu Man’s widely published projects, include the multi-award winning and highly commended Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield in Bangalore; the acclaimed Yalong Bay No. 5 Villas and Spa in Sanya, China, Mandala House in Bangalore and the highly acclaimed St Regis Resort in the Maldives.
Prior to founding WOW, Chiu Man was Corporate Officer and Design Director of Nikken Sekkei International, Singapore where he realized the Ria Bintan and Club Med Projects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Southern California (magna cum laude) and a Master in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
As Design Director and co-founder of Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects, Maria sets strategic objectives and oversees the development of the WOW team. Under Maria’s direction, WOW’s extensive portfolio of work has been governed by a commitment to creating spaces of extraordinary sensory experience rooted in culture, memory and place.
Maria leads the design and implementation of bespoke residences, health and wellness facilities and hotel and restaurant architecture and interior design. Projects include the Singapore High Commissioner’s Residence in London, the Bishopsgate House, Sentosa Cove House and Chiltern House in Singapore. A long held commitment to promoting creative collaboration led to the adaptive reuse of the Niven Road Studio into WOWHAUS.
Committed to promoting sustainable design and education, Maria has taught sustainable architectural design at the National University of Singapore, and served on the NUS/RIBA Accreditation Committee. She has published on the topic of sustainability and represented WOW as a founding member of the Singapore Green Building Council. Maria served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Singapore American School from 2008-2015.
Born in Australia, raised and educated in Mexico City, Maria began to study Architecture at Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and completed her undergraduate degree at at the University of Southern California. Maria earned a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1991.
Prior to founding Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects in 2000, Maria founded multidisciplinary design consultancy Parallax Design. She worked in Japan for Nikken Sekkei before moving to Singapore in 1992. In 2007, Maria was the recipient of the prestigious Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Award, an international award that recognizes exceptional women in business who have made a significant contribution to their profession.