Principal & Founder
San Francisco, CA

Trained as an architect at Cornell University, Henry Gao is founder of 16X9, a multidisciplinary, collaborative studio focused on architectural design, illustration, and photography based in San Francisco. Combining his lifelong commitment to fine arts with design expertise, Henry helps his clients develop compelling spatial narratives with provocative graphic representation and design drawing.

San Francisco, CA

Henry is an architectural designer at Red Dot Studio in San Francisco, a design office specializing in custom residential architecture, and is responsible for managing projects from initial concept design through permit approval and construction.

Student Housing Competition
SCB Architects

Experienced working with architects, interior designers, and real estate developers, Henry develops hand-drawn visualizations and 3D renderings for a diverse range of projects, including small interior renovations, fundraising imagery, public approval documentation, and urban planning concepts.

“Henry is extremely efficient and detail-oriented in his workflow and process. His visualization and 3D modeling skills are second to none, and evoke a real emotional quality that is often missing from architectural renderings.” - Anders C.

“Henry’s contributions to the projects we worked on at our office were substantial, and contributed directly to their success. His knowledge of - and feeling for architecture, together with his thoughtful and inquisitive approach towards design and visualisation sharpened focus on the projects and helped greatly in communicating the designs with our clients.” - Gijs T.

“Henry is a genuine talent; a pleasure to work with. I consider his graphic capabilities, particularly his ability to hand draw vignettes, a way to humanize and distinguish presentation work.” - Tim S.

Croft House
Alter Interiors

With a strong sense of composition developed from excellence in drawing, Henry provides services in interior and exterior architectural photography with a focus on interior spaces for architects and interior designers.

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