THE FIRM

MCYIA is an interior architecture and interior design firm founded and led by Chuen Yee.  The principals and staff have extensive experience in the design and construction of a wide range of projects.

MCYIA's design team listens carefully to understand your objectives and goals in order to successfully create an environment that is attractive, unique, stylish, comfortable, functional and sustainable.

Equally important is our commitment to partnering with you to achieve excellence and satisfaction while completing your project on schedule and within budget.

Depending on the needs of individual clients, MCYIA has relationships with a highly qualified team of architects, engineers, designers and consultants to supplement its team and provide a full range of design and project management services.


PRINCIPAL

CHUEN YEE

INTERIOR DESIGNER, ASID

Despite her lofty achievements, interior designer Chuen Yee remains grounded and, above all, genuine.  Humility and a lack of pretension infuse her stylistically varied work. It must be my Thai roots," jokes the Bangkok born designer.  

Born in Bangkok, Chuen spent her early years in Honolulu while her mother completed a PhD at the University of Hawaii.  Chuen’s distinctive sensibility developed at a very young age. “I always wanted to improve things,” she says with a laugh, recalling an early memory of peering out of her bed to examine the floor of her bedroom.

Completing high school a year early, Chuen enrolled in the Architecture degree program at Chulalongkorn University, the most prestigious university in Thailand. Graduating valedictorian, Chuen worked as an Interior Architect and Designer for a large international design firm. She completed a number of award winning hospitality projects throughout Asia.

Under a Fulbright Scholarship, Chuen returned to the US to study at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she completed a Masters of Interior Architecture.  At RISD, Chuen became the first two-time winner of the Graduate Excellence Award, bestowed upon the top design student in the school.

Back in Bangkok, Chuen opened a design studio. Working long hours 7 days a week, Chuen and her team of 10 completed hospitality and residential projects throughout Thailand. Over time, the business grew to include a Honolulu, San Francisco, and New York office with Chuen spending most of her time in NYC. There’s just nothing better than being surrounded by the excitement and energy of the city,” she says.

Preparing for motherhood, Chuen chose to consolidate to just the Honolulu office which she runs with the help of her husband who was born and raised in Hawaii.

Chuen Yee’s interiors defy quick categorization. They are neither strictly traditional nor strictly modern: what they are is intelligent, inspired, and passionate; a fresh mix of sophisticated colors, textures, and shapes. “You can respect the rules but also make your own,” she says. 

Numerous honors have been awarded to Chuen, some of which include Top Restaurant Design Thailand and 1st Place House of the Future (US) and ASID Design Excellence awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Chuen lectures frequently at universities, participates in numerous design juries, and provides free interior design services to select non-profit organizations.


INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Christine Reimer, Karen Cho, Chuen Yee, Bonnie Gao