Choi Ropiha Fighera

Manly | Depuis 2000

3/1 The Corso, NSW 2095 Manly, Australie
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Choi Ropiha Fighera
John Choi, BArch (Hons), AIA

John Choi is a founding partner of Choi Ropiha Fighera. Together with Tai Ropiha, he has lead a series of award winning projects that have generated an international profile for the practice. Representative projects are Lune de Sang, Manly Triangle Redevelopment, TKTS, Green Square Library, Parramatta Road Strategic Plan, Ballast Point, Byrnes Residence, house in Mona Vale, and McDonalds 'Store of the Future'.
Prior to formation of Choi Ropiha Fighera, John worked with Hassell, Allen Jack & Cottier and NSW Public Works. He was design architect for the Gordon Yu-Hoi Chiu Building, University of Sydney, which received the 1998 RAIA NSW Architecture Award for Public Buildings, and was joint project architect with Tai Ropiha on Fox Studio Australia Car Park, which received the 2001 RAIA NSW Commendation for Commercial Buildings and the 2000 National Dulux Color Award for Commercial Buildings.
He is Adjunct Professor at University of Sydney, and serves on the board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Tai Ropiha, BArch, AIA

Tai Ropiha is a founding partner of Choi Ropiha Fighera. Together with John Choi, Tai has played a key role in the practice's growth and international recognition. Representative projects are TKTS, Manly Triangle Redevelopment, Transgrid, the Hurstville Apartment project, Craig Avenue duplex in Manly, and Newcastle Art Gallery Competition.

Additionally, Tai has lead a number of high profile urban design projects including Tunnellink Consortium's bid for the Lane Cove Tunnel Project, Binhai New City Master Plan and Singapore Gardens by the Bay.
Prior to the formation of Choi Ropiha Fighera, Tai worked with a number of local and international practices.

Award-winning projects include Fox Studio Australia Car Park whilst at Hassell (2001 RAIA NSW Commendation for Commercial Buildings and the 2000 National Dulux Color Award for Commercial Buildings), Hindmarsh Woodville Civic Centre whilst at Woods Bagot (1997 RAIA SA Award for Public Buildings), SA Museum Entry Redevelopment whilst at Services SA (1997 RAIA SA Commendation for Recycled Buildings).

Tai also periodically teaches at University of New South Wales, Masters Class Design Studio and University of Sydney, Architecture Design Studio.

Steven Fighehra, BArch (Hons)

Steven Fighera is a partner at Choi Ropiha Fighera. He joined the practice in 2003 after having formed a long standing working relationship with both partners while working with Sydney architects, Hassell. He became a partner of the practice in 2010.

Steven has directed design, documentation and delivery of various projects ranging from residential to multi-residential, public architecture and city master plan projects. Such projects include new houses for the Elysium Noosa residential development, Ballast Point Park, Port Botany Expansion and Binhai New City Master Plan.

Steven brings a broad range of experience to the practice gained from working in a variety of practices both nationally and abroad, including Italy and London. His past experience has seen his contribution on a number of award winning projects. These include the National Institute of Dramatic Art (2002 RAIA NSW Sir John Sulman Award for Outstanding Architecture) where he was Site Architect, the North Sydney Olympic Pool Redevelopment (2001 RAIA NSW Architectural Award for Public Buildings), and as a Project Architect for the Parramatta Transport Interchange (2006 RAIA NSW Premier’s Award).
Steven’s specialist experience lies in design, developed design, documentation and site architect roles which enable him to lead teams and work successfully on variety of buildin<g types.


Choi Ropiha Fighera was founded in 2000 following John Choi and Tai Ropiha's win in the international competition for the re-design of the TKTS booth in Times Square, New York.

The project is widely acclaimed for the way in which the design provided public and private benefits while simultaneously strengthening the essential character of Times Square, and it has been this ability to find solutions that work at multiple levels that now characterizes the way in which the practice of Choi Ropiha Fighera approaches their projects.

The practice sees design as a tool to extract both commercial and qualitative value; public and private benefits; function and form; experience and meaning.

We are highly bespoke in our approach and expand from the specific requirements of each project and client's desires. A significant part of this approach is to projects to look beyond any given site and brief to bring broader design opportunities and aspirations to its projects.

Whilst this 'picture' approach gives clarity to the practice's strategic thinking, the practice also endeavors to match this logic with a parallel ambition to find evocative outcomes of unexpected delight.