Esther Cheung and George Showman

Cheung Showman Architects PLLC is a small, full-service architecture practice, based in DUMBO, Brooklyn.  The firm was founded in 2014 by Esther Cheung and George Showman.

We seek to create moments of beauty and grace in the lives of our clients, their organizations, their customers, and the public.  We know that to achieve this requires open communication, careful coordination, and commitment to quality from all participants in a project.  

We have a wide appetite for variety and difference in design, both stylistic and programmatic.  We believe that design excellence does not originate in a singular aesthetic or visual language, but is rather the result of a rigorous process.  For us, this process begins with a strong concept, is developed via careful calibration of its particular elements, and ends with detailed, well-planned execution.

We value the many ways in which architecture can make a difference. Our current projects cover a range of residential, commercial, and institutional work, and we actively seek new project types and challenges. 

We see our practice as a work in progress: a space of constant development, where we add new capabilities and adjust our methodology as each new project demands.  We are tech-savvy, but technology does not define our work. We know the power of digital fabrication and other tools to alter both the nature and output of architectural practice, and we keep an open mind and eye to these possibilities.


Esther Cheung, Partner

Esther co-founded Cheung Showman Architects in 2014, after working nine years in the architectural profession in New York, Toronto, London and Hong Kong.  Since 2008, she has worked in New York City on various scales of commercial and residential projects.  Esther is a registered architect in the state of New York, and holds a a Masters’ of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Masters’ of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where she received the Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize.  She was also a former adjunct professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. 

George Showman, Partner

George co-founded Cheung Showman Architects in 2014, after seven years working in the architectural profession in New York, followed by two years running his own design practice.  He has experience in a wide range of small- to medium-scale projects in New York City, including residential interiors, public art installations, office renovations, retail spaces, and new residential construction.  A registered architect in the state of New York, George holds a Masters’ of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelors’ of Science in Engineering from Princeton University.  He has taught at the Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and other schools.